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'Atlanta Exes' season 1 finale recap: Endings and beginnings

Season 1 | Episode 8 | Aired Sept 29, 2014

The ladies have made it to the end of the season, and it’s a little hard to tell where they all stand with each other. Some of the exes have formed substantial friendships with each other, while others are growing more and more hateful and wearying.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.53.19 PMWe pick up after the one-sided street fight that went down in Tameka’s driveway last week. Sheree and Torrei rehash the previous night’s encounter, and it becomes clear that Sheree has reached her limit with Tameka. Torrei has never been Tameka’s biggest advocate, but she doesn’t go after Tameka in an unfair way, and plays the diplomat in the situation. Sheree thinks she needs to have a face-to-face with Tameka in order to square things up, but Sheree might be the only person on the planet who thinks this is  a good idea.

Even Tameka doesn’t want to go to this sit-down and arrives with a chip on her shoulder. Sheree acts like a human andScreen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.51.51 PM confesses her feelings about how things went at her house, but is rebuffed when Tameka responds, “Don’t be so sensitive.” This is possibly the most insulting and dismissive comeback imaginable. In no way taking responsibility for her behavior, Tameka suggests people should just get over it, and that they must be intimidated by her uniqueness. I couldn’t really see what happened next because of the extreme eye roll that ensued, but I could hear Sheree get more and more frustrated. Tameka, in turn, gets more and more condescending, claiming she’s “not a huge apologizer.” That being said, Tameka finally offers an anemic apology and the ladies leave on lukewarm terms.

On a much more serious note, Tameka goes to the courthouse to hear the sentencing for the man who hit and killed her son, Kile. When speaking to the press she is gracious and measured, and as a mother, I can’t imagine her struggles with pain and grief. No wonder she has problems connecting to people; she must be hurting so much herself.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.52.16 PMTorrei is facing her own struggles, sorting out how to be a long-distance mother. Her exchange with her kids via Facetime is both adorable and terribly sad (although the deleted scenes of her children’s silly antics are pretty funny). I’m touched at these moments with her children, but I imagine it must a hard situation to be in as a mother. Maybe they’ll come to Atlanta for a spin-off. Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.52.07 PMI’d watch the crap out of that show. Wouldn’t y’all?

Monyetta and Christina are talking milestones as well, as Monyetta decides to replace the hallway pictures of herself with Ne-Yo. Christina can empathize, having experience with the moving on process (she seems to be free of CeeLo for now). Monyetta has a pretty good head on her shoulders, and of all the ladies, I have the most confidence in her ability to go forward with grace.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.53.50 PMAfter weeks of talk and prep, the morning of Tameka’s charity 5K rolls around, and it is also Tameka’s son Kile’s 13th birthday, so there is a lot of emotional overhang to the event. As the ladies arrive, Tameka puts them to work. The event is far less of a mess than the “T” Market earlier in the season. Sheree’s absence is apparent and when they call her, she admits she’s not coming, citing her daughter’s cheerleading competition.  Tameka takes the news like a champ and the ladies set out to run the race. Seeing all that makeup and jewelry bouncing down the trail totally made the episode worth it.

Christina  decides to document her new beginnings with a photo shoot for her new business. She puts on a series of sillyScreen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.57.15 PM hats and tight dresses, and she looks amazing in them all. Torrei shows up to support her, exhibiting far more restraint that I could have in not making fun of that ridiculous hat. Christina uses the shoot as a symbol of her fresh start, and really trots out the Zen when she gives advice about following your dreams.

Sheree starts making plans for her upcoming birthday, but takes the high road and decides to invite Tameka despite the lingering bad feelings.  When the night of the party rolls around, the ladies are glammed up and ready to rock and roll for Sheree’s and Destiny’s birthday. Tameka arrives late to the party (I almost typed “tardy for the party,” but that’s the wrong housewife) and snubs Sheree in her entrance.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.58.15 PMSheree has her dukes up, probably thanks to a few cocktails, and seems to be looking for a fight. She’s not the only one either. Torrei starts a fight with Monica, and takes it upon herself to have a conversation about loyalty and friendship, remarking that Sheree “called me crying.” There’s a lot of yelling and awkward onlookers, and it goes on far longer than it should have.

Sheree complains about her friends’ behaviors. She doesn’t like that Tameka leaves after 10 minutes. Tameka claims it’s because she has an emergency, but Sheree thinks it’s because Tameka wants to avoid confrontation. Sheree won’t allow that and chases her down to, well, confront her. It was super-awkward and weird, and I think it’s time for Sheree to let Tameka go once and for all.Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.58.24 PM

The episode (and the season, for that matter) wraps with the ladies celebrating and having a super-fun and super-loud time (that could also be read as “drunk”). Willie arrives to meet the ladies, and the mood is considerably more fun and less of a bummer since Tameka left.

Without Tameka to kill the buzz, the ladies have a much better time with each other, remembering the good and the bad of the last few months. I have a feeling that Tameka won’t be back for next season’s Atlanta Exes, but by her own choice.

What did you guys think of the finale? Did you get the closure you needed after the season? What are your thoughts about my prediction?

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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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