Olivia and her team become the focus of an investigation directed by Cyrus Beene on Scandal. The Amanda Tanner debacle sparks a heated argument between Olivia and Cyrus. Olivia and Co. help a dictator recover his family whom he believes to be kidnapped.
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.