- “I didn’t kill her! I loved her! [voice cracks] She was my best friend!”
Rhimes uses this same trick in the other storyline. Olivia insists on meeting with the president so that she can look in the eye and test to see if he’s telling the truth about not having an affair with his accuser. President Fitz looks squarely at her and says, and...
- You’ve seen me at my best and my worst. You know I did not fall for some young girl. You know there’s only one person I love”
I’ve said before that one of the advantages of mastering set-up and pay-off is that it keeps down on producer interference. It convinces them that your script is a tight ship, and any poking will only sink it. Indeed, though the script online is still called “UNTITLED SHONDA RHIMES PROJECT”, it’s 90% similar to what made it on the air, including these two exchanges. They know they can trust her.
(Of course, the most deeply ironic line to get flipped over in the pilot is the description of the firm as “gladiators in suits”, but that brings us into our next category…)