BET’s hot new telenovela definitely had the country at a standstill this year. Despite only debuting in the latter part of 2020, Isono has quickly become a household favourite that finds its storylines trending every other evening.
We had plenty to choose from, but here are four key storylines that had us gasping for breath by the end of each episode.
1. Mother Mary and the man of God
You can’t talk about Isono without mentioning Mother Mary, the matriarch who seems to be connected to everybody else on the show in some way or another. On the surface, she’s an orphanage owner with a complicated family background. Dig a little deeper and you discover that she’s slowly making a play to run the underworld – while still trying to navigate a complicated family background.
Things took a more intense turn than usual when she made a play to remove Pastor Duma from the picture altogether. You can argue that she didn’t destroy him; she simply sped up his self-destruction. First, by targeting his family with incriminating evidence of him in a strip club. Next, by using his crumbling family affairs as ammo. Eventually, Pastor Duma died in a showdown against her son Gabriel, but it would be impossible to ignore the role that Mary played in everything that led up to his death.
2. Makwande and Esther’s third wheel
The odds were always against Esther and Makwande if we are being honest. His career threatened to take him away, while her drug addiction kept getting in the way of her own life plans. Add to that, Makwande’s dad did (and still does) not like his girlfriend one bit. He said as much when he begged his son to leave her behind and focus on his own career.
Little did they know that the biggest threat to their relationship was actually in their own home the whole time: Esther’s best friend Millicent. After Millicent was invited to live with the lovebirds, trouble in paradise soon followed. As Esther and Makwande’s tensions escalated, Millicent spotted an opportunity to get closer and closer to Makwande until they eventually kissed. When Esther found out, along with the whole world, it served as the final nail in the coffin of their relationship.
3. Jumima’s episode
For as long as we’ve watched Isono, we have been aware of Jumima’s special condition. She appears to be healthy, loving and even happy, but we can also see that she is not always present or on the same wavelength as others. Whether it’s the result of trauma, or whether she has always been this way, we’re not quite sure (yet!) but this week we got more indicators than ever before.
The normally charming house help from the House of Grace found herself triggered after she discovered a burnt doll on her bed. You might recall a few weeks back we wrote about Mary burning a doll that had been donated by one of the mothers who gave her child to the House of Grace. Why she burnt it, we’re not sure. How it ended up on Jumima’s bed, we’re even less sure! But all we know is that once she laid eyes on the maimed toy, she lost it completely. As usual, the only person who seems to know enough about what’s going on is Mary herself.
4. The heist of the century
Taking on the most powerful man in the city is madness. Taking on the most dangerous man in the city is even more unthinkable, but the cunning Mary refused to sit by and watch Gazati run the streets without intervention. With the help of her sons, Abednego and Gabriel, as well as a quickly assembled crew, Mary was able to execute the plan of a lifetime – which first looked like a very successful heist.
While we were playing checkers, however, she was playing chess. Just when they could have made out with the goods, Mary intervened and instead set Gazati up to be arrested for possessing a clumsily large quantity of drugs. If you can’t take them out – get the law to do it for you, right?
Despite all that’s happened so far, we’re still on the edges of our seats in anticipation of what could happen next. Which Isono moments had you talking this year?
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