While the sisters get ready to embark on a 10 city, 18 day tour, Erica starts to realize the stress she is putting on herself and her unborn baby. Between the stress of the tour and her concern for her sister, Tina attempts to make strides to regain her fit and trim body.
As the sisters attend a fitting with Goo, you start to see the difficulties the women run into when preparing for a tour. MMQuote: “The problem with the girls is they want to look current, and they deserve to look current and a lot of the time the current trends are a little risqué.” While one slips on a sequin top and the other one steps into a tight skirt, the girls bicker about each other’s outfit like true sisters would. MMQuote: “It’s kinda got a tube top vibe.” MMQuote: “Nobody said nothing to you… in your R&B skirt! That skirt ain’t say nothing about the Lord!” WE love seeing this typical sisterly dynamic. Who doesn’t argue with their sister about what they’re wearing?
As Mitch enters (and quickly becomes the fun snatcher of the group), he is quick to comment on Tina’s outfit. MMQuote: “I have told Tina about her weight. There can’t be two fat Marys. We can’t have two tons of fun.” As Mitch questions Goo about the clothing options, Tina’s weight becomes a larger issue due to availability of sizes. MMQuote: “This fitting issue is becoming a problem. And we have to address it.” As Mitch clears the room with only Tina remaining, he becomes visibly uncomfortable. WE don’t blame you, Mitch. WE would not want to broach that subject with anyone either! MMQuote: “I can’t think of a more uncomfortable conversation to have. I’d rather have my fingernails pulled out one by one, than talk to Tina Campbell about her weight.” As the conversation reaches an all new level of uncomfortable, Tina starts to realize that she may have let herself go.
To add more fuel to the fire, Tina is subject to a little fashion advice by Teddy while she cooks the family breakfast in a frequently worn outfit. MMQuote: “It will look ok for the first day, but the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth day… not so much.” Perhaps it was the conversation with Mitchel’, or because no man should ever comment on a woman’s outfit while she is cooking you a hot breakfast, but Tina is quick to shut it down. MMQuote: “When it’s gorgeous time, Imma be gorgeous!” Teddy is quick to back pedal, clarifying that while it would be nice for Tina to mix the grits while wearing heels, it is not exactly what he wants.
After some prodding, Erica shows up to the rehearsal she scheduled with much resistance. Exhaustion and stress has really taken its toll on the group, and both sisters seem to be taking it out on each other. MMQuote: “I want to put an ad out for another Mary, cuz I’m done.” After hashing out their differences, the sisters are able to joke around and get back on track.
While playing with the kids, Erica has a bad contraction and tells Alana to call Warryn and tell him to meet her at the doctors. At West Hills Hospital, Erica describes her symptoms to Dr. Freedman. After an ultrasound, Dr. Freedman says her cervix is getting thinner, and the baby is effaced. MMQuote: “Realistically, you have to think of avoiding the possibility of prematurity.” MMQuote: “I hear what Dr. Freedman is saying, but I can’t cancel. I can’t cancel.” Warryn shares Erica’s reservations about canceling the tour date, but is concerned for his child as well.
Tina starts to get back into shape with the help of her personal trainer, Scott. MMQuote: “I’m a mess. I cannot believe I allowed myself to gain all this weight cuz I lost my discipline this year.” This looks like a hard core workout, but thankfully Scott is from the south and understands Tina wants to keep her hips.
When Tina and Erica meet with Goo to go over wardrobe again, Erica breaks the news to Tina about her urged bed rest and the possibility of a canceled tour. As Erica pushes to convince everyone she is ready to go on tour, Tina continues to try and talk some sense into her sister. MMQuote: “It would be horrible to cancel, but it would be more horrible to endanger your health and the baby’s health.”
As a united front, the sisters schedule an impromptu meeting with Mitch to discuss the reality of the situation. However, once they get to Mitch’s, it looks like its Mitch/Erica vs. Tina. MMQuote: “The net is going to be dramatically reduced if we don’t do all the shows. This is going to be an incredibly costly mistake.” WE get you are looking at the bottom line, Mitch, but could you be a little bit more compassionate? And, as Tina tries to pull the “I told you so” card from a month prior, Erica flips. MMQuote: “You ain’t a doctor! I’m supposed to listen to you?” MMQuote: “When I tell them I have to cancel, everyone is going off.” They need to make a decision in 24 hours.
When Erica confides in Warryn to help her make a decision, he is wrestling with the decision as well, but is leaning toward Erica slowing down and being more mature about the situation. When discussing the money situation, Warryn sheds some light on the subject. MMQuote: “What is that going to mean if the baby comes early? What’s the most important thing? You should do the best thing for our baby.”
As Tina and Andrew wait for Erica to arrive at the studio to rehearse the choreography, Tina fills Andrew in on the situation. When Erica arrives, she wants to speak her peace. Between rest and more contractions, Erica is still not feeling well. MMQuote: “That baby is running you!” With Tina expressing the reality of premature birth and the hopeless feeling that comes with it, Erica starts to realize that everyone’s concern is actually warranted. MMQuote: “Why didn’t I cancel the tour earlier? Because my ego got in the way.”
The sisters make the decision to cancel the tour, and leave it up to Mitch to deal with the repercussions. Erica chooses to be the one to break the news, but after Erica beats around the bush for a bit, Tina drops the bomb from the background. Mitch raises a good point that loyal fans of 10+ years will be more concerned about their health than the cancellation of a tour.
Erica gets to be home with Warryn and the kids, and everyone is ecstatic. There is screaming and smiles and rejoicing. It is sweet to see how close of a family they are.
Will the sisters recover financially? Will Goo take less money due to the cancellation of the tour? Will Erica go into pre-mature labor? Let us know what you think!