Single Ladies Episode 6 – Gay Is The New Black


It’s always a funny situation when the woman who used to dress like this is the moral center of the episode, isn’t it?

This week on Single Ladies, the plot does some serious advancing. It’s a positive advancement for some, like Keisha and Val, ambiguous advancement for April and her junkie protege, and, well, Christina‘s situation with her professor just makes us nervous. First, let’s talk about Keisha though, whose story this week was actually the first time she’s been completely truthful, but more than that, she all of a sudden became a grounded, wise sage all of a sudden. It was a nice, if not totally weird and out-of-left-field change. Guess that’s why they threw in those two old pictures of her being a video girl, just to even things out.

Since Keisha had a big week, let’s just list all the ways she matured and was a solid person and excellent friend:
-She finally got her real estate license, which means for the first time ever, she has a respectable job.

-She helped April and her drug-addled star get studio time with a big time producer (Played by Biz Markie!).

-She saved a young girl from a poorly-planned evening of drugs and strange dudes and sleeping in a parking lot, and then gave that girl a pep talk about integrity. Lucky for Keisha, that girl turned out to be Malcolm’s sister and he was so very appreciative to Keisha for returning her home in one piece.

-She came clean to Malcolm about stealing his watch.

That’s an awful lot of do-gooding for one person, especially one person we’re so used to seeing do less than inspirational things. But karma comes back to her, all that honesty and coming clean means one thing: she wins over Malcolm. After she tells him the truth about stealing his watch, he also admits that the reason he paid off Jasmine for that tell-all manuscript all those weeks ago, which would have made Keisha’s past very public, was because his sister, Tanya, a former porn star, was in the pages of the same book and he wanted to protect her. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Tanya was like 20, right? How many lives has she lived? Doesn’t matter, Keisha and Malcolm quickly forget about Tanya and dive into that dirty, sexy energy they have.

All is well, for now, in the land of Keisha, Malcolm, and his unbelievably large house.

Val is also having a lovely time with her new, very wealthy beau, Jerry. They have very realistic dates where they play Wii boxing together:

but then they have totally unreal dates where they fly to Vegas for dinner and he offers her carte blanche use of his private jet. I call fictional rich people bulls—!

But Val’s also contending with the rumor that she and her old college roomie Sharon Love are lovers. (I guess that makes her a Sharon Lover?) Even though Val and Sharon did hook up once in college, claiming that it was just snuggling – due to a lack of heat – that led to sex, Sharon thinks it would be great for her TV ratings if Val pretended to be gay until sweeps week. All this because Sharon is attempting to be the next “big-boned, black woman with ample bosom to cry into,” to fill Oprah’s void. Sharon says, “Gay is the new black,” and really tries to sell Val on the idea, but Val’s not on board with this plan, especially since she’s trying so hard to keep things real with Jerry.
It’s just hard to play things straight (literally!) when the paparazzi snap photos like this

which totally surprises the ladies

and ends up on the cover of Our Magazine. You know Our Magazine don’t you? It’s not quite OK! but it’s not quite Out.

Val have to reassure Jerry that she’s not gay and Jerry proves once again that he is TOO nice. And almost too understanding about his role as possible beard. “I have to admit, I thought the reason you were taking it slow is that I was just a beard. Come on, this is Atlanta. Great city, but not everybody is as evolved as you want them to be,” he tells Val, but she reassures him that she’s very much straight.

And since everyone’s being so honest this week, they also talk about Quinn. Jerry wants to make sure there’s no weirdness, no conflict of interest over the fact that Val’s ex, Quinn, was temporarily engaged to Jerry’s daughter, Shelly. And once again, everyone is very mature about things and they end on a very happy note.

Hooray, maturity! You know who’s not really mature? Christina.

Her relationship with Professor McHipsterGlasses has already soured and as she brushes him off after class. For no reasons other than “I’m 21 and you’re in your 30s,” and “It was just sex, not a relationship,” Christina callously ditches the guy. Not that he wasn’t a controlling prick, but still, you have to know that if you treat a controlling guy poorly, he’s probably going to show up at your apartment with some really bad intentions in an episode or two, right? Christina’s youth and immaturity make it obvious that she’s never seen every Law & Order: SVU ever like I have, and therefore she should watch her back with this guy.

And last, and usually least (sorry, girl), April. April is still trying to tame Reed Durham, the musician she stuck her neck out for at work.

Reed continues to go on drug binges and bails on studio sessions (with Biz Markie! Do I need to say it again? Biz Markie!) that April is paying for out of her own trust fund, and she’s had it up to here (hand held up to her ever-changing bangs-level) with him, all the way up to his overdose. Sorry, but if the television nurse tells you someone overdoses and you cut to commercial, you expect that person to die, right? Not walk into April’s apartment with almost no assistance like an hour later?

But Reed walks in to her place looking only slightly worse than I do when I have to get up early to force myself to the gym, and April lays down the law with him. He will do as she says and put out an album, goshdarnit. Reed whines that he’s afraid to fail, blah blah blah, and then tries to “repay the favor” of kindness to April by hopping in bed with her. Ugh, this guy. WORST!

Between Darryl and Reed, April clearly has no sense of good judgment when it comes to the men she puts her faith in. What April needs is some advice from Keisha. After all, Keisha’s the one who got her life together this week, she should spread the wealth.

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  1. Baabs Motley says:

    The show is Righteous that’s the word I use for hot ,good ,nice or banging.
    I would love to have some of my paintings on the show.

  2. Voice of reason says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t start making insane titles like “Gay is the new Black”! No disrespect to anyone who believes otherwise, but it bothers me to the bone that the media is so hard-pressed on practically force-feeding people the idealisms of same-sex relationships. Whatever happen to man and woman being the focal point? And, when is this show going to ever touch on something about family values and religion? Three of the four characters are BLACK, hell-o! Gold-diggin and screwin’ a new guy each week, while entertaining to some, can get played out and sends the wrong message to young, impressionable viewers… stand for something please, dang!

  3. Maxie says:

    I love Malcom and Keisha together…I think he is so sexy and I love the part he play(make you say, “damn”.) Two stronged willed people together, just like me and my husband; and yes after knowing him for 23 years, we still are very much in love.

  4. autirose says:

    This show is awesome. The actress and actors are perfect for their parts. The interior design is fabulous and I hope they keep the designers. The aerial shots of the ATL’s architecture is magnificent, even enchanting. The entire show is very sensual; the fashion, color choices, fabric, etc..
    The story line is kind of predictable. I think in order to hold interest, suprise/tantilize to the viewers with someting unexpected. Need more emphasis on designs like fashion, jewelry, artwork,. Music seems to be covered. Show so far is dynamite, but new.
    Visit more locales of ATL’s night life. I’d like more male eye candy for the ladies, don’t forget male exotic dancers.
    We must include the brother’s point of view, too. So maybe coming down out of those “ivory towers” and incorporating those who are working to improve the community would get rating.
    You are in a powerful position to blast off with this show. Initiating international appeal and setting a trend. Use this opportunity for all it’s worth.
    The beginning of this show is very good on many levels but so many more avenues can be added. For instance having dates at events like Black Arts Festivals, Gay Pride events. There’s history with metro Atlanta witin 10 miles. There’s an Old slave communities, where their descedants still hold festivities and celebrate the memory of the ancestors of their lineage. It’s in city of Decatur, few miles east of Midtown. The financial center is right there at Lenox. Then there’s the Chattoochee River Nture Center up 400. Why not raft down the Chattoochee.
    I hope this show is a big success and VH1 keeps it on for atleast a decade.
    Oh yea, ATL is an international city so why not utilize the airport and include travel. I can see Italy, France, Spain, Africa and maybe designers from those places featured on the show or Val fashions being featured, or the young student’s design. Would make “Single Ladies” more appealing to a wider audience, more interesting, and great for rating.
    Art galleries can be visited. The brother can have more jewelry designers feature.
    This is my favorite show and the two lead actresses I truly am a fan. I hope to see Debrat soon on the show. Truly continue to make it an interacial, multicultural show, just as ATL.
    Plus my name is Sharon and I’m glad Queen Latifa plays a character with my name. I always loved her and knew from the start she was a superstar–great cast.
    I saw the beauty of ATL in the 70s and I’m proud of the greatness that has been attracted to my hometown. Thank you and be blessed.

  5. Louisiana Lady says:

    I so enjoyed last night’s episode, “The New Black”, until I stayed up to watch it a second time!
    I “Like” the nice, slow, older male pairing for Val.
    I “Love, Love” the confession, the life reflection and the “we like each other” of Malcolm and Keisha. (*Woodside is one long and luschious drink of hot chocolate!)
    It was a “Lost” both last week and this week on April, that story line is flat w/out the husband and affair.
    I will be glued to the screen again tonight (the third times the charm) and again for the new episode next week.

  6. Deena Braxton says:

    I live here in my hometown now of LOUISVILLE,KY. and i do miss the south a GREAT DEAL!!!!!!

  7. 302Girl says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show. It is a break from all these “reality” shows. Keisha and Malcolm are my favorite t.v couple right now. All three ladies play their roles well. And I have seen some nice eye candy with the men. I read a lot of blogs and people say some not so good things about the show, but it’s my favorite on t.v right now. I hope this show stays on for many more seasons to come. Great job VH1.

  8. movico says:

    video steaming is a wonderful thing.just i know about it.

  9. I really commend the cast and producers for creating this show! This is very entertaining, enjoyable, and surreal. They picked a beautiful cast of ladies. I’m cheering Lisa R. on because just going by what the media has put out to the public has put her in a position to get back on her game. She has always appeared to be a strong and hole- hearted person in the entertainment industry; but I do say, you can’t keep a good women down-I know whats its like to date,fall in love, and to be taken advantage of. Everyone has been used to some degree in life, and noone is exempt from adversity no matter how high you are in this world. I commend Stacey Dash doing a strong comeback as well-she’s ALWAYS have played a WITTY/DENSED type roles well. I believe it’s going to be a twist with Malcom and Keisha; he has an hiddened agenda lined-up! I can just about guess; he’s going to be extremely controling and possibly abusive but they still make a very cute & handsome couple. They really made a huge hit with this show; casting most of all of the actors/actressess, athletes and music people who are well known. This is a first to try to cast all these celebrities all on one show! Hats off and keep up the good work-I give this show a complete 10! Lisa don’t cry and shed another tear; this one; you got it covered! And to the prince of Turks of Caicos;Mr. Michael Missick-AKA Ex Prime Minister: 1 word for you; Dumb-Dumb! oh I’m sorry that’s 2 words; ok that’s acceptable-sorry Charlie-did’nt you know; you had a princess, and now everyone who thought wrong and negative about Miss. Raye; think again; say what! There are real SISTA’S out there which are “Very Real” and straight to the point what they want in life, and the old saying:::One Man’s Loss Is Another Man Treasure……Good Luck to Lisa Raye and the Cast of “Single Ladies”!

  10. See More says:

    Please post the previous episodes online. I didn’t get to see the 2 hour premiere. Not really understanding how BBW episodes are online the following Tuesday but it takes days for VH1 to post the episodes of their other shows. For SL, you all only have the previous full episode posted.

    You guys need to get this together. VH1, post all the previous episodes including the 2 hour premiere, I know this will please many others.

    Great storyline but the acting leaves much to be desired. Hire some acting coaches, the timing is often off.

  11. Diane says:

    I love this show; I love the fact that the writers are not afraid to tackle black/white relationships. The Caucasians men on the show are gorgeous, and it’s good to see that Stacy and LisaRaye were not afraid to do a few love scenes with them. Thanks Single Ladies for keeping an open mind.

  12. Roderick says:

    Gay is the new Black…..WOW but unfortunately that is true, you get better respect being gay and black than just being black. Gays have their rights more protected than just being African Americans. You can’t say “boo” to someone of the gay genre without consquences, all of a sudden you have to attend sensitivity classes. WOW this is what we’ve come to.

  13. Mz. C says:

    I just want to say…I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! It is fun, sexy, entertaining, and believable. I love all the characters…especially Val (she reminds me of…well, me). I think Queen Latifah has done an awesome job with the creation of this show…I haven’t been this intrigued since Housewives of Atlanta (season 1). LOL!

  14. Charmaine Thompson says:

    I am so loving this show!!! You all are doing such a marvelous job, only one person is missing….ME! I would add so much flavor and excitement to the dynamics of this show. If you ever need another sharp, nice looking female to cameo, please contact me!! I can’t wait for the next episode and don’t want the season of this show to end. GREAT JOB ON THIS ONE VH-1! How can I audition for a spot?

  15. drezz says:

    Where’s Lauren London? I mean, that is her on all of the posters & billboards for Single Ladies , right? Was that just a ploy 2 get LL fans like myself tuned in waiting for a grand appearance on the season finale?

  16. MsRita says:

    Can we get some longer sneak peaks like BBW this show is way better than BBW and they have longer sneak peaks. Why Vh1 we will watch it on TV. I kind of sick of BBW all bashing Royce. She is only one that has her own house and the rest are in rentals so girls go check yourselves before you wreck yourself. I hope and Chad and Evelyn are over since she is a gold digger at its finest. Everything about her is fake. THOSE TEETH PRICELESS.

  17. @Ms. Rita—Gurl you said a mouth full;;Evelyn’s teeth–dont look–uh–R-E-A-L or—-something–LOL! Iknow I gues they are priceless!!!LOL. And another thing; Ms. Rita if you go on VH1 Basketball Wives blog; someone mentioned Evelyn not being able to speak Spanish—Like the person whom posted the comment on that–how DENSED is that; being from the BRONX, both parents are somewhat Spanish and you grew up there; and you need a translator?come on gurl-stop tripping! Now back to “Single Ladies” I believe this show will have it’s family value momments and religion episodes; so everybody just calm down-it’s not all about SEX, LOVE,ROMANCE, INFIDIELITY,ADULTRY,–”This show is not about NO-NEW GAY–people; everyone knows Bi-sexual, Lesbian, Gay-men are not a subject it’s surreal like everything else; what’s new about this people-this is not the primary focus on the show. But the Gay guy is HOT&funny!

  18. I really love this show> Fashion, FashioN, Men, Men, Can;t get enough and waiting for tonight’s episode to come on.Where was I at during the casting.. I need to be in this mix….KISSES~

  19. diane says:

    i watch the show last night and i hate it i thought it was call single ladies not the gay show i figure that was coming sooner or later with queen latifa being part of it we don’t need young girls or boys thinking thats o.k because its not won’t watch the show ever

  20. If being Gay is the new Black then how about being greedy and bank rupting a country is the new White. That was an insult to blacks. Gay is a choice being black is not not. That was an unnecessary statement that should have been kept from viewers hearing it. It was a water cooler comment. Queen Latifah you should take a black history course so you will understand what blacks went through for you to promote your opinion about being gay. After that read the Fall of Rome that should give you a clear picture of what happens to a society when they embrass gay as a life style.

  21. ann says:

    We need two versions. I like the concept of the show, the fashion, the friendships…etc. I am not judging ad I don’t want anyone to judge me. But I have always wondered why every show had a to have a gay person, but now they have pushed the envelope to far. I would like to see the edited version without the gay relatioships. I had to delete all episodes out of my DVR and not watch the show anymore. It isn’t just the men kissing, it is the gay ladies kissing, and the down grade in marriages over money and companionship. I guess the whole show is not for dueces…!