To say that social media was abuzz around Ms. Towanda Braxton’s big 40th birthday bash is an understatement. Everyone was talking about it; Between Bobby Burwell, Towanda’s manager, Instagramming up a storm and Tamar sharing out Towanda’s entrance to the big party, there was plenty for our #BFV fans to chat about. Here is a little taste of what was going down last Friday night. WE will be sharing some more photos from inside the party later this week, so make sure you check back later!
Today is Towanda Braxton’s 40th birthday, so WE (along with the help of manager, Bobby Burwell) asked for the Braxton brood to send us their birthday wishes so WE could share them with you! Enjoy a few videos below and don’t forget to share you birthday wishes to Towanda on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag, #TowandasFab40. WE will be highlighting our fan favorites all day
It’s no secret WE were super excited when Toni announced tour dates throughout August stopping at some major cities (a few being in close proximity to our offices in NYC). That excitement has definitely not died down, especially with the recent tweets and pics we have seen shared on social. But if you have been out of the country or living under a rock (just kidding!), below are a few posts that have definitely capitalized on the pandemonium that is “Toni Fever.”
Let’s face it… it’s been a while since Toni has been on tour like this, and with her commitment to the music industry being in question throughout last season of Braxton Family Values WE were wondering if WE would ever hear Toni sing our favorites live again.
One of the perks of working at WE tv is that we get to see “it” or know about “it” before anyone even knows it happened. However, what kind of #WEtvInsider would WE be if WE didn’t share it with you? So because WE LOVE our fans so much, here is video that you will only see if you attend one of Toni’s shows.
She may only have a few stops left, but see if Toni is touring in a city near you.
Tamar is in Atlanta to see Dr. Jackie (yes, THE Dr. Jackie from “Married to Medicine”) and see how her pregnancy is progressing. BFVQuote: “You know, Toni, Towanda and Trina walked away with no scars, no stretch marks, and they didn’t get super fat, and that’s very important to me.” Despite what even Dr. Jackie said, He clearly had other plans for Tamar whether she was ready or not. BFVQuote: “I have four kids in the freezer and I can find an old scallywag to carry our babies.” Dr. Jackie and Vince look less than impressed with Tamar’s bright idea, however her mood perks right up when Dr. Jackie mentions the word “induce”. Seeing the ultrasound of the baby improves Tamar’s mood even more, and you can definitely tell that even though she talks a big game, she is super excited to be a mom.
OMG it’s Poundcake! Move over, Miracle. Trina and Gabe take Poundcake on a walk (even though Poundcake never leaves Gabe’s arms) as they await a call from Caleb’s school regarding an incident that occurred that day. BFVQuote: “He’s been having a little bit of problems with bullying at school.” After a child at school knocked food out of Caleb’s hands, Caleb and the other student got into a physical altercation. There seems to be a huge disconnect with how the school is handling the incident and reprimanding those who are truly at fault. Good thing Caleb has parents like Trina and Gabe because these two are going to bat HARD for their son. BFVQuote: “As a mom, it really makes me feel helpless especially since I can’t go to school with him and walk him to all of his classes.” Gabe suggests signing Caleb up for a martial arts class so Caleb can build his self esteem.
Donned in all black, the Braxton family comes together to pay respect to a beloved family member who recently passed away… Jackson, Mama E’s cherished Yorkie. And, Tamar cannot stop rolling her eyes at this grand memorial service complete with invitations, pamphlets and an oil painting. BFVQuote: “It’s over the top so now I cannot hold the title for being over the top. It would have to be my mama.” Trina even shares a poem to the group in honor of Jackson. Yes, all of this can seem ridiculous but at least you have Diezel’s speech to add some comic relief and Tamar to bring it all together with a random song. Even Vince is hanging his head at this spectacle as everyone joins in including the keyboardist in the corner.
After all that mourning, Mama E makes a huge announcement which will give three of the sisters something additional to mourn about. Mama E is finally moving to L.A. and will be moving in with Tamar and Vince. Toni and Tamar are extremely excited, and Trina reveals plans on possibly moving to L.A. if Eric gets into USC. BFVQuotes: “Trina’s gonna do what Trina wants to do regardless of what anybody says.” At least Traci knows she is “not going to no California.” D.M.V. for life!
Because of what has been going on at school, Trina takes Caleb to his first martial arts class. BFVQuote: “I decided to learn some moves myself because you never know when someone’s gonna try it!” Caleb is really getting out his frustrations… this actually seems like it may be a great release for him. However, Trina is not adapting as easily to these surroundings. BFVQuote: “I’m more like Kung Fu Panda… the early years!” Keep up the good work, Caleb. Trina, don’t quit your day job!
Towanda and fam hit up the ballet store to get Brooke a new outfit to perform at Evelyn’s birthday, but Andre thinks that it is a good time to bring up Towanda’s stage mom habits. BFVQuote: “It won’t mess up her joints? She’ll be able to reproduce and stuff?” Andre, just buy a dress, allow this lady to make a sale, and go about your day.
Because the house would be mighty lonely without Jackson, Tamar has taken Evelyn back to L.A. so they can start making plans for her big move. BFVQuote: “I need to start over again.” Mama E wants a fresh start in L.A. and a new man, but Tamar is not looking to play matchmaker. BFVQuote: “You’re too picky. Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Even though she attempts to argue with Tamar, Mama E does have an extensive list of must-haves for her future mate: he must have integrity, not be a “hip hop” man, tall, etc. BFVQuote: “Pretty much my dad. I tried it, but it’s true.”
Towanda and Traci are with Brooke at the dance studio trying to perfect the little ballerina’s craft in time for Mommy’s birthday party. BFVQuote: “Smile or we’re gonna start over.” Between the pointing of the toes, the elongating of the arms, staying on your toes when you turn, putting your head up and shoulders back, and whatever else this poor child is being told to do, WE are even too exhausted to continue. BFVQuote: “I know exactly what that baby is going through.” And who knew Traci was the prima ballerina?! Go on, girl! Don’t let Towanda stifle your shine.
Today, Gabe is going to Caleb’s martial arts class to check up on his progress. Caleb knows exactly whose face he will be picturing when he starts his exercises with his instructor. BFVQuote: “I don’t mind if Caleb thinks he’s punching my face. As long as he’s feeling better about himself that’s fine by me.” Gabe puts on pads and gives Caleb the opportunity to have at him for real. And that is exactly what Caleb does! He goes at Gabe with all the energy and emotion he has bottled up. Gabe is really proud of Caleb and everything he has learned.
It’s time for Mommy’s big birthday bash and the girls are so excited to celebrate another year! Brooke immediately changes into her purple tutu to perform for her grandmother’s special day. Brooke is a little frozen and has a hard time warming up, but the family is very supportive and cheers her on. The performance is a little short lived, but she did a great job! Eric talks about his college picks, but is hesitant to go to school in California for fear that his mama will always be one step behind him. BFVQuote: “You think I will mess up your groove?” Even though Trina gets emotional, Eric makes sure to give his mama a huge hug and let her know that he loves her. BFVQuote: “He’s my baby… my oldest baby.” To stay in line with Braxton family traditions, the girls will perform a special birthday song for Mama E, but Trina is still visibly upset about the idea of Eric going away to school.
The girls sit down together for lunch before everyone goes back home, but Traci seems to be MIA. When Towanda tries to track her down, Traci urges all the ladies to make their way outside. WE have a feeling there is a grand reveal about to occur. BFVQuote: “I ain’t leaving my soup. Y’all tell me what she says.” Begrudgingly all the ladies hustle outside to see what the fuss is about as Traci pulls up on her hog. The sisters go crazy at the sight of Traci, but Toni wishes it was just a little more ladylike in appearance. BFVQuote: “Somebody said she’s like a little dike on a bike, but I ain’t gonna say that about my sister. I love her.” Once the Braxtons head back inside, the sisters ask Traci about possibly changing the fashion of a “biker.” But all in all, the sisters are super excited for Traci’s new adventure. BFVQuote: “To Traci ridin’ dirty.”
This is what WE have been waiting for! WE finally get to see how Tamar shared her pregnancy news with the family.
First up, Mama E! As the two talk about hypothetical family vacations, Tamar let’s Evelyn know that her children will not be going everywhere with her. BFVQuote: “I got adult things to do.” Evelyn looks a bit confused when Tamar is being so insistent about what type of mother she will be when she isn’t even a mother yet. Evelyn looks even more confused when Tamar says she doesn’t have a kid here “yet.” BFVQuote: “Well, it’s baking… in the oven.” BFVQuote: “Tell me you’re playin’.” It is great to see how elated Mama E. is on the arrival of another grandbaby. BFVQuote: “If I keep talking about it I’ll cry.” This makes #12 for the Braxton brood! Let’s hope Mama E can keep this a secret…
Trina is back in the studio working on her new single, “Game time”. BFVQuote: “I know my Boom Booms are hungry for more. Roaarrr.” Trina thinks this single is stronger than “Party or Go Home”, and as soon as she records the bridge this single will be reds to go! BFVQuote: “I like the bridge, but I’m a little afraid it’s outside my vocal range.” Scared as hell, Trina gets back in to take on the bridge. BFVQuote: “My armpits are starting to sweat.” Trina finally throws her fears aside, and nails the bridge. Even though Atlanta and her team have treated her right, she really feels this popstar needs to move out to L.A. to really get things going.
It’s spa day for Traci, Towanda and Mommy and they think it is the perfect idea after all the cooking Mommy has been doing at Tamar’s house. As the ladies are chatting about all the delicious food Mama E whipped up, Towanda suggests she puts all her recipes in a cookbook. Evelyn suggests the family have a cook off, but Traci is apprehensive about being around all that food after just losing so much weight. BFVQuote: “Ain’t nobody putting the pork to your mouth.” Mama E takes one for the team and says she will a) not let Traci eat carbs and b) be the judge of the food so no one has to feel pressured to eat anything they don’t want to.
Oh no, he’s baaaaack! While in L.A., Traci must hit up Sgt. Tchicaya for another one of his insane work outs. Kudos Traci because we would avoid him like the plague! To add to this man’s crazy, he is working out in a suit and tie. BFVQuote: “You gone pop those pants!” This man even compared himself to Obama. What crazy town does he live in? And now an ice bath in a trash can?! BFVQuote: “This is some bullsh*t!” This is something else, but Traci committed to completion like a champ.
Trina takes Gabe to a wine tasting, hoping it will soften the blow of wanting to move to to L.A. Gabe has real concerns. The cost of living is higher in L.A., and the couple will have to make significantly more in order to maintain their lifestyle. BFVQuote: “I’m not made of money!” Atlanta is limiting Trina’s possibilities, but with Erica deciding on colleges it may be best to stay put until he makes his decision.
Tamar has gotten the sister together to tell them about her love on top, but seems to be using her impression of Trina as a stalling mechanism. The sisters immediately question why Tamar isn’t drinking wine with them, and refuse to toast until Tamar spills the beans… slowly. BFVQuote: “I’ve been doing it… and I’m pregnant.” The sisters are super excited, break into a remix of their song “Bun in the Oven”, and do what any sisters do… talk about “doin’ it.” BFVQuote: “I always thought she was going to be a really great mom because she’s a really great aunt.”
Trina and Gabe go house hunting for a possible L.A. nest. BFVQuote: “People want you to live in a matchbox for $1.5 million.” The first house was a bit too compact, so the realtor will need to deliver something a little more “grandeous” to satisfy Queen Boom Boom’s needs. However, by the looks of that double staircase and that pool Ms. D. sure does deliver… to the tune of $5 million! BFVQuote: “I’m gonna have to wear knee pads to get this one!” Trina is trying real hard to convince Gabe that this is the house for them, but Gabe is having a hard time swallowing that price tag.
BFVQuote: “See, that’s why I hate going to the grocery store with hungry, black people.” These girls love their ice cream, but need to focus on all the ingredients for the family cook off. Of course, this store has chitterlings, which we found out from Mama E to be the intestines of the pig. BFVQuote: “So we eat from the rooter to the tooter.”
The ladies get home with the groceries and I think everyone can unanimously say that those chitterlings smelt like packed down behind. BFVQuote: “A lot of people love chitterlings, especially black people. I think.” Now let’s get back to this cook off. Traci is making the fried cabbage, Trina is making sweet potato pie, Towanda is making blackberry dumplings, Tamar is making chicken or dumplings, and Toni is making chicken wings. BFVQuote: “I could be on ‘Top Chef.’ I really could.” This competition looks fierce and (minus the chitterlings) WE are getting hungry! BFVQuote: “That smell was so horrid it made my stomach eat itself.” Mama E. is so proud of Traci’s dish, but Towanda criticizes Tamar’s chicken and dumplings for having too much sage. BFVQuote: “It’s not amazing, but it’s good. A little sage-y but good.” But, Mama E. loses her patience when Tamar tries to criticize Towanda’s blackberry dumplings. BFVQuote: “Towanda! Oh, you stuck your toe in there.” Even Tamar thinks they’re good, but blames it on “baby brain.” One thing everyone can agree on is that Toni’s barbeque definitely missed the mark. BFVQuote: “Toni’s chicken used to be great. I don’t know, maybe it’s his old age.” WE would love to know who actually wins this challenge, but there is no way Mommy will let that cat out of the bag. At least it is good to see this family back together!
Is that really a doggy funeral? Who is bullying Trina’s son?! Is Traci ever going to actually ride a bike at full speed? And Mama E is really moving to L.A.? WE know you want to speak your mind on this!
The Braxton brood gets together in L.A. for a united family dinner so things can really start going back to normal. Even Evelyn and Michael are sitting across the table breaking bread! BFVQuote: “That’s the power of forgiveness.” Despite the best efforts to go back to the way things were pre-fight, there is still a lot of tension in the air. BFVQuote: “There’s no laughing, no giggy.” To try and clear the air, Michael suggests that they go around the room to discuss what each of them is thankful for. At least this exercise has made everyone laugh together again, with both Towanda and Trina admitting to hating their names. Towanda would have preferred a more generic name like Tori, and Trina would prefer something different like Torrance. BFVQuote: “She goes from being this Canadian chick, now she wants to be a Valley girl. Who’s the real Trina, can you please stand up?”
To help rebuild their relationship, Tamar and Traci head to Sergeant Tchicaya for what WE are sure will be a HIGH-larious workout. BFVQuote:”On your bed? I don’t lay down on another man’s bed.” Traci needs to get in tip top shape to participate in the Foundation for Women’s Cancer run in D.C. BFVQuote: “I’m gonna stretch that meat, okay?” Tchicaya wants to also keep Traci’s booty “firm and juicy like an apple.” WE know this is supposed to be Tamar/Traci bonding time, but it looks like Tchicaya is trying to get some of his own “Traci time.” BFVQuote: “Sgt. Tchicaya, is your wife giving you some ‘hey hey’ and some ‘ha ha’ cuz all of your things so far have been sexual.” Between “squeezing the meat” and Tamar giving Tichicaya a run for his money, WE hope Traci is getting her money’s worth!
Since the family is on the mend, Trina has invited the sisters to lunch to discuss her clothing store idea again. It seems like this store opening was Tamar’s idea three years ago, but for some reason the idea never came into fruition. It seems like Trina and the sisters (sans Tamar) are feeling this may be something fun for just the five sisters to do together, however, Tamar isn’t convinced it’s a smart business decision to exclude Mama E. BFVQuote: “I just think in the beginning, the store is going to be age appropriate for just us.”
Back in the D.M.V., WE get a little glimpse into the secret life of “Queens of Sheba” biker babe, Traci and her ridin’ dirty, “Sons of Solomon” husband, Kevin! BFVQuote: “Lord knows I’m just dying to get my own license to bike.” However, the most important thing is that your booty does not look too bootilicious on the back of your bike. Who know? Kevin is definitely feeling Traci on this bike, but he must be a fun snatcher and remind Traci she needs to take a class first before even thinking about the type of bike she will be riding. BFVQuote: “Safety first!”
Back in L.A., Tamar and Toni hit up a golf store to try and find a 65th birthday gift for Michael. BFVQuote: “What does he want? I think we should get him cufflinks.” However, after hearing just how expensive golfing equipment is, Toni thinks this should be the next place she checks for a man. BFVQuote: “Everybody knows that the guys with a coin hang out at the golf course.” Toni pulls Tamar’s leg (literally) to talk about the store, and Tamar explains to Toni how she finds it real shady that the girls are thinking of excluding Evelyn. Toni explains that this is the first real sister venture they have ever done, and especially after the recent bickering, it may be best for Evelyn not to get involved in case fighting occurs during the early stages of this new business. However, timing is also a huge concern of Tamar’s and it looks like people are just too busy to get this process going. BFVQuote: “Everybody’s too busy to be busy.” And after all this time at the golf shop, Tamar and Toni decide to give Michael a family trip on a cruise.
Before Traci runs with the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, she must film a PSA… luckily there are cue cards! BFVQuote: “Who in the hell in the science-tisms of this world would want to put geocologic oncologist together?” Traci definitely pulls it together, tongue twisters and all! Now, onto her public speech! BFVQuote: “My Black sisters, my Albino sisters…. Caucasian sisters?” Traci is even confusing Michael Braxton on who is actually affected by this issue. And of course, Traci still refers to her “Albino sisters” in the speech, and all you see are wide eyes in the crowd. BFVQuote: “My grandma’s white, how bout that? Boom!” Traci shares her own health scare where doctors found pre-cancerous cells on her cervix after having her son. Traci is a real trooper through her slip ups, and an even bigger trooper during the actual race. BFVQuote: “I ran most of the way… actually, when I saw the cameraman I ran.” She also ran at that finish line. She definitely did take the bull by the horns. BFVQuote: “It was a fresh of breath air.”
Toni and Towanda are hanging at the house while Toni completes her online Spanish class (with no help from Gabe). BFVQuote: “He’s a Mexican’t.” Toni is really thinking of giving up her music career. It just isn’t fun anymore, and the stress outways the benefits. BFVQuote: “I don’t even love it anymore.” Towanda thinks she should talk to Babyface before making and serious decisions because he may be able to shed some light on how Toni is feeling about her career and the industry.
Tina and Gabe head to look at some possible store locations for the sister boutique. BFVQuote: “Nothing about it says fabulous. I’m not even sure we are in the right neighborhood to be honest.” With the traffic coming from the car wash, the Dominican hair salon, and the tattoo shop, how can this not be the perfect location? But that other location dubbed, “Fern Gully” is definitely a winner! Who doesn’t like trying on clothes in the great outdoors where you can get your feet all up in the dirt? BFVQuote: “We are opening a clothing store, not a park! Seriously, what’s wrong with you?”
Towanda and Mama E. take Brooke to her first ballet class with the new instructor. Apparently, this is also Towanda’s time to get her first ballet lesson… in the back… by herself. Towanda also insists on correcting her daughter’s ballet steps because clearly “mother knows best.” Poor Brooke! BFVQuote: “I think you’re a stage mother.” At least what could have been a stressful situation for Brooke turned into something fun when the whole family joined in.
Gabe and Trina sit down and talk finances regarding the new sister boutique, and Gabe is really unsure about getting all five sisters involved when he and Trina have done most of the legwork. BFVQuote: “It won’t be worth doing all that work when we are only getting a little piece of the pie.” Gabe is a firm believer you should not mix business with family, but that is second nature to the Braxton clan. Trina firmly believes if the sisters can’t do this together and resolve their issues, it is not worth doing.
Will the sisters tell Aunt Beverly where to shove it? What does Traci need a gun for? Will Mama E’s health scare turn out alright? WE Want to hear from you!
After all that drama last week, WE hope this week is at least filled with some resolve and positivity! #Getittogether, ladies!
Trina and Mama E. meet up for lunch to discuss what happened at the #Tamarvention, including their little exchange of words before the session even really started. BFVQuote: “I had to make it right with my mother.” Trina apologizes for her behavior brought on by stress, and acknowledges her disrespectful actions. BFVQuote: “In everybody’s life there is a season. Your season right now is to work on each other’s nerves.”
Back in L.A., Michael Braxton pays Tamar a visit to find out what is going on between his daughters. BFVQuote: “He has his work cut out for him because it’s a mess!” Michael hates hearing about all this conflict, so he wants Tamar to explain exactly what is going down. BFVQuote: “First I’m changing, then I said something, then I did something… I don’t know.” Michael wants to get everyone together so the girls can finally squash this drama.
Traci is back from L.A. and in the D.M.V. because Kevin had a health scare in the middle of the night. BFVQuote: “Apparently, it was just an anxiety attack. I got the damn anxiety attack.” Seems like someone got a little too worked up over that Redskin loss! At least Traci can fill Kevin in on the drama that happened back in L.A., and apparently help Kevin get his “heart rate back up.” This marriage is still alive and spicy, that’s for sure!
Toni sits down with Dr. Sherry so she can figure out why she got agitated enough to walk out on the sister therapy session. BFVQuote: “I don’t know how to coexist in my family dynamic… I don’t know how to be me in this situation.” Dr. Sherry makes Toni put on glasses to “see what she didn’t see before”, and as much as this looks a bit cray Dr. Sherry’s point is that everyone sees things through the same lenses differently. Toni needs to get some resolution between Tamar and herself before it starts to affect her health even more. BFVQuote: “If they have a problem it is none of business. I’m going to remain neutral.” Toni is taking on the role of caretaker again, and Dr. Sherry makes her realize that is not her role anymore.
Michael finally convinces Tamar to attend a sister sit-down at Toni’s, but if this is another #Tamarvention “she” is not interested! BFVQuote: “Nobody likes to be in the seat all the damn time.” Michael reminds Tamar how the art of forgiveness makes you the bigger person, and at least gets Tamar to leave the car and enter Toni’s house. BFVQuote: “I really hope that by seeing me and their father in the same room being civil to each other that will inspire them to come together so we can just be a family.” Because of Michael’s calming effect on Tamar, the sisters are glad to have him at this second meeting. With the absence of Traci, Tamar thinks that Kevin’s health scare may be a little more convenient than plausible. Michael immediately tries to get to the bottom of the issue by playing mediator. The girls try and explain that even though it felt like a #Tamarvention, Tamar had asked to know what the issues were and the sisters were trying to communicate just that. BFVQuote: “You wanted to know? And they told you? And you got made because they told you?” When Tamar doesn’t agree with Michael or the girls, she tells Michael he is the one that is a horrible listener. Ummm, pot meet kettle! BFVQuote: “She has not heard a word we’ve said for six months.” Trina tries to bring everyone’s thoughts together by admitting that no one is going to change the past so it is important to move on and move forward, but Tamar is still trying to dredge up her version of the #Tamarvention. BFVQuote: “You’re not listening. You need to listen and understand what they are saying.” Everyone but Tamar also thinks everyone is owed an apology, however if Tamar doesn’t think she did anything wrong, what will she apologize for? Things are heating up quickly, and WE don’t know if Michael and Evelyn can bring this conversation back. When Toni asks for an apology, Tamar is quick to defend her actions because of how Trina, Traci and Towanda were acting. However, that has nothing to do with Toni and the accusation of jealousy. Mama E. has to finally jump in to try and mediate this heated convo between Toni and Tamar. BFVQuote: “That’s how you move on. Not justify anything. And you move on!” Michael is not accepting Tamar’s apology because it honestly wasn’t an apology at all. BFVQuot: “You know why you can’t say it? Because you don’t feel it!” Finally after 10 minutes of screaming, yelling, and caring on Tamar is able to apologize sincerely and Toni is able to accept it. After Toni accepts Tamar’s apology, it is almost too much to hold in anymore. These sisters fight hard, but they love harder and no one in that room wants to continue with the way things are carrying on. BFVQuote: “I’m not gonna allow anything to come between me and the feelings of my sisters.” Michael has even had enough, and walks out of the room feeling hurt and exhausted while Mama E. orchestrates a group hug. Problem solved?
Back in the D.M.V., Michael meets with Traci to discuss what happened at the second sister meeting and Kevin’s health. Traci is very upset that she missed the second meeting, but after listening to Michael wax poetically about the meeting Traci looks like she may be glad she dodged that bullet. She has no patience to hear how Michael didn’t ask Tamar about her comments. BFVQuote: “Let’s just finish this and be over it.” This was just even more disastrous than the #Tamarvention part II! Traci legit got in the car and sped off!
Cooler heads prevail, and Traci meets up with Michael to really sit down and discuss the issue at hand. BFVQuote: “I’m upset with Tamar, but I can’t let that effect how I treat my family.” Traci has lost her patience between Kevin’s health scare and the Tamar issue, and it’s becoming difficult for her to deal with all the drama. Michael wants to sit down with Tamar and Traci to discuss the unresolved issues between them, and as much as Traci does not want to be in the same room as Tamar she knows it would make Michael happy.
Gabe has asked Traci and Towanda to come ring shopping with him so he can officially ice out Trina’s ring finger. Gabe has already picked out a ring, and as soon as Towanda and Traci hear “simple” and “solitaire” these two are all over Gabe. BFVQuote: “That is something you can get up the street and in the alley somewhere.” Gabe is trying to stay within a budget (shocking!), and Towanda and Traci’s desire for a bigger diamond in every setting is not helping. BFVQuote: “I think Trina would like a nice, solid 2 karat diamond or more with a lot of friends around it.” As soon as Gabe is blinded by all the sparkle, even he is thinking about a heftier upgrade once he checks his finances. BFVQuote: “Cheating is expensive.”
Traci and Tamar sit down with Michael to finally hash out the issues. Tamar is still confused as to what the issues are between her and Traci, and feels like she is treated like an outsider. It seems like both Tamar and Traci have conflicting memories of what actually happened during the #Tamarvention, and Michael is having a difficult time keeping up with the variations. BFVQuote: “Both of ya’ll are wrong, and both of ya’ll are right.” Right or wrong does not matter to Michael, he just wants some resolve. Tamar does not want the fakeness of smoothing things over just for the sake of her parents, but Traci seems to sweep her thoughts under the rug just to avoid Michael’s disapproval and another argument with Tamar.
Will the Braxtons ever get back to normal? Did Traci really call Caucasians “Albinos” in a speech in front of thousands? Is Toni really done recording? What is happening, #BFV fans? WE want to hear from you.
The sisters follow Toni to St. Lucia for a little fun in the sun and a little performing. What they don’t factor into the itinerary is Gabe’s secret proposal.
Trina, Traci and Tamar pay Dr. Ho a visit in hopes on straightening out Trina’s confusion about Gabe. BFVQuote: “He’s trying to worm his way back in Trina’s heart, her head, and her drawers!” Trina allows Tamar to fill Dr. Ho in on her bumpy relationship with Gabe, but considering everyone has their own version of the truth, this is turning into ham-tastic conversation. WE do have to agree with Tamar on one point. BFVQuote: “He didn’t value her the way she’s supposed to be valued as a woman and as a mother.” But Trina is in a rock and a hard place, and having both of your family units at opposite ends of the spectrum is TOUGH! BFVQuote: “I just need you guys to respect my choice.” The sisters agree to disagree, and no matter now Dr. Ho tries the sisters will never see eye to eye with Trina on this subject. BFVQuote: “The only thing I can do is give her my opinion, give her my love, and give her my support. That’s all I can do.”
Welcome to St. Lucia! You know shiz is going to hit the fan as soon as Gabe rolls up with his weekender suitcase as Trina’s “secret guest”. But, we’re proud that Trina doesn’t care what her sisters think anymore. It’s time Trina thinks for herself (and her family) without worrying what the sisters are going to say. BFVQuote: “At the end of the day, it’s about my happiness and my life.” Trina is not only warming up to the idea of her and Gabe, but she is also warming up to Gabe 2.0. BFVQuote: “Gabe seems to be doing a complete 180, and I say 180 as opposed to a 360 because he’s not going full circle back to the man he was. I see him almost transforming before my eyes.” The couple goes for a romantic walk along the beach, and you can tell Gabe 2.0 is up to something. There is reminiscing, there are a few pauses and distractions, and then BAM, there is a proposal. WE can’t say we didn’t see this coming, but you have to give Gabe some props. It’s quite ambitious to propose to someone when you have about 85% of her family trying to get rid of you. BFVQuote: “We gave each other a second chance. I didn’t just give him one, he gave me one.”
It is go-time for Toni’s St. Lucia performance and she is barking orders to get rid of her nerves. BFVQuote: “She acts like ‘I’m Toni Braxton, bitch! I have 40 thousand million records sold and I got a 100 thousand Grammys’ but she always scurred. Why you scurred?” When Toni hits that stage, we agree with Trina; she is a STAR! BFVQuote: “I am so thankful that Trina and Towanda are my backup singers again.” Toni calls Tamar and Traci to the stage to mix things up a bit and perform an impromptu gospel song. BFVQuote: “This is why we were all born. This is what we were supposed to do.” It is clear the sisters belong on stage, and WE think Towanda says it best, BFVQuote: “It’s almost as if we’re on stage by ourselves and no one’s around us. It’s like we’re having fun at home.”
The sisters attempt to have a few cocktails, enjoy St. Lucia and have some sister time… fail! The conversation quickly turns to Gabe. BFVQuote: “She has a good 72 hours before he has sex with something else; a bird, a dog, a cat, the ear, nostril, whatever has a hole.” Trina still has love for Gabe and is prepared to forgive him and move on. The sisters are really having a hard time believing Trina should trust Gabe, but finally Toni throws some light on the situation. BFVQuote: “You have to do what makes you happy, and if he makes you happy go for it.” Trina tries explaining that Gabe and her have a true connection, but all Tamar wants to talk about is how he gives it to her and the “dingaling talk”. BFVQuote: “I think she is cock-blinded. I think she is dick-wildered.” Oh lord, leave it to Traci to put it out there with no filter! And on that note, Trina keeps her mouth shut about the vow renewal.
The family gathers to go sailing, and if Trina doesn’t break the news to them soon she will be at her renewal with no one but her and Gabe. Finally, Trina announces she has had an epiphany, BFVQuote: “I’m in love with my husband”… which is noted by Tamar’s stank look and Towanda’s confusion. Toni recommends a 12-month, 12 step program like they do at AA and NA, but Trina has seen a change in Gabe and thinks this is the right decision. Despite Tamar’s disbelief, Mama E stands by Trina’s decision to renew her vows with Gabe. BFVQuote: “She’s real grown. I can’t tell her what to do.” Trina doesn’t think Tamar and Toni respect her choice, and she is extremely hurt. BFVQuote: “While I regard them and their opinions, they aren’t regarding me.” Trina just wants some respect, people! Even though she still disagrees, Toni steps in and finds Trina something old/new/borrowed/blue to wear during the ceremony. BFVQuote: “I think that when any woman gets married, she has to feel some type of hope and I don’t want to take that moment away from her.”
As the sisters walk into the ceremony, this is the first time they are seeing Gabe 2.0. BFVQuote: “He no longer looks like Jesus! He looks like a Mexican James Bond!” As soon and Trina starts walking down the aisle, you can see how happy she is. BFVQuote: “I do believe I am falling back in love with my husband.” Between Gabe 2.0 and Michael Braxton finally walking his daughter down the aisle, you can tell this is a very special moment for Trina. BFVQuote: “Like Gabe had a second chance, I had a second chance.” As the couple says “I do” (again), Tamar is squirming in her seat, taking pictures, and making comments. WE know Tamar can be stubborn and stuck in her ways, but this is your sister’s decision… support it or just hush! BFVQuote: “I’m gonna need you to personally have several seats.” Mama E. gives the couple just a little bit of advice after the ceremony has ended, BFVQuote: “Work at it. Be faithful and fair.” Even Mr. Braxton gets in on the warm wishes, although it seems he may have threatened Gabe prior to the renewal. WE just hope (along with Trina) the sisters can find the same sentiments somewhere, deep down in their hearts by next season! BFVQuote: “Right now it’s about Gabe and I mending our family and our relationship.”
Trina shows her video to Tamar and Toni, Traci and her cigar get cut out of the “Party or Go Home” video, and Gabe undergoes a makeover to prove himself to Trina.
The girls meet at Toni’s house for some sister bounding time, and for Toni to ask them a big favor. BFVQuote: “I’m just going to have to eat crow, and bow down… and ask them to help me.” Trina has to think on this request a little bit. It was only a few weeks ago Toni gave them both the boot, and now she wants them back! BFVQuote: “I wasn’t gonna make her sweat that long about it. I mean, it’s a free trip to St. Lucia.” Trina also tells her sister she is no longer in the band, and Toni doesn’t even try and hide her happiness. BFVQuote: “You can’t be the quarterback handing out the Gatorade.” Traci is a little disappointed she wasn’t pick, but knows Toni has legitimate reasons. BFVQuote: “I was looking ratchet and ridiculous.”
Gabe goes to visit Ms. E to get her advice on wooing Trina back. BFVQuote: “I think she can point me in the right direction on how to make my marriage a success.” Gabe knows he wants his marriage to work, and Mama E is ready to help Trina and Gabe. All Gabe wants is another chance, and to prove to Trina he is making positive changes. BFVQuote: “Sometimes we go through these things so we can learn, so we can grow.” Ms. E wants to see Gabe’s commitment, and it looks like he is receptive to change his appearance as well.
Towanda has the idea for all the sisters to participate in booty clapping class to get right and tight for St. Lucia. BFVQuote: “Clap it. Wiggle. Wobble. Shake. Skank-a-vitch.” Their instructor, Firestarter gets right to business, making the girls saltshaker and then get “dirty and filthy”. Toni arrives with her assistant in tow, and a spray bottle filled with what we can only imagine to be 1 part bleach to 2 parts water. Tamar is working on her title of Queen Booty Clap. BFVQuote: “Boom!” Meanwhile, Traci may be putting her to shame. BFVQuote: “She know what to do when it’s time to get filthy and dirty.” Tamar just can’t believe Towanda has the “undercover hoe thing” going on. WE agree… where have you been hiding those skills, Towanda?!
Trina and Traci go to Derek’s study to get a sneak peek of the POGH footage. The video footage looks fierce, no doubt because of Gabe’s coaching with the male lead. BFVQuote: “Gabe was trying to give people instructions on how to hold me and how to grab me.” Traci also notices that she is barely in the footage. Because she was standing behind Trina, there unfortunately aren’t many shots of her (or her cigar). BFVQuote: “How am I not gonna have my cigar up in the video? That’s the hottest thing. Come on now!” Trina insists they have saved the best for last, as the footage zooms in on Traci doing the robot. BFVQuote: “Thank you for that cheeseburger.”
Mama and Gabe go to the salon for a complete makeover. BFVQuote: “For God’s sake, we’re going to get rid of this thing… that’s hanging down from his head.” Poor Gabe thinks he’s in the chair for a trim… WRONG. This is a makeover, Gabe! It is time for a drastic cut and some color, boo. BFVQuote: “And when you cut that, I need it for me weave.” Gabe even gets his goatee shaved off. BFVQuote: “Wow Gabe! You look like a fine motor scooter.” Let’s all bow our heads in moment of silence for Gabe’s ponytail, grays, and goatee…
Trina meets Gabe out for dinner at a fancy restaurant, and she knows this must be a special occasion. As Gabe 2.0 walks in, Trina breaks into hysterical laughter. Trina, that is not the right reaction to have. The main just lost about 20 lbs of hair to prove himself to you! BFVQuote: “You look like Pat Sajak.” Poor Gabe! He explains that changing his personal appearance is to show Trina that he is ready to be a good person and a good husband. BFVQuote: “I’m going to continue to work on our marriage.” Trina feels that Mama E. helping Gabe proved that she accepted his apology. Trina is unsure about this “new Gabe”, and wants him to realize it is going to take more than a fresh cut and a new suit to prove to Trina he is a changed man. BFVQuote: “That makes me look vulnerable and weak and dumb.”
Trina confides in her sisters at lunch about what is going on with Gabe, and Tamar is the first one to object. BFVQuote: “Can’t you ever be a listening ear instead of an open mouth?” Tamar reminds Trina that she has already given Gabe two chances, and he blew it. She needs to make sure everything is on her terms. BFVQuote: “Don’t go back without knowing that you can’t live without him.” Trina appreciates the sisters’ advice, but knows it is ultimately her decision.
While attending St. Lucia rehearsals in L.A., Trina and Tamar go out for drinks. This decision about Gabe is really weighing heavily on Trina, and she is getting stressed out. BFVQuote: “It’s just ratchet.” The kids are acting out, and Tamar sees a similarity with the way she used to act when Mama E split from Mr. Braxton. Tamar is concerned for Trina, and just wants her to be happy. BFVQuote: “I have to change my life for the comfort of my children.”
Trina screens her video with Toni and Tamar (Eek!), and thankfully they think it looks good. BFVQuote: “It looked like Ke$ha took a shower.” The ultimate feedback is that the video footage is great, but it needs to be edited a little differently. Trina is concerned about getting money for the extra editing costs caused by the sisters’ suggestions. BFVQuote: “I already drained my bank account and Gabe’s, so where do they think this money is going to come from?” The last bit of criticism is for Trina to lose the DJ. You can’t have a model in your video taking away five seconds of your face time! BFVQuote: “There will be no light skinned caramel chicks in her video.
In true Braxton’s fashion, we wrap up this week’s episode with an original song by Mr. Tamar Braxton-Herbert. Use the lyrics below to sing along.
He has a dingaling of steel
because there ain’t no way
on God’s green earth
I would ever
take him back, no
He must have a dingaling of gold
cause he must have a dingaling of gold
a dingaling of gold