And they all lived hapily ever after. Okay, some of them lived mostly okay ever after.
Kimbella is having a terrible week. Yandy comes over so she can unload all her problems, and Kimbella fills her in on how she ambushed Erica at her birthday party the night before but since she left before they could have a physical fight, Kimbella’s still stressed and anxious because basically she won’t rest until someone beats the crap out of Erica.
“At this point she just so disrespectful, I just wanna like, choke her to sleep,” Kim says. Yoinks. Kim might also be feeling stress though because Juelz is currently in jail. She just found out that he was arrested after having an altercation in their parking lot and he’s being held on $46,000 bail, and for reasons that we’ll find out later, she’s probably hormonal right now. This woman needs a massage and a good cry.
“Nancy and I are in a good place right now,” Chrissy says while she chills with her future mother-in-law. She tells Nancy how much it meant to her that she was there at the engagement and seriously, after last season, did anyone see this coming? So while the ladies discuss how the engagement has affected their own relationship, Chrissy tells Mama J. that Jimmy just thinks the engagement means “we’re supposed to have more sex.” Mama Jones loves that and high fives Chrissy. Hilarious and also ew at the same time
Nancy also assumes that this indicates grandchildren in her future. Soon, Chrissy promises her. “How soon, like tomorrow?” Mama Jones wants to know.
Chrissy promises to love Mama Jones the way she loves Jimmy, and she’s overcome by the positive feelings of their relationship and the engagement. For all the bad times that last season brought, this season is only love. They’re working hard to keep it that way, but still.
Over in Rich’s SUV, Olivia drops the bomb on him that she’s not taking the EMI record deal she’s being offered. This would be her third major deal, but it would also mean signing away some of her creative rights over the course of three albums and she’s not down with that, even though it means money in her pocket. “I’m not going to sign my life away for three albums. They said they want creative control and that’s not gonna work for me,” she says. You know who wants money in his pocket though? Rich. “I’m gonna ride with you, but at the end of the day, this is your life,” he tells her. And Olivia is ready to go broke to make her dreams happen.
Before she can make those dreams come true though, she needs to clear up a beef first. Olivia and radio DJ Funk Master Flex have an issue because of comments he made implying that her career was over.
Olivia thinks the whole thing is very third grade, but he tells her she’s taking the whole thing too personally. He tells her his words should motivate her. “You should say, no, I’m gonna make this happen, I’m gonna make a hot record, f— Flex, f— Fifty, I’m gonna make it happen!” “Nobody goes on somebody that hard and that long for that stupid-ass reason,” Olivia says.
Liv’s next stop on her career train is to meet with producer Jerry Wonda. Jerry gives Olivia’s words a melody and as she starts to sing along, the track goes from poem on a page to instant hit. “That sounds hot!” she says. It really does. For once this season, Olivia has channeled her emotions the right way and her song sounds amazing.
Emily and Chrissy meet to discuss the possibility of Emily going back to Fab. Last week, Emily’s conversation with Winter, Fab’s assistant, struck a nerve because Winter wanted Emily to move back in with Fab and turn a blind eye to his cheating ways. Emily needs Chrissy’s advice because hey, who better to analyze the situation and say what she feels than Chrissy?
“This is a very touchy, very ugly, very gray area. Being ‘accepting’ or being ‘blind to’…I’m not accepting or blind, I’m just realistic. I know that things happen but you better not ever let me find out.” That’s Chrissy’s take on dating a rapper and she tells Emily that the main thing to remember is not to lose her self-respect and that loyalty is key to the relationship.
Meanwhile, Kimbella is still struggling with the dysfunction of her own relationship with Juelz. “Every woman has a gut feeling and every woman has that insight at the back of their mind, and that’s when it’s questionable,” she says, explaining that she took an oath of loyalty to Juelz when they got together, but since this is his first long-term relationship, he might not know how to handle it. “I came with all these guidelines: I’m going to be loyal to you, I’m going to be true to you, but you’ve got to do the same. But when you’re dealing with a man in the industry and all his shenanigans…it becomes a lot,” she says.
She meets with Yandy to talk things out and breaks down explaining that Juelz is pretty much hands off when it comes to running the household or helping with the kids. It’s clear that Kim is in an emotional place, whether things have been unraveling on their own or with the help of Erica’s implications, Kim is just getting a little weary. Yandy assures her that she can always count on their friendship to stay intact though. What do you expect, though? They’re so close they get their menstruals at the same time, remember?
Yandy’s friendship with Mama Jones is still solid too, and they go bikini shopping because Mama J has been invited on Jim and Chrissy’s trip to Jamaica.
“Don’t let Chrissy drown you,” Yandy warns her, and Mama Jones laughs, but assures her that things with Chrissy are actually good now. Mama Jones wants Yandy and Jim though to repair their relationship. Yandy isn’t sure that Jamaica is the time or place to bring up that topic, so instead they just focus on the important things, like finding Mama a decent hat.
Kim’s parents swing by New Jersey to see their grandkids and, even though it’s not ideal because Juelz is still in jail at the moment and, well, nothing at that home is ideal at the moment, Kim has an interesting development to share: she’s pregnant.
Her mother could sense that the news was coming and isn’t congratulatory so much as she’s foreboding. She warns Kim that the stress of three kids could be a lot, and not to mention (salt, meet wound), Kim still doesn’t have a ring on her finger. “It was all there for me and it just slipped away,” Kim says in her confessional.
Though she promises her parents that with or without Juelz, she is going to make it work, she looks defeated.
Over at the club, Mama Jones is on stage performing “Psychotic” for a roomful of fans including Yandy, and she’s owning the stage.
“She went from grandma in Jersey to here I am, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, whatchu want from me now?” Yandy says of the performance. Chrissy either doesn’t know about the performance or doesn’t care anymore because on their trip to Jamaica, they get along perfectly. “We all know Nancy’s going to be crazy, that’s what we love about her,” Chrissy says. They share a family hug
and true to her crazy fashion, Nancy tells Chrissy and Jimmy “So, I guess I’ll go back and find the naked beach.” Oh, please god, no. Oh, yes. She found it.
Since the theme at the end of this episode is closure, over in Emily’s world, she explains that she’s not ready to go back to Fab if he’s not ready to be monogamous. (Even though she does put a picture of them together on her bedside table.) “I want respect, that’s what I’ve been fighting for. Respect.”
“I know Juelz can give me more, but I’m not sure if he’s ready to give me more,” Kimbella says, echoing Emily’s sentiments. Kimbella’s not about to get closure, since she’s got this new baby to think about, but she explains “I’m going to fight to be the best mother and role model I can be.” Emily and Kim might have had their differences all season, but in the span of five minutes, it’s clear that they’re going through the same thing and their words could be interchangeable.
Oh, and in the final moments of the episode, who do we hear from? One Miss Somaya Boss Reece. She may have been absent from the rest of the episode, but that’s not to say she hasn’t been busy. “It was tough when I first got here but I’ve been working really hard and grinding. I got an investor, got rid of some old baggage, hooked up with some new producers, and got a new look,” she says, basically telling us about the life she was living off-camera while we watch the lives of her co-stars unfold.
“I’m going to L.A. with my head held high. Somaya The Boss Reece is just getting started.”
“Everything happens for a reason,” Yandy says of her split from Jimmy.
She’s been disturbed and upset by the course of events, but if this means she can give 150% to everything else in her life, that’s her path.
“Jimmy means the world to me and he’s shown me that I mean the world to him,” Chrissy says. “I’m solid in my family life, I’m solid in my relationship, I’m solid in some of my friendships. And I can live with that.” I guess we can too.