LOVE AFTER LOCKUP: BLINDED BY LOVE

Hey guys! I haven’t recapped in a while, just because life has been busy and I haven’t really had time. But I recently discovered Love After Lockup, and while this is easily one of the trashiest shows on television, it’s also reality tv gold. I’ve only seen the past four episodes, so I’m a little confused on certain things (mostly Amber & Vince) so bear with me! But I had to recap this since I was hooked after the first five minutes.

We start off with Lacey & Shane. They’re cake tasting, and we learn that their wedding is two weeks away. “We’ve only been together for a little while, but Shane & I have really good sex and I feel like he’s my soulmate.” That sounds promising, Lacey. Shane asks if John knows about the wedding – he doesn’t. Lacey lies to Shane after the cake tasting and says she’s going to go dress shopping, but she actually plans on meeting John because she wants him to take a paternity test to see if he’s her son Marlow’s father. She feels “guilty” for not telling Shane – why not tell him then? 🤔

Cheryl is meeting her sister, Lacy. Lacy works in a maximum security prison and is extremely weary about her sister’s relationship with Josh, who she hasn’t met yet. She begins to grill Cheryl about Josh, and it’s obvious that this meeting will most likely not go well.

Angela and Tony are “home” (@ Angela’s) and Angela wants answers about Michelle, the girl Tony cheated on her with. Tony says the night he went missing from the halfway house, he was with Michelle. “We went to play basketball.” Angela is like, “Tony, I saw the texts.” Tony comes clean and replies, “I went and got a hotel room with Michelle.” I think Tony is totally playing Angela and that Angela is completely delusional to think otherwise. In his confessional, Tony says he’s “addicted to women.” Eye roll – please. Tony tells Angela that Michelle was the only one, blah blah blah. Angela believes his every word and then they start kissing and the leather couch is making strange noises and I’m just super uncomfortable all around.

Lizzy & Daniel are officially engaged. Daniel doesn’t want to tell his mom, since she believed he was giving Lizzy a promise ring, NOT an engagement ring. They head home from their romantic night in the Parisian themed hotel, and when they arrive they realize Daniel’s entire family is there. They decide that they should just keep the news to themselves. Teresa wants to know how Lizzy liked the promise ring, and Daniel literally bites her head off. He then proceeds to just blurt out he’s engaged, and Teresa is shocked. She hugs Lizzy and says, “I hope this is what you want.” I was Team Teresa until she tells us she’s not sure Lizzy is good enough for her son. Ummm really?

Alex truly is such a piece of shit. Last episode, he left Glorietta at the restaurant, and we learn he never came home that night. We know he stayed at Kato’s, but Glorietta doesn’t know that. Alex goes to Glorietta’s work and picks right back up where he left off the night before. He wants to know why Glorietta loves him and wants to marry him. Honestly, nothing Glorietta says will be good enough. Alex is over this relationship and clearly has his ex, Juliana, on his mind. It’s so annoying to watch this though, because it’s like man up, Alex. Stop trying to turn it around on Glorietta and end it. Also, if he says that she wants to marry him for his tattoos and body one more time, I’m going to scream. He’s delusional, LMAO.

The entire Vince & Amber situation confuses me. So from what I’ve gathered, Amber, Puppy, and Amber’s mom all had a plan that Amber was going to use Vince for financial purposes? Question – who is Puppy? Just a friend? Anyway, Amber & Vince are heading to Amber’s family BBQ. Vince tells us in his confessional that he wants to “reignite the fire” between himself and Amber, and honestly, I feel kind of bad for him. Although there is something really off about him. Seeing Amber with her family actually made me a little bit emotional, though, and also normalized her more for me. Amber tells us that she can’t keep lying if she wants to move forward in life. Is she going to come clean to Vince?

Back over at Angela’s, we learn she bought Tony a motorcycle. (🤦🏼‍♀️) She tells him that if she sees a girl on the back of his bike she’s going to be pissed.

They go inside, and Angela tells Tony her sister is going to come over, and she can’t promise that her sister won’t question him. Tony begins to get annoyed that Angela keeps badgering him about the cheating. He tells Angela that she’s not appreciating the sacrifices he made by moving in with her. LMFAO is he serious? Finally, Tony’s true colors are showing. He tells us that he’s going to give this three months, but if Angela is still bringing up the cheating after that he’s out.

Cheryl & Lacy head to the restaurant to meet Josh. Josh is beyond rude, he barely even introduces himself to Lacy, clearly making a horrible first impression. Lacy grills Josh, and Cheryl gets upset. They argue, and Lacy leaves the restaurant. She’s totally over it and just wants to go home. Cheryl and Josh follow. We learn that Cheryl is a former drug user and stripper. She feels like she turned her life around and believes Josh has the ability to do the same. Lacy doesn’t want to hear it though. She thinks her sister is being pathetic and is “blinded by love.”

Lacey is heading over to John’s house. They’re being super flirty with each other when she gets there. She tells John the reason she’s there, and he’s totally fine with taking a paternity test. He says that he hopes Marlow is his son. John brings up Shane, but is making fun of him, calling him a “Backstreet Boy” and saying “He’s just a little kid.” (I mean, he’s not wrong about the second part – Shane is a baby.) Lacey gets annoyed and decides its time to leave. “I wish he could just be happy for me.” Lmao, really, Lacey? John walks Lacey to the car. John asks Lacey for a kiss, and she says no. She tells us that although she loves Shane, she is still attracted to John, and there will always be a connection. John tells Lacey not to marry Shane, and that she’s making a mistake.

And that’s how we end the episode. What’d you guys think!?

Until next week….

RHOD S4: DONDE ESTA MARGARITA!?

Hi guys! I missed everyone last week.  Sorry I was MIA – I’ve literally been sick for three weeks, and I’m almost finished with my second round of antibiotics.  I was too sick to blog Dallas, but I’m back and I’m so ready to talk about this week’s craziness with you all! I have so many feels about this episode, so let’s just get right into it. 

We start off all around Dallas, as usual, getting little snippets of what the girls are up to.  (I seriously just love Bruin.  What a cutie!)  But we land at Hollman Lockers, Travis’s company, where he was supposed to meet with D’Andra that morning to go over her business with her. Travis FaceTimes with Steph to let her know that it’s now 9:10 AM, and D’Andra never showed up for her 8:00 AM meeting.  “Oh yeah,” Steph starts off nervously, “I got a text from D’Andra at like 1:30 this morning that she had to cancel.”  Travis asks Stephanie to read the text, so she does.  I don’t’ know what she said verbatim, but she literally cancelled her meeting because she had a “hair emergency” and didn’t leave the salon until 1:30 AM.  I am so appalled by this.  That is beyond unprofessional, not to mention extremely rude, since Travis is doing her a favor.  Travis isn’t happy, either.  He cleared his entire morning schedule for her.  “You show up and you get the job done,” Travis says.  I am dying though when Steph is like, “Oh stop it, you’re not Beyonce.”  LMAO.  Before hanging up with Travis, she tells him to be nice to her friend.  In her confessional, she tells us that Travis can be very aggressive with work, which is great for their bank account, but not always so great when it comes to friendships.  She calls him “Tramaya Carey” and I’m dead.  Travis calls D’Andra, who doesn’t answer.  He leaves her a voicemail, and honestly, I thought he did it very eloquently.  He definitely expressed that he was upset, and that he thinks her behavior was unprofessional and disrespectful, but he said it in a very kind way.  (Also, LOLing at the “Happy Birthday, bye!” comment at the end of the phone call.)

 

Now we are with LeeAnne and Steve (her wedding planner) at Nardos, where she is looking for a wedding dress.  LeeAnne literally has 7 weeks until her wedding – I have genuine anxiety she waited this long to find a dress! She’s talking with the owner (dress maker, whatever) and she asks LeeAnne her budget.  LeeAnne doesn’t give her one, so she asks, “$10,000?” Christ, that is such a high, ridiculous, number.  LeeAnne’s face gives away her silent “no”, so she counters, “$7,000?” Again, I think anything over $5,000 is over the top.  (I don’t even want to spend $5,000, but if I absolutely fell in love with a dress, I think that would be my ultimate max.)  LeeAnne isn’t happy with $7,000, either, so Steve steps in.  This scene made me so uncomfortable.  Steve basically says that LeeAnne hates asking for stuff, but she’s done so much for other people that people are trying to help her out with her wedding.  He’s basically asking for a free dress without actually having to use those words.  And surprisingly, the owner agrees.  She says she would be honored to make LeeAnne’s dress for her.  For free.  Hey, whatever works, right?

Over at Steph’s, she’s meeting with her Life Coach, Carmen.  Steph reveals to Carmen that for the past 7-8 months, she hasn’t felt great.  She doesn’t feel centered, she’s very anxious, and she just feels like she’s all around struggling.  She talks about how she shared her past with us viewers last season – her struggle with anxiety and depression, and how she did try to take her own life.  When it originally came out, she said she felt really great, like a weight had been lifted off of her shoulders.  However, she got a lot of messages from fans reaching out – but many of them were suicidal, and Stephanie was worried that she couldn’t help everyone.  It stressed her out, and she began to spiral.  She decided to go back on anti-depressants, and she viewed this as a setback.  I totally understand Stephanie and where she is coming from.  As someone who takes anti-depressants, I get the feeling of shame that comes with it.  Even though I know I shouldn’t feel any shame for needing the help, and I would never shame anyone else for taking medication, I can’t help but feel a certain way about actually taking them myself.  Stephanie also speaks about her issues with her self-esteem – starting as early as kindergarten for her.  Carmen asks Stephanie what she would say to that little girl today, and Stephsays, “You’re perfect just the way you are.  You are enough.” The whole scene makes me emotional.  I’ve never felt like I related to a housewife (or anyone on TV, actually) like I do with Stephanie.  Steph’s excited to go to Mexico with the girls, so she can have some fun and get out of her own head.

At D’Andra and Jeremy’s, D’Andra is awake, and Jeremy is doing laundry.  Jeremy asks D’Andra if she has called Travis back yet – she hasn’t.  (D, what are you doing girl!?)  D’Andra is embarrassed and feels like Travis isn’t going to understand her reasoning for missing the meeting.  “To be honest, I don’t understand it either,” Jeremy says.  I don’t understand it either, and I’m a woman who has had hair mishaps.  Jeremy gives D’Andra solid advice – call Travis, and just own it.  “You fucked up,” he tells her.  D’Andra finally musters up the courage to call Travis back.  (I was so anxious when this was going on!)  She is extremely apologetic, she owns it all, and Travis is super understanding and sweet.  They agree to meet again because Travis is willing to give her another chance.  

All of the girls are getting ready to go to Mexico. They meet up at the airport, and LOL @ Kameron with her zillion bags.  (I honestly cannot talk, I do the same thing for a weekend trip.  It’s an anxiety thing for me though.)  They land in Puerta Vallerta and then they have a two hour drive to Kary’s house in Careyes.  They start drinking on the bus, and then they discuss their rooming situation.  Kary puts all of the girl’s names in a hat, and whoever you pick is whoever you’re rooming with.  LeeAnne is already not feeling this.  “You have 7 bedrooms,” she says.  “That’s ridiculous.”  Also, no one wants to room with D’Andra, because she’s a mess.  LMAO.  Kary ends up getting LeeAnne as a roommate, and Steph gets Kameron, which leaves Brandi and D’Andra.  “I think I did not win the lottery on this one,” Brandi tells us.  LMAO.  The girls stop to use a restroom, and they’re all freaked out because that bathroom was disgusting AF.  After what seems like forever, they finally arrive at Kary’s.  OMG – what a beautiful house! So, so, gorgeous.  They get out of the van and a full staff is ready to greet them with Margaritas.  Perfect.

Kary is giving the girls a tour of the house, and I will say that I think LeeAnne is being super rude about having to room with Kary.  However, when we see Kary’s bedroom and realize that they have to share a bed, I am with LeeAnne on this 100%.  I am grown, adult woman.  I am not sharing a bed with anyone, especially someone I’m not even close with.  That’s just weird.  Also, I’m not really here for the way everyone was forced to pick names from a hat and share rooms.  Can’t you just sleep with whoever you would like to?  I mean, I get it – it’s Kary’shouse, and you need to be respectful to the host.  And I think sharing rooms is fine, too.  But sharing a bed? That’s where I draw the line.  As Kary shows the girls the rest of the house, LeeAnne is still being really negative.  At first, I was kind of like, WTF? It took me the whole episode to realize that LeeAnnewas upset about the room situation from the very beginning.  

They walk down the stairs onto a porch/balcony area, and LeeAnne is making remarks about everything.  “There are so many stairs. It’s like stair master on crack.”  On the way down, LeeAnne sees a free room with a king sized bed, and she makes the executive decision that that is where is she staying.  LMAO. Kary is annoyed.  The girls are all sitting on hammocks, and in the distance is a bridge that Kary wants to take them to.  To be fair, I wouldn’t go across that bridge.  It literally looks like it will fall apart at any given moment.  LeeAnne doesn’t want to go across it, and Kary gets annoyed by that, too.  And now I’m starting to get annoyed with Kary, because just because it’s your house and you’re the host, that doesn’t mean you can force everyone to do exactly what you want. If someone feels uncomfortable walking across this rickety bridge, they don’t have to.  She’s being so dramatic about it.  On the flip side, LeeAnne is being a brat at this point, and Kary asks her, “Are you always this negative about everything in your life?”  LeeAnne snaps back that she’s not being negative, and Karycounters, “You’ve been complaining since we got here.”  We then get a montage of LeeAnne complaining since the van ride. 

The girls all go off to their own rooms, and we go with Brandi and D’Andra to theirs.  D’Andra is disappointed that LeeAnne couldn’t just go where she was originally assigned.  In a sense, I agree with D’Andra – but D’Andra, you also didn’t get paired to share a bed with someone.  So it’s not really the same. 

Kam goes to check on LeeAnne.  She tells her that she doesn’t like that she feels like LeeAnne is being “stereotyped.”  I’m not sure if I agree with that.  LeeAnne asks Kam if she thinks she was being negative, and Kameron says no.  Kameron thinks LeeAnne is “misunderstood” in this group, and LeeAnne is offended because she feels attacked by Kary.

Meanwhile, Kary and Stephanie are chatting.  Kary feels like LeeAnne is being rude.  She wanted to get to know LeeAnne better, but she doesn’t think LeeAnne feels the same way.  It’s weird – I agreed with Kary at first, but the more I watched, the more I don’t believe that Kary was being genuine.  Something is off.

Later, the girls are all having dinner together.  They’re all casually chatting – we learn that D’Andra had once dated Eduardo’s brother or cousin? I can’t remember who he was, but he was friends with Eduardo in some aspect. His name was Guillermo.  Kary talks about her jewelry line, and Kam talks about Sparkle Dog.  They all talk about prenups– all of the girls have them, except for LeeAnne and Rich, and Brandi and Brian.  Midway through dinner, Brandi gets up, and she doesn’t come back.  Steph goes to check on her, and she’s passing out in her bed, LOL.  Everything is normal up until now, but if you thought we were going to have a nice, calm dinner, you’re sadly mistaken.

Honestly, I feel like Kary starts it.  She asks LeeAnne, “You never wanted babies?” UGH, for real? This question is beyond inappropriate.  What if LeeAnne did want babies, but had fertility issues? That’s so insensitive.  Or maybe, she just didn’t want to have children – and that’s okay.  Not everyone has to be a mother, and we shouldn’t shame women for not wanting kids.  The question is just wrong all around and I’m so annoyed she asked it.  Also – D’Andra doesn’t have children, how come you’re not calling her out? While I’m Team LeeAnne right now because I’m not here for Kary calling her out – I am NOT Team LeeAnne when I hear her response.  LeeAnne talks about how she was molested as a child, and because of her bad childhood she would never bring kids into this world.  It’s uncomfortable, but I do think she’s being honest.  However, she takes it way too fucking far when starts to talk about suicide.  She talks about how she’s tried to kill herself three times, and, “if given the opportunity, I would probably try again tonight.”  LeeAnne, that is so not okay.  If she was being genuine with this topic, I would feel so much differently.  But I agree with Stephanie – LeeAnnewas purposely trying to shut this conversation down.  And she succeeded by making everyone beyond uncomfortable.  LeeAnne talking about suicide so nonchalantly and cavalierly is disgusting to me.  LeeAnne has been suicidal – she knows better.  Suicide is not a joke, and it’s not something to be taken lightly.  I’m appalled that she would go here.  Steph is upset by the convo, and she decides to go to bed.  The other ladies follow suit.

Next week looks even more intense – I am not here for Kameron throwing her napkin at Brandi! – but I’m excited to see what’s to come.

What’d you guys think of this episode!? Sorry for the super long post – I told you, I had lots of thoughts on this one! LOL.

Until next week….

RHOD S4: OF FRIENDS & FRENEMIES

Dallas is back y’all! I’ve been waiting for this moment since the reunion ended! 🤗 Dallas is easily my fav housewife franchise & I absolutely love these ladies. I couldn’t be more excited for this!

We start off all around Dallas. We briefly catch our new cast member, Kary. (It makes me LOL that we traded a Cary for a Kary.)

Kary seems super cute and fun though, and I’m totally here for it.

Side note: Dying when we see Kam take her dog to get a “pawdicure.” 😂 So Kameron.

LeeAnne meets up with her wedding planner and event planner to go over more details for her wedding. It’s only 7 weeks away! LeeAnne tells us that she and Rich are still together, are very happy, very much in love, and are most definitely still getting married. Prashe, LeeAnne’s event planner, asks LeeAnne if D’Andra is invited to her wedding. Sadly, we learn that L & D are still not speaking. LeeAnne hasn’t spoken to D’Andra since D apologized at the reunion, which was three months earlier. She feels like D should be the one to reach out. “You imploded this friendship, not me,” LeeAnne tells us in her confessional. While I don’t agree with that statement at all, I have to say that I’m obsessed with L’s confessional look. So gorgeous. Anyway.

Over at D’Andra’s, D’Andra and Jeremy are talking about her company, and how it’s not doing so well. After speaking with Esther, the accountant, D’Andra learned that the company was in such poor shape that she only has three months to turn it around, or she’s going to have to close the doors. D’Andra had no idea that the business was in financial dismay when her mom signed it over to her last season. She’s wondering if Momma Dee set her up to fail. I can’t deny that this looks sketchy AF, but I also cannot believe Momma Dee would do that to D’Andra. D’Andra took a salary cut, and although she has a trust, she can’t touch it. (This honestly gives me anxiety. Sorry Gretch, I can’t imagine you having control over my finances.) D’Andra wants Jeremy’s help, and of course he’s willing to help her.

We’re at Steph’s, and her and Travis are being super cute and silly together. Steph tells us that she and Travis are in a really good place. They sit down and start talking, and Steph fills him in on what she’s been up to. She had lunch with D’Andra, and she tells Travis that D’s 50th Birthday is next week. Steph asked D’Andra if she felt like she was going through a midlife crisis, because she feels like Travis is. (Travis will be turning 50 in a few months.) Steph also thinks Travis should talk to D’Andra and give her advice about her company. Steph sees a similarity in the situation because Travis took over his father’s company and increased the profits greatly. Travis is willing to help D’Andra out. Steph also tells him that they talked about LeeAnne. Stephanie wants to have a “Friend-ervention.” She thinks LeeAnne and D’Andra can rekindle their friendship. Travis agrees – they just need a Xanax, some wine, and need to talk it out. LOL.

We’re catching up with Brandi, and I’m dying. Her children literally kill me – Brooklyn is a riot. 😂 We learn that Bruin’s adoption is legally final. I am so happy for their family! And could Bruin get any cuter? Brandi tells us that Brooklyn is ten, and she (meaning Brandi) currently can’t do anything right in her daughters eyes. Brooklyn makes a face, and Brandi asks her, “What’re you doing, making yourself look like a clown?” Brooklyn responds, “I’m making myself look like you.” I’m dead. 💀

D’Andra and Momma Dee are at D’Andra’s Dads grave. It’s been six years since he passed. D’Andra said her dad was more of the nurturing parent. D’Andra brings up what’s going on with the business, and she’s thinking about what her dad would do if he was in her position. Momma Dee tells her that he would tell her to “Follow your heart.” This scene was a little bit confusing to me though. Basically, Momma Dee is fine with giving D’Andra money for the company – or she’s fine with not taking the $60,000 that was in the stipulation when she gave D the company. (I am laughing when Momma Dee says, “Do you think the S on my head stands for stupid? No, it stands for Simmons.”) D’Andra feels like her mother is playing a game – she thinks it’s odd that Momma Dee was opposed to helping her before but is totally fine with it now. But D’Andra is going along with it, because she doesn’t want to do anything to piss off her mom and potentially have her trust money in jeopardy. One of the producers asks if D’Andra would ever give up access to her trust if it meant Momma Dee would no longer have financial control over her. D’Andra says no – she’s done this for 50 years, she’s not giving it up now. Valid point.

Kameron is packing – she’s going on a cruise with her family for spring break. Steph calls her, and asks her what she’s doing on Saturday – she’s having a get together and wanted to invite her. Steph fills her in on her plan to get LeeAnne and D’Andra to become friends again. Kam tells Steph about her spring break plans. When she hangs up, she tells us she has “No fomo about missing this.” (Lmao, love that she gets fomo wrong. 🤦🏼‍♀️) Kam also immediately calls LeeAnne. She doesn’t answer, so Kam leaves her a message to “warn her” that D’Andra will be at Stephanie’s. Stir that pot, Kameron.

We get to meet Kary! She’s over at D’Andra’s. We learn that Kary met Steph and Brandi the night before – all four girls went out and had a good time. Kary asks D’Andra what she’s doing tonight – and D tells her how she’s going to Stephanie’s, and that LeeAnne will be there. D’Andra is still hurt from the comments that LeeAnne made the year before about D’Andra’s financial situation. Kary tells us that she formed her own opinion of LeeAnne because of Cary Deuber – she’s good friends with her and doesn’t like what she said about Mark in the past. (I get this, but Cary moved on from those comments, so I don’t think Kary should hold that against LeeAnne.)

Later on, we’re over at Kary’s, who is also packing for spring break. She’s going away with her 18 year old daughter, Olivia. (How is Kary old enough to have an 18 year old!?) Kary is married – her second marriage. She has two kids with her husband, and three with her ex.

It’s Friendervention time, and I have anxiety. Brandi is first to arrive, and she tells us that she and LeeAnne are actually in a good place. They put all the bullshit aside and decided to move on. D’Andra is coming in optimistic, where LeeAnne seems to have a more pessimistic point of view when it comes to her friendship with D. LeeAnne tells her that she still has a lot of hurt. “I said I was sorry,” D’Andra says. She goes on to say that she thought they were okay at the reunion, but after the reunion D’Andra got a text from Rich about how Jeremy was cheating on her with “Pretty Girl Jessica.” (Whoever the fuck that is. And this is such BS.) LeeAnne isn’t phased by this. She gets why Rich did what he did. “You accused him of cheating.” “I asked him a question,” D’Andra retorts. D’Andra also thinks it’s ridiculous that LeeAnne is being so hard on her, when she made the same accusations about Mark Deuber two years ago. LeeAnne says she still feels bad about that.

Then she randomly comes for D’Andra and says that she can tell by her posture and her stance that D’Andra is “so much better” than her. D’Andra looks blindsided. (I honestly was too.) “You always have to go below the belt,” D says. “I’m sitting here listening to you.” Brandi interjects, which I think helps. I also think LeeAnne’s defense mechanism is to be guarded because she is hurt. They both kind of come around though. D’Andra asks her what she needs to do for LeeAnne to feel comfortable around her, and LeeAnne replies, “Time.” Totally honest answer. They both seem like they’re ready to move forward – maybe D’Andra a little bit more, but I have hope for a future friendship. They toast to the future, and that ends the premiere of season 4.

What’d you guys think!? I’m loving Dallas, and I’m excited to see what’s to come. Next week is D’Andra’s birthday – and she’s having a roast! (Worst idea ever. 🤦🏼‍♀️)

Until next week!

RHOP: OPENING OLD WOUNDS

I’m not going to lie – after that cliff hanger they left us with last week, where the showed us some unseen footage of what was going on with Michael at Monique’s Rainbow Party, I was mildly disappointed we didn’t address that again.  I was hoping we’d come back to it, but I guess not.  After all, the charges have been dismissed.  And they probably don’t have much more than they showed us, anyway.  Ugh, annoying.  Anyway.

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We start off all around Potomac as usual – Monique is at her home with her kids, Karen and Ray are playing tennis, and as usual, Gizelle is driving.  Gizelle calls Ashley because she feels bad about some of the stuff she said at Juan’s birthday.  She wants Ashley to know she does have her back, so she invites Ashley over to her new house, and informs her Robyn will be joining them as well.  Ashley appreciates the olive branch Gizelle is extending and accepts her invite.

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Meanwhile, Candiace and Chris are house-hunting.  Yes, I think it’s great that Candiace is ready to move and have her own space with Chris.  However – can they afford a $2.5 million dollar home? This seems outrageous and ridiculous.  Candiace does come to her senses a little bit when she sits down and talks with Chris.  Chris doesn’t want to have to struggle, and she seems to understand that.  It’s just hard for me to relate to Candiace during scenes like this, because she is so clearly used to getting whatever she wants.  Does she have any idea what the mortgage would be on a $2.5 million dollar home? I’m guessing no.

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Ashley arrives first to Gizelle’s new home, and brings her a gift, which I thought was sweet.  Robyn arrives, and Gizelle gives the girls a tour of the house.  It’s honestly not in as bad of a condition that I assumed it would be in.

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After touring the inside of the home, Gizelle gives them a tour of the backyard, to give them an idea of how much property there actually is.  Robyn pops champagne, and they all toast to Gizelle.  They do bring up Michael – Ashley admits that she felt like Gizelle was coming off “shady” in the way she spoke about the entire situation.  Gizelle surprisingly agrees with this.  She then brings up what Katie told them – how Jacob felt like Michael was flirting with him, and Katie straight up called Ashley stupid.  Ashley is surprised and upset by this – she says that Katie always smiles to her face, but clearly feels a different way.  Ashley goes on to say, “Candiace said everyone was laughing about the situation behind my back.”  Robyn clarifies, “Laughing is not the word.”  She admits that they talked about the situation, it was brought up, they had questions – but they were not laughing about it. Ashley brings up how she was with Monique, and Monique showed her texts between her and  Candiace – and Candiace was poking fun at her.  Gizelle and Robyn think it’s complete bullshit that Monique would do that to Candiace, since they’re friends.  Ashley also fills in Gizelle that Monique feels like Gizelle doesn’t really care about her.  This enrages Gizelle, who tells Ashley to watch out for Monique.  (This is all really over dramatic.)

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Over at Karen’s, she’s having a family dinner.  Both of her children are there, and it’s just a nice, normal scene.  I like seeing Karen with her family, you can tell that when she’s her best self, and really in her element.

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Ashley and Michael are going on a date.  Ashley tells us she feels a lot better since the case has been dismissed.  Michael still isn’t happy about the things Gizelle and Robyn were saying, but they decide to just move on and not dwell about it.  Ashley brings up her dad – she wants to go to Georgia, and her mom would go with her.  Michael doesn’t think it’s a good idea.  Ashley gets where he is coming from, but she feels like it’s something he has to do, and Michael is supportive.

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Back over at Ashley’s the next morning, Ashley is doing yoga and trying to clear her mind.  She is talking a lot about her dad, and honestly, this is a really sad situation.  She calls her Aunt Sheila, who is her dad’s sister. Aunt Sheila and Sheila’s husband, Jim, are the only people on her father’s side who she has kept in contact with.  Aunt Sheila is very sweet. She doesn’t know if it’s a good idea for Ashley to try and see her father either – she tells Ashley that she hasn’t seen him herself since 2011.  (Something is clearly wrong with that man.)  Sheila would be happy to see Ashley, though, and she is also being very supportive in what Ashley wants to do.  She’s willing to go with her, and Ashley is happy and excited.

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Over at Monique’s, Monique plays a prank on Chris and pretends her water broke.  I truly love Monique and Chris, but this was unnecessary.  Maybe I’m too uptight, but seeing that Monique had a miscarriage, I didn’t think it was funny.  Chris panics and calls 911, and Monique is like “Shit.”  They both laugh it off, and Monique talks about how they need a plan, and she’s going to start packing her bag for the hospital.

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Katie is hosting an event – Mary’s Center Gala.  Candiace brings Dorothy, because she’s in town. (I’m so confused – you’re telling me Dorothy doesn’t live in Potomac? Why is she always here?) Gizelle arrives, and the three of them are chatting.  After witnessing Dorothy and Candiace interact, Gizelle feels like Candiace is actually making progress with therapy, and Dorothy isn’t at all.  She comments on how Dorothy is still constantly throwing shade at her daughter, but she’s noticed that Candiace is not as reactive as she normally is.

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Robyn arrives, and the girls are all talking.  No one has any idea what this charity event is for.  Not even Katie, the one who is throwing it.  Katie also mentions that she forgot to Ashley.  (Katie is literally in space.)  They bring up what Michael said to Jacob – the whole thing is just weird.  Robyn asks if Jacob felt like Michael was flirting with him or if he was just joking around, and Jacob says he doesn’t know.

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They’re all just gossiping at this point, and somehow it comes up that Katie says Ashley told her she sold her portion of the restaurant.  The girls are all shocked by this.  Candiace is carrying a bag, and she reveals it was actually a gift for Monique, but Monique didn’t end up coming because she’s so pregnant and uncomfortable.  Gizelle uses this opportunity to tell Candiace what Ashley told her – Monique showed Ashley their text messages.  “She threw you under the bus,” Gizelle tells Candiace.  Candiace doesn’t even want to believe it, because she feels betrayed.  Gizelle is totally being an instigator right now.  Candiace takes the high road, and just says that she will talk to Monique.  I feel like Gizelle is pissed off at Monique because of what Ashley told her, so now shoe doesn’t want anyone to like Monique.  Can ya’ll just leave her alone? She’s about to give birth.

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Ashley and her mom head to Georgia. They meet up with Aunt Sheila and Uncle Jim.  Ashley is terrified of being rejected by her dad, but not scared enough to not go.  She feels hopeful.  Jim is honest with Ashley and tells her he has mixed feelings about her going to see her father, but he is just as supportive as Sheila is.  Ashley basically just wants acknowledgment from her father.  It’s sad.  After grabbing a bite to eat, they head over to Ashley’s dad’s house.  We watch Sheila and Ashley walk up together – and then we are hit with a To Be Continued.

What will happen between Ashley and her dad? I hope that he does open the door.  And I hope that he is kind to her.  I can’t imagine going through what Ashley is going through.  It’s all really sad, and it clearly played a major role in her life, hence her relationship with Michael.  We also see Gizelle confront Monique next week, so we’ll see what happens with that.

Until next week….

xo