|"Grant: For the People"|
|Season 01, Episode 07|
|Air Date:||May 17, 2012|
|Written by:||Shonda Rhimes|
|Directed by:||Roxann Dawson|
|Previous Episode:||"The Trail"|
|Next Episode:||"White Hat's Off"|
- Olivia Pope & Associates:
- The team takes on one of their own as a client, Quinn. When Olivia finds her holding Gideon’s dead body she soon realizes she must protect anyone from finding out Quinn’s real identity.
- White House:
- Billy Chambers publically resigns as the VP’s Chief of Staff; he then goes on to reveal that he was in a relationship with Amanda Tanner – who was carrying his baby.
- The audiotape blackmailer is revealed during Billy’s abrupt press conference he announces that the tape of the Amanda and the president.
Quinn comes back to the apartment to find Gideon fighting for his life. She pulls the scissors from his neck and blood juts out everywhere. Quinn reaches for the phone to call for help and begs for Gideon to hang on, but he dies before Quinn's eyes and she is left shaking in the middle of the room as Olivia arrives. Quinn wants to call the police but Olivia knows that if they do that then they'll find out who she really is.
Olivia then lets the team know that they need to scrub the crime scene clean for their new client... Quinn! She's the woman they know as Quinn Perkins, though that's not her real name. All evidence that Quinn was in Gideon's place is removed from the premises and they snag the victim's cell phone from his pocket. Olivia realizes that Gideon figured out that someone sent Amanda Tanner in to sleep with the president.
Cyrus knows that Fitz went to Olivia's place during the night, but the heated discussion that takes place the next morning is cut short by news that three ATF agents have been shot during a standoff with a cult in Georgia. In other news, Billy Chambers does his best to keep his composure as he heads into work at the White House. He hands his boss, Vice President Sally Langston, a note that she doesn't read right away and then interrupts a press conference to announce his resignation.
Billy's resignation isn't the only shocker he has in store for the press corps. He reveals that he had an affair with Amanda and she was pregnant with his baby. Billy was shocked to learn that the president used his power to take advantage of Amanda. He says she killed herself only weeks after sleeping with him and claims to be in possession of an audio tape that proves that President Grant had an extramarital affair with the young White House aide.
Olivia and Cyrus work hard to save the presidency they helped create. Fitz doesn't want to lie about this thing, so Olivia sends him to Georgia to deal with the cult. Meanwhile, Billy is making the rounds on the talk show circuit with the audio tape. Later, he all but admits to Olivia that he killed Gideon, but, by the time he gets caught, Sally Langston will have replaced Fitz as President of the United States and that's all that matters to him now.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Rosen knows that Olivia's team cleaned up the crime scene at Gideon's place. He calls the victim's cell phone, which rings in the office, to prove he's on to their game. Quinn accompanies David to his office with her attorney, Harrison, by her side. Olivia shows up to give the full scoop on what's been happening. Surprisingly, David believes every word of her story. Unfortunately, he can't help Olivia because she broke the law. Quinn stays with him, as she's a material witness to a murder that will likely go unsolved since the crime scene was wiped clean.
Fitz believes his only course of action is to resign. It would be his chance to be a regular person and it would be his chance to be with Olivia. The two of them share a kiss in the Oval Office. Fitz doesn't care if they are caught on camera but Olivia can't let him go down like this because she knows she can't have him, as he belongs to the people. Olivia rallies the troops as everyone springs into action. Huck wants to know if she wants him to take care of Billy Chambers but Olivia makes him promise that he won't kill him. That's why Huck contacts his old torture victim, Charlie, to do his dirty work.
Olivia meets with Mellie Grant, who blames her for the Amanda Tanner situation because she left the team, and the two women figure out a counterattack in the media. Mellie will say the woman on the audio tape is her and she'll express her outrage at how this could happen "during such a fragile time given that she's newly pregnant." They'll have to start trying right away to make sure that particular story sticks. Fitz is stunned but Mellie believes he could look a little happier since they did just save his presidency. As for Olivia, she turns in her security pass as she exits the White House.
Fitz still needs the vice president to throw him a show of support. Sally Langston is reluctant to do this due to her moral beliefs. Her attitude changes the moment the president hands her a file Olivia had given him earlier containing proof that Sally's daughter had a secret abortion as a teen. Just like that, Sally is holding a press conference throwing her former right-hand man under the bus, and Billy is devastated by this turn of events. He's unaware that things are about to get a lot worse as Charlie steps into the elevator with him. But did Charlie go through with the deed??? Speaking of Charlie, he had told Huck that Billy wasn't the one who hired him to kill Amanda Tanner. That honor apparently belongs to Cyrus Beene!
David tricks Quinn into giving up her fingerprints and runs them himself. Later, he tells Olivia that he's breaking the law by bringing her back to her office, which is significant because David is not a person who breaks the law. With all of her colleagues surrounding her, Olivia stares at Quinn. She asks her, "Do you want to tell them who you are or should I?"
For a full list of cast/character credits in order as they appeared click here: Grant: For the People Credits
- Mellie Grant: You let that girl get into his pants! You left the team, Liv. You fell down on the job. You broke his heart and you left him open and vulnerable and helpless, and that is how that snake Billy Chambers got that shiny red Amanda apple right into Fitz’s hand. I do my job. I smile and I push him and I make sure I has what he needs. I do my job. Why couldn’t you do yours?
- This episode marks the last episode and exit of series regular Henry Ian Cusick, and his main character Stephen Finch.
- Brendan Hines, who portrays Gideon Wallace, only appeared as a dead body but was still credited as a "Guest Star".
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