Mother knows best—or does she?
On tonight’s all-new Total Bellas, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella found themselves at odds with their mom, Kathy Colace, over their decision to reunite with their estranged father. Though the sisters were ready to embark on a new chapter by visiting dad Jon Garcia, his wife and their two half-siblings in Mexicali, Kathy wasn’t eager to hear about the experience.
However, talk of the reunion was hard to avoid, as Kathy had accompanied Nikki and Brie on their trip since they also wanted to stop to see their grandmother, Kathy’s mom, who lived near Jon in Brawley, California.
“I thought I had closure,” Kathy explained in a confessional, which was intercut with her and the twins (along with Nikki’s boyfriend, Artem Chigvintsev) exploring the town they grew up in. “And I don’t.”
The following day, Brie, Nikki and Artem traveled to Mexicali while Kathy stayed behind at her mom’s with Brie’s daughter, Birdie Danielson, since her husband Daniel Bryan was busy with WWE-related work. Over lunch, Jon tried to stress how much he’s changed for the better.
“It’s all gonna come together. All the negativity—I’ve come a long way to fall back down to that. And I’m not gonna go to the past,” he explained. “If you wanna talk about it just to bring it up for a bad vibe, I don’t want to hear it. Because that ain’t me no more.”
The comment seemed to indicate he wouldn’t be happy with Brie and Nikki’s planned autobiography chronicling their childhood struggles, and that turns out to be the case when Brie makes the reveal.
In an effort to salvage the rest of the day, the topic is quickly dropped, and the twins happily met up with their young half-siblings Alexia and Ezequiel—the latter of whom it was their first time meeting.
“It’s wild. It’s just, at my age, you don’t think you’re gonna be introduced to something like this,” Brie said in a confessional. “So it’s taking me a second to just be like, ‘Wow, I have family here.'”
Shortly before the group is set to return to Brawley, Jon pulls Nikki and Brie aside with a special request.
“Alexia is very proud of both of you, and unfortunately, a lot of the kids at her school, do not believe that you’re her sister,” he said, adding that she’s often bullied as a result. “And for her, a dream come true would be that if you both visit your school tomorrow.”
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Nikki weighed in too, and revealed that her childhood has caused her “not to have trust in men.”
“All I’ve ever thought of is that it would be so amazing to walk down that aisle, but then when I get close, it’s like I can’t even breathe,” Nikki said. “Because am I going to be stuck in something I that I don’t want to be in? And I think I just carry that because that’s how you were for so long: stuck.”
Unlike their previous conversation, this one does end up having a happy ending. Kathy not only apologized, but read a letter that expressed everything she’s always wanted to tell her children.
“I’m sorry for the things you saw and experienced as children. I wish I would’ve made it better for you all, and I don’t mean perfect, because perfect doesn’t exist,” the letter read in part. “I wish the good times outweighed the bad, but I accept responsibility. Who I am today would’ve gotten the three of you you out sooner than I did.”
Awww. Talk about heartwarming!
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