@ranger1rg I saw those scenes with Tessa coming in on Mariah vs Hilary round 78 in less than 2 episodes. They're arguing is just overkill IMO. I hate it.
And yes, that scene was designed for Tessa to win with Hilary slinking away defeated. Now whether it came across that way is another conversation altogether. I'm fairly certain it was to show how Mariah and Tessa are stronger together. Tessa gives Mariah confidence and strength whereas Devon makes her insecure and weak, i.e she's better with Tessa. At least that's what I gathered.
As for the propped part, the entire dynamic between the two comes across for viewers to root for Mariah. They almost left no option but to root for her hence majority of viewers seem to be doing just that. When you've got 95% of online viewers saying Hilary doesn't "deserve" anything, Mariah should have her life including Devon, GCBuzz, and even down to Hilary's clothes, I don't think that's happenstance. That's exactly what the writing told them. The writing is slanting heavily in Mariah's favor, ergo the term propped.
Whether or not Mariah has been propped in her story with Hilary can be debated, but for me, Mariah has seemed like a loser for a long time.
She is continually defensive with Hilary when discussing Devon, and she can't shut down Hilary with one line the way Hilary can with her. It's embarrassing to watch Mariah confront Hilary to tell her that "Devon wants me, not you." I mean, UGH. It makes Mariah seem DESPERATE. THIS is propping???
And then on Friday's show, Tessa confronts Hilary and makes a COMPLETE fool of herself. What does Mariah do? Tells Tessa she really [!@#$%^&*] Hilary down. WTF?
Either the actress playing Tessa screwed up that confrontation with Hilary or the writers are intentionally making Mariah and Tessa come across as stupidly star-crossed.
Btw, I'm fine with Mariah in a relationship with a female. I just can't stand Tessa or her constantly blinking eyes.