Season Two of Scandal premieres on September 27, 2012 on ABC. While last season consisted of just seven episodes, this season will have 13. A full season of 22 episodes was later ordered on October 29, 2012 after only four episodes aired.
The season ended with an average rating of 2.5 in the 18-49 demographic with an average 7.48 million total viewers. 
The UK premiere of Season Two is set for Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9 pm. 
This season has shed light onto how Olivia and Fitz's romantic relationship started, why it stopped, when Mellie found out and why Olivia left The White House. There were six flashback episodes throughout the season that answered a lot of the unanswered questions from Season One.
Last season ended with Olivia barely saving Fitz's presidency even though he wanted to just be a normal man with the woman he really loves, Olivia. Last season also brought up the question of who Quinn Perkins really is and how far Cyrus is willing to go to preserve Fitz's presidency. These questions have been addressed so far in this season.
The season opened three months after Quinn's arrest starting by answering the long awaited question... Who is Quinn Perkins??? -- Lindsay Dwyer. Lindsay Dwyer was the main suspect in a bombing that killed seven people California including her boyfriend. But how did Lindsay become Quinn and how did she get from California to DC? Well of course the country's finest fixer "fixed" that problem with the help from her trusty slick side-kick Huck. (White Hat's Off) But did Lindsay really blow up her boyfriend and six of his co-workers? That along with many more questions about this are answered throughout the course of the season.
So far this season has revealed how Fitz won his election; a group of conspirators - Hollis Doyle, Verna Thornton, Cyrus Beene, Mellie Grant and Olivia Pope - rigged the election polls in one county in Ohio, Defiance; no matter who the voters voted for, Grant/Langston won. Olivia finds romance in her ex-fiance Senator Edison Davis... he even proposes again, but Olivia turns him down when she realizes she wants difficult and crazy versus simple and easy. Abby Whelan takes up a relationship with Assistant US Attorney David Rosen but when he digs too deep into the Defiance conspiracy Olivia has Harrison Wright "take care of it!" Speaking of Harrison with Stephen gone he takes on a leader role amongst the associates. Quinn Perkins digs deep into her past and how she got her new life looking for questions and wanting answers from Olivia. Huck takes on a relationship with Becky Flynn, a former cocaine addict who turns out to be a former spy as well who set him up for the attempted assassination of the President.
Quinn's true identity is revealed, finally! Mellie and Cyrus put Fitz in a compromising position during a live television interview with America's reporter, Kimberly Mitchell. Meanwhile, OPA takes a Congressman as a client who was caught with his pants down... literately!
Olivia has to deal with the ramifications of Quinn's court case. In the White House, Cyrus and Fitz deal with a foreign policy emergency. Meanwhile, the country's most prominent minister is found dead in a hotel room handcuffed to a bed with his mistress; the team is sent to handle damage control.
Quinn returns to work leaving tensions running high at Olivia Pope & Associates - mostly with Abby - due to questions about Quinn's background. An NSA Analyst drops a bombshell striking the fear in Olivia's eyes, claiming that the government is using a new technology called "Thorngate" to spy on its citizens. Olivia is caught off-guard with how far up this scandal goes, and distracted by her problems with Fitz. Meanwhile, Cyrus has to try and keep Fitz calm and collected when Olivia's former flame, Senator Edison Davis, shows up.
Olivia fights for the rights of a murdered college girl who is being persecuted in the media for sleeping with every political in the city; a fight that pits her against the White House. Meanwhile, the relationship between Abby and David deepens, and he gets a step closer to figuring out the Quinn Perkins mystery. Olivia visits Supreme Court Justice in the hospital. A group of conspirators come to meet together at the closing of the episode; a group of many familiar faces...
A governor takes the law into his own hands when he sees his wife being raped and then he asks Olivia and her team to come in and clean up his mess. Meanwhile, both Cyrus and the President are caught off-guard when Cyrus' husband, James, decides to return to his career as a journalist covering the White House.
Olivia receives an anonymous letter containing a coded warning which could expose Huck’s dark past. Meanwhile another Pope & Associates secret has already been exposed and Olivia asks Harrison to step up and handle it. And in the White House, Cyrus and Fitz are dealing with the ramifications of Cyrus' husband’s first front page news story.
Harrison leads the team in managing a billionaire businessman who seems to have lost his sanity. Meanwhile, the White House celebrates the President’s 50th birthday, and James continues to investigate Cytron and discovers something that could change the fate of the country.
While working in the White House, Olivia helps Vice President Sally Langston; Cyrus stumbles across the truth about James’s secret investigation; and one of Olivia’s associates struggles to come to terms with a shocking betrayal.
Olivia gets news from Edison that the President is awake; Mellie forged Fitz's name in a letter of reinstatement. When Olivia and Cyrus find out they try to figure out how to control the situation. Olivia has her associates aide with the control. Meanwhile, Sally Langston and Hollis Doyle try to find a way to keep her in office. Olivia pushes Edison away.
The White Hous is rocked by more changes as Fitz returns to office; flashbacks reveal more about the rigging election conspiracy and how it started. Edison makes a shocking accusation. Fitz makes a surprising decision about his future with Mellie as does Edison with Olivia.
The "Gladiators in Suits" realize that a quickly unraveling Olivia might not always wear a white hat when they discover the truth about the rigged White House election. How? They each take what they know and share it by putting the pieces together. In order to reel in Fitz, Mellie is forced to take extreme measures. David Rosen takes his investigation into the Cytron explosion to the next level and arrests Hollis Doyle. Flashbacks to the Quinn's former life as Lindsay Dwyer with Jesse Tyler the weeks leading up to the explosion reveal more about the Cytron explosion.
As David learns more and more about the Cytron case, things come to a head for Olivia, Cyrus, Mellie, Hollis Doyle and Verna Thornton; the conspirators go to extreme, even unconscionable lengths to protect themselves and the ones they love. Abby hits an emotional bump in the road, Quinn has a decision to make... move on as Quinn or go back to being Lindsay Dwyer, and James gets into some legal trouble. Olivia comes tot he realization of who shot the Fitz, if not Hollis, then who? Mellie, Cyrus, Sally, Verna, and the list goes on... Meanwhile, Verna faces the throws of death and Fitz learns a shocking secret!
Ten months later... after discovering the truth behind defiance, Fitz is still struggling to figure out whom he can actually trust. Meanwhile Olivia is trying to move on with her life, and she meets a handsome stranger, Jake Ballard, who sparks her interest. But when Fitz and Olivia are forced to be in the same room again, real sparks fly and things get heated. Back at Pope & Associates, the team handles a new case, and for the first time they’re working with David Rosen instead of against him.
Olivia and the team end up acting as high-powered matchmakers for Peter Caldwell, an up-and-coming politician; David turns to Pope & Associates when he thinks he is being followed; Fitz is faced with a delicate hostage situation along with who he can trust. Meanwhile, Cyrus tries to find ways to make it back into Fitz's good graces, except Mellie is thwarting his every attempt, unknowingly to Cyrus.
Olivia finds herself in the middle of a media storm, but this time she's on the opposing side of the oval office when Fitz's pick for Supreme Court Justice is caught in a torrid affair with Liv's new client, high-powered CEO Sarah Stanner (guest star, Lisa Edelstein). Meanwhile, Olivia and Jake continue their flirtatious relationship, while Huck takes Quinn under his wing and Harrison and Abby try to figure out where they stand with their friendship. Back in the White House, Cyrus and Mellie continue to fight for Fitz's attention, but someone else may already have it.
Hollis Doyle's daughter is kidnapped; Jake and Olivia take their relationship to the next level; Cyrus is determined to get back into the president's good graces; Mellie tells Fitz that he needs to make some changes. Olivia is threatened by the Director of the CIA, Grayden Osborne after he realizes her team is talling him; Huck continues to train Quinn and their friendship bond grows stronger. David walks into his apartment while it is being ransacked; he assists the team with their latest client. Fitz is looking forward to his weekend with his kids, but will Mellie tries to get in the way of that.
After the apparent suicide her husband, former CIA Director Osborne, Susan Osborne seeks the help of Olivia Pope & Associates to prove her husbands innocence and to prove that he didn't commit suicide. Facts start to pile up proving that he was not the mole and that he did not kill himself; leading back to a former client. Jake and Olivia's relationship goes to the next level. Mellie & Fitz are interviewed about when they first met. Olivia makes a shocking discovery that leads two of the gladiators to be harmed; one hospitalized the other in traumatic shock.
Information about Huck's past is revealed, how he met Olivia, who he was before he joined the CIA, when he joined the CIA, when he first met Charlie, plus does he have a family? Not realizing that someone could be watching, Fitz and Olivia have an emotionally charged conversation; after finally meeting Jake, Cyrus becomes increasingly suspicious of him. Mellie takes drastic action when Hal informs her of the President's whereabouts. The gladiators - Harrison, Abby & Quinn - reveal information about themselves to Huck while he's out of repeating "752" over-and-over again-and-again.
The team makes a shocking discovery while investigating the mole; Fitz orders Jake to keep Olivia safe; Cyrus must clean up after Mellie's ultimatum. Huck discovers that Charlie is the one who trapped him in that box; the team also makes some shocking discoveries about Charlie. James is given a great job opportunity that he can't turn down, he accepts after Cyrus gives him his blessing. Cyrus and James become closer and their marriage problems go away. Jake continues to meet with his Mysterious Man.
Cyrus is on damage control after Mellie's shocking live interview with James where she revealed that her husband is a lying cheating bastard. Olivia panics when she learns that whoever the mole is knows about "Defiance", and David finally learns the truth about the Cytron card. Mellie calls in her own fixer who probes her to find out who the mistress is, but she won't give it up. Fitz reveals to Cyrus that he will not be seeking a second term. Jake meets up with the Mysterious Man, to show him he’s discovered the man who's on to him… Charlie (who Jake is well aware of works with Cyrus). Cyrus gives James some information that shocks him and hurts him at the same time. Charlie gives up the name of the mole. Huck has to make a tough decision. The mole is revealed as well as who they've been working with.
Olivia is betrayed by someone close to her and someone from the past returns to shake things up.
As they grow closer to uncovering the mole's identity, Olivia and her team find themselves in an increasingly dangerous situation. The latest White House scandal pushes Cyrus over the edge. Quinn's training with Huck takes a GIANT step forward. The Mysterious Man identity is revealed. Who is he? Is he tied to Olivia? All this and more with a shocking ending...
In celebration of the Season 2 finale of Scandal, Kerry Washington and the entire cast performed a live table read of the season-ending episode, “White Hat’s Back On” at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California.