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Jake Ballard
Portrayed by Scott Foley
6x05 - Jake Ballard
B-613 Character
Biographical Information
Full name: Jacob Hamilton Ballard
Status: Alive
Residence: Washington D.C, United States
  • Pete Harris
  • Captain Ballard
Current Occupation/s:
  • Director of the NSA
Past Occupations:
  • Command @ B-613
  • Operative @ B-613
  • Vice President-Elect of the United States of America
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Light Brown
Eye color: Hazel
Past Relationships:
Character Information
Also portrayed by: Jayden Blake Cochran


First appearance: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Latest appearance: Transfer of Power
Appearance Count: 82

Run away with me Liv, save me.

— Jake to Olivia, The Price of Free and Fair Election


Jacob "Jake" Hamilton Ballard, real name Pete Harris worked at the Pentagon in the intelligence department for the Joint Chief's of Staff and was an operative working for the mysterious B613 CIA sub-division. Jake is now the director of the NSA.


The character Jake Ballard was a supporting character for the last half of the second season and was promoted to series regular in season three. [1] He is portrayed by Scott Foley.


Jake worked at the Pentagon in the intelligence department for the Joint Chief's of Staff and was an operative working for the mysterious B-613 CIA sub-division. He was also "Command" running B613 with the President for short period of time.

Captain Ballard served in the Navy with Fitz Grant. He is Olivia Pope's most recent love interest. He was following orders for Fitz by spying on Olivia.

Jake bumped into Olivia at a coffee shop near her place where they started a conversation about scones; they flirted! He told Olivia what he does and where he works, but she held back. Olivia came to him when she needed help with her investigating information about her latest scandal. He was cryptic but willing to help her without breaking any laws. Back at Jake's apartment he turns on his TV, which reveals that he has cameras all throughout Olivia's apartment. (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)

Jake finally gets his first date with Olivia which she refers to as a "meeting"; they meet at a restaurant, but Jake takes her somewhere more romantic. Unfortunately their date is cut short when Olivia gets called away for work. Jake makes it up to the The White House to pay a visit to his old Navy buddy, President Fitzgerald Grant. After a bit of catching up Fitz asks Jake how is Olivia doing. Jake insists that Olivia is sad and keeps busy with work, but does not pose any danger. Jake is curious why Fitz has him surveying her. Fitz insists that it's not personal.  While Olivia is working with her latest client he gives her a call and they flirt over the phone while she's a fundraiser which Fitz is attending. Fitz watches her as she's talking to Jake. When Jake returns to the Oval Office again, President Grant asks him, "who's the guy?" Jake lies to Fitz and tells him there is no guy.(Boom Goes the Dynamite)

Olivia visits Jake in his office and gives him crucial intelligence regarding the hostage crises. Jake goes to see Olivia while she is working at her latest client's residence to question her about the information he received. After they talk and flirt a bit, a photographer shows up at the side of the house and snaps a picture of the two. Jake was not happy about that; he goes to the photographers place to wipe the memory card of his picture. But the photographer comes home before he can finish, they get into an altercation. Later that night he goes to Olivia's apartment where he lies and tells her he was mugged. (Top of the Hour)

Jake covertly meets with a Mysterious Man late at night where he updates him about how things are going with Olivia Pope and her digging for the mole. (Snake in the Garden)

Olivia finally let's Jake in some more after she has to cancel on their date she shows up at his apartment, a surprise to Jake who's got his TV on of Olivia's apartment and a gun out. She brings over burgers. After eating things get really intimate and the two end up in bed together; but Olivia discovers what Jake really likes to watch on TV and he tries to explain to her why he's doing this but when she tries to get away, she falls and bumps her head, sustaining a concussion. Jake takes her to the hospital and calls the President; but before Fitz comes into her room Jake tells Olivia that it's very important she not tell Fitz that they - Olivia & Jake - know each other. (Molly, You in Danger, Girl)

Fitz asks Jake to continue to follow Olivia around but closer, acting more like a body guard. Jake stays at Olivia's side at all times, until Fitz relieves Jake.(A Woman Scorned)

Jake realizes he's been compromised but he doesn't know who - Charlie. When he reports this to the Mysterious Man he orders Jake to take care of it, without killing Charlie. But the Mysterious Man, although he recognizes Charlie, does not tell Jake he knows who he is. (Any Questions?)

Surprise surprise... Jake is another member - a current member - of the CIA black ops team B-613. He explains to Olivia that it was his mission to get close to her and to sleep with her; but when she asked why... Jake said he was never told. But Liv does not appear to buy Jake's show of bravado. Before he leaves for his unknown fate, she tells him to close his eyes and gives him a tender kiss goodbye. Jake is thrown in the infamous "hole" - the same that Huck was in - for disobeying a direct order from "Command". (White Hat's Back On)

Months later Jake is finally released from the "hole" after Olivia made a deal with her father, Eli Pope. He's dropped off at Olivia's apartment weak, fatigued and in desperate need of a shower! (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)

After some time of helping out OPA trying to solve the mysterious death of Olivia's mother. Jake left the gladiators and moved on to take over B613 with the help of Fitz they got Rowan kicked out on his ass; thus making Jake the new Command. (A Door Marked Exit)

When rumors about Olivia's "alleged" affair with President Grant come up again in the media. Olivia asks Jake if he's a patriot. They are later seen together in public getting their picture taken by paparazzi. They are together again but only for appearances sake. (Ride, Sally, Ride) After Fitz learns about this is he is not too happy, resulting in him and Olivia getting in argument that Jake and Tom overhear. Olivia begins to use her new "fake" boyfriend to get information. Later when he comes home - her apartment - he's not too happy but it appears that they are living together. (We Do Not Touch the First Ladies)

Jake takes his role as Command seriously. When learning truth about how Daniel Douglas Langston really died and who figured it out he realized that he had to do what was necessary to keep the republic intact and keep the citizens of the great nation none the wise. He executed Vanessa Chandler, Shelby Moss and murdered James Novak by making it look like a carjacking only leaving one witness David Rosen who Jake asked to cover this up. Because he needed to make James' death look like a murder from a carjacking his execution wasn't quick so he stayed with James until his last breath and promised him that Ella would not be harmed. He later buried the bodies of Vanessa & Shelby deep deep in a hole.

Olivia with the help from her gladiators came to the realization that B-613 was behind James' death. So when she confronted Jake about it he did not deny what had been done he in fact admitted that he himself did the deed, leaving Olivia in utter shock! (No Sun on the Horizon / Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

As Command Jake sent Charlie and Quinn to follow Maya, Olivia's mom. With Charlie's and Quinn's Intel, Jake finds out about Maya's plans to bomb one of the president's events. Jake was about to find out when Maya was gonna use the bomb but, before he got that knowledge Olivia and her team shut down B-613.

In anger of how Olivia had sex with him in order to hack his phone to shut down B-613. Jake goes to Olivia's office and pins her to the wall telling her that she ruined everything. He explains to Olivia, Cyrus, and the President about what Maya has been up to. The president calls up Olivia's father to help with the Maya situation. But, Eli tells Olivia that he won't help unless Jake leaves. Olivia picks Eli over Jake making Jake no longer Command.

Jake shows up in David's office telling him that he will help him find the location of Maya Pope under Olivia's nose.

Relationships Edit

Romantic Edit

Olivia Pope Edit

5x18 - Jake Ballard and Olivia Pope 02

Jake and Olivia in 5x18.

Olivia and Jake's (Olake) relationship is also the main relationship of the show alongside with Olivia and Fitz's relationship, Olitz.

Jake and Olivia first met in a cafe and ever since, their relationship has been on and off throughout the series. Jake became attached to Olivia very quickly and he surely knows how he feels about her but Olivia still doesn't know for sure how she really feels about him. Their relationship is complicated as Olivia doesn't know who she wants, Fitz or Jake, who are then friends long before they met Olivia and also because one day they'd hate each other and the next day they'd come back into each other's world. Olivia seems like she likes to have Jake around her whether as a friend or lover and vice versa for Jake.

They make good friends and work partners when they're not in relationship.

For more information about Olivia and Jake's relationship, see Olake.

Elise Martin Edit

5x04 - Elise and Jake

Jake and Elise in 5x04.

Jake and Elise were married long before Jake met Olivia. Jake moved on from Elise because he thought she was dead. When the Lazarus 1 thing happened and Jake and Charlie went to Paris, they met again.

Jake told Elise how they were great together and then they realize that they still have feelings for each other so they stayed married. Jake convinced Elise to come to D.C with him and she did. But then later, Jake found out that Elise is only in D.C, U.S because she was on a mission of killing Rowen from the people running Lazarus 1.

After Olivia called Jake to tell about her engagement to Fitz, Jake suddenly changed his mind and asked Elise what's the plan and told her that he will meet her up at the Union Station. Their relationship ended as he found Elise dead sitting on a bench in the Station.

Vanessa Moss Edit

Jake and Vanessa's relationship is actually a political lie and political marriage. Jake doesn't really love Vanessa, he just pretends to. They are married because of Papa Pope. Vanessa's parents are really wealthy and Eli needed their money for Edison's super PAC. Eli's plan is that when they get their needed amount of money from Vanessa's bank accounts, they'd support making Edison president and get themselves some power.

6x05 - Jake Ballard and Vanessa Moss 02

Jake and Vanessa doing an interview on Sally Langston's talk show "The Liberty Report" in 6x05.

And when Quinn and Huck found out about Eli's plan of wanting a really big D.C wedding for Jake and Vanessa, they told Olivia. And then, Olivia said that having a big, high-profile wedding isn't gonna help Edison become president and that her father and Jake are up to something more. Olivia then fake drunk in front of Jake and got all the information out of him about Eli wanting to put Jake on Edison's ticket as Vice President. Jake then had to marry Vanessa because Eli threatened Olivia that if Jake doesn't marry Vanessa, he will slit Jake's throat and that the wedding will turn into a funeral.

As of now, it appears that they are still married although we don't see Vanessa anymore after the episode "They All Bow Down".

Gallery Edit

→ See and enjoy 138 pictures of Jake at Images of Jake.






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