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