Scandal: Season 3 (2013 - 2014)

Season 3

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Scandal finds its footing in season three, allowing its characters to blossom and providing the kind of intrigue that makes serialized television so addictive.



Critic Ratings: 22


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Air date: Oct 3, 2013

In the third-season opener, an unexpected allegiance forms in the wake of the revelation about Fitz's mistress. Meanwhile, a determined Rowan allows no one to prevent him from carrying out his orders.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2013

The origins of Olivia's distant relationship with her dad are revealed through flashbacks. Meanwhile, the White House and Olivia's firm continue to try to fix the damage they've done.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2013

A mom from the Midwest hires Olivia's firm under curious circumstances, and soon things take a perilous turn. Elsewhere, Fitz and Mellie share their honest feelings about one another.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2013

A philandering senator who takes risqué photos of himself becomes Olivia's latest client. Elsewhere, Mellie becomes entangled in a scandal with a congresswoman.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Olivia's team investigate a congresswoman. Meanwhile, Olivia and Mellie have an unexpected encounter at the White House Correspondents' Dinner; and Jake and Huck learn more about Operation Remington.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Olivia's team continue working with Josie, whom Cyrus and Mellie scheme to take down. Meanwhile, Harrison's loyalties are tested; and Olivia has to make a crucial choice that will impact all of her White House relationships.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2013

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.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

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.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Team loyalties are tested as Olivia's crew uncovers a truth. Elsewhere, Cyrus tries to manage his own crisis, which may have gotten out of hand.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2013

Lasting changes occur in the wake of a truth being exposed, and the individuals involved deal with the repercussions.

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As series 3 of this political drama opens, the affair between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) threatens to become a full-blown scandal until Cyrus (Jeff Perry) and Olivia's team find a way to spin things. However, other major problems continue to surface, including the dangerous moves made by B613, which is run by Olivia's estranged father, Rowan (Joe Morton); and secrets surrounding the mysterious Operation Remington. Meanwhile, as the presidential election gets underway, Cyrus and Mellie (Bellamy Young) work on Fitz's re-election campaign; Olivia tries to help Congresswoman Josephine Marcus (Lisa Kudrow); and Cyrus attempts to plot the downfall of Vice President Sally Langston (Kate Burton).

Cast & Crew

Tony Goldwyn
President Fitzgerald Grant
Bellamy Young
Mellie Grant
Columbus Short
Harrison Wright
Darby Stanchfield
Abby Whelan
Joshua Malina
David Rosen
Scott Foley
Captain Jacob "Jake" Ballard
Katie Lowes
Quinn Perkins
Jeff Perry
Cyrus Beene
Kate Burton
Vice President Sally Langston
Sharmila Devar
Lauren Wellman
Jon Tenney
Governor Andrew Nichols
Jack Coleman
Daniel Douglas Langston
Shonda Rhimes
Executive Producer
Betsy Beers
Executive Producer
Matt Byrne
Heather Mitchell
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Critic Reviews for Scandal Season 3

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14)

Many of its plot swings make no sense, and too much of the action is explained by characters in breathless monologues. But for fans of pure soap opera drama, there was no better outlet

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Scandal took a hammer to itself and in the process rebooted the show for its potential fourth season.

Oct 17, 2017 | Full Review…

One of the night's biggest surprises arrives right out of the gate.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Both Olivia and Fitz look to be suffering from the world's worst case of cabin fever, and cabin fever is as good a metaphor as any for the show these days.

Jun 26, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Show creator Shonda Rhimes is a genius when it comes to letting out snippets of information.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

If you were playing any kind of Scandal drinking game last night, you have my sympathy this morning.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

There's no doubt that Scandal is immensely watchable and entertaining. Even the poorly constructed episodes, like this one, are fun to sit through because of the world and characters that Shonda Rhimes has brought to life.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Scandal's third season finale did just about everything right.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Quick, someone find us an inhaler because we're still having trouble breathing after Scandal's season three premiere.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The Scandal family was not kidding about those last 30 seconds! Day-um.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It was a nice break for the show and a welcome return to the procedural format that the series favored in its first season.

Oct 26, 2013 | Full Review…

This was an action, drama, and angst filled hour of Scandal. Loved it.

Oct 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scandal: Season 3

  • Feb 01, 2017
    Scandal finds its footing in season three, allowing its characters to blossom and it shocks without skimping on story and characters.
  • Apr 29, 2016
    That's it I give up... How this thing is making it to its 5th season is beyond me. Somebody must have told the director that sex, blood and screaming sells and she applied it to the letter. It's set like clockwork: stupid dialogue, sex, crazy twists, sex, people shouting for no reason, sex, people getting killed for no reason, sex, stupid dialogue... As for the actors I don't know if the bad overacting is innate or imposed but it felt like they were going to dramatize the act of taking a piss any second : "Fitz, this needs to stop right now! I have to leave you, even if you're the master command of the free world!! Oh kumbaya my lord!!! I have to go, I have no choice, I have drunk too much ice tea and need to pee ASAP!! We must take a rain check on this super secret meeting!!!!"
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Advertised as a political Thriller, this is more like a Political Soap Opera. Annoyingly verbose, almost all characters speak exactly the same, the President of the US rarely stops behaving like an infatuated teenager (Literally, at some point I had to fastforward the redundant pseudo-love scenes between Olivia and Fitz)... There is an interesting story or corruption and intrigue running behind the heavy melodrama, but it remains behind from beginning to end. Oh, and the patriotism...! Don't you hate any narrative which repeats over and over that the US president is the leader of the 'free world'? Obnoxious!
  • Apr 03, 2015
    Although sometimes I am entertained by it , It's hard to watch this show.KW overact all the time as super Olivia Pope.The whole plot, a president behaving as a teen in love is hard to swallow...The best surprise is Scott Foley, seriously handsome!
  • Aug 07, 2014
    I love this season 3. I want Fitz to bust with jealousy in season 4.
  • Aug 04, 2014
    Scandal is an exciting thrill! The actors are amazing especially Kerry Washington. The plot of the movie is great and each episode leaves you with question and extreme curiosity. This is the best show of the decade.
  • Jun 29, 2014
    Actually the worst season of TV I've seen. And I liked the first 2 seasons.
  • Jun 08, 2014
    love this show, if they'd kill off 'over acting, too much hand acting" nellie & it would be even better-that and lose the slow repeat of the big line-THE-SLOW--REPEAT--OF--THE--BIG--LINE!!!!! we'd be golden
  • Jun 06, 2014
    The first 10 episodes were fantastic and the finale was very wtf happened in between? With the way the finale ended, I'm hoping Season 4 does something completely fresh and new.
  • May 16, 2014
    Oh, Scandal, you are so addicting. Thank you for the plot twists that keep us on the edges of our seats. Cannot wait for season 4.

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