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Nails Maketh Woman

This TNT original dramedy series focuses on Desna, a nail salon owner in Florida. Her personal relationships, family and business dealings complicate her plans to expand her salon, do right by her employees and move up in the world.

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  • Abusive Parents:
    • Appears to be the case with Desna and Dean's biological mother, who was a drug addict. In a flashback they flee from her and cling to their foster mother when she comes to take them home. Their other foster parents, the Coombses, certainly were physically and emotionally abusive. Dean confesses to Desna that the Coombses raped him and threatened to do the same to her if he told anyone.
    • Marnie's mother tried to pimp her out to get money for drugs. Polly intervenes and takes Marnie under her wing.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: It's eventually revealed that Polly had an identical twin sister named Lilian who drowned when they were 13. Polly pushed her onto thin ice and watched as she fell through because Lilian was dating the boy she had a crush on. It's strongly hinted that this the root of her mental illness.
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  • Ambiguous Disorder: Discussed. While talking to Desna about marrying Virginia, Dean mentions one of the reasons they are perfect for each other is that she might be on the Autism spectrum due to her aversion to hot foods.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Zlata forces Roller to marry her daughter at gunpoint.
  • Asian Airhead: Virginia is half Vietnamese and not the brightest person on the show.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Polly. She looks sweet and innocent, but will kick your ass just as hard as any of the others.
  • Broken Pedestal: Desna, in a major way, toward Gregory and Zlata after learning that not only were they sleeping with each other, they were manipulating and lying to her from the beginning.
  • Chatty Hairdresser: In a show set in a nail salon, this was basically inevitable.
  • Consummate Liar: Polly was just released from jail for identity theft in the first episode. In episode 4 this was expanded on when she reunites with Sally, who believes Polly is named 'Heather' and a rich trophy wife like her.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Desna, especially when she answers Virginia's "Am I a hero now?" with "Malala ain't got nothin' on you."
  • Dirty Cop: Chip Lauderdale.
  • Five Woman Band:
  • Disappeared Dad: Desna and Dean's biological father Calvin was an addict who abandoned them when they were little. Over the years he got clean and became a famous architect. In season 3 Desna reaches out to him in hopes that will help her get over her abandonment issues.
  • Gayngster: Uncle Daddy. Holy hell, Uncle Daddy (although he's actually bisexual). His opening scene alone has him in a strip club leering and pawing at a young Twink in leather and talking avidly about his genitalia.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. Virginia getting an abortion is portrayed as one of her more mature, responsible decisions. Neither she nor the father want a child and probably aren't equipped to raise one anyway.
  • Happily Married: Jenn and Bryce at first. After Desna and Virginia kill Roller, Uncle Daddy has Roller take over the clinic much to Jenn's dismay. Bryce actually finds that he's good at running it and gets involved in more of Uncle Daddy's schemes.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Virginia, after Roller tries to rape and choke her.
  • Ironic Name: The name "Virginia" means "virginal", unsurprisingly, but Virginia is the furthest thing from that.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Desna steals cocaine from Gregory and plants it on one of Zlata's men to turn them against each other.
  • Momma's Boy: Desna's boyfriend Gregory is extremely close to his mother... so much so that it makes Desna uncomfortable.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Virginia dresses almost exclusively in crop tops, short-shorts, and skin-tight dresses.
  • New Meat: Virginia.
  • Not Quite Dead: Desna and Virginia think they killed Roller in the first episode, but it's later revealed that he somehow survived.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Gregory's mother is only pretending to need a wheelchair.
  • Promotion to Parent: Desna has had to take care of Dean since they were children because their mother was a drug addict and some of their foster parents never should have been allowed near kids.
  • Really Gets Around: Virginia, though she seems to have slowed down after starting a serious relationship with Dean.
  • Taking the Bullet: Season 2 ends with Virginia saving Desna from a Gangland Drive-By and getting hit instead.
  • Team Mom: Desna. Full stop. Mess with one of the women under her protection and she will whoop your ass without a second thought.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The gals see the owners of a Native American casino they have to work with as just an old man and his trophy wife who sucks oxygen and can easily handle them. They don't realize the duo are stone-cold killers who are shown torturing someone who crossed them and don't take well to being blackmailed.
  • Yandere: The square-dancing rabbi Jenn slept with becomes obsessed with her, especially after she patches things up with her husband.

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