This week on Making the Band, the same fight that has been taking place all season continues to take place. And Dawn just bugs the hell out of me.
Per usual, Diddy opens the show with his obnoxious demeanor. He tells us that he is the cure for bitchassness or something ridiculous. And he’s booking Day26 on a cruise as the ultimate test to see if they can make it work. Because if you can’t enjoy yourself on a cruise, then you’re in a really bad place. Cruises are unsanitary and get regularly hijacked by pirates — what’s not to like?!
Things are eerie back at the house. Robert tells us that the bad vibe is overwhelming, and Brian says that people are barely speaking or even looking in each others’ direction. Brillo, though, is excited about the cruise! And to prepare for the cruise, everyone is meeting for dance rehearsal that morning. Brillo brings it up, and crazy, wild-eye Que says, “So you knew about dance rehearsal?! I didn’t even know about dance rehearsal!” My first thought: Since when doesn’t Que know about DANCE REHEARSAL. He’s been so into DANCE REHEARSAL. I’m surprised he didn’t schedule this one himself. My second thought: The rehearsal hasn’t happened yet. So how could he not know about it. He’s talking about it. And it’s happening LATER.
Dawn is sitting at the table with Que and Brills, and she violently shakes her head and says he needs to start communicating with them. Brillo says he doesn’t know what to wear on the cruise. Dawn and Aundrea laugh that he should go shirtless to scare the old people. But Que just shakes his head. Because in the land of Que, nothing is even remotely funny. Everyone is piss-ocity inducing. Aundrea, by the way, looks SCARY in the mornings. She literally looks like she is about to trick Dawn and Que into her house, so that she can push them into her oven.
Susan Boyle? Is that you???
Brian walks into the living room, and Que says that he didn’t know they had dance rehearsal that morning. Brian says something about knowing it was that day but not knowing it was that early. Who cares? Just go to rehearsal, already!
Meanwhile, Que texts Will who is IN THE NEXT ROOM. Will says it’s a disturbing message, so he responds saying that the group is going on with or without Que. Que gets the text and whispers it’s contents to Brillo. Que tells us that it’s 4 against 1, and he feels hurt. But the only thing painful in this scenario is that Que TEXTED Will instead of just walking into the next room over. Or even hollering at him. Passive aggressive, much?
Que and Will enter a TEXTUAL relationship.
Robert says that because of the text, Que thinks they don’t want him there, which isn’t true. It’s something new everyday, and it’s only getting worse. He says he’s about to explode. He’s tired of kissing up to Que and is ready to whoop some ass. The prospect of this happening excites me to no end.
In the lobby of the “house,” the guys are waiting for Que to leave for dance rehearsal. And Robert gives us daily our math lesson: “There’s four members of Day26, but there’s five of us!” Meaning that one person is missing…?
Then Robert and Que have some sort of confrontation in the lobby. Originally I thought they were having it IN the revolving door! But then I realize that they are outside of the hotel, and we can just see them through the revolving door. I am happy because it makes more sense that they’d be outside. But I am sad because having a huge fight inside of a door would be unprecedented and totally awesome! Anyway, the actually confrontation is unclear. All I can make out is that Que says something about how they should go to rehearsal without him because he will only make them late. Smelling drama, Brian goes outside to take part. Smelling Brian, Que goes back inside.
A Revolving Door: What a nice metaphor of “fame” with Bad Boy Entertainment. Just when you’re on the way in, you’re also on the way out.
Ah the Breaking News segment. I don’t always include these in my recaps, but here I am. And I am covering this. Diddy tells us that Day26′s album drops on April 14. So this is where you must tell me: Who bought it? And do you love it? Diddy also tells us that 90% of all “Making the Band” albums have gone platinum. Interesting. It must be Brillo who’s messing up that perfect score.
In the van on the way to the dance studio, everyone is laughing and having fun, but Que is just staring out the window. Brillo says that Que just looks like a ticking time bomb.
They get into the lobby of the building, and Robert approaches Que to smooth things over. He says that he loves him and respects him, but right now he’s hurting the group. Que keeps saying, “Don’t do that to me, son.” And, smelling drama, Brian tries to hold them apart. Robert takes off his shirt and hat, like he’s ready to fight. And Que says, “Don’t come close to me, you stupid ass bitches.” Brian is embarrassed because they are in public. I am quite shocked that no one calls security because they ARE in public, and it’s totally wacko. But, ultimately, nothing happens. And why doth nothing happen? Because nothing ever does! This show shouldn’t be called “Making the Band.” It should be called “Empty Threats with Brian Andrews.”
Just go ahead and beat the shit out of each other, so your captive audience can move on!
Que says he doesn’t have a problem with Day26, they have a problem with Que. And he has text messages to prove it. Then he leaves.
When we come back, we’re in an elevator, and Robert is telling everyone that he did the most “godly” thing he could do. But Que acted stupid. I wonder which god he’s talking about…? Zeus, perhaps? The god of thunder, sky, and sherpa hats?
In the studio, Robert reenacts the fight for everyone. Robert tries to tell Big Butter that even he would have even knocked Que out, despite how reasonable he is. The whole time this conversation is going on, Que has entered the building and now is in the elevator. Robert is still yelling about the whole ordeal, saying that he doesn’t want to dance next to someone who wants to beat him up.
Cue the ominous theme song from “JAWS.”
By the time Que arrives, Will is all riled up. Brian says that he just wants to keep the peace, but Will says the peace is done. Que says they should just rehearse. He’s good and doesn’t have a problem. THEY have the problem. Robert says that it’s QUE who has the problem because he single-handedly messed up Day26. Then he calls him Orangebrey! TWICE! Wow, man. That implies that not only is Que not a team player, but his cooter smells like spray tan and tuna juice. Que laughs and asks where this is coming from. Then he thanks Robert for the petty stuff and reiterates that he doesn’t have a problem. Que really does have the art of “blame shifting” mastered quite well. He must have learned it from my ex-boyfriend. Gotta learn from the best!
Brian says that all four of them agree that Que’s vibe is messing up the band. Que says that they’re the ones yelling, so it’s them who have the problem. Will says that he has tried to embrace Que. Then Que jumps in and says it’s Will whose ruined their relationship. Robert gets really upset, and Brillo tries to hold him back, but he gets loose and gets in Que’s face. Brillo holds back Robert, and Brian pushes back Que. But when Robert yells at Brillo to let him go, Brillo lets him go. Well, you can’t say that Brillo doesn’t follow directions. Robert asks why Orangebrey is now in Day26. Que then says, “Que doesn’t have a problem.”
“Because grinning and talking about myself in the third person makes me look sane.”
Will says that he gave up a lot to be there. He has a son. And anyone who takes food out of his son’s mouth will get his ass whooped. Que laughs and says he’s ready to work. Robert screams that he needs to realize that his four brothers have a problem with HIM, so he needs to stop putting it on everyone else. Que accuses them as planning the confrontation and trying to edge him out. He says he’s still there after being hit in the face. Then he picks up a stool and slams it down. He throws his jacket at Robert, and Brillo holds Robert back. Dawn busts in, yelling at Que to stop. Everything is being beeped out, and I don’t know what’s being said. But I imagine it’s something along the lines of: “FUCK THAT! FUCK YOU! FUCK SHIT GODDAMN SHIT FUCK PISS!” Que ushers Dawn out of the room and shuts the door. He continues to yell that he’s still there even after they hurt him. And they need to rebuild his trust.
Luckily, Robert wore his Trojan Warrior garb.
Que asks if they have to fight. Because he’ll fight if they want to fight. Everyone is now silent. He cries and says it’s fucked up. Que then goes up to Big Butter who has been sitting on a stool the whole time, totally zoned out. Que says that he’s been coming to BB because he knows that BB won’t go behind his back. But now he’s just sitting there. Big Butter asks what he wants him to do. He says that Big Butter should stick up for him or something. Robert yells that Big Butter feels the same way they do. Big Butter continues to look lost and confused. And don’t you all just LOVE him? I kinda wish he were my friend. He’s so UNFAZE-ABLE! You could be like, “Big Butter, I just accidentally gave you chlamydia and ran your mother over with a shopping cart!” And he’d probably — at most — give you a blank stare. How fun!
“Huh? What? Where am I? Is this the cruise?”
Que points out that they all are not real, and he leaves. Everyone is stunned.
Out in the hall, Que whines to Dawn and says that he wants to go home. She asks him to sit down to walk through it. They sit down, and she says he needs to see the bigger picture. No one makes the decision to kick anyone out but Diddy. She says Que should have tunnel vision and focus on his dream and ignore them. Focus on the fans and the family. Then Dawn says she doesn’t like the new Que and wants to know what happened to the fun/goofy Que. I want to know, too! And I’m also glad that Dawn is acknowledging that he has a brand new personality. Because I was starting to think she was equally delusional.
Back in the rehearsal space, Big Butter says things might be over TODAY. As in the group is really on its last thread. Robert says that Diddy won’t want to throw it all away for one person. Robert says he’s not mad at Que, he just doesn’t understand where he is. Robert says he can’t control himself because it hurts. He loves Que, and he wants to cry. Aww!!!!!!!!!
Que goes back to practice, says he’s sorry and shakes everyone’s hand. Brian says that after everything that’s happened, they don’t know if the apology is real. They don’t know what’s causing the issues. Que says the problem is that he loves everyone and feels like he was betrayed by everyone but Big Butter. His heart is hurt, but he’s not going anywhere. He cries, and Robert tries to interrupt. He says God put them there for a reason, but he’s been betrayed a lot. Robert leaves. NOOOOO!!!!!! Stop leaving and just wrap this crap up, dudes!
“Why is everyone so jealous of me!? I just want to work!”
Big Butter follows Robert out in the hall, where Dawn is also waiting. Robert says he wants to leave, but they tell him he can’t. Dawn gives her speech about how everything needs to disappear and all that focus/tunnel vision blah blah blah crap. She says that if Que looks at them weird, then who cares? That’s life. Robert says that she doesn’t know how it all started. He came to Que from a place of love and got jumped on. Dawn says that she doesn’t feel like he did. She does a snarky reenactment that is nothing like what actually happened. She says that Que already feels like he’s been attacked, so his heart is black right now.
In the studio, Que says he has a wall up and wants to keep his distance because he’s hurt. He tells Will that he loves Kavion, and he knows what it’s like to support a family. Brian says it’s a lot of pressure, and the pressure has taken its toll. He gives a metaphor about the construction of the building. He feels like Que wants to knock the building down. Que says he never wanted to leave, he just felt like no one was listening to him or had his back. Brian says they might be pissed at him, but they have his back. Que laughs. Then Brian says they need him and can’t go on without him.
In the hall, Dawn is getting more riled up. She says that Que wants to be there. And they’re lucky because the bitches she was in a group with didn’t want to be there. As long as everyone is showing up and wants to be there, it’s beautiful. They can save the conversation for when people aren’t showing up to rehearsals or shows.
Gigantor octopus head.
Will tells Que that no matter what happens, he’s busting in his ass, so Que’s family can survive. Then he cries and says it hurt when he felt like Que had something against him because he didn’t understand it. It hurt him when they said he was phony because he was real. Que sees Will’s tears and finally believes that he’s real. Will says the text was out of anger because he wants him there.
Will’s eyes get a little sweaty.
Somehow Robert feels better with Dawn and now feels stupid. He smiles and says Dawn is right. Dawn says that Que feels stupid too. Happy music plays as Robert enters the room. He says the only reason they fight is because they have so much love for each other. Que dances, and everyone is happy because it seems like normal Que.
The stool feels moved by emotion.
Brian asks if they can have a group prayer, so they pray and all say they are sorry. They say that without each other, they are nothing. They feel like the storm is over. And they hug it out. During the van ride home, they all laugh together. And everything is tied up neatly with a big, pink, fluffy bow!
But THEN they get a text that they have a meeting with Diddy, and I realize that this episode is still going. They all know Diddy’s not happy, so they are scared. Robert says they should agreed to not talk about the problems and only act positive. Diddy enters the house.
Everyone gathers in the living room. Diddy wants to know why he’s here. He says he funds them and makes sure they have everything, and they don’t appreciate it. They’ve just been fighting like clowns. He’s not believing in them if they are disrespecting the business. He says none of them are strong enough to make it in the industry on their own. He says there are artists out there starving, and yet they’re all fighting. Then he looks at Que and says, “Not all y’all, you.” Que nods his head. He says he doesn’t even know why Que is fighting because he made it into the group by the skin of his teeth. Diddy accuses Que of looking at him wrong. Que says that he’s not meaning to look at him disrespectfully.
“Stink Eye” is Que’s natural, resting face.
Diddy asks if he should move Que’s “situation” from “the situation.” Everyone shakes their heads. Diddy says he wants Que to take a time out. He’s not getting kicked out. But they need to see what it’s like to be on the stage without him. So he’s not going on the cruise. He says if they fight it, then it will be epic.
Now time to talk to Dawn and Aundrea. The boys leave the room and seem cool although Que seems sheepish.
Diddy tells the girls he knows they’ve been waiting on the decision to see what’s going on with Danity Kane. After praying on it and weighing it business-wise, he’s come to a decision. But we’re not going to find out….
Next week! The men find out that performing without Que isn’t so hard afterall. And Dawn and Aundrea finally discover their fate! Dun dun dun!
So what did you think? Did the guys wrap things up too easily? Do you think Que is really going to drop it and finally just be cool? And any predictions about what will happen to Danity Kane? Let me know your thoughts!