05x12 - Wild Card

How about you have dinner with me?

Previously on "Scandal"...

I'm glad you could get past your issues with me.

This isn't happening again.

Yes, it is.

We don't want your stinking education bill.

[Crowd concurs, applause]

Vargas: The world is changing, and we have got to change with it.



Mm. [Chuckles]


[Car door opens]

Sir, I am so sorry to disturb you.

Abby... you remember Lillian Forrester?

Of course. Hello, Ms. Forrester.

[Clears throat]

Hello, Abby.

Sir, if I could just have a moment of your time on a very, very urgent matter of the utmost importance.

This can wait.

No, this won't take long.

It takes as long as it takes. I'm not mad. I'm fine.

It's kind of sexy, actually.

You're the leader of the free world.

Hottest excuse I've ever gotten.

I'm sorry about this.

I'll make it up to you another night.

You better.

Nice to see you again, Abby.

[Car door opens, closes]


Are we at war?

Did California fall into the ocean?

Abby, speak.

The thing is, we haven't run the scenarios, set up the infrastructure, done any strategic planning.

What in God's name are you talking about?

You're Wild Carding, sir.

You know what that means.

Please tell me you know what that means so I don't have to say more words.

Of course you don't, because the universe hates us both.

Okay, so, uh, the code for when a President has a female friend that is not, um, regular, is called a Wild Card.

And so when you are out with a woman, and it seems like you might... have a good time, the guys in the bunker call it...

Wild Carding.


Abby... This is none of your business.

It is, sir. Wild Carding is my business.

Look, no judgments.

If you want to spend the night at her home, there are protocols... Plans that have to be made.

Secret Service schedules that need to be adjusted.

Extra drivers booked.

The ambulance has to be restocked and crewed.

Routes to major trauma centers have to be plotted as well as the distances to Marine One and Air Force One.

The football has to be in attendance, as does the mobile command center.

We never did any of this with Olivia.

We did.

Secret Service put in an entire unit in the basement after Liv's kidnapping.

So I need to make a plan.

I need to put in a request to get laid?

That's what you're telling me?

There's some sort of form I need to fill out to get it on?

I'm telling you that once you're done having a good time, a team of specialists will have to come in and sweep your date's home to remove any and all traces of your DNA.

Stop talking.

Including hair, skin cells, saliva, and semen.

This is for your safety.

Stop talking.

As you know, since 2011, 14 countries have been collecting the DNA of world leaders in pursuit of creating individualized weapons...

Stop. Talking.

Get as far away from me as you possibly can, and never bring this up again.


[Camera shutter clicking]

There are only two seasons in Washington, lovers of Liberty...

Tax season, a shameful time when your nation's leaders rob you blind for their own amusement and unending sloth...

And election season, a shameful time when your nation's leaders offer you empty platitudes in exchange for your votes and your hard-earned cash.

I can smell the change in the air.

It smells like hair spray and apple pie and fresh manure, like America itself.

And, by God, that must be why I love it.

So let's rejoice, lovers of Liberty.

All the leaves are brown, but the sun is out, and the sky is blue.

[Camera shutter clicking]

"Lady in Waiting: My Story... [Laughs] My Turn."

[Chuckles] Good title.


I told you to get yourself some real power, and you did...

Mellie Grant will be a formidable candidate.

And more importantly, you didn't let your complicated history with the woman deter you.

You didn't make it personal.

You saw your chance, and you pounced.



I do have a request.

I'm listening.

It involves Jake.

I'm still listening.

Well, Jake isn't built like us.

He's always up for the fight, but he doesn't live for it, not like we do.

The chaos stokes our fire, it lights our blood.

Jake, on the other hand, he was practically an orphan when I brought him in.

What do orphans crave at heart?

The things they were denied...

Family, stability, the normal life.

He's head of the NSA. That's not normal.

I'm not talking about the warrior.

I'm talking about the man.

He's seeing someone.

Someone he likes very much.

It's not like we're a couple.


Jake is an adult, Dad.


Yeah, you're right.

[Both chuckle]

I'm sorry.

I've overstepped... again.

I just want what's best for both my kids.


Mellie Grant.

I'm proud of you.

You're drinking from the chalice now.

[Camera shutter clicking]

We have to keep fighting for a better America...

A stronger America.

And I have the experience and the passion to lead the fight, which is why I'm running to be the next President of the United States of America.

[Cellphone rings]


Answer it.


Tell her she was great.


Tell her now.

I'm not answering that phone.

You were great!

Aw, thank you. I was so nervous.

Well, you didn't seem nervous.

It was very presidential.

Thank you.

I wish I could have been there.

I wish you could have, too.



Since you weren't there, I wanted to see if maybe you wanted to come over for dinner tomorrow.

Casey's at her grandma's for a few days, so I have the house to myself.

You do?


Maybe it's not a great idea, huh?

No, no, it is. I'd love to.

You sure?

Yes, absolutely.

Great. 7:00.

7:00 it is.

What does she want?

She wants to see a movie.

Mm. Adorable.

Turn over.

Busy tonight?


I mean, barring acts of war and what have you, I should be free. Text me.



You're one creepy b*st*rd, you know that?


What are you doing here?

We need to talk. Can I come in?

What have you found... on Jake, on Rowan?

Huck, I...

I'd like to believe that you're collecting Intel, figuring out what Jake and Rowan are up to.

Otherwise, you're just sleeping with the enemy, and the Liv that I know would never do that.

Jake and my father aren't up to anything.

Say that again.


Say that again so you can hear how ridiculous it sounds.

Huck, I think you should...

Jake is living with your father.

He is still being controlled by your father.

He killed someone to become head of the NSA because your father told him to do it.

Do you honestly think that's where it ends?

That your father's finished?

When has that man ever been finished, Liv?

No one is up to anything, Huck.

There is no Intel to collect.

[Chuckles lightly]

When you snap back to reality and realize what's really going on, you know where to find me.

[Door opens, closes]

Ethan: Francisco Vargas.

He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Philadelphia.

His parents immigrated from Mexico.

Mother was a nurse. Father was an economist.

Has a less successful younger brother.

Francisco was a great student, gifted athlete.

After graduation, he went into the military and fought in the first Gulf War.

When he came home, he married his high-school sweetheart and enrolled at Penn State.


He was elected to the Philadelphia City Council when he was 32.

He was mayor at 36, and two years ago, he became the first Hispanic governor of Pennsylvania.

He's pro-choice, pro-gun, pro-growth, pro-Earth, pro-science, pro-religion.

He has a 95% approval rating with liberals and 51% from conservatives.

[Chuckles] Somehow, he seems to appeal to everyone.

He has three kids in public school.

He effectively manages his sodium intake.

He plays guitar in a popular Philly alt-country band, and he hunts with a crossbow.

[Laughs] Okay.


Give it to me.


The bad stuff.

The bad stuff.

The dirt! The corruption!

The sleazy oil deal, the developer payoff, the infant son he has in Chicago with the girlfriend he bangs at the governor's retreat every year.

The bad stuff!

Come on, give it to me.

There is no bad stuff.

There's bad stuff.

I didn't find any.

Then you just didn't look hard enough.

No, there isn't any, because I looked.

And if there was bad stuff, and I didn't find it, and you did, then...

This guy's clean.

The only thing bad about Francisco Vargas is nobody knows who he is.

He has no national profile whatsoever.

I'd literally never even heard of the guy until you called and asked me about him.

Why are we looking into Francisco Vargas anyway?

What was he doing in the Gulf War?

He was Special Forces.

Special Forces.

Goodbye, Ethan.

[Door opens, closes]

He's gone.

What was that about?

That? That was about revolution.


That was about freedom.

That was about liberation.

Years from now, when they open their history books, my face will be what they see, because everything that happens next is going to be signed, sealed, and delivered by Cyrus Rutherford Beene.

It's time to go to work.

What kind of work?

We're making the next President of the United States.

Get dressed.

We have a lot of work to do.

[Camera shutter clicking]

Hey, don't say anything about how big this suitcase is.

I'm going away for the weekend with my boyfriend.

Like I'm a regular person with a cat or something.

Okay, I got us candy, magazines.

I may have overdone it with the chips, but we have four hours on the road, and I believe in us.



What's wrong?

I just got a call from an old buddy of mine.

We killed a lot of people together back in the day. Hmm.

Anyway, his wife's out of town. He got called in to work.

And he needs me to watch his kid.

Someone wants you to babysit?

I probably wasn't the first call, but this guy and I, we've got each other's back.

When I say I'm gonna kill somebody, I kill somebody.

When I say I'm gonna watch someone's kid, I watch the kid.

You don't have to come.

And leave you alone with a child?

[Scoffs] Yeah, I don't think so.


You're seeing someone.

He told you.

I was sure he wouldn't.

I can never figure him out.

You think he's gonna go one way...

Turns around, goes the exact opposite.

Who is she?


Does it matter? Do you care?


Are you gonna tell me who she is?

You sound like you care.

I sound practical.

You're dating now. Fine.

You want to run around with a bunch of women, good for you.


Play, have an orgy.

Liv, there is only one woman.

We've been dating for a while.

So, this is serious.


She's special.

You'd like her.

And you don't need to worry about anything.

She and I are very safe.

We're safe. You're safe.



[Camera shutter clicking]


I'm very sorry about last night.

You're angry at me, and I understand that.

I-I approached it all wrong, and...

Because I don't know what I'm doing. I admit that.

There have only been two other single presidents besides you.

The last one was Grover Cleveland in 1886.

There is no roadmap here. There are no protocols.

We're flying blind, so I don't know what I'm doing.

But what I do know is that you can't date Lillian, or anyone else, for that matter, until we sit down and make a plan.

[Telephone beeps]

Charlotte, get me Lillian Forrester.

Lillian, it's Fitz.

Are you free tonight?

[Indistinct conversations]

Hey. [Sighs]

I was kind of saving that seat for somebody else.

For your son. I know.

You guys have been meeting here every other Saturday since the divorce.

Your wife... ex-wife... Wants nothing to do with you.

But your son, well, he is your biggest supporter.

[Chuckles lightly]

Your only supporter who's not a white supremacist, as far as I can tell.

I'm sure that if anything ever happened to him, you would be devastated.

Wouldn't you, Wayne?

What do you want?

It is not what I want.

It is what you want, Wayne.

Most parents, their child gets into trouble, faces death, they pray to God and say, "God, take me instead.

Spare my baby. Let them live."

Are you that kind of parent, Wayne?

Willing to sacrifice your life for theirs?

Yes or no?



That is good to hear, Wayne.

We have our guy.

Cyrus: Good work, Tom.


Oh, thank God you're back.

The President is out of control.

Out of control.

Did Grover Cleveland's press secretary have to deal with this?

I tried to talk to him, but he's behaving like a horny teenager.

Do you know that when I went into his office to try to talk to him earlier...

Okay, just tap it in, nice and easy.

And keep your eye on the hole, okay.


You got this.

I thought you were supposed to keep your eye on the ball.

Could be. I don't play golf.



Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go!

Come on. Come on. Come on! Go, go go!


I did it, Uncle Charlie! A hole-in-one!

That's what I'm talking about!

Way to go, buddy!

[Camera shutter clicking]


Don't close the door.

[Door closes]

Have you seen the numbers?

What numbers?

Susan's poll numbers since she announced.


They're amazing.

What are you doing?

I'm taking off my shirt.

No. Why?

So we can celebrate.

You want to celebrate Susan's poll numbers by having s*x with the man she's in love with?

No. I can't do that.

Why not?

Because I can't.

Do you need to take something?

What? No.

It's nothing to be embarrassed about.

I'm joking. Obviously, it would be totally embarrassing.

I do not need to take something.

So then what's the problem?

The problem is I'm seeing her tonight.

Aw, to go see some nerd movie?

So what?

You're gonna sleep with her tonight, aren't you?

I don't want to be presumptuous. She said dinner.

Yes or no.

And that... Dinner could mean yes.

I think...


This is good.


This will make Susan happy, and we want Susan to be happy.

I cannot have s*x with you right now and then go have s*x with Susan tonight.

Maybe you need to take something.

No, no. Do you understand?

Why don't you understand? This is wrong.

[Mockingly] "I have to have s*x with two different women in one day, one of whom is smoking hot."


It's time to man up.

[Camera shutter clicking]

Rowan: Mellie's book is gonna be a hit.

It was substantive, revealing.

It was quite good.

Written by my gifted daughter.

There really is nothing that she cannot do.


Mellie wrote the book.

Hmm. I just helped.


We helped each other.


Why are you smiling?

I enjoy seeing this side of you.

You are happy.

And I think it's wonderful.

Hmm. More wine?


What about you?

What about me?

Are you... content, happy?

I couldn't be more so.

What with Jake getting to play in his NSA sandbox and you steering Mellie to the presidency...

[Clears throat] there's nothing left for me to do but sit back and enjoy my retirement.

[Clears throat] You look skeptical.

Only because just yesterday, you said something about chaos stoking your fire, lighting your blood.

I admit it took some time to get used to.

At first, I didn't know what to do with myself.

But once I started accepting the fact that I, Eli Pope, was done...

Olivia, against me, you will lose.

You're getting on that plane come hell or high water.

I can never tell if you're lying.

To be clear, I am the hell and the high water.

I can never trust my gut when it comes to you.

You're skipping around in a field full of bombs and mistaking them for daisies.

Get yourself some power.

Are you blind, Olivia?

Real power.

Do you really not know what you are?

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue power.

You don't have a father. You were raised by Command.

If I were you, I would pick up whatever chips you have left and run.

Run, Olivia.


I found myself in my office, sitting in my favorite club chair, relishing on all that was finally, deservedly... still.

To a happy retirement.

[Camera shutter clicking]

[Metal detector beeping]

It's your belt.



Your turn.

[Metal detector beeping]

Woman: Oh, my God. Were those gunshots?

Everybody stay calm.

Barbara, will you call security?

I'm gonna take a look around.

[Indistinct conversations]

Nobody's going anywhere.

This man... will be your target.

Waters: After announcing her presidential candidacy yesterday, Vice President Susan Ross has garnered quite a few supporters.

Early BNC polling indicates potentially strong support for the Vice President

across all demographics.

Come on, Mike.

However, Senator Mellie Grant

Local affiliates have been on this for two minutes.

Has received a huge bump

You should have this by now.

After a chapter from her upcoming memoir leaked last week.

Although she has yet to announce...

Come on, Mike.

H-Hold on, we're...

There we go, Mikey.

Let's see those "Breaking News" graphics.

We have breaking news from Pennsylvania, where I'm being told a gunman has entered... the State Capitol in Harrisburg.


Apparently the Governor of Pennsylvania, Francisco Vargas, is inside the building, and... two Pennsylvania Capitol police officers

were shot.

Three Capitol police officers, Mike.

I'm now being told...

Are you seeing this? It's terrible.

That at least two troopers...

I see it. And it is terrible.

Have been shot and killed...

Here, for the president.

And that there may be additional fatalities.

I'll go take the lid off the press room.

That is all we know at this moment.

Wait, you do it.


Alert the president about the shooting.

We will stay with this live breaking story.

No. He hates me.

He hates you because of the Lillian Forrester stuff.

This isn't Lillian Forrester.

It's bridge-building, fence-mending.

Some life-and-death stakes to get you back on his good side.

The State Capitol...

I'll keep an eye on this while you talk with him.

Pennsylvania Governor Francisco Vargas is inside with an unknown number of hostages.

We will return to this story...

Mr. President. Mr. President?!

Abby, what are you doing?

There was a shooting in the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

Governor Vargas is inside.

There are two known fatalities.

Which means I need to go, too.

Another instance of gun violence.

That's front page.

[Clears throat]

Miss Whelan.

I'll have an aide escort you out.

I know my way around.

This is exactly what I didn't want you to do.

Who do you think you are, telling me what you want me to do?

I wouldn't be telling you if you were listening.

You are totally out of line, Abby!

Do you have any idea how outrageous this is?

You could lose your job for this.

You could lose your job for that!

Bursting into my bedroom?

We burst into this bedroom all the time, at all hours, to tell you things you need to know.

That's the job. You want us to do that.

The only difference this time is that you're half-naked with some girl.

Why are you so obsessed with my personal life?

Because, unfortunately, your personal life is my professional life.

You're angry that it's not Liv.

That's what this is all about, isn't it?

That your friend's not warming my sheets.

Was she your power grab?

First of all, that's gross.

Second of all, yes, I am angry that it's not Liv.

Not because I care about you and Liv, but because Liv is Liv.

I trust her more than I trust anyone in the world.

You trust her. She is trusted.

She is one of us! She is family!

She holds our secrets! You were in love with her.

You were gonna spend the rest of your life with her.

She was family.

Liv was real.

Who the hell is Lillian?

What is this?

This is my life!

Stay out of it!

Or I will fire you.


Like I said...

There's been a shooting at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Governor Vargas is inside.

There have been two fatalities. This is what we know.

You are needed downstairs to do your job, Mr. President.

We do not yet know where exactly the governor is or whether he's safe.

But I'm being told now that he does have an extensive military background

fighting in the first Gulf War and acting...

That's Governor Vargas.

Yes. [Mutters]

The guy you had me look into.

Yes, Ethan.


What, did he get shot or something?

We do, however, have an I.D. on the shooter.

31-year-old Wayne Turner of Munson.

Turner, who worked for 10 years as a small-claims adjuster in Pittsburgh...

Look at those eyes, sir. Total monster.

His social-media pages show a rage toward government

and all authorities.

Probably had his reasons.

He also has ties to white supremacist groups...

But not good reasons.

In the Harrisburg area.

What motivated the lone gunman to infiltrate the State Capitol building and begin taking hostages is still unclear.

Geez, Robin, turn that off.

I'm getting word that a sing...

Uncle Charlie, what's wrong?

Oh, nothing, buddy. Just something for grown-ups on the TV.


Anchorwoman: Their approach to sharing... covered under... eclipsed... financial... the ribs for you.

I'm never going back

"Frozen"! I love Elsa!

Who doesn't?

The past is in the past

You're really good with kids.

Let it go

It's easy.

Let it go ♪ You just have to be in touch with your inner child.

And I'll rise like the break of dawn

And let it go.

Let it go, let it...

[Cellphone chimes, vibrates]

This damn shooting in Harrisburg.

I told them it's not a terrorist attack.

Do you think he's changed?


My father. Do you think he's changed for the better?

Yeah, sure.

Jake, look at me.

Look at me.

I have no compass with him.

I'm asking you, has he changed?

I'm not getting in the middle of you and your daddy issues.

I have to go.

Why did you move in with him?

What are you two doing in that house?

I have to go.

Okay, now you're just interfering with our national security.

What is it my father wants from you?

What is he making you do?

Nothing. He doesn't want anything from me.

No, Jake.

Why do you think he told me about your new girlfriend?

To get me to stop seeing you.

He was asking me to cut you out of my life.

He wants to isolate you, keep you and me as far apart as possible.

Because he knows I'll figure it out, whatever he's planning, whatever he's up to.

If I am close enough, then I am going to figure it out.

If you tell me, I can help you.

[Cellphone chimes, vibrates]

I have to go to work.

Rachel: The Governor said, "Let the others go. Take me. I'm the one you want."

And he was just so calm.

And then like a minute later, the guy let everybody go except for Governor Vargas.

I just hope he's gonna be okay.

Waters: If you're just joining us,

there are reports that just moments ago...

[Cellphone chiming]

a gunman entered the Pennsylvania State Capitol and at least two Capitol police officers have been shot.



Liv, I just wanted... to... talk.

Right now?

Where exactly the governor is,

or whether he's safe.

What's wrong?



[Sighs] I'm sorry.

I shouldn't have called.

What did he do?

That's just it.

You don't want to know.

I shouldn't have called.

You're right. I don't want to know.

I'm sorry.

No, don't be.


I-I have to go. My other line is ringing.

Okay, sure. Bye.

[Cellphone beeps]


From what I've gathered, this hostage taker's just another disgruntled loner blaming illegal immigrants for his personal failures.

So he's not connected to terrorists, domestic or otherwise?

He's acting alone.

Well, let's just hope he doesn't breed copycats.

This will be over soon.

I'm hearing from my FBI sources the local SWAT has sharpshooters in position.

As soon as they get a clean shot, he's a goner.

Good to hear.

I thought this was our guy. You told me this was our guy.

He is.

Cyrus: He's not our guy.

He is our guy. He'll do it. He'll shoot.

Says what, your spidey sense? [Sighs]

SWAT has sharpshooters in place.

They're gonna shoot that incompetent whack job you recruited.

They're gonna take our hero moment away from our hero and give it to some jackass sharpshooter.

At this point, there's nothing I can do.

Nothing?! You...


Failure is not one of your options.

Nothing is impossible.

So you grab your ass and you get creative and you do what needs to be done.

I don't care what it is. I do not care how you do it.

This is my day. I am the bride.

So you get me my hero moment.

And if you don't, you'll go back into whatever box you came out of and you'll stay there.

So what if I am sleeping with the enemy, turning a blind eye to whatever my father is up to with Jake?

I am choosing.

It's a choice.

I'm playing the game, and I'm playing it better than anyone.

And what game would that be?


What game would that be?

The one where I win.

You mean the one that requires all luck and no skill, no real information necessary?

I'll be sure to keep my fingers and toes crossed for you, Liv.

I have all the information I need.

You have no real information. How could you?

When you don't believe there's any information to collect.

You're not playing the same game as him.

You're not even on the same court.

Because I don't want to be!

Because you are that scared of losing.

Because the only winning move is not to play!

My father always wins.

He always wins.

You know that better than anyone.

How many holes do I have to pull you out of?

So don't lecture.

Don't give me a sermon like you don't know.

[Breathes shakily]

Your guy. He's coming out.

What? My...

My guy? I don't...

I never considered it before. But, yeah, you were made.

Just like us.

By him.

Why wouldn't you have a guy?

He's my father.

My father.

And at the end of the day, he will always look out for me.

He will always be on my side. He will always love me.

No. You don't have a guy.

You don't need one. You have your father.

He is your guy, and he is always out.

And you really do need him, because as long as he is by your side, nothing you do seems bad in comparison.

Your guy is always out, and he is the biggest, hungriest monster on the loosest leash in the world.

Huck... A monster does not change.

A monster is always hungry.

Do you not understand that when the monster gets hungry, he will turn around and eat you?

Listen, it's not too late to put that gun down and walk out of here with your life.

Stop. Talking.

In position. Hostage visible.

Zero visibility on the assailant.

Permission to fire if the target goes live?

Do you have kids?

My daughter's names are Sara and Anna.

Shut up.


Waters: I repeat, sources on the scene report what sounded like a single shot fired at the Pennsylvania Capitol building just seconds ago.

It is unknown whether it was the gunman, a man named Wayne Turner, who took the shot, or a police sniper firing into the building.

I'm... I'm sorry. O-Okay. Right.

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears Governor Francisco Vargas has been shot.

But he is alive and has apparently overpowered his captor, who is being apprehended by Harrisburg SWAT as we speak.

Cut to footage.


Cut to footage, cut to footage, cut to the damn footage.

We apparently have footage of Governor Vargas's heroic act.

We're gonna cut to that right now.

Take a look.


Unbelievable images this evening.

The heroic and selfless stand made by Governor Francisco Vargas.

If you hadn't heard of Francisco Vargas before tonight, then you will certainly know him by tomorrow morning.

We will return to this story after a quick break.

Man: Back it up, everyone. This side of the tape.

Here comes Vargas now, as you can see.

[Indistinct conversations]

This was the scene last night in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where Governor Francisco Vargas disarmed a deranged gunman in an act that many refer to now simply as "the tackle."

Here's what one of the hostages had to say

about the governor last night.


Rachel: The governor was incredible.

"He said," Let the others go.

Take me. I'm the one you want."

It never gets old.

He was just so calm.

[Clears throat]

And then like a minute later...


the guy let everybody else go except for Governor Vargas.


Abby: It's the private entrance to the residence.

Your residence.

I'll say we were discussing a story.

In bed?

Look at her hair.

Abby, I told you... My personal life is personal.

Not this time, it isn't. This time, it's political.

Is the President of the United States getting laid while a mass murderer roamed the halls of the Pennsylvania State Capitol?

I hadn't been made aware of that yet.

Doesn't matter. That's how they'll spin it.

You know that. I know that you know that.

Don't play dumb.

Okay. That's enough of...

Do you think that I like this?

I don't like this any more than you do, Mr. President.

Do you think I ever want to walk into a room and say "Did you wear a condom, sir?"


"Is your DNA inside of her?"

Abby! These are the questions that I do not ever want to ask.

And unless we have an understanding, protocols, a system, these are things I need to know to protect you.

I am trying to protect you.

And it's awful that I have to do this, that we have to do this, but this is where we are now.

A year from now, you will be a free man and you can rejoin the living and you can cavort with anyone you want, anywhere you want, in any way that you want, and I guarantee that I will never, ever interrupt you.

But until then, we're here now, and you know this is how it has to be.

So please don't fight me on this anymore.

And stop threatening to fire me, sir.

Either do it or don't do it.

But I will not be threatened again.

You want to fire me?

Fire me right now, Mr. President.


We should at least be on a first-name basis.

Because if I have to tell you about my s*x life, that officially makes you my closest friend in the world.



Thank you, Abby.

You're welcome...


[Cellphone rings]

Susan: Answer it.

No. It's okay.

You should answer it. It keeps ringing.

It's just work. It's not important.

[Laughs] Your work is always important.

You're the Attorney General of the United States.

[Cellphone vibrating]


How was it?

Can we talk later?

Wait. She's still there?

Yes, we're waiting on the verdict.

[Indistinct conversations]


Work wife is hard.

Very high divorce rate. Still the Lillian thing?

You know about the picture?

There's a picture.

And I'm gonna get devoured in the briefing.

This isn't going away, and you have been gone, and I know you are grieving your cousin...

Uh, it's difficult.

But I have to say it is not easy around here without you.

Red, you know I'd never tell you how to do your job.

Oh, yes, you would.

Do it. Please.

If you can't beat him, distract him.

Get what's his face from the Harrisburg thing into the Oval for a meet-and-greet.

At least, that's what I'd do.

Thank you.

Everyone loves a hero.

Everyone loves a hero.

Okay, kiddo. It's go time.

You walk in there and tell them your name.

Wait, you're not coming?

I can't, buddy.

Just go in and tell them who you are and that you need to find your mom, and they'll take it from there.

You can handle this, right, champ?


See you later, Max.

See you later, Uncle Charlie.

Oh. Okay.

Get out of here.


Tom: Most parents, their child gets in trouble, faces death, they pray to God and say, "God, take me instead. Spare my baby. Let them live."

Are you one of those parents, Wayne?

Willing to sacrifice your life for theirs?

Yes or no.


Hey, it's me.

The package you wanted delivered...

It's in the mail.


The money will be in your account within the hour.

I'm back. I know, I know.

Mini-vacays are totally not a thing around here.

Shame me all you want. I deserve it.

I hope it was worth it.

Um, God, it totally was.

Charlie and I ended up... We... we babysat a kid.

And it was fantastic.

If you say so.

God, I never thought I'd say it, but Charlie is going to make an awesome dad.

Where's Liv?

Right here. Huck, Quinn, come with me.

Don't mind me. I just work here.

Vanessa Moss.

I need a complete background check, a full surveillance at both home and office, a list of all property holdings, past and present.

I need information... Real information.

Are we clear on what game we're playing here?


Wait. Who is this? Who is Vanessa Moss?

The woman Jake is seeing.

Wait. This is what we're doing?

We're spying on Jake?


[Door opens]

[Camera shutters clicking]

Cyrus... [Clears throat] this is Governor Vargas.

Governor Vargas, Cyrus Beene. White House Chief of Staff.

It's a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Beene.

The pleasure is all mine, Governor. I assure you.

Abby: Okay. Right this way, Governor.

Thank you, sir.


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