5 December 2023

Adulting Season 2 episode 1 recap: It’s going to be a wild night!

Warning: look out for nudity in the background!

Adulting Season 2 starts with a grand reunion as Bonga, Vuyani and Mpho pick up Eric from prison. With the bros back in the brabus, get ready for a night of debauchery that’ll make Sodom and Gomorrah look like Sunday School. It’s time to break that dry spell. Watch Adulting S2 now. New episodes every Monday.

Watch the trailer for Adulting S2

Here’s your quick refresher before we get into the action:

Who’s who in Adulting: the Big Four

30, flirty and f-ing around, Adulting’s four big boys – Bonga, Eric, Vuyani and Mpho – have been inseparable since they were at university together.

  • Thembinkosi Mthembu plays Bonga: The Alpha. Hot bod. Daddy issues. Single, rich, ambitious and catnip to women, but these days he’s Mr. Hit It & Quit It. Bonga is a construction and development project manager.
  • Luthando ‘BU’ Mthembu plays Vuyani: Madlisa. Joker. Fashionista. The former escort seems to have found his niche – and his financial independence – as a personal trainer … until temptation makes him sweat.
  • Thabiso Rammusi plays Mpho: The Family Man and father to two young boys. Traditional husband. Reformed cheater, or so he claims. Mpho is an electrical engineer and salary man whose money stretches to comfort, but not luxury.
  • Nhlanhla Kunene plays Eric: Gintsa. Loving dad. Great friend. Hair-trigger temper. Now that he’s done his time for crime, he’s determined to rebuild himself by fixing cars as a township mechanic. But when it comes to women, he can’t resist a baddie.

What happened in the S1 finale?

After surviving a near-fatal shooting while trying to hijack someone, Eric agreed to a plea deal that would see him walk out of jail a free man after two years, and reunite him with his daughter, Ncumisa (Siphesihle Khanyile), whose grandmother (Busisiwe Mambi) took her back to the rurals in Gqeberha because her mom, Natasha (Sikelelwa Vuyeleni), had been murdered in a (different) hijacking.

Nkanyezi’s (Londeka Sishi) tenderpreneur billionaire brother, Sello (Isaac Gampu), fired Bonga as a business partner after Bonga chose his friends over his fiancee, Nkanyezi, and Bonga found out that his deadbeat dad (Bongani Gumede) was back leeching off his mom, Thandeka (Deli Malinga), in the house that Bonga bought for her.

Vuyani’s strict dad (Lindani Nkosi) praised him for working hard as a fashion boutique salesman and leaving behind his life as a kept man, but Vuyani was weighing up whether to blow off the job to go to Dubai with a new sugar mama.

And serial cheater Mpho agreed to be a more equal partner at home after his cheeky mistress, Palesa (Diddy Padi), blew his cover, forcing Mpho and his wife, Zithulele (Lungile Duma), to lay all their cards on the table. But Mpho soon realised why Zithulele never had any energy left by nightfall.

And now, in Adulting Season 2, episode 1:

Ignoring Eric’s attempts to dig his heels in, Bonga and the boys drag him off to the larniest strip club ever seen on TV. The ladies aren’t just up on stage, they’re served on your table like salad – with loads of “lettuce”, because the guys are throwing money around like confetti cannons to celebrate Eric’s freedom.

In between the booties bouncing and shaking, Adulting fans will spot some familiar faces, including Sello. And after Bonga sets up two sex workers to give Eric a full-body workout, he starts messing with his ex-partner. We don’t know which move is dirtier: Bonga patting Sello’s fur coat without washing his hands at the urinal, or Sello telling Bonga that he’ll see him in the next season of reality series I Blew It. But it’s Vuyani who throws the first punch that, yet again, sees the guys getting kicked out of one of Mzansi’s fancier nightspots.

Eric (l) is ready to fight to get Ncumisa back and Bonga urges him to be find another way in Adulting S2

After their wild night, the guys are eager to keep the party going, and they ride along with Eric to fetch his daughter, Ncumisa, from her village in Gqeberha. The elders won’t be moved by booze or bribes, though. They expect a firmer plan for Ncumisa’s support from Eric than “hustling”. He’s not going to feed their baby girl city chips when she can have healthy country food. While Mpho and Vuyani lean into Eric’s outrage and suggest just kidnapping Ncumisa, Bonga (who’s in possession of the group brain cell this episode) has to tell Eric that the elders are right. He can’t just wing this. And the guys retreat to Joburg empty-handed while Ncumisa pouts.

It’s too many ladies, not enough time for Bonga in Adulting S2

PS: things got loud at the strip club, but the guys had plenty to say about their love lives and careers, so here’s how it breaks down:

  • Vuyani is dating Zelda, a student with money troubles. And now that he’s making good money as a personal trainer, this sugar baby has grown up to be a sugar daddy! Vuyani waves off paying R20 000 in college fees as if it’s nearly nothing, but we get the feeling he’s not thrilled with the way the tables have turned. And when his clients at the gym hint that they’d like “lessons” on the side, Vuyani might be making them sweat in other ways.
  • Bonga has landed a new tender so he’s still making enough money to draw the honeys like, well, honey. But he’s treating Uber like the garbage truck to pick his one-night stands off the curb once he boots them out before breakfast. And when he makes a play for a jet setter named Botle (Nomalanga Shozi) by sending her fancy champagne and changing her flight plan so they can spend the night together, the sight of Nkanyezi flirting with someone new proves to be a problem for his “performance”.
  • Things between Mpho and Zithulele are looking up. There’s definitely more action in the bedroom, even with the kids yelling and scratching outside their bedroom door like feral cats. And Mpho is barely cheating at all; it’s just one-night stands, which he considers fair game (just don’t tell Zithulelele). Trouble is brewing, though, because Palesa the crazy mistress is back, and she has a baby on board.

Excuse us while we lift our opera glasses, because we can’t wait to see how this sexy mess pans out!

Watch Adulting S2 now. New episodes every Monday.

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