Scandal (2012–2018)

The Candidate 

Mellie seeks out Olivia's help but may not be prepared for what it 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.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Washington ... Olivia Pope
Scott Foley ... Jake Ballard
Darby Stanchfield ... Abby Whelan
Katie Lowes ... Quinn Perkins
Guillermo Díaz ... Huck
Jeff Perry ... Cyrus Beene
Joshua Malina ... David Rosen
Bellamy Young ... Mellie Grant
Portia de Rossi ... Elizabeth North
Cornelius Smith Jr. ... Marcus Walker
Tony Goldwyn ... Fitzgerald Grant
Kate Burton ... Sally Langston
Artemis Pebdani ... Susan Ross
Ricardo Chavira ... Francisco Vargas
Annabeth Gish ... Lillian Forrester


Olivia is helping Mellie write her book but Mellie doesn't exactly welcome her comments. Liz wants the Vice President to run for President but she declared she doesn't want to, so she turns to Rosen and tells him to get the Vice President to run for President and use her attraction to him to get her to do so. The President is about to be interviewed but Cyrus tells him that he should make the most of term which is about to end. But he doesn't want to. Written by

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Drama | Thriller








Release Date:

18 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shondaland, ABC Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Joshua Malina and Annabeth Gish also worked together in The West Wing (1999). See more »


Throughout the series' run timelines of political events are condensed to simplify plots. Vice President Susan Ross and Mellie Grant are discussing running for president but have not declared their candidacy formally, at what must be around August the year before the election--given that Abby tells Fitz they are "six months from Iowa," meaning the primary caucus typically held in February. August is late for these deliberations to still be taking place, and also for Fitz not to have taken an active role in choosing someone to support. Candidates announce in the spring or early summer, yet lay the groundwork for candidacy long beforehand. Both Mellie and Susan would be on weak footing if they suddenly decide on or announce a run without having courted support, especially since there would be no incumbent running and thus the race would attract very much competition. See more »


Mellie Grant: You can divorce them, but you can't get rid of them.
Cyrus Beene: Fitz or Olivia?
Mellie Grant: Both. We are married to them for the rest of our lives. They are cinder blocks tied to our ankles, and we just keep fighting to keep from drowning. But what's the point, we're going down whether we fight or not.
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References Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) See more »


Scandal End Credits Theme
Written by Chad Fischer
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