Gladiators gathered at the Dolby Theatre this past Sunday for the Scandal panel at PaleyFest. Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, George Newbern, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Joe Morton.

Prior to the panel, audience members were treated to a screening of the pilot episode, reliving the first time they were introduced to the infamous Olivia Pope and her Gladiators via Shondaland. The series will be celebrating its upcoming 100th episode, “The Decision”, which has been called a “what-if”-theme episode and will air on April 13th.

True to form, the cast are true Gladiators, whether they are part of the team on-screen or not. Washington broke down in tears after Goldwyn praised her for being the best team captain. “One of the reasons we’ve been able to maintain this sense of family…is the woman sitting to my right (Kerry),” Goldwyn chimed as the crowd went wild. “She’s the greatest team captain you could ever want and she takes the role so seriously and with so much humility, enthusiasm and energy.”

The cast also shared their favorite moments, which almost all included scenes with Washington.

Washington mentioned that she would never forget when the Scandal ladies visited her after the birth of her daughter. She also recalled an episode that was very special to her: Harrison’s (Columbus Short) funeral. “We were all so moved. Our love for Columbus made that episode important. [Watching the first episode and seeing], in this episode how extraordinarily talented he is and how special he is as a person. That episode, for us to do that together, and say goodbye to him in such a dignified, and graceful, beautiful, elegant way.”

Scandal airs Thursdays on ABC.

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