Olivia was pushed to the brink and killed Andrew in the last episode of ‘Scandal,’ but that was a thing of the past this week. She was determined to find out what Jake and Rowan were up to. Was Olivia able to stop Jake from marrying Vanessa?
Olivia finally revealed her true feelings for Jake, just as he was about to marry Vanessa. On the April 21 episode of Scandal, Olivia tried to stop Jake’s wedding, and she had an emotional heart-to-heart with Jake. Plus, Olivia tried to one-up Rowan, but her plan ended in heartbreak.
Olivia was back in her old room at Rowan’s place, which included a Dead Poets Society poster on her wall. She was still feeling guilty over killing Andrew. Jake told her not beat herself over it. Rowan had to the bearer of bad news and told Olivia that Jake and Vanessa’s wedding had been moved up. He asked Olivia to be attendance. Awkward.
With a key flashback, we saw Jake when he was just a boy. His parents fought, and his dad beat his mom. But Jake’s real name wasn’t Jake. We learned how Jake got involved with B613. Rowan wanted to make a deal with him. Pete Harris was Jake’s real name. Either Pete could take on the Jake Ballard identity, or suffer the consequences.
He chose Jake Ballard. But he was always resistant. When Jake defied Rowan, he got the sh*t beat out of him. Rowan taught him the “no one takes Command” rule very quickly. Rowan completely broke Jake. Rowan brought up Jake’s past — how his father molested his sister and got her pregnant. Jake was shattered, but then Rowan built him back up. “I will not hurt you,” Rowan told Jake. “I will you protect you. I am here for you, son.” Jake ended up killing his father and got inducted into B613.
‘You’ve Never Chosen Me’
In a bold move, Olivia’s behavior in front of Jake and Rowan was just an act. She was determined to find out what the heck was going on between Jake and Rowan. She had Quinn and Huck investigate Jake’s wedding. But Olivia knew she had to take the next step. In order to get answers, Olivia needed to exploit Jake’s only weakness — OLIVIA POPE.
While Jake and Vanessa were getting ready for a party at the White House, Jake went to check on Olivia. She was playing up her act big time. She had Jake hooked, and he even wanted to push back the wedding at that point.
At the party, Jake and Fitz had a little chat. Fitz had just assumed Jake would have been with Olivia since he was now out of the picture. Jake deflected and asked Fitz if he missed Olivia. All Fitz would say was, “It’s good to be free.”
Jake went home and found Olivia drinking. Olivia went on this rant about how she believed Rowan was making Jake marry Vanessa. And she was right. She was convinced that all of this was part of a plan. She started yelling at Jake and kept saying he didn’t really love Vanessa.
“I don’t really love her!” Jake yelled back at Olivia, who wasn’t really drunk. Apparently, Rowan wanted Jake to become the Vice President, and Vanessa was the perfect political wife. Jake was so over that, especially when Olivia came into the picture.
“The fact of the matter is, I’ll never love anyone as much as I love you,” Jake said to Olivia. #Olake lives! But there was something holding Jake back: “You’ve never chosen me.”
Like she always does, Olivia ran to her room. But she couldn’t resist Jake. She ran out and met Jake in the hallway. That’s when they had a steamy makeout session in the hallway.
A Wedding Or A Funeral?
The next morning, Jake brought up his wedding situation. As usual, Olivia just wouldn’t straight up answer Jake. But Jake didn’t give up when it came to Olivia. “I don’t want to marry Vanessa,” he said. “I want to be with you.”
Jake asked the million dollar question once again: “Do you want to be with me?” Olivia didn’t answer, but she kissed him. But was it all a game? She took Jake to OPA to discuss a plan of attack. To take Rowan completely by surprise, Jake had to leave Vanessa at the altar. Huck wasn’t so sure of Olivia’s plan, but she insisted.
Olivia showed up to Jake’s wedding. Rowan was ready to set the record straight. If Jake’s wedding didn’t go forward, Rowan said he would slit Jake’s throat. He wasn’t joking. Olivia could choose — this could be a wedding or a funeral. Oh my god.
Needless to say, Olivia ran to Jake to put a stop to their plan. She told Jake she couldn’t be with him. Jake was certain Rowan had gotten to her, but Olivia made sure Jake believed her.
“You’re not good enough for me,” she told him. “You need me too much… I would destroy you.” To really break Jake’s heart, she said she was still in love with Fitz. Olivia walked away and left the two men in her life — Jake and Fitz — just standing behind her.
Jake married Vanessa, just like Rowan wanted. Olivia may be down right now, but she won’t be there for long.
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