Khandi Alexander is Maya Lewis on Scandal and My Pope Family Theory
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that veteran actress Khandi Alexander will be playing Olivia Pope’s mom, Maya Lewis on Scandal! It was an unexpected choice but an excellent one. Most of us didn’t e’em think about Khandi as we threw around names but when a little birdy told me about it on Friday (after my Who Should Play Olivia’s Mom? post went up), I was actually excited!
Phylicia Rashad and Lynn Whitfield seemed to be the overwhelming favorites for everyone when talmbout Rowan’s wife but Khandi makes sense. She’s an AWESOME actress with a lot of range and she knows how to get someone TOGETHER with a quickness. Plus, I could see her being related to Kerry Washington. I SEE’D IT!
Many people are saying she’s too young but don’t let that GOOD Black that don’t crack fool you. Miss Alexander is 56 years old, making her 20 years older than Kerry, meaning she could very well be her mother. If they need to age her up, there’s an app for that. It’s called MAKEUP!
Besides, y’all know Shonda Rhimes doesn’t like being told what to do. She wasn’t about to be all predictable about this.
This is also why I bet she’s not gonna make Harrison be Brolivia Pope (if you haven’t read my theory on that, do so and come back). Because we’re expecting it so much. I’m still gon say he is, though! Yeah, I’ont care if all the Black folks on the show are related. Methinks since it centers around Liv, it’s excusable.
Also, word on these streets is that there’s at least 3 episodes with Maya in it. This adds fuel to the “she’s not really dead” fire that we were all toking last week.
Anyway, I got a theory on ALLADIS. Like to hear it? Here it go. If I’m wrong, forget I said anything.
First, I decided to figure out how old some of the characters on Scandal were.
On the first episode of the show in season 1, Harrison told Quinn he was 27, when she tried to question his babyface. It’s been between 12-18 months in show time from season 1 to 3 so he’s now either 28 or 29.
In 1991, when the plane crash that supposedly killed Maya Pope happened, Olivia was 12. This means she’s now 34.
When Fitz got shot, it was his birthday and he was turning 50. Now, he’s 51. Which means when he shot down the plane, he was 27. AND this makes him 17 years older that Olivia, which throws an “older man/younger woman” age dynamic into their volatile relationship that I will probably not enjoy once I let it sit and marinate in my mind soooo moving on!
P.S. The fact that the only time I voluntarily do math is for a fictional show is just… I need help.
With that being said, Harrison was between 5-7 years old when Maya “died.” Which slays the theory that he’s her son (because then Olivia would know that’s her bro). The only way he could end up being her son is if she put him up for adoption when he was born and maybe found him much later (after the crash, that is). It’s possible, doe.
HOWEVER, it doesn’t mean he isn’t Olivia’s brother. Because what if he’s Rowan’s son who he didn’t divulge to his family OR tried claiming. AND maybe Maya found out her husband had a 5 year old and then she came for his neck. And he realized that she was better dead than alive. But being the goontress that she is, she discovered his plan and faked her own death by acting like she boarded that plane and never did.
Remember in the first episode of this season when Rowan told Liv “The White House will destroy you” and she replied with “That’s what mom used to tell me about you?” MMHMMM. Maya knew that he was a monster.
ANDDDDDD although Rowan never tried to be in his son’s life and probably doesn’t know what he looks like as an adult (remember when he came into the Gladiator office unannounced. He didn’t have anything remotely looking like familiarity with who Harrison even was). What if MAYA has been in contact with Harrison this WHOLE time and he’s the one digging into Operation Remington on her behalf?
So this goes back to supporting the fact that Harrison knows he’s Olivia’s brother but SHE doesn’t. However, it discredits my first theory of him snitching on Liv to Daddy Goon.
This is super far-fetched and I’m probably super wrong but I’ma put it out there anyway. Did I confuse you? Because I low-key almost confused myself. I’ve basically turned this show into my own game of “Clue.”
Either way, the story continues to unfold about Operation Remington, and I will be counting down til we see Mama Pope. I truly believe she will show up, show out and SNATCH Rowan off his pedestal.
YES INDEED, GLADIATORS!
Catch me tonight on the Twitters as I live-tweet Scandal using the hashtag #CBTVScandal. AND my recap will be here in the morning as well as top 10 moments from the episode on XFINITY’s CelebrateBlackTV.com!
What do y’all think about this theory? What parts do you think works and what doesn’t?
OH YEAH!!! Before I go. Today, I’m speaking at Texas Women’s University RIGHT before Judy Smith (the real Olivia Pope). I’ll do my best not to fangirl. I’ll also try to get a picture with her too so follow me on Instagram to stay up to date on my adventures. And of course, my Facebook fan page is the pordee place!