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'Hollywood Exes' season 3 finale recap: One last cry about it

Season 3 | Episode 8 | Aired July 2, 2014

It was a bittersweet finale to Hollywood Exes this week, and while some relationships were repaired and renewed, others were written off. This week’s show can be divided into two halves: Jessica’s return and Drea’s wedding, which makes it seem like a far different show than when it started eight weeks ago.

The episode picks up just as it left off in Hawaii, but doesn’t spend much time lingering on the rift between Shanna, Nicole and Drea. Once they are home in L.A., the three friends sit down to hash and rehash the incident in Hawaii, and everybody leaves Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 2.40.15 PMfeeling better. Drea reassures them that she’s not mad at them; she’s mad at the world (again). Nicole and Shanna seem relieved that she is using this moment to “let go” of all the baggage she is still carrying around with her about the incident with her ex. She cries tears of release as she realizes she doesn’t have to be haunted by it anymore (but probably still will be).

Sheree uses the momentum she gained from her talks with Drea in Hawaii to tell Terrell that she is stepping down from the Women’s Ministry. She articulates her loss of identity to him and tells hims she feels like she has been assigned the role somebody else’s wife … again. She is feeling suffocated with the label of “preacher’s wife” and is looking to establish her own identity aside from that of wife and mother.

Anybody who follows Sheree on social media already knew this, since she’s been saying it for months, but it is news to Terrell. HeScreen Shot 2014-07-01 at 2.42.30 PM handles it with grace and compassion, or so it seems. He doesn’t leave the conversation without expressing some bit of upset, telling her she’s selfish and worrying that she is being influenced by her friends. Although fans have been saying this for weeks, it seems hurtful to hear from her husband. Sheree worries that he might be more upset than he is letting on. Somebody needs to explain to me why this is such a big deal. I just don’t get it.

The ladies come together at the launch party for Nicole’s new wine, Destiny Moscato, and when Jessica makes a surprise appearance, it does not go well with Drea and Shamicka. Lucky for Jessica, Nicole and Sheree were the first to intercept her, because when Drea caught sight of her, she yelled like she had the Holy Spirit—except with cursing. Drea made Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 2.44.30 PMa giant spectacle, yelling things like, “BITCH, NAW,” and “GOODNIGHT AND GOODBYE.”

The girls already had their dukes up and Jessica’s name was being thrown around long before she arrived. When another partygoer, Renee Graziano (Mob Wives), asked about the “blond chick that used to be a part of this group,” Sheree added fuel to the fire by replying, “These two hood rats ran her off.” So when Jessica approached the group, we already knew what she had coming.

When Jessica tries to apologize to Drea and Shamicka, they aren’t having any of it. I think it shows some real courage on Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 2.44.49 PMJessica’s part to see those ladies and say the things she does. I’m not sure she knew the extent of their anger and malice, but if she did, it took real bravery to get within 10 feet of them. And, if she knew about the “black d*ck–flavored lollipop” comment, it took real restraint to face them after the way they talked about her behind her back. Say what you will about Jessica, but she didn’t get half as mean or personal as Drea did.

As for Shamicka, I admire her poise through the whole confrontation. She has the most to be mad about—after all, Jessica did call her a “hood rat” (TWICE)—yet she spoke her mind to Jessica in a way that wasn’t meant to hurt or embarrass her. We can all learn a lot from Ms. Martin. Although, let the record show, I think she should forgive her.

 After the scene at the launch party, Mayte has dinner with Jessica, and it seems like they will be able to move forward; however, it is apparent that the rift between Jessica and the ladies might be too broken to repair. Her absence at Drea’s wedding squashed any hope of a last-minute reconciliation.

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Despite what the previews led us to believe about the wedding, there was no drama or intrigue at all. Drea looked beautiful in her dress, and all the ladies were stunning in their bridesmaids’ attire. Drea’s father walks her down the aisle, looking very dapper in his officer’s uniform, and both Drea’s and Brian’s mothers look so happy to see their children get married. It’s exactly like a wedding ought to be. Then this happens:

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Brian sings an original song to Drea during the ceremony. It is off-key and hard to listen to. The ladies were far more diplomatic about it in their subsequent interviews, refusing to comment on it. But I will. It was terrible.

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 2.53.03 PMAt the receptions, the ladies have a lot of fun, celebrating, drinking, dancing and really enjoying being there together. Sheree calls Humberto onto the carpet and presses him about moving to L.A. He buckles under the pressure and relents. He says he’ll be there in two weeks. However, this was before Mayte sprinted to the stage to wrestle the bouquet out of Drea’s hand. Mayte is going to be next, damn it! We’ve already established that Humberto isn’t turned off by desperation, so Mayte could possibly be the next ex to Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 2.52.17 PMbecome an ex-ex.

Each lady leaves us with a few parting words, and I will admit, I hate to see this show end without any resolution between Jessica and the rest of the group. Even though they are all in good places, part of the reason I love this group of ladies is because they are always willing to prioritize their friendships.

I’m disappointed at how this season ended. Am I too much of an optimist? What would you change about the finale if you could get your wish?

Now that this season is over, what are we going to watch to fill our Hollywood Exes void?

For more thoughts and opinions on the shows I watch, check out my work on Honest Reviews Corner and TV MegaSite.

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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