"Crash and Burn"
Series Scandal
Season 1, Episode 5
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Airdate May 3rd, 2012
Writer Mark Wilding
Director Steve Robin
Producer Scott Collins; Roxann Dawson; Merri D. Howard; Judy Smith; Jenna Bans; Mark Wilding; Betsy Beers; Shonda Rhimes; Heather Mitchell
Starring Kerry Washington; Henry Ian Cusick; Columbus Short; Darby Stanchfield; Katie Lowes; Guillermo Diaz; Jeff Perry; Tony Goldwyn
Previous "Enemy of the State"
Next "The Trail"

"Crash and Burn" is the fifth episode of season one of the political drama series Scandal. It was directed by Steve Robin with a script written by Mark Wilding. It first aired on ABC on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 9:00 pm. In this episode, Olivia Pope and her team must aid the surviving pilot of a commercial plane that has crashed, killing all passengers on board. Speculation and accusations abound as Olivia's gladiators defend this pilot from the media. Meanwhile, Amanda Tanner goes missing.

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  • Actor Tony Goldwyn receives an "And Tony Goldwyn" credit in the main title credits for this season.

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  • 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 prosecute crime. I get the bad guys. So at some point, even with you I gotta draw the line. I've gotta do my job. I've gotta be the sheriff.
  • Olivia Pope: The white hat looks good on you.


  • Olivia Pope: Are we on a secure line?
  • Fitzgerald Grant: Why the hell are you threatening my agents?
  • Olivia Pope You mean the men you sent to follow and scare me?
  • Fitzgerald Grant: You told them that you know what I did to her. To who? Amanda Tanner?
  • Olivia Pope: Playing dumb doesn't suit you.
  • Fitzgerald Grant: Olivia, either say what you mean or stop--
  • Olivia Pope: War is war? Fine. But murder... is murder.
  • Fitzgerald Grant: Amanda is dead?
  • Olivia Pope: She has a dad. A really nice man who is looking for his daughter. How do you think he's gonna feel when he find out that he man he voted for had his daughter killed?
  • Fitzgerald Grant: I didn't do this. You know me. You know I didn't do this.
  • Olivia Pope: I don't know anything.
  • Fitzgerald Grant: Trust your gut. Your gut is never wrong.
  • Olivia Pope: I don't have a gut anymore.
  • Fitzgerald Grant: Livvie... Come to the White House and look me in the eye. We need to talk about this face to face.
  • Olivia Pope: Face to face is over. That girl is dead!
  • Fitzgerald Grant: This wasn't... me. You know me. And the thought that I would ever, that I could ever... You know me.
  • Olivia Pope: If you didn't kill her, we both know who did. Tell me I'm wrong. You let a pit bull off his leash, he mauls a baby, no one blames the dog. You let Cyrus off his leash, that's on you.

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