The season 7 premiere begins 100 days into Mellie Grant's presidency. Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Mellie (Bellamy Young) are taking Washington by storm along with Cyrus (Jeff Perry), who after the sudden death of Luna Vargas, joined the cabinet as Vice President. Meanwhile, Quinn (Katie Lowes), Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Charlie (George Newbern) and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) try to find a scandal to fix as the newly branded Quinn Perkins and Associates (QPA) gladiators. They finally get a case of a missing college professor only to learn their missing person is really a "fellow traveler" or in layman's terms a spy. Quinn asks for Olivia's help from the White House as he is one of their guys. Olivia consults with Jake (Scott Foley) to help diffuse what could become an international incident. He makes it clear now that Olivia is command there is only one option for handling the situation in order to protect the republic.