Episode three of the third season was no different, and it was a heavy one.
Death, mental health and sexual abuse all played a part in the demise of a character we thought we knew.
Mary Jane also had to do something that’s seems to be hard for her: show emotion.
Lisa commits suicide.
As you know by now, Mary Jane and Lisa have a complicated friendship, which has only gotten more hostile since Mary Jane learned of her and David’s sexual encounter. Things took a turn for the worst the beginning of the episode when Lisa committed suicide by overdosing on pills.
Conversation about mental health.
Lisa’s suicide brought up a much needed conversation about mental health in the Black community.
“What happened to us [Black people]? We’re dying in plain sight,” said one of Mary Jane’s friends as they spoke about her death.
Meeting Lisa’s parents.
Lisa’s death brought out things we didn’t know about her. For one, she had not spoken to her family in 15 years. While Mary Jane is at Lisa’s house, her parents stopped by.
Mary Jane tells Lisa’s mother her husband, Lisa’s stepfather, is not welcomed at the funeral.
Mary Jane and David talk…kinda.
The saga of Mary Jane and David is one that just won’t quit. While attempting to have a heart-to-heart with each other about dealing with Lisa’s death, Mary Jane tells David how she cried for hours in her closet after seeing a dress she bought which Lisa told her not to buy because it was expensive and it would be on sale, which it was.
Trying his hand at comforting Mary Jane, David says to her, “You know it’s not your fault, right?”
This statement caused Mary Jane to, well,…be Mary Jane and go off on David about not wanting to take responsibility for his actions with Lisa (a blowjob).
Mary Jane eulogizes Lisa.
Mary Jane gives the eulogy at Lisa’s funeral and it was one to remember. She speaks on how when people ask us, “How are you?” we say, “Fine,” because that’s what we think we’re supposed to say.
“We think the world is going to come to falling down if we’re honest with each other,” Mary Jane said.
While giving the attendees facts about Lisa’s life, like her originally being from Ohio and moving to Atlanta as a child, being a straight-A student and graduating from medical school, she drops a bomb in the church that Lisa’s stepfather, who is sitting in the front pew, molested her from the age of nine to 16!
It’s safe to say it sent shockwaves through the church.