On the season four premiere of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” it looks like the Montgomery family will be cooking up soul food and drama in Memphis as season four of the series begins. Last season ended with Tim hiring an attractive spunky young assistant named Danielle, causing Monique and Jenae’s claws to grow out. The last episode also ended with Jenae returning her engagement ring to Tim. Well not directly to Tim. She gave it to Miss Robbie. Topping the gravy over the biscuit, Mr. Bussey came in bearing good money-making news. The family has been given the opportunity to open up a Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant on Memphis’ famous Beale Street. Miss Robbie is excited, but Tim is looking like a fallen cake in the oven right about now. He’s already dropped a deposit on a spot in Houston and that is where he wants to go.
Now let’s fast forward to the premiere of season four’s first episode. Miss Robbie has another heart-to-heart with her son Tim. She’s tired of being the keeper of the engagement ring, but since Tim is acting a little too nonchalant to her liking, Miss Robbie decides to hold on to the rock anyway. Meanwhile, Jenae and Tim’s cousin Monique hang out at the nail salon. Jenae says she is ready to move on and get herself all presentable since she’s back on the market again. Actually, Tim and Jenae have been “apart” for two years now so yeah…it’s time to move on.
Tim has brought in a new hire named Ma’ri. No one is sure why Ma’ri is there except for Tim and all he comes up with is “she’s there to shake things up.” Naturally, the new assistant Danielle is feeling slightly threatened and Tim’s cheerless cousin Michelle is looking at Ma’ri all crossed-eyed.
Road trip! Tim, Miss Robbie and Mr. Bussey pack up the truck and drive to Beverly Hills. I mean Memphis and it’s an SUV. They arrived at the prospective site, which needs A LOT of work but Miss Robbie is still excited. It’s Memphis. It’s Beale Street which attracts millions of tourists annually. She’s a visionary and sees the potential despite the work. Tim, on the other hand, still ain’t feeling it. All he sees is a lot of work and it’s not Houston.
After the trio arrives back in St. Louis, Tim is tasked with telling his employees about the change in location. They too are disappointed, especially Calvin whose fiancé lives in Houston. Now he’ll be moving to Texas without a job to go to. The only person who is up for moving to Memphis is Ike, but I think Ike would be willing to relocate to Hopeulikit, GA if it will take him out of St. Louis. And yes, Hopeulikit is a real town in Georgia.
As for Charles, although he would prefer Houston for his place of residency, he is nevertheless thrilled about joining Tim in Memphis. Why are these folks so anxious to leave the home of The Gateway Arch?
Miss Robbie, who hasn’t skated in 40 years, rolls around the rink with her sisters. You go girls! Tim drops by Jenae’s house to pick up TJ but the little tyke is asleep. He informs Jenae of his upcoming move to Memphis and she almost immediately asks when does he plan to retrieve his stored stuff from her house? She needs her space. Yeah girl, we see right through your expressionless face and comment. Tim is really moving away. You’re hurt. Feelings are not that easy to turn off even after two years of separation are they?
Finally, Tim and Ma’ri sit down with Michelle, Danielle and others to explain Ma’ri’s presence. As the new District Manager, she will be in charge in Tim’s absence. Michelle’s eyes are now uncrossed and rolling all over the place even though Tim says she will be the General Manager. The second-in-command title does not please her. So Michelle goes into full blast and starts using her typical language: “I run this! Who are you? She’s not my manager!” We hear ya Michelle, Ma’ri IS NOT the boss of YOU!
As soon as the meeting is over, Michelle is on Tim’s heels like his ever-present shadow. She does not appreciate him bringing in a newcomer, a non-family member to be her boss. Like Charles, she has worked hard for the family business for 10 years and this is the thanks she gets? Well, maybe not exactly like Charles. They both worked at Sweetie Pie’s for 10 years, but only Michelle has worked hard. Hurt, tearful and voice cracking, Michelle walks out. It looks like it’s not at all sugar and spice for three people (Michelle, Charles and Jenae) who are affected by this Memphis move.
Catch “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” on Saturdays at 9:00 PM on OWN.