Dineo and Bulela, who we won’t call names, although I must say I am inspired to, have sealed their fate and slept together. Very likely without a condom because if they didn’t use it the first time when they had “prepared”, then they probably didn’t even think of using one this time.
I just wanted to SCREAM! And nearly did, but then I considered my neighbours and opted rather for putting my hands on my head. You know when a black person puts their hands on their head, some ish has gone down and what is likely to follow is “Jo nna Mma iyo!”
Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start
Eddie is back. Bulela's high school teacher who has plenty of love for Lebo. Lebo has admitted to having feelings for him too but chose her marriage over pursuing an undercover lover. Eddie is at the shop to deliver a letter regarding Bulela’s scholarship application. He reads Lebo the letter which says that Bulela has been shortlisted for a scholarship to further his studies at a “prestigious American university”.
Zimele arrives at the shop to the good news and calls Bulela who is at home is drawing hearts and writing Dineo’s name in his book. After hearing the good news from his father he immediately calls Dineo with whom he wants to celebrate the good news.
…is Dineo still pretending to be mad about Bulela missing the party. She is happy about his news but at first declines to meet with him. After Bulela pleads with her she agrees and we see them taking a walk around the neighbourhood when Bulela spots Zakes passing on the other side of the street and holas at him while Dineo pretends not to see Zakes, turning the other way and pretending that there is something intrinsically fascinating about the fence they are walking along side of. Pretence is the name of the game!
Mam’ Moloi, Zakes and Lulu (no, not a threesome)
Zakes visits Lulu Belle at the Masakhane Clinic where she now works, wanting to speak to her. Lebo walks in, greets Zakes and everyone (ever friendly) orders coffee as did Zakes. Since Lulu Belle is tied up, Zakes and Lebo sip together. She asks Zakes about school, gives some motherly advice and asks Zakes if Lulu is his girlfriend as she found them talking. Zakes replies that she was but they broke up.
Lebo says to him that Lulu looks familiar and Zakes quickly brushes off any suspicion by saying that Lebo may have seen her at Zimele’s shop. Hoo, Lebo snaps at Zakes about the shop, saying it's not Zimele’s shop but hers too. Damn skippy, and she does a better job at keeping shop unlike Zimele who plays Papa Christmas.
Teenage love affair
Dineo and Bulela are in Bulela’s room studying science, and later each other’s bodies. One moment they were going over Newton’s laws of motion (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction), then Bulela cleverly related the law to the two of them (sweet), and then confessed his love for Dineo and told her how special their first time was. They started kissing and...Next thing the pair where lying naked after a biological experiment I assume (it’s all science right?). Mihlali knocks on Bulela’s bedroom door and asks him why it’s locked since they are just studying. He shouts back that he didn’t want anyone to disturb them, maybe because they are already disturbed and crazy in love.
Back to Lulu Belle and Golden Delicious Zakes, who were talking reconciliation and getting tested together the next day. Confirming the results by text message is my friend Busi:
Busi: What did I say? Lulu positive and Zakes negative. I’m sure he’ll still be after window period. Poor Lulu.
Poor poor Lulu indeed. Desperation and few options can lead a person to do very many bad things. Look what Lulu Belle’s innocent transactional sex (oxymoron) with Zimele has wrought. And although Zakes is negative for now, we can only know for sure that he has escaped from the fire burn free after he has tested again after the six weeks window period as Sol said.
I wonder what reason Soul City will give for Zakes being negative. Perhaps the ‘a circumcised man has less chance of contracting the disease’ reason? Imagine he really is negative and has not passed it on to Dineo, who has not passed it on to Bulela, who will go to Harvard. But I do fear Dineo will come out of this pregnant.
In the end, Lebo confronts Zimele about his affair with Lulu, this after they had been playing happy families for Bulela’s sake as the scholarship interviewers had been visiting the family home.
Rewind to spilling the beans
Lebo found a list earlier that day of items taken from the shop ('expensive biscuits', roll-on, body lotion, etc.) and asked Zimele about it. He gave a silly reason about eating them with his mates after they had been drinking and he was not thinking straight. Isn’t it usually salt and not sugar that people crave after drinking? Maybe ou Madlesa was still drunk and could not think of a better excuse. But he could not get out of the roll-on and body lotion issue and chose to dismiss it and tell Lebo she better rush home to prepare for the guests.
On the way home from the shop Mihlali could no longer hide the secret about what she overheard the other day in the shop. She tells Lebo that she knew who the items on the list were given to, Lulu, and her father had told her not to tell her mom about his affair.
And back to The Confrontation
The truth is out about Zimele’s affair with Lulu. This after he had lied about getting infected from a once off encounter with an anonymous woman. Lebo’s faith in Zimele is eroded it would seem and she walks away in angry tears leaving Zimele standing in the street outside the house where they had seen the interviewers off. At least things are looking positive for Bulela since the panel left impressed after meeting the young man, his parents and teacher Eddie.
Moral of the episode: Use a condom with every partner, every time.
Soul City, Monday 20:30, SABC 1.
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