The season premiere wasn't the best start to me. Now we at episode two. So far, the direction of this show isn't making me happy. I feel something is missing. I don't know if Mark not being around, MJ not being involved with her family or maybe I am missing MJ's bad ass house scenes. Something is missing for me.
As usual, MJ buries her troubles in sex. Lee has become a part of MJ's life, let's see how this goes. Niecy is sleeping with Dante again. WTH!! Why? Money talks baby. Already Dante is trying to play Niecy because she about to get her settlement money. He wants a car and for Niecy to get them a place. I hope she doesn't give Dante any of her money.
MJ has to get some sleep. Between new work schedule and a new man, she has been quite the busy body. MJ is napping on her desk. Kara comes and wakes her up. They share some girl talk about Lee and why she is so tired. Garrett interrupts their conversation. Due to Rhonda being honored for charity work, she is unable to cover her story of the American Legacy Humanitarian Award. Kara is ready for the battle of MJ and Rhonda. MJ being the head anchor benefits Kara. MJ idolizing Rhonda is the only problem.
Rhonda comes to MJ's office asking to speak to her. Back in Rhonda's office, she tells MJ she picked her to cover the American Legacy Humanitarian story. Rhonda claims she doesn't want rivalry with MJ. She on that black women must work together so they both can get ahead. MJ is really falling for Rhonda's mind games. Rhonda is setting MJ up to fail. MJ respect for Rhonda is causing her not to see it. She agrees with Rhonda that they should work together. Now that the bait of the set up has been done, MJ asked Rhonda about why she started her charity in Kenya. After explaining her reasons, she asked MJ About her charities. For MJ, her family is her charity. Once again, Rhonda being too nice and helpful. She gives MJ the number to the CEO of her charity. She tells MJ to call Corey and schedule an interview.
MJ interviews Corey. The interview is successful but Kara asked an uncomfortable question. Kenya isn't known for successful charity work. Kara wants to know how has Rhonda's charity been successful in Kenya. MJ felt that question was a little to harsh. Kara wants MJ in the main anchor seat by any means necessary. Kara wants Rhonda gone. Can you blame her?
Rhonda stylish has picked out several dresses for her to choose one for the gala. MJ is impress by all the selections. She asked Rhonda, "how re you going to pick one". And here we go again. Rhonda being so helpful. She had her stylish to pick out dresses for MJ as well. MJ better watch this woman. Rhonda has an agenda. This isn't genuine friendship, mentoring or sisterhood. MJ needs to get her head in the game and stop idolizing her competition.
MJ explains the difference between nekkid and naked to Lee. Lee is intrigue so he writes a joke about it in his comedy journal. I guess MJ is about to be the inspiration to his jokes. Since MJ said she wants movie popcorn, Lee takes her out on a real date. Sitting in an empty theater, Lee and MJ finally talk verses just having sex. Lee drops the bomb he has two kids. Is MJ ready for a man with a family already? I can't see it. MJ invites Lee to be her date to the awards gala. Lee happily accepts.
Back at the studio, Rhonda tells MJ she has her and her boyfriend sitting at her table. Rhonda makes it clear that Corey will be sitting at the table as well. She asked MJ, "will your boyfriend be ok with that". MJ let's her know, Lee will be fine. Rhonda wants to know a little about Lee. MJ shares a little about Lee. She tells Rhonda he is a comedian and has two kids. Once again, Rhonda gets in MJ's head. She place doubts of inviting Lee to the gala in MJ's head. Next thing you know, MJ calls Lee. She tried sugar coating exiting Lee as her date, but Lee cut to the chance. "If you don't want me to come to the gala, just say so", Lee said. Rhonda won!! No date for MJ to the gala.
Time for Niecy to get paid. She goes to pick up her settlement check with Dante by her side. I was surprised to see the check was only for $150,000. Looks like Niecy was too. I couldn't help but wonder was there an asking price. Missing pieces we didn't get the chance to see. The lawyer was aware that of her wanting to start a trust fund for her kids. When he asked her about it, there was hesitation in her voice. Did she start a trust fund for the kids? The next thing we see, Niecy at a car dealership with Dante by her side. Before you know it, Niecy purchase a $40,000 car for Dante. Has she lost her mind? Dante careless about Niecy and her children. He is using Niecy. She better be careful. Once the money is gone, Dante will be gone.
Kara is digging into Rhonda's charity in Kenya. She found some information that gave her concerns. She tells MJ, "while your at the gala, try to get more information about the charity". Kara feels with Lee being a comedian and from London, he can help MJ get information. MJ tells Kara, Lee isn't her date for the gala. MJ gives Kara so many excuses why she isn't sure about Lee. The truth is Rhonda made her doubt her relationship with Lee.
he gala has started. MJ covers her story. Rhonda introduced MJ to her husband and kids. Rhonda's husband (Ellis) tells MJ how Rhonda always talk about her. Boy, Rhonda is good. She has her family in the mix. Snap out of it MJ. Rhonda means you no good MJ.
Rhonda and MJ steps away from her family. As they sit at the bar, Rhonda tells MJ about all the successful men at the gala . MJ agrees with a smile on her face. Bye bye Lee!!! MJ is checking Corey out and he is eyeing her too. MJ spends the night bonding with Rhonda and getting to know Corey.
MJ spots Kara leaving the gala. She excuses herself from talking to Corey. MJ asked Kara, where was she going. I guess MJ forgot, Kara has mommy duty. While walking Kara out, Kara reminds MJ that Corey is the enemy. He works for Rhonda. She wants MJ to use her charm for information, not for her potential husband. At least Kara's head in the game. MJ feels Kara is taking this Rhonda battle too personal. No MJ, you are taking it too lightly. I am team Kara on this one. Corey is the enemy like Kara said. MJ did a low blow towards Kara. She pulled you don't understand card. Kara is Hispanic, and MJ is African American. So MJ feels she can't understand because of her race. Kara gets upset and says something to MJ in Spanish. Wake up MJ!! Kara is on your side. Kara leaves to tend to her kids. This conversation didn't end on the note. I don't know much spans, but I know Punta isn't a good name.
Patrick sees Trayveon playing with a new car. Trayveon tells his grandfather he got his new car from Dante. Oops, secret is out. Patrick didn't know Niecy was dating Dante again. Daddy knows best and sometimes us ladies doesn't listen. Niecy comes home to concerns from her father. "I didn't know you was seeing Dante again", Patrick say to Niecy. Niecy is shock Patrick knows. Patrick knows Dante is only around for the money. Sadly, Niecy doesn't see it. Then maybe again she does but just want a man. What will her grandparents say about this?
The gala is over. Everyone has left but MJ and Rhonda. Rhonda is so happy about her award. She gives a speech and dedicated it someone name Steve. Of course that sparked MJ's curiosity. She asked, "who is Steve?" Steve was someone who didn't want to Rhonda to succeed. A similar experience leaves MJ to share her story about Justin. Justin is the producer that got MJ fired from SNC. Ellis calls out to Rhonda they kicking us out. MJ is waiting for the Uber but of course Corey to the rescue. Rhonda tells Corey to take MJ home.
MJ and Corey arrives at her hotel. Lee shows up and see MJ with Corey. MJ excuse herself from Corey to talk to Lee. Well, Lee doesn't have time for games. He pulls MJ cards about the mind games she is playing. She wants love but not ready to fully submit to it. He breaks up with MJ. Corey thought he was having a nightcap but MJ ends their night. After that conversation with Lee, she ended her night alone.
Kara and MJ is sharing a cab to work. After their disagreement, they have not spoken. Kara is still in her feelings. MJ announces she is still in this to win. Kara wasn't feeling MJ at moment. However, MJ one her over with her olive branch. Kara asked MJ"did you sleep with Corey?" MJ tells her no but she thinks he is her black unicorn. MJ bye with that. MJ starts tell Kara how Corey is living. She already googled him and showed it to Kara. Leave it to Kara to discover another name connected to Corey. Once at the TV station, they research so more. MJ is in her feelings and thinking Corey lied to her. With fire in her eyes, Kara sees MJ about to go let lose. Kara tried to stop her but that wasn't happening. On their hunt to bust Corey lies, they get a surprise of their own. Before approaches the building, they see Ellis (Rhonda's husband) getting out the car with the young lady they thought was Corey's wife/girlfriend. A scandal would put Rhonda out the anchor seat. kara ready to blow this story out the water. But, that MJ want to wait for more confirmation. Omg, where is the real MJ? Kara and MJ agreed to go to Garrett in the morning.
J gives Rhonda the heads about her the story. Rhonda acts like she is so hurt and didn't know. She tells MJ to tell Garrett. Hmmm!!! Kara prepares to tell Garrett but while on the air, Rhonda confesses everything. Kara is pissed at MJ. Kara should be mad. MJ isn't seeing the games Rhonda is playing. Kara stormed out. MJ goes sees Corey. Corey has become the fall guy. Rhonda has him taking the blame for the fraud and he is going to jail. MJ gets a tip from Corey, Rhonda isn't someone you mess with at all. However, neither is MJ when she is herself.
MJ goes see Lee after reading some jokes in his journal. She used the journal as an excuse to go see him. She tried to return his journal, but he told her he had a new one. MJ wants to talk but Lee doesn't want to talk to MJ. He gives and tells her to talk in front of her friends. MJ pours her out and he tells her to stop running and take a risk. MJ gets her man back.
At work, Rhonda go in for the MJ's juggler. She hired the producer that got MJ fired from SNC. Holy hell. Remember at the gala, MJ told her about Justin. Well, now Justin is the senior producer at Great Day USA. My excitement about Justin is he played by the fine Michael Ealy. Yummy!!! Shots fired Rhonda. Wow, you thought Rhonda was your friend MJ.
Stay tune because this rivalry about to turn up now. I betcha the MJ we know and love returns next week. Can't wait.
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