By Jeremy Carden
If you have read my blog about Maggie screwing herself over in the last episode, then you knew that this blog was coming.
At this point, I have watched the new episode 4 times already!
Honestly, I felt a bit “meh” after watching it. The first time that I watched it, I did not feel that I watched it as critically as I should have in terms of looking for clues to fuel my theory blogs. I was feeling the hype just because my favorite show was back on television!
The next day, I watched the show 2 times, but I still had an uneasiness feeling about it. Finally, I rewatched the episode today before writing my blogs before next week’s episode.
Honestly, you can breakdown the 45 minute episode into this small list:
- 3 minutes recapping the previous season
- 10 minutes of Jeffrey whining while Candace tries to calm him down
- 5 minutes of Benny trying to convince Hanna to come to his house
- 3 minutes of Hanna trying to convince Benny that the house is evil
- 3 minutes of Veronica and Katheryn arguing against everything while entering the prison
- 3 minutes of David and Jim silently entering the prison
- 3 minutes of Jennifer playing Wyatt to testify and get him some of his inheritance
- 30 seconds of both the male and female “Haves” groups reacting to phrase “cavity search”
- 4 minutes of David and Jim threatening each other
- 4 minutes of Veroninca concocting a plan to get herself and Katheryn out of prison
- 20 seconds of Quitta leaving Quincy voicemails about if he got Benny or not
- 2 minutes of Jennifer convincing the guard that her plan against the Haves will work
- An unforeseen amount of time (probably the entire episode) of Veronica plotting her revenge
- 8 minutes of Maggie and Landon going back and forth over leaking a story to the media
I can sum up the episode with just one word; setup.
As expected, this episode was supposed to be the setup for what is to come during the rest of Season 4.
Here is my problem with that; we saw characters who received great character development during Season 3 slam right into the wall during this episode!
The main characters that I am referring to are Maggie and Jeffrey. If you would like to get all of my thoughts on Maggie, you can read about it here. It is a blog dedicated to Maggie essentially digging her own grave by putting out the story about Jim and Veronica.
Both Maggie and Jeffrey got a good deal of character development last season, but now they have relapsed into the trap that most characters on this show fall into; stupid decision-making!
Again, you can get my full thoughts on Maggie in my other blog. You could tell that she was making a rash decision JUST to make a rash decision about leaking out that story! Landon was quick to call her out MULTIPLE times, but she still was willing to have the nation know that Jim covered up Wyatt’s hit-and-run charges alongside Veronica who was having relations with her clients (Benny).
He kept telling Maggie that they covered up a murder, and they are capable of anything. This includes coming after her in a rage over her actions. When told that she should not underestimate Veronica, Maggie replied that she should not underestimate her either.
Seriously, Maggie was always at the top of her game, and by the end of Season 3; she had Veronica right where she wanted her. All she had to do was sit on the sidelines, and she could have let the rest fall into place. Instead, she is signing her own death warrant.
Jeffrey is another character that stood up to Veronica, and then to person that he loves (Wyatt)! Basically, he has had enough of anyone giving him crap for his homosexual lifestyle. Even though his mom had him in an arranged marriage and trip to parenthood; Jeffrey had enough!
After Quincy nearly beat him to death last season, Jeffrey flips the script by stabbing the thug to death to save Candace’s life! What a way to end the season for Jeffrey right?
Unfortunately, this new bad ass Jeffrey is replaced with a 5-year-old version of himself. You know the Jeffrey we saw back in Season 1…
I can understand that someone like Jeffrey would react to his first kill in a similar fashion to what he did in the episode. However, it was his constant complaining and dumb decisions that made me cringe!
The argument that he and Candace had about calling the police and what they would do reminded me of that episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when Will was talking to Carlton about why the cops pull over black people in nice cars.
You have one black person who was born on the other side of the tracks, but knew how the system works (Will/Candace). The other black person lived a pampered lifestyle, and felt that they knew how the system worked (Carlton/Jeffrey).
I do not know if the cast or Tyler Perry wrote that bit into the episode, but props to whoever came up with that!
Looking at the scene again, I could not tell whose side I was really on. At first, I was with Jeffrey because he was talking about how it was self-defense.
However, Candace used that lawyer brain to good use with terminology and facts to back up why calling the police was a bad idea. The final nail in the coffin for me was when she said that Veronica could use this to her advantage to keep Jeffrey wrapped around her icy fingers.
Overall, Jeffrey is the kind of person I would not want to be lost anywhere with or get into any trouble with because he would either panic, snitch or does something dumb to give us away…
Again, I get that he was not thinking straight, but he was about to walk out of the front door covered in blood!
I cannot fault him for not wanting to move the body because I cannot stand the sight of blood, but Candace can’t move Quincy herself! I just hope that he can man up for a little bit, and help Candace get through this rather than slow her down.
What I wanted to see happen was Jeffrey being shocked at the murder, but got reassurance from Candace that it was alright. Then she could have brought up the fact that Quincy nearly killed him before last season when he did not tell him where Candace was hiding. This could have made Jeffrey a bit more secure knowing that he stopped a murderer from hurting anyone else.
Jeffrey (still shaken) would have calmed down for the moment. However, during random moments throughout the season, he would have flashbacks and nightmares of the killing. This would cause him to find a way to cope. Perhaps with alcohol or even drugs as his crutch because there might be a chance that addictive genes flowed from Veronica into Jeffrey.
Jim called out Katheryn for blaming her raging alcoholic father as the reason that Wyatt is prone to pick up a bottle. The same could be true for Jeffrey since his mother was addicted to pain pills once, and stayed away from alcohol for years because she was also addicted to the bottle.
Any of these scenarios would have been great character development rather than Jeffrey whimpering and possibly snitching on what went down in Candace’s house.
Seeing characters that are intelligent, but make dumb decisions just for the sake of making dumb decisions does not appeal to me. It makes it feels as they do it on purpose to put themselves in vulnerable positions for the sake of moving the plot along.
It reminds me of Jim going outside to meet Candace in the front yard only to be kidnapped by Warlock’s crew. Not to mention Candace agreeing to meet the overly compliant Jim in the park at night only to be kidnapped by the Malones.
Basically, characters who are in control allow their emotions to get the better of them which results in them screwing themselves over.
Maggie is desperate to get David’s named cleared, and to get him out of prison. Jim was looking for comfort after getting his ass handed to him by Quincy. Candace was distraught after Benny died, and she thought that she had nothing left to lose. That was why she made the demands to Jim, and revealed that she was carrying his child. Remember that she thought Benny was dead before it was revealed that Katheryn had him moved to another hospital.
I just hope that this theme does not continue to repeat itself in future seasons because it does not make the characters look good in my opinion.
Wyatt is getting played by Jennifer, and that is really all I have to say about that. I think that he is being a bit too compliant with everything she is telling him. Her vendetta is against Jim, but she is also trying to get justice for Little Lizzie.
Seriously, if Wyatt testifies that he was the one to hit Lizzie, but his parents and the Harringons covered it up; where does that leave him?
Jennifer promised him immunity, but where is he going to go? The Haves were arrested on television, Jim’s outside kids with Celine was broadcasted all over national television and the original story about the hit-and-run quickly traveled across Georgia.
Everyone in the U.S. will know Wyatt was the one to do the crime, but I still do not get how he won’t get any time!
Wyatt might not be doing drugs anymore, but alcohol is his new crack. He was already an alcoholic, but this is ridiculous! I bet he will have a field day while his parents are in prison over the weekend.
Basically, he is fine with getting payback for what they did to him, and Jennifer is using him for her own purposes.
I think Hanna HAS to come to Benny’s house because he made a good point about child services knowing that her house burnt down. What is she going to do?
They will not allow her to maintain custody after learning that her and Quincy Jr. are staying at a motel.
Quitta is wondering where her brother is without knowing that he is bleeding out on a floor. Not sure if she knew the location of Candace’s house, but she might be in more episodes if she does know.
However, Quincy probably went to Hanna’s house and then Candace’s. My guess is that Quitta is in the dark about the location of the house; at least for right now.
Did anyone notice Quincy’s chest move a couple of times, or think that his hand moved when his phone was ringing?
Obviously, the long-awaited Jim vs. David fight is coming. These two went back and forth the entire episode either verbally or through body language.
David has made it clear that if anything happens to his wife; Jim is gonna get it.
Jim wants nothing to do with David because he covered for Veronica about what she did to Wyatt.
I think that David and Katheryn are the MOST DANGEROUS characters in the series. Katheryn told Candace that she does not want to awaken the true bitch in her.
David told Veronica that sometimes he can be a son of a bitch. Then he told Jim that he is a good friend, but a better enemy. Also, he will unleash an enemy the likes of which he has never seen. He says that line a few times in the episode. I’m assuming that is his new catchphrase. Remember when it was “I’ll handle it?”
We saw in the preview for next week that if anything happened to her son, Katheryn was going to give Veronica something to fear!
I am telling you that these two are slow to anger, but they will win every time! David has already yanked the $7.4 million rug from underneath Candace’s feet.
Funniest part of the episode was obviously the banter than Veronica and Katheryn had while entering the prison. From removing their jewelry, Veronica taking off her hair and the threat of a cavity search; I was dying from laughter!
It was an interesting dynamic to see them behind bars. Especially for Jim because he made Wyatt endure the same treatment last season.
Considering that the Haves will most likely be jail for the entire weekend, my guess is that the midseason finale will be when they are released after they get on the phone with one of their legal partners.
Around that time, the story of Jim teaming up with Veronica to cover up the hit-and-run charges will be released which will fan the flames of vengeance. This will lead to the second half of the season which will again lead to some deaths!
Candace pulling out the garbage bags from the counter under the sink had me rolling as well. at least she did not pull out a bag filled with 20 other Wal-Mart bags! Don’t lie, we all have those somewhere in our houses…
This is just my own speculation, but I would also love to get your theories in the comment section below.
I know this blog seemed harsher than my other theory blogs, but I really want the show to do well. I want it to get better and better with each season/episode.
Instead of adding more and more to the plot, I would like for old (or even forgotten) plot points to be revisited and resolved before adding more to the story.
Don’t worry, I will still watch the show, tweet and write these blogs. I just don’t want to ignore some flaws in the series by being a fan boy. Hoping that there are some surprises around the corner that not even I expected to keep my blood flowing!
What did you think of the episode? Will the pace pick up in the next few episodes? Did you like the character shift in Maggie and Jeffrey?
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