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David Rosen (Character)
from "Scandal" (2012)

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"Scandal: The Fluffer (#3.16)" (2014)
Huck: It didn't come from Jake. He's the enemy. So where did you get it?
Olivia Pope: My father.
Huck: [abruptly walks out of the room]
David Rosen: I would have gone with "anonymous former government employee."

David Rosen: [watching Huck on the computer] I feel like I'm watching Mozart.
Abby Whelan: Mozart couldn't bring down B-613.

[last lines]
Olivia Pope: I know we haven't had a lot to celebrate around here in the last few months. Sometimes it seems the battles weren't winnable, or at least not worth the blood spilled fighting them. But then a moment like this comes around, and it makes you feel like it's all worth it, that we're finally stepping back into the light. We did this, people. We made this happen.
Abby Whelan: Gladiators!
David Rosen: Hear, hear.
Jake Ballard: [busts in and pushes Olivia to the wall by her throat] What the hell have you done?
Olivia Pope: [choking] I don't know what you're talking about.
Jake Ballard: No? Then let me be the one who breaks it to you. You just killed the president!

"Scandal: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (#2.14)" (2013)
David Rosen: Your theory of the crime is that I, David Rosen, the man whose job you're now occupying, whose chair you're now sitting in, your longtime colleague with extensive legal training and no prior record whatsoever, picked up a woman at a bar and then brought her to my place, where I promptly stabbed her to death. Because that's what I am a stabber. Give me a knife and I'll stab anything. Oh, how I love to stab. Which is why, when I finished stabbing her in my apartment, I carried the body to her place and stabbed it some more. Why settle for a crime of passion when a burglary gone wrong is so easy to stage?
Mike Sylva: You were the last person she was seen with.
David Rosen: By a bartender who's routinely drunk for the last two-thirds of his shift. Trust me, I'm a regular. Which in evidentiary terms means you have absolutely nothing. So if you want to keep this job, stay in this nice office, look out at that beautiful view of the mall every day and put yourself on the fast track to Attorney General, don't be an idiot. Leave me alone and forget this ever happened. Because only an idiot pursues cases he stands no chance of winning. I learned that the hard way. If I were you, I'd spare myself that shame. And since I'm under no legal obligation to continue this bizarre and humiliating visit to my old office I'll leave you to it.
Harrison Wright: Well That was fun. We should, uh, do it again soon...
[follows his client out the door]

David Rosen: How much do I owe you?
Olivia Pope: What?
David Rosen: For your services. Or did you take a commission when I sold my soul to the devil?
Olivia Pope: Your troubles aren't over. Not by a long shot.
David Rosen: But you and I are. Everything you've ever done for as long as I've known you has been tailor-made to hurt me, so I'm done. I'm done with you, I'm done with your people. So how much, Olivia?
Olivia Pope: David...
David Rosen: How much?
Olivia Pope: You can't afford me...
[walks out]

David Rosen: [about the flash drive] There's over 350 pages of high-level, classified military intelligence on there. Nuclear missile locations. Black sites. The coordinates for the president's wartime bunkers. There's 6 of them in the country, just in case they ever ask it on "Jeopardy!"

"Scandal: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (#3.14)" (2014)
Abby Whelan: David, look at me. Something's wrong. Something bad has happened to you - something terrible. You don't hide that from me, you don't lie about it to me, you give it to me. You let me share it. I love you. You are my heart. What happens to you happens to me.
David Rosen: I'm supposed to send an innocent man to jail for a carjacking he didn't commit. That's the price I have to pay for still being alive. But I can't bring myself to do it.
Abby Whelan: Oh, David.
David Rosen: He killed them right in front of me, Abby. Shelby, Vanessa, James - they're all dead and I'm alive.

David Rosen: So exposing Jake, that's a death wish. But taking down the entire organization, that's something within my reach? Me, David Rosen, and my army of one?
Olivia Pope: Army of two. We'll do it together. Brick by brick, we'll tear that building down until there's nothing left but a hole in the ground. To do that, though, we need to be patient. Patient and alive. So instead of standing alone and turning this into a suicide mission, stand with me and turn this into a cause. Lose this battle so we can win the war.

[first lines]
David Rosen: [at gunpoint] Please, please. Oh, God.
Jake Ballard: I've always liked you, David. You seem smart. Are you smart, David? Can you work with me on this, or do I need to stop liking you?

"Scandal: Get Out of Jail, Free (#5.6)" (2015)
Susan Ross: Obviously, I can rely on your discretion.
David Rosen: You can.
Susan Ross: Of course I can. You're the Attorney General of the United States. You're probably the most discreet person in the country.
David Rosen: One of them.

Sally Langston: You don't have anything to drink, do you?
David Rosen: I have water.
Sally Langston: What about a wine cooler? Have you ever had a wine cooler?
David Rosen: I have sisters, so, yes, I have. Amber! We need some wine coolers.

David Rosen: With the president, it's different. When he has an affair, there's 300 million people in bed with him, the American public. There's also 100 senators and 435 members of congress. And they have to make sure the only thing he broke was his vows, make sure there's no quid pro quo, that there's favoritism, that every cent the White House may have paid Olivia Pope was for the professional services she rendered, and not her services in bed. So you're wrong. The one man, the only man in this country whom you can prosecute for sleeping around is Fitzgerald Grant.

"Scandal: Hunting Season (#2.3)" (2012)
David Rosen: Olivia Pope doesn't use her magic for evil, she uses it for good. Olivia Pope doesn't move Heaven and Earth and further corrupt the justice system unless she knows at the end of the day she can put on the white hat and ride out of town.

Alissa: [barging in to his apartment] You are coming back to work, because if I have to fetch Jane Powell another Chinese chicken salad with no crunchies, with no chicken, and dressing on the side, I am going to scream.
David Rosen: You miss me.
Alissa: I miss your lunch order, because it's simple and because Jane is a horrible human being, who may, in fact, be the pinnacle of everything that's wrong with the American judicial system, and who's telling everyone who'll listen that you went totally bonkers, by the way. So keep that in mind when...
[noticing his evidence wall]
Alissa: Oh, David.
David Rosen: Look, I know it seems like I've gone...
Alissa: ...all "Beautiful Mind?" David!
David Rosen: I can't go back 'til I figure it out - how I lost this trial, and how Olivia Pope made it happen.
Alissa: [sighs heavily] You can walk me through it. Once! If you shave... and put on pants.
David Rosen: [turning to one of his walls] Okay, so hear me out...
Alissa: Pants!

"Scandal: You Can't Take Command (#4.22)" (2015)
David Rosen: Everyone who heard Jake's testimony everyone who was in that court room is dead now. Except for me. And you.
David Rosen: And while I live for justice, I don't want to die for it.

David Rosen: Just go ahead. Fire me, because I did what I thought was right.
Cyrus Beene: I'm not gonna fire you, Rosen. Why would I fire you? You're the Attorney General. *My* Attorney General. A new one? They'd be asking questions and be all honest. Plus I would waste months hunting for their weaknesses, their pressure points. With you, David, I already know your pressure point. You only have one Abby.

"Scandal: All Roads Lead to Fitz (#2.5)" (2012)
David Rosen: I find when I've been called in by my boss for the sole purpose of being fired, which is, by the way, rude - it's rude to make someone come to the office so you can fire him.

Abby Whelan: So I did a little digging, and it turns out that Cytron, they weren't just an Internet security company. They also developed software, some of which had various applications, like this one program that Quinn's boyfriend was working on. Officially it was used as slot machines.
David Rosen: And unofficially?
Abby Whelan: Voting machines. I know you just got your job back, David, and I wasn't gonna say anything, I swear.
David Rosen: No, you did the right thing. Come here.
[hugs her]
Abby Whelan: [same conversation played-back on a computer] I know you just got your job back, David, and I wasn't gonna say anything, I swear.
David Rosen: No, you did the right thing. Come here.
Technician: And so on and so forth. You want me to notify the others?
Olivia Pope: No. This one I handle alone...

"Scandal: First Lady Sings the Blues (#4.20)" (2015)
Abby Whelan: We need you to weigh in on whether it's legal for someone to run for senate while married to the president.
David Rosen: Well, uh, yes, it's legal, but only because no one ever considered the idea that a first lady would ever run for office. I'm betting if they had, there'd be a law on the books. The ethical implications alone...
Abby Whelan: But it is legal?
David Rosen: Yes.
Abby Whelan: Because no one ever imagined that a woman would ever get an idea in her pretty, little head to run for office?
David Rosen: Yes, Abby.
Abby Whelan: So, Mellie Grant's run for senate is legal because of misogyny. In this instance, misogyny is our friend. That's what you're saying?
David Rosen: No, no, I'm saying something less controversial and less likely to get me stoned to death by my feminist sisters. I am saying there's no legal issue with Mellie Grant's run for Senate.

David Rosen: [about witnesses] We have Huck and Charlie!
Charlie: You don't have me. I have me. And the me I have enjoys being alive.
David Rosen: No. We have Huck. We have Quinn.
Charlie: She was in B-613 for like five minutes. She barely qualified for the health plan.

"Scandal: Grant: For the People (#1.7)" (2012)
David Rosen: Why don't you start By telling me how you know Gideon Wallace?
Harrison Wright: You don't have to answer that.
David Rosen: All right. Why were you at Gideon Wallace's apartment?
Harrison Wright: You don't have to answer that.
David Rosen: Okay, fine, we'll start with the basics. Quinn, state your name for the record.
Harrison Wright: You don't have to answer that.
David Rosen: Here I thought your boss was the biggest pain in the ass in DC. Speak of the devil...
Olivia Pope: [door opens] David, new shirt? I like it.

[last lines]
David Rosen: [walking in with Quinn] I ran her prints. Don't worry. I did it myself, which is a good thing, because otherwise there would be about half a dozen US Agencies looking for her. I'm breaking the law bringing her here. I don't break the law, Olivia.
Olivia Pope: [to Quinn] Do you want to tell them who you are, or should I?

"Scandal: One for the Dog (#2.10)" (2013)
David Rosen: [standing outside Huck's interrogation chamber] He hasn't answered any of our questions yet.
Suit: He will. They always do. Eventually, they always do.
David Rosen: Uh, I'm just wondering about... It really looks like he can't take much more of the waterboard - the interrogating. And I'm wondering maybe if we want to do a little less "interrogating" and maybe start thinking about his civil rights. I'm a US Attorney, gentlemen. I represent the United States of America. The United States of America is in this room with you, so you need to watch how you treat the prisoner on American soil.
Suit: I represent the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, the PATRIOT Act, and all the men and women who ever fought and died for your right to stand in this room with your glasses and your briefcase and spout your crap. We're not on American soil. This is not America. This is the Pentagon, and that is an enemy combatant. Son, I represent the United States. You understand? The United States of America is in the room with you. You're our guest here. Shut your mouth.

David Rosen: I know where Huck is. They're torturing him. They skipped the sleep deprivation and electric shock elements of the program, went right to the free skate waterboarding.

"Scandal: Any Questions? (#2.21)" (2013)
Olivia Pope: [arriving at her office] Everything okay?
David Rosen: Did you hear? The President banged someone.

Abby Whelan: Coffee?
David Rosen: No, I think I'll stay here, catch the White House briefing. Watching Cyrus Beene unraveling under pressure is my porn.

"Scandal: Snake in the Garden (#2.17)" (2013)
Hollis Doyle: You need to explain to me why the devil is suddenly our client.
David Rosen: He needs help. Why not help the murderer you rigged an election with? It's the Christian thing to do.

Huck: [studying the city map] We'll check there after Greenbelt.
David Rosen: Or, just thinking outside the box, you could save gas and time, and maybe this girl's life, if you get the FBI to look for you.
Abby Whelan: First of all, we're so much better than the FBI at this.

"Scandal: Dirty Little Secrets (#1.2)" (2012)
David Rosen: You know what I love about my job? I'm the good guy. The law is on my side. I am the law. The law is me. I work for justice. I uphold the Constitution of these United States. I am a knight for the people. I wear the white hat. And you, Olivia Carolyn Pope, you are a pain in my ass. I had a search warrant for that house, but by the time I got to use it, there was nothing there, because your people took whatever there was to find.
Olivia Pope: Hello, David. Good to see you. Did you get a haircut? It's nice.

David Rosen: I can arrest her, you know? I have enough to arrest her right here, right now.
Olivia Pope: You could, but being an upholder of the constitution, you'd need an arrest warrant, wouldn't you? Do you have one of those? My white hat's bigger than your white hat.

"Scandal: The Lawn Chair (#4.14)" (2015)
David Rosen: I can't just go marching into every sensitive situation trying to rush the justice process. There are laws, okay? Ones I'm being paid by the US Government to uphold.
Olivia Pope: To protect people who look like you!
David Rosen: Oh, come on, Liv!
Olivia Pope: You talk about fairness and justice like it's available to everybody! It's not! That man standing over his son's body thinks he knows he's going to end up in one of two places a jail cell or a drawer in the morgue. And to hell if I can't look him in the eye and tell him he's wrong.

[last lines]
President Fitzgerald Grant: [as he enters the Oval Office] Mr. Parker. I am so sorry for your loss.
Clarence Parker: Please Call me Clarence. My son's name was... Brandon.
[begins weeping]
David Rosen: [cut to press conference] Ours is a country of laws, but those laws failed Brandon Parker tonight. And I can only hope in the weeks ahead, we can begin to understand why.

"Scandal: Honor Thy Father (#4.18)" (2015)
[first lines]
Jake Ballard: What's this?
David Rosen: An immunity agreement. You agree to testify against Command, and the government will never prosecute you.
Jake Ballard: You think I'm gonna testify against Command and help bring down B-613?
David Rosen: I also have Huck and Quinn, even Charlie, but I need you. You are the big fish. You worked for Rowan. You stood in his shoes. You know where the bodies are buried. Be a witness, and we can make our case now. We won't need any other agents.
Jake Ballard: I can't. This is my death warrant, you understand? I sign this, I die. We're all gonna die, Rosen. No. I'm out. I'm done.

"Scandal: We Do Not Touch the First Ladies (#3.12)" (2014)
James Novak: [panicked phone call] We're out of time, David. That metal-on-metal sound you hear? It's Cyrus forging his sword, the one he's going to cut my throat with as soon as he finds out I'm Publius. Do you hear what I just said?
David Rosen: I did, and while I'm always up for a good blacksmith metaphor, I'm not sure there's anything I can say that's gonna make you feel any safer.

"Scandal: Even the Devil Deserves a Second Chance (#5.7)" (2015)
David Rosen: Disclosure of confidential information on live, national television...
Elizabeth North: Exactly what confidential information do you think I'm going to disclose?
David Rosen: That's confidential.

"Scandal: The Key (#4.5)" (2014)
Abby Whelan: [found laying on her office couch] What are you doing here? Have you been drinking?
David Rosen: When?
Abby Whelan: Recently.
David Rosen: Yes.
Abby Whelan: You're the Attorney General of the United States! You can't do this.
David Rosen: Many of my predecessors were distinguished alcoholics.
Abby Whelan: Then go find one of them to hang out with. I've got work to do.

"Scandal: Ride, Sally, Ride (#3.11)" (2014)
David Rosen: So, your husband gives you a sweet government job and you walk right on over to the dark side.
James Novak: Yes, my husband gave me a sweet government job. And how exactly does that differ from what he did for you?

"Scandal: Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia (#4.1)" (2014)
Jake Ballard: Do you remember the last time we were together, Rosen?
David Rosen: Was that the time you killed three people, or another time? All the fear and violence starts to blend together.
Jake Ballard: You told me you wanted to take down Cyrus Beene. You told me you wanted to take down B-613. You asked me to help you "make these people answer for their crimes."Do you remember that?
David Rosen: Yes.
Jake Ballard: I believed you. I stole those files from B-613 to help you go get the bad guys. Did you go get the bad guys?
David Rosen: I spent two months going through those files. I read them every day. I even created a color-coded system: orange for scary, red for very-scary, and black for crap-your-pants-and-wait-for-someone-to-come-kill-you scary. And most of those files, Jake, are black. Those files are terrifying.
Jake Ballard: So pull the trigger, or give them back...

"Scandal: The Last Supper (#4.8)" (2014)
Olivia Pope: We need you to handle this discreetly.
Jake Ballard: Discreetly and creatively.
David Rosen: Wait, what do you mean?
President Fitzgerald Grant: If we held a trial and the court records became public, not only would it blow back on Livvie as the daughter of the man we're accusing, but it could disrupt the entire government, and mire it in scandal for generations to come.
Olivia Pope: You see how that would be a problem, yes?
David Rosen: So, if I'm to understand correctly, you're looking for a legal avenue that provides the kind of discretion that, say, a military tribunal would provide? Even though that hasn't been a legal - legal avenue since, what, 1866?

"Scandal: You Got Served (#5.5)" (2015)
President Fitzgerald Grant: Impeachable offenses? I knew they were gonna come after me, but...
David Rosen: You need a lawyer, Mr. President.
President Fitzgerald Grant: I have done nothing wrong, and I certainly haven't committed any impeachable offenses.
David Rosen: Do you know what an impeachable offense is? You don't need to spend time thinking about that because the answer is you don't. And I don't mean that disrespectfully. No one does. is whatever a majority of congress considers it to be at a given moment in history.

"Scandal: YOLO (#3.9)" (2013)
Abby Whelan: What's the big deal with taking one little name off the no-fly list? David, normal boyfriends do favors for their girlfriends.
David Rosen: You know, normal girlfriends don't dabble in aiding and abetting.

"Scandal: Sweet Baby (#1.1)" (2012)
David Rosen: Olivia, you don't have the muscle of the White House behind you anymore. You're just a private citizen, who is, by the way, annoying.
Olivia Pope: He's a decorated war hero. He's a patriot. You realize the blow-back you'll get for rushing to judgment on a patriot?
David Rosen: The blowback *you'll* create?
Olivia Pope: Well, yeah. That's my job.
David Rosen: Do you actually have the naivete to believe that waking me in the middle of the night and threatening me is the correct path to getting your way?
Olivia Pope: I wasn't threatening you. He didn't kill her. My gut says he didn't.
David Rosen: Your spidey senses aren't evidence. I've been on the phone with homicide. He killed her and ran.
Olivia Pope: I can have a reporter out here in 20 minutes, with cameras, asking why you are persecuting an innocent, handicapped medal of honor winner. Perhaps because he's a well-known conservative republican and you are considering a bid on the democratic ticket next year. Just to be clear that was me threatening you.

"Scandal: A Few Good Women (#4.21)" (2015)
David Rosen: [giving opinion in the Oval Office] Rape cases, like all cases prosecuted on behalf of military personnel, must be tried in military courts. That's been the law since 1775. What Liv is suggesting is illegal.
Cyrus Beene: What about murdering your vice president? How long has that been illegal?

"Scandal: Heavy Is the Head (#5.1)" (2015)
David Rosen: I'm not here.
Olivia Pope: You're not?
David Rosen: I'm a figment of your imagination. So is this autopsy report. They're burying this, Liv. Putting her body on a plane tonight. And tomorrow morning, I tell the world the accident was entirely due to driver error. I don't know if this had anything to do with why she died, but I do know those royal goons don't want it coming out.
Olivia Pope: If it's dangerous for you to leak this to me...
David Rosen: Come on, you know me. Truth, justice, the American way. Also, I put you in CIA jail.

"Scandal: I'm Just a Bill (#4.19)" (2015)
Cyrus Beene: [on coaxing the Vice President to vote on the bill] You don't actually give her anything in the bill. Okay? Not a crumb, not a whiff of a crumb. She's pigeon at a great national monument, and she is begging. And you'll think, "if I just give her this little bit, she'll go away. Please go away. Please, please, go away." But she will not go away. If you give her something, she she will only waddle up closer and more aggressive, and she will not stop no matter how much you give her. And then, and then, she will crap on your beautiful monument. All over it, 25 pounds a year of crap.
David Rosen: The vice president will do that?
Cyrus Beene: The average pigeon. But you see the point, yes?
David Rosen: Do not feed the pigeon.
Cyrus Beene: Do *not* feed the pigeon.

"Scandal: A Woman Scorned (#2.20)" (2013)
[last lines]
Mellie Grant: [giving TV interview] After we had the baby, after the shooting, after I stood by him through that whole terrible ordeal, I found out that... my husband was unfaithful to me.
James Novak: Y-you're saying h-he...
Mellie Grant: I'm saying my husband had an extramarital affair.
David Rosen: [watching from Olivia's office] Huh. Wonder who he banged.
Harrison Wright: I got, uh, stuff...
[Olivia's staff all scurry out of the room]
Mellie Grant: And I have moved out of the White House to take some time for myself while we work through this heartbreaking betrayal.
James Novak: You're alleging that...
Mellie Grant: No. I wish I were alleging, James.
James Novak: So you're confirming that the President of the United States has been cheating on you, his wife?
Mellie Grant: Yes. And... I just wanna ask the American people tonight in advance for their understanding and their forgiveness. No one's marriage is perfect, and I truly hope that given time and space, Fitz and I will be able to repair what has been broken here and emerge from this stronger and more united than ever.
President Fitzgerald Grant: [in Olvia's shower] Hi.
Olivia Pope: Hi.

"Scandal: The Other Woman (#2.2)" (2012)
David Rosen: That kind of decision's gotta come from way up top. Your boss' boss' boss. I don't even know who that is. You get that high, it's probably not even a person. It's a supersecret brain being kept alive in a bowl of jelly.

"Scandal: Flesh and Blood (#3.17)" (2014)
Jake Ballard: All these years of thinking B-613 is untouchable. And all it takes to kill us is a good, quick tug on a zipper.
Olivia Pope: Really?
David Rosen: Really?

"Scandal: The Testimony of Diego Muñoz (#4.15)" (2015)
[last lines]
Jake Ballard: You need to shut this down, Rosen now.
David Rosen: Of course I need to shut it down. I go forward, and we probably all go down. I know that. But here's the thing, Jake. I'm not gonna shut it down.
Jake Ballard: What?
David Rosen: I'll do what I can to protect us and Olivia, but I'm going forward. You gave me those files. You said, "go get the bad guys."I'm going to get the bad guys.
Jake Ballard: Rosen, we are the bad guys.
David Rosen: Not anymore.

"Scandal: Crash and Burn (#1.5)" (2012)
David Rosen: So who do you think killed her? See, I've got this nagging feeling you've got a pretty good idea. I know I give you a long leash on a lot of things, and I like to, because despite my better judgment and all my protests to the contrary, I really do consider you a friend. But I can't look the other way here, not on this. I'm an assistant US Attorney, Liv. I prosecute crime. I get the bad guys. So at some point, even with you, I gotta draw the line. I gotta do my job. Gotta be the sheriff.
Olivia Pope: The white hat looks good on you.

"Scandal: Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington (#3.3)" (2013)
Abby Whelan: You can't look up one FBI agent for me?
David Rosen: What's in it for me?
Abby Whelan: Oh, you're pathetic. You really want dinner that badly?
David Rosen: Well, now I don't.

"Scandal: Baby Made a Mess (#4.7)" (2014)
Olivia Pope: I need you to get me into super-max.
David Rosen: Liv, it's a super-max prison. They added the word "super" to the already quite clear "maximum security." Dahmer was in super-max. That place holds people who eat people. And you want to what, just waltz in there wearing all your white stuff, have a seat in one of the cells, and drink tea with Jake? This isn't jailhousemingle.com. You can't just visit Jake. Hell no. There are clearances, protocols, rules.
David Rosen: You already have a plan, don't you? I've been Poped and I don't know it.

"Scandal: No Sun on the Horizon (#3.13)" (2014)
David Rosen: What would Olivia Pope do? Someone really needs to put that on a bracelet.