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BET Plus’ First Wives Club: Cast, Characters & Descriptions (with Spoilers)

A character guide for BET Plus’ First Wives Club featuring cast members names, character descriptions, storylines, and noteworthy information.


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Hazel (Jill Scott)

Hazel (Jill Scott) is a popular singer who, after a album flop, is looking to make a comeback.
Hazel (Jill Scott)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Hazel is a popular singer who, after her last album flopped, is looking for a comeback. One she believed she had in progress with a track by a notable producer, but with her album shelved and the song stolen right from under her, by her husband Derek, she decides it is time to confront him about their marriage. Leading to divorce proceedings beginning and a nasty series of battles.

Noteworthy Events

Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Hazel gets confirmation on Derek having an affair.

Additional Information About Hazel

  • Hazel is the Elise of the show.
    • Differences From Movie Counterpart: She is a singer, not an actress, isn’t as vain as Elise was, and Elise wasn’t worried about a comeback.

Bree (Michelle Buteau)

Bree (Michelle Buteau) is a mother of two just trying to not lose her mind.
Bree (Michelle Buteau)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Separated, and co-parenting the rearing of two kids, Bree is doing her best to be one of the best, and sometimes it is a struggle.

Noteworthy Events

Additional Information About Bree

  • Bree is the Brenda of the show.
    • Differences From Movie Counterpart: Is working in the medical field and has two kids instead of one.
  • Her husband, Gary, is the only one she had sex with since college – until the events of episode one.

Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe)

Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) is a former lawyer turned campaign manager.
Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Formerly a lawyer, now her husband’s campaign manager, Ari is more than willing to sacrifice her happiness and pleasure for others, but for how much longer?

Noteworthy Events

Additional Information About Ari

  • Ari is the Annie of the show.
    • Differences From Movie Counterpart: She is a lawyer, rather than be someone in advertising and, as of episode one, we don’t see her with a therapist.
  • When Ari was a lawyer, she was on track to become partner.

Derek (Malik Yoba)

Derek (Malik Yoba) is a trash human being who is a partner at Harlem Boy records.
Derek (Malik Yoba)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

One of the partners at Harlem Boy records, and Hazel’s husband who is trash. On top of having an open affair, which was well known in the industry, he profited and tanked Hazel’s career with one bad album and is allowing said album to continue to permeate the air by not fighting for its follow up. For, instead, he is focused on his protégé/ girlfriend Stella.

Noteworthy Events

Additional Information About Derek

Stella (Tasie Lawrence)

Stella (Tasie Lawrence) is one of David's up and coming artist, and his mistress.
Stella (Tasie Lawrence)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

A young singer, working on her sophomore album, who is dating Derek despite it being well known he is a married man.

Noteworthy Events

Additional Information About Stella

Gary (RonReaco Lee)

Gary (RonReaco Lee) is Bree's husband who cheated on her and is now trying to get back into her good graces.
Gary (RonReaco Lee)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Bree’s husband who cheated on her.

Noteworthy Events

Additional Information About Gary

David (Mark Tallman)

David (Mark Tallman) is Ari's husband who is running for state senator in New York.
David (Mark Tallman)

Character Introduction

First Noted In:  Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]

Ari’s husband who is running for New York state senate, might have a porn addiction and is a one minute man.

Noteworthy Events

Additional Information About David

General Information About BET Plus’ First Wives Club

  • Some of the areas, like in episode 1, by the river, were shooting locations for Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It.

Groups & Organizations

Harlem Boy Records

The record label Derek is a partner of, and also the one Hazel and Stella are signed to.

Notable Locations

Terms To Know

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