Kerry Washington
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With the president’s life still in limbo, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) finds herself taking charge in the White House once again on tonight’s winter finale of Scandal. As Olivia picks up the pieces following Fitz’s shooting, and returns to her old political post, she forgoes high fashion for her own form of armor—the pant suit. “She’s very tailored and put together. I try to think about the way she dresses as she’s a powerhouse,” Washington told InStyle.com at a recent HFPA luncheon. And you can bet Olivia will need all the power and strength she can muster! See a sneak peek at tonight’s episode (spoilers ahead) and tune in at 10 p.m. EST on ABC for the not-to-be-missed winter finale of Scandal. After tonight, the drama returns on January 10th.

— Angela Salazar, with reporting by Lindzi Scharf