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514: “I See You” – Olivia continues to spy on Jake while the gladiators have to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, Susan and Mellie are feeling the pressure as their campaigns heat up; Abby begins to question Cyrus’ motives; and a blast from the past surprises everyone, on an all-new “Scandal,” THURSDAY MARCH 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.

“I See You” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Sharat Raju.

513: “The Fish Rots From the Head” – Olivia and the team take on some embattled Secret Service agents. Meanwhile, Abby has her hands full trying to keep Fitz in line, and Jake begins to reveal a few secrets of his own, on an all-new “Scandal,” THURSDAY MARCH 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Fish Rots From the Head” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Sharat Raju.

512: “Wild Card” – While Fitz is preoccupied with his own interests, Cyrus begins to orchestrate his next master plan, and Elizabeth North uses David to mastermind a plan of her own.  Meanwhile, Olivia continues to question what exactly Jake is planning in his new role as head of the NSA, on an all-new “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.

“Wild Card” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Allison Liddi Brown.

511: “The Candidate” – Mellie seeks out Olivia’s help but may not be prepared for what that entails, and Liz tries to convince Susan Ross to run for the presidency. Meanwhile, Abby and Cyrus are at odds when a profile piece on Fitz comes into question, on “Scandal,”THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.

The Candidate” was written by Alison Schapker and directed by Allison Liddi Brown.

510: “It’s Hard out Here for a General” – It’s been six months since Olivia and Fitz have broken up, and they are both handling their newfound freedom in very different ways. Meanwhile, the Pope and Associates team take on a case that could lead to a national crisis on the red-hot return of “Scandal,” THURSDAY JANUARY 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.

“It’s Hard out Here for a General” was written by Severiano Canales and directed by Tom Verica.

509: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Olivia is feeling more and more frustrated as she takes on “First Lady” type responsibilities at the White House. Meanwhile, Mellie proves just how powerful she can be and Jake and Huck continue the hunt for Rowan on the winter finale of “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Tom Verica.

508: “Rasputin” – In the midst of Fitz negotiating a historic peace deal, Olivia must rely on her instincts when a guest of the The White House discloses powerful intel. Meanwhile, Jake uses Huck’s help to get closer to his target, and Cyrus takes matters into his own hands when he realizes he’s been shut out of the inner circle, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Rasputin” was written by Paul William Davies and directed by John Terlesky.

507: “Even the Devil Deserves a Second Chance” – While Fitz is focused on winning back the American people, he makes a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, OPA takes on a new client, but Olivia seems preoccupied keeping her own secrets, and Elizabeth North sets her sights on a new agenda, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Even the Devil Deserves a Second Chance” was written by Raamla Mohammed and directed by Oliver Brokelberg.

506: “Get Out of Jail, Free” – Fitz and Olivia are presented with a shocking plan that might just make all of their troubles go away, and Mellie is put through the ringer when confronted about her troubled marriage. Meanwhile, the Gladiators continue to defend Olivia, and Susan Ross turns to David for advice, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Get out of Jail, Free” was written by Chris Van Dusen and directed by Chandra Wilson.

505: “You Got Served” – Olivia knows she can’t handle this latest storm on her own and calls for help from an unexpected source. Meanwhile, Mellie and Cyrus continue to pull strings from the sidelines and Jake is still occupied by a ghost from his past, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“You Got Served” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Kevin Bray.

504: “Dog- Whistle Politics” – Eager to get answers, Jake unexpectedly crosses paths with someone he thought he’d never see again. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn recruit a familiar face to help smooth over the media storm surrounding Olivia, and Fitz quickly finds out the true cost of mercy when he discovers not everyone fully supports his actions, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Dog- Whistle Politics” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Zetna Fuentes.

503: “Paris is Burning” – Olivia and Fitz face some very big consequences and Mellie brings in an old friend to make sure she gets her way. Meanwhile, Abby shows Olivia she is fully capable of handling working at the White House, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Paris is Burning” was written by Matt Byrne and directed by Jann Turner.

502: “Yes” — The Pope and Associates team dives into a new case that takes Olivia out of D.C. and away from the President. Meanwhile, back at the White House, Fitz is determined to find who’s responsible for causing the latest turn of events, and Abby receives unexpected guidance from a master of damage control as she struggles to catch a break, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 1 (9:00–10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Yes” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Tony Goldwyn.

501: “Heavy is the Head” – Olivia and Fitz are back together again and enjoying every scandalous moment together while Cyrus, Mellie and Huck are all still dealing with the aftermath of helping Command. Meanwhile, when a visit from the Queen of Caldonia and her family turns into a tragedy, Olivia is hired to make sure the Royal family’s private life stays private, on the Season 5 premiere of “Scandal,” THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Heavy is the Head” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Tom Verica.

 

SEASON FOUR

422: “You Can’t Take Command” – Everything comes to a head in the shocking season finale when Olivia and the team finally make some big moves to take down Command, and Mellie’s fate is sealed as the election results are announced, on the season finale of “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MAY 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“You Can’t Take Command” was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding and directed by Tom Verica.

421: “A Few Good Women” – Vice President Ross continues to defy the Grant administration when she hires Olivia Pope to defend a woman in the Navy. Meanwhile, Quinn and Huck must do what they do best to get answers about B613 and Mellie’s campaign for Senate continues to be a struggle, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 30 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“A Few Good Women” was written by Severiano Canales and Jess Brownell and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.

420: “I’m just a Bill” – With Rowan back in town, the stakes are at an all-time high for the team trying to take down B613. Meanwhile, Olivia gets a call that the mayor’s wife has been murdered and is asked to take on the case. Back in the White House, Fitz needs help getting a very important bill to pass, but when he looks to the VP for support, she proves that she’s not an easy pushover like everyone once thought, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“I’m Just a Bill” was written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by Debbie Allen.

419: “First Lady Sings the Blues” – The team taking down B613 is in serious danger and forced to take drastic measures to ensure their safety. In the White House, Mellie is mortified when the nation turns against her and Cyrus is forced to come to her defense, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“First Lady Sings the Blues” was written by Paul William Davies and directed by David Rodriguez.

418: “Honor Thy Father” – David tries to recruit former B613 agents to strengthen his case.  Meanwhile, a congressman asks Olivia to help his father escape his looming death penalty, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Portia de Rossi and George Newbern

“Honor Thy Father” was written by Severiano Canales and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

417: “Put A Ring On It” – When Michael gets himself in a bad situation, the Gladiators launch into damage control and put pressure on Cyrus to move up the wedding. Meanwhile, David takes the first step in executing his plan to take down B613, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Put A Ring On It” was written by Chris Van Dusen and directed by Regina King.

416: “It’s Good to be Kink” – Olivia springs into action when she hears of a woman intending to expose sex secrets of some of DC’s most elite. Meanwhile, Elizabeth fears that Mellie’s sister could be detrimental to their political aspirations, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Lena Dunham and Portia de Rossi.

“It’s Good to be Kink” was written by Matt Byrne directed by Paul McCrane.

415: “The Testimony of Diego Munoz” – David Rosen is caught off guard when a surprise visitor reveals insider information about B613 that could take down the White House and destroy Pope & Associates, on “Scandal,”THURSDAY, MARCH 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Testimony of Diego Munoz” was written by Mark Fish directed by Allison Liddi Brown.

414: “The Lawn Chair” – A tragedy in D.C. gains national attention and the White House must deal with their problematic VP, on “Scandal,”THURSDAY, MARCH 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Lawn Chair” was written by Severiano Canalesand directed by Tom Verica.

413: “No More Blood” – As the bidding for Olivia Pope continues, the gladiators fight to save her but The White House fears that they may lose her for good, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“No More Blood” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Randy Zisk.

412: “Gladiators Don’t Run” – As the gladiators watch from a far, countries around the world begin to bid on Olivia Pope. Meanwhile, Andrew and Fitz go toe to toe on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Editor’s Note: This episode replaces the previously scheduled episode “Full Circle.”

“Gladiators Don’t Run” was written by Paul William Davies and directed by Randy Zisk.

Previous Press Release:

“Full Circle” – Olivia remains one-step ahead of her captures, but she won’t be able to keep it up for long. Jake, Huck and Quinn turn to an old friend for help and Fitz is pushed to the limit forcing Cyrus to take matters into his own hands, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Full Circle” was written by Paul Williams Davies and directed by Randy Zisk.

 

411: “Where’s the Black Lady?” – With Olivia still missing, the team comes together to do whatever it takes to find her and get her home safely, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Where’s the Black Lady?” was written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by Debbie Allen.

410: “Run” – The winter premiere picks up right where the finale left off, this time from Olivia’s point of view. Exactly what happened when Jake went to the bedroom? Who took Olivia and where did she go? The fight of Olivia’s life will begin on the January return of “Scandal,” THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Run” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Tom Verica.

409: “Where the Sun Don’t Shine” – Command is always two steps ahead and everyone in Olivia’s life is in danger. Meanwhile, Cyrus is forced to face the consequences of his behavior, and Huck and Quinn finally figure out just what Elizabeth North has been planning, but they might be too late to stop it, on the winter finale of “Scandal,” THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Where the Sun Don’t Shine” was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Tony Goldwyn.

408: “The Last Supper” – Fitz and Jake continue to fight over Olivia, but Olivia needs them to focus on the real prize, taking down Command. Meanwhile, Huck longs to connect with his family and Quinn continues tracking Kubiak. Back at the White House, Cyrus’ exploits finally catch up to him, but Elizabeth North’s plan is much bigger than anyone ever expected, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Last Supper” was written by Allan Heinberg and directed by Julie Anne Robinson

407: “Baby Made a Mess” – Olivia, still unable to believe that Jake is guilty, sets her eyes on Tom for additional information, and when Leo Bergen’s newest client causes a gut wrenching reaction, her associates spring into action. Meanwhile, Huck continues to play with fire, Mellie makes a power move and Elizabeth’s shocking alliance is revealed, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Baby Made a Mess” was written by Jenna Bans and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.

406: “An Innocent Man” – Olivia is summoned by a convicted assassin who claims he was wrongly accused, and Mellie becomes intrigued by a former first lady whose stories seem to be strikingly similar to her own. Meanwhile, Elizabeth inches closer to corrupting the White House and Fitz makes a shocking move, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“An Innocent Man” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

405: “The Key” – Olivia and the team continue to investigate Catherine’s case, but Olivia is distracted when Jake stops returning her calls. Meanwhile, Cyrus falls deeper into the rabbit hole with Michael, David realizes what it’s like to finally be a winner in DC and Fitz seeks answers to Jerry’s death on “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Key” was written by Chris Van Dusen and directed by Paul McCrane.

404: “Like Father, Like Daughter” – Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family’s reputation. Meanwhile, Rowan calls on an old friend to do his dirty work, on “Scandal,”THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest Starring Emmy Award winner Joe Morton, Brian Letscher and Mary Mouser (“Body of Proof”)

“Like Father, Like Daughter” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Paul McCrane.

403:  “Inside the Bubble” – An old friend (Sonya Walger) returns for help after her daughter goes missing, Cyrus has an awkward run in during a business breakfast, and Jake uses his connections to get some answers. Meanwhile, Mellie becomes obsessed with a national news story and David goes to great lengths to prove himself, on “Scandal,”THURSDAY OCTOBER 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Inside the Bubble” was written by Matt Byrne and directed by Randy Zisk.

402: “The State of the Union” – In order for Fitz to make the biggest impact with his State of the Union address on gun control, Cyrus sets out to recruit a power couple (Mary McCormick and Josh Randall) who are influential on the issue. Meanwhile, Mellie’s personal struggle gets national attention on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The State of the Union” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Allison Liddi-Brown.

401: “Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia” – Nearly two months after Olivia and Jake boarded a private jet to stand in the sun together, everything has changed. With another four years in the White House, Fitz and Cyrus are doing everything they can to make a positive impact on the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie struggles to cope with the loss of her son and the gladiators feel the impact of Olivia’s absence, on the Season 4 premiere of “Scandal,” THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Tom Verica.

 

SEASON THREE

318: “The Price of Free and Fair Elections” – Election Day has arrived and nothing is off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia tries to understand Maya’s motives and Charlie makes a very surprising move, on the season finale of ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Price of Free and Fair Elections” was written by Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding and directed by Tom Verica.

317: “Flesh and Blood” – A security breach calls for an all hands on deck situation at OPA. Fitz’s re-election campaign becomes stalled and he considers going against Olivia’s advice. Meanwhile, Adnan and Maya continue to plot their next move, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Flesh and Blood” was written by Severiano Canales and Miguel Nolla and directed by Debbie Allen.

316: “The Fluffer” – Abby steps in as Olivia’s proxy and takes on duties at the White House. Meanwhile, the team continues to investigate B613, and someone throws a wrench in Reston’s presidential campaign, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“The Fluffer” was written by Chris Van Dusen & Raamla Mohamed and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

315: “Mama Said Knock You Out” – The Grant children prepare for a live sit down television interview with Fitz and Mellie at the White House. Meanwhile, Adnan looks to Harrison for help and Rowan warns Olivia to stop investigating B613, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Mama Said Knock You Out” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tony Goldwyn.

314: “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” – Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.   

“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Paul McCrane.

313: “No Sun on the Horizon” – A well prepared Fitz gets thrown a curve ball during the first presidential debate, Olivia receives shocking news and is forced to make an extremely difficult decision, and the gladiators work with a powerful CEO accused of murder. Meanwhile, one dirty little secret could lead to deadly consequences, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“No Sun on the Horizon” was written by Matt Byrne and directed by Randy Zisk.

312: “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies” – Old feelings and jealousies arise at a Presidential event causing Fitz to face a harsh reality. Meanwhile, Quinn tries to prove herself to B613 and Leo Bergen sets up a meeting between Sally and an old friend, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“We Do Not Touch the First Ladies” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.

311:  “Ride, Sally, Ride” – The White House deals with a bombshell announcement from Sally Langston. Meanwhile, Olivia finds herself in a challenging new role, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 

“Ride, Sally, Ride” was written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by Tom Verica.

310:  “A Door Marked Exit” – Now that the truth is out there, things will never be the same and everyone will have to face the consequences of their actions, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“A Door Marked Exit” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tom Verica.

309: “YOLO” – As the team gets closer to the truth, loyalties are tested and relationships are pushed to the limit. Meanwhile, Cyrus has to deal with his own Crisis and he realizes that he may have gone too far, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“YOLO” was written by Chris Van Dusen and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.

308:  “Vermont is for Lovers, Too” – Olivia and the team try to handle both uncovering the truth behind Operation Remington, while also managing a potential crisis with the Josie Marcus campaign.  Meanwhile, Quinn falls further down the rabbit hole with Charlie, and Cyrus creates a plan to take down Sally, but doesn’t think of the possible harm he could inflict on himself, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Vermont is for Lovers Too” was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Ava Duvernay.

307: “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie” – Mellie is still trying to recover from the public backlash of the last year so she decides to do a hard-hitting news interview. Meanwhile, as Cyrus continues to plot against Sally Langston, we learn how Fitz, Mellie and Cyrus became a team. Back at OPA, Huck continues to push Quinn away, but Quinn’s bloodlust could get her into some dangerous situations, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Everything’s Coming Up Mellie” was written by Peter Nowalk and directed by Michael Katleman.

306: “Icarus” – Olivia must make a very important decision that will affect all of her relationships in the White House, and Harrison’s allegiance to the Gladiators is tested. Meanwhile, the team continues to prep Josie Marcus while Cyrus and Mellie plot against her, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Icarus” was written by Peter Noah and directed by Julie Anne Robinson.

305:  “More Cattle, Less Bull” –The team investigates Democratic Congresswoman Josie Marcus, while Olivia and Mellie have a surprising run-in during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Meanwhile, Jake and Huck get closer to the truth about Operation Remington, which could lead to devastating results, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Lisa Kudrow as Josephine Marcus, Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston, Tom Amandes as Governor Samuel Reston, Jack Coleman as Daniel Douglas Langston, Sally Pressman as Candace Marcus, Stoney Westmoreland as Hal Rimbeau, Brian Letscher as Tom, Erin Chambers as Mara, Sarah Benoit as Doris, Michael Mahon as Billy Joe Lee, Paul Adelstein as Leo Bergen and Joe Morton as Rowan.

“More Cattle, Less Bull” was written by Jenna Bans and directed by Randy Zisk.

304: “Say Hello to My Little Friend” – With Pope & Associates still struggling to find clients, the team decides to take on a philandering senator who enjoys taking photos of his not so public areas. Meanwhile, Mellie gets involved in her own Scandal with Democratic Congresswoman Josephine Marcus (Lisa Kudrow), on “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Lisa Kudrow as Josephine Marcus, Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak, Melora Hardin as Shelley Meyers, Patrick Fabian as Senator Richard Meyers, Patrick St. Espirit as Peter Foster, Michael B. Silver as Gavin Mitchell, Stoney Westmoreland as Hal Rimbeau, Brian Letscher as Tom, Peter Holden as William Granville and Joe Morton as Rowan.

“Say Hello to My Little Friend” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.

303: “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington” – A Midwestern mom hires Pope & Associates under mysterious conditions that lead to a very dangerous situation. Meanwhile, Fitz and Mellie admit their true feelings for each other, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Cynthia Stevenson as Mary Nesbitt, Mark Moses as Congressman Jim Struthers, Ernie Hudson as Commander Randolph Boles, Patrick St. Espirit as Peter Foster, Brian Letscher as Tom, Sharmila Devar as Lauren, Aarti Mann as Agent Laura Kenney and Joe Morton as Rowan.

“Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington” was written by Matt Byrne and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

302: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” – Through flashbacks we learn more about Olivia’s estranged relationship with her father. Meanwhile, both the White House and  Pope & Associates are still in the middle of cleaning up the very big and very public mess they created, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston, Norm Lewis as Senator Edison Davis, Brian Letscher as Tom, Steven W. Bailey as Coroner Noah Elliot, Samantha Sloyan as Jeanine Locke, Sharmila Devar as Lauren and Joe Morton as Rowan.

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Allison Liddi-Brown.

301: “It’s Handled” – With Olivia’s name out there as the President’s mistress, both the White House and Pope & Associates face their biggest Scandal to date, and a surprise allegiance is formed in order to get things handled. Meanwhile, Olivia’s father, Rowan, will stop at nothing to carry out his orders and no one, including Olivia, can stand in his way, on the Season 3 Premiere of “Scandal,” THURSDAY OCTOBER 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“It’s Handled” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Tom Verica.

 

SEASON TWO

222: “White Hat’s Back On” – With the identity of the mole now closer than ever, Olivia and her team are in very real danger. Meanwhile, the latest White House scandal pushes Cyrus to his limits, on the Season Finale of “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MAY 16 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“White Hat’s Back On” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Tom Verica.

221: “Any Questions?” – The White House is in the middle of its biggest scandal to date and Cyrus is in the eye of the storm. Meanwhile, someone close to Olivia betrays her and the team, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MAY 9 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Any Questions?” was written by Matt Bryne and directed by Mark Tinker.

220: “A Woman Scorned” – The team continue their investigation into the mole and make a shocking discovery in the process. Meanwhile Fitz orders Jake to continue to protect Olivia, who is still very much in danger, and back at the White House Mellie’s ultimatum forces Cyrus into the role of “fixer,” on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MAY 2 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“A Woman Scorned” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tony Goldwyn.

219: “Seven Fifty-Two” – Secrets from Huck’s life before Pope and Associates are revealed, Olivia and Fitz engage in an emotionally charged conversation, unaware of the fact that someone could be watching, and Olivia’s team comes together to help one of their own. Meanwhile, Cyrus is becoming increasingly skeptical of Jake, and Mellie makes a decision that could bring down the White House, on “Scandal,”THURSDAY, APRIL 25 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Seven Fifty-Two” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Allison Liddi-Brown.

218: “Molly, You in Danger, Girl” – When details from an old case don’t add up, Olivia’s team must backtrack to figure out if they made a mistake. Worse still, this mistake has potentially put them all in serious danger. Meanwhile, Olivia and Jake’s relationship starts to heat up, while at the White House Fitz and Mellie’s relationship hits a new low, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 4 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Molly, You in Danger, Girl” was written by Chris Van Dusen and directed by Tom Verica.

217: “Snake in the Garden” – The team find themselves working for the devil when Hollis Doyle’s daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom. Meanwhile, David is still in danger and is forced to seek shelter at Pope & Associates; Olivia and Jake take their flirtatious relationship to the next level even as the President continues to rely on Jake for intel; in the White House, Cyrus will stop at nothing to get back into the President’s good graces; and Mellie’s claws come out when she tells Fitz he needs to make some changes, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 28 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Gregg Henry as Hollis Doyle.

“Snake in the Garden” was written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by Ron Underwood.

216: “Top of the Hour” – Olivia finds herself in the middle of a media storm, but this time she’s on the opposing side of the oval office when Fitz’s pick for Supreme Court Justice is caught in a torrid affair with Liv’s new client, high-powered CEO Sarah Stanner (Lisa Edelstein). Meanwhile, Olivia and Jake continue their flirtatious relationship, while Huck takes Quinn under his wing and Harrison and Abby try to figure out where they stand with their friendship. Back in the White House, Cyrus and Mellie continue to fight for Fitz’s attention, but someone else may already have it, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MARCH 21 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Top of the Hour” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Steve Robin.

215: “Boom Goes the Dynamite” – Olivia and the team are hired by an up and coming politician, Peter Caldwell, but this time instead of fixing a scandal, they’re playing high-powered matchmaker. Meanwhile, David is trying to leave the past behind him, but when he feels like he’s being followed, he finally turns to the team at OPA for help. Back at the White House, Fitz is still struggling with whom to trust and how to handle a delicate hostage situation, and Jake just won’t take no for an answer when it comes to dating Olivia, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Boom Goes the Dynamite” was written by Jenna Bans and directed by Randy Zisk.

214: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” – After discovering the truth behind defiance, Fitz is still struggling to figure out whom he can actually trust. Meanwhile Olivia is trying to move on with her life, and she meets a handsome stranger, Jake Weston (Scott Foley), who sparks her interest. But when Fitz and Olivia are forced to be in the same room again, real sparks fly and things get heated. Back at Pope & Associates, the team handles a new case, and for the first time they’re working with David Rosen instead of against him, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” was written by Matt Byrne and directed by Mark Tinker.

213: “Nobody Likes Babies” – As David uncovers the truth about the Cytron case, things come to a head for Olivia, Cyrus, Mellie, Hollis and Verna. Backed into a corner, the five conspirators go to extremes and, in some cases, unconscionable lengths to protect themselves and/or the ones they love, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Nobody Likes Babies” was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Tom Verica.

212: “Truth or Consequences” – After discovering the truth about the rigged White House election, the “Gladiators in Suits” realize that a quickly unraveling Olivia may not always wear the white hat. Meanwhile, Mellie is forced to take extreme measures to try and reel Fitz in, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Truth or Consequences” was written by Peter Noah and directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

211: “A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar” – Changes continue to rock the White House, as we also flashback to learn more about the rigged election. Meanwhile, things get heated between Olivia and Edison after he makes a shocking accusation, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Stephen Cragg.

210: “One for the Dog” – With Huck being held under the Patriot Act, Olivia and the team get unexpected assistance from an old friend. Meanwhile, Olivia helps Mellie out of a very compromising situation that could affect Fitz’s future, and her relationship with Edison reaches a boiling point, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET)on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston, Gregg Henry as Hollis Doyle, Debra Mooney as Verna Thornton, Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak, Norm Lewis as Edison Davis, Sam McMurray as Pat Wexler, Wendy Davis as Kimberly Mitchell, Susan Pourfar as Becky and Stoney Westmoreland as Hal.

“One for the Dog” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Steve Robin.

209: “Blown Away” – While working in the White House, Olivia helps Vice President Sally Langston; Cyrus stumbles across the truth about James’s secret investigation; and one of Olivia’s associates struggles to come to terms with a shocking betrayal, on ABC’s Scandal,” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Blown Away” was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Jessica Yu.

208: “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” – A national tragedy forces Olivia to return to work at the White House. Meanwhile, we learn more about the first few days of Fitz’s presidency, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Norm Lewis as Senator Edison Davis, Dan Bucatinsky as James, Gregg Henry as Hollis, Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston, Debra Mooney as Verna, Stephen Collins as Reed Wallace, Brian Letscher as Tom, Stoney Westmoreland as Hal, Keiko Agena as Britta, Troy Winbush as Morris, Jesse D. Goins as Chief Justice, Samantha Sloyan as Jeannine, Virginia Louise Smith as Secretary of State, Mona Mira as staffer, Scott Roe as Secret Service agent no. 1, Barry Levy as Secret Service agent no. 2, Brice Williams as doctor no. 1, Sharon Battle as doctor no. 2, Tyrees Allen as Dr. Carroll, Kavita Patil as doctor no. 4, Nichelle Hines as reporter Ashley, Kevin Ashworth as reporter Bill, Jason Sims-Prewitt as soldier.

”Happy Birthday, Mr. President” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.

This program carries a TV-14,L,S,V parental guideline.

207: “Defiance” – Harrison leads the team in managing a billionaire businessman who seems to have lost his sanity; meanwhile, Olivia and the White House prepare to celebrate the President’s 50th birthday, as James continues to investigate Cytron and discovers something that could change the fate of the country, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Defiance” was written by Peter Noah and directed by Tom Verica.

206: “Spies Like Us” – Olivia receives an anonymous letter containing a coded warning which could expose Huck’s dark past. Meanwhile another Pope & Associates secret has already been exposed and Olivia asks Harrison to step up and handle it. And in the White House, Cyrus and Fitz are dealing with the ramifications of Cyrus’ husband’s first front page news story, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET).

Guest starring Norm Lewis as Senator Edison Davis, Dan Bucatinsky as James, Gregg Henry as Hollis, Brenda Song as Alissa, Susan Pourfar as Becky, George Newbern as Charlie, Sarah Aldrich as Molly, Adam Lazarre-White as Paul, Sam Anderson as Sherman, Mary Pat Gleason as Betsy, Richard Gilliland as Barry, Stephen Hart as bureaucrat, Tiffany Jeneen as postal worker, Jennifer Sommerfield as Teresa, Ron Ostrow as Sarnoff.

“Spies Like Us” was written by Chris Van Dusen and directed by Bethany Rooney.

205: “All Roads Lead to Fitz” – When the wife of a governor is raped, the governor takes the law into his own hands and then asks Olivia and her team to come in and clean up his mess. Meanwhile, both Cyrus and the President are caught off-guard when Cyrus’ husband, James, decides to return to his career as a journalist covering the White House, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Norm Lewis as Senator Edison Davis, Gregg Henry as Hollis, Debra Mooney as Verna, Dan Bucatinsky as James, Tom Amandes as Governor Reston, Brenda Strong as Joan Reston, Audrey Wasilewski as Alison Becker, Sam McMurray as Pat, Susan Pourfar as Becky, Mina Badie as Jane, Kate McGregor-Stewart as Mary, Cullen Douglas as Steve Doherty, Dinora Walcott as Carol, Bruno Amato as Stonemason Lonnie, Roberto Montesinos as painter Jerry, Kristin Carey as Brooke Foster, Keith Sellon-Wright as Garrett Cole, Michelle Wong as on scene reporter, Claude Knowlton as waiter.

“All Roads Lead to Fitz” was Written by Raamla Mohamed and directed by Steve Robin.

204: “Beltway Unbuckled” — A DC college student goes missing and her grieving parents come to Pope & Associates for help. Meanwhile David is still investigating the Cytron case and gets help from a very surprising source; and in the White House, Fitz feels the pressure as Mellie proves once again that she’s a political powerhouse, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Norm Lewis as Senator Edison Davis, Brenda Song as Alissa, Gregg Henry as Hollis, Debra Mooney as Verna, Todd Waring as Peter, Eve Gordon as Janet, Darian Lopez as Emma, William C. Mitchell as Captain Bill Sundstrom, Susan Pourfar as Becky, Steven W. Bailey as Noah, Joe Holt as Defense Secretary, Creighton James as Alexander Lavich, Wendy Davis as Kimberly Mitchell, Kristin Carey as Brooke Foster, Liz Loza as young female reporter, Ajay Vidure as young male reporter, Meghan Maureen McDonough as older female reporter, Kate McGregor-Stewart as Mary, Jack Guzman as Secret Service agent, VyVy Nguyen as hostess, Bobbin Bergstrom as Patty.

“Beltway Unbuckled” was written by Mark Fish and directed by Mark Tinker.

203: “Hunting Season” – A paranoid government official drops a bombshell on Pope & Associates and even Olivia is caught off-guard with how high up this Scandal goes. Back at the office, unresolved questions about Quinn’s background create tension amongst the associates. Meanwhile, despite Cyrus’ best efforts to keep a lovesick President under control, things still manage to heat up between Fitz and Olivia when Olivia’s old flame returns, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Patrick Fischler as Arthur “Artie” Hornbacher, Gregg Henry as Hollis Doyle, Brenda Song as Alissa, Ann Cusack as Corinne Stark, Wendy Davis as Kimberly Mitchell, Norm Lewis as Edison Davis, Brian Letscher as Tom, Stoney Westmoreland as Hal, Steven W. Bailey as Noah Elliot and Peter Mackenzie as Brad Loeb.

“Hunting Season” was written by written by Matt Byrne and directed by Ron Underwood.

202: “The Other Woman” – When a public figure is caught in a compromising position, Olivia and her team must do some heavy lifting, literally, in order to clean up the mess. But Olivia is still dealing with the ramifications of the judge’s jaw-dropping verdict, and Abby continues to push for answers. In the White House, Cyrus and Fitz are forced to deal with a serious foreign policy emergency, on ABC’s “Scandal,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Dan Bucatinsky as James, Leslie Grossman as Lisa, Lorraine Toussaint as Nancy, Elise Neal as Joanne, Damarr Calhoun as Vincent, Warren Thomas as Pastor Drake, Gregg Henry as Hollis, John Diehl as Ray, Josh Clark as Amos, Jason Dechert as Matt Turner, Sam McMurray as Pat, Debra Mooney as Verna, Joe Holt as Defense Secretary, Mark Espinoza as Chairman of Joint Chiefs, Virginia Louise Smith as Secretary of State, Al Carabello as parking valet, Jennifer Marsala as reporter, Jay Jackson as local news anchor, Wendy Davis as Kimberly Mitchell, Keli Daniels as Cable News anchor, Vanessa Zima as Jill, Fred Ochs as AA leader, Jocelyn Ayanna as prayer leader.

“The Other Woman” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Stephen Cragg.

201: “White Hat’s Off” – Quinn’s identity is finally revealed, and the more the Pope & Associates team learn about her past, the more they realize she could be their biggest Scandal yet. Meanwhile, a senator seeks Olivia’s help when his personal life is about to become a public disgrace, and President Fitz is stuck between a rock and hard place when Mellie and Cyrus put him in a very compromising position during a live television interview, on the sophomore season premiere of “Scandal,” THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Jackson Hurst as Senator Jacob Shaw, Jillian Armenante as Moira O’Donnell, Jimmy Kimmel as himself, Wendy Davis as Kimberly Mitchell, Stephen Hornyak as Gary Olverman, Pilar Holland as Jennifer Price, Liz Torres as Federal judge, Adria Tennor as Brenda Swan, Gregg Henry as Hollis Doyle, Charles C. Stevenson Jr. as Judge Milton Kalev, Biff Yeager as Norm, Maura Soden as psychologist and Malika Williams as guard.

“White Hat’s Off” was written by Jenna Bans and directed by Tom Verica.

SEASON ONE

107:  “Grant: For the People” – When Quinn finds herself in a tragic and compromising position, Olivia and the team rush to her side; all the while, a reluctant Cyrus must turn to Olivia when Billy Chambers makes an announcement that shakes Fitz’s presidency to its’ core, on the stunning Season Finale of “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MAY 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers, George Newbern as Charlie, Dan Bucatinsky as James, Brendan Hines as Gideon Wallace, Mark Harelik as Press Secretary Marvin Colgate, Shannon Cochran as Attorney General Susan Sawyer, Troy Winbush as Morris Elcott and Brian Letscher as Tom.

“Grant: For the People” was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Roxann Dawson.

106: “The Trail” – As Gideon investigates Amanda’s past in the present day, scenes from the past reveal the contentious primary race between Fitz and his now-Vice President, how Olivia and Fitz first met on the campaign trail and how each of Olivia’s associates joined the team, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MAY 10 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers, Liza Weil as Amanda Tanner, Brendan Hines as Gideon Wallace, Dan Bucatinsky as James, and Brenda Song as Alissa.

“The Trail” was written by Jenna Bans and directed by Tom Verica.

105: “Crash and Burn” – After a commercial plane crashes, taking the lives of all onboard, Olivia Pope and her “gladiators-in-suits” must defend the pilot from media and airline accusations; meanwhile, when Amanda Tanner goes missing, Huck calls upon his dark past to find her whereabouts, and Fitz seeks the help of the Vice President in order to pass key legislation despite their icy relationship, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, MAY 3 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers, George Newbern as Charlie, Graham Beckel as Hank Tanner, Liza Weil as Amanda Tanner, Brendan Hines as Gideon Wallace, Darren Pettie as Andrew Mackleson, Leslie Grossman as Lisa, Lenora May as Phyllis, Brian Letscher as Tom, Stoney Westmoreland as Hal, and Amanda Fuller as Carly.

“Crash and Burn” was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Steve Robin.

104: “Enemy of the State” – After the Amanda Tanner case takes a shocking turn, one-time friends Olivia and Cyrus take heated, opposing viewpoints, and Cyrus tries to help in investigating the personal lives of Olivia and her associates. Meanwhile Olivia and her team help a dictator locate his wife and children who have been allegedly kidnapped, and Quinn goes out with a reporter seeking information, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring are Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers, Liza Weil as Amanda Tanner, Brendan Hines as Gideon Wallace, Leland Orser as Sanders, Dan Bucatinsky as James, Jose Zuniga as General Florez and Valerie Cruz as Carolina.

“Enemy of the State” was written by Richard E. Robbins and directed by Michael Katleman.

103: “Hell Hath No Fury” – The team reluctantly decides to help a millionaire’s son accused of rape, but regardless of the facts, public perception is a hard thing to change, and this is one case that the team might not be able to win. Meanwhile, Olivia still insists on taking Amanda Tanner as a client, but is unable to put her own past with the President behind her when Amanda’s first request is a meeting with the President, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 19 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring are JoBeth Williams as Sandra Harding, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers, Liza Weil as Amanda Tanner, Brendan Hines as Gideon Wallace, Curtis Armstrong as Seamus Cole, Michael Cssidy as Travis Harding, Ellen Woglom as Helen Fisher and Jerrika Hinton as Hannah.

“Hell Hath No Fury” was written by Matt Byrne and directed by Allison Liddi-Brown.

102: “Dirty Little Secrets” – When Pope & Associates’ newest client, DC Madam Sharon Marquette, is under investigation, the team needs to do everything possible to keep her client list under wraps. The list is literally a Who’s Who of DC influentials – and while it’s Olivia’s job to protect her client, she finds herself protecting a lot more than just the madam. Meanwhile, Quinn runs into some trouble with the President’s former intern, Amanda Tanner, on “Scandal,” THURSDAY, APRIL 12 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring Mimi Kennedy as Sharon Marquette, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers, Liza Weil as Amanda Tanner, Brendan Hines as Gideon Wallace, John Getz as Patrick Keating, Megan Gallagher as Claire Keating and Troy Winbush as Morris Elcott.

“Dirty Little Secrets” was written by Heather Mitchell and directed by Roxann Dawson.

101: “Sweet Baby”

The creator and executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” delve into the behind-the-scenes machinations of a mesmerizing top crisis manager, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), in ABC’s highly anticipated new drama, “Scandal,” premiering THURSDAY, APRIL 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Everyone has a secret… and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. She is hoping to start a new chapter in her life -both professionally and personally-but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Olivia’s former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn), and his chief of staff, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), are never far, and it soon becomes clear that Olivia’s clients aren’t the only ones with secrets. Olivia’s accomplished staff includes Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick), a womanizing lawyer who’s trying to settle down; Harrison Wright (Columbus Short), a slick litigator with his fair share of secrets; Huck (Guillermo Diaz), a hacker extraordinaire with a CIA past; and Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), an investigator who has a love/hate relationship with Stephen. Although Olivia and her team specialize in fixing the lives of other people, they can’t quite seem to fix the problems closest at hand-their own.

In the premiere episode, young lawyer Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) is offered a job with Olivia Pope and Associates, and she is in awe. Olivia and her team of “gladiators in suits” will do whatever it takes to make their clients’ problems go away, and newbie Quinn is initiated into the group with trial by fire on day one — when a White House intern accuses the President of having an affair. Olivia is the only one the White House trusts to diffuse the problem, but as she gets deeper into the situation, Quinn soon realizes Olivia’s clients aren’t the only ones with secrets.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington (“Ray”) as Olivia Pope, Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”) as Stephen Finch, Columbus Short (“Stomp the Yard”) as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz (“Half-Baked”) as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn (“Ghost”) as President Fitzgerald Grant, and Jeff Perry (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Cyrus Beene.

“Scandal” is written by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”). Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) are executive producers. Judy Smith is co-executive producer. Paul McGuigan (BBC’s “Sherlock”) is the director. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.

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