Total Bellas S3 E5 episode recap: Make Up or Break Up?

It seems that just when you think you’ve seen it all on this season of Total Bellas, the Bella Twins and their guys throw viewers a new curveball. Only a few weeks ago, viewers were lamenting the breakup of WWE Superstars, Nikki Bella and John Cena, and now there may be nothing to lament. But I’ll get to that later.

First, I want to talk about Nikki’s sister, Brie and her husband, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan. After Nikki’s engagement was broken off, Brie decided that she needed to be closer to her sister during her time of trouble. So, rather than simply resolving to visit her sister more often, or make more frequent phone calls, Brie decided that he should uproot her husband and seven month old baby, Birdie, and move them from their Phoenix home to San Diego. First of all, San Diego seems like an odd choice considering that Nikki has spent the last few years living in Tampa, but perhaps Brie was thinking that Nicole may want to be closer to their mom, Kathy and her husband, John who live nearby.

What I find more puzzling, however, is that Brie didn’t consider the fact that Nicole might want to be alone following such a big change in her life. Also, I hate to be the one to point this out, but isn’t Nicole a grown woman? In theory shouldn’t she be able to handle a life event without having her sister and her sister’s husband not only in the same area, but if Brie has her way, in the same house as her? I’m sorry, perhaps I should be more accurate, Brie plans to have a home and then allow Nikki to reside in her guesthouse. It sounds to me more like a scene from Jane Austen era England rather than the modern day United States. If I were Nicole, I wouldn’t feel supported, I would feel as though my sister were smothering me! I would advise Brie to unpack those boxes and stay put in Phoenix. But, maybe that’s just me.

Apparently though, Brie isn’t the only Bella sister to make decisions regarding the other sibling’s life without their consent. While Brie and Bryan busily packed their house in Phoenix, they left Birdie to spend some quality time with her “coco”, as Nicole has dubbed herself. However, Nicole’s adventures in babysitting had barely begun when she decided to call in reinforcements. Nicole’s mom, Kathy, had already agreed to be available for help if Nicole needed it, but Nicole felt that even the support from mom wasn’t enough, in an effort to show Brie that one can be both a mom and a busy career woman, Nicole did something truly outrageous, least in my opinion. She hired a nanny!

That’s right folks, apparently, Nikki’s life is so busy she has to hire a baby sitter while she’s babysitting! I guess it didn’t occur to Nikki that maybe didn’t feel comfortable hiring a nanny, and therefore asked Nicole to babysit to avoid leaving her child with a stranger. I understand that Nicole feels she knows what’s best for her sister, but I feel like only Brie and Daniel, as Birdie’s parents should be able to decide what’s best for her.

Luckily, for Nicole, Brie decided that a nanny might be a good idea after all, especially considering the amount of travel that Brie and Daniel do for work. But, I bet Nicole wouldn’t like it if Brie decided to make parenting decisions for Nicole’s child without consulting her. Speaking of that, it looks like we might be able to see what kind of mom Nicole will make after all, because a baby might just be in the cards for Nicole and John.

Apparently, after a few weeks without Nicole, John decided he simply couldn’t let her go. So, on this episode, he invited Nicole to dinner for a discussion of their relationship. After a few awkward minutes, during which they were interrupted three times by the waiter, John asked Nicole if the only reason she had decided to call off their engagement was because John refused to have kids with her.

When Nicole responded that this was in fact the only reason, John said that he would be willing to have children if it meant he could still share his life with Nicole. I personally don’t feel that simply agreeing to have kids to save one’s relationship is a good foundation for any marriage, or journey into parenthood. However, a little baby would certainly add more love, laughter, and drama to another season of Total Bellas.

Dorsey Schroeck
Dorsey Schroeck is the Total Divas and Total Bellas reporter for Wrestling-Online. She also writes the T&D Indy Top 5 monthly article.

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