What happened between Dana Sue and Ronnie on Sweet Magnolias?

Sweet Magnolias. (L to R) Brandon Quinn as Ronnie Sullivan, Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan in episode 210 of Sweet Magnolias. Cr. Steve Swisher/Netflix © 2021
Sweet Magnolias. (L to R) Brandon Quinn as Ronnie Sullivan, Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan in episode 210 of Sweet Magnolias. Cr. Steve Swisher/Netflix © 2021 /
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One of the many things to love about Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias is the show’s many wonderful and unique relationships. From its friendships to its romances, the show is filled with several incredible dynamics.

Among the show’s more complicated relationships is the one between Dana Sue and Ronnie. While the two share a daughter together and remained married, the pair are far from on good terms in season 1 and it isn’t until the season 1 finale when Dana Sue calls Ronnie for help saving her restaurant that we actually get the chance to meet the character for the first time.

Warning: The following post contains Sweet Magnolias season 2 spoilers. 

As expected, Ronnie plays a larger role in season 2 after making his way back to town and it doesn’t take long for Ronnie to make a play for Dana Sue’s affections in hopes of mending fences.

Across the season, Ronnie makes it clear that he wants a second chance with Dana Sue but what exactly is the backstory behind the couple?

Why did Dana Sue and Ronnie break up in Sweet Magnolias?

If you’re watching season 2 and wondering where things went south for Dana Sue and Ronnie, you’re likely not alone as the mystery is one that is on the minds of many fans. While it’s made clear that Ronnie hurt Dana Sue with his past actions, the only backstory given in season 1 was that Ronnie cheated on her leading to their break up.

Fortunately, we finally learn more about the incident that caused the rift between Dana Sue and Ronnie in the ninth episode of Sweet Magnolias season 2. So what exactly is the full story?

Before his separation from Dana Sue, Ronnie had a problem with alcohol. One night, he enjoyed a bit too much whiskey and cheated on Dana Sue with an unnamed woman. This was the event that led Dana Sue to break up with Ronnie and was the reason the pair were estranged in season 1.

Sweet Magnolias season 2 is streaming now on Netflix. 

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