Scandal Season 4

Scandal Season 4 episode 3 titled Inside The Bubble airs tonight (9 October) and the episode will have Olivia Pope and Jake right back in the shrewd and ruthless world of DC politics.

The upcoming episode's official synopsis also teases a potential new issue for Mellie Grant and the introduction of 'an old friend':

"An old friend (Sonya Walger) returns for help after her daughter goes missing, Cyrus has an awkward run in during a business breakfast, and Jake uses his connections to get some answers. Meanwhile, Mellie becomes obsessed with a national news story and David goes to great lengths to prove himself," reads the episode 3 synopsis.

According to Hypable, Mellie's 'obsession' could be over the media paying attention to her – a plot line introduced last week. "We presume that David proving himself will concern securing the offer of Attorney General," speculates the report.

Scandal Season 4 episode 3 'Inside the Bubble' airs tonight, Thursday (9 October) at 9.00 pm EST on ABC.

You can click here to watch the episode online via live stream.

Meanwhile, one of Scandal's former cast members - Stephen Collins who was set to return this season, will not be featured in upcoming episodes post NYPD opening an investigation into Collins' alleged child molestation.

"We can confirm that we will not be airing any footage with Stephen Collins," a rep for ABC told BuzzFeed News.

"As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins," the network's president and CEO Charley Humbard said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor the situation and listen carefully to our viewers."

The actor previously played anchorman Reed Wallace in the Season 2 episode, Happy Birthday, Mr President.