Scandal Season Premiere Pics: Is It Handled?

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The battle will begin on Thursday, October 3.

With the Scandal Season 3 premiere just weeks away, ABC has released the first photos from an episode aptly titled "It's Handled."

How will Olivia and company deal with her secret out in the world? What "surprise allegiance," as teased by ABC, will be former in order to get things taken care of? And how will Olivia's father play a role on the suspense-filled opener?

We don't actually know. But we do know Cyrus will do some kissing, Olivia will do some worrying and Fitz will do some drinking on the premiere. Click through pictures from the opener now:

David and Harrison
Alone in the Oval Office
A Needed Drink
A Scandal Smooch
Handling Mellie
News for Fitz
Will  Be Handled?

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Scandal Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

Olivia: You shouldn't be here?
David: Why? Because I'm the US Attorney for the District of Columbia and may be asked to investigate the President's affair with you? I left that hat at the door.

[to Olivia] I am a monster, but honey, I am your monster.