I don't know about other fans of Being Mary Jane but I am not happy. The chemistry of the show just felt different and something was missing for me. Season 4 opened with a year later start. I felt so cheated and uninformed. Season 3 ended with MJ ending a interracial relationships and Neicey being tased by the police with her kids watching and a video going viral. However, season 4 didn't pick up from there. Hmmmmm...
A year later, MJ is living in New York City with a new job at a new TV station, and Kara is by her side. What is really going on? Late night fling to a rewind start, where is this show going?
MJ meets up with a matchmaker. Now, why does MJ needs a matchmaker? Who pays $20,000 to be hooked up with a man? MJ crazy butt. She has lost her mind!!! She can get a man; she doesn't need a matchmaker. Hmmm!!!! Even the matchmaker was skeptical about taking MJ as a client. She has to do self-assessment and follow the rules. That is team too much for me. MJ has her work to do dealing with this matchmaker.
Kara and MJ goes out to a NY nightclub. Now, why is Kara in NYC? What happen to living with John and her kids? What happen to trying to be a better mother? See, I am lost and confused. But any who... Lol. Since MJ has to now follow rules, she is on the prowl for a one night stand. The matchmaker has said no casual sex,so she want her last piece of meat. A just approaches MJ but knowing her name made her not interested. Kara leaves MJ for the night. After she leaves, MJ hooks up with a guy from London. No names was exchanged. She takes him back to her place but she panics a little. She goes into the bathroom and calls Kara. I guess MJ didn't think this one night stand idea through fully. She lets Kara knows if anything happens to her, she walked the mystery man pass the security camera. MJ search for love gets her to request the words I love you from a guy she calls London. Aiming to please her, wanting to be there for her and gazing in her eyes...London says I love you. At least the spontaneous sex life of MJ is still steamy.
MJ arrives at her new home called Great Day USA. Feeling a little nervous, MJ admits to Kara she didn't resign. MJ was fired from SNC after fighting for just for Neicey. It seems like she used her position on TV has the battleground to fight for justice for her niece. It would have been good to see some of this play out in episodes, then send her to NYC. More confusing is Kara didn't know that. Why? Because she left SNC before MJ. Why was that? Did that have anything to do with the complaint Marisol filed on her?
Looks like MJ has hit rock bottom to me. She went from being at the top to starting at the bottom all over again. She is a morning consultant who stands in the cold conducting live interviews with fans of the show. WTH??? MJ isn't the top dog, Rhonda who is played by Valerie Petrified is the top dog. Although Rhonda is MJ's idol, MJ wants her position as an anchor. MJ and Kara stand in the broadcast room watching her idol filling a spot she wants. That has to be a little painful. However, MJ makes a good impression when she gives Kara an interview tip to give to Rhonda.
While on the air, Kara tells MJ about a special fan to interview. Having to keep her cool while airing, MJ couldn't walk away from London. Originally there was suppose to no name exchange and never to see each other again. That has changed. On air, London shows his admiration for MJ. Kara thinks it's adorable not knowing Lee is London. Once off the air, Lee approaches MJ. She makes it clear that she never wants to see him again. She compared there might together to Snap chat. Lmao!!!
Back in ATL, MJ's parents are watching her on TV. They call Patrick to come watch but he is too busy writing Neicey's statement. I am assuming it's for her lawsuit. Dante, Neicey's second baby father is back in the picture. Neicey is telling him she is ready for all this to be over. She ready to move one with her life. Looks like Neicey doesn't see the bigger picture of what happen to her. Even more odd, MJ interaction with Neicey isn't there.
Kara gets a tip from Rhonda's stylish that Garrett, the executive producer is looking to replace Rhonda. That is happy news for Kara. MJ gives her first live interview at Great Day USA. The interview was successful but MJ interviewing a rapper, whatttt? Later, Garrett questions Kara about MJ's happiness at the station. She assures him that MJ is happy. He tells Kara to set up a lunch date with him and MJ. Kara is excited being that she thinks MJ is about to land the anchor spot. When Kara tells MJ. She finds it hard to believe that Rhonda is leaving. Once Kara tells her about the lunch date, she feels hopeful. Could things be moving quickly at Great Day USA for MJ?
Neicey arrives home. Patrick has finished writing her statement. By Neicey being over this entire incident,she really doesn't want to hear the statement. She is trying to forget that day. Mr. Paul told Neicey to sit down, she needs to hear this. Patrick starts reading his statement.oh, how powerful and truthful it was. His words reflects on so many men and families dealing with this today. After he reads it, you see the impact of his words from Neicey and parents.
MJ is out with a co-worker for happy hour. Her night takes a turn when she gets a call from the matchmaker. The matchmaker refuse to take MJ on as a client. I think she feels MJ has too much going on with herself even to help herself. She offered a refund and told MJ she has some self-work to do. MJ's assessment lead her to believe she can't help her. Even though MJ tries to change her mind, she was dumped by the matchmaker. How sad when you can't bond with a matchmaker? What was in that assessment?
While at work, My receives a ticket from Lee to show. Even though it appears as if she wasn't going to go, but she did. Lee is a comedian. MJ walked in on his act about a woman saying I love you and bang me harder. He was talking about her. MJ tries to sneak out, but Lee walks up on her. This time with names exchange and a new beginning, they start over. They end up going to a nightclub. They danced and enjoyed the night. The night ended back at MJ's place having sex.
MJ heads to work and leaves Lee sleeping in bed. She does her show and then heads to her lunch with Garrett. We don't see the full conversation, but we do hear Garrett say, "let's talk about the next steps for you at Great Day USA". When MJ gets back to the station, she tells Kara that she will be becoming anchor. As they both smiles and happy, that joy is soon stolen. Rhonda calls MJ in her office. She basically tells MJ all this is a ploy from Garrett to make them rivalries. Back woman against black woman for an anchor spot. She assures MJ she isn't going anywhere for the next five years. Being that Garrett is EP, MJ doesn't understand why he would do that. Apart of her wants to believe Rhonda is lying but the shade was real. After leaving out of Rhonda's office, MJ bumps into Garrett. She tells him how excited her agent is to talk to him. How fast the tables turn? Garrett tells MJ, " Business Affairs wants him to slow down and wait till her probation period is over". MJ looks at Rhonda who has that I told you so look on her face. Upset by this news, MJ seems to give up hope for minute. While talking to Kara on the phone, she removes all her motivational post its. However, one quote stands out from the trash can...Make yourself a home but don't get comfortable. She removes the quote, place it on the window and have her game face on.
I don't know what this season has in store for us. I just know this first episode has me feeling like where is the real MJ? Gabrielle Union performance is always on point but where is the dynamic of the storyline. It just seems so all over the place. I will be staying tune tho because at the end of day I love the show.
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