Scandal premiered on April 5, 2012 on ABC and ended on May 17, 2012 with 7 episodes. The season was broadcast on Thursday nights at 10 pm time slot on ABC.


The season introduces the story of Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House in Washington, D.C. Season one has eight series regulars.

Season Overview

Everyone has secrets and Olivia Pope 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.


Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Recurring Cast

Season Supporting Cast


01 | 01
1x01 - Stephen Finch and Olivia Pope 01
"Sweet Baby" April 05, 2012
Directed by: Paul McGuigan - Written by: Shonda Rhimes
When a young lawyer starts a new job at a crisis management firm, she must deal with an accusation against the nation's president on her first day.
02 | 02
"Dirty Little Secrets" April 12, 2012
Directed by: Roxann Dawson - Written by: Heather Mitchell
Olivia must protect a new client who is under investigation; Quinn runs into trouble.
03 | 03
Fitz and cyrus
"Hell Hath No Fury" April 19, 2012
Directed by: Allison Liddi-Brown - Written by: Matt Byrne
The team tries to help a millionaire's son who has been accused of rape; when Olivia takes on Amanda Tanner as a client, her first request is a meeting with the president.
04 | 04
Scandal ep4
"Enemy of the State" April 26, 2012
Directed by: Michael Katleman - Written by: Richard E. Robbins
Olivia Pope and Cyrus get into a heated argument about the Amanda Tanner case; the team helps a dictator who claims his wife and children were kidnapped.
05 | 05
Fitz vp and cyrus
"Crash and Burn" May 03, 2012
Directed by: Steve Robin - Written by: Mark Wilding
Olivia and her team help defend the pilot of a commercial plane that crashed, killing all onboard; when Amanda Tanner goes missing, Huck must call upon his past to help find her; Fitz asks the vice president for help.
06 | 06
Ep 6
"The Trail" May 10, 2012
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Jenna Bans
As Gideon investigates Amanda Tanner's past, a series of events from the past reveal the contentious primary race between Fitzgerald Grant and Sally Langston, Olivia's first meeting with Grant on the campaign trail and the formation of the Pope & Associates team.
07 | 07
Ep 7
"Grant: For the People" May 17, 2012
Directed by: Roxann Dawson - Written by: Shonda Rhimes
Olivia and the team rally when Quinn finds herself in a tragic situation; Cyrus turns to Olivia when an announcement affects Fitz's presidency.

Cast Promotional Photos

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Season One Trailer

Scandal 1x01 Series Premiere ABC Promo

Scandal 1x01 Series Premiere ABC Promo

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes of Scandal

Behind the Scenes of Scandal

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