We also get the briefest of Mo scenes, where she talks to Terez on the phone in her apartment. She tells Terez that she’s excited about the possibility of beginning to act more with Angie’s TV show, and that ATL is becoming a sort of black Hollywood. It’s clear she wants Terez to move to Atlanta, which is something I’ve been wondering about since the beginning of the show. Long distance is hard. As Mo says, “I miss waking up to you.” But Terez has a home in New York, and making that kind of decision is a big one.
This separation becomes even more poignant in the next scene, where we’re transported to a diner in New York and see Terez sitting with a friend. We’ve never had a Terez scene without Mo before, so this should be interesting. And it is. Terez informs her friend that she’s going to ask Mo to marry her.
I’ve been waiting for this moment all season! But here’s the rub: their relationship/marriage would be recognized in Terez’s home in New York. But in Atlanta? Honey child, even the dream of that being possible is a world away. God. This sucks.
Her friend says, “I think when you throw the marriage word in, it does something to folks.” Mhmm. Terez responds, “Here’s the thing, though—we’re not trying to change anybody’s beliefs.” Just as she’s not going to let anyone change hers. Mhmm. The dream, she says, is that we can all just co-exist together, peacefully. (What a thought!) Her friend tells her that she obviously has her full support, as she hopes to be in the same place herself someday. She says, “Love is love. People be tripping. Just be happy.” Which I would like to personally nominate as the gays’ new slogan for all time. Also, I am in love with Terez’s friend.
Terez’s next meeting, unfortunately, doesn’t go as smoothly. At another restaurant on a different day, Terez meets with Akemi, Monifah’s daughter. Oh, Akemi, Akemi, Akemi. If you don’t remember her painful episode from last season, Akemi is a huge fangirl of the Bible. This is not going to go well. Still, it says something that Akemi even agreed to meet with Terez, and that it’s clear they have some type of positive, respectful relationship. Terez gives her a good long hug when she walks in, and the conversation begins all smiles. But when Terez drops the marriage bomb, all the light immediately disappears from Akemi’s face. She glances to the side, brushes back her hair, and clearly goes into panic mode.
It’s difficult, to be honest, because of where she stands on it, she says. She believes that marriage was designed after Jesus and his relationship with us, with the church, and that men and women have very specific roles in it, and on and on. Terez, bless her soul, sits there with a warm, open face and takes it, saying that she knows they will have differences of opinion. She also says she knows that things like this can separate families, which causes Akemi to wince slightly, as it does sound almost like a threat. But then Terez continues to say that that won’t happen with them. She believes that God accepts everybody, perhaps even more so those that may stand outside of “the word.” Oh, yes! Akemi nods enthusiastically. God is great! The conversation seems to end with Terez saying that they will all continue to respect each other, and with Akemi saying she will continue to pray for them.
Of course, continuing to pray for someone to change, as this is clearly the type of praying Akemi believes in, isn’t necessarily the best blessing you can have. To be honest, my stomach was twisting in knots during this whole conversation just because of how difficult it all is. I want to respect Akemi, and it’s clear she has some of the gentle spirit of her amazing mother. But it’s also difficult to not want to just shake her. But man, what a class act Terez is for even making this conversation happen.