Can’t Stop Watching: ‘Being Mary Jane’s’ 3 Standout Moments

by | January 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM | Being Mary Jane, Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching

Richard Brooks as Patrick Patterson and Margaret Avery as his mother, Helen Patterson, in "Being Mary Jane." (Photo: BET)

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Is it me or did the latest¬†“Being Mary Jane” leave you scratching your head? When the scene opened with Mary Jane’s older brother, Patrick, catching her, um, engaged in a particular act with her married lover Andre Daniels, I thought, “What happened to this man’s wife?!” If you recall, last week’s episode concluded with Andre and his wife Avery indulging in foreplay while Mary Jane woke up alone, her text messages to him unanswered. Now this? And there was no sign of Avery in the entire episode. What happened? Apparently, based on the preview for next week’s episode, Avery and Mary Jane will talk face-to-face for the third time (the first time Mary Jane told her about the affair and as a follow-up Avery visited her at work), and that question may be answered. In the meantime, Tuesday’s show taught us a bit about Mary Jane and Patrick and I’ve identified a couple of things that stood out to me.

Patrick’s backstory. Patrick used to be a successful nightclub owner who made bad business decisions that he’s still paying for. We saw him asking his former partners to invest in a new entertainment venture that they eventually passed on. This undoubtedly played a role in his falling off the wagon days after celebrating his two-year sobriety anniversary. Richard Roundtree, who star as Mary Jane’s father,¬†Paul Patterson Sr., told me during a recent interview that the brothers would step up their game. Hmm. So this relapse, however unfortunate, is in divine order. Got it. Well, Patrick isn’t the only Patterson kid battling addiction and he helps his baby sis face this truth.

Mary Jane’s hooked. Yep, so Andre is Mary Jane’s addiction. This is pretty obvious considering the risks she’s taken since discovering he’s married. But as she questioned, what’s the underlying factor behind her attraction to that relationship? Yes, the sex is very satisfying for them both and he says and may very well love her (does she feel the same?) but I suspect she can get that from anyone. So what’s the real deal?

Mary Jane’s family. She doesn’t visit her relatives very often. And judging from how her uncle groped her butt when they hugged (ew!) in the presence of his wife, her father’s sister, we can see why (yeah, that scene seemed a bit exaggerated). But that doesn’t seem to be the only reason. It seems that Mary Jane, based on the criticism she made about those members’ cooking and neighborhood, has outgrown the need to interact with such regular folks. She isn’t nasty toward them, like something out of a Tyler Perry movie, but you can tell she purposely distances herself, even though she grew up around them. One of her younger cousin’s friends asks her why she doesn’t come around and Mary Jane didn’t have an answer. I suspect we’ll see her engaging with that side of the family more, especially since the lovely Lorraine Toussaint is playing her aunt.

“Being Mary Jane” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on BET. Watch past episodes here.

“Being Mary Jane” episode 2, “Girls Night In”

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