Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, "The Haves and the Have Nots" is a drama series following the dynamics of the affluent Cryer family and the impoverished family of Hanna, their housekeeper, and the obstacles and secrets that exist within both families.
Amanda has Wyatt and Jeffery assist her with the move into her new apartment while Hanna is set-up on a blind date by Benny.
Benny prepares for his date by asking to borrow a car but is arrested and charged with drug possession after falling trap to someone's malicious intent. Amanda seduces her professor to raise her grade.
It is revealed to Hanna that Benny happened to be behind the wheel of Candace's car. David reveals how he participated in the set-up. Katheryn ends up having a bond with Hanna regarding their issues.
After all the issues going on around her, Amanda tries to commit suicide after an altercation with Candace sets her over the edge. Katheryn shames Candace directly after Jim reveals the affair.
Katheryn tells everyone that she is leaving for vacation but that information turns out to be false. Veronica agrees to work on Benny's case. Wyatt is shocked when a previous girlfriend shows up. Jim receives the news that Amanda and Candace have moved into an apartment together.
Jim and Candace end up in a verbal altercation. Amanda is in recovery while Katheryn might have to prepare for surgery. Wyatt receives another visitor from his past. After reviewing the case, Veronica questions Jim about some of the details. Amanda reveals a shocker to Candace, that she was raped.
Information is discovered by a detective that links Benny and Tony. Veronica continues to work toward answers for Benny's case. Laura is kept away from Wyatt by Jeffery.
Veronica collects enough evidence to send it off to David, which in turn exposes the conspiracy. Katheryn gets nervous when her secret almost goes public.
After her secret is reveled, Katheryn tells everyone what she really knows about Jim's secret activities. Jeffery finally discloses his love for Wyatt.
Jeffery tells his parents that he's gay. Hanna discloses that Tony is actually Benny's father. Candace informs Amanda that her parents are keeping her inheritance.
Wyatt is shocked to learn that his reckless driving while high is responsible for the death of a little girl and putting a man (Benny) in the hospital. Jim plans to orchestrate a cover-up—that is, if he can find the car, Jeffery's black sedan. Meanwhile, Jeffery observes some disturbing behavior from Amanda and tries to warn Candace about Amanda's mental state, divulging that she is bipolar and borderline schizophrenic. Amanda soon spirals out of control and begins stalking the professor that raped her. At the courthouse, Jim and David meet with their potential campaign manager, who shares with them the community's outrage about the hit-and-run accident. After she exits, David learns that the campaign is in jeopardy when Jim reveals that Wyatt was the perpetrator of the heinous crime. Across town at the county hospital, Hanna waits for Benny's prognosis. There, she runs into Tony and discovers that he is undergoing treatment for kidney failure and is looking for a donor.
At the Cryer mansion, Celine tries to destroy Hanna's reputation by lying to Katheryn and accusing Hanna of having a drinking problem. Katheryn catches Celine in her lie, however, and acknowledges that she used to be one of Jim's mistresses. Later, Katheryn and Veronica meet with Maggie Day, Jim and David's new campaign manager, to discuss a strategy for the gubernatorial campaign. Then, at the county hospital, Tony learns that Benny is in a vegetative state and tries to convince Hanna to pull him off life support. After she adamantly refuses, Tony informs Hanna that he's planning an emergency hearing to gain power of attorney with the intent of letting Benny die.
Jeffery begins to realize that Wyatt may be responsible for killing Lizzie, the little girl whose death has dominated the local news coverage, as well as for critically injuring Candace's brother, Benny. Wyatt begs Jeffery not to expose his secret, and Jeffery promises not to. At the courthouse, Candace tries to secure Amanda's inheritance, but her threats against Jim fall on deaf ears. Will she go to the press with her story? Later, Maggie tells Jim to wait to announce his candidacy for governor, and urges him and David to attend Lizzie's funeral to help subdue public outrage over the girl's death. Jim agrees to go while keeping his secret that Lizzie was killed by his own son, Wyatt. Finally, Jeffery tells Candace that Benny—whom she has been anxiously trying to reach but to no avail—was hit by the same driver that killed Lizzie, and she rushes to the county hospital to find her brother.
Jeffery tells Wyatt that the man he hit is Hanna's son. Elsewhere, Candace finds out that Benny is in the county hospital and that the doctors want to take him off life support, so she begs Jim to move him to a private hospital. Meanwhile, Katheryn is buckling under the guilt of Wyatt's crime, and Veronica decides not to tell the Cryers about the location of Jeffery's car—the black sedan Wyatt drove when he critically injured Benny and killed a little girl. Finally, Amanda, who has been exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior, asks Jeffery where she can buy a gun.
Jim does everything in his power to keep Wyatt from going to jail. Tony confronts Hanna and serves her with court papers.
Amanda gets revenge on the professor by sneaking into his bedroom and insulting him. Meanwhile, Candace represents Hanna in her continuing fight to keep Benny on life support.
. As Maggie prepares Jim to run for governor, she warns him not to withhold information from her about his personal life that could damage the campaign. Meanwhile, Veronica, who is concerned about the image of her family under the spotlight of the gubernatorial run, gives Jeffery an ultimatum about concealing his sexual orientation. However, despite his reluctant acceptance to adopt his mother's code of conduct, Jeffery goes on a surprise date with Landon, a man he met at a gay bar. Later, Maggie presents Katheryn and Veronica with a plan to eliminate Candace as a problem once and for all. Will they have the stomach to do what their husbands' campaign manager is asking of them? Finally, Tony wins his case to have Benny taken off life support.
Tony is ecstatic when the judge ends up ruling in his favor. Hanna has to beg Tony to keep Benny on life support.
Maggie, Jim and David hold a gathering at campaign headquarters, and when Jeffery arrives, he is surprised to find that his new love interest, Landon, is the publicist for the campaign. However, things really heat up when Candace crashes the party and tries to extort money from the Cryers. Fed up with her games, Jim sets a plan in motion to end her meddling for good. Meanwhile, Hanna sits in jail, mourning the loss of her son. She learns that Tony had her arrested, accusing her of moving Benny without power of attorney. Hanna is confused by this accusation until a conversation with Katheryn reveals that she had Benny moved to a private hospital. As they talk, Katheryn learns of Hanna's incarceration and pulls some strings to get her out. Unfortunately, Hanna has already named Wyatt as the hit-and-run driver the police have been looking for, and Katheryn's son is arrested. Finally, Amanda exacts her revenge on professor Cannon by stabbing him in the back during his afternoon jog.
As Katheryn is helping Hanna get out of jail, Wyatt is arrested for the hit-and-run of a little girl and Benny. Katheryn is devastated to learn that Hanna turned Wyatt in, but Hanna tells her that she will not sacrifice Benny for Wyatt, no matter how much Katheryn's helped him. Furious, Jim tells Hanna that he will not be accepting her apology when she discovers she's wrong about Wyatt being the hit-and-run driver. After some thought, though, Katheryn tells Jim that they should just let Wyatt pay for what he's done instead of protecting him. Then, after a dramatic day at the campaign office, David and Veronica continue to disagree about Jeffery's sexual orientation, and Jeffery still struggles with his own identity. Elsewhere, Candace realizes that she is in a fight for her life when she is given an ultimatum by her captors. Meanwhile, Hanna is given hope at Mercy Hospital when Benny's new doctor tells her that her son is demonstrating slight brain activity.
In the wake of Wyatt's arrest, Jim is confronted by the district attorney, Jennifer Sallison, and learns that Wyatt has confessed to the hit-and-run. To make matters worse for the Cryers, the DA vows to come after Jim next. At Mercy Hospital, Hanna meets Darlene, a concerned nurse and former classmate of Benny's. Dr. Bailor also gives Hanna some hopeful news: He thinks Benny may not need the ventilator anymore. Elsewhere, Jeffery confronts Veronica about Wyatt's arrest, but Veronica only continues to push her agenda by forcing Jeffery to go on a date with a young woman. Meanwhile, Candace is at the mercy of the Malones and is forced to come clean about not being pregnant to save herself from a forced abortion. Later, Amanda buys a gun from a pawnshop and asks the clerk some loaded questions about shooting professors. Finally, much to Maggie's surprise and chagrin, Jim holds a press conference and announces that he has been part of a cover-up.
During a citywide press conference, Jim proclaims his son's innocence of the heinous double hit-and-run that killed a little girl and left Benny in critical condition. He declares that on the night in question, Wyatt did hit someone, a man named Donald (a paid prop), whom Jim introduces to the public. The gubernatorial candidate professes to have settled with Donald out of court, the actions of a loving, if misguided, father. Meanwhile, Hanna gets a frightful visit from Quincy as he searches for Candace. Later, at the hospital, she gets another unwelcome guest—Tony has finally found where Benny is being treated and demands that he be taken off life support. Elsewhere, Amanda continues to hint at murdering her parents, causing a worried Jeffery to reiterate his concerns to Katheryn. Across town, Jim gets Wyatt out of jail and brings him home. And, Candace is still tied up in the Malones' basement and must endure Rose's threats of a terrible fate.
Katheryn panics when she discovers that Amanda has left the estate with a strange man. At campaign headquarters, a suspicious new staffer named Carlos joins the Cryer campaign. Later, Jim tells David that Wyatt will be rearrested at some point and also updates him on Candace. David assures Jim that Veronica is holding on to the car to manipulate Jeffery but won't hand it over to the police. At Jeffery's apartment, he and Melissa have an awkward conversation when he returns home the day after their date. Tensions rise when Candace shows up asking Jeffery to let her hide out at his place until things cool off. At the Cryer mansion, Amanda invites her new boyfriend, Quincy, to dinner for dubious reasons. Then, District Attorney Jennifer Sallison arrives to rearrest Wyatt based on Hanna's testimony, but Jim refuses to surrender his son and warns Jennifer to quit while she's ahead. Then, Tony visits Hanna's house at Benny's request, and Candace drops a bombshell on her mother and brother.
Just as Wyatt is about to be rearrested by District Attorney Jennifer Sallison and the police in the Cryer home, a news report comes on the television about the infamous hit-and-run that killed a local girl: A man named Norman Hewens has turned himself in for the crime, seemingly clearing Wyatt's name. Jim has played his ace in the hole, and the DA and the police leave empty-handed, foiled again. Meanwhile, Benny must play mediator between his mother and his sister after Candace reveals the horrible fate that befell her son. Later, Amanda has a session with a psychiatrist and expresses her frustration with her family. Then, Jim gets a visit from Celine's son, Carlos, who levels the would-be governor with a stunning disclosure: Jim is his father.
After Carlos confronts Jim about abandoning him as a child, Jim has it out with Celine and orders Maggie to fire the new intern. Then, Veronica arrives at campaign headquarters to speak with David and issue a few threats to Maggie. Sparks fly at Katheryn's dinner party when David sees Jeffery with Melissa. Although David encourages Jeffery to be himself, Veronica still has Jeffery under her thumb. The party takes a turn for the worse, though, when Quincy shows up and confronts Jim about sleeping with Candace, and the situation turns violent. As he leaves, Quincy reveals to Amanda that Jim had had an affair with Candace. Later that night, Maggie propositions David again and leaves the door that adjoins their rooms unlocked. This time, David walks through the door. Back at the Cryer mansion, a gang of thugs kidnaps Jim as part of Candace's revenge plot. In the closing moments of the finale, Amanda finally acts on her homicidal urges and shoots someone in the Cryer house.
As Judge Jim Cryer comes home early to attend his surprise 50th birthday party, he discovers that his mistress, Candace, has befriended his daughter, Amanda, and is attending his family dinner. Jim is completely unsettled when he realizes that Candace will be staying with them for the weekend.
Wyatt's role in putting Benny into the hospital is revealed by Katheryn.
Candace tries to acquire information about Quincy.
Warlock alters the conditions of his agreement.
Veronica tries to escape the Cryer Mansion. Jeffery is still trying to get a hold of Candace. Benny is still upset because of how Candace Mortgaged his house and the tow yard.
Veronica and Katheryn have a fight. Benny holds hope that Candace will come through with the money.
Veronica is still trying to escape Katheryn's mansion. Erica called Candace to give her an update on things with David.
Veronica wants to meet with Candace and Jeffery. Jim helps Katheryn clean up a mess she has created.
Veronica brilliantly discovers a way to get Candace and Jeffery out of a precarious predicament.
Veronica pays Erica a visit. Candace encounters Oscar again. Quit'a finds Wyatt's place and tells him that she's going to take his money.
Veronica lets Jim know that if anything happens to her she has dirt on him. Hanna questions Benny and Candace about what they did to Quincy.
Veronica planted a camera in those flowers she delivered to Erica. Hanna does all she can to keep the peace in her family.
Veronica tells Justin to stay away from Jeffery. Candace makes Charles her latest Mark.
Veronica is pushing Jeffery's buttons. Erica is caught sleeping with David by War.
Veronica tries to seduce Benny. Warlock looks for Candace, Mitch returns from jail. Katheryn leaves Jim, Wyatt checks himself into rehab of his own volition.
Veronica goes in a rage after Melissa attempts suicide in her bed. In the aftermath of the shootout it is revealed that Quincy Jr is dead.
Veronica and Katheryn came face-to-face. Katheryn was able to be the friend that Hanna needed in comfort; Mama Rose inflict a bit of fear into Jim Cryer.
Veronica intervened and proved her skills by representing Benny, Jim taunted Veronica, Hanna found herself at Katheryn's new rental home.
Veronica threatens to reveal Officer Justin's secret and accuses him of sexually harassing Jeffrey. David and Jim find their sons. Charles reveals to Candace who he really is.
Veronica visits Melissa at the hospital. Katheryn helps Hanna deal with Benny's situation. Wyatt gets released from the hospital. Charles beats Candace at her own game.
Veronica tried to confront Erica and David on the elevator about their relationship. Landon tries to warn Charles about Candace. Jeffrey meets up with Landon.
Veronica catches Officer Justin in Jeffrey's hotel room, and records Officer Justin. Jim is trying to find Warlock before Mamma Rose does.
Veronica is confronted by Officer Justin. Candace starts to see Erica for who she truly is. Candace gets some devastating news.
Veronica tells Landon to stay away her son. Jim is shocked to see that his house is on fire. Candace ask Mitch for a favor. Warlock gets caught in a deadly trap.
Veronica makes Melissa clean her blood out of her bed. Jim and Katheryn implode with emotion. Jim confronts Katheryn, and begs her for retribution.
Veronica gives Jeffrey and Officer Justin an ultimatum. Candace and Benny are at odds with each other. David tells Jeffrey to stay away from Veronica.
Hanna is in mourning after a deadly shooting. Candace rejects Benny's pleas to help her. Veronica and Melissa find themselves in a dangerous situation.
Benny and Mitch risk their lives to save victims of a horrific auto accident; Justin professes his love and lust for Jeffery.
Justin continues his pursuit of Jeffery; Candace and Benny fight to keep their strong brother/sister relationship.
Veronica returns home after a stay in the hospital; Candace and Jeffrey 's secret crime begins to catch up with them; Hanna meets a new man.
Candace gets released from jail while David fights to get Jeffrey out of jail.
Sarah and George make progress in prosecuting the Cryers; Veronica concocts a scheme against David.
David fights to save his son Jeffery; Charles yearns to see Candace.
Candace works on a new plan to recoup her money from the Cryers; Veronica is preoccupied by an all-consuming desire for revenge.
Veronica lets it be known that she is the only queen in the kingdom; Candace reverts to old ways.
Candace enacts her new money scheme like a boss.
Wyatt once again finds himself in a life-threatening situation.
Wyatt learns just how much trouble drugs can get one into.
Benny wants to return the money to the Malone's but discovers it's not that simple.
Officer Justin shows Jeffery just how serious he is about being with him.
David is pushed to a point by Veronica that he didn't know he had.
Charles learns that Landon may have ulterior motives.
After being pushed to the limit Veronica finally gets her revenge.
David learns Erica's fate while being rushed to the hospital; the truth about Uncle Vinny's accident comes out, and the Malones now have a new target.
While David is the hospital, Veronica gets a shock of her own.
Veronica tries to convince RK to do some of her dirty work.
Candace's plan begins to unravel as Benny discovers what she did to Hanna.
Jim tries to save Wyatt from jail, and Jeffrey deals with an unexpected guest.