By Jeremy Carden
I’ve been asked many times to write my thoughts about the HAHN Season 2 Finale “Checkmate.” Well enough free time has finally presented itself to me so I could write this blog!
Now if you have been following my blog since my first one regarding this series then you know I am a true addict of the show (along with my mother). With that being said, I don’t want you to read this blog and feel like I am criticizing Tyler Perry’s work or saying that I could write the show better than he can or anything like that. These are just my own thoughts on the Season 2 finale and in the comments below I would love to hear what you thought of the episode as well.
Right from the start, I’ll say that my fears about the Season 2 finale came true; it was highly underwhelming in many ways. I actually wrote about it in another blog regarding my thoughts about what would happen in the finale. Overall, it was a slow moving train that seemed to run off the tracks in more ways than one.
Don’t get me wrong, when the episode opened up with Celine telling off Jim that was some great stuff! We see that Celine has been throwing herself at Jim for 2 whole seasons but in reality she just wants him to be a father to their child Carlos. Jim has been living this dirty life for so long dealing with people like Candace who have conned him that he was blind to the genuine desires of Carlos wanting his REAL father in his life.
With a powerful start to the episode, I really thought that this finale was going to be one heck of a show! This really made it seem like Celine would get back at Jim in some way for completely blowing her and their son off as nothing to him. I mean the fact that Celine knows everything there is to know about the Cryer family makes her a threat just like Candace was to Jim.
Alright, so that was the first 5 minutes or so of the episode but from there it wasn’t until about 35 minutes in do we finally get some action! We jump to Jim and David’s campaign office for them preparing for their announcement on the next day. Maggie is once again apologizing for David about the awkward moment that Veronica caught them in as they were coming out of his hotel room. Veronica shows up and the Ice Queen truly has her moment!
Just the way that she walked up to Maggie was certainly very royal-like because of the graceful way that she handled herself. That was a sharp contrast to how her words cut through Maggie like a knife made of ice. Even Jim mentioned that it got very cold in the room…
It seems to me that Veronica wasn’t wrong in thinking David was lying about not sleeping with Maggie. At first I was thinking she was a fool for believing that David would cheat on her. Thinking back to Season 1, she was actually hurt when she found out David lied to her about Jim and Candace that pretty much destroyed a good portion of the faith she had in her husband.
David then fails in trying to get the car from Veronica so that Jeffery could finally be free from her icy grip. And with that, Veronica lays out the plans for the evening; David would show up to Jim’s house for the dinner party and he was not to return home.
So…David is still in the doghouse while Jeffery is still in danger of going to the big house if Veronica turned him in for not listening to her demands.
We jump scenes to the dinner party and here is when things started to go south for me in terms of the plot. Jeffery shows up with Melissa! However, I’m sure a lot of people were thinking about how this could be possible. I mean last time we saw Melissa was when she felt embarrassed and left Jeffery’s apartment after thinking Candace and Jeffery had slept together. Not really sure how she would agree to go out with him again. This was one of the first scenes in the episode that made fans scratch their heads because there were too many things that happened off screen that NEEDED to be seen.
I mean did Veronica call up Jeffery and make him invite Melissa to the dinner party? If she did then how did Jeffery convince Melissa to see him again?
Everyone’s reaction to seeing Jeffery with a girl was priceless! I mean Wyatt’s reaction could be received as surprise, shock or jealousy. However, I go into why Wyatt and Jeffery should not be in a relationship in another blog. In that blog, I just go into detail about how in terms of the story it would be better if they just remained as friends.
When David witnesses this “act” he is quick to call Jeffery outside to explain that he should not be afraid of his mother and to stand up for himself. He then calls Veronica outside as well and in his speech it seems apparent that he was not happy with his life because of the sacrifices that he himself had made in the past. This gives us a possible glimpse into the bitterness he has been hiding all of these years dealing with Veronica. When Jeffery asks to just go inside to have a good time, David goes back inside the mansion because he was fed up after speaking his peace to his son. Veronica was shaken and tried to console her son but couldn’t even bring herself to touch his face with her hand in a loving way. It just shows that even she might feel some resentment for her actions but couldn’t bring herself to admit it due to what David said.
So that covers the first 30 minutes or so of the episode. Now the pace finally picks up when Quincy arrives on the scene and it was the best part of the finale to be honest! Just the interaction between the other characters during the scene was phenomenal! I mean as soon as he stepped inside the already tension-filled atmosphere was brought to a new level.
After only being in the mansion for a couple of minutes, it was clear that this thug was not there to make friends. We finally got to see “crazy Amanda” come out in a room full of people. When Amanda screamed: “What Mo?! If he’s allowed to date someone who is completely wrong for him then I should be able to date someone who is completely wrong with me!!!” I nearly cried laughing because of Jim being called “Mo” and the statement about Jeffery and Melissa.
The climax of the episode was clearly when Jim grabbed Quincy by the coat to pull an “Uncle Phil” and throw him out of his mansion. However, Q put him in a chokehold and pounded the judge in the face numerous times. I’ve got to say no matter what goes down you have to admit that David has Jim’s back. He wasted no time breaking down the door to grab Q off of Jim! What I found even more hilarious was Jim asking for the guys (Jeffery, Wyatt and David) to get Q off of him, to help him up but when he was finally back on his feet he yelled for them to get off of him!
With all of the action going on, Q storms out of the mansion with Amanda following behind. During this scene we find out that Amanda might not be as naïve as we have been led to believe throughout the series. She picked up on the fact that after their “study sessions” together; Candace would smell like Jim’s cologne. This was something Katheryn noticed early on in Season 1 when she could see Candace’s cheap lipstick on Jim’s clothes along with the odor of her cheap perfume.
Jim had the perfect opportunity to come clean to everyone (well actually only Amanda) about what had been going on between him and Candace. Right when it seemed he was about to tell the truth…he lies right to her face. After that, Amanda goes into the mansion with her mom and sister close behind.
Coming back from the next commercial break, David is returning to the hotel and sees Maggie at the piano. They have a conversation about David’s true feelings about his wife along with his role as Jim’s right-hand man but never the one in the spotlight. Here we see that David is indeed satisfied with who he is, but not so much with his marriage.
I’ll jump back to these two after I talk about how the script just made Jim pull one dumb decision that will end up costing him dearly. I found it hilarious that he was so shaken up by getting attacked by Q that he was actually sleeping in the same bed as Katheryn!
After getting that text from Candace, he was stupid enough to go outside and get himself kidnapped!!!
The way he was screaming “NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!” when Warlock’s crew jumped him and threw him in the trunk reminded me of Cleveland falling from his bathtub in Family Guy!
Really Jim was asking for it because he did what Candace told him through text. After everything that went down between them (not to mention the events of the night with Q beating him up for smashing his chick to begin with), I can’t believe he would go outside…
It just seemed like the script was designed for Jim to have more enemies than ever. He blew off Celine and Carlos, lied right to Amanda’s face, was beaten senseless by Q and now he is going to be in the grip of Candace!
Next we jump back to the hotel with David carrying a drunken Maggie back to her hotel room like before, but this time even he is a bit intoxicated! She leaves her door unlocked for David to come in. However, it seems that even David is a bit conflicted and extremely tempted to open the door when he goes into his room! In a moment of desperation, he calls his house for Veronica to respond most likely for her to allow him to come home. She ignores the call while she goes to turn on her alarm system (getting a surprise visit from Q one time was more than enough for her).
David hangs up after realizing that he would not get an answer and after much debate…he opens up the door and goes into Maggie’s room. Will David sleep with Maggie and if so how will that affect the plot of Season 3? Don’t worry folks because a blog about that very topic is in the works!
Now we come to the scene that we’ve all been waiting for; Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo! Amanda runs around the house and the gunshot is fired ending Season 2!
You are probably thinking why I’m not going into more detail about the shooting scene but I’ve written MULTIPLE blogs about it already.
The links above will take you to those blogs because trust me the subjects are way too long to include in this one blog.
What was my overall impression of the Season 2 finale? In one word; “Meh…”
Don’t get me wrong it is not saying that it was terrible, but if you ask me it was not written very well. It felt like the entire episode was too rushed and not enough things were brought up or even mentioned. There were a lot of scenes that had a nice buildup but it never paid off anything in terms of the fans seeing more explored.
Here is a perfect example; Amanda finally learns the truth about Candace sleeping with Jim, but we never see her reaction to it. When she rushed back into the mansion with her mom and brother following her we don’t see them trying to console her or how she was handling the situation. Was Amanda furious with Candace? Would she seek vengeance on her because her best friend had been sleeping with her dad this entire time? Not to mention her “boyfriend” left without explanation as to where he was going or if he was coming back for her.
Amanda had A LOT of things to be ticked off about and in her less than mentally stable state it seemed as if something big was about to be set off at the Cryer mansion! However…nothing happened.
The end of the episode when Amanda runs around the house with her gun was the moment that we were all waiting for ever since we saw the previews for the finale, but with the random places that the finale was going it just felt like it was out of place.
We don’t know why she was running around with her gun at all. True, she had mentioned multiple times she was going to kill her family and even got a “death tattoo” with their names on her. Now this leads to another unanswered question; what did Amanda mean when she told Q to come back for dinner and afterwards the REAL fun would begin and she wasn’t talking about her gun? What did she mean by that? Well we never got to find out…
I mean again the missing portion of the episode where we could have seen Amanda rush to her room and lock herself in there going over things in her head would have been great to see because again her reaction to the news about Jim and Candace would have opened up new doors to her character.
Something else that seemed to be completely forgotten about was the fact that Hanna had invited Katheryn to her house to meet Benny during his “Welcome Home” party. She was going to text her address to Katheryn so she could come over. What happened to that?
I mean Benny is not even seen in the finale, Candace mentioned that she was going to leave the house as soon as Benny wouldn’t notice. Hanna says that she does not believe her grandson is dead and again here was another perfect chance for some character development but we were shortchanged…
Hanna mentioned going through some scripture with Candace, but we did not get to see anything about that at all. I really would have loved to see Candace’s reaction to that. Perhaps the passages Hanna showed her dealt with forgiveness and that might play a role in how she deals with Jim once he is brought to her.
Fans are assuming that once Veronica left David’s office at the beginning of the episode, David he calling his mother-in-law and perhaps she will make an appearance in Season 3. Jim suing her husband was mentioned before, but I can’t wait to see how things will play out!
I feel that this finale should have been broken up into at least 2 episodes so a lot more territory would have been explored. This includes Celine going home to tell Carlos that Jim wanted nothing to do with him and his reaction to the news.
After Q left the mansion, it just seemed that the scene jumped back to David walking into the hotel. There were so many unanswered questions like what happened to the dinner party was it just cancelled after Q left? Was Hanna wondering what happened to Katheryn stopping by? When did Candace finally get the chance to leave her mom’s house in order for her plan with Warlock’s crew taking Jim to finally begin?
The list goes on and on and on…
Honestly, I think that way too much time was spent on David and Maggie along with David, Jeffery and Veronica.
Perhaps this means in Season 3 there will be much more of a focus on these 3. We might even learn more about David’s resentment towards Veronica that has never been brought up yet.
Of course I know that all of these unanswered questions might be answered in Season 3, but really this finale was kind of a dud if you ask me. I really thought we would get some answers but we were presented with so many unanswered questions. I understand that there has to be a set up for Season 3, but for things like Jim being kidnapped for his own stupidity was ridiculous to me.
What were your thoughts on the finale?
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