Nina Parker, formerly of TMZ and the Insider, is at the helm of this season’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Reunion. She can’t do any worse than hosts of the past, can she? In my opinion, she did a good job wrangling Stevie J., Joseline Hernandez, Mimi Faust, Rasheeda and Kirk Frost and crew, but we’ve got another hour next week to draw final conclusions! Off that bat, she begins last night’s first installment by introducing the major players. Thankfully the extras are “holding it down on the couches,” although there are several minor characters missing at this point.
In the finale episode, Stevie takes off to Los Angeles without his bride, but he and Joseline explain that they are “working through things” and happy. Stevie feels proud and healthy due to his sobriety and Joseline doesn’t see the need to accommodate him by curbing her intake…as she states, she’s not going to court. Joseline then turns on her co-stars, saying that if they are nice, she’ll be nice, if they act a fool, well…Nina highlights Joseline’s journey after her last reunion antics from reconciling with Stevie to NOT apologizing to Mimi. Joseline tells Nina that she was in the wrong for wiling out the last time they were in this situation, but everyone was ganging up on her. As for apologizing to Mimi, Joseline doesn’t think her husband’s ex needs to hold her breath. Stevie feels badly for pushing Joseline’s buttons when it came to her working without him, and Karlie Redd expresses her surprise at the bouquet that met the side of her face. Joseline instructs her to speak more loudly like when she bleeps bleep. Geez. Ariane challenges Karlie’s loyalty, and the two have a war of words. Oddly enough, the Karlie and Joseline agree that they could be friends going forward.
All good things must come to an end, and such is the case with this season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Last night was the finale episode and like a timeless classic, Joseline Hernandez unleashed her inner wackadoo (we’ve been waiting), and Stevie J. revisited the age-old love triangle that has made this franchise great. Is he revisiting a reconciliation with Mimi Faust? Lil’ Scrappy made an appearance at the Royal Wedding, and, oh yeah, Rasheeda and Kirk Frost were there too.
The episode begins with Jessica Dime insulting Mimi Faust at the showcase Mimi planned with an impromptu performance by Margeaux. After the song, a passive aggressive Mimi compliments Jessica’s song and dismisses Stevie. When Stevie takes offense to Jessica’s diss, Mimi starts to go off on her performer. Security circles in the event that Stevie loses his temper yet again, but luckily he just spews stripper insults. After meeting with a counselor, Kalenna is back in the studio, writing music to help her get through her post-partum depression. Her husband Tony Vick is proud to see his wife working through her struggles, and he hopes she’ll allow him to manage her career again. She’s more excited than when he actually proposed.
Last night was another phenomenal installment of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Between Lil’ Scrappy threatening to overthrow Momma Dee’s monarchy just days before her wedding to Ernest to Stevie J. and the boys taking a fishing trip, it was one for the books. It begins with Kirk Frost surprising Rasheeda with a store front. He knows he’s been in the doghouse a lot lately, and he hopes it will put him back in her good graces. Rasheeda is over the moon excited by Kirk’s gesture, and she’s even more thrilled to learn she’s at one of the ritziest malls in the city. I’m guessing Lenox Square, and to that I say, good job Kirk!
As his mother’s wedding draws closer, Scrappy is summoned by his sister Jasmine who is still not on board with the nuptials. She breaks the news that Dee is getting married sooner rather than later, and she’s got Erica Dixon and Bambi as bridesmaids. Scrappy can’t believe his mom isn’t having a long engagement, and why is she putting his ex and his current boo in her wedding? They hate each other…not to mention, he and Erica aren’t on the best terms at the moment.
There’s an old saying that when one door closes, another door opens. I am so thankful that holds true with VH1 and the Love & Hip Hop franchise. Sure, this season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta is going by way too quickly (seriously…is it shorter than normal?), and I’ll miss Stevie J., Yung Joc, and the crew’s crazy shenanigans, but at least we’ve got Love & Hip Hop Hollywood waiting in the wings! Atlanta may be the fan favorite, but laughing at Ray J squeak through each episode as he talks his tough guy game is a close second!
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer as the sophomore season premieres Monday, September 7th at 8PM/ET. Judging by the previews that have been released, we’re in for quite a treat! In case you were wondering, Ray J and Soulja Boy (I’d forgotten how much he looks like a tatted preteen–adorable!) are still having issues with monogamy. Say it ain’t so! Don’t believe me? Enjoy the preview clips after the jump!
Is it just me, or are the “Previously On” clips for Love & Hip Hop Atlanta getting longer and longer with each passing week? Perhaps if there weren’t so many characters stars to keep up with, we wouldn’t need such an extensive reminder of what’s been going on up to this point! Last night’s episode begins as Kalenna douses Rasheeda Frost with her drink. Tony Vick ushers out her wife as Rasheeda complains to Kirk. Kalenna is beyond hurt that Tony would casually mention he thinks she’s suffering from postpartum depression in front of a friend who may spread the news as gossip.
Momma Dee is prepping for her big day with Ernest. She’s flower shopping with the mother of her granddaughter, Erica Dixon. Dee praises Erica and Lil’ Scrappy for being able to co-parent so well together even though they are no longer a couple, and she asks Erica to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. Where is Ashton Kutcher? Is Erica being punked? Dee and Erica have always had a tumultuous relationship, but now that Scrappy and Erica are getting along, Dee would like to repair her friendship with Imani’s mom. Erica is flattered, but she’s going to have to think about the offer.
Tami was expecting a child with Reggie Youngblood, the first for her boyfriend. Tami has two older daughters from her previous marriage to NBA star Kenny Anderson. This news comes on the heels of Tami’s frienemy and former Basketball Wives Miami cohort Evelyn Lozada opening up about her recent miscarriage on her new series Livin’ Lozada.
Last night’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta started with the tail end of a plan so perfect that I can’t imagine anything ever going wrong. As y’all recall, the previous episode ended with Khadiyah being ambushed at a record label party co-hosted by Yung Joc exes (and new allies) Karlie Redd and Sina. It’s always a brilliant idea to try to instigate a fight with your ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend at a party to market for your new your boyfriend, right? Karlie and Sina brag and laugh about riling up KD, but Karlie forgot that her new boyfriend Lyfe Jennings was witnessing the entire debacle. He’s quick to remind her. Lyfe has legal issues, and what if he had to jump in and defend her? He could end up back in hot water! All Karlie took away from that conversation was that Lyfe would defend her honor. Geez.
Margeaux is beyond peeved that she got tricked into a photo shoot by Stevie J. who was trying to get back at Nikko for his antics with Mimi Faust. Having thought she was forging a friendship with Joseline Hernandez, Margeaux goes to the Puerto Rican princess to make sense of the situation. Joseline starts going off on Margeaux and how she fortunate she is to be working with Stevie. She belittles Margeaux for still tending bar and invites her (to put it nicely) to come bleep her bleep if Margeaux has a problem with her. Margeaux finally gets the fuss everyone has been making–this is the crazy lady people warned her about! Margeaux cites Joseline’s anger as being caused by Stevie’s evident love for Mimi before calmly leaving the scene. Smart girl…she clearly watched last season’s reunion.
I know it’s the same manufactured drama as in seasons past, but there’s something about this installment of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta that I find hilariously entertaining! When we left this silly bunch last week, Tammy Riveria was back on the scene to defend her mother-in-law Deb Atney’s honor against the disrespectful (according to her, at least) Kalenna. Fingers are wagging and security is keeping the ladies apart. Kalenna is less than happy that Tammy is yelling about her financial problems and suspects that Rasheeda Frost may have been gossiping about her personal issues. Kalenna’s husband Tony Vick intervenes to see why is wife is causing drama in his club. Tammy pulls Rasheeda aside to share that Kalenna has been speaking smack about her, and Rasheeda is livid. Kalenna wonders why Rasheeda isn’t coming to her aid like she is to Tammy.
Erica Dixon and Lil’ Scrappy are celebrating daughter Imani’sprom tenth birthday with a lavish princess party. The pair is happy to working together to plan a special even for Imani. Bambi tries to keep to herself at the shindig since she was explicitly instructed not to assist with the party. She hates feeling like an outsider, but seeing Scrappy with Imani reminds Bambi of how much she wants a family of her own.