3. Suzie Has Kinfolk & Shaunie Shows Off Her Man
Suzie’s never offered viewers much of her personal life besides a painful breakup with her former NBA beau, but last night Suzie spoke with one of her relatives and quietly offered Basketball Wives is one of the best scenes about life as an ex-basketball wife/girlfriend/baby mama ever. Indeed, Suzie exhibited a whole lot of self-awareness when talking with her cousin about not finishing school and how unaccomplished that makes her feel in a family full of CPAs and other white-collar jobholders. As she herself explained, when she was in her 20s she had more than everyone else in her family, but now that the man who provided all of that is gone, she has nothing. Suzie even went there about all of her various surgeries on her face and how she continues to sometimes feel ugly. Suzie wants to go school to better educate herself and seize upon her potential before it’s too late. Say what you will about Suzie, but it was nice to see this kind of frankness. Better late than never.
As for the other one, thanks to blogs and the occasional scene on the show, we knew Shaunie O’Neal had a boyfriend, but rarely did Shaunie talk about him in detail on Basketball Wives. That changed last night as Shaunie and her boyfriend Marlon discussed their relationship on camera. Then it got kind of weird. They weren’t very affectionate, and based on their conversation, don’t get to see each other as much as they’d like due to their conflicting schedules. Later on in the show, they did make time for a date and Evelyn helped her shoe shop for the occasion.
Still, Shaunie admits, “He doesn’t plan anything and that drives me crazy sometimes.” Perhaps the awkwardness can be attributed to their reluctance to get lovey dovey in front of the camera. Either way, don’t high-five your woman on TV, dude.