'Scandal' casts 'Treme's' Khandi Alexander as Olivia's mom

Get ready for the mother of all flashbacks, "Scandal" fans.After revealing that Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) mom was aboard the shot-down civilian airliner at the center Operation Remington, it's been announced that "Treme" star Khandi Alexander has been cast as the deceased matriarch.Alexander will recur as Maya Lewis, beginning in flashbacks in Thursday's (Nov. 7) episode, THR reports. Not only was it revealed during last week's episode that Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) was the one who shot down Maya's plane off the coast of Iceland, but he did so under orders from Olivia's diabolical father -- Maya's husband -- Rowan (Joe Morton).Goldwyn tells THR that Olivia's mother becomes a "major issue" in the white-hatted fixer's life."You can only imagine what that would be like to find out that your mother did not die in the way that you thought she died, in terms of it being a willful act. It's surreal for Olivia," he says. "The...



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