The BEST Episodes of Scandal (2012)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of our nation's elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter -- both professionally and personally -- but she can't seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can't quite fix the ones closest at hand -- their own.

Transfer of Power

#1 - Transfer of Power

Season 6 - Episode 16

As Mellie is being sworn in, the Gladiators find out that there is a traitor standing on the dais and Olivia works to find out who it is.

star 8.15
1,730 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Mark Fish, Matt Byrne
A Traitor Among Us

#2 - A Traitor Among Us

Season 6 - Episode 7

After discovering new information about the assassination of Frankie Vargas, Olivia makes a shocking decision and asks Huck to complete one of the most difficult tasks yet.

star 8.13
2,035 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Alison Schapker
Survival of the Fittest

#3 - Survival of the Fittest

Season 6 - Episode 1

The election results for the presidential race between Mellie Grant and Francisco Vargas are announced, and the shocking results lead to an explosive outcome.

star 8.07
2,207 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
The Price of Free and Fair Elections

#4 - The Price of Free and Fair Elections

Season 3 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.07
1,241 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Mark Wilding, Shonda Rhimes
Dead in the Water

#5 - Dead in the Water

Season 6 - Episode 9

It’s a race against the clock when Olivia and OPA’s investigation into the conspiracy puts one of their own in grave danger.

star 8.07
2,053 votes
Directors: Nicole Rubio
Writers: Michelle Lirtzman
YOLO

#6 - YOLO

Season 3 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.05
1,473 votes
Writers: Chris Van Dusen
The Fluffer

#7 - The Fluffer

Season 3 - Episode 16

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.

star 8.05
1,354 votes
Directors: Jeanott Szwarc
Writers: Chris Van Dusen, Raamla Mohamed
Vermont is for Lovers, Too

#8 - Vermont is for Lovers, Too

Season 3 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.03
1,394 votes
Directors: Ava DuVernay
Writers: Mark Wilding
Flesh and Blood

#9 - Flesh and Blood

Season 3 - Episode 17

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.

star 8.01
1,280 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Miguel Nolla, Severiano Canales
The Box

#10 - The Box

Season 6 - Episode 13

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

star 7.99
1,886 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Austin Guzman, Raamla Mohamed
No Sun on the Horizon

#11 - No Sun on the Horizon

Season 3 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.99
1,250 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Zahir McGhee
A Door Marked Exit

#12 - A Door Marked Exit

Season 3 - Episode 10

Now that the truth is out there, things will never be the same and everyone will have to face the consequences of their actions.

star 7.97
1,473 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Zahir McGhee
Standing in the Sun

#13 - Standing in the Sun

Season 7 - Episode 17

Cyrus and Jake’s mission to take the White House reaches a new level of deceit when Liv is called to testify against Mellie.

star 7.97
790 votes
Directors: Jann Turner
Writers: Mark Fish, Matt Byrne
Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington

#14 - Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington

Season 3 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.97
1,358 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Matt Byrne
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

#15 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Season 3 - Episode 14

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.

star 7.96
1,312 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Mark Fish
White Hat's Back On

#16 - White Hat's Back On

Season 2 - Episode 22

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.

star 7.94
1,384 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
Trojan Horse

#17 - Trojan Horse

Season 6 - Episode 11

Olivia and the team are determined to bring down Peus, but as the Electoral College vote nears, the fight for power claims another victim.

star 7.94
1,945 votes
Directors: Jann Turner
Writers: Jess Brownell, Nicholas Nardini
Mercy

#18 - Mercy

Season 6 - Episode 12

Just when Peus’ iron grip seems inescapable to Olivia and everyone she holds dear, a shocking threat to the White House turns everything on its head.

star 7.93
1,951 votes
Directors: Nzingha Stewart
Writers: Ameni Rozsa, Severiano Canales
Thwack!

#19 - Thwack!

Season 5 - Episode 17

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.

star 7.92
1,454 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Zahir McGhee
That's My Girl

#20 - That's My Girl

Season 5 - Episode 21

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.

star 7.91
1,502 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Mark Wilding, Shonda Rhimes
Mama Said Knock You Out

#21 - Mama Said Knock You Out

Season 3 - Episode 15

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.

star 7.91
1,208 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Zahir McGhee
Like Father, Like Daughter

#22 - Like Father, Like Daughter

Season 4 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.91
1,028 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Mark Fish
It's Handled

#23 - It's Handled

Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.91
1,555 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
Crash and Burn

#24 - Crash and Burn

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.91
1,487 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Mark Wilding
Head Games

#25 - Head Games

Season 6 - Episode 14

While outgoing President Fitz considers his legacy, the Gladiators question what’s next for OPA, and Jake finally discovers the motivation behind Peus’s and the Mystery Woman’s reign of terror.

star 7.89
1,748 votes
Directors: Zetna Fuentes
Writers: Chris Van Dusen, Juan Carlos Fernandez