October 01, 2015 09:00 AM

Can Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) fix her own Scandal?

Last week, she and President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) seemed to finally be making strides toward a healthy relationship – until footage of Olivia and the still-married leader of the free world’s sexy PDA made its way to national TV.

In an exclusive sneak peek of Thursday’s episode, Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi) tells Fitz that the White House has ruled out an external security breach, meaning someone on the inside betrayed him. But Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) warns the leak is “not the issue.”

“I’ve got a room full of press getting rowdier by the minute. There’s blood in the water,” she says. “We’re gonna need a game plan, we’re gonna need a statement, we’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Fitz, unimpressed by her killer Jaws reference, won’t move forward without Liv. He storms out of the Oval Office, leaving Liz terrified he’s going to “make history” for all the wrong reasons by becoming the first president to address the nation with his mistress by his side.

Ex-Gladiator Abby knows better: There’s no way Washington’s top crisis consultant would cop to a sex scandal without a fight.

“It’s Liv. She’s the best in the business,” Abby explains. “The president’s about to get Poped.”

Scandal airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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