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Scandal Episode Guide

Here is the episode guide for Scandal. Each episode has the title, writer, director, and a description listed. The descriptions are sourced from locations such as Wikipedia and official press releases

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21 - That's My Girl

Written By: Shonda Rhimes & Mark Wilding Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 6.65
As each presidential candidate gets ready to announce their running mate, Olivia finds herself in a potentially dire situation. Meanwhile, Cyrus is presented with damaging information that could alter the presidential race entirely

20 - Trump Card

Written By: Severiano Canales and Jess Brownell Directed By: Jann Turner
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 6.06
Olivia and Abby have to put their differences aside and work together to try and take Hollis Doyle down. Meanwhile, Edison realizes he may have made a deal with the devil as Rowan and Jake continue to try and pull the strings behind his campaign

19 - Buckle Up

Written By: Michelle Lirtzman Directed By: Oliver Bokelberg
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 6.25
As Mellie, Susan and Hollis prepare to meet with Florida’s governor and vie for her influential endorsement, a spin war between Abby and Olivia threatens to keep their candidates grounded. Meanwhile, Cyrus is faced with a decision that could dramatically alter his future

18 - Til Death Do Us Part

Written By: Paul William Davies Directed By: Steph Green
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 6.00
As Olivia deals with the aftermath of what she’s done, she finally finds out what exactly Jake and Rowan are plotting. But with their plans already in motion, Olivia is forced to make a gut-wrenching attempt to try and stop it. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, we learn more about Jake’s past and how he first got involved with B6-13

17 - Thwack!

Written By: Zahir McGhee Directed By: Tony Goldwyn
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.88
The election is in full swing, which means everyone is doing their best to take down their opponents, but when a potential leak threatens several candidates, they have to work together to keep their secrets safe. Boundaries are pushed and lines are crossed as we find out just how far some people are willing to go to protect themselves

16 - The Miseducation of Susan Ross

Written By: Raamla Mohamed Directed By: Scott Foley
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 6.44
Following the first Republican debate, Olivia is presented with damaging information about an opponent and enlists the Gladiators to verify its authenticity. Meanwhile, David deals with fallout from his dating life, and Cyrus continues to work on his own political agenda

15 - Pencil’s Down

Written By: Chris Van Dusen Directed By: Regina King
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 6.15
When Mellie makes a very public faux pas, Olivia must decide how far she’ll go to fix it. Meanwhile, the Gladiators learn valuable intel about Jake’s new love interest, and David Rosen seeks advice about his love triangle with Liz North and Susan Ross,

14 - I See You

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Sharat Raju
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 6.31
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

13 - The Fish Rots from the Head

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Sharat Raju
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.97
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

12 - Wild Card

Written By: Mark Fish Directed By: Allison Liddi Brown
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 5.85
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

11 - The Candidate

Written By: Alison Schapker Directed By: Allison Liddi Brown
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 6.09
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

10 - It's Hard Out Here for a General

Written By: Severiano Canales Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.96
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

09 - Baby, It's Cold Outside

Written By: Mark Wilding Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 8.13
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

08 - Rasputin

Written By: Paul William Davies Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.70
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

07 - Even the Devil Deserves a Second Chance

Written By: Raamla Mohammed Directed By: Oliver Brokelberg
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 8.03
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

06 - Get Out of Jail, Free

Written By: Chris Van Dusen Directed By: Chandra Wilson
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 7.80
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

05 - You Got Served

Written By: Zahir McGhee Directed By: Kevin Bray
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 8.28
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

04 - Dog-Whistle Politics

Written By: Mark Fish Directed By: Zetna Fuentes
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 8.06
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

03 - Paris is Burning

Written By: Matt Byrne Directed By: Jann Turner
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 8.76
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

02 - Yes

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Tony Goldwyn
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 9.12
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

01 - Heavy is the Head

Written By: Shonda Rhimes Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 10.25
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
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22 - You Can't Take Command

Written By: Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 8.08
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

21 - A Few Good Women

Written By: Severiano Canales and Jess Brownell Directed By: Oliver Bokelberg
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.44
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

20 - First Lady Sings the Blues

Written By: Paul William Davies Directed By: David Rodriguez
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 7.79
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

19 - I’m Just a Bill 

Written By: Raamla Mohamed Directed By: Debbie Allen
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.86
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

18 - Honor Thy Father

Written By: Severiano Canales Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 7.27
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

17 - Put A Ring On It

Written By: Chris Van Dusen Directed By: Regina King
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 8.06
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

16 - It’s Good to Be Kink

Written By: Matt Byrne Directed By: Paul McCrane
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.79
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

15 - The Testimony of Diego Muñoz

Written By: Mark Fish Directed By: Allison Liddi Brown
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 8.24
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

14 - The Lawn Chair

Written By: Zahir McGhee Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 9.57
A tragedy in D.C. gains national attention and the White House must deal with their problematic VP

13 - No More Blood

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Randy Zisk
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 9.62
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

12 - Gladiators Don’t Run

Written By: Paul William Davies Directed By: Randy Zisk
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 9.32
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

11 - Where's the Black Lady?

Written By: Raamla Mohamed Directed By: Debbie Allen
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 9.58
With Olivia still missing, the team comes together to do whatever it takes to find her and get her home safely

10 - Run

Written By: Shonda Rhimes Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 10.48
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?

09 - Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Written By: Mark Wilding Directed By: Tony Goldwyn
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 10.14
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

08 - The Last Supper

Written By: Allan Heinberg Directed By: Julie Anne Robinson
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 10.05
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

07 - Baby Made a Mess

Written By: Jenna Bans Directed By: Oliver Bokelberg
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 9.82
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

06 - An Innocent Man

Written By: Zahir McGhee Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 9.32
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

05 - The Key

Written By: Chris Van Dusen Directed By: Paul McCrane
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 9.98
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

04 - Like Father, Like Daughter

Written By: Mark Fish Directed By: Paul McCrane
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 9.90
Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family's reputation. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn realize there is more than they originally thought when it comes to Catherine's case, and Rowan calls on an old friend to do his dirty work

03 - Inside the Bubble

Written By: Matt Byrne Directed By: Randy Zisk
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 9.52
An old friend 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

02 - The State of the Union

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Allison Liddi-Brown
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 10.70
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 who are influential on the issue. Meanwhile, Mellie’s personal struggle gets national attention

01 - Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia

Written By: Shonda Rhimes Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 12.16
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. The fourth season premiere of Scandal airs Thursday, Septemer 25, 9|8c, on ABC
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18 - The Price of Free and Fair Election

Written By: Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 10.57
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

17 - Flesh and Blood

Written By: Severiano Canales and Miguel Nolla Directed By: Debbie Allen
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 9.23
The team must spring into action following a security breach; when Fitz's campaign stalls, he thinks about going against Olivia's suggestion; Maya and Adnan plan their next move.

16 - The Fluffer

Written By: Chris Van Dusen & Raamla Mohamed Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 9.13
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

15 - Mama Said Knock You Out

Written By: Zahir McGhee Directed By: Tony Goldwyn
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 9.01
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

14 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Written By: Mark Fish Directed By: Paul McCrane
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 9.08
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

13 - No Sun on the Horizon

Written By: Matt Byrne Directed By: Randy Zisk
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.22
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

12 - We Do Not Touch the First Ladies

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Oliver Bokelberg
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.53
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

11 - Ride, Sally, Ride

Written By: Raamia Mohamed Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 9.32
The White House deals with a bombshell announcement from Sally Langston. Meanwhile, Olivia finds herself in a challenging new role

10 - A Door Marked Exit

Written By: Zahir McGhee Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 9.22
Now that the truth is out there, things will never be the same and everyone will have to face the consequences of their action

09 - YOLO

Written By: Chris Van Dusen Directed By: Oliver Bokelberg
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 8.27
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

08 - Vermont is for Lovers, Too

Written By: Mark Wilding Directed By: Ava Duvernay
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 8.93
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

07 - Everything’s Coming Up Mellie

Written By: Stacy McKee Directed By: Jeannor Szwarc
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 9.04
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

06 - Icarus

Written By: Peter Noah Directed By: Julie Anne Robinson
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.66
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

05 - More Cattle, Less Bull

Written By: Jenna Bans Directed By: Randy Zisk
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 9.18
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

04 - Say Hello to My Little Friend

Written By: Mark Fish Directed By: Oliver Bokelberg
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 8.62
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

03 - Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington

Written By: Matt Byrne Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 9.51
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

02 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Allison Liddi-Brown
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 9.01
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

01 - It's Handled

Written By: Shonda Rhimes Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 10.52
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
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22 - White Hat's Back On

Written By: Shonda Rhimes Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 9.12

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

21 - Any Questions

Written By: Matt Bryne Directed By: Mark Tinker
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 8.87

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

20 - A Woman Scorned

Written By: Zahir McGhee Directed By: Tony Goldwyn
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 8.07

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"

19 - Seven Fifty-Two

Written By: Mark Fish Directed By: Allison Liddi-Brown
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 7.90

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

18 - Molly, You in Danger, Girl

Written By: Chris Van Dusen Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 8.04

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

17 - Snake in the Garden

Written By: Raamla Mohamed Directed By: Ron Underwood
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 7.97

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

16 - Top Of The Hour

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Steve Robin
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 8.51

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. 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

15 - Boom Goes the Dynamite

Written By: Jenna Bans Directed By: Randy Zisk
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 7.68
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

14 - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Written By: Matt Byrne Directed By: Mark Tinker
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 8.02
Fitz doesn't know who he can trust; a handsome stranger sparks Olivia's interest; the team at Pope & Associates work for David Rosen on a case.

13 - Nobody Likes Babies

Written By: Mark Wilding Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.14
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

12 - Truth or Consequences

Written By: Peter Noah Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 8.09
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

11 - A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar

Written By: Mark Fish Directed By:  Stephen Cragg
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 7.93
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

10 - One for the Dog

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By:  Steve Robin
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 8.37
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

09 - Blown Away

Written By:  Mark Wilding Directed By: Jessica Yu
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 7.14
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

08 - Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Written By: Shonda Rhimes Directed By: Oliver Bokelberg
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 7.39
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

07 - Defiance

Written By: Peter Noah Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 6.64
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

06 - Spies Like Us 

Written By: Chris Van Dusen Directed By: Bethany Rooney
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 6.02
Olivia receives a coded warning that could expose Huck's past; Olivia asks Harrison to take care of a secret that has been exposed; Fitz and Cyrus face the ramifications of James' front-page news story.

05 - All Roads Lead to Fitz

Written By: Raamla Mohamed Directed By: Steve Robin
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 6.06
A governor takes the law into his own hands when his wife is raped; when James decides to return to his job as a journalist covering the White House, both Cyrus and the President are surprised.

04 - Beltway Unbuckled

Written By:  Mark Fish  Directed By: Mark Tinker
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 6.11
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

03 - Hunting Season

Written By: Matt Byrne Directed By: Ron Underwood
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 6.17
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

02 - The Other Woman

Written By: Heather Mitchell  Directed By: Stephen Cragg
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 6.56
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

01 - White Hat's Off

Written By: Jenna Bans Directed By:  Tom Verica
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 6.74
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
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07 - Grant: For The People

Written By: Shonda Rhimes Directed By: Roxann Dawson
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 7.33
The team rushes to help Quinn when she finds herself in a compromising position and a reluctant Cyrus must turn to Olivia when Billy Chambers makes an announcement that shakes the Grant Administration to its core. 

06 - The Trail

Written By: Jenna Bans Directed By: Tom Verica
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 6.43
As Gideon investigates Amanda Tanner's past, a series of events from the past reveal the contentious primary race between Fitzgerald Grant and Sally Langston, Olivia's first meeting with Grant on the campaign trail and the formation of the Pope & Associates team. 

05 - Crash and Burn

Written By: Mark Wilding Directed By: Steve Robin
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 6.69
The team of Pope & Associates must defend a pilot from media and airline accusations when a commercial plane crashes and takes the lives of everyone onboard. Huck is forced to call on his dark past when Amanda Tanner disappears and President Grant works with Vice President Sally Langston to pass key legislation. 

04 - Enemy of the State

Written By: Richard E. Robbins Directed By: Michael Katleman
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 6.86
As the team of Pope & Associates helps a dictator locate his missing wife and children, Olivia learns the Amanda Tanner case has taken a shocking turn - forcing her and Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene to take opposing viewpoints. Cyrus digs deeper into the personal lives of Olivia's team and Quinn goes out with a reporter seeking information about Amanda Tanner's heated accusation.

03 - Hell Hath No Fury

Written By: Matt Byrne Directed By: Allison Liddi-Brown
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 7.21
The team takes the son of a millionaire as their next client and work to clear his name when he is accused of rape, but it soon becomes difficult to change public perception and the case becomes one that Pope & Associates might not be able to win. Olivia insists on taking Amanda Tanner as a client but soon discovers Amanda is requesting a meeting with President Grant and is unable to put her own past.

02 - Dirty Little Secrets

Written By: Heather Mitchell Directed By: Roxann Dawson
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 7.28
Pope & Associates' newest client, DC Madam Sharon Marquette, is determined to make sure her clientele list, which contains the names of the Capital's most eminent individuals, does not fall into the wrong hands. But it soon becomes clear that Olivia is protecting a lot more than just the madam. Quinn is assigned to watch Amanda Tanner and discovers that someone is determined to see front-page headlines. 

01 - Sweet Baby

Written By: Shonda Rhimes Directed By: Paul McGuigan
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 7.33
Young lawyer Quinn Perkins is in awe when she becomes part of Olivia Pope and Associates, a crisis management designed to protect and defend the public images of the nation's elite by keeping their secrets safe, and works alongside her idol Olivia Pope – a woman who is willing to help her clients whatever the cost may be. But when decorated war veteran Sullivan St. James is accused of murder and White House intern Amanda Tanner accuses President Fitzgerald Grant of having an affair, Quinn discovers that nothing is as it seems. 
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