New cast member alert: Delana Rutherford, singing and working some cute shoes at her ‘rave’ church (glow sticks for all). She has the first ladies over to her house and when the talk turns to Tara, she shuts that down. She hates gossip and it’s not allowed in her home. You have to respect someone’s boundaries in their own house. Christina urges Domonique to tell the women about her past and it’s a sad story. She was in the foster care system and ended up in a bad home where she was traded to men for beer and money. At 13, she ran away and became a prostitute and then was introduced to drugs. Domonique receives supportive words from the women and she feels good about that. She has come a long way from where she could have been.
Tara and J’Brian are having a Christian Bar Mitzvah. I know, right? J’Brian wants to do a presidential theme since his son will be one in the future. Tara’s on board and wants him to call his estranged dad so their son can meet his grandson. What’s this about “Our Jewish roots,” Tara?
Tara and Domonique meet up with their little girls at a kiddy spa to talk about their differences. The big beef is that Tara uses too much scripture when talking to people. Tara feels that she is called as an evangelist and she’s sticking firm to that. The first ladies who don’t have a calling are not on her spiritual level. Domonique tells her that her intensity can be off-putting to people. She spoke plain English and I totally agree with her. Sometimes you just have to be a human being when interacting with others.
J’Brian and Tara talk about Ivy and he thinks Tara should call her to open communication. He likes ‘The Jolly Black Giant’ aka Mark, Ivy’s husband. They meet with a Bar Mitzvah party planner for their son, who doesn’t even know Hebrew. That’s a problem and the party planner tells them that a Rabbi would require him to get some education before performing a real ceremony. Reaching new heights of tacky, Tara and J’Brian want to ask the ChristMitzvah guests for money so their son can invest it in the ‘stock market’. Pump the breaks! Is that the username on their checking account? Also, can we stop with the black/chocolate references?
Ivy and Tara meet up and each of them unsuccessfully tries to clarify their part of the argument at Domonique’s house. Of course, Tara is better in her faith, much wiser and closer to God. She accuses Ivy of being in the Devil’s playground. Ivy looks like she was dropped in Wonderland. Somewhere in the conversation, Tara hears an apology and Ivy lets her run with that, right on out the door. Lunch over. Energy and air returns to the restaurant.
Domonique and Brian are supposed to be planning a vow renewal. She has some reservations about doing it because of unresolved personal issues, including struggling with the Bible. Brian agrees with her decision to go to counseling. So far, he seems like a supportive husband.
Christina and Anthony are having a 14th birthday party for their daughter. Tara and J’Brian come over and meet their relatives. Christina is entertained by them and wants them to feel welcome in Atlanta. Tara drops the Christian Bar Mitzvah–$ grab–invitation on them and confusion ensues. The talk goes to fitness which is Tara’s forte. Someone made the mistake of asking her if she worked out to hip-hop. J’Brian considers that to be the devil’s language. Here goes Tara with the spiritual put downs to the group about their workout music. Anthony and J’Brian have a disagreement about the way they serve up their Christianity. Christina ends the conversation and can’t believe that Tara and J’Brian came at their family like that. Tara and J’Brian are always right. When the heat comes on, they throw up the God flag and if you disagree with them, you’re not on their level or of the devil.
Very little of Delana was shown so I hope we get more of her story next week.
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