Mellie: How are you holding up?
Olivia: Me? I'm fine.
Mellie: It's not easy living a lie, pretending everything's perfect when it's not. I learned that lesson a while ago. I keep asking myself, what am I going to do? I mean, I can keep the stories going for so long until...What if he never wakes? What am I gonna do? What are you going to do? Do you ever ask wonder that? What you're gonna do without him?

[to Olivia] Leap of faith? It's swallowing tacks and expecting to puke up a unicorn.


[to Sally] In a game of Texas Hold 'Em, and that's all that life ever really is, you never want to tip your hand. So get someone else to do your bidding.


There's a whole other layer of D.C., you know, where real politics happen. Where decisions are made. Not about democracy or the flag, but power. This is about things that go bump in the night. Stuff that regular Americans never hear about. This is the real deal. We don't question Liv on this.


Harrison: We're out of our depth. Liv runs with the big dogs. And you know, I'm starting to think...
Abby: What?
Harrison: Liv worked in the White House. The President was shot. Huck's in jail for doing it. One of the richest men--Hollis Doyle--might be behind it. This is next level stuff. Grassy knoll-level stuff.

[to David] No one wants to see you succeed more than I do, but you can't just talk about wearing the white hat. You can't just fight the good fight. We live in the real world. Remember that.


Pat: I just wanted to see how things were going.
David: I can't tell you because telling you would be a violation of the Patriot Act and I might end up in the basement of the Pentagon being beaten and then waterboarded to within an inch of my life. Not that that ever happens.

[to Cyrus and Olivia] We all got in bed with the Devil together and nobody wants to go to Federal prison. So I wrote a letter and I signed it. I broke the law. I broke the Constitution. And I would do it again.


[to Cyrus and Olivia] Because we let that snake, Hollis, play in our garden for so long we can't turn him in to the Feds, or turn him over to the cops, or to the courts and wait for justice to be served. Because we have to protect Fitz. We have to protect secrets.


[to Cyrus and Olivia] I can sign Fitz's signature in my sleep. I can do it perfectly. I've been doing it since he was governor. But I did not sign this paper lightly. I did not sign this without using my head. I'm not some man reacting out of rage and then thinking later. I am a woman. So I thought about it. And I made my decision.


Olivia: Do you understand that we live in a democracy? With laws and rules and civil discourse? This is not Nicaragua. You can't just--
Cyrus: What, steal the White House? Yes, we can. It's been done before. Will be done again.

I'm a US Attorney, gentlemen. I represent the United States of America. The United States of America is in this room. So you need to watch how you treat the prisoner on American soil.


Scandal Quotes

There is no us! There is no this! There is no Vermont! There is no jam! There's no future. Not anymore.

Olivia [to Fitz]

Olivia: I don't want normal, and easy, and simple. I want..
Edison: What? What do you want, Olivia?
Olivia: I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love. Don't you want that, too?
Edison: Love is not supposed to be painful or devastating. Love isn't supposed to hurt, Liv.