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A dictator knocks on the door at Olivia Pope and Associates in the middle of the night seeking Olivia's help in recovering his family whom he believes to have been kidnapped by opponents. Olivia takes the case despite Abby's protests. When Abby and Stephen locate the dictator's wife and two youngest children, they discover that she has run away. Abby, because of her history, feels compelled to help the woman and her children stay away from the dictator and convinces Olivia to help the woman and her children obtain political asylum.

After a visit to see Cyrus, Olivia attempts to convince Amanda Tanner to take a monetary settlement. Amanda refuses, instead deciding that if the President cannot give her five minutes alone, she wants to see the entire administration fall. After learning that Cyrus has instigated an investigation into Olivia and the members of her team, Olivia tells Cyrus they plan to go public with the news of Amanda Tanner's pregnancy. War is declared between the White House and Olivia Pope and Associates.

Quinn's relationship with Gideon heats up despite Harrison's request that she put an end to their affair. Amanda Tanner is kidnapped.

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Scandal Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

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.