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
He must
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
of gold
of gold
of gold
cause he must have a dingaling of gold
a dingaling of gold

With Trina filming her video and Traci celebrating her birthday, the entire family gathers in the ATL for support, laughter, and of course, DRAMA!

Traci has come all the way from Maryland to cameo in Trina’s video for “Party or Go Home”.  It also happens to be Traci’s birthday this weekend!  BFVQuote: “That’s alright.  I had nothing but time… really, I did.”  Tri-Tri has her talons on, or as Traci calls them “letter openers” and she is reds to go.  BFVQuote: “Looks like you can scratch the hell out of someone.”  Traci is honored to be involved in Trina’s first video, especially when she hears the concept.   BFVQuote: “For one thing, there’s nothing like a sexy, foxy lady with big ASS cigar in the club!”  This video broke Trina’s piggy bank, so the return has to be worth it!

Trina, Tamar, and Towanda meet at Mama E’s to catch up and to plan a big birthday celebration for Traci.  BFVQuote: “… like surprise!”  With Traci’s birthday plans out of the way, the girls start to discuss Ms. E’s eating habits.  BFVQuote: “That carborization demon isn’t good.”  With Ms. E’s diabetes being the issue, they think she is in serious denial of the health risks.

Traci meets with the one and only, Terrence Lee Jones to brush up on her vocals.  BFVQuote: “I’m inspired by both Tamar and Trina doing their own projects.  If Tamar and Trina can do it, then Traci can do it as well.  I just need to make myself ready.”  Terrence wants Traci to practice singing while moving.  He is no joke! Poor Traci is running a marathon in place while practicing her scales.  BFVQuote: “I don’t want to be like yeah, yeah, yeah… woo… yeah ya’ll.”  Terrence is a legit drill sergeant, and definitely doesn’t take shiz from no one.  BFVQuote: “He’s hard.  I wanted to punch him in the throat!”

Reco is getting the wardrobe ready for the video, and we have to say Trina has some fierce choices to choose from.  BFVQuote: “Your boobies look delicious.”  After Reco peels Trina out of that red number, we are transformed back in time to the fabulous 80’s and our love for all things neon.  Reco, can you make me one of those?  BFVQuote: “The glow in the dark outfit is great as long as Reco can do something to alter it so my boobie-doobies don’t fall out.”  Reco has also designed a fabulously sexy dress for Towanda… and unbeknown to him, something for Traci!  BFVQuote: “I’m sure you have something in here that fits… boom!”  That’s a scary face, Reco.  Please stop before WE get nightmares.

Tamar takes Mama E out for a snack, and to no one’s surprise Mama E chooses to go to a bakery.  Ms. E chooses a delicious piece of caramel cake that is loaded in carbs and sugar.  BFVQuote: “Just cuz she wants a big piece of caramel cake doesn’t mean she can have a piece of caramel cake.”  This poor bakery worker had no idea he would be moonlighting as a referee when these two walked in.  BFVQuote: “Would you cut your mama a slice that big?”  Ms. E insists she does not eat that badly every day, but Tamar thinks she needs a chaperone to keep her on the right track.  BFVQuote: “I don’t know if insulin makes you fat, but I do know that Mommy wouldn’t even need the insulin shot if she controlled what the hell she put in her mouth.”

SURPRISE!  The Braxton brood comes together to celebrate Traci’s birthday!  The look on Traci’s face is worth a million bucks, but her celebratory dance is PRICELESS!  While Traci thinks a stripper may pop out of her birthday cake, she is shocked to see her husband, Kevin jump out instead.  BFVQuote: “Wow! What a birthday cake! Do it again, baby! Do it again!”  Traci’s son, Kevin Jr. has also been flown in for the special occasion.  BFVQuote: “I was really happy.  It was a fresh of breath air.”  Traci starts to open her gifts and Toni cannot help but put her two cents out there.  BFVQuote: “Who does that?”  Toni seems to take issue with the fact that Trina purchased a small bottle of perfume for Traci, and calls her out at the table in front of everyone!  BFVQuote: “And with that you have nerve, gall, and audacity.”  Toni, WE love you but why are you blowing up people’s spots at the table?  At least talk about her behind her back like normal families do!  Thankfully, Towanda reminds everyone why they are all there and Tamar seconds the motion.  BFVQuote: “This is not about anyone but Traci tonight.”

Trina struggles at rehearsal one she starts to do the choreography in her inch pumps.  BFVQuote: “Not easy at all.”  Victor reminds Trina that all the hard work is going to pay off.  BFVQuote: “You put it on, and this what you’re moving into… Trina the solo artist.”  Trina is absolutely right; this is not the time to hold back.  She is so close to achieving her goal, and she just has to roll with it.  BFVQuote: “This is it.  It is make it or break it time.”

Talk about a surprise intervention!  The girls sans Toni storm into Casa E to do some fridge raiding, and prove that Mama isn’t taking care of herself.  Between pickled pigs feet, cake (for the “children”), bottled frappachinos, sweet tea, and the like this is a diabetic’s worst nightmare.  BFVQuote: “She might as well just have a big ol’ vat of insulin waiting right beside the refrigerator.” Towanda even finds a Snickers hiding in the back of the freezer!  BFVQuote: “What are you? The refrigerator police?”  The girls are very concerned for their mother, especially since their aunt suffered was a double amputee.  Mama E, WE all love you… take better care of yourself!  BFVQuote: “Sweetness can’t be your weakness.”  At least Towanda made off with some groceries J

Always the awesome sister, Towanda shows up to the video shoot early BFVQuote: “She just needs to show up and be a star.”  With Trina’s dressing room being in the same location as kraft services, Towanda gives Reco the task of finding another location or at least some better lighting.  Unfortunately, Reco has some surprises for Trina in the wardrobe department.  Towanda’s outfit has been changed, and there seems to be a few missing items Trina specifically asked for.  MFVQuote: “Don’t mess with me today, Reco!”  While trying to get ready, Trina is still dealing with a bunch of mundane issues… like the fact she doesn’t like Towanda’s dress!  Luckily Victor is there to give some words of encouragement and bring calmness over Trina.  BFVQuote: “Everything you do is right because this is about you.  It’s time to bring it.”  But, you’ll have to wait until next week to see the world premiere of Trina’s video for “Party or Go Home”!

What was your favorite part of the video shoot?  Who’s on Team Gabe after seeing how down he is for Trina?  Anyone else scared to see Tamar and Toni’s reaction to the video?  WE want to know what you think…

After New York while I was heading to the airport to go to Nashville I got emotional because being away from my son and NOW my husband for another week was going to be really hard for me. The second Kira and I landed in Nashville I felt like I wanted to throw a tantrum because I wouldn’t be happy until I was with my husband and son again!  But then Kira made me laugh a little and made me feel like I should just make the best out of this time.  I have to admit, I had never heard of the LoCash Cowboys before I met with them so I didn’t know what to expect. During the meeting though things started sounding interesting! The guys were really cool BUT when they were throwing out the word mud I freaked out a little. LOL!  I was hoping it was going to be manmade mud! I’ve driven stick shift my whole life but a rusty old beat up jeep was a little different for me, but I needed to practice before the big video the next day. After my stick shift lesson, I went into the wardrobe fitting for the video shoot and let me tell you….coming from Hollywood I was like, “this is wardrobe???” LOL!! But it was awesome and everything fit great!  On to the video!!!