Scandal s04e22 Episode Script

You Can't Take Command

Mr.
Bainbridge! Please.
I am not Mr.
Bainbridge.
Not to you.
Call me Damascus.
Damascus, it's so lovely of you to take time out of your busy schedule - to sit down with me.
- No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
It's lovely of you to sit with me.
I am so happy to be here with you in person.
I am a fan.
You are by far the most interesting first lady we have ever had.
You have set quite an example for my daughter, I can tell you that.
And now Senator Mellie Grant? Well, what is a billionaire to do? Now, I do not want to take up your whole day.
I do want you to know that I have and will continue to support your campaign unreservedly.
There are just a few causes that are important to me - that I hope will also be important to you.
- Yeah.
- Perhaps we can take a few minutes to discuss them? - Absolutely.
That is what I'm here for, Damascus.
Ah.
Ah.
Hmm.
Does it interest you? - It does.
- Ah.
Liz Can you go get us the White House literature on poverty and childhood hunger? Did you want those right now? Perhaps I could send that data to Mr.
Bainbridge.
- Because that will take at l - Now.
Thanks.
Of course.
Mm.
Who are you? You do not ask me who I am, Mrs.
Grant.
You ask me what I need.
We've got radio spots in then the literacy event at the Turner library in Manassas.
And then you have dinner tonight with the mayor of Newport News.
Um, both of you.
Whatever Mellie needs.
What's nice is that you don't have to do much.
The media loves Mellie.
She was on every channel this morning.
What is this? Those uh, photos of you and Vice President Nichols doing things you shouldn't be doing.
And there is your husband's Remington File.
He's doing things he shouldn't be doing, too.
Mellie? I'm tired.
You are so close, which is good because you can smell the victory.
And bad because it's out of your hands.
You feel like climbing the walls.
Fitz You are doing great.
You'll go down.
Your husband will go down.
It will be a bloodbath.
This is it, Mel.
This is your moment.
Ask me what I need.
I am the first lady of the United States.
That's not going to work on me, so don't bother.
Ask me what I need.
Ask me.
What do you need? - A list.
- Ma'am? - A list? - Is there something I can do for you? Uh, anything you need? A list of names.
There is something you can do for me.
I need you to get me a list.
We're in this together.
We're in this together.
State your name for the record.
- Uh, Jake Ballard.
- Is that your given name? - No.
- It's time.
The Grand Jury needs to hear about Remington.
Rosen, maybe we hold Remington.
- Only use it when we really need it.
- Oh, we really need it now.
There's never a time we don't need it.
Okay, so, maybe I reframe Remington to minimize the blowback on the White House, on Fitz.
No.
No, no reframing, no minimizing.
Remington, the president shooting down that plane, that whole mission? It's not spies killing spies.
It's not some dictator being murdered or disappearing some bad guy.
It was the taking of 329 innocent lives by a future world leader.
It was the covering up of that atrocity by a United States senator so that his son could be governor and then president.
It was king-making at the highest level.
And it was the birth of B613.
It's not the big gun.
It's the only gun worth firing.
I'll do whatever you want me to do.
Do you think I'll make a good president? I think you'll make a great president.
We have one goal.
To bring down my father and to shut down B613 for good.
To do what is right.
No.
He asked me to join a mission.
After you passed So you tell the truth.
The whole truth To be a Navy Seal.
No matter what happens.
No matter who gets hurt.
Well? I think it went okay.
Okay? It was great.
He was great.
The jurors loved him.
They were sympathetic, engaged, connected.
Keep it up after the break, and we're good.
Liv? I caught Mellie's Springfield speech.
You must be feeling good.
I am feeling good.
Senator Mellie Grant.
Senator Mellie Grant.
Guess where I'm headed right now.
Where? To stand with Clarence Parker on the spot where they gunned down his son and sign the Brandon bill into law.
I forgot that was today.
Not bad as far as legacies go, right? The historians will give you full marks for this one.
Clarence Parker if it weren't for you, that man never would have made it into the Oval Office.
That was you.
That was all you.
And Susan Ross.
If it weren't for you, Susan would never have made it to the Oval Office.
I blame you for Susan, by the way.
Susan is a national treasure.
Susan's a Muppet.
She's amazing.
No, seriously.
You picked a good one.
You always do.
What's wrong? I just wanted to say hello.
And good luck.
With Mellie's election.
And congratulations on the Brandon Bill.
That's That is the man I voted for.
I'm proud of you.
Liv I'm grateful.
Thank you.
Goodbye, Fitz.
Liv.
Something happened.
Liv.
Olivia.
Police are now saying that the victims driver of their bus were jurors in a secret Grand Jury trial That list of names it was those jurors.
- Stop talking.
Stop talking! - They're all dead! My parting gift to all of you.
- Enjoy.
- David.
My justice department is equipped to do everything in its power to protect federal grand jurors.
And they're all dead.
It doesn't mean we quit.
We don't quit.
We fight harder.
We get those jurors justice.
We avenge their deaths.
And normally, I'd be all "white hat whoo-hoo.
" But I got a phone call an hour ago.
The court stenographer, Fay that's her name, Fay.
She knits hideous scarves that I have to wear so I don't hurt her feelings.
Fay was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking her dog.
Except she doesn't have a dog.
Everyone who heard Jake's testimony everyone who was in that court room is dead now.
Except for me.
And you.
And while I live for justice, I don't want to die for it.
- Okay? - Okay.
I told you not to speak to me.
Not now.
I just want to make sure that you know if there is anything you need me to do.
I need you to keep your mouth shut.
Can you do that? - Yes, ma'am.
- Then start now.
Cyrus.
Whatever it is, Fitz can't do it.
He has a full schedule.
Your campaign is not the only thing you! Get me the media director what's his name? Boggs, from justice in here.
If Rosen isn't going to return my phone calls, I'm putting Boggs on the podium.
He can damn well face the press himself.
- Rosen's not returning your calls? - Not the point! Cyrus.
He has a full schedule.
Cyrus.
Take the V.
P.
Susan's from Virginia.
Keep her as long you like.
I killed those grand jurors.
I didn't think you'd get far without these.
I'm so angry that I'm vibrating.
I can feel it in my bones.
- Okay.
- No, no! Don't hug me! I'm sick of being comforted.
I'm sick of fighting and losing.
I'm sick of him being in my way.
I am not his victim.
I am not his child! And right now? Right now, I don't want to gladiate for everyone else! I want this! I want this! This is mine, Jake! I want what's mine! I'm owed! And watch me take it! And then, for once in his life, he's the scared kid and I'm command! And then he's got nothing, no one! He's trapped! Because you can't take command, right? Right.
You want to get out of here, just say the word.
Any part of the globe is yours.
I go where you go.
It doesn't matter where I go or what I do.
I'm still trapped.
I'm still his prisoner.
You okay? I have to go.
Well, well.
They did a number on you, didn't they? They did.
You got that "I been in the hole" look all on your face.
I'm here to talk about my father.
Oh, for the love of all right.
Go on.
Mama's listening.
I tried everything, every strategy, every tactic, dedicated every fiber of my being to destroying him.
And I still wasn't able to do what you did.
What I did? What did I do? You played him.
You controlled him.
You took down that plane and escaped.
You beat him.
You won.
Boo, I'm living out the rest of my days in this cell.
You call that winning? You could have killed him if you wanted to.
So I want to know.
How did you do it? - You sure do love a problem.
- I don't know what you're You're so vain.
It's always about you, isn't it? The problems you create so that you can solve them.
The power you have to wield so that you can feel important.
Did your father and I not tell you you were special enough when you were little? Did we not give you enough hugs? Aww, baby.
This uppity fantasy world you've decided to be a part of it's not real, boo.
Now you need to come on back down to this planet.
Where the world doesn't revolve around you.
I shouldn't have come.
You ever ask yourself why nobody else is trying to take down your father? Thank you for your time.
It's not for lack of enemies, baby.
There are more than enough people around to hate that man.
Goodbye, mom.
If only those people realize there was actually someone to hate.
Nobody even knows there is an enemy to be taken down.
Nobody even knows he exists.
Cyrus, say something.
Oh.
Are you waiting for me to tell you what to do? How to fix this? 'Cause I got nothing.
I am not in this.
I'm not.
All I did was pass along a few names.
I had no idea what any of it was about and I still don't.
You told me you are personally responsible for an actual busload of innocent people dying.
My God.
Virginia's in for a real treat should you actually get elected.
- Cyrus - I'd say that's a long shot now, especially if this ever leads back to you.
This cannot lead back to me.
You! You! You! It's always that, ain't it, Mel? You think I did this for me? Here we go.
I did this for us.
Fitz, you, the entire administration.
Oh, that's right.
I forgot you and Fitz are a team.
I did this for all of us.
Well, where's your teammate now? Are you gonna tell your teammate you've added slaughter to your résumé? What was I supposed to do?! You tell me what was I supposed to do.
That man was standing there with our lives in a file.
Me and Andrew.
Fitz and Liv.
He had pictures.
He knew about defiance.
He knew what we did to Sally's husband.
He knew about some secret mission Fitz was involved with called Remington.
- Remington? - Yeah.
You're sure he said Remington? If you had seen what was in that file, Cyrus I'll take care of it.
What? I'll Take care of it.
- You you will? - Yes.
I will.
I'll see to it that everything's gonna be all right.
Okay? Shh.
Don't tell Fitz.
Is that all of them? Yeah.
And the originals from Kim.
You want to tell us what's going on? We shouldn't be here.
- I have a plan.
- Yeah, I figured that.
- This is the CIA, Liv.
- I'm aware of that.
It's crawling with B613 agents.
- Huck.
- He's right, Liv.
When I was command, I was in regular contact with several sources here.
But not the director herself.
Wait.
I don't understand.
Are you saying I'm saying, what if the director found out there was a rogue element operating under her nose without her knowledge or approval? The reason my father is able to operate with impunity is that so many of the people whose authority he undermines have no idea he exists.
Why not tell them? A top-secret spy organization operating outside of my jurisdiction - and it is run by your father.
- Yes.
Forgive me for smiling, Miss Pope, but that may be one of the most preposterous things I have ever heard.
assassination of the president.
A band of militant students.
That was me.
Bombing of the Sheffield Hotel in London.
An Al-Qaeda offshoot.
B613.
Remember Senator Cromwell? Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee? His plane crashed into the Rockies.
After two pounds of C-4 blew the cockpit wide open.
Libyan revolution.
School shooting in cherry hill, New Jersey.
Distraction for the media while B613 blew up the presidential palace in Kenya.
- Olivia - B613 is real.
And I think, from that look in your eye, you already knew that.
So the question I have for you now is what are we going to do about it? Marvin, I'm going to need my team assembled.
Code Bravo Alpha Five.
Stay here.
This may take a while.
Damascus Bainbridge? Am I not allowed a sense of humor? I didn't think it was funny.
You're never funny.
Cyrus, don't bite the hand that helps you.
Helps us? You call that stunt you pulled with the first lady help? That Grand Jury's sole purpose was to expose my organization and everyone with ties to it, including the president, including you favor number one.
I didn't kill your Attorney General as an added personal favor to you 'cause I know that confirmation hearings can be laborious favor number two.
Come on, Damascus.
You saved your own hide as much as you saved ours.
Be that as it may, they were favors.
And now you owe me.
Mrs.
Grant? What? I just wanted you to know What is it, Elizabeth? That if there's anything I can do for you, I'll do it.
I mean it.
Anything.
I'm fine with giving you those names.
I'm fine I'm fine with what happened to those people, if it means you're gonna win I'm fine with it.
But you need to tell me everything, Mrs.
Grant.
You need to tell me exactly what happened with Mr.
Bainbridge so I can do my job and make sure you win.
Sit.
Is this why Olivia Pope was being auctioned off? Is this why you wanted her killed? Because of what she knows? She knows fairy tales told to her at bedtime by bogeymen who don't exist.
Don't play games with me, Cyrus.
We all knew about B613, but it was supposed to be a small team.
Four or five men.
Kills only.
This? This is an enormous secret intelligence organization operating behind the CIA's back for who knows how long.
About 30-ish years, if it did exist, which it doesn't.
Well, it stops now.
I am having this Rowan arrested, brought in, and brought down.
I won't have it.
Honey I'm gonna call you honey because I can't remember your first name and I don't care.
Honey, you want to be reasonable about this.
Because a shadow intelligence organization operating quite happily and powerfully in secret for decades inside the FBI, CIA, NSA, if there was such a thing, well, that would be like a sleeping lion.
And isn't it safer To tiptoe around the lion? What do you think happens if you poke the lion? Whose face does the lion rip off first? I think it rips off honey's face first.
What's going on? Hey! What is happening? Director Lowry, what is happening? Hey, are you arresting us? What is happening??! Okay.
And now we turn to First Lady Mellie Grant's historic bid to become the next united states senator from Virginia.
I want to thank you all for coming here tonight, to spend election day Eve with Mellie and me.
Your support has been invaluable, and we couldn't be more grateful.
Hear, hear.
Mostly, though, I'd like to thank my wife.
When you've been married to someone as long as I've been married to Mellie, you think you know them.
And maybe, if you're as flawed a person as I am, you start taking them for granted.
Never again.
This past year has been a complete revelation to me.
Mellie's desire to take a more active role in public service, the drive she's shown, her leadership skills, her ability to inspire people breathtaking.
Though not nearly as breathtaking as the way she was able to put the pieces of our lives back together after our son Jerry died.
Losing a child? Most people never recover from that.
It destroys families, upends marriages.
Not ours.
Her love, her friendship Means everything to me.
As a team, we've never been stronger.
So please join me in raising a glass to my best friend and Virginia's next senator, Mellie Grant.
- To Mellie! - To Mellie! Thank you all.
And thank you, Fitz.
Okay.
Mm.
I know what this is about.
I don't think you do.
Just go ahead.
Fire me, because I did what I thought was right.
I'm not gonna fire you, Rosen.
Why would I fire you? You're the Attorney General.
My Attorney General.
A new one? They'd be asking questions and be all honest.
Plus I would waste months hunting for their weaknesses, their pressure points.
With you, David, I already know your pressure point.
You only have one Abby.
She's banging that Leo guy like crazy and it's going great.
They're talking about moving in together, but you still carry a sad little torch for her redness.
You still love her.
So if something were to happen to her suicide, aneurysm, car accident.
You can't threaten me like that.
Actually, I can.
You see, when you know someone's pressure point, you can make them do just about anything.
David? - What are you doing here? - Did you see Liv? And is she okay? David, who sent you? What's this, Rosen? The affidavit before you hereby formally withdraws and effectively repudiates the statements regarding B613 you provided this afternoon.
- Wait.
You want me to recant? - Upon signing this document, you will be released from this room.
If I agree to lie, I'm set free.
So this is "I saw goody Johnson with the devil, Joe McCarthy, let's name the communists" sort of thing.
Rosen.
- Do you understand? - What happened? What did they do to you? - Do you understand? - Was it Cyrus? Is that who's watching us right now? This guy's gonna come through for us? He better.
Margaret Cooper.
You want to be very careful right now.
She lives off the money you send her every month, doesn't she? We have her bank statements, Jake.
If you don't sign this affidavit, you will be convicted of treason, terrorism.
That money will be considered terrorist funds and your mother will be jailed.
- Jake signed.
- David, what are they threatening you with? Here's the thing.
You both have to sign.
So if you don't sign, then even though Jake did, he will still go away.
You'd be taking away Jake's freedom.
Then they'd have to bring in Huck, Quinn.
The only way I'm going to sign this thing is if Liv signs.
And seeing how that's not gonna happen So much for being the good guys, huh, Rosen? All right, so, we're done here.
Send them on home.
Have you spoken to Olivia? Olivia? Pope, Cyrus.
No, I have not spoken to Olivia Pope.
I was on my way out, Red.
Busy day, lots to do.
I can't keep doing this with you, Cyrus.
It's getting old.
Aren't you tired of it? The lying, the scheming, me running around like I'm Nancy Drew with my fingers crossed hoping you haven't killed Olivia.
Have a-a soul.
- Be a human being.
- I can't tell you.
Does it have to do with the dead jurors? - I can't tell you.
- Why not? Because you don't have the clearance.
It is getting old.
I am tired of it.
But it's my job to protect his interests and serve his needs, to spin the world and raise the sun.
I can't have a soul.
If I had one, I would never accomplish a thing.
What? Olivia, welcome home.
What do you want? Simply to say "good game.
" Your little plan? Your hail Mary? So simple, so smart.
Heroic.
Well done.
I didn't get you this time, but someone will.
And as long as command's fingers are on the puppet strings, then there's a link a way to take you down.
But now I'm confused.
You succeeded.
If your goal was to take command down, then you were successful.
You did it you destroyed command, wiped away command's existence.
There were only a few agents left who could identify me as command.
I know what you're thinking.
The remaining B613 files will prove I'm command.
Those have been, shall we say, archived.
And in case you were still hoping your mother was an ally, don't.
She loves you just not as much as she loves her freedom.
- Is that it? - That's it.
You agree to deny the existence of B613 for the rest of your life, and you walk.
Well, I'm gonna need a pen, baby.
Your little stunt? Wiped B613 off the map.
You killed command.
You shot command to death.
Luckily, your father didn't get caught in the crossfire.
Rowan is dead.
But Eli Pope? Well, now, I'm just an old, innocent, doddering paleontologist who works for the Smithsonian.
No one is looking at me.
No one is searching for me.
No one would ever even think to wonder what I'm up to.
I am free.
And for that, baby, daddy thanks you.
Sleep well, Olivia.
Your new Junior Senator, Mellie Grant! Thank you! Oh, thank you, everybody! Wow, this is just I am so thankful and honored and humbled to be able to serve the great state of Virginia as your new Senator.
Whoo! Yes! Virginia is a special place to me.
Congratulations, Mister President.
Congratulations to you.
You did good work, Liz.
Thank you.
Well, we survived.
Hopefully, it's all behind us.
What's behind us? What are you talking about? I-I'm sorry.
I've overstepped.
I thought you knew.
Knew what? Uh The donor.
What donor? I guess nobody told you.
There was a donor to Mrs.
Grant's campaign.
He came to her in the last few days.
He knew things about her, about you.
Things people don't know terrible things.
He Asked her to do something.
Who was he? I-I don't know who he was exactly, but maybe you'd recognize him.
Oh, here.
And I would also like to thank all those volunteers.
Yes! What did he ask her to do? So many of you have worked so hard, but I have to say a special thank-you to the one person without whom I wouldn't be here.
He is my hero, my inspiration, and my biggest supporter.
Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant.
Thank you all so much! So that's it? Rowan just walks away Scot-free.
Quinn, I signed an agreement.
Even if I talked, it wouldn't do any good.
He's destroyed any and all evidence that could point to the existence of B613.
As far as the world knows, it was never there.
Really? Because we've got $2 billion that says it was.
What? The money Huck stole from B613.
That money doesn't prove anything.
No, it came from their accounts.
You can trace it back.
That money has been run through so many offshore accounts, it could have come from anywhere.
Say that last thing again.
What? The money could have come from anywhere? Really? - Anywhere? - Yeah.
Anywhere.
Why? Elijah Pope? Yes.
You're under arrest.
Let me tell you about the terrible mistake you're about to make.
Allow me you know what, chief? I hear this story like five times a day.
Go ahead and cuff him.
Embezzlement, huh? Now, this this is worth the price of admission.
I talked to the detectives.
Apparently, they got an anonymous phone call someone saying you've been picking the pockets of the Smithsonian since the day they made you department head.
You think I can't survive this? I've brought down regimes, Olivia, assassinated dictators with my own two hands, shaped history with a single phone call.
Rowan did that.
Command did that.
He had power, but you How did you describe yourself? "An old, innocent, doddering paleontologist who works at the Smithsonian?" You were right.
We couldn't take command.
But we can take Eli Pope.
Olivia, listen to me.
- Goodbye, dad.
- Olivia.
Olivia! Why are you working with Rowan? I don't know what you're talking about.
Yes, you do.
Those bodies in the morgue.
I know your work.
I'd know it anywhere.
That was you.
I was at that crime scene.
I was on that bus.
It was you.
Get out of my office.
Sit down.
- You're gonna shoot me? - I will.
- You're not gonna shoot me.
- I will shoot you.
I will shoot you like the animal you are.
Do you want to test me? Why are you working with command? I didn't have a choice.
Of course you have a choice! You always have a choice! You could have asked for help.
You could have talked to me or Liv or Jake.
We could have helped you.
There were other ways.
I didn't want to do it.
That's a lie.
You're lying.
I saw what you did.
You did want to.
You're not thinking anymore.
You're just killing because you want to kill.
I didn't want to lose my family.
Your family?! You can't be with Kim and Javi! Who you are? What you've become? You can't be with them.
- Stop it! - You don't deserve them.
You don't deserve us me or Liv or any of this.
- Stop! - I am done.
I am done defending you, Huck.
I am done protecting you.
The best thing I could do for you is to shoot you Right here right now.
Do it.
Please, Quinn.
Do it.
Well, what's proper? How long do I wait to form an exploratory committee? To run for president.
No, I mean, I need to get sworn in first, obviously, and see what committees I'm on and introduce a couple of choice bills Go on some fact-finding missions, get your pictures taken in combat zones.
Exactly, brilliant! You, Cyrus, when I am president, there's still a place for you here.
Ha ha! That's very funny.
Oh! You think I'd let you be president? After what you did.
What? What I did? Fitz.
I know about the jurors.
Fitz, I was trying to protect you.
That man was blackmailing you, and I did what was needed for our team.
I made the sacrifice for us, for our team.
I did the only thing I could do.
We are not a team.
You don't even know what you did wrong.
You don't even know why it was wrong.
I was wrong to take care of us? - Get out.
- Fitz.
Now, clearly, we are not having this conversation this evening.
- So let's just all - Get Out.
Pack your bags and get out of my house! Fitzgerald.
Fitz? Before I throw you out.
What's going on? Did She she knew about the jurors? Cyrus.
Mellie came to you.
I know that.
You went to the CIA.
I know that, too.
You arrested Olivia.
You released Maya.
You worked with the man who killed my son.
I know everything.
So don't lie to me.
- Sir - Do not lie to me! And do not tell me you were trying to protect me.
Sir, please You're fired.
I know I have some Du Bellay stashed away somewhere, and there should be some beer left over in the fridge Why are you just standing there? Come inside.
This is where the ride ends.
What? My mission is complete.
Your mission? B613 is gone.
Command is in jail.
I have delivered you home.
Safe and sound.
My mission is complete.
And it has been my pleasure.
Take care, Liv.
Jake Jake, come on.
Don't you dare.
They asked me to look out for you.
Both of them your father, the bad guy, and the president, the good guy.
They both asked me to keep you safe.
They both made you my mission.
And I went over the line on both accounts.
That's not I'm in love with you.
And if I am telling the whole truth, no matter who gets hurt, it goes like this I am in love with you.
But you are in love with him.
You are owed, Olivia.
You want what's yours? Go and take it.
They're going to need your access badge, too.
Do you want us to open the door, sir? No.
Nice view.
Hi.
Hi.
You're here.
I'm here.
Charlotte is very helpful.
And informative.
What happens now? Whatever we want.