The Best Episodes of Scandal (2012)

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

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.

White Hat's Back On

#1 - 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 8.40
748 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
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YOLO

#2 - 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 8.26
809 votes
Writers: Chris Van Dusen
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The Price of Free and Fair Elections

#3 - 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 8.24
791 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Shonda Rhimes, Mark Wilding
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Any Questions?

#4 - Any Questions?

Season 2 - Episode 21

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.

star 8.19
737 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Matt Byrne
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Flesh and Blood

#5 - 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 8.17
751 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Severiano Canales, Miguel Nolla
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The Fluffer

#6 - 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 8.17
772 votes
Directors: Jeanott Szwarc
Writers: Chris Van Dusen, Raamla Mohamed
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Transfer of Power

#7 - 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 8.16
1,673 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Matt Byrne, Mark Fish
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One for the Dog

#8 - One for the Dog

Season 2 - Episode 10

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.

star 8.15
733 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Heather Mitchell
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A Door Marked Exit

#9 - 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 8.14
781 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Zahir McGhee
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Vermont is for Lovers, Too

#10 - 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 8.13
785 votes
Directors: Ava DuVernay
Writers: Mark Wilding
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A Woman Scorned

#11 - A Woman Scorned

Season 2 - Episode 20

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."

star 8.12
761 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Zahir McGhee
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A Traitor Among Us

#12 - 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 8.12
1,952 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Alison Schapker
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Happy Birthday, Mr. President

#13 - Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Season 2 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.10
779 votes
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
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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 8.10
774 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Matt Byrne
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It's Handled

#15 - 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 8.10
837 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
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Survival of the Fittest

#16 - 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 8.10
2,092 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
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Seven Fifty-Two

#17 - Seven Fifty-Two

Season 2 - Episode 19

While Olivia engages in an emotion-filled conversation with Fitz, her team works to help one of their own. Cyrus becomes skeptic towards his husband and Mellie is near to bringing the white house down.

star 8.09
772 votes
Writers: Mark Fish
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

#18 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Season 3 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.08
803 votes
Writers: Heather Mitchell
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

#19 - 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 8.07
759 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Mark Fish
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Blown Away

#20 - Blown Away

Season 2 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.07
732 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Mark Wilding
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Grant: For the People

#21 - Grant: For the People

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.07
802 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
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Dead in the Water

#22 - 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
1,969 votes
Directors: Nicole Rubio
Writers: Michelle Lirtzman
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No Sun on the Horizon

#23 - 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 8.06
748 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Zahir McGhee
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Baby Made a Mess

#24 - Baby Made a Mess

Season 4 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.04
740 votes
Writers: Jenna Bans
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The Trail

#25 - The Trail

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.03
819 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: Jenna Bans
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