After Gabe proved to Trina he was willing to do what it took to win back her trust and her heart, Trina allowed him to move back into the house. While Trina is packing for Canada, she goes through all the loose ends Gabe will need to tie up in her absence, including looking after the kids. It seems like Gabe and Trina have made quite a comfortable life for the two boys. BFVQuote: “What is he gonna do? ‘Oh, my mom will pick you up at 7.’ That ain’t hot!”
The sisters arrive on the set of Toni’s movie in Vancouver, Canada, while Vince stays back at the hotel to get some work done. Does this still count as Velcro? BFVQuote: “I’m just here for some sister time and some mommy time, and that’s it!” When the girls get to Toni’s trailer, they immediately ask her about the stank smell outside. Because she is on set with fields of berries surrounding her, the smell of manure is overwhelming. BFVQuote: “That’s not blueberry, that’s poopberry.” With the smell being a major deterrent, it doesn’t look like the sisters will give in to Toni’s plan to go blueberry picking. BFVQuote: “No, Ton. That’s stinkerization.”
Toni shows the sisters around set, and introduces them to the crew. BFVQuote: “When you see your family and they’re all on one accord, that’s the greatest thing in the world.” It looks like the sisters are really on their best behavior, and are trying their hardest to get along. The church set even reminds the sisters of their father’s first church when he was a minister. As they starts dancing in the pews of the church, they are immediately transported back to their childhood.
While Toni is working on the movie, the sisters will be checking out the sites and bonding with nature. They start with a 450 foot suspended bridge that is 230+ ft in the air. Someone really should have warned Tamar about this before the start of the tour. BFVQuote: “Everyone knows that is not my tszuj. She don’t do that.” It looks like Tamar is about to lose her dang mind, and quickly bolts in the same direction she just came from. BFVQuote: “She doesn’t have time to be losing her life or cracking this face because the girls want to walk across some damn bridge.” The girls make it across the bridge only to be rewarded by a view of more trees. BFVQuote: “Where is my reward? Where’s my glass of wine? There is no rain forest bar or something around here?” Next is the cliff walk. This day of outdoor adventure is turning into a day of outdoor complaining. Tamar refuses to do the cliff walk at the first mention of “cliff” despite the coaxing and convincing of the girls and the tour guide. BFVQuote: “Let’s go to drinks. Let’s go to Neiman’s. This is not funners.” At least the sisters can have a good time and break into random song when the mention of a “fertile tree” comes into play.
We don’t get to see the argument between the sisters and Tamar, but it must have been really bad for Trina, Traci, and Towanda to pick up and leave. BFVQuote: “If I had known that was a sister moment, he wouldn’t have come.” It looks like Vince’s presence may have been what set them off, and because of that it looks like Tamar and Vince will be on the next plane back to L.A.
The sisters go blueberry picking without Tamar, and Toni is still very confused as to what exactly happened to make Tamar back out of the sister outing. Despite the clear absence of Tamar, the sisters are able to carry on and focus their energy on something productive… like making fun of Trina’s Canadian accent. BFVQuote: “Trina is really Canadian. I don’t know where my mom and dad got her from. There, I said it.” As the sisters pick their bushels of blueberries, they fill Toni in on what happened over drinks between them and Tamar. BFVQuote: “You know, Vincent is the sixth sister.” Toni is shocked to hear that Tamar and Vince are leaving after the argument over drinks, and wants to know exactly what happened. Toni decides to call Tamar, but she is not budging. She refuses to come to Toni’s house to hash it out. Tamar’s lack of flexibility seems to now even be frustrating Toni. BFVQuote: “Towanda is at her boiling point. Tamar is at her boiling point. All I can do right now is reach out to Tamar again and get her to join us for dinner with Mommy tonight.”
Toni still couldn’t convince Tamar to join the ladies for dinner, and it is very disappointing since it is unclear when they all will have an opportunity to clear the air. Evelyn notices Tamar’s absence, and asks the girls to tell her the full story. After the second recap of the episode, Mama E brings a little perspective to the ladies. BFVQuote: “What is wrong with sister time? Nothing wrong with that.” Evelyn agrees that she needs to find out what is going on with Tamar, but it’s “madness.” It’s true that Tamar would have a fit if her husband wasn’t around, but one of the other sisters’ husbands was spending time with them on a “sister trip.” BFVQuote: “Why are there double standards?” Leave it to Trina to break the tension. BFVQuote: “You have really small eyes. Little baby ones. And little potato chip ears.” As if the sisters need any more drama on this trip, Toni’s assistant, Alex has been arrested for talking on his cellphone while driving and for having glasses with alcohol remnants in the back of the seat. BFVQuote: “I think Alex is about to find out what the inside of a Canadian jail looks like.” Judging by that slow hand raise, WE think Trina had something to do with those glasses of alcohol. Luckily, Alex’s charges were dropped but Toni wants Trina to sweat. BFVQuote: “We are the Braxtons and you’ll see that we are full of confusion, drama and crime. That’s us!”
Back in L.A. Tamar and Evelyn get a chance to go out to lunch alone and talk about the issues that have been going on with the sisters. BFVQuote: “You’re acting like fools if I must say myself.” Because of Tamar’s lack of attendance at dinner in Vancouver, it forced Evelyn to hear the girls’ side of the story. Now it’s Tamar’s turn. When hearing Tamar’s side of the story, it seems like the sisters are ganging up on her and she is being treated a bit unfairly because of certain feelings each of them may have. BFVQuote: “When you sit down and talk, you will find out what they feel you have done.” Ms. E is losing patience with this situation, and is giving the girls no other option than to fix the problem.
Towanda comes to L.A. to talk to Tamar, and hopefully this will help rectify the issues that have been plaguing the sisterhood. However, it seems like Tamar’s attitude isn’t in the right place for this type of conversation since she has been on her phone as the two sisters sat in silence. Tamar thinks the sisters have been very cliquey, and she is just not in that inner circle. BFVQuote:”My issue is you haven’t been transparent.” The spinoff show, Tamar & Vince seems to be the root of the issues, with the sisters feeling they should have been told personally about the opportunity. BFVQuote: “Why am I on camera defending my character again? This is fuckin’ ridiculous.” Tamar apologizes for getting her own spinoff, but that isn’t quite the issue. The issue is that the sisters felt like Tamar didn’t want to work with them anymore, got her own show, and then wanted them to be on the show. WE admit, that’s a bit confusing! BFVQuote: “It’s not going to be resolved in this one sitting.” When nothing can be resolved, Tamar gets up and walks out. Clearly, WE have a long way to go before this gets resolved, fans!
Will the sisters resolve anything? WE don’t even know what to speculate for next week. What do you think?
What’s it like filming the series for WE tv? In a nutshell, insanity!!!!!
Well, we have had experience filming television shows before. We have competed on the Food Network challenge several times, and thought, “Oh well, this isn’t a competition, and they fly out and come to us to produce this show, we’ll do our thing, make the cakes, so it can’t be that hard, right?”
Not only did we have to make three amazing wedding cakes that were extremely detailed in a 5-6 day period, we had to run a business (we have two retail locations, and it was filmed right around Christmas), attempt to be funny and clever on film AND we had to look good on TV (without a makeup artist, and little sleep). So all of that combined sent us into a whirlwind of stress and anxiety. However, in the midst of all the craziness, we managed to push through. We had a blast with the film crew and made some of our best cakes ever!
I think the biggest obstacle for us is that we were one of the only bakeries asked to film two weeks in a row. Being in Cleveland, there is a definitive line between when wedding season starts and stops. April through November, we have wedding cakes every weekend, but once winter hits, no one really plans a wedding in Cleveland. So the fact that we could even find 6 wedding events to film in December, was a feat in itself. It just so happened that all of those events fell mid-December, so that meant two grueling weeks of filming with no break in between!
One of my favorite recollections is, there would be a time of day during filming, right after lunch when everyone in the room would get loopy -the camera guys, the sound guys, even the field producers… there was a lot of laughter, and at times, we found ourselves saying things that we hoped wouldn’t make it on air for fear of our mothers scolding us… we felt really bad for the editors who had to sit and listen to everything we talked about, the dirty jokes and all-around inappropriate comments (sorry, Mom).
So overall, there were some good times, some moments we wanted to pull our hair out, and some pretty spectacular cakes!