'Love And Hip-Hop New York' Recap: Peter Gunz Confesses To Creeping, Tahiry Gets A Job
November 12, 2013 - 4:19 pm
1. I’m A Creep and You’re A Creep
Before Peter Gunz finally tells Tara the truth – that he cheated on her with Amina and ultimately married her – he seeks the advice of his friend, Rich Dollaz. During their convo, Rich says to Peter, “I’m a creep and you’re a creep.” Fair enough, but why wasn’t the statement followed with, “Iyanla, fix our lives?” Instead, Rich tells Peter, “But you’re not a bad person.” Pause on that for a second.
Peter is a serial cheater, and in his latest instance of infidelity, cheated on the woman he’s been with for 13 years, marries his sidepiece and proceeds to keep it from her. Not only that, he makes his wife feel like she is the problem for wanting to move on with her life now that the two have made their secret affair a permanent fixture that’s now public record. And yet, he’s not a bad person.
Thankfully, Tara presents a counterargument. After revealing that he in fact cheated on her, Tara says, “You fucking asshole.” Peter goes on to say “I fucked up.” Sir, marrying another woman without telling the mother of your children and the person you’re living with is a bit more than that. Tara starts swinging on Peter and he says, “Stop hitting.” Her response: stop fucking. Peter wants to have a rational conversation, but as Tara explains, “I don’t want to have a rational conversation with a liar.”
All I could do while watching this scene was remix the lyrics of Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon Cry.” Ahem: “13 years out her life. Besides the kids she got nothing to show. Wasted her years, a fool of a wife..y.”
2. Nya Lee vs. Erica Mena
As Nya Lee explains to Erica Mena, “I’m shaking my ass. I’m tired of shaking my ass.” Like Joseline Hernandez, Baby, Nya Lee wants to leave the pole life behind, and to her credit, has been putting in the work to make her mark as a recording artist. This includes opening for Kendrick Lamar somewhere and recording a song with Jadakiss.
But to move her plot on the show going, she wants to record a song with Erica Mena. Seeking guidance from Joe Budden, the rapper asks Nya Lee, “If I give you a multiple choice, right? Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, Jadakiss, Erica Mena, which one of those people probably do not belong in that equation?” C is normally a safe bet with multiple-choice questions and last night was no different. Budden added in his confessional, “Novice helping novice doesn’t really get a novice anywhere.”
Nya Lee meets with Erica Mena anyway and the battle of the recording artists no one takes seriously commences. It's utterly hilarious to hear two artists we don't know argue about whose music is hotter on a reality TV show. Even funnier is watching the two try to downplay each other’s professions.
Nya Lee dismisses her dually being a booty model and aspiring recording artist, though she’s a stripper and an aspiring recording artist. Meanwhile, Erica talks about how Nya Lee pays her rent. Like, a booty model shaming a stripper. That happened.
P.S. Erica Mena introduces her girlfriend Cyn Santana. They talk about Chipotle and Cyn never dating a woman before. We’ll explore them more in the future as I imagine the producers are going to toss these two in our faces ad nauseam.
3. Take the Test
Here’s the thing about Erica Jean. I had to go to the show’s site to really get some insight into who she is besides the leading role in Love & Hip Hop’s adaptation of Maury. She went to Howard University (Hey, Bison!), where she majored in theater arts and has performed in an Off Broadway production of James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie.
Apparently, now she’s continuing her education to become a nurse. None of this makes for interesting TV in the ideas of show producers, but I had to dig up something about her besides what they’re offering. Thus far, all we get from Erica Jean is that she admittedly used her child to hurt a man’s heart. That is despicable no matter what she feels may have provoked it.
In any event, she’s agreed to Saigon’s request for a DNA test. Even her friend Mistic – yep, like the fruit drink – co-signs the request and she can’t even stand Saigon. Their scenes make me so sad, particularly because there’s a child involved who will grow up to see the multiple ways he’s been exploited. Now let me turn my conscience down. The volume is too loud and ruining the show for me.
4. Tahiry Got A Job and Joe Is So Unhappy About It
If you’re in a relationship and have great news to share, but are afraid of the reaction, you need to join OKCupid or Match.com and find yourself someone who won’t be so Debbie Downer about your good fortunes. Tahiry got the acting gig she wanted and Joe was less than thrilled with the news. Despite knowing how badly she’s wanted to break into acting and away from waitressing, Joe is too busy thinking about his wants and needs.
And just when Joe Budden couldn’t be anymore charming, in one scene at home we find out that he had another woman – a “friend” he calls her – over their house and in the bed they share. Tahiry says: “Sheets are changed. I been gone for three days, Joe. You don’t change your sheets unless I change them for you.”
She then asks why does he find it acceptable to have another woman in their bed. Joe says, "Did you find pussy juice anywhere?" Tahiry, you can do better so start doing it. Oh, and if you’re curious, Joe’s Hannibal Lector voice is back in full force.
5. Whoop That…
In the preview of next week’s episode, we see Amina ask why Tara would want to smack the taste out of her mouth the way she did last night. For real, woman? Here’s what she should have said: “Why would the woman whose man I was dating behind her back slap me after I intentionally hurt and demean her relationship with the same guy?” That’s a much easier question to answer.
Amina tells her about Peter’s infidelity with a smug look on her face. Even though at one point she says she didn’t realize the extent to which Peter was still involved with her, Amina manages an evil smile while revealing, “I’m his wife.”
So I don’t want to advocate violence, but damn, words matter, y’all – especially if you’re in bitch-slap distance. Amina is a special kind of delusional. You get why she wants Peter to tell Tara the truth about their marriage, but uh, if you’re the "number one woman in his life," why have you been a secret all this time? Humble thyself, sis.