Scandal Scales Back Season 3 Episode Order

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When it comes to Kerry Washington's pregnancy, ABC has it handled.

But not in a way that will make many Scandal fans happy.

Olivia, All Alone

Because the show's lead is expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, the network announced this week that Scandal Season 3 will only be comprised of 18 episodes; that's four fewer than the initial order.

That's the bad news.

The good news? Imagine all the sheer craziness and suspense that Shonda Rhimes will now need to cram in to each installment in order to include every storyline development!

On Thursday, Scandal Season 3 Episode 10 will air and mark the show's midseason finale. Watch the official promo here:

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Scandal Quotes

I am not a toy that you can play with when you're bored or lonely or horny. I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, earn me! Until then, we are done.

Olivia

Olivia: I don't want normal, and easy, and simple. I want..
Edison: What? What do you want, Olivia?
Olivia: I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love. Don't you want that, too?
Edison: Love is not supposed to be painful or devastating. Love isn't supposed to hurt, Liv.