This week on The Carmichael Show, it’s Jerrod and Maxine’s three anniversary. They run into a girl, Jessica, and Jerrod thinks she wants to have a threesome with them. Maxine thinks he’s crazy but he makes a move on her on their behalf (because Maxine’s actually okay with it) and the girl is down.

The next morning, Jessica won’t leave and they can’t figure out what to do about it. Jerrod blatantly kicks her out after Maxine tries to nicely get her to leave. His family stops by and pries into the tension between Maxine and Jerrod. Unfortunately for them, Jessica comes back because she left her bra.

Jerrod goes to get it while his family tries to figure out what went down. Bobby (ever the detective) deduces that the two had a threesome with the random girl who stopped by. His parents roast Maxine because they’re uncomfortable with what has happened (hello double standards); Maxine is fed up (finally) and kicks them all out of her apartment.

This starts a fight between Jerrod and Maxine and she tells him that he needs to be better with his feelings and stand up for her (shout out to last week’s episode). Jerrod tells her he can’t and that essentially, he’s a bad boyfriend. She rebuffs his lazy comeback with the fact that he was caring and selfless during their threesome. Jerrod makes the analogy that Maxine wants him to treat her like they’re having a threesome all the time (considerate and not selfish), and for some reason, this is mind-blowing to him (smh).

He decides to stand up for his woman (finally) but first, he tells her to dress up so that they can do something spontaneous and romantic.

Later they end up at his parents’ house and Jerrod yells at his family for the way they treated Maxine. Then they announce that they got married. Cynthia is disgusted, but everyone else is delighted.

Musing

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So if I’m being completely honest this episode was a little jarring, if only because it gave us a deep look into Maxine and Jerrod’s relationship outside of the conversations and arguments they have with their family. There have only been a few episodes that have stood out to me that specifically talk about Maxine and Jerrod’s relationship. Some of the jokes fell flat for me and I think that’s because the sharp transition into a threesome caught me by surprise.

Episode Winner: Jerrod’s winning face is honestly hilarious to me mostly because of his shit eating grin. Plus the analogy that he needed to make to understand how to be a better boyfriend is so ridiculous that I had to give it to him.   

Stephanie FrancisStephanie Francis is an aspiring journalist with a TV addiction. She has been published in a multitude of small papers including the Gloucester Times, the Salem News and the Boston Globe. You can find a collect of her published work at adventuringsomewhere.wordpress.com. And her live tweets @stephsfrancis.