President Fitzgerald Grant : You can't fix the fact that I love you, that I love you more than I love being President. I have told you that I'd give it all up for you again and again, and you know what I think? I think you don't believe me. I think you believe that I will never choose you. So this time, I'm fixing things. We are gonna sit here for the next
[picks up a clock]
President Fitzgerald Grant : 26 minutes. We're gonna sit here, and the clock on my marriage is going to run out. We're gonna run it out together. You're gonna watch me run out this clock. You're gonna sit here with me and watch me choose you.
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.