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.
An unexpected allegiance is formed as Pope & Associates and the White House face their biggest scandal; Olivia learns what her father is capable of.
Flashbacks reveal more about Olivia's relationship with her father; the White House and Pope & Associates work to clean up the mess they created.
A mother from the Midwest hires Pope & Associates under mysterious conditions; Mellie and Fitz confess their true feelings.
During a struggle to find clients, Pope & Associates agree to work with a philandering senator who has taken explicit photos of himself; Mellie ends up in a scandal of her own with a congresswoman (Lisa Kudrow).
The team investigates Democratic Congresswoman Josie Marcus, while Olivia and Mellie have a surprising run-in during the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Meanwhile, Jake and Huck get closer to the truth about Operation Remington.
Olivia faces a decision that will affect her White House relationships; Harrison's loyalty is tested; Cyrus and Mellie scheme against Josie Marcus while the team works with her.
In hope of recovering from public backlash, Mellie does a hard-hitting news interview; as Huck pushes Quinn away, her bloodlust threatens to put her in danger.
Olivia and the team must manage a potential crisis with the Josie Marcus campaign while investigating Operation Remington; Cyrus tries to take down Sally.
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.
Everyone struggles to face the consequences of their actions now that the truth has been revealed.
The White House deals with a bombshell announcement from Sally Langston. Meanwhile, Olivia finds herself in a challenging new role.
Fitz faces a harsh reality when old feelings and jealousy arise at an event; Quinn wants to prove herself; Leo arranges a meeting between Sally and an old friend.
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.
Sally arranges a meeting with the NRA, sending the White House into a tailspin, Huck and Olivia come to startling realizations, and a surprising person asks Pope and Associates for help.
Fitz and Mellie's children prepare for an interview; Adnan seeks Harrison's help.
Abby takes on Olivia's duties at the White House as the team continues its B613 investigation.
The team must spring into action following a security breach; Fitz's campaign stalls.
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, on the season finale.