By Maurice Bobb
After Raymond “Benzino” Scott was shot six times by his nephew while attending his mother’s funeral in Boston, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” was faced with a delicate conundrum: how do they balance real life vs. reality?
Truth be told, the shooting attempt on Benzino’s life caught the show’s producers off guard, but as the latest episode revealed, they made the best of the situation by weaving the drama of the Benzino-Stevie J-Althea love triangle fallout from last week into the pathos-laden tapestry of Zino’s post-traumatic stress disorder.
Fighting back tears, Benzino spoke about the events leading up to the armed assault.
“It’s been a tough couple of days since my mom passed. What I’ve learned is money and family sometimes don’t mix,” he said.
Viewers were shown news footage of the shooting before the show caught up with Benzino in the recovery room at the hospital, where he recounted the ordeal to Althea.
“My blood was on the casket and that’s going with her,” he said.
Stevie J came in to check on his homey, prompting Benzino to channel George Bailey from “It’s A Wonderful Life” by proclaiming that the past was the past before urging a three-way hug with his best friend and best girl.
“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on VH1.