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    Jim Cryer 

James "Jim" Cryer

Played By: John Schneider

The power-hungry and irascible patriarch of the Cryer family, Jim is an unscrupulous criminal courts judge who has his eye set on becoming Governor of Georgia.

  • Abusive Dad: Jim is verbally, psychologically, and physically abusive towards Wyatt.
    • He also doesn't treat Carlos, one of his illegitimate sons with Celine, any better; he rejects him outright when Carlos confronts him in "Norman Hewens" and even refers to him as "that bastard" while denigrating Celine in "Sheep's Clothing."
  • All Men Are Perverts: He certainly can't keep it in his pants. In "Enough is Enough," he even admits to Wyatt that he has an uncontrollable desire for sex, stating that, whenever he sees a woman, he has to have her.
  • And Starring: John Schneider is credited last with the annotation "And."
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Wyatt, as of "In Crisis," after they get into a fistfight and Wyatt decides to reveal Jim and Veronica's cover-up of Lizzie's death to Sallison.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • In the Season 2 finale "Checkmate," Jim gets beat up by Quincy and is later kidnapped by Warlock and his crew at Candace's behest. He then spends the first few episodes of Season 3 tied to a chair in a dingy basement, where Candace makes him pose for provocative photos with transsexuals dressed in bondage gear, subjects him to Electric Torture, and forces him to transfer 7.4 million dollars to her bank account.
    • In the Season 3 finale "When the Chickens Come Home," he gets arrested, along with Katheryn, David, and Veronica, for covering up Wyatt's vehicular manslaughter.
  • Awful Wedded Life: With Katheryn. Out in public, Jim and Katheryn pretend to be loving and close, but in private, they trade nasty insults and make it very clear that they loathe each other. They eventually decide to divorce midway through Season 3, though they have yet to actually act on this.
  • Break the Haughty: Jim is subjected to this starting in Season 3. He's held captive and tortured by Candace, forced to transfer 7.4 million dollars to her bank account before finally being let go...only to then be forced to take a bus to his campaign office. THEN he ends up on the wrong side of town and is forced to hitch a ride with a kind old woman who reveals that his daughter committed suicide. Jim finally returns home to face the truth about Amanda's death, as well as the antagonistic behavior of his wife and son. A few episodes later ("Oscar"), he gets told off by Hanna, his employee, after he yells at her for hiring a cleaning crew to clear out Amanda's room and then ends up being comforted by Hanna as he breaks down sobbing over Amanda's death. In "Dianna Winchil," his gubernatorial campaign goes down in flames after it comes out that he fathered two illegitimate sons with Celine. And in the Season 3 finale "When the Chickens Come Home," he finally gets arrested for covering up Wyatt's vehicular manslaughter just moments after announcing he's going to press ahead with running for Governor.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: The "romance" part is extremely debatable, but he and Katheryn knew each other since they were teenagers.
  • Control Freak: Jim is very bossy and goes to insane lengths to get his way.
  • Doting Parent: To Amanda, though he does next-to-nothing to help his daughter when Katheryn forces her to attend law school early in Season 1, and later doesn't do anything about Amanda's Sanity Slippage despite his wife's insistence that Amanda be committed.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In "A Talk with Jim," he shares a drink with Katheryn after Amanda's death.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's genuinely and deeply grief-stricken when he learns that Amanda is dead in Season 3.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In "Quincy Jr," Jim confronts and attacks Professor Cannon, Amanda's rapist. He later has Cannon shot and killed in "When the Chickens Come Home."
    • Later, in "Dianna Winchil," he attacks and strangles Veronica after learning she was the one who arranged for Wyatt to be raped in prison. By the end of the episode, he places a hit on Veronica.
  • Fat and Skinny: Jim is the Skinny to Katheryn's Fat.
  • Gold Digger: It's stated at one point that he married Katheryn so he could get her money.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's got a quick temper, that's for sure.
  • It's All About Me: Jim is extremely self-centered, to say the least.
  • Jerkass: The BIGGEST one in the whole series. Jim is as unpleasant and cruel as they can come.
  • Kick the Dog: Jim gets many moments that qualify, but in "Vetted," he makes sexual advances towards Maggie, who resists and leaves his office.
    • He gets another moment in "Sheep's Clothing" when, after sleeping with Celine, he rejects her and gives her a cruel speech about how he no longer loves her and how he's going to pay very little child support for "that bastard" (meaning Carlos).
  • Manly Tears: He cries openly after Amanda is confirmed to be dead, after Wyatt reveals he was having an affair with Celine while he (Wyatt) was being molested at camp, again after he sees the blood on the walls of Amanda's bedroom in "Oscar," and yet again after Wyatt begs him to let him out of prison following his Prison Rape in "Candace's Closing."
  • May–December Romance: With Candace. When the series begins, Jim engages in an affair with Candace, who's around his daughter's age, on his 50th birthday. However, it's hard to call it a "romance."
  • Offing the Offspring: On at least a few occasions, Jim threatens to kill Wyatt.
  • Papa Wolf: Shows this trait in "Quincy Jr." when he confronts Professor Cannon about Amanda's rape and he beats the professor brutally. He later has the bastard shot and killed.
    • In "Candace's Closing," he hits a prison guard after finding out that Wyatt was sexually assaulted, and chews out another officer, Terrell, for letting Wyatt's rapist into his son's cell in the first place, even threatening to murder said officer in front of his family. He later puts a hit out on Terrell.
    • In "Dianna Winchil," Jim attacks and strangles Veronica after finding out she arranged for Wyatt to be raped in prison. He puts a hit out on her, too.
  • Parental Favoritism: He clearly prefers Amanda over Wyatt.
  • Parental Neglect:
    • Jim doesn't do much about Amanda's Sanity Slippage, despite all the signs she's not well in the head. It costs Amanda her life.
    • He also wants nothing to do with Carlos, one of his sons with Celine.
    • "In Crisis" reveals that Wyatt tried calling Jim when he was being molested by a priest at camp when he was younger, but Jim lied to Wyatt and said he was busy. Oh, he was busy all right—busy having a fling with Celine.
    • In "Sheep's Clothing," Jim vows that he is going to pay very little child support for Carlos.
  • Pet the Dog: In "Two Funerals," Jim thanks Hanna for handling the arrangements for Amanda's funeral.
  • Plot-Inciting Infidelity: His tryst with Candace is actually what sets everything into motion. He's also had affairs with other women, including Celine and D.A. Sallison.
  • Really Gets Around: Jim has had countless affairs with various women, including Candace, Celine, D.A. Sallison, Wyatt's math teacher—you get the picture.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: In Season 3, Jim takes Wyatt to prison and has him switch places with Norman Hewens (The Fall Guy for Wyatt's accidental murder of Lizzie) to teach him a lesson about what to expect in prison. Even after Wyatt is raped on Veronica's orders (which Jim didn't plan on happening), Jim maintains that his son needed to be taught a hard lesson about what to expect in prison.
  • Smug Snake: Katheryn even describes him this way
  • Tears of Remorse: In "In Crisis" after Wyatt reveals his past flings to Katheryn, Veronica, Jeffrey, and David.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In "Dianna Winchil," after finding out that Veronica arranged for Wyatt's Prison Rape, Jim attacks Veronica and tries to strangle her until he's stopped by David.

    Katheryn Cryer 

Katheryn Cryer (nee Hardgrave)

Played By: Renee Lawless

The unhappy and lonely matriarch of the Cryer family. Katheryn hires Hanna as her housekeeper, and forms a close bond with her.

  • Abusive Mom: To Amanda. Katheryn verbally and psychologically abuses her daughter, forces her to attend law school when Amanda would rather go to fashion school, and refuses to give Amanda her inheritance from her late grandfather on the grounds that Amanda is too dumb to manage the money. She regrets her abusive behavior towards Amanda after Amanda commits suicide in the first half of Season 3.
  • Anti-Villain: Katheryn is a Type I.
  • The Atoner: After Amanda's death and when she realizes how her behavior towards her children has harmed them, she strives to make up for it with Wyatt in Season 3.
  • Awful Wedded Life: With Jim. Out in public, Katheryn and Jim pretend to be happy and affectionate, but in private, they snipe viciously at one another and it's very obvious that they hate each other's guts. Katheryn even confides to Hanna that she stayed married to Jim just to make his life miserable. In Season 3, after Amanda's suicide, she decides staying married to Jim isn't worth it anymore and asks for a divorce, to which Jim agrees, though they have yet to act upon their decision.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She and Jim knew each other since their teens.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Katheryn shares a drink with Jim after Amanda's death in "A Talk with Jim."
  • Everyone Has Standards: When she fails to get Veronica to accept that her son is gay, she realizes that Veronica is a False Friend.
  • Fat and Skinny: Katheryn is the Fat to Jim's Skinny.
  • Fat Bitch: Katheryn is a bit on the heavy side, and is rather bitchy at times (but she does have her redeeming qualities).
  • Ill Girl: She had breast cancer, which she hid from everyone (except Hanna) and had surgery for in Season 1.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a bitch, but unlike her husband, she does possess a few morals and truly cherishes her friendship with Hanna, even going out of her way to have a comatose Benny moved to a better hospital and paying his medical bills.
  • Lonely at the Top: Despite being wealthy and highly respected in the community, she's lonely to the point where she considers Hanna her only true friend.
  • Mama Bear: After learning that Professor Cannon raped her daughter, she has him shot dead.
    • After learning that Veronica had Wyatt raped in prison, she loses her shit and tries to kill her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Season 3, after Amanda commits suicide, Katheryn realizes how her perfectionistic and overall abusive behavior towards both of her children has damaged them both.
  • The Nicknamer: Katheryn refers to Jim's mistresses by the order in which Jim slept with them (for example, she calls Celine "Four" and Candace "Nine").
  • Odd Friendship: With Hanna.
  • Parental Favoritism: She prefers Wyatt over Amanda.
  • Pet the Dog: In Season 2, Katheryn has Benny moved to a better hospital and pays his medical bills to get back into Hanna's good graces after Hanna quits her housekeeping job because of Jim's shenanigans, showing she genuinely considers Hanna her friend.
  • Rich Bitch: She's wealthy and can be rather nasty at times, but beneath that mean exterior is a heart of gold.
  • Tantrum Throwing: In "A Tragic Day," Katheryn throws a vase at Celine when the latter refuses to leave the Cryer Mansion.

    Wyatt Cryer 
Played By: Aaron O'Connell

Jim and Katheryn's delinquent son who returns to the family estate following yet another unproductive stay in rehab.

  • The Alcoholic: He has severe problems with his alcoholism, and has been in rehab for it.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: In Season 3, Wyatt uncovers evidence of his father's dalliances with various women over the years and gets very drunk. He then proceeds to accost Celine about her affair with Jim and about his half-brother Carlos; lash out at his mother, mockingly put the moves on Jeffrey, announce he's going to confess his father and Veronica's cover-up of his involvement in Lizzie's death; and gets into a physical brawl with his father.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To both of his parents as of Season 3, especially when he reveals Jim's cover-up of his role in Lizzie's death and Benny's injury to D.A. Sallison.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Wyatt pulls this on Jim in "In Crisis," engaging in an actual fistfight with his father before confronting him about his many mistresses and about how, when Wyatt was a child, Jim ignored his pleas for help when he was being molested at camp because he was busy having an affair with Celine.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After Amanda's death in "A Tragic Day," he gets very drunk.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In the first half of Season 3, after finding evidence of his father's infidelity, Wyatt hits the bottle hard.
  • Jerkass: More so in the second half of Season 3 following Amanda's suicide.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Two Funerals," he cruelly points out that Jim wasn't there for Amanda, prompting a violent response from his father. While it's true the remark was made in an attempt to get under Jim's skin, he was right—if Jim had gotten Amanda the help she desperately needed much, much earlier, she'd probably still be alive.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yes, he's a very ill-tempered guy, but he has more of a conscience than his dad does, as he's genuinely upset and filled with guilt over accidentally killing Lizzie and hitting Benny, plus he's greatly devastated when he learns that Amanda is dead early on in Season 3.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: In "A Tragic Day," Wyatt rebuffs Jeffrey's attempts to comfort him after Amanda's death and even mockingly comes onto him.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was pronounced dead after overdosing on drugs. It's subverted when it's revealed in "An Accident" that he's in a coma.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He even walks around nude in the very first episode! Plus he gets his fair share of Shirtless Scenes.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction after he learns he accidentally killed Lizzie while high on heroin.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In the pilot episode, the first thing Wyatt does after returning home from rehab is strip off his clothes and walk around nude. His father is NOT amused.
  • Prison Rape: Wyatt becomes a victim of this in "A Home for Q."
  • Rape as Backstory: He and Amanda were molested by a priest at camp when they were younger.
  • Rape as Drama: In Season 3, he gets raped in prison by a Scary Black Man named Toxic.
  • The Runaway: In "Candace's Closing, he decides to run away from home and seeks refuge with Jeffrey.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Wyatt is the Manly Man to Jeffrey's Sensitive Guy.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Yes, he's handsome, but he is epically messed-up.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Season 2 after he accidentally kills Lizzie and injures Benny while high on heroin. But then it all goes out the window in Season 3 after he discovers evidence of Jim's infidelity and gets very drunk.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Or at least, Veronica thinks so and even calls him such in "In Memoriam" for confessing to Sallison and therefore undermining everything she and Jim did to cover up Wyatt's crime.

    Amanda Cryer 
Played By: Jaclyn Betham

Jim and Katheryn's daughter who becomes friends with Candace, much to her parents' displeasure. She's revealed to have committed suicide early on in Season 3.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the second half of Season 2, Amanda hooks up with Candace's ex-boyfriend, Quincy.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It is clear she was suffering from some psychological problems before her death but we don't know what they were, though Kathryn mentioned something about her taking meds.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To both of her parents as she descends into insanity, to the point where she buys a gun with the stated intent of killing her parents. Tragically, she ends up killing herself.
  • Break the Cutie: Good Heavens! First, she's forced to attend law school by her mother (and, to an extent, her father, who does little to help her against her mother), raped by her law professor, attempts suicide, denied her inheritance by her mother, and spirals deeper and deeper into madness before finally successfully taking her own life.
  • Cain and Abel: She was planning to kill Wyatt along with her parents.
  • Character Death: Amanda is confirmed to have committed suicide early in Season 3.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In Season 1, after Professor Cannon rapes her, Amanda stalks him, threatens him inside his own house with a gun, and finally stabs the bastard in broad daylight.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • In Season 1, Amanda attempts suicide after being raped by Professor Cannon.
    • In Season 3, she is confirmed to have successfully committed suicide.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In the Season 1 finale, Amanda confronts Professor Cannon in a park and stabs him in the shoulder with a knife.
  • Laughing Mad: She's heard laughing crazily in the final moments of Season 2 before a gunshot is heard, ending the season.
  • Madness Mantra: She takes up singing "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" as she spirals deeper into insanity.
  • Rape as Backstory: She and Wyatt were molested by a priest at camp when they were younger.
  • Rape as Drama: In Season 1's "The Criminal," Amanda is raped by her law professor.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: Played with, as she was already not the most mentally well but being raped made them her psyche worse.
  • Sanity Slippage: Spirals (further) into insanity after being raped in Season 1. It ends with her committing suicide.
  • Show Some Leg: In Season 1, following Candace's advice, Amanda dons a sexy dress and gets a makeover in order to get Professor Cannon to give her a make-up exam. Unfortunately, this leads to her getting raped.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Becomes one to Professor Cannon after he rapes her.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: After her rape by Professor Cannon. It is an extremely unsettling thing to see.

    Veronica Harrington 
Played By: Angela Robinson

The snobbish and manipulative matriarch of the Harrington family, Veronica also runs Higher Hope, the rehab clinic that Wyatt is enrolled in.

  • Abusive Mom: To Jeffrey. Veronica verbally, psychologically, financially and, on at least one occasion, physically abuses her son for not being manly and later for being gay.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Mostly. She worked her way out of poverty, and will do absolutely anything to stay in the upper class.
  • Amoral Attorney: Simply put, Veronica uses her legal knowledge to serve her own immoral goals.
  • Asshole Victim: In the Season 3 finale "When the Chickens Come Home," Veronica gets arrested, along with her husband, Jim, and Katheryn, for covering up Wyatt's crime.
  • Ax-Crazy: It became painfully clear after Jeffrey came out to her and his father that she is out of her mind and not afraid to indulge in it for the worst.
  • Baby Trap: In "Enough is Enough," Veronica reveals she set Jeffrey up with Melissa so he would get Melissa pregnant and be forced to marry her.
  • Blackmail: It might as well be her middle name. Veronica blackmails her own son Jeffrey into dating women, and blackmails Quincy into falling in line by threatening to kill his family. Season 3 reveals that she's blackmailing Melissa by threatening to foreclose on her family's house so her cancer-ridden father won't be able to get his medicine.
  • Control Freak: Much like Jim, Veronica is very bossy and controlling, and she will do whatever she has to do in order to have her way.
  • Crazy-Prepared: David notes in "Making Millions" that Veronica goes to insane lengths to protect her assets against anyone, including her husband.
  • Death Glare: A master of showing this.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She has Justin arrested for a crime he didn't commit, arranges for thugs to beat and rape him to near death, and sends thugs out to beat him up after he just got out of the hospital, all for the crime of slapping "the Queen" once.
  • Egocentrically Religious: In "No More Hiding," Veronica explicitly states her belief that Jeffrey's homosexuality is a punishment from God for her having an abortion back in college.
  • Evil Matriarch: Oh, yes. The Reveal that she set up Jeffrey with Melissa so he would impregnate her REALLY drives this home.
  • False Friend: In Season 3, Katheryn recognizes that Veronica isn't a real friend to her after she tries to get her to accept that Jeffrey is gay and Veronica refuses.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She's perfectly capable of putting up a courteous and polite front when she needs to, but deep down is a petty, snobbish, bigoted, and increasingly unstable woman.
  • Financial Abuse: After Jeffrey comes out the closet, she freezes his bank account.
  • Hate Sink: In a show where more than 50% of the characters are detestable to considerable degrees, Veronica is the worst. By season 5, pretty much everybody wants her dead for various valid reasons.
  • Hello, Attorney!: Veronica may be a stone-cold and stuck-up bitch, but she is a skilled lawyer and pretty attractive to boot.
  • Hypocrite: Starting in Season 2, Veronica constantly taunts David for supposedly having an affair with Maggie Day, but then she goes and seduces Benny in "Enough is Enough," beginning an affair with him to get back at David for his alleged affair with Maggie.
  • Ice Queen: Well, she's utterly ruthless and has a very sharp tongue.
    Jim: (while Veronica's in the room) Is it just me, or did it just get really cold in here?
  • I Have No Son!: After Jeffrey comes out, she all but wishes Jeffrey were dead.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In "Enough is Enough," she gets drunk.
  • It's All About Me: Perhaps more so than even Jim.
  • Jerkass: She's the second biggest one in the whole show.
  • Kick the Dog: Many of her deeds qualify, but her biggest instance of this trope is blaming Jeffrey for her and David's marital problems in Season 3.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She has this in spades.
  • Mrs. Robinson: No, has nothing to do with her actress. Mid-way through Season 3, she, a middle-aged woman, begins an affair with Benny, who's stated to be 23, to get back at David for his supposed affair with Maggie.
  • My Beloved Smother: Let's face it; Veronica takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Narcissist: Veronica shows most, if not all, of the signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder—she's very conceited with an overblown sense of importance, is obsessed with maintaining her family's "perfect" image, and takes advantage of others to achieve her own goals. Yeah, this fits her like a glove.
  • Never My Fault: She refuses to face herself and see that anything that goes wrong for her could ever be her own fault. In "The Reaping", she repeatedly tells Melissa that "You're the problem" in regards to why her family isn't happy.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: She's racist (she won't even accept Jeffrey dating white women) and homophobic (the main reason she treats her son like shit).
  • Pride: Veronica is arrogant, conceited, and looks down on just about everybody.
  • Rags to Riches: Veronica grew up in poverty, but worked her way up to become a proud member of The Beautiful Elite.
  • Rated M for Manly: She cruelly bullies her son for not being manly.
  • Rich Bitch: Well, she's wealthy, and an absolute bitch.
  • Sanity Slippage: Undergoes this as everything crashes down all around her. As if she was ever really all there to begin with.
  • Sassy Black Woman: She's normally composed, but shows this trait at times.
  • Scary Black Woman: Yes, she can be VERY frightening and unsettling at times.
  • Slasher Smile: This is practically her default expression.
  • The Sociopath: She's showing signs of being one.
  • Tantrum Throwing:
    • Veronica throws a lamp at Maggie after she catches David coming out of Maggie's hotel room in "A Southern Brawl."
    • In "Unglued," she snaps after David calls her a "simple bitch" and starts throwing glasses and chairs around the hotel bar.
    • In "Sheep's Clothing," she throws a file with photographic evidence of her affair with Benny at the door after Maggie leaves.
  • Yandere: In "A Southern Brawl," she goes absolutely ape-shit on Maggie after she catches David coming out of Maggie's hotel room and assumes they're having an affair.

    David Harrington 
Played By: Peter Parros

Veronica's husband, Jeffrey's father, and Jim's best friend/co-worker/business partner.

  • Above the Influence: In Season 2, when Maggie gets drunk and tries to seduce him, he resists her advances. When it happens again, he comes dangerously close to giving into temptation but resists when he realizes he still loves his wife despite her behavior.
  • Badass Baritone: He always speaks in a deep and gravelly voice.
  • Badass Beard: Sports a goatee.
  • Badass Boast:
    • David tells Candace that he will get her back for extorting Jim and that he'll be "like a thief in the night." And he meant it, if the Season 3 finale is anything to go by.
    • In "Dianna Winchil," David warns Jim, who had earlier tried to strangle Veronica for arranging for Wyatt to be raped in prison, that if anything happens to his wife, he'll "show you an enemy unlike any you've ever seen."
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After Jeffrey comes out the closet and Veronica proceeds to make his life miserable, David does this to his wife on an almost-regular basis. Sadly, Veronica isn't having any of it.
  • Doting Parent: To Jeffrey.
  • Good Parents: Between himself and Veronica, David's the better parent to their son.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: David has his unpleasant moments, but end of the day, he's a much, much better human being than his wife.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In "Unglued," after Veronica taunts him about acting like a "son of a bitch."
  • Manly Tears:
    • In a Season 1 episode, after Hanna talks with him about Benny and asks him to pray with her, he's reduced to Tears of Remorse because he was the mastermind of the plot to implicate Candace which ended up landing Benny in jail.
    • In "A Southern Brawl," he cries Tears of Remorse (again) while trying to explain to Veronica that nothing happened between him and Maggie.
  • Only Sane Man: Often plays this role in the midst of all the crap that happens on the show.
  • Open-Minded Parent: He responds to Jeffrey's coming out with compassion and understanding, in stark contrast to his wife.
  • Papa Wolf: Simply put, he's very protective of his son, which is more than can be said about Veronica.
  • They Do: With Maggie in Season 4's "Making Millions."

    Jeffrey Harrington 
Played By: Gavin Houston

The son of David and Veronica, and a counselor at Higher Hope, his mother's rehab center.

  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Veronica, as of "Enough is Enough." In the Season 3 finale, Jeffrey helps Wyatt get the evidence he needs to put his parents, as well as Veronica, in jail. In Season 4's "An Evil Soul," he vows to make sure that his mother goes to prison after finding out that Veronica arranged Wyatt's Prison Rape.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Lets one out during his confrontation with Veronica in "Enough is Enough."
  • Break the Cutie: The truly horrendous amount of stuff that happens to this poor guy over the course of the show qualifies him for this trope. Someone give him a hug, please?
  • Broken Tears: After Veronica's speech in "No More Hiding."
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In "Enough is Enough," after learning that Veronica set him up with Melissa so he would get her pregnant, Jeffrey finally grows a backbone and tells his mother that he's sick of her shit before declaring that he's done with her and her threats.
  • Childhood Friends: He and Wyatt have known each other since they were kids.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He does not take it well when Laura, Wyatt's ex, comes back into the picture in Season 1, and he works to break them apart so he can have Wyatt to himself.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In the Season 3 finale "When the Chickens Come Home," Jeffrey comes upon Quincy brutally beating Candace and stabs him numerous times.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In Season 1, Jeffrey manipulates Laura, Wyatt's former girlfriend, into leaving him so he can have Wyatt to himself, showing he may have inherited at least some of his mother's manipulative nature.
  • Morality Pet: To Wyatt.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Well, not murder; in his case, it's more like "Make the Hypotenuse Go Away." He manipulates Laura, Wyatt's ex-girlfriend, into leaving Wyatt.
  • Nice Guy: But not without his unpleasant qualities.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Jeffrey is the Sensitive Guy to Wyatt's Manly Man.
  • Straight Gay: Jeffrey is gay, but he doesn't exhibit any Camp Gay traits.
  • They Do: In "Enough is Enough," he finally sleeps with Landon.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: In "Benny Does Battle," he tells his father that he believes Veronica to be beyond any redemption for all the crap she's pulled.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After learning he was entangled in a Baby Trap plot by his mother and then standing up to Veronica, he sometimes acts more jerk-ish, though so far, his jerkassery is leveled at his mother and Melissa.

The Have Nots

    Candace Young 

Candace "Candy Cane" Young

Played By: Tika Sumpter

The daughter of Hanna, older half-sister of Benny, mother of Q, and Jim's latest mistress (referred to as "Nine" by Katheryn, since she's Jim's ninth paramour).

  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Hanna. Their relationship is filled with extremely high degrees of drama and hostility.
  • Anti-Hero: Candace is a Type IV.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Kathryn, mostly, and to a lesser extent, Jim. And the feelings are mutual.
  • Baby Trap: Subverted. In Season 2, Candace falsely tells Jim she's pregnant with his child in order to force him to give her money. After being captured by the Malones on Jim's orders, she drops the act.
  • Berserk Button: Do not bring up her son's death.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Has this towards Benny, shown mostly when Tony seeks to take a comatose Benny off life support in Season 2.
  • Break the Haughty: In Season 2, when she gets kidnapped by the Malones on Jim's orders, held captive for a while, and left alone on the road after being scared by the goons. Soon, however, she's back to her old tricks when she has Warlock and his men kidnap Jim, whom she forces to give her 7.4 million dollars. In the Season 3 finale, she loses Benny's trust, learns that Oscar stole her money, and is brutally attacked by Quincy.
  • Child by Rape: Hanna reveals that this is part of the reason behind her Parental Favoritism towards Benny.
  • Con Artist: Hanna describes her as such.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a sharp wit, and likes to make snippy remarks.
  • Everybody Has Standards: Candace is a Con Artist who commits her share of wrongdoings, but even she can't stand Veronica and finds the way she treats Jeffrey appalling.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's envious of the Cryers' wealth because she grew up with nothing.
  • Hello, Attorney!: She's studying to become a lawyer, and is attractive.
  • Hope Is Scary / Never Be Hurt Again: The reason she is so vicious to everyone around her.
    Candace: I don't allow myself to love or hurt because it costs too much.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Candace is quite unscrupulous and rude to most people (especially her mother and Jim), but she genuinely cares for her brother, Amanda, and Jeffrey.
  • Mama Bear: She'll go through Hell for her son, Q.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Candace is right up there with Veronica in being expert at spinning lies and deceit. In Season 4, she convinces Benny to sue the Cryers for the damage he suffered as a result of Wyatt hitting him back in Season 1 so he'll get millions of dollars and she'll be able to pay Warlock.
  • The Matchmaker: In Season 2, she tries to set up Jeffrey with Landon.
  • May–December Romance: With Jim (though it's hard to call it a "romance"). Candace herself is around Amanda's age while Jim has just turned 50.
  • Ms. Fanservice: When she has Jim captured and coerces money from his account. Ms. Sumpter, good lord!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Dives headfirst into this after hearing that Q was killed when War and his gang when to a motel to look for her.
  • The Nicknamer: She calls Katheryn "Beast" and David "Mister Old."
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Visits this upon Aliyah in "A Front Row Seat" under the suspicion that she's working for Oscar.
    • Helps Hanna pull one on Jim after he threatens Benny and repeatedly calls them "bitches".
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Q is shot at a motel by War, who was there looking for her and found her family instead.
  • Rags to Riches: Especially after she forces Jim to give her 7.4 million dollars in Season 3.
  • Rape as Backstory: "In Crisis" reveals that she was molested by a former boyfriend of Hanna's.
  • Too Dumb to Live: One would think she would follow the warnings of not to go the Cryer household during "A Talk with Jim" and "In Memoriam," but no and we see how well that goes...
  • Toxic Friend Influence: To Amanda, though, this wasn't intentional, as she suggested that Amanda try to catch the professor's attention by dressing and acting more attractive. Unfortunately, this doesn't go well.

    Hanna Young 
Played By: Crystal Fox

The matriarch of the Young family, mother of Benny and Candace, maternal grandmother of Q, and the Cryers' new maid.

  • Abusive Mom: To Candace. Her abuse is mostly verbal and emotional, but sometimes "physical" enters the equation.
  • As the Good Book Says...: In "A Front Row Seat," she quotes Scripture in response to Wyatt's disrespectful behavior towards her.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In "Oscar," Hanna and Jim get into a heated argument over the former having Amanda's bedroom cleaned out, and she shuts him up momentarily by screaming "SHUT UP, DEMON!"
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hanna used to sleep around until she found God.
  • Dark Secret: "In Crisis" reveals that, in the past, Hanna refused to kick Marvin, a man she was seeing at that time, out of her house even though he was molesting Candace because she refused to believe Candace's claims of what was going on.
  • Disappointed in You: She tells Benny such after catching him in bed with Veronica in "The Cougar."
  • Doting Parent: To Benny, in a huge contrast to how she's with Candace, as she's nothing but loving towards him. Well, up until the end of Season 3.
  • Good Parents: Well, as far as Benny is concerned.
  • Holier Than Thou: She generally tends to have this behavior in regards to Candace.
  • Hypocrite: Hanna was very promiscuous in the past, yet was quick to ask Candace "What is wrong with you?" after catching her in bed with Oscar in "Two Funerals."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hanna is generally a kindly, grandmotherly woman to most people, but she treats Candace and Tony with high amounts of hostility and antagonism.
  • Living Lie Detector: Hanna can tell when anyone is lying. This comes in handy for Jim and Katheryn when they're interrogating Candace about Amanda in "Nine Lives."
  • Mama Bear:
    • Her reply to Tony coming to take Benny off life support? "Over my dead body."
    • She also exhibits this toward Candace in "Nine Lives" when she finds out that Jim and Katheryn are holding Candace prisoner and interrogating her about why Amanda committed suicide. However, Hanna makes it clear to Candace that she isn't taking her side in the conflict, and in fact demands that Candace tell the Cryers what they want to know.
    • In "Enough", she swears to God that she will kill him if he ever harms her children again.
    • In "The Cougar," she orders Veronica to stay away from Benny after catching them in bed together. She reiterates this to Veronica in "Vetted.
  • Morality Pet: To Katheryn.
  • Never Mess with Granny: When you go up against a rich and powerful Jerkasses like Jim and Veronica and emerge relatively unscathed, you qualify for being a Badass Grandma.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: She and Candace both beat the crap out of Jim after he threatens Benny's life and repeatedly calls them "bitches". They stop before doing any serious damage, but Hanna swears to God that if anything else happens to her kids, she will end him.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: "Enough" is one of the few times we ever see her forgo her more pacifistic attitude and attack somebody. It's pretty amazing how savage a woman can become when you screw with her kids.
  • Parental Favoritism: She favors Benny over Candace.
  • Pet the Dog: She during the custody battle for Q, she admits to Katheryn that she does love Candace.
  • Precision F-Strike: Veronica and Jim seem to bring this out of her, mostly involving her kids.
    To Veronica: There was a time when I would've dragged your ass out back and beat the hell outta you."
    Referring to Jim: Benjamin, this motherfucker is all yours.

    Benny Young 

Benjamin "Benny" Young

Played By: Tyler Lepley

Hanna's son, Candace's younger half-brother, and Q's uncle. He runs a tow truck business to help his mother make ends meet.

  • Anti-Hero: Benny shows himself to be a Type III or even a Type IV. In "Candace Young Esq," he bails Quincy out of jail and takes him for a drive before announcing his intention to kill the bastard, then accelerating the speed and causing his truck to crash. In the following episode "Benny Does Battle," Benny brutally beats an injured Quincy and plants some meth on him to frame him and keep the police off his (Benny's) own trail.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's caring, hard-working, and loves his family deeply, but he will NOT hesitate to kick serious ass if his mother or his half-sister are threatened in any way.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Candace despite being younger than she is, to the point where he roughs up poor Jeffrey while searching for his sister in Season 3.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Benny does this to Hanna in the Season 1 finale, pointing out Hanna's seeming hypocrisy in her hostile behavior towards Candace.
    • In "Oscar," Benny confronts Tony over not being part of his life and questions him about why he wanted him taken off life support in Season 2.
  • Car Fu: In "Enough is Enough," Benny rams his car into Quincy's before hauling him out of the wreckage and beating his thuggish ass.
  • Comatose Canary: For most of Season 2 after he gets hit by a strung-out Wyatt behind the wheel of Jeffrey's car. He gets better near the end of the season.
  • The Dutiful Son: To Hanna.
  • Good Is Not Soft:
    • Best exemplified in "Enough is Enough," when he rams Quincy's car before violently beating the man himself as payback for his hitting Hanna earlier in the episode.
    • He also has no qualms about roughly accosting Quita, Quincy's sister, as shown in "Benny Does Battle" when he's searching for his nephew.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: For a long time, Benny remains unaware that Wyatt was the one who hit him, leaving him in a coma for most of Season 2, and killed Lizzie. He finally finds out the truth from Candace in Season 4's "Making Millions" and is angry that Hanna didn't share that information with him.
  • Momma's Boy: Is very close to his mother and freaks out when he catches Hanna in bed with Michael in "Amanda's Room." Also, in "Candace's Closing," after Candace buys him a fancy house, Benny refuses to move into the house without Hanna.
  • Nice Guy: Certain flaws aside, Benny is the nicest character in the whole series.
  • Only Sane Man: Whenever he's in the room with Candace and Hanna and they butt heads with one another, he often plays the role of peacekeeper.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "The Cougar," after being caught in bed with Veronica by Hanna, he gets sternly told off by his mother.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He had no qualms about roughly accosting Quita, Quincy's sister, in "Benny Does Battle" while searching for his nephew.

    Celine Gonzalez 
Played By: Eva Tamargo

The Cryer's long-time maid. Later revealed to be one of Jim's many mistresses (contemptuously called "Four" by Katheryn) and the mother of their two sons, Carlos and Jimmy.

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: She visits this upon Wyatt in "Two Funerals" after he makes crude remarks about her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, she appears to be nice, but once Hanna starts gaining favor with Katheryn, her personality becomes nasty.
  • Disappointed in You: She tells Carlos this after he does an interview for a news show exposing the fact that Jim is his and Jimmy's father.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Engages in this with her son Carlos in "Norman Hewens" (to the point where Jim demands they speak English) and again with Veronica in "April 7, 1979."
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After Hanna starts to gain Katheryn's favor.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In the Season 3 finale, Jim states in his speech that Celine used to be a kind woman.
  • Yandere: To Jim, who even claims that Celine "went crazy" on him and that was why he ended their long-ago affair.

Other Characters

    Professor Cannon 
Played By: Robert Pralgo

Amanda and Candace's law professor.

  • Asshole Victim:
    • In the Season 1 finale, when Amanda stabs him in the arm.
    • In Season 3's "Quincy Jr.," he gets beat up by Jim.
    • And in the Season 3 finale, he gets shot and killed on Jim's orders.
  • Evil Teacher:
    • He raped Amanda in Season 1. It's safe to say that qualifies him.
    • Also, right before that, he threatened to lower her grade when she balked over sleeping with him and even insulted her by calling her "stupid."
  • Faux Affably Evil: After he rapes Amanda, he cheerfully chats her up, even asking her if she wants anything to eat, while Amanda just sits on the bed, shell-shocked.

    Quincy Maxwell 
Played By: Medina Islam

Candace's ex-boyfriend, a gang member who was jailed for multiple homicides until Veronica had him released so he could wreak havoc on Candace. He's also the father of Candace's young son, Quincy Daylon "Q" Young.

  • Abusive Dad: Shows himself to be one towards Q, his and Candace's young son, in "Enough is Enough."
  • Almost Dead Guy: In early Season 4, he regains consciousness long enough to tell Candace that Q needs his medication before finally biting the dust.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • In "Enough is Enough," Benny tracks him down and rams his car before hauling him out of the wreckage and beating him badly.
    • He gets this treatment again in "Benny Does Battle" when Benny causes the truck they're in to crash on the road, then hauls an injured Quincy out and beats him badly for information on his nephew's location.
    • Finally! In "When the Chickens Come Home", he is stabbed repeatedly by Candace and Jeffrey, though the latter does the most fatal damage.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports a goatee.
  • Car Meets House: In "Vetted," he drives his car through Hanna's house, causing it to explode and catch fire. Sadly, he survives.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When he attacks Veronica in her own house and Veronica threatens to have his family killed, he backs down.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is almost always soft-spoken and calm when he's going about his deeds.
  • Jerkass: He's an unpleasant piece of work, that's for sure.
  • Made of Iron: In "When the Chickens Come Home," he takes five or six stabs to the back before Jeffrey finishes him off....for GOOD!
  • Scary Black Man: He's uncouth and violent, to say the least.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He almost always speaks in a low and calm voice, even when he's threatening someone.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has tattoos on his arms.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • In Season 2, he physically threatens Hanna in her own house. In "Enough is Enough," he actually hits Hanna in the face.
    • And in "Vetted," he grabs Aliyah DeLong's neck while trying to collect Q from the hospital.
    • In the Season 3 finale "When the Chickens Come Home," he brutally attacks Candace, leaving her very bloodied, before being killed by the joint efforts of Candace and Jeffrey.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Candace claims in Season 2 that Quincy murdered their young son, Q. That turns out to be false, but Quincy shows he is willing to hurt his own child just to get to Hanna.
  • You Got Spunk: After he and Jeffrey fight, he remarks that Jeffrey "has heart."


Quincy Daylon "Q" Young

Played By: Jordan Preston Carter

Candace and Quincy's young son, Hanna's grandson, and Benny's nephew.

  • Abusive Parents:
    • His father, Quincy, is a Scary Black Man who's been imprisoned for multiple homicides. Quincy even told Candace that he murdered their son; while that's been proven false, it's shown that Quincy is willing to hurt his son just to get at Hanna.
    • It's also implied that Quita, his aunt, was abusive to him as well.
  • Children Are Innocent: He's in serious need of help and protection from his brutish father. In "Benny Does Battle," he's rescued from his aunt's clutches by his uncle Benny.
  • Death of a Child: He is shot down by Quincy when he goes looking for Candace.
  • Ill Boy: In Season 4, a dying Quincy reveals that Q needs medication for an as-yet-unknown medical condition. Also, Q complains to Hanna that he doesn't feel good, and Hanna notices that he's sweating and has a high temperature. In "Immunity," Q passes out on the way to the hospital. In the following episode "Making Millions," it's discovered that he has lupus and asthma.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Q was raised by his grandmother, Hanna, for a few years until Candace took him away and he ended up in the care of his aunt Quita.

    Tony Watson 
Played By: Patrick Faucette

Benny's biological father.

  • Disappeared Dad: In the past, Tony wanted nothing to do with his son, but he comes back into the picture because he wants a kidney transplant from Benny.
  • It's All About Me: The only reason he comes back into his son's life is because he wants a kidney transplant from him. That about sums it up.
  • Jerkass: Hanna even describes him as such.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He closely resembles his son Benny.

Played By: Susie Abromeit

Wyatt's ex-girlfriend.

  • Put on a Bus: Leaves at Jeffrey's insistence mid-way through Season 1.

Played By: Jerome Ro Brooks

The grandfather of Lizzie, a young girl who was hit and killed by a strung-out Wyatt at the close of the first season. He becomes close to Hanna, whose son Benny was also hit by Wyatt and left comatose in Season 2.

Played By: Antoinette Robertson

A young woman whom Veronica sets up with Jeffrey in Season 2.

  • Baby Trap: She's used by Veronica in this sort of plot, as revealed midway through Season 3.
  • The Beard: The very reason Veronica set her up with Jeffrey in Season 2. It later turns out that Veronica set the whole thing up so Jeffrey would get Melissa pregnant and be forced to marry her.
  • Blackmail: "In Memoriam" reveals she's a victim of this. Melissa reveals to Jeffrey and Candace that Veronica is blackmailing her by threatening to foreclose on her family's house unless she doesn't do what she says.
  • Daddy's Girl: She loves her father and obeys Veronica's whims to get her to pay for his medical bills. When she received news of his death, she was devastated to the point of taking her own life.
  • Driven to Suicide: She attempts to do this by slitting her wrist after receiving news of her father's death. She was taken to the hospital to prevent her death.
    • After having enough of Veronica's abuse, she jumps off the apartment building. As of The Road to Hell, it was confirmed that she died.
  • Jerkass: Sadly, she reveals herself to be one in "The Cougar" when she threatens to make Jeffrey pay child support if his parents don't take care of her own parents.

    Jennifer Sallison 
Played By: Shari Headley

A District Attorney who's building a case surrounding the murder of Lizzie. Also revealed to be another one of Jim's many mistresses.

  • Crusading Lawyer: In "A Home for Q," she vows to come after Jim, Katheryn, Veronica, and David for covering up Wyatt's involvement in Lizzie's death.
  • Due to the Dead: After Amanda's suicide, she's polite and sympathetic to a grieving Jim and Katheryn despite their mutual antagonism, and even refuses to kick Jim while he's down even when he insists that she do so.
  • Killed Off for Real: She has been shot by Katheryn when she refuses to give her Wyatt's inheritance in "Promises Kept".
  • Hello, Attorney!: She's a lawyer, and fairly attractive.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She exhibits a few bitchy traits, but she is out to make sure that the Cryers and the Harringtons go to prison for their crimes.
  • Last-Second Chance: Roles reversed, Katheryn offers this to Sallison in order to give back Wyatt's inheritance. And when Sallison refuses one final time, Katheryn pulls out a gun and savagely shoots Jennifer multiple times.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: In Season 4.

    Landon Payton 
Played By: Kristian Kordula

A publicist and worker at Jim and David's campaign office.

  • Engineered Public Confession: In "The Press Conference," he attempts to pull this on Veronica to get her to reveal her homophobia in front of a large group of reporters. Unfortunately for him, Veronica turns the tables to her liking.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He shows himself to be one after Veronica fires him and, believing Jeffrey was in on Veronica turning the tables on his attempt to expose her, he kisses Jeffrey as a Take That! to Melissa in "The Press Conference." A few episodes after that, he apologizes to David for his actions, but then calls him out for not doing enough to help Jeffrey.
  • Love Interest: To Jeffrey, starting in Season 2.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Does this finally after Maggie is killed.
  • Straight Gay: Like Jeffrey, he doesn't show any Camp Gay behavior.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: In "The Press Conference," after Veronica outmaneuvers his attempt to expose her homophobia and fires him, Landon grabs Jeffrey and kisses him in front of Melissa.
  • They Do: He and Jeffrey finally sleep together in "Enough is Enough."

    Maggie Day 
Played By: Allison McAtee

Jim and David's campaign manager, and Landon's boss. She develops an attraction to David.

  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: In Season 2, she gets hammered and comes onto David.
  • Food Slap: A victim of this, courtesy of Veronica. In "Unglued," Veronica strolls into the hotel bar where Maggie is speaking with David, and throws a drink into her face.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: In Season 4.
  • They Do: She and David finally sleep together in "Making Millions."
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With David. They finally resolve it in "Making Millions."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Trusting Veronica to let you go in her house, knowing how she feels about you is, well, not a good idea, double when there was an assassin waiting for her.
  • Where da White Women At?: Maggie, a white blonde woman, is attracted to David, a black man. Veronica is NOT happy about this.
  • Woman Scorned: In Season 3, after Jim makes sexual advances towards her, Maggie becomes bent on making sure Jim doesn't run for Governor and works to get David to run for Governor in Jim's place.

    The Malones 

Rose "Ma" Malone, Jay Malone, and D Malone

Played By: (Ma Malone), John Kap (Jay Malone), John Emil D'Angelo (D Malone)

A gang of thugs, consisting of Rose "Ma" Malone and her two sons Jay and D, on Jim's retainer. They kidnap Candace and keep her captive for a few episodes in Season 2 before leaving her alone on the road.

    Carlos Gonzalez 
Played By: Adrian Bellani

A worker at Jim's campaign headquarters, later revealed to be Jim and Celine's oldest son, born of their affair, and therefore the half-brother of Wyatt and Amanda.

  • Calling the Old Man Out: In "Dianna Winchil," he denounces Jim for being an absentee father and declares he's unfit to be Governor of Georgia.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Engages in this with his mother in "Norman Hewens" (to the point where Jim demands they speak English).
  • Luke, You Are My Father: He reveals to Jim that he is his son in "Norman Hewens."

Played By: Jon Chaffin

A gang member, and an acquaintance of the Young family.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Both Candace and Benny call him "War."
  • Badass Beard: Sports a goatee.
  • Childhood Friends: With Candace and Benny. Benny mentions that Hanna used to feed him and give him clothes.
  • Everybody Has Standards: He's a thug, but even he finds Quincy detestable and he's shocked when Benny tells him that Quincy struck Hanna.
  • Jerkass: In Season 4, after finding out that Candace lied to him about the amount of money she took from Jim, he threatens her with a gun and gives her a few days to get the money back so she can give him a portion, THEN (it's implied) he forces her to perform oral sex on him.
  • Karmic Death: He's shot up by the Malones at a restaurant, as orchestrated by Candace in retaliation for the death of her son.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: In Season 4.
  • Scary Black Man: Less so than Quincy, but he still qualifies.

    Oscar Aiden 

Oscar Aiden / Brandon

Played By: Philip Boyd

A mysterious young man who takes an interest in Candace and later pays her to have sex with him. He and Candace later begin a relationship. In the Season 3 finale, he's revealed to be an asset recovery specialist hired by David Harrington to retrieve the money that Candace extorted from Jim early in the season.

  • The Lost Lenore: He loved his wife and was deeply upset by her death. The Reveal of his true colors sends this claim into doubt.
  • Mile-High Club: He and Candace most likely engage in this in "Benny Does Battle."
  • Nice Guy: Shaping up to be one so far. It's best shown in "Two Funerals" when he tries to comfort Candace after Hanna chews her out for bringing Quincy into their lives, and he tries to get Candace to open up to him.
    • Mitigated in the Season 3 finale, when he's revealed to have stolen all of Candace's money, leaving Candace with nothing, and it turns he's an asset recovery specialist hired by David to get back the money that Candace forced Jim to give her.
    • Even after The Reveal, he presents a pleasant demeanor in his dealings with David.
  • Really Gets Around: Had many affairs, to put it simply. How true this is remains to be seen after The Reveal in the Season 3 finale.
  • The Reveal: Oscar, actual name Brandon, is an asset recovery specialist hired by David to get close to Candace so he can retrieve the money that she extorted from Jim early in the season.
  • Two First Names: Oscar and Aiden can both double as first names. Even if it isn't his actual name.

    Quita Maxwell 

Laquita "Quita" Maxwell

Played By: Danielle Deadwyler

Quincy's sister, and Q's aunt.

    Justin Lewis 

Justin Lewis

Played By: Nicholas J. Muscarella

A corrupt police cop who encountered Jeffrey one night.

  • Armoured Closet Gay: He claims that he hates gay people, but Jeffrey deduces that he's repressing his homosexuality.
  • Yandere: He really doesn't want anything to come between him and Jeffrey.


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