Scene from “Like Father, Like Daughter“, Scandal Episode 4×4
(Abby is in the press grotto giving a briefing when she notices Huck and Quinn in the White House hallway)
Abby: What are you two doing here?
Huck: We can’t tell you.
Quinn: We can’t tell you.
Abby: See, that’s where you’re wrong. We’re in the White House. This is my turf. In this building, you are no longer a Zombie army of two under the command of Olivia Pope. So, you can either tell me what you’re doing or I’m going to get four of the biggest men you’ve ever seen and have them escort you out to Pennsylvania Avenue. These guys? They’re not just big, they’re Circus big.
(Cyrus appears from a doorway)
Cyrus: Red. Leave them alone.
Abby: I’m sorry?
Cyrus: Leave. them. alone. (to Quinn and Huck) Go ahead, I got this.
(Huck and Quinn do as they are told and leave)
Abby: You make it hard for me to do my job. You undermine me here with Olivia Pope at every turn. You keep secrets from me. You make me feel…small.
Cyrus: Red, there are things that happen here in this big White House with this particular President that you will never, ever know about. Some of those things, many of those things will involve Olivia Pope. Several of those things WILL make it hard for you to do your job, but you are a patriot, you are a fighter and so you must hold your own. As for feeling small, I don’t do that to you. I suspect jealousy does that to you. My advice to you is this…you are not Olivia, you will never be Olivia, and hating Olivia for your own shortcomings will not change that fact. (Cyrus turns to leave, then turns back) Also have you ever stopped to think what it must be like to BE Olivia Pope? Doesn’t seem like that much fun.