Credit: Michael Ansell / ABC Photo: Olivia Looks Panicked in Season 3, Episode 8 "Vermont is for Lovers, Too"

We knew when Khandi Alexander was cast as Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) mom, that there was no way she wouldn’t make a huge impact on Scandal’s very core. In Episode 7, Rowan showed us that she is indeed still alive — and being held prisoner for some reason. A new sneak peek for Season 3, Episode 8 “Vermont is for Lovers, Too,” reveals that mama Maya has as much pluck as we would expect from the woman who gave birth to Liv.

In the scene, Rowan appears at her bedside, telling her that Olivia has been asking about her. But as for whether he means Olivia has continued to broach the subject to his face, or he’s had B613 (and Quinn) watching OPA, we’re not sure. Either way, he’s clearly not happy about the development, or the fact that his wife — who is supposed to be dead, mind you — has been thrown back into Olivia’s everyday queries.

He informs his estranged wife that she will be on the first plane out of the facility where he’s been holding her, and planted in a similar cell in a different country so that Olivia can’t find her. But while she seems to be taking the prisoner life pretty well for someone who’s supposed to be dead, Maya isn’t having it. She demands to see her daughter before taking off. Will she get her way?

Check out the spoiler clip and then let us know if you have any idea why Liv’s mom is being hidden, why her father went to so much effort to fake her death, and what you think will happen when she makes demands Rowan is supposed to follow! Then, tune in to the episode on Thursday, November 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT to see what happens next!



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