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General Information

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Episode Title Keep Your Plants Watered, Bitch
Release Date (Netflix) July 13, 2023
Director(s) Linda Mendoza
Writer(s) Michelle Buteau, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
Newly Noted Characters and Cast
Mavis Michelle Buteau
Trent Allan K. Washington
Sydney Sarah Cooper
Jacque Taylor Selé
Khalil Tone Bell
Jade Liza Treyger
Camden Hugh Moore

Plot Recap

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It Was All Going So Well – Mavis, Trent, Sydney, Jacque

For five years, Mavis and Jacque have been together, and thanks to her work, Jacque has made something of himself, and when given the opportunity to, he big ups Mavis to get her in front of Sydney, a decision maker at Essence magazine. Note, Trent, Mavis’ boss, isn’t happy about being upstaged, but his lack of vision paved the way for Mavis.

However, no sooner than Mavis is told she can get the opportunity to be a lead stylist, she learns Jacque is cheating on her with a model.

I Got A Lot Of Weird People In My Life – Khalil, Jade, Mavis, Camden

Mavis is not the type to talk it out and ask why she was cheated on. She decides to move to Brooklyn, and while her new roommate Jade is weird as all hell, it is better to live with her than Jacque. Also, luckily, her best friend Khalil is more than willing to help her move, boost her up, and be damn near all she needs.

But, while Khalil is a good friend, Mavis also needs some rebound sex. Enter Camden, who has known Mavis for years, but between Jacque and maybe other reasons, Mavis didn’t give him the time of day. However, with her being single, she lets him hit, put together furniture, and even fix some things in Jade’s apartment.

Yet, despite him being handy and knowing how to work it, Mavis feels like her breakup is too fresh, and maybe Camden is doing the most right now. So, she lets him down gently, and considering he often gets ghosted, Camden appreciates her keeping it 100 with him.

It Ain’t Even Worth The Ultimatum – Sydney, Mavis, Jacque, Khalil

While sex with Camden isn’t rock bottom, since he knew what he was doing, it makes Mavis feel like she isn’t in the right mindset to meet with Sydney since she has descended into chaos. However, Khalil reminds her that she has gotten the job done many times while hung over and excelled. So, with a pep talk and being there in person, not just calling or texting, Mavis makes her meeting.

The problem is, though, Sydney wants Mavis to work with Jacque, and with Jacque trying to get back with Mavis and her not into that, she’d rather pass up her first opportunity to be a lead stylist than work with her ex and be uncomfortable.

Collected Quote(s)

Khalil (Tone Bell)
“Khalil (Tone Bell),” Survival of the Thickest, “Keep Your Plants Watered, Bitch,” directed by Linda Mendoza, 2023 (Netflix)

Stop telling yourself no before somebody else tells you no.
— Khalil

Review

Highlights

It May Start Off With Mavis At Her Lowest, But The Skies The Limit

Does “Survival of the Thickest” start off like many shows do by having our lead at rock bottom? Yes. Did it make our eyes roll to see her go from being empowered with a man who encourages her to being cheated on? Absolutely.

But you have to recognize that if they gave us someone who had it all, it could make it more of a challenge to relate to Mavis. Better for her to be someone who has potential and sees it realized before our very eyes, than someone who has a nice smooth road.

Now, is that to say it wouldn’t have been nice to see a woman like Mavis have it all and get the same treatment where it seems she is handed things or a smooth ride to all her dreams? Yes, it would be nice to see women who look like Mavis live a life like that. But, then, you wouldn’t understand or know the journey. You wouldn’t get Mavis talking about what life is like for a woman who looks like her, especially regarding her personal life. Also, as much as we all deserve and need an escape from reality, sometimes you need to know and see that what you are going through, as abnormal as it is, isn’t exclusive to you and that you will find better, do better, and find it in yourself to move on.

More From The Series
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Mavis (Michelle Buteau)
Survival of the Thickest: Season 1/ Episode 1 – Recap and Review (Premiere)
Overall
“Survival of the Thickest” feels long overdue, and Buteau makes the wait feel worth it.
It May Start Off With Mavis At Her Lowest, But The Skies The Limit
82
Highlights
It May Start Off With Mavis At Her Lowest, But The Skies The Limit
Disputable
82

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