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'Atlanta Exes' recap: Sisterhood

Season 1 | Episode 5 | Aired Sept 8, 2014

Now that our Atlanta ladies  have been mediated and life coached and are feeling sufficiently healed, it’s time to take the drama on the road. Lucky for us, Torrei has planned a trip that is surely to get all the old feelings stirred up again.

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.15.34 AMAnd when I say “old feelings,” I mean “Tameka’s naysaying and poo-pooing of everything having to do with the trip to the Cayman.” Almost as soon as Torrei mentions they are headed to the Caymans, we see Tameka’s eyebrows shoot up and her neck start rolling. Apparently, the Caymans is very blasé, and she’s “been there done that” with her first ex-husband. I am trying really hard to like this woman, but she just doesn’t seem to want to cooperate.

When the ladies arrive at the gorgeous mansion (and I do mean mansion), Tameka acts bratty about Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.22.20 AMwhat room she’ll sleep in. The queen is not going to sleep in a bunk bed; it’s “just not going to happen.” She realizes we can hear her, right? The trip is already starting off to a grumpy start, and the rum punch doesn’t seem to help.

Bless her heart, Torrei is trying to maintain a relaxing atmosphere on the trip. So when the talk turns to ex-husbands at dinner that night, Sheree and Tameka let the floodgates open. They complain about their exes’ new girlfriends (and use the F-word a LOT), and Torrei tries to rein them back in with talk of a surprise. While Monyetta and Christina seem Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.18.29 AMexcited at the prospect of adventure, Sheree and Tameka are the naysayers of the bunch, especially when they learn they’ll be swimming with stingrays. Sheree, at least, keeps her sense of humor about it, saying her ex-husband was all the stingray she’ll ever need, but Tameka just keeps wearing that perma-frown.

That frown follows her onto the boat, and even an ocean cruise and bottle service can’t loosen her up. Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.20.00 AMWhile Torrei gets down on a makeshift stripper pole and the other ladies flirt with the help, Tameka doesn’t seem like she came with a party attitude. When they get to the stingray spot, even Sheree gets over her protests and interacts with the stingray, but not Tameka. She is too busy worrying about enhancing her brown and poaching the stingrays for their skin to have fun with her girls. It’s a shame, too, because I thought last week was going to signal a turnaround for her. (Just kidding; I told y’all this would happen.)

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.19.26 AMMonyetta opens up to Sherree and Torrei about how difficult it is to leave her children, and confesses she is ready for a change. She is planning to take down the pictures of Ne-yo, and this feels like the beginning of real change for her. Monyetta’s ex status is a lot fresher than the other ladies, so her pain is as well. She is handling her life like a champ, if you ask me.

Torrei plans to help Monyetta ease into her change by taking her to the club. As the ladies drink and relax a Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.21.30 AMlittle, talk turns to Willie and Christina’s recent breakup. All the ladies have opinions about it, but I think Torrei summarizes the situation most efficiently when she says she’s “full of shit,” and is too hung up on Cee-Lo to give anybody else a fair shot. This is not the first time one of the ladies has suggested this about Christina, but she hasn’t really come to the conclusion on her own.

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.21.48 AMThe ladies cut loose with an island DJ, and they dance the night away in the club. Both Monyetta and Christina get a little male attention, even though neither of the ladies is interested in the guys. Sometimes all it takes is a change in your latitude to help you feel like yourself again and realize that the man you just broke up with isn’t so bad—or is that bad, depending on which ex you talk to.

The next morning, the ladies come down for breakfast and rehash their partying, and Tameka puts Christina right on blast about her reluctance to move on. Christina admits that she is often quick to break things off with new men, and of course talk turns to Willie. Tameka and Monyetta are second-guessing Christina’s decision to break up with Willie, and she seems to be softening to the idea of getting back together with him. All the bonding leads Monyetta to suggest they take their own excursion, but again, Tameka is skeptical when she finds out it Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.22.05 AMwill probably involve wildlife (dolphins).

The dolphin experience exposes some of Tameka’s anxieties about control, and she worries about the dolphins’ state of mind (when she really needs to be worrying about her own state of mind). After a lot of ridiculous protesting, Tameka rides those dolphins like a boss, and she lets her guard down long enough to feel proud of herself and have fun. It was good to see her exhale like that.

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.23.33 AMThe ladies reconvene after their day trips, and Sheree pulls Christina aside to talk about Willie. Sheree really presses her about the actual reasons she broke it off with Willie, and Christina seems to take it to heart. This reason, among many others, is why I love this show and these ladies. They are so open and receptive with each other, and I love a show that portrays women supporting each other, even if they act like bitches sometimes. This talk between Sheree and Christina epitomizes all the great things about Atlanta Exes, and all the other housewife franchises could take a cue from the positivity of this episode. Here’s hoping it will last for longer than just one.

Torrei really knows how to book a trip, and while some of the ladies are enjoying a massage, she is havingScreen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.23.41 AM a heart-to-heart with Monyetta. Monyetta is in a really fragile place, and Torrei’s wisdom comes at exactly the right time. Encouraged to let it out, Monyetta vents to Torrei about her sadness and disappointment, and they connect over their shared losses. Torrei lifts her up and offers her guidance about moving forward. It’s a sweet scene for anyone who’s just ended a relationship.

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.29.31 AMOn one of their last nights together, the ladies eat dinner on the beach and really bare their souls to each other. The vibe is so friendly and self-aware that it makes me scared for what is in store. While I am loving the love on this episode, this is not my first (reality TV) rodeo, and I know we have rocky times to come.

How are you guys feeling about the Atlanta ladies after this week? Are you as relieved as I am to have a break from the infighting, or is that what you look forward to with these sorts of shows?

VH1 is also bringing us Couples Therapy week, and you know I’ll be covering that! Check back for some introductions to the new couples in season 5.

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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