The Real Housewives of Potomac Reunion put Monique Samuels back onscreen after being iced out of the group since her fight with Candiace Dillard. Her name was constantly on the lips of her cast mates, but Monique was largely missing in action for the latter part of the season.
Both Candiace and Monique were able to speak their truth regarding the altercation. They faced each other, but were unable to resolve the situation. Some fans questioned the impartiality of the reunion, specifically Andy Cohen’s role in monitoring the conversation. Candiace had the support of Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, Wendy Osefo, and at times Karen Huger as well. She also got more time to speak, so it’s not surprisings that Monique’s fans are crying foul. Especially since Monique quit the show because of her treatment at the reunion.
Monique Samuels took her toys and left the Real Housewives of Potomac sandbox. Or did she? I think by now we are all pretty much aware of Bravo’s generous method of allowing fired Housewives to control their exit narrative. Normal policy and procedure is to offer the departing individual their own spin on how they chose to leave. Unless you are Vicki Gunvalson and remain in a state of confused begging until your last day on Earth.
Let’s face it, if it weren’t for Monique lending a helping hand to style Candiace Dillard’s wig, people would still not be talking about RHOP. No one cares about Robyn Dixon’s hats or DOCTOR Wendy Osefo’s degrees. And despite the grandeur of Karen Huger, it wasn’t her living situation that made viewers watch. Monique and Candiace gave the show a heartbeat, and it seemed like no cast changes would happen in the wake of Mo and Candy’s battle royale. Until news that Monique was not returning began making the rounds. Now Monique speaks on what helped her make the decision not to come back to the show she helped put on the map.
Real Housewives of Potomac finally had their look-at-us season. It’s been around since 2016, but some folks are just waking up to the east coast ladies thanks to Monique Samuels and the hair-grab heard around the world. Her barn dance with Candiace “I’m Not Provoking You” Dillard put the show on the map and brought new viewers to the RHOP fan base. The original cast has remained largely intact. Robyn Dixon has been on board since day one. She has been portrayed as a somewhat tragic figure, living with her ex-husband who cheated on her and seemingly yearning for a reconciliation despite the infidelity.
And that’s basically been Robyn’s party trick since the beginning. Her storyline never ventured far from the Juan Dixon saga. Is Juan still cheating? Will Juan remarry Robyn? But the real question is, will Robyn ever have content beyond Juan and making hats that no one asked for? There has been some chatter that Robyn is stale and offers very little to RHOP, especially on the heels of the Drag Me 2020 tour. Monique has left the building, but is anyone else departing? Apparently not, Robyn is shutting down any speculation she was #firedbybravo.
The Season 5 reunion of Real Housewives of Potomac really delivered. Of course, much of the drama centered on the physical altercation between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard.
Monique brought a binder of receipts to the RHOP reunion and proceeded to school Gizelle Bryant about her relationship with ex-husband (and current boyfriend), Pastor Jamal Bryant. Monique had text messages from another woman and Jamal, and even read out Jamal’s phone number. Yikes!
Real Housewives of Potomac is the gift that keeps on giving. As if this season wasn’t dramatic enough, the reunions and post season have continued to keep RHOP fans on the edge of our seats. I’m still not over the 90 minute reunion finale. While we beat the dead horse of Monique Samuels’ fight with Candiace Dillard Bassett, some other stones were thrown in the midst of that.
One such stone was embedded in Monique’s Binder of Sins and took a direct shot at castmate Gizelle Bryant’s man. According to Gizelle, she and ex-husband Jamal Bryant are very much together. Monique’s binder showed “proof” of him to continue being a “cheater cheater pumpkin eater”. Gizelle wasn’t happy, especially when Monique released his phone number that was attached to some salacious texts to other women. But do you think Monique gave a sh** after being dragged for hours by the whole cast? She did not.
The final reunion episode for season 5 of Real Housewives of Potomac seemed damning for the friendship between Monqiue Samuels and Candiace Dillard Bassett. The saddest part was watching Gizelle Bryant try to remain out of the whole thing. Despite piggy backing her storyline-less ass to the debacle all season.
Unsurprisingly, Monique has decided it’s time to leave the show. This group has hit peak mess and manipulation, and it seems to have all fallen on her. That’s not to say she doesn’t carry blame for the physical altercation between herself and Candiace. But does she deserve all of it?
I’m still sad that Real Housewives of Potomac is already over. Something about that franchise always leaves me wanting more. This season especially. There was plenty of shade and bickering amongst all the women. But the Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard Bassett fight rightfully dominated the season.
On the show, as well as the reunions, the cast made no qualms about whose side they were on. Monique didn’t have many allies but Karen Huger seemed to be one of them. The rest of the cast accused Karen of being too soft on Monique. And for her part, Candiace was big mad at what she perceived to be a betrayal by her friend Karen.
The final reunion episode has aired and I think we’re all already having Real Housewives of Potomac withdrawals. This franchise never fails to bring it. The drama in one episode of Potomac could sustain an entire season of RHOC. Don’t @ me.
Aside from the physical altercation between Candiace Dillard Bassett and Monique Samuels, the major story line of the season was, once again, Michael Darby’s shenanigans. This dude just loves a low-down booty grab.