This season on Real Housewives of Potomac, Ashley Darby has been consumed with conceiving a child. Then her husband Michael Darby was faced with accusations of sexual assault. Now they are both dealing with the fallout as the cast mates react and distance themselves from the Darbys.
Ashley’s road to motherhood took a backseat to all that drama. But she did use it as a means of deflection when castmates questioned her about Michael’s legal woes. It could only be described as fortuitous that Ashley gave birth to the next Darby heir on July 7th just in time for the show to air yet another controversial episode about Michael. The two parents showed a united front to present their son to the world. Meanwhile, fans and castmates took to social media to react to that episode. Maybe Ashley felt the need to appear in the news circuit this particular week, because she recently gave an update on Dean and her changing thoughts about motherhood.
THAT MICHAEL DARBY ENDING LAST WEEK THOUGH. I’m still shook from that unseen production footage. The Real Housewives of Potomac are DELIVERING this season in every way possible. So good. The footage they showed was so damaging to his and Ashley Darby’s credibility. I don’t think anyone believes his version of events at this point.
Can we also talk about Michael Darby’s somewhat obsession with Juan Dixon? Robyn Dixon isn’t saying it, but we all know “THE COMMENT” was about Juan. Her silence is speaking volumes. Monique Samuels is still Ashley’s only ally right now, which is straining her friendship with Candiace Dillard. Karen Huger and Gizelle Bryant are being messy with this situation, but they have every right to be. Karma anyone?
Katie Rost returned to Real Housewives of Potomac this season. The cast was happy to welcome her back, though there were comments about how she looked and demeanor changed since Season 1. And while her previous storyline was chasing a ring, this time, Katie has kept her personal life offscreen.
Katie has tried to insert herself into the drama instead. She seems to be falling short a bit on that. If Katie really wants in on some of the confrontations this season, she would have either gone against Gizelle Bryant, or become her sidekick. Of course, the real storyline involved Michael Darby and the allegations made against him, as well as Ashley Darby for standing by his side. And while the entire cast had opinions about Michael, Katie’s speculations about the incident may have cost her a spot on the reunion couch.
Real Housewives of Potomac has been dealing with a huge scandal that started behind the scenes and then surged to engulf the entire cast. In September 2018, Ashley Darby’s husband, Michael Darby, was charged with a misdemeanor for improper sexual contact and a felony assault charge. A cameraman, Orville Palmer, alleged that Michael grabbed his butt and even gave him a “flirtatious look.” The supposed assault happened during Monique Samuels’ Rainbow shower. The maximum sentence for the charges was 11 years in prison.
Michael was suspended from filming RHOP while the charges were investigated. A Montgomery County court dismissed the charges due to insufficient evidence on October 4. He resumed filming the reality show in early October.
The Hoedown Showdown is over, but there is plenty of drama ahead for The Real Housewives of Potomac. Michael Darby’s alleged sexual assault has ALL of the ladies talking right now. Ashley Darby is doing damage control, but Candiace Dilliard is calling BS on all of it. These two women are out for blood against each other this season. Their issue fired up so fast for no real reason.
Gizelle Bryant and Karen Huger are civil right now but that could explode at any moment. Monique Samuels is STILL pregnant! Have that baby already! Meanwhile, Michael hasn’t been permitted to film with the cast. However, he’s scheduled to return tonight. There’s no telling what sort of drama Ashley’s controversial husband will get into next.
What a breakout season for The Real Housewives of Potomac. These women have stepped up their game in a BIG way. Last week’s episode was the biggest of the season thus far. The Michael Darby allegations finally made their way to the show. The revelation came with a lot of drama attached to it among the group. Ashley Darby tried to explain herself, but Candiace Dillard wasn’t having it.
Speaking on Candiace, her friendship with Monique Samuels is on life support. They almost had a physical confrontation. Hide the umbrellas! Gizelle Bryant owned up to stirring the pot at dinner, but somehow Robyn Dixon is Ashley’s target. Also, Karen Huger gave us THE LINE of the century. Poor Katie Rost didn’t have a good time at her own event. Hopefully tonight is a little more positive!
Last week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac was explosive in so many ways. It was a dinner party from hell. Candiace Dillard kicked Ashley Darby out of her home MULTIPLE TIMES. In addition to that, Robyn Dixon finally exposed Michael Darby’s alleged comments. However, that only happened after Gizelle Bryant forced the issue. The Grand Dame Karen Huger was relishing in the drama as well.
Ashley’s marriage wasn’t the only drama on display at the dinner though. Katie Rost confronted Monique Samuels about the alleged slave comments. They patched things up, but is it ever really over in Potomac? The episode ended with Ashley walking away from Robyn and seemingly ending their friendship. Hopefully their friendship can be mended soon. Tonight should be good with the showdown at the hoedown.