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Scandal: Well, At Least Jake Isn't Dead

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Scandal Recap: Jake Ballard Is Alive – But Is He Back with Olivia Pope?

Originally posted 04/23/2015 11:20PM

Shondaland lost its original leading man Thursday night when Dr. Derek Shepherd was killed off Grey's Anatomy moments after doing what he did best: saving lives.

And yes, we shed our share of tears during that "Chasing Cars" montage.

Luckily for Gladiators, Scandal star Scott Foley was totally tricking us with last week's Twitter troll. Despite basically being stabbed on every inch of his body, Captain Jake Ballard was alive, if not quite well.

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Scandal, Are You Trolling Us? Twitter Reacts to Crazy Cliffhanger | Scandal

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Scandal Might Have Killed off [Spoiler]: Twitter Goes Berserk

Originally posted 04/17/2015 12:25AM

Thursday's episode of Scandal ended with a shocking twist and a major cliffhanger – even by the show's crazy standards.

At the end of "I'm Just a Bill," with a fan favorite's fate hanging in the balance, the Internet (egged on by Scandal's social media-savvy stars and producers) did what it does best: Hit the panic button.

Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen the latest episode: Pivotal plot details will be revealed.

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Scandal May Have Just Killed Off a Fan Favorite

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Scandal Recap: Olivia Pope's Ex May Have Just Been Murdered

Originally posted 04/16/2015 11:25PM

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) could really use some girl time.

It seems like all of Scandal's leading lady's problems trace back to the men in her life, from her diabolical father to her ex-lovers. But who would have thought she was sleeping with the enemy during her fling with the rando she picked up at a bar?

That's right, Gladiators: In the biggest #TGIT twist of the season, Liv's new man stabbed Jake (Scott Foley) – and it looks like the captain may really be gone for good.

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Scandal Recap: Olivia Saves a Man from Death Row, Jake Goes Insane | Kerry Washington

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Scandal Recap: Olivia Saves a Man from Death Row, Jake Goes Insane

Originally posted 04/02/2015 11:30PM

#TBT to that time Jake (Scott Foley) killed people ... a lot of people.

That was the gist of Thursday night's episode of Scandal, a stark reminder that, as sweetly as the one-time command treats Olivia (Kerry Washington), he's still a trained assassin.

Faced with David's (Joshua Malina) plan to prosecute B613, Jake went into what Huck (Guillermo Díaz) termed "survival mode" – or, as we at PEOPLE call it, a murderous rage.

Or did he? A last-minute twist revealed that it was really Papa Pope pulling all the strings. Olake shippers can breathe a sigh of relief, but it looks like our main Gladiator will have to deal with her daddy issues once and for all.

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Scandal Recap: Lena Dunham Goes Fifty Shades of Grey ... and Someone Gets Murdered | Scandal, Lena Dunham

Scandal Recap: Lena Dunham Goes Fifty Shades of Grey ... and Someone Gets Murdered

Originally posted 03/19/2015 11:25PM

Lena Dunham's Scandal debut started out as a Fifty Shades of Grey situation that Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) needed to fix.

And just when it looked like her character might be getting a Sex and the City ending, Huck (Guillermo Díaz) gave her a fate more suited for Law and Order: SVU.

Thursday's episode was all about feminist issues: the line between owning your sexuality and being abused, the scrutiny a successful woman is subjected to versus a man. Though the Girls creator met a tragic end, our heroine rediscovered her erotic power with – surprise! – a man besides Jake (Scott Foley) or Fitz (Tony Goldwyn).

That's right, Gladiators: Liv is officially a dominant.

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Scandal Recap: Olivia Grapples with PTSD, B613 Is Exposed | Scandal

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Scandal Recap: Olivia Grapples with PTSD, B613 Is Exposed

Originally posted 03/12/2015 11:15PM

Scandal's Gladiators better hold on to their white hats.

Thursday night's episode was mostly a set-up for the next swooping dramatic arc: The takedown of B613 (no, really this time), and possibly your favorite characters along with it.

"You gave me those files," Attorney General David Rosen (Joshua Malina) said in the penultimate scene. "You said, 'Go get the bad guys.' "

"Rosen, we are the bad guys," Jake (Scott Foley) replied.

"Not anymore," David insisted.

But is that really true? Because for all the good the employees of Pope & Associates do, their fixing hasn't exactly followed the letter of the law.

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Scandal Recap: Fitz and Mellie Plan Her Political Future as the Show Takes On Ferguson | Tony Goldwyn

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Scandal Recap: Fitz and Mellie Plan Her Political Future as the Show Takes On Ferguson

Originally posted 03/06/2015 12:25AM

In its first episode since Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) escape, Scandal didn't pull any punches.

The ABC drama doesn't openly discuss race often, but when it does – from Olivia's searing "I'm feeling a little, I don't know, Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson about this" jab to her father's mantra that she had to be "twice as good" – it's a raw reminder that, even in Shondaland, America is far from color-blind.

Thursday night's episode handled the shooting of a young, unarmed black man – a clear statement on Ferguson's Michael Brown – with profound grace, exploring police brutality, racial identity and grassroots activism from all sides.

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Dancing with the Stars: If the Mystery Contestant Isn't Chris Soules, We Have 5 Alternate Suggestions

UpdatePosted 03/03/2015 05:10PM

Dancing with the Stars: If the Mystery Contestant Isn't Chris Soules, We Have 5 Alternate Suggestions

Originally posted 03/03/2015 04:15PM

As Dancing with the Stars enters its 20th season in just two weeks, one very important question has yet to be answered: Who will dance alongside Witney Carson, the winner of last season's mirror-ball trophy?

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Scandal Recap: Which Character Returned to Rescue Olivia Pope?

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Scandal Recap: Which Character Returned to Rescue Olivia Pope?

Originally posted 02/19/2015 11:45PM

Washington's best white hat wearer finally got a white knight to save her – but who?

Fitz (Tony Goldwyn)? Jake (Scott Foley)? Her gladiators: Huck (Guillermo Díaz), Abby (Darby Stanchfield) and Quinn (Katie Lowes)? A returned Papa Pope (Joe Morton)? Or even a resurrected Harrison (Columbus Short)?

Nope. In an unexpected but truly lovely twist, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was rescued by Stephen (Henry Ian Cusick), who departed Scandal after season 1, apparently falling in with some resourceful Russian mobsters.

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Scandal Recap: Who Bought Olivia Pope? | Scandal

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Scandal Recap: Mama Pope Is Back, Olivia Is Sold

Originally posted 02/13/2015 01:15AM

And you think eBay is stressful.

Thursday night's episode of Scandal saw the nail-biting – and blood-splattering, but we'll get to that later – online bidding war over Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington).

Basically every terrorist ever wanted a piece of Pope, who's now publicly proven to be President Fitz's (Tony Goldwyn) weakness – and thus, the United States of America's.

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