GARY AND JUICY RENEW THEIR FRIENDSHIP AND RICKEY WHILE ED SCHOOL D'ESSENCE DATING WITH CAUTION ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL, TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 8 P.M. ET
WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 31, 2017 - Gary and Juicy renew their vows of friendship, D'essence gets schooled by Ed Lover on dating inside the industry, and Rickey helps his friend Koco find support during her cancer battle, on the latest episode of TV One's Rickey Smiley For Real, airing Tuesday, August 1 at 8 p.m. ET.
As Juicy sits in the stylists's chair at the salon, Gary seizes the opportunity to mend fences with her. The two have been on the outs since Gary began focusing his friend time on Beyonce and her pregnancy. Can they bury the hatchet and move forward?
"You hurt my feelings," says Juicy. "We've been friends for too long for you to just kick me to the curb for somebody just because they're pregnant... Not some times. I don't like fake friends."
Meanwhile, D'essence and Cornbread are still enjoying each other's company, maintaining that they are just "talking" and not officially together. But word of their relationship is traveling through the grapevine, and everyone, including Ed Lover, decides to drop their two cents on the situation.
"You gotta think about the residual effects," says Ed. "If things don't go right between you and him, then that messes up his relationship with Brat. That's Brat's artist, so between your dad and Brat that messes up their relationship. You know how your dad feels about you. "
Rickey also cautions against the relationship, and says that she and Cornbread should lay out some ground rules in case things don't work out.
"It might get deep, it might not get deep, but just in case it does you need to have a conversation - not just about him doing something to you, but if you hurt his feelings. If we split up, you're not writing any songs about me,' or that type of stuff," says Rickey.
And in an effort to bring some peace of mind to his friend Koco, who is battling breast cancer for the third time, Rickey brings her to visit Dr. Jackie Walters, a correspondent on his radio show and a two-time cancer survivor herself. Koco, who is now trying different forms of experimental medicine and clinical trials, talks about how her faith has been tested, and Dr. Jackie gives her advice on how to remain strong in her fight.
“Your immune system is connected with your joy and happiness and if you give up, your body gives up," says Dr. Jackie. "Every time I had a thought that came to me, I talked back to it. I live by, 'I will live and not die.' It seems like your faith is making you whole. Because if I looked at you, I would never know you had breast cancer."
Rickey Smiley For Real is produced by Bobbcat Films for TV One with Rickey Smiley and Roger M. Bobb as executive producers and Angi Bones and Shante Paige as co-executive producers. For TV One, Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president of original programming and production and D'Angela Proctor is head of original programming and production.
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