Abishola’s husband finally shows his face in “The Wrong Adebambo”, and a complicated love triangle quickly develops.
This recap of Bob Hearts Abishola season 2, episode 7, “The Wrong Adebambo”, contains spoilers.
For a show that has always been about Nigerian culture — or at least Nigerian cultural attitudes — it’s kind of a surprise that it took so long for Bob Hearts Abishola to actually visit Nigeria. But that’s where “The Wrong Adebambo” opens, in Lagos, in an opening sequence that turns out to be a relative of Kemi’s spying on Abishola’s husband. The assumption, based on his purchases, is that he’s coming to America with fishy gifts for Tunde. This might cause some problems.
Bob is, understandably, skeptical of the timing, and Abishola doesn’t want to see him, but he is Dele’s father, at the end of the day, and he’s probably going to want to see him. At MaxDot, Goodwin and Kofo both tell Bob that they’ve never met a divorced Nigerian — the rate is 0.2%, according to Douglas’s cursory Google search, so his adamancy that Abishola is going to officially divorce her husband seems misguided. It’s just not the done thing.
And that’s basically confirmed when Abishola, despite claiming not to want to see him, gets all glammed up for the impending dinner at Olu and Tunde’s. She’s worried about the menu, and about Dele making sure the apartment is clean and that his academic trophies are on show. Is she trying to make a point that they’re thriving, as she claims, or is there still something there?
While Tayo (Dayo Ade) dines with his wife and her family, Bob tries to take the edge off by dining with Dottie, Douglas, and Christina, which only makes matters worse since they all assume that Abishola is on a date. Douglas thinks he’s her side piece. And he isn’t far wrong based on how Abishola and Tayo are getting along. It’s frosty at first, but their old connection quickly shines through. She’s angry that he abandoned them and is skeptical of his reasons for doing so, but he’s very successful now and claims he can provide for them. He says outright that he’ll leave if she wants him to, and she doesn’t.
The morning after, Bob is predictably curious and immediately brings up the divorce, which Abishola doesn’t want to talk about. Maybe he is the side piece! Tunde, though, seems less on-board, and rather obviously sets up a meeting between Tayo and Bob. Tayo explains how he wanted Abishola and Dele to return to Nigeria with him but Abishola refused, and he has been in constant contact with Dele ever since, which reframes things for Bob a bit. He’s also adamant that now he’s well-off and can provide for Abishola, he’ll be taking her back to Nigeria.
Bob, though, is unconcerned. He sits with Abishola the next day on their usual bench and tells her that he knows she isn’t going anywhere — she has built a life for herself, on her own, and she isn’t going to abandon it to be “some rich guy’s second wife.” She isn’t the same person Tayo left eight years ago, a sentiment which she repeats to Tayo the next time she sees him, at which point he insists that he will never give her a divorce. Yikes. Bob Hearts Abishola season 2, episode 7 ends with a tantalizing “to be continued…”. After a few episodes of biding time, it’s nice to see some real drama.