Have there ever been more frivolous fights on The Real Housewives of Potomac than the ones we witnessed tonight? Okay, season 1 had its moments, but the ladies were new to reality TV and could be forgiven for rookie mistakes. But several scenes tonight top my list of stupid stuff to fight about.
Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon are on a mission to deliver a message to Karen Huger. I’m not sure exactly what their message is other than Robyn wants to say “Liar, liar, pants on fire”, and Gizelle wants to see Karen embarrassed. I’m getting Déjà vu from last year when the Green-Eyed Bandits crashed in to OZ while Ashley Darby was working and Robyn came at her, finger in face, screaming that Ashley needed to stop talking about Juan.
Someone else Gizelle wants to see is Kyndall, Sherman’s ex-wife. Gizelle says she’s a horse face. Geez, really? They make a bee-line straight to Karen and tell her they want a few words with her. She tells them they can talk after dinner but leave her alone now. They refuse to back down, but Karen is no shrinking violet. She immediately calls security and has them hauled out of the event. Their behavior is childish and makes them look bad, not Karen. She may deserve a tongue lashing, but this just gives her the high road. Security escorts the riff-raff to the street, and Charrisse Jackson and Ashley follow. Gizelle gives them her side of the story, but Cha sees right through it. She thinks Robyn allows Gizelle to take her down a few levels.
Inside Carson Kressley is giving us some much needed comic relief as Master of Ceremonies. Back outside Charrisse apologizes once again for missing Robyn’s empowerment summit. Please make this STOP! Robyn still won’t forgive her and we will still be subjected to this absurd, asinine fight FOREVER or at least until someone makes an offhand remark about her relationship with Juan. GAHHHH!!!!! Cha has had enough too, and she takes off with her date back into the event. The rest of the night is drama free except for a shady moment when Michael calls Karen’s business I-CON and he isn’t about to write a check that he suspects will be going towards Karen’s newest mansion.
The next day Candiace Dillard and her fiancé, Chris, are trying to figure out how they’re going to pay for the extravaganza wedding she’s planning. Chris’ suggestion is to cut back on guests and decorations like trees. Oh Chris, do you even know the woman you’re marrying? Candiace’s solution is to call her Dr. Dad. First, she makes sure she looks cute and smiles prettily for the conversation. She dives in and asks for more money. His response is a flat out NO. Her face falls and there’s no more pretending to be sweet. She hangs up the phone and Chris tries to explain the whole concept of a budget which only serves to annoy her.
Ashley feels like she needs some guidance on her problems with Michael, so she calls her uncle, who is recently in cancer remission and has become someone who tells it like it is. Ashley tells him about their fight about having children and Michael saying he’s concerned she’d be just as bad a mom as her mom was. The uncle lives up to his reputation and tells Ashley that Mike is full of s*** and just wants a trophy wife. Ashley asks him if she should just wait until he wants a kid, but her uncle doesn’t think he’ll ever want one. Ashley is heart-broken. Why didn’t Michael tell her this before they got married? Obviously, Michael doesn’t want to start over again, and Ashley isn’t going to stay in the marriage if she can’t be a mom.
It seems the housewives have officially separated into teams. Team Gizelle (Robyn and Ashley) are working out on mini-tramps and Team Karen (Monique and Candiace) are with a trainer. They all talk a lot about Karen’s party, but there’s really only one thing to remember: O Huger isn’t even a 501c. The producer asks Karen in her talking head how much did she donate after the event. Answer: It was very successful, and she won’t ever say how much was given. Want to know? Look it up! Here are just a few of the adjectives I’ve thought of to describe this: evasive, deceitful, underhanded, crooked…feel free to add to the list. Karen, stop playing games and tell us what is up with this charity.
Later Candiace goes to OZ to have drinks with Ashley. Candiace tends to be an airhead, but she’s spot on when she says that Ashley changes into a mean girl when she’s with the Green-Eyed Bandits. However, one on one Ashley is pretty cool. Candiace complains about the wedding and all the fighting she and Chris are doing over budgets. Ashley tells her to focus on the fun, not the flowers or perfection because people will remember the fun. Candiace, however, just wants all the pretty things, so she’s not convinced. Ashley says that marriage is a process and admits that she and Michael are really struggling. She lays out the fight they had about kids. Candiace replies that it isn’t fair to blame Ashley for her bad mom and maybe he just doesn’t want any more kids, period. They both are making sense and too bad they can’t swap bodies in a Housewives/ Freaky Friday crossover and fix the others’ problems.
How many times does a friend have to apologize to Robyn before they are finally off the hook? Apparently, the answer isn’t “five” because Charrisse meets Robyn for lunch and right off the bat apologizes again for not being at Robyn’s event. This is the low budget version of Groundhog Day where Charrisse is being forced to repeat the same conversation over and over…Please…someone, anyone, make it STOP!! Eager to stir the pot, Robyn asks Cha how she feels about Monique calling Cha’s friends and inviting them to her events. Wait…What’s this? An opening for Charrisse to focus attention on someone else and end her apology tour? Why no, she’s not happy with Monique now that you mention it. In fact, they hardly talk these days. She looks to Robyn to see if she’s on the right track. Robyn’s smiling, so yes, she’s making progress. She’s going for it and now she’s mad at Monique! Robyn says Monique is thirsty to become a social climber. Suddenly, Charrisse’s eyes are wide open when it comes to Monique the friend poacher.
Down in DC, Gizelle is setting up her Every Hue booth for the Congressional Black Caucus yearly event. She will be color matching and she is a natural when it comes to selling her beauty line. Karen and Monique are also attending the event as guests. CBC is a great place to network and pick up business tips and apparently men. After all, Karen met the Black Bill Gates at this event over two decades ago. They decide to ignore Gizelle and her booth. They circle the hall, shake a few hands, and then they start to leave. Robyn and Gizelle chase them down. Monique lies and tells them she didn’t see the booth because all she just wants is to escape. Karen doesn’t even bother to be nice. She says they are leaving and walks off. Robyn calls after them, “You running away?” Karen doesn’t run, she sashays. To their departing backs, Robyn yells, “LIAR!” Classy. Candiace comes in and they try to lure her on to their team like they did Ashley and Charrisse, but Candiace knows she doesn’t have a dog in this fight and it’s best just to stay neutral on this one.
Early the next morning, the engagement ring is off her finger, and Candiace is in the bathroom crying. She says Chris called her something unforgivable. This must be really, really bad. What could it have been? Brace yourself, he called her a Spoiled. Diva. Princess. How could he?? Is she overreacting? Perhaps, but just wait. Instead of apologizing, he tells her that he will continue to check her when she acts that way. Apparently, this fight began when she made him hold all her stuff. Her version is it was just her purse when she had to use the restroom. So whatever, he was holding stuff, slow to call the Uber, and generally pissing her off. Then he said IT. This was all irrelevant bickering until she texted him that he’s a coward and a clone of his deadbeat dad. Dang, Candiace knows how to twist the knife to really make it hurt. After all, Chris is estranged from his sperm donor father. Am I the only one that immediately thought about his teenage son he hasn’t seen in many years? Anyway, Candiace rolls her eyes but apologizes, and he forgives her. He gives her back the ring and tells her to stop taking it off.
Thank goodness this fight is over because I’m so done with all the petty quarrels. Would another game of bubble soccer build some bridges? The three that sat it out last time, Karen, Gizelle, and Charrisse, are the only ones that can play. The rules are there are no rules, and the last woman standing gets Robyn.
Tell us: Are Ashley and Michael finished or will he come around? Can Karen, Robyn, and Gizelle ever be friends again?
Author: Dana S.
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