• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

I Love A Mama’s Boy: Laila, Emily And Shekeb’s 10 Wildest Fights

ByIron Men

Nov 24, 2022

In I Love A Mama’s Boy, Laila and Emily’s fights over Shekeb comprise one of the most volatile mother-son-girlfriend relationships in TLC history.

In TLC‘s I Love A Mama’s Boy, Laila Sekander and Emily Chu fit together like snakes and lab mice. Bound by the collective object of their affection — Laila’s son, Shekeb — the discordant duo have thrown everything from insults and accusations to spit and floral arrangements at each other while vying for Shekeb’s all-important attention.

Emily has grown progressively more unhinged the deeper Laila sunk her teeth into her relationship. With Shekeb positioned as an unreliable referee, the fights between the most important woman in his life and his longtime girlfriend comprise one of the most volatile mother-son-girlfriend relationships in TLC history.

Valentine’s Day

As Emily says “Valentine’s Day is for lovers, not mothers” and Laila counters with “Valentine’s Day is about love between mother and son,” it was obvious that Shekeb’s plan to navigate V-Day as a three-piece had no shot at harmony. After Shekeb informs his mom that dinner wouldn’t include her, Laila turns on Emily, essentially calling her a provocatively dressed floozie unfit for her son’s love.

Unhappy that Emily stood up to her snide remarks, Laila would leave their rock climbing outing and formulate a plan that would result in her faking a knee injury during Emily and Shekeb’s date night. Just as she’d intended, Shekeb would come running home to her aid, abandoning Emily on the most romantic of holidays.

Collateral Damage

Using the patented foot-in-the-door technique, Shekeb invites his mom out for a duplicitous lunch. What Laila doesn’t know is that Emily is waiting in the wings and they’ve got big news involving Shekeb moving out of the house. Repulsed at the first glimpse of Emily, Laila demands she leaves before even hearing why she’s there. Irritated over Shekeb’s hesitations, Emily informs Laila that Shekeb doesn’t want to live with her anymore and is moving out. Expectedly triggered, Laila says Shekeb would leave “over her dead body” and that he’d be living with her for the rest of his life. Storming away in a manipulative huff, Laila leaves Shekeb in a vulnerable state questioning his desire to move out, which Emily spitefully processes by throwing her coffee in his face.

Surprise Chu

Using the patented foot-in-the-door technique, Shekeb invites his mom out for a duplicitous lunch. What Laila doesn’t know is that Emily is waiting in the wings and they’ve got big news involving Shekeb moving out of the house. Repulsed at the first glimpse of Emily, Laila demands she leaves before even hearing why she’s there. Irritated over Shekeb’s hesitations, Emily informs Laila that Shekeb doesn’t want to live with her anymore and is moving out. Expectedly triggered, Laila says Shekeb would leave “over her dead body” and that he’d be living with her for the rest of his life. Storming away in a manipulative huff, Laila leaves Shekeb in a vulnerable state questioning his desire to move out, which Emily spitefully processes by throwing her coffee in his face.

Marching Emily up the stairwell, Shekeb would enlighten Laila to the fact that their relationship was alive in the shadows. In a passive-aggressive master class, Laila would fault Emily for bringing up her painful actions, refuse any sort of apology, and gaslight her to the point of going home, without Shekeb, in tears.

Screened Phone Calls

After the lowball promise ring Laila convinced Shekeb to buy instead of an engagement ring sent Emily off the deep end, Laila jumped at the opportunity to screen her son’s phone calls and mend his heart with orange slices. Calling Emily poison and guilting Shekeb for not being as playful with their bird Tuti, Laila would revert back to her difficult parental ways, hanging up Shekeb’s phone twice on Emily, saying she’s not welcome and that they were done. Incensed and muted, Emily would later show up in person looking for answers.

Bless This Mess

After convincing Shekeb to go on a date with her best friend’s daughter Yussra, Laila in turn agreed to come over and bless Shekeb and Emily’s apartment under the notion she wouldn’t be there. Unwilling to be displaced from her own home, Emily would show up for the festivities. Laila’s intentions were obvious as she half-heartedly offered her blessings while begging Shekeb to move back home. Showing a deceptive calm towards Emily, Laila would end the evening by making Shekeb sit on her lap and guilting the couple over the emptiness his departure created in her heart/home.

Brazen Blind Date

Having already arranged one failed marriage for her son Shekeb, Laila was revved and ready to give it a second go with her friend Wagma. Harnessing unparalleled disrespect, Laila would surprise Shekeb and Emily at lunch with a date she arranged for her son. Arriving hand-in-hand with Emily to a seated Laila and Wagma, who is credited on screen as a prospective bride, the couple was aghast over Laila’s mischievousness. With Wagma shellshocked in embarrassment and the couple furious over Laila’s brazenly malicious intent, the Sekander matriarch would bask in the chaos she caused until everyone dispersed in disgust.

Wagma 2

On a scenic walk through Duluth, GA, Laila finds out from Yussra that her date with Shekeb predictably upset Emily. Learning that Emily would later invite herself to a gym session with Yussra and Shekeb and attack her for being a homewrecker, Laila would use Emily’s anger as an opportunity to double down. With a devilishness not seen since season 1, Laila would invite Yussra over to the dinner Emily planned to impress her potential mother-in-law. Fully aware of Laila’s double-dealing, the awkwardness turns to anger, unlocking the Emily she’d suppressed to save her relationship. Feeding off her fury, Laila gaslights Emily as if she didn’t just bring the woman she hand-picked for the second time to end their relationship right to her dinner table.

Unhappy Birthday

Wanting Emily to be a part of Laila’s life, Shekeb brings her to Laila’s birthday celebration. Taking Emily’s presence like a knife to the chest, Laila unleashes insult after insult at her, culminating in her calling Emily a “pig” as she leaves the scene of the verbal assault.

Emily was greeted with pure disdain while doing nothing other than show up with a gift. From accusing Emily of poisoning her cake to to saying she never would have celebrated her birthday if she knew Emily was coming, Laila’s behavior was vile and instead of listening to her son’s disappointment, she guilted Shekeb by saying she’d die if he left with Emily.

Promise Ring

After a full season of Laila’s abuse, Emily undergoes a drastic personality shift. From pushed to pushy, her tone with Shekeb changes, and she’s not only more demanding but vocal about it. After telling Shekeb she wants a $40,000 engagement ring, Shekeb goes to Laila for advice on what to do. Despite Shekeb saying, “She’ll probably just throw it at my face,” Laila convinces him to buy a $500 promise ring instead. Hiding in the brambles as Shekeb proposes his fruit-buried promise, Laila watches Emily absolutely snap. From laugh-crying to rage, Emily throws the ring away, destroys their picnic scene, and spits champagne at Laila in disgust. The faux engagement woke the sleeping beast inside of Emily and ignited one of the most memorable fights in reality TV history.

Dead Flowers

Sifting through the wreckage of her promise ring rampage, Emily goes to Laila and Shekeb’s house searching for forgiveness. After knocking on the door and throwing debris at his bedroom window, Emily finds Shekeb sitting around back. Moments later, Laila arrives and threatens to slap her if she doesn’t leave. After screaming and crying for Shekeb to return her promise ring, which Laila was by then wearing as a necklace, Emily goes feral. Intermittently met with Laila peeking her head between the blinds to tease her, Emily squalls and uproots flower after flower, violently windmilling them into the Sekander house. For once, Laila calling Emily a “scary girl” was truly warranted.

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