Scandal writing Staff: Shonda Rhimes is the show runner/Head writer. The other writers are Jenna Bans, Matt Byrne, Severiano Canales, Mark Fish, Zahir McGhee, Heather Mitchell, Raamla Mohamed, Peter Noah, Miguel Nolla, Mark Wilding, Chris Van Dusen, Allan Heinberg, Richard Robbins (left show in season one), and Peter Nowalk (working as HTGAWM creator).
The writing process works this way… All the writers, including Shonda, discuss the breakdown of an episode first and they come up with an outline together. Then one person will write the dialogue from that outline. Draft one is written by that one writer who has been chosen to write that particular episode. Then Shonda helps with rewrites, add her own written scenes at her discretion, and over sees the final draft before it is presented at a table read. Small revisions of scripts are made throughout the filming process. The writer of the episode is always present on set during filming of the episode he or she has written.
Here is an outline of what episode each writer has written. Shonda, with the exception of 201, tends to write the premiere episodes and the finales. Heather Mitchell and Matt Byrne have written the most episodes. The source of my info comes from the Scandal writers twitter page, IMDB, ABC media, Wikipedia, and T.V. Guide
101 – Sweet Baby
107 – Grant for the People
208 – Happy Birthday, Mr. President
222 – White Hat’s back On
301 – Its Handled
318 – The Price of Free and Fair Election
401 – Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia
409 - Run
Heather Mitchell - an American television writer and producer for ABC’s Scandal. She has written for many TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, The Chicago Code, Medium, Eleventh Hour, Ace of Cakes, My First Home and Desire. Her producing credits include Grey’s Anatomy and Ace of Cakes. She also worked as a Story Editor for Medium for its sixth season.
102 – Dirty Little Secrets
202 – The Other Woman
210 – One for the Dog
216 – Top of the Hour
302 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
312 – We Do Not Touch the First Ladies
402 – The State of the Union
Matt Byrne - is known for his work on Scandal (2012), Paper Anchor (2013)
103 – Hell Hath No Fury
203 – Hunting Season
214 – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
221 – Any Questions
303 – Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington
313 – No Sun on the Horizon
403 – Inside the Bubble
Jenna Bans - is an American Writers Guild of America Award nominated screenwriter. Originally hired as a staff writer for Jerry Bruckheimer’s cancelled action series Fearless, Bans became a part of the crew of Desperate Housewives in 2004. In 2006 she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the screenplay to the Desperate Housewives episode “Next” and in 2007 she received another nomination for the episode “It Takes Two”. Bans is a producer and writer on Grey’s Anatomy, and is the creator and the co-producer (along with Shonda Rhimes) of Off the Map, a series which premiered on ABC in January 2011, and was cancelled on May 13, 2011. She is currently a writer on another Shonda Rhimes created drama, Scandal on ABC.
106 – The Trail (…bless you)
201 – White Hat’s Off
215 – Boom Goes the Dynamite
305 – More Cattle, Less Bull
406 – Baby Made A Mess
Mark Fish - an American television producer and writer and actor. Fish has appeared in bit part roles on shows including The O.C., Ed, Law & Order and The Sopranos. He was an actor in the TV show Trinity, and a supporting actor in the film “Paging Emma”. Fish was story editor for Damages and has also written episodes for television shows The O.C., The Inside, and Scandal.
204 – Beltway Unbuckled
211 – A Criminal, A whore, an idiot, and a Liar (Bless you)
219 – Seven Fifty two
304 – Say Hello to my little Friend
314 – Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
404A – Like Father, Like Daughter
Zahir McGhee - a story editor and writer for Private Practice and Scandal.
220 – A Woman Scorned
310 – A Door Marked Exit
315 – Mama Said Knock You Out
405 – An Innocent Man
Raamla Mohamed - a member of the production staff on Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal writer.
205 – All Roads Lead to Fitz
217 – Snake in the Garden
311 – Ride, Sally, Ride
316 – The Fluffer
410 - Where’s the black lady?
Peter Noah - an American television writer and producer. He served as an executive producer and regular writer for the NBC drama The West Wing. He continued in this role for the sixth season before becoming an executive producer for the seventh and final season. Currently writing for Scandal.
207 – Defiance
212 – Truth and Consequences
306 – Icarus
Richard E. Robbins
104 – Enemy of the State
Chris Van Dusen – Writer on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal
206 – Spies like Us
218 – Molly, You in Danger girl
309 – YOLO
316 – The Fluffer
404B – The Key
Mark Wilding - an American television producer and screenwriter. He was nominated for two Emmys for his work as executive producer on the series Grey’s Anatomy, and won a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series as a writer on the same show. He has also worked on Private Practice and Charmed.
105 – Crash and Burn
209 – Blown Away
213 – Nobody Likes Babies
308 – Vermont is for Lovers too
318 – The Price of a Free and Fair Election…co-writer
408 – Where the Sun don’t Shine
Peter Nowalk - He co-wrote The Hollywood Assistants Handbook, published by Workman Books in 2008. In same year he began working in the Shonda Rhimes medical drama series, Grey’s Anatomy as recurring writer and later executive story editor and supervising producer. Nowalk is the creator and executive producer of the ABC drama series, How to Get Away with Murder.
307 – Everything’s coming up Mellie
Severiano Canales - Writer for Off the Map, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal.
317 – Flesh and Blood
Miguel Nolla - Grey Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal
317 – Flesh and Blood
Allan Heinberg - is an American film screenwriter and comic book writer, who wrote Young Avengers for Marvel Comics, and has been a writer and producer on The Naked Truth, Party of Five, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., and Grey’s Anatomy.
Helen, oh Helen!
Your story has been lost,
within the recces of time -
debated by old men in musty libraries.
Why are you left to be remarked
upon as a sad figure, a raped figure,
a face that was beautiful - indeed,
so beautiful that it launched a war.
If only you been born a modern woman,
scandal and scorn would have followed you,
as the paparazzi wonders
who are you fucking now?
Helen, oh Helen!
Was Paris your attempt to make your own destiny,
or a song of salacity?
My lady! If you were a modern woman,
at least you could divorce the king
and take his money!
Men long for the moon, seeking ever higher,
the trophy wife, the proper kids,
the money they deem should be theirs.
Is that the lesson in your story
with parts lost and probably forgotten,
for why would men make women heroes?
The wolf cries out for the moon,
so they say,
doth men cry for the beauty
or the mystery of the moon?
Or do they cry for the silent beauty?
Played by Kerry Washington, Olivia is a high-powered political problem solver with the weight of the country on her shoulders and a team of gladiators behind her. She’s complicated and flawed — in other words, human — but still strong, confident, and decisive. She’s also got killer style.