This morning I wake up and was feeling like I was going through the motions.. I was still feeling angry and resentment. Kevin wanted to talk but I didn’t. So finally I said to him, (sensed he wanted to talk) “Why are we here? I don’t want to do this anymore. I want a divorce…” And then that’s when the grits hit the damn pan!!! Kevin threw the empty water bottle, the water bottle brushed me and it was on. I was done and get my ass out of the house… I packed all my stuff I didn’t want to talk at all. At that point I shut down completely. Jim and Elizabeth tried to talk to me but no happenings.
I start getting a hot flash and Elizabeth stayed with me and started to talk to me. I gave the root of my problem with Kevin. It took me awhile to sit with Kevin and Elizabeth to talk it over. She made both of us to see each other’s point. I went downstairs with the other couples, I must say I was a little embarrassed because I shut my house mates, Kevin, Jim and Elizabeth out.
The first activity was the trigger activity, and you have to use power words that trigger your emotions. Kevin and I did the activity with no problems, however we saw the other couples having problems with the exercise and its content. They were protecting each other feelings. It just hit me… Oh My God! This is what Kevin is talking about. He wants me to protect him and for me to have his back!
The last activity for the day was at the morgue. I had to pretend as though I was dead. And to hear his reaction made me think… I don’t want this. I was thinking. What if it was vice serve versa… I wouldn’t want him to leave… I LOVE HIM.
The night ended with the evaluation. Every couple was being evaluated. Then it was Kevin and I time. Our 11 headliners: communication, past, infidelity, children, addiction, money, trust, anger, fighting, insecurity and jealously. Jim and Elizabeth was happy to revoke communication because we have been working in it. Great night……. Great night.
All I can say is WOW!!!! Tra and I really started off in a very heated way…….. When I said I think she drank too much she shut down. The next morning when I tried to connect/work it out Traci told me she was really wanting a divorcé, and at that point all I felt was heat. I tossed the empty water bottle and walked away. (I needed space.)
I could not process why it had reached that level and I was very hurt by how Traci felt! I don’t give up!!! When Elizabeth came outside talk to me I felt relieved. When Tra and I talked with Elizabeth there, I learned that Tra feels like I talk too her like she’s a child, and that made me feel very low.
Traci is my wife and I felt bad that she feels that way. So I feel like I need too work on how I used my words when talking with my wife. I felt like the first activity was a direct connection too how our morning begin.
The activity where I saw Tra dead hit me hard, it made me think about how my father left me at a strong turning point in my life. I feel like we are at a strong point and I can’t let small things push us over a cliff. Made me also think about one day when I upset Tra and she broke the door on the Jag. It cost us a lot too fix, can’t fix a life loss.
Kevin and Traci’s issues were put on trial by fire. How did they fare in the heat? Read what Traci and Kevin had to say about the experience:
Jim and Elizabeth were in front of the newsstand with a lot of headlines and we picked nine issues that describe our relationship or what problems we have the most: communication, infidelity, trust, addiction, children, fighting, insecurity, anger.
Later in the evening it was the Ring Of Fire. That’s when you have to talk about the headline such as communication, and see has the most issue or difficult in. Well, Kevin and I have much of the same problem and I almost got burned.
Very trying day from picking the papers that showed the behaviors that are bringing damage to our marriage, to being in the fire. Very good to see what’s hurting us. I just would like for us to have the greatness we work so hard to have.
I feel like Traci connects me to the way her family has treated her. I said something so little like that we might be drinking too much, and that was it – I was in the doghouse. These are some of the things that really upset Traci. It’s like if I say the wrong thing, the war is on. I had just said to her: “I do not want to upset you.”
I always felt my father not being in my life had a strong effect on me, but today really made be see how much it has played a role on me being a father, husband and a son. And I really believe it effects my insight too my marriage. Really need too work this out!
BFVQuote: “I think it’s time for you to start dating, child.” Since Mama E has been in L.A. for a while, Tamar thinks it’s time for Evelyn to find a man. BFVQuote: “Moms need to get their backs cracked too.” Ms. E has been burned in the past when her daughters have set her up, so if she is really going to get back in the dating pool she should to consult a professional. However, Ms. E does not seem too thrilled about meeting strange men. BFVQuote: “They act like they care about you then they kill you and bury you in the backyard.” That’s a bit dramatic.
Back in Atlanta, Trina and Gabe are sitting down for some wine and for Trina to break the news to Gabe that he will not be involved in the boutique. BFVQuote: “I don’t want to ruffle anyone’s feathers, especially the girls.” Gabe thinks Trina is being peer pressured into making this decision to exclude him from the store, and the guy does raise some excellent points. He pretty much did everything so far except come up with the idea himself. Trina just thinks this is what every married couple does when one of them is starting a business. BFVQuotes: “Kudos to you, Gabe for that. Yay!” WE all know sh*t gets dicey when the husbands get involved, so this decision is for the best. WE just feel bad for Gabe. BFVQuote: “It will be very fun to watch.”
Toni is attending a private screening of her new Lifetime movie with the family at a synagogue. Even Denim and Diezel are at the screening, and Diezel is actually in the film. Toni even had some similarities with the character she played in the film. BFVQuote: “This was very alter ego ‘Toni.’” Toni is still alluding the fact that she may no longer want to be in the music industry, but WE have a feeling she will be back in that studio in no time. One thing we are 100% certain of is that Toni’s costar is one good looking male. BFVQuote: “I must say that he is yummy.”
Mama E is going on her first blind date through the agency! The guy brought roses… that has to be a good start! Or not… this conversation is duller than dry toast. BFVQuote: “I mean booorrrinnnggg.” And WE are almost 100% positive he is unemployed. He even asked Ms. E her age! BFVQuote: “Uh ah… you got to go.” At least Evelyn knows how to be a lady about it. That was the most respectful exit WE have ever seen. BFVQuote: “He was tall… but not too bright.”
Leave it to the Braxton sisters to provide us with more hilarity… group yoga! BFVQuote: “Hopefully it will bring some Zen into Tamar’s life so she can chill out just a little bit.” Towanda is running late, and it seems like the instructor has no patience for rule breaking. She doesn’t like extra notes added to the end of the meditation, she doesn’t like Trina worrying about what Traci is doing, or Tamar trying to say yoga is tuckering her out. She especially does not like laughing! BFVQuote: “Her attitude is not increasing my Zen in the least!” This idea was a disaster from the jump. At least the instructor leaves so the girls can go back to the hysterics WE enjoy. At least his conversation has lead to Tamar admitting she had NO idea what pregnancy is like when she used to torment the sisters.
Evelyn is on a hot streak with this dating business; she is already on date #2. This date, Darryl looks a little like Papa Braxton… this may work out! And he can actually hold a conversation AND make Evelyn laugh… she may have hit the lottery. BFVQuote: “Speaking of getting warm, it is getting a little hot in here.” Mama E looks like she is thinking hard about this second date, especially when Darryl says there is nothing wrong with getting to know a person and spend time together.
In true Braxton fashion, the sisters head to Mr. Chows for lunch and to discuss the store. They also must discuss how lichi nuts feel like something specific in your mouth. Even Tamar drops her utensil at the thought of what Trina is implying. BFVQuote: “It reminds me of the sack.” The girls decide to focus on specifics of the store like the name “T Rack.” BFVQuote: “Boo. It’s wack. Nobody’s coming!” The ladies decide to take an oath that all sisters will be 100% involved in the boutique.
Tamar and Mommy are having at home manicures to pamper themselves a bit. However, this pamper time turns into Tamar time real quick! And Mommy has no patience for Tamar’s lack of enthusiasm and hefty complaining. BFVQuote: “Do you think you are exempt from all these things?” Mama E brings Tamar back down to reality, and she makes Tamar realize this is a great thing. BFVQuote: “This is really Team Too Much.”
The sisters and Mommy are getting together to plan Tamar’s shower, and hopefully it will lift Tamar’s spirits a bit. Before they get down to shower business, Ms. Evelyn fills the ladies in on her recent dating history. The girls insist on meeting Darryl after hearing Evelyn’s positive feedback, but BFVQuote: “stay out my business.” The girls return to their original subject of the Tamar shower, and all the sisters are eager to execute the idea of dressing up like a specific “Tamar.” Toni would love to throw Tamar a slumber party, and all the sisters and Mommy agree. That would be something Tamar would LOVE.
On the season finale of #BFV, Tamar grills Toni on her involvement with Babyface in the studio, Evelyn wants some positive attitude for once, and Tamar gets annoyed at her slumber shower when Toni mentions she will be going back to Atlanta and not around to help with the baby. Who’s psyched for the finale? Leave your comments below.
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?
WE feel like kids on Christmas morning! The Braxtons are back ya’ll!
We left off with the sisters having some major beef in season two, and it looks like not much has changed. BFVQuote: “Since that time, we haven’t talked a whole lot.”
Toni has invited Tamar over to talk about a special sister trip she is planning since everyone has been too busy to get together lately. Unfortunately, it looks like Tamar attending this sister trip is not an option with three and a half weeks of press and studio time already planned. BFVQuote: “But don’t talk about me like a dog because I can’t go.” Kudos to Toni for keeping it real though and admitting the sisters will definitely be talking about Tamar a little bit. Let’s face it… someone is always talking about someone, but WE understand that at this point the sisters are at a very sensitive place so anything can be hurtful. On top of not being able to actually attend the sister trip, Tamar doesn’t even know if her presence is wanted since she hasn’t seen or spoken to her other sisters in a long time.
The sisters (sans Tamar) arrive in Italy and as Toni goes out to buy Towanda’s birthday cake, Trina and Traci distract her with some sightseeing. BFVQuote: “Everything looks like a penis to me. Like even that big tree looks like a penis to me. That looks like a long, uncircumcised penis.” The girls take a carriage ride down the 5th Avenue of Rome near the Spanish Steps, and as they ogle the fine designer names the subject turns to Tamar. As Traci tries to explain Tamar’s side of the story, Trina is having a difficult time believing it. BFVQuote: “I’m gonna get her a shirt that says velcro.”
Toni attempts to buy Towanda’s birthday cake while working on her Italian. Luckily, the person helping her in the store speaks perfect English, but this doesn’t stop Toni from whipping out her Spanish (mixed with English) and passing it off as Italian.
While the sisters are in “Rome with love”, Tamar is hitting the pavement in New York for “Love and War” press. BFVQuote: “I hate that I’m missing the Italy trip with the girls, but she could never turn down Wendy.” While back stage, Tamar and Vince get their flirt on with each other and it is completely adorbs! BFVQuote: “I don’t come second to no heffer.” After some cute conversation, Tamar thinks how nice it would have been to vacation in Italy with the sisters, but then realizes it is super important for her to do whatever it takes to continue the success of “Love and War.” Performing live on “Wendy Williams” is a huge deal, and Tamar rocks it.
Back in Rome, Towanda’s distraction is coming to an end so she can enjoy a great birthday lunch with her sisters. However, a day in the life of a Braxton is not complete without some drama. An Italian stud can’t help but get himself a taste of Traci. BFVQuote: “Ohh, you pinched-a my ass-a!” And of course, Trina is extremely jealous Traci got all the attention. BFVQuote: “I’m looking super cute. My jeans are basically painted on. I mean, what do I have to do to get some pincherization?” A day in the life of a Braxton is also never complete without a random song, and today’s song is dedicated to Toni finally being on time. But the sisters focus on the real reason they are at lunch, and celebrate Towanda’s birthday with a cake meant for some other Spanish woman named, “Conalingus” that is as hard as a rock.
Vince and Tamar are out for a romantic, celebratory lunch and it is obvious how proud Vince is of his wife. Even with all the success, Tamar is still upset about what is going on with her sisters and regrets always giving them a hard time about ignoring “sister time” when they were juggling careers and their family. BFVQuote: “It’s not easy for me to give up my family time but I should get a little credit for thinking about my business.”
The sisters leave Rome and head to Revello on the Amaffi Coast for some more R&R. Of course the Braxtons brings the antics with them as the beautiful scenery is interrupted by a pesky bee wanting a nibble of another queen… Queen Boom Boom! BFVQuote: “Just river dance, Trina. It will go away.”
Tamar is hosting the red carpet at the Soul Train Awards, and with this being all about fashion and music you know she is going to kill it. Tamar is even running into celeb fans of her own, including Erica Hubbard, Ginuwine, and John Legend. BFVQuote: “It’s just like Tamartians are taking over the world. They’re everywhere.”
The ladies head to a winery to learn about the process, stomp some grapes, and have a little taste. Like Lucy and Ethel before them, Toni and her sisters create their own memorable grape stomping moments with a lot of laughter and a lot of clumsiness. Our favorite grape stomper is of course Traci who does it with a lot of man power and a lot of f bombs. BFVQuote: “I beat ya til your butt turns red.” However, when the owner of the winery takes a sip of the feet-tastic sludge, the girls are set over the edge.
After getting a bit dirty, the girls charter a boat to the island of Capri that may be the grand finale to Towanda’s birthday celebration. What may also act as a finale is Trina’s desire to go topless, and Towanda’s echoing support of the act. BFVQuote: “We’re in Italy. When in Rome!” It will be difficult to top that, but Toni has one more surprise as a old fashion convertible limo picks the girls up and takes them to a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Amaffi Coast. Unfortunately, the girls miss Tamar but feel like she didn’t come because she would not want to be apart from Vince. BFVQuote: “However comma one or two days are not going to hurt you, Tamar Braxton. If you can pull yourself away from the Velcro, perhaps you can have fun with your sisters.” Trina asks the sisters to all have a line in her boutique, and Toni invites everyone to visit her in Canada while she films her movie. Toni makes the sisters promise to bring Tamar, and it seems like everyone is supportive of that idea… for now.
Unfortunately the Italian love affair has come to an end, and Toni is paying Tamar a visit to discuss some of the issues that arouse in Italy. BFVQuote: “I call all of my siblings. I damn near begged them to come and hang out with me and the answer is always no, or there is no answer.” Tamar insists she is not mad at anyone, and had no idea anyone had beef. BFVQuote: “Girl, have several.” This looks like a job for Ms. E. BFVQuote: “Life it too short for this foolishness.” If this drama doesn’t get cleared up, Toni is seriously worried about the state of the sisterhood in Canada.
Will the sisters be able to put their issues aside and enjoy sister time in Canada? Will Tamar take Ms. E’s advice and fix the problem with Towanda? What are you looking forward to this season? WE want to hear from you!
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
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…
They’re baaaaaaaack! It is so good to see the Braxton ladies, especially since all of the women have been on the grind pursuing new endeavors.
Tamar is riding the baby train due to Vince’s recent health problems, and visits with a specialist to get some tests done and talk strategy. But Tamar, how you gonna be a mama when you squirm like a little girl when getting blood taken? It looks like you have ants in your pants! Next, Dr. Toner walks Tamar through the examination he will do to make sure she is able to carry a baby. BFVQuote: “I didn’t want to be the person to hold Vince back from being a father.”
At Trina’s house, Tamar is creating a new hot single using Trina’s doorbell. If we were Trina, we would have flipped! BFVQuote: “That’s dope!” BFVQuote: “No it’s not. That’s dumb!” Trina gets right down to baby business to find out that Tamar had quote an interesting procedure. BFVQuote: “He novocained my coochie!” With Towanda still in the running as surrogate, Tamar has to decide what her next course of action will be. BFVQuote: “This is a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.” Tamar has a lot she would like to accomplish for her music career, and a baby may not exactly fit into her schedule. Toni has also asked the sisters to help her audition new background singers, and Trina and Tamar look like they will be tough critics! BFVQuote: “If you have stretch marks and your stomach is touching your leg when you sit down that that’s a problem.”
Towanda and Andre head to lunch so Towanda can sit him down and discuss her possible surrogacy. BFVQuote: “She’s a good aunt, but a mother is a totally different thing.” Luckily, Towanda is guzzling that wine to build up some liquid courage to drop the bomb. Poor Andre just looks plain, old confused. For someone who didn’t want to have any more kids, Andre doesn’t understand why Towanda would agree to this. Andre’s concerns vary between complication of birth, medical builds, and the impression of his two children. While WE understand why Towanda is offering to be a surrogate for Tamar, WE totally understand Andre’s valid concerns. BFVQuote: “Nobody cares about Andre, nobody cares about Braxton, nobody cares about Brooke.” Andre is concerned this is just another instance where the sisters are using Towanda and taking advantage of her generosity. BFVQuote: “Is Vince gonna be there looking at your cutie cutie?” I mean, that is a valid question… right? Andre just wants everyone to take everyone into consideration.
Tamar and Trina sit down for dinner with Mama E to see how her life coaching business is going. BFVQuote: “Bless Tamar’s womb!” Mama E already has a bunch of clients lined up, so business seems to be going extremely well. Mama E has a lot of experience from being a youth counselor and a pastor. BFVQuote: “Shhhhh! Why you always going in preaching mode?” Tamar does do a spot on impression of Mama E though!
Finally, Toni’s audition for new background singers is underway. BFVQuote: “Get ready. Imma torture you. You wish you never sung before a day in your life.” Are WE the only ones that are scared? BFVQuote: “It’s time for her to find little chickadees that she can make her pet.” Toni will miss having her sisters on the road with her, but it is the right decision for everyone to explore new options. BFVQuote: “If they’re rachet, they’re wack, they’re pornstars, they’re video hoes, and stuff like that then I can pick them out. You have to go!” Something we definitely learned from this audition is when Toni Braxton asks you to sing, you do not perform Chaka Khan! Girl, save that for the karaoke bar because you just BLEW this audition. BFVQuote: “I can’t worry about being nice right now.” But Towanda, Towanda, Towanda… how did you not know the right lyrics to “Man Enough For Me” when you have probably performed it with Toni over 1,000 times? You’re lucky you didn’t have to audition in front of a panel like these girls, or else Tamar would have called you out with a quickness! But, the best part of this audition was Tamar’s impersonation of Toni. WE were dying of laughter. Between this impression and the one of Mama E, WE think Tamar could have a career in this. But, congratulations to all Toni’s background singers. You made it through one tough audition. BFVQuote: “You can’t be singing behind my sister looking like Ronald McDonald. Have several seats, and the first one should be at the hair salon.”
While her daughters are being tougher than the judges on American Idol, Evelyn meets up with Doc to form a working partnership to help grow her life coaching business. Since Mama E deals with the mind, body, and spirit only, Doc can offer expertise in weight management, body image, and more. Looks like Mama E’s business is a one stop shop for women needing that extra boost of self esteem.
BFVQuote: “I just think someone else carrying my baby is a great idea because I still get to live my life. I still get to drop it like its hot, pick it up, I can laugh and not pee and still have regular things go on in my life.” Vince doesn’t seem too on board with Towanda carrying his baby. BFVQuote: “I am not rubbing Towanda’s belly.” Oh Vince! WE think Vince and Tamar need to get on the same page before moving forward with any of this baby stuff. BFVQuote: “May they all be from ‘Tribe Ugly.’”
Do you think Towanda is making the right decision to be a surrogate for Tamar? Were the sisters a bit harsh during the audition? Is Tamar really ready to be a mommy? Let us know what you think!
We’ve waited and waited…we’ve counted down the days…and now FINALLY the season two premiere of Braxton Family Values has arrived! This episode was everything we could have hoped for…and then some.
First a quick recap on our fave family: Season one was a huge success, catapulting the ladies into the spotlight, a familiar place for Toni but fairly new for her sisters, which has caused some tension amongst them. Toni has moved to LA, Towanda is working on her acting career, Trina is going full-throttle with her new band, Traci is still waiting for the Braxton Family Album to materialize and Tamar is hard at work on her solo project.
A lot seems to have changed for the girls since we last saw them, but their dynamic family relationship is still in tact-case in point, our first look at Toni’s new pad. Traci and Evelyn come to visit and the superstar reveals that Tamar has secretly been working on an album without telling the others. Both mom and Traci are angered by the dishonesty and all three of them call out Tamar later on when she blatantly lies to them about her intentions (oh Tamar…). After some choice words, Tamar ultimately storms out- leaving Ev, Toni and Traci hopping mad.
Things are not going so smoothly in Atlanta either. Towanda and Andre have moved in with Trina and Gabe, and Gabe is less than thrilled. Annoyed by their noise and inability to pay rent, he heads from his home office to bust in on Trina’s band rehearsal, demanding to talk about it. Needless to say, this visit is not well-received and Trina accuses him of showing up because he doesn’t trust her. This leads to a session with Dr. Sherry, who tells the couple they need to ask Towanda and Andre to leave if they want to work on their own marriage (much to Trina’s chagrin).
And just so you don’t think everything is serious…a little fun is sprinkled in when Tamar finds out that Toni has started dating her ex! She tries unsuccessfully to deny it, as Tamar writes an impromptu song about the ‘interesting’ situation…maybe she should put that on her new album…?
Moving on, Tamar is not off the hook yet. Evelyn is furious about her behavior at Toni’s and drops by to tell her so. The two have an intense argument that ends with mom telling her daughter she will “slap the p*ss out of her” if she ever disrespects her like that again. Ouch. Note to self-do NOT get on Evelyn’s bad side.
Overall, an emotional start to the season and things are only going to get better. Next week it looks like Towanda might be moving back to LA and Tamar is refusing to cooperate with her new producer…here we go again.