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Olivia: I did what I had to for my client. I made a tough call. You don't like it, Abby, too bad. It's my name on that door, not yours.
Abby: Don't talk to me about tough calls or names on the door...When Charles fractured three of my ribs and broke my jaw and threw me out into the snow in my nightgown, Olivia Pope took a tire iron and broke his knee cap and got me the best divorce attorney in the state and got me out of that marriage. It's what Olivia does. It's who you are. You are the gladiator. I would gladly follow you over a cliff, but you've gotta show up. You gotta be a warrior. You don't get to pick and choose when the real Olivia Pope walks through that door. You made the wrong call.

President: Would it be so bad if all this ended?
First Lady: What?
President: I wanted to help people. That was the point. I got in this job to help people, not for the job. I could find better ways to affect change.
First Lady: What's going on? What happened?
President: Would it be so bad if this ended?
First Lady: Yes, it would be so bad if this ended. It would be catastrophic. Now pull yourself together, dammit, you've got a speech to give.

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.

First lady: You needed one chance to sleep in.
President: I'm the leader of the free world. I do not sleep in.
First Lady: Why aren't you sleeping?
President: Mel...
First Lady: I just want you to have what you need. You know that.

In a case like this, perception is more important than evidence. The truth doesn't matter. He looks guilty, he is guilty.

Olivia

Quinn: So, we lost? I mean, what happens when we lose? We're just...done?
Olivia: We're never done. If we lose this round, we prep him for appeal. If we lose that, we prep him for a second appeal because what ever happens, there's always another move. Whatever happens, we do not give up. It is my name on that door and I do not give up.
Abby: It's not personal.
Harrison: She really doesn't like the word "lose."

Lab tech: You're not a cop.
Harrison: Not even close.
Lab tech: Usually all we get down here are cops, sometimes lawyers, but you're not a lawyer either.
Harrison: I'm definitely not a cop, some days I'm a lawyer, but today, I'm just a single man looking for evidence.
Lab tech: Are you flirting with me?

Quinn: [on the phone with Gideon] Hey, Gideon? Hi. It's Quinn Perkins, from Olivia Pope and Associates. I was wondering if you wanted to grab a drink with me tonight if you're not busy. If you are, it's completely and totally fine. we could do it another time or tomorrow or next week or never at all ever.
Huck: [eavesdropping] You're weird.
Quinn: I'm not weird.
Huck: Weird is good.
Quinn: Thank you.

Quinn: Hey, what are you doing here?
Huck: Setting you up...Put your hair down, and take that jacket off. Flirt just enough, but not too much, and do not let him see you home.
Quinn: I can handle myself.
Huck: I heard you on the phone. You need to be set up.

President: Why did you invite her to the State dinner?
First Lady: Olivia?
President: Why would you do that?
First Lady: Because you needed to see her. I trust that tonight, you'll sleep like a baby.

President Grant: You think they'll get past this?
Olivia: I don't know how they can.
President Grant: I think that those two people want to be together. I think that love, at the end of the day, is stronger than some mistakes somebody made. Something they did that they regret. I think that love allows for forgiveness. Don't you?

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Scandal Season 1 Quotes

Harrison: I'm not a baby lawyer. I'm a gladiator in a suit. Because that's what you are when you work for Olivia. You're a gladitor in a suit. You want to be a gladiator in a suit. You gotta say it.
Quinn: I want to be a gladiator in a suit.

Quinn, this is not a blind date. On blind dates I like to buy a woman dinner because it makes her more likely to sleep with me or give me a second date. When I buy you dinner, you'll know I'm interested.

Harrison
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