Scandal: Season 5 (2015 - 2016)

Season 5

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Increased pressure on a key couple brings heightened stakes and more exciting twists to Scandal's action-packed, consistently gripping fifth season.



Critic Ratings: 20


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User Ratings: 127

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Air date: Sep 24, 2015

In the fifth-season opener, Olivia and Fitz are blissful about their reunion, but Cyrus, Mellie and Huck must face the repercussions of assisting Command. Meanwhile, a visiting queen hires Olivia to guard her family's privacy in the wake of a recent tragedy.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2015

Olivia and her team leave Washington, D.C., to work on a new case. Meanwhile, Abby receives surprising advice from a public-relations expert; and a driven Fitz sets out to uncover who's responsible for the recent turn of events.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2015

Huge repercussions await Olivia and Fitz. Meanwhile, Mellie calls on an old pal to secure what she wants; and Abby demonstrates that she's suited to working at the White House.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2015

A familiar face returns to help Huck and Quinn deal with the media uproar Olivia is facing. Meanwhile, Jake comes across someone he never expected to see again; and Fitz learns the true value of mercy.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2015

Olivia needs backup to handle the latest crisis, but the person she turns to is an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Mellie and Cyrus try to manipulate things from the sidelines; and Jack is haunted by someone from his past.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2015

An outrageous plan is presented to Fitz and Olivia, but it could solve their problems. Meanwhile, Mellie's put on the hot seat when she's asked about her strained marriage; Olivia's team continue to defend her; and Susan Ross seeks advice from David.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2015

Fitz works on his comeback with the American public and uncovers something shocking in the process. Meanwhile, Olivia focuses on hiding her personal secrets instead of tending to a new client; and Elizabeth North develops a new agenda.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2015

Olivia must make a judgment call about intel she receives as Fitz works on an important peace deal. Meanwhile, Huck's assistance allows Jake to inch closer to his target; and Cyrus refuses to sit back when he's excluded from the inner circle.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2015

Olivia has new duties at the White House, and she finds them irksome. Elsewhere, Mellie demonstrates the impressive power she can yield; and Jake and Huck keep searching for Rowan.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2016

Olivia adjusts to single life differently than Fitz six months after their breakup. Meanwhile, Pope and Associates tackle a case that may lead to the emergence of a national crisis.

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As the fifth season of this political drama unfolds, Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) have reunited romantically, and Mellie (Bellamy Young) eventually signs Fitz's divorce papers. However, Olivia grows increasingly uncomfortable when she's saddled with the type of tasks that are normally assigned to a First Lady. Meanwhile, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) proves to Olivia that she's fully capable of working in the White House, but she's displeased with duties that make her feel like Fitz's work wife. As the women keep taking on new roles, Mellie decides to tackle yet another one and runs for president of the United States.

Cast & Crew

Tony Goldwyn
President Fitzgerald Grant
Katie Lowes
Quinn Perkins
Darby Stanchfield
Abby Whelan
Bellamy Young
First lady Mellie Grant
Portia De Rossi
Elizabeth North
Joshua Malina
David Rosen
Scott Foley
Jake Ballard
Rose Abdoo
Senator Linda Moskowitz
Hilty Bowen
Princess Emily
Josh Brener
Gavin Price
Dearbhla Molloy
Queen Isabel of Caledonia
Jay Jackson
Mike Waters
Molly Baker
Rachel Moss
Shonda Rhimes
Executive Producer
Betsy Beers
Executive Producer
Heather Mitchell
Mark Wilding
Executive Producer
Matt Byrne
Alison Schapker
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Critic Reviews for Scandal Season 5

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

Sally Langston's talk show continues to be one of the best parts of the show. Best quote: "He's inviting us to skip with him down the road to Sodom and Gomorrah."

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…

FINALLY, Scandal is back. So wrap yourself in that wine cardigan and make yourself a big bowl of popcorn. It's handled.

Sep 25, 2015 | Full Review…

It feels like early Scandal episodes in the best way.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Scandal is a political thriller at its core, so the election cycle breathes new life into the story, capitalizing on Mellie's presidential ambitions and exploring the nuances of her professional relationship with Olivia, her former romantic rival.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Scandal is a hyperreal night-time soap that plays out with almost cosmic efficiency.

Dec 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Mellie has gone toe to toe with Fitz many times in the past, and I never get tired of watching it.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I appreciated how the episode gave fans those loving, intimate moments before diving into some notable, but relatively measured conflict between the two {Olitz].

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

I think blood actually ran to my head.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Thankfully on the Scandal Season 5 finale, the show stuck to what it does best and focused on the twisted path of backroom politics on steroids. There were enough surprises to keep me guessing until the very end.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

There are a lot of questions up in the air that need answered, but if this hour was any indication, Scandal is on its sweet merry way back to being the show we love.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I was shocked.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If tonight's action-packed season premiere is any indication, we're in for some heavy-duty - and most welcome - gladiating in the weeks to come.

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scandal: Season 5

  • Aug 25, 2019
    The show is decent but absurd. I don't mind scandals and all the drama and sex. The characters are all great, well except for one. And sadly thats the main one, Olivia Pope. She is an awful character that is insanely spoiled and out of touch with reality. Yeah they all belong in jail at some point, but Olivia belongs there and needs to answer for her sins more than anyone. I hate when shows make the main character always right and have the character be absolved of their crimes. She has no "white hat" and it's terrible when the writers act like she does. So it's sad that the main character ruined this show.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Excelente es muy excelente
  • May 15, 2017
  • May 01, 2017
    Scandal is just running out of time and keeps reusing tropes and previous storylines.
  • Sep 18, 2016
    A show that did not disappoint. Shonda Rhimes really tells a story around a bonfire of millions of people about the nation that she's building. Outstanding performance for Kerry and my all time favorite character - Huck.
  • Aug 21, 2016
    Needs to go back to Basics. OPA was basically Non-Existent. To much focus on the White House, and Presidential Campaigns
  • May 28, 2016
    Didn't like this season it was a bit much and they kept flip-flopping the entire season :/
  • May 21, 2016
    Thank you, Scandal, for being brave enough to dump Olitz and return to your 'gladiating' roots and turn it up into ruthless kingmaking.
  • Nov 27, 2015
    I do believe I'm over has become redundant and so freaking stupid!!! I am going to have to pull the plug..I mean wow..
  • Oct 23, 2015
    complete crap, compared to prior seasons. Needs to end.

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