Ashlee losing hope
"Ashlee losing hope," Ready To Love: Make A Move | Season 1/ Episode 10 "Mama Knows Best" | 2023 | OWN

It’s the beginning of the end for the latest “Ready To Love” spin-off, and as when the season began, there is a need to question if the long-distance relationships being set up are over.


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It’s the beginning of the end for the latest “Ready To Love” spin-off, and as when the season began, there is a need to question if the long-distance relationships being set up are over.

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General Information

Network

OWN

Release Date

December 15, 2023

Director(s)

N/A

Writer(s)

N/A

Previously Noted Characters and Cast

Self

Shareese

Self

Maurice

Self

Tabari

Self

Verneashia

Self

Ashlee

Self

Cameron

Self

Zadia

Self

Donald

Plot Recap

The Type Of Baggage I Don’t Mind Seeing – Shareese, Maurice

Despite Shareese pushing the idea previously she didn’t like the idea of a man with kids, with Maurice’s being grown and so polite, she is delighted. In fact, she feels so comfortable and happy that you can tell she is happy with her decision to bring him back.

You Brought Your Momma? – Tabari, Verneashia

With Verneashia being a momma’s girl, Tabari bringing his mother, and them getting along seals the deal for her. It was unexpected, but appreciated, and considering she was even able to get momma on her side a bit regarding Tabari not communicating with her as she wants him to? Oh, she might be ready to make things official.

I Can’t Tell If You Are Playing Or Not? – Ashlee, Cameron, Zadia, Donald, Shareese

For Ashlee and Zadia, things remain imperfect. Cameron may bring his best friend, who notes he thinks Cameron is ready, but Cameron isn’t for being an overnight sensation. He doesn’t think they put enough time into the relationship, especially considering it would have to be a long-distance relationship.

As you can imagine, Zadia isn’t happy to hear this, but she isn’t the only person frustrated with her match to the point of wondering if she may have wasted her time. Donald brings his friend, and one of his friends, who is a woman, really goes in on Ashlee. It gets so contentious that Ashlee is hoping Donald will step in, but he decides not to, to her dismay.

Donald
“Donald,” Ready To Love: Make A Move | Season 1/ Episode 10 “Mama Knows Best” | 2023 | OWN

This, naturally, leads to her bringing this up, and while Donald has rolled with the punches before, he decides not to do that this time. He meets Ashlee’s passion with his own, and she walks away as it becomes clear they aren’t going to resolve anything.

Zadia
“Zadia,” Ready To Love: Make A Move | Season 1/ Episode 10 “Mama Knows Best” | 2023 | OWN

Though not to be outdone, Shareese and Zadia go at it over Shareese’s relationship with LJ and whether or not Zadia and Cameron are having sex.

Review

Highlights

The Potential For Verneashia and Shareese

Do I truly believe either has found “The One?” No. However, they have potentially found something better than what they had in their initial seasons. Tabari doesn’t appear like he’d entertain other women while making it seem he is ready to commit to Verneashia. Also, meeting anyone’s mother, especially if they love them, is a big step that I don’t think most men would take lightly.

Add in this is television and while you could say it is for the dramatics of it all, I think Tabari truly feels invested and is ready for the long haul. Which, in terms of Maurice, I feel like he feels the same.

Why? Well, because Maurice is the calm, cool, and collected type, and while he thinks highly of himself, I don’t see him as the type who, if he wanted to mess around, he’d have that woman meet anyone in his personal life. I think he is at a point where he wants a companion, and if they can fulfill the role of something more, he is by no means against it.

Cameron And The Recognition Of This Being A Lot So Soon

I can’t hold it against Cameron thinking this is too much too soon. She had the opportunity to date other people, he is working and trying to manage ways to make time for her, and while he might be ready to just be with one woman, I think it could be because his time doesn’t allow him to date multiple.

But, as for him not using more romantic terminology and really putting plans in place, let’s be real here – this is a ten-week show where your relationship is before a camera. You don’t want to embarrass yourself or the other person, and yet you are pressed to make a declaration where you could be held accountable on a national, maybe international, level.

Considering that, it makes sense for Cameron to want to take things slow and not be so quick with his commitment.

Low Points

This Show Ain’t Meant For Ashlee

Ashlee
“Ashlee,” Ready To Love: Make A Move | Season 1/ Episode 10 “Mama Knows Best” | 2023 | OWN

I don’t think Ashlee is meant to date on television. Her struggles with dating paired with this show putting her in what she thinks is a power position doesn’t work. For it only took one person reminding her that Donald is as much of a prize as her to cause issues.

And generally speaking, it seems Ashlee wants someone who is going to match her energy and be passionate, fight for her, do the most, and while a man like that likely exists, I don’t think Ashlee is ready for such a man.

This isn’t to go into the whole “She needs to heal” conversation, for you can heal and date at the same time. I think the problem is that she wants a lopsided relationship that’s in her favor, where she holds all the power and has less of a chance of getting hurt. This is something I don’t foresee most men being willing to give as she picks with them and pushes them to go beyond what is reasonable in the early stages of a relationship.

Discussion Items

Let us know your thoughts in the comments:

  1. Do you think Ashlee and Donald can recover?

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Ready To Love: Make A Move: Season 1/ Episode 10 "Mama Knows Best" – Episode Review

Summary

“Ready To Love: Make A Move” is in a really interesting place right now where it is hard to question the end game of the cast for as much as some are doing well, it is clear the Honeymoon Avenue has pot holes some may only be miraculously missing, as those behind them hit it hard.

Overall
78%
78%
  • The Potential For Verneashia and Shareese - 82%
    82%
  • Cameron And The Recognition Of This Being A Lot So Soon - 83%
    83%
  • This Show Ain’t Meant For Ashlee - 68%
    68%

Highlight(s)

  • Cameron And The Recognition Of This Being A Lot So Soon
  • The Potential For Verneashia and Shareese

Disputable

  • This Show Ain’t Meant For Ashlee

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