Scandal (2012–2018): Season 2, Episode 7 - Defiance - full transcript

The team manages a billionaire who seems to have lost his sanity.

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NARRATOR: Previously on Scandal...

DO YLE: My problems
are your problems.

Put your wife on a leash.

I'm worried for James.

Yeah. I know what you mean.

Tell me what you need and I will do it.

Abby and David can't be together,
I can't tell you why, but they can't.

OLIVIA: Her ex-husband used
to beat her. You might want to use that.

HARRISON: Consider it handled.

Hospital photos of
Teresa Dunn's injuries.

I didn't touch her.

You look like a good guy but you're not.


There was Shayna, she was an artist.

We dated for five months.
But she didn't like to read.

That was an actual thing she said,
"I don't like to read," as if that is okay.

So, after her, I dated Maggie.
She loved to read.

She did not, however,
love to be monogamous.

Then there was Paulette...

- Edison. You've made your point.
- Have I?

Because I still haven't heard a single
detail about the men you've dated

- since we broke up.
- There's nothing to tell.

Because you're so ugly,
no one wants to be with you.

Because there's nothing to tell.

You won't be seen in public with me.
What am I supposed to think?

That every reporter knows my face

and it would become a story
that you're dating a professional fixer.

You're a United States senator.
The focus should be on you.

- What was his name?
- Edison...

Normal people talk. They share.
That is how a relationship works.

Okay, you want me
to tell you something? Fine.

But it's between us. And if I tell you,
you can't ask any questions.

- Are you in?
- I'm in.

When something big happens
in the Senate today,

you should be one of the first senators
to make a statement of support.


When something big happens
in the Senate today,

you should be one of the first senators
to make a statement of support.

This is you sharing?

Whoever he was,
he really hurt you, didn't he?


Harrison. You're going to
have to handle it.

You can handle incoming.

I have that other meeting and I'm late.

- Wait...
- Statement of support.

We haven't finished talking about this.

You're probably not even listening
to my messages anymore, Abby,

but I miss you, a lot,

and I know I keep saying this,

but that whole Teresa Dunn thing,
it's a complete lie,

and I'm gonna prove it to you,
and when...

Uh, I gotta go. It's a lie, Abby.

David Rosen?

- Thanks for meeting me.
- Sure.

All right. Shall we, uh...

What are you doing? Don't read it here.

I like to see what I'm getting.

Hollis Doyle wants to build a pipeline
through the middle of this country,

but it's a tough sell with the NIMB Ys
and environmentalists.

How does he do it? He rigs the voting.

Every single ballot measure in favor of
the pipeline won in the last election.

You're saying he rigged
the voting machines in these states?

It sounded crazy to me, too,
until I got a look at all this stuff.

No, I don't think so.

What? You barely looked at it.

You know how many
conspiracy theorists

bombard me with nonsense
every week?

I should have known when you asked
to meet at a national monument.

Don't treat me like I'm crazy.
I don't have an ax to grind,

I don't believe 9l11 was an inside job
or the phone company killed JFK,

I'm just a damn good lawyer
who stumbled onto something

I can no longer pursue
without losing the job I love.

So, please, just take a look at it.

At the end of the previous quarter,
the board considered,

but did not make a decision
regarding using cash flow...

That's my father. Harold Pierce, Sr.

- He doesn't look crazy to me.
- That was a year ago.




H. P? Baby?
You want this one shaken or stirred?



And that was the day before yesterday.
One of our servants sent it to us.

And that was right before
he told them all to, and I quote,

"Get out and go to hell."

As you can see,

my husband is clearly suffering
from some kind of psychotic break.

- Mom.
- My ex-husband.


ABB Y: Harold Pierce.
Dropped out of 10th grade

to help his family after his father died.

Sold radios door to door
throughout the lower Midwest.

Is that how he made his fortune?

HARRISON: Lowest figures
in the sales force.

Couldn't bear to take money
from the down and out,

so he spent most of his house calls
fixing people's radios.

Toying around,
figured out a better device

to find radio signals further away.
A chip.

It became the basis
for what's in every cell phone today.

Your divorce was recent.

Just last month. Out of the blue.

- Was it amicable?
- Oh, he was more than fair.

That's the problem.
He gave me &500 million.

Without complaint. With a smile.
That is not like him.

ABB Y: Married his high-school
sweetheart, had two kids

and spent the next 40 years
building an empire.

Son, Skip, started in the mailroom,
worked his way up to a corner office.

His new girlfriend, Jenna, became
a fixture on the Hollywood club scene.

She had a reality show,
but only for one season, sadly.

Well, it was flawed but highly addictive.

What kind of man quits his work,
takes up with some bimbo

and walks away from his own family
without so much as a look back?

- I mean, who does that?
- With all due respect,

if your dad wants to have
a mid-life crisis,

I'm not sure what Pope & Associates
can do about it.

If my dad was just my dad,
he'd be free to do whatever he wants.

But he's not, he's the face of
a multi-billion-dollar business empire.

That just happens to be having
an IPO in three days.

Have you crunched the numbers?

It's estimated that Pierce Industries
is worth about &35 billion.

Which sounds impressive,
until you realize that going public,

we're talking somewhere
in the hundreds of billions. Of dollars.

Unless the world learns
he's lost his marbles.

Remember the Insterstellar IPO?

Press discovered
sexual harassment charges

were filed against the founder and CEO.

Stock was offered at & 70,

ended the week
between four and five bucks.

ANNE: We're just worried that

the eccentricities
he's been displaying lately

will get out to the financial press.
Or worse.

He could show up on the trading floor
and make a scene.

You want us to help you
get through the IPO

and take the company public
without incident.

The Harold Pierce we know
would expect us to do nothing less.

ABB Y: So how do we keep him
from ruining his legacy?

From throwing 40 years of work
down the drain?


If we could prove
he's not in his right mind...

- We can get him committed.
- Involuntarily.

If we can get a court
to give Skip a legal guardianship...

Gather some ammunition.
Let's go to work, people.

- People?
- I'm lead on this.

- Oh, "Lead." Cool.
- (CHUCKLES) Super cool.

All right, let's hop to...

Don't say "people."

- Team?
- Better.



What if I go to rehab,
say I'm a sex addict?

In 60 seconds, you're going to
walk out to that podium,

read the statement in front of you, and
resign the Majority Leadership position.

This could all blow over. What if...

You had sex,
way more than the public knows about,

with a 21 -year-old intern.

The daughter of
one of your wife's best friends.

She was not that innocent in this,
believe me.

Let me tell you, these young girls...

Forty seconds. Look at me.

- This is over.

You have no support
within your party. Zero.

You walk out there,
read the statement I wrote for you,

and you get to remain a U.S. Senator.

(SIGHS) This is really happening.

It is. And it's happening to your family.
Your staff. Your friends.

All any of them want to hear right now
is how profoundly sorry you are.

How ashamed you are.

And how you're going to work
to regain their respect and their trust.







I have apologized personally
to the young woman and her family...

C YRUS: Governor Carmichael needs to
be called. It has to be personal.

Maybe ask him about his kid,
I think he has cerebral palsy.

You've got the Joint Chiefs
for 20 minutes.

I have two briefings on East Sudan
you should be in.

We need to talk about
the budget committee thing

and how you want to play that.

The Chancellor of Germany made
an idiotic remark about the Holocaust

and so I need you to call him and
slap him down without starting a war.

Apparently the Yangtze River in China
turned red a few months ago

And religious leaders are asking

if you think it's the Apocalypse
or just, you know, dirty water.

I wrote you a thing
that insults neither Jesus

or the ability of the Chinese
to clean their rivers.


We need to discuss
the military options for the...

(NORMAL VOICE) Mr. President?

I would like to thank
my colleagues and my...

That's not an easy thing
to recover from.

Painful. It's going to
take some time to get over it.

The Senator's actions
were a blow to the country.

I wasn't talking about the Senator.

But let's all be WASPs about this
and pretend that I was.


- You're back.

You knew I was
coming back this morning.

You've been gone three weeks.
Not one phone call.

I was starting to think you were dead.

I mean, I knew you weren't
because I saw you on the news.

But a girl can dream.

- How is the baby?
- Still in here.


The baby is fine. I'm 32 weeks along.

He is healthy.
I have not harmed your child.

I never said...

Cyrus, I've finalized
my end of the guest list for the gala

but I need you to take a look
and see if it plays out on your end.

I've removed Senator Schumann
entirely, which is fine because

I never liked his wife.
Apparently, neither did he.

- What gala?
- For your birthday.

I thought I said I didn't want a big party.

We can't always get what we want,
can we?

- You're having a private party,

just a few friends
in the residence tonight.

Then a couple nights later, 500 people,

four world leaders,
Stevie Wonder's going to sing...

It'll be fine.

- Happy birthday, sir.
- Yeah.


And these proceedings
are being brought by the wife?

Mr. Pierce's son.
We're seeking this court

to deem Harold Pierce incapacitated
and make Skip his legal guardian.

And the family has attempted to get

Mr. Pierce to
accept treatment voluntarily?

HARRISON: Repeatedly, Your Honor.

Mr. Pierce has burned through
tens of millions of dollars,

racked up enough speeding tickets
to have his license suspended.

That does explain why he's taken to
driving his motorcycle in the house.

He's also building
an amusement park in his back yard.

Apparently the new girlfriend loves
roller coasters, but hates waiting in line.

Oh, who doesn't?

Look, your evidence is compelling,
but without an independent psych eval,

I can't say whether Harold Pierce is
crazy or just eccentric.

Get him checked out,
we'll go from there.


ABB Y: That shrink
sure is taking his time.

HARRISON: If they'd have let us in with
him, we could have moved this along.

I should have said this before,
but (SIGHS) thank you.

- For what?
- For getting me to look into David.

You were right.
He wasn't a good guy after all.


Is he still in there? It shouldn't
take that long to prove that he's crazy.

Dad, what the hell are you doing?

I'm on to you, Junior.
Trying to commit me?

Here. Here's a little present.

Cross me again,

come anywhere near this door
and I will empty both barrels.

Now take your quack and get.

Well, at least we proved
he's beyond eccentric.

Statement of support. Do it fast.

You knew this was happening?

Statement of support.


Is there a stakeout set up?

There's one in the crypt. Why?

REPORTER 1: Senator Davis,

what's your response
to the Majority Leader stepping down?

REPORTER 2: Should
Senator Schumann resign?

I would.

So he should resign, or...

There's 100 of us.

One hundred senators representing

314 million citizens of
the greatest republic ever formed.

I don't think it's too much to ask that
100 of us don't take advantage of

the young people who come here
to learn how we make laws.

Young people looking to serve
their country and doing it for free.

I don't mean to make
an example of Senator Schumann,

but I do think that he should resign,

not just as our Majority Leader,
but as a senator as well.

Lawmakers shouldn't be lawbreakers.

Thank you.

REPORTER 2: Will you
push for censure?

REPORTER 1: Is this a call
for ethics charges?

ANNE: We're trying to help you, Harold.

- We just want you to hear us out.
- HAROLD: Why should I?

You wouldn't hear me out
when I handed you a pile of money

and told you to leave Jenna and me
the hell alone.

Dad, this IPO is
just a couple of days away...

And I'm gonna tweet it
right into the crapper.

I've got a manifesto.

You only get 140 characters, baby.

Well then, buy me more characters.

And start a Facebook group
called "Down with the Pierce IPO".

- Bubble-wrap him?
- Bubble-wrap him.


I can block satellite stuff from here, but
you're gonna have to cut his hard line.

Okay. Now cut the blue wire.

No. Wait. The green wire.

Huck, don't pull
this Hurt Locker crap on me.

What happens if
he cuts the wrong one?

Nothing. As long as
it's not the blue wire.

HAROLD: Damn it.

HARRISON: Phone and Internet
are shut down.


- Now what happens?
- Now it's Plan B,

making sure he doesn't
leave the house.

If we can keep him here
through the IPO, great,

and if he leaves,
our friends in the silver van

are here to transfer him to a hospital
for psychiatric evaluation.

My colleague and I are here to babysit.
You two can go home.

Thank you.


I'm not being rude, James.
I'm being considerate.

By disinviting me to a private dinner
with the President of the United States.

C YRUS: By giving you
an out if you want one.

(WHISPERING) To a private dinner
with the President of the United States.

(NORMAL VOICE) Look, you already
gave me the speech about

making sure my journalistic pursuits
don't end your career.

- Did I not promise to behave myself?
- You did.


- Who is it?
- My father.

Ah. Then allow me to remove
my gayness from his hatred.

Yes, David.

Get a chance to look
at the stuff I gave you?

- I did.
- And?

I'm not convinced.

Did you see the list of counties
using the Cytron voting machines?

I did. And I checked the exit polls.
The results matched.

Hollis didn't need to fix anything.
The pipeline was popular.

He made secret calls to Cytron in
the weeks leading up to the explosion...

Look, I'm not saying
there isn't a story here.

But fixing state ballot measures?
That isn't it. I'm sorry.

- (BEEP)



That little speech of yours is getting
a lot of play. Cable, primetime...

You said to make myself seen.

I didn't think you'd do it
while standing on the neck of my client.

Which I actually think
was a brilliant political move.

Honesty isn't a strategy, Olivia.

Saying "honesty isn't a strategy"
is a strategy.

This is who I am.

I know.

And it's refreshing, and bracing,
and very Jimmy Stewart.

If we do this right,

I can make a play
for the Senate Majority Leader.

Yes. You can.


- Hey.

So I was looking online

and I saw there's drugs out there
that you can shoot people up with

and it makes them pass out for, like,
10 hours at a time.

That's real, right?

- Why are you asking me?
- Because you're a spy.

And I thought if Harold Pierce
proved to be a problem, IPO-wise,

we could just inject him with drugs
and stick him in a closet.

Olivia's not going to do that.

Where do you get them?
Drugs like that?

- I wouldn't know.
- What's the best one?

We're not going to use drugs on him,
so what does it matter?

Etorphine. They call it M99.

Ooh. M99. God, that even sounds
like a spy name. Thanks, Huck.



- Abby, it's David...


- What?
- Nothing.


Are those margaritas?


JENNA: Just 'cause you're intruders
doesn't mean you're not guests.

but we're on the job.

You don't have to be.
I'll keep an eye on H.P. Y'all can go.

They're hired guns, baby.

They're not gonna leave
till Skip calls 'em off.

God, you look beautiful,
just standing there.

(LAUGHS) I wore my hair
the way you like it.

Yeah, I noticed.

- Mmm.


If you'll excuse us, uh,
I think we're gonna turn in.


I bet they've got everything
anyone could ever want in that house.

They could hole up in there
for months, if they had to.

(SCOFFS) Looks like
we're spending the night.


Secret to politics.

Oh, do tell.

The secret to politics is
never listen to pollsters.

We were down in Ohio...

Oh, honey, I think Cyrus and Verna
have already heard this one.

- I've never heard it.
- James has never heard it.

And it's a classic.

All right.
So there we were on election night.

Tight race from
the second we declared.

You don't have to remind me.

And we were down in Ohio.
Neck and neck, but slightly down.

And the returns are coming in
county by county.

And we're sitting in Santa Barbara,

getting the exit polls, state by state,
all day long...

- Do you remember that?
- I'll never forget.

Longest day of my life.

And the red states are red,
and the blue states are blue,

and it all starts to come down
to three counties in Ohio,

I mean, three little counties.

And the exit polls are saying we lost it.

And then I've got these numbers guys

whispering in little sewing circles
all over this place


Wondering how they're gonna tell me
and who's gonna do it.

And, of course, he already knows.

Because my Chief of Staff
is actually worth a damn.

- Thank you.
- You're welcome.

And the last tally that comes in...

I mean, it was the very last tally,
is from a place called Defiance.

Defiance County, Ohio.

I mean, can you believe that name?

And in defiance of all the exit polls,

we took that county,
and went on to win the election.

And that is why you should
never, ever listen to pollsters.


Because here we are.

VERNA: Happy birthday, Mr. President.
C YRUS: Happy birthday.

WOMAN: Aw, happy birthday.
FITZ: Thanks, everybody.

So glad you all could come.

- Cheers.
- Cheers.


What are you doing down here?
The car's waiting outside.

Sorry. I thought I...

I thought I forgot something in here.
But I didn't.

- Let's go home.

You know, I thought
that lamb was a little heavy.

Could've used something.
Lemon, maybe? Or cumin.

Mmm, Lamb's always good with cumin.


DAVID: ... but I miss you, a lot,

and I know I keep saying this,

but that whole Teresa Dunn thing,
it's a complete lie,

and I'm gonna prove it to you...

- (BEEP)


Wake up. We've got company.

JENNA: Our phones don't work.

You guys have phones, right?

Call this doctor. H.P. Is real sick.
He's got a fever and everything.


Fifty-five Democratic senators.
All you need is a simple majority.

- You talk to Garcia?
- I talked to Garcia.

Yes, but did you talk to Garcia?

Gave him the whole routine.
I sang for Garcia. I danced for Garcia.

- I moonwalked for Garcia.

Ooh, no wonder he's
sticking with Hawley.

EDISON: We'll see how well you do
at the President's birthday gala.

That's not gonna happen.

It's bad business. The outgoing
Majority Leader is still my client.

How many of your clients
are associates of mine?

How long are we gonna hide in
the shadows and worry about this?

You and me in public
will bring up questions.

Questions you're not ready to answer.

Questions that will
distract from your bid.

Which isn't a good idea
when you're down by seven votes.

I hear we have a Senate
Majority Leader position to fill.

That's the other party, Hollis.
It's not our decision.

Now, why would you wanna leave it to
the folks lookin' to squat in your stew?

More Pecos poetry?

Senator Hawley, from the great state
of Missouri, is a man I can work with.

I don't want to know
what you've got on him.

Suits me,
'cause I'm not about to share it.

We either get him
or Senator Integrity, Edison Davis.

You wanna spend the rest of your term
tryin' to get him to play ball?

There's a limit to our influence.

Exceed it.

I'm gettin' tired of remindin'.
You owe me.

Funny, I'd say
you never seem to tire of it.

We have the same interests, Cy.
Always have.

Always will.

Doctor Walters, as I said on the phone,

you are bound
by doctor-patient confidentiality,

I don't care if The Wall Street Journal
offers you a million bucks,

you cannot breathe a word
about Harold Pierce. Got it?

Hmm. Got it.

If you let me in, I can help.

Oh, no. You don't want to.

It's some kind of
real bad flu or something.


RESEARCHER 1: Ensuring
the integrity of national elections.

That's what the article is about, yeah.

would like us to...

Explain to me in layman's terms
how election rigging works.

You said in your dissertation

that electronic voting machines are,

"Highly susceptible to tampering."

So if I had to prove that

the voting machines in a particular
county had been tampered with,

in the GrantlReston election,
for example, how would I do that?

- Do you know where the machines are?
- Let's say I don't.

Then your first step is finding them.


- The Times, huh?
- JAMES: Mm-hmm.

And what is this
newspaper story about, again?

Defiance County's successful transition
into the digital age.

How many voting machines
are assigned to Defiance?

A hundred and fifty. State of the art,
digital. You know we were the first...

The same machines that were
used in the last election are kept here?

In a warehouse near the ball fields.

It's interesting,
did you know we were the first...

Can you give me a list of
those machines by serial number?

- In a hurry, are we?
- Yes, sir.

Let me fish it out for ya.

Thank you.




JAMES: And once I've
found the machines?

Then it's all about the memory card.
That's where the software lives.

RESEARCHER 1: And if you know
how to program one,

you can pretty much make it
do whatever you want.

Like re-assign votes.

Say you vote for RestonlHoward,
the individual receipt would look fine.

You'd never know
your votes were stolen.

But the final tally?
The one the voter never gets to see?

That would show you what actually
gets sent to the Board of Elections.

JAMES: So find a machine
that skews the results.

RESEARCHER 1: And get your hands
on the memory card.

- That's your smoking gun.

Where's the memory card?

Are the cards missing from all these?

I don't know.


Okay, we've drugged Harold Pierce
and he's out cold for 10 hours.

- We didn't drug him.
- I know. But let's say we did.

Let's say he's knocked out
in his bedroom closet.

But the police have heard about it
and they're on their way over.

The police heard
he was lying in a bedroom closet?

The maid called. The question is,

how do we get him
from the closet of his house in Virginia

to his estate in Martha's Vineyard?

You can't drive him. That's not quick.

And we can't take him to the airport

because there's no way
security lets you through

carrying an old guy
over your shoulder. Right?

Right, Huck?

- Hypothetically?
- Of course.

Hypotheticals are pointless.

Is there a real-world situation
you'd like to ask me about?

- No.
- Okay.

Come back when there is.


You need to come in here, both of you.

Harold has something he needs to say.

Mr. Pierce?

Are you all right?

I'm more than all right, I'm married.

You married them?

- I'm a Doctor of Theology.
- You're a minister?

Meet my beautiful bride,
Jenna Newhall Pierce.

The pride of Bakersfield

and the only person
legally authorized to commit me.

So pack up your men in white
and beat it

so we can kick off our honeymoon
in private.

I love you, H.P.

I love you, too, sweetheart.



You let them get married?

Liv, I didn't know. I'm sorry, I just...

You want more responsibility
around here, you need to earn it.

I did earn it. The hard way.

I'll talk to the family.
They're already in my office.


So this girl,
who's 10 years younger than me,

she gets to make the decisions
when he's incapacitated?

She's the one holding the reins?


He's sick.

It's not that I want him back.
That's not what I want.

But when I think about Harold,
the man I fell in love with,

the man I married,

I realize I... I owe him my whole life.

And if he's sick, if he's hurting,

I can't just turn my back on him.




I don't believe this.
There's one missing.

Hey, Dennis?

Hey, Dennis? One's missing.

You wanted voting machines.
These are the voting machines.

Right. But one's missing. From the list.

I've crossed off
every name but this one.

- You sure these are the only machines?
- Yes.

There's not one in a back room,
or one of your offices or something?


One of the machines
is missing, Dennis.

There's 150 on the list
and only 149 here in the warehouse.

Do you know what this could mean?

I make &9.30 an hour.

I have four kids. Two in college.
I do not care.

Dennis, I'm begging you.

This is every machine we have.

Except for the one at the high school.

- The high school?
- Yeah.

They keep one
in the display case there.

Supposed to be
a commemoration or something.

Like a little museum.



Damn it.


- Hey. Hey.


- (BEEP)
- Hey, honey.

I'm standing in your cubicle.
Where are you?

Ah, my dad's having one of those days
where he thinks I'm his Uncle Krystof.

I'm sorry to hear that.
Anything I can do?

No. If it's okay with you, though,
I think I'll spend the night here.

Of course. Yeah. Whatever you need.


QUINN: Yes, uh, that's right.

I'm looking for flight plans
from two years ago,

anything out of Sonoma County Airport.

And, hey, does Judy Soltys
still work at the tarmac?


Of course I know her. She was
the beer-pong queen of Petaluma High.

No, take your time, Sandy.
It is Sandy, right?

No problem, I'll hold.




Majority Leader? Race is tied.
Going down to the wire.

He hasn't decided
who he's backing yet.

You're here to lobby me.

On behalf of your boyfriend. Adorable.

I'm just trying to find out
where the smart money is headed.

If I were a betting man, and I am,
I'd say he backs Edison.

Cozies up real nice to him to get
his Republican stink all over him.

Surefire way to
tank Edison's nomination,

calling him a man
he looks forward to working with.

The party will turn on him immediately.

I'll happily double down on that bet,
but I hope I lose.

My heart's set on him backing Hawley
so Edison wins.

You want Edison to win? Why?

Because that means he's over you.

Which means I get my president back.

Hey. You asked.

How 'bout you?
What are you hoping for?

Take care, Cy.




TOM: These just came in for you, sir.

I thought we said no more surveillance.

I didn't get that order, sir, I'm sorry.

It's all right. But from now on.

I'll have our man pull back, sir.

- Thank you, Tom.
- Sir.






You think she's just
taking a ride on the gravy train?

(SCOFFS) Of course she is.

But she looks happy.

They look happy.

I'm sorry about David.

(SCOFFS) Don't be.

I mean, I dodged a bullet, right?

You're gonna find
somebody that makes you happy, Abby.

Don't worry.

You are gonna find a good guy.


WOMAN ON TV: ... tomorrow
as the White House

takes over the National Gallery

to begin setting up
for what is without a doubt

the toughest ticket in town,

President Grant's
50th birthday celebration.

Many of the President's
key supporters,

including a who's who of...

EDISON: I was thinking
we work Woodhull.

She's the head of
the Appropriations' Committee.

What do you think?

- Liv?
- Yeah?

Did you hear me?


- (BEEP)
- Hey. He what?

He shot him.

Oh, my God. Oh, my God, H.P.

- Oh, my God.
- Who shot who?

- You bastard.
- HAROLD: I warned you.

Liv, you need to get down here, now.

Harrison, you can do this. You're ready.
I have every faith in you.

Liv, you don't understand. It...

You can do this. See it through.

HAROLD: Did you listen? No...

...while I'm on my honeymoon,
mouth full of insults,

don't even bother to congratulate me.


I can't believe that you shot me.

You came at me,
don't try to make it my fault.

He did. I saw it.
Skip tried to take the gun from H.P.

Okay. Everybody just calm down.

Neighbors must've heard the shots.
Press just arrived.

Local affiliate.
They're setting up to go live.

- Stall them. Spin it.
- But they're...

Huck, is he gonna be okay?

Yeah. It's not too bad.

Good. Live cameras means
hospital's out of the question.

- Is this guy even a doctor?
- Close enough.

In the movies,
the cowboys always drink whiskey

while the other cowboys
pull out the bullets.

- Do I look like a cowboy to you?
- Don't touch my wife.

This gold-digger is not your wife.

- What the hell do you care?
- Okay, that's it.

Clear the room.

I need Harold and Skip. Alone.


You too, Jenna.

Go on. It's okay.

All right, this family feud, it ends now.



Thanks, man.

Don't steal anything.

Please, God,
let there be a card in there.



Who wants to start?


Okay. Fine. I'll start.

Skip, I don't think Harold's crazy.

You obviously haven't seen
plans for the 90-foot Tilt-a-Whirl

- he wants to build near the driveway.
- Skip.

But you are being
a huge pain in the ass about the IPO,

and I want to know why.

For the last 50 years I've done
everything I was supposed to do.

I've kept multiple roofs
over my family's head.

I took them on nice trips.
I sent my kids to great schools.

I never cheated. I was dutiful.

I never complained
or asked for anything in return.

Sorry to hear that spending so much
time with your family was so painful...


I'm finally having some fun.

I know I'm old enough
to be Jenna's great-grandfather

and she'd leave me the minute
she lost her clothing allowance,

but I'm having fun.

And it's not like I'm spending
my ex-wife's money, or your money,

or even your kids' money.
I'm spending my money.

So why try to tank the IPO?
Why not just walk away?

Because he doesn't think
that I can run the company.

He'd rather light the match himself

and watch the whole thing
go down in flames

rather than hand over the reins to me.

Oh, Skip, for God's sake,

I know you can do it,
I just don't want you to.

Because you're a megalomaniac.

No, because I love you, you idiot.

I don't want you to end up like me.

I don't want you to spend your life,

to waste your life,
building a pile of money.

Because it's not worth it, believe me.

You spent your whole life
building Pierce Industries.

I spent my whole life working there.

I've been in every department
from top to bottom.

I know everyone
and exactly what they do.

Going to work is what gets me excited
to wake up in the morning.

You wanna ride your bike in the house
because it makes you happy?

Go for it.

But what makes me happy, Dad?

Working at my family's company.

Making it the best it can be.

By handing it over to
complete strangers?

I was pushing the IPO because
I thought that's what he wanted.

The culmination to
a great business career.


So, Harold, you're trying to make
Skip happy by sabotaging the business.

Skip, you're trying to save
your dad's legacy by pushing him out.


Sounds about right.

That's messed up. But I get it.

And I think there's a way out of this.

And it may even keep you two
from shooting each other. Again.



vote for Reston/Howard,

the individual receipt would look fine.

You'd never know
your votes were stolen.



RESEARCHER 2: You vote
Reston/Howard five times.

RESEARCHER 1: Five receipts.
They'd all read Reston/Howard.

But the final tally?
The one the voter never gets to see?

That would show you what actually
gets sent to the Board of Elections.




That's your smoking gun.

That's how you rig an election.



And so, after protracted discussions
with family members

and weighing the pros and cons
of our stock offering,

we've decided to cancel the IPO.

The company will remain in the family.

Also, effective immediately,

I will be stepping down as the head
of Pierce Industries after 42 years

and handing the reins
over to my son, Skip.

I thought this would be some kind of
temporary thing we'd get through.

But, uh, it isn't, is it?

He's never coming back to me.

You still had hope that...

You need to do what he did.

Find a way to be happy.


Then there's
the Majority Leader situation.

- Where do things stand?
- You're not going to like it.

So what else is new?

The choice is between Senator Hawley,
who Hollis Doyle is pushing for, hard,

and Edison Davis, who... Well, we know
how you feel about Edison Davis.

Put out a statement saying we'd
look forward to working with Hawley.

Which means Edison will be
the new Majority Leader.

- What?
- I'm just surprised.


But I lost a bet on this one.



EDISON: Uh-huh. Yes, yes.

Thank you.

The White House just
threw their support behind Hawley.

Sent half the caucus
running over to our side. It's all over.


EDISON: You didn't
have a hand in this?

No. No hand.


The White House did this
completely on their own.

Why? If you didn't twist their arm,
then who did?

You okay?

Of course.

And happy for you.

You don't look it.

I'm thrilled.

And I'll be proud to walk into that gala

on the new
Senate Majority Leader's arm.

You're all in?

There was a guy before you.
I'm not going to talk about him.

But there was. And it was serious.

But we're done. It's over.


I'm all in.




- You screwed me sideways.

It was what you wanted.

Don't piss on my Stetson
and tell me it's rainin'.

Did you not ask us
to get behind Hawley?

In private. Back channels.
I don't have to explain this to you.

You know damn well what you did.

I'm sorry if
there was a misunderstanding.

That's it.
I'm all done asking. Reminding.

I'm 'bout ready to bring
this whole house of cards down.

You wouldn't.

You have no idea
what I would or would not do.

No idea at all.


So I talked to Sandy
at the Sonoma County Airport

and she put me in touch with Chuck,
the flight plan guy at the FAA?

Sandy and Chuck went out once.
She thought he was nice, but too old.

We handled Harold Pierce.
That's all done.

No, I know. I'm talking about me now.

I'm talking about the night I was taken
from the motel two years ago.

See, there was a private plane

that left the Sonoma County Airport
that night and went to D.C.

And here's the thing
I just learned about private planes.

If it's a domestic flight,

you don't have to tell anyone
the names of the passengers on board.

You just have to say
how many there are.

Chuck from the FAA told me there were
two passengers on that flight.

I don't know their names,
but you know what I think?

I think one of those passengers was me.

And I think you, or someone like you,
was the other one.

I think you, or someone like you,
injected me with M99

and put me on that plane
and flew me here.

What do you think, Huck?
Does that sound plausible to you?

- Quinn...
- No.

Let me finish.

It sounds plausible to me.

Because that plane?

The plane that flew
from Sonoma to Washington, D.C.

The night I was taken?

It was registered to Verna Thornton.
The Supreme Court justice.

She's one of Olivia's clients, right?


I am a very lucky man.

Did you turn your ringer off? It's me,

I had to leave early
but I reserved another car,

so if you get home from your dad's

and you feel like slipping into
something a little less comfortable

to join me at the gala,
you'll find me at the bar.



What am I pretending
you got me for my birthday?

The press is going to ask.

Cyrus says to say I gave you
a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird

signed by Harper Lee.

That's good.

Here we go.

What if we just...


I don't know, skipped this whole thing
and went home.

Is it the baby? Are you feeling okay?

I feel fine. I just...

What's the problem?

I just don't want to go.

I'm sick of smiling.
I'm sick of acting like we're happy.

I just don't want to go.

Is it because she's going to be there?

She got cleared by security
an hour ago, which I'm sure you know.

And now, suddenly,

you've forced me to have this big party
and you don't want to go?

Because you're afraid of my mistress?

Let me give you a fun fact.

She's not my mistress anymore.

So buck up. You won.


- Let's not go.

I don't want to go. I feel...


I don't want to go.

We can't always get what we want,
can we?


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