Any Day Now

Season 4 Episode 14

It's Not Karma, It's Life

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 09, 2001 on Lifetime
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It's Not Karma, It's Life
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Present: Rene returns to work and finds that her illness has shaken her self-confidence. Several clients, concerned about how much her health may impact her ability to represent them, have left the firm, and she is scrambling to retain the ones which remain. She is particularly troubled by an obnoxious client who is suing his employer for wrongful termination and is being countersued for sexual harassment by his supervisor. After a pre-trial deposition, she realizes that her client is lying and that his lawsuit is frivolous. With the help of a little pep talk from Joe, Rene rediscovers her spunk, tells her client just what she thinks of him, and fires him. At home, her self-consciousness about her scar initially creates a barrier to intimacy with Turk before she finally regains her sense of herself and her trust in his love. M.E.'s whining and self-pity about her weight reaches a fever pitch, and she starts to drive everyone crazy. While she acknowledges that she's "sad, angry, desperate, and out of control", her immediate impulse is to deny that her recent weight gain has an emotional basis. At Rene's urging, she goes to the doctor for a checkup; to M.E.'s dismay, he pronounces her perfectly healthy. His advice to eat less and move more is not what she wants to hear, and she half-heartedly embarks on a diet and exercise program. After Kelly confronts her about not being honest about losing weight, M.E. finally reaches out to a therapist for help. Past: Rene, still reeling from the impact of Dr. King's death and angry that the movement is not doing enough to protect its members, decides to attend a meeting of the Black Panthers. She agrees to join a few of the students at the meeting who are going to a local diner to protest the owner's treatment of black patrons. M.E. discovers that Rene is planning to bring a knife with her for protection, and begs her not to go. Rene is adamant, and they quarrel before Rene leaves, more angry than ever. The students confront the owner and the patrons at the diner and then proceed to ransack the premises. Rene goes a step further, and threatens the owner with her knife before the police arrive and arrest her. James comes to the jail and wants an explanation before he bails her out. Rene tells him that she wants to take action to stop feeling like a target. Her father tells her that she hasn't begun to understand what the Black Panthers stand for, and that she needs to educate herself so that she can discover what it is that she stands for in life.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)

Victor Togunde

Victor Togunde

Dunbar Nelson

Guest Star

Sean Squire

Sean Squire

Solomon Forte

Guest Star

Royale Watkins

Royale Watkins

Nathan Woods

Guest Star

Taneka Johnson

Taneka Johnson

Lakeisha Reynolds

Recurring Role

William Allen Young

William Allen Young

Turk Terhune

Recurring Role

Gina Torres

Gina Torres

Stacy Trenton

Recurring Role

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