My first and last recap of Harlem…

I am not the type to recap television or streaming shows, especially since everything (As in all episodes are posted online anyway).  But I decided to just this once post a recap that is a compilation of other recaps.
When I watched the first episode of GIRLS, I was immediately struck by the references to Sex and the City, thinking that whoever wrote the episode was keen on picking up the S.A.T.C mantle and running with it.  Except the show GIRLS reminded me of everything BUT: Sex And The City.  To me, it was so clear that Girls creator Lena Dunham was force feeding us the notion that GIRLS was the newest iteration of Sex And The City, but it wasn’t.
I am not saying that HARLEM is “S.A.T.C” Noir, but at least we are watching individuals who identify as WOMEN and not as GIRLS.
“Harlem” Season 2 is currently airing on Amazon Prime. Season 1 introduced us to four strong, independent women who worked hard to establish themselves in both their careers and their romantic relationships. But making decisions was difficult for these women
Angie, Quin, Camille and Tye
So at the end of season one we have Camille (Carrie) after taking a long time to finally make the decision to reveal her feelings for Ian, after initially dumping him when he asked her to move to Paris, but kissing him on the night before his wedding seemed a little selfish of Camille because she didn’t think about Mira.
Mira had seen them kissing, which naturally compelled her to call off the wedding. Therefore, if the wedding is canceled.

Spoilers Ahead

The first episode begins the day after Camille and Ian have kissed. Mira happened to be present and saw it happen, so she canceled the wedding, blaming everything on Camille. Despite the fact that the wedding had been canceled, Ian was not yet ready to give his relationship with Camille another chance. He took some time to think as Camille returned to Pruitt’s (Whoopie Goldberg) house after realizing she had gone insane the night before and quit her job. Pruitt didn’t forgive her easily when she approached her. She made it clear that Camille’s behavior was unacceptable, and she needed some time to consider whether she would grant Camille permission to continue her university lectures. Camille, on the other hand, wanted to stay for her entire contractual year because she felt it was her responsibility to finish it, but after that, she would resign to which Pruitt agreed (Side Note: Whoopie Goldberg is as annoying as Professor Pruitt on Harlem as she is on The View).

Camille met with Ian’s family members as well as Mira to apologize, but it wasn’t easy for Mira to forgive her after having her home wrecked by Camille, and so she did not.

Camille felt that it wouldn’t be fair to be with Jameson while she was still in love with Ian; therefore, she decided to call it quits with him.

Meanwhile, Angie got the chance to spend the night with a Pedicure parlor guy who, in her opinion, was the most attractive man in New York.

However, after seeing his cousin, who was even more attractive, Angie changed her mind. Tye continued to flee from her issues and feared that her husband, Brandon, would be pursuing her money. But, in the meantime, when Camille found Jameson had come to visit her, she decided to break up with him right there, but she later learned from Jameson that he had canceled his plans to move to Chicago and instead chose to be with Camille in Harlem.

Camille was perplexed as to how she could possibly break up with him after hearing that he had rejected better career options to be with her.

The second episode begins with an awkward moment between Jameson and Camille. Camille’s hesitance was imprinted on her face, so she asked him not to give up his career for her. Jameson was serious about their relationship, which is why he wanted to settle with Camille, but Camille didn’t give the impression that she wanted to be with Jameson forever. So, before Camille could take some initiative, Jameson broke up with her.

Camille was given the opportunity to lecture at the university and found Ian, who had come to surprise her. Camille took him to her place. When Ian questioned her about Jameson, Camille told him everything that happened with Jameson. However, Ian was disappointed to learn that she had not informed Jameson of her getting back together with Ian.

After a brief argument, Camille felt like Ian was placing the blame for everything on her. She met up with her friends the following day and asked for some advice. Her friends tried to comfort her, but Tye showed her something that just blew her mind. Tye displayed a website that was a public forum for gossip about toxic women, and this website featured both Tye and Camille’s names.


Angie purchased five lottery tickets, but none of them won the jackpot. But in the lottery shop, she meets a handsome hunk of a real estate agent. The guy took her to his palace, and Angie was astounded to see how wealthy he was.  But money alone couldn’t compensae for his physical ‘shortcomings’.

Tye started looking through some profiles on the website and came across a woman who was infamous for her playgirl attitude, so Tye thought she could date her because Tye was also a fan of the no strings attached approach.

Meanwhile, Quinn was having a great time with Isabella at her place, so Angie began to worry that Quinn would ask her to leave her apartment.

Quinn, on the other hand, clarified that she and Isabella were taking things slowly and hadn’t decided to move together yet.

Isabella wasn’t having any of Quin’s wild imaginings though, because after Quin apparently harassed  Isabella into having dinner in which Isabella clarified her intentions, stating that she was not yet ready for a relationship and merely wanted to date Quinn casually.  Quinn’s heart was broken, and Angie comforted her, she didn’t seem to grasp the concept of a ‘Booty Call’.

Camille ran into Jameson again when he came to her house to return some items she had left in his apartment.  Jameson had already deduced that Ian’s wedding had been postponed, and that Camille could be the sole reason.  Camille realized her mistake after Jameson left and stopped waiting for Ian to come to her; instead, she went to Ian to apologize. She acknowledged that she had made poor decisions and that kissing him on the night before his wedding was one of them, consequently deserving Mira’s contempt.

After acknowledging the fact that she should give them another chance in their relationship. Ian also felt guilty for what he did to Mira, but Camille accepted him instead, as they had loved each other.

Tye’s husband Brandon arrived to surprise her. Tye was literally taken aback to see him because she had assumed she would never see him again. However, things didn’t go as planned. Would Brandon be asking her for money, or would Tye be able to persuade him to leave her for good? Let’s see what the future holds for Tye.

Although “Harlem” season 2 is very enjoyable, I would appreciate some creative changes to the plot in upcoming episodes because Ian and Camille’s relationship strife alone wouldn’t be sufficient to draw viewers. No Carrie and Mr Big stuff.

I hope that the writeralso kept in mind that everything we all saw in the previous season shouldn’t be repeated in this one, we anticipate some variety in the characters and story-line in upcoming episodes.  What viewers do NOT want is another L Word Generation Q.  We don’t want to have Camille and Ian shoved down our throats like Bette and Tina were.


  • Meagan Good as Camille
  • Grace Byers as Quinn
  • Shoniqua Shandai as Angie
  • Jerrie Johnson as Tye
  • Tyler Lepley as Ian
  • Juani Feliz as Isabela
  • Jonathan Burke as Eric
  • Kadeem Ali Harris as Brandon
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Dr. Elise Pruitt
  • Jasmine Guy as Patricia
  • Andrea Martin as Robin
  • Sullivan Jones as Jameson Royce
  • Robert Ri’chard as Shawn
  • Kate Rockwell as Anna