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18 Reasons Why Papa Pope Must Live

He may be a little (OK, a lot) messed up, but Eli Pope is part of what has made Scandal's Season 3 so great. Here's 18 reasons why Shonda Rhimes and her team of writers shouldn't kill him off in the season finale this Thursday. #PrayForPapaPope

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1. He's done so many messed up things, but he totally owns up to them.

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Admittedly, sometimes he's too proud of them.

2. Olivia probably learned how to "handle" things from him.

3. He also taught her to appreciate a fine wine.

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Maybe she took that lesson a little too far...

4. He gives the most epic speeches.

5. He's so mysterious.

6. But also very terrifying.

Anytime Papa Pope comes on the screen, Gladiators' hearts start racing because you know something crazy is about to happen.
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Anytime Papa Pope comes on the screen, Gladiators' hearts start racing because you know something crazy is about to happen.

7. Plus, the awkward Sunday dinners must continue.

8. No one is more calm with a gun to his head than Eli Pope.

9. He is definitely out of the running for #1 dad, but he certainly has no qualms with being brutally honest.

10. Lying also comes quite naturally.

I mean, maybe his whole "curator of antiquities at the Smithsonian" is like Fitz and Olivia's Vermont dream. It sounds nice, but is pretty unrealistic.
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I mean, maybe his whole "curator of antiquities at the Smithsonian" is like Fitz and Olivia's Vermont dream. It sounds nice, but is pretty unrealistic.

11. While he may never show it, he's a proud papa.

12. Who happens to like playing Russian roulette with his ex-wife's lover.

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And has absolutely no problem killing him...in his daughter's office.

13. He has a make-you-shake-in-your-pants death stare.

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If looks could kill.

14. He's probably the only person who can stop Maya Pope.

Crazy is as crazy does.
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Crazy is as crazy does.

15. And the thing is, Maya shouldn't get to live.

She's killed so many people. She ate her own wrists to break out of wherever Eli was keeping her. And now she's trying to kill the president.
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She's killed so many people. She ate her own wrists to break out of wherever Eli was keeping her. And now she's trying to kill the president.

16. The moral of the story is this: Joe Morton is an amazing actor and he lights up the screen anytime he's on it.

17. Killing him off on Thursday would just be too easy.

18. #PrayForPapaPope

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