Fu­ri­ous in the friend­zone

Wom­an­is­ing stu­dent Emkay goes af­ter Rachel’s new room­mate while Rachel eyes an older guy.

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Gaut­eng Univer­sity’s res­i­dent ladies man Emkay (Mlungisi Mathe) is al­ways search­ing for a new “love” in­ter­est and af­ter a night of drink­ing on Thurs­day 27 April, he heads to bed with his bestie Rachel (Le­sego Marakalla). And while the night be­fore is a blur, Rachel wakes up shocked on Fri­day 28 April with the view in front of her. “Rachel is hor­ri­fied!” ex­plains Mlungisi. “She’s into rich men and al­ways in­sisted that Emkay isn’t her type, but as their friend­ship grew he thought that he stood a chance.” Rachel keeps Emkay in check and hits him with the “let’s just be friends line”, but af­ter their night to­gether, he’s not giv­ing up with­out a fight.


Re­jec­tion is a for­eign con­cept to the Casanova who’s used to girls fall­ing at his feet. While he’s fig­ur­ing out his se­duc­tion plan for Rachel, Emkay’s still keep­ing his op­tions open on Tues­day 2 May and he starts flirt­ing with Rachel’s roomie Glenda (Nozipho Langa), mostly to make Rachel jeal­ous. “He pulls the typ­i­cal Emkay move and leads Glenda on,” says Mlungisi. Rachel doesn’t fall for his tricks though and “it’s frus­trat­ing for the guy,” chuck­les Mlungisi. “No mat­ter what an­gle Emkay comes with, he’s get­ting nowhere with Rachel and that an­noys him.”

The var­sity res man­ager Sis’Ouma (El­iz­a­beth Mlen­gana) is onto his tricks and on Wed­nes­day 3 May she warns Glenda about her suitor. “Sis’Ouma tells every girl in the res to keep a safe dis­tance to Emkay. She’s seen so many girls come and go from his room and she wants to pro­tect Glenda,” says Mlungisi. The stu­dent’s naivety and beauty make her an easy tar­get for Emkay, but like Mlungisi says, “He’s still wait­ing to see how things work out with Rachel. She’s his first prize be­fore he ‘set­tles’ for Glenda.”


Rachel’s not giv­ing Emkay a sec­ond thought though – her at­ten­tion’s on wealthy busi­ness­man Le­hasa (Cedric Fourie), who hires her at his restau­rant Café Rovuwa. That’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for schemer Rachel and on Thurs­day 4 May it seems she’s made up her mind. “It’s clear that Emkay is be­low Rachel’s sta­tus, she’s out of his league. Le­hasa isn’t and Rachel is go­ing af­ter him now,” says Mlungisi. But where’s the fun in soapie char­ac­ters al­ways get­ting what they want? Rachel’s plans to woo her older “blesser” Le­hasa hit a con­crete wall on Mon­day 8 May…

Rachel hasn’t taken into ac­count that her Tur­floop ri­val Cindy (Phophi Mu­dau) is the restau­rant co-owner and she knows all about Rachel’s tricks – the pair haven’t seen eye to eye af­ter Rachel stole Cindy’s shady busi­ness­man boyfriend Marothi (Macks Papo) in 2015. On Mon­day 8 May, Cindy is ready to fire the new wait­ress for flirt­ing with Le­hasa but like Emkay, Rachel’s not let­ting any­one get in the way of “love”. “Emkay and Rachel are so much alike,” ex­plains Mlungisi. “They have sim­i­lar tac­tics and it’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing to see what their trump card is and how they use it in their re­la­tion­ship quests… and if they cross paths.”

Emkay and Rachel’s hook-up is a mis­take to her, but he’s hooked.

Rich and suc­cess­ful Le­hasa is a tar­get for sin­gle Rachel.

Glenda’s been warned about Emkay’s ways.

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