The Other Black Girl (2023) s01e07 Episode Script

Caught in the Rapture

NELLA: Previously, on
The Other Black Girl
It's about the ending,
isn't it? Of Burning Heart?
DIANA: Kenny was livid and so was I.
Isn't that why we should
publish the original ending?
- Let's do it.
- Hazel.
I have this charity that tutors kids.
It's called Young, Black, and Lit.
You thought that Ruby was
the dumbest person ya ever met
- and then ya dated her for three months.
- And then we broke up.
Why are you bringin' up old shit?
I never lived in no Boston. Okay,
my girl never lived in Boston.
Who is Shani?
I told you about her, Nella.
The one who hated me.
- something
- You have done enough.
You should've left me alone.
With all my heart, I love you, baby ♪
Stay with me and you will see ♪
My arms ♪
Will hold you, baby ♪
Never leave, 'cause I believe ♪
I'm in love ♪
Sweet love ♪
Hear me callin' out your name ♪
I feel no shame ♪
I'm in love ♪
Hey, Nell.
We're all super excited for you to lead
- the marketing meeting this morning.
- Yeah, thanks.
Can't believe I get a seat at the
table, you know, like, literally.
[GIGGLES] Totally.
Um, and about what happened yesterday,
uh, with you and Hazel,
no one is talking about it.
You're talking about it right now.
Okay, so people are talking
about it, but they're
Yeah. Thanks, Sophie.
- Hi.
- Hi.
I just
So, targeting our brand
partnerships specifically
to Black-owned restaurants,
hair salons, churches,
can help ensure that the
rerelease is a cultural event.
RICHARD: Thank you, Nella.
Flawless presentation.
The hell do I pay the rest of you for?
- Oh, um, sorry. There's just
There's one more thing.
In the spirit of celebrating
Burning Heart's cultural impact,
I was thinking that we could partner
with a local literacy charity,
Young, Black, & Lit.
They partner with schools
and they're doing incredible
work around the city,
and we could donate the first
hundred copies of the rerelease,
and make a huge pledge,
a percentage of the proceeds.
A percentage?
NELLA: Emphasizing Wagner's
new focus on the future.
Burning Heart made me
fall in love with books
and I would love to give
that to the next generation.
That is brilliant.
[SOFTLY] Oh, thank God.
I mean it's all thanks to Hazel.
It's her charity.
Well, thank you, Hazel. Fantastic idea.
Gonna cost me that second boat,
but I've always hated the water.
NELLA: Thank you.
that was, um
I don't, I don't know what to say.
That was, that was so real. Thank you.
You deserve it.
You don't know what that's
gonna mean to those kids.
- Look, I owe you an apology, and I
- No. Stop. Stop.
We just, we just need to reset.
- And just put it all behind us.
- Yeah.
What are you doin' Saturday?
Well, there's a Bridgerton watch party,
and you dress up, and
- Nothing Probably nothing.
Oh, you know what? You
are gonna come to my place.
I'm havin' a gathering.
Yeah, actually, it's kinda like a
- It's a hair party.
- Oh.
Yeah, it's this thing
that me and my girls do
where we mix networking with self-care.
Trust me, it's, it's fun.
Okay. [CHUCKLES] Yeah, I'd love to.
Do you really own a Bridgerton dress?
I don't own one Bridgerton dress.
- Oh, you do.
- You know, just for weddings.
Of course, you do. Nella!
Yuh we came to chill and
relax, put your drinks up ♪
MALAIKA: You not goin' alone.
I really don't see why you're
making such a big deal about this.
Uh, it's not a big deal.
You're goin' to hang out.
I'm goin' to grab intel
that proves once and for all
that Hazel is a liar and I'm right.
And then it'll be a big deal
when I reveal it to the press
and it becomes a TV show.
I am barely getting
her to like me again,
so just please don't
snoop around her house.
Girl, I snoop wherever I want.
Don't let her get in your head.
You're doin' the right thing.
Even if it means I rented that
Bridgerton tux for nothin'.
Well, maybe you can wear
it for when I get back?
Is that your version of foreplay?
[SOFTLY] Malaika, this
is not your problem.
One battle at a time.
Well, then mind your business.
We are enterin' the belly of the beast,
keep your phone on.
I'm gonna share my location
with you. [PHONE BEEPS]
If we need backup, I'll text you.
Don't make her paranoid. She
got enough strangers doin' that.
Your inability to see that I'm
always right really concerns me.
Get it together.
Ooh, ooh ♪
See she's telepathic ♪
[GASPS] Ladies, you made it.
Shut up!
Y'all got a ice cream
waffle bowl buffet?
- HAZEL: Uh, yeah.
- Okay.
Well, maybe I was wrong and this
isn't gonna be boring and bougie.
- Hi.
- Hi.
- Oh, I'm so glad you came.
- So, this is Camille, Ebonee, and Kiara.
Hey, everybody, I'm Nella.
Oh, we know who you are.
Do you know how happy Hazel was
to have another sister
workin' in publishing?
She thought she'd be the only one,
and we all know how lonely that gets.
I am so jealous.
I've heard so much about you, it's
like I have a new friend at my job.
[SCOFFS] "At my job," like she works
at the shoe factory or whatever.
Ebonee here is the youngest
tenure track professor
in New York State.
- That's amazing.
- Ugh, don't let these ladies
pretend like they're not
also doing big things, okay?
- Kiara is a buyer at Saks.
- KIARA: Mm-hm.
And Camille
We don't actually
know what Camille does.
- [SIGHS] It's chemical engineering.
Okay, I have to say
this, like, once a week.
Ask her to tell you what that means.
I bet we won't be finished
before Ruby gets here.
What's her last name?
Um, Cropper.
- Why?
- Ah, that's not who I thought it was.
Nella, you gotta taste this.
Yeah. Go on. Go on, get
you some. Help yourself.
So good.
- Ah!
- It's exactly who I thought it was.
We gotta go.
- [MOUTHFUL] Your ex Ruby?
- Yes.
- Ruby who got fired from Forever 21.
- Pretty good.
Ruby who stole my Alexa.
Ruby who sent me
this message after I cheated on her.
[WHISPERING] Okay, I remember, Malaika.
This hair party is a setup
- for Ruby to get revenge on me.
- Nella, can we go?
- I think it's just a hair party.
- Can we go before Ruby gets
She might not even come.
- So sorry I'm late.
- Lord.
Third round Goldman
Sachs interviews are no joke.
- [STAMMERS] Ruby.
- Hey.
[CHUCKLES] What the hell? Come here.
- So you can stab me?
- Ah.
So I can hug you. Come here. Come here.
"Solace anywhere more comforting
than in the arms of a sister."
Alice Walker.
Is your bathroom, um, this way?
Yeah. Yeah. It's just
upstairs on your left.
- And, Nella, you gotta go, too?
- NELLA: Hm?
- It's good to see you, Ruby.
- RUBY: Hi.
Sorry. I really do have to pee
because, well, Ruby has me shook.
Why? She's so nice to you.
All these women seem
really sweet, actually.
Girl, the five months
ago Ruby would've thought
Goldman Sachs was a deli.
And what was that?
[WHISPERING] Alice Walker?
- Okay. She wrote The Color Purple.
- Bitch! I know who Alice Walker is.
Trust, somethin's up.
Hazel is surrounded by Fembots
and Ruby is the common denominator,
which is why we need to snoop.
Okay, I was just traumatized,
so I get to go first.
Nella, there you are.
- Hi.
- It's time for hair.
- 'Kay.
Basically, you have to get a
SEP-IRA while you're self-employed.
It'll shave down your tax liability
better than you shave down eyebrows.
You still do eyebrows, right?
You're freakin' me out.
Why, because I'm all
grown up? [CHUCKLES]
Retirement plans?
Girl, when I broke up with
you, you stole my license plate
and then locked yourself
in the trunk of my damn car.
[LAUGHS] I totally
forgot all about that.
- Ooh! I was big mad.
I wanted the police to pull you
over and get you a kidnappin' charge.
Yes, yes, yes. That's what I'm sayin'.
So, what happened to that chick?
Hm. She's still here.
She just talks things
out in therapy now.
Uh, Nella why don't you
pick which wrap you want?
- Whoa.
- You know, you're so striking, girl.
If you just wanted to wear head
wraps all the time, you could.
Right? You are stunning, Nella.
Thank you.
You guys are so sweet. [HAZEL CHUCKLES]
She's so cute. She's, like,
shocked to get compliments.
- HAZEL: I know.
Oh, my God. You know what?
I should hook you up for
drinks with my friend, Crystle.
- Ya know she's a book agent
over there at Folio.
Girl, you would love her.
- Yes.
- Wait, Crystle David?
- Um, yes, please.
Okay. Not to be weird but, um,
why you guys bein' so nice to me?
Girl, you have got to
learn how to take a win.
Yeah, I told her that.
[SIGHS] We spend our whole week
bein' told we're not good enough.
Why shouldn't we be nice to each
other when we get the chance?
- Exactly.
- Exactly. And plus, we're just
We're happy to have another
girl in our sisterhood.
Ah, she is not officially in
until I get up in this hair.
Ooh, girl, you know, she got you.
Yeah. I don't know. It's just
The only people I've
ever let touch my hair
are, like, my mom, and Malaika, but
No, I It's, it's
super personal. I get it.
It's, it's okay if
you don't trust me yet.
No, I do.
Yeah, I trust you.
- Okay. [CHUCKLES] Relax.
- NELLA: Okay.
Maybe if you weren't so busy cheating,
you would've noticed I was changing.
Honestly, I can't take all
the credit for this glow-up.
Hazel, Hazel did a lot.
[QUIETLY] What, what is her deal?
[WHISPERS] There is no deal.
Hazel's just real.
She cares.
Everyone's always talkin'
about "protect Black women,"
but Hazel actually means it.
Protect you how?
By getting you an interview
at an investment bank?
Well, I wanted more for
myself, and Hazel just helped.
For real, Malaika, it's
really not that deep.
Okay? She took me to some
parties, made some phone calls.
She even shared her
makeup and clothes with me,
so that I looked like
what I wanted to be.

Owen, pick up.
Somethin' super suss is
goin' on in this beast belly.
I think we're gonna need you.
You better not be ignorin' my calls.
Only my mother could do that.
What is this?
Why doesn't it have a label?
Because I make it myself.
But even Etsy makes
you put ingredients now.
Well, I'm not selling it, and
it's going on Nella's hair,
so why don't we ask her if she likes it?

It smells pretty.
Girl, I taught you better than that.
You are on a hair care journey.
Are you gonna throw it out the
window for some unknown ingredients?
I mean,
- no?
- Exactly.
I think we need to go
to the bathroom again.
- Whoa. What?
Is everything okay? You
keep goin' to the bathroom.
Everything okay with you?
People don't usually ask
others about how much they pee.
People usually pee alone.

These spanks are kickin' my
ass after two waffle bowls.
Takin' them off is a two-person job.
I may ask some of the
rest of y'all for backup.
And she gave Ruby clothes
just like she did with you.
- You know who else likes to dress people?
- Anna Wintour?
No, David Koresh, Jonestown,
the Catholic Church. Cults!
'Kay. Oh, I mean, come on.
They control how people dress.
Cults don't let people
work at Goldman Sachs.
Capitalism is just a
different kinda cult.
Nella, you have to agree
that this is mad weird.
So, Hazel donates clothes
and helps people get jobs.
What's so weird about that?
What about how they
all stood up together
like they were in the Thriller video?
- 'Kay, yeah, that was pretty odd.
- Weird.
But before that, it
actually felt really nice.
I just felt like I had this weight
lifted off my shoulders for two seconds.
I mean, maybe you don't get it.
You've always worked with Black women.
You can be yourself all day.
My job is stressful, too.
Okay? I'm sorry that I
don't sit around at a desk
and send emails that say,
"Let's circle back on this."
I know. I'm sorry I'm sorry.
Just because those girls
went to fancy schools
and have fancy jobs,
doesn't mean they understand
you better than I do.
You can always be yourself around me.
You don't need the, the graduates of
the Candace Owen School of Soft Knocks
to feel like you
- You're right.
- I know.
Now gimme a hug before this special
moment makes me uncomfortable.
Come on, quickly.
[SLIGHT CHUCKLE] Nah. All right.
Now look, I'm beggin' you,
please go and do some snoopin',
and figure out what the
hell is really goin' on.
You're never gonna get
another chance like this.
And if you don't find anything,
I'll shut up once and for all.
- I will. I really will.
- Okay.
- I can do that.
- Fine.
You have 15 minutes.
W-Whoa, wait, wait. How
do I have that much time?
Ooh! You never appreciate
circulation until ya lose it.
Now, who wants to get
their eyebrows done?
All right, all right, all right.
Y'all know they call me
the [SINGING] brow lady.
Your shit's overgrown. [LAUGHS]
- [NORMAL] All right, girl. I got you.
- 'Kay.
- 'Kay.
- Uh, where is Nella?
Shh, shh. Ho-Hold still.
- [LAUGHS] Absolutely.
- Yeah.
All right.
- So, you don't use wax?
I don't know what's in wax.
Why are you all not more concerned
about what goes on your bodies?
Uh, Camille, Ruby,
can you go to the hall
and get some more chips?
Because I think we're runnin' low.
No. No! No.
I just messed up the symmetry.
it's just hard to maneuver
with these press-ons. Sorry.

What am I doing?

- [GASPS] Shit!
[WHISPERING] Shit, shit, shit.
What the

[WHISPERING] What the fuck?
not in the bathroom.
think she's in the bedroom?
CAMILLE: Maybe. We
better check real quick.
- RUBY: What the heck is up with that?
- CAMILLE: Obsessed with waffle bowls?
- Mm.
- But, oof, I've never seen anyone
needs us more than Nella.
[SIGHS] She is so
afraid in her own skin.
You know, Hazel was right
to call the full-court press.
RUBY: Well, Nella's not here,
- so should we get our eyebrows done?
- CAMILLE: Ooh, uh-uh.
'Cause I am not lettin' her get
waffle bowl all over this face.
Mm-mm. Mm-mm.
HAZEL: You sure are thorough.
I'm very good at my job.
Ladies, I'm so sorry.
I just got a horrible call.
Oh, God. Are, are you okay?
No, actually. Not really.
Malaika, we gotta go.
Oh, okay. Yep. Goin'. We goin'.
Right now. Right now. [ZIPS BAG]
Uh, you didn't finish my left brow.
Girl, don't worry, that's my signature.
something and it's bad.
- It's really bad.
- Nella, Nella. What's wrong?
- Anything we can help with?
- MALAIKA: Nope.
I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry.
- I promise, I'll be at the next party.
- Uh, it's just
I know you weren't leaving
without saying goodbye.
- Toodles! [CHUCKLES]
- We wanna help.
Just let us know what's going on.
As you can see, we take our
community very seriously.
We're just really excited about
the surprise I had planned.
It'll only take three minutes.
I promise.
- Come on.
- Okay.
HAZEL: Come on.
Somethin' super suss is
goin' on in this beast belly.
I think we're gonna need you.

- OWEN: Sorry! First time on a scooter.
HAZEL: Trust me, the
surprise is worth it.
NELLA: Maybe you could just
bring it to work on Monday?
MALAIKA: I still have my razor.
HAZEL: Cold.
- What?
- HAZEL: Keep going. You're cold.
Yep, yep. That way.
Uh-huh. Warm.
You're on fire.
Ugh, stop bein' so weird
about this. Come on!
- Surprise!
- [LAUGHS] You screamed. So cute.
What's a party without swag bags?
See, I told you it would be worth it.
Ooh, those are from my girl.
She works with the Yankees.
I told her I would send a pic.
Say "cheese!"
Oh. Would it kill y'all to smile?
[GROANS] It won't take Visa.
All right, try Mastercard.
Hazel, that's really such a
beautiful foam finger. Thank you.
- And, um, I'll be sure to give you a call.
- Okay.
- Oh. Hey!
- Fuck!
- Oh!
- Jesus!
- Hi. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
- HAZEL: Hi.
Um, uh, Malaika, you did
not, um, text me back.
Oh, we were just leaving.
Yeah. I'm so sorry. I'm s
I'm sorry about the emergency.
- Yeah, yeah.
- Yeah, yeah.
- It is bad.
- Yes.
Okay. What, what's goin' on?
[SCOFFS] You know that I have anxiety
about my stalker. So, could you j
- I just really need to know
- Oh, uh, our dog.
Our dog, she's sick.
And, um she's at the vet.
- She has cancer.
- HAZEL: Oh, my God.
- Kept hopin'
it was just her white
blood cells resting.
- I know.
- I'm so sorry.
I didn't, I didn't even
know that you had a dog
and I, I was at your place.
- She's new.
- Oh.
But to know Peanut is to
love that little poodle.
I love that dog. That's why I'm leaving.
Don't ask me to stay. I won't.
Of course. Go. Go be with her.
I mean, you should've told
me that it was your baby.
[CROSSTALK] I-I wouldn't have
screwed around with you up there.
I I'll see you. Thanks for comin'.

Who gives out swag bags
at a damn hair party?
That's not the headline here.
Well, what the fuck is the headline?
It's a cult.
We were 10 seconds away
from becoming sex slaves.
NELLA: Well, not sex slaves, but
What the hell is that?
It's the reason why I was
so freaked the fuck out.
What does this mean?
What does "voluntary"
and "involuntary" mean?
I think I was wrong about Hazel.

What's this straw log?
Ruby, that is called a loofah.
You know, sometimes,
just don't Just
Don't talk.
Somebody's a bit snippy.
We tried our best.
Let's just, let's just, uh,
just let it all go for now, okay?
Besides, we still have
somethin' to celebrate.
We have one more girl joinin' the crew.
this is Shani.
- Guess who brought lattes?

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