Last week’s episode of VHI1’s ‘The Breaks,’ Nikki Jones (Afton Williamson) price went up as she began working as a personal assistant for record label mogul, Barry Fouray (Wood Harris). Nikki also was the first to know of Flouray’s decision to begin his own record label after realizing maybe he is, ‘the middle man.’ DeeVee (Mack Wilds) had an encounter with aggressive police force during his unexpected arrest, where he was taken into custody (did anyone peep the officer reach for his gun when Nikki was trying to protect her bestie? Out of pocket). Ahm (Antoine Harris), is still a tough nut to crack, being under the pressure of suspected murder charges but also on the rise to being the hottest MC in New York, won’t budge even with the persuasive business skills of Forgery, who offered him a potential record deal that he denied. David and Nikki, who’ve relationship seems to be heading in a downward spiral after last night’s episode, are constantly butting heads especially after Nikki got David’s father, top negotiator, Juggy, to help DeeVee out of his police interrogation. DeeVee’s love for music could be risky as it seems it’s always leading him into unintentional trouble, causing his father (Method Man), to want to do the old ‘pack up and send you away to the barely seen aunt in the south,’ trick. Oh, and a lil side note on Sampson’s Bobby Brown-esque move on last night’s episode as well, taking away Bernard’s MC opportunity at Keith Sweat’s show. Low blow!
Episode two aired last night (Feb.28) where the theme seemed to vouch off power and the ability to always win. Nikki’s character continued to shine as the ‘go-getter,’ every situation that even comes close to her taking an L, she’s ready to turn it around. Homegirl got skills, using the name of a Essence editor to get her way into a A-list event, (of course with the help of the ideal good friend and spunky Josie’s original idea) and can we talk about how although Flouray is one of those hyper-active, know-it-all bosses. He listens to Nikki’s request, like getting Derome the opportunity to perform a remix of ladies man and R&B mogul, Keith Sweat’s song. Nikki makes everything comfortable, but sometimes complicated as she’s too back and forth, trying to fix things that sometimes aren’t broken but having the ambition to want to make it better to get Hip-Hop at the top of the map. Major cool points also for Nikki for getting Derome out of that oversized ‘add 40 years on my age’ suit and something he could relax in and ultimately made for a success with his performance with Sweat.
Anyone else scared of Ahm but sort of sees a definite soft spot deep down inside? Just me? Okay. Ahm’s flow is dope but as DeeVee says and producer knows best, he needs to ‘breathe,’ add a hook and give people the time to actually indulge in the lyrics. Ahm’s the type of guy that holds a lot inside, he’s seen a lot and needs an outlet to release. It seems as if music is the option, but in a way he keeps running from it; first, declining working with Flouray on a deal and then disregarding DeeVee’s advice on improving his flow. His sidekick Scooby only adds more fire to the flame. He’s a hothead who seems to spark Ahm’s dangerous side, but also lead Ahm to question it. It’s almost as if he’s tired of the killings toward his crew, the battles with his enemies, a prime example being the experience he had witnessing guilt money being delivered to the mother of one of his recently murdered friends, but maybe that’s all Ahm knows.
Now, with me just getting into the show I can already grasp problems with Nikki and David’s relationship. Nikki is ambitious and hardworking, but sometimes sneaky and manipulative, while David, who shows decent qualities of a good boyfriend, but also seems insecure and a bit negative toward Nikki’s possible success. The ending of the episode raised eyebrows and a lot of questions to the two’s relationship. Nikki realized David’s position of what it felt like to wait for her to come home and after seconds of exchanging ‘I love you’s,’ her emotions hit a switch as she said,“David, I’m sorry. But I think you should put your shirt back on.” BLOOP. No shower or make-up loving for you David. Are they done? If so, is Nikki going to finesse her way into aspiring businessman Lil Ray’s life?
As for next week, there’s curiosity to where EBJ Record Executive Mattie Taylor have up her sleeves for Nikki. She did save her for not having credentials and almost getting kicked out a venue by security, Nikki might owe her one…but of what. It was cute seeing DeeVee gush over Nikki’s ‘friend-again’ Damita, now a mother and high-end journalist but that may not last too long if his dad is really thinking about sending him down south. But let’s just admire the heart to heart DeeVee had with Mr. Van Puten, who shared with his son how we almost lost his life to a bullet and wouldn’t want the same thing happening to him; hence the request for a ship away. Will Ahm let his rap talents be great or fall into more dangerous mishaps? That shouldn’t even be a question. But it seems everyone wants to be great and in control, but how far is everyone willing to go…
Catch the episode here.