Mellie Grant : So Tell me. What do you want? I want to destroy Olivia Pope. I want her to suffer like I have suffered. I want her to suffer so much it makes him suffer. I want to make them bleed. I want their every breath to reek of poison!
Cyrus Beene : Mellie. This is a very important moment. Don't waste it being human. Your answer will define your future. Think like a champion. Think like a warrior. Raise your sword and run into battle and tell me what the inscription on your monument will read when the history books glorify you. Tell me. What do you want?
Mellie Grant : I want the oval.
Cyrus Beene : Yes!
Mellie Grant : You don't get to say what you don't want, not in here. Your wants, your needs Nobody cares anymore. All that matters from now on is him. You will make so many sacrifices and compromises. You won't even feel like a real person anymore. You will be unrecognizable. You think you're gonna be able to keep that little business of yours up and running - that group of thugs you got working for you? What, you're gonna find a place for them here on your staff in the White House? I don't think so. You forfeit all that the moment he takes your hand and presents you to the world. You get dropped in a cage, and you are trapped. The amount of bile you will force yourself to choke down... But like I said, that's what this here liquid gold is for.
Olivia Pope : To feel numb.
Mellie Grant : Oh, honey, no. Living here in this prison, that is what makes you feel numb. This is what makes you feel alive.
[sips some and recoils]