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The television series Scandal chronicles the life of Olivia Pope, who heads up Washington D. C.'s premier crisis management firm, Pope and Associates. Each episode follows Pope and her team as they clean up the messes that the rich and powerful leave behind. Pope's clients include powerful Senators and foreign dictators. They also include war veterans and lowly interns. Olivia is willing take on anyone, including the President of the United States, in order to protect her clients. Anyone in Washington D. C. who needs help protecting his or her reputation comes to Pope and Associates for help. Olivia and her team prevent private misconduct from becoming a public scandal.

As the plot of the series progresses, it becomes clear that Olivia has secrets of her own that she needs to keep under wraps. Prior to opening her crisis management firm, Olivia had served as the White House Press Secretary for President Fitzgerald Grant. Cyrus Beene, played by Jeff Perry, is the White House Chief of Staff and Olivia's mentor. He recruited her to work for Grant's presidential campaign and is responsible for Olivia's position in the White House after the campaign. During the campaign, Olivia had an affair with Grant. She leaves the White House when this is discovered. Her cases at Pope and Associates often bring her into direct conflict with Cyrus as she defends the reputations of people who are being scapegoated by the White House. At times, her history with the President and his staff can interfere with her work for her clients. U. S. Attorney David Rosen, played by Joshua Malina, is another antagonist. He has a positive working relationship with Olivia, but he takes his duty serious and strives to enforce the letter of the law. He keeps a close eye on the activities of Pope and Associates.

At Pope and Associates, Olivia has gathered a team of people who are intensely loyal to her. She has helped many of them out of tough spots in the past, and they are ready to go to the wall to help her. Harrison Wright, played by Columbus Short, is a lawyer who works with Olivia. When his previous employer was convicted of insider trading, Olivia defended Harrison pro bono. Due to her defense, he received a brief six month sentence. Abby Whelan, played by Darcy Stantchfield, is the daughter of a former governor of Virginia. Olivia helped her to escape from an abusive relationship in the past. She is now the firm's investigator. Huck, played by Guillermo Diaz, is a former CIA agent involved in black ops. Olivia found Huck living homeless on the streets. She won him over by bringing him coffee everyday. Now, he is the tech specialist for Pope and Associates. Quinn Perkins, played by Katie Lowes, is the newest member of the team. She is a young lawyer with a mysterious past. Olivia has given these individuals a second chance and has formed them into fierce team of fighters. The series explores the lives of each of these characters as they work on cases for Olivia.

Scandal is the brainchild of Shonda Rhimes, the creator and producer of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. Rhimes based the character of Olivia Pope on the career of Judy Smith. Smith served as a press aide in the Bush administration and went on to found her own crisis management firm. She is also a co-excutive producer for the show. Scandal was first aired on April 5, 2012 as a mid-season replacement on the ABC network. It ran for seven episodes and was renewed for a second season. Guillermo Diaz was nominated for Favorite TV Actor

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on ABC
7 Seasons, 118 Episodes
April 5, 2012
Cast: Kerry Washington, Guillermo DÑaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes
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Scandal Full Episode Guide

  • When Olivia agrees to join Fitz in Vermont for what she thinks will be a relaxing getaway, she is shocked to find that her closest friends have orchestrated a relentless intervention. Back in Washington, Cyrus finally reveals his suspicions to Mellie about Olivia and Jake's extracurricular activities.

  • The harrowing events that transpired in Rowan's basement are revealed, from the moment Quinn was kidnapped to the earth-shattering gunshot that rocked Olivia to her core.

  • On the midseason premiere, the fallout from Rowan's desperate act affects all of Quinn's loved ones, including a guilt-ridden Olivia.

  • The first half of the epic final season ends with shocking revelations and jaw-dropping events that will leave everyone reeling.

  • The Gladiators come together to celebrate Quinn and Charlie's big day. Back at the White House, Cyrus, Mellie and Jake deal with a new crisis in the Middle East.

  • Olivia and Mellie assert their power like never before; meanwhile, Cyrus is working on congressional approval to declare war in Bashran, and QPA is keeping close watch on President Rashad's niece.

  • While Liv is busy running the free world, the team at QPA works with an unexpected client to solve an important case. At the White House, Mellie prepares for the upcoming Nuclear Summit with President Rashad and Prime Minister Nazari.

  • Fitz stays in Vermont and hides from the limelight during the first 100 days of Mellie's presidency, adjusting to life as an ordinary citizen for the first time in years. Eventually, Marcus joins him to begin important work on his presidential library.

  • President Mellie Grant hosts a state dinner for President Rashad of Bashran in a first step toward peace in the Middle East, and in case Mellie's charm alone doesn't work, Olivia secretly puts Jake to work so that they are armed with a back-up plan. Meanwhile, the team at Quinn Perkins & Associates attends the party in hopes to gain more high-profile clientele.

  • One hundred days into Mellie's presidency, Olivia Pope is proving she can run the world; but to avoid an international incident, she may have to make her toughest call yet. Meanwhile, Quinn Perkins & Associates struggle to find their first client.

  • Fitz makes changes during his final days in office.

  • Olivia takes a big risk to ensure Mellie's safety prior to the inauguration in the first half of this combined episode.

  • President Fitz considers his legacy. Meanwhile, the Gladiators question what's next for their team; and Jake finally discovers the motivation behind Peus and the mystery woman's reign of terror.

  • As the future of the country hangs in the balance, Olivia and Fitz are at odds with Rowan. Meanwhile, Jake employs surprising tactics to manipulate the Mystery Woman.

  • Peus' grip is impossible to escape for Olivia and everyone she holds dear, but then a shocking threat to the White House turns everything on its head.

  • Olivia and the team plot to ruin Peus, but as the Electoral College vote nears, the fight for power turns deadly.

  • With the details behind Frankie's assassination revealed, Olivia imagines what life would have been like if she, Mellie and Cyrus had never rigged Fitz's election.

  • Under the pressure of the OPA's investigation, the conspiracy risks the safety of one of their own.

  • The events from election night are retold from Abby's perspective, revealing a daunting thirst for power and an explosive secret she's been harboring.

  • Huck proves his loyalty to Olivia when he executes a difficult task.

  • Rowan past surprises him. Olivia faces a momentous decision regarding the campaign; and flashbacks reveal details of Francisco Vargas' assassination.

  • Jake and Vanessa's tangled relationship threatens the campaign, forcing Olivia to intervene. Meanwhile, a game-changing revelation about the conspiracy surrounding Francisco Vargas's assassination is revealed.

  • Cyrus must overcome a major obstacle, but that doesn't stop him from trying to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, Olivia and her team unearth surprising new evidence relating to the evening Frankie got shot.

  • After a tight race and shocking results to the election, flashbacks reveal events of the campaign trail and the lengths Olivia was willing to go to win.

  • The election results for the presidential race between Mellie Grant and Francisco Vargas are revealed, which send shockwaves throughout the country.

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