The Breakdown: Idris Elba’s “Girlfriends” Debut

by James Hill

May 18, 2017

This is “The Breakdown” where we look at some of the biggest moments in our lives (and by “our lives,” we mean stuff that was happening on TV) and get at the heart of what makes these scenes and characters so unforgettable with five thoughts.

Sure, we’ve already broken down one scene from Girlfriends but nothing as seismic as this scene — the appearance of none other than one Mr. Idris Elba. Shall we continue? Of course we should.

1. Who here remembers the great tragedy of 2004? There we were, still fully appreciating the devastating handsomeness of the tenderoni on The Wire — this guy named Idris Elba and BOOM! he gets killed in the season three finale. Where do we turn to get another fix of this fine, fine man? And it’s Girlfriends to the rescue who had him show up in episode 513 just two months later! Do they award TV shows with Pulitzer Prizes?

2. You know that feeling when you surprisingly fit into an old pair of pants AND find a forgotten $20 in the pocket? That’s how we felt when Idris opened his mouth and that luscious British accent flowed out and shocked us all. How you gonna be good looking, foreign and THAT good of an actor and not already married to us?

3. It’s pretty clear that Tracee Ellis Ross’ Joan is the main character of this show, but after learning that Toni and Idris (named Paul in this episode, but who cares) had a previous relationship we legit wished they had made a side series based solely on that premise. Better yet, can we do a new series where Toni and Idris get back together? Or really, any excuse to see Idris in a weekly show. Does that make us seem desperate?

4. Soooo, we’re not really sure how to take Idris kissing his newly-single, pregnant ex-girlfriend (emphasis on pregnant). On one hand it’s sort of progressive that this man doesn’t see Toni’s pregnancy as the end of her sexuality or his desire for her. On the other hand, maybe he should? She is carrying another man’s child, a man who is still alive and living in her home right now and here he is macking her down? Oh, what’re we saying — OF COURSE it’s OK, it’s Idris!

5. Can we talk about that kiss for a minute? Um, did those two know they were being filmed because that looked real af! That wasn’t just some sitcom peck! That was on some desperate, I’m-trying-to-suck-your-soul-out-through-your-tongue level tonsil hockey! We’re not here to start any rumors but neither actor were married at the time sooo . . .

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Want more Breakdowns?

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3. Max and Kyle Sleep Together on “Living Single”

4. The opening to “What’s Happening!!”

5. Penny Gets Burned on “Good Times”

6. When Dwayne Put Whitley in Check on “A Different World”

7. Sista Sledge on “The Jeffersons”

8. Synclaire and Shemar Moore Kiss on “Living Single”

9. Tupac Steals our Heart on “A Different World”

10. Joan’s “Bootyful” Moment on “Girlfriends

11. The “Different World” Step Show

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