The couple gives off no emotion remotely related to attraction. We hear them insinuate that they are in love, even pretend to genuinely care about flirting strangers and I might as well condemn myself to a lifetime of watching the Premier League before I find their romance believable. Behind Ike’s plastic smile is a fed-up brother with eyes that constantly scream unprintable words.

Away from the full-on display of luxury, the drama that only Mercy offers is something to look forward to . Mercy is a worthy onscreen subject because we know she’s a ticking time bomb.

So, in spite of its early flaws, hope is not lost. There might be some Mercy theatrics lurking around corner which means there is still ample time for the show to redeem itself.