Mental Patients, Secret Rendevous and Scandalous Neighbors on OUTRAGEOUS Black Soap Opera Anacostia!



The second episode of Anthony Andersons’ addictive, 20-minute soap opera Anacostia premiered online this weekend. In this heart-stopping-yet hilarious installment, Mia (Tamieka Chavis), the most long-suffering heroine to hit a soap neighborhood since Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark) on Knots Landing, stops by the funny farm to pay her BFF Sean (Edwards) a visit.  Sean was institutionalized following his attempt to kill himself, after finding out his homo thug boyfriend from Season One had been paid by the villainous Michael—Mia’s ex—to seduce him. Little did Sean know, his one true love, the presumed dead Julien Grey (Darnell Lamont Walker) is very much alive. You see Julian, who was once Michael’s business partner, faked his own death when Michael’s treachery began to threaten the lives of Sean and Mia. Um, yeah, why isn’t Anderson writing for The Young and the Restless?!

Mia and Sean’s homegirl Salina (Chante Bowser) is no longer seeing a battle of conscience play out between an angelic version of herself and a slightly demonic imagination of Nancy (Marion A. Akpan)— the trick who Salina caught being power driven by her husband Scott (Will Lasher) on a stairwell in last season’s finale—instead she’s dealing with a mysterious pair of new neighbors in this week’s eppy. Something tells me this new pair just might end up making Salina fall off the wagon, not that it takes much, if you watched Season One!

To what lengths are Will and his friends willing to go to make sure no one ever finds out that Salina mowed Nancy down like a stray blade of crab grass, while drunker than Cooter Brown at a family reunion, at the end of last season? Will and Salina are my favorite Anacostia couple, so I am rooting for their soapgasmic reunion. I mean, okay, so he cheated— in public— on a dirty stairwell, humping Nancy like a dog in heat, while his wife and her friends were in another room. He’s TRYING to make ammends, dammit! The arrival of Salina’s troublesome cousin from down South definitely won’t make these scandalous liaisons get resolved any easier!

The group’s fourth bestie, former supermodel and recovering drug addict Nicole (Kena Hodges) makes her first appearance of the new season. Why is Nicole having a secret rendevous—all outside in a park during the daytime—with her former football star hubby Andre’s (Rabon Hutcherson II) arch rival?

SPOILER ALERT: The best, most cheestastic, laugh-until-your-side-aches-while-actually-being-terrified scene occurs when Mia and a freshly-escaped-from-the-nuthouse Sean figure out who killed Michael. All I gotta say is "WHHHHHY Mia, WHHHHY?! Check it all out after the jump, then come back and let’s dish in the comments!

Anacostia – Season 2 Episode 2 "What Will I Tell My Heart" from Anacostia The Web Series on Vimeo.

10 Responses

  1. Avatar of Miry
    Miry

    OMGosh, Jamey! I just sat down & watched ALL the episodes in a row & I loves this web series! This show needs to be on HBO/Showtime like yesterday. All these black people, on a SOAP!, with actual lines spoken!, well, I just don’t know what to do with myself!! It’s the business.

  2. Avatar of josser
    josser

    Well, what I can I say? Wow! That was some episode!

    The production values were good. Writing was solid. Acting was good.

    It’s so strange to see so many black people on a soap and have them actually have storylines and conversations! LOL

    Congratulations to the Anacostia team!!

  3. Avatar of east.west
    east.west

    Differing opinion time! I did not like this at all. I’ll continue watching reruns (a sad state of affairs) of “Everybody Hates Chris” and “The Game” to get my fix of black ppl on great shows.

  4. Avatar of Miry
    Miry

    east.west: To each his own, but you can’t hate a brother trying. At least he’s pursuing his dream & at the same time, giving the ppl what they want: Diversity in a soap setting.
    Oh btw, The Game is coming back this January on BET.

  5. Avatar of luverica
    luverica

    I watching Episode 3 from Season 1 and the neighborhood ghetto bitch Deanna is cracking me up.

    Jamey, are you trying to get an interview with Anthony Anderson for Daytime Confidential? I would love to hear him talk about this.

  6. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    Hey Luverica,

    Look for Anthony on an upcoming DC podcast. He is doing this show on a fraction of even the abyssmal budget given black series like The Game and/or Girlfriends, sans major sponsor, or major stars, so I am hella impressed with what he’s done. Plus his story is tight, IMO. Of course we’re all welcome to our opinion, because writers/creators need feedback.

     Anacostia is 150 percent better written, acted, etc. than Tyler Perry’s two sitcoms, which TBS ponied up a grip for, and tons better than 100′s of the direct-to-DVD chitlins and cheese movies I see every time I go to Target. It also looks and sounds better than Guiding Light or ATWT ever did during their outdoor scenes, and those shows not only had a billion dollar brand behind them, but also a broadcast television network. Imagine what someone like Anthony Anderson, Julian Breece (Buppies), Andrew Miller (Imaginary Bitches) or Gregori J. Martin (The Bay) could do with even a fraction of the budget Ken Corday is moaning about having been cut.

    J

  7. Avatar of 6-soaps
    6-soaps

    I watched all of Season 1 over the weekend. My impressions:

    1. The stories are well-developed, well-written, and fit
    together nicely.

    2. The series has a nice look. And I agree that its
    exterior shots are better than or equal to any of the
    daytime soaps.

    3. A few of the actors are rather hammy and not very good.
    But most of them are very talented. The actress who
    plays Mia is a gem. If there were any fairness in
    this world, this woman would be destined for greater things.

    4. Some of those men….Have mercy!!!!! Eye-candilicious.

    I am hooked on this webseries. I can’t wait to see more!

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