Scandal s07e10 Episode Script

The People v. Olivia Pope

You want to go to Vermont? What? We could have more than just a night, Liv.
We could have a weekend.
A long weekend.
Ooh, baby Anytime my world gets crazy All I have to do To calm it Is just think of you 'Cause when I think of you, baby Nothing else seems to matter 'Cause when I think of you, baby All I think about is our love I Just get - [CHUCKLES] - More attached to you when You hold me in your arms And squeeze me [DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS] Huck, w-why are you here? [DOOR CLOSES] We know, Liv.
"We"? Have a seat.
[BREATHING HEAVILY] [BABY CRYING] [GRUNTING] Charlie, stop! He's protecting me! [CRYING CONTINUES] - What? - Shh.
Say something.
[BREATHING HEAVILY] Look, I know it's a lot to take in.
But just Talk to me.
You're You're alive.
I [SIGHS] You're actually alive.
See, I'm fine.
I'm right here.
- Why the hell didn't you call me?! - I told you, we Do you have any idea how many people I almost killed, thinking you were dead? Cyrus' boyfriend? Th-The whole staff of the Bashrani Embassy? I went to your funeral! - And you couldn't pick up the damn phone?! - Charlie! Do you have any idea what I've been through? You were dead.
I was alone.
- I had - Yes, but it's over now.
Isn't it? Come on, Charlie.
Come and meet our daughter.
[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING] You're going to have to say that again.
Olivia killed Rashad.
Is there proof? I think Quinn Perkins had some.
Quinn Perkins? You're saying Liv is responsible for Quinn? Madam President, I'm saying Liv's responsible for all of it.
- [SIGHS] - [TELEPHONE BEEPS] Rachel, I need to see Olivia Pope.
RACHEL: She's not in yet.
- [TELEPHONE BEEPS] - Find her.
Did you kill Quinn? - Answer the question.
- We're not doing this.
No one's looking to punish you.
- Not if we don't have to.
- We're trying to help you.
Help me.
So this is what? An intervention? Think of this as a second chance, Liv.
Leave the White House.
Give up B613.
And David won't prosecute.
I don't believe this.
HUCK: Quinn recorded you that night.
Abby and David found the tape.
You killed Quinn.
Admit it.
Quinn's death wasn't on me.
How can you say that? How can I say that? B613 was handling a situation.
Quinn should have trusted that B613, that I was only doing what was absolutely necessary.
[CHUCKLES] You people really need to stop looking at me like that.
Like what? The monster that you really are? MARCUS: Liv you got to know that what you're saying, it's not right.
What I know is that there is not a person in here who hasn't had to get their hands a little bit dirty at one point or another.
Isn't that right, Abby? What I know is that Huck, of all people, isn't actually the one who's calling me a monster right now.
Because that would just be I can't even begin to What I know is that after everything Fitz has done, after everything that has been done in his name He's not honestly going to get up on his soapbox and judge me.
Is he? You can try to justify your actions as much as you want.
This ridiculous house that you built for the two of us should have been made from glass, Fitz, because from where I'm standing Your cheap shots and low blows aren't gonna work, Liv.
- You're not getting it.
- Neither are you.
You don't have any power here! I've instructed my Secret Service to keep you from leaving.
You will stay here for however long it takes.
[LAUGHING] This is insane.
Give us what we're asking for.
Your phone's also been disabled.
HUCK: E-mails, texts, calls MARCUS: None of it'll work.
I'll start the process of filing charges.
Don't do this.
Then give us what we're asking for.
Isn't this just a little old hat by now, Fitz? Making me your prisoner? You sure you wanna do that again? So long as you continue to pose a threat to others? To yourself, to the country? Yes.
I'm sure.
You all need to wake up.
You all need to realize that this isn't [SIGHS] Why am I wasting my breath? [GRUNTS] [DOOR SLAMS] [CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING] [RINGING] Hi.
You've reached Olivia Pope.
Please leave a message.
Just callin' to see if you're coming in today.
Uh, give me a call.
How did you get in here? Same way you did, Jake.
Through the door.
But you shouldn't be in here.
Why? Because I'm not supposed to know about this place? I'm the President of the United States of America.
The White House is my house.
Or is it because I'm not supposed to know what you people do in here? I can't be implicated in Rashad's assassination if I'm unaware that my own Chief of Staff ordered it.
Rashad? You're kidding.
Madam President, I assure you, we had nothing Enough.
I want to know why Rashad had to die.
I don't know what you want me to say.
Like I said I'm not asking you for an answer.
Why would I? You're her dog.
This is me, pinning a note to your collar and sending you back to your master.
You tell her I want her back here, standing in front of me, looking me in the eye.
Otherwise, I will fill in this pool.
With cement.
And you will be in it.
Yeah, I think there's something's wrong with her.
Maybe we should get her to a doctor.
- [LAUGHS] - QUINN: For crying? Charlie, babies cry.
That's why we do this [CRYING CONTINUES] Okay.
Oh, baby, baby How was I supposed to know That something wasn't right here? Oh, baby, baby I shouldn't have let you go And now you're out of sight, yeah Show me How you want it to be Tell me, baby, cause I need to know now, oh, because My loneliness is killing me And I I must confess, I still believe Still believe When I'm not with you, I lose my mind Give me a sign Hit me, baby, one more time [BOTH LAUGH] It's not Stevie.
But it works.
The things we do - Aww.
- Aww.
For our children.
Yes, it's okay.
Can you please open the door? Please, Liv.
I know you think you had no choice.
That you made the best decision under the worst circumstances.
But that's not what happened.
What happened was that you did whatever you needed to to hold on to your power.
And I get it.
I really, really get it.
I know you, Liv.
I know you can't feel right about what happened to Quinn because you don't destroy things, you fix them.
You've saved us all from something.
Now it's our turn.
Let us save you.
[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING] CYRUS: Hannah? Yes, where the hell has she gotten off to? She stepped away.
I don't recall us having a meeting.
Yet you still don't seem all that surprised to see me.
I thought we had an understanding, Cyrus.
Bad things happen to people who don't leave well enough alone.
That's the thing, isn't it? That phrase "well enough.
" That would indicate that everything was fine, but that wouldn't be the truth, would it? You need to go back to Mellie.
You need to shut this down.
[CHUCKLES] You don't give me orders.
Get out of my office.
You will go back to Mellie.
You will shut this down.
Otherwise, your assistant will come back from lunch to discover that you borrowed the scissors she keeps in her desk and used them to cut your own throat.
Sure, slitting your wrists might be a more plausible cover, but this way is so much more fun for me.
Why would I? Despair over the loss of a boyfriend? Guilt over the murder of a husband? That's just off the top of my head.
After the life you've lived, the career you've had, the list of reasons must be endless.
Kill me.
What about me would possibly make you think that I'm bluffing? This isn't my first game of chicken.
You said it yourself, I've been doing this a long time.
And I've dealt with people far worse than you.
I've beaten people far worse than you.
You're not scary.
You're a baby.
And by the way? Glackland didn't dump me.
He ran away because he got close to me.
He saw what was inside of me, and it terrified him.
So you need to think about whether you really want to push me.
Whether you really want to see what Glackland saw.
[DOOR OPENS] I'm back, Mr.
Vice President.
- Do you need anything? - No.
A Band-Aid, please.
Doesn't look like Abby's words did the trick.
So how about a few numbers? Like Title 18 Section 371: conspiracy against the United States.
I didn't have to look that one up.
That's kind of a biggie.
But let's not forget Section 1116: murder of internationally protected persons.
You've got a couple of counts of that coming your way, too.
Oh! And there's Section 953: private correspondence with foreign agents.
Whatever deal you struck with the Bashranis surely fell into that category.
Of course, none of those covers the obstruction of justice.
For that, we'll have to add Sections 1510, 1512, 1513 Shall I go on? The United States federal government hasn't executed anyone in nearly two decades.
You're going to put me in the history books, Liv.
So thanks? I guess.
I'm sorry.
I didn't believe you.
About Olivia.
I just I know.
It was Quinn.
I just never thought she could do anything to hurt I know.
I miss the old Liv.
Me, too.
I want her back.
The audacity of that man.
Threatening to kill me.
Spineless punk! You should get that looked at.
I'm fine.
We should drop them on Gitmo.
Leave them there to rot.
No one's doing anything until I talk to Liv.
The time for talking is over.
You realize that, yes? Ballard may have stopped short of killing me, but I promise you He will not go quietly into the night.
Neither will Olivia.
You understand that, yes? If Olivia did this, she did it for a reason.
I need to know what that is before I can decide how to handle it.
What? Why are you looking at me like that? Cyrus.
[SIGHS] You're scared.
Scared? Of what? Of doing this job without her.
You want to talk to her.
So she can cast her spell on you.
Convince you she's innocent.
Or that she did it to help you.
She's really messed with your head, hasn't she? I am looking for answers.
You're looking for a way out.
What did she do? Pump your ears full of words like "sisterhood" and "trust"? Us girls, we need to stick together? Is that how she put it? Is that how she tricked you into becoming completely and utterly dependent on her? Might I remind you to whom you are speaking.
- Yes, please, remind me because - You can go.
You may be okay with Olivia making a fool of you.
Did you hear me? But she won't make a fool of me.
Hold up.
You guys are on Olivia Pope's detail, right? - Yes, sir.
- I've been trying to track her down to discuss today's intelligence briefing.
Real important.
National security never sleeps.
Do your country a solid? Tell me where I can find her.
I'm afraid we can't say, sir.
Can't say or won't say? Have a good evening, sir.
[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING] I can't believe how small these are.
You also won't believe how quickly she'll grow out of them.
- I owe you an apology, for the beating.
- You don't.
If I'd been in your shoes, I'd have done the same or worse.
This has all been a lot to process.
I think I'm still trying.
But I didn't think I'd ever get a chance to do laundry like this, let alone watch her grow out of it, so thank you.
Believe me.
The pleasure has been mine.
So, I don't want you to worry.
I've just about got my bearings.
I'm ready to take over.
- Take over? - Yeah.
We can be out of your hair by tomorrow morning.
I don't think that's going to happen.
Well, I'm sure there's a lot more baby gear - to pack up than I realize, but - Son, you misunderstand.
I'm telling you that those two are not leaving this house.
They are safer here.
I can take care of my own family.
- You're doing a poor job, so far.
- Excuse me? The world needs to believe that Quinn Perkins is dead.
Every minute that you stay in this house risks ruining that.
How long is it going to be before your friends start looking for you? Hmm? You want to leave? Go.
You'd be doing a favor for all of us.
But those two stay here with me.
Oh, my God.
You're jealous.
What? You lost your family and now you want to take mine.
I'm a threat to you.
Oh, I assure you.
You are no threat to me.
How'd you do in there? Drink that first, then I'll tell you.
So, not well.
[INHALES SHARPLY] Honestly, who knows? It'd be one thing if we could see her face.
Can't read much of a reaction off a closed door.
[BOTH SIGH] I forgot how quiet it is here.
It's creepy.
[CHUCKLES] I picked this spot for the quiet.
[LAUGHS] Liv and I had this thing.
When the world got to be too much, when it was all moving too fast, too loud we'd stop.
For one minute.
Sit in the silence.
Just us.
That's what this porch was for.
These chairs.
I thought that one day, she and I would come out here and be able to just sit.
And it wouldn't have to end after a minute.
It wouldn't ever have to end at all.
[SIGHS] [SIGHS] - HUCK: Food for you.
- Huck! [SIGHS] Huck, are you there? [SIGHS] I know you're angry.
You have every right to be angry.
What happened is horrible.
I Huck.
I need you.
Huck, I need you now more than ever before.
So I'm asking you to do something for me that I've done for you so many times.
Whenever you've lost your way, I've always been there for you.
Forgiving you.
Pulling you back.
Reminding you who you really are.
You're more than just a co-worker, a friend.
You're my gladiator, Huck.
" I only started saying that because of you.
I need you to get me out of this house.
Leave with me.
Fight with me.
Come run B613 with me.
- I can't.
- You can.
You can get us out of here.
Huck, I did one terrible thing, and you can't forgive me? - We are not the same.
- Huck.
- You killed one of our own.
- Shh, shh, shh.
Quinn was family.
- You're not hearing - No! No.
What you did was unforgivable.
I'm not going anywhere with you.
I am done serving you.
I'm not your gladiator anymore.
The nerve of that guy.
He learns one pop song and suddenly, he knows what's better for my family than I do? - He's right.
- He's what?! - He's right.
You need to go.
- You're not serious.
Our friends need to think I'm dead.
Olivia needs to think I'm dead.
Do not worry about Olivia Pope.
If she's the reason you feel like you need to hide, I will go out there right now and I will kill her myself.
No, you won't.
She's Olivia Pope.
You just don't go running at Olivia Pope with a switchblade and a bad attitude.
You take your time.
I am not an idiot, Quinn.
I know how to kill someone.
I used to do it for a living.
We're not killing Olivia.
We're better than that.
I don't want her dead.
I want justice.
I want her in prison.
I want her to spend the rest of her life paying for what she did to me.
What she did to us.
And if that's going to happen, if I'm going to get my justice, I have to be smart.
I have to be patient.
And I'm sorry, Charlie, but you're going to have to go.
[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING] JAKE: Olivia? [SIGHS] [DOOR OPENS, CLOSES] JAKE: Liv, is that you? Admiral Ballard.
Liv's not here.
I'm not here for Liv.
I'm here for you.
[SIGHS] You've always been up front with me.
It's what I like about you.
Even when it's something that I don't want to hear, you always tell me the truth.
So, in the interest of putting this behind us, tell me.
Was this Olivia? Did she kill Rashad? I think you already know the answer to that.
[SIGHS] [SCOFFS] Why? You're gonna have to ask Liv that.
I'm asking you.
Was this a just kill? Yes.
It was a just kill.
You're lying.
You are, I can tell.
She tried to get Rashad his country back.
It was too late.
So she made a deal with the rebels.
- No.
- We asked for a treaty.
They asked for Rashad's head.
I don't believe you.
That's what happened.
Well, yes, but that's not why it happened.
Liv's better than that.
Liv gets what she wants.
If Liv didn't want Rashad dead, she would have offered the rebels something else.
Rashad died because Olivia wanted him to die.
- Why? - Madam President - Why did she do it? - I just told you.
Answer me.
Olivia murdered a head of state! Why? Because you couldn't keep your damn legs closed.
[SCOFFS] You were gonna go to war for that man.
God knows what else you would have done for him.
Ending that threat was the right thing to do.
Everything she's done has been in support of you.
Stop talking.
You may not see that now, but, Madam President, I pro Stop.
[DOORKNOB RATTLES] How you doing in there? [SIGHS] [CHUCKLES] I keep thinking about the day we met.
Standing in the conference room, informing me in front of my entire staff that the reason I was losing the primary was because I didn't love my wife.
I didn't even know your name, but I knew that I hated you.
Because you were right.
You're always right.
It's my least favorite thing about you.
And the thing I value the most.
But this time for once in your life you're wrong.
B613, Quinn You know how wrong you are.
You're too smart and too right all the time to not know that.
[SIGHS] I'm not going anywhere, Liv.
I'm gonna be right here.
So when you're ready open the door.
[CRYING CONTINUES] Oh, no, no, don't Don't don't do that.
[CRYING CONTINUES] Didn't you hear what I said? Come on.
Don't be like this.
I'm doing the best I can.
You, uh, you're leaving now? You You could wait till morning.
Oh, nah.
There's no sense in waiting.
Either way, I suck at goodbyes.
In case you couldn't tell.
Here, why don't you take her? I-I don't want her to wake up Quinn.
Um Oh, go on.
You have to support her back, like so, - and her head.
- Okay.
With the back.
Okay, now pull your shoulder forward.
[LAUGHS] Okay.
- Okay.
- Then across, yes.
[LAUGHS] If she starts to fuss, um, try humming a little, uh, deep in your chest.
[HUMMING] [HUMMING] See? She recognizes your voice.
From before.
You know, ohh.
She'll never forget it.
Thank you.
Well? What do you think? It's good.
Keeps Mellie clean.
While still praising her leadership and touting your achievements.
You say you're proud.
I am proud.
But also ready to move on.
That, too.
Resigning as Chief of Staff.
I know how to do that.
As for B613 that'll take time.
Unfortunately, it has to happen be immediately.
Time for Jake.
So that he can dismantle it.
I won't be a part of that.
I can't be a part of that.
I'm not admitting I was wrong.
I tried.
To reason.
To listen to everything all of you said to me, and still, I can't seem to admit I was wrong.
Which is how I know [VOICE BREAKING] what I can admit is that I have to stop.
I can't continue.
Not like this, not anymore.
I'm sorry.
I wish I could say that to the person who needs to hear it the most Quinn.
I'm sorry.
But I can't, so [INHALES SHARPLY] So I'm saying it to all of you when I still can.
I'll announce my resignation at tonight's briefing.
After that I don't know what happens after that.
But I-I just know that it's time.
You're not.
I'm fine.
[SIGHS] I am doing the right thing.
You always do.
[SNIFFLES] I'll make the arrangements.
We'll head back to D.
within the hour.
You set a meeting with White House Counsel? I did.
You don't want to do that, Madam President.
[CHUCKLES] Do you know where Olivia's been for the last 24 hours? I know you don't because you were asking Secret Service to tell you.
Well I've just found out.
She was in Vermont.
Fitz led with legs wide open for eight years and we barely made a peep.
Should we have killed Olivia? Blown up her plane? Would that have been the "right thing to do"? That man spilled his DNA all over this White House and all I did was [SIGHS] This isn't about B613, Jake.
This is about Olivia.
She's bad for this country.
And if you can't see that, you are as big a fool as I've been.
[INHALES DEEPLY] That's all, Admiral Ballard.
[DOOR OPENS] [CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING] [KNOCK ON DOOR] Vermont? It wasn't what you think.
Oh, that's a relief.
Because I think Command was rolling around in a pile of leaves with her boyfriend - while a coup was happening in the White House.
- I got your messages, Jake.
I'm up to speed.
So? [SIGHS] Yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah It's tomorrow's problem.
Meaning? - Did I miss the fireworks? - You're right on time.
I'm amazed it hasn't leaked to the press yet.
Resignation of the Chief of Staff is major news.
Tonight I'm about to lose every last friend I've ever had.
Except you.
With music by our side What is going on, Liv? Quiet.
No more talking.
Let's work together to improve our way of life PRESS SECRETARY: Good evening, everyone.
I know y'all are eager to go home.
So let's make this one quick and painless, shall we? Where's Liv? She could be waiting until after the updates, but - But what? - Look at Audrey.
Not one bead of sweat.
Not one stutter.
She doesn't know the Chief of Staff is about to resign.
Two hours ago, a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico was upgraded to Tropical Depression #7.
The National Weather Service is keeping a close eye on it.
Permits have been issued for marches in D.
and other U.
cities highlighting undocumented workers' contribution to the U.
- Mr.
President - Let's give her more time.
The President will be releasing comments in support Come on, Liv.
for non-citizens working in service sector jobs.
Tomorrow morning, the President will host a prayer breakfast for congressional leadership in the State Dining Room.
The non-denominational event will be attended by religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Baha'i faiths.
She's not coming out, is she? Of course not.
She played us.
Like a fiddle.
It's time to give a damn Let's work together, come on, yeah People of the world today Are we looking for a better way of life Hi.
You've reached Olivia Pope.
Please leave a message.
[SIGHS] We need to get to work.
You need to go to Mellie first thing, shut this insurrection down for good.
Put a kill folder together.
Remind Mellie of her sins.
It'll get her off her high horse and back into the reality of ruling.
Can I say a thing? Mellie's problem is that she's lost faith in you.
Maybe in this case, the carrot might be more effective Jake.
That wasn't a suggestion.
It was an order.
We have to turn her in.
ABBY: With what evidence? We have a recording and a doozy of a conspiracy theory.
Which means we just have a recording.
It's not enough to prosecute Olivia for Quinn's murder.
The best we can do now is build a circumstantial case against her - for the assassination of Rashad.
- That's not good enough.
If we don't have evidence that Liv acted alone, Mellie could go down with her.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm not okay with burning the first woman President of the United States.
I can try to give Mellie cover.
You mean assuming Olivia hasn't killed you by then.
- Thank you for that, Abby.
- Might still be worth a shot.
Prosecuting Liv means exposing B613, telling the world that the United States isn't a nation governed by laws but by the whim of a single person with unchecked power.
It won't just be the end of Mellie's administration.
The very idea of a nation of the people, by the people and for the people will be called into question.
I'm sorry, Huck.
But it's not worth it.
So what do we do now? What's this? - A kill folder.
- On? You.
Go ahead.
Open it.
Read about every terrible thing you've ever done.
[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS] The faked miscarriage, election rigging, every dirty secret.
Admiral, you better tell me what the hell you think you're doing.
Oh, it's not what I'm doing, Madam President.
All of this? Compliments of Olivia Pope.
- She sent you to threaten me? - She did.
But I don't think you need to be threatened.
I think you need to be advised.
On your survival.
You will not be able to survive without B613.
You need B613.
You need someone watching your back.
Protecting you, protecting this great republic.
Someone whose only agenda is those two missions.
You need someone you can trust.
Someone who will listen to you and give you a voice and include you in every decision, no matter how difficult.
[JANET JACKSON'S "BLACK CAT" PLAYS] All the lonely nights I spend alone Never around to love me You're always gone 'Cause you're hanging out Breakin' the rules Oh, the man has come Looking for you What's going on? You tell me.
Don't understand why you insist On ways of living such a dangerous life Time after time, you stay away And I just know that you're telling me lies Black cat, nine lives Short days, long nights Livin' on the edge Not afraid to die Heart beat real strong But not for long Better watch your step or you're gonna die What did you do? Black cat, nine lives Short days, long nights Livin' on the edge