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: WORST VACATION EVER

It’s Day 3 in Careyes, and the girls are all waking up from the shitshow of the night before.  Poor D’Andra is so hungover.  Ugh, her hangover gives me flashbacks to just dying in bed the day after heavy drinking.  (It’s amazing to me that she still manages to rally!)

Kam and LeeAnne are chatting on their balcony.  Kam tells LeeAnne that she almost went and slept in her bed with her the night before, but she didn’t because she thought it would start more drama, and that Stephanie would be mad.  She’s not even sure if Stephanie slept in their room, because when she woke up this morning, Steph wasn’t there.

Brandi, D’Andra, Steph and Kary are all chatting in Kary’s room, and we learn that Steph actually went to Kary’s room at like 7:30 AM and poured her heart out to her.  She was upset about the fight between Brandi and Kam – she felt like by Kam calling Brandi trash, she was actually calling her trash, too.  Steph tells us she wasn’t raised with money.  Kam’s comment doesn’t sit well with her.  And Kam also implied that Steph wasn’t a good friend to her, which bothered her as well.  We get a flashback of Steph crying to Kary in her room.

We’re switching back and forth between the two separate groups.  Kam now says to LeeAnne, “What’s the purpose of having new roommates if we don’t get to know each other more?  There’s just no effort.”  Kam is acting like she literally just met Stephanie.  This is so freaking bizarre to me.  You know her!  You’ve known her for at least two years.  LMAO. I can’t.

Brandi asks D’Andra how she’s feeling.  “I don’t remember much,” D admits.  “The last thing I remember is sitting next to Kameron and a napkin going flying.”  Steph asks Brandi if her and Kameron are good, and Brandi says that she hasn’t talked to her yet.  Meanwhile, Kameron is telling LeeAnne that prior to the fight, she thought everything was good.  She doesn’t understand why it was so taboo to say that she felt the group could be “cliquey” at times.  LeeAnne tries to explain to her that Brandi felt triggered when Kam called her trash.  Kam acts like she gets it, but she doesn’t.  “But her behavior was trashy.” Sorry Kam- yours wasn’t?  You threw a napkin in her face. Brandi tells the girls that Kam has double standards, and it’s annoying.

Kary planned a beach day for the girls, so they all get ready and head out.  (D’Andra, I’m amazed at you right now.  I honestly would’ve just died in my bed the rest of the day, LMAO.)  It’s their last day and they just want to have fun.  There’s a “sweat lodge” on the beach (I’ve never heard of this before, but after watching, I’m intrigued and I want to go to one!) and D’Andra, Steph and Kary decide to do that first.  The Shaman explains that the sweat lodge is like a “womb”, and when you go in you say intentions and then you come out “reborn.”  I am so emotional watching Steph you guys.  Her journey feels similar to mine in a way (with her depression and anxiety) and I just truly feel her pain.  The girls bond while doing this, and it’s nice to watch.

LeeAnne, Brandi, and Kam are all hanging out on the beach.  Kam asks LeeAnne and Brandi what time they went to bed the night before, and Brandi replies, “2:30.”  Kam admits that she couldn’t sleep.  Brandi asks, “Why couldn’t you sleep? Because of us?” Kam says yes, so Brandi asks her if she wants to go talk.  Kam agrees, and the two girls go off to the side to have a private conversation.  This pisses off LeeAnne.  Brandi and Kameron make peace with each other.  It starts off a little rocky, and when LeeAnne sees Kameron crying, she makes her way over.  “Can we please just finish our conversation?” Brandi asks.  LeeAnne is like, “No.  Last night I tried to have a conversation and I was told to stay at the table, do you remember that?” LMAO LeeAnne, you weren’t told that by Brandi though, you were told that by D’Andra.  Why are you taking it out on her?  LeeAnne goes back to her beach chair, and is just muttering things to herself.  “Fucking dumb.”  I’m LOLing.  Brandi and Kameron actually truly do make peace, and it’s nice.  LeeAnne, still talking to herself, says, “This is the worst trip ever, and I got a flesh eating bacteria the last time I was in Mexico.”  I am done LMFAO.

When Kameron and Brandi go back to join LeeAnne, LeeAnne immediately gets up and leaves and takes a walk on the beach.  Brandi calls it – she’s mad because she was talking to Kameron.  “I’m sure she understands that we were having a private conversation,” Kam says.  Brandi is like, “She doesn’t.”  Steph, Kary and D’Andra come back from the sweat lodge, and rave about how great it was.  Kam and Brandi decide that they are going to do it, too.  “Where’s LeeAnne?” Kary asks.  Kam says she doesn’t know – she went for a walk but she doesn’t know where she is now.  She decides not to go look for her because she thinks she needs space.  Kam and Brandi head to the sweat lodge, while D’Andra, Steph and Kary now chill at the beach.

LeeAnne comes back, and the girls ask her what’s up.  LeeAnne admits that she felt left out because Brandi pulled aside Kam to talk.  (Dramatic. So dramatic.)  Steph feels like LeeAnne isolates herself – maybe not on purpose, but it still happens nonetheless.  LeeAnne says that she realizes she’s her own worst enemy.

The girls head back to the house, and their getting ready for their last dinner in Careyes.  Kam and Brandi decide to play a harmless prank on the girls – they put flour in Kary’s blowdryer.  It was cute and funny, and I honestly love when the girls are like this and getting along.

In the van on the way to dinner, LeeAnne brings up the fact that she felt left out by Brandi.  In Brandi’s confessional, she tells us that she thinks LeeAnne is jealous that she made up with Kameron – which I totally agree with.  Brandi gets upset in the van, but they arrive at dinner, and it’s dropped – for now.

The girls are all chatting at the table, and Kary mentions how Stephanie chatted with her earlier that morning.  For whatever reason, that pisses off Kameron, and she’s now feeling some type of way toward Stephanie.  It’s also awkward between Brandi and LeeAnne, so Brandi asks LeeAnne if she wants to talk, and they leave the table and go for a walk on the beach to clear things up.  Kary, who is forever toasting to everything, toasts to the trip and then says that Kameron is so fun.  Stephanie agrees, and Kam stops her.  “Stephanie, stop.  You say I’m so much fun, but I don’t feel like some of you guys have tried to get to know me.”  In her confessional, she tells us she doesn’t feel like Brandi and Steph have tried to get to know her at all.  Ummmm, what? Kam is acting like she’s the new girl.  WTF is she talking about?

On the beach, Brandi and LeeAnne are trying to hash it out.  Brandi is being (brutally) honest.  She says she doesn’t feel like LeeAnne has been listening to her, or anyone.  And that she brings up her past to get attention.  LeeAnne is like, “You think I want pity?” Brandi doesn’t want to answer.  “I don’t want to fight with you, LeeAnne.”  LeeAnne won’t let it go, and Brandi finally caves and admits that yes, she believes LeeAnne wants pity from what she went through in her past.  She thinks she lives in the past, which really pisses LeeAnne off.  Brandi doesn’t get it – she’s gone through some shit too, but she doesn’t bring it up the way LeeAnne does.  The girls are all watching from the table, and they can’t tell how things are going, because both girls are passionate about their feelings.  Steph finally gets up and intervenes.  “Do you guys still need more time to talk?”  Brandi is crying at this point, and she says she doesn’t think LeeAnne is actually going to hear her.  Steph and Brandi go sit by the water, and LeeAnne comes back to the table.

LeeAnne fills the girls in on her conversation with Brandi, and Kary tells us in her confessional that she thinks LeeAnne is just being a big baby and she needs to shut up.  Somehow, LeeAnne also brings up that she’s kind of hurt that the focus of the trip has been on D’Andra’s 50th birthday, even though “that was like two weeks ago” and LeeAnne has a huge event coming up that no one has talked about.  D’Andra is annoyed and snaps, “I wouldn’t know about that because I haven’t been invited to that event.”  LeeAnne tells us in her confessional that she doesn’t understand why D’Andra would want to be invited, since she tried to break her and Rich apart.  (If you feel that way, why are you even bringing it up then? I’m confused.)  Steph comes back to the table (Brandi is still sitting by the water) and basically asks LeeAnne what went wrong.  LeeAnne says that when she and Brandi are surface level, they can be fine.  But when they are “intimate”, that’s when things go wrong.  Brandi comes back to the table, and we end on the weirdest note – all of the girls are kind of fine?

What a strange episode!  This group is so friggin dysfunctional, LMAO.  But I love it.

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….

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…..