Hit The Floor Episode Eight: Mia Comes Clean And Derek Makes His Sales Pitch

“I’m just so tired of running,” an emotionally exhausted Mia revealed to Sloane on tonight’s Hit The Floor. Sure, Mia may have been stalking Ahsha for an ungodly amount of time, but any lost child in trouble is deserving of a warm cup of tea and thoughtful conversation as far as Ms. Hayes is concerned.

Hit The Floor took a big step towards solving Mia’s mystery tonight, by getting her to open up to Mama Sloane. You mean she can pull herself away from hotel romps with Pete Davenport long enough to listen to someone else’s problems? Apparently!

After quickly making sure this anxious stranger sitting outside her door wasn’t trying to harm her little girl, Sloane sat Mia down for some real talk. She was a Devil Girl once, so she knows what Owner Oscar is capable of. Pimping out one of his employees to referees and opposing players in hope of controlling the spread? A good businessman is always trying to make a dollar, but this kind of activity has to make it difficult to sleep at night. Sloane tucked Mia in and assured her this mess would go all away, and she almost looked like she believed it–that is, until she spotted some red sequins lying on the floor. That Devil Girl uniform–with microphone intact–was her diamond in the rough, and now that she’s in possession of her prize, I have absolutely no idea what she’ll do from here. Do you? I’m also a bit peeved she didn’t leave Sloane a goodbye note. The woman gave you fresh towels!

Terrence may have seemed like he was trying to avoid Jelena over the last few weeks, but that’s just because he was trying to avoid Jelena over the last few weeks. The Devil Girl Captain was freaking out at the possibility that her boyfriend will soon be leaving for the Midwest, mortified that some newbie like Ahsha was the one to inform her of such precious information. But she won’t make a scene so long as her initials are on the silver wear and civilians are seated nearby, will she? The thought of losing his best friend and teammate has Derek in a funk as well. Even though their recent times together haven’t been exactly cordial, Derek’s been left by too many people in his life to be willing to watch T. Wall go to Indianapolis without putting up a fight. As difficult as he can be, we like to imagine these two staying up late bonding over video games and eating junk food. Note: I would make the tamest millionaire there ever was. But before Derek and Jelena can even concoct Operation Make Terrence Stay, someone may have fudged the results of his drug test, making him unfit for Indy.

Still, Jelena’s personal struggles have affected her performance at work, as Olivia pulled her off of DG choreography in fear of an impending lawsuit from a soon-to-be hobbled dancer. Olivia is also not about to start writing fan mail to Kyle Hart (although more than a stack of inmates are willing to do so) but she’s totally game to lecture misbehaving Devil talent about “rules” and “professionalism.” Kyle may have had the sex tape, but a red carpet brawl–in front of multiple news outlets–definitely qualifies as “TMZ adjacent.” Derek escaped unscathed since, for once, he was the legitimate victim in last week’s scenario. But his reputation, and the difficulties his overt affections are having, left Coach Davenport no choice but to get fatherly with Ahsha. Or at least he tried to, comparing his former self to The Roman Emperor–which isn’t exactly the mental picture a daughter wants to have of her father.

But there are more important things to worry about, like auditioning for the All-Star game, The-Dream’s next music video, or any other hyphenate proper noun we can think of. Yes, The-Dream is the second musical guest to make a cameo on HTF, and we feel fairly confident in assuming Kyle would like to mimic her experience with Akon with the radio killa. And who wouldn’t? Have you heard “Loving You”?

Despite Kyle’s excessive hairography and boldness when it comes to dancing all over her potential boss, Terius Nash favors Young Ahsha for his next project–doesn’t everyone these days? No, she’s not IN the video, she IS the video. Start practicing your pretend smile, German, and are you still with me, Jelena? Don’t worry too much about Our Girl Kyle–she always has a backup plan.

Most importantly, tonight’s episode was all about telling the truth. From Mia revealing all of Oscar’s dirty little secrets to Sloane, to Derek putting his heart on the line–sincerely?–for Ahsha to see, hear, and feel. “If I’m a mistake, I’ll be the best mistake you’ll ever make,” he says, in perfect, earnest sales pitch mode. Write that down, ladies. It’ll be all over Facebook statuses, tweets, and ’shipping YouTube clips before the end of the week.

Ahsha seems determined to make things work with German, but those tears in her eyes during Derek’s speech suggested otherwise. If she doesn’t want the baller to be her next boyfriend, she’s definitely coming to terms with the fact that she and her longtime love are growing apart. It happens! And while it can be devastating in the moment, it’s not entirely bad. They’re both moving in different directions, and fighting over who’s turn it is to be in the spotlight suggests they might be better off doing their own thing for awhile. A single Ahsha would like send Devils Arena into another blackout, but it’s an idea worthy of consideration.

What do you think? Did the owners’ poker game remind anyone else of Almost Famous? (“50 bucks and a case of Heineken…”) What do you think about Jesse’s attempt to sue Pete and bed Raquel for old time’s sake? Who is at risk now that Mia has her hands on that microphone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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