It’s time for that roller coaster ride that has you squealing with delight one minute, then screaming in horror (and frustration) the next.
That’s right, OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” returned for season three last night and I realize I always feel so torn about the show, including the season premiere.
On the one hand, it’s so much fun and mostly because of the over-the-top women like Veronica (Angela Robinson) and Candice (Tika Sumpter), who will stop at nothing to get what they want or enact their revenge on those who have done them wrong. But the long scenes of dialogue that basically repeat the same emotion or intention over and over and over are also back and, well, that’s the show and probably always will be. (Come on, do you think Tyler Perry takes notes from the network on trimming down some of his long-winded scenes?)
And, of course, the storyline that is the most frustrating is the one featuring Jeffrey (Gavin Houston), who finally grew a pair at the end of last season and told Veronica (the most overbearing mother to a gay son ever!) that he was going to live his life. Then, he abruptly threw Landon (Kristian Kordula) on the bed to make love to him finally. This was all good stuff and an excellent payoff for the journey we’ve been on with Jeffrey. He was finally out and while maybe not waving a pride flag, at least he was going to stop denying himself what he wants.
Of course, therein lies the problem, because what he wants is not Landon or any other gay man. In true soap fashion, Jeffrey wants the one man he cannot have – Wyatt (Aaron O’Connell). I mean, who wouldn’t want Wyatt with his gorgeous face and ripped up body but, hello, Wyatt is also straight and, from what we’ve seen on the show, that’s not wavering much at all. But, as we saw in the post-coital scene with Jeffrey and Landon, Jeffrey’s mind is on someone else. Check out the scene from last night’s episode:
As you can see, Landon is probably the best thing to happen to Jeffrey, who is trapped in his love for Wyatt and that's more than likely going to be his path this season, which is a shame. The Jeffrey character has always been weak and under the thumb of his mother and now that he's told her off, I was hoping he'd keep the pair of balls he grew but obviously those were only on loan because now he's going to be the same mopey Jeffrey whose strength only comes when his frustration is boiling over. And Landon is right in what he says about Jeffrey punishing himself by continuing to swoon over someone he cannot have. If Jeffrey ever finds the self-confidence to truly live his live, he'll find someone who actually treats him well and actually supports him. Landon could be that person but not at this place and time.
I do hope Landon stays in the picture moving forward, though. He's the antithesis of Jeffrey in that he owns who he is and makes no apologies. And, from how we saw him working in the Cryer campaign, he's also damn good at his job. And, yeah, he's dreamy as hell.
So, we'll see what happens next but, like the rest of the show, things essentially move at a snail's pace and Jeffrey truly becoming a character the audience can actually be proud of is going to probably be a little (or a lot) more time in the making. But all that said, this is still a roller coaster I'm going to ride because it may not be the perfect ride, but it's still a lot more fun than many of the others.
“The Haves and the Have Nots” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on OWN.
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