|Premiere Episode||It's Handled|
|Premiere Date||October 3, 2013|
|Finale Episode||The Price of Free and Fair Election|
|Finale Date||April 17, 2014|
Shonda Rhimes posted on twitter on May 10, 2013 that ABC ordered a third season of Scandal. The season premiered on October 3, 2013 and ended on April 17, 2014. It was broadcast on Thursday nights at 9|8c on ABC.
The season continues the story of Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House in Washington D.C. Season three had ten series regulars, all returning from the previous season, of whom seven are part of the original cast of eight regulars from the first season.
Picking up right where we left off in the Season Two season finale moments after new channels reported that Olivia Pope was President Grant's mistress, "The First Mistress". Olivia silently riding in the limo with her father, who takes her to an airport where he expects her to relocate and get the spotlight off of herself but Cyrus convinces her to stay and fight. The gladiators try to protect their bosses image; meanwhile the White House in collaboration with the gladiators "handle" it by shifting the attention to another White House staffer. The most shocking revelation was learning that it was Fitz who instructed his trusted Secret Service Agent Tom to leak the name to a reporter, Vanessa Chandler. Not too long after that to keep the press from talking about Olivia as being Fitz's mistress Mellie Grant schedules a public lunch with Olivia to make it look like they're friends and there's no way Olivia would sleep with her husband. Millie is trying to "hook up" Olivia by providing her with a list of public figures who are single. Olivia settles for Jake Ballard.
Speaking of Jake, last we saw him he was in "the hole", well the fixer won't let him stay in there for long. She fights with her father about releasing him; flashbacks reveal how Olivia got Huck released from "the hole" five years ago. After Eli paid for Olivia to go to law school she agreed to have weekly dinners with him. After Olivia gets attacked at the subway station and rescued by Huck who killed the two attackers she tells her father about it who finds Huck and locks him up in "the hole" but before Command locked Huck up, Huck had told Olivia a little bit about "Wonderland" and where it was located. At one of Olivia and her father's dinners he unknowingly gives it away that he works at/for "Wonderland". Olivia stops coming to family dinners, but when Rowan puts Edison Davis - her fiancee at the time - in the hospital she agrees to return to dinners if he releases Huck.
Speaking of Huck... after Jake hits a wall - metaphorically speaking - while looking into the death of Olivia's mother, Maya Lewis, he seeks out assistance from Huck. After they have enough proof that her father ordered the army pilot - who happens to be Fitz - that shoot down Maya's plane they take what they have to Olivia. At first she doesn't want to know anything about it, but after some flashback memories of her mother she let's Huck & Jake tell her their theory. Olivia begins to wonder what her father has been keeping from her all these years. After Rowan Pope visits the OPA office Huck violently confronts his boss - Liv - asking her if "Command" is her father. Yes he is!
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- The writers of Scandal began working on season three stories on May 20, 2013.
- Scott Foley (Jake Ballard) was promoted to series regular for third season. 
- On Friday, July 19th the cast of Scandal got together for the official Season Three publicity photoshoot. 
- The first table read of the season took place on Thursday, July 18, 2013. 
- Filming for season three began on Monday, July 22, 2013. 
- Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky's (James Novak) producing partner, played a recurring role on the show this season. 
- Jack Coleman joined the cast in a recurring role as Daniel Douglas Langston, as reported on Tuesday, September 24. 
- The cast went on a filming hiatus from November 12 - December 2, 2013. 
- Kerry Washington was pregnant with her first child during the second part of the season and since her character Olivia Pope is not pregnant, you can see them hiding the baby bump by making Kerry wear larger coats, hold big purses and stand behind objects and actors while filming.
- Also due to Kerry's pregnancy, the overall episode order was trimmed from 22 to 18.
- For her performance as Olivia Pope in this season, Kerry Washington won the Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and was nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild Award, Best Actress in a Television Series at the Golden Globe Awards, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
- Dylan Minnette and Madeline Carroll joined the cast to play Jerry Grant Jr. and Karen Grant respectively.
- Nazanin Boniadi and Khandi Alexander debut in recurring roles in this season.
Cast Promotional Photos
- → See and enjoy 120 pictures of Season 3 Cast Promos at Images of Season 3 Cast Promos.
- → For more images from Season Three, see the Category:Season Three Images page
Behind the Scenes
- → See and enjoy 80 pictures from Season 3 BTS at Images from Season 3 BTS.
Season Three Promo Video
- → For more videos from Season Three, see the Category:Season 3 Videos page
- ↑ http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2013/06/scott-foley-upped-to-series-regular-on-abcs-scandal/
- ↑ https://twitter.com/kerrywashington/statuses/358258843479834625
- ↑ http://www.shondaland.com/photos/380549?wsref=tw
- ↑ http://cartermatt.com/74711/abcs-scandal-season-3-spoilers-filming-starts-and-why-you-should-care/
- ↑ http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/lisa-kudrow-joins-abc-drama-scandal/
- ↑ http://www.examiner.com/article/abc-s-scandal-season-3-casts-heroes-alum-jack-coleman
- ↑ https://twitter.com/merrieats/statuses/399576786989641731
- ↑ http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/11/14/kerry-washington-pregnancy-scandal-olivia-pope-baby/
- ↑ http://tvline.com/2014/02/05/scandal-cast-fitz-mellie-kids-dylan-minnette-madeline-carroll/