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Basketball Wives L.A.: Episode One Review!

By   |   August 31, 2011   |   Entertainment, Gals On The Town

Missed the season premiere of the Basketball Wives L.A. on Monday night? Entertainment Gal gives you a play-by-play of every delicious second in our Basketball Wives L.A. review. Read on!

We just started, and Imani is talking about her daughter and her activities. Different from Miami.

Now Gloria is talking about her babies. Definitely liking the family vibe.

Here comes JackieΓÇÖs crazy ass; a wedding every year? SheΓÇÖs a bit full of herself. But you either love her or hate her.

Tanya has a peacefulness about her that is evident. But she did have to deal with that trial, etc.

Acting Gloria? What does that mean? Where are you planning on going? Draya is in her class. Interesting.

Draya needs diction classes first. She has an accent, and not a good way. Gloria wasnΓÇÖt too bad. But there was no emotion in her reading.

Gloria is queen bee a la Shaunie. Assessing all the girls with Imani.

Poker scene: Jackie likes being seen as the ΓÇ£wise oneΓÇ¥; Tanya is stealing her thunder as the counselor for the young girls. Tanya may have been talking too much, but I didnΓÇÖt understand what was so upsetting to Jackie; why was she crying? If the topic was that sensitive why bring it up in the first place?

Malaysia is hanging with her homies and showing the phoniness that Kimsha has been talking about. SheΓÇÖs ΓÇ£more at home in the hood,ΓÇ¥ but wants to design a jewelry line for children and babies. Really…

The fact that Gloria is so accepting of Draya but was so down on Royce really makes think that Matt and Royce had something, or Matt wanted something (maybe it’s just showing the “scriptiness” of reality!).

Shoe shopping with Kimsha and Malaysia was painful. ItΓÇÖs obvious they have nothing in common or to talk about.

The final lunch scene ends with a fight. I had a bit of problem with it because that was definitely scripted drama between Laura and Malaysia. But the tension between Jackie and Tanya is real. Mostly because Tanya is above their level. She isnΓÇÖt going to engage in profanity and fighting. Personally I loved the fact that she just sat there on her phone while the others were all involved in that fight. She acted the way an educated, classy woman should in that situation.

Entertainment Gal’s Summary: Gloria is trying to be the ΓÇ£ShaunieΓÇ¥ of the group. I donΓÇÖt see that working for her because sheΓÇÖs too involved in stirring up the drama. Draya came off better than expected but since I know about her kid drama (FYI: future episode spoiler arlert!), that is very temporary. Laura presented much better than I thought she would — except for the end. Malaysia is a fakey fake chick, and that is going to get her in trouble. Imani Is the quiet, behind-the-scenes chick who doesnΓÇÖt start anything but co-signs on everything. Kimsha is… Kimsha, the girl from South Jamaica Queens, still and always. Jackie’s confirmed that sheΓÇÖs crazy, but she is also entertaining so I will enjoy watching. And Tanya is out of place. I predict she won’t last the whole first season.

One thing I must mention that makes me like BBW L.A. version versus Miami. Bringing up the conversation about their children has already made these women more than one-dimensional characters that only eat out, shop and party. I appreciate seeing another side of them, even if itΓÇÖs just in conversation. Let’s hope there’s more of that this season.

Basketball Wives L.A. airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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