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Lady Mae Blows Up at Dr. Vanzant's Group Therapy Session

Season 3 Episode 306
Aired on 10/03/2018 | CC tv-pg
During a group therapy session with her parents and Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, Charity attempts to open up to the bishop and Lady Mae about the fear she felt as a child and how it relates to her recent erratic behavior. Charity has barely begun when Lady Mae gets defensive and interjects.

"I know that everything wasn't perfect around here," Lady Mae says. "You've told her all about your uncle, I suppose."

"Would you rather she hadn't?" Dr. Vanzant asks.

"No, doctor. What I would rather is that people in this family, just for once, demonstrated some kind of backbone," Lady Mae says. "I mean, you were scared. But I can assure you that that was minuscule compared to what little Faith felt, or even what I felt when I was a little girl. But, Dr. Vanzant, I never, ever blamed my mother for any of it."

"I'm not blaming you!" Charity exclaims, rising to her feet and facing her mother. "I'm doing what you want me to do. I'm trying to get better. Mama, would you just listen?"

"No, not right now," Lady Mae tells her daughter. "In less than an hour, I have to go to church and tell the whole world that I failed at the one thing that I never meant to fail at. So, I don't need another person coming at me and calling me out right now."

The bishop jumps in and tries to support Charity by telling Lady Mae that Charity doesn't mean her any harm, but Lady Mae doesn't want to hear from him either. Signaling that their therapy session has come to an end, Lady Mae turns to Charity and offers a cold apology: "I am sorry that you were scared. We are all scared. The world is scary, but you know what? If you don't have faith to go through it, then pray for faith. And if you don't have the faith to pray, then pray for that. But don't look at me; don't beat me up. It won't fix it. Fix you. That's how Jesus works, not me."

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