Scandal (2012–2018)
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Sweet Baby 

Olivia hires Quinn, who must deal with a woman's accusation against the President; Pope & Associates must prove a decorated war veteran innocent of murder.


Paul McGuigan


Shonda Rhimes (created by), Shonda Rhimes

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Washington ... Olivia Pope
Henry Ian Cusick ... Stephen Finch
Columbus Short ... Harrison Wright
Darby Stanchfield ... Abby Whelan
Katie Lowes ... Quinn Perkins
Guillermo Díaz ... Huck (as Guillermo Diaz)
Jeff Perry ... Cyrus Beene
Tony Goldwyn ... Fitzgerald Grant
Wes Brown ... Sully St. James
Liza Weil ... Amanda Tanner
Joshua Malina ... David Rosen
Bellamy Young ... Mellie Grant
Leslie Grossman ... Lisa
Bryan Rasmussen ... Howie
Amy K. Harmon ... Ariel Masse


Olivia hires Quinn, who must deal with a woman's accusation against the President; Pope & Associates must prove a decorated war veteran innocent of murder.

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Release Date:

5 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Shondaland, ABC Studios See more »
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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Liza Weil is one of the main characters in How to Get Away With Murder, another show created by Shonda Rhimes. See more »


Cyrus Beene wears a flag pin on his right lapel. US Flag Code says the pins should be worn over the heart, which is exhibited correctly by many American politicians. In subsequent episodes, Cyrus' pin is on the correct lapel. See more »


[first lines]
Quinn Perkins: [rapid fire banter] Harrison Wright?
Harrison Wright: Quinn Perkins.
Quinn Perkins: I can't stay.
Harrison Wright: What are you drinking?
Quinn Perkins: I can't stay. I'm sorry. I only came because Lori wouldn't give me your number so I could cancel, and I didn't want you to be waiting here because getting stood up in this particular bar is like falling face-down on a runway. And even though I don't know you, Lori's got this annoying habit of meddling, so it seemed only decent...
Harrison Wright: What are you drinking?
Quinn Perkins: I can't stay is what I'm saying. I don't do...
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Respect Yourself
Written by Mack Rice & Luther Ingram
Performed by The Staple Singers
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A Strong Pilot
29 October 2017 | by SyoKennexSee all my reviews

Scandal has been around for quite a while, and has just started it's seventh season. After it being hugely popular, I erred away from the show, not wanting to watch it, because it was so hyped up; however, after accidentally watching an episode from the sixth season and getting dragged into the plot line, I decided to watch the first few episodes and give the show a chance. After watching the first episode ever, I can definitely say that this is one of my new favourite shows.

In the first episode of Scandal, we meet Quinn, a young woman who is hired by a mysterious, but seemingly famous, Olivia Pope. After we are introduced, things kick off rather quick, and we are shown very early on that Olivia doesn't take bull from anyone. Helping a war veteran who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Quinn is face with the task of keeping up with the new, fast pace of her job. However, Olivia doesn't just have the war veteran to deal with, when her old boss, the President of the United States, asks her help to stop a young woman spreading rumours and lies about him.

It's very clear to see just from the first episode that all the characters in this show are well developed, with their own personalities, and not just made to be two dimensional characters to cover a few series like a few shows that are being aired around these days. It's very refreshing to come to a television show that was made in 2011/2012, and to find very strong female characters, straight from the bat. Strong black characters as well in the line up leads this to be an absolute stunner of a show, on character list alone. Strong characters, who have weaknesses, and have real problems like everyone in the real world, makes these characters incredibly three dimensional, and real.

The plot of this first episode really amazed me, and really showed that the creators of the show did research, and looked into real world problems. I've never felt more absorbed into a show than I have the first episode of Scandal, and I definitely want to watch more. Focusing on problems that people have every day was a really good decision on their part, and I found this to be absolutely wonderful. I felt I could connect to people throughout this episode. I felt like, this was happening just over the road in my town, this is a show that feels more real than most television shows, ever made.

I would definitely recommend this; this is the first political / law drama that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching as much, and I will definitely be watching more. I cannot wait to watch through the first season and see what happens further on.

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