Scandal Recap: "Top of the Hour"
After a forever-long hiatus, Scandal was finally back! The Case of the Week involved Lisa Edelstein as a successful CEO, Sarah, who needed to bring in Olivia Pope & Associates when an old extramarital affair was discovered by the press. The man in question was Judge Randall, the Grant Administration's newly named Supreme Court Justice nomination.
Cyrus (Jeff Perry) turned into a pit bull, and promised to destroy Olivia (Kerry Washington) and her client if she didn’t back off. Ms. Pope would not be threatened, but she did seem to go soft on the Grant Administration. In the meantime, Cyrus ruined Sarah’s reputation by painting her as a sex-crazed stalker in the media.
Eventually, the whole truth did come out about the affair, and Judge Randall had to decline his nomination. Sarah’s marriage was ruined, but OPA were able to subvert Sarah's forced resignation from her company due to a morality clause. The company’s board was blackmailed with all the skeletons hiding in their closets (which Harrison and Abby uncovered), and Sarah kept her job.