“I’m a creep. But I ain’t a bad person,” Peter says, trying to justify his two-timing ways. He knows he’s wronged Tara before with his secrets and cheating, but now that he knows she’s not going to stand for it anymore, he’s preparing for the worst: losing her and his two boys.
Rich agrees, he is a creep. They both are, actually. But the fact that Peter has been lying to Tara for over a year about hr true nature of his relationship with Amina in order to keep her from getting hurt is what makes him a nice guy, Rich tells him. And then, as he always does, Peter promises he’s going to tell Tara about Amina…tomorrow.
Nya and Joe Budden are old friends, and unlike some other men on this show, Nya trusts him to give her solid career advice with her best interests at heart. “I’m extremely proud of her,” Joe says, and it looks like theirs is a very sweet older brother-younger sister relationship that might be drama-free. They meet up at the strip club and Nya asks Joe what he thinks about working with Erica Mena on a track. “If I gave you a multiple choice, right? Kendrick Lamar. French Montana. Jadakiss. Erica Mena. Which one of those people probably do not belong in that equation?” Joe asks. “Definitely Erica Mena,” she answers. “You gotta make better decisions, baby,” Joe tells her.
At last, tomorrow has come. Peter is finally ready to come clean to Tara and he invites her to the studio to tell her the truth about Amina.
“I been kinda working with Amina on management,” Peter begins, reminding Tara that she encouraged that (as if to put some of the responsibility on her, no doubt). “But, ah, along with the management thing, I kinda been f—ing with her a little bit.” Just a little bit. “So little in fact, that we are married,” is what he does not add.
“You f—ing a—hole,” Tara tells him, and asks how long it’s been going on.
“What difference does that make?” Peter asks.
“It makes a lot of difference to me,” she says. He admits it’s been a while and she flips.
“Again, Peter? Again? Another bitch?”
“You don’t feel no responsibility?” he asks. Seriously.
“F— that!” she responds. “You sit here looking sad — Cheer the f— up! You liked f—ing her, didn’t you?”
Tara is angry. “To spend thirteen years with a lying, deceitful, disgusting man. I can’t believe I wasted all this time being a fool.”
Erica Jean is still trying to sort out Saigon’s request to get a DNA test to prove that their son, who they call “Little B” but whose actual name is Steven, go figure, is his. She needs some advice and calls her best friend Mystik up for some guidance. Mystik doesn’t really know Saigon (“All the stories you’ve told us, who wants to meet him?”) but she thinks Erica is foolish for wanting to get back with him. “The woman who’s having your child, you don’t treat like an a—hole!” she tells Erica. I like Mystik!
“You’re not gonna like this one either,” Erica tells Mystik, and she tells her about the DNA test. Mystik tells Erica to do the test because the proof and truth will be in her favor and give her some power for once.
So Peter told Tara about Amina. Sorta. This is a man that doesn’t know how to rip a band aid off, he pulls sloooowly and makes the pain worse for everyone. He meets with Amina to declare that, yay! He told Tara. But Amina wants to know what, exactly, he told Tara because the words “wife” and “marriage” were certainly never mentioned.
“I said we smashing,” Peter says. “I mean, what more does she need to know than that?” Amina is upset that he’s diminishing their relationship by leaving out the most important details and deduces that she’s been lied to just as much as Tara.
“It’s clear that he’s been lying to me. He still has feelings for that woman,” Amina says. “Tara needs to know that I’m the number one woman in Peter’s life.” So her new mission is to find Tara and tell her she’s the wifey.
Nya brings Erica into the studio to see how serious she is about their collaboration. She tells Erica that she needs to focus up and really make music her priority if they’re going to work together, and Erica takes some offense to the implication that she isn’t serious about her music. “This bitch need to get over herself, ’cause all she got right now is a YouTube video,” Nya says. Then Nya tells Erica, just moments after they both seemed excited to work together, that they will not be working together.
“You tryna discredit my s— like you better than me!” Erica tells Nya. “Clearly this chick is not too bright. You’re messing with the wrong one.”
“I’ve got a fan base for music, not because I’m a crazy-ass bitch!” Nya tells Erica.
Yandy has been holding in the secret knowledge of Peter’s love affair for a few days, and she’s relieved when Tara finally tells her she knows about it — relieved but sad because she know that this is an awful ordeal for Tara to go through. “I ultimately feel like he only told me because perhaps I was gonna find out some other way anyway,” Tara says. Like when it airs on national television, probably.
And even though Tara knows Peter’s been throwing around the fact that they hadn’t been getting along, that’s no excuse for him and Amina to be messing around.
Yandy thinks back to the moment when Amina and Tara met at her showcase and Amina could clearly see that Tara and Peter were very much together. “How dare you?” she says about Amina. “How dare you.”
Tara is going to get to the bottom of the love triangle, and she tells Yandy she plans to confront Amina at her next show. This is going down.
We’ve heard about Erica Mena’s new love for a couple of episodes now, and today, it’s time to finally meet her. Ladies and gents, it’s Cyn Santana.
What we know so far: Cyn has never dated a girl before. Erica is completely smitten with her. And Cyn really loves Chipotle.
Erica takes her out for a sexy meal that does not include a burrito assembly line and Cyn feels very out of place. Also, the cleavage situation on this date is out of control.
Erica is actually pretty adorable in this scene because she’s so happy to be with Cyn. She’s completely goo-goo-eyed and they pinky swear that even though they don’t know where their relationship is going, they’ll remain friends no matter what. It’s a long way from some of Erica’s previous entanglements.
Tahiry has some good and bad news for Joe this week. She got the role in a film that she auditioned for, which is great, but it means she’ll be away from Joe for four to six weeks. “I want your support, I want you to be proud of me,” Tahiry tells Joe about her news.
“How should proud me look right now?” he asks with a stone-cold glare. He tells her she’s adding rocks to an already rocky relationship, and as he’s saying this Tahiry finds the hair of a “friend” of Joe’s in his bed. “I’m adding rocks, and there was a friend of yours on my bed the other night?” she asks. She ransacks the bed and notices the sheets have been changed and Joe, like all men, doesn’t change his own sheets. “I can deal with a lot of things, but I will not tolerate that disrespect,” she says.
Joe denies that there was any sex, but Tahiry’s mind is exploding so loudly over the fact that there’s makeup all over the pillows that she’s not hearing it. “I’m with a woman that has trust issues,” Joe tells her. “You’re losing your mind.”
Tahiry storms out angrily, calling Joe out for his lifestyle and pajama choices (which he denies)
and it looks like maybe their reconciliation was short-lived after all.
Erica is very happy with Cyn, but she can’t resist the pull toward the Dollaz, so she goes to Rich to discuss work and they end up getting into a bitch-fest about Nya Lee. They both had run-ins with her recently, with Nya calling Rich a cornball and whatnot, and Erica tells Rich all about her own argument with her in the studio. This unites them more. “I don’t know where this Nya chick gets off talking to me and Rich like that,” Erica says. “But she needs to remember, the only dollars you pick up is every night at the strip club.”
Erica then proposes that she and Rich think about re-establishing their business partnership. She has a calendar and her sex book lined up, and she might need Rich’s business expertise to help get those things going, and that’s when she reveals that one of the models for her sex book is Cyn. Not only does that make sense because she and Erica are into each other, but she probably doesn’t mind getting paid in Chipotle gift cards, so she’s affordable. Rich does not know what to make of all this, but he can’t resist Erica and seems to reluctantly agree.
“Nice doing business with you, boo,” she tells him as she walks out. “I know you miss it, baby.”
Rich and Yandy are both all about the business, so they both hit up Amina at a show to talk to her about her music. Amina performs and then Yandy talks to her about the music, throwing serious subliminal shade at Amina. “It was clear Yandy was Team Tara,” Rich says.
“Do you feel like you’re a star?” Yandy asks Amina.
“Yeah!” Amina says, without a doubt.
“Then why would you play second?” Yandy asks. Before she can answer, in walks “first.” Tara.
“Would you like to sit down? I will get up,” Rich says.
Amina begins the conversation telling Tara what she knew about the situation: she knew Peter had one child (not two) and that he was still living with Tara.
“How do you think it’s remotely possible that we’re living together as a roommate situation?” Tara asks. Amina tells Tara that Peter told her he was still living there for the sake of the kids, which Tara doesn’t buy. “I feel guilty, knowing what I know now,” Amina confesses. “It’s not just that we’re f—ing each other, we love each other. I’m sorry to tell you but I know that he loves me.”
Tara asks for facts, proof of some kind that Peter truly loves Amina. She calls Amina an “outlet” for Peter, at which point Amina pulls some kind of pocket-sized marriage license OUT OF HER BRA
and yells “I’m an outlet? I’m his wife! And ain’t nothing fake about that!”
And so it begins.