Benjamin “Benny” Young (Tyler Lepley) is emerging as a more interesting and complex character since the accident he was involved in that landed him in the hospital. Fans of Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots are witnessing a Benny who seems to have greater zeal than he had before the accident. When he speaks now, he does not have any reservations. Before the accident, Benny wouldn’t use profanity around Hannah Young (Crystal R. Fox), his mother, but now he says exactly what he wants to say—with little to no regret. Hannah is even surprised by how blunt Benny is now. She frequently has to look at him and tell him that he needs to calm down. It will be interesting to see if we’re about to see the full manifestation of his spunk, a spunk that shares deep affinities to Candace Young’s (Tika Sumpter), his sister.
Benny, the Uniter
Benny appears to be making a stronger effort to bring Candace and Hannah closer together. One of his chief failures (thus far) in attempting to eviscerate the barriers that exist between Candace and Hannah is the omission of a challenge for Hannah to employ the powerful faith she has in God to help her to have a true willingness to close the gulf between her and her daughter. Benny has heard his mother talk about God all of his life, and he seems to have grown a little tired of hearing her speak about God, especially when they continue to experience the struggle of surviving with very limited financial resources.
Benny’s Potential Danger
Although Benny’s new passion is refreshing, he has to be careful about seeking revenge on Quincy (Medina Islam), Candace’s baby daddy. From what we know right now, it appears that Quincy murdered his baby. If Quincy will murder a baby, then you know he doesn’t mind killing Benny. Benny, therefore, shouldn’t allow his anger to metastasize into wrath. It’s clear that Quincy doesn’t mind going to prison, and Benny shouldn’t let him lead him on a path that leads to prison, the hospital or the grave. Hopefully, Candace and Hannah will be able to communicate to him the importance of remaining calm and logical. While it may seem to be the right thing to go after Quincy for murdering Candace’s baby (and for whatever he did to her before he went to prison), Benny is a good man and has much more to lose than Quincy does. If Benny elects to take the law into his own hands, he could do more harm than good.
On July 22, 2014, fans of the show will have an opportunity to see if Benny will make tragic mistakes. Unchecked rage often leads to destruction. Benny has to understand that Quincy is Satan in the flesh, and all Quincy comes to do is steal, kill and destroy. Will Benny pass this test of his faith? We learn the answer to this question on the next episode of Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison