Confrontation isn’t easy but at times it is necessary. At the end of last episode of Beverly’s Full House, we all knew that Anansa was going to confront her mom about their life coach, David, being a personal friend of Brian. However the timing wasn’t great. As Beverly came into the room in preparation for their call to David, Anansa informed her that she was no longer comfortable working with him. Realizing he already knew Beverly’s boyfriend personally…and was working with him, she thought it would be best to find someone who was neutral to them all. Therapy is a vulnerable process, especially if you are doing it with someone whom you love and have issues with. Trust is vital to its success. She seemed to feel a little tricked and unsafe being vulnerable. Once Beverly heard that it shouldn’t have been an issue. They both need to feel safe.
Instead, Beverly called up David to cancel the appointment and shockingly he didn’t handle it professionally at all. He was defensive and threw up walls quickly. If she was going to question his neutrality, he wasn’t sure he even wanted to work with her. As a professional, he should have listened to her concerns and either put them to rest or created a transition plan for them. Instead, he was defensive. Within moments of hanging up, Brian called. Despite claiming it was a coincidence, which it may have been, it didn’t help the situation. He, too, let into Anansa and her audacity to question the relationship. Any good therapist knows that a client may not be comfortable with situations like this. Brian was a “grown ass man” (as he put it) and should have been more sensitive to the relationship they are trying to repair. However, Anansa’s husband, David, was upset that once again his wife was being attacked when he wasn’t around.
Trying to put the issue aside, Anansa and Beverly focused on working out with their trainer, Tanya. With so much sitting on their heart, exercise was a perfect distraction. Tanya brought everything! She began by weighing them in and making a plan. Beverly got the news…she needed to lose 10 pounds. Anansa…50 pounds immediately. Oh please. She just had a baby and “immediately” doesn’t happen at the snap of fingers. Poor girl. I still think she looks great! As Tanya started to cleanse the house of junk food and temptations, we quickly learned that like so many others they wanted their own tiny stash.
The next big blow…a powerwalk every morning at 5:30am. Standing over Anansa at five in the morning, she simply told them that she couldn’t do it. But they weren’t leaving. Wanting to get back to sleep, David did his best to get his wife out of the room so he could get a little sleep. About an hour later, Anansa finally emerged and the women reluctantly started their workout. The following days, the workouts pulled the women closer together. After three days of Tanya in the house, she was releasing the women back into their chaotic worlds with new tools to strengthen their lives. Check out this deleted scene of Bev, Anansa and Tanya on their powerwalk!
Heading out for a hike, both Anansa and Beverly took in the views and talked nervously as they feared the silence. Then, Beverly decided she was heading off the path and going rouge…her goal was to climb up some rocks to the top of the hill. Not the safest thing and Anansa knew it…but somehow her mom talked her into it and the two rested after a short distance on a rock. Using the climb as a metaphor for their relationship, Beverly asked Anansa if they could commit to process and let each other know that “this” was going to happen. That was when Anansa dropped a bomb….she thought they could continue to work on their relationship even if they were living apart. Beverly was hurt and felt they were taking steps backwards. Neither one of them wanted to give up on each other, but Anansa claimed whe was concerned about creating a healthy environment for all of them…especially Ava. BUT I don’t think that was the issue at all. She wanted a buffer between her and her mother in order to protect herself. Her toes may have been in the pool, but she wasn’t ready to jump in all the way. Her mom said that she work with whatever Anansa decided. I hope she stays, because I fear the setback that may happen if she leaves.
Be sure to catch next week’s episode, Saturday at 10/9C on OWN, when Bev and Robert head to San Francisco and Bev gives her old life coach, David, a call without Anansa!