Being Mary Jane (2013) s05e01 Episode Script

Becoming Pauletta

1 Previously, on "Being Mary Jane.
" Not bad, huh? The network could not wait to tout the show's return to number one in the ratings.
Now you've got your billboard, and I've got what gets me that corner office.
We're not gonna call it a panel.
We're gonna frame it as a gathering of women at MJ's breakfast table.
That's genius.
Hey, somebody's got to fill Garrett's job, so why not me? Garrett convinced the brass to give me a vote on his replacement.
So you have to choose between Kara and Justin? [SOFT MUSIC] - What's this? - I asked my attorneys how to best split up our marital assets.
Niecy, there's nothing more I can do to help you.
Give me a second chance.
How about you be my shampoo and sweep girl, and then we'll revisit you getting your booth back.
- All right, it's a deal.
- You can start today.
A decision has been made on my replacement.
GDU's new executive producer will be Kara Lynch.
Whoo! I was afraid that if I picked you, I would just be doing it - out of fear.
- Fear? Fear that if I didn't choose you, that would mean the end of our relationship.
- Where are you going? - You made your decision.
Now I'm gonna live up to your expectation.
I don't really know what I'm looking at.
Those are the two embryos.
Are you ready to proceed? More than ready.
["AT LAST" PLAYING] Experts tell women in order to get what we want, we must first get out of our own way.
FACE IT: I turned getting in my own way into an art form, but once I course-corrected, once I stopped trying to orchestrate the perfect union, that's when real love was finally able to show up In abundance.
And suddenly, I had options.
I was faced with one hell of a choice.
When I look at you - Pauletta, baby, it's time.
- Coming.
The stars above are blue My heart was wrapped up Mary Jane, will you marry me? The night I looked at you [GASPS] Is that a yes? Yes, yes.
I could speak to A dream that I Can call my own I am a happy man.
And here we are In heaven For you are mine At last Mm.
Can I just look at you tonight? Yeah.
[CONTENTED SIGHS] I can't believe you have to go to China last minute.
My agent thinks they're grooming me for their co-anchor position once what's-his-nuts retires.
- [SIGHS] - I'll be your competition.
Oh, yeah, right.
There is no competition, - Bubby, okay? - [LAUGHS] "Great Day USA" is number one by a very comfortable margin, and that is not gonna change as long as I'm running the show, okay? - Maybe not.
- But as your girlfriend, I hope that you score that gig.
That would be amazing.
[CALM MUSIC] [BASS JAZZ MUSIC] What's wrong? [GASPS] [LAUGHS] - Justin.
- He proposed? But you're not happy? Oh, girl, I So, I might be pregnant.
Oh, my God! Mary Jane, that's great news! Oh, my goodness.
Yeah, here's the thing.
- If I'm pregnant? - Yeah? It's not Justin's.
- Oh.
- Yeah.
So I mean, like, the day after Justin left, and I totally thought he was gone for good You got wasted, and you had a one-night stand with a total stranger? No, bitch, Jesus.
No, I went to the clinic, and I had my frozen embryos implanted like a normal person with donor sperm from a total stranger.
You did what? Well, no, I went to the clinic and I heard what you said.
Mary Jane, My Go what were you thinking? I'm done with you.
No, no.
No, no, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, No, uh-uh-uh, I'm done with you.
No, no, listen.
Listen, listen, listen.
Listen, listen, I was I was caught off guard, okay? I literally leave my IVF appointment, right? I get home.
There he is, my dream man, on bended knee, my unicorn, with this ring.
I mean, I have a split second to make a decision.
There's, like, a 15% chance this procedure even works, you know? Why Why tell the man if I'm not really pregnant? - When will you find out? - Next week.
- Next week? - Next week.
- Are you cold? - A little bit.
Oh, no, no, no, no.
I'm gonna take care of you tonight.
Is that okay? - Uh-huh.
- Yeah? Yeah.
Oh, still in blowjob city? Girl, I got three nights in a row.
I think I'm developing lockjaw.
Oh, God.
Why don't you just have sex with him, then? Because I can't have orgasms if I want the embryos to take, and Justin, God bless his soul, - always gives me an orgasm.
- Oh.
In the meantime, I need to figure out some new methods.
I was thinking about that, uh That Tiffany Haddish grapefruit trick.
Oh, God.
[LAUGHS] [MISCHIEVOUS MUSIC] Well, there is always the, uh.
- Oh.
- [LAUGHS] Oh.
What's this? Bum Rush? I'm feeling adventurous.
All right.
Just got paid Portia better quit playing before Nini snatches her weave.
I'm telling you, she about to get cut.
- Yeah, sh - Nini's not playing - with her.
- She's not.
- Nina's the wrong person - Nina's the wrong Oh, hey, Tasha.
What are you doing here? Hey, Niecy.
I thought today was your day off.
- Uh-uh.
- Oh.
So, um, can't get your own clients? You got to steal mine? Girl, bye.
All right, look, she needed a stylist.
You wasn't here.
Ain't nobody got to be stealing your clients.
- It's nothing personal.
- Ooh, a "stylist.
" That's a strong word for you.
- Yeah, yeah.
- All right, [INAUDIBLE].
It's the right word for me, because you have no idea what a stylist is, 'cause you're never here.
- You're not gonna have edges.
- You're the one that doesn't have money right now.
Let me tell you one more time.
I just helped her with one of her clients last week.
- I'm not doing this with you.
- And she gonna take my client? Keisha, would you give us a minute, please? Thank you.
- Unbelievable.
- Niecy, you cannot make a scene like that in my shop.
Well, why are you out here talking to me? You need to be talking to her.
She's the one that's stealing clients.
Your client can go to whoever they want.
That's not Kia's fault.
It's just the name of the game.
Are you serious? Between my school schedule, that makeshift supply closet that you got me working in, I'm losing my regulars.
It does not matter the location of the chair, Niecy.
Women will let you do their hair wherever, just as long as you slink it better than anyone else.
You're graduating soon, right? You want to fight for clients? Do it honing your skills, not hollering in front of my patrons.
- You understand? - Yes.
Of course I understand, and I'm forever grateful for everything that you've done for me, but I think my working here is done.
- What are you saying, Niecy? - With all due respect, I quit.
I appreciate you, but I quit.
- Hey.
- Great show this morning.
- What's all this? Well, you know you're always doubting my Cajun ancestry? Uh-huh.
- Check it out.
- Oh.
- Yeah.
- Is that seafood gumbo? - Talbot family recipe.
- Oh.
Let me change out of these clothes.
Okay, and I hope you're hungry.
Oh, yeah.
[SOMBER MUSIC] [JAZZ MUSIC OVER SPEAKERS] Mary Jane, do you want some brown rice with that gumbo, or, uh I can make you some quinoa.
God forbid you actually eat a complex carb.
[SOMBER MUSIC] - Mary Jane? - In here.
Can I come in? [SIGHS] Yeah.
Is that what I think it is? Can I see it? It's a plus sign.
We're pregnant.
Justin, there's something I need to tell you.
48 hours.
That's how long we were apart.
Do you realize that? Just 48 hours? I mean, if you had slept with someone else, you know, broken-hearted rebound sex, I That psychology I can handle, but this, I don't even know how to process.
You left.
You gave me no reason to believe that you were ever coming back.
I mean, I I didn't have time to To waste on yet another failed relationship, so I figured if I'm gonna do it, I might as well try now.
Why didn't you say that when I asked you to marry me? I didn't think I was actually gonna get pregnant.
But you were hoping you were.
I mean, that's what all the no sex was about, right? The fertility treatments? Do I really make you that paranoid, that insecure? You still don't trust me.
I do trust you.
I do trust you.
You keep making monumental decisions that deeply affect my life without any consideration for how it might make me feel.
You walked out on me.
Did you forget that? You left me.
What was I supposed to think, huh? If there's anyone on the planet who knows how much I want a baby and a family, it's you.
You, you, you want, right? It's always about what you want.
What about what I want, huh? What a what about What about what we want? What what we want? I don't know, 'cause you left! - You pushed me out, Mary Jane! - No, no, you made a choice! - You pushed me out! - You made a choice, - and you left! - And I still came back, as angry as it made me that you chose Kara instead of me.
I understood that.
I understood that.
It was very hard to accept, but I love where that loyalty came from, and I still made a decision to come back to you and propose, because I believed that this was a part of our lives that we could start as absolute equals.
We-we are equals, and that's that That's what I want more than anything.
I want to believe that.
Then believe it! Come on.
You accepted my marriage proposal without telling me, forcing me without any conversation to potentially spend the rest of my life fathering another man's child.
[MOURNFUL MUSIC] Why? That's how badly I want a baby.
I'm sorry.
Justin, I I am so, so sorry.
I am I am I'm sorry.
[SIGHS] Where are you going? I am exhausted.
I'm going to bed.
Mary Jane.
God, I love you.
[MELANCHOLY ELECTRIC GUITAR MUSIC] I just can't find a way to make this work.
I wish you and your child all the best 'Cause I know you're gonna be, like, an amazing mom.
You're just in time.
Oh, perfect.
I'm starving.
Paul, I made lunch.
That's all right.
Gonna have my beer in the den.
So Mom, how's that living situation working out for you? Boy, don't you start.
You moved back in, hoping closer proximity would change Dad's mind, right? And what's wrong with that? I've had my fair share of women try to get my attention.
- Oh.
- And you going about it - the wrong way.
- Dad is stubborn like me.
You can't Bogart your way back in there.
It's got to be his idea.
You got to pretend you're done with him.
Men don't fight unless they think they've lost you.
Trust me, I know.
So I'm supposed to ignore him? Mm-hmm, yeah.
Player rule number one, ignore him.
No, no, that's fine.
No, thank you.
Well, that's why I'm just doing my job.
Okay, buh-bye.
- Hi, Niecy.
- Hi.
- I'm Mike.
- Nice to meet you, Mike.
- Have a seat.
- All right.
So what can I do for you? Okay, well, I'm almost done getting my cosmetology license, and I want to open up my own hair salon, so I need a business plan.
Oh, see, these books, they're no help to you - unless you know the lingo.
- Yeah.
But you are in luck, because I have a master's - in business administration.
- A master's? Why you work at a nonprofit? My family stressed community service as much as education.
It's all about acquiring a skill and then using that skill to help your community.
They do good work here at the resource center, and I can make money anytime, so I'm more interested in making you money.
Well, I heard that.
Where do we start? Well, start filling that out.
I'm holding on to my freedom Can't take it from me I was born into it It comes naturally Living my life Like it' s golden, golden, golden Golden, golden All right, let's take a ten-minute break.
Couples, use this time to massage your pregnant partner.
[TRANQUIL CHIME MUSIC] I'm telling you, kale is the key.
Always kale.
Once you substitute healthy options for the bad stuff, then the baby starts to crave it too.
- Oh.
- Mm-hmm.
So kale, kale, healthy food.
I'm I'm right there with you guys.
See you.
Bye, kale! [LAUGHS] Kale, my ass.
[RETCHES] Excuse me.
You need some help? [SPUTTERS] Beau? Beau Mercer? Pauletta Patterson.
What are you doing here, Beau? I, uh I had a dentist appointment down the hall.
Well, I guess I don't have to ask what you're doing here.
When he left, I just decided I was done waiting, and here we are.
Well, you know, it seems like this Justin really did a number on you.
- Water under the bridge.
- Wow, really, water under the bridge? I don't buy it.
You've been talking about him for the last hour, so I think that bridge is about to flood.
All right, well, let's change the topic.
Um, so what brought you to New York? Let's just say divorce has a way of making you examine other areas of your life, so when my college buddy offered me a job running his new social coding startup, I quit my corporate gig.
Now we're one of the leading software development platforms in the world.
Remember when I thought social coding was coding at a cocktail party? I know, right? What happened to that little tech illiterate that broke my heart? I think she caught the same struggle bus as the skinny dork with the, uh, coke bottle glasses.
Well, what can I say? The, uh the Lasiks and a gym membership goes a long way.
- You ain't no lie.
- [LAUGHS] Goodness.
And I did not break your heart.
Oh, oh, you didn't break my heart? No.
We wanted different things.
No, no, see, I wanted to be with you, but you wanted to be with your career.
No, that is not that's not how I remember it.
That's exactly how it was, whether you remember that or not.
Matter of fact, you didn't want to be married.
You didn't want any kids.
You liked to practice, but you didn't want kids, and clearly, looks like half of that's changed.
Yeah, well, you know what? I am not the woman that you used to know.
I, uh I no longer let my wild ambition just sort of run all over the rest of my life.
I have evolved in my old age.
- Well, so have I.
- Yeah? Yeah, I was just so taken by you.
- Well.
- But what you should know is that I'm no longer that that shy, reserved guy.
- No? - No.
- That's not your - No, no, the Beau that's sitting at this table right now? - Mm-hmm.
- He goes for what he wants.
[OMINOUS MUSIC] Uh, yeah, no, I'm I got to go.
Um, I'm late for a an appointment.
Well, listen.
Wh so why don't we um, why don't we go out tonight? - Boo.
- No, really.
A pregnant woman can't date? No, not not this one, no.
I between work and preparing for the baby, I can barely make my weekly birthing classes, and I have the distinction of being the only single mother there, which is a lot of fun, so no, no, but it has been really nice to see you.
It's been really nice to see you.
- Thank you.
- Uh-huh.
[MISCHIEVOUS BASS MUSIC] [SIGHS] [HAUNTING SYNTH MUSIC] [SIGHS] You have invasive ductile carcinoma.
It is cancer.
[HAUNTING MUSIC] [SIGHS] So how do you treat it? We can do a lumpectomy, where we remove the cancerous mass and treat you with radiation therapy, we can remove the right breast, or we could do a bilateral mastectomy and remove both breasts.
Well, if this was you, what would you do? Take them off.
This runs in your family.
Your mother and sister are both survivors.
If it was me, I would have them removed.
Am I gonna need, uh, chemo or anything like that? Because your cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes, if we do the bilateral mastectomy, you won't need to undergo radiation or chemotherapy.
Um What do I tell my kids? [AMBIENT MUSIC OVER SPEAKERS] I made myself crystal clear, so if this is a part of the whole new Beau, doesn't take no for I I can't.
Look, look, look, look, Pauletta, just relax.
Relax, okay? I had a follow-up dentist appointment, so I just thought I'd just hang out here in case you needed me.
So listen, I know you don't want to go through this whole thing alone.
I know that, so I'm here.
I'm available, and I want to do this with you.
So what do you say? - Okay.
- Okay okay? - Okay.
- Okay.
Okay, okay.
Let's go over there.
There's a spot right over there.
[SMOOTH VOCAL MUSIC] Thank you so much for today.
It was great.
Yeah, come on, now.
Because those other babies gonna get a massage and not Mary Jane Paul? Come on.
I'm not gonna hurt you.
Oh, my God, I forgot how good you were with your hands.
Now, come on, now.
I remember the feel of you.
- Oh.
- Those spots.
Red rum melody Oh, my God.
- You know, um, pregnant women - Mm-hm? You know, they've got raging hormones, and, uh, there's, like, an interesting side effect to that.
Is, um, they become horny as hell.
- Hmm.
Is that right? - Yeah.
- I didn't know that.
- Oh, you didn't? Hmm-mm, no.
I, um, was wondering if In my ear she'd been waiting Oh, you know, maintenance.
How about a tune-up? Hmm.
Just trying to give her what she's missing Beat it hard like a drum Give her love till it's gone You know that she deserves it Me and you right here oh man it's feeling Picture perfect She knows how to control My tempo we're so simple Yes, oh, yes.
[GASPS] Oh! Down in the dungeon below Where the people They all say Red rum melody Hey, hey Hey Ooh Red rum melody Hey, hey So when's your due date? 12 weeks from today, actually.
- 12 weeks from today.
- Why? Oh, I just want to clear my schedule, make sure I'm available.
Oh, so you can crash my delivery? No, no, I want to be there in the hospital in case you need me.
[TENDER MUSIC] Hey, question.
What are you doing next weekend? I got to go to Atlanta for my niece's graduation.
Next weekend, would you maybe want to come with me? So it's like, the family's like a date? Like a buffer, you know? They're really excited that I'm expecting, but not so excited that I'm doing this all on my own, - so the optics of this - No, no, no, no, no.
Look, look, no, you don't You don't have to explain.
I would love to come.
Um, I'm leaving next Friday after work, and the party's Saturday.
I can definitely make it to Atlanta by Saturday.
- Looking forward to it.
- Me too.
What is that goofy grin on your face about? What, this? Uh, I ran into Beauregard Mercer last week, and let's just say he let his tongue do the walking.
Beauregard Mercer, the guy The nerdy guy you dated in college? - Yes.
- Ah.
Baby girl, I'm I'm, um I'm a little bit swamped.
Is there anything else? No, fine, go back to work.
I'll just be over there basking in the aftershocks, 'cause they were many.
[SOMBER MUSIC] Dad, Dad, even the kid can't stop staring at her.
Get your own! Boy, get out of her face.
Go find you some business.
Hey, you want to lick my plate too? Okay, okay, listen.
This is the first time in my entire career I don't have to be TV skinny, so make all the jokes you want.
I'm cool.
Well, I hope you saved room for your favorite.
Sweet potato pie, y'all.
Ooh, Mom, that looks good.
Hey, Dad, you gonna miss this home-cooked food once you sell the house.
Hey, you let me worry about that.
Y'all got to figure out where you gonna be living.
No, I been looking for an apartment.
- I'm doing good.
- Oh, well.
I've been busy with school, so Well, I just got back from Dubai, but I'm thinking about buying a house.
Well, you get a place big enough, maybe I'll come and live with you.
Let's let's not get carried away, Ma, okay? Let's Dad, what are you thinking about doing once you sell? I might move back to Mississippi, reopen the old house.
- Oh.
- Okay.
- Mom, I have a surprise for you.
- Oh? I have invited a gentleman caller to Niecy's graduation party.
- Whoa.
- Who? - Beauregard Mercer.
- Oh, Mercer? Why, I just saw his mother not too long ago at the store.
She says he's very successful now, flying in a private jet.
Is that the tall, skinny guy - with the thick glasses? - Mm-hmm.
- Yeah.
- I really liked that guy.
Oh, you just liked him 'cause he's a big old nerd.
You said that boy ain't never gonna get nobody pregnant.
[LAUGHTER] There you go.
Guy ever use a camera on a phone before? Well, he's fine.
I thought you guys said - he was a nerd with glasses.
- He was.
Thick glasses, pocket protector, and everything.
Look like JJ from "Good Times.
" One sec.
[LAUGHTER] Well, that caterpillar is clearly a butterfly now, mm.
Well, I'm just glad she found somebody in her delicate condition.
- I'm right here, people.
- All right, here we go.
I got it.
You guys ready? One, two, three.
[UPBEAT MUSIC] [LAUGHTER] Oh, my friend is here.
Come here, baby.
- Thank you.
- Mm-hmm.
Dad, can you hold on to this one? All right.
All right.
- Congratulations, graduate.
- Hey, hey, hey.
Thank you.
Oh, beautiful flowers.
- How you feeling? - Nervous.
- You ready for the pitch? - Hell, nah.
You want to run it with me a few times? - Come on.
- Come on.
Tell me something, Mr.
A 40-year-old man and good- looking too and no children? Mm, what's wrong with you? - Mama.
- No, no, it's okay.
It's okay.
Let me just say this.
My ex-wife and I, we tried to have kids, but it didn't work out for us.
I've always wanted kids, though.
And do you think you would love them if they're not yours biologically? That was real subtle, Mom.
Well, my mother actually adopted me - out of the foster care system.
- Oh.
And she couldn't love me more if she tried, so because of that, it doesn't matter to me how I become a father, because I know it doesn't take blood to love a child.
Well, your mother tells me that you flew in on a private jet.
Yes, ma'am, but that's the company's jet.
Paul and I used to travel for fun.
And with the increase of my clientele, we break even in the third year, with a 5% increase in the fourth year.
So what do you guys think? And give it to me straight.
Wow, Niecy, This is a really good business plan.
- I'm impressed.
- Mm-hmm.
- Yes, yes, yes, yes.
- I'm impressed.
Look, I'm just I'm just a little concerned about your level of experience.
Well, I worked at Claudia's for a whole year.
Shampooing and sweeping.
She helped keep the books, as well as the inventory too.
And what exactly is your role in all this? I helped her create the business plan, but all the ideas were hers.
Uh, Niecy, look, the, um The ink on your degree isn't even dry yet.
You think you can take on all this? Mm-hmm.
I believe in myself, thank you.
Businesses don't run on self-esteem.
This is a big undertaking.
Okay, I feel a little ganged up on.
We're proud of all the hard work you've done.
We just don't want you to bite off more than you can chew.
That's all.
Yeah, so you won't even take a chance on me? Well, no, we want consistency.
- $50,000 is a lot of money.
- Very true.
You know, so what if we make you a deal? You you get your job back at Claudia's - What? - Hear me out.
Get your job back at Claudia's, build up your clientele for for, what, two years, and then we all come back to the table, and we work something out.
That sounds reasonable, Niecy.
Sounds fair.
Guys, I don't have two years.
I have two kids to worry about.
That's why I've been busting my ass, doubling up on classes, trying to finish early, but my family still doesn't believe in me, and I don't even know why I'm surprised, because you never have.
- Niecy.
- Wait, stop.
W-w-wait, wait, wait.
W - Oh, okay.
- [SIGHS] Have a safe flight.
[SOMBER MUSIC] [SIGHS] I honestly thought that it would be different this time.
I I worked my ass off.
I am literally exhausted.
I'm tired.
I know, and your work was It was impeccable.
I mean, they still don't get it.
They still don't understand.
How am I ever gonna get ahead if nobody believes in me? [SOMBER MUSIC] Listen.
I believe in you.
- Mike, we fell asleep.
- What? We fell asleep.
We fell asleep.
Get up.
We fell asleep.
Before my grandma sees you.
Niecy, you are a grown woman.
Boy, if you don't come the hell on - Get your jacket.
- Are you kidding me? - We didn't even do anything.
- Get your ass up.
All we did was fall asleep.
Niecy Patterson, I don't know who you think you're fooling.
You and your young man may as well come on in here for some breakfast.
I hope you're hungry.
The main thing parents should think about or consider when naming a baby is that baby will be an adult one day.
You want to pick a name that will grow with them into adulthood.
So fruit names are out? Oh, my God, she looks great.
Love it.
Oh, my goodness.
And a little mention of Justin.
- I know, right? - Can you share with us Plus, ratings are up 20% since she announced.
She's now the second-most played TV personality.
- Oh.
- Not revealed what I'm having, and I'm certainly not gonna reveal the name before he or she is is born.
- Okay.
- Who's the first? - Girl, Oprah.
- Oh, duh.
Uh, okay.
[SCREAMS] Cut to commercial! Cut to commercial! [DRAMATIC MUSIC] No, no, no, seven months is not too soon, sweetheart.
Listen to me.
It's gonna be fine.
This hospital has the best neonatal unit in the east coast.
Everything's gonna be okay, Mary Jane, I promise you.
I'll be right here! [CRIES] Oh, God.
Justin, what are you doing here? Is she okay? She sh she's gonna be fine.
She just she has pre-eclampsia, and they have to take the baby right away.
Wait, she she's not even eight months yet.
I know.
Were you watching the show this morning? It's it's all over Twitter.
I just Stop.
That's bullshit.
You don't like Twitter, and you don't like social media, Justin.
Why can't you just admit that you still love her? I just wanted to make sure she was okay.
[MELANCHOLY MUSIC] Don't tell her I came, please.
It's just gonna upset her.
Paul? Hi.
I'm here to check your blood pressure, okay? How are you feeling? - I'm numb from the boobs down.
- [LAUGHS] How's the baby? They have him in an incubator to help him with his breathing.
Are his lungs okay? They're fine.
They just Just need a little help.
[SOMBER SYNTH MUSIC] Tell me the truth.
You can you can tell me the truth.
We're just watching him overnight to see how he does.
This wait is killing me.
Why I can't I just stay with the baby? You're still recovering from the C-section, Pauletta.
- I know.
- I'm gonna go see - what I can find out.
- Thank you, Dad.
Oh, Pauletta, I want you to see this.
Now, my great-great grandmother, Letty Hawkins She sewed this blanket with her own two hands, and it was for her son, Albert James Hawkins.
Now, he was my grandfather and your great grandfather.
Now, I've used this blanket for all you babies, and now I can pass it on to you.
Now, I know it's old.
You don't want it, but I was just thinking that maybe you could just take some pictures with the baby in it.
Are you kidding? Mom, this is amazing.
Thank you.
- She stitched his name in it.
- Albert James Hawkins.
- Mm-hmm.
- Wow.
Miss Paul, how are you feeling? Anxious.
Tell them what you told me.
Your baby is officially out of the woods.
- Oh.
- He's breathing on his own.
Everything is fine.
Oh, my God.
Okay, thank you.
Thank you.
We'll keep him in the NICU for a few weeks, until he's strong enough to go home, but he's gonna be just fine.
[SOMBER MUSIC] Thank you.
[BABY CRYING] [WARM MUSIC] No, you're not gonna get it.
- You gotta go get it.
- Uh-oh.
- You gotta go get it! - Come on.
[LAUGHS] Yeah, you better give it up.
You better give it up.
[LAUGHS] The sun was in your eye.
Let me see that.
Come on, old-timer.
You got better game than that.
I know you do.
Come on, PJ.
As sweet as this is, don't you think we ought to get started? Yeah.
Let's get this show on the road.
- Patrick - Dad, we asked you here because we're worried about you.
I thought this was an intervention for Patrick.
What do I need a intervention for? I've been sober for over five years, Dad.
I might have lied just a little bit.
It's actually a intervention for you.
We want you to reconsider the divorce before it's too late.
[SOMBER MUSIC] Look, I know it was Mom's fault, but hey, look, I stepped out on enough women to know it takes three people to cheat.
Now, have you asked yourself what part you played in the situation? [LAUGHS] Your mother had a big thing for Frank.
She could never, ever turn him down.
But she did.
She did turn him down, and she's here now trying to win you back.
It's not that simple.
Your mother almost destroyed our entire family with what she did, and she damn near pushed you back into drugs with that bombshell story about Frank.
Man, forget Frank.
He's a non-factor.
You know how many times I heard from his sorry ass since I found out he's my biological father? Two, Christmas and my birthday, and Mom probably reminded him both.
Mom reminds us of every family birthday.
She's always looking out for us, same way she's always looking out for you.
Look, her whole life, she's been a mom and a wife.
I just think she was scared this was gonna be her final act.
Hey, I'm not saying what she did was right by no means.
I'm just asking you to try and understand.
Please, before it's too late.
We don't mean any disrespect.
You're our dad, and we love you.
- Yeah.
- But we don't think you're gonna like what your life looks like without Mom.
So what you gonna name this little nugget? Uh, I was thinking of, uh, Pierre Patterson.
You know, we're all named after my dad, Paul.
It's kind of a family tradition.
Why don't you create a new tradition? - What about Trevor? - Trevor? God, that's so white.
I'm not naming my kid Trevor.
Chase? Chase is racially ambiguous, - right? - Oh, wow.
- Right? - Chase? I have never met a black Chase, like, ever.
- Oh, really, Beauregard? - Yeah, really.
I'm responsible for that, thank you.
And for the record, I have met a black Chase.
Oh, where, on the polo fields, playing lacrosse? Look, why don't you name him Raquel? There you go.
I'm not naming my child after your high school rap hero.
[INAUDIBLE] a lot of hits.
[SMOOTH MUSIC] I know what I'm naming him.
Albert James Patterson.
Yeah? I think he likes that name.
Albert James.
Kara, look at how cute Albie is when he rubs his face with his little fists.
It's the cutest thing ever.
[PERFUNCTORY LAUGH] Okay, what gives? You've been like, you've been super weird, like, for a minute.
What's going on? [SIGHS] I'm, um I'm naming you executor of my estate.
The, um, insurance policies are for my boys.
I mean, I would have asked my family to do it, but my mother, she's just way too emotional, and my sister, she's, you know God bless her, she's not the most responsible one, so And, um, if anything were to happen to me and I wasn't gonna be here, you know, I just want my babies to be taken care of, so that's what that is.
What's going on? Really, what's going on? [SIGHS] I have I have breast cancer.
O okay, um First things first, done.
No problem.
Um Tell me everything.
The good news is that they found it early, and they found it through, um, an ultrasound, and, um, my mammogram showed nothing [SOMBER MUSIC] But, um, I've decided that, um, I'm just gonna just go ahead and just do a double mastectomy.
Why not just a lumpectomy? Why go - No, no, no.
- It's so extreme.
I know.
Because of my family history.
I don't want to live every d Every day of my life worried that it might come back in another breast or that it might spread or something, so I've just decided that that's the best thing to do, so I'm gonna I'm gonna have the double mastectomy.
- What about Orlando? - Orlando doesn't know, and I don't want to tell him.
I don't want to tell him because he's He's away in Brazil, and he's you know, he's, like, covering the World Cup, and he's he's up for this promotion, and I just I don't want to mess him up.
- You got to tell him.
- No! No, no, no, I don't want to tell him, Mary Jane.
I don't want to tell him.
I need you to support me, okay? I didn't bring you in here and tell you this so that you can go and and do your little thing and stuff.
This is my cancer and my decision! - Uh, yes.
- And I need your support! No, I'm baby, I'm here.
I'm I'm here.
I'm here.
I'm here.
I'm here.
Just tell me - what you need me to do.
- I'm so scared.
A- Dr.
Warren, how is she? She's in her room.
The surgery took about six hours.
WE TOOK EVERYTHING OUT: all the breast tissue, both sides, and then we put in the expanders.
They're kind of like balloons to stretch the skin and keep it viable for breast reconstruction.
And how long before she's able to go home? In three or four days.
Thank you, Dr.
Um, can I go see her? Yes, room B404.
Thank you.
[TRANQUIL MUSIC] Hey, sleepyhead.
How you feeling? Hey.
Oh, God.
Mary Jane, it hurts.
Well, you see this? See this little button? You press that, it gives you a jolt of the good stuff.
You want me to do the honors? - Mm-hmm.
- Okay.
[GROANS] How's that? Better? - Mm.
- Okay.
Well, Dr.
Warren said that everything went according to plan.
- There was no complications.
- [CRIES] Baby, what's wrong, huh? What's wrong? Everything went great.
You're gonna make a full and complete recovery.
- I just miss Orlando.
- Oh.
I wish he He was here with me.
Well, you can stop crying, because he's on his way.
No, he's not.
He's in South America.
In a couple hours, he will be in a taxi coming from JFK.
You bitch.
You told him? He's worried about you.
Is he really on his way? He messaged me from the plane.
I'm so glad.
Thank you.
Not necessary.
Yes, it is necessary.
I couldn't have gotten through this without you.
Thank you.
Oh, my God.
I look like shit.
I feel like shit.
Girl, do you think that I would let Orlando come into this room and see you looking nuts? Girl, I got you.
I'm gonna hook you up, okay? Thank you, honey.
- Now let me go work my magic.
- Okay.
'Cause when Orlando comes in here, girl, you 'bout to look like J-Lo at the 1990 Grammys, okay? - Green Versace dress year? - You know it.
Let me work my magic.
Hold on.
It's okay.
It's okay.
It's okay.
How is she? She's good, but you're gonna have to fix your face and pull it together before you go in there, all right? She needs you.
- Okay? - Okay.
I'm gonna go call John and the boys, okay? Yeah.
I'm sorry.
[CRIES] I'm so sorry.
Shh, I don't want to talk about that.
Okay? None of it matters.
I'm here, and I'm never gonna leave you alone again.
[LAUGHS] - Ay, mi Amor.
- So happy to see you.
I missed you so much, mi Amor.
I missed you too.
What is that? What do you think it is? Come on.
You're just doing that because I'm sick.
For your information, smarty pants, I bought this months ago.
I wanted to propose to you in Bora Bora, but good luck getting you to take a vacation.
- So Papi, um - What? Before you go down this road, I, um I don't know how much you know, or how much Mary Jane told you, but, um, I had a bilateral mastectomy.
I took off both my breasts, and I don't know what they're gonna look like, but I'm not gonna be the same.
They, um I mean, I'm gonna have, you know, reconstruction surgery, but They might not be the fun little titties that you love.
[LAUGHS] Kara, stop it.
You'll never be anything to me other than the most beautiful woman in the world.
[LAUGHS] I love you.
- I love you.
- I love you so much.
I want to make you my wife, and I am not taking no for an answer.
Do you hear me? [BASS JAZZ MUSIC] It's so beautiful.
What's going on? Morning, Ms.
Did you see who's back, filling in for Kara? The most important thing is that we all just just kind of move forward, you know? At the end of the day, I think I think everything will work itself out, so let's get back to work.
Look, I'm not here to cause any friction, 'Kay? We worked well in the past.
I think we can do so again, at least until Kara gets back.
And how do I know that you're not trying to, you know, scheme your way in and push Kara out? I got my eye on the network's late-night talk show.
Filling in for Kara is just a means to an end.
Well, I guess it's, uh, welcome back.
Thank you.
Um, listen, I'm really glad that things worked out for you.
How's the baby? He's great.
Thanks for asking.
- Justin! They chose Justin! - What? Are you kidding me? I can't believe he would even accept after losing the job to me.
I know.
He claims he's only taking the job to get in good with the suits because he's trying to get the EP job with the late show, but That spot is opening up, so good for Justin, you know? Good for Justin? What about me? What about you? What about you? Stop.
You stop being a drama queen.
You'll be fine, honey, okay? He knows what he's doing.
I'll be back before you know it.
[JAUNTY MUSIC] [BASS MUSIC] Niecy, can we see you for a minute? What's this? Well, we know you don't think we believe in you, but we want to show you how much we do.
- Go ahead.
- [LAUGHS] [LAUGHTER] What is going on? [GASPS] [LAUGHTER] ALL: Surprise.
Oh, my goodness! Oh, my gosh! You guys.
Oh, my goodness.
This is amazi I I can't believe you guys did all this.
Thought it'd be a good temporary fix, and it'll help you grow into your own place later.
I mean, this is amazing, but what happens when you two sell the place? Well, that's the other part of the news.
The house is sold.
To who and when? - Ey! - No! [LAUGHTER] Hey, look, I couldn't stand to see the house leave the family, so PJ.
You're free to do hair here for as long as you wish.
Oh, my goodness.
Thank you.
I don't even know what else to say.
- Well, don't thank us.
- Thank you so much.
Do not thank us.
It was your father's idea.
- And he did all the work.
- He did? Yeah, I saw that look in your eye when we said no.
It reminded me of when I tried to open my first club.
You got that fire in your belly like I had.
- Uh-huh.
- So I'ma do everything in my power to make your dream come true.
That means a lot to me, Dad.
Thank you so much.
I love you.
I love you all.
This is amazing! [SCREAMS] Come on, let me line you up, baldy.
Girl, you ain't getting on my head.
The difficulty that survivors go through to prove sexual harassment sounds just as painful and harmful as the sexual harassment itself.
It is.
It's a grueling process, and oftentimes survivors have to prove their own innocence, but really, the Me Too Movement exists so that we can fill in those gaps and help people to make it through until they get what they need.
So the hearings, the court appearances, police reports After all of that is over, how do survivors heal and move forward? Well, that's if they make it to court.
A lot of them don't even get that far, but forgiveness is really the key.
It's really important that as survivors, we learn to forgive ourselves first, 'cause a lot of us feel complicit in our own abuse.
- Great show, Mr.
- Yeah, well, you know, we've already received a dozen requests for clips, and that's, uh okay, so So what is this contraption right here? Oh, my breast pump.
Yeah, I have to keep one in the office.
I have to stay on schedule - and you listen, you do not - Yeah.
Want to see me on air - with these babies leaking.
- [LAUGHS] Good times.
It looks like parenthood suits you.
You know, honestly, most days I feel like I'm barely treading water, and I have a baby nurse.
- Pauletta.
- Beau, what are you What are you doing here? Where's the baby? Well, Martha got home early from her dentist appointment.
I figured I'd stop by and take you to a surprise lunch.
That was really thoughtful of you.
- I thought so.
I'm Justin.
Oh, sorry.
S-I'm rude.
- Justin? - Yeah.
Justin, okay.
Justin, I, uh, heard a lot about you, Justin.
- Yeah? - Yeah.
Hope it wasn't all bad.
No, it wasn't all bad.
Okay, um, let me finish up here, grab my stuff, and I'll meet you in two minutes? - Meet you in two.
- Perfect.
So your, uh Your baby nurse looks like he does a little Little CrossFit.
That was cute.
Uh, Beau is a friend that fills in for my baby nurse, Martha, on occasion.
Got you, okay.
Well, hey, you know, at least you're not doing it all alone.
Beau's a he's a really, really good friend.
- Yeah? - Yeah.
I heard you when you said it the first time.
Did you hear me? [MELANCHOLY PIANO MUSIC] Okay, um [LAUGHS] Justin, um, well, uh, Thanks for a great show.
Hey! He is knocked out, thank you, Jesus.
I didn't think he would fall asleep.
- What are you doing? - For work.
It's nice to finally get a break.
My feet are killing me.
Foot rub? Of course.
[LAUGHS] So do I need to be worried? About? I don't know, about nigger with the light eyes.
And why would you need to be worried about Justin? I'm asking you.
He's filling in for Kara while she's out on sick leave.
That's it.
Mm, he's filling in for Kara? - Yeah.
- Does he know that? 'Cause that's not the vibe I'm getting.
Really? And what vibe are you getting? Jealousy vibe, like he had something - and but now he's lost it.
- Oh, something? 'Cause I'm just a piece of property? Look, no, stop, stop.
You know I didn't mean it like that.
I didn't mean it like that.
There is no "there" there, darling, okay? You've got nothing to worry about except those arches, so I'm gonna need you to just dig in there.
[SYNTH MUSIC] Yeah, so the contact for the [INAUDIBLE], Tina, said they're gonna have to cancel.
- She felt sick.
- Ah, shoot.
So I can bump somebody up, maybe? Yeah.
Let's make that work.
Beau, my man.
I'm gonna have to put you on payroll, brother.
Just came to take my girl to this dinner.
- Mm.
- Oh, and by the way, uh, thanks for picking up the slack while Kara's been out.
Pauletta was really worried about that, and you stepped right in and saved the day.
Yeah, you're a regular Superman, huh? I'm more of a placeholder, really, but I think you know how that feels.
You know, I'm not down for all this passive-aggressive talk.
You got something to say, say it.
I ain't really thinking about you enough to have something to say.
You know this is all on you, right? You left her, and instead of being mad at yourself, you want to blame it on somebody else.
You know, for someone who I've only met once, briefly, you sure think think you know a lot about me.
I need to thank you, 'cause you had been a bit of man and handled your business, instead of getting caught up in your feelings and running away like a little bitch [QUIETLY DRAMATIC MUSIC] [STAFF MURMURING] Justin! Beau, stop it! Jesus.
Beau, a word, please? At my job? Are you serious? If you're trying to in Ingratiate yourself, starting a fight with the interim boss, certainly not the way to do it.
Well, technically he threw the first punch, so he started it.
Okay, yeah, and I'm sure you didn't instigate it.
Whoa, hold up.
Are you are you - You taking up for him? - What? You you're taking up for him, okay? I've bent over backwards to be here for you, to prove myself to you, and you know what? This this this is This is giving me flashbacks.
Yeah, so I guess it was at first it was the dude David.
- You remember him? - Oh, Jesus.
And now it's it's Justin.
I don't I don't know what else to tell you, Beau.
I have told you again and again, it's over with Justin.
But I can see it in your eyes.
- Really? - Yeah, really.
I didn't want to see it, but I can see it in your eyes, and now you can't even deny it.
- All right, well.
- So you know what? Look, you're gonna have to figure out who you want, and when you do that, you let me know.
[SYNTH MUSIC] Hey, Aaron, have you seen where Justin went? Yeah, he hightailed it out of here.
Dude's starting fist fights in the office.
What the hell was that? Kara's gonna regret bringing him back.
What do you mean? Kara was the one that suggested Justin.
In fact, she insisted he was the only one that could fill her shoes.
Network backed her up.
You picked Justin, and And then you lied to me about it.
All right, Mary Jane, just hear me out, okay? I don't think your story with Justin is over, honey, but the both of you are so stubborn, so I thought if I brought the two of you together Unbelievable! Did you think about what I might want? I had a shot at something real with Beau, and you thought it was a good idea to introduce my ex-fiancé in to the mix? If you could have just seen Justin's face at the hospital.
What? And you didn't tell me? He did not want me to tell you.
He begged me not to tell you, Mary Jane.
He didn't want to upset you, but I saw it in his eyes, girl.
I saw this man still loves you very much.
[TENDER MUSIC] I mean, why else would he pick a fight with Beau? Justin may love me.
Okay, I'll give you that, but Beau wants me and AJ.
Justin doesn't want that, and you you told me that I'm a mom now, and I needed to act like one and think like one and I know I said that to you.
If there is anything that I have learned from this cancer, is that life is precious And time is fleeting.
Justin is your unicorn, Mary Jane.
Just, please don't settle.
Never go back We can never go back I can feel, I can feel it coming We can never go back Burn us down Like a rushing comet Bound for the planet We're dinosaurs Living in denial I can feel it coming We can never go back We can never go back I can feel I can feel it coming We can never go back [HORSE NEIGHS] [HORSE CHUFFS] As the ice is melting Merging with ocean All our eyes are open What are you doing here? I tried to call, but your phone's not on, so I got your address from the crew list.
[TENDER MUSIC] I just wanted to make sure you were okay, and I wanted to ask you.
Justin, why did you come back? 'Cause I, uh I love you.
I know you love me.
I know that, but I also know that you are thoughtful to a fault, so if your ass was gonna propose to someone, you'd have a damn good reason, so tell me why you wanted to marry me.
- You cold? - Yes.
'Cause you're curious, persistent, passionate, and driven, but above all, you're the most courageous woman I've ever known, and even though you don't mean to do any harm, you can be frustrating, stubborn, difficult, sometimes Actually, oftentimes Selfish as hell.
I thi I think we're getting a little off track here.
[LAUGHS] You should go you should circle back to, like, the positive stuff.
I have great credit.
I have dental and vision.
- And then there's that.
- What? You make me laugh, not to mention you love "Beat Street" over "Krush Groove," and you love Jodeci over Boyz II Men, and unlike most people, you and I can see "Boomerang" and think that Marcus and Jacqueline - would make a better match.
- Yes, because Marcus could never give Angela one good reason why she should give him another chance.
Oh, yeah.
When she said, "Did I ask you to quit your job?" [LAUGHS] We love that part.
Yeah, we do.
Listen, I left because I was angry, and I didn't know where I fit in your plan, but but I came back because of "The Airman's Odyssey," that book that you, uh, keep by your bed? The one I've had since I was a little girl.
There's a part that goes, "Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but looking outward together in the same direction.
" - You memorized that? - Yeah, because that's what I see with you.
- Us looking outward together? - Together.
- Yeah, I didn't memorize it.
- In the same direction.
Direction, there, yeah.
- Yeah.
- Yeah.
Nobody can love me better Better than you better than you Like the stars above we burn together When I'm with you When I'm with you I feel like I'm in too deep I can't feel the ground beneath my feet So carry me across the water And over the moon, hey You know I hate sleeping alone, baby Don't make me When you're not here this bed seems so cold You know that your love Kept me warm through the weather Ooh Ooh Nobody can - Thank you.
- You're welcome.
This farmhouse is amazing.
How long have you had it? A little over a year, yeah, but with the contractor being here and me being in the city, there's I definitely bit off more than I could chew.
I was hoping to have all of these renovations done before I brought you here to see it.
Yes, Martha? Oh, is everything okay? No, I'm I'm on my way.
No problem.
What's wrong? Martha's dad was in an accident, and, uh, she has to go check on him.
I um, I need to get a car service up here.
No, that you know what? That'll take too long.
- I'll drive you.
- Are you sure? - Yeah, I'll drive you.
- Thank you.
It's fine.
[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC] How is he? Oh, he's been crying for about two hours.
Oh, baby.
- Oh.
- Oh.
Yeah, it's the colic.
It's that colic.
Hi, baby.
Oh, yeah.
I hate to leave you like this when he's so fussy.
No, it's okay.
The colic is like a nightmare, every night, like clockwork.
I don't want to leave you, but No, your dad needs you.
Go, Martha.
It's okay.
- You're sure? - I'm positive.
I'm his mom.
If I can't handle the small stuff, what am I gonna do with teenage drinking? Why don't you try the shower trick? Oh, yes, thank you.
Go, go, go.
I've held you long enough.
Oh, baby.
Well [LAUGHS] I think it's maybe time that I introduce you guys.
- [CRIES] - Oh Albie, baby, this is Justin.
Justin, this is Albert James Patterson.
Is he gonna be okay? Oh, yeah, it's ju It's just colic.
You know, the shower trick, it's a it works pretty well.
Something about the the steam and the sound of the water, it soothes you, doesn't it? It soothes you, little Albie.
I'm gonna go do that right now.
- Can I help? - Yeah, yeah.
Can you go turn on the water? Yeah, yeah, I got you.
He, uh he asleep yet? I think so.
The steamy shower trick always works.
[TENDER MUSIC] He's beautiful.
Thank you for driving me back and staying and helping us.
You're welcome.
Really? Great.
I've got one more One more request.
- Shoot.
- I need to make his bottle.
I will be back in, like, 30 seconds.
Can you watch him? - Yeah, uh I d I can try.
- You sure? - Promise I can try.
- No take-backs.
No, okay.
All right.
It's just you and me, buddy.
[BABY CRYING] When a man's an empty kettle, he should be on his mettle And yet I'm torn apart Just because I'm presumin' That I could be kind of human if I only had a heart I'd be tender I'd be gentle And awful sentimental Regarding love and art I'd be friends with the sparrows And the boy who shoots the arrows [KNOCKING] If I only had a heart I'd be tender I'd be gentle And awful sentimental [INSISTENT KNOCKING] Regarding love and art [SOMBER MUSIC] - Hey, Beau.
- Hey, look, listen, Pauletta, I am sorry.
I just I let my insecurities get the best of me.
I pressured you into making a choice that you already made.
You know, you've never given me any reason to doubt you, and for that I apologize.
Oh, you really shouldn't have.
No, no, I should have 'cause, you know, tonight was supposed to end so much differently.
- It should have.
- Yeah.
It was supposed to end with me telling you how much I love you, me telling you how excited I am to have a future with you and AJ.
- Oh, Beau.
- And end with me getting down on one knee to say I love you, Pauletta Patterson.
I am convinced that it was fate that led me here to New York to reunite with you.
This is our second chance, and I'm not letting you get away.
[DISQUIETING MUSICAL CRESCENDO] ["OVERJOYED" BY STEVIE WONDER PLAYING] Over time I've been building my castle of love I guess what I feel most in this moment is relief.
I mean, relief in having finally come to the realization that all the online checklists and all the how-to books, all the poems and the Post-Its and the positive affirmations are just chatter.
Pauletta, baby, it's time.
For you now to say That I've got to throw My castle away Over dreams I have picked out A perfect come true Though you never knew It was of you I've been dreaming The sandman has come From too far away For you to say "Come back some other day" And though you don't believe that they do They do come true For did my dreams Come true when I looked at you And maybe too if you would believe You too might be overjoyed [APPLAUSE] Over love over me Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mr.
and Mrs.
Justin and Pauletta Mary Jane Talbot.
If I could I'd give you the world Wrap it all around you Won't be satisfied With just a piece of his heart My angel Oh angel You're my angel And now Justin and Pauletta would like everyone to come to the dance floor.
Each day a day to remember - Might I have this dance? - Feels so safe - I was hoping you would ask.
- I feel secure with you I love it.
[LAUGHS] Really, you fill me up Keep right on giving, fill me up Look into my pocket.
Oh A cruise to the Bahamas? Oh.
Would you run away with me, Mrs.
Patterson? To the end of the earth.
This will be an everlasting love This will be the one I've waited for This will be the first time anyone has loved me, oh I'm so glad you found me in time I realized the only affirmation you need is "Let go and let love" because the second you get out of your own way and stop orchestrating, it just happens.
The moment you stop saying "me" and, without thinking, saying "us" That's the moment you're finally able to allow the love you want in.