Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business Recap – Episode 4 – Bad-Day Brandy

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I’d quote “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” but that doesn’t seem appropriate given the parties involved.

Brandy just can’t catch a break!

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This episode sets up a familial tone of favoritism that clearly has plagued Brandy forever. See, when Ray “I Am the Business” J shows up to a family meeting hungover…

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…or maybe still drunk…

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…but at any rate, completely distracting…

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…Sonja finds it all hilarious:

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Look, she’s even covering up her mouth because she knows she shouldn’t:

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But she does anyway! Everything Ray “I’m Not No Little Kid” J does is golden! Don’t try to tell her otherwise!

Meanwhile, contrast her reactions to Ray’s antics with her reaction to the mere mention of Brandy’s rapping alter ego, Bran’Nu:

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I know, right? When I heard Bran’Nu on Shock Value II, my first thought was, “Needs more puke breath.”

I think Sonja’s reaction is so unfair. I mean, singing and rapping are but two of Brandy’s many talents. Let’s see some more:

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Meanwhile, Ray J has the puppy do all of his work:

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The inner 8-year-old in me was wailing, “No fairrrrrrrrrrr! No faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaair!” for the duration of this episode.

Anyway, the reason Bran’Nu is mentioned is because Brandy is set to perform tonight with Timbaland at the House of Blues. Ray’s already knocked her off course, but what happens next takes her to her knees…

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Ray’s friends, Shortie Mac and Dre Sinatra (who apparently now wants to be called “Dre One,” perhaps to distance himself from the homey-smashing scandal?), collectively possessing the maturity of a fetus, arrange for a stripper to visit the Norwood Family office:

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Ray “I Put S*** Together” J receives her with aplomb, at one point requesting for the door to be closed. Brandy does not fulfill his request.

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Shortie Mac camps his way in the office…

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…and practically ignores Sonja while she’s trying to throw him out.

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Although, whatever you have to say about her relationship with her children, you have to give it to her for savaging Shortie: “You are scandalous, Shortie Mac, and that’s the reason why you are where you are today. Nowhere!” Nowhere, of course, except on the Norwood Family reality show.

Meanwhile, Willie is…occupied. As Brandy says, “There is a stripper in here and my dad is here…eating Chinese food.” It is clear that Willie takes a chopsticks-off approach to discipline.

Everyone gets yelled at. Brandy and Ray “Check My Bank Account” J bicker. Shay implies that he’s good for nothing, causing him to spout all the quotes I’ve been using as his middle name in this recap. He rhapsodizes cellulite. Then he proves he’s at least slightly more mature than his friends…

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After all, fetuses don’t chew gum.

Brandy attends rehearsal with Timbo, where she faces more strife, this time against the rhythm that Tim’s dishing:

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Before the show, she’s put in an outfit that won’t allow her to “do her thang”…

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…but she wears it anyway. Things seem to be on an upswing for Brandy, as she is greeted by her dad at the show…

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…and receives a positive review on her MCing from the Game…

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…and, once on stage…

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…makes Tim’s eyes bug out…

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…and causes him to basically fall on the “make” side of this make-or-break performance…

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Ray loves it, too.

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But you know who doesn’t? Sonja. She didn’t attend the show, and the next day, she won’t even let Brandy talk about it. It seems like more anti-hip-hop vitriol, but Ray breaks it down for Brandy, saying Sonja’s mad at Shortie for ordering a stripper to come to the office, Willie for not speaking up about it (sweet and sour chicken can be soooo distracting!) and Brandy for taking exception to Sonja telling Shortie he’s “nowhere” (a reality show is somewhere, damn it!). Ray comes off unscathed because, he explains, “It wasn’t my fault.” After all, we watched him for two For the Love of Ray J seasons have a nearly Pavlovian response to strippers. How could you possibly blame him for accepting the lapdance that was ordered for him?

Willie says it best when he explains that Sonja’s mood and behavior are putting a damper on the previous night’s festivities. So the one thing that went right for Brandy this episode is now destroyed. Great!

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Who knew rapping still had it in itself to be so devastating?

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  1. Janice says:

    Where is Brandy’s baby-Sy’rai Iman Smith? Can somebody answer that. She is never mention until last night.

  2. CS3 Fan says:

    Sonja is the kind of mother I can’t stand: the one that lets the boy(s) do whatever they please and makes the girl(s) feel guilty for not following the life plan she has specifically set out for them.

    I can’t even watcht this show because she bothers me so much. I just catch the recaps because I have been a fan of Brandy for 15 years. Love ya girl!

  3. Evelyn says:

    Yes I’d like to know why she hasn’t mentioned her daughter..weird??

  4. player says:

    Mrs Sonya wants her own spin off o she is the ex producer to much on the stripper her son does sex tapes what else could his boys send flowers they should have sent her a male stripper

  5. mel says:

    @Janice and Evelyn-she’s made it clear she doesn’t want her daughter on tv. I commend her for that, because it’s one thing for an adult to sign up to do reality tv, but i dont like it for children. Especially younger children who can’t make the decision themselves. let her be a normal kid who the kids at school don’t know every last thing about her.

    AS for sonja, CS3 fan said it best, a lot of moms are like that. I know MY MOm loved my brother a whole lot more than she did me. I was always held to a higher standard, but he was just ‘fun loving’. I actually think both Brandy and Sonja are in love with Ray J to an extent. Not in a sick way, but they are way too permissive of his behavior because they are charmed by him. This is why he’s such a punk, he’s not a man yet because his mom & sis condone too much of his baffoonery.

  6. NeNe says:

    I just wanted to say that I have always been a big fan of Brandy since I wanna be Down and I still jam that song in car! Anyway my input on the show: I am loving it! I loved Brandy’s performance as Bran’Nu but I do want to say Brandy please keep what your mom said in the back of your head: Give the fans what they want…I support Bran’Nu but please don’t make a full rap album. I am an R&B girl and I love your singing, I feel you should implement the rap on your singing album, like give the fans a mix of it. I like your mom cause she keeps it real. Always listen to your parents, they always know what is best…trust me! But keep giving us love, happiness, and of course drama! I want to see a second season already LOL!! lOVE YOU BRANDY…ALSO…Ray J needs to grow up. I am still mad at how he doesn’t want to settle down with Mz. Berry aka Connie. But he is still young..he will learn. I love you Brandy!!

  7. NeNe says:

    I agree with yall on how Sonja seems like she favortizes Ray J….she seems like she gives Brandy a hard time. Ray J does whatever he wants and doesn’t get reprimanded for his doggish behavior. I feel the father should step up too, seems like Sonja runs everything…the family and the business

  8. NeNe says:

    I agree with all of you about how Sonja seem like she favoritizes Ray J. She seems like she gives Brandy a hard time. Ray J does whatever he wants and never get reprimanded…also Willie need to step up too…Sonja seem like she runs everything..the business and the family

  9. MsDiva428 says:

    Brandy stop whining, grow up. If your mom has being treating your brother like this for years why shoulld it bother you now? Why haven’t you gone to your mom and told her it bothers you? Why are you holding on to so much anger. Speak about, deal with it and move on it’s not that hard. As far as Ray J he has no reason to grow up because he has you and your mom so he’s good.

  10. TRUTHHURTS says:

    I really can’t watch this show no more after sunday epi i was even more disgusted by RAY J, I mean really he is 27yes old but act like a 15yr old(SMH) coming into the metting all hungover while the Enabler which is his MOTHER sits there & laugh. I could’nt stand him on his love shows but i thought this was goingto sho a more MATURE RAY,NO it just shows how MOMMY spolis him & treat him like the child he is.My question to Mrs Norwood is how does she expect ray j to ever be a Responible Grown Man when she constanly put all of his blame on someone else.& Yes it was wrong of her for cussing out SHORTY MAC,what about RAY J.(SMH)

  11. Carol says:

    I’m really enjoying this show…How refreshing to watch a healthy positive family of color. Keep up the positive work..But, I was womdering if I can find the name of the shade lipstick and foundation Brandy wears. It’s such a great color on her…

  12. veronica says:

    personally speaking, there are 2 many reality shows, ray j is just another average 2o something with 2 much money and not enuf class and definitely a mamas boy, the real talent is brandy, she needs to get back to real acting and singing…im 20 yrs older and would still buy her cd and watch her sitcoms…ma and dad go back to managing behind the scenes, that’s where you belong…and I ain’t totally mad with you…if this is how you can still put food on your table then do your thing…just put some class into it…

  13. concerned citizen says:

    Why is Ray J always saying he “is the business”? He can’t sell an album to save his life. And he is really rude and childish, especially to his sister, who is the real one that IS THE BUSINESS. Not him. He’s just a joke

  14. kim says:

    I think You can brandy should stand up to her mom….Brandy is grown now, like she said on the show this has been going on since ray was born. Okay so it’s time for you to come into your own. I would get a new manager and really distance myself..She will always be your mom, but the same way she shows you tough love show her the same. You will still be in her life and all but, let her know she needs to change.

  15. Carlie says:

    I love Brandy, she is so real. She is the big sister anyone would love to have. Ray J I think you really need to grow up. If your a nobody who cares if you come to a party. You need to work on your image because being a play boy is a turn off for women, and no one wants to see that. Sonya needs to stop babying Ray J, and she is so wrong for not supporting her daughter, its clear that she shows favortism and thats not good parenting, and the dad need’s to stop letting everyone bite each others head off, and let his wife run him over, and stand up and be a man and put everything in place. Well, thats my piece and I’m sticking with it.

  16. shaknbak480 says:

    I seriously have no respect for Ray J. All he can say is check my bank account? You get paid to party because you are good looking what a talent that is

  17. Sam says:

    Ray J is not accountable and does not act like an adult. Whatever he can convince others to do or whatever he can get out of taking responsibility for, he will. It is sad to see such manipulative behavior being modeled for young men. He is very skilled at turning things around on other people, blaming others, and getting out taking responsibility. This behavior is what truly tears families apart. There is always one who tries to control others with their manipulation. Brandy get out of there. Ray and your mother will always create problems for you. They will crush you with their controlling, abusive behavior!

  18. keepinit100% says:

    Brandy I felt your pain. How could a mother be so hard on her only daughter. I’ve followed ur career from the beginning and you’ve done so much for your family. There would’nt be a family business had u not came out strong. I feel like they owe u. Sonja has been amazing at managing ur career but she cannot continue to manage ur life ur a mother in ur own right. The only thing I can say is keep ur head up and remember much givin much expected your mother is grooming u because Ray still hasn’t grown up. The future of RB is in your hands without a doubt. I love you looking forward to hearing from Bran Nu.

  19. Anon says:

    Wow Brandy all that I can say is the Loss Of Control. Your are no longer in the limelight as your brother.(Fame and Money always changes Family) remember that.Your brother and his shows are stupid. and the sex tape with the tramp and showing his body made that them famous, is short lived.I will give him 3yrs tops and then see how your mother feels when the media that hypes him up….Tear him down. You may have had some minor setbacks but you survived.Take a good look at your Moms behavior and get a better Manager!!! Anyone can manage kids.You are a grown woman. Its time to grow up and learn how to make Your own decisions for your future!! Just my thought.

  20. Benjamis says:

    all i can say is that i am an aspiring rapper, and when i spit, i really spit. brandy got a lil swagg for the rapper status, and she really good at singing. she’s better at singing thant rappong. and rapping requires more lyrical(ness). lol, is that a word? no, but thats somethingyou would hear in a rap these days. BRANDY ROCKS,A ND SHE KILLED the performance with timbaland. singing is her lane, and she is more profound in that department. if she sits down and thinks deeply, she can come up with some better rhymes. she pretty though

  21. Lawyerchick says:

    I WAS a Brandy fan, always wondering why a girl with so much talent wasn’t bigger in the game, and now I know why. BRANDY IS STILL A CHILD AND SOOO SHALLOW. HER MOTHER IS A CONTROL FREAK, AND JEALOUS OF HER DAUGHTER. Man… I don’t like being this judgmental, but if this show is REAL, then I call it like they play it. Regarding Sonja and RayJ, she doesn’t want her son to grow up cause then it might mean he leaves mommy and be responsible to another woman.

  22. merlena says:

    HELLO,
    I JUST GOT FINISHED WATCHING THE SHOW AND YOU KNOW ,IT WAS VERY GOOD I DID ENJOY IT BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE THERE ARE STILL UNBALANCED LIVES EVERYWHERE. RAY J YOU ARE A SELF CENTERED, SELF RIGHTOUS,SPOILED BRAT THAT WAS SO DIRESPECTFUL HOW YOU JUST LET YOUR FRIENDS DO THAT TOO YOUR MOM THAT LIL SHORT DUDE IF YOU HANG WITH SOMEONE LIKE THAT YOU WILL FALL VERY FAST NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE. OH ABOUT THE MONEY PART THE WAY YOU TALKED TOO BRANDYS FRIEND TALKING ABOUT LOOK AT YOUR BANKACCOUNT YOU REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT YOU JUST PUT IN THE UNIVERSE (REAP WAT YOU SOW) DO YOU KNOW YOUR BANK ACCOUNT CAN GO TOO ZERO IN A SEC DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE LORD IWOULD BEAWARE. I DO NOT LVE COMMENTS BUT THAT WAS SO NOT CALLED FOR I HOPE YOU COME OUT TOO BE A NICE YOUNG MAN BY THE TIME YOU TURN 30 BECAUSE YOU ACT LIKE A YOUNG 16 YEAR OLD LET OFF HIS LEASH IF I WAS ONE OF THOSE LADIES I WOULD NOT WANT YOU BCAUSE YOU ARE ARE A TRAINWRECK GETTING READY TOO CRASH SO I HOPE YOU HOLD ON I HOPE I DONT SEE YOU ON CELEBRITY REHAB I WILL BE WATCHING FOR YOU.

  23. Arleen says:

    Hey Guys,

    Be patient and understanding with your mom. She is going through menapause!! Don’t take her reactions and tantrums personally.

    Also know that mother’s and son’s have a special bond!! Don’t feel like she favors Ray J over Brandy. she loves you both, but her bond is different with her son.

    Father’s and daughters have a special bond too!!

    You all have a loving family, now the love will be tested as your mom goes through a fact of life!!

    Hold and because it is going to be a long bumpy road ahead for all of you!!

    Don’t take it personally!! Read up on menapause so you can know what to expect!!

    Also check on the foods that should be avoided!

    Just arm yourselves with the facts of menopause.

    Good Luck and God Bless!!

    Arleen

  24. Jim says:

    Poor Brandy…!
    Maybe change the name of the show to:
    “Ray is Getting Full of Himself, and Needs to Remember He is Largely Where He is Because of his Sister, and Brandy Needs to Find a Better Support System Show”
    haha
    ;-)

  25. Brandy Fan says:

    I really like Brandy, but what is that thing in her nose? Is it a mole or what. I saw it in the stripper/none of it was Ray’s fault(yeah right)/This is Bran Nu episode. I would think that if it was a booger someone would have said “hey wait a minute” and it would have gotten taken care of. On the other hand if it is a growth, it is distracting.

  26. Scotter says:

    I think that Ray J was wrong for the way he talked to Shay. I mean, so we just tryna keep it real w/ him and tell him that he needs to grow up and take stuff more serious. It’s a time and a place for everything, and that was not the place for a stripper to be considering his mother and father was there and it being a place of business. He seemed a lil ()@@)!~#^~@~+**# y trying to say that until someone has the same amount of money as him then they can talk to him about business. I know plenty of people who don’t have a billion dollars in the bank, but have the business mentality of a billionaire. He needs to check himself, b/c it’s typical of celebrities to get the big head and try to be something more than they are. True they are famous and have money, but just as quick as they got it, it can be taken away, so he need to check himself and not act like he so damn important like he the main person making money for the business. His sister been in the game longer than he has and if she hadn’t have opened the door for their family, I don’t think he would be where he is today!!

  27. Disgusted says:

    Ray J is a lil B****H! It’s disgusting…poor, sad excuse for a man.

  28. TJ says:

    Ray J needs to grow the heck up. He is being a hinderance to the growth of their business instead of an (~`@!@_*!)`+!^` et. His mother is definitely the reason why he is the way he is, no doubt about it. I agree with Brandy, there is a big issue of favoritism going on. Her mother is very obstinate and somewhat delusional. I think that she may have a problem with Brandy being her own person and standing by her beliefs.

  29. Queenmluv says:

    Brandy needs to get away frm her fam. Ray J is a spoiled brat and her mom is a know it all who doesnt listen to her. Brandy needs to focus on herself and her career. They lived off her shine for too long as it is.

  30. nonnie says:

    Ray is a 4+ loser. Riding around in his Momma’s VAN with his imbecile friends going parties. How old are you? How much longer do you really think anyone is going to want you at their party? What then? Happy Mother’s Day, Sonja. You did a great job with this one. What a man!

  31. traci says:

    the last episode got to me. i can feel exactly where brandky is coming from as far as ray j being the center of attention and favored by his mother. i went through the same thing and continue to experience it at 36. i only have one child so i have no idea if you love all your children the same (as my mom says) or if there really are favorites. even though my brother was the one to do talk back, be disrespectful, throw parties at the house, get bad grades……….he was still obviously more of a treasure to our mother than i was. no matter how much i accomplised, i never got from her what i saw my brother get. brandy…don’t let them tell you it’s not there. dont let them think you’re the crazy one when you speak on it! Stay up. Oh, and i love brad nu…consider letting her slide in not jump in. on the other hand pink changed up quick and she was still very successful. be still and feel how you should handle brand nu.

  32. Mrs. Jamel Thomas says:

    I watched the ep with Brandy & her mom Sonja clashing. Sonja had asked in this ep why does this happen (re her & her daughter’s relationship). Well, I can SOOO relate to this and have figured out why Sonja. It’s the mother/1st born daughter clash. I’ve seen this occur in many of my friends & families’ relationships with their moms AND on other reality TV shows such as Frankie & Neffie’s relationship on their show. Because I was experiencing this with my very own mother, my younger sister came across this book and picked it up for me to read: THE 1ST BORN ADVANTAGE, Making Your Birth Order Work For You by Dr. Kevin Leman. Ya gotta check out this book. It will explain that mother/1st born daughter scenario :-)

  33. MAXINE says:

    COMMUNICATION–

    Is what is lacking with Brandy and her mother. Sonja does not LISTEN to Brandy at all. She talked over her every time she tried to make a point/express her feelings. And what Brandy stated about her mom dismissing her feelings for years was evident in this conversation. I hope Sonja learns to LISTEN.

  34. Ess says:

    Who said Ray J could sing? What a joke

  35. CNice says:

    Wow! Ray J really comes off as a spoiled mama’s boy on this show. This is not gonna help his career.

  36. Bubbles says:

    Brandy’s mom was been a drama queen she was trying to be the center of attention and to make sure that the whole family revolved around her and worship her as the supposed head of the house she wanted to make sure that if she had a bad time they all had a bad time and made herself look like a victim to get their attention.

  37. thelma evans says:

    I like both Brandy and Ray J. The mom DOES show favortisim toward Ray J. Hopefully after watching the show Ms Sonia will recognize how diferently she treats her 2 kids. Ray J is young and living his life… he isn’t hurting anyone. Their mom responds differently to Ray J., and I think Ray J. somewhat plays to that. At least Ray J doesn’t have baby-mommas running around suing for child support. Their dad is very passive, but I guess that works in their marriage. I did not like when Sonia said she doesn’t work for Brandy or Ray J… wtf? If you are their “manager” you most certainly do.

  38. DramaFree says:

    Attn: “Janice”…

    You must not! be a mother or a good! one…..
    Her daughter is away! from alllll the disfunction!!!!!! that we see in front of the camera’s….and rightfully so for her Mom and Dad to protect her from prying eyes like yours! who would only talk about her if they put her on the show…then your A%% would say….”Why do they have the child on that disfunctional A%% show??????…..Duh!

  39. Drama Free says:

    Brandy’s mother said….”You…Left Me!”….

    So I think Brandy’s Mother was talking about when Brandy rebelled and went off on her own and got pregnant! ect ect ect and messed up the “Perfect” young lady image her Mother so wanted her to have and…keep!….so it looks as if her Mom really resents her (Brandy) for that time in both there lives…that time must have really been hard on them both because it still shows to this day…God Bless them both.

  40. Michelle says:

    Watching this episode, I cried because I have been going through the same thing with my mother. Brandy has earned my respect for dealing with such turmoil while remaining a positive person. Ray J is a spoiled brat and I can’t believe this “man” is 29 years old. He comes off like an arrogant, spoiled teenager and I am no longer a fan. Sonya Norwood? Awful.

  41. Mrs. D says:

    This episode was true to form. Both brandy and her mom talk about “wanting” to mend thier relationship, but that can’t happen if she is still “managing brandy. Business and family do not mix! Pick one or the other. If your mom is a good manager, keep her as just that. If you would like a “mother” fire her, get a new one. Your talent made your career, and your mother played a huge part in that, but so can other people. She is not the only one who can manage for you. That may have sounded harsh but it is true. As far a Ray J, he will never grownup as log as people condone him not growing up. The End!

  42. darlene sharon says:

    Poor Brandy she has every reason to feel the way she does. Their agent or what ever he is, has totally taken on RJ and forgotten about Brandy. She needs to find her own.
    Loyality is priceless and he obviously is bankrupt when it comes to Brandy right now.
    Get in the booth and sing girl. It makes you smile and we can all see the change in you. You are beautiful and so so talented.
    IF they arn’t helping or being supportive of you kick them to the curb.

  43. Ezella says:

    Brandy is a drama queen! She is always moaning, groaning, whining , and complaining about something! Too dramatic for me! I thought she was different…I guess being rich makes people miserable after all! All that money doesn’t mean your happy! Brandy, please grow up…we are tired of your sob stories and you playing the victim…Not a good look ma! Your blessed…stop complaining!

  44. carol says:

    brady stop acting like you all that YOU IS A SPOIL BRAT GROW UP ONE MORE THING you can not sing

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