The ethics demonstrated on Scandal are murky. Pope and her team work hard to protect their clients and do a thorough job, but that often involves breaking the law or covering up crimes or embarrassing acts. There's also the implication that politicians are a corrupt group of people.
Kidnappings, murders, and other violent events are frequent. Guns, dead bodies (sometimes riddled with bullet holes), and bloody wounds are often visible. One episode features an extensive torture scene.
Infidelity is a theme of the show. There are references to prostitution, sex acts, promiscuity, STDs, and former President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Words like "whore" are used. Kissing between both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
Words like "bitch," "piss," "damn," and "ass" are all audible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (cocktails, wine, hard liquor) is visible during meetings, at bars, and at social functions.