Druggie Quinton loses his job
Drugs and drink are about to take the only thing from Quinton that Thembeka’s betrayal didn’t destroy.
Businessman Quinton’s (Brighton Ngoma) twisted ex-wife Thembeka (Masasa Mbangeni – see more on p59) couldn’t have ruined him more thoroughly if she’d tried. And you can bet the people around him have taken notice, especially after he’s sunk so deep into a haze of drugs and alcohol that he misses an important meeting at NFH on Thursday 7 July. When Quinton’s mom Layla (Natasha Sutherland) realises on Friday 8 July that he’s putting the company at risk, she prepares to make a difficult decision that could either send Quinton further into darkness or shock him into fighting back…
THE WHEELS COME OFF
Quinton’s drug and alcohol abuse is, according to Brighton, “a manifestation of resentment and anger, all in the name of escaping. People have been warning him about Thembeka and he’s drowning out the ‘I-told-youso’s’ and the looks and the judgement. He wants to be in a zone where he can wake up and yesterday is gone because he drank it away or he drugged it away. And he’ll do it again today. You never really fill that void. It runs deeper than anyone knows. It’s a losing game.” And when there are no brakes, accidents are bound to happen.
LOSER IN THE NEWS
The poor judgement that lands Quinton in hospital in mid-July can’t be ignored, but the results of Eddie (Sandy Mokwena) and Layla’s urgent discussion on Friday 15 July get shoved in his face in such a humiliating way the next week. Quinton finds out through Scandal!’s gossip pages that he’s been ousted as NFH’s CEO like a very naughty boy. “He feels betrayed and like a failure. He’s not seeing the bigger picture, that they’ve stepped in to rescue this sinking ship. He sees this as ‘I’m at my most vulnerable and you are going to step in and take everything’.” While the shock is sobering, Brighton warns that some surprises are going to lead to major setbacks… like finding out that a certain ex-wife might be writing a tell-all book…
BAD SS HE’BUSS INE FOR
Layla waits as Quinton reads that he’s been replaced at NFH.
Thembeka is still controlling Quinton.