Scandal Round Table: "Enemy of the State"

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Have you stopped reeling from all of the excitement of this week's Scandal yet?

"Enemy of the State" asked as many questions as it answered and left us wondering who we can trust and whether or not our heroes will win this war with the White House. Our Round Table panel of Jim Garner, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker and Christina Tran attempt to answer a few of those questions in this edition of the TV Fanatic feature.

See what they thought and then sound off in the comments.


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Jim: I really enjoyed the presentation to Cyrus about Olivia and her team. We got a good amount of background on each of them told to us quickly in a way that totally fit within the context of the show. Nicely done!

Leigh: I actually loved the opening, it really humanized Olivia. It also showed the bond between the coworkers that Stephen would show up in the middle of the night with Shiraz for Olivia to guzzle. Did anyone else think that Stephen knew about Olivia's affair? This isn't the first time I've thought that, but I was sure it was going to come out.

Miranda: The closing. It felt like learning the characters' stories and connection to Olivia was the perfect build-up to seeing them back her no matter what in this war against the White House. Amanda Tanner's simultaneous kidnapping was a great set-up for whatever twist is coming next.

Christina: Hands down the best scene was Cyrusís speech to Fitz. Every single word was delivered absolutely perfectly.

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Who do you think Amanda Tanner called?
Jim: I think it was the First Lady. There is more to that woman that meets the eye and I suspect she has her own agenda we aren't aware of... yet.

Leigh: Totally agree with Jim that it could've been the First Lady.

Miranda: I don't think she called the First Lady, but I do think she called someone who might have ties to the First Lady, or to someone in the White House.

Christina: My bet is also on the First Lady.

Who had the better rant: Abby to Olivia or Cyrus to Fitz?
Jim: Both were so amazing. But Abby wins out for me. Telling someone you would follow over a cliff that they made a huge mistake and that they haven't been "in the game" fully is tough and Abby did a great job. Besides, who knew Olivia picked up a tire iron?

Leigh: Close call. I love the unabashed honesty that Cyrus speaks to Fitz with. However, Abby to Olivia revealed a lot about their background and felt really personal. I would say that was better by a hair.

Miranda: While I appreciated Abby's outburst, I loved everything about Cyrus' speech to the President. Everything. So I'm going with that. 

Christina: Please refer to my answer for the very first question. Cyrus was awesome, and I like that I am finally starting to forget him as Thatcher Gray.

Should Quinn have taken Harrison's advice on ending things with Gideon Wallace?
Jim: Give than "Quinn" didn't exist before 2008 I'm not sure what agenda she has with Gideon, I suspect she maybe staying close to him because of his "other source" and dating him is as good of reason as any to be close.

Leigh: No. I think Quinn is far smarter and stronger than she lets on. She needs to be allowed to make some of her own decisions.

Miranda: Hmm, at first I thought "yes. She's being stupid. She just had to lie like Harrison said she would." But after seeing Leigh's answer, maybe not. Maybe Quinn does know what she's doing after all.

Christina: Probably. I foresee an "I told you so" moment or seeing Quinn's choice bite her in the ass in the near future.

Amanda was left home all alone. A mistake by Olivia or convenient plot point? 
Jim: Olivia told Amanda twice that Fitz was the most powerful man in the country. Given her attention to details, there's no way should would have just "forgotten" to have someone guarding or watching Amanda. Seems like a convenient plot point to me.

Leigh: Olivia is too busy to babysit Amanda all the time. I think she figured her building was secure and she trusted that Amanda wouldn't leave. She also trusted that Amanda wasn't lying, little did she know about that phone call.

Miranda: Both? Sure, it's convenient for the plot that Amanda would be there alone, but Olivia had no reason to think she wouldn't be safe there. And besides, Olivia's human and this helps prove it, you know?

Christina: I'm totally with Miranda on this one and believe it's a mix of both reasons. By the way, you've got to love the way Amanda was stolen away while Fitz was showing on TV.


Does anyone remember olivias monologue from last weeks episode when she was talking to the dictator of.what she would do if he doesn't let his wife raise the kids ? Can someone copy and paste please ?


Does anyone remember olivias monologue from last weeks episode when she was talking to the dictator of.what she would do if he doesn't let his wife raise the kids ?


1. Cyrus' speech was my favorite part. I was also impressed by an earlier scene where Stephen visits Olivia and she starts to unravel in front of him. Not only was it well acted,, but it also alluded to the kind of friendship Stephen and Olivia shared.
2. No idea who Amanda called. I'd say either the Vice President or the FLOTUS, but there aren't enough clues yet.
3. Definitely Cyrus. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a monologue this much. Abby's rant was good too.
4. Quinn should listen to Harrison, as exhausting as this may seem. Unless she has an ulterior motive for seeing Gideon, she should end that doomed relationship. Way too many conflicts of interest.
5. I don't know.


My theory is that the First Lady initiated all this drama around Amanda to take her revenge on Liv.She knew about their affair and she knows that he husband still loves her. From judging the course of the series, I think that she is currently reaching her goal as the President started to fight Liv. What do you think?


I loved the investigation of Olivia and her team (I agree that it was an awesome device to delve deeper into the characters), but I also loved the scenes with Olivia and Team Pope (w/Stephen at the beginning, then w/Huck guarding her office, then with Abby's rant). Great set ups to show why they would go to war for her. I think Amanda called Billy. I don't trust him. He's the VP's guy. I also thinks he knows about Fitz and Liv and sent the tape. Cyrus had the better rant because Jeff Perry is a genius. Cyrus is one of my favorite characters now. He gardens! He has a hot husband! But thumbs down to all of his digs at Olivia. Amanda at home alone...not sure if it's a plot point or Olivia being careless. If Amanda would stop calling people and go off the radar, she'd be a bit safer, right? Quinn is in over her head. But kudos to her if she's trying to find Gideon's other source.


-so hard to pick just one. The entire episode was fantastic. I lived the beginning seeing Olivia vulnerable and Stephen there. Also loved her scene with Huck and how ridiculously protective of her he is. The breakdown of the team was nice too. As was abby and Cyrus speeches and the end.
-first lady or maybe the chief of staff who pretends to be oblivious but probably isn't.
- both were too good for wires. Abbys was powerful and so blunt and raw. Cyrus was witty and well delivered.had me wondering how many takes had to be done on that bad boy.
-both. Olivia is busy but really? No guard at all? She shouldn't have even been home anymore that was too convenient.


Cyrus's rant to Fitz was beyond fantastic. He read him and left him there to lick his wounds. I couldn't even say anything after that. The thing with Amanda Tanner is a conspiracy at its finest. The first lady proved that she isn't that innocent and stupid as lets on in last week's episode. Poor Olivia; I almost want her to be like House and always come out on top, but then it wouldn't make her human now would it? P.S., I loved that subtle moment between Olivia and the crazy ex-CIA guy. It was understated but it shows how much he cares about her and how he would do anything for her.


So right now Fitz is waiting for Olivia to wake the hell up. Her gut is wrong here in some instances because of her feelings for Fitz. In one interview a cast member said Olivia Pope's weakness is the Oval Office.


I loved Cyrus' rant and the confrontation between Liv and Abby, but the latter was in my opinion the best. As a viewer, I was allowed entry into this world of Olivia Pope and although some have stated that this reverance for this character is outrageous, I believe it is justified. Olivia Pope has lived, for the most part, a squeaky clean life. The investigator even stated that she is "purer than Mother Teresa". So it is easy to see how Fitz became her only major "error" and it has left her vulnerable. Considering what she did for Abby, I understand why she ensues such loyalty. This is the same for her whole team. Also, I am not surprised by the fact that Liv left Amanda alone. Liv is not thinking straight period. Her gut is not working for her right now, because she is too emotionally invested in the situation with Amanda. Goldwyn stated in an interview that Fitz "at the bottom of his heart, he has some faith that Olivia will ultimately see the truth of him eventually". So right now, Fitz is waiting...


1. Cyrus' speech
2. I don't know but maybe no one we've seen yet.
3. Cyrus
4. Yes but I think Quinn's putting on an act and the relationship is a gamble
5. Both


Scandal Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

President: The way I see it, all roads lead back to Amanda Tanner. She's saying we had an affair. She's saying she's carrying my child. Without her, there's nothing but that tape. And without her, that tape is just a guy who sounds vaguely like me. There's no proof. Nobody even takes that tape seriously without it being vouched for, which means our problem is Amanda Tanner and she's not our problem. She's a kid. Our real problem is Olivia Pope.
Cyrus: You realize--
President: I got into this job to help people, to change this country for the better. I am the President of the United States of America. It's time I acted like it.
Cyrus. Thank you, Mr. President.

Olivia: You seem awful chipper about all this, Cyrus.
Cyrus: I am. I am. I'll tell you why. I'm a workaholic and my sweet husband doesn't let me work on Sundays unless there's a war, which is why I hate Sundays and I really hate to garden. So you can see why I'd be excited because there is, in fact, a war. There's a bloody, scary war starting right now.
Olivia: You and I are going to war? That's what you want? Fine.
Cyrus: [laughs] Oh. no. I'm sorry. I wasn't clear. This isn't my war. You know who sent me here The President of the United States sent me here, to this office, to deliver these piles of dirt. I'm not the general. I'm not the bad guy. I'm just an errand boy who doesn't have to garden anymore. President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III has declared war on you, Olivia, and he does so with the full force of the White House and the legion of men and women who work in the United States government. May God have mercy on your soul.