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Scandal: Crash And Burn

After a commercial plane crashes, taking the lives of all onboard, Olivia Pope and her "gladiators-in-suits" must defend the pilot from media and airline accusations; meanwhile, when Amanda Tanner goes missing, Huck calls upon his dark past to find her whereabouts, and Fitz seeks the help of the Vice President in order to pass key legislation despite their icy relationship.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Thursday May 03rd, 2012

Director: Steve Robin
Writer: Mark Wilding

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Nov 12, 2012
UK (sky LIVING) Nov 22, 2012

  • Currently 8.1/10
8.1/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Bellamy YoungBellamy Young
As Mellie Grant
Brendan HinesBrendan Hines
As Gideon Wallace
Brian LetscherBrian Letscher
As Tom
George NewbernGeorge Newbern
As Charlie
Joshua MalinaJoshua Malina
As David Rosen
Kate BurtonKate Burton
As Vice President Sally Langston
Leslie GrossmanLeslie Grossman
As Lisa
Liza WeilLiza Weil
As Amanda Tanner
Matt LetscherMatt Letscher
As Billy Chambers
Stoney WestmorelandStoney Westmoreland
As Hal
Darren PettieDarren Pettie
As Andrew Mackleson
Graham BeckelGraham Beckel
As Hank Tanner
Lenora MayLenora May
As Phyllis
Main Cast
Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington
As Olivia Pope
Darby StanchfieldDarby Stanchfield
As Abby Whelan
Katie LowesKatie Lowes
As Quinn Perkins / Lindsay Dwyer
Tony GoldwynTony Goldwyn
As President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant
Jeff PerryJeff Perry
As Cyrus Beene
Columbus ShortColumbus Short
As Harrison Wright
Henry Ian CusickHenry Ian Cusick
As Stephen Finch


The episode begins with Olivia telling her team that she needs answers, as time is of the essence. Quinn feels Amanda made a run for it, as she couldn’t handle the pressure. Olivia feels she has been kidnapped. But the team doesn’t find any traces of struggle to confirm her doubts. Huck tells Olivia that whoever kidnapped Amanda did it very smoothly and got out real quick. He tells Olivia that’s how he would do it. Later she tells David in his office that one of her clients has been kidnapped. Olivia in the meanwhile receives a message, and is visibly disturbed. Meanwhile, Harrison is at a scene of a plane crash, Quinn comes in and is horrified to see the devastation. ..

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