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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

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5 Seasons, 91 Episodes - Currently Airing
April 5, 2012
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  • As each presidential candidate prepares to announce their running mate, Olivia finds herself in a possible perilous situation. Meanwhile, Cyrus is given damaging information that could change the presidential race.

  • Olivia and Abby are forced to set aside their differences in an effort to take Hollis Doyle down. Meanwhile, Edison realizes his mistake as Rowan and Jake continue to try and pull the strings behind his campaign.

  • As Mellie, Susan and Hollis anticipate their meeting with Florida's governor and hope to gain her endorsement, a war between Abby and Olivia erupts. Meanwhile, Cyrus is faced with a major dilemma.

  • In the aftermath of Olivia's actions, she finally discovers the details to Jake and Rowan's plot. But with their plans already in motion, Olivia is forced to make a gut-wrenching attempt to try and stop it.

  • The election is in full swing, with everyone doing their best to gain the upper hand over their opponents, but when a potential leak could ruin several candidates, they have to work together to keep their secrets safe.

  • In the aftermath of the first Republican debate, Olivia is presented with damning information about an opponent and enlists the Gladiators to verify its authenticity. Meanwhile, David deals with consequences in his personal life, and Cyrus focuses on his own political agenda.

  • To what degree will Olivia go to fix Mellie's public faux pas? 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.

  • Olivia spies on Jake while the gladiators have to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, Susan and Mellie stress levels escalate as their campaigns heat up, and Abby begins to question Cyrus' motives.

  • Olivia and the team take on some embattled Secret Service agents. Meanwhile, Abby struggles to keep Fitz in line, and a few of Jake's secrets surface.

  • While Fitz is preoccupied with personal interests, Cyrus plots his next move, and Elizabeth North uses David to mastermind a plan of her own. Meanwhile, Olivia questions Jake's actions in his new role as head of the NSA.

  • It's been six months since Olivia and Fitz have broken up, and they have both dealt with moving on differently. Meanwhile, Pope and Associates team take on a case that could end in a national crisis.

  • Olivia is assigned new duties at the White House, which she finds bothersome. Elsewhere, Mellie demonstrates the impressive power she can yield; and Jake and Huck continue to look for Rowan.

  • In the midst of Fitz negotiating a historic peace deal, Olivia relies on her intuition when a guest of the The White House divulges powerful information.

  • While Fitz is determined to be in the good graces of the American people again, he makes a shocking discovery.

  • An outrageous plan could solve Fitz and Olivia's problems. Meanwhile, Mellie is put on the hot seat.

  • Olivia is aware she can't survive this latest storm on her own and recruits help from an unexpected source.

  • A familiar face is back to help Huck and Quinn calm the media uproar Olivia is facing. Meanwhile, Jake encounters someone he never expected to see again; and Fitz learns the true value of mercy.

  • Olivia and Fitz must face the consequences of their actions. Meanwhile, Mellie seeks help from an old friend; and Abby proves she has what it takes to work at the White House.

  • Olivia and her team exit Washington, D.C., to focus on a new case. Meanwhile, Abby receives unexpected advice from a public-relations expert; and Fitz is determined to find out who's responsible for the recent turn of events.

  • In the fifth season premiere, Olivia and Fitz are thrilled about their reunion, but Cyrus, Mellie and Huck must face the consequences of their actions. Meanwhile, a visiting queen hires Olivia to protect her family's privacy in the aftermath of a recent tragedy.

  • The situation reaches a critical stage when Olivia and her team move to take down Command.

  • Olivia is tasked with defending a woman in the Navy. Mellie is overwhelmed with her campaign.

  • The team is under attack during their attempt to take down B613. In the White House, Mellie is humiliated when the nation turns against her and Cyrus must step up to her defense.

  • Rowan's return threatens those targeting B613; Fitz is desperate for an important bill to be passed.

  • David tries to recruit former B613 agents to strengthen his case. Meanwhile, a congressman seeks Olivia's help in a serious matter.

  • Michael is knee-deep in a bad situation. David sets in motion his plans to take down B613.

  • Olivia must keep a woman from revealing secrets.

  • David Rosen is surprised when an unexpected visitor reveals insider information about B613 that could take down the White House and destroy Pope & Associates.

  • A tragedy draws national attention; members of the White House try to decide what to do with their problematic vice president.

  • The gladiators attempt to save Olivia as the auction for her intensifies.

  • Olivia struggles to stay front of the game when countries begin bidding on her. Huck, Jake and Quinn ask an old friend for help.

  • The team is determined to get Olivia back home.

  • Details of Olivia's disappearance are revealed as seen from her point of view.

  • Command always seems to be two steps ahead, which threatens the safety of everyone in Olivia's life. Cyrus must face the consequences of his behavior.

  • Olivia tries to help Jake and Fitz refocus on bringing down command. Huck seeks out his family's help. Elizabeth's plans turn out larger then expected as Cyrus' past catches up with him.

  • Olivia demands answers from Tom after Jake is found guilty. Huck plays with fire. Elizabeth's alliance is revealed.

  • A convicted assassin seeks Olivia's help and claims he was wrongly accused. Mellie is intrigued by a former first lady. Elizabeth comes close to corrupting the White House, while Fitz makes a shocking decision.

  • A convicted assassin asks for Olivia and tells her he was wrongfully accused.

  • Fitz goes to Olivia to help with a situation that puts his family's reputation at risk.

  • A woman seeks help after her daughter disappears. Cyrus has an awkward encounter. Jake uses his connections to his advantage. Elsewhere, Mellie becomes obsessed with a national news story.

  • Everyone is getting ready for the State of the Union and Cyrus tries to persuade an influential couple to be on their side

  • In the fourth season premiere, Fitz and Cyrus are determined to positively influence the country. Mellie struggles with the loss of her child.

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'Scandal' Star Kerry Washington Gives Birth to Baby Girl - Find Out the Name!

A big congrats to Kerry Washington! The "Scandal" star reportedly gave birth to her baby girl today, her first child with husband and pro football player Nnamdi Asomugha. Here's the catch, though: Even though the news is breaking just now, Washington delivered the baby all the way back on April 21 and kept it under wraps until now. That level of secrecy has been the standard for Washington and Asomugha, whose engagement wasn't confirmed for a long while, and who had a quiet wedding ceremony without any attention from the press.

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