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Season 24, Episode 6

Tina
Age: ?

Location: Kensington, Philadelphia, PA
Addiction: Fentanyl, Crack

Official Synopsis:  Social media phenomenon Amber Rose travels home to South Philadelphia to come to the aid of her childhood best friend, Tina, who’s addicted to fentanyl and crack, but Tina is currently lost on the dangerous streets of Kensington.

What’s Memorable:  This episode was maybe not the best idea the Producers ever had was it?  Amber Rose seems like a genuine person here and truly wants to use her fame to save her friend, and I know that attaching her name to it probably increased viewership a bit, but making the actual addict a supporting character like this means we only get to know her for a couple days surprise filming time, with no confessionals or participation in her own story, and we don’t get all that attached to the outcome. Like, are we supposed to care about Tina just because Amber Rose cares about Tina? We don’t know her AT ALL, and all that we get to see of her is pretty terrible.  HOWEVER!  I feel like if you look at this episode as the story of Latina, it was a whole lot more successful. I am cutting Intervention a lot of slack for this weird ass episode because ultimately, it may have saved this girl’s life. She had never left Philly, her options to ever be able to leave were extremely limited, and the possibilities for her there seemed pretty dire given the environment and the people she was surrounded by every day. Intervention & Amber may have prevented her from getting to that place where she becomes hopeless enough to begin using the drug that is literally everywhere around her. Did you see her face when she realized she was getting out of there? They may have actually stopped an addiction, and all the pain and regret and trauma that would have come from it, from ever starting. And for that, I am glad they did this episode.  Something wonderful and rare came of it – this awesome, smart, full of potential young woman got to escape a terrible situation before she started making the kinds of decisions that ended up putting her mother in the life she’s in now. What an inspiring thing that is!

Interventionist: Michael Gonzales, doing his best with what he was given.

Date Aired: July 25, 2022

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  1. Johnny Juche

    Is this the worst episode of intervention ever?

    1. April S.

      Yup!!

    2. Nivey

      Agreed! YES!!! I felt like it was all about Amber Rose!? Wtf?!! And this is the season finale!!? I’m soooo disappointed coming from a loyal fan since season 1! 👎

      1. Stefan

        Yah this is definitely the worst season of the show ever. Hopefully we’ll get some burnt off Intervention Canada episodes soon.

      2. Katie

        Totally agree! It was like she was promoting herself. Worst episode ever.

    3. BMN

      I think that Season 7 Episode 17 — Richard was the overall worst episode.

      1. Stefan

        How so?

      2. Xlio

        Um why – I think that’s one of the better episodes.

    4. Xlio

      I’m glad it’s not just me!!! Seemed so forced and weird. No celebrities on the show please.

    5. Pang

      My thoughts exactly! I am glad it was the first one I watched of this season reather than the last or I would have felt let down.

  2. AMA

    I hope Latina is able to live with Amber when she completes treatment. I felt so much empathy for her position of being the one person willing to break the cycle. She deserves such stability and peace.

  3. April S.

    What the hell was this episode!? We saw all of what, maybe 5 minutes of the addict and the rest was Amber Rose showboating? What a waste of time.

  4. Alexandra

    I think they had good intentions here but it just goes to show that without buy in from the whole family (so sad to see the brother dip out!) and longer rapport with the addict, it’s sort of doomed to fail. When they decided to do the “intervention” on the street I knew it was never going to stick. Amber wanted to help but she, not being a family member, didn’t have the sway the person calling the show usually does. I hope Latina is able to stay on the path she’s on now.

    1. Stefan

      Agreed. It reminded me of Larry’s episode in that sense (in addition to it ending with no updates that she went to treatment, something very rare in the history of the show).

  5. Kelsey

    As someone from Philly, this episode bothered me so much. Along with the very odd episode itself, I was so bothered by the private investigator’s words about the guys on dirt bikes and quads. Those kids are frequently all over the city and do not harm anyone, they even follow the traffic laws as you see them stopping at a red light (aka them surrounding the car). Incredibly often I find myself in the middle of the bikes and there is NEVER a problem. I feel as though the way Intervention portrayed these kids, who are just getting around, could cause a lot of harm. Next thing you know, some ignorant person from suburbia sees them and shoots because they are “nervous”.

    1. Kelsey

      The private investigator acted like they were a gang running the streets. They could care less, leave them alone. Philly has enough problems that need attention and compassion, as evident in Kensington.

      1. Erica

        I’m from Philly too and second all your statements.

    2. beelove

      i’m from brooklyn, and i had the exact same thoughts! a registered private investigator who ostensibly has deep familiarity with the hood had the nerve to act like a “gang of roving atv riders” was going to hem him up in broad daylight as he sat in his car. really? gtfohwtbs.

    3. April S.

      I was wondering if he was actually a private investigator or just a guy playing one to add suspense to the “rescue.” I mean, aren’t PIs normally discrete about their identities, and most definitely wouldn’t go on National TV to expose who they are?

      1. Stefan

        My thoughts exactly.

    4. Kenz

      Agreed! I lived in Philly for awhile and Kensington Ave/Philly has more than enough problems that he really didn’t need to create problems that don’t exist. A couple of kids on bikes and 4wheelers aren’t hurting anybody. I found his whole convo stemming from them was off. If anything the worst they do is try to show off for people, but they’re not like Mad Max roving gangs.

  6. Cathleen

    Absolutely bizarre. Hope this is not a new trend.

  7. Cordelia525

    I’ve been following Intervention since season 1, and I thought the “rescue” format was fine and maybe an interesting change. I found Amber Rose to be sincere. Goes to show that if the family isn’t united the intervention itself is not effective. The brother didn’t even show up.

  8. Mini

    This seemed to be an attempt with the producers to skate up the format, but it didn’t work. Some things should be left alone. Also, I miss the music they used to have on the show.

  9. Jess

    Reality TV + Intervention = cursed combo

    1. Intervention Is My Anti-Drug

      Remember Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew?

      1. Ang

        Fondly. I wish they would bring it back, that was some quality TV

  10. Gregory D Moore

    Low point for me came when Amber Rose stated, “I can buy a treatment center–but I can’t force her to go to it,” early in the episode, I knew it was going to be a bumpy night. This was the “Season Finale”? This doesn’t bode well. It seemed to be a collection of six, orphaned episodes from previous seasons. Leftovers. Six episodes does not a season make! This episode was a major misfire.

    1. April S.

      I agree with you about the “leftovers.” Each one had a different format/style and after the first 2, I thought it was going to be a running theme. But no, they threw in random episodes. Also, when Amber Rose said that, I literally said, “Oh well, good for you, Miss Perfect.” Ugh *eye roll*

    2. Elizabeth

      All I could think was, as rich as you are, the best that you can offer the daughter of your best friend is to put in a call and get her a job as a stripper??? I don’t mean to be judgmental but this kid is so young and has already been through so much. Stripping is a tough life and it’s a time limited sort of career. If AR can “buy a treatment center” why couldn’t she work with this kid to figure out what her dreams really are and set her up with something that might lead to a more stable future? Then again, maybe the kid really wanted to work in adult entertainment – I don’t know.

      1. Gregory D Moore

        Yes, that part they skidded right past, that Amber Rose got her a job in a strip joint. I pumped the brakes on that comment, too. Whoa…

      2. Elizabeth

        Yeah – AR was a little defensive too, saying something to the effect of “I was a stripper and I worked there and it’s a good club and I made good money.” All of which may be true, but it still just seemed to me that with a little more effort on AR’s part, she could have set the girl up with something with more of a long term future.

        If people are truly choosing, freely, to be sex workers and are adults, I don’t have an issue with it. But this girl is barely an adult and I don’t think that she is freely choosing this. She doesn’t have any better options and this was the only gig that she could get that would pay her halfway decently. That doesn’t seem like a free choice; that seems exploitative – particularly when the person who pulled strings to get her the job was bragging about all the financial resources she had at her disposal to “help” this family.

    3. Megan

      Season finale? Get outta town…didnt the season just starts FFS. So frustrating.

  11. Sudie

    Will there be any more episodes in this season?

    1. Nivey

      @Sudie I believe that was the season finale! 👎

    2. BMN

      I’m hoping for a few Canadian episodes, at least. Those are typically pretty good, plus they typically feature Andrew Galloway, and he is awesome.

  12. BMN

    I just thought the whole episode — content and setup — was confusing.

    I didn’t like it at all

  13. Kat M

    I couldn’t get into this at all. I felt like most of the focus was on Amber Rose, and she doesn’t need another platform to promote her brand.

    1. Nivey

      I agree! It was weird episode to say the least! But I do pray her daughter’s find help and some peace, it was nice to see one of them thriving in LA. I felt deep empathy for those two girls! That scene with Tina smoking crack right next to her daughter in bed was terrible! I don’t care if the daughter is over 18 no child should ever be witness to that! Sad! Praying those girls make it! Xo

  14. Pang

    This was probably my least favorite episode of the season. Never heard of Amber Rose and the whole episode felt fake, more like a reality show. I am glad the one person was able to get help and hopefully isn’t left to figure things out on her own in Cali.

  15. Cathy

    When will episode 7 be available to watch….

  16. Xavier

    I’m not impressed at all. Amber Rose made the whole thing about her. The private investigator was extremely disrespectful. The daughter told him straight up that her mom did like the brothers girlfriend and she did not want her at the intervention. He went to talk to her and then decides “she’s loving family member and should be at the intervention”. Obviously, she ended up being told not to be a part of it but still, he should have respected that from the jump. I’ve seen other episodes where certain people in the family were not comfortable with other family members showing up and they respected that.. so that was total nonsense. Her brother was a piece of work too for not showing up for his sister after claiming to care so much, but on the other hand Tina was insanely difficult to like. Makes Christy from season 1..2? The one with all the mirrors in the room who fought her sister naked easy to like…. then to top it all off she had the AUDACITY to say “what if my daughter dies while I’m there?” Like what if your daughter dies while your out in Kensington living like you’re a freaking teenager with no responsibilities. Boyfriend is also insanely selfish. I wish her daughter who went to California the best of luck. A truly selfish and pathetic woman.

  17. Avid Watcher

    Fentanyl seems like the majority of episodes. Literally… 4/5 Episodes are Fentanyl… It’s a problem. My friend died from an OD of Fent.
    But this has turned from a helpful show for the families and addicts… To a “Here’s the dregs of society, gawk!” …”Look rating’s are only mildly declining!”
    You don’t know what “grade” quality the addicts use. The cuts and commercials make it so you can’t tell what they’re doing.
    Back to 1 person and their family per episode. Alcohol is by far, directly related to the most civil disturbance, abuse, and causes more social unrest than all other drugs combined.
    Maybe someone at “Intervention” will realize Alcohol is the biggest problem and would proportionally be 3/5ths to 4/5ths of North American addicts with a substance problem.

  18. Avid Watcher

    “Interventionist: Michael Gonzales, doing his best with what he was given.”
    You can say that again. He’s normally pretty good. Personable, relatable, understanding, forgiving, compassionate. He did the best he could, all thing’s considered.

  19. Stephanie

    Imma just say that I think y’all don’t like it because y’all just don’t like Amber Rose. If it was an entertainer that y’all did like, then y’all would think the episode was great.