Violet Encourages Darla to Face Her Family and Shed Her Past

Season 2 Episode 212
Aired on 10/18/2017 | CC tv-pg
After years of no communication, Darla's family finally returns her calls to say they'll attend the wedding. When Darla tells Violet the unexpected news, she congratulates her, but Darla is filled with more anxiety than joy. She's worried that she won't be able to escape the mistakes of her past. "My dad sees what he wants," she tells Violet.

"Well, that's on him," Vi says, "and don't you hide on account."

Seeing that Darla is still unsure, Violet tells her an instructive story about her ill-fated first marriage. Her first husband routinely hit her, and even after her brother, Ernest, "ran his butt out of town," people continued to see her "a certain kind of way." Here, Vi reveals to Ralph Angel's troubled young fiancée the hard-earned lesson she took away from that experience—and her words hit home for Darla in a profound way.

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