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Season Three
Season 3 poster
Episodes 18 [1]
Premiere Episode It's Handled [1]
Premiere Date October 3, 2013 [2]

Season Guide

Season Two
Shonda Rhimes posted on twitter on May 10, 2013 that ABC ordered a third season of Scandal. Horray gladiator and fans we get another season of the "OMG moments". Premiere date has been announced, Thursday, October 3rd; with a full 22 episodes ordered. The first half (first ten episodes) will air back-to-back, a short break, then the season will end with the last half (last twelfth episodes) also back-to-back. [3]

ABC has reduced Scandal's episode order this season from 22 to 18 episodes. ABC didn't give an official reason, but this cutback is likely due to the pregnancy of star Kerry Washington. [4]


  • The writers of Scandal begin working on season three stories on May 20, 2013 - only four days after the season two finale.
  • Scott Foley (Jake Ballard) has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming third season. [5]
  • The writers took a break from story plotting in early June. [6]
  • The writers returned to the writers room on Wednesday, July 10th. [7]
  • The title of the season premiere has been released, It's Handled, which was written by Shonda Rhimes and will be directed by Tom Verica. [8]
  • The first table read took place on Thursday, July 18, 2013. [9]
  • The OPA officer sets are in prep for Season Three. [10]
  • On Friday, July 19th the cast of Scandal got together for the official Season Three publicity photoshoot. [11] And on Thursday, July 25 the cast got together for a "super secret" photo shoot. [12]
  • Filming for season three began on Monday, July 22. [13][14]
  • Grey's Anatomy alum Debbie Allen is rumored to direct an episode of Scandal. [15]
  • Jeff Perry (Cyrus Beene) officially announced on twitter that he will be directing an episode this season. [16]
  • Tony Goldwyn chatted with Renee Bargh from Extra about the upcoming season on August 22, 2013. [17]
  • Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky's (James Novak) producing partner, will have a recurring role on the show this coming season. [18] News about her role have been revealed. [19]
  • Jack Coleman will be joining the cast in a recurring role as Daniel Douglas, as reported on Tuesday, September 24. [20]
  • Kerry Washington confirmed in a very cautious way that Columbus' character (Harrison Wright) will be getting a love interest this season. [21]
  • The cast went on a filming hiatus from November 12 - December 2, 2013. [22]
  • The production team opted not to write in Kerry Washington's pregnancy into the show; instead they'll be hiding her fast growing baby bump! [23]
  • Adam Shapiro, husband of series regular Katie Lowes (Quinn Perkins), will be reprising his role as Jesse Tyler in the second half of the season. [24]
  • The "First Kids" have been cast. Dylan Minnette will play Jerry Grant, Jr. and Madeline Carroll will play Karen Grant.[25] Both have appeared on ABC's Lost and Grey's Anatomy. They make their debut appearance in Mama Said Knock You Out.
  • Nazanin Boniadi debuts in a recurring role upon the return of the last eight episodes of the season. Information on her character is being kept under wraps.[26]

Table ReadsEdit

(These are provided dates of when the cast & crew read the script as a group. These are NOT the air dates!)

FUN FACT: At table reads Shonda Rhimes has a specific seating assignments for the cast. "When plots thicken, the seating arrangements change."[47]


Series CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Supporting CastEdit

Recurring CastEdit

Season CastEdit

Supporting CastEdit

Recurring CastEdit

Guest CastEdit

  • Cynthia Stevenson as Mary Nesbitt
  • Mark Moses as Congressman Jim Struthers
  • Ernie Hudson as FBI Commander Randolph Boles
  • Teri Reeves as Kate
  • Lauren Stamile as Carla Steele

Production CreditsEdit

Beginning CreditsEdit

End CreditsEdit

(This list is a selected list based off of the persons job/title and is listed in order of credit.)

  • Costume Designer- Lyn Elizabeth Paolo
  • Consultant- Chris Garrett
  • Executive Story Editor- Matt Byrne
  • Executive Story Editor- Zahir Mchee
  • Story Editor- Chris Van Dussen
  • Co-Producer- Noah Evslin
  • Associate Producer- Holden Chang
  • Casting by- Linda Lowry, C.S.A. & Will Stewart
  • Location Manager- Veronique Vowell
  • Legal Consultant- Bruce Cormicle, Esq.


Sneak PeeksEdit

Episode 301 Sneak Peek(01:10)
Episode 301- Liv meets up with Fitz in a secret location!
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Season Three PromoEdit


# Image Title Airdate
01 301-temp2 It's Handled October 3, 2013
Only 22 minutes have passed between the second season finale and the start of the third season. Rowan Pope has taken his daughter, Olivia Pope, to her disappear for a while; but Cyrus convinces her otherwise! The gladiators offer to help their boss out, but she turns them down; so Harrison takes the lead and the gladiators begin to look for a solution, while Olivia is trying to secure OPA's clients.

At The White House Cyrus is busy trying to manage the crisis, while he was searching to find out who talked to a reporter. After James gives him a hint, Cyrus recruits Mellie for her help. Communications staffer Jeannine Locke works to manage the press who are bombarding her for details.

Fitz, Olivia and Mellie meet in a secret location to discuss how "they" want to handle the crisis and what to tell the press. After some aggression from Mellie they eventually come up with a plan they all agree to. Cyrus begins to take drastic matters and information about Olivia's past is revealed. Harrison contacts Cyrus before he can put his plan into motion. Olivia grills her dad about where Jake Ballard is.

Moments before Fitz & Mellie are going to talk to the press some information about a White House staffer is publicly revealed. It’s discovered who outed Olivia’s name; ending with Rowan revealing information about Cyrus and Jake's past!!!

To read the full recap click here.

02 302-pic2 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner October 10, 2013
Flashbacks reveal more about Olivia's relationship with her father, Eli Pope and a little more about her past relationship with Edison Davis. Through the flashbacks we see how Olivia and David Rosen first met. And more about Olivia’s relationship with homeless Huck is shown.

Back in the present, The White House and Olivia Pope & Associates work to clean up the mess they created by outing Jeannine's name to the press. Olivia plans to have Jeannine speak to the press and deny the affair, while Cyrus & Mellie push Fitz to hold a press conference and admit to the affair.

Meanwhile, Olivia works to get Jake free from "the hole." After the gladiators meet Daddy Pope Quinn goes looking into Olivia's past; but Huck tries to stop her, until she comes across something that involves him.

Huck learns shocking information Olivia kept from him… what could it be??? And what action will he take! Read the recap to find out.

03 303-pic2 Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington October 17, 2013
A mother from the Midwest – Mary Nesbitt – hires Pope & Associates under mysterious conditions; Mellie and Fitz confess their true feelings. Meanwhile, Jake recuperates at Olivia's apartment.

After a man nearly bursts into the Oval Office ranting about "Operation Remington" Mellie & Fitz are escorted back to the bunker. Cyrus contacts Rowan; Rowan asks an “old” friend to take care of the ranting man.

Mary Nesbitt walks into Capital Hill with a bomb strapped to herself ranting about how her son was murdered by the FBI. She’s holding a Congressman, six of his aides and Olivia hostage. Olivia plays negotiator with Mary and the FBI negotiator.

Huck has gone MIA from Pope & Associates since his last encounter with Olivia; instead of coming to work he trails Command aka Olivia’s father, Eli Pope!!!

To read the full recap click here.

04 304-pic2 Say Hello to My Little Friend October 24, 2013
During a struggle to find clients, Pope & Associates agree to work with a philandering senator who has taken explicit photos of himself and is on trial for murder; they go up against newly appointed US Attorney David Rosen.

Mellie ends up in a scandal of her own with Congresswoman Josephine Marcus and Fitz learns a friend from his time in the navy committed suicide.

Meanwhile, Jake worries about Olivia's relationship with her father,
Eli Pope aka Command aka Rowan. Quinn worries about Huck, Abby and David spark up their relationship.

And Fitz pays a surprising visit to an old friend...WHO???

To read the full recap click here.

05 305-pic1 More Cattle, Less Bull October 31, 2013
The team investigates Democratic Congresswoman Josephine Marcus after she hires them to "fix" a problem from her past. Governor Samuel Reston returns for re-election where he goes head-to-head in the Democratic Presidential Debate against Congresswoman Marcus.

Fitz & Jake have fun playing basketball, while Olivia and Mellie have a surprising run-in during The White House Correspondents' dinner. And Abby & David (aka DAbby) continue with there relationship struggles.

Cyrus and Mellie meet with campaign manager Leo Bergen for Fitz's re-election campaign, he turns them down. Vice President Sally Langston later corners Mr. Bergen, in an odd location, about her "hypothetically" running for President as an Independent candidate.

Meanwhile, Jake and Huck get closer to the truth about Operation Remington. Huck finds out some shocking information that will SHOCK Olivia's world!!!

To read the full recap click here.

06 306-pic1 Icarus November 7, 2013
Olivia is still stunned about what Huck & Jake told her about her mother's death. She flashbacks to the last memories she has of her mother. But work must continue at Pope & Associates, so Liv finally makes a decision between Fitz and Josie Marcus.

Sally has a strategy meeting with Leo Bergen about running for president. In the meantime Mellie and Fitz must sit through a dinner with Sally and her husband Daniel Douglas, who as it turns out has a flaw of his own.

Cyrus threatens Harrison to get OPA to leave Josie and come back to run Fitz's reelection campaign. His loyalties are tested; not sure what to do he turns for help from the one member of OPA you'd least suspect. Huck continues to push Quinn away, so she takes her frustration out using her new toy and runs into an old foe in the process. Meanwhile, Charlie returns to recruit someone for B613 on Rowan's orders. And Jake seeks out help from an old navy friend to get more proof about the plane crash Olivia’s mother was killed in.

Olivia still wants answers, but is too afraid to call her dad out of fear that he'll kill Huck, Jake and even her. After getting nothing from Fitz Olivia calls Eli, but he only gives her ONE question… what did she ask?

To read the full recap click here.

07 Scandal-general-pic Everything's Coming Up Mellie November 14, 2013
Flashbacks 15 years into the past, at the beginning of Fitz's political career reveal a lot about how Mellie became who she is. Jerry Grant attempts to hire Cyrus Beene to run Fitz's campaign. Back in the present Mellie is giving a tour interview of the White House to help boost her image in the public eye. Fitz keeps letting her down, but at the final interview he comes to her rescue and stands up for his wife.

Olivia finally updates the OPA team – Harrison, Abby & Quinn – about what she's learned about her mother's death, who becomes their newest client. They search for any of the airline employees that worked when Flight 522 boarded. Jake helps out the team.

Meanwhile Quinn is still looking for that adrenaline high; she continues to hang out with Charlie, unbeknownst to Huck. Her relatonship with Charlie starts to become more than just mentor/mentee. But her bloodlust could put her in serious danger. And Rowan pays a surprising visit to a prisoner… who could it be?

To read the full recap click here.

08 308-pic2 Vermont is for Lovers, Too November 21, 2013
Olivia and the team handle a crisis at Josie Marcus' residences, Candi's campaign laptop was stolen. Harrison is sent to baby sit Candace, but he does a lot more than that! Meanwhile, Huck and Jake continue to look more into Operation Remington and trying to I.D. who murdered the security guard that could answer questions about the flight Olivia's mother was on. Little do they know the killer is against them… Quinn!!!

At the White House Cyrus and Mellie continue to plot against Sally. Fitz takes a detour to Vermont, he shows Olivia something special. Mellie becomes suspicious again. Rowan tells Maya more about their daughter. She demands to see Olivia, but after he refuses she does something drastic. Charlie reminds Quinn that he owns her.

Huck learns the truth about Quinn!!! How will he act??? Olivia gets a surprising visit from someone she never suspected she'd see again!

To read the full recap click here.



YOLO December 5, 2013
With Mama Pope back in Olivia's life, she starts to have flashbacks of the last day she saw her mom, trying so hard to put the puzzle together of why she left and what she really left for. The answer leaves her stunned! Meanwhile, Huck begins to interrogate Quinn using his old techniques that he learned from his days at B-613. But to start off he does something a little different and odd! Charlie saves the day.

At the White House Sally prepares to resign as the Vice President and announce her run for the first female President as an independent candidate. And Cyrus stays in a holding pattern with the pictures of Daniel Douglas and James, which ends up blowing up in his face. Daniel Douglas confronts James about what happened with the two of them.

All of that and more ending with Sally doing something sinful, Olivia saying goodbye to a loved one and Quinn about to do something catastrophic that could hurt Olivia!

To read the full recap click here.

10 Scandal-general-pic A Door Marked Exit December 12, 2013


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