Black TV Watch: 'Basketball Wives LA' Finale, Reunion Recap

Jackie Christie and Laura Govan of Basketball Wives LA (VH1)

(The Root)— Last night there was the good — Solange Knowles' performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon; the bad — the season finale of Basketball Wives LA; and the straight-up ugly: the Game begging his fiancee, Tiffney, to take him back. Yep. That happened.

Basketball Wives LA (Monday, 8 p.m. EST; VH1)

"Family sometimes does hurt each other. It happens." —Laura

"As soon as we get up from this table and part ways, I'm still not going to like you, no matter what you say." —Bambi


"It hurts my heart that I have to be lied on and things said about me that ain't true. I played the game and I f—ked up in that game." —Jackie

"I don't got my mother and I don't got my father, but my children are mine." —Jackie

Highlight: This is the season finale that fans were waiting for. In a few prior episodes, Laura had been sitting for a while on everything she learned from Jackie's daughter, and everyone else had just been fighting.

So here's how it all unfolded:

The ladies were still in New Orleans when Jackie's daughter let her know that she met with Laura. Jackie was livid. That, combined with the fact that Draya and Brooke hadn't resolved their King magazine issues and Bambi and Laura were still beefing about who knows what, meant that the girls all had to sit down to hash it out — which meant a bunch of timed fights.


That ended with Jackie sobbing about how her family means everything to her — and we were touched, but we remember what her daughter said just a few weeks ago. Something isn't adding up.

So we were pretty much left hanging.

The reunion show should give us the answers we're looking for, but it seems to be just another repeat of the same old drama, with the exception of Draya and Brooke making up.


Come on, ladies, the dead horse has now been beaten to a pulp.

Basketball Wives LA - Basketball Wives LA 2

Basketball Wives LA - Basketball Wives LA 2

T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle (Monday, 10 p.m. ET; VH1)

"It's been a long road, but guess what? We here. Popping bottles at the finish line." —T.I.


Highlight: It's Tip's birthday, and Tiny is there to support. A few days later, it's her turn to get saluted. She attends a ceremony where she's honored with an ASCAP Award, and guess who's by her side supporting? Awww!

Marrying the Game (Monday, 10:30 p.m. ET; VH1)

"Christie Rose is coming over to discuss the details of the wedding, and I don't even know if there's a wedding to discuss." —Tiffney


"You are an ungrateful, selfish b—ch." —The Game

"I can be as ungrateful and as b—chy as I want to be, but what I won't be is married to you. Don't call me." —Tiffney


"I can go away, leave you in peace, if that's what you want. I'm just here to talk to you in person and let you know that I love you." —The Game

Highlight: The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That should be the theme of the Game's relationship with Tiff, because this man is so tough, but he's certainly crawling back with his tail between his legs now.


They haven't been talking to each other since Tiff took the kids and left, but for some reason Game wasn't worried about the wedding. Well, surprise, surprise. According to the website, it's been canceled. Time to head home, we guess, and finally sort this whole mess out. Hopefully we'll find out what happens next week.

Marrying the Game

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Monday, 12:35 a.m. ET; NBC)

Highlight: Solange's performance of "Losing You" is so fly. It's so fly, we thought we were pretty fly until we saw her dancing with her guitarist on Jimmy Fallon's show wearing different shades of green clothes and a fly Afro, with her '80s beats and '70s style. She's so fly. We just love her.


Celeste Little is an editorial intern at The Root.

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