Episode 101: What's Love Got to Do With It?
"It's just like feeding a cat. If you feed them, they'll never want to leave!" Hattie says.
"Where's he supposed to go?" Linda says.
"You've got a closet!" Hattie says.
"Mama, my son is not staying in the closet!" exclaims Linda.
"Your brother stayed in the closet for years! And he turned out just fine. And your son will be just fine in your closet at your house!" Hattie says.
"You just have to keep the faith," Linda tells her son. "Until then, your family will be here for you."
"Yeah baby, it's all right to keep the faith and everything," Hattie says, "but the best way to keep the faith is up on your feet. It's time for you to get up, and hit the pavement!" Hattie grabs Danny and gets him off the couch. "And get the hell out of my house!" she says.
"Come on in, baby," Linda says, opening the door after hearing a knock. Just then, Uncle Floyd walks through the door, greeting Linda with a sarcastic "Hey, lover." Floyd laughs.
"Hey, baby, you haven't been answering your cell phone" Lionel says to Linda.
"I'm sorry, it's dead," Linda says.
"Well, I just came by to tell you that I have to work late tonight," Lionel says.
Hattie jumps in, accusing Lionel of lying, and says that she thinks he's really going out to meet another woman.
"Why are y'all sitting down? Uh-uh! I've got to go open up the diner!" Hattie says.
"Ok, I'll lock the door for you," offers Linda.
"Oh, no, ma'am! When I leave my house, everybody leave my house!" Hattie says.
"Everybody, leave!" Hattie pushes everyone out the door, including Danny, who's still holding the bucket.
"Uh, excuse me. Did you just come out of this apartment here?" Floyd asks.
"Yeeees," says the woman in a fake accent.
"Is Sam in there?" Floyd asks.
"Nooooo," the woman says, avoiding eye contact with Floyd, her back to him. "Heeee left," she says.
Suspecting something fishy is going on, Floyd grabs at the woman's blonde hair, pulling off her wig and revealing Sam, a building tenant whose rent is due.
"If I say yes, will you not ask anymore questions?" Sam says.
"I get it. Rent, please!" demands Floyd. Sam explains that he doesn't have the money, and implores Floyd to convince the building owner to give him more time. Floyd denies the request, and makes it clear that Sam's rent is due by the end of the day.
As Floyd heads in, he sees Crystal sitting in Lionel's lap, obviously being intimate with Linda's husband.
"I came to get the other half of the rent," Floyd says. As Crystal goes into the other room, Lionel begs Floyd not to tell his wife, Linda, about his affair. Floyd agrees not to tell Linda, under one condition: that Lionel tell Linda himself by the end of the day.
Crystal returns and tells Floyd that she has to bring him the check later in the day. Floyd gives Crystal until the end of the day to take care of her business, reiterating to Lionel that he is being held to the same schedule.
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Danny is feeling rejected and sad, and at first, he refuses the interview. Drew and Sam finally convince him to shape up, put on a suit, and come with them to the office.
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Before Lionel has a chance to say a word to his wife, Hattie lets it all out. As Lionel denies it and tries to convince Linda that Hattie is lying, Crystal walks in with the rent check.
"Hey, Mr. Floyd, here's the check," Crystal says. She turns to Lionel, speaking to him right in front of Linda. "Thanks for giving it to me, baby. What are you doing here?"
"His wife," Linda says.
"Wife?" Crystal says, shocked.
"Yeah," Hattie chimes in. "He liked it so he put a ring on it!" Hattie and Floyd mimic the Beyoncé dance simultaneously.
"Oh, I didn't know he was married. You know what? You are low down. Don't you ever call me again," Crystal says to Lionel as she walks out the door.
"Wow, I really thought you changed," says Linda. "Lionel, it's over. It's over. I'll be by to get my things tonight."
After an initial bout of excitement, Hattie realizes that Linda will be moving in with her, and tries to persuade her to change her mind about Lionel, to no avail.
"Guess what?!" Danny asks Hattie. "I got a job!"
Linda attempts to be happy for Danny, but instead walks off into the back of the diner, crying.
"Baby don't worry about her," Hattie assures Danny. "She on that stuff."
After a pause, Hattie says, "Uh, when you get your first check? Because I want some of my damn money back!"