Season 1 served as the introduction of all the main and recurring characters. Olivia Pope and then-Governor Fitzgerald Grant were having an affair that continued on to his presidency. Olivia decides that it is best to end the relationship thus her decision to resign and open her crisis management firm. All throughout the season, Olivia demonstrates her tremendous dedication to her work and staff who she has all helped one way or the other. The biggest challenge comes when Olivia finds herself at odds with her former lover, President Grant, and former mentor, Cyrus Beene regarding the case of Amanda Tanner. Amanda claims she had sexual relations with the President and Olivia find herself believing Amanda and representing her in court. Meanwhile, Quinn Perkins got entangled with the murder of her boyfriend/reporter who was piecing together the Amanda Tanner story.