Flowers in the Attic: The Origin made its disturbing Lifetime debut with Part 1: The Marriage, which set the stage for Olivia’s revenge. Over the course of two hours, we were taken from the tangles of her romance with Malcolm Foxworth to the shattering of her dreams as her husband revealed the obsessive, controlling monster he really is.
Spoilers ahead of Flowers in the Attic: The Origin Part 1
It was hard to see this inquisitive woman with a bright mind and wit being constantly belittled and attacked by Malcolm. There was a brief glimmer of hope when it looked like Olivia might be able to escape with Nella’s help. But then she received the heartbreaking news from John Amos that her father had died.
In Olivia’s mind, with no business or money to fall back on and no family but John Amos, she was effectively trapped in Foxworth Hall. Determined to create a better life for herself and her children despite Malcolm’s atrocities, she worked hard to bring a semblance of vitality and color to the home.
Then, when Garland and Alicia Foxworth arrived at the estate, circumstances took another tragic turn. The elder Foxworth, whose treatment of his very young wife was in stark contrast to his son’s treatment of his own wife, died of a heart attack. At least that is the story of Dr. Curtis when Olivia talked him into not doing an autopsy.
However, when Olivia found Garland, she walked in in what was clearly an altercation. Her father-in-law was dead on the floor, Alicia was horrified, and Malcolm was stunned with claw marks on his forearms.
Olivia didn’t ask what happened, but she knew something was wrong. Garland’s death left Alicia a widow and a single mother to their young son Christopher. It also made her vulnerable to Malcolm. Olivia assumed her husband would leave his grieving stepmother alone after his father died, but he didn’t. He raped Alicia in his mother’s old bedroom.
Disgusted, Olivia wandered aimlessly through the estate’s woods until her father’s words to her that she had everything she needed in her heart helped her formulate a plan. The first step was to use Garland’s death against Malcolm.
Did Malcolm kill his father in Flowers in the Attic: The Origin?
Malcolm committed patricide. His father had stumbled upon him in the middle of his attack on Alicia. He tried to stop his son, but Malcolm killed him for interfering. It was Olivia who covered up what really happened and she used her knowledge of the incident as leverage to secure her own sons’ future.
Malcolm loathes their very existence because they aren’t girls, but he must make sure his sons have a fortune of two million dollars each set aside for them or Olivia will tell everyone what he did. It will burn her too, which is why she didn’t say a word, but she will if he doesn’t give her what she wants. She also tells Malcolm what Alicia confided in her, which is that she is pregnant.
In Flowers in the Attic: The Origin, why did Olivia tell Malcolm that Alicia is pregnant?
To get Alicia out of the situation she’s in, Olivia had to be honest about her pregnancy. What Malcolm wants is a daughter. The promise of that possibility will keep him in check.
Olivia tells him they will make it look like Alicia is walking away so the servants will think she left Foxworth Hall. She will then be transferred under cover of night to the east wing, where she will remain for the duration of her pregnancy. Olivia will pretend to be pregnant so they can claim Alicia’s child for themselves when the time comes.
Such a charade would allow Alicia to move on once the baby is born. She could live her life with her son without having to take care of her rapist’s child. Olivia will also make sure Alicia gets double her inheritance so she can live a new life and be as comfortable as possible despite what has been done to her.
What is Olivia’s Revenge in Flowers in the Attic: The Origin?
“Part 1: The Wedding” ends with Olivia grabbing a pillow and stuffing it under her dress to make her look pregnant.
While her revenge is yet to be finalized, it appears that it will have something to do with the birth of Alicia’s child and the pressure Olivia has on Malcolm that has allowed her to take control of him for the time being. So now they share office space, she has secured her son’s future, found a way that Alicia will soon be free, and have more control over this impossible situation she is in with this marriage.
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