Black Ink Crew Episode Six: Bye-Bye, Alex

Tonight’s episode of Black Ink Crew saw two relationships reach their breaking point. Throughout the season it’s been Puma versus Ceaser, and over the course of the show, Alex versus everyone else. Can anyone defend Alex after she disregarded her photo shoot and seems to be having daily happy hours long before 5 pm? Will Ceaser forgive Puma for branching out and capitalizing on a business opportunity? Is it true that business and friendships don’t mix?

From the stories that made us cry to the scene that had us watching our back (you never know what kind of crazies are lurking in the park–even in broad daylight), we’ve rounded up the biggest moments from tonight’s installment. Read on to get your fix of the BIC, below.

Alex Is On Her Own Schedule

When Alex, Puma, and Sassy are recruited by Monster DNA Headphones to model their latest black and rose gold headphones, only two of the former Black Ink employees actually show up. Alex keeps her friends and the shoot’s crew waiting while she drops excuses over the phone about having to visit her grandmother and squeeze in a quick manicure. It’s clear Puma and Sassy have had it with their unreliable friend, but it’s Mallie, the makeup artist, who really puts her in her place. Sorry, Ann, but “raggedy” never cut so deep.

A Park Picnic Gone Awry

We’re not used to seeing Puma be anything but fun–save for his heated exchange with Ceaser in the Season 2 premiere–so it’s odd to see such a happy-go-lucky dude go off. Getting jumped in Central Park isn’t anyone’s idea of a pleasant afternoon, and it’s clear he was on a mission to defend fellow Wonder Twin, Sassy. Is this sudden outburst the price of his increased notoriety around the neighborhood, or are Walt and Teddy right in assuming Puma was responsible?

Walt Starts Looking For His Father

Ceaser’s ability to speak openly about his father’s death struck a chord with Walt, and led him to begin a search for his own pops. He was in and out of his life when Walt was a kid, and the Black Ink employee hasn’t seen his dad since he was 15. He and Cease share a sweet moment reflecting on the absence of their fathers in their lives, and how it’s affected them as adults. For men who are typically brash, it’s nice to see their softer sides.

Do Ceaser And Puma Have A Future Together?

After Ceaser listened to Dutchess scoff at the prospect of Puma opening a successful business with no degree, the Black Ink boss met up with his longtime friend for the first time since he fired him in Episode One. There was a lot of talking over each other and pointing the blame elsewhere, which suggests these two will never be able to reach common ground. “She’s changed you, Ceaser,” Puma said of the so-called “Southern Belle.” “I’ve never seen you ever in my f–king life let one human being–not even a male or female–influence your life as much as I’ve seen this girl influence you.” They’re both passionate, but neither are willing to budge when it comes to accepting the situation at hand (or the basic history of their friendship). It’s a classic he said-he said, leaving viewers to decide who is really seeing things clearly. So whose side are you on?

Are you interested in whether or not Walt finds his father? Should Alex have skipped the photo shoot all together? Will Puma and Ceaser ever be friends again? Is Dutchess the real problem? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.