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Shonda Rhimes posted on twitter on May 8, 2015 that ABC ordered a fifth season of Scandal. [1] The season premiered on September 24, 2015 and ended on May 12, 2016. It was broadcast on Thursday nights at 9|8c on ABC.


The season continues 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 five has eleven series regulars, all returning from the previous season, out of which eight are part of the original cast of ten regulars from the first season and two new regulars were added.

Season News

  • Portia de Rossi returned to season five as a series regular. [2] [3]
  • Cornelius Smith Jr. also returned as a series regular in Season 5 [4]
  • The first table read of Season 5 took place on July 14, 2015. [5]
  • The Scandal crew went back to work on Monday July 6, 2015 to prepared for the first episode of Season 5.
  • The filming for season five started on July 16, 2015.
  • Mia Maestro and Ricardo Antonio Chavira joined Scandal in recurring roles for Season 5.
  • The Scandal Season Five DVD was released on August 23, 2016 (Region 1) and November 23, 2016 (Region 2).

Season Overview

Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant now embrace being a couple, going public with their relationship, thus leading to Olivia taking on many more of the First Lady-established roles in the White House. She continues managing Olivia Pope & Associates, which Marcus Walker becomes a part of, even using it to spin her image once the world looks down on her due to her new relationship with the President. However, by the midpoint of the season she feels too suffocated in this new life, and so she leaves Fitz, the White House, and secretly has an abortion. Olivia returns to her old life, dealing with the aftermath of her and Fitz's break up, and Rowan gets out of jail and reclaims Jake Ballard as his lapdog, while Fitz starts sleeping around and is put in his place by Abby. Meanwhile, Cyrus and Mellie are forced to move on with their lives now that Fitz has kicked them out, Cyrus Beene struggling to figure out what he wishes to do next, and Mellie running for and being elected as a senator, being her next step in making a run for the presidency, which is the main focal point of the second half of the season.

Mellie makes a run for the presidency and takes Olivia on as her campaign manager, having to go against the likes of current Vice President Susan Ross (Artemis Pebdani), Hollis Doyle, and Pennsylvania Governor Francisco Vargas, the latter of which has his campaign managed by Cyrus. David Rosen and Elizabeth North push for Susan's presidential run, and David begins to fall for her while also entering into a sexual relationship with Liz, ending in heartbreak for two of the three parties involved. Quinn Perkins and Charlie begin seeing each other, and Cyrus also has marital problems with Michael (Matthew Del Negro). Jake marries Vanessa Moss as per Rowan's arrangement, and also kills her father, also upon Rowan's request. Olivia brutally murders former Vice President Andrew Nichols when he starts to recover from his paralysis and threatens to expose a great number of secrets, Fitz learns of her secret abortion, and the season concludes with Mellie and Frankie named as the respective Republican and Democratic nominees, with Jake and Cyrus selected as their respective VPs.


Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Season Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


01 | 70
Heavy is the Head
"Heavy is the Head" September 24, 2015
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Shonda Rhimes
Olivia and Fitz are back together again and enjoying every scandalous moment together while Cyrus, Mellie and Huck are all still dealing with the aftermath of helping Command. Meanwhile, when a visit from the Queen of Caldonia and her family turns into a tragedy, Olivia is hired to make sure the Royal family’s private life stays private.
02 | 71
"Yes" October 1, 2015
Directed by: Tony Goldwyn - Written by: Heather Mitchell
Meanwhile, back at the White House, Fitz is determined to find who’s responsible for causing the latest turn of events, and Abby receives unexpected guidance from a master of damage control as she struggles to catch a break.
03 | 72
Paris is Burning
"Paris is Burning" October 8, 2015
Directed by: Jann Turner - Written by: Matt Byrne
Olivia and Fitz face some very big consequences and Mellie brings in an old friend to make sure she gets her way. Meanwhile, Abby shows Olivia she is fully capable of handling working at the White House.
04 | 73
Dog-Whistle Politics
"Dog-Whistle Politics" October 15, 2015
Directed by: Zetna Fuentes - Written by: Mark Fish
Eager to get answers, Jake unexpectedly crosses paths with someone he thought he’d never see again. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn recruit a familiar face to help smooth over the media storm surrounding Olivia, and Fitz quickly finds out the true cost of mercy when he discovers not everyone fully supports his actions.
05 | 74
You Got Served
"You Got Served" October 22, 2015
Directed by: Kevin Bray - Written by: Zahir McGhee
Olivia knows she can’t handle this latest storm on her own and calls for help from an unexpected source. Meanwhile, Mellie and Cyrus continue to pull strings from the sidelines and Jake is still occupied by a ghost from his past
06 | 75
Get Out of Jail, Free
"Get Out of Jail, Free" October 29, 2015
Directed by: Chandra Wilson - Written by: Chris Van Dusen
Fitz and Olivia are presented with a shocking plan that might just make all of their troubles go away, and Mellie is put through the ringer when confronted about her troubled marriage. Meanwhile, the Gladiators continue to defend Olivia, and Susan Ross turns to David for advice.
07 | 76
Even the Devil Deserves a Second Chance
Directed by: Olivier Bokelberg - Written by: Raamla Mohamed
While Fitz is focused on winning back the America people, he makes a shocking discovery. Meanwhile OPA take a new client, but Olivia seems preoccupied keeping her own secrets and Elizabeth North sets her sights on a new agenda.
08 | 77
"Rasputin" November 12, 2015
Directed by: John Terlesky - Written by: Paul William Davies
In the midst of Fitz negotiating a historic peace deal, Olivia must rely on her instincts when a guest of the The White House discloses powerful intel. Meanwhile, Jake uses Huck’s help to get closer to his target, and Cyrus takes matters into his own hands when he realizes he’s been shut out of the inner circle.
09 | 78
Baby, It's Cold Outside
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" November 19, 2015
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Mark Wilding
Olivia is feeling more and more frustrated as she takes on “First Lady” type responsibilities at the White House. Meanwhile, Mellie proves just how powerful she can be and Jake and Huck continue the hunt for Rowan.
10 | 79
It's Hard Out Here for a General
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Severiano Canales
It's been six months since Olivia and Fitz have broken up, and they are both handling their newfound freedom in very different ways. Meanwhile, the Pope and Associates team take on a case that could lead to a national crisis.
11 | 80
The Candidate
"The Candidate" February 18, 2016
Directed by: Allison Liddi Brown - Written by: Alison Schapker
Mellie seeks out Olivia’s help but may not be prepared for what entails and Liz tries to convince Susan Ross to run for the presidency. Meanwhile, Abby and Cyrus are at odds when a profile piece on Fir comes into questions.
12 | 81
Wild Card
"Wild Card" February 25, 2016
Directed by: Allison Liddi-Brown and Tom Verica - Written by: Mark Fish
While Fitz is preoccupied with his own interests, Cyrus begins to orchestrate his next master plan, and Elizabeth North uses David to mastermind a plan of her own. Meanwhile, Olivia continues to question what exactly Jake is planning in his new role as head of the NSA.
13 | 82
The Fish Rots from the Head
Directed by: Sharat Raju - Written by: Heather Mitchell
Olivia and the team take on some embattled Secret Service agents. Meanwhile, Abby has her hands full trying to keep Fitz in line, and Jake begins to reveal a few secrets of his own.
14 | 83
I See You
"I See You" March 17, 2016
Directed by: Paris Barclay - Written by: Matt Byrne
Olivia continues to spy on Jake while the gladiators have to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, Susan and Mellie are feeling the pressure as their campaigns heat up; Abby begins to question Cyrus’ motives; and a blast from the past surprises everyone.
15 | 84
Pencils Down
"Pencils Down" March 24, 2016
Directed by: Regina King - Written by: Chris Van Dusen
When Mellie makes a very public faux pas, Olivia must decide how far she’ll go to fix it. Meanwhile, the Gladiators learn valuable intel about Jake’s new love interest, and David Rosen seeks advice about his love triangle with Liz North and Susan Ross.
16 | 85
The Miseducation of Susan Ross
Directed by: Scott Foley - Written by: Raamla Mohamed
Following the first Republican debate, Olivia is presented with damaging information about an opponent and enlists the Gladiators to verify its authenticity. Meanwhile, David deals with fallout from his dating life, and Cyrus continues to work on his own political agenda.
17 | 86
"Thwack!" April 7, 2016
Directed by: Tony Goldwyn - Written by: Zahir McGhee
The election is in full swing, which means everyone is doing their best to take down their opponents, but when a potential leak threatens several candidates, they have to work together to keep their secrets safe. Boundaries are pushed and lines are crossed as we find out just how far some people are willing to go to protect themselves
18 | 87
Till Death Do Us Part
"Till Death Do Us Part" April 21, 2016
Directed by: Steph Green - Written by: Paul William Davies
As Olivia deals with the aftermath of what she’s done, she finally finds out what exactly Jake and Rowan are plotting. But with their plans already in motion, Olivia is forced to make a gut-wrenching attempt to try and stop it. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, we learn more about Jake’s past and how he first got involved with B6-13.
19 | 88
Buckle Up
"Buckle Up" April 28, 2016
Directed by: Olivier Bokelberg - Written by: Michelle Lirtzman
As Mellie, Susan and Hollis prepare to meet with Florida’s governor and vie for her influential endorsement, a spin war between Abby and Olivia threatens to keep their candidates grounded. Meanwhile, Cyrus is faced with a decision that could dramatically alter his future.
20 | 89
Trump Card
"Trump Card" May 5, 2016
Directed by: Jann Turner - Written by: Severiano Canales and Jess Brownell
Olivia and Abby have to put their differences aside and work together to try and take Hollis Doyle down. Meanwhile, Edison realizes he may have made a deal with the devil as Rowan and Jake continue to try and pull the strings behind his campaign
21 | 90
That's My Girl
"That's My Girl" May 12, 2016
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Shonda Rhimes and Mark Wilding
As Mellie, Susan and Hollis prepare to meet with Florida’s governor and vie for her influential endorsement, a spin war between Abby and Olivia threatens to keep their candidates grounded. Meanwhile, Cyrus is faced with a decision that could dramatically alter his future.

Cast Promotional Photos

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Promotional Photos

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Behind the Scenes

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The Scandal Season Five DVD was released in region one on August 23, 2016 and then released in region two on October 23, 2016. To celebrate the release of 'Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season' on DVD, TV Line released an exclusive first look at the laugh-packed blooper reel.

2015 Shondaland EW & Essence Cover Issues

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On the afternoon of September 2, 2015 Shonda Rhimes, The casts of Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder gathered in the month of August for an exclusive photo and cover shoot with Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and Essence Magazine, in New York.

Social Media Marketing

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Cast Behind the Scenes Photos

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The cast and crew of Scandal often post selfies with other cast members, behind the scenes pictures and episode sneak peeks.

Crew Behind the Scenes Photos

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