TO ESCAPE HER FATHER’S VICE-LIKE GRIP, Olivia GOES ALONG WITH HIS WICKED PLANS BUT THE MOVE COULD COST Jake HIS LIFE
On Jake and Vanessa’s wedding day, the evil Eli Pope made it crystal clear to Olivia that if she stopped the nuptials, he would mercilessly and fatally cut Jake’s throat. That frightening declaration has Olivia rattled enough to continue abiding by her father’s wicked plans but privately she breaks down in Huck’s arms, worried about the next step her father will force her to take.
That manoeuvre is made very clear when Eli (Joe Morton) mysteriously forces Olivia (Kerry Washington) into sabotaging Edison Davis’s (Norm Lewis) presidential campaign. She does the job but quickly realises that her father has other plans for her when she discovers that the blackmail material he had on her involves the abortion that her candidate Mellie (Bellamy Young) had years ago. She’s formulating a way out of Eli’s control when he strikes again.
Forcing Jake (Scott Foley) to stand by and allow Vanessa’s (Joelle Carter) father to perish from a heart attack (Vanessa’s inheritance will help finance Eli’s plans), Eli has Edison deliver a chilling message to Olivia. He wants Jake added to Mellie’s presidential campaign as her proposed vice-president.
It’s the last straw for Olivia. She does as requested but bursts into her father’s house to declare that she wants Jake to leave with her immediately. The misery has to end. Eli scoffs at his daughter’s bravado, instead snatching Jake by the neck and pressing a gun to his head, coldly announcing that he’s going to put a bullet in Jake’s brain!
Eli (Joe Morton) presses a gun to the head of Jake (Scott Foley) as Olivia (Kerry Washington) looks on in shock.