Everyone has secrets and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope and her team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for their clients, but it becomes apparent that these "gladiators in suits," who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble fixing those closest at hand -- their own.
Information about Quinn's real identity and past is revealed; a senator facing public disgrace asks Olivia for help; Cyrus and Mellie put President Fitz into a compromising position.
Olivia and her team must do some heavy lifting—literally—to clean up the mess after a public figure is caught in a compromising position; Cyrus and Fitz must deal with a foreign-policy emergency.
A paranoid government official drops a bombshell on Pope & Associates and even Olivia is caught off-guard with how high up this scandal goes.
The parents of a missing college student seek help; David gets help on the Cytron case from an unexpected source; Mellie proves her political prowess.
A governor takes the law into his own hands when his wife is raped; when James decides to return to his job as a journalist covering the White House, both Cyrus and the President are surprised.
Olivia receives a coded warning that could expose Huck's past; Olivia asks Harrison to take care of a secret that has been exposed; Fitz and Cyrus face the ramifications of James' front-page news story.
Olivia and the White House prepare to celebrate the President's 50th birthday, as James discovers something that could change the fate of the country.
A catastrophic event forces Olivia to go back to work at the White House; the first few days of Fitz's presidency.
Olivia helps the vice president; Cyrus learns the truth about James' investigation; Olivia's associates struggle with an unexpected betrayal.
While Huck is held under the Patriot Act, Olivia and the team gets assistance from an old friend; Mellie is faced with a compromising situation that could impact Fitz's future.
The White House is rocked by more changes; flashbacks reveal more about the rigged election; Edison makes a shocking accusation.
Olivia unravels as her colleagues learn the truth about the rigged election; Mellie tries to reel Fitz in.
David learns the truth about the Cytron case; Olivia, Cyrus, Mellie, Hollis and Verna go to extremes to protect themselves.
Fitz doesn't know who he can trust; a handsome stranger (Scott Foley) sparks Olivia's interest; the team at Pope & Associates works for David Rosen on a case.
Olivia and the team end up acting as high-powered matchmakers for Peter Caldwell, an up-and-coming politician; David thinks he is being followed; Fitz is faced with a delicate hostage situation.
Fitz's pick for Supreme Court Justice is caught in an affair with Olivia's new high-powered client (Lisa Edelstein); Olivia and Jake continue to flirt.
Hollis Doyle's daughter is kidnapped; Jake and Olivia take their relationship to the next level; Cyrus is determined to get back into the president's good graces; Mellie tells Fitz that he needs to make some changes.
The team realizes they may have made a mistake on an old case, possibly putting them all in danger; Olivia and Jake's relationship intensifies, while Fitz and Mellie's relationship hits a low.
Information about Huck's past is revealed; not realizing that someone could be watching, Fitz and Olivia have an emotionally charged conversation; Cyrus becomes increasingly suspicious of Jake.
The team makes a shocking discovery while investigating the mole; Fitz orders Jake to keep Olivia safe; Cyrus must clean up after Mellie's ultimatum.
Cyrus is at the center of a big scandal at the White House; Olivia is betrayed by someone close to her.
As they get closer to uncovering the mole's identity, Olivia and her team find themselves in an increasingly dangerous situation; the latest White House scandal pushes Cyrus over the edge.