Soul Food

Season 2 Episode 20

This Must Be Love

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 13, 2002 on Showtime
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This Must Be Love
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Musical guest: Jon B. For their anniversary, Maxine hopes to surprise Kenny with tickets to a concert by Jon B., and a weekend getaway to San Francisco-until she finds a letter from Lila to Kenny that suggests the two had an affair. Bird's female customer makes a pass at her. Damon goes to Teri for help after Christine reveals she's pregnant and later commits suicide when he dumps her.moreless

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  • One of my favorite episodes of the entire series. It leaves you breathless and begging for more.

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    For the typical "Soul Food" fan, there are many moments that have gone and perished with time, but will be ingrained in our memories forever. This particular episode, "This Must Be Love," happens to be one of those moments for almost everyone.



    First off, when Damon finds his apartment in shambles and Christine’s dead body slumped over in his bed, I think we all secretly breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, Damon’s reaction to Christine’s pregnancy was not what she wanted to hear after announcing she is carrying his child. Sure, he was not thrilled with her news, or even accepting of it, for that matter. Actually, he was downright rude about it. Not only does he suggest that she have an abortion, he tells her that he does not love her and for her to be out of his apartment by the time he gets back. It doesn’t get more harsh than that.



    Personally, I doubt that Christine was ever pregnant. I think it was just one of her desperate attempts to make Damon love her, and I guess in her eyes, trapping him into a serious relationship was the only way to get the job done. Nevertheless, “ding-dong, the witch is dead,” and all is well in Damon’s world.



    Well, I guess I wouldn’t go as far as to say that all is well in Damon’s world when Christine dies. Actually, his life is pretty much a living hell for a while after that. Christine’s family believes he is the reason she kills herself, and they will not even allow him to attend her funeral. Too frightened to stay in his old apartment, he shacks up with his dad for a while until, one night, he shows up at Teri’s house as drunk as a skunk and she allows him to stay with her for as long as he needs to.



    Perhaps that is the other reason I was not terribly upset with Christine’s death. It gave Teri and Damon hope for the future. There’s nothing worse than a relationship that would be perfect if it hadn’t been ruined by the “other woman.” Does that just make you despise the other woman?



    I could go on forever about the Christine-Damon fiasco, but I guess I’ll leave it at that. However, Maxine and Kenny’s situation is a whole different story. When Maxine finds a letter addressed to Kenny from his ex-secretary Lila, all hell breaks loose. Even though nothing ever happens between Kenny and Lila, aside from a few immoral glances and a few naughty dreams, Maxine assumes that they had an affair, and Kenny does nothing to make her believe differently.



    My question is, if Kenny didn’t have an affair with Lila, why didn’t he just explain that to Maxine and be done with it? It’s almost degrading for him to believe that his actions did not warrant an explanation. She is his wife, after all. If anyone deserved to know the truth, it would be Maxine.



    Now last, and absolutely least, Bird and her homosexual mannerisms. This is the first time we get a glance of Bird’s undeniable curiosity for women, but certainly not the last. Maybe I wouldn’t feel this way about her if she hadn’t ended up hanging out with the girl again after she’d gotten so offended by her customer making a pass at her. “Friends for way too long,” my foot. Bird knew exactly what she was doing.moreless
Rockmond Dunbar

Rockmond Dunbar

Kenneth "Kenny" Chadway

Aaron Meeks

Aaron Meeks

Ahmad Chadway

Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker

Teri Joseph

Darrin Dewitt Henson

Darrin Dewitt Henson

Lemuel "Lem" Van Adams

Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe

Damon Carter

Malinda Williams

Malinda Williams

Tracy "Bird" Van Adams

Jon B.

Jon B.

Himself

Guest Star

Smokee Allen

Smokee Allen

Young Teri

Guest Star

Alesha Bailey

Alesha Bailey

Young Bird

Guest Star

Nikki Micheaux

Nikki Micheaux

Lila

Recurring Role

Larry Marshall

Larry Marshall

Jeremiah Joseph

Recurring Role

Taylor Love

Taylor Love

Kelly Chadway

Recurring Role

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