Now, when there’s a party on Single Ladies, we all know that something is bound to pop off, especially if Malcolm is involved. He and his girlfriend, Taylor, show up to support Raquel and the boutique. And despite her breakdown on the last episode, Keisha doesn’t seem to break a sweat.
Taylor tells Raquel that Malcolm has started to hint at marriage. Shocked, she asks Taylor if she has a problem with the fact that Malcolm obviously still has feelings for Keisha. But ever the debutante, searching for her (rich) man to sweep her off her feet, she counters with, “The benefits of being with a powerful man far outweigh the drawbacks.” Well, alrighty, then, Taylor, but it sounds like a recipe for trouble.
Tony shows up with his lawyer and friend, who happens to be Sean (Terrell Tilford). Malcolm gets stirred up when he sees Sean with Keisha, but he’s even more shook when he sees Luke drive up in the Aston Martin he paid for. He pulls Keisha aside to confront her, finds out what happened and is relieved to find out that Luke is not her new beau. This is something he can handle.
Later at the party, Keisha easily convinces Sean to loan her $20,000 so she can win back her car. They hug, and once again Sean and Malcolm exchange menacing glances as they vie for Keisha’s heart.
Parties and politics often don’t mix. And Tony again turns off Raquel when he says he believes that it’s poor folks’ fault for being poor. And that it’s not the responsibility of the rich to pay higher taxes. They continue their argument all the way back to Raquel’s apartment. (“We’re talking about societal responsibility to the collective whole,” Raquel boasts. Who talks like this? But that’s another story.) Their political argument quickly dissolves into a lovemaking session. We guess his chiseled chest trumps his bad gender politics and thoughts on the distribution of wealth in America.
Raquel’s party proves to be a success, and she lands the Project Runway star’s designs for the boutique, which she has renamed Indulgence. “I think of my gowns as my babies. But I think they just found a new nanny,” Anthony tells her.
But just as things are looking up for the boutique, the drama continues for April. She breaks it off with Jack after seeing one of his potential clients feel him up right in front of her. “I don’t want to be with someone who’s eligible to anyone who is paying,” she says. She wants to take a break and think things through. However, it seems like it won’t be the last we see of Jack the Stripper.
Everyone convenes at Raquel’s apartment to watch football, and Omar invites his sister and her boyfriend. After an uncomfortable introduction at the door, it’s clear that Marcus (Omar Gooding) isn’t comfortable with Omar being gay. “The men are over here. I think you’d be more comfortable with the women,” he says as Tony snickers. They almost come to blows before, surprisingly, Tony steps in to say it’s time for him to leave.
Tony stays to help clean up, and then, as expected, he chimes in with his thoughts about Marcus’ homophobic comments. “Whatever happened to ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’? That’s another thing I can blame Obama for.”
Yes, he really said that. And finally, Raquel kicks him to the curb. He tries to woo her with his physique, but clearly, there’s not enough chisel in the world for his ridiculous remarks.