The Spartan Mid-Tour Celebration is going on at the post park. This event celebrates the halfway point of the deployment for the families. There are activities for the kids, a dunking booth, food, etc. Yolanda’s happy to have her husband here to do this event with her. He thanks the families on behalf of his soldiers. Always nice to hear in these situations.
It’s time for Morris to head back to Afghanistan. Yolanda is accepting of this and they feel he’s good to go after enjoying a break from his huge responsibilities. They hug, Morris gives her a wink and they wave until they can’t see each other anymore.
Blair is planning a Summer Solstice party. She enlists Baby Collin to help her plan and he’s easy to work with. She plans on having 30 people there.
Traci and Sara are going to try out for modeling spots in a fashion show. They practice at Sara’s house first in their heels. Sara’s never modeled before and thinks she looks like a goober. Traci pumps her up that she’ll do good because Sara didn’t want to do this initially. They arrive to the casting and Sara is the only one who hasn’t modeled before. Traci does her walk out and they ask her a few questions and she’s done. Sara comes out, nervous, and they ask her for her height, which is 5’ 2”. All the hopefuls stand on stage and selections are made. Sara is offered and accepts the role of emcee for the event instead of modeling. Short folks like us never get to ‘werk’.
It’s Army Ball time. Lindsey brings her mom and they look wonderful. They meet up with Yolanda and they appear to have a good time. Lindsey bought Blair a ticket, but she doesn’t come. She doesn’t want to go to the Army ball without her husband. She doesn’t work for the Army, but supports Brian.
Sara and Traci attend the fashion show rehearsal led by a lady named Royale. Traci’s distracted and worried because Jared is on his way home for his R&R. She doesn’t like being far from her phone during this time. At first, she’s having fun, but as time goes on, she gets visibly irritated. Royale wants her to have modeling on her mind and they have words. The boutique owner asks Royale if she wants Traci to leave, but Royale thinks things will be fine. Sara gets her emcee training and picks up on what to do pretty fast. Would have been cool to see the fashion show and Sara rocking the mic.
The modeling lesson goes further downhill and Traci calls the boutique owner and her friends bitches. She walks out the door and out of the show feeling let down by Sara. (The camera shows Sara there, but she tweeted during the airing that she had already left, so I don’t know what was really happening in this sequence.)
The day of Blair’s party, she’s stressing out and crying. She has a brass band there and a festive outdoor set up. Sara arrives and then Lindsey comes with information or gossip, depending on how you want to look at it. She tells Blair that she drove by Traci’s and saw people over at her house because that’s going to make Blair feel better about people not showing up. Sara brings up that Traci was kicked out of the fashion show and told them that she didn’t want to be in it either. Then they all dog out Traci as that’s productive and helps the sisterhood. If everyone at the party has the hates for Traci, why are they worried that she’s not there? This party needs some Yolanda mist.
When Traci was upset with Blair about the fire, she took the initiative to talk with Blair face-to-face without an audience and clear the air. She’s going through the same deployment as the rest of them and had a husband traveling home during these scenes. I recall Blair being pensive and crying when Brian was on the way home and got delayed. People can go through the same things and react to them in very different ways.
Blair’s upset that no one came to her party. She worked hard on it and I’m not sure who said they were coming or never replied, but it hurts Blair’s ego and leaves her in tears again. Lindsey brings up coming to FRG meetings again to meet people, but Blair wants her friendships to be more organic. I’ve used the ‘organic’ term when it comes to meeting people in the military life, too. It can be easy to ‘force ‘ a friendship based on a shared neighborhood, shared spouses unit, or having kids the same age. For people who want a longer term friendship, these factors can seem more superficial when not combined. If I wouldn’t be your friend on Main Street, USA, I probably won’t be on Base X.
They all take Salina for one more girl’s night before baby comes. Bowling is the activity and she looks so cute doing it. Traci comes because Salina invited her personally. She brings her friend, Amanda since she feels shut out from the others. Amanda’s husband works for Lindsey’s. When Traci calls out to Lindsey three times to say hi and introduce Amanda, Lindsey says, “It’s not a good time right now” and walks away. There’s bowling to be done! The talk turns to pregnancy and eyes roll when Traci says vagina and other delivery related things. Salina feels the tension and says she doesn’t think anyone should feel left out because that’s not the point. Right on, Salina! Guess the oft touted reflection on my husband theory was left outside of the bowling alley. Behaving a certain way to appear correct and appropriate also includes how you react to others. Traci made it clear in an earlier episode about her forwardness. She’s going to stay true to who she is no matter what. If people don’t like it, it sucks for them.
Sara thinks she was thrown under the bus at rehearsal and wants to confront Traci after the bowling party. They walk to a spot together and she gets right to the point, telling Traci that she’s done with the friendship. She doesn’t want to fight about this. It’s so many little things and she’s defended her so many times. For her reputation and her husband’s reputation, she’s done. Traci looks shocked, but if you’re going to end a friendship, Sara went about it the best way, directly and to the point. She was very nervous about doing this, but I’m sure she felt relieved when it was over. They go their separate ways to their cars.
Traci says that behind people’s back, Sara is the same as she is and that’s what gets to her. She thinks Sara is worried about how she’s being portrayed and if what Traci does effects Dusty’s ability to be a mortar man than shame on him, he shouldn’t be in the Army.
As of this posting (Dec 10th,) no further information on the next airing has been provided by OWN.
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