Tyler Perry has did it again!!! Season Refresher & Review Of #TooClosetoHome
Too Close to Home is a new TV drama series created, written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry. The show debut on TLC cable channel Monday, August 22, 2016. The show is centered around three sisters with family secrets and different walks of life.
*S1Ep1: Dangerously Close
The show opens with Anna meeting her friends at a bar. A guy shows interest in Anna, but she rejects him. Valerie tried to get Anna to dance with the guy, but Anna really doesn't want to. Anna gets pushed into the guy, and Valerie takes a picture of Anna and posts it online. Anna gets upset and leaves the bar. JB shows up demanding help from Anna. Anna is an intern at the White House, and she is ashamed of her family and friends. Which is way she been lying to her friends about having rich parents? So when her friends pull up in a cab to apologize, she quickly dismisses them before JB say something she doesn't want them to know. Anna tells JB she doesn't have any money, but JB doesn't believe her. After JB leaves, Anna goes into her apartment to receive a secret phone call from a man who is upset with about the picture Valerie posted. He also has people following her which Anna discovered when JB grabbed her, and a guy stepped into help her. Who is Anna secret man?
Anna's secret man turns out to be the President. A late night visit to his office for sex ends with the President having a heart attack and the beginning of Anna's problems. Unknown to Anna and the President. The First Lady is waiting outside of his office. The employees of the White House is trying to keep his secret, but the First Lady knows something shady is going on.
After being escorted out of the President office. Anna goes see Valerie at the bar. Anna and Valerie goes outside to talk but the outcome wasn't what Anna thought it would. Anna confess to Valerie that she was having an affair with the President and he just had a heart attack. Valerie get upsets and tells Anna she can't know this because stuff like this ruin lives. Even though they are friends, I understand Valerie. A political scandal can cause much drama in your life. Valerie walks away from Anna after telling her she can't help her and not to contact her.
Anna arrives home to get a visit from the First Lady. The First Lady tells Anna all about herself and where she comes from. The First Lady reveals she wasn't first whore to sleep with her husband. She forces Anna to talk a morning after pill being that protection wasn't used. The First Lady has her own agenda. Anna's affair with the President has cause her more problems then she can handle.
Bonnie is the oldest sister who lives in an Alabama trailer park with her mother living right next door. Brody shows up to collect the rent money. Bonnie only has her rent and not her mother's rent. Bonnie tries to get Brody to agree to her taking care of his father for exchange of rent money. Bonnie works at diner and she is struggling to take care of two homes, kids and herself.
JB Bonnie's boyfriend tells her about visiting Anna. Bonnie gets upset and tells JB do not bother Anna. JB tells Bonnie that Anna needs to help her out. From the looks of things, Bonnie needs all the help she can get. I know Anna is ashamed of where she came from but she can help her family.
Bonnie arrives at Brody's house with dinner and her mother's rent check. Dr. Allen, Brody's father wakes up to go to the mill. Brody tries to get his father to go back to bed but Bonnie was the one to settle Dr. Allen down. Bonnie comes in and her and Brody have small talk. Seems as though Brody doesn't like JB because he repeatly asked Bonnie is she happy. Bonnie apologize to Brody for her sister Anna breaking his heart. Anna and Brody broke up because Anna pursued her career. Bonnie tries to keep talking about Anna but looks like Bonnie and Brody has history. Brody gets up and walks up on Bonnie. Before you know it, they are kissing.
Bonnie tells Brody he doesn't want her, he wants her sister. Brody yells Bonnie, I love you. Brody has accepted that after 3 years and attempting to reach Anna, they are over. Bonnie reminds Brody that she is in a relationship with JB. Because of Brody's feelings for Bonnie, he tells her this why she can't take care of his father. Looks line these two have feelings for each other if u ask me.
The first lady tells Anna, tomorrow the world will know about your affair with the President. Anna tries to get the first lady to protect him and her family by not saying anything. The First Lady has threaten to destroy Anna's life. She kicks Anna our her apartment with nothing. The President was paying for all of Anna's lifestyle. Anna begs First Lady Christian not to pursue this. Her response was... You think he I'd the monster, you have no idea of the one standing in front of you.
Anna arrives at Dax and Victor's apartment asking for help. Valerie has told Dad about Anna's affair. Her friends doesn't want to get involved in this scandal. Anna life is crumbling and for three years she has been lying to her friends. They have no understanding to why she isn't calling her rich family. Victor, Dax's boyfriend gives Anna money to get home.
Anna is walking the streets of DC with no where to go and no one to turn to. She goes to the bar for a drink and calls Brody. Brody didn't answer his phone but a familiar face approaches Anna. The guy from episode one who showed interest in Anna offered her a night cap at his place. Anna accepted his offer. Back his place, he tried to get information about the White House but Anna doesn't want to talk about her job. After a few drinks and insults he let's Anna spend the night on his couch.
Shelby, Bonnie and Anna's little sister arrives at her mother's house. Her son, who lives with Bonnie, let's this aunt knows his mother is outside. Bonnie goes outside to talk to Shelby. She arrives to see Shelby sporting a black eye and her boyfriend has kicked her out the house. Bonnie allows Shelby to spend one night at her place. Matt stands there looking at his mother abused and high. Shelby trirsto talk to him but Bonnie tells her don't talk to him and tells Matt to go to bed.
JB arrives hone to find Shelby on the couch. Shelby wakes up and all that'd on her mind is drugs. JB tells Shelby she needs to get herself together and help her sister. Shelby states flirting and makes sexual advantage towards JB. JB leaves out because he almost gave in to temptation.
JB is in his truck and here's comes Shelby. This time JB didn't resist temptation and had sex with her. While they are having sex, Bonnie comes outside and see them in the truck. Bonnie a strong woman because she said nothing. She just went back into the house.
After Shelby and JB had sex, Shelby asked for her money or drugs. Things went left with JB said he had neither. JB tells Shelby to get out the truck but she don't. JB makes the mistake of getting out the truck. Shelby locks the door, pulls a gun out and takes JB truck. JB is worried about getting his truck back. He gies in the house and ask Bonnie for her car keys. Bonnie lets JB their relationship is over. JB is more focus on getting his truck, he grabs Bonnie trying to take her car keys. Matt, Bonnie's nephew points a gun at JB tell him to let his aunt go. JB let's Bonnie go and leave.
Brody wakes up to a gun pointed St him by his father.
*S1Ep3: Highway 16
Brody's father is missing. Bonnie arrives at work to find the diner door open. She calls the sheriff but she see Dr. Allen seating naked. Bonnie calls Brody to let him know his father was at the diner. Dr. Allen asked Bonnie where is Salllie Mae, his wife. Bonnie tells Dr. Allen she died. Dr. Allen starts telling Bonnie about her childhood memories that caused her to cry. Dr. Allen tells Bonnie that Anna is in trouble with the President. Bonnie is clueless.
JB arrives at the diner to use Bonnie's car. Bonnie once again, she tells JB no. JB is very upset and screaming at Bonnie. He grabs Bonnie. Dr. Allen tries to help Bonnie but JB pushes him. Brody arrives just in time. JB and Brody starts to fight. In this episode we learns that Brody and JB are brothers. The sheriff arrived and broke up JB and Brody fight. Bonnie tells the sheriff Shelby stole JB truck. JB denies what Bonnie said. What is JB hiding about his truck because we know Shelby took his truck. JB leaves with the sheriff and Brody questions Bonnie. Brody doesn't understand why Bonnie allows JB to treat her bad. Bonnie assures Brody she is ok. Brody has to get his father home. Bonnie tells him to take her car. After minutes of being stubborn Brody agrees to using her car and Bonnie helps with caring for his father.
Anna wakes up to questions being asked about work. She takes a shower and once she is out, she is ambushed by Washington Times reporter. They wanted her side of the story about her affair. Anna refuses their help and left. When she arrived outside she is ambushed by reporters. A live feed followed Anna to Dax's house. Anna arrival at Dax's place caused problems for Dax relationship and Valerie. Dax and Valerie refuses to help Anna in anyway but Victor let's Anna in the house. Victor tries to get Anna a bus ticket but had no luck so he agrees to drive her. Valerie and Dax tells Victor he can't do that because of their gay lifestyle. Despite Dax's objections, Victor and Anna leaves for the 12 hour drive to Alabama.
Shelby sells JB truck for $5000 and drugs. No wonder JB needs his truck, the load on his truck was full of TVs with hidden drugs inside. Later, the sheriff finds JB's truck. He asked JB if he wants to press charges on Shelby, but he said no. Once the sheriff left, JB checked his truck to find the drugs gone. Looks like JB got trouble on his hand. JB arrives yo tell his boss about not having the load. Unfortunately, they doesn't know what they has gotten them self into. The thug doesn't want to hear JB excuses. He kills JB boss. JB has 24 hours to get what belongs to him or he will kill Shelby and Bonnie. One night of sex, has caused so many problems for JB. See how karma works.
*S1Ep4: Have you heard?
While driving to Happy, Alabama, Victor asks Anna the questions she isn't ready to answer. Did you love him? Why you do it? How it started? Why she didn't stop? Anna doesn't know who to trust, so at first she didn't want to answer. Victor told her she could trust him because some one has to know her side of the story.
On the long drive to Alabama Victor and Anna talk about the night the President had his heart attack. Victor tells Anna that this could be set up. Did someone set Anna up? Anna also learns about Victor escorting days and the danger he was in before. His past explains why he helped Anna.
The thug arrives at the diner and meets Bonnie. He introduces his self as Johnny. He has coffee and watches Bonnie. When he decides to leave, the sheriff arrives. The sheriff wants to know who is he. In a small town, everybody knows everybody. For the second time, someone mentioned Anna's problems to Bonnie. The sheriff tells Bonnie that Anna is on the news for having an affair with the President. He suggest for Bonnie to call her. Brody also learns about Anna's affair on the news. He reaches out to Anna, but her voicemail is full. He calls the number she called him from and reaches the bartender.
Shelby is at a hotel getting high and later up with her boyfriend Rick. She is watching the news and hear about Anna's scandal. She takes Rick's truck and leaves the hotel. JB is all around town looking for Shelby. He learns from someone at a bar that Shelby was there. She is spending money she won on a scratch ticket. At least that's the lie she telling.
Brody calls to check on Bonnie. Bonnie gets a little upset hearing that Brody called Anna. Even though Brody told her way he called; Bonnie is brushing it off. After getting off the phone with Brody, Shelby arrives at the diner. Looks like ahe happy that Anna has gotten herself in trouble. Bonnie see that Shelby is high and driving. She tries to grt the keys from Shelby. Shelby refuses to give her the keys. Bonnie calls the sheriff to report Shelby. Selby tries to leave but they get into an argument. They argue about Shelby sleeping with JB and Bonnie sleeping with Brody. Shelby brings up something that Bonnie wants to avoid talking about. Bonnie finally takes the keys from Shelby. Shelby walks away.
JB finally finds Shelby. He smacks her and start choking her. Rick tries to defend her but JB punches him. JB is asking Shelby where is his stuff with his hands around her neck. Rick gets up and hits JB with a lamp. Rick and Shelby leaves a knocked out JB in the room. Meanwhile at the diner, Johnny the thug shows up when Bonnie closed up. As she was leaving, he appoarch Bonnie saying he left his phone in the diner. Bonnie opens the diner back up. She is looking for his phone but doesn't see it. He was up behind Bonnie, grabs her and start choking her. Did JB just caused Bonnie her life?
*S1Ep5: A Surprise Visit
The thug didn't kill Bonnie. He tells Bonnie he is sending a message to her man. He let's her know JB has been up to no good. In 18 hours, JB better have what he owe him or all of you are dead. The sheriff arrives at the dinner hours late. The thug threatens to kill him but Bonnie swayed him off.
Anna and Victor arrives in Happy, Alabama. They pass a bar that Anna told him to stay away from.Victor needs a place to sleep and Anna isn't offering a bed at her family's house. They both agree it's best he stay at a hotel. After driving her so far, Anna should have let him stay with her family. She knows her hometown doesn't agree with Victor way of living. After Victor drops Anna off at Bonnie's trailer, he heads to the only hotel in town. Instead of going into the hotel, Victor goes into the Honky Tonk Bar. Victor doesn't get the beat treatment at the bar. He makes a new friend and that friend is Shelby.
Bonnie takes Brody his motorcycle. Brody thinks Bonnie is upset because he called Anna. Brody kisses Bonnie but once again Bonnie rejects him. Brody trues to talk to Bonnie but Bonnie doesnt want to talk. She defiantly don't want to talk about them. Bonnie tells him she will sit with his father on her days off. Brody wants to know what is wrong with Bonnie. Bonnie doesn't tell Bonnie about the thug or trouble JB has gotten her and her sister into.
JB finally wakes up from being knocked out. He takes off to find Shelby who is outside hiding behind a trash can with her boyfriend. Shelby heads off to the bar after yelling at her boyfriend for using all the drugs.
Bonnie finds JB at the diner messing with Rick's truck. She tells him about the thug choking her and threating to kill her. JB already knows he will kill someone. Bonnie asked JB what was in that truck. JB tries to lie but tells Bonnie about the drugs and the $30,000 he was going to get. JB claimed he did this to help Bonnie with her family. I actually believe he did. But Bonnie doesn't and don't care. She walks off telling JB to fix it.
Anna arrives to get attitude from her daughter Rebel. Looks like Bonnie is taking care of both of her sisters kids. Anna is unaware about her mother's condition so she doesn't understand why she didn't answer the door. Rebel gives dinner to Anna and tells her to take it to her mother. Anna enters her mother's trailer not expecting to find it smelly and her mother overweight. Her mother questions her about the President. Anna lies. Anna mother is mean and very insulting. She has nothing nice to say to her. Being away from home and shutting your family out, leaves you unaware of your family troubles. Anna got more then what she bargain for doing home.
Back the bar, Victor is drunk and having a good time with Shelby dancing. Maybe too much fun because he touched a guy on his backside. Shortly after he receives a call from Dax. Because of the music, Victor goes outside to talk to Dax. Day hears that Victor is drunk. He asked Victor where is Anna. Victor tells Day he is alone but he wantwan apology from Day about trying to control on. The situation turns bad when Victor makes a pass at JB. Victor was trying to make Dax jealous but end up getting beaten badly.
Valerie arrives at Day's apartment. She asked Dax what happen to Victor. Dax know something bad has happen but don't know what. Dax tells Valerie he is going to find Dax. Valerie insist on going with Dax. They head to Happy, Alabama.
The sheriff arrive at the bar to find Victor getting beat up. He knows this can be considered a hate crime. He doesn't want the FBI to get involved so he tells the group of men to turn themselves in. The sheriff calls to get Victor some help.
The sheriff takes Victory to Dr. Allen's house. Brody tells the sheriff that Dr. Allen isn't in his right mind. The sheriff knows Dr. Allen isn't well but he is the only hope to save Victor. Brody sees Victor's tattoo and figures out that is why he was assaulted. The sheriff is having no luck getting an ambulance for Victor. Dr. Allen gives Brody a syringe with medicine to give to Victor. Despite his concerns, Brody takes a chance. He injected Victor. Before you know it, Victor is breathing.
Rebel takes something to drink to Anna. She tells her mother to take it to her grandmother. Anna tells Rebel she can't do it. She can't go back in there. Rebel doesn't care and she is very angry. Anna left her there with the family and took off. In four years ahe has called, talked to or seen her daughter. Even with her apologies to Rebel, she has no sympathy for her mother. Bonnie arrives home just in the middle of this tension. She is so happy to see her sister. Anna wants answers about her mother but Bonnie doesn't answered her. Anna is upset to come home to all this as well as her current situation with the President. Bonnie comforts her by saying she is her sister and she loves her regardless of whats going on.
Bonnie and Anna share a heart to heart talk. Anna doesn't understand why Bonnie is being so nice and understanding to her. Anna does admit to Bonnie that she had an affair with the President. In this scene, you see how Anna regrets leaving he family but we learn that Bonnie made her leave. We see that Bonnie is the glue holding this family together.
Bonnie and Anna talks about Brody. Bonnie is fighting her feelings for Brody but for how long. She tells her sister Brody's mother died and his father has dementia. She asked Anna if she wanted to see Brody and still has feelings for him. Anna assures Bonnie she doesn't want to see Brody or has feelings for him. Bonnie really asked for her own need.
Anna goes with Bonnie to bath and feed their mother. Their mother is very nasty towards Anna. She talks down to Anna and gives her no respect. Bonnie tries to keep the peace but her mother doesn't listen. Anna tries to bath her mother but she doesn't want help from Anna. Bonnie defends Anna by threatening to take their mother's food if she isn't nice to Anna. This is all too much for Anna so she leaves out her mother's house. Bonnie's mother had one good point, Anna and Shelby has used her. They both left everything on Bonnie, why isn't she mad.
Shelby wakes up on the pool table in the bar. Lily, the bartender wakes her up. The bartender tells Shelby about Victor. All Shelby is worked about is a drunk or her cut from hustling Victor. Tony puts Shelby out the bar and then calls JB. JB tries to find Shelby.
The episode ends with Brody finding his father on top of Victor with bloody hands and Victor cut open. Did Dr. Allen just had a bad memory or was Victor in danger?
Brody tries to get his father off of Victor. Dr. Allen is looking for something inside of Victor. The sheriff arrives with the paramedics just in time. The paramedics tells Dr. Allen he did a good job. Victor lung had collapse and Dr. Allen saved his life. Wow, that's kind of amazing but scary too. The paramedics leave Victor in the hands of Brody and a doctor who has dementia.
Anna and Bonnie share small talk. Anna asked Bonnie is Brody seeing anyone. Bonnie tells her no but jealousy is written all over her face. Bonnie tries to deny her feelings for Brody. I think with Anna being home, she will not be able to fight thises feelings for long.
Dax and Valerie arrives at Anna's mother house. She wants to know why they are looking for Annie. Of course Valarie corrects her by saying Anna. I think her mother would know her name. Lol. Dax gets to the point. He tells hers they looking for her to find his boyfriend. She gives them no help and tells Dax I don't talk to your kind. Valarie can't believe all the liea Anna has told however Dax isn't focused on that.
Anna's mother called Anna to let her know people are looking for you. Anna goes outside to see Dax and Valarie. Dax ask her where is Victor. Anna tells them Victor never stopped by to say goodbye like he said. Valarie informs Anna that Dax heard Victor getting beat up last night. After learning he was at the Honky Tonk. Anna, Dax and Valarie heads to the bar.
Anna, Dax and Valarie arrives at the bar. Even though Tony and Lily tried to lie about Victor being at the bar, they couldn't deny Victor's credit card purchases at the bar. Dax nicely pulled the statement up on his phone. After Valarie threaten to call the FBI for this hate crime, they get pointed in the sheriff direction.
Bonnie arrives at Brody's house to sit with his dad. Once she arrives, Brody shows her his new house guest. Bonnie sees Victor laying in the bed. Brody explains to Bonnie how the sheriff brought him there. Brody is headed out to work in the field. He tries to hug Bonnie but she backs away. She tells Brody that Anna is back. I don't understand why Bonnie keeps making Anna an issue. You can see he is over Anna or could it be different once he see Anna after four years?
Victor wakes up and he is talking. Bonnie sees he is awake so she leaves Dr. Allen. Bonnie questions Victor about what happened to him. Victor does remember what happens even though some parts are fuzzy. Bonnie learns that Victor is a friend of Anna. Dr. Allen tries to sneak away but Victor warns Bonnie. Dr. Allen doesn't want Bonnie's help and ends up calling her a bitch. The funny bone was tickled. Even though Victor is in pain all he could do was laugh.
Brody comes back. Bonnie tells Brody that Victor is awake. Victor sees Brody and begins flirting with him. He tells Brody what happened to him and who beat him up. Even his brother, JB was mentioned. Nice to see Brody isn't homophobic.
Bonnie and Brody sit in the kitchen talking about how JB treated Victor. Brody wants to know about the redness on Bonnie's neck. He still think JB abuse Bonnie. Seeing the softness in Brody, Bonnie gives in to her feelings and kiss Brody.
*S1Ep8 (THE FINALE): The Evil Dragon
Anna watches Bonnie and Brody have sex. Valerie starts banging on the door and screaming hello. Bonnie and Brody sex scene is interrupted. They get themselves together and go to the door. When Brody opens the door, Bonnie stands behind him looking full of shame when she sees Anna. After getting confirmation that Dax was Victor's boyfriend, Brody allows them to see Victor.
Dax is happy to see Victor and ready to take him home. Due to his condition, Brody tells him Victor can't be moved. Valerie who is pissed at Anna started telling Anna how her lies has ruined all their lives and gotten Victor assaulted. Valerie may be mad, but now isn't the time. Valerie goes outside for air. Brody, Anna and Bonnie gives Dax and Victor some alone time.
Bonnie tries to apologize to Anna but Anna says she is fine. This is an awkward situation. The past love and the new love who are sisters. Brody offers hospitality to Anna. Bonnie gives him a what the hell look. Anna is doing her best to keep it together. She is ready to leave and walk to the trailer. Bonnie wants to drive her back but Anna says no. Why would she? She just saw you having sex with a man she loves. Bonnie insist on driving her back. Anna goes to the bathroom. While she was in the bathroom, Brody and Bonnie have a powerful conversation. Bonnie continues to tell herself Brody still lives Anna despite how much he say he doesn't. Bonnie wants Brody but she is confuse. She doesn't want happiness at the risk of hurting her sister. Tough situation.
JB's world is swirling out of control. The sheriff has finally been contacted about Horse, JB's boss. He is missing. JB is questioned about his whereabouts. Of course, he lies because he knows Horse is dead. The sheriff also tells JB to turn his self for assaulting Victor. JB tells him not right now and goes into the bathroom. He snorts coke and looks up to find the thug behind him. He told JB I warned you. Even though JB begged for more time, his time was up. Who will pay the price for JB being in too deep?
Anna and Valerie have another battle of words.Valerie is so mad with Anna. Valerie tells Anna, I thought we were friends. Valerie calls Anna selfish and a few more names. Regardless of the fact, Nana has apologize repeatly, Valerie isn't forgiving her. Bonnie over hears this argument and rescue Anna.
As they sit in the car, Bonnie tries to ease Anna's pain. She repeatly tells her she is a good person. They talked about Brody growing up but not that she saw him and Bonnie having sex. Bonnie tells Anna about JB running drugs. She also tells Anna about the thug choking her and threating to kill them all. Bonnie promises Anna that she will tell someone about all things.
Valerie apologizes to Brody for her behavior. Brody offers to let her and Dax stay at the house. JB arrives demanding money from Brody. Brody tells JB no and to leave his porch. JB needs this money so he plays on the brother card. He tells Brody he is in trouble. Brother or not, Brody doesn't care and tells JB again to leave his porch before he beat his ass. JB leaves after getting a phone call.
Bonnie and Anna arrives at the trailer to find an angry Rebel, Shelby and Rick. Rebel is upset that Anna is still there. She tells her about being picked on at school because of her. Shelby is there asking for money. Bonnie tells her no and to go in the house. Shelby wants to leave with Rick. Bonnie makes Rick leave.
The sisters has a few words that eventually reveals a family secret. Shelby is self destructing her life due to a past she can't let go of. Shelby who has the most mouth out of, all three sisters tells Anna about Bonnie and Brody. To bad Anna already knows. Anna tells Shelby she will never change. Shelby wants to know how can she change. All three sisters was raped and had children by the same man. Shelby blames her sisters for not stopping him. Although Anna said she did reported and that's why her mother hates her. Unbeknownst to the sisters, Matt and Rebel is listening to this secret. How will this affect the kids?
This touching moment of the sister's break through and bond is broken by JB. JB tries to grab Shelby and demand to know where his load is. Bonnie forces Shelby to tell what she did with the load. She confessed she sold it. JB grabs Shelby and tries to get her in his truck. Anna and Bonnie is trying to grab their sister. Before you know a black van pulls up with guns blazing. Shots are fired. OMG, who lived and and who died?
We have to stay tuned for season two. Tyler Perry has outdid his self. Too Close to Home gives you another culture of life that some of us are unaware of. This is a must watch drama.
Season two starts on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 on TLC. If you missed Season 1, download TLCgo app to watch.
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