The season finale of Basketball Wives, Season 4, aired Monday, May 28, 2012 and I will add my voice to the chorus of those screaming, “FINALLY!”
This season has been a complete roller coaster ride from start to finish, and in the end it turned out to be the most insane season of the entire franchise, including Basketball Wives LA featuring crazy ass Jackie Christie. This season was so ridiculous that Shaunie O’Neal felt the need to tack on to the end of Monday night’s episode that she is “worried” about people (especially black people) looking at her as if she is a hot ghetto mess. Sorry, Shaunie, you can’t unring that bell, baby doll. It has already been heard around the world.
Throughout the season, we’ve seen Shaunie act as if she is window dressing; or, perhaps, she was just watching the drama “live.” You know, as if it was a sporting event.
Shaunie: “Alcoholic beverage? CHECK. Food? CHECK. Alrightie, I’m ready for action! Oh, hell no, is that a wine bottle flying at my head? It’s all good. Are the ratings going up?”
So now for her to want to try to save face and say that she is bothered by how she is being perceived, it just reads as disingenuous. We all know that if the show had not gotten this kind of backlash, we would have never seen that scene with her pastor at the end. If she was as bothered by what was going on, she could have said something at the time. She would have put an end to it AT THE TIME. Not to mention that she’s an executive producer, I can’t imagine she didn’t know that these scenes were going to be shown and that she had no ability to try to play down the drama so it didn’t look at as bad as it did.. She probably thought that the drama would just make the show more popular, not encourage people to organize boycotts. Oops! I guess that gamble didn’t pay off. Your bad.
But, that’s enough on Shaunie for now. The season finale of Basketball Wives starts where last weeks episode left off. In Tahiti, a place that many would refer to as paradise, and all these “women” can do is argue and be ugly. Really? I guess it’s now a theme with these reality shows in general, especially the “Wives” shows, that there will be a major blow up and/or fight while on vacation. Basketball Wives had to outdo them all, however, and have no less than three different confrontations on their “vacation.” Some people even had multiple confrontations, ie Evelyn/Jen, Tami/Kesha; although Kesha’s was more a batterer/batteree situation.
So on this episode, we pick up with Evelyn going off about Jen, and how she’s no Barbie Doll and that her entire existence is a lie. “Give me a lie detecta test!” Bla bla bla. Kenya, Shaunie and Tami are standing there watching the tirade, and I guess Shaunie got bored or something, because she goes after Jen to talk to her. “Good,” I think. “She is being a good friend and wants to make sure that Jen is OK. Maybe she isn’t so bad aftera- Wait, what? Oh, it’s all Jen’s fault? Nevermind.”
Meanwhile, Kenya is attempting to be the voice of reason and speak to Evelyn as if she isn’t a belligerent hoodrat who wouldn’t know common sense if it smacked her in the face with one of those dead fish they left in Kenya’s room. This goes over about as well as a fat Chippendale and Evelyn simply does not want to hear it.
Jen tells Shaunie that she is over the drama. All of the tit for tat (or twit for twat?) back and forth BS they have going on (via Twitter and elsewhere) is old and tired. Shaunie is still insisting that it is all on Jen to stop doing whatever it is she is doing to upset Evelyn – because Shaunie clearly doesn’t know what that is. She just wants Jen to come out and
make her ratings good speak to Evelyn in a cool, calm and collected manner.
Wait… what the? Oh god, is Evelyn crying? Really? Seriously? But, for real, for real? Aww, that’s right, go on over there and console your friend, Tami. ::rollseyes:: Bitch, please.
Sidebar: It has been clear all season whose side Tami and Shaunie are on in this Jen vs Ev showdown. They both claim that they are still friends with Jen and have no problem with her, but they’ve been making snide remarks (BEHIND HER BACK – I’m looking at you TAMI) about her all season. Are they salty because she has other friends now? I don’t know, nor do I care, I just wish that they would keep it real and say that they are Team Evelyn because they aren’t fooling anybody at this point.
In the end, Jen tells Shaunie that she doesn’t like that Evelyn always needs an audience to speak with her. I agree. What’s up with that?
So now the…. girls (I can’t call them women, nor ladies, because they act like neither, at the same time I feel ridiculous calling women in their 40’s “girls” but they just haven’t earned more respect than that.) So, now the girls are having lunch and Tami lights up as Shaunie walks over to the table because she can smell the drama oozing from her pores. Shaunie tells Evelyn that Jen is willing to talk to her one on one and that she thinks that Jen is scared of what Evelyn is going to say publicly. No, really? Do these women realize that generally people don’t hear these kinds of private conversations? You know, because they are private?
Shaunie says she has a feeling that this is going to get uglier. HELLO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, maybe you can do something before it gets to that point? Maybe? No? OK.
Suzie hooks up with the other infantile females for dinner after spending the day recovering from a bug biting her eyelid. I’m going to call that karma. She is as clueless as ever as to why Jen doesn’t want to come out of the room and hang out with the group. Suzie is so stupid that I don’t even know if I can even bother being mad at her anymore. I keep thinking that maybe she is just playing dumb, but I don’t know anymore. I think she may have had a few braincells fucked out of her at some point, because otherwise I just don’t get it. At this point, the children can’t help but to make fun of Kenya and the fish one last time. I am just glad that Kenya didn’t give them the reaction they were so desperate for. She never mentioned it and there is nothing they can do about it. Ha. Suck on that!
Karma hits Tami next by way of a bird pooping on her. The toddlers are having a nice laugh about it when, next thing we know, Town Crier Suzie yells out, “She’s coming!” as Jen exits her room. Jen decided, after gathering her thoughts, that she would go out to speak with everyone. So much for that 1 on 1 thing.
Evelyn feels the need to remind Jen again, that everything is her fault. Jen wants to know if they are still talking about the drama in Italy. Evelyn said it was a “chained of events” that occurred and she doesn’t like when Jen does interviews.
Sidebar: I will say this, I do think that Jen plays innocent and dumb and acts as if she doesn’t know what Evelyn is talking about. The whole “I don’t write all my blogs” thing is a cop out. Anytime you put your name on something, you had better know what it is being associated with. (I didn’t go for that when Ron Paul said it about his newsletter, and I don’t go for it here.) A part of me can understand why that would be frustrating to Evelyn, because it would frustrate me. The problem is that Evelyn takes her reactions to the extreme and it’s hard to defend her after that.
Evelyn then goes on to talk about how Jen did an interview after Nya, or Nia, whatever, slapped her. Jen denies doing an interview, and this is where things start to resemble tag wrestling in that Tami has to jump in to tell Jen she is lying because she is friends with the owner of Sister 2 Sister magazine (Jamie Foster Brown) and that she was told that Jen gave her an interview. Tami herself, Queen Almighty, read the actual transcript! Jen says they had a “conversation,” and it wasn’t an interview. Again, I’m a little iffy on what Jen is willing to own up to so I think the truth is that she gave the interview but has convinced herself it was an innocent conversation.
Evelyn drags ol’ lispy into the conversation saying that she knows what’s really real with Jen. Bla bla bla. We have a flashback to the whole Vegas thing – the thing that Evelyn deemed so backstabby that she had to kick Suzie out of “the circle,” but yet just a few moments later, she does the same thing to Jen when mentioning her screwing a guy without a condom – in Vegas! Really?
Tami and Evelyn are truly cut from the same cloth, which I guess is why Tami has been so able to get over Ev fucking her man. They are both loud mouth, belligerent hypocrites who expect people to live by rules they themselves do not live by. Who died and made them ruler of the universe?
So, after Evelyn and Jen go back and forth about who is the biggest hoe, (I call it Kim and Marlo 2.0) Evelyn allows the other women to speak.
Tami – “I’m offended that you weren’t here, then you get here and stay in your room.” Who cares what you are offended by, Tami? I’m starting to think this bitch has bipolar because delusions of grandiosity fits the bill with her.
Evelyn calls Jen the “new” Non-MFing factor and dismisses her from the conversation.
Sidebar: I find it interesting that they are playing a song about “Playing the Victim” in the background. I can’t tell if they mean for it to apply to Evelyn or Jen. Perhaps it’s both, but honestly Evelyn acts like her hands are totally clean in all of this drama and it is beyond old.
Some more stuff happened before they left Tahiti but, I’m just going to fast forward pass most of it because this is long enough already. In the end, Jen and Kenya decided to leave early. Slimy Suzie sees them leaving, but she just hides beneath the water like the sneaky snake that she is.
At the dinner before leaving Tahiti, Evelyn gives the remaining women her little makeup kit and Tami throws all kinds of shade on Jen for having only 4… uh, shades of lip gloss. They cry and try to pretend as if they actually all have hearts. Whatever.
Back in Miami
Royce meets up with Tami for lunch and confronts her about how she attacked Kesha while in Tahiti. Tami is just absolutely incensed that anyone would dare tell her that she was wrong for her actions. So much so that she doesn’t think she can be friends with Royce anymore. Yo, Tami – you were wrong. Period. REAL friends tell you when you fuck up. Period. You clearly have never had a real friend so you don’t know what that looks like – Royce was being a real friend and telling you TO YOUR FACE that you fucked up. Not behind your back, not on the twitter, not during a radio interview, but to your face. Isn’t that what you “respect?”
Royce simply says that she can’t defend Tami’s actions and, at this point, Tami still can’t own up to anything she did to Kesha. Not the stealing of her property (she left it on the seat, so I took it). Not the cussing Kesha out “like a dog for 30 minutes.” None of it. Tami still insists that Kesha did something horrible to her, but I’ve yet to see or read about what it was. Her grand lesson in all of this, at the time, is that she should not have gone off on her because she is pitiful and meek. In the end, according to Tami, Kesha should know that she can’t take what Tami says “in anger” and “run with it.” She should be able to read her mind and know when she is just being belligerent to be belligerent and when she is being belligerent with merit. Good luck with that, Kesha.
Sidebar: Apparently Tami went on the Wendy Williams show to cry about how sorry she is for her behavior. I don’t buy it and I hope people don’t fall for it. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for people making amends when I think they are genuine. What Tami is worried about now is that she won’t have a paycheck next year. I promise you if people would not have reacted the way that they did to her tirades, she would not be owning up to anything. In all of the conversations she had on camera, after the incident, not once did she act as if she truly was sorry for her actions. Only now she has seen the error of her ways. Bitch, please. Go somewhere and get your head shrunk. You desperately need it.
So, now it’s time for “the smallest group dinner” they’ve ever had with just Suzie, Evelyn, Tami and Shaunie. They’ve battered and abused the rest of the cast the entire season, so I don’t know what they expected. Evelyn muses about her pending nuptials and says she has changed her mind on having a baby. (Will she change her mind on having a wedding next?) Tami has decided that she is moving back to Los Angeles so she can be hands on with her daughters’ careers. I’m sorry Tami’s Daughters, we can’t help who we are born to. (Does this mean that Tami will be on Basketball Wives LA next season? Yea, I can totally see her trying to rehab her image over there, and “starting over” and a bunch of pretentious behavior going on. More therapy sessions!)
As I mentioned earlier, Shaunie met with her Pastor in a totally organic and natural scene where she is seeking his advice on her future. Pastor asks if she is willing to leave some of the women behind, and Shaunie says that she is. Whatever.
Before the scene with the pastor, we are treated to Shaunie with her kids. I guess she is supposed to look soft and mothering, but suddenly I feel as if she may be running for office because she is shamelessly using her children in much the way that Sarah Palin used her kids during the 2008 election.
Next week is the reunion and, from the previews, it seems like it’s just going to be a bunch of BS to try to rehab the image of the show. They don’t get that nothing they do will change people’s mind because it’s not that they, themselves, decided they needed to change, they are being FORCED to change in order to save their jobs. Who am I kidding? I will still be watching – and so will you! See you next week.
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