SIDE EYES, CHURCH WAVES: Mary Mary Episode 5 Recap

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*Grabs hands for prayer circle* Dear Lord, last week’s episode of WE TV’s “Mary Mary” was more of an emotional roller coaster than we could have EVER anticipated: a hard-headed Erica is STILL doing the pregnant woman shuffle, Tina clearly does not appreciate the concepts of time management and punctuality and the sisters (who were given honorary doctorates at their “home” church) FINALLY produced a DJ Fuzzy-approved, new single, “Go Get It” (love it!). Our hearts can hardly take it! Please hold our mules as we prepare for episode five’s SIDE EYES, CHURCH WAVES. Amen. Amen. And Amen AGAIN.

SIDE EYES

The episode begins with Goo Goo doubling as Erica and Tina’s videographer while they film a blog post.  Is there a contract for this (and her styling) in the hopper yet? No? Didn’t think so. They’d better watch out before a purchase order lands in their inboxes.

Wellllll.... Tina thinks she’s pregnant. Again. What a shock. Two episodes ago, she had the same feeling but her nerves were calmed by the negative results of a pregnancy test which was administered at her OB/GYN’s office. Aren’t blood tests sometimes more effective? What do I know?!

Erica suggests a pole dancing class for a sisters’ weekend in Palm Springs activity and Tina freaks out because she does not feel like it’s a good idea for public image reasons. Muscles, core, stretching...it’s exercise! Tina: You DO have the booty for it. *shrugs* Is Tina a prude/Debbie Downer?

Lo and behold, Mama Honey was not invited to the sisters’ weekend and she is clearly feeling some kind of way about it. Do y’all hear me?! Mama, the girls need to bond. You can go next time. On mother-daughter weekend, OK? Not sisters’ weekend. Pick up that bottom lip.

Aren’t hands-free ear pieces required by law in California? Ladies, auntie Oprah (and local law enforcement) would NOT approve. Get thee a bluetooth. And stop it with the yelling! You’re busting our ear drums.

Erica to Goo Goo: “Do you think I’m pushy and try to run your life sometimes?” {insert multiple joke-style answers to this question here} Now Erica, you fancy yourself the boss of everyone; especially Goo Goo. Why the rhetorical question?

Erica: “If Tina is pregnant, we need to have a real serious talk about our future.” Ma’am: Again, aren’t you pregnant? Do you have the market cornered on pro-creation? Haven’t you ever heard “We have plans; then God laughs.”? Obviously not. The joke may be on you Sister Selfish. Did Tina take to considering going solo when you found out that you were expecting?

Tina is pregnant. Again.

CHURCH WAVES

In light of her pregnancy and the canceled tour, Erica misses the fans, the stage, and singing. Oh, the authenticity! I could tell she meant it and was talking directly to their super fan: ME! Ha!

I could not get enough of the fabulous faux bois dress that Erica wore while filming the blog post at the top of the show. Go Goo Goo! Maybe your styling skills are OK after all. Designer please?

With their little sister’s best interests at heart, Erica and Tina haze Goo about her new boyfriend, Justin. Good dude? Good agenda? Good enough? It’s all good. That’s what sisters are supposed to do.

Erica and Tina’s husbands, Warryn and Teddy, respectively, hang a shingle for Daddy Daycare whilst the sisters are away for their retreat. They even looped in future brother-in-law, Des, for the fun. It’s so wonderful to see Black men on television who are positively engaged with their families.

“It might be eco-friendly. It ain’t Tina-friendly.” A self-proclaimed diva, Tina is concerned about bed bugs upon arrival at the resort in Palm Springs. As it turns out, the resort is more...well...cabin-ish. From one hotel snob to another, the hotel did seem to be on the sketchy side. Taking one for the team, Tina decides not to make a fuss despite the lack of Five Diamond Awards at the property. Very big of her. I can not say that I would not have high-tailed it to the next Ritz Carlton and left everyone hanging.

Though the two rarely meet, this episode broached the thin line that is sometimes present for Christianity and sexuality. Mary Mary is a brand. I think Tina’s concerns about what message the pole dancing class might send to their fans and the media were valid. Erica’s rebuttal did not fall on deaf ears, either. I think the duo are a great example of being saved but still having a little fun on occasion. At the end of the day, the pole dancing class was a good time and harmless.

Yayyyy! Tina is pregnant!

Shameeka Ayers is an Atlanta-based lifestyle blogger and author who dispenses entertaining, shelter and food & wine anecdotes and advice via her alter ego, The Broke Socialite. She also produces a national tour of curated dessert-tasting