(The Root ) — On last night's Single Ladies episode, "Finally," in true season-finale fashion, the girls' — and Omar's — lives are left hanging in the balance with nail-biting, high-anticipation cliffhangers.
The whole crew's love lives are on the verge of being forever changed. In the opening scene, a man bumps into Morgan (Cassandra Freeman) outside the boutique and breaks her perfectly-broken-in heels. His name is Kasim, and he offers to buy her a new pair, but she's so flattered by his kindness that she dismisses his offer. Of course, Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy) doesn't approve.
But Keisha has her own problems to worry about. Sean (Terrell Tilford) hasn't returned her phone calls since she ditched him and their trip to Miami so she could bail Malcolm (D.B. Woodside) out of jail.
Raquel (Denise Vasi) is also still missing Charles. As she slips and tells the ladies that she loves him, he (magically) shows up at her front door with some good news. He secured a national advertiser for his magazine, and they're hosting a party that he hopes Raquel will attend. Surprisingly, his new girlfriend, Padma, is the one who recommended it. Initiially Raquel doesn't want to go, but Keisha and Raquel convince her.
Then Keisha receives a few scary text messages from her stalker — complete with pictures of her at different places over the last few days. Winston (Rick Fox) comes to investigate.
Morgan agrees to go out with Kasim and enjoys the royal treatment on her date. He buys her $5,000 worth of shoes and even takes her on a horse-drawn-carriage ride in the middle of Atlanta traffic. She is smitten but confesses to Raquel that she's not sure how she feels about all the good attention. (Enjoy it while you can, Morgan!) But more on that later.
April (Charity Shea) and Reggie (Mark Tallman) are prepping to move to New York, but not before April has dinner with his family. If you remember, early in the season, Reggie's mom didn't take too kindly to her son talking to the mayor's home-wrecking side piece. How will this go over?
Raquel shows up at Charles' magazine party with her old beau, Antonio. They all seem to get along rather well, but Padma notices the look — and longing — in Raquel's eye when she looks at Charles. At the boutique the next day, Padma stops by to offer Raquel an interesting proposition. She knows that Charles still loves Raquel, and she feels that she should give him the opportunity to be happy. Padma encourages Raquel to tell Charles that she's in love with him, a gutsy move by both ladies. Omar meets a cute guy at the bar, and he instantly catches a good vibe. But since he has a boyfriend, Parker, he tells the new guy, Drew, that he can only be friends with him.
While Raquel, April, Morgan and Omar are dealing with matters of the heart, Keisha is in Phoenix readying a PowerPoint presentation at a real estate conference. But love follows her there, too. Malcolm demands that she speak with him and then reveals that he and Taylor are no longer together. But this news doesn't faze Keisha — or at least that's how she plays it off. She tells him that she's working it out with Sean and doesn't care about his "new revelation" that he wants to be with her.
Back at the boutique, Morgan is helping a shopper and recognizes a last name on her credit card. It turns out that her new boo is married. (Will Morgan ever catch a break?) When she confronts Kasim, she learns that not only is he married, but he also has three wives and is a prince. He wants her to be his fourth and final wife. Is Morgan about to be a princess in the A?
Omar and Drew hang out "as friends," but things get interesting when Drew leans in for a kiss. Omar can't deny his feelings for Drew, and says he wants to break up with his boyfriend before things go any further. But at his next meet-up with Parker, things quickly get a bit awkward when Omar finds out that Parker and Drew are, gasp, brothers. What's going to happen with this love triangle?
Raquel finally decides that she's going to tell Charles how she feels, before it's too late. She finds out that he's on his way out of town with Padma but decides that she can't wait any longer to tell him that she loves him. She — ever so dramatically — runs out to her car, speeds over to him and blurts out that she loves him. Will this change his mind about being with Padma? Dun. Dun. Dun.
April, surprisingly, is welcomed into Reggie's mother's home with open arms. And everything seems to be going well until his mother and cousin say they "finally want him to stop this charade." They say that they know that he's gay and he should stop trying to fool April into thinking that he loves her — when he really loves men. Is this their attempt to get her out of the picture? Or is Reggie really on the down low? (It's a pretty corny turn in their storyline, if we say so ourselves.)
Sean and Keisha finally talk face to face — er, on FaceTime — but in the middle of their reconciliation, Veronica (Victoria Rowell), Sean's old boo thang, shows up to brawl with Keisha, Obsessed style. They roll around, knock each other out and break furniture throughout the apartment. Then Malcolm shows up and gets knocked upside the head, too. And that's when Keisha really goes in ("Don't mess with my man — er, ex-boo"?).
Winston shows up to intervene after having investigated a suspicious car outside Keisha's apartment. Sean arrives shortly thereafter, and he and Malcolm trade a few blows to the head. Keisha kicks everyone out except for Sean, and they agree that they will go their separate ways. With the way Keisha ran to Malcolm's side after he was clocked in the head, it's clear that she's still in love with him.
Keisha and Malcolm meet up and quickly admit that they still love each other — and that their "brush with death" proved that they couldn't live without each other. At the episode's close, they fly off in a helicopter together, all lovey-dovey again. Since the series will return for season 3, we can only imagine the types of shenanigans that will happen, now that all the "single ladies" have a quite a few things to work out in their love lives.
Erin E. Evans is a writer in New York. Follow her on Twitter.