Cynthia Bailey's Mom "Fires" Her from the Job of Family Protector

Season 5 Episode 520
Aired on 09/29/2018 | CC tv-14
After speaking with Malorie and Cynthia Bailey's mother, Barbara, about the abuse and violence in her past, Iyanla better understands how Barbara's two daughters grew up feeling similarly unsafe in the home. Today, Barbara is ready to reclaim her responsibility as family protector and relieve Cynthia of the maternal duties she took over so long ago.

"Cynthia, you don't have to be the boss of the family anymore," Barbara says. "You're fired, okay?"

However, Cynthia doubts that her mother will be able to follow through on changing her behavior. "That would be great, but I don't believe that that's what's going to happen," Cynthia says. "I think old habits die hard, and I think people are who they are."

"Let 'em fall," Iyanla instructs. "They have to learn that they can get up."

Watch Episode 520, "Broken Reality: Malorie and Cynthia Bailey"

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