I don’t mean that Tuesday’s episode was a bust — I loved it — but the cameos by ex-boyfriends and name dropping of ex-jump offs gave the episode a nostalgic flavor. Ghosts from the main characters’ past, particularly seasons one through three, found relevance once again.
The show starts with Derwin and Melanie in a hospital. He’s pressing her to admit she had an abortion, the possible cause of the couple’s fertility issues. The two angrily leave with Melanie racing ahead of Derwin when she runs into McHottie (Melanie’s season three jump off).
Derwin catches up to Melanie and makes things awkward for all three. McHottie quickly rushes back to work.
Melanie and Derwin return home where Derwin has a change of heart: “I should have known,” he says to Melanie, guessing that one summer during college, when she “gained all that weight,” was the time she was pregnant with his baby. He didn’t want to address it then, but he can come to terms with it now. A silent Melanie leans into his hug, but doesn’t confirm or deny his guess.
Later that day the couple goes shopping for a birthday party for DJ, Derwin’s son, when they run into Trey Wiggs (Melanie’s season one love interest), who’s a happily married dad. After Derwin mentions that he’s also a father, Trey Wiggs congratulates Melanie on motherhood. She awkwardly admits that DJ is her stepson, and Derwin invites Trey to DJ’s party.
It’s not until later when Derwin is doing a number two in the bathroom (did we really need to see Derwin on the toilet BET?) and talking to Melanie that she feels compelled to come clean about the abortion: “The abortion didn’t happen in college and the baby wasn’t yours.”
“It was Trey,” she says.
The couple begins to fight. Melanie says she never would have slept with Trey if Derwin hadn’t cheated on her with Drew Sidora (season one).
Shouting and crying ensues, and Derwin leaves Melanie. When he returns home the next day, he’s learned to forgive her for withholding the truth. Melanie says she aborted the baby for Derwin, knowing that having a child with another man during one of their off periods may have killed her chances of reuniting with him. At the end of the episode, Melanie painfully watches Derwin, DJ and Janay pose for a family photo during the party.
In the midst of the abortion drama, we find Malik caring for a drug-overdosed Jenna, his model girlfriend. She’s come to Malik’s house in a hazy state, and his mother Tasha begs her “boy” to leave Jenna alone. She says his fragile career can’t take the bad press (he did a stint in rehab in season four). Malik yells at Tasha to stop calling him boy and takes Jenna to the bathroom to clean her up.
After leaving her alone for a second to check on a take-out order, he returns to the bathroom to find Jenna gone. He, Tasha, Malik’s assistant Tee Tee and Malik’s bodyguard search for her.
Tasha reconsiders her recent decision to manage Malik’s troubled career, and confesses her doubts to Tee Tee.
Jenna is found half-naked in the garage and unresponsive.Tasha says she’s probably dead. A panicked Malik tries to do CPR on her while screaming “Will somebody call 911?” Jenna’s pusher, Marissa, who showed up at the house earlier to collect Jenna’s debt, brings her back to life by pressing something (the producers kind of glossed over this scene) into Jenna’s thigh.
Malik tells Tasha that he will take Jenna to rehab (where the two met). Later Tasha agrees to pay Jenna’s $50,000 debt with her black card and tells Tee Tee that family comes first. She will continue to keep Malik as a client.
It’s Jason’s storyline that seems the most far-fetched. His story starts with him in bed with a woman (played by Selita Ebanks) who works with the press. While getting dressed she notes that he’s okay with sleeping with black women but not marrying them. (His ex-wife, Kelly, a main character in seasons one through three and minor character in season four, is white.) He dismisses her comment. Later that day he runs into his teen daughter, Brittany, kissing a white boy outside. He makes her say goodbye to her Swedish boyfriend and asks her how many black boyfriends she’s had. She gives him a quizzical look and then responds, “Come on, dad. You know how we do?” Jason naming his one recent black ex does not convince Brittany that he’s into black women.
Later on at a bar, the arrogant former football player gives bartender Chardonnay (played by Brandy Norwood) hell for not ignoring her other customers to serve him. She asks him to wait his turn and says she doesn’t care who he is — she’s not afraid to throw him out.
He calls the manager and describes Chardonnay’s behavior as reprehensible. After leaving the bar, he sees Chardonnay at a bus stop and slows down. She says she was fired, and he apologizes for his behavior. To make up for getting her fired, he offers to take her to...Chili’s.
Chardonnay quickly forgives Jason and agrees to go. Next, a hungover Jason wakes up in a hotel room with a wedding ring on his finger. He asks the person in the bathroom to come out. Chardonnay appears and recaps their drunken night, wedding and all. She rubs in his face that he’s legally tied to a black woman, which everyone knows is not his style.
Jason, a brother so light that he can pass, opens up about being made fun of as a child for his skin tone. Black women were the primary offenders, he says, which made him hesitant to be serious with them.
The show ends with Trey Wiggs arriving late to DJ’s birthday party. He runs into Derwin outside and Derwin punches him in the jaw. Trey lays sprawled in the driveway as Derwin returns to the party inside.
It’s clear that Jason and Chardonnay will have a love story this season, and Malik will continue to struggle with his addict-of-a-girlfriend Jenna. But what do you all think will happen with Melanie and Derwin? Will they move past their fertility issues? Will Trey put Derwin in the hospital after he wakes up?
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