If you see the word “cocky” in that old dictionary, there’s a picture of Stevie J.
The arrogant producer on “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” who is hoping to keep both his baby’s mama Mimi and his “client,” Joseline in his back pocket, decides to have a second therapist session with the trio. (The last time, Joseline punched him in the face so he’s a glutton for punishment.) He strolls in wearing a shirt with the words “I am God” emblazoned on his T-shirt.
The editors strategically places the three of them in separate chairs this time around as opposed to one couch. There are probably about 50 security guards right outside of camera view to boot.
“He feels he can have you both,” the therapist at the Bliss Center tells them.
“The reality is he’s not going to change,”he adds. “You have to take control of your lives.”
Joseline acts as if it’s no big deal that Stevie J is a smarmy player, when in fact, she does care. Mimi is at the end of her rope.
Stevie J spends the entire season finale episode using a bus analogy. He’s the bus driver. The women go on and off as the please. He provides the gas, the air in the tires, the entire short bus (as my wife just dubbed it.)
“It’s my bus,” he explains. “Get with the program or I’m going to have to leave you in the desert.”
The lip-smacking dude is so confident he can have both of them, he puts on his sunglasses in the office as if he’s Tom Cruise in “Risky Business.”
But Mimi isn’t going for that. By the end of the episode, she refuses to stay on the bus – and she refuses to be in the desert either. Apparently, she has a cleaning business and can live without him – or so she says. And she does show strength leaving him in the dust. He is angry. He likes to think he’s in control of this bus.
And when Stevie J wants Joseline to meet up with another female singer with more tattoos than Joseline, she instantly gets jealous and storms out. So much for her being cool with his behavior. At the end of the episode, she is at least happy that she no longer needs to strip but is now singing. So after opening the season coming off as a fool, she ends up a far more sympathetic figure – despite her penchant for referencing to herself in third person.
Ultimately, the Mimi/Stevie J/Joseline story line outhustled every other one on the show by several miles on the soap opera scale. Here’s a quick summary of other plots:
- Erica finally broke it off with marble-mouthed Lil Scrappy, who goes back to Shay and his mommy. Yawn.
- K. Michelle remains indignant that Rasheeda doesn’t fully buy her “I was abused by her friend Memphiz” story.
- Rasheeda celebrates 12 years with her husband in a ceremony so noteworthy to the editors of the show, they cut it down to about 30 seconds.
- Benzino struggles with whether he should propose to Karlie and when he tries, he botches it by not even asking her the question while showing her the ring. When she questions his sincerity, he backs off. They break off, it appears. She is later seen canoodling with local rapper Roscoe Dash.
It appears VH1, riding the success of the show, has cobbled together an 11th episode for next Monday but I’m not sure what it’s going to entail. Then we get to the reunion, which should be a delight.
“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” is drawing higher ratings than Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” did, even in its best season, averaging more than 3 million viewers the first run and another 1.5 million during the 10 p.m. repeat.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk