Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots Theory: Is Mama Rose the Mother of Jim Cryer?

By Jeremy Carden

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Only about 50 more days until Season 3 comes on OWN! Until that time when everyone’s favorite show comes back on the air, I have a few more theories to write in order to keep fans thinking about the show.

This is an interesting theory that of course my mom and I have discussed a few times in the past. Aside from being the hired muscle of Judge Cryer, is it possible that the Malones have a connection with Jim that we do not know about?


For this particular theory blog the question being asked is whether or not Mama Rose is the “mama” of Jim Cryer!

Now we know little to nothing about Jim’s parents and from what was mentioned on the show once or twice was that he did not have a life of privilege like Katheryn. He was just a good looking young man who swept the rich girl off of her feet.

Katheryn did tell Hanna that Jim’s mother was a real bitch (excuse the language but that is a direct quote), but that is all we have heard about her.

Alright, Jim threatens Candace with the fact that he had a man who was obviously guilty from murdering women. However, it was one of his first cases on the bench and he let it slide. On every holiday this man would send Jim a card saying thanks for letting him off the hook and that if he ever had a problem with a woman…Jim could call him up and he’d take care of his “problem.”


This occurred in Episode 2 and was a major foreshadowing of the Season 2 climax of the Malones abducting Candace.

We later find out a few interesting facts about this case:

  1. The man was one of Mama Rose’s boys
  2. Jim practically swept this case under the rug, but it would come back to haunt him because it was one of the most important cases of Jennifer’s (the D.A.) life and she lost it in his courtroom (not to mention Jim said he had an affair with her during his honeymoon with Katheryn however he said it sarcastically so we can’t be 100% sure if he meant that or not). This results in her hating both Jim and David…

Considering that Jim allowed the Malone on trial to go free, it would appear that Mama Rose and her boys are in Jim’s debt. The extent of that debt is unknown but Jim has mentioned that they owe him a lot and if not for him they would have all been in prison.


David said that he should not rely on them too much because at some point their debt to him will be repaid (at least in their eyes) and they will be asking him to pay them for all of these “favors.” Keep in mind that it was David who suggested Jim call the Malones in the first place to take care of Candace.

From there we see Jim call on them to get their hands on Norman Hewens in order to use him as a “Wyatt decoy” so to speak to get him off the hook for the hit-and-run charges. If you ask me, it is very possible that Jim has called on them in the past to deal with “problems.”

Why do I say that?

Jim told Candace that he was a good magician because he could make people “disappear.” Considering that he was able to use the Malones to make Candace disappear, it goes without saying that Jim has used his hired muscle to handle problems in his past.


Another thing to think about is how David knew about the Malones, the work that they do along with the fact that it was him who suggested calling them up in the first place. It stands to reason that he knows about the “criminal underworld” of their city and how to call on them if necessary. Considering David’s character, I don’t think that he knew about the Malones until he and Jim met up in law school and began working together.

Now that we’ve covered all of that, we now know the connection between Jim and the Malones in terms of what we do know from the first 2 seasons of the show. However, there is one burning question that has yet to be answered; what is this “restaurant” Mama Rose keeps asking Jim to stop by?

This could be a legitimate establishment or the term  “restaurant” means something entirely different in the criminal world than what we are all used to (a business where people go to eat). There is another interesting piece of evidence that we have to think about here in terms of what this place is.


Jim said that he spent 15 years running a business (that we don’t know anything about) before he sat on the bench as a judge and from there as we see in the series he is trying to run for governor. Remember he told Rose the reporter (not Mama Rose, but Rose the reporter who was trying to see if Jim was actually going to run for governor) that he did run a business for 15 years and that he thought he might be capable of “running” the city as governor. We know that Katheryn’s family groomed Jim into the dashing judge that he is today from learning what a salad fork was to paying his way through law school.

So that sums up the history of Jim Cryer from being the bad boy no one wants to bring home to mother (Katheryn did say that her father did not like him…which made her love him even more) to the judge that the city adores.


Mama Rose was the only child to the former leader of the Malone group. Due to her not having any brothers, she was the one her father molded to be the head of the organization. From what we can tell she does not have a husband or children…but then again there is so much that we do not know about her!

Now here is when this theory kicks into action!

Don’t you think that it would be very useful for a crime organization to have someone on the inside of the legal system? Someone that was raised to become their defender in the public while they moved in the shadows?


It stands to reason that aside from being the jock that made the cubby rich girl fall in love with him leading to his ascension to the status of judge, Jim was told to wiggle his way into the house of the Hardgraves in order to be in one of the wealthiest families in Georgia. In that case, he would be the person to bail out the Malones if they were to ever get into any legal trouble. Let’s say that Jim Cryer isn’t even his real name, but a fake name that he took to avoid using Malone.

I know that all sounds a bit too much in terms of over thinking, but then again the HAHN is one of those shows where every episode leads to another clue in this ongoing story.


You are probably thinking that if Jim is the son of Mama Rose then how in the world could he owe her anything at some point for all of their favors if he is literally her son?!

Well I’m not 100% sure how crime organizations run (I only saw the Godfather once and that was awhile back so that is the only glance into a mob lifestyle that I know about), but something tells me that no matter if you are flesh and blood there is going to be a debt that has to be paid at some point…

This restaurant seems to be the key that might solve this mystery in terms of whether or not my theory is right. From what we can tell, this so called restaurant is a place that most likely isn’t a normal establishment. The main reason for this is the fact that Jim says he cannot simply go to visit there and be seen considering that he is running for governor. With that being said it might be a place that the upper-class or law abiding citizens don’t visit.


Is this the business that Jim ran before going to law school? Was he working there before he met with Katheryn? There are so many unanswered questions but that is what makes this show so darn good!

Hopefully in Season 3 we might find out the answers that we are dying to know. What do you think about this theory? Is Mama Rose the mother of Jim or is she just simply another one of his connections?


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2 thoughts on “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots Theory: Is Mama Rose the Mother of Jim Cryer?

  1. […] This blog might be on the short side, but if you want the full theory involving the possibility of Jim being the son of Mama Rose then you can click here. […]

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