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  • - Wow, they were living together?

  • - [Jameer] Yeah, they were living in sin, Mom

  • - From the very first

  • (jazz music)

  • - Hey! My name is Jameer Pond, and this is

  • - Cynthia Graymond Pond

  • - That's right.

  • - His mother.

  • - Okay, okay

  • - And why you gotta sit so close?

  • - Well, clearly we're living together and

  • under these times of social distancing,

  • because of the coronavirus

  • - It's interesting, real interesting.

  • - Real interesting

  • yeah, we decided to bring some

  • love and laughter and levity to the situation

  • - Okay.

  • - And we're gonna bond.

  • Are you ready to bond?

  • - Do you have, like, makeup on or something?

  • - No, I don't have makeup, Ma

  • - Your skin looks

  • - It looks nice?

  • (laughter)

  • I wash my face.

  • - [Cynthia] Oh, that's it then

  • - I figured that we would watch

  • one of my favorite shows growing up

  • - Okay.

  • - Martin

  • (crickets sound)

  • First of all, you don't seem enthusiastic

  • - Well, I mean, you know

  • Why?

  • - Okay.

  • So Martin Lawrence was just a comedic genius.

  • He still is a comedic genius, but

  • in his prime, I mean, to be able to

  • watch him every week and

  • be dynamic on this show,

  • play an assortment of different characters,

  • so Martin Lawrence's character, Martin Payne

  • really influenced me, and I just loved the show,

  • I really did.

  • - And just thinking about it now, okay

  • so as a grown man,

  • what were the underlying concepts of it, cause

  • you know, I mean,

  • - Of Martin?

  • - Yeah.

  • - Black relationships,

  • - Right.

  • - Between men and women.

  • Friendships.

  • - The community.

  • - The community.

  • And I really

  • - His village.

  • - Yeah.

  • Martin was a wonderful mouthpiece for hip-hop

  • At the time.

  • No, it's fine Ma, it's fine

  • it's the radiator, yes, you can hear the radiator

  • this is authentic.

  • - Can't you edit it out?

  • - No.

  • - [Cynthia] Oh my goodness.

  • - Well look Mom, we've got three days

  • we're gonna go

  • I know I'm gonna take you away from

  • Paternity Court and

  • Judge Mathis, and the National Geographic

  • - That's right.

  • - For a little bit

  • - My animal shows, Swamp People.

  • - Swamp people.

  • I'm gonna take you away from that

  • - A diversion.

  • - Yeah, and the news of course.

  • - Okay.

  • - And afterwards, after the three days,

  • I'll give you a quiz.

  • So you gotta put your thinking cap on

  • - Okay.

  • - So we're about to watch Martin,

  • I just figured I'd give y'all a tour of my house.

  • First of all, Bam, hand sanitizer.

  • This is baby Jameer,

  • Why'd you put me in this sailor suit?

  • - [Cynthia] Because you was cute as hell.

  • - [Jameer] Welcome to my room, hey Ma.

  • She keeps the chair in here because

  • she lets me know,

  • this is only a pit stop, right?

  • This is my bedspread, this how you can

  • really let you know that

  • - [Cynthia] Dern, Jay

  • (upbeat jazz music)

  • - [Jameer] So this is the first episode of "Martin,"

  • Watching the first episode of "Martin"

  • - [Cynthia] Wow, they were living together?

  • - [Jameer] Yeah they were living in sin, Ma.

  • - Step, step.

  • (audience laughter)

  • (screaming)

  • - That's love, that's love

  • I don't like how they got their

  • outside clothes on in the bed, though.

  • - You're too damn pushy, Gina

  • - Do not talk to me like that!

  • - Don't talk to me like that!

  • - You need to check yourself

  • - Check yourself, Gina!

  • I ain't trying to hear all that,

  • I don't want to hear it, shut up.

  • - Where's the Emmy?

  • Where was the Emmy?

  • - [Cynthia] I wouldn't say it was Emmy

  • - [Jameer] What?

  • - In that one episode, was interesting

  • a lot of,

  • how can I

  • themes played out.

  • - [Jameer] Okay.

  • - The mother-father issues playing out

  • and you know

  • - [Jameer] His mother had a mustache

  • - Right.

  • - [Jameer] Yeah.

  • - And his father had a tight behind, you know

  • - [Jameer] You can say butt, Mom.

  • - And then when he told her to shut up,

  • I was like whoa, you know, okay.

  • That, he crossed the line.

  • - [Jameer] Line crosser.

  • - Don't nobody know me like my homie

  • - So open up that 40

  • - Shanaynay a halfway phony

  • - [Jameer] Hey, get it Ma.

  • There you go, Ma.

  • Ay! What move is that?

  • I don't know.

  • - [Cynthia] It's entertaining.

  • - It is entertaining.

  • (upbeat jazz music)

  • - So this is day two of "Martin" marathon

  • with my mother.

  • My mother's gone a little crazy,

  • she's singing negro spirituals

  • What's the song you were singing?

  • - [Cynthia] ♪ this might be the last time

  • - All right, all right,

  • we don't need,

  • you're making me nervous.

  • I'm very happy that "Martin" is bringing us together

  • in this time of need, so I'm excited

  • okay, okay.

  • This is why

  • you need to get away,

  • so your mother won't sing negro spirituals.

  • Not all mothers, okay.

  • Season two is actually my favorite season of "Martin"

  • - Really?

  • - Yeah.

  • Got a lot of

  • memorable episodes that people consider classic.

  • - Okay.

  • - Lord knows if you had hurt my Ruby,

  • If you had hurt my baby,

  • I'd have grabbed your little apple head

  • and got to slicing and dicing

  • (laughter)

  • - [Jameer] Classic moment.

  • Classic "Martin" moment.

  • This episode is called "Hollywood Swinging" Part one.

  • Varnell, man

  • Did you miss me? ♪

  • - He only does this once Tommy Davidson?

  • - [Jameer] It's a two-parter.

  • - Okay, but the name continues to come up

  • - [Jameer] Varnell Hill?

  • It's just synonymous with this show cause

  • he had such a big impact on this show

  • from these two episodes.

  • - Claudine, GTD.

  • What does GTD stand for?

  • - What do you think GTD stands for?

  • - I was thinking it was the name of

  • cause Claudine is the name of a movie.

  • An acronym for another movie.

  • - What does GTD stand for?

  • - Got the draws, okay?

  • Got the draws!

  • - Ma, he got the draws.

  • (laughter)

  • - [Jameer] Ma, he got the draws.

  • (upbeat jazz music)

  • - Hey, it's day three of the "Martin" marathon.

  • Still under quarantine, nothing has changed.

  • I am Martin-ed out,

  • but I am Martin-ed out, so

  • I'm gonna grab some wine because

  • What else is there to do? ♪

  • Here we go, drip, drip, drip

  • You ready ma? We're wrapping this up

  • You ready?

  • - I is ready.

  • - You ready?

  • I'm a savage, ratchet

  • I'm a savage, Ma.

  • It's Megan thee Stallion, Ma

  • you gotta catch up.

  • - What's happening chief?

  • (audience laughter)

  • - What's happening chief? What's up?

  • - You know my sales' slogan,

  • You want it, I got it

  • If I ain't got it, Imma get it

  • so get it while the getting is good.

  • - So Tracey Morgan played the character called "Hustle man."

  • In the spots that he had on "Martin,"

  • - He made it work.

  • - [Jameer] Very brief,

  • - That's right.

  • - [Jameer] But always a scene stealer.

  • - That's right.

  • - [Jameer] Can you give me a Tracey Morgan impression?

  • I don't know what that

  • What's happening chief?

  • You gotta talk like that.

  • You gotta talk like that when you talk

  • like Tracey Morgan.

  • You gotta make that face too.

  • - [Cynthia] Oh my.

  • (screaming)

  • - At Chilligan's island, man.

  • - [Cynthia] Okay, yeah great

  • - [Jameer] One of the, look

  • the physical aspect, the physical comedy

  • - [Cynthia] Yes, yes.

  • - Turned all the way up in season three.

  • - Yes jay, yes jay

  • - I'm just letting you know.

  • (upbeat jazz music)

  • - So we just watched "Martin"

  • just finished it, how you feel?

  • Right after, give me a

  • your point of view

  • - I really loved it, I loved the

  • first couple of seasons.

  • At the end you could see, you know,

  • like the demise and creativity and the

  • you know, the energy with

  • the cast

  • - Yeah.

  • - Changed dramatically.

  • In the first couple of seasons it was like

  • really hype and special,

  • and then it