Being Mary Jane begins with The Pattersons spending some quality time together via a cookout at Mary Jane’s (MJ) house. MJ and Helen make the dressing for the salad, Neicey watches her children and sister, and Patrick and Paul discuss the latter’s recent successful sale at work. During dinner Neicey announces she is looking for a car to buy, but MJ advises her to save her money instead. Paul agrees with his daughter, but offers to buy her a car. The entire family advises him against it, reminding him he is on a fixed income. MJ tries to teach her family about communal savings and how she was able to buy her new car. However, they admonish her about her own extravagant spending. That night they have fun in her pool. The next day MJ attends a lecture for journalist at the AUC. She teaches them about branding and the power of bad news and gossip in journalism. One student, however, accuses her of selling out to get on prime time.
MJ signs autographs as she leaves the AUC and later goes to CeCe’s bookstore. There she finds her hosting an author who speaks about the plight of racism and white supremacy against young Black boys. CeCe feels these young boys should be addressed as, and treated as young boys. The author advises them to bring culture to their young boys by educating them with the right tools. Later, MJ gives CeCe her final “payment” and asks her does she consider her to be a sell out. CeCe tells her she believes she misses the freedom she had on Talk Back and is trying to figure out how to get back there. MJ tells her that her Black stories are the lowest rated, but agrees she is right. That night she does a story about a dog needing to be adopted.