(lively music) – [Man] All right, folks, let’s clear. Here we go. – [Man 2] Five, four, three two… – It’s America This Morning. I’m Jay, this is my girl Candi, and of course, everybody knows I’m a animal lover.
– Yes, we do know that, Jay. That’s because you’re an animal. – Well, you’re exactly right, but actually I heard about this town in Florida, where they’re having a dog marathon. – You’re kidding? – No, I’m not kidding.
– All right, so that’s 26.2 miles of loud, dog barking and dog fighting, and who exactly is gonna clean up the poop after this is all said and done? – Certainly not me. (laughs) But listen, it’s for charity though.
It’s a good thing. – Oh really? And what charity would that be? The dumb ideas foundation? – Folks, my girl, Candy, I mean, she’s a cat lover. She’s a hater. Okay. – Oh, I’m a hater, am I? – Yes, you are.
– All right. Well viewers, we’d love to hear what you think about this brilliant idea, so please e-mail us, tweet us, and we will weigh in on this subject at the end of the show. Coming up next we have a brilliant holistic doctor who says that he has proof that a rare mushroom can cure cancer.
We’ll be right back. – [Man] And we’re clear. – Can somebody please explain to me why this is freezing? Jay. – [Jay] Yes? – After eight years of working together, why would you refer to me as a cat person when you know I can’t stand animals of any kind? – It was for the segment.
Okay? You gonna be okay? – Well, I just think it’s a big deal to falsely represent someone. – Here we go. – You know what? In the future, would you please just refrain from referring to me as a dog person or a cat person? Or even a goldfish person, because that’s now who I am.
– All right, whatever. All right. Are you gonna get over it though? – Yes, I’m fine. – Yeah, whatever. – [Candy] Where’s my coffee? – Can somebody get her some coffee, please? Thank you. – [Woman] It’s right there.
– [Jay] Oh boy. – [Man] All right, folks, here we go. – Why we showing something stupid? – [Man] Bring it back in five, four, three, two… – It doesn’t make sense. – Welcome back to America This Morning.
Our next guest… – [Woman] All right, so we’ve confirmed for Thursday, Candy. Now Friday is the governor’s ball. We have not RSVPd for that, so are we a go or do you know what we are doing? – Okay, wait a minute.
It’s this Friday? – Yes. – We need to cancel. I have other plans. – You wanna cancel the governor’s ball? – Yes, we need to cancel. Tell him I came down with something. – Even though you were just on the air looking perfectly healthy? – Tell him it happened after the show.
– Got it. – Also, one more thing. – [Woman] Yes? – Yesterday, I saw some crumbs on my desk. I don’t know if they were muffin crumbs, or something like that, but are you trying to ruin my career? – Candy, I didn’t mean to bring pastries around.
I’m… – We have talked about this several times. I’m on a very strict diet for the next 90 days, which means that I can’t be around any sweets of any kind, because even the smell of sweets is total mayhem for me, and I don’t wanna be in chat rooms, and on social media where people are talking about how I’ve just become this big fat cow, and they picture of me in the tabloids next to Shamu.
– Candy, it won’t happen again. – That’s a relief. Bounce. Bye. Thank you. – Muffin crumbs? Really? Don’t you think you’re overreacting just a bit, Candy? – Louis, as a manager, you of all people know how vicious sometimes fans can be.
– That’s your eighth assistant this year. – Well, what is your point about that? – [Louis] I guess I have no point. – [Woman] These just came in from that F-A-N guy again. – [Louis] That’s the third time this month.
– Anyone can sing in the sun, but not many people know how to dance in the rain. – That’s corny. – Awe, that’s very sweet. This guy always says the coolest things. – He just might be a stalker. – Oh relax.
I’m sure it’s harmless. I’m gonna put this with my collection. – Oh, Candy. The reporter from Woman Now magazine is on set ready for her interview. – Louis? Really? How many of these things do I have to do in a week? – The book’s not gonna sell itself, Candy.
Just give ’em 15 minutes at least. – Roger that. Gina, get out. Ugh. I need to get my head straight before this interview. – You need to get a lot more than that straight, Candy. – [Reporter] You’ve won numerous awards and honors for hosting one of America’s favorite talk shows.
You have endorsement deals, thousands of fans, and now a new book. Is there anything that Candy Myers can’t do? – Um, you know it’s funny. I don’t think of myself as very special. I just am blessed enough to have the Lord give me these beautiful assignments, and I’m crazy enough to say yes.
– But, one might wager, Candy, with your busy life, and being a woman of a certain age, that maybe you’ve chosen to sacrifice certain things like marriage and a family. – You know, I think it’s interesting, Nadia, that you would equate a marriage and family as happiness, and I’m sure that there are millions of women around the world who would beg to differ.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to argue this point, because I have to reshoot this promo. – [Nadia] No, I didn’t mean to offend you. – Oh no, I know. Thank you so much for your time. Really.
Take care. Good seeing you. – [Nadia] Thank you. (gentle music) – You wanna tell me what’s wrong? You haven’t said a word since the interview earlier. – Did I ever tell you I’m adopted? – No. No, I would have remembered something like that.
– I was eight years old when my parents, the Myers, told me. Do you know what it’s like to be eight years old, and find out that your family doesn’t really belong to you? – I can’t imagine that. No.
– Well, I suddenly felt like, I don’t know, a hamster that you bring home from the pet store. You know, you’re part of the family, but you’re not really part of the family. – They love you, Candy. I mean, you and I both know that.
– Yes, I know that, Louis, but that doesn’t change how I feel, you know, and when that reporter today stated so graciously that I didn’t have a family of my own, I just started thinking, you know.
If I do end up having children of my own, what am I gonna tell them? I don’t know anything. I don’t know about their grandparents, I don’t know about their ancestry, their history, my medical background.
I know nothing. – Their grandparents are your folks. Evelyn and Earl Myers. – Yeah, Louis, and when my imaginary kids turn eight years old, I’ll just tell them that that was a lie too. Never mind.
I’ll be back. (gentle music) – [Louis] Red onions as requested. – [Candy] Oh, great. Perfect. – You need me to chop ’em up? – No, but can you shred that gouda for me please? – Why not? You want me to milk the cow too while I’m at it? Let me wash my hands.
I figured you’d be done with this already. – Yeah, well, my family shows up for the first time ever on time, and I’m nowhere near done. – [Louis] I see. – Wow, what a treat. Louis, it’s so good to see you.
How are you? – [Louis] Excellent, and yourself? – Blessed as ever. Came to see if my eldest needed any help. – No, thank you, Mom. I’ve got it. – Mm-Hmm. I see. I guess you do with Louis here. Isn’t this your day off? Don’t you need a break from my daughter’s running you around everywhere? – Oh, no no no no no.
Correction. He’s the one always running me around. Book tours and interviews, and assignments. – I’m just dropping by to make sure everything’s okay. – Checking in, huh? Off the clock. – [Candy] Mom.
– For no money. – Mom. – Are you sweet on my Candy, Louis? – Mom! Stop. You’re always reading into stuff. Louis and I have a perfectly wonderful working relationship. He is my business manager. That is it.
– Well, something’s going on. I mean, Robbie never checked in on his day off. – That’s because Robbie was an idiot. Which is why I fired him. – Don’t say that. He’s family. – Not my family. – Come again.
– Nothing. – Louis, since you’re here, why don’t you stay for lunch and join us? – [Louis] Sure. – No no no. Mom, I have something really important I need to discuss. It’s a family issue. – That’s okay, Mrs.
Myers. I’ve got a few errands to run anyway. You need anything else? – No, this was awesome. Thank you. Appreciate it. – All right. Good to see ya. – You have a good day. – [Louis] Take care. – Okay.
– What? – I think you hurt his feelings. – Oh, please, Mom. He gets paid enough to get over it. – Candace Ann Myers. You’re so bourgeois. – I wonder where I got it from. (laughs) Oh my God. – [Everybody] Amen.
– [Woman] Praise Jesus. – Pass the butter, please. – Oh. Here you go, Daddy. – Thanks Candy Ann. – More sweet tea, please. – Okay, coming right up. – Uh-uh. That’s enough for her. – All right. Well, does anybody want anything while I’m up? You want some hot sauce, or, I have peppers in the fridge, or, John, do you want anything? – No.
Fantastic. – Why are you waitressing, Candy? – Yeah, stop worrying about us and just eat. – I just wanna make sure everybody’s okay. – We’re okay. Sit. – And uh, where’s all this nervous energy coming from? Huh? Wait.
Are you seeing someone? What’s his name? – I’m not seeing anyone, Charmaine. – Oh. When are you gonna start? – I don’t know! – Do not snap at your sister. She’s just concerned about you, as are we all.
– I am fine, and when I start seeing the right someone you all will be the first five people to know. – I think Louis is perfect for you, honey. I wish you would listen to me. – [Candy] Mom! – I said the same thing.
– He has love and adorable. He’s so cute. – Can we, can we please stop talking about my love life. I have something… I have something I wanna talk to you guys about anyway. – What’s on your mind, baby girl? – I.
.. I think it’s time that I find them. – Who’s she lookin’ for? (gentle guitar music) – Mom. I didn’t mean to make you upset. – I’m not upset, Candace. – Clearly. – You have everything going for you.
A great life, a fabulous career. Money, fame. Why now? – I don’t know. I just feel like it’s time. – At 35 years old? – Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize there was a statue of limitations for me to find my real.
.. – We are your real family! From day one. – Yeah, and then a miracle happened. – We never treated you differently once Charmaine was born, and you know that. – I do know that, Mom, but I am different, and I just, you know, I wanna know who I belong to.
– You belong to me. To us. (gentle music) – Mom, I’m sorry. Please don’t cry. – So we don’t have the same bloodline. Who cares? You’re still my big sister. – I will always be, Char. Thank you. – And it’s obvious to me whoever your real parents are, they don’t care about you.
– Charmaine. – Mom, I’m sorry. They had enough time to find her. I mean, duh, all they had to do was turn on the TV, and there she was in plain sight. It’s obvious they chose to stay away. You don’t get it.
They can never love you the way we do. – [Earl] Candace? – Coming, Daddy. (gentle music) – Clearly you gave this a lot of thought before you told us. – Yes, sir. – Yeah, well… You’re a grown woman.
Who am I to stop you? – Daddy, none of this changes how I feel about you and Mom. – Well, I sure hope so. Because I couldn’t bare to lose you. – You won’t. – We’ll do anything we can for you, Candy Ann.
(gentle, sentimental music) – Thank you, Dad. You’re the best. – You too. – [Gina] Candy, did you get my text that the sighting was scheduled to start a few minutes ago? – [Candy] I did. I ignored it.
– Okay, not a problem. Well, there’s a huge crowed out there, which is good, even if you’re late. Do you need anything before you start? – Yes. Privacy. Immediately. Thank you. – [Gina] Got it. – Any calls? – No calls from the agency.
– I don’t understand, Lewis. I mean, okay, there’s no father listed on my birth certificate, but they found my mother three weeks ago, so why hasn’t she contacted me? – Maybe she’s scared, Candy. It’s been over 30 years.
– Well, I’m not waiting another 30 years. I hired a private investigator. Hopefully he’ll speed up the results. – And I’m just now hearing about this? – I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I needed to clear it with you, Lewis.
– Whereas your manager, no, but as your friend I’d like to be kept in the loop. – Hey Candy, they’re really, really asking very nicely that we start the book signing right now. – Fine. On with the show, right? There you are.
– [Woman] Thank you. – You’re welcome. – [Man] Evening Ms. Myers. – Good evening. Are you um, fan? – No, no I’m not. My brother Freddy is. Was. He had a heart attack and passed away a couple days ago.
– Oh, no. I’m sorry to hear that. His um, his cards and his flowers they always made my day. – Yeah, well he would have uh, he would have liked that. – Please, um, give your family my condolences. – Well you see, um, that’s just the thing.
You are my family. Just ask the detective you sent. – What? – Who are you? – I’m Abner Thomas Nelson. My brother was Frederick Andrew Nelson, and uh… He was your father, Candy. (gentle music) – No, I’m sorry, but, that can’t be.
– I’m sorry it had to come to you like this. Freddy was so looking forward to meeting you. – Excuse me. – Um (clears throat) Freddy’s funeral is in a couple of days out in Manning. My number’s there.
He would surely love it if, if you could attend. – So you’re not even gonna consider it? He’s your biological father, Candy. This is your last chance to see him above ground. All right, you’ll regret it if you don’t.
– I can’t go. Not by myself. – Who says you have to? As a friend. Deal? (gentle music) Well, this is it. You ready? (gentle music) – [Man] Yes. Brother Freddy was a good man. – [Woman] Yes, he was. – He.
.. Oh my… – My name is Candace Myers. – Brother Freddy was a very hard-working man, who served the Lord with joy in his heart. He loved his family, and didn’t have an enemy in the world. Would help anyone in need at any time, and he continued to.
.. – [Woman] I just wanna pay my respects. Move out! – [Man] Oh no. – Oh sweet Freddy. – Somebody come get her. (gentle music) Excuse… Put that back! – [Man] Let her have it. – Hell no. Not this time.
– Just give it to her. Let everybody have some peace for once. – What? Mm-Mmm. Mm-Mmm. You just might get it. You don’t wanna mess with me. (dramatic music) Crazy ding bat. What kind of germ… – [Man] All right, all right.
Everybody, everybody settle down. Look, this is home going service. Not TMZ. – [Candy] What happened? – [Man] Amen. – Who is that crazy woman? – You’re mother. – [Man] Now… (dramatic music) (engine accelerating) (doorbell) – [Abner] Hey.
Come on in. Really good to… To see you Ms. Myers. – Oh Abner, please call me Candy. I think we can dispense with the formalities. Don’t you? – Well, Candy. Let me introduce you to some of your kin folks.
This here’s cousin Jessie. Cousin Sam. Cousin Jamie, and Alisa. – [Alisa] Hi, nice to meet you. – Come on in here. I want you to meet a couple of fine boys. This is uh, Trevor and Andrew. Candy these uh, these are your brothers.
– I have brothers? – It’s very nice to meet you. – Hi Trevor. – [Trevor] Hi. – You better give me a hug, girl. (laughs) Welcome to the family. – [Candy] Thank you. – Don’t I get an introduction? – This is Trevor and Andrew’s mother, Delores.
– It’s a pleasure meeting you Mrs. Nelson. – Well, don’t forget. I was married to Freddy, and I was faithful for every bit of 37 years. How old are you? – Careful, Delores. – I’m 35, Ma’am. – Excuse me.
Hi, Mrs. Nelson. I’m Lewis. Candy’s manager. So sorry for your loss. Listen, we came a long way to be here today, and I hear southern women know how to cook. Quite frankly, we’re starving. Any chance we get a bite to eat? – Suzy Mae.
Go to the kitchen and get a hot plate for these people. Hold up. But bring me a cold glass of ice water. I’m a need it. – Thank you. – It’s beautiful. House. – Yes, it’s nice. – [Abner] Mm-Hmm. – And there’s Daddy after he got his high school diploma eight years ago.
He did regret having to drop out, but he did have a family to look after. – But that didn’t stop him from starting his own plumbing business. That’s his store right there. – And his ice cream parlor.
– And he had a delivery service. That’s the one I’m in charge of right there. – Oh. – And she don’t care nothing about that. (laughing) – Well, I was just trying to show her that Daddy was a go getter.
– And I’m telling you she don’t care nothing about that. – He was no slouch. – Well, your momma made a complete fool out of herself today. – [Abner] That’s enough, Delores. This child ain’t come here to be insulted by you.
– She ain’t no kin to me, Abner. – But she’s kin to me, and I ain’t gonna let you treat her like mangy dog, done wandered in off the street. – More like a mutt if you ask me. – [Abner] Dolores! Please! – This here is our family’s house, and ain’t nobody ask me how I felt about her being her.
– Okay. Maybe I should go. – Blowing in her, like she’s some big movie star. Honey, we don’t need your favors, okay? – That wasn’t my intention. – Mm-Hmm. You’re probably on that stuff too. – Dolores stop it.
– [Dolores] Most big time stars are. – That’s not true. – Well, that wouldn’t surprise me none. Because the apple don’t fall far from the tree. – What is she talking about? – Nothing. She ain’t talking about nothing.
– Nothing? You are one year in the looney bin nothing? And judging by that performance she put on today, she needs to go back in there. – [Man] Mama! – Okay, gentleman, if you’ll excuse me. I’m gonna leave now.
Lewis. Thank you for your hospitality. – [Dolores] I can’t say it was a pleasure. – [Man] Candy? – Come on baby. Come on here to Nanny. – [Abner] God don’t like ugly, Dolores. – Ya’ll don’t forget I buried my husband today.
– Uh Candy, you should friend me so I can send you all the family pictures. Oh… Oh you thought it was because I wanted to brag to everybody about you being my sister and all, but, that wasn’t even thinking that until just now, and I’m sorry.
– It’s okay, Trevor. Really. – Don’t worry about my momma. You’re always welcome to Manning. – Thank you, Andrew. – Look after our sister, Lewis. – Will do, man. Thanks for having us. – I’ll uh, drive you all to the hotel.
– Okay. Thank you, everyone. Nice meeting you all. Abner. How long have you all known about me? – A few years now. – No one came to see me. – Freddy’s wishes. He said it wasn’t his call to make. – Didn’t he want to see me? – He saw you all the time.
Watched the show every morning, and if you were somewhere close, he’d go out to see you. Of course you know about the notes and flowers and things. – Yeah, which I won’t get anymore. – He loved you, Candy.
He just wasn’t, wasn’t sure you wanted to hear it. – Why would he think that? – Because of what happened with him and your momma years ago. – Right. He was married to Delores when they had their affair.
– Well, well no, it’s deeper than that. Much deeper. – Okay, so tell me. My flight doesn’t leave ’till tomorrow morning. – Well, maybe you oughta talk to your momma. Her name is Mary Jordan. We all call her Mary Jo.
– Might as well, Candy. We’re here. – Okay. Where does she live? – About an hour outside of town. Far away from everything and everyone. (gentle music) All right, let’s head on up. (gentle music) (dog barking) (gentle music) Mary Jo, call off the dog.
You’ve got company. Easy, boy. We come in peace. – Be careful, Abner. – You Mama’s boy. (mumbles) Shoot. Mary Jo, I’ve had it! – Abner. It’s okay. Let’s go. – Oh no, I drove an hour to get out here. You gonna open up the door.
You’re just a stubborn old mule. – Abner. Really, if she doesn’t wanna see me, I don’t wanna force her to. – All right, all right. We’ll head on back. And I ain’t scared of your dog, neither! – This is precisely why I’m not a dog person.
– Candy. Freddy wanted you to have this. – [Candy] Thank you, Abner. For everything. – Well, I better be getting back. Lewis. Fine meeting you. – Likewise, Abner. Take care of yourself. – Now, don’t you be a stranger.
We family now. (gentle piano music) – Open the box, dummy. (gentle piano music) (sobs) – She sounds like a real pill. – Yeah, and then she accused me of being on drugs. – What? – [Candy] Me. Yeah. – That’s why you should have come to us before going out there on your own.
– I had Lewis with me. – That’s not the same thing. I’m your mother, and I would have straightened all this out. – Really? How Mom? – Well, first of all, I would have popped that Dolores woman in the mouth for talking to you like that.
And then that other woman, the birth mother, Mary Jane. – [Candy] Mary Jo. – Whatever. She couldn’t even open the door? Well, I’m glad you’ve gotten this out of your system, and I hope that you realize that you really do have the best life.
You have the life that God intended for you to have. So we’re done with this, right? Candace? – Mom, I have questions. And Mary Jo is the only one who can answer them? – Well, what if you don’t like what he says? What then? Honey, you have all the answers.
Use wisdom and let it go. – Smells good. – And it taste good too. (laughing) – So I can cover Cleveland and Cincinnati on Tuesday, fly back for work on Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon I’m gonna head to Chicago, do an in store visit to sister station, come back home Thursday.
I’ll stay local after the show, do a couple press junkets with radio, and then Friday afternoon I’m gonna head to D.C. for the breast cancer auction, and I’ll be there Saturday to leave for New York.
What? What’s the problem? Why are you looking at me like that? – You hate doing interviews. Now you’re trying to do a hundred in five days? – Well, Lewis, you said that the book isn’t gonna sell itself, so.
.. – I just don’t think it’s a good idea that you jam pack your schedule so tight, Candy. – Well, unfortunately I don’t make decisions based on what you think, Gina. I like this. Let uh, this is too bright.
Hold on a second. Let me see something. This is a size six, I’m a size four. – Okay, you know. You’ve kind of gained a little over the past week. – Okay, that’s not true. – Candy. – You know what? It’s all right.
I mean, it’s not like a size six is fatal. I mean there are lots of women out there that wear size sixes. – You know what? Well, that’s great for them. But I am a size four, and if you don’t know the difference between a four and a six, then perhaps you shouldn’t be a stylist.
– Okay, I’ll grab you a four. – All right, everyone. I need a moment with Candy. Please! – [Candy] Why did you do that? – Because apparently you’ve lost your mind. – You and I both know, in this business, a size six is a fatality, okay.
I might as well just be on the biggest loser. – But you’re over reacting, Candy. – Really? Because I’m saying what it is I want and how I want it? – Oh, I see. You’re angry about your birth mother.
Things didn’t go well with her, so you’re trying to take it out on everyone else? – That’s not true. – Listen, Candy. I know you’re disappointed, but you can’t control how people feel. – Thank you, Dr.
Phil. – I spoke to Abner again. He said you haven’t been returning any of his calls. – You know what, Lewis? If you wanna remain my manager, then it’s probably a good idea for you not to bring up those people or that place to me again.
– So you’re threatening to fire me, too? – [Candy] Where are you going? Where are you going? – To get some air. If that’s okay, boss. (dramatic music) – Francisca! Elija! We got two minutes. (gentle music) – You were trippin’.
– Well, I don’t like animals. You know that. – Why you guys were gone, of course, our last segment, where we had the spider monkey from Argentina. – You’re right. – Cute little animals. She’s trippin’.
– Cute? Hold on. How many cautionary tales do we need about people having their face ripped off by wild animals? It’s a wild animal, it doesn’t belong… – A spider monkey is as big as my hand. – It’s our last guest.
Showed us how to make some of our favorite dishes with alternatives and a more healthy way. Now, okay, Jay. – I’m sorry, you’re last guest was your next door neighbor. (laughing) No, really, seriously.
We have to start putting real chefs on, instead of people that are your friends. – Our next guest has created a new fitness craze that’s taking the nation by storm. It combines soccer and sambo.
What do you think about this, Jay? – Um… I actually don’t know what sambo is. (laughing) – Mm-Hmm. Yeah, I know. I can um, I can just catch the red eye again on the way back. That’s fine. No big deal.
Okay, well I’ll see you Thursday. Looking forward to it. You take care. Bye bye. – Candy, I can get you an energy drink to make it through the day if you want. – Um… Yeah, that would be great, Gina.
Thank you. Oh, has uh, has Lewis called? He should be here by now. – No, but I can get him on the phone for you. – [Candy] Okay. (knocking) – Hey Candy. Five minute warning. Thank you. – [Gina] Candy? Candy? – [Woman] Hey, slow down.
You’re gonna have to eat some real food today, you know? – [Candy] No I don’t. – [Woman] No I don’t. – I made a huge mistake today. – Which was? – Watch the news. Apparently the whole world knows that I fainted.
Can only imagine what the Twitter thugs are saying. – Only that you OD’d on some diet pills, I mean, but that… And I wasn’t supposed to tell you that. Sorry. – Well, did they plug the book at least? – No.
Oh, come on, Candy. It’s gonna be okay. – I don’t know, Char. I just… I’ve never felt so lost. And it has nothing to do with you and Mom and Dad. It’s just… I feel like I’m losing it, you know.
Like, I just feel so out of place. Will you pray for me? – Yep. Heavenly Father, we ask for you help to guide Candace today. For you to give her the insight and direction on what she should do. We know that your desire for her is for her to prosper and be in health.
Touch her body, her mind, her soul. Restore to her your peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you for it now, and in Jesus name. – And in Jesus name. Amen. That soup home made? – Yeah, yeah, our cousin Campbell made it.
– You are such a bad liar. You’re supposed to make home made soup. I’m sick. – I forgot the chicken. – Hi. – Hi. – [Lewis] How are you feelin’? – I feel good. Brownie? From my favorite place? Had did you know? – Because I know you, Candy.
Better than you think. I need to know what you wanna do about the rest of the book tour. – Oh, you know, I’m so rude, I didn’t even offer you anything to drink. You want some lemonade or ice tea or water? – [Lewis] No, Candy.
What do you wanna do? – You just missed Charmaine. She’s checked on my like umpteenth times since this whole ting happened, so… – Candy, what do you wanna do? – I don’t wanna go, Lewis. What happens if we cancel everything? – Simple.
You lose a ton of money on book sales, piss off a few dozen vendors, and disappoint a whole lot of fans who wanna see you. – Why are you acting like this? – Isn’t this how you want me to be? All business.
– No. – Then let’s stop playing games. I care about you. I care about your health, your well being, but, you got unfinished business in Manning, and unless you get to the bottom of it, you gonna fall apart, along with everything you built in your career.
(gentle music) – Lewis I’m scared. – I know, but, God is with you on this. So am I. Okay? – Okay. – Good. Maybe you should call your Mom or sister to go with you. – Well… I um, prefer to travel with friends.
Lewis. I can’t do this without you. Don’t make me beg. – Okay. (lively music) Oh, thank you. – Oh my gosh. Dinner was delicious. – [Lewis] Mm-Hmm. – And who made that amazing pecan pie? – Right here.
– Ya’ll heard that. She loves my pie. – So uh, think you’re ready to see Ms. Mary Jo tomorrow? – I don’t know, Andrew, but I hope so. – We’re gonna give it a week and see what happens. – And what about that dog? – Well, I have a steak and a BB gun.
I’m a try the steak first. – Okay, okay. – We thought we’d never see you again, Candy. And then we heard you fainted on the news. – Yeah, everything’s fine. You know, it’s just, a lot happened in a month.
I found I have two brothers, a sister-in-law, new nieces and nephews. – And one amazing uncle. (laughing) Ya’ll want me to drive you out there? – No, you don’t have to do that, Abner. We rented a car this time.
I remember the waiting, so. – Well, let me know if you need anything. – [Lewis] Yes sir. Will do. – Don’t worry, Abner. I’m not afraid of Mary Jo. – You might have to use that BB gun on her too. (laughing) – Goodness.
(lively acoustic guitar music) Hello. Do you remember me? – [Mary Jo] Here Granit. Come on, boy. Come on. Let’s go. Good boy. – [Candy] Mary Jo, please talk to me. (engine starts) – You weren’t expecting her to come easy.
Remember? – Did you see how she looked at me? Like I’m an intruder. – Well, she won’t feel that way too much longer. ‘Cause we’re not giving up. Come on. Let’s get something to eat. – Just a tea spoon, and I mean a tea spoon.
Of white wine. – You’re kidding? Oh, I never would have guessed. – I know. It’s my secret weapon. Now if you tell anybody about it, I will hunt you and beat you senseless. Do you understand? – I do.
– [Woman] Okay. Any questions? – No. (birds chirping) Mary Jo. You in there? – [Mary Jo] Go away, and stay off my property. – We need to talk. – [Mary Jo] I ain’t interested. Just go back to your fancy hotel.
– How do you know I’m staying at a fancy hotel? – [Mary Jo] You got money, don’t ya? Don’t take a genius to figure that out. – Mary Jo, I just wanna talk to you, and I’m not leaving until we do.
– [Mary Jo] Then you better get a camp fire going out there, ’cause I ain’t opening the door. – You know what? Abner is right. You’re just a stubborn mule. – No, no no. – [Mary Jo] You hard of hearing, child? – What are you afraid of? I know you heard me.
I’m scared to, Mary Jo, but I’m here. All right, this is the, the best pecan pie I’ve ever had in the whole wide world. So, I’m gonna come back tomorrow and collect my dish. Maybe some good food will help you reconsider.
I made some progress today. At least she spoke. – Well you’ll, you’ll wear her down eventually. – She’s just so bull headed and stubborn. – Yeah, tell me about it. – What is that supposed to mean? – [Lewis] Well, Candy, let’s just say I can see the family resemblance.
– I am not stubborn, Lewis. I am meticulous. I’m tenacious. – Well, the rest of the world calls that stubborn, and you’re too bossy. – All right, why don’t you just throw in overbearing while you’re at it? – [Lewis] And extremely sarcastic.
– I didn’t realize I was making everyone so miserable. – The pout. My personal favorite. – You know, can you please stop? I do have feelings. – All right, all right. I’ll stop. – Well, if I’m so awful, then, why don’t you just leave? Quit.
– Well… ‘Cause I like you. I like your heart. I mean, when it’s in the right place. – Yeah, well, I bet you didn’t count on all this family drama. – I mean, what family doesn’t have drama? – Really? Okay, well, I’m all ears.
– My parents divorced when I was 12. My oldest sister died of breast cancer. My youngest sister’s in the military. Oldest brother’s incarcerated. My middle brother is happily married in Florida, and then there’s me.
No wife, no kids, no rap sheet. (chuckles) – I didn’t know any of that. Lewis, when did your older sister die? – Last year. – Why didn’t you tell me? I mean, you didn’t have to grieve alone. – You were busy with your book, so I didn’t wanna distract you.
– What was her name? – Evette. – Evette. – Evette. (gentle music) (birds chriping) (gentle music) – She’s gone. – Then we’ll wait. – Hey. At least she ate the pie. – [Lewis] Oh. – I think. – [Lewis] Well, somebody ate it.
– It’s so peaceful out here. – Yeah, it’s like a place that time forgot, you know? Not a strip mall or a Starbucks in sight. – No cameras or microphones. You know it’s like there’s no expectations or demands.
I can just… Be free. Sorry. Just… Slipped out. – Don’t be. (birds chirping) – Since we’re just sitting here, let’s go look around. – No. – [Candy] Come on. Yeah. – Really? This girl’s gonna get me killed.
– [Candy] Come on. – [Lewis] Wait, wait. – Oh. Isn’t this amazing. – A swing? – Yeah. – [Lewis] I guess. – Ah, Lewis. Feel free to push me at any time. – Yes, boss. (laughing) That’s good. – Yeah. A little higher please.
– [Lewis] Right. (laughing) You asked for it. – This is so fun. – Yeah, you needed some of that. What? It’s true. – You know, you’re right. I guess. I don’t really let myself have this kind of fun. You know, not since I was a kid.
– I miss those days, you know. It’s like, my father used to take us camping when we were little. We had some good times together. – Where’s your dad now? – He’s, he’s with Evette. – Sorry. – That’s okay, Candy.
People die. People we love very much. That’s why this is such a blessing. You know, you get a second chance with Mary Jo, and as long as she’s alive, there’s hope. – We been out here a while. You think she might be back? – I don’t know.
Let’s go see. – [Candy] Okay. – If I can get out. – Um… I’ll race you. – Naw, I don’t want you to choke to death. You know? – Choke on what? – [Lewis] My dust. Hold on, let me tie my shoe. – [Candy] Oh God, please.
– [Candy] I’m gonna smoke you. Ready, set, go! – Wait, wait, wait, wait! Come on, come on. (screaming) Candy! You okay? Is that? (laughing) Oh, it stinks. Here, let me help you up. – Get off me! Okay.
I don’t need your help. – Okay, Mary Jo. – I’m not that woman. – You sure about that? Wait, wait. Wait, wait wait wait. – Get off me! Get off me! – [Lewis] I’m sorry. – Get off me! I hate you. – Calm down, I’m sorry.
I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said that. (sobbing) – [Candy] I’m not her. (sobbing) Why won’t you say that? I’m not that woman. (dramatic music) – [Lewis] I’m sorry. Let it out. (sobbing) – I’m sorry, I’m.
.. I’m sorry I hit you. – That’s okay. I’m a big boy. I can take it. I think she’s back. – Lewis, let’s just go back. Okay, I don’t wanna stand out here all day, begging her to open the door. And plus, I stink really badly.
– Yeah, you do. That just might work to your advantage. Hold on one second. – Where are you going? Come on. I just wanna get in the car. (screams) Come on, Lewis. Stop it. (laughing) – [Lewis] Quit whinin’.
– What ya’ll doin’? This is private property! – I’m sorry, Ma’am. Candy fell in some poop, and well, she stinks really bad. (birds chirping) Mmm. This is good. What is it? – Rabbit stew. – I like it. What’s wrong? – I don’t eat bunnies.
– Well, you do now. – Here, I’ll take it. What? I’m hungry. Thanks for dinner, Mary Jo. – Welcome. – Hey, listen, I need to make a few calls, so I think I’m gonna make in the car. – I… I like your cookie jars.
I saw the green house in the back, so what kind of vegetables do you grow? Okay, I’ll just help you clean up. – [Mary Jo] I got it. I got it. – [Candy] No, I can… But you already cooked… – [Mary Jo] Would you please just let me take it? Please! – [Candy] I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for it to break.
Okay. – [Mary Jo] Ah shoot! Now look what you done made me do. – I’m sorry. Okay, it has to go on the water. Put it in the water. – Why’d you come back? After the funeral. I mean, after everything.
– I came back for me. This is for me. I’m gonna have to get some peroxide and put it on there. It’s pretty deep. Put the pressure like that. Here you go. Okay. I know it hurts. – How’d it go? – Can you drop me off here tomorrow? Alone? – Sure.
– Good. (engine starts) Hello. Oh. Hey Granite. (whistles) You remember me? Mary Jo. Mary Jo. Seriously, you’re gonna pull this stunt again? Mary Jo! – I haven’t finished dressing yet. Come help me with these crates out back.
– Good morning to you too. – You can start with them. – Wow. This is amazing. You do all this yourself? – Uh-huh. 24 years. Well, let’s get loadin’. I don’t wanna be late on my runs. – So, what is all this? – I sell fruits and vegetables wholesale to the smaller grocers, the little ones.
Jams, preserves, pickled peppers too. – Oh, so, you’re an entrepreneur. – Well, if that mean I own my own business, yes, Ma’am. Well let’s get movin’. Come on now. Time is money. (thunder) Lift from your knees, not your back.
– You want me to call Triple A or something? – [Mary Jo] Triple who? Naw. Be fine. Just the coolant leaking again. (thunder) – You know, I can drive if that cut on your hand is hurting. – Oh, God, I’ve been through more than just this little scratch.
I’ll be fine. – Well, you cut yourself pretty deep. You might wanna have a doctor look at it. – Nope. Had my fill of doctors. You ain’t never seen a woman check her oil before? Watch and learn. See, this right here, that’s for your steering fluid.
Check it, you know, every six months or so, but your oil, you check that every three weeks, and you keep it full. – Why did you give me away? – You just gonna ask me out of nowhere like that? – Yeah.
Mary Jo, I need to know. – You wasn’t meant for me to keep. – Wasn’t meant for you to keep? I was your child. Your flesh and blood. Okay, so explain to me. What were the mitigating circumstances that warranted you surrendering custody of me? – Oh that’s your fancy way of asking me if I gave you up for no good reason? – [Candy] Yeah, did you? – I don’t wanna talk about it.
– Well, you know what, that’s just too bad, because we’re stuck out here in the middle of nowhere, stuck in a truck together, so you’re just gonna have to get over it. – Your manners is terrible.
– Said the pot to the kettle. – That’s what’s wrong with your generation. Disrespectful. In my day, children was to be seen and no heard. – Well, you might wanna take a good look, Mary Jo, because I’m not a child anymore.
– You. You don’t know what I’ve been through. You just a spoiled, little rich gal. – Really? And you are a nasty old broad. – You don’t talk to me like that, ’cause I’m your… – You’re my what? My mother? You’re nothing but a stranger who happens to share my DNA.
– Well… I don’t ride with no strangers. – Oh, okay, so what, you’re just gonna leave me out here in the middle of nowhere? You know what, Mary Jo? This getting rid of me business is getting kind of old.
Bye! (crying) Bye! Lewis. Yeah, she left me here in the middle of nowhere. Yeah. You know what? I’m done. I wanna go home. (dramatic music) – Hey, you faced your fears, and you came out here. I’m proud of ya.
(cell phone ringing) Hey Abner. What? No, she doesn’t know. Mary Jo had a stroke. Where’s the hospital? Okay, we’re on the way. – [Voiceover] Dr. Forest, dial 118 please. Dr. Forest, please dial 118. – I like what you’ve done with the place.
(sentimental music) – It’s the entrepreneur suite. – Mary Jo. – So how’d you find me this time? – Abner. He knows people who work at the hospital, so… – Well, that figures. One busy body of a man, just as nosey.
– Yeah, well, you should probably be thankful for him, because… If it weren’t for him… I wouldn’t be here. – Why’d you come? You don’t like me. – True. But that doesn’t change who you are. Family.
– So now we kin again? – Yeah, but don’t push it. – Yeah, we family all right. You asked me a question, and I think you deserve a answer. You was born in this hospital. When they brought you to me.
.. Girl… You were something. And you was beautiful. And you was mine. I was a 16-year old dumb girl. Big Mama was dead, and they brought me these papers to sign. I thought it was so the state could help me take care of you.
Welfare aid. – But it was the papers that release custody of me. – I couldn’t read the words right. Freddy couldn’t help. – [Candy] Why? Why? – Excuse me, Ms. Myers, but visiting hours are over, and Ms.
Jordan here really needs to get her rest. – Well, we just need five more minutes. – I’m sorry. Doctor’s orders. – [Candy] Okay, well, I’m gonna stay in town a few more days. I’ll see you when you get out.
– Can I see your arm, Ms. Jordan? Ms. Jordan? Your arm. I’m sorry. (gentle acoustic guitar music) (phone ringing) – Hey Mom, what’s up? – What’s up? That’s all you have to say to me after two weeks? Where are you, Candace? – I’m still in Manning.
– Why? I mean you all talked it out, didn’t you? Why are you still there? – I don’t know. – What do you mean you don’t know? Your life is here, in Atlanta with your family. – Mary Jo’s family too, and.
.. She needs me. Mom? – Yes. – I love you, and nothing is gonna change that. I just, I need to stay here a little bit longer, and then I’ll come home. Okay? – Okay. – All right, well, tell Daddy I love him too, and I’ll talk to you both soon.
Bye. – [Mary Jo] What is that? – Ba-lot bini. – Ba-lot? – It’s Indian food. – I don’t eat no Indian food. – Well, you do now. (laughing) – Your Daddy didn’t like no funny food neither. He was strong meat, potatoes man.
– You know, Mary Jo, why does everybody keep talking about Freddy? Like he’s some sort of hero? He was a married man who cheated on his wife, who seduced a young, uneducated girl, and then he left her when she was pregnant.
– No, it wasn’t nothing like that. All that stuff happened later on. I met Freddy when I was 14 years old, and he was 16. When I laid eyes on him, I loved him. And somehow I always knew, that that man was gonna be my husband, and he knew too.
Candace, it was Freddy who wanted to wait, until we was old enough to get married. But when the waitin’ got hard, I started pushing him away. Well, that Delores Jameson, that little fast heifer. She always had the hots for my Freddy.
So he invited him to a party and since I had been fighting him so hard, he went alone, and… She got him pissy drunk, and seduced him, and four months later they had a shotgun wedding, because they found out she was pregnant.
And her Daddy, Deacon Jameson, wasn’t having no bastards in his family? – Okay, so then what? So, now he’s married, and he starts double dippin’? – [Mary Jo] Oh no. – Coming to see you, and then going home to her.
– He was not that kind of man. No. We stayed away from each other. He came to the house ’cause he found out that big momma was dying, and he knew I didn’t have nobody. And so that’s when… Oh, it was the most beautiful night of my life.
I finally had my Freddy. And then when we found out we was having you, we was so happy, and we was gonna run away together. We had a plan, and everything. – So what happened? I mean, why didn’t you guys just leave? – We was gonna do it.
He drove up to the house with all his stuff, and I hopped in, ready to go. And he just couldn’t do it. We sat in that car for three hours crying. That man broke broke my heart that night. That’s what I’m trying to tell you.
Your Daddy was an honorable man. Being the God fearing man that he was, he was ashamed that he cheated on Delores, and he decided that he wanted to be right by her and stay. We knew we could never be together, but we never stopped loving each other.
See? He gave me this… And he put the same thing on the back of his watch. – What does it mean? – With every beat of my heart. You were born out of love. (sentimental music) So much love. See, if you grab it just right, you get that string right off.
– Oh, okay. Can I just snap ’em. – Try. – [Candy] Okay, I’ll try. Hey, Mary Jo? – [Mary Jo] Hmm? – Did you always have trouble readin’? Like… Where the letters get confused sometimes? – No. They get confused all the time.
– You know, I think you have dyslexia. – Now what is that? Make it plain now. You know I don’t speak no Greek. – Oh, it’s just. Okay, some people, when they read, they get confused. No matter how many words they know, the letters seem like they’re in the wrong place.
– Exactly so. That’s exactly so. – Mary Jo, you’re not dumb. You’re just undiagnosed. – Well, how you know so much about it? – ‘Cause I have it too. And I found out it’s hereditary. – From… Oh. Mmm, mmm, mmm.
All right, it’s my turn. Where’s your friend? – Who? Lewis? – [Mary Jo] Mm-Hmm. – He went home last week. – Did you see him off? – Now why would I do that? He flies all the time. – You love him? – What kind of question is that? – The kind of question you ain’t answered yet.
Do you love him? – No. Maybe. I don’t know. No. No, I don’t. – Listen. True love only comes once in a lifetime, and I don’t wanna see you lose your season. (lively music) (cell phone vibrating) – Hey Candy.
It’s uh, it’s me again. Just, just checking on ya. Yeah, um, gimme a call when you get a chance. Hope everything’s all right. All right, um, bye. – [Mary Jo] Candace, I told you bend from your knees, not your back.
– Oh my gosh, can you please stop nagging me, Mary Jo. You sound like my mother. – [Mary Jo] Now I know for sure it’s time for you to go. – So what? You’re sick of me already? – No. But it is time for you to start living your own life.
And it sure ain’t here selling peach jam with me. – I like it here with you. – And I like that you like it. You gotta stop hiding, Candace. – I’m not hiding. I’m, I’m resting. – Yes, you’re hiding.
Just like I did with big Mama. – It’s just when I’m home, you know, it’s like everybody wants something from me, you know. The morning show, and my publisher, and my business partners, and, I just, I just wanna be happy, okay.
I just wanna be left alone. – Look at me. You see what happens when you’re left along? You just become a cuckoo old woman. Only friend in the world is a dog. – At least he’s a cute dog. – Go home.
It’s time. (somber music) – Lewis. (sentimental music) Hey, I don’t know where you are, but it’s me again. Can you please call me when you get this? Bye. (gentle music) – [Lewis] You’re not gonna say hello? – Not when you’re five hours late.
Where were you? – Out. – Out? Out doing what? – Out doing busy. Why? – So you were too busy to return my phone call? I was worried about you, Lewis. – You didn’t return any of my calls when you were in Manning.
– I was bonding with my birth mother. – So what? You just forgot about me? – No, okay. No, I didn’t forget about you. All right? That’s not fair. I called you, I saw the pictures, and I called you over to eat so we could.
.. – To what? Candy? Huh? To what? – Never mind. Forget it. – Exactly. Fine, I’ll just go home. – Bye. Bye. – You know what, Candy? You are so stubborn. And you’re never gonna change. That’s why I quit.
I don’t wanna be your manager anymore. – Fine, I don’t want you to be… (gentle music) Well, everyone, this is the end of my first week back to work, and I just wanna thank all of you for your cards, your letters, your e-mails, your tweets to me and my family.
I really appreciate it. And I also want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the best co anchor in the world, Mr. Jay Grant. You have worked with me for over eight years, and you have never said one negative word about me, and I really appreciate that.
I love you, Jay. – I love you too, Candy. You know, I actually love your book too. – Oh. – No, no, real talk. George is this it? Right here? Good. Having My Chocolate Cake and Eating It Too. This was an incredible read.
I mean it really, really was. Well done, Candy. – Thank you, darlin’. Well everyone, that’s our show for today. – Now, you will be back next week. Right? – Oh yeah, you’re not gettin’ rid of me, Jay.
– Oh, I hope not, because I can’t work by myself. I need my ace boon. All right, I need my write or die chick, you know what I’m sayin’? I need my Michelle Obama. I need my Dwayne Wade. (laughing) I need my Beyonce.
All right? Are you ready, B? – Surf board. Okay, all right, listen. Jay, say goodbye to the nice people of America. – Goodbye to the nice people of America. – See you later. – Take care. – See you next week.
– That was nice. – [Man] And we’re clear. Great show everybody. Great week. That’s a wrap. That’s a wrap. (lively music) ♪ When I sit and think ♪ – [Woman] Who gives this women away to marry this man? – Me.
And her mothers. – And her beloved uncle on behalf of her deceased father. ♪ To share something ♪ That others envy ♪ It’s ripped a hole ♪ Inside up in me ♪ Timeless treasures are still ♪ Yet to come ♪ This is real ♪ Yeah ♪ My darling, nothing compares to you ♪ You’ve help me see ♪ Out the door ♪ This moment and the rest of my life ♪ To the endings of time ♪ We will serve by side by side ♪ You always been by my side ♪ You opened my eyes ♪ To realize ♪ You’re my life ♪ So even after we die ♪ Our souls will collide ♪ And we will serve ♪ By side by side ♪ You’ll always be in my life ♪ You opened my eyes ♪