After last week’s dramatic episode, Vince and Tamar continue to recover from his sudden hospitalization. Meanwhile, Trina is getting ready for her big show in New Orleans and Mamma Braxton has some exciting news!
While visiting Towanda at her new house, Evelyn confides to her daughter that, yes, Doc has proposed! Naturally, Evelyn accepted… in her own way. BFVQuotes: “I said, ‘Well, OK. It sounds good to me.’ He got the point!” While Towanda isn’t entirely sure that her mama is ready to tie the knot, an excited Evelyn assures her baby girl that Doc is a good guy. (After 10 years of being single?! I’d say she’s more than ready.)
In New York, Vince has come out of his coma and has been released from the hospital. Because he is having trouble walking and may have to deal with future complications, the couple must remain in NYC for the time being. When her family flies in to New York to check on Tamar and Vince, Tamar admits she was upset they weren’t there when he woke up from his coma. It was the most frightened she has ever been, and she felt completely alone for an entire month. The women defend themselves, because they do have their own lives and can’t always be around when something goes wrong. The ladies leave an upset Tamar to go shopping, except for Towanda, who sticks around. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to have to side with Tamar on this one.
As Trina packs for a show in New Orleans, she is bubbling over with excitement at performing her solo material for the first time ever, and during her birthday weekend! Naturally, her and Gabe get into an argument over her leaving him and the kids for a few days. He cheated, then she cheated, then he cheated. When are these two going to head to Splitsville for good… seriously? It’s painful to watch.
Over lunch in NYC, Tamar tells Towanda that she longs to go home to LA, but she can’t until Vince’s health improves and he is cleared to fly. BFVQuotes: “Now that he’s out of the hospital, we’re in this apartment until he is able to fly back home… which could be weeks or even another month stuck here in miserable-ass New York City.” Tamar confesses that they have not one, but two apartments because she has accumulated so much stuff, thanks to an exorbitant amount of retail therapy. We’re talking furniture, clothes, shoes, handbags, even three flat-screen TVs. Towanda (bless her heart!) offers to help return a lot of this stuff while Tamar takes Vince to his doctor’s appointment. BFVQuotes: “I just got done being Toni Braxton’s assistant, and I am not about to be Tamar Braxton’s assistant. Hell no. But I am going to go ahead and help her with a few things, and then I am gonna take me a trip to a galaxy far, far away from this mess.”
At Tamar’s temporary apartment, Towanda compares the mess to an episode of Hoarders. (C’mon, Towanda. It’s not that bad!) When Tamar starts rambling, Towanda worries that her sister has officially gone over the edge. At this point, I’m kinda worried, too! BFVQuotes: “I’m just tryin’ to be a good wife, and I just don’t understand what’s goin’ on in my life right now. I just went to TJ Maxx and all these stores to buy, like, home goods sh*t, and, you know, and we don’t have a home!”
Meanwhile, on the way to NoLa, Trina expresses her anxiety at finally performing her original songs to a live audience. Once the band arrives to the wedding reception gig, Trina’s anxiety turns into full-on stage fright. Despite her fears, the pop songs are well received, and Trina even pulls out some Britney Spears-like dance moves! I’m impressed… what do y’all think? BFVQuotes: “I was up there on the stage, and the band was hot. The people were dancin’ like crazy. But 275 uncoordinated white people in the crowd… I think it just really threw me off. I feel like I could have done a better job.” Um, if this white girl had been dancing, it would have been a different story. Just sayin’.
After the show, a disappointed Trina and her band head to Bourbon Street for a boozylicious birthday celebration. Trina admits that she doesn’t get much support from her family and that her band is currently her only safety net. Boo hoo, Trina.
In NYC, the doctor is happy with Vince’s progress, but he still needs to wait two weeks to travel home to Los Angeles. It is revealed he has a genetic abnormality that makes him form clots more than other people, which is something he will need to live with for the rest of his life. When Tamar hears this, she inquires about having children. BFVQuotes: “Since he has a genetic situation going on, is there something we can do? Would it make the child at risk more if we have Popsicle babies?” The doctor also suggests that Tamar’s irrational behavior could be a symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that she should talk to a therapist. (Um, calling Dr. Sherry!)
Over dinner in New York at Ben Benson’s Steakhouse, Evelyn gathers the girls (and brother Michael on speaker phone) to reveal her exciting news — she’s getting married to Doc! BFVQuotes: “I know it’s a shock for my kids for me to get remarried, but when the time is right, and the man is right, let’s go for it.”
Tamar later visits holistic psychotherapist Marcy Cole Ph.D and she leaves the appointment feeling much, much better. BFVQuotes: “My family is always on my case that I think about myself too much. But now I’ve got medical orders that I need to focus on myself. I think this may be my favorite doctor’s visit ever.”
Your thoughts — is Evelyn really ready for marriage? What, if anything, makes someone ready for such a commitment? And what does Tamar need to do in order to deal with her PTSD? Comment!