The Salt-N-Pepa Show Recap – Episode 1 – Push It Real…Tense

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After having over five years off…

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…it’s on!

Welcome to The Salt-N-Pepa Show, the reality half-hour that attempts to blaze a new trail for the hip-hop pioneers. We open on Salt-N-Pepa speaking separately about their estrangement — it came to a point where Salt wanted out of the group and, in doing so, completely alienated Pepa. Salt has moved on, Pep’s still bitter, but for the sake of their dwindling friendship, they’re trying to put things back together.

Of course, that just before their first meeting together, we see Salt saying, “Leaving Salt-N-Pepa was the best move I ever made,” doesn’t really bode well for reunion prospects.

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Their manager presents them with an offer: Shaquille O’Neal has requested they perform a song at his birthday party. Immediately, Salt is defensive, saying that she’s not so happy with messages they’ve put out in the past. “I’m not, ‘Push it real good.’ I’m not, ‘You make me wanna shoop and how does your penis hang?’” Straight up, wait up, hold up, because Pepa, apparently, is “how does your penis hang.” She says that she’s proud of everything they’ve done, and takes issue with Salt’s issues about “Push It.” It wasn’t about sex to her, but apparently it was to Salt. Who’s “how does your penis hang” now? “I thought it was dancin’. I swear on everything I love. People only thought we were saying, ‘P**** real good.’ That’s what the problem was!” That sounds like more of a solution than a problem. And “P**** real good”? Seriously? That sounds like the prequel to the also grammatically unsound “Me So Horny.”

Tensions rise…

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Basically, Salt has moved on, and Pep feels like she’s doing so via the bus that she threw Pep under. The breaks are slammed when Salt mentions that she suffered from severe bulimia and was throwing up five times a day.

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Outrage turns to sadness and finally, you can understand Salt’s point. Fame can really, to use a tasteless but apt cliché, chew you up and spit you out. If it was affecting her with an eating disorder, she was wise to turn her back on it. But, she’s had some time to put her feet on the ground, she’s here and she’s willing to work with Pep.

Kind of.

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Cut to Salt at her prayer group talking about the tough decisions she has ahead of her. For the sake of contrast, we see Pep hanging with her girls…

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Pep broaches the controversial subject of the meaning of “Push It” with them, and they all agree that it’s a dance song. But not this kind of dance song…

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It’s probably safe to say that Pep’s group does not count as a prayer circle. That’s doubly true after Pep tells them of her struggle with Salt: “I’m like bitch…” and then, she embarrassedly corrects herself, “Chick, you owe me this.” Her friend encourages her to say “bitch” if she has to. Sometimes you just gotta. It’s like breathing.

Anyway, one of Salt’s prayer buddies encourages her to take the gig and reignite her career — she says that Salt can reach thousands while still holding onto the safe place she needs. Encouraged, Salt calls Pep…

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…and they’re in! They’re going to do the Shaq gig. Pep pledges to do whatever is necessary to ensure that Salt is comfortable in the process. Cut to…

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…Salt feeling uncomfortable when Pep brings up the “Push It” thing again. She totally muscles Pep into choosing “Whatta Man” as the song they’ll perform at Shaq’s b-day. Pep is reduced to whispering: “I like ‘Whatta Man.’” But she probably doesn’t like it-like it.

Salt revises a line about her man not being a “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” type, while Pep thinks that the line about him having a “body like Arnold” should be updated. Her choice? “A body like Barack…” Apparently, Pep’s into political builds. Fair enough.

Anyway, their rehearsal goes well and look…

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…they actually hug! Reunited and it feels so good!

Good and sexy!

Things start falling apart during wardrobe selection…

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By the time they’re rehearsing with the band, you can practically feel the heat of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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You know things are outrageous when your dreadlocked bassist can’t handle it…

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Salt interrupts Pepa, and Pepa’s all, “What am I doing wrong? I’m just grinding my butt into this guy’s lap? How could that possibly make you uncomfortable?!?!”

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Salt points out in another room that Pep’s simulated sex is exactly what she was talking about when she said she needed that zone of comfort.

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In other words: try harder Pep! And that “try” is as in “…keeping your head out of dudes’ crotches.” Pep points out that the guy is wack, anyway. Ah, standards.

After, Salt again brings up the subject…

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…and drops a bombshell: the Shaq performance has been canceled. Pep reacts as if Jason Voorhees is responsible for the cancellation.

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Seriously, that is a look of axe-wielding terror. Anyway, Salt has a compromise: performing at her church. This way they can get their feet wet…with holy water!

This, too, is not without incident. Pep’s original choice of wardrobe is all wrong…

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She points out that if she wears this, “the nipple’s not gonna show.” Uh, any shirt that requires the referencing of a nipple is probably inappropriate for church, Pep. Just a rule of thumb.

Anyway, they perform…

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And it goes well! They do a Christ-ified version of “Whatta Man” that includes the line, “He’s strong like Samson, knows how to pray.” Talk about an update! There’s only one instance of Pepa crossing the line…

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She goes down a little too far and Salt has to sort of make sure that her bend doesn’t get more salacious. To do so, she literally lifts out her hand to support Pep’s butt. Ah, friendship.

  1. Miss.Travion Adams says:

    Saly n Pepa was the SH*T back in the day they need to work out there promblems they need couciling they issues they are like Sisters They made Poular Black Females Rappers aer where they are today they look up too Salt n pepa Get togrther Yall pepa stop trying to be yung cause your not !!!!!!

  2. briana says:

    pepa need 2 chill wit all of dat 4 real cuz datz jrawlin

  3. Essie Rerun berry says:

    Salt and Pepper I loved your reality show(spititout1@yahoo.com)Essie ReRun Berry

  4. Nic says:

    I love Salt n’ Pepa! I still listen to Shoop and Whatta Man on my ipod!! They were wonderful back then and I will buy their new CD any day! They will be great (just as good if not better) now too!! Salt made some life changes that was something she had no choice but to do. These changes very well may have saved her life. I think Salt n’ Pepa together is a positive thing for the both of them. Salt is protecting her girl by looking out for her and checking out who she’s dating. Pepa is a grown woman, but it’s still good to have a friend to watch your back no matter what. Salt will be a positive influence on Pep (not that she’s a bad person or bad influence, she just needs to have her support from Salt).

    Bottom line, SALT N’ PEPA ROCKS!!!!!!!! I’d love to meet them one day! Salt n’ Pepa have the perfect personalities to work together again, opposites attract!

  5. robbie gunter says:

    I have just become privy to your reality show on VH1 Soul. It is great. Permit me to preface by saying that I am a 57 year old grandmother. My 2 sons grew up on your music; while I was glued to BET watching your videos. Push It!; Shoop! and What a man!; damn; couldnt get any better. You were 2 of the greatest hip hop ladies (girls) around. I felt compelled to write this because Salt is having a really difficult time accepting the fact that while she has accepted Christ into her life; their music was a sign of the times. I truly feel that she can do both. God is us; and we are God’s children. Give it a rest Salt. Either you want to reunite with Pepa or you don’t. This is Pep’s life as well, so don’t just lead her on. You guys were great together on stage. I never got to see a live concert; but believe me I saw every video. Pray on this Salt! I belive that God will speak to your heart as it is. You can be a good mother and wife while being “Salt” on stage. Your children have already seen the videos believe me. I don’t belive they are embarrased as you might think. Pepa has not reached the point that you are in life and she may never do. Don’t judge her. She’s just having fun. When God enters her life you’ll know it. She’ll know it. Your videos are not any more sexual explicit that watching Nick and Phyllis on the Young and the Restless. Again this is coming from a 57 year old grandmother of 7. So relax. Take care of your family. Have a good time. Life is too short to dwell on “stuff”.

    I’m crazy ’bout both of yall!!!!!!!!!!!

    robbie gunter

  6. robbie gunter says:

    I am a 57 year old grandmother of 7 and mother of 3. My children grew up listening to your music and watching your videos on BET. Your reality show is great. It reflects the human side of both women. It says we are performers but then again we are still human. Ok…Salt….I truly belive that God gave you that talent you possess. Where do you think you got it from? So what if there are sexual connotations to your songs? You can see more sex performed by Nick & Phyllis on the Young & The Restless. I don’t belive your children are embarrased by your performances or by the lyrics of the songs. Lighten up Girl…….You can be one of God’s children & still be “Salt”. Just pray from Pepa. She has not reached the plateau that you have reached. Don’t lead her on. If you don’t want to be part of the Salt N Pepa Reunion, then just tell her. God will open up another door for her. Don’t judge her. She’ll be ok. You girls (ladies) were just great in your heyday. Believe me there was not a video or album that I did not buy. So again I say lighten up Salt. You can still perform God’s work and be Salt of Salt n Pepa.