Scandal: Season 2 (2012 - 2013)

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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

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User Ratings: 146
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 27, 2012
2
Air date: Oct 4, 2012
3
Air date: Oct 18, 2012
4
Air date: Oct 25, 2012
5
Air date: Nov 8, 2012
6
Air date: Nov 15, 2012
7
Air date: Nov 29, 2012
8
Air date: Dec 6, 2012
9
Air date: Dec 13, 2012
10
Air date: Jan 10, 2013
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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast

Kerry Washington
as Olivia Pope
Columbus Short
as Harrison Wright
Darby Stanchfield
as Abby Whelan
Tony Goldwyn
as President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant
Katie Lowes
as Quinn Perkins
Jeff Perry
as Cyrus Beene
Joshua Malina
as David Rosen
Bellamy Young
as Mellie Grant
Gregg Henry
as Hollis Doyle
Norm Lewis
as Edison Davis
Scott Foley
as Jacob "Jake" Ballard
Kurt Fuller
as Grayden Osbourne
Wendy Davis
as Kimberly Mitchell
Kate Burton
as Vice President Sally Langston
Joe Holt
as Defense Secretary
Lisa Edelstein
as Sarah Stanner
Steven W. Bailey
as Noah Elliot
Cullen Douglas
as Steve Doherty
Patrick Fischler
as Arthur "Artie" Hornbacher
Jackson Hurst
as Senator Jacob Shaw
Jay Karnes
as Phil Stanner
Eric Mabius
as Peter Caldwell
Virginia Louise Smith
as Secretary of State
Kristin Carey
as Brooke Foster
James Urbaniak
as Michael Sylva
Sam Page
as Will Caldwell
Stephen Hornyak
as Gary Olverman
Ann Cusack
as Corinne Stark
Mandalynn Carlson
as Annie Stanner
Pilar Holland
as Jennifer Price
Tom Amandes
as Governor Reston
Lisa Sheridan
as Marion Caldwell
Adam Shapiro
as Jesse Tyler
Warren Thomas
as Pastor Drake
Brenda Strong
as Joan Reston
Liz Torrres
as Federal Judge
Stephen Collins
as Reed Wallace
Adria Tennor
as Brenda Swan
April D. Parker
as Andie Russell
April Parker-Jones
as Andie Russell
Audrey Wasilewski
as Alison Becker
William C. Mitchell
as Capt. Bill Sundstrom
Charles C. Stevenson Jr.
as Judge Milton Kalev
Jason Dechert
as Matt Turner
Maura Soden
as Psychologist
Jesse D. Goins
as Chief Justice
Stephen Hart
as Bureaucrat
Creighton James
as Alexander Lavich
Tiffany Jeneen
as Postal Worker
Bruno Amato
as Stonemason Lonnie
Mona Mira
as Staffer
Mark D. Espinoza
as Chairman of Joint Chiefs
Liz Loza
as Young Female Reporter
Roberto Montesinos
as Painter Jerry
Ron Ostrow
as Sarnoff
Scott Roe
as Secret Service Agent No. 1
Al Carabello
as Parking Valet
Ajay Vidure
as Young Male Reporter
Barry Levy
as Secret Service Agent No. 2
Keith Sellon-Wright
as Garrett Cole
Brice Williams
as Doctor No. 1
Meghan Maureen McDonough
as Older Female Reporter
Jay Jackson
as Local News Anchor
Sharon Battle
as Doctor No. 2
Michelle Wong
as Scene Reporter
Tyrees Allen
as Dr. Carroll
Jack Guzman
as Secret Service Agent
Vyvy Nguyen
as Hostess
Keli Daniels
as Cable News Anchor
Kavita Patil
as Doctor No. 4
Nichelle Hines
as Reporter Ashley
Fred Ochs
as AA Leader
Kevin Ashworth
as Reporter Bill
Jocelyn Ayanna
as Prayer Leader
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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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | 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…

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

  • 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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