Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business Recap – Episode 7 – 31 Is The New 30

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Brandy’s turning 31…

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…but don’t tell her T-shirt that!

So, supposedly, Brandy’s 30th birthday was “wack.” She implies that this was a result of Ray J not coming through. Is she implying that the West Coast Party King is less than omnipotent? That is harrowing news that shakes up my entire world view.

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Well, he can still eat standing up, so he’s at least retaining some of his powers.

Brandy and her friends seem to come up with the idea of celebrating her birthday in Miami. Ray’s in. He agrees to “go hard” for Brandy’s special day and pledges, “We gonna hit Miami like a thunderstorm.” Not a hurricane, though. I guess there’s a difference between going hard and devastating.

Speaking of the latter, though, Brandy requests that Flo Rida be invited. A perfect setup to have her heart rained on!

Brandy packs for Miami. We get a peek into her closet, which seems to carry enough bangles to fill a Claire’s Boutique.

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The funniest bit of this Miami preparation occurs when Ray attempts to convince Sonja and Willie to join them in Florida. An unlikely, very frustrating English lesson ensues:

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Ray: I said y’all wasn’t gonna come…
Sonja: You weren’t gonna come
Ray: You was NOT gonna come.
Sonja: You weren’t gonna come
Ray: You wasn’t gon’ get there.
Sonja: You weren’t!
Ray: You weren’t.
Sonja: Right.

He got it! He actually got it! Now in addition to the West Coast Party King, Ray J is the West Coast Grammar King. Boo ya!

West meets South when the Brandy birthday entourage touches down in Miami. From the start, everything is lovely and poppin’ (thanks to the champagne and its cork than Ray’s ruling, probably).

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Meanwhile at home…

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…Sonja wears a T-shirt featuring something she said during the first season of For the Love of Ray J. I was going to call it her “catchphrase,” but I think Amy Winehouse might have a thing or two to say (or at this point, I guess mumble incoherently) about that. I would love to see them battle it out for claim over “No! No! No!” I have a feeling that Winehouse would win for sheer willingness to bite and/or spit blood like one of the rage zombies of 28 Days Later.

Ray J contacts a party promoter about Brandy’s extended birthday celebration. The most interesting thing about this scene is that the camera stays focused on the upper part of Ray’s face for a good 10 seconds.

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I wonder if this is a subliminal bid to get Ray on Proactiv commercials. Lovely, lovely skin.

Then he and Ryan attempt to strategize on how Brandy should be presented with the $10,000 in cash that he plans to give her.

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This concern is legitimate. When giving someone $10,000, you must do it with finesse, lest they reject it and embarrass you. People are very particular when it comes to receiving money.

At dinner, a discussion regarding the battle of the sexes takes place.

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Brandy says she has discovered that she likes guys that pose a challenge. Like, say, the type of guy who invites you to the Grammys and then disinvites you. That’s otally hot.

Then, the best scene of the episode (besides Ray’s grammar lesson): Ray wants to hire some sexy dudes to carry Brandy out to the pool, but then realizes that he has to select said the sexy dudes, and sexy dudes are not exactly in his area of interest.

In the face (and pecs and belly buttons) of this…

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…Ray’s all…

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…but I’m not! Here’s some more!

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These may be the most exciting screencaps I’ve ever taken. Oh, and the one directly above with the shaved head is totally the hottest. I wouldn’t just hire him to carry me, but my baggage as well. That’s not a euphemism and I’m not being pervy. I’m not supposed to lift things, a la George Rekers.

Anyway, Shay is brought in to help with the selection.

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Shay loves her life.

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Like, really, really loves it.

Apparently, everyone gets hired and Shay escorts the shirtless dudes to Brandy’s room. I know nothing of the interests of these men, but it looks like a mini Pride Parade.

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Brandy cannot believe her luck!

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She says, “I’ve never been around seven good-looking guys at the same time with their shirts off,” and I’m all, “Well, I guess she’s never been to a gay club.” And then she continues, “…carrying me like I’m some kind of queen or something,” and I’m still all, “Well, I guess she’s never been to a gay club.”

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And now, she at least knows what going to a gay club feels like.

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Who’s got two thumbs and enjoys being carried around by shirtless dudes?

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Who doesn’t? (Except people who aren’t into dudes, and even then, they’d probably get a kick out of this if they were comfortable enough with themselves.)

Anyway, the shirtless dudes hang around and party with the entourage.

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So that’s fortunate. Brandy calls Sonja to…I don’t know? Wish herself a happy birthday? Anyway, Sonja’s busy! She ignores Brandy’s call.

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I guess after dodging those favoritism allegations, Sonja got comfortable again.

The money arrives…

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..and, phew, Brandy’ll take the $10,000. Close one, right? Then an airplane banner advertising tonight’s festivities goes by…

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At this, Brandy breaks down.

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She says she feels truly appreciated. It’s amazing, the power of planes. But really, feeling appreciated is an issue that repeatedly comes up with Brandy. Kinda makes you wonder if instead of a destination blowout featuring a cash prize, a handwritten card would have sufficed.

But whatever! They’re going big! And to Mansion!

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Flo Rida does end up attending the party…

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(I love the weird mix of specificity and generality in his billing, btw.)

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He’s standoffish as ever…

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And after he mumbles, “Glad I saw you, I’ll talk to you later,” Brandy interviews, “It’s just better for us to be friends” with all the complications of paparazzi, etc. Sometimes closure is the best gift of all. You don’t even need a princess crown to appreciate it.

Related content
Our exclusive Brandy and Willie Norwood video interview
Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business show page
Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business videos and extras

  1. T. Ingram says:

    I’m curious why Brandy’s daughter isn’t a part of the show. I understand if she doesn’t want her taped, but there is no mention at all that she even has a daughter or what that means to her decisions to continue pursuit of her career, dating, etc.

  2. Frunk says:

    Dont you have a daughter? shouldnt you be spending time with your child? or at least acknowledge that she exists.

  3. valencia says:

    week after week i watch this show only to proven right. Ray J is a immature mama’s boy and sonja clearly loves ray more than brandy. maybe she needs a reality check. stay strong Bran.. You shouldn’t have to fight for your mothers love. heartwrenching

  4. valencia says:

    clearly sonja loves ray more than her first born. a daughter shouldn’t have to fight for her mothers love. week after week i’ve been proven right… that ray is no more than an immature mama’s boy and sonja needs a reality check. heartwrenching. the father needs to develope a backbone and get his family in order

  5. Cinema says:

    I was watching tough love last night, and this came on after. I figured I might give it a shot after my nay saying. I got as far as the opening credits before I turned it off.

    Seriously VH1, wtf is that? That opening credit sing-off bs is literally the worst thing you guys have ever done. Forget about giving Megan Hauserman more camera time, or giving the world the classy ladies of flavor of love, this is the worst thing ever. I laughed so hard, and then dry heaved, and then felt embarrassed for you guys the entire night.

    (I don’t think I’m missing anything. I watched the recap and could tell it was probably as big of a turd as I thought)

  6. pam says:

    I have to first start off by saying I think it is a good ideal that you don’t have your daughter on the show, for everybody that did not know that Brandy has a daughter you know now. Stop being stupid when you write in because if you have followed Brandy you know she has a beautiful daughter and Sonja loves Ray j and Brandy the same. I really respect Ray Sr. because he is a very well balanced man. He loves his wife and his family and is only looking out for the family. He is a man who heads his household well. I love the show,God Bless you.

  7. hi says:

    it’s “PEEK into her closet” as opposed to “PEAK into her closet.”

  8. Tev says:

    That grammar lesson… and the joke you made about “West Coast Grammar King”…

    Best thing I’ve seen from Vh1 for MONTHS.

  9. Rich Juzwiak says:

    Peek/peak is the bane of my existence. Thank you. Hopefully this will never happen again.

  10. Shannen says:

    ok…. Brandy, PLEASE STOP acting subordinate to Ray J ..I could say I once respected you both on a high level at one time, but you guys are now making a mockery of you lives for entertainment. BE REAL and enjoy the life that GOD has blessed you guys with.

    A True Music Lover,
    Shannen

  11. anne48 says:

    FOGET FLO RI DA HE LOOKS OLD ENOUGH TO BE YOUR FATHER YOU DESERVE BETTER BRANDY STAY STRONG GIRL. HE DON,T EVEN KNOW HOW TO APRECIATE A BEAUTIFUL SISTER LIKE YOU

  12. Tiff says:

    I know Bran birthday is in Feb. I am curious as to why we are just now seeing a celebration? Ray like I said before you really stood out for this party and even brought me to tears.

  13. sharon says:

    why doesn’t brandy talk about her daughter.

  14. kels says:

    Flo rida isnt interested in Brandy b/c she’s wack.

  15. jahstar says:

    I thought brandi had a child why if this is
    supposedly a realty show.., why do we never here about her child?

  16. shontelle says:

    I think that ray j and brandy need to stop acting like they are so cool. The slang that they use is so wack and old. ray j thinks that he is a player and brandy think that she’s so beautiful. The mom is acting like she is a real wheeler and dealer. A so callled tough business woman, and the father is a complete wus with the most annoying sounding voice. I liked brandy back in the day, but the family just seems so stuck up to me these days. Also brandy’s best friend is so annoying. shorty mac (what a dumb name) is so pathetic. I don’t understand why ray j need his entourage with him everywhere he goes. The only thing i can say positive about brandy is that she deserves more love and understanding from her mom. Her mom clearly favors ray j over her.

  17. NICOLE says:

    I REALLY GIVE U THE UP MOST RESPECT IF YOU COME OUT AND TELL YOUR SIDE I REALLY DON’T KNOW YOU JUST YOUR MUSIC AND YOU NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT SO YOU CAN FORGIVE YOURSELF AND CLEAR YOUR NAME THE DOGG ~%@#@@#(%(`%(!& MEDIA MADE US THINK YOU STARTED THE ACCIDENT AND NO IT IS NOT OUR BUSINESS BUT IT WILL REASURE US AS YOUR FANS THAT YOUR NOT WHAT THEY CALLED YOU MS. NORWOOD NOT FOR NO ONE ELSE BUT YOURSELF FORGIVENESS NICOLE ,,,,STL 35YEARS OLD

  18. Deborah says:

    Hello,
    Please I am not some crazy person. Just have had some health problems and would like to tell Sonja to go to a doctor and make sure you tell them everything about when you get dizzy.You could have a clog artery. They found one in me. Was lucky not to have a stoke. This is not to conmen but its a lot better to find it as soon as possible.Please fell free to email me if you would like to talk or have question.

  19. Nita says:

    Where is Brandy’s daughter?