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'Atlanta Exes' recap: Too messy for their own good

Season 1 | Episode 4 | Aired Sept 1, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 2.35.52 PMLast week ended in a giant explosion of mean-girl drama and a few too many “kill yourselves.” It wasn’t our girl Torrei’s finest moment, but this week finds the ladies looking to mend fences and move forward—mostly.

In the very first scenes, Sheree and Torrei discuss Torrei’s comments to Tameka last week. Torrei doesn’t back down, saying Tameka shouldn’t have brought a knife to a gunfight. I wanted Torrei to be a little sorrier for those comments and not defend herself so vehemently, but apparently she’s still mad. She even tells Sheree she’s still a little upset with her for “letting [Tameka] block her shot.” There is quite a bit of talk of deflection and Tameka’s psychoses, but that gets boring in light of Sheree’s upcoming hot date.

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 2.36.18 PMChristina is such a peacemaker, and she and Monyetta go to Tameka’s to rehash the night as well. Christina can’t understand Tameka and Torrei’s beef, and frankly, I can’t either. Tameka is pretty honest about her feelings about Torrei and spoke to Christina honestly, except for the line, “I don’t care.” Nobody believes that Tameka doesn’t care. When Monyetta arrives, she directly calls Tameka out about the Willie bombshell, without hesitation. I love these ladies because they are so up-front with each other. Christina says outright that Sheree doesn’t seem like the type to sleep with someone’s husband, and Tameka seems like she isn’t too committed to that rumor, so I’ll let her slide for that one. Christina suggests they go away to meet with a mediator and Tameka agrees, and her willingness to work through has me seeing her in a different light.

Christina and Monyetta team up to get Torrei on board for the trip. Torrei balks at first, reluctant to agree, but she eventually relents and agrees to go and work it out. Of course she did—did we really expect it to go any other way? Christina and Monyetta are so cute and happy that they are on  the way to reconciling, I don’t want to break it to them that stuff is probably going to get so much worse before it gets better. They’ve seen reality TV right?

Christina gets serious with Sheree about the Willie/Monica situation, but Sheree is instantly apologetic. Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 2.41.21 PMChristina, ever the diplomat, decides to “avoid sloppy seconds” and do away with all the mess. Christina, in her rock-star braids, feels like its a matter of trust, but Sheree thinks it’s because she’s still in love with CeeLo. These Atlanta exes must all have degrees in psychology, because they are constantly diagnosing each other.

For those of you wanting to know what the exes are hocking, this week reveals Torrei’s product, Skimpy Mixers. What would a housewife show be without some sort of product they want us to buy? She seems like a hustler, and I respect her for that. I like that she’s thinking of her children and showing them how to make money, even if she’s pushing booze.

The ladies set out in their stretch bus to a cabin where they are going to meet with the life coach–mediator. If the silent bus ride is any indication, then this frientervention is going to get super awkward, real quick. Since the ladies get there before the mediator, they are all anxiously awaiting her arrival, in order to ease the tension some, although Torrei claims she doesn’t need a life coach and that she’s past the incident with Tameka. The women are trying hard to act as normally as possible, but it’s such a weird vibe, especially when Torrei uses the no-no phrase, “kill myself” again in reference to Tameka’s side bang. Thank goodness the mediator got there when she did.

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 2.42.36 PMLife coach, Lakara, arrives with an armful of bags and the ladies get right to it. Tameka starts it off, claiming she’s at a disadvantage because of the rumors and tabloids. It starts an honest conversation between the ladies, and nobody is yelling or fighting. Talk turns around to the “kill yourself” comment and Tamkea admits it hit close to home because she has thought about it in the past. Torrei—thank you, Jesus—backs down off the comment and apologizes for hurting her. Sheree denies sleeping with Tameka’s ex before or after they were married, and Tameka claims to believe it, although she didn’t look like she wanted to.  It was a real moment, and the ladies go to bed feeling healed.

The next morning, Torrei is still feeling positive about the frientervention, and she and Sheree think the “good Tameka has been freed,” and plot to get her around more often. They are so high on the good they did, they start to plan another vacation, and it seems like they are a closer bunch. I hope it sticks.

The ladies show up to Torrei’s event to support her new venture, but Christina uses this opportunity to talk toScreen Shot 2014-09-01 at 2.41.43 PM Monica about her past with Willie. When Monica tiptoes around it, Christina asks her if they slept together, and Monica confirms it. Sheree likes to have her hand in all things, so she calls Willie and tells him to come to the event so he can do damage control on the Monica fiasco. Christina is completely weirded out about being “sloppy seconds,” and Willie shows up right on time—to get dumped.

Christina excuses herself to speak to him, and either it is super hot in there or Willie is working very hard to get at her, because he is sweating big time. Christina holds her ground and tells Willie she just wants to be friends. Ouch. He fights for her and tries to convince her, but she’s not having any of it. I think Sheree might be on to something thinking that there is something else going on with Christina. It doesn’t seem like she should have broken up with him, but I wasn’t previously married to CeeLo Green.

What do y’all make of the frientervention? Do you think its going to stick? Was everyone as healed as they claimed to be?

Atlanta Exes airs Mondays at 9/8C on VH1.

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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