'Basketball Wives' Recap: Tami Punches Meeka in the Face & Evelyn Forgives Jennifer

Mon, July 25, 2011 10:29pm EST by 15 Comments

The ladies’ trip to Rome comes to an end, and it’s anything but a smooth landing!

Tonight’s episode picks up right where last week’s left off. Tami walks onto the terrace and throws open Evelyn’s (already open) doors to let Jennifer and Shaunie into the room. When Shaunie enters, Evelyn is watching TV…while listening to her iPod. No wonder she didn’t hear them ringing the doorbell. Evelyn and Jennifer have a tearful (on Jennifer’s part) make up session, which feels right considering it’s been a week since we saw the fight but doesn’t when you remember this is only minutes after Evelyn told Jennifer off.

The girls go out to dinner and we can tell from the music that something bad is going to happen. When Tami arrives at the table, the only seat left is the one next to Meeka. Tami makes all the girls move their seats so she doesn’t have to sit there. There’s an awkward silence as the girls ponder what to order which Tami sees as the perfect time to make fun of the way Meeka talks. She goes on and on with her (insanely inaccurate) Meeka impression while all the girls (except Meeka, obviously) laugh themselves to tears. Meeka tries to defend herself but that only enrages Tami. How dare she be upset that someone is making fun of her to her face in front of all her friends?! Who does she think she is?! Tami tells Meeka she looks like a “Transvestite Mary J. Blige,” while Meeka (if forced to) would have given the “Transvestite Award” to Tami. What about you HollywoodLifers? Which lady in your circle of friends would win the prestigious Meeka Transvestite Award? Come on, everyone has that one friend! Suzie didn’t get to say much during dinner but made sure to get camera time by making ridiculous faces in the background that were impossible to ignore. Meeka apologizes to Tami for misunderstanding their initial argument which Tami ignores. Well, not so much ignores and doesn’t answer which we should all know is Tami’s code for not accepting an apology.

The ladies go to the Trevi Fountain and Tami decides to be the bigger person (soak it up folks, it doesn’t last long) and allow Meeka to be in the picture all the ladies are taking. Heartwarming, no?

Meeka and Suzie meet up for lunch and Meeka reveals that when her and Tami first met, Tami said that she thought there was a real side of the group and a fake side of the group and asked Meeka which she thought she would be on. Already we can see the wheels spinning in Suzie’s head and know that this conversation will not stay between the two of them for long.

Evelyn and Suzie meet up immediately after and Suzie essentially vomits all over her, not waiting minutes before telling Evelyn everything that Meeka had just said. They have a few seconds to debate whether to tell Tami or not before she strolls over. How convenient! Evelyn gets right down to it, relaying what Suzie had just told her. Out of the goodness of her heart, Tami, God of Vacations, says, she was going to let Meeka have a good vacation, but now, she can’t. She then cackles and we can imagine a clap of thunder going off and mere vacationing mortals running for cover. Brace yourselves, here comes the wrath of Tami, God of Vacations.

Evelyn reveals that the trip has been filled with drama when she thought it was going to be smooth rolling. It’s hard to feel bad for her when she’s the one who took the vacation as an opportunity to confront one of her good friends over a potentially friendship ending issue on one of the first few days they were there. How smoothly could it have gone?

The ladies go to a club that looks similar to an unfinished basement. They’re sitting far away from any other people at the club so we know something bad is going to happen. They haven’t even warmed their seats when God of Vacations confronts Meeka about what she said to Suzie. Once again, Suzie is accused of having diarrhea of the mouth. I know it’s not a real condition, but if someone came up with a pill or treatment for diarrhea of the mouth, Suzie could be to it what Sally Field is to Boniva or Jamie Lee Curtis is to the poop yogurt.  Tami claims she can’t hear Meeka over the loud music playing in the club, only we can hear that there’s absolutely no music playing at all. Tami moves down the couch so that she’s sitting next to Suzie who’s sitting next to Meeka. Meeka and Tami scream at each other but right into Suzie’s face, creating one of the greatest visuals ever on the show. The fight escalates until God of Vacations knocks Mere Mortal Meeka square in the face. God of Vacations leaps over Suzie  onto Mere Mortal Meeka and the two are tangled in brawl straight out of Greek mythology. The fight becomes so violent, God of Vacation’s sacred breast is exposed as the mortal, whose skirt has ridden up revealing her derriere, tries to rip her Godly blouse off. Shaunie stands in a corner and screams the ladies names as the other wives stand around doing nothing. Miraculously two men appear to split the ladies up. They scream the two ladies’ names until Meeka slips out of God of Vacation’s grip and out of the club. Thank heavens those two complete strangers who knew the names of the two women who were fighting were there to separate them.

Meeka composes a note to Shaunie that says she’s leaving Rome and going home to Miami. Shaunie says she can admit that it was a bad idea for Meeka to come because bad things happen when she’s around. I’m more inclined to say that bad things happen when Tami’s around since she’s the one whose behavior is more reminiscent of a “Teenager” than a “Basketball Wife.”

The letter is delivered to Shaunie while she’s with the other ladies and she’s considerate enough to read it out loud without so much as proofreading it to make sure no one’s offended. Well, wouldn’t you know, Meeka really lets her feelings about Tami out in the scathing letter. It’s a good thing she’s not on vacation anymore or else the God would have really had to release her wrath towards Meeka!

On the way to dinner, the remaining ladies decide to stop at the Coliseum. They hobble around the cobblestone, not really able to walk in their high heels. What do you mean the ancient Roman women didn’t wear their Louboutins to the arena?! Jennifer asks where the gladiators are. Again, no one knows if she’s serious.

The ladies wander around looking for the restaurant. Jennifer exclaims, “There’s no restaurants around here!” Cut to: their restaurant is across the street. They’re seated amongst other people so we know nothing bad will happen. The ladies toast the trip and Shaunie says there were good moments and there were bad moments. Clearly the cameras weren’t around for the good moments.

Back in Miami, Meeka confronts Suzie Lee Field about her diarrhea of the mouth. Suzie tells Meeka that she shouldn’t have told those things to Suzie, she should have said them right to Tami. Maybe, Suzie, but what about the fact that SHE DIDN’T WANT TAMI TO KNOW SHE WAS SAYING THOSE THINGS?!

Suzie tells Meeka that she didn’t want Tami to think that she was hiding things from her. And who would? When you’re in Rome with the God of Vacations, you’ll go to any lengths to make sure you don’t feel her wrath.

–Scott Galina

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Posted at 3:49 PM on August 15, 2011  

I do understand what everyone is saying Tammi does need an attitude problem whoever I don’t think it right to called Tammi ghetto yes she has two teenage daughters an should be a role model for them but damn meeka had it come she talked a bit to much.

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peanut shelly

Posted at 3:16 AM on July 28, 2011  

When I heard Tami call Meeka black azz I lost all respect for her. She is suppose to carry herself in a positive light and be a positive role model for all African American girls who actually look up to her. Tami made that racially derrogatory statement in a way that made you feel as if she thought that being dark skinned was a negative thing. I believe that Tami must learn to exhibit some self control. I feel that the only reason she hit Meeka was because Tami did say those negative things and was upset that Meeka was telling it. In other words, she wanted to shut her up. What better way than to hit her. It is like having the smoke screen effect where you see the smoke and your attention focus on it instead of the issue at hand which was that Tami stated that the other ladies were phony.

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Debra rising

Posted at 2:22 PM on July 27, 2011  

I’ve been a fan for quit some time and watched all of the foolishness between the girls. I’ve never liked bullies Tami is the biggest Bully on TV reality show to me these days! I don’t know if this is scripted or not but is this what we have to look forward to every episode? Tami is hateful, nasty, and disrespectful. I just don’t like her. I thought NeNe from ATL Housewives was a mess NOT! This girl here is something she should be sued by Mekka just to be taught a lesson if nothing else. What message is she sending to young Black Women well, to any young woman for that matter. The rest of the women on the show are just as messy and full of drama. The show has much potential the fighting has to stop!!!

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Posted at 12:39 PM on July 27, 2011  

This past episode with Tammi punching Mekka was totally digusting!!!!! How do u call yourself a grown woman going around bullying!!!!I used to like tammi’s presence on the show>>>But this last episode made me feel like she should be an X-factor….She need to go on the Jerri Springer show where she can fight and act like a wild animal…Tammi has two teenage daughters and I’m sure she wouldnt want her daughters engaging in this behavior…My advice to Tammi is,”honey grow up and if u don’t know how to go and research on how to be a respectable woman in society” One day u r going to meet your match and they are going to do more than beat the crap out of u…then maybe u will realize

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Posted at 10:55 AM on July 27, 2011  

Oh crapola…these dopes here actually watch this crap..Lets make America even DUMBER….duhhhhhhhh

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Posted at 1:46 PM on July 26, 2011  

Okay, I think Meeka might have talked a lot but she was trying to be friends with these ladies. Tami has a bad temper and has gone after all the women on the show. They say you are like the friends you hang around with so I’m not to impressed with Shaunie or any of them. Think Meeka could find better friends. Suzie is just trying to stay on the good side guess she quickly forgot how they treated her and how she wasn’t invited to a vacation with them last year. There all bad friends. I wouldn’t want any of them. No way.

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sandra randall

Posted at 12:41 PM on July 26, 2011  

Tammy,what is up with you? You seem to want to fight with everyone,you are so pretty,but your behavior id terrible,I love to see you drama free,and the good side,it appears that you all like the drama,do you all ever show a good side,have fun as friends should.

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Posted at 9:56 AM on July 26, 2011  

and I hate people thats team tami becauase she MUSHED meeka thats not cute. Tami is not real she’s crazy you can be real and not ghetto and clearly she did not master that. If she felt meeka was messy and unreal then she could of ignored her presence but i guess the show needs rating so Shaunie got a ghetto chick to do the dirt.

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Posted at 9:53 AM on July 26, 2011  

This episode was pretty juicy and a lot was going on.I enjoy watching this show but just as other people on this blog says it is not a good look for the african american women. if its anybody im pissed at its shaunie shes the HBIC that everybody adores but yet at the same time shes exploiting all these other women business but ummm what about hers…o really one episode with horseback riding is nothing compared to these women business put out there…shaunie ol moose face ahh needs to let us into her life lol.

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Posted at 2:58 AM on July 26, 2011  

Tonights show made me sad and nervous at the same time. What a shame. It’s hard to believe that these women are willing to act this way, and on national television. The person I’m most ashamed of is
Shaunie, she could have really came up with something that was so powerful for women, or even children. What a shame.

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Posted at 12:30 AM on July 26, 2011  

Tami is trash and so is the whole show…the comment made calling meeka black azz….wow TAMI YOUR A BLACK AZZ FOOL FOR MONEY AND ONE DAY YOU WILL GO OFF ON THE WRONG PERSON AND IT COULD BE LIGHTS OUT FOR YOUR DUMBED AZZ.

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Posted at 9:55 AM on July 26, 2011  

ya im #teamdarkskinned and i was a little shoocked by that comment. even if tami didnt mean it that way it still came out wrong.

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Posted at 11:38 PM on July 25, 2011  

Its a sad day of watching tv, wanting to see the positive side of women of color with a few dollars, but instead we get the sos of what we see on the streets everyday in the media, black on black crime. Sticks and stones Tami. And to top it off you allow some lame white girl like big mouth Susie come between two sisters. I’m sure Susie would not have spilled her guts on Gloria, like in the second season, how Gloria bad mouth the girls, but old long face list tongue Susie never said a thing. Wake up my sisters, learn to have unity. Oh I forgot, this is about Shaunie makiing her paper off you all acting like animals. What a bad thing. And she loves the drama of having you girls act like fools. Wake Up!

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Posted at 11:21 PM on July 25, 2011  

im so glad tami knocked meeka in her damn face . she talks to damn much and it was long over due , from day 1 meeka was running her mouth so she got what she deserved big ups to tami . now meeka might keep her damn mouth close.

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Posted at 4:45 PM on July 26, 2011  

luv what happen lastnite let c more fights

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