(The Root) — Eye candy at first glance on Single Ladies? Last night the show gave us the goodies early on in the season’s fifth episode, “The Fabric of Our Lives.” Just the way we like it. Raquel (Denise Vasi) is enamored of a “6-foot-3, cock-diesel,” three-time Super Bowl champion, Tony Crawford, who’s looking for a suit to wear to one of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move shindigs. She wows him with her beauty and football knowledge, and he promptly asks her to dinner.
April’s (Charity Shea) still dating Jack the Stripper (Josh Sole), amid the girls’ and Omar’s disapproval. And it leads to a conversation about fantasies. Raquel has eyes for Daniel Craig. Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy) would bend it with David Beckham. Travis would steal Enrique Iglesias from his girlfriend. And April is living for the sexual chocolate that is Idris Elba. (Nice picks!)
As Raquel gears up for a relaunch party of the boutique, she gets a visit from Anthony L. Williams (Project Runway), a designer she wants exclusive fashion rights to in Atlanta.
Keisha is back to her poker-playing ways when she goes a few rounds with Luke (Clifford “T.I.” Harris) in a game so full of double entendres that we couldn’t keep up. She loses her Aston Martin, a gift from Malcolm (D.B. Woodside) in the first season, despite having what she thinks is a winning hand.
On her date with Tony, Raquel finds out that he’s done his research on her, knowing all her favorite things and taking her to the perfect restaurant. (A bit stalkerish? Or no?) But she quickly finds out that as thoughtful as he may be in trying to woo her, they’re very much not in tune when it comes to gender politics. They talk sports; he’s not exactly on this side of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. But she laughs it off. To be continued …
April and Jack have a surprisingly PG date in her bedroom. They roll around in the sheets — fully clothed — and then enjoy gourmet fried bologna sandwiches and Kool-Aid while watching a Family Guy marathon.
Omar’s sister (LaLa Vazquez) stops by the boutique to borrow a few dollars, you know, for just rent and grocery money, and walks out with that and a job to DJ at Raquel’s party. She raves about her new boyfriend. “Marcus is the sweetest, most giving, honest person I know. I never been in love like this.” But more on that later.
Tony shows up at the boutique and invites Raquel to the White House as his date. Then he drops another bomb. He’s not down for “Obamacare” — or the Obama camp at all, for that matter. Raquel’s obviously shook, but she can’t stop staring while he undresses, softening his blow with, “Barack has occasionally pissed me off, too.”
Keisha’s back at Raquel’s apartment trying to figure out a way to win back her Aston Martin. But she’s cash-strapped and can’t find her Tupperware full of benjamins. Who will show up as her Superman this time?