Scandal (season 3)

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Scandal (season 3)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18[1]
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Original runOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) – present (present)
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Scandal (season 3)
Scandal Season 3.jpg
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18[1]
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Original runOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) – present (present)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 2
Next →
List of Scandal episodes

The third season of the American television drama series Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes, began on October 3, 2013, on ABC. The season premiere had 10.5 million total viewers, up 71 percent from last season's start in September 2012.[2][3] Repeats air on BET.[4]

Production[edit]

Scandal was renewed for a third season on May 10, 2013.[5] Along with other ABC dramas, this season is being split into two runs of uninterrupted episodes, the first consisting of ten episodes. The second run of 12 uninterrupted episodes is expected to begin February 27, 2014.[6] On December 7, 2013, ABC Studios, announced that due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy, the episode order would be trimmed from 22 to 18.[1]

On June 14, 2013, Scott Foley was promoted to regular as of the third season.[7] Casting for Lisa Kudrow was announced on August 28,[8] and revealed as Congresswoman Josephine Marcus for multiple episodes.[9] Paul Adelstein, Sally Pressman, and Jack Coleman also joined the cast as recurring.[10][11][12] On November 5, 2013, Khandi Alexander was cast in a recurring role as Olivia's Mom for multiple episodes arc.[13][14][15]

Cast[edit]

Regular cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
301"It's Handled"Tom VericaShonda RhimesOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)10.52[17]
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. Her father Rowan Eli Pope, who turns out to be the leader of B613, sends her into hiding, but Cyrus convinces Olivia to stay. Olivia then uses the emergency code the President gave her to force a secret meeting with Mellie and Fitz, in which they come up with an explanation about the affair. Meanwhile, Olivia’s team and Cyrus join forces to save Olivia and Fitz. They leak a video, which accuses White House employee Jeannine Locke of being Fitz’s potential mistress. The news shocks Olivia as she takes on Locke as her client. Mellie correctly deduces that Fitz was the one who leaked Liv’s identity, so that she would lose her leverage. 
312"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"Allison Liddi-BrownHeather MitchellOctober 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)9.01[18]
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. She asks the President to release Jake, but he is shocked to learn that he has no authority over B613. He tells B613 through Cyrus that he will claim Locke as his mistress in exchange for releasing Jake. Mellie later convinces Locke to lie for money. But before she could do it, the President personally appears on television to make that claim. Jake is then released. Cyrus learns from Rowan the truth about Operation Remington. Through flashbacks, the origins of Olivia's distant relationship with Rowan are revealed. They only met on Sunday for dinner. After Olivia showed interest in Huck, he ordered B613 to kidnap him. She later uncovered the truth about B613 and forced him to release Huck. She canceled the Sunday meeting in disgust. 
323"Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington"Jeannot SzwarcMatt ByrneOctober 17, 2013 (2013-10-17)9.51[19]
A mother who refuses to accept the government’s claim that her dead son is a terrorist hires Pope & Associates. Later, the mother takes Olivia and a congressman hostage at the Capitol with a bomb. Olivia’s team and David try to uncover the truth while racing against time. They manage to force the government to secretly admit that he is a deep cover CIA operative sent to infiltrate Al-Qaeda and his death is a mistake, but his true identity cannot be revealed for national security reasons. Olivia is forced to lie, causing the mother to commit suicide. Meanwhile, Huck attempts to kill Rowan after learning from Olivia that he is B613 command, but Rowan makes Huck kill Pete Foster, who earlier attempted to break in the Oval Office to talk to the President about Remington. 
334"Say Hello to My Little Friend"Oliver BokelbergMark FishOctober 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)8.62[20]
Olivia pushes Jake away and refuses to go against B613 after realizing her father’s ability to control Huck. Struggling to find clients, Pope & Associates takes on Senator Meyers who was accused of murdering a girl who he had sent explicit photos to. He is cleared of the crime after Olivia’s team discredits the girl and has the wife testify as his alibi during the trial. However, Olivia is able to figure out that the wife was the murderer. Mellie insults Democratic congresswoman Josephine Marcus not knowing the mic is still on, turning her into a viable threat. Cyrus manages to find dirt on Marcus. Meanwhile, Jake attempts to gather evidences about Operation Remington. Huck later takes interest after realizing Foster is a part of Remington and joins Jake. They force Olivia to look at the evidences. President Grant meets Rowan to discuss Remington. 
345"More Cattle, Less Bull"Randy ZiskJenna BansOctober 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)9.18[21]
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. Democratic Congresswoman Josie Marcus hires Olivia when details of her teen pregnancy is getting out. Olivia’s team fails to contain it, forcing Marcus to admit the truth during the Democratic debate. She fires Olivia. During the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Mellie asks Olivia to come back and lead the re-election campaign. Marcus, realizing her mistake, also tries to get Olivia back. Meanwhile, Jake and Huck learn the truth about Operation Remington, implying a correlation between President Grant's fighter jet in Iceland and the crash of the passenger plane Olivia’s mother was flying on. Vice President Sally Langston seeks Bergan’s advice on whether or not she should run as a third-party/independent candidate. 
356"Icarus"Julie Anne RobinsonPeter NoahNovember 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)8.66[22]
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. Rowan, realizing Jake is the one looking into Remington, plots to have him killed while pushing Cy to take down Marcus. Marcus’ campaign desperately needs money and endorsements, but she prefers to play nice, prompting Liv’s team to use a fake ad to toughen her image in front of the national media. Cy tries to turn Harrison against Liv but it fails. Jake meets with his contact who he asked to look for evidence on Remington, but it turns out to be Rowan’s trap to kill Jake, who is saved by a man sent by the President. Cy learns of Sally Langston’s treachery while Rowan is slowly turning a deranged Quinn into an assassin through Charlie. 
367"Everything's Coming Up Mellie"Michael KatlemanPeter NowalkNovember 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)9.04[23]
Mellie seeks to bolster her public image with a compelling news interview. Meanwhile, Huck tries to create distance between himself and Quinn. Cyrus schemes to take down Sally and flashbacks reveal how Fitz, Mellie and Cyrus first joined forces. 
378"Vermont is for Lovers, Too"Ava DuVernayMark WildingNovember 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)8.93[24]
Josie's campaign faces a potential crisis, so Olivia's team attempt to manage it while also trying to get to the bottom of Operation Remington. Elsewhere, Cyrus fails to think of the collateral damage that could result from his plotting Sally's downfall. 
389"YOLO"Oliver BokelbergChris Van DusenDecember 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)8.27[25]
As the team gets closer to the truth, loyalties are tested and relationships are pushed to the limit. Meanwhile, Cyrus has to deal with his own crisis and he realizes that he may have gone too far. 
3910"A Door Marked Exit"Tom VericaZahir McGheeDecember 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)9.22[26]
Now that the truth is out there, things will never be the same and everyone will have to face the consequences of their actions 
4011"Ride, Sally, Ride"[27]Tom Verica [28]February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)[1][29][30]
4112Randy Zisk [31]March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)[32]
Special
no.
TitleAired betweenOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
1"The Secret is Out""White Hat's Back On" (Episode 29, season two finale)
"It's Handled" (Episode 30, season three premiere)
October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)5.75[17]

Reception[edit]

The season premiere returned with generally favorable reviews from critics, with many commenting that the show lived up to and if anything surpassed the high bar set by the previous season.[33][34][35][36] In social media, the season premiere delivered 712,877 tweets, making Scandal #1 most social series on Thursday night.[37]

Ratings[edit]

Live and DVR ratings[edit]

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No. in
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EpisodeAir dateTime slot (EST)Rating/Share (18–49)Viewers (m)18–49 rankViewership rankDVR 18-49DVR viewers (millions)Total 18–49Total viewers (millions)
301"It's Handled"October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)Thursdays
10:00 P.M.
3.6/10[17]10.52[17]10[38]19[38]1.3[39]3.32[39]4.9[39]13.84[39]
312"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)3.1/9[18]9.01[18]8[40]24[40]1.5[41]3.76[41]4.6[41]12.76[41]
323"Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington"October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17)3.3/10[19]9.51[19]7[42]19[42]1.6[43]3.94[43]4.9[43]13.45[43]
334"Say Hello to My Little Friend"October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)2.9/8[20]8.62[20]15[44]N/A1.6[45]4.02[45]4.5[45]12.64[45]
345"More Cattle, Less Bull"October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)2.9/9[21]9.18[21]11[46]23[46]1.7[47]3.89[47]4.6[47]13.07[47]
356"Icarus"November 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)2.8/8[22]8.66[22]12[48]N/A1.6[49]4.16[49]4.4[49]12.81[49]
367"Everything's Coming Up Mellie"November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)2.9/9[23]9.04[23]12[50]25[50]N/AN/AN/AN/A
378"Vermont is for Lovers, Too"November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)2.9/8[24]8.93[24]N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
389"YOLO"December 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)3.0/8[25]8.27[25]N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
3910"A Door Marked Exit"December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)3.2/10[26]9.22[26]N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
4011"Ride, Sally, Ride"February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

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