Because Scandal Season 3 is a shortened season, Season 3, Episode 17 ("Flesh and Blood") is the penultimate episode of the year — and on this show, you know that means the crazy dial will be turned up to 11.

What kind of action can we expect as the show speeds to a close for the year? Here's what the official synopsis has to say about the episode:

"A security breach calls for an all hands on deck situation at OPA. Fitz’s re-election campaign becomes stalled and he considers going against Olivia’s advice. Meanwhile, Adnan and Maya continue to plot their next move."

OK, so that doesn't reveal a lot, but it does hint at an action packed episode. A security breach? That definitely can't be good. Is it linked to Adnan and Maya, or does someone else mess with Pope and Associates? Quinn, maybe?

Also, Fitz thinking about going against Olivia's advice sounds like trouble. Really, when does that  ever work out for him? Always listen to Liv, Fitz!

What do you think of this synopsis? Share your theories in the comments below!

Source: ABC

Catch this episode of Scandal on Thursday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!