Scandal: Season 2 (2012 - 2013)


Season 2

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Owning its soap-like sensibilities, Scandal creates enticingly addictive narratives, with surprising twists and fascinatingly damaged characters.



Critic Ratings: 21


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User Ratings: 148

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Air date: Sep 27, 2012

In the Season 2 opener, Quinn's true identity is disclosed to the team. Meanwhile, Mellie and Cyrus make a live TV interview awkward for Fitz; and a senator fears a personal matter is about to become public knowledge, so he wants Olivia's assistance.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2012

An act of infidelity gets a public figure in trouble. Meanwhile, Cyrus and Fitz face a foreign-policy crisis; Olivia continues to deal with the consequences of a shocking judicial verdict; and Abby has lingering questions.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2012

An overly suspicious government employee shocks the team with a case involving top-ranking people. Meanwhile, lingering questions about Quinn's past cause trouble at the firm; and Olivia's ex-boyfriend reappears, igniting sparks between her and Fitz.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2012

The parents of a missing college student seek help from the firm. Meanwhile, David gets unexpected assistance with a case he's investigating; and Mellie wields her political influence, creating tension for Fitz.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2012

A governor seeks revenge after his wife is raped, and then he wants Olivia to do damage control. Elsewhere, Cyrus' husband prepares to return to his career as a political journalist, a move that blindsides Cyrus.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2012

A mysterious letter alludes to Huck's sinister past and warns it may be revealed. Meanwhile, Olivia wants Harrison to contain the damage from a coworker's disclosed secret; and Cyrus and Fitz handle the fallout from James' front-page story.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2012

Harrison leads the group as they assist a billionaire whose mental state is questionable. Meanwhile, Olivia helps plan Fitz's 50th birthday party; and James stumbles onto something big as he looks into Cytron.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2012

Olivia returns to working at the White House in the wake of a national tragedy. Meanwhile, the early days of Fitz's presidency are recalled.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2012

Olivia provides assistance to the vice president. Meanwhile, one of Olivia's staffers deals with a severe betrayal; and Cyrus uncovers the truth concerning James' mysterious investigation.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2013

An old pal assists Olivia and her team as they deal with Huck being detained under the Patriot Act. Meanwhile, Olivia comes to the rescue when Mellie is stuck in a compromising situation; and Olivia and Edison reach a crucial point in their relationship.

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As the second series of this political drama unfolds, Harrison (Columbus Short) and Abby (Darby Stanchfield) learn who Quinn (Katie Lowes) really is, and Quinn begins to piece together the roles that Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Huck (Guillermo Diaz) played in her obtaining a new identity. Meanwhile, as Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Mellie (Bellamy Young) grow further apart, Fitz gets jealous when Olivia revisits her romance with Senator Davis (Norm Lewis), her ex-fiancé. Cyrus (Jeff Perry) also faces relationship problems when his husband, James (Dan Bucatinsky), returns to work as a journalist and gets a lead from David (Joshua Malina) about a story involving possible voter tampering in the last presidential election. A major mid-season shooting lands one main character in the hospital and another in police custody. Arriving on the scene in the second half of the season is Capt. Jake Ballard (Scott Foley), a man with a past linked to Fitz and a possible future linked to Olivia.

Critic Reviews for Scandal Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

The heightened stakes manage to raise the rest of the show's game.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Scandal... deftly balances soap and suspense.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Scandalites, the white hat may be back on, but the game has changed, and no one came out of this finale unaltered.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Last night's finale was glorious, as the psychopathic, sycophantic, murderous, heart-attack-inducing personality disorders were on full display.

Apr 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Scandal won without cheating, pulling off the insane twist... But Scandal's greatest storytelling achievement is the Defiance arc.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

End of episode. Did you see THAT coming??!!

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's always good for an episode to end on a cliffhanger.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A single word uttered by Olivia (Kerry Washington) proved to be the biggest shocker of all!

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Quinn and Huck are currently the frontrunners for my favorite team at Pope, but you never know!

May 29, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It kept me guessing and left me wanting more.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Scandal is pure escapism for anyone who just wants to escape, but nutritious grist for pop sociology for anyone who wants to gobble down his or her junk food that way, too.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Obviously this isn't The West Wing. It's lighter, smaller-West Condo!-but still a pleasure.

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scandal: Season 2

  • Jul 01, 2020
    In season 1 Harrison and Abby made a point or saying that Olivia doesn't cry. "Don't let her see you crying" he told Quinn. Every episode of season 1 and 2......Olivia cried, her breathy, heaving, contorted expression cry. She's supposed to be the symbol of a powerful independent no nonsense Strong black woman succeeding in the white man's haven - Washington. Yet every time she sees this man she goes weak. She responds to his shouting at her, his lies and his presence like any other infatuated air headed girl looking for a daddy figure. Secondly why does she have to bark and shout at everyone. As a woman working in a male majority occupation myself, I know certainly that the way she speaks to everyone is not powerful or assertive, it is over compensating, disrespectful and non productive She asks Fitz to let her go. When he says he's letting her go she cries. Sigh. I don't know how they expect us to believe this weak man and the machinations of his people actually work every time. I guess the expectation is that we suspend all belief and give them 100% creative liberty The other annoying thing about this show is how fast everyone rambles breathlessly. It's annoying and doesn't add any value to the show Someone needs to stop writing in the script that part of every episode where Fitz says he is the most Powerful man on the planet and the leader of the free world. *eye roll* jeez. He has this permanent pained expression on his face. On the plus side. I love the way she dresses.
  • Feb 01, 2017
    Without the first seasons predictability, scandal truly embraces with it could be. With shocking moments galore.
  • Aug 27, 2016
    It's not as good as the last season but Season 2 has Olivia and her team go up against impossible odds with government conspiracies, political figures, and themselves Huck gets more of a detailed backstory to why he's so stricken by torture and interrogation Olivia and President Grant go back and forth numerous times about their secret relationship kept from the public eye and in the White House More hot topics like matrimony, infidelity, hostile negotiations, and keeping things under wraps put a strain on everyone The world wants to know every detail, the news is only into the hottest stories, and when it comes to marriage pretending is mostly part of the illusion since no one is truly perfect Things like Ballard watching over Olivia and a top secret program called Albatross forces Olivia to go beyond the norm Not all these episodes are perfect but Season 3 could step it up and I'm very anxious to see how far they can stil go
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Advertised as a political Thriller, this is more like a Political Soap Opera. Annoyingly verbose, almost all characters speak exactly the same, the President of the US rarely stops behaving like an infatuated teenager (Literally, at some point I had to fastforward the redundant pseudo-love scenes between Olivia and Fitz)... There is an interesting story or corruption and intrigue running behind the heavy melodrama, but it remains behind from beginning to end. Oh, and the patriotism...! Don't you hate any narrative which repeats over and over that the US president is the leader of the 'free world'? Obnoxious!
  • Oct 10, 2014
    Denna säsong är jag inte färdig med ännu, tycker samma som om förra säsongen: Denna ligger på gränsen till för jobbig för mig att kolla på. Väldigt välgjord och spännande men massor av starka mer eller mindre återhållna känslor.
  • May 16, 2014
    YES!!!!! SCANDAL!!!!! That's how you do it. That is how you grip an audience and never let them go. I could not wait for the newest episode. Thank you for this season. Characters were more defined, and Olivia Pope sucks us into her world.
  • Feb 01, 2014
    Twists and turns around every corner. Manages to outshine season 1.
  • Dec 14, 2013
    Scandal dares to take things further than you would expect. While the writers could of created a very episodic series focussing on Olivia Popes job, they have instead created a strong reliable story that can still pull from a range of episodic ideas. Kerry Washington is easily the highlight of the series. Her forceful and strong persona moulds into this role but she can still add a sense of emotion, love and loss. Washington's performance is so remarkably real and her commitment to the role is evident. She gives the audience exactly what they want and how they want and can pull off the big twists again adding the sense of reality to them and not making them seem soap opera-ish. Jeff Perry adds another marvellous performance to the scope. Being able to switch from being a comedic to such a dramatic character is something Perry can do fluently. Scandal is one of my highlights of 2013. Its political, but it has heart and warmth. Above all it shows that twists and insanely dramatic plots can be pulled off at the highest of quality through greatly developed characters.

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