Is This Petty? Would You Rather Receive A Proposal Or A New Benz?

July 20, 2018  |  


On the most recent episode of VH1’s Black Ink Crew: Chicago, a guilty pleasure of mine, former 9Mag shop owner and protagonist Ryan had something special in mind for longtime girlfriend Rachel for the Mother’s Day holiday. The two, who share a son, have been together off and on for 15 years and reunited a year or two ago. After all of that time, those in her life (and also those outside of it who watch the series) have been asking about him about popping the question and marrying her. He’s obviously given it some thought.

So with everyone together for Mother’s Day, her family and his, Ryan revealed that he had “something in store.” He even sits down with her father and his mother to tell them that he has a surprise for her. He takes her outside, gives her a speech about loving her, telling her that he isn’t going anywhere and that he’s working on making what they have what they want it to be sooner than later. Her family comes out at his behest, and it happens…

A glistening 2018 GLC-300 Mercedes Benz truck pulls up in front of everyone.

The polar white truck was a beauty. And Rachel definitely seemed happy with it, tearing up as everyone cheered for her. However, was it the shiny object they were expecting? Probably not.

“Got her! Everybody thought it was going to be a ring,” Ryan said in the confessional. “This is what she wanted for Mother’s Day. This is what she needed. And I got her the right sh-t that she wanted right now. This ain’t even gotta be no ring. It’s like four rings!”

Ryan even said it was “a better form of romance” than a proposal.

Later on in the episode, Rachel confirmed that if she had to choose, on that holiday, whether to get an engagement ring or the car, she was honestly just fine with the truck.

“I’m happy with the car,” she said.

But when I told my friend about the scene, she wasn’t so happy.

“I cannooooooooot,” she messaged me. “Cuz they never getting married.”

She felt that after 15 years and many milestones, instead of trying to get crowds together to hand out vehicles, he needed to just go ahead and do the damn thing: Propose and marry the girl already.

But I could understand it. Just because he bought her a car when their families were expecting a proposal doesn’t mean he won’t propose to her in the near future. He even said later in the episode that they will get married soon, and as someone who doesn’t want a big, fussy wedding, she was fine with that. (Honestly, he seemed more excited about the whole idea.) Plus, what she received was something she actually wanted. So not receiving the proposal didn’t make her feel less secure in her relationship. All in all, they did what worked best for them, because as he said, “I know my lady best.”

But another lady? Well, she might not be as pleased with a car over a ring after 15 years, a child and some trust issues…

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