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Recap: 'Scandal' heads to an explosive season 3 finale

It's time for some tough talk, Scandal. Ready?

I'm getting bored.

How much Olivia-Fitz back-and-forth can a viewer handle? How many more B613 agents can we keep track of? How many Russians does it take for us to actually care about the Mama Pope plot?

Scandal's shortened third season ends next Thursday, and while this season has contained some of the best moments of the series, it's also been one of the most convoluted and repetitive - and easier to lose interest in. Our advice for season 4? Get back to two or three major plot lines, and throw in some Case of the Week episodes.

The end of this episode (more interesting at least than last week's snoozefest) sets us up for a big, EXPLOSIVE (had to) finale, and we're actually on board with that. Wipe out a handful of characters, Scandal, and clear the slate. Also: Don't you dare kill Papa Pope!

In the spirit of envisioning a better show for season 4, here's our advice for what to keep/lose.

Don't care about anymore:

Still care about/want to see more of: