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

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: THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES

Before we start – I have to start off by saying – DO NOT SLEEP ON POTOMAC! You guys, this show is so damn good.  I honestly forgot how much I loved it.

We start off following all of the ladies around Potomac.  (Side note: Pregnant Monique is the absolute cutest.)  We learn that we have one week until Candiace’s wedding.

GIZELLE AND HER GIRLS

We’re at Gizelle’s house with her and her girls.  (Her girls kill me, they are too funny.  “Mom, your pants are so ugly!” Lmao.)  We learn that Gizelle has given Sherman another chance, which I’m happy about.  The girls loved him, and I liked them together, too.  Gizelle is making cookies, which she plans on bringing over to Karen.  Gizelle and Karen are still not in a good place – we saw the demise of their friendship last year, which I think ha a lot to do with the fact that Gizelle really was not a good friend to Karen.  And I’m saying that as a person who freaking loves Gizelle.  Karen wasn’t innocent by any means – she was literally lying about the dumbest shit left and right.  But I think Gizelle went too far with some of her “jokes”, as she calls them.  Her girls are funny though – they ask Gizelle if she was mean to Karen, and if that’s why she’s baking her cookies.  Gizelle says Karen didn’t care for some of her jokes, and her girls are like, “Well, maybe you shouldn’t say it, then.”  Those girls are wise beyond their years.

ASHLEY AND MICHAEL

We learn that Ashley miscarried after the season last year, which is so sad and so horrible, and my heart goes out to her for that.  I just really cannot stand Michael, so it’s hard for me to watch any scene with him in it.  Especially when Ashley tells us she’s actively trying to get pregnant, and they want to “put a little Joey in this pouch.”  Did you have to word it like that?  This whole scene is skeevy to me.  And I feel bad saying that, because Ashley deserves to be happy, and if she wants to have a baby, I want that for her, too.  But Michael is just….disgusting.  I’m sorry that I’m not sorry.  I can’t even get into the weird shit they’re doing, because my poor eyes can’t un-see that.  But when Ashley is asking Michael if she’s doing better, and if he sees a change in her, I’m so confused.  Why did Ashley need to change?  What’s so special about Michael?  I can’t figure out what she sees in him.  Dollar signs?  Basically Ashley is telling us that her and Michael are doing so well – and then our shady Bravo editors give us a “2 Months Later” screen and we see that Michael has been charged with sexual assault.  (This season is going to be an absolute shitshow.)

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Candiace is visiting Chris at his restaurant, and they’re chatting about their upcoming wedding.  Candiace has a million things on her mind related to the wedding, but one thing is bothering her the most – her half brother.  We learn that Candiace has a half brother – her father had a “tryst” before she married her mother, and had a child, Michael.  Candiace’s mother, Dorothy, knew about this, and still married Candiace’s father anyway and had Candiace.  Candiace wants to invite Michael to her wedding, but her mother is dead against it.  As someone who’s currently planning a wedding, I understand where Candiace is coming from, because you don’t want to upset people, especially your mother.  I think Candiace should just invite Michael regardless.  However, Candiace’s mother is contributing over $100 grand for this wedding, so yeah, she gets a say.  If you don’t want anyone to have a say – don’t take their money! It’s simple.  I can’t relate to that craziness, that’s just over the top and unnecessary.

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We’re over at Karen’s now, where she’s hanging out with her assistant, Matt.  (I’m loving Karen’s platinum hair – looks absolutely gorgeous.)

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Gizelle calls Karen, and tells her she’s in her neck of the woods.  Karen tells her she’s not ready to see her – her family is still grieving.  Karen tells us that she wants all of the girls to own up to all of the shit they did to her last year, Gizelle included.  Gizelle respects Karen’s decision, and they hang up.

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I’m LOLing – Karen starts to tell Matt that Gizelle was the one who called, and wanted to come over, when her phone starts ringing again and it’s Gizelle, again.  Gizelle tells her she understands she’s not ready to see her, but her girls did make her cookies and she would really like to bring them to her.  Karen tells her that Matt will come out and get the cookies, and Gizelle’s like, “No, I don’t want to see Matt.” (Lmfao, Matt is so offended.)  Karen finally agrees to let Gizelle drop the cookies off.  They barely speak, but I think we’re making progress!

Side note: I do not like Matt. Karen, he’s not real friend, girl.  He’s totally giving me Cedric vibes from RHOBH S1.  And look what Cedric did to LVP – royally screwed her over.  Matt is thirsty AF and wants to be on television.  Do. Not. Trust. Him.

MONIQUE

We’re at Monique’s, and she is so cute pregnant – and hilarious.  I’m dying watching her with her children, they’re too funny.  I also really love her relationship with her husband, Chris.  Monique and Chris are talking, and Chris tells Monique she owes Gizelle an apology.  I honestly don’t remember this, but apparently Monique put Sherman on blast last year?  Chris is annoyed because it made things awkward between himself and Sherman, and they go to the same gym.  (Lmao.)  Monique agrees that she owes them both an apology, and she only did it to be spiteful to Gizelle.  (I need to go back and rewatch this, because I’m blanking on all of this.)  We also learn that Monique has stayed close with Karen and Candiace – not so much the other girls.

ROBYN

Robyn and Juan have been doing really good.  They’re currently at a couples massage, and have vowed to be more romantic together.  I mean, I think it’s nice?  Maybe they can grow as a couple and be more serious?

We are now four days away from Candiace’s wedding, FYI.

KAREN AND CANDIACE

Karen is over at Candiace’s, and Candiace shares with her the news about her half brother.  She has invited him to the wedding – she just hasn’t told her mother yet.  Candiace doesn’t want her mom to hate her – but I think it’s more than that.   I think Candiace is worried about being cut of financially from her mother, which is honestly ridiculous. Karen thinks Candiace carries around too much of her mother’s baggage.  I understand Candiace wants to please her mother, but this is a lot.

Three days until the wedding.

CANDIACE

Candiace is with her mother, making her breakfast.  According to Candiace, Dorothy is very “critical and opinionated” and Candiace is petrified to tell her that she’s invited her half brother to the wedding.  She finally works up the courage; and her worst fears are confirmed.  I’m sorry – Dorothy is a fucking monster.  She’s toxic AF.  “This is bullshit, bullshit, bullshit!” Dorothy exclaims.  Candiace is getting worked up – she’s like, “It’s not Michael’s fault!” which is entirely true.  Her Mother isn’t having it – she’s beyond pissed, and tells Candiace, “You just made a big mistake.”  Candiace reminds her that it’s her wedding day, not Dorothy’s.  Dorothy is embarrassed and Candiace can’t wrap her head around that, either.  “Everyone knows Dad had another child!” Also true.  There is literally no reasoning with Dorothy right now, so Candiace leaves the room, crying.  “Those crocodile tears don’t mean anything,” Dorothy tells her.  Christ, she’s brutal!

Next week is the wedding, and I’m so excited.  Not bad for a first episode, huh?

Until next week….

xo