To kick things off, Justin (Michael Ealy) shares the truth about his ex-girlfriend, Simone, after she gets caught in the crosshairs of internet trolls.
It turns out that she died from cancer in 2010, and left Justin $30 million in stock from her company.
Though Simone adds another puzzle piece to Justin’s mysterious past, it's not long before MJ faces another calamity when she learns that her ex-fiance, Lee (Chiké Okonkwo), is working on a scripted series based on their relationship.
That news drives her into “full crisis mode.”
Luckily, her publicist, Aaliyah (Raney Branch), tries to thwart a possible media firestorm by scheduling a radio interview for MJ about Lee’s new series before it premieres. However, Aaliyah ultimately decides to scrap the interview after MJ airs some frustrations about a painful reality that black women face.
“We live in a society that treats us like we’re the bottom of the barrel when it comes to romance,” she says. “Couple that with having to constantly prove ourselves as worthy enough. Be confident but not intimidating, be smart but not emasculating. Never enough, but too damn much all at the same damn time. Men are encouraged to objectify our bodies, but the second we search for sexual satisfaction, we are called whores.”
While her family appears to be falling apart, MJ gets a special delivery in the form of red roses from Justin, who's away in Paris for work.
She won’t be floating on cloud nine for long though, as things are about to get headed when MJ’s family drama comes to a head next week.
Being Mary Jane airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.