After two-week vacay (compliments of last week’s State of the Union address) and teasing us with a pretty intriguing promo, BET’s “Being Mary Jane” returned Tuesday, answering a couple of questions and offering a few surprises. I’ve listed three things that stood out to me during Tuesday night’s episode.
Mary Jane goes on a date with a new guy. Kara, Mary Jane’s friend and work colleague, arranges for her to go on a date with a guy from an online dating service. The guy, played by Wayne Brady, appears to be great on paper: he has a winning personality, is a microbiology professor and handsome. And he even tolerates Mary Jane’s struggle to be present during their first date (she kept answering text messages). He was so cool and mature, that he offered to pay for dinner while he left her to put out family and work-related fires. MJ agreed and they rescheduled their date, where virtually the same thing began to occur. He jokingly called her on it and she detached herself from her phone. They engaged in a thoughtful and revealing conversation where she shares some details about her relationship with her married lover, Andre. He offered no judgement (smile). I like this guy but with all that MJ has going on in her life I don’t think he’s going to be around long. Especially when you see the third item on this list.
Avery plays herself. We’ve seen bits of this scene in the promo and were curious how it all unfolded. Basically MJ’s girl and another co-worker, Nichelle, asked her at the last minute to be the guest speaker at a luncheon for an influential women’s organization. She agreed but to her surprise Andre’s wife, Avery, a big donor, would be there and sitting next to her. Avery, without being prompted, brought up the topic of Andre cheating on her. Though she never revealed that MJ was his mistress, she tried to put her on the spot but ended up with egg on her face (This scenario reminded me of how Mynique played herself on a recent episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.“). Assuming MJ would be too embarrassed to respond, Avery asked, “Mary Jane, you seem to be knowledgeable about these things. How would you handle it?” Really, Avery? She didn’t count on MJ’s response that the top reasons some men cheat on their wives is because of bad sex and they’ve simply fell out of love with them. She also failed to factor that MJ would tweak the tone of her speech to champion being No. 2. Ouch! I get Avery wants answers. I totally do. But life’s teaching me that we have to look at our role in things no matter how painful. Otherwise, we’ll repeat it again. Oh, and don’t ask questions you’re not ready to receive the answers to. Yes, this is where Kenan Ivory Wayans pops up, saying, “Message!”
Andre says he asked Avery for a divorce. To be honest, I was hoping that Avery and Andre would bravely face their personal and marital issues and make it through. Not so much for the sake of their union but for their individual personal growth. The truth is that they both have issues and whether together or apart, they’ll drag that luggage into their new relationships (I really want Avery to evolve past her frigidity issues and learn from her role in their unhappiness.). They’ve gone to couple’s therapy and revealed some of the issues they have with one another. He says Avery doesn’t see him (totally understandable) and she says he’s a great dad and questions why she wants a man who cheats on her (understandable as well). In spite of this, it seems that they’re unable to work it out–and maybe this explains how Andre ended up with MJ after being with Avery two episodes ago–and Andre wants out. Will he find happiness with MJ? I don’t know. From what upcoming previews show, he may have some competition and it’s not from the microbiology professor. Stay tuned!
Want to see what led up to this? Watch “Being Mary Jane’s” third episode, “The Huxtables Have Fallen”
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