''Scandal,'' ''HIMYM,'' 9 more: Key episodes to revisit before new season (SPOILERS!)
Best Starting Point: ''Sweet Baby'' (101) Scandal begins with a bang. We're introduced to Olivia Pope and her badass team, and get to the ropes through the newbie associate Quinn. You'll be hooked by the time you meet the White House Intern crying Presidential affair.
Most Skippable: ''Beltway Unbuckled'' (204) The sexy title is sadly misleading. Not too much happens in this episode unless you love the Scandal of the Week formula. Mellie and Fitz fight. Abby and David make out. Snore.
Biggest Jaw-Dropper: ''Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" (214) Sure, the assassination attempt was bananas and the big season 2 finale reveal was awesome, but Fitz and Liv's passionate hate-sex at a Christening kind of takes the cake. There's even a slap.
Ultimate Game Changer: ''Nobody Likes Babies'' (213) Perhaps the best episode of the series, everything seems to come to a head halfway through season 2. Fitz's assassin is revealed, David Rosen figures out the election rigging, and Cyrus goes to shocking extremes to protect his legacy.
Finale Fall-Out: ''White Hat's Back On'' (222) Everyone was left a little altered after the season 2 finale. Quinn went full on Dexter and literally drilled into the mole. The shadowy figure who runs the sinister B613 organization is someone from Olivia's past, but we still don't know exactly what his endgame is. Olivia called things off with Fitz (again), but now the press knows that she was his mistress. Big changes are in store for the Gladiators and the Presidency now that the affair is public. The fixer suddenly has to fix her own crisis. Lindsey Bahr
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