What the heck happened to Olivia Pope on 'Scandal'?

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Shonda Rhimes made us wait two months for tonight’s episode of ‘Scandal’ and it was … different.
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON, TONY GOLDWYN, BELLAMY YOUNG
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)
SCANDAL - 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' - Through flashbacks we learn more about Olivia's estranged relationship with her father. Meanwhile, both the White House and Pope & Associates are still in the middle of cleaning up the very big and very public mess they created, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images) KATIE LOWES, COLUMBUS SHORT, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'It's Handled' - With Olivia's name out there as the President's mistress, both the White House and Pope & Associates face their biggest scandal to date, and a surprise allegiance is formed in order to get things handled. Meanwhile, Olivia's father, Rowan, will stop at nothing to carry out his orders and no one, including Olivia, can stand in his way, on the Season 3 Premiere of 'Scandal,' THURSDAY OCTOBER 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ERIN CHAMBERS
SCANDAL - 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' - Through flashbacks we learn more about Olivia's estranged relationship with her father. Meanwhile, both the White House and Pope & Associates are still in the middle of cleaning up the very big and very public mess they created, on 'Scandal,' THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images) SAMANTHA SLOYAN, KERRY WASHINGTON
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) BELLAMY YOUNG, TONY GOLDWYN
SCANDAL - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' - Sally sets a meeting with the NRA which sends the White House into a tailspin. Olivia and Huck come to shocking realizations and a surprising person asks for help from Pope and Associates, on ABC's 'Scandal,' THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) KERRY WASHINGTON
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 25: Producer Betsy Beers (L) and writer/producer Shonda Rhimes accept the Diversity Award onstage at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 25, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Tony Goldwyn and Producer Shonda Rhimes attend the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) Presents The 51st Annual Publicists Awards Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Shonda Rhimes made us wait two months for tonight's episode of 'Scandal' and it was ... different.

While the episode focused on Pope's kidnapping and vaguely answered who kidnapped the Olivia Pope, it showed the gladiator knocked off her horse, in the dark, no wine ... you get it.

"I'm Olivia Pope ... it's funny, because it's useless."

We never thought we'd see the day, but there you have it, folks: a speechless Olivia Pope.

WHAT HAPPENED?!

This man happened, the lead kidnapper that - at least for now - has bested Olivia Pope.

Now Rhimes did warn us before the episode aired. She told the Hollywood Reporter, "Olivia Pope is never going to be the same person again."

And Rhimes DEFINITELY delivered. She peeled away Pope's resolve little by little ...

And, while the show was trending on twitter, fans either loved it or hated it.

One fan even declared, "Great acting but tonight was my last Scandal."
But Hollywood Life praised Kerry Washington's performance, saying she "pulled off her best acting to date."
And E! called Washington "phenomenal" - even going so far as to say she deserved an Oscar for the performance.

Unlike that Twitter user we quoted before, we are absolutely watching the next episode, because ...

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