After it's been leaked that Olivia's having an affair with the President, her father tries to get her to leave town. But she calls Cyrus who tells her to stay and she does. That's when Cyrus tries to find out who leaked it. Olivia meets with Fitz and Mellie to discuss what to do about this. And when they agree on a plan, they are about to implement it; when word gets out that someone else is the President's mistress. Olivia discovers it was her people who made it up. Written by
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Olivia's father furiously chastises her for her behavior regarding President Grant: "How many times have I told you you have to be twice as good as them, to get half of what they have!" Entertainment Weekly called this line a Pope family motto, but this phrase is not an invention of the show's writers; rather, it is a piece of parenting advice that has been current in the black community since at least the mid-twentieth century, if not earlier. It is sufficiently well-known as a phrase that a 2007 biography of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was titled "Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power." Shortly after the episode aired, Salon's Neil Drumming wrote, "More than simply a family motto, the sentiment is one with which almost every African-American of my generation and before is all too familiar. Notice the them and the they--that's white folks. The you is every black kid who has ever brought home a bad grade or failed to study hard enough for a test being told by their concerned parents that they might never succeed if they don't work harder and smarter than their white peers." See more
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Joining us now, the reporter who broke this story, Vanessa Chandler of the "Post's" styles section. Vanessa, we have a name now. Former White House communications director Olivia Pope. How sure are you that she's the woman who had an alleged affair with President Grant?
It's just one source, but it's a good source. A source in a position to know the true identity of the president's mistress. And, well, you know how this works. It's just a matter of time before ...
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