Plot[ edit ] The season has two arcs. The first arc focuses on Fitz's attempted assassination in addition to the election-rigging, of which, more information is revealed through flashbacks. James investigates Defiance and the election-rigging for Fitz's campaign. It's revealed through flashbacks that the rigging was done by Olivia, Cyrus, Mellie, Verna and Hollis at election campaign headquarters.
James teams up with David to try to build a case to take down Cyrus and Fitz. However, James ultimately lies in court, covering for Cyrus. An assassination attempt is made on Fitz's life, which almost kills him.
As a result, Sally takes over as President, much to Cyrus' dismay. Huck is arrested for the attempted assassination after being framed by his girlfriend Becky. After David helps Huck go free, Huck, Olivia and her team trick Becky to show up at the hospital where she is arrested. Fitz finds out that Verna was behind the assassination and kills her.
At the funeral, he reveals to Olivia that he doesn't want a divorce as he is devastated after learning about the rigging from Verna. The second arc focuses on finding the mole who is leaking classified information from the White House.
Olivia and the team investigate the case after figuring out that the CIA Director's suicide was actually a murder. At the end of the season, Mellie gives Fitz an ultimatum, either he becomes loyal to her, or she goes on national television and reveals Fitz's affair with Olivia.
Fitz chooses Olivia, which makes Mellie reveal the affair. Fitz announces his re-election campaign. As Olivia and the team continue to investigate who the mole is, Huck manages to capture Charlie, who reveals the mole's identity: They figure out that Billy is working with David, who steals the Cytron card, but frames Billy and gives Cyrus the card in exchange for being reinstated as US Attorney.
At the end, Olivia's name is leaked to the press as being Fitz's mistress, and it is revealed that Rowan is Olivia's father. Cast[ edit ] Henry Ian Cusick did not return for the second season. The second season had nine roles receiving star billing, with all of them returning from the previous season, seven of which part of the original cast from the first season.
Kerry Washington continued her role as protagonist of the series, Olivia Pope , a former White House Director of Communications with her own crisis management firm. Katie Lowes acted as Quinn Perkins who is on trial for murder at the beginning of the season, and Guillermo Diaz continued playing the character Huck, the troubled tech guy who works for Olivia.
Joshua Malina played David Rosen, the U. Attorney who develops a relationship with Abby. Several casting changes occurred for the second season. Henry Ian Cusick exited the show and did not return as his character Stephen Finch for the second season as the actor and showrunner Shonda Rhimes came to the mutual decision for him not to come back for the second year.