Olivia Pope's family drama merely begins with believing her mother died in a plane crash over 20 years ago. Last season, Kerry Washington's character learned that the death was faked and her mother was being held captive by her potentially MORE villainous father, Rowan.
Mama Pope reappeared in Scandal's season four fall finale, out of her B613 cell but still in handcuffs. She expects her daughter to "handle" her situation, but Olivia refuses, leaving her locked up and returning later to ask for advice about Papa Pope.
"Girl, you need to move on," Olivia's mother dismisses her unsympathetically. "He ruined you. Cry me a river, Livvie. Whatever."