04/13/2012 05:25 am ET Updated Apr 13, 2012

'Scandal': Pope Works To Protect A DC Madam's Client List While The President Admits Love (VIDEO)

Quinn Perkins continued to struggle to keep up with the fast-paced world of Olivia Pope & Associates on "Scandal" (Thu., 10 p.m. ET on ABC). This week's sophomore effort saw a Washington DC madam as the client of the week, while the larger story of the president's mistress reached a critical point.

The case of the madam spiraled around her client list, which would out many of DC's biggest political power players. One of them turned out to be the man the president had just nominated as his first Supreme Court appointee. Only, he was never a client.

It turned out, his wife was a call girl, but when she got stood up on her first night on the job and this nice man came up to her, she lied and said he was a client, and then later married him -- she continued working to help pay his way through college. It looked like what he'd been working for his whole life was ruined, until Pope stepped in and rallied up all of those johns and had them approve his nomination in exchange for keeping the list quiet.

"Scandal" continues to elude simple explanation. "Gladiators in suits" didn't really work, so this week's moniker was "fixer," which works a bit better. Working outside the law, Pope and her team fix whatever problem comes their way. But after a reporter found the president's mistress in her office, that problem may get too big for them to fix.

"Scandal" continues Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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