In last night's episode, Erica and Scrappy’s relationship, like Stevie J, Joseline and Mimi’s, revolved out of its old cycle into a newer one with a new woman.
Mimi and Erica learned of their significant other’s extracurricular relationships from friends. Although it’s not immediately apparent in the first episode, Karlie and MiMi have a longstanding relationship, a good friendship even. Without immediately knowing that Karlie and MiMi are friends, it makes little sense that K.Michelle held such anger for Karlie.
Especially when K.Michelle turns out to be the very same kind of friend to Erica that Karlie is to MiMi.K.Michelle decided to tell Erica about Scrappy's other woman.
MiMi has been holding on to issues with her mother for 7 years. Finally she threw her mother’s ashes away with the help of her brother. Her mother’s last wish was for MiMi to throw her ashes over a body of water. MiMi took seven years to do that. It's a wonder how her brother reconciled that withholding from his sister.
MiMi was there when her mother took her last breath. Every relationship begins as a result of another relationship, so it’s important that we are involved in healthy relationships. So says MiMi, Stevie and Joseline’s therapist.
Joseline’s fighting mad at Stevie. She’s afraid she’ll have to go down in the street with his next girlfriend, but Joseline’s ready for that street brawl. And that’s sad for Joseline, but at 24, it’s hard to blame Joseline for wanting to be out. Stevie clearly wants her to calm that side of her "self" down, and settle down with him.
After weeks of jeering Joseline, finally, there are social networking posts updated every now and then that read, “Team Joseline.”
MiMi, finally, is on Team Joseline. When Joseline hit Stevie J. with a flailing series of One two punches, it's hard not to wonder what they’re like when they are alone. Do they fight like that often? Has that happened before?
Wasn't it unusual that security was in full force at a therapy session? Mimi's buddy knew Joseline would tear the place up. MiMi said she looked forward to it. In the end, Stevie J. walked away from the therapy session while Joseline took on security full force. All that fighting and tussling on Joseline's end, yet she walks away with not one bruise to her face.
Despite watching Joseline go off, and the pity of it, as so enjoyed by a super smug MiMi, Stevie J. deserves a lot of credit. It’s a lot better to have Joseline manage her physical aggression and anger with trained professionals rather than random girls or Stevie J. on the street. Those random, loud street fights with random people are a problem for Erica, even though Erica's a mom with real responsibilities.
Joseline gets crazy credits from the fan base for knowing whom to direct her ire. There’s much to be frightened of in terms of what to expect or what could happen on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. We’ve had terminations, one sloppily managed menage a trois, and one real suggestion that one of the baddest guys in the music industry is being physically abused by his employee, an unsurprising response to his sexual harassment.
Joseline realizes she has other options and understands how Stevie J. is standing in her way. But it's not worthwhile to trust Joseline to make an intelligent or permanent decision about how she feels. The flip side of the Stevie J. Joseline artist story is Rasheeda and Kirk. Kirk is slowly swallowing his ego and the fact that Rasheeda will be managed by Deb. The hope is he'll believe in his wife as much as his wife believes in herself.
Benzino worried that Karlie would choose her career before a relationship with him. But together, Karlie and Benzino were able to reconcile any immediately brewing storm.
As a result, Benzino felt goosebumps when he saw a diamond engagement ring.
Benzino and Stevie talk later, and Stevie notes that Benzino has been saving himself and his bank for a wedding day.
And it’s official. Stevie J.’s going to be Benzino’s best man. And if Stevie J. shows up with a black eye, there’s a good possibility Joseline caught him with a hard left.
Photo Credit: Joseline Hernandez, Twitter Profile