Linda and Floyd

It is 3 a.m., and Floyd is asleep in his apartment, having a nightmare about Hattie. Suddenly, he is awakened by the sound of knocking at his door and learns that it is Linda. At first, Floyd thinks that something has happened to Hattie, but Linda eventually reveals that she's been driving around for hours with nowhere to go after being thrown out of the house by Hattie.

Linda further explains that her ex-husband, Lionel, has cut off all her credit cards so that she is forced to go back to him, but she refuses to give in. Finally, despite the modest size of Floyd's studio apartment, Linda convinces him to let her stay the night on his tiny couch.
Danny and Hattie

Danny, Sam and Drew stop by for lunch at the Love Train Diner, where Hattie, untrusting of the young group, asks for payment for their meal up front before they have even been served. It's at that moment that Drew and Danny learn that Sam is broke once again. This time, Sam says that it's because of two women that he is seeing.

Floyd walks into work at the diner late and tired. When Hattie starts to come down on Floyd for being late, he explains that the reason for his tardiness is that Linda showed up at his door at 3 a.m.

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Hattie, Danny and Linda

Floyd continues to complain to Hattie about Linda ruining his night, and blames Hattie for kicking Linda out. Linda walks in and confronts her mother about the same thing, claiming that she was only considering going back to her ex-husband. Danny overhears the conversation between his mother and grandmother and demands to know what is going on.

When Danny learns that his mom has been put out on the streets, he is very upset, and as Hattie throws Linda out of the diner, Danny runs after her.

Danny is at work and leaves yet another message for his mother, getting increasingly worried about her since Hattie kicked her out of the diner earlier that day. Drew, in turn, is concerned about her crush, Danny. At 5 p.m., Danny gets up and walks toward the door.

"Wait, where are you going?" Drew says.

"To find my mother," Danny says.

"Aw, don't worry about her; she'll come back!" Sam says. "Like this...reoccurring problem that I have," he says, referring to a problem of a very personal nature.

"Sam," Danny says, shaking his head, "for just once, can you just help me this time?"

"Yeah, seriously. For once, Sam, be a friend!" Drew says. "I'll help you, Danny."

"Fine, I'll pick up the keg myself!" Sam says as Danny and Drew rush out of the office.

"Fine, I'll help you look for her," Sam says out loud after everyone has left the room. "I almost made it through the whole day without having to do someone a favor." Sam pouts as he makes his way to the door.

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Hattie and Danny

Later that evening, Hattie comes home and sits down on the couch, enjoying a moment of peace and quiet in her empty house. Drew, Danny and Sam walk in a few moments later, looking for Linda. They ask Hattie if she's seen her, and Hattie makes it clear that she has not been searching for Linda and that, in fact, she couldn't care less where her daughter went.

Danny reveals that he's really starting to worry. "You're acting more like the parent," Hattie says to him.

"At least one of us is," Danny says. Hattie makes a run toward Danny, and Sam pulls him out of harm's way just in time.

"She was about to hit me, wasn't she?" Danny asks Sam.

"Yeah," Sam says, looking alert and scared simultaneously.

Just then, there is a knock on Hattie's door, and Floyd lets himself in, coming straight for her.

"Look here, you've got a two-...three-bedroom house, and your daughter is staying over at my apartment on my couch. Now you need to let her move back home, all right?" Floyd says to Hattie.

Hattie bursts out into a loud laugh. When Floyd realizes that she is laughing at him and, even worse, that she's ignoring him, he threatens her: "You going to ignore me? I tell you what we goin' to do. I'm going to make an anonymous phone call to the IRS and tell them that you haven't paid taxes on your tips for the last 35 years!" This gets Hattie's attention.

"You wouldn't!" Hattie says.

"Yes, I would," Floyd says.

"There's three people I don't play with," Hattie says, "the I, the R and the S." Hattie reluctantly agrees to let Linda come back home. Floyd calls to Linda, who has been standing outside the door the whole time, and she comes inside.
Hattie and Linda

Danny is overjoyed upon seeing that his mother is safe and sound. Linda proceeds to call everyone out on the fact that her life is falling apart and that not one person in her family wants to help her—especially her own mother, Hattie. Linda likens this to kicking her when she's down, at which point Hattie physically kicks Linda. Linda does nothing.

"You need to stop wearing your heart on your sleeve," Hattie says, hitting Linda on the arm.

"Go ahead, Mama. You want to beat me? Like the world's been beating me up?" Linda says. "Go ahead." Hattie hits and pushes Linda around a few times, making her fall on the couch. Then, Hattie grabs Linda by the throat and begins to choke her, and Linda finally loses her composure. She pushes Hattie off of her and towers over her, yelling, "I said that's enough!" right into her mother's face.

"That's it! That's what I want to see! Fight back, Linda! Your marriage is what? Fight back. Life doesn't come with a remote control. You have to get up and change it yourself," Hattie says. With that, Hattie leaves the room.

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Linda, Danny, Hattie and Floyd

Linda, Floyd, Danny, Sam and Drew are left alone in Hattie's living room, processing what just happened. "Now that's what I call tough love," Uncle Floyd says.

"Mama, she's right," Danny says.

"I know," Linda says. "I'm not going back to him. Uncle Floyd, you and my mama are right: It's time for me to stand on my own." From upstairs, Hattie tells Linda that she can stay with her. Then, she tells everyone to get out of her house.

Later that night, after everyone has left, Hattie, Danny and Linda reflect on the situation together. Hattie makes it clear that she does want Linda to be happy, despite what it may look like. However, Hattie also declares that her hospitality will expire in 90 days, making sure that her daughter knows that she has just three months to find a job.


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