Shelly Williams (series star EVE), the owner of fashion company DivaStyle, is an intelligent woman attempting to balance the exhilarating worlds of love, sex and career. When her ex-boyfriend J.T. Hunter (series star JASON GEORGE) and new love, Grant (recurring guest star SHARIF ATKINS - "ER"), both dramatically propose to Shelly at her birthday party, she must weigh the qualities--and engagement rings--of both men in order to decide whom she'll marry and build a future with. Meanwhile, after skipping his flight back to England and staying in the United States ...
After accepting J.T.'s proposal, Shelly giddily starts making plans for the wedding until her mother, Beverly (PENNY JOHNSON JERALD - "24"), shows up unexpectedly, determined to convince her daughter that marriage is a bad decision. Meanwhile, J.T. gets accepted to medical school. Later, Donovan receives an interesting offer that could allow him to stay in the United States.
Feeling like Shelly always ignores their creative input at DivaStyle, Janie and Rita decide to start their own line of items in the store, sparking a fierce competition between the women, both personally and professionally. Meanwhile, used to everything being easy for him, J.T. finds medical school a surprising challenge. Later, Nick regrets dating a co-worker.
After Shelly gives Janie a dollar to play the lottery and Janie wins $5,000, the pair's argument over the money escalates, putting their long friendship in jeopardy. Later, when bad weather forces everyone to stay indoors, a discussion causes some of the friends to reevaluate their relationships and beliefs.
After gaining weight and being unable to fit into her own gown, Shelly wears a client's dress on a date with Jalen (San Antonio Spurs basketball player ROBERT HORRY) to the Black and White Ball, only to get caught in it by the customer. Meanwhile, the friends pledge to diet together, but their resolve is tested when Janie enlists their help in preparing for her church bake sale.
When Shelly and Janie refuse to let Rita be the new face of DivaStyle, she threatens to leave the partnership. Meanwhile, Donovan tries to help J.T. and Nick improve their looks by persuading them to use makeup.
As Shelly and Janie prepare to unveil their new DivaStyle clothing line at a big South Beach fashion show, they discover that their former partner, Rita, will be modeling for their biggest competitor. Meanwhile, against J.T.'s wishes, Nick begins dating J.T.'s new anatomy class tutor.
Janie calls a popular radio show to vent about her mother-in-law and ends up revealing more than she intended to. Meanwhile, Nick and Rita start dating. JAY MANUEL ("America's Next Top Model") guest stars as Jay and radio personalities J. ANTHONY BROWN, TOM JOYNER and MYRA J guest star as themselves.
While being interviewed by local news reporter Aramanda De La Cruz (LAUREN SANCHEZ), the girls find out that the manufacturer of their new "DivaStyle Ready to Wear" clothing line runs a sweatshop. Meanwhile, Donovan convinces J.T. and Nick to help him sell makeup, motivating them to compete against each other for the biggest sale.
Wanting to help Shelly get a date, Janie urges her husband, Marty (recurring guest star REGGIE GASKINS), to introduce Shelly to his single friend. But Marty is so complimentary when describing Shelly to the guy that Janie angrily suspects that Marty and Shelly are much more than friends--and Shelly's and Marty's efforts to convince Janie otherwise only make matters worse. Meanwhile, lonely J.T. decides to party with the guys for once instead of studying for his medical school courses--with disastrous results.
When Shelly, Janie and Rita end up with a huge windfall due to the success of their business, each of them deals with her newfound wealth differently. Shelly immediately splurges on expensive clothes and accessories, draining her account within days.
After learning about J.T.'s former relationship with Shelly, along with his roommate situation with Rita and other facts, J.T.'s new girlfriend, Rochelle (KIM FIELDS - "The Facts of Life"), feels threatened by the women in his life and forces J.T. to choose between her and his friends. Meanwhile, self-conscious about her looks after a waitress mistakes her for Shelly's mother, Janie adopts a new style and attitude, much to the girls' dismay.
Still fond of Grant (recurring guest star SHARIF ATKINS), the man she almost married, Shelly takes him to lunch in an effort to remain friends. But this becomes a monumental task after he informs her that he's newly engaged--and introduces her to his new love. Meanwhile, Nick and J.T. start to hang out with a youngster through a local Big Buddies program, but they soon clash over their very different mentoring styles. Also, Rita moves into her new loft.
After J.T. fails an anatomy test, his mother, Frances (recurring guest star DAPHNE MAXWELL REID), embarrasses him by begging cranky Professor Dunson (ROBERT PICARDO) to let J.T. take a makeup test. Meanwhile, after Marty (recurring guest star REGGIE GASKINS) shows promise in a local bowling tournament, Nick tries to convince him to pursue his dream of being a professional bowler. Also, Shelly helps Rita set up her new apartment.
When Janie's younger brother Paul (RUBEN STUDDARD - "American Idol") comes to visit, Shelly discovers that his longtime crush on her still exists, and she isn't quite sure how to handle it now that he's all grown up. Meanwhile, after Janie convinces the gang to join her at church on Sunday, Nick embarrasses everyone by attempting to get the $100 he put in the collection plate back.
When Nick realizes that he's in love with his girlfriend and wants to fully commit to her, she reveals that she is still married. Meanwhile, Shelly discovers that Rita always hangs around Shelly's loft because she is convinced her own place is haunted.
While negotiating with a department store buyer, Brenda (LENISE SOREN), to stock their clothing line, Shelly and Jane find out that Rita had a one-time lesbian fling with Brenda. They try to convince the reluctant Rita to romance her former flame in order to expand their business. Meanwhile, after losing an expensive bet to J.T., Donovan enlists Nick's help in winning his money back in a rigged poker game.
The gang is surprised to learn of Donovan's past as a teen pop star in England when a rapper, Lazy G (OMAR GOODING - "Barbershop"), wants to sample one of his hit songs. Meanwhile, when Janie and Rita attempt to write a romance novel, they realize that, although their ideas of the perfect leading man may differ, their romantic fantasies are equally hot. Series star EVE performs for the first time on the show.
Shelly's father, Yusef (recurring guest star CLIFTON POWELL), shows up after years of absence to show his support for Shelly when she is named Miami's Designer of the Year. To Shelly's surprise, her mother, Beverly (recurring guest star PENNY JOHNSON JERALD), encourages her to give him a second chance. Meanwhile, when Janie's curiosity is piqued by the discovery of an unusually large amount of cash in Rita's purse, she decides to investigate the suspicious source of income.
After pregnant Beverly (recurring guest star PENNY JOHNSON JERALD) finally reveals the truth to Yusef (recurring guest star CLIFTON POWELL), Shelly questions Yusef's ability to commit to Beverly's child. Meanwhile, when Janie discovers that Rita is secretly hosting Botox parties at the store, she convinces Rita to allow her to take part, only to find out that the business is illegal.