Any Day Now

Season 2 Episode 9

It's Not About The Butter (1)

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 24, 1999 on Lifetime
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It's Not About The Butter (1)
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Present: While dining at a restaurant with Rene, Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) mistakenly assumes a black woman walking by is a waitress. The incident ignites a heated debate between Rene and M.E. about modern day racism and leads M.E. to examine the topic in a freelance article for the magazine she was recently fired from. As part of her investigation, M.E. interviews her Uncle Jimmy, who is in the Ku Klux Klan, and learns that racism still exists in its harshest forms. After the article is published, M.E. finds a cross burning in her front yard. Meanwhile, Rene searches for a new office assistant and is upset that Bill, who is away at a seminar, has not called her. Past: Rene's father, James, prosecutes a legal case against the city for preventing black men from taking the exam to become police officers. Rene pleads with her father to drop the case after M.E.'s Uncle Jimmy threatens that something bad will happen to their family if he does not.moreless

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    Annie Potts

    Annie Potts

    Mary Elizabeth "M.E." O'Brien Sims

    Lorraine Toussaint

    Lorraine Toussaint

    Rene Jackson

    Mae Middleton

    Mae Middleton

    Young Mary Elizabeth (Episodes 1-66)

    Shari Dyon Perry

    Shari Dyon Perry

    Young Rene Jackson (Episodes 1-66)

    Maya Elise Goodwin

    Maya Elise Goodwin

    Young Rene Jackson (Episodes 67-88)

    Olivia Hack

    Olivia Hack

    Young Mary Elizabeth (Episodes 67-88)

    Michele Kelly

    Michele Kelly

    Michelle

    Guest Star

    Eileen Grubba

    Eileen Grubba

    Veronica

    Guest Star

    Matt Farnsworth

    Matt Farnsworth

    Luke

    Guest Star

    John Lafayette

    John Lafayette

    James Jackson

    Recurring Role

    Donzaleigh Abernathy

    Donzaleigh Abernathy

    Sara Jackson

    Recurring Role

    Calvin DeVault

    Calvin DeVault

    Davis Sims

    Recurring Role

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      • Catherine: (reading over M.E.'s article) You left out all the horrible things I did.
        M.E.: I decided to write instead about a woman who took a black child to an all-white hospital and demanded help. You must've been so scared.
        Catherine: Rene was hurt. You asked me if I remember those days, of course I do, and I'm ashamed of myself.

      • M.E.: Do you remember the night Mrs. Jackson came over, she wanted to thank you for taking Rene to the hospital, and you wouldn't even let her in the house?
        Catherine: Oh that never happened.
        M.E.: Yes it did, I was there!
        Catherine: I'm sure it was just late.
        M.E.: Do you remember you wouldn't let Rene in the house? We had to play out in the backyard.
        Catherine: And how many people do you think would've allowed that?
        M.E.: She was over all the time you know, we played Twister, watched TV, she was there a lot.

      • M.E.: This whole thing goes back to slavery and what we went through as kids, do you ever think about those days?
        Colliar: As little as possible.
        M.E.: Well I think about them, I called Uncle Jimmy today.
        Colliar: What? What'd you have to go and do that for?
        M.E.: He's the worst racist I know, he wasn't home.

      • M.E.: How else am I supposed to understand this whole thing aside from dying my skin black? Hey, there's an idea, I could call it "Black like M.E.".

      • Rene: You're not better than me.
        M.E.: I never said I was.

      • M.E.: I'm writing an article for the Birmingham Voice.
        Jimmy: About me?
        M.E.: About racism.
        Jimmy: What you call racism, I call New Patriotism.

      • Colliar: Nobody's going to get hurt, Mary Elizabeth.
        M.E.: They bombed her church, four of her friends died. A lot more's happening than just getting hurt, Colliar, and I hate it!

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