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The State of the Union 

In order for Fitz to make the biggest impact with his State of the Union address on gun control, Cyrus sets out to recruit a power couple who are influential on the issue. Meanwhile, Mellie's personal struggle gets national attention.


Shonda Rhimes (created by), Heather Mitchell




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Washington ... Olivia Pope
Scott Foley ... Jake Ballard
Darby Stanchfield ... Abby Whelan
Katie Lowes ... Quinn Perkins
Guillermo Díaz ... Huck (as Guillermo Diaz)
Jeff Perry ... Cyrus Beene
Joshua Malina ... David Rosen
Bellamy Young ... Mellie Grant
Tony Goldwyn ... Fitzgerald Grant
Portia de Rossi ... Elizabeth North
Mary McCormack ... Lisa Elliot
Jon Tenney ... Andrew Nichols
George Newbern ... Charlie
Matthew Del Negro ... Michael
Josh Randall ... James Elliot


Cyrus wants Olivia to help make sure that a couple, who were suppose to be the President's guests at the State of the Union address, shows up. When she goes to them, she discovers that they are at each other's throats. But she manages to get them to Washington but the antagonism doesn't stop. Olivia has Huck and Quinn keeping an eye on them but the tension between them makes it difficult. The President wants his wife at the event but she's still despondent over her son's death and someone takes a photo of her in her state and it appears in the papers. So they try to get her to snap out of it long enough to appear but she's not being cooperative. Written by

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Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

2 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shondaland, ABC Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Joshua Malina and Mary McCormack also worked together in The West Wing (1999). See more »


Adjoining hotel rooms have two sets of doors so one party may not barge in on the other party. However, James and Lisa's room are connect by one set of doors. See more »


[first lines]
Jake Ballard: [jogging] I booked a hotel suite.
Olivia Pope: You did what?
Jake Ballard: It's pretty close to your apartment. Easy, scenic. You could run there, run back.
Olivia Pope: Why, am I running there?
Jake Ballard: Booty calls.
Olivia Pope: Booty calls? You booked a hotel suite and I'm running there for booty calls? What... what is happening?
Jake Ballard: We're back in DC, we're not standing in the sun anymore. I'm not gonna live in your apartment, waiting to service you? I have things to do. I'm busy. But, I did book a nice hotel suite for booty calls.
Olivia Pope: Okay, no. See...
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References State of the Union (1948) See more »


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Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Donna Summer
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losing a child will destroy you
3 July 2019 | by MiketheWhistleSee all my reviews

This and the primary episode does indeed show exactly how losing a child will destroy one. How Millie acts is very telling, and I have to say it destroyed me as well when I lost a child. It shows just how one wants to deaden everything so as to not feel the bad. She gave a very good performance.

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