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Young lawyer Quinn Perkins is offered a job with the crisis management firm Olivia Pope and Associates. Quinn is in awe. Olivia Pope is the former communications director to the President. She and her team of "gladiators in suites" will do whatever it takes to make their clients' problems go away, and newbie Quinn is initiated into the group with trial by fire on day one. Olivia's former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant and his chief of staff, Cyrus Beene are never far from her beat - and when a White House intern accuses the President of having an affair, Olivia is the only one they trust to diffuse the problem. But the news hits close to home for Olivia, and Quinn soon realizes Olivia's clients aren't the only ones with secrets.
The episode begins in DC. A harried young brunette — Quinn Perkins— rushes into a crowded restaurant, intent on telling her blind date, Harrison Wright, that she can't actually stay. But wait: It's not a date at all! Harrison explains that he's actually there to interview her for a job. Except it's not really an interview. More of an offer. And not just any offer. It's the offer. To work with the Olivia Pope, which makes Quinn go literally slack-jawed. If she says yes, she can be “a gladiator in a suit” Will she take it? Of course! Why? Because she wants to be a gladiator in a suit. Who's this Olivia Pope person, and what's so great about her? ..Read the full recap