The sisters enter a very rocky part of their relationship, and struggle to agree on anything. In the meantime, Warryn works on the sisters’ new track, and Mama Campbell plans Erica’s baby shower.
The sisters are at Fever Studios with Warryn recording a new single to present to Sony Records. MMQuote: “I want to still keep that momentum going and make some more records.” It is very important that the sisters keep the fans interested in their music since Erica will be giving birth soon, and Tina has a baby on the way. MMQuote: “I want this joint to be monumental on the dance floor.” Enter Ma$e. WE all remember him as the rapper who rode with Diddy and Bad Boy Records, and then left the limelight to become a preacher, so WE are glad to see him back in action. MMQuote: “He found God, or should I say God found him. So, it makes perfect sense for us to get in the studio with him and create some hot music.” As soon as Ma$e gets on the mic, his flow is on point and WE know the sisters will have a hit on their hands (but, this better happen soon with only 10 days left until their Sony meeting). However, Tina doesn’t agree the sisters should rush to release a hit, MMQuote: “I think it’s smart to delay the record” and this results in another argument. Even with Ma$e backing up Warryn and Erica, Tina is still not listening. MMQuote: “She is who she is. I can either accept it or deal with it, or we just won’t be a group anymore.” MMQuote: “Erica and Tina have got to figure this out, because if they don’t I am not sure what the outcome is going to be.”
Sandra (Warryn’s mom), Goo and Alana head to Hotcakes Bakery to discuss all things sweet for Erica’s upcoming baby shower. Everyone loves the cake tasting, especially Goo. MMQuote: “Oh my God, yes! That sounded like something else.” WE love Goo!
Back at Fever Studios, Alana visits Tina and Erica to talk about the baby shower. Unfortunately, it looks like Tina wasn’t aware that she was not planning the baby shower. MMQuote: “We’re gonna let you live.” MMQuote: “You don’t want a last minute, thrown together baby shower is what you’re saying?” It would be nice if Erica acted like she would have at least wanted Tina to organize the shower, but WE’ll let that slide.
Tina meets up with Honey to discuss all the pressure she is under. MMQuote: “I feel like I’m busy keeping up with my life, not living it.” Honey thinks that Tina’s need for perfection is really becoming a problem, MMQuote: “She goes overboard a lot of times with some issues, and I know she hates it herself.” When Honey suggests getting more help around the house, Tina immediately goes on the defensive. WE understand she doesn’t want someone else raising her children, but sometimes a little help goes a long way. MMQuote: “Real talk! You was home, mama. You did this.” Tina’s value comes from what she does at home, not on the stage, so it is very difficult for her to sacrifice her time at home for her career. MMQuote: “I feel frickin overwhelmed all the time.” Honey raised 14 kids and refused to stop, so she knows Tina can handle this. MMQuote: “You’re the greatest, girl!” With her behavior starting to effect her kids actions and frustrations, Tina realizes she may need to go to a therapist for some help.
Erica and Honey spend the day together, and while they are having some mother-daughter time, Honey decides to fill Erica in on the conversation she had with Tina. MMQuote: “Sometimes I feel like, is this not really supposed to be? Maybe it’s time for me to move on from this group.” Honey thinks the girls need to work out their own issues with a third party, and Erica is not into the idea. Erica thinks Tina needs to come to some realizations about herself before they have any conversation. However, Honey does not think the blame should be put completely on Tina. MMQuote: “There are two sides to every story. Two sides and then the real side.” Erica thinks her and Tina need to come to some resolve, even if that means no more Mary Mary.
Tina takes the kids for frozen yogurt, and hopes to talk to Laiah about her frustrations with perfectionism. MMQuote: “She is really hard on herself for an eight year old. She’s her mama’s child.” Tina wants Laiah to realize she does not to be 100% perfect all the time. MMQuote: “I want you to work on telling yourself that you can, rather than get frustrated that you can’t.”
Erica and Tina decide to have a relaxing evening and concentrate on just being sisters, but Erica can’t help but bring up the conversation she had with Honey. Tina explains that her conversation with Honey was strictly about her, and had nothing to do with Mary Mary. Erica says she gets frustrated with Tina because, MMQuote: “We have differences of opinions in how we want to work.” Tina admits she feels pressured to agree to certain commitments. MMQuote: “Does that mean I do more solo stuff?” Tina doesn’t want Mary Mary to break up, but if that is what has to happen, than that’s it. These sisters need to be on the same page! Luckily, Erica agrees to go to therapy to try and make this right.
Tina and Erica finally go to therapy. MMQuote: “I’m not surprised we are here.” When the therapist asks why the sisters are at therapy, Tina and Erica discuss how they have different views on situations and different work styles. Tina does not feel that time off will cause you to become irrelevant, but Erica obviously disagrees. It’s clear the sisters have completely different work ethics, and Erica’s work ethic is to be working 24/7. The sisters either need to get over their problems, or move on. MMQuote: “If I can’t sprinkle it with sugar and spice, it will be sprinkled with salt and it’s going to be sour.” The sisters do feel that their sisterly relationship is the most important, and it is easy to see they want to continue their journey together. Tina and Erica realize the way Erica feels about work is the same way Tina feels about parenting; since God gave them their blessings, they need not say no. The sisters are able to use the strength and drive they learned in Englewood, CA to move forward. The sisters need to go back to their roots!
As the sisters drive around Englewood, they are able to remember the good memories they had and how far they have come. MMQuote: “I didn’t expect to feel all the things that I felt. I didn’t expect to remember and connect back to all the things that helped us build and make us who we are. But I did.” As the sisters visit their old church, they remember the dedication they learned there. MMQuote: “Family man. Family.” All these memories make the sisters realize they need to fight to stay together and stay committed.
It’s shower day and it’s carousel themed. Erica arrives with the family in toe. MMQuote: “Mama Campbell outdid herself.” WE agree, Erica. Zaya is very lucky to have a grandma who can arrange that kind of party to welcome her into the world (and Erica is lucky to have that kind of mother-in-law!). Tina takes advantage of this special occasion, and begins to announce her pregnancy. MMQuote: “No one’s stealing her shine. These are all my people. These are all my friends.” Tina is right… it’s the secret she keeps on telling. But, I’m sure if WE had good news like that to share, we wouldn’t be able to keep it a secret either! Mama Campbell comes up with a very clever (and appropriate) shower game. Each group must create a song about Zaya, and perform for the whole party. This is hysterical! Unfortunately, not everyone in attendance can create hits like Mary Mary, but all the renditions are awesome! We would not expect anything less than the attendees at a Mary Mary shower. MMQuote: “Brilliant! I loved it.”
As always, Mary Mary is back in the studios finalizing their single with Ma$e, but Warryn is concerned he can’t quite get it right. Something is missing. MMQuote: “This is dope. That’s dope. But everything together is not flowing.” With this single and “Go Get it” not finalized, Warryn still doesn’t know which single he will give to Mitchell to present to Sony in New York.
Will Warryn finish “Go Get It” in time to present to Sony? Will the sisters finally move past all the arguing to become a stronger, more unified Mary Mary? Will Goo and Mitchell ever put aside their differences to co-exist on Team Mary Mary? Let us know your thoughts!
With Erica and the baby doing well, the sisters work on recording their new single, “Go Get It” with Warryn. With a tight deadline fast approaching, the sisters need to hit the ground running.
The sisters meet with Mitch to talk about their new single and their possible Grammy nomination. With the loyalty of fans in question after the cancelation of the tour, the sisters need a hit song. MMQuote: “The only thing that is going to cure this, is a hit. Hit songs cure cancer.” The sisters then discuss their upcoming schedule. Tina and Erica are being honored by their childhood church in Englewood, CA with an honorary doctorate. However, Tina has double booked herself with Meelah’s performance at her pre-school, and Erica feels like Tina is being inconsiderate of her time. MMQuote: “That’s being inconsiderate of my time if I have to wait on you.” Quick to defuse a fight, Mitch ends the conversation.
In the studio, Warryn is eager to finish the song and have DJ Fuzzy (who’s opinion is the end all be all in the music industry) take a listen. MMQuote: “We don’t write the songs. God writes the songs. We take dictation.” While recording their new single, “Go Get It” Warryn is producing the sisters and pushing them to their vocal best. With Fuzzy expecting to hear the song soon, the duo is pressed for time. With Tina struggling to hit her notes, Warryn and Erica express their frustration. MMQuote: “That was not your time.” MMQuote: “Tina it’s your time… to get it right.” Warryn looks concerned and disappointed by the sisters’ performance, and this concern increases when Tina says she needs to leave. MMQuote: “I want to work hard Warryn, but vocally, that is not going to happen unless I sleep.” With everyone growing impatient to finish the song, Warryn puts it in perspective, MMQuote: “One of the elements we don’t have is time.” If DJ Fuzzy doesn’t hear the song within this timeframe, the sisters can lose out on a lot of opportunities.
When Erica returns home, she has a talk with her sister/nanny Alana about Tina and the lack of work they accomplish. MMQuote: “If I can work pregnant, then the qualms she has can be pushed aside.” With Tina and Erica having separate work ethics, Erica admits that she sometimes does not want to be part of the group. However, God put them together and they need to tough it out.
The whole Campbell/Atkins crew gets together for a big family dinner, and takes this opportunity to pick on Alana’s boyfriend, Des. It’s all in good fun though, especially when Warryn says he would like Des to move in so he can be watched. When Warryn calls a mini pow-wow at dinner, he tells the girls they need to get back into the studio bright and early the next morning. MMQuote: “Let’s have family day, not Mary Mary day.” With Tina wanting to regroup over the phone first rather than heading to the studio, Warryn pushes to have both sisters in the studio bright and early so they can get the single finished and ready for Fuzzy.
Breaking up all the back and forth about “Go Get It”, Des confides in Erica that he is going to propose to Alana on “family game night”. Erica wants to make this proposal the most special and romantic proposal ever, and is so excited to be in on the secret.
With Erica and Warryn sitting in the studio waiting for Tina, WE are starting to wonder if this single will be finished in time. When Tina arrives bearing cupcakes, the sisters go into the studio and go to work. Refreshed and rejuvenated, the sisters are on FIRE. MMQuote: “I believe we are doing our good singing today. Check us out.” After the sisters knock the song out of the park, Mitch calls with news on their Grammy nomination. The sisters have been nominated for two Grammys, Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song! MMQuote: “God is a good God.” MMQuote: “Once you win a Grammy, now you’re a real artist.” MMQuote: “It raises the bar for what you do creatively, but it also raises the deals because people know you are a serious artist.”
It is time for “Family Game Night” and Alana’s proposal. The family is so excited to be able to share this moment with Alana and Des. As Des gets down on one knee, the whole family is peering through the shutters and screaming. As soon as Alana says yes, the whole Atkins clan breaks through the doors and runs outside. MMQuote: “It’s one more person coming into the fold… God gives the opportunity to love on the new person in the family.”
Finally, the sisters and Warryn go to visit Fuzzy at 106 FM’s studio. Now that the tour has been canceled, the song NEEDS to be a hit. This is where Fuzzy comes in, but he is looking less than impressed. MMQuote: “It looks like we’re crashing and burning right now.” As WE wait with bated breath for some indication that Fuzzy agrees with all of us that the track is HOT, he speaks! MMQuote: “Yo that goes.” Great poker face, DJ Fuzzy. WE were starting to break into a sweat waiting to hear what you thought!
Today is a busy day as Treiva tries to keep Erica and Tina on time for their honorary doctorate ceremony. With Tina having to go home and change after Meelah’s performance, it does not look like Tina is going to make it on time. MMQuote: “I’m frustrated to death and I don’t want these people to think that I don’t respect this great opportunity they are giving me.” With the church not being able to hold the ceremony and Tina not even close to arriving, Erica is feeling very disrespected. Tina finally arrives 30 minutes late, with the ceremony about to begin. MMQuote: “This is a good day, but I’m feeling real wrong right now.” MMQuote: “I can’t do Tina right now. I can’t talk to her, I don’t want to hear her excuses, I don’t want to hear anything she has to say, because nothing will be good enough.” Tina’s tardiness seems to be taking a toll on the group, and after receiving their honorary doctorate Erica is unsure if she will continue to put up with this.
Will the sisters get past this? Will Mary Mary win their 3rd (or 4th) Grammy? Let us know your thoughts!
With the cost of canceling the tour looming over everyone’s heads, Mitch tries to convince Goo she should take a cut like the rest of the team. Erica is still experiencing contractions, and Tina has a pregnancy issue of her own!
Mitchell meets with the sister to discuss the backlash of the canceled tour. MMQuote: “We absolutely love our fans, so canceling is a really, really big deal. I feel horrible about it because it’s all my fault.” With the main cause of the cancelation being Erica’s pregnancy issues, Mitch is quick to say, MMQuote: “This better be the last pregnancy.” Tina adds more fuel to the fire by telling Mitch she had been too busy to take her birth control, and she doesn’t know if she is currently pregnant as well. Poor Mitch’s jaw almost hits the table! With everyone concerned about the total loss, the team adjourns until the next day where Mitch will have final losses to discuss.
After already breaking the news to Mitchell, Tina decides to tell Teddy she may be pregnant. MMQuotes: “I don’t want more kids. I don’t.” Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Tina is not pregnant… yet!
Treiva and Mitch have spent all morning canceling the tour, and the marketers want to be compensated as well. If they don’t compensate the promoters, they may lose promotion for any future tours in the Mary Mary’s key markets. MMQuote: “I have to disappoint a lot of promoters today. My job really sucks.”
With final totals in, Mitch meets with the sisters to discuss the total loss the duo will incur. When the sisters ask for the good news first, Mitch drops the bomb. MMQuote: “I don’t have any.” With the loss of deposits, wardrobe, vendors, etc the total is around $250,000! With Erica seeing her sister’s reaction, she gets emotional and professes her apologies. MMQuote: “God is good. This don’t make or break our lives.” On the upside, the sisters are able to attend local charity events that were previously conflicting with their tour schedule. MMQuote: “Focus on the future. That’s all we’re gonna do.”
Erica and Honey work to clean the kitchen, and Honey is concerned Erica is overdoing it. With Erica going into the studio to record a blog, Honey thinks she is pushing herself for no reason. With Honey having to struggle so much when the kids were young, Erica inherited a huge work ethic. MMQuote: “I’m sure God is pleased, but he will be more pleased if you take care of yourself.” MMQuote: “You can come from nothing and still have a whole lot.” It’s clear that fans mean everything to Mary Mary, and they are the reason they work so hard. It is important to the sisters that they record this video blog so the fans can truly understand why they needed to cancel the tour. What a great way to thank the supportive fans, guys!
Mitch, Erica, Tina and Goo arrange a sit down to discuss an upcoming event and the financial situation. Before Tina and Erica arrive, Mitch asks that Goo take a reduction. MMQuote: “I am not taking no reduction. I work way too hard for them. Always over and beyond.” The sisters hear the arguing from outside the restaurant, and they immediately want to know what this conversation is about. Currently, Goo is the only member of the team that is not agreeing to take a reduction. MMQuote: “When you cut us, we all bleed Atkins. Tread lightly. I can rip my sister up, but you cannot.” With Goo having completely finished her styling jobs prior to the cancelation of the tour, the sisters will respect Goo’s wishes to not take a reduction. While this subject is hot, Goo brings up her wishes to be paid on retainer. MMQuote: “You ungrateful thing! What is wrong with you!?” With Goo not getting the answer she wants, she tells the sisters that either they pay her, or she is out the door. MMQuote: “Don’t be giving someone no ultimatum, because you can step and we can find someone else. So don’t go there.” With that, Goo walks out!
After this whole conversation hits a high note, Erica starts to experience intense contractions. The sisters jump in the car and head to Dr. Freedman’s office. With the possibility of premature labor being a huge factor, Erica asks what would be the situation if she goes into labor within the next week. MMQuote: “She would have to be in the newborn nursery for about 2 months.” As Dr. Freedman is about to start a test, Tina thinks it may be a good time to take a pregnancy test. While Warryn starts to break out into a sweat in the corner of the room after hearing the news, Erica questions her commitment to the group. MMQuote: “I do want to be in the group, but I do have to be in this marriage.” Now, Tina… could you have waited until after your sister was checked out before asking for the pregnancy test? Luckily, Erica’s test comes back normal and she is told to relax. With that, there is a knock at the door regarding some other test results. With a resounding “negative”, relief is quickly echoed throughout the room. Erica proceeds to asks for her “pregnant shine” back.
With Saturday’s event only a few days away, the girls need to know if Goo was serious about no longer being part of the team. MMQuote: “I’m done. If you can’t come up with a retainer, you’re not going to have Goo.” With Tina not willing to respond to Goo’s ultimatum, this looks like it’s not going to end well. Goo refuses to budge. MMQuote: “God Bless you!” MMQuote: “I don’t care who you are. You better be Jesus the Christ if you’re going to present me with an ultimatum cuz you ain’t need it like that!”
It is soon back to business, and the firedrill of the hour is finding something for Erica to wear. It seems like last minute requests are quite frequent with the duo, but this time Goo is busy with another client. Goo realizes that family comes first, and tells Erica she will be there soon. MMQuote: “They’re my sisters, and I want them to look great. I want them to shine.” While Erica waits on Goo’s arrival, Tina gets dressed. With Erica still in a tshirt, she thinks Tina should maybe be a little more understanding and sympathetic instead of strutting around in her cute clothes. While WE agree Erica may need a bit more sympathy, it’s still only about an hour until the event and these girls have to go! Thankfully, it’s Goo to the rescue, arriving with hangers full of clothes. When the subject turn to Mitchell, Goo seems to be a little less forgiving, but Tina provides her with advice she can take straight to the bank (literally). MMQuote: “Don’t mess up your sister relationship or your paycheck!”
With the girls in the limo, they are finally ready to go. Once arriving at the event, Goo is quick to make a bee line passed Mitch and sit down. With the two of them trying their best to avoid each other, WE think this event will go perfectly… or they’ll just continue to stare each other down. MMQuote: “If Mitchell and I are meant to get along, it is going to take a miracle only God can perform.” MMQuote: “I don’t think Goo and I will get passed this.”
Will the sisters be able to put out a new record? Will the sisters get the Grammy nomination? Will Goo and Mitchell be able to co-exist on Team Mary Mary? Let us know your thoughts!