Mary Jane Paul surprises us yet again! While her relationship with Andre is still…kind of going strong, she is still struggling with the fact that he is still at home with his wife and children. Episode 4 opens with MJ and her girls partying at the club. She texts Andre to come over, but he is spending the night at home with his family.
Kara encourages MJ to try her hand at online dating. Who does she meet online? Wayne Brady, who makes his first guest appearance on the show as a divorced professor looking for love. When Andre wakes up the next morning, he is met by his wife attempting to service him, while laying her head on a pillow. He snaps at her for attempting to give him, ‘lazy head.’ At the office, MJ slips up and tells Kara that Mark is gay.
And at home, MJ’s mother, Mrs. Paul accuses her brother’s girlfriend of stealing her diamond bracelet and kicks her out of their home. Now, we all know from last episode, that her brother started doing drugs again, so it’s likely that he stole the bracelet to support his habit.
Andre is at MJ’s house the next evening and in a moment of stupidity, he tells MJ about his wife trying to give him ‘lazy head.’ They argue over the fact that he is till sleeping in the same bed with her, despite him promising MJ that he isn’t. She tells him that she is dating other men.
While on her first date with ‘Wayne Brady,’ MJ is distracted the entire time by text messages from both Kara and Mark who reveal to her that Kara slipped up and said the word ‘gay’ in front of Mark and Mark confessed to Kara that yes he is gay.
While MJ is trying to fix this issue, Wayne leaves her at the dinner table to sort out her issues. In the meantime, MJ is asked to be the keynote speaker at a Women’s Empowerment luncheon. The irony is the fact that at this lunch, she is sitting next to Andre’s wife. That is where is get’s messy! Andre’s wife confesses to the other women at the table that she found out her husband was cheating on her when his mistress told her. Then she ask MJ what she would do in that situation. MJ responds that most married men cheat because the sex is bad and they don’t love their wives anymore, so maybe she should up her sex game! The wife responds that most men never actually leave their wives and that the couple is in therapy. MJ is then called up to the podium where she makes this speech:
You know I had this great little sisterhood speech all prepared, but I seem to have left it in my purse at the table. I don’t want to talk about sisterhood, today.
I know there’s a lot of professional women here, but I want to speak to the younger girls. You guys signed up for this mentorship program because you want to be successful. You want to be your mentors! You know everybody tells you: ‘Do your best so you can be number one!-But there’s another position…
You know I’ve found that being number two (glances over at Avery) gives you all the glory of being at the top without all the pressures of the number one spot. See, the job of any great number two is to figure what the number one is missing, what they refused to see and what they are doing wrong.
So, you know take your time, learn, be patient, get better. You will get to where you’re supposed to be if you do the work. Because remember, if you don’t somebody else will. I’m Mary Jane Paul and thank you for listening.”
She looked directly at Avery when she was making this speech, to let her know that she may be the number 2, but she is slowly but surely moving into her position! How ridiculous is the fact that these two women are at a ‘women’s empowerment’ luncheon and they are fighting over a no-good man! Both women are beautiful, accomplished and independent, but they find the need to tear each other down over the affection of this lying, cheating man! I have to hand it to Mara Brok Akil, this is one of the most twisted speeches, I’ve ever heard! Who encourages women to be #2? Although, the women in the audience had no idea about the underlying situation, it was still one of the shadiest speeches in ‘women empowerment’ history! FYI ladies…never aim to be #2! In a relationship, you should demand to be the one and only! And in business, you should always reach for the top spot!
After MJ’s rousing speech, Avery and Andre attended a couples therapy session, where they both opened up about why they are so unhappy. Avery revealed that she is the only one trying to make it work. She feels that she has a good man and that is because she helped develop him into that man. He feels that he has always been supportive of her, but she always hangs over his head the fact that he had less money and education than her when they first got together. She always reminds him that she made him and he resents that. He said that MJ sees him for the man he is today, not the man of the past. At the end of the episode, MJ tries another date with Wayne, this one turns out better, her brother confesses that he slipped on his sobriety, the mother confesses that she knew the girlfriend did not steal the bracelet…she just wanted her out of the house and Andre shows up to MJ’s house to let her know that he told his wife that he is filing for divorce. MJ seems happy about this news. Looks like next week, MJ and Andre have to tackle a new issue….if they are going to be a couple, how do they go public without tarnishing both of their reputations? Ouch!
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