Scandal: Season 2 (2012 - 2013)


Season 2
Scandal

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

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Critic Ratings: 21

88%

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User Ratings: 154

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 27, 2012

Information about Quinn's real identity and past comes out; a senator facing public disgrace asks Olivia for help; Cyrus and Mellie put President Fitz in a compromising position.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2012

Olivia and her team must do some heavy lifting -- literally -- to clean up the mess after a public figure is caught in a compromising position; Cyrus and Fitz must deal with a foreign-policy emergency.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2012

A government employee shocks Olivia when he reveals how high the scandal goes; questions about Quinn's background create tension; Cyrus tries to keep the president under control; an old flame of Olivia's returns.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2012

The parents of a missing college student seek help; David gets help on the Cytron case from an unexpected source; Mellie proves her political prowess.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2012

A governor takes the law into his own hands when his wife is raped; when James decides to return to his job as a journalist covering the White House, both Cyrus and the President are surprised.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2012

Olivia receives a coded warning that could expose Huck's past; Olivia asks Harrison to take care of a secret that has been exposed; Fitz and Cyrus face the ramifications of James' front-page news story.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2012

The team manages a billionaire who seems to have lost his sanity; Olivia and the White House staff prepare to celebrate the president's 50th birthday; while investigating Cytron, James discovers something that could change the country's fate.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2012

A catastrophic event forces Olivia to go back to work at the White House; the first few days of Fitz's presidency.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2012

Olivia helps the vice president; Cyrus learns the truth about James' investigation; Olivia's associates struggle with an unexpected betrayal.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2013

While Huck is held under the Patriot Act, Olivia and the team receive assistance from an old friend; Mellie is faced with a compromising situation that could impact Fitz's future.

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Cast & Crew

Kerry Washington
Olivia Pope

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Columbus Short
Harrison Wright

Actor
Guillermo Diaz
Huck

Actor
Darby Stanchfield
Abby Whelan

Actor
Katie Lowes
Quinn Perkins

Actor
Tony Goldwyn
President Fitzgerald Grant

Actor
Jeff Perry
Cyrus Beene

Actor
Bellamy Young
Mellie Grant

Actor
Joshua Malina
David Rosen

Actor
Scott Foley
Jake Ballard

Guest Star
Kate Burton
Vice President Sally Langston

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Wendy Davis
Kimberly Mitchell

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Norm Lewis
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Gregg Henry
Hollis Doyle

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Debra Mooney
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Joe Holt
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Jay Jackson
Local Newscaster

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Shonda Rhimes
Executive Producer
Betsy Beers
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Scandal: Season 2

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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