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

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

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

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

Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on ABC
6 Seasons, 107 Episodes
April 5, 2012
Cast: Kerry Washington, Katie Lowes, Guillermo DÑaz, Joshua Malina
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  • Fitz makes changes during his final days in office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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Olivia Kisses Fitz Goodbye - Scandal Season 6 Finale Clip (01:55) Olivia and Cyrus Get What They Want - Scandal Season 6 Finale Clip (01:47) Abby Returns to OPA - Scandal Season 6 Finale Clip (01:00) Mama Pope Speaks Her Mind - Scandal Season 6 Finale Clip (01:50) Tick, Tock Preview (00:21)