What Chilli Wants Recap – Episode 5 – Couples Counseling



Stretching with Chilli actually increases workout tension!

We begin this week’s What Chilli Wants with a backyard workout lead by Chilli and reluctantly followed by Tionna.


Tionna says she didn’t want to go after their fight the night before, but they had already scheduled it. Also, this is a show, and I think this weighs a little more heavily. And as she says, “My word is my bond,” though, she also vowed to find the right guy for Chilli before she said she was out, so really, some words are bonds, others are not. This is a tension-filled stretch:



Chilli takes time during workouts to tell Tionna that she didn’t like coming at her “…in a very judgmental way.” Tionna takes this in a very hypocritical way because this show’s tagline could have been “…In a very judgmental way!” But Chilli ignores Tionna’s snorts and says she’s willing to change. So she’s going to see a therapist on Tionna’s orders.


Actually Chilli sort of ignores Tionna. She takes it out on her with this passive aggressive workout. Like, it’s just mean to make a young lady this busty do jumping jacks and standing chest flies.


Tionna takes it until she just dashes away. Note: Running away from exercise is still running. I’m enjoying this running physical fitness theme throughout What Chilli Wants. The rest of the episode? Not nearly as hilarious.

Chilli gets a pre-therapist therapist when she does a photoshoot with T-Boz. First, I’m not sure what the look for their TLC photo was here: Teacher and student? Senior photo?


I expect T-Boz, who has survived two deadly illnesses (a brain tumor, sickle cell anemia), to say something about compromise and finding someone and greater perspective, but like a good friend, T-Boz is on Chilli’s side, even if that side is a little ridiculous.


Chilli’s going to have to get that greater perspective elsewhere. So Tionna takes Chilli to meet a couple that’s been married almost 50 years. They talk to her about compromise, but mostly, they teach by example. So cute, this couple.


Then Chilli goes out on the only date she’ll be having this episode.


“I’m preparing my son for somebody’s good, clean daughter,” she says. But who’ll be good enough? “I got dibs on Sasha Obama.” Hey, it’s the next best thing, since Missy Elliott pointed out that Barack Obama’s the only one close to good enough for Chilli.

“I think you’re like, my favorite celebrity. Not just because you’re my mom,” Tron says. Now, you’d think it’d be the past boyfriends in Chilli’s life that have led to her high standards, but maybe it’s Tron too. Once again: so cute, this couple.

Though this is Chilli’s therapy, it’s really couples therapy in a way. Here’s two people that need to work together and build a relationship (for one of them, but still, together), and they can’t get along.


But then Dr. Davis asks Tionna to leave so she can dig into the list a bit more. She asks Chilli to pick a boyfriend that stands out in her mind. I know which one I’d pick! And I know which moment would stick in my mind. But Chilli goes with Dallas, her first serious boyfriend.

She confesses to having an abortion when she was 20, which she’s regretted ever since. Chilli says she cried almost every day for nine years, part of why she wanted to have Tron with Dallas, so she could make up for what happened.


Her history with Usher? Just that she couldn’t compromise and see herself with him for the rest of her life. So, from age 20 til now, Chilli’s had two serious relationships: Dallas and Usher. The takeaway: You develop issues when you miss out on your sloppy 20’s. I believe a series of truly terrible short-term relationships would have helped Chilli out.


Dr. Davis brings Tionna back in, then says to Chilli what Tionna’s been saying in her own, precious, four-letter way since Episode 1: Chilli’s using her list as a form of self-protection. When Tionna hears that Chilli is, at least, slightly, kind of, a little, willing to comprise on the list, she is happy.


These ladies! Such a cute couple.

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