|Portrayed by Khandi Alexander|
|First mentioned:||It's Handled|
|Latest appearance:||We Do Not Touch the First Ladies|
Don't worry, sweetheart. I'll see you real soon.
Maya Lewis is Olivia Pope's mother and Eli Pope's wife. She was killed in an airplane accident gone wrong that is starting to look more and more like the government ordered the plane to be taken down.
Marie Wallace was born in East London, to parents both linked to the Marxist liberation front. When she was 16, she fell off the grid, and began popping up all over the world under many different aliases. To her contacts overseas, Maya continued to use the name Marie Wallace. She made money by selling government secrets. In 1972, she went to the United States, under the name Maya Lewis, where she soon met Eli Pope, from whom she then began stealing C.I.A. classified documents, among others, for anti-American groups. Eventually, she married Eli and had Olivia.
Apparently, Maya, with enough knowledge about B613, was planning on returning to London, when Eli found out about her. She was taken off her plane, under the name Omar Dresden, and questioned. She told Eli that the plane she was on, which had just taken off, had a bomb on it. In a panicked move, Eli had Fitz Grant shoot down the plane, killing 329 innocent people, realizing too late that Maya lied about their being a bomb.
Eli then imprisoned Maya. For 22 years, the world and Olivia was led to believe that she was dead.
Huck came across some interesting information about the flight Maya was on when she died. At the time he was working with Jake Ballard and they put two and two together, concluding that it was a conspiracy. They took this information to Olivia who was then left stunned.
It was discovered that President Fitzgerald Grant was flying a navy plane nearby when the plane went down. The conclusion Huck & Jake came to was that the pilot shot down the passenger aircraft purposely. Fitz has neither confirmed nor denied all of this to Olivia; under the National Security Act. Olivia was twelve-years-old when she died. A trauma that still stays with her to the present day. (More Cattle, Less Bull / Icarus)
SURPRISE...SURPRISE... she's still alive but being held captive by Rowan in a secret prison. As Rowan is about to move her to another prison because their daughter - Olivia - is asking too many questions about Maya's death; she demands that she get to see Olivia before she is moved. When she realizes Rowan is not going to let her see her daughter she bites her own wrist so she can get out of her cell and into the infirmary, from there she knocks a doctor out with the very sedative he was going to inject her with so she could travel. Maya escapes the prison and surprises her daughter by showing up at her apartment. (Everything's Coming Up Mellie / Vermont is for Lovers, Too)
After stopping by Olivia's apart, Olivia and her team try to find a a place to hide her. They send her to Hong Kong were she will hide. As Moma Pope is riding away on the plane, Olivia has a flashback where she remembers the name "Marie", which is the name of terrorist that did the horrible crimes. Olivia put 2 & 2 together, Mama Pope is Marie! (YOLO)
Maya never made it to Hong Kong, she killed the flight crew and returned to D.C. Aware that Olivia, OPA & the government are looking for her she stays in hiding. But she couldn't resist to call her daughter. Maya tells Olivia everything will be alright and tosses her burner phone as she walks past 1600 Pennsylvania Ave... The White House. (A Door Marked Exit)
After President Grant's donor dinner with his new running mate, Governor Andrew Nichols Maya is waiting in a hotel room when Adnan Salif walks in the room. It appears Mama Pope is working with Adnan. But why, and what for??? (We Do Not Touch the First Ladies)
|Guess Who's Coming to Dinner:|
|Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington:|
|Say Hello to My Little Friend:|
|More Cattle, Less Bull:|
|Everything's Coming Up Mellie:|
(in present) & Flashbacks
|Vermont is for Lovers, Too:|
(in present) & Flashbacks
|A Door Marked Exit:|
|Ride, Sally, Ride:|
|We Do Not Touch the First Ladies:|
Present Day Only
|No Sun on the Horizon:|
|Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:|
|Mama Said Knock You Out:|
- The character of Maya Lewis was first mentioned in the third season premiere, It's Handled, she made her debut appearance in the sixth episode of season three, Icarus. She is a major supporting character for the season.