Another Michael Darby scandal is upon us on The Real Housewives Of Potomac. Ashley Darby’s husband is the gift that keeps on giving. Season after season, he’s serving us scandal after scandal. This time the scandal fell right into Candiace Dillard Bassett’s lap, and the tea is HOT. Michael was allegedly at a strip club talking about having both a boyfriend and a wife. Does Ashley know he has a boyfriend?
Besides the Michael stuff, the tension is mounting between Monique Samuels and Candiace. Every week, you can feel it getting closer to their physical encounter. There is so much animosity just bubbling beneath the surface. It’s only a matter of time before it boils over. As the season progresses, my own personal allegiance has shifted when it comes to this feud. Too many underhanded tactics by one of the parties has me severely questioning their authenticity.
Candiace and Gizelle Bryant are serving the greatest facial expressions ever at this dinner. They both have this tea about Michael, and this conversation is beyond awkward. I respect Gizelle and Candiace for being willing to have this conversation with Ashley away from the group. The growth is real ladies and gentlemen.
The nerves are getting to Candiace as she prepares to drop this bomb on Ashley’s life. She has no idea how Ashley will react to this. They are just now getting to a get spot in their friendship. Revealing sensitive information like this could derail any progress they’ve made.
While the other women go start a fire for s’mores, Gizelle and Candiace stay behind to speak to Ashley. Monique comes back inside and thinks Candiace is up to something. Give the girl a break. You’re lucky she even came to your house. Can Monique just go back outside and let them have this conversation already? Girl, bye!
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One Monique leaves, Candiace hands over her phone for Ashley to read it for herself. The way Candiace is handling this is so much more mature than the previous versions we’ve seen of her. I think she genuinely wants peace with Ashley. She didn’t ask for this. She didn’t want this. However, Michael has a habit of getting himself into messy situations.
Ashley seems taken aback by this news, but this isn’t the first time he was at the strip club. It turns out he went there while Ashley was pregnant as well. He came home smelling like perfume and she was upset. She doesn’t seem too upset this time though. It’s been clear for a while that Ashley and Michael have some sort of arrangement in their marriage. They don’t own it, but that’s their business I guess.
Karen Huger is WASTED by the fire. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her so intoxicated. She looks like she can barely see straight. The Grand Dame is in shambles! She goes downstairs later that night and does shot after shot. Monique and Candiace try to get her to try CBD, but she refuses. She really doesn’t need it. She’s on a whole other planet right now.
Drunk Karen opens up to the women about her marriage troubles and about Candiace and Monique. She wants them to be okay with each other, but Monique doesn’t want a deep conversation? Why not? That was the perfect time to have a breakthrough moment, but she chose to opt out. Very telling.
Also crazy to hear her say how she had to be the one to bail Ray Huger out of his taxes mess. You think he would be a little more loving to her because of that. She’s been a damn good wife. It’s understandable that they’d be in different places in life given the age difference. When you’re younger it doesn’t matter as much, but, eventually, it’ll catch up to you.
Chris Samuels is NOT into T’Challa the way his wife is. He just wants to hear the tea about the group. He’s not at all about this damn bird. You have to give it to this bird though. He’s created more iconic moments in one season than Robyn Dixon has in five.
Monique goes off on Ashley and Candiace about having a private conversation in her house away from the group. She doesn’t want to go down this road about Michael again. This is way more about Charrisse Jordan and talking about her marriage than it is about Ashley and Michael. Projection much?
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Why is Monique attacking Candiace about this? Candiace did the right thing by taking this PRIVATELY to Ashley. She could’ve blown it up and made a huge deal about it. This side of Monique this season has not been pretty. It’s felt super petty and underhanded for no reason. Fake Fake FAKE.
Ashley doesn’t want these new rumors about Michael to be a thing. They went through it last season, so she doesn’t want a repeat performance of that. You can’t really blame her. She wants to keep her family together, but this man makes her look like a fool at every turn.
Monique is STILL carrying on about the Candiace and Gizelle not coming to the fire pit right away. Girl, let it go. OH MY GOD. Why are you dragging this out? She has a full vendetta against Candiace here over literally nothing. Candiace was trying to respect Ashley’s privacy, but Monique is trying to blast her. Candiace doesn’t want the argument with her, and she walks away from the conversation.
I would walk away too. Monique needs to take a step back. She is trying to control the entire situation. The reaction to the situation is so overblown and doesn’t match what happened at all. There’s no reason to lose your mind over that. It didn’t involve Monique. Eat the s’mores alone next time.
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In New York, Gizelle wins an African American Literary Award for her book! Congratulations Gizelle! As a published author myself, I know the satisfaction you must be feeling! Very cool.
Candiace is done with Monique at this point, and she doesn’t want to stay in that house. Who can blame her? Monique has been ferocious toward her and for no real reason. Stick to teaching your bird how to poor on command, and get off Candiace’s ass.
Poor Wendy Osefo has to deal with a mother-in-law who has a lot of issues with her family. Her family has been so horrible to the point that they didn’t support the marriage. They even told me not to attend the wedding or support them. That’s not okay. Who does that to their own child? It’s awful that they would want to tear down a couple in love like that.
Robyn comes up with a grand idea for the husbands to imitate their wives. I can’t wait for this. The first thing Chris does to imitate Monique is her giving oral sex. Oof. Really strong marriage and foundation there. Chris Bassett wins this hands down by imitating Candiace’s butter knife incident from last season. Give him an Oscar now.
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Chris and Monique definitely need more communication about what they want out of their marriage. He is only ever talking about the sexual aspect of it. It looks as if he doesn’t do much at all to help her with the kids and other household stuff.
Monique is totally faking being asleep as Candiace is leaving to say goodbye. What a phony. This episode proved that for me beyond a shadow of a doubt. I had full intention on being Team Monique when this season started, but that’s gone out the window.
24 hours later, Ashley calls Michael wanting to meet up with him. She says they talked about it, and she says they talked it out. She claims she was upset and they slept in different rooms.
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However, one hour later, the news about Michael’s indiscretions publicly breaks. Pictures of Michael in the hotel. Photos of Michael at the bar. This is not good. This is damaging. Will he ever give his wife a break?
NEXT WEEK WE GET A FIRST LOOK AT THE PHYSICAL ALTERCATION BETWEEN MONIQUE AND CANDIACE. OH MY GOODNESS. OBSESSED. THE SEASON HAS BEEN BUILDING TO THIS MOMENT. LET’S GO.
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