Is it even a Real Housewives of Potomac cast trip if Gizelle Bryant and Karen Huger aren’t arguing? The ladies go to the Cayman Islands on tonight’s episode and they bring all of their drama with them.
Who would actually want to go on this trip? Minus the Bravo paycheck, of course. They’re not the only two cast members who get into it.
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.
Some people (especially NeNe Leakes) are not at all happy to see Kenya Moore’s return to the Real Housewives of Atlanta. I am not one of those people. Look, I know we were all pissed that Kenya ran off and got secretly married without a camera in sight. We know we weren’t really entitled to be there, but we should have been invited. It’s like when your friend from college who you haven’t talked to in 10 years gets married and you hear about it on Facebook. You probably had no reason to get an invite, and you definitely wouldn’t have traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to sit next to Aunt Bea and eat rubbery chicken. But you’re still indignant that you weren’t invited. Venting for a friend.
Kenya seems to be a true narcissist, with absolutely no regard for tact or social norms. Those character traits make for a terrible human, but a great reality television persona. So great that last season Kenya wasn’t even on the show, but, like, 2/3 of the reunion centered around her appearance at a party.
Ashley Darby’s marriage to Michael Darby has not always been an easy one. They have clashed over Ashley’s financial support of her mother, whether to have children, and their restaurant, Oz. RIP, Oz. I’m pretty sure I remember that Oz had kangaroo meat on the menu at one point. So, its closing isn’t exactly shocking. Know your intended clientele, Ash.
Viewers have watched Ashley and Michael struggle to communicate. At one point, Ashley expressed that their 29-year age gap may have contributed to their communication issues. Ashley and Michael seemed to have worked through some of their communication issues at least long enough for Ashley to get knocked up. After suffering a miscarriage last year, Ashley and Michael announced earlier this summer that they were expecting a baby boy.
The Michael Darby drama has been building up all season long on Real Housewives of Potomac. It. Has. Been. So. Long. Last week’s episode ended with Candiace Dillard coming at Ashley Darby with a butter knife. However, she did not reveal any actual information.
On tonight’s episode, Gizelle Bryant is up for a bad friend award when she throws Robyn Dixon under the bus. She tells Ashley that Robyn overheard a comment and then threw the conversation to Robyn so she could face Ashley’s wrath. Ummmmm. Seriously, Gizelle? Stirring the pot is one thing, but throwing your green-eyed “best friend” under the bus is another.
Michael Darby’s suggestive comments from earlier in the season just came to light on the Real Housewives of Potomac. This revelation could only lead to a volatile confrontation. But before that happened, Candiace Dillard, Chris Bassett, and Robyn Dixon realized that they had all heard the same statement out of Michael’s mouth.
After this moment of intrigue, the rest of the ladies arrived at chateau dysfunction. Chris asked pregnant Monique Samuels if she wanted to skip the port-wine poached pear in her salad. Of course, that statement ushered in another round of Candiace questioning Ashley’s journey to motherhood. Candiace, fueled and validated by her conversation with Robyn, had Michael’s statement on the tip of her tongue. But she got sidetracked and massively triggered when Ashley said, “I’m in your mama’s house right now.”