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Season Three
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Episodes 18 [1]
Premiere Episode It's Handled [2]
Premiere Date October 3, 2013 [3]
Finale Episode The Price of Free and Fair Election [4]
Finale Date April 17, 2014 [5]

Season Guide

Season Two
Season Four

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. [6]
  • 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. [7]

Season Overview

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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Season News


Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Supporting characters are those who play a bigger part in storylines of the main characters; as well as Sally Langston & Rowan.

Recurring Cast

Season Cast

These actors/characters only appeared in this season.

Supporting Cast

Supporting characters are those who play a bigger part in storylines of the main characters and the overall season storyline.

Recurring Cast

Denotes that the character is deceased


01 | 30
"It's Handled" October 3, 2013
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Shonda Rhimes
After Olivia’s identity as President Grant’s mistress is leaked to the media in last season’s finale, her firm faces tremendous pressure as all her clients drop her in light of the scandal
02 | 31
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" October 10, 2013
Directed by: Allison Liddi-Brown - Written by: Heather Mitchell
Olivia’s team manages to find evidence that clears Locke and prepares her to go on television to dispute the claim. Rowan tells Liv to stop helping Locke or Jake will die.
03 | 32
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc - Written by: Matt Byrne
A mother who refuses to accept the government’s claim that her dead son was a terrorist hires Pope & Associates.
04 | 33
Directed by: Oliver Bokelberg - Written by: Mark Fish
Olivia pushes Jake away and refuses to go against B613 after realizing her father’s ability to control Huck.
05 | 34
"More Cattle, Less Bull" October 31, 2013
Directed by: Randy Zisk - Written by: Jenna Bans
President Grant and Rowan realize someone is looking into Operation Remington. Cyrus and Mellie work on Fitz’s re-election campaign and try to hire Leo Bergan as manager, but he refuses.
06 | 35
"Icarus" November 7, 2013
Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson - Written by: Peter Noah
Liv questions the President about his role in the downed aircraft, but he refuses to confirm or deny his involvement, prompting Liv to work for Josie Marcus, which shocks Mellie and Cy.
07 | 36
"Everything's Coming Up Mellie" November 14, 2013
Directed by: Michael Katleman - Written by: Peter Nowalk
Mellie is filmed for an in-depth interview to make a good publicity image of her and Fitz's relationship.
08 | 37
"Vermont is for Lovers, Too" November 21, 2013
Directed by: Ava DuVernay - Written by: Mark Wilding
After Rowan informs Maya that Olivia is looking for her, she begins to chew her wrists, ends up in a hospital bed, and manages to escape.
09 | 38
"YOLO" December 5, 2013
Directed by: Oliver Bokelberg - Written by: Chris Van Dusen
Huck tortures Quinn for betraying Olivia, but while pulling her teeth out, Olivia calls him and informs him that her mother is in her apartment.
10 | 39
"A Door Marked Exit" December 12, 2013
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Zahir McGhee
It is revealed that Daniel Douglas was about to leave Sally when she stabbed him in rage, and Cyrus helps to clean up the murder.
11 | 40
"Ride, Sally, Ride" February 27, 2014
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Raamla Mohamed
Chaos spreads at the White House when they learn that Sally is not resigning as Vice President, but rather plans to run against Fitz as a third party because she can’t support his immoral road.
12 | 41
Directed by: Oliver Bokelberg - Written by: Heather Mitchell
It's revealed that after Big Jerry raped Mellie 15 years ago, she attempted suicide. However, Andrew found her and saved her from dying.
13 | 42
"No Sun on the Horizon" March 27, 2014
Directed by: Randy Zisk - Written by: Matt Byrne
Panic begins to spread as Sally wants to reveal her secret about killing her husband in order to fix her relationship with God.
14 | 43
"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" March 20, 2014
Directed by: Paul McCrane - Written by: Mark Fish
James gets shot by Jake in order to protect the secret of Sally Langston killing her husband. David agrees to keep quiet about what just happened.
15 | 44
"Mama Said Knock You Out" March 27, 2014
Directed by: Tony Goldwyn - Written by: Zahir McGhee
The Grant kids arrive to the White House for an interview with the whole Grant family. Conflicts arise when it is revealed that Jerry and Karen don't understand why Mellie stays with Fitz after his infidelity.
16 | 45
"The Fluffer" April 3, 2014
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc - Written by: Chris Van Dusen & Raamla Mohamed
While Olivia is with her father trying to figure out how to take down B613, Abby is serving as Olivia's proxy at the White House.
17 | 46
"Flesh and Blood" April 10, 2014
Directed by: Debbie Allen - Written by: Severiano Canales & Miguel Nolla
OPA teams up with Rowan in order to find Maya, and both Charlie and Quinn are called in by Jake. They figure out that to find Maya, they have to find the man she loves; Dominic.
18 | 47
Directed by: Tom Verica - Written by: Shonda Rhimes & Mark Wilding
The bomb goes off in the church, but not before Fitz evacuates the funeral with help from Jake. Sally takes advantage of the situation by helping victims, which helps her reach the top of the polls.


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