Cast Blog: #THICKERTHANWATER

Jewel: "I Know My Sister Loves Me"

Jewel to Junice: "Let It Go!"

Junice's Out of Character Behavior

Jewel Tankard, Wedding Planner

Is Brooklyn Playing the Guilt Card?

Jewel: "I Don't Think I am Overprotective."

Ben: Being a Virgin is a Blessing

Ben's Secret to a Happy Marriage

Junice's Betrayal

Brooklyn's Heart is in the Right Place

I Respect Juncie's Lifestyle

Ben: I'm Not a Preacher, I'm a Reacher

Jewel: Nothing's Open But Legs

Ben: We Are Thicker Than Water

Jewel: "I Know My Sister Loves Me"

Jewel talks about the therapy session with her sisters and the anniversary party drama.

Bravotv.com: Jewel, how did you feel about picking up the slack of planning your parents’ engagement party? Were you disappointed in Junice for putting the responsibility on you?
Jewel Tankard: I did not mind picking up planning the party. I'm a born leader so it was all good. I wasn't disappointed, because I figured she may have been still trying to get into a routine after having Joshua.

Bravotv.com: What did you both think of Benji and Shanira getting remarried? Were you proud of his proposal at the anniversary party?
Jewel: I was pretty impressed that Benji was re-proposing to Shanira. I am quite impressed with his love for her and how much he has matured. I was very proud of him.

Bravotv.com: This week we see you guys on date night. How often do you have date nights? Are the mosquitoes always invited?
Jewel: Date night is extremely important to us. With all we have going on, it allows us to focus on one another. And to make sure we are keeping it spicy and working through anything else that could be getting on each other’s nerves. The mosquitoes were on my last nerves. No, they were not welcome. 
Bravotv.com: Jewel, how did you feel going into therapy with your sisters? Were you shocked by Junice’s feelings and aggressive tone?
Jewel: Going into therapy with my sisters was an act of me trying to play team and help my sister heal. If I need therapy I pray, read my Bible, talk to our Pastors, family, or girlfriends. My close circle of people are very wise and prayerful people. So if I'm lacking an answer, they have it. But I surely would not be paying somebody by the hour to tell me who I am and what to do with my life, when they didn't create me or know the plan that God has for my life. And yes, I was very surprised at how angry and hurt Junice was. I had no idea. It was the first time that Junetta and I had ever, ever heard those things and why wait to share all the past junk now? I have to question the motives to her timing.

Junice's Out of Character Behavior

Ben shares his thoughts on Jewel's sister.

Bravotv.com: Do you think it was beneficial to have Jewel take over the wedding planning? Did you think she'd actually stay on budget?
Ben Tankard: Absolutely. When it comes to money management, she is the Michael Jordan in the family. I would be more like Scotty Pippen (2nd man). She is what I call a KFP (Kingdom Financial Planner). She has an economics degree and is a trained financial planner, so she knows how to shop for the best deals on flowers, designs, etc. She can squeeze the life out of a nickel, so I am happy she is helping out. My patience is too short, and I would just do the big daddy thing and pay too much just to do it quick and get it over with. I'm better with the bigger purchases like shopping for the best home, car, or plane deals. Jewel is best with the hostess type projects. My guess is she will make it LOOK like it is over budget, but she will actually come in UNDER budget.

Bravotv.com: Were you proud to see Brooklyn planning her hair show? Were you surprised by how it turned out?
Ben: YES, we always knew Brooklyn had tremendous potential (which is why we are so hard on her). Looks like all the pressure is paying off! We are very proud parents to witness Brookie pull off this major event. We knew it would be a good event (and better than the last one), but had no idea it would be this high end, New York Fashion Week type event that it turned out to be. We like these sort of surprises.

Bravotv.com: Why can't Brooklyn and Benji work it out? Is there a deeper issue there?
Ben: I don't know, but it is on my nerves! Yes, there’s a deeper issue, and it's called foolishness! I NEED TO GO TO THE BIBLE ON THIS ONE. The bible says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15) Bravotv.com: What do you think changed with Junice?
Ben: I have to think it is hormones from having the two kids really quickly, and other life issues pressing in. I have known Junice for 14 years (she worked for me for a few years), and she was sweet as pie. This behavior is so out of character, and it reminds me of some behaviors I witnessed with some other mothers I have seen with post-partum depression. But I'm not a doctor, just a brother in law that still loves her no matter what and will continue to help (and pray) in any way I can. After all, blood is "Thicker Than Water.”



Bravotv.com: How did you feel when you saw Cyrene apologize to Brooklyn?
Ben: Very teary! Finally, some breakthrough! At least the kids are listening to SOME of our words.