RHOP: SHOWDOWN AT THE HOEDOWN

All housewife franchises – take note! These are the kind of episodes Bravo fans live for.  So insane, let’s just jump right in.

We start out with Gizelle and Robyn – they’re shopping for stuff for Gizelle’s kitchen. We learn that Gizelle’s offer was accepted on the home she wanted to renovate, and she wants to take her time decorating and getting it all together because she sees this house as her “forever home.”

Robyn and Gizelle sit down, and Robyn tells Gizelle that she met up with Katie and Katie is planning to invite all of the girls over to her house (her farm) for a Hoedown. They bring up Ashley, because she’ll obviously be there.  Robyn tells Gizelle that she doesn’t really get why she had to apologize to Ashley.  “You brought it up,” Robyn tells her.  Gizelle is annoyed, and asks, “Are you trying to put this on me?” Robyn replies, “I’m not trying to put this on you, but I don’t get why I’m the only one she’s upset with.”  (I totally agree with Robyn, for the record.)  Gizelle disagrees. “That’s what we’re not doing,” she says. “We’re not bringing Gizelle into PenisGate.”  Gizelle goes on to say, “I wasn’t there, I didn’t hear it.  I have enough to deal with.”  Robyn calmly responds, “We all have enough to deal with.  No one’s mad at you.  She (meaning Ashley) thinks I should’ve pulled her to the side, but I’m not the one who instigated it.”  I mean, Robyn is not wrong.  Gizelle is the one who brought this up.  “You brought it up,” Robyn tells her. 

Gizelle finally sees what Robyn is saying.  “Okay, fine.  I brought it up.” Robyn asks her, “Do you think we should’ve pulled her to the side?”  Gizelle admits, “Okay fine, I own it. This is partly my fault.  But only like 4%.”  LMFAO.  Gizelle admits she was also in the wrong, and along with Robyn, she plans to apologize to Ashley.

Candiace visits Chris at his restaurant. She tells him she came to see him for “another date night”, and I’m dying when Chris is like, “That’s okay.  I don’t need to spend 24 hours with you.”  LMAO.  Candiace beings to fill in Chris on how therapy went with her Mom.  Chris laughs – and then he apologizes for laughing – but he can’t help it because he feels like the way Dorothy treated Candiace in therapy is how Candiace treats him when they argue.  This annoys Candiace.  “I do not diminish the way that you feel,” she snaps.  “You don’t,” Chris agrees, “But the argument is similar.”  Candiace is pissed – she gets up and storms out of the restaurant.  She gets in her car, and Chris follows her, standing in between the car door.

“You need to be able to see the other side,” Chris tells her. Candiace isn’t listening to him.  “The dynamic is not the same,” she repeats.  Honestly, how does Candiace not see that what she’s doing to Chris right now is exactly what her mother does to her?  Chris is not wrong.  Candiace is being a total brat.  The behavior she’s exhibiting right now is identical to Dorothy’s behavior.  Chris continues to try to reason with her.  “When you get emotional like this you shut down and you don’t want to deal with anything.”  “That’s my fucking right!” Candiace yells at him.  At this point, Candiace clearly can’t be reasoned with, but Chris isn’t done trying.  He brings up the situation with Ashley and Candiace loses it.  “I want you to shut the fuck up and leave.  Move.”  Chris won’t budge.  “I’m trying to help you!” He says exasperatedly.  Candiace is acting like a spoiled brat.  She won’t listen, and she drives off, leaving her argument with Chris unresolved.

Meanwhile, Karen and Ray are going for a motorcycle ride. LMAO, I love Karen.  She hasn’t driven a motorcycle in years. She feels renewed since going to the salt cave, so this is something she really wanted to do.  With an instructor’s help, Karen literally rides around the parking lot on a motorcycle.  She tells us she feels liberated.

Monique is shopping for baby clothes, and Ashley meets up with her. (Side note: Monique is literally the cutest pregger EVER.) Ashley fills her in on her performance at Virginia Gay Pride, and Monique apologizes for not being there.  “You had your people there with you, though,” she remarks.  And then she asks, “Is Robyn still your people?”  Ashley tells Monique she’s not happy with Robyn.  She brings up the brief conversation that she had with her, and how Robyn tried to blame Gizelle because she instigated it.  “We all know Gizelle is an instigator,” Ashely says.  Monique thought that the whole thing was “too much.”  Ashley thinks that Robyn should’ve not said anything at dinner, even when being put on the spot by Gizelle.  In her confessional, Monique tells us, “How you gonna get mad at Robyn?  You know Robyn ain’t the brain, she’s Pinky!” They also briefly discuss Candiace’s behavior at dinner, and Monique admits she didn’t appreciate the way she acted.  She tells us that she can’t figure out why Candiace is gunning for Ashley.

Two Days Later:

Oh, the dramatics! They even give us the exact date: 9/27/18.  News breaks about Michael – he’s being charged for “groping/grabbing” a cameraman’s butt, and could face up to 3-11 years in jail if he’s found guilty.  The word is quickly spreading all around Potomac.  Gizelle texts Robyn – it’s a link about Michael being charged with sexual assault.  Candiace FaceTimes Monique – “Have you heard the news?” Monique tells her it’s everywhere, she even heard it on the radio.  We see a clip of Wendy Williams covering the story, and she basically accuses Ashley of knowing Michael did it. I’m not surprised by these allegations – but I am surprised when Monique tells Candiace that this incident supposedly happened the day of the Rainbow Party.  Ummmm, what!?

Meanwhile, Ashley is out with Katie, and they’re shopping for the hoedown. Ashley is completely in the dark that this news broke.  Gizelle calls her to check in.  She quickly realizes Ashley doesn’t know what’s going on, so she tells her.  Ashley acts extremely nonchalant about the entire situation, and she says that she knows all about it – it’s not true, but she can’t really talk about it.  I think we can all agree with Gizelle when she’s like, “What’s really going on here?”

We’re at Monique’s, and Candiace comes over. Monique is putting together her bassinet, because the doctors told her that the baby could come sooner than expected.  The girls start chatting, and the crazy dinner party gets brought up.  “You went from zero to outer space,” Monique tells Candiace.  Candiace says she was angry.  She feels like Ashley took what she shared with the group (about her mom) and used it against her.  “You allowed her to get under your skin,” Monique says.  “Even Chris couldn’t calm you down.”  Monique is trying to be real with Candiace.  She tells her she felt like she wasn’t acting like grown woman, she was throwing a temper tantrum.  Candiace isn’t happy about this.  She feels like she’s being judged by a friend who’s exhibited “hood” behavior.  (Really Candiace?)  Candiace tells Monique, “I don’t want this stuff with my mom to spill over into my relationship.”  Monique replies, “It’s definitely spilling over into your friendships.”  She goes on to tell her, “You could’ve had a little bit more self control.”  Monique is honestly just trying to be a good friend to Candiace – sometimes friends tell you shit you don’t want to hear, but it’s the truth.  Instead of listening to Monique, Candiace is just getting annoyed.  She’s not seeing that she’s coming from a good place.

It’s the day of the hoedown. Robyn is first to arrive.  Ashley and Gizelle are riding together.  Gizelle apologizes to Ashley for her part in bringing up “Penis Gate”, and Ashley forgives her.  Karen and Monique are riding together, and they’re discussing the recent allegations against Michael.  “Consent is everything,” Karen says.  (I’m dying.)  Gizelle briefly brings up the situation to Ashley, and Ashley says that she cannot talk about it.  Gizelle drops it.

All of the ladies are arriving. When Gizelle and Ashley arrive, Ashley jumps out of the car, super excited to see everyone.  She’s bubbly and hyper, and Robyn finds it strange.  “She’s going to pretend like nothing happened,” she tells us in her confessional.  Robyn pulls Ashley aside to apologize, and Ashley quickly forgives her.  For now, everyone is totally fine.

The girls play games – corn hole, tug of war, beer pong, and they’re all having fun. Before they sit down to eat, Katie gives a super weird toast.  The girls all sit down at the table, and Candiace apologizes to everyone for her outburst at dinner.  “I appreciate the apology,” Gizelle says, “but it needs to go to that side of the table.”  Gizelle references where Ashley is sitting.  “That’s a conversation that needs to happen separately,” Candiace says. Then she adds, “But I was also told by you that Ashley never wants to speak to me again.”  Gizelle agrees – Ashley did say that. Candiace goes on to say that if Ashley is open to speaking with her, they can have a conversation.  “Thank you, I appreciate that,” Ashley says.  She doesn’t add whether or not she wants to have a conversation with Candiace. 

Ashley then goes on to bring up Michael – she addresses it as the “elephant in the room”, but tells the girls she can’t discuss it. “You can’t say anything?” Robyn asks.  Ashley says no.  In her confessional, Robyn says that Ashley has been very messy in the past when it came to everyone else’s business. (Thank you to the shady producers for those throwbacks of how messy Ashley was.  I told you – KARMA.)

Karen tells Ashley, “ I hope that it turns out positive for you.” LMFAO at Gizelle – she has to stir the pot.  “Karen, you were high-fivin’ Robyn at Candiace’s house.”  This irritates Ashley, who looks at Karen and says, “Karen, just remember, you have a few skeletons in your closet.”  Karen owns that she did high five Robyn, but says that Gizelle needs to be held accountable for bringing Ashley back in the house after Candiace had already kicked her out.  “What kind of friend are you?” Karen asks.  Monique tells us that she thinks they’re all wrong, and Katie wants them to just “squash it.”  Robyn calls out Candiace for coming for Ashley.  Candiace tells Ashley, “I want to be friends. I have no vendetta against you, Ashley.” Gizelle is like, “Well, you said her marriage sounds fishy.”  “That’s my opinion!” Candiace exclaims.

(Candiace, why aren’t you getting this? Yes, you have an opinion, and you’re entitled to it.  But don’t say you don’t have a vendetta against Ashley and you want to be her friend when you’re saying all of this negative shit.  It doesn’t make sense.) Gizelle says that it’s judgment, not an opinion, and Monique and Robyn agree.  “I don’t care what Monique says, I don’t care what Robyn says!” Candiace tells us.  Monique is calling her out, and Candiace is pissed.  “You’re all hypocrites!”

The girls are all arguing at this point, and Katie interjects with another toast – “To fake bitches and ass grabbing!” LMFAO, that literally shuts up the entire table. Everyone disperses.  Karen approaches Ashley and asks, “Are you okay, Miss Ash?”  “I’m always gonna be alright, Karen, but thanks for asking,” Ashley snaps.  “Is there an attitude there?” Karen asks her. “Yeah, because I also overheard you saying stuff, too,” Ashley tells her.  She goes on to say that Karen is nice to Ashley’s face, but talks shit behind her back.  “You should be used to that,” Karen says. “That’s what you do to everybody.”  Ashley says that she doesn’t do that to Karen – if she has an issue with her, she tells her to her face.  “Karma is a bitch, honey!” LMFAO Karen is not playing.  Ashley makes a comment about Ray’s old lawsuit, and Karen is not having it.  I’m dying when she makes some comment about Michael being careful with the soap, referencing him going to jail.  LMFAO.  I can’t you guys.  You can’t even make this shit up.

Candiace pulls Karen aside, and someone apologizes to Katie. Monique joins Candiace and Karen.  Candiace told Karen she feels like people who are supposed to be her friend aren’t on her side.  Monique is like, “You’re not hearing what we’re saying.”  Candiace says she hears exactly what they’re saying.  “For you to call me a hypocrite Candiace, I’m so irritated right now with you.  I’m not a hypocrite, I’ve been saying the same things to you!  You don’t like the fact that I’m being real with you.”  Fucking preach Monique!!!!  Candiace still does not get it.  “You’re sticking up for someone who had nothing but negative things to say about me.”  Monique is like, “You’re literally doing the same things she did last year!”  “Why don’t you go over there since ya’ll are good friends now?” Candiace says, being extremely petty.  “Don’t talk to me like I’m a child,” Monique says, walking away.  Candiace is still talking shit as Monique goes, and Monique stops and turns around and is like, “I will still drag you, pregnant and all!”  This sets Candiace off.  “Drag me, Monique! Drag me!” Monique makes some comment about throwing a bottle at Candiace’s head.  I’m dying.

Candiace feels judged, and Karen thinks that Candiace needs a friend at the moment. Karen thinks everyone’s been dramatic, and it’s not fair to call out Candiace when they’ve all had their moments.  Monique apologizes to Candiace for threatening to throw a bottle at her – she says she let her emotions get the best of her.  She’s just trying to be real with Candiace, and she doesn’t get why Candiace doesn’t’ see that.  Both girls are emotional, and Candiace tells Monique to get away from her.

Jesus! So much drama. Between everyone.  I truly do agree with Monique, 100%.  I think Candiace is struggling with the issues she’s having with her Mom, and that it is spilling over into all of her other relationships.

Are you Team Monique or Team Candiace? Do you think Michael is guilty?  Thoughts!?

Until next week…..

RHOP: DAYS OF OUR KNIVES

What a messy episode! 🔪

We pick back up where we left off – Candiace going crazy at Ashley, and Chris pulls her away and tries to calm her down. Karen also goes over and tries to help Candiace chill out a little bit, too.

Ashley is playing dumb, acting like she didn’t say something to purposely set Candiace off. “I’ve never seen someone act like this,” she tells the girls. Oh please. 🙄

Instead of trying to diffuse the situation, Gizelle uses this an opportunity to bring up the whole d**k sucking thing from earlier. “There was an issue we discussed earlier,” Gizelle nonchalantly states. She then starts to kind of tell Ashley what happened – and then completely throws Robyn under the bus and is like, “I’ll let Robyn take it from here.” 😂💀

Robyn tells Ashley exactly what is said, and Ashley is pissed. She wants to know who Michael supposedly said that about. “One of our men, and we’re not gonna say who,” Robyn replies. Interesting….so Robyn knows who Michael was talking about. In my personal opinion, I think it was Juan. Anyway.

Chris has somewhat managed to calm Ashley down, but he’s pissed off that his food is burning. Lmao. The convo is still going – Monique thinks that it is her business if Michael was talking about one of their husbands. Everyone’s arguing, and Ashley decides to bring up Monique’s “Amistad” comment about Katie. Deflect much, Ashley?

Candiace isn’t letting this go. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire!” Her and Ashley go at it, and Candiace tells Ashley to get the fuck out of her house. Ashley leaves, unwillingly.

Gizelle follows Ashley outside. “I don’t know where that rumor came from,” Ashley says, clearly in complete denial. Gizelle is trying to talk some sense into her – she’s basically saying that she knows Candiace doesn’t like Ashley, but this is why – because she thinks her marriage is fake. And that she’s not “making it up” since Robyn “co-signed it.” Katie joins them, and she tells Ashley that the girls want her to go back inside. (Christ, Gizelle and Katie are so messy. That’s a bold faced lie. 😂) Gizelle thinks they should all go back in, and that she can probably get Candiace to apologize to Ashley.

Inside, Candiace has somewhat relaxed, until she realizes that Ashley is back in her home. Karen calls out Ashley – she’s like, “You we’re asked to leave, it’s rude to come back.” Ashley says that she needs to confront Robyn. “There are rumors about my husband, Karen! I need to address them!” Ashley snaps at Karen. Karen retorts, “Once you address them then you need to leave.”

Ashley begins to talk to Robyn, and Karen is chiming in with some shade. (I am dying.) Ashley basically tells her to stop butting in. Poor Chris – you can tell he literally wants nothing to do with this, but he also heard what he heard, so he interjects. “We both heard it,” Chris says, referring to himself and Robyn. “Me and Robyn both looked at each other.”

“You have a man as your witness. You’re done.” Karen is killing me this episode.

Ashley isn’t having this. “It didn’t happen!” Candiace isn’t here for Ashley’s denial. “You’re lying!” Candiace is adamant that Ashley heard Michael say it, too. Ashley is now saying that basically everyone else was super wasted and they have no idea what they’re talking about. The bickering is never ending – finally, Karen is like, “Enough is enough!” Ashley keeps fucking with Candiace, saying little jabs about her mom. Candiace is getting heated, and she kicks Ashley out of her house for the second time that night.

Monique pulls Katie aside, because she wants to clear the air about the Amistad comment. We barely get anywhere because Ashley is back. Even Monique is like, Why are you back? Candiace flips and tells Ashley, “You have been told to leave.” She kicks her out for the third time, and Katie follows.

“That was her trying to get me to go off,” Candiace says once Ashley is gone. I’m not sure who says it, Gizelle or Karen, but they tell her, “Candiace, you need to be held accountable.” Candiace gets upset. She says she’s always been supportive of Ashley. (Ummm….no you haven’t? Lmao.) Gizelle tries to explain why Candiace is so emotional, and it all boils down to the issues she’s currently having with her mom. “It was a dig at Candiace to say this was her mother’s home,” Karen says. (Thank you, Karen! 👏🏻👏🏻) “She’s hurt. Hurt people hurt people.” Preach.

In the car, Ashley and Katie are talking. “I don’t understand why everyone’s so fixated on making Michael look gay,” Ashley says. “Is he gay?” Katie asks. Ashley says no. “Does he hook up with guys?” Again, Ashley says no. Ashley tells Katie that she doesn’t really care about Candiace, but she’s questioning her friendship with Robyn. She doesn’t understand why Robyn would do this to her.

What kills me about all of this is that Ashley is completely missing the point. No one cares if Michael is gay – no one is fixated on making him look gay. He said something, and if he was a single man, it would’ve been whatever. But he’s not a single man. He’s married – to a woman – and trying to have a baby. Cheating is cheating, whether you want to have sex with a woman or a man who isn’t your significant other. I think Ashley is embarrassed and in denial.

The next day we are all around Potomac. Karen and Ray are having lunch, and taking about Karen’s new perfume.

Candiace is talking to Chris, who is encouraging her to call her mom. Candiace sets up a therapy session for herself and her mother with Gizelle’s therapist, Dr. Ken. With Chris’s support, Candiace calls her mom, and she agrees to go.

Ashley is saging her house. She tells the producers in her confessional that Michael was pissed about the allegations, and he’s adamant that he didn’t say what he’s being accused of saying. He’s questioning Ashley’s relationships with the girls. Ashley doesn’t blame him.

Monique and Chris go to a workout class. (I love these two, they’re my favorites.) Before the class starts Monique fills in Chris on what happened the night before. “Why would they even bring that up?” Chris asks, referring to Gizelle and Robyn. “Because they’re messy,” Monique replies. Lmao, she’s not wrong. 😆

Gizelle calls Ashley to “check on her” (although she says in her confessional she wants to know if Michael came out of the closet) and they briefly meet up. Gizelle basically throws Karen under the bus, saying that Karen said Michael doesn’t love Ashley after she left the night before. I don’t recall that? Ashley is pissed. She thinks Karen is “fake and phony”. Ashley also tells Gizelle that Michael is livid, and he doesn’t even want her to hang around with the girls anymore. She’s also pissed at Robyn. Gizelle does stick up for Robyn, but Ashley won’t budge. Clearly, her anger is misplaced. I agree with Gizelle when she says that it’s a “classic case of denial.” Gizelle tells Ashley she’ll talk to Robyn and let her know how she feels. She believes they can work through it.

Candiace and her mom, Dorothy, are on their way to see Dr. Ken. They start hashing out their issues before they even arrive, and I don’t understand why they bother doing this because they can not communicate with each other.

Once they do get to the office, Dr. Ken sets some ground rules. One of them is that only one person is allowed to speak at a time. Candiace begins, and she says that she feels like she and her mom “don’t really talk about things”. Basically, something happens, and then they just sweep it under the rug and it “goes away”, as if it didn’t happen. Dorothy can’t even follow this rule – she constantly keeps interrupting Candiace and Dr. Ken is getting super annoyed. Candiace brings up the purse incident, but Dorothy refuses to talk about it. Candiace becomes emotional because of this. Dorothy ignores all of that and just starts going on about how she pays for Candiace’s bills. Candiace calls her out and says she lying – she admits she pays a portion of the mortgage, but tells her she won’t have to for much longer. She says that she feels like Dorothy diminishes her every time she says things like that to her. Dorothy isn’t listening, and Dr. Ken says to her, “Dorothy, you’re not doing a good job right now. Listen to your daughter.” Candiace says that she doesn’t want to be around toxicity any longer – she just can’t do it. Dorothy literally doesn’t have a care in the world. It’s honestly amazing to me that this woman is a therapist. She’s cray cray.

Ashley is getting ready to perform at Virginia Gay Pride, and Gizelle, Robyn and Gizelle’s friend are going to see her. Ashley FaceTimes with Gizelle, and when she realizes Robyn is there she gets really awkward and hangs up. Super shady. Robyn agrees she will talk to Ashley. Gizelle fills her in on why Ashley’s upset, and Robyn says she didn’t have bad intentions, but she can see how it all came out horribly at Candiace’s dinner party.

Ashley performs. (We only catch a glimpse of this, and I’m sorry to be a dick, but Jesus this was awful.)

Ashley approaches Robyn and Gizelle after her performance, and her and Robyn get right into it. Ashley basically feels attacked – she doesn’t understand why Robyn would say anything when she knows Candiace has it out for her. Robyn explains that that wasn’t her intention, but then Ashley says that Robyn “co-signed false documents” and Robyn gets pissed. “Robyn ain’t co-sign nothing false,” she says. Ashley doesn’t deny this, but instead says, “I don’t think you’re a real friend to me.” Robyn’s like, “I’m not going to lie, Ashley.” Ashley is irrational angry at Robyn and stalks off, saying, “I don’t give a fuck.”

I think the real issue here is that Ashley wants Robyn to lie – I think Ashley knows exactly what Michael said, and she was hoping that Robyn wouldn’t mention it. That’s why she’s so mad at her, she wants loyalty from Robyn to take Michaels comment to the grave. Robyn isn’t doing that, though, so Ashley feels betrayed. Just my thoughts!

What’d you guys think? Do you think Michael said what he’s being accused of, or is everyone else lying? Team Ashley or Team Robyn?

Next week looks even better….it looks like some interesting info may be coming out…

Until next week….

RHOP: SEX, LIES & BUTTER KNIVES

I missed RHOP last week, but honestly, it was worth the wait. I love when Bravo gives us a super crazy intro – everyone is going insane at Candiace’s Dinner Party – and then we’re hit with a “One week earlier” – and everything is light and breezy around Potomac.

We’re at Candiace and Chris’s, and Candiace is talking about how she wants to move. Though the house is hers – it’s technically her Mom’s.  At least, I think her Mom’s name may be on it?  She is tied to it in some way.  Chris doesn’t think Candiace should be in a rush to move, but Candiace wants something that is just hers and Chris’s, and honestly, I don’t’ blame her.  Candiace tells us how she was recently at a friend’s wedding.  Her and her mother were bickering, and her mom smacked her in the face with her purse.  Like, WTF? How is this woman a therapist? Candiace talks about the upcoming dinner party she and Chris will be hosting.  Chris is working on a cookbook, and he wants to try out the recipes on the ladies.  Candiace tells us she did invite Ashley, despite their recent drama.  Chris is happy about this because he thinks Ashley would be a good critic, since her husband owns a restaurant.  It’s just a girls dinner – no husbands.

Ashley meets up with Gizelle and Robyn, and the three of them are going for a walk. They talk about New Orleans, and Gizelle asks, “What went on with you and Candiace?” Ashley dismisses it – she says she has a lot going on, so she’s just letting it go with Candiace for now.  She fills them in on the fact that she’s performing at Gay Pride in Virginia.  (Ashley has a single – “Coffee and Love”? Why don’t I recall this?)  She then tells them that she missed both of them at Monique’s baby shower.  Gizelle tells Ashley what Candiace had told her during lunch – that basically she didn’t buy anything Ashley said about being upset about her miscarriage, and that Michael had “crocodile tears.” Ashley is genuinely shocked by this, and upset, naturally.  Robyn tells us in her confessional that Candiace’s delivery is wrong, but she gets why Candiace is questioning Ashley.  “Some thing’s just aren’t normal.” Gizelle then brings up what Monique said about Katie, the whole “Amistad” thing.  Gizelle says that she and Monique are in a good place, so she doesn’t want to “attack her.”  But she does want to confront her.  And then in typical Gizelle fashion, she throws some shade in.  “Katie with her hair wrapped up looks better than Monique on her best day.” I’m shaking my head.

Karen and Ray have a brief scene while they take a dance class. Nothing really happens here.

Over at Monique’s, she’s having a maternity shoot. She’s literally in a wedding dress, and taking pictures in the pool under water.  At first I thought this was super extra, until I saw the pictures.  They came out so great!  She’s invited Ashley over.  They also talk about NOLA; Monique saw a change in Ashley, which is why she’s good with them moving forward with their friendship.  Ashley tells Monique about the conversation Gizelle apparently had with Candiace.  Monique doesn’t even remember saying Katie looked like “Amistad”, and she’s kind of like WTF?

Gizelle is with her mom, and their meeting with Gizelle’s realtor and a contractor. The house that she is currently looking to buy needs a ton of work, but the land is really good.  Gizelle said that it brings her “peace”, despite all of the work she’ll need to put into it.  Her mom approves, and you can tell that means a lot to Gizelle.

Over at Ashley and Michael’s, they’re moving their pool table out of the middle of the room, and Michael is totally freaking out. Honestly, this is so dramatic.  They talk about Monique’s baby shower, and Michael says he feels like he never really mourned over the fact Ashley miscarried.  Ashley debates if she wants to tell Michael what she’s heard Candiace has said, but decides not to.  She doesn’t see a point in bringing that negativity to their relationship right now.  Instead, she tells him about her spa day with Karen, and how she can see a friendship in the future with Karen, which is a nice surprise to her.  Ashley also talks about how she’s invited to Candiace’s dinner party, and she feels “apprehensive.”

We have a quick scene at Robyn’s – Juan and her two sons are making her breakfast in bed, and they also bring her roses. It’s actually really cute and sweet, and I feel like Robyn and Juan truly have come a long way.  Robyn talks about possibly re-marrying Juan.  I wonder if wedding bells are in their future.

Monique and Candiace meet up for dinner at Fig & Olive. Monique doesn’t believe that Candiace would say anything about her to try and put her in a bad light, so she wants to talk to her about what she’s heard that she has said, and just get it out of the way.  Monique tells her, and Candiace literally goes dead silent – almost like a “fuck, I got caught” silence. Then she says, “I told Gizelle that you said something about Katie looking rough and compared it to Amistad.”  Candiace tells us in a confessional that she regrets this.  Monique says, “Ashley said she was told that I compared Katie to a slave.”  Candiace replies, “That’s what Gizelle said.”  That makes more sense to Monique.  She goes on to say, “The way it was brought to me was almost like you were throwing me under the bus.” I honestly thought Candiace was going to apologize here – but she doesn’t.  “I felt like you were pre-judging Katie.”  Monique wasn’t “pre-judging” her, she was “making an observation.”  She basically says that Katie used to be super prim and proper and really cared about what people thought, and now she’s a free spirit.  She didn’t mean anything by it.  “I thought you were being judgmental,” Candiace says, not backing down.  Monique’s upset.  “You’re over here trying to pick me apart the way your mom does to you.” Candiace isn’t here for that.  “Don’t bring my mom into this.”  Monique responds, “You’re doing the same thing to me.”  Candiace is pissed.  And apparently, Candiace is also pissed because a week earlier, Monique told her that she was behaving like Ashley used to last year.  Basically, being messy.  I mean, Monique isn’t wrong. Candiace is literally just saying anything that comes to her mind. “I resent that,” Candiace says to Monique.

It’s the night of the dinner party. Robyn is the first to arrive (am I the only one shocked by this!?) Gizelle is next.  The girls all talk around the kitchen while Chris finishes up cooking.  They talk about how Ashley is invited, and Candiace makes a comment about her accepting the invitation in a “fake manner.”  “Not everything is fake about Ashley,” Gizelle remarks. “I’m not going to let you do that.”  Candiace is unbothered.  “Her hair is real.”  “Can you give the girl a break?” Gizelle asks.  “She’s coming into my home,” Candiace retorts. “That is her break.” Robyn calls out Candiace next.  “You have a hard on for Ashley’s life, it’s strange.” Candiace replies, “It keeps coming up.” Finally – the truth comes out.  They talk about the party at L2, and Candiace says what she heard Michael say – that he wanted to “suck someone’s d**k”.  Robyn feels like she’s in the twilight zone.  She knows she heard it, too, but she thought she was just drunk and confused.  Candiace says she’s tired of being accused of coming after Ashley for no reason.  There is a reason – her “sham, façade of a marriage.”

They continue to talk about it – Gizelle is shook. Robyn and Candiace both confirm that Ashley “disappeared” with Michael after he made the comment –for about thirty minutes or so.  Chris chimes in – holy shit, he heard it too! He thought Michael said, “sausage” and not “dick” but Robyn is adamant that she actually heard dick.  Gizelle wants to know who Michael is even talking about, and Robyn says, “One of our husbands.” It all clicks for Gizelle, and now she knows why Candiace has been coming for Ashley.  Robyn turns to Gizelle and says, “You remember a few years ago?” They reminisce on how Michael grabbed Andrew’s ass on the dance floor.  (Who is Andrew, and again, why don’t I remember this?) The doorbell rings, and the conversation is interrupted.  Candiace goes to get the door, and Gizelle turns to Robyn and says, “How did you not tell me this!?” Robyn replies, “I thought I was dreaming!” LMAO.  “What do we do with this?” I honestly can’t remember which one of them asked this, but I’m pretty sure it’s Gizelle that replies, “We bring it up!”

Monique is here, followed by Karen. Karen tells us it’s her first time seeing Gizelle since New Orleans, and she plans to just “keep it moving.”  Katie and Ashley are the last to arrive.  Monique touches Katie’s arm as she walks by and tells her she’d like to talk to her later.  You’d think this would be the drama of the dinner, but it’s not.  Katie either doesn’t know yet, or is just completely unfazed.  The second Ashley sits down she’s immediately on the defensive.  Chris made a pear dish that has wine in it, and he checks with Monique before serving it.  The ladies all think it’s fine for Monique, who’s pregnant, to have it.  “So Monique can have wine when she’s pregnant but I can’t have any alcohol when I’m trying to get pregnant?” It starts there, and then Ashley literally comes for Candiace about everything.  I’m dying when Monique is like, “Can we get the salad first?” LMAO.  Ashley says that there’s an “elephant in the room” and Gizelle replies, “There’s an elephant on the table, so let’s talk about it.” Ashley calls out Candiace for saying she wasn’t actually upset about the miscarriage, and Michael’s “crocodile tears.”  I’m dying – Candiace is literally impersonating Ashley on the microphone using a butter knife.  I am dead.  They’re screaming back and forth at each other, and the next thing I hear is Ashley saying, “I’m in your Mama’s house right now!” This sends Candiace over the edge, who literally leaps from her seat and is waving her butter knife in the air and yelling at Ashley to “Get the fuck out!” Chris has to come hold her back.

And then we are hit with a To Be Continued. Jesus! We haven’t even gotten to the heart of the issue yet, and everyone is already wildin’ out.  What’d you guys think?

Until next week….

RHOP: SALTY BEHAVIOR

I realize I took a hiatus, but I’m back and excited to talk about RHOP with you guys!

We start off getting ready for Monique’s Rainbow Party. I learned this from the show – a Rainbow Baby is when you get pregnant/have a baby after you miscarry. I absolutely love everything about this idea.

We’re all around Potomac – Gizelle is taking care of her daughter, Angel, who is sick. Robyn is with her kids – they’re playing sports. (Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention to what sport.) Neither of them are going to be able to make Monique’s party.

This party is super extra, and I’m loving it.

The guests are all arriving. Shirley, Monique’s Mother-in-Law, is there. Monique fills us in that this is the first time she’s seen Shirley in two years, and would like an apology from her.

Monique gives a speech about the meaning behind having the Rainbow Party, and she tells us all that there is “Healing in sharing.”

They release doves for all of the Rainbow Babies in the world, which is so sweet. Shirley then announces that she would like to say something. Monique looks nervous AF but Shirley actually apologizes and says she wants to move forward. It’s a really nice moment all around.

Ashley and Michael are talking about the fact that Ashley miscarried – Michael basically says that he would like to have a Rainbow Party for their future baby when/if Ashley gets pregnant. He gets super emotional while talking about it, and has to walk away from the table.

Monique thanks everyone for coming, and asks if anyone would like to share their own personal story. Ashley does, and she shares her struggle about the miscarriage and her fears about not being able to have a baby.

Karen is emotional – she’s watching Chris with his father, and is missing her own father. She tells us in her confessional that after hearing Ashley’s speech and seeing what she’s been through, she does see a change in her.

Ashley pulls Karen aside and asks her if they can chat. Karen agrees. Ashley starts off by saying that she knows that they have a “rocky past” and I’m LOLing when Karen corrects her and says, “Very rocky.” Ashley asks Karen if she would like to do something with her one on one. Karen doesn’t immediately agree but is open to the idea. She thinks that loss may be able to bring them together.

We’re at Gizelle’s, and her mom is over. I’m dying at their dynamic. Gizelle’s mom is super sassy and kind of shady, but Gizelle tells us, “My mom always shades me with love.” 😂 Gizelle fills her mom in on how her therapy is going, and she also tells her it’s given her the courage to pursue something – buying a house for her and her girls. She says that it needs a lot of work, but she doesn’t mind taking on a project. Her mom doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Gizelle says something along the lines of, “Robyn’s doing it and is fine!” And the producers are so shady switching over to Robyn’s investment property that looks horrible.

Despite setbacks, Robyn is invested in flipping this house. It’s just taken her longer than she realized it would. I almost feel like Robyn really wants to prove to Juan that she can do this. She says she’s excited to see where their relationship goes once it’s finished, and this is weird to me. I understand wanting to make your partner/significant other proud, but I don’t think this should have any bearing on their relationship. Maybe I’m missing something?

Over at Monique’s, Monique and Chris are chatting with Shirley. Monique tells her that she appreciates her apology. She tells us in her confessional that she gave her “a public apology for publicly embarrassing me.” Lmfao. She tells Shirley she can be shady sometimes and Shirley’s like, “That’s just how I am.” Chris is such a good guy – he intervenes, and all three of them agree to move forward. I honestly am loving Monique, she just calls it like she sees it.

Ashley and Michael are meeting with an acupuncturist. Ashley is willing to try anything to get pregnant. The acupuncturist asks Michael his age, and suggests getting his sperm checked – and this idea is so ludicrous to Michael. Like hello, you’re almost 60 years old! Michael should’ve done that already. 🤦🏼‍♀️

Gizelle and Candiace meet up to have lunch at Candiace’s husband Chris’s restaurant. Gizelle said she really enjoyed Candiace while they were in NOLA & she looks at her like a “little sister.”

They start talking about the Rainbow Party, and Candiace immediately goes in on Ashley. She doesn’t buy anything Ashley said. Candiace imitates her, and I’m not here for it. I actually think it’s really fucked up. I’m confused to why Candiace even apologized to Ashley while they were away – she obviously didn’t mean it.

Gizelle changes the subject, and they start talking about their trip. Candiace says, “Monique had some funny things to say about Katie.” She says that Monique said something about Katie looking like Amistad , and Gizelle is immediately offended and is like, “She’s saying Katie looked like a slave?” I’m so annoyed because we see the flashback of Monique literally saying Katie used to dress prim & proper and now is a free spirit. Why are we twisting her words!? She clearly had no ill intent when she was talking about Katie, so I’m not sure where Candiace is going with this. Candiace tells us in her confessional that she “should’ve just shut the fuck up” and I completely agree.

Ashley and Karen do meet up – they go to a Himalayan Salt Cave. (I am dying to go to one!!!) Karen at first is super skeptical – she thinks that this is all bullshit. However, when the woman who is running the session tells her she’s a psychic medium and that her dad is in the room, Karen completely breaks down.

He tells Karen, “You’ve got this, baby girl.” And Karen says that she knows, she just really misses him and her mom. She tells us that it’s healing for her to feel his presence in the room with her.

Ashley shares her fears with Karen – she is full of self doubt and overwhelming anxiety. What if she’s not meant to be a mom? She talks about how Michael is almost 60, and she’s scared she’ll end up alone.

Honestly this scene between Ashley and Karen was very heartwarming. Karen comforts Ashley – she tells her Ray was 50 when Raven was born, and this baby could make Michael feel younger. Ashley is grateful and tells Karen that she needed to hear that.

We’re at the end, and that mid season trailer honestly has me fucked up! I’m still laughing thinking of Gizelle yelling “Security!” which I assume she’s mocking Karen by saying.

Thoughts!?

Until next week…..