'Scandal' season premiere recap: 'Are We Gladiators, or Are We Bitches?'

Olivia Pope is in crisis. Fitz is brooding. Cyrus is scheming. Mellie is manipulating. Rowan is terrifying. Jake is... missing.

Scandal. Is. Back.

And it all starts with a question central to the Shonda Rhimes thriller: Can a fixer fix her own problems? The answer: Sort of -- if she has a team of Gladiators backing her up.

One of the night's biggest surprises arrives right out of the gate: Olivia and Fitz's affair was reported by... Vanessa Chandler of the Post's style section. A style reporter? That's who brought down the great Olivia Pope? Cyrus clutches the newspaper in question, which boasts the headline "First Mistress" (we have to give it to that copy editor). "It's just one source, but it's a good source," Chandler reveals. WHO IS IT?

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