Bar Exam Season 1 Episode 5: Poisoning


Lorenzo: What’s up everyone, can I get you something?
Madison: Cotton candy, please.
Lorenzo: What kind?
Madison: What kind do you have?
Lorenzo: Let’s see...yellow, blue, pink, purple, green, orange, red, grey, white, turquoise, sky blue, dark red, light green, beige, black, and polyester.
Madison: Um...light green I guess.
Lorenzo: Here you go. It’s a new kind, just added it to my lineup—I mean, menu.
Madison: Thanks for constantly making changes to this place, however small they are.
Lincoln: When’s the hot dog smoothie coming?
Lorenzo: It’s coming when it’s coming.
Sam: So never?
Lorenzo: Tomorrow.
Reagan: Can I have some?
Lorenzo: Will you be here tomorrow?
Reagan: I don’t know.
Lorenzo: Then I don’t know.
Adam: Does that not sound disgusting to anyone?
Reagan: That’s why I want to try it.
Lorenzo: Sounds disgusting but tastes good.
Chase: Doesn’t sound like anything I would chase after.
Lorenzo: Stop it.
Chase: Sorry. I couldn’t help it.
Lorenzo: Yeah you could.
Chase: You’re right. Anyways, can I have some yellow cotton candy?
Lorenzo: Here you go.
Chase: Thanks. [Tastes the first bite.] Tastes just like I remember it.
Madison: That’s strange, mine tastes different.
Lorenzo: It’s probably just your brain tricking you into thinking that because it’s a new color.
Madison: No, it tastes really different.
Lorenzo: That just doesn’t make sense.
Madison: I’m feeling a little tipsy actually.
Lorenzo: It’s all in your head.
Sam: It actually doesn’t take long for alcohol to kick in for her.
Lorenzo: That’s ridiculous. There’s no alcohol in cotton candy!
Madison: I think there is in this one.  A lot of it too.
Lorenzo: That can’t be. Let me try.
Lincoln: You really want to risk getting drunk on the job?
Lorenzo: Good thinking. You try it.
Madison: This is definitely laced with something. [Long pause]
Lorenzo: Don’t all look at me! What did I do?
Chase: Got our friend drunk in the matter of minutes.
Sam: By giving her cotton candy laced with alcohol.
Lorenzo: Alright we need to talk about you two finishing each other’s sentences but I swear I didn’t put anything in it.
Sam: I believe you. But clearly whoever sold it to you did.
Lorenzo: OK, at least it’s only one person. Have some food on the house Madison, that should make it better. And here’s some water.
Lincoln: WAIT!
Lorenzo: What?
Lincoln: Smell that.
Lorenzo: Huh?
Lincoln: Smell what you just poured into that glass.
Lorenzo: Smells like water to me.
Adam: Let me smell it.
Lorenzo: If you insist. [Holds the glass up for Adam to smell]
Adam: Yep, water. Not vodka. Speaking of which, you got any vodka?
Lorenzo: I figured as much and yes. Sauce or drink?
Adam: Drink. Actually, both.
Reagan: I just had a thought.
Chase: Same! Let’s see if we were thinking the same thing. I’ll start: milk.
Reagan: Not at all. I was thinking just hypothetically, could we sue Lorenzo over this?
Lorenzo: Sue me? Come on, it was an honest mistake!
Reagan: Oh don’t get me wrong I have no intention on doing that. It’s cheap to come here and a lawsuit sounds like a lot of work. But just hypothetically...could we?
Sam: Anyone could sue, it’s just a matter of defending yourself or not. You probably could given how well you’re doing. Not so sure about me.
Lincoln: I think we need to graduate first and become official lawyers.
Lorenzo: So to be clear cotton candy won’t be my downfall?
Reagan: Yes.
Lorenzo: OK, good.
Adam: Keep it on the menu actually.
Lorenzo: Not so sure that’s gonna happen.

Monday Cable Ratings 1/27/20: Kids Baking Championship Slips, WWE Raw Easily Leads, Fox News Wins Impeachment Coverage

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Monday, 1/27/20. Items of note include Kids Baking Championship on Food Network, The New Pope on HBO, and WWE Raw on USA.
(Note: Click any show with its name in yellow to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
WWE RawUSA0.812.54
WWE RawUSA0.762.44
WWE RawUSA0.722.22
Love & Hip HopVH10.621.32
Below DeckBravo0.611.74
Love & Hip Hop MiamiVH10.51.09
Classics NBCESPN0.471.09
Street OutlawsDiscovery0.471.18
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.44.05
SportscenterESPN0.390.88
The FiveFox News0.334.37
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.330.98
HannityFox News0.324.41
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.313.84
Home TownHGTV0.32.07
Special Report with Bret BaierFox News0.33.69
College Basketball: NC v. NC St.ESPN0.31.01
SportscenterESPN0.290.77
The StoryFox News0.273.03
Street Outlaws SpecialDiscovery0.260.64
Live PD: Police PatrolA&E0.260.95
Kids Baking ChampionshipFood0.251.19
Live RescueA&E0.250.93
Live PD: Police PatrolA&E0.250.88
Senate Impeachment TrialFox News0.253.55




Highlights Below the Chart:


Morning JoeMSNBC0.081.07
The New PopeHBO0.040.22

(Why Was This) Seen on TV? - The Beautiful Life: TBL

Welcome to another installment of (Why Was This) Seen on TV?, and today, we are focusing on the CW's The Beautiful Life: TBL. This aired during the Dawn Ostroff era, before Mark Pedowitz took over in the 2010s.


The show starred Mischa Barton, Elle Macpherson, Sara Paxton, and Corbin Bleu (who we all know as Chad Danforth in the High School Musical movie franchise). The premise was basically revolving around a group of coed models living together at a New York City apartment [1]. At first glance, it sounded like a reality show to me, as it is produced by Ashton Kutcher of That 70s Show and Punk'd fame. But then I realized it is a teen drama.

On September 16, 2009, the show premiered to a 0.6/2 in the key A18-49 demographic, a 1.1/3 in the women 18-34 demo (back then, the CW's target demographic), and 1.38 million viewers. The viewership got worse in week 2, and the CW canceled the show after two episodes, pulling it from the schedule and shutting down production immediately [2]. Consequently, this show became the first broadcast show to be canceled for the 2009-10 television season. The two episodes as well as three other episodes were then put on TBL's official YouTube, where they remain. As of today, the numbers average between 800,000 to 1.1 million [3].

The sad part is, the show was heavily promoted and did poorly from the get go. Critical reception was mostly negative to mixed, with a Metacritic score of 40 [4], and a score of 25% from Rotten Tomatoes [5]. For one thing, this ends up as the biggest flop in the history of the CW.

And that does it for (Why Was This) Seen on TV?. Sound off in the comments below!

Sources:

1. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1400580/
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beautiful_Life:_TBL
3. https://www.youtube.com/user/TBL
4. https://www.metacritic.com/tv/the-beautiful-life
5. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/the-beautiful-life/

Sunday Cable Ratings 1/26/20: Curb Your Enthusiasm and Avenue 5 Sink while The Outsider Soars, Pro Bowl Narrowly Leads

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 1/26/20. Items of note include Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, the Pro Bowl on ESPN, and Doctor Who on BBC America.
(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
Pro BowlESPN0.832.67
NBA: Celtics v. PelicansESPN0.822.24
SportscenterESPN0.792.52
90 Day FiancéTLC0.72.57
SportscenterESPN0.621.67
CNN NewsroomESPN0.542.39
Monday Night KickoffESPN0.541.57
CNN NewsroomCNN0.532.23
SportscenterESPN-20.521.32
CNN NewsroomCNN0.52.16
SportscenterESPN0.471.17
SportscenterESPN0.461.09
Justice LeagueTBS0.441.50
SportscenterESPN-20.421.13
Sister WivesTLC0.411.90
The Situation RoomCNN0.411.73
Live Red Carpet GrammysE!0.41.31
NFL CountdownESPN0.330.94
PowerStarz0.331.06
The Situation RoomCNN0.31.41
Mike Tyson MysteriesAdult Swim0.30.65
ShamelessShowtime0.290.92
Fox ReportFox News0.282.30
The OutsiderHBO0.270.99
Holmes and HolmesHGTV0.271.22




Highlights Below the Chart:


Curb Your EnthusiasmHBO0.170.68
Doctor WhoBBC America0.150.55
Avenue 5HBO0.130.50
The L Word: Generation QShowtime0.060.22
The CircusShowtimeTBA (0.05)TBA
Our Cartoon PresidentShowtimeTBA (0.05)TBA

Monday TV Ratings 1/27/20: The Good Doctor Down as The Bachelor Slides Multiple Tenths, 9-1-1: Lone Star Steady (UPDATED)

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMThe Bachelor1.6/75.98ABC

AGT: The Champions1.1/67.32NBC

9-1-1: Lone Star1.0/55.52Fox

The Neighborhood (R)0.8/45.43CBS

All American0.2/10.68The CW
8:30 PMBob Hearts Abishola (R)0.6/34.64CBS
9 PMUndercover Boss0.6/33.42CBS

Prodigal Son0.6/33.17Fox

Black Lightning0.2/10.67The CW
10 PMThe Good Doctor0.8/45.65ABC

Manifest0.6/33.74NBC

Bull (R)0.5/33.67CBS

Sitcom Scorecard 2019-20, January 27: Down Goes the ABC Comedies

Welcome to the Sitcom Scorecard, and in this week's installment, there were some changes to the rankings. Just a disclaimer, the Sitcom and Drama Scorecards are completely different than the regular Renew/Cancel columns. Click on the Renew/Cancel tab to access them. And now, here are the standings as of January 27.

Oomph goes the Outmatched premiere onto the Middle of the Pack. The FOX comedy's 0.7 premiere after Last Man Standing was not too shabby retention wise. But there is a lack of space in the FOX comedy repertoire. I don't know how New FOX will take its performance, but considering the ramping of animation, I don't see how they will keep up with live action comedies. We'll see in two weeks. 

On ABC, the sitcom decline continues. The Conners notched a 1.0, and the quest for #1 is becoming out of reach. It's like a slip and slide with ABC comedies. You get a lift and all of a sudden, you slide down into the water. With the -ish comedies at 0.5s, the mothership is dangerously close to sliding into anemic territory in a few weeks if it's not careful. black-ish looks to be an According to Jim-type performer on the lineup when you take Friday comedies American Housewife and Fresh Off the Boat out of the equation.

On NBC, say goodbye to Perfect Harmony as it aired its final episode this past week. The second lowest sitcom on the scorecard and on the network's lineup comes in with a pathetic final average of a 0.42 in the key A18-49 demographic. We'll see Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Indebted in two weeks.

CBS remains on the steady side of things with the lineups going into repeats this week. Carol's Second Act went up slightly on the rankings because of the decline of black-ish. But there is still a huge gap in between it and The Unicorn. The Scorecard is more lenient on it than The Unicorn based on the 9:30 time slot factor. But expect it and The Unicorn to get some competition with Broke.

What do you think about this week's standings? Sound off in the comments below!

Marietta Season 2 Episode 9 - Marietta’s Drag Race

 Marietta Season 2, Episode 9
Marietta's Drag Race

Marietta is sitting in her living room at 2 AM when she decides to call Tammy. She doesn’t receive an answer.
Marietta: Hey there Tammy. I know it’s late but I just needed to talk with someone. I can’t sleep and I think something might me wrong with me. I’m feeling chest pains and I’m really worried about it. I’m afraid I’m dying but it also might just be from when I pulled a muscle picking up my luggage when we were in DC. Anyway, call me back when you get this message and if I don’t respond just assume that I’m dead. Bye.
Marietta hangs up, then calls Patty Lynn.
Patty Lynn: Marietta! What’s going on? It’s two in the morning!
Marietta: Mom, I’m scared.
Patty Lynn: Have you been watching horror movies again?
Marietta: No, I’m scared that there’s something wrong with me.
Patty Lynn: What’s going on?
Marietta: I’m having pain in my chest and I’m scared that I’m dying.
Patty Lynn: It’s probably nothing, didn’t you say you picked up a suitcase a few days ago and it hurt?
Marietta: Yes, but I also have a tingling feeling in my neck and I feel like there’s pressure in my head. What if I’m having a heart attack or going into cardiac arrest or having a brain aneurysm? I could even have brain cancer. Or maybe the reason I’m having pains everywhere is because there’s something wrong with my blood and I have leukemia or lymphoma?
Patty Lynn: Marietta, you’re just worrying yourself over nothing. You’re always up late watching TV. What have you been watching? That Grey show?
Marietta: Grey’s Anatomy? No, haven’t been watching that. It hasn’t even been on
Patty Lynn: Have you watched any medical show of any kind?
Marietta: No. I went to the movies today to watch some of the movies nominated for Oscars. No medial stuff in any of them. After I got home, I started watching some witch show on Netflix and that’s what I’ve been watching all night. But now I wanted to go to bed but I’m too afraid I won’t wake up if I do.
Patty Lynn: You’re going to wake up.
Marietta: But what if I don’t? What if this is the end for me?
Patty Lynn: It won’t be. You have to trust me. I’m your mother and I demand it.
Marietta: Are you just saying that because you want to go back to sleep?
Patty Lynn: It’s late, so I really would like to go back to sleep. But that’s not why I’m saying it. I’m saying it because you’re not in grave danger and I know that. Mothers know these things.
Marietta: I think I’m just going to try and stay up until I can call the doctor at seven and then I’m going to go in and get hacked out just to be sure. At least if I’m awake and something drastic would happen, I could call for help.
Patty Lynn: That’s not really needed. Get some rest, wake up early enough to call and get an appointment, and get checked out. Keeping yourself awake long enough that it could damage your immune system and actually get you sick isn’t the way to go.
Marietta: Alright, I’ll try. Thanks for listening. Now you get back to bed. Good night.
Patty Lynn: Good night, Marietta.
Marietta hangs up, sets her cell phone alarm for eight, and lays down, continuing to watch TV until she falls asleep three hours later. She is awoken by the alarm after three hours of sleep, calls the doctor, and heads to her appointment at noon.
Dr. Bouchard: Ms. Landfield, what are you in for today?
Marietta: I was having chest pain last night, and I’m feeling pressure in my head and a tingle in my neck. It’s very worrying to me. I think I might have cancer or a weakened heart.
Dr. Bouchard: There’s not much that I can do about your cancer concern without a blood test, but I can listen to your heart and take your blood pressure and make sure everything’s working just fine.
Marietta: That would be great, thank you.
Dr. Bouchard checks Marietta’s vitals.
Dr. Bouchard: Your heart sounds healthy as can be, and your heart rate and blood pressure are just fine. Your vision seems to be fine and your hearing is fine as well. From what I see, you are perfectly fine. It’s important for you to go get your blood testing done soon so I can officially give you a clean bill of health.
Marietta: That’s great! I’ll go right now. How long until I hear something.
Dr. Bouchard: Usually two to three days.
Marietta: Alright, I will be waiting patiently.
Three days later…
Dr. Bouchard: Hello Ms. Landfield, I’m calling with your test results.
Marietta: Oh, hello Dr. Bouchard.
Dr. Bouchard: Your blood tests all came back as expected, completely fine. I was, however, talking to one of my colleagues about your case and she said it sounded to her like a case of anxiety, in particular health anxiety.
Marietta: Oh, I worry about more than just my health, I can assure you.
Dr. Bouchard: I figured as much. That’s why I’m thinking you should go to a psychiatrist. There’s a few I could recommend, but one in particular that I’d recommend for you is Dr. Clara Mongeaux. She’s helped a lot of patients of mine with similar symptoms to yours.
Marietta: When could I get in to see her?
Dr. Bouchard: I already called her office just so I could tell you. She has an opening for a consultation on January 29.
Marietta: Six days from now? That’s soon enough, I guess. I was worried it would be longer. It’s always longer.
Dr. Bouchard: I recommend that you call soon to get that appointment, I just spoke to them an hour ago so it should still be available.
Marietta: Thank you so much, I’ll go do that right now.
Six days later…
Clara: Marietta Landfield, come on in.
Marietta walks back to Dr. Mongeaux’s office with her.
Clara: Welcome to my office, Mayor Landfield. Let me just start by saying that I spoke with Dr. Bouchard about your case so I know a bit of what’s going on, but obviously not as much as you do so if you could help walk me through everything, that’d me great. Oh, and just so you know, you can call me whatever you’re comfortable with. Clara, Dr. Mongeaux, either one is fine by me.
Marietta: I’ll go with Clara.
Clara: Great choice.
Marietta: Alright, this is my first time seeing a psychiatrist ever so this is new for me. So, I started having an overwhelming sense of panic about two weeks ago. I’m sure you probably know already, but my brother recently became a US Senator. I was in DC with him. All was going well until the third night we were there. I just felt scared. Scared that things were just going to be the same any more. Milton’s not going to be around on a daily basis anymore, just after we all got back together. I was feeling strange about it in the days before, but never this intense. I was never scared about it. Then, the day we’re starting the come back, I strain myself picking up my suitcase, which was extremely heavy since I go above and beyond when it comes to souvenir buying. That strain led to me eventually thinking I was dying but we’ll get to that later. So, after I strain myself, while I’m in the bathroom at the airport, I had a massive panic attack in the bathroom. No warning before, it just came on suddenly. That was a few minutes after Milton had dropped us off. I think that’s what triggered it, but I don’t know.
Clara: It sounds to me as if your fear of this big change is causing you a great deal of anxiety.
Marietta: Oh, you don’t know the half of it.
Clara: Sorry for interrupting, continue onwards.
Marietta: Okay, so now it’s three days after that airport panic attack. I’m relaxing at home after a day at the movies. All the sudden, a sudden feeling comes over me. It tells me I’m dying, because I felt a tingling feeling in my neck. Dr. Bouchard tells me that’s just the strain and I believe her. I think. I also had pains in my chest and pressure in my head. I don’t know what caused that head pressure but the chest stuff was probably also a strain. Still, at that time it was enough to convince me I was dying of every awful thing under the sun. Cancer of the everything, a brain aneurysm, a heart attack, whatever. Getting my blood tests back a few days ago was the only thing that ever truly convinced me I was okay. That I didn’t have cancer. I had no reason to believe I did have cancer, and I still don’t, but there’s still a tiny part of me that still believes I do because it has been nine days since my blood work was done and what if something’s changed since then? It’s hard to live like this. It’s hard to try to pretend you’re okay when you’re not. To put on a brave face. It’s especially hard when you have the profession that I do and you’re too afraid to go outside because guess what, I’m also afraid of non-health-related things. Like getting shot. I’m too afraid to go just about anywhere because I’m seeing a new shooting on the news every day and worry that the next one will involve me. It feels like we’re moving off topic here but I just needed to let that out.
Clara: No, you can say whatever it is you want to. Don’t be afraid to change the subject if something important like that pops into your head.
Marietta: It feels nice to talk about this stuff with someone who I know isn’t going to judge me. I love my family and I love my friends, but I’m afraid to talk about it with them. I don’t know if they’d understand and I don't want them -
Marietta starts to cry and struggles to catch her breath.
Clara: Take your time, it’s all right.
Marietta: I don’t want them to think I’m crazy. Because I certainly think I’m crazy. I do weird things now that I never did before this started. I have to make sure every door in my house is locked. If I forget any, even if I’m laying in bed about to drift off to sleep, I’ll have to jump out of bed and check. Because you never know when something might happen, when someone might come in my house. That’d be my luck. I have to pray every night or else I’m scared of what might happen. This whole thing has made me more religious. I’m not mentioning this as like a “I need help getting over that, it’s crazy” kind of thing. I’ve always believed in God. But since I started freaking out over my health, I’ve been praying every day, which is unusual for me. Haven’t missed a single day. That first night, when I called my mom to tell her I thought I was dying because I pulled a few muscles, was the first time I prayed in years. I prayed to god asking that he’d watch over me and protect me and let me survive the night, and that if I didn’t survive, that he’d watch over my family after I was gone. You should have seen my fave while I was doing it. The entire Mississippi River was flowing out of my eyes. So this anxiety is changing me for sure. I have a picture of my parents on my nightstand. It’s been there for years, even as I moved from house to house. Now, that has to be the very last thing I see before I close my eyes so if I die, I die with something meaningful being the last thing I ever saw. This next thing is going to sound weird but it all ties in, I promise. Do you know the song Songbird by Fleetwood Mac?
Clara: Yes, I do. Beautiful song.
Marietta: It sure is. That Christine McVie sure can play the piano. That is my favorite song in the entire world. It played at my wedding, I used to sing it to my son as a baby, I love it. I have to listen to that song every single night before I go to bed. Because just like with the picture, I’m afraid that something might happen to me while I’m asleep and if it does, then I die with that song being the last thing I ever heard.
Clara: I have heard something like this before with another of my patients.
Marietta: Oh good, so I’m not the only crazy one.
Clara: Don’t think of yourself as crazy. That’s a word with very negative connotations and calling yourself crazy doesn’t help you at all. Now, Dr. Bouchard told me that she thought you were exhibiting a severe fear of death. She said you seemed fixated on it. Would you like to share anything about that?
Marietta: I don’t even think my fear of death is my biggest problem. It’s that I’m afraid of death happening to other people. My mother is in her seventies, my father is in his seventies, my aunt is in her seventies, my best friend is in her seventies. They’re all healthy for their age and active, but the simple fact is that I don’t have that much time left with any of them, and that scares me. Then you have these people that are young and perfectly healthy and perfectly happy that still die. Look at Betty Benoit, she died in her forties. She was at her daughter’s dance recital one moment and getting flattened by a Ford Fiesta the next. Death is fickle. You never know who it’ll take next. It keeps me up at night. This is going to sound cr- I mean, strange, but I also am afraid of change because sometimes change feels a lot like death. Case in point, I have anxiety about TV shows I like ending. They’re just shows to most people, but to me, these characters on TV are like my friends and they’re all leaving me. The Good Place is ending, Criminal Minds is ending, Schitt’s Creek is ending. I watch a lot of TV so this could get long, I’ll stop this list now. The concept that things have to change and that things I love will have to leave me forever is terrifying and it makes me cry a lot. I don’t like crying a lot.
Clara: Nobody does, but it is a natural part of life. I’m going to try to help you cope with all of that It’ll be difficult, but I’m going to try to help get you better. We’re running out of time for today but I think we should probably begin seeing each other regularly. Does once a week work for you?
Marietta: Yes, that’ll be fine. Can I just ask you one quick question?
Clara: We have about two minutes left so sure, ask away.
Marietta: How do you suppose I go about telling people that I suffer from this? I’ve told my parents and my friend Tammy that I’ve felt this way, but nobody else. It’s hard to tell someone you suffer from anxiety and depression.
Clara: Whoever you do trust enough to tell about this, just be open and honest with them about it. You don’t have to tell them everything you told me, but if they ask questions and you are comfortable sharing that with them, go ahead and do it. If you don’t want to tell them something, you don’t have to.
Marietta: Thank you, again. I’ll see you next week.
Clara: Just go out to see one of the girls at the front desk and they’ll let you know what times I have available for appointments. See you next week some time.
Later that day, at the Mayor’s Mansion…
Marietta: Tammy, can you call up Amy?
Tammy: Amy? Why? I almost forgot she was working for you.
Marietta: I know, she’s been extremely quiet lately. I appreciate that. I want to ask her for her help constructing a speech to make.
Tammy: What about?
Marietta: I want to let the people of New Orleans know about my mental health struggles. I think they have a right to know what I’m going through. Amy skinned me alive at our debate so I think she can help me find the right words. You can, too. We’ll do it together.
Tammy: Alright, I’ll call her. Have you told your family about everything yet?
Marietta: Just my parents. I’m scared to tell Milton. I keep trying to text it to him because I’m too afraid to call him but I’m also too afraid to text. After I texted you about it, I was too nervous to even look at my phone for like eight hours. That’s the way I’ve felt about texting for weeks now. Even something that isn’t huge like telling someone your deepest, scariest secret leaves me anxious about how someone’s gonna react to it.
Tammy: Marietta…
Marietta: Yes?
Tammy: I’m sorry you’re going through this. You don’t deserve to be.
Marietta: I’ve almost grown to accept it. Almost. It’s hard getting used to being a nervous wreck all the time when I wasn’t before, but it’s okay. I’ll get through it.
Tammy: You are strong and brave and I’m proud to know you.
Marietta: Bring it in. You clearly want to give me a hug.
Tammy: You know me too well.
Three hours later…
Marietta: Thank you both for helping me write this. This is important to me.
Amy: No problem. We might have fought like cats and dogs in the past but I’m happy to help now. That’s all behind us.
Marietta: It better be, you are my Press Secretary.
Amy: You know what I mean. I feel like we’re becoming friends finally.
Marietta: I do, too.
Tammy: Hey! Tammy’s still here!
Marietta: You know I love you, Tammy. We’ve always been friends though. Amy and I are just having a breakthrough here.
Tammy: I know. I just felt like giving you a hard time.
Amy: Marietta, I’m really glad you called me for help. Besides being the best speechwriter on this side of the Mississippi, I also know what it’s like to struggle with my mental health. So if you ever need to talk, give me a call.
Marietta: Thank you. That’s brave of you to share that. I’ll give you a call. 
Tammy Just don’t do it at two in the morning like you did with me!
Amy: You can if you want. I'm a heavy sleeper though, you won’t get an answer.
Tammy: Same here.
Marietta: Oh, so now you’re bonding with Amy? I see how it is.
Tammy: I’m just joking. Again.
Amy: So, when are you going to make sure speech?
Marietta: Tomorrow. It’s almost six now, people are probably watching Jeopardy. I don’t want to interrupt that.
Tammy: Just let me know what time. I want to be there.
Marietta: I’ll let you know, trust me.
The next day, Marietta stands outside the Mayor’s Mansion to deliver her speech.
Marietta: New Orleans, I am standing here today because I think it’s important to share something with you. For the past several weeks, I have been struggling tremendously with my mental health. Though that struggle has not impacted my job performance as your mayor, I feel it’s the right of every citizen of this city to know the struggles I am facing during my time serving you. Many of you will have questions, I know that. Many of you will also know what I’m going through. I’m speaking out not only because I feel it is my duty, but also to ensure that every New Orleanian out there who struggles with mental illness knows that they have a voice, a supporter and a fighter for their causes. I will make it a priority to ensure that every person in this city can feel safe to open up about their mental illnesses and can receive access to treatment. I am receiving treatment from great doctors, and everyone should be able to do the same. This is a public health emergency and I’ll do everything to help everyone who, like me, suffers from this horrible condition. Thank you all.
Marietta finishes her speech and goes into the mansion after the press begins to leave.
Marietta: Tammy…
Tammy: Yes?
Marietta: Thank you for being there for that. I needed the support.
Tammy: You have it from me. Always. By the way, did you ever tell Milton what you’ve been going through? He’d probably like to know before the whole world does.
Marietta: I knew I forgot something!

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