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Eli Pope
Portrayed by Joe Morton
5x18 - Rowan 01
B-613 Character
Biographical Information
Full name: Elijah Pope
Status: Alive
Residence: Georgetown, Washington D.C.
  • Command
  • Rowan
  • Damascus Bainbridge
Current Occupation/s:
  • Curator at the Smithsonian
Past Occupations:
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Past Relationships:
Character Information
First appearance: "Snake in the Garden"
Latest appearance: "Transfer of Power"
Appearance Count: 65

You think the world is terrible with me in it. Wait 'til you see what it's like without me.

— Rowan to Olivia Pope, The Last Supper

Elijah Pope also known as Rowan, is Olivia Pope's father. He was also the commanding officer for the CIA division of B613 until the President fired him, after a brief absence he regained his post as Command taking it back from Jake Ballard.


Another proof that Rowan did not start B613 program is in Season 3 finale when Rowan tells President Fitz at the Pentagon that B613 is not an individual but an organization "you cut of the head of the snake ... another comes up.

His plan is to keep Olivia Pope & Fitz Grant apart from each other. He sent Jake Ballard to gain Olivia's trust and spark a relationship with her; he also instructed Jake to sleep with her. He wants Cyrus Beene to show the tape of Jake and Olivia making love to Fitz in order to keep Fitz away from Olivia. His intentions and true identity are unknown until his Olivia walks out of her apartment building into a media circus questioning her about being Fitz's mistress; his men pull her into a limousine where he awaits; Olivia responds... "Dad"! (White Hat's Back On)

When he first started working in the intelligence field, back when Olivia was younger, his cover was being a Curator of antiquities at the Smithsonian. He went to Princeton and graduated in 1967 just prior to being recruited by the CIA. (It's Handled)


→ See and enjoy 79 pictures of Rowan Pope at Images of Rowan Pope.




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