When you’ve got a good thing going on, the last thing you want to do is mess with a winning formula. But change can also be necessary for personal, financial, and career growth, which is why Reggie’s new management company — despite the transparent warning signs there will be some stumbling blocks ahead — has the potential for greatness.
One thing Survivor’s Remorse maybe should’ve messed with though was the nearly identical episode format of the Cam-Reggie story line and the parallel M-Chuck/Missy subplot for the second week in a row. I feel the women’s narrative, which dealt with the “serious theme of the week” was unfairly rushed and ultimately sacrificed for the sake of drawing out the turning point in Cam and Reggie’s relationship.
In this week’s episode, “One Love,” we learn that it’s tough becoming a “grown-ass man” — or woman, for that matter. Cam may still need guidance from Reggie in certain situations, but compared to someone like Jupiter Blackmon, a clueless, rising NFL star with a hot mess of a manager, Cam’s priorities are pretty solid. When Jupiter and his idiot of a rep, DeShauwn May, invite Cam to a shady after-hours joint following a boys’ night out at a strip club, all it takes is a few words of wisdom from Reggie about the next day’s practice for Cam to make the smart decision and decline. And it’s because of that fact that Reggie has the confidence to let Cam stand on his own two feet while he starts up his management company — with Jupiter, desperate to get away from the still-drug-dealing DeShauwn, whose idea of fiscal conservatism is avoiding the use of lawyers while flicking stacks of dollar bills into a woman’s ass, as his first new client. But the downside to Reggie embarking on an exciting new business venture means there are going to be a lot more nights where Cam has to walk that lonely arena hallway after a game all by himself — and he runs the risk of being replaced as his cousin’s top client. On the flip side, as DeShauwn sneered to Reggie shortly after being replaced, who’s to say that somewhere down the line Cam won’t fire his cousin-manager and seek greener pastures? It has been known to happen in this industry.
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While Reggie is busy getting poor Jupiter away from DeShauwn, M-Chuck has ditched the plantation re-enactment for yet another controversial environment this week. Her next round of community service involves acting as a big sibling to a young girl in a group home. A group home that is so neglectful in its supervision that it allowed 12-year-old Brittany to not only get pregnant, but be allowed to enter her ninth month with zero knowledge of her options — or even any real sex education. The Christian woman who runs the Fawlty Towers-esque establishment (seriously, even the sign is falling apart) told Brittany her baby was the result of an immaculate conception. The reality of the situation is the father of Brittany’s child could be one of three boys who live at the group home with her.
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