'Scandal': 10 Questions We Want Answered

Last season left us on the edges of our seats. Here's a list of things we need to know in season 3.

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope (ABC Scandal)

(The Root) -- It's almost Scandal time again, and those of us who survived the withdrawal are already planning our wine-and-popcorn parties for the premiere on Oct. 3. Last season's finale left us with tons of burning questions with which we've had to suffer for months. Now, with Scandal's return a mere 10 days away, we've made a list of the most pressing things we absolutely need to know.

1. What's the deal with Olivia's father?!

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Joe Morton as Olivia's father (ABC Scandal)

This is definitely the first order of business. That cliffhanger was a doozy, and the viewing audience had a collective coronary once they realized they'd have to wait months to find out what the heck is going on. When the new season premieres, we deserve to be delivered straight to the juice. We've waited patiently this long; it's only fair.

2. What's the deal with Harrison?

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Columbus Short as Harrison (ABC Scandal)

Harrison, Harrison, Harrison. Handsome, fast-talking, mysterious Harrison. Just who are you? What's your backstory? Why this iron-clad, unquestioning allegiance to Olivia, who is clearly unstable right now? We know nearly everyone else's story -- we even got a peek into Huck's road to sociopathy. If show creator Shonda Rhimes is saving the craziest story for last, this one has to be incredible.

3. When will Olivia come back to earth?

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope (ABC Scandal)

When we last saw Olivia (before you-know-who showed up), she was insisting that she was going to move into the White House and become Fitz's first lady and that no one in the nation would see a serious problem with that. Now, Olivia has been delusional often in this series, but this last leap took the cake. We miss the old Olivia, the one that was only marginally incapable of making any good decision in her own personal life. This one seems totally inept.

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