Once again, Kimbella finds herself in the middle of a fight, but for once, I’m pretty sure we were all rooting for her. But first…
Jimmy‘s in the market for a new car, but he lost a bet to Juelz, so the car needs to be white and not Jim’s preferred black. They take a trip to the Audi dealership and are led to the secret back room where they keep the GOOD cars to test out the best of the best.
“Is this the one that The Transporter be driving?” Jim asks, but no one at the Audi dealership answers because The Transporter drove a BMW. “I don’t know if it’s fit for a king, but it’s damn sure fit for a hustler,” Jim tells the Audi dealer and they wrap it up.
“There’s a foreign car in my driveway. What is it doing here?” Chrissy asks when she sees the white monster approach.
“If a car is at the top of your to-do list, it’s time for me to be realistic with where Jimmy’s head is,” Chrissy says, obviously angry that a car is more important to him than a ring.
“It’s my car, it’s my money, I copped that. It’s my castle, ya heard?” Jim tells us (would he ever say that to Chrissy’s face, I wonder?) after Chrissy tells him to get that thing out of her driveway. “I’ve loved him forever and it’s time to grow up,” Chrissy says, and once again, it’s clear she is tired of babysitting this man.
Chrissy meets up with Emily and now-full-time castmember Teairra Mari and first shows off her new ‘do, which she calls the Dora The Explorer,
and then tells the ladies about her meeting with Kimbella from last week. Chrissy says Kimbella showed up in flats which is always code for “fightin’ mode” but that she ended up seeing that Kimbella didn’t want to fight, she just wanted peace, and Chrissy was okay with that.
“Honestly, I want to like Kimbella but she’s giving me this little slutty vibe and I’m uncomfortable with it,” Emily says. “She got her man, she got her magazine, she got everything from being that slutty being, maybe that’s not really even who she is.”
Everyone’ laughs at “slutty being” and I’m just waiting to see the moment it starts trending on Twitter.
“Everybody I know feels better when they look good,” Chrissy says as she makes her way to the garment district to start work on Jimmy’s outerwear line.
She’s going to be there every step of the way with the clothing design and at her meeting she establishes the fact that she is HBIC of this project. And when the prototypes of all the jackets come out and Jim sees them, he’s happy with them in his understated way. “For the most part they got the designs right on target. Can’t be mad,” he says.
Chrissy’s feeling really proud of her work on the project and asks for an actual stake in the business instead of just considering what she helped with like some kind of favor to Jimmy, but Jim tells her she’s just his partner “by default” and she does not enjoy that logic. “I’m thoroughly disgusted. Because we know my involvement in this project, and you’re gonna sit there like I don’t have the right to ask you to be a part of it on paper? I’m ready to punch him in his face,” she says.
Yandy meets up with former video girl slash model slash aspiring singer Erica who’s ready to let go of her video past and start being legit at…something else. Right away, Erica is like, please do not compare me to Kimbella, I’m up here and she’s down here.
“B—es like that depreciate us,” she says, referring to the video girl hustle. She’s mad at whatever Kimbella represents. Poor Kimbella has’t even shown up in this episode yet and she’s getting a beatdown. (Oh, but let’s just wait for the real beatdown…)
Last week, Emily told Olivia and Chrissy that she just can’t resist that old Fab charm and that she’s dating him again (in spite of all his cheating, in spite of Kimbella The Slutty Being admitting to sleeping with him, in spite of it all), so this week, Olivia has a conversation with Teairra to address her concerns about this situation. “That’s crazy, you just giving him everything for free!” Olivia says. Emily is happy, but Olivia points out “What she wants is not what’s best for her.” Olivia’s basically begging Teairra to have a talk with Emily to make this point.
Finally, we get a little personal backstory on Chrissy’s family and we’re getting emotional just re-telling it…Chrissy says her parents are “no longer with her” and she’s been without them for a long time, but she has Aunt Cookie and Uncle Ralph to watch over her instead. “My Aunt Cookie is the epitome of class because she is just loving,” Chrissy says through tears. And Uncle Ralph is her father figure and the man who would give her away if she ever does get married.
Chrissy has a heart to heart with Cookie about the state of her relationship and ultimately tells her aunt “I don’t want to be married to someone who doesn’t want to be married to me,” and Cookie tells her that Jim is just scared.
“Somebody needs to school this young man on how much I love him and how hard I love him,” Chrissy says, and so it’s decided that Uncle Ralph should have a man to man conversation with Jimmy. Jimmy’s reaction to that? “I don’t do that.” But beeeegruddddgingly, he agrees.
Uncle Ralph comes over and Jim pours them each a rum and coke which is 90% rum, and 10% Coke.
They talk about their women and swap stories about how their relationships started and both men speak with so much affection for their ladies. Turns out, Aunt Cookie proposed to Uncle Ralph too, so that’s obviously where Chrissy gets that determination. The conversation leads Jimmy to another conclusion, too. “I guess she’s figuring the money that I just dropped for the car might have been the money I should have spent for the ring.” Uhhhh DOY, Jimmy.
There are a lot of heart to hearts this week, because Rich Dollaz, fresh off his professional breakup with Olivia, meets with Yandy to have a manager discussion. First she schools him on how to woosah to calm his nerves.
Rich is frustrated, still, because Olivia is not getting any record deals. “There’s no reason why she’s not the biggest star in the world,” he says, but Yandy thinks it’s because she’s closed off and doesn’t really share herself. In a conversation with her cousin Jackie, Olivia admits that her mother (and all the bad communication and negative reinforcement she got from her) is the reason she’s closed off, but Olivia thinks maybe if she writes a song about these feelings, that might be the thing to show her mother how hurt she is.
Kimbella ends the episode with her share on confrontations. First, Teairra Mari meets up with her to tell her that she thinks she knows why Kim’s so misunderstood, it’s because “there’s a fine line between what people perceive as sexy and overtly sexy,” i.e. “slutty” and Teairra calls it like she sees it and says Kim is a lady of the “overtly sexy” variety.
But Kim agrees and acknowledges that that’s the first impression she gives. Kimbella’s next confrontation is with Erica, Yandy’s new buddy. Yandy, you always do this! You bring a new girl into the mix and all hell breaks loose! Come ON, girl!
“On paper, Kimbella and Erica, they’re the same girl,” Yandy says. “I would think they should get along.” Famous last words. Right off the bat, Erica starts a beef with Kim, telling her that she’s seen Kim around but they don’t hang out because they’re on two different levels. “You’re here and I’m here,” she repeats as if it’s a mantra she desperately needs to believe. I didn’t think anyone could ever make Kimbella into a sympathetic character, but Erica’s doing a great job.
“There has to be history there, it was just too intense,” Teairra says. “Where would this come from?” Erica’s claws are still out, and she angrily discredits Kim’s modeling as soft-core porn, and then says Kim hit the jackpot by finding a man with some money to knock her up. Yandy is mortified that she’s brought this woman to the situation. “I’m in shock right now,” she says.
“If this b—h does not shut the f— up, I’m gonna have to shut her the f— up,” Kim says. And with that…
“I’m completely mortified and disgusted with Erica,” Yandy says when it’s all over. Uh, I think we all are? But Erica’s not finished, she calls the cops on Kimbella, so Kim, Yandy and Teairra, perhaps not using the best judgment, flee before the cops arrive. (Best quote as Yandy is running from the sirens: “I feel like I’m with Jim right now!”) But Erica, she’s got her eye (her good eye, at least) on them…