‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ Recap, Season 6 Episode 10


For two weeks whereas Andy Cohen was working round with poppers on Fire Island, Bravo put Watch What Happens Live on hiatus and gave Bravo’s Chat Room — a present the place Porsha Williams and Gizelle Bryant get drunk and choose different individuals — a restricted second-season run, with a stable queue of powerhouse friends. On the fifth episode, the Grand Dame Karen Huger made an iconic look, and I tuned in, totally ready for a Battle Royale between the 2 titans of Potomac. What I acquired as a substitute, nonetheless, was campy sparring between the duo, which gave me an inkling as to the course of the season: Karen and Gizelle might ceaselessly be at odds, however they at all times find yourself coming to some type of peace accord.

This episode definitely doesn’t begin on that tone, nonetheless. Gizelle makes no bones about emphasizing that Karen and Ray can be six toes below earlier than they ever obtain one other apology from her, which I discover somewhat bit overboard, however actuality TV is just about a telenovela with real-life penalties at this level, so make of that what you’ll. Regardless, the Desperate Housewives conclude Robyn’s birthday dinner, the place Ashley astutely factors out that Candiace was fast to defend Wendy over remarks made about her physique however instantly went to jabs about Ashley’s to chop her down. I get that Ashley is much from a sympathetic determine to many, however she actually has Candiace’s quantity, and I feel the unstated problem is that Candiace gained’t ever forgive her for the character assertion she gave Monique. She offers a feeble rebuttal, and a good feebler apology, as a result of Candiace, as everyone knows, has a really severe problem with holding accountability for her conduct, and according to Askale, she was the one to get to Candiace to apologize, though it was unaired. As Ashley talked about, this schtick is previous and drained; both develop or don’t, however you don’t get to have it each methods. Standing in your mess means ceding the upper floor, which applies to a number of girls on this present.

In the B block, Karen fulfills her ambassadorial duties by filming her video for the Surry County Tourism board, and manufacturing has a ball with the decrease third chyron, declaring that she was filming in Potomac and never in Surry County. Now, far be it from me to defend all of La Dame’s shenanigans, however I felt like Bravo’s manufacturing workforce was placing somewhat an excessive amount of dramatization on this plotline. It will not be unusual for a couple of scenes of any tourism advert to be shot in a nondescript location whereas the remaining of the movie is gathered B-roll footage. Surry County is a virtually four-hour commute away from her, in spite of everything, so that is an comprehensible compromise. Bravo does it for their very own reveals and transition scenes throughout the Potomac collection (the areas proven between scenes are wherever from Potomac to DC correct, to Arlington and Fairfax, so just about wherever you could plausibly discover a cherry blossom), and that’s all that’s taking place right here. You may even see the ultimate ad here, so it truly is a simple manner for them to make a mountain out of a molehill for many who don’t understand how a business or TV is made. That stated, I don’t know what on earth Karen was doing careening down that playground slide. Unless she was concurrently launching a marketing campaign commercial to turn out to be the following State Delegate for Maryland, it was a very incomprehensible shot.

Later within the episode, Messy Mia will get the ladies collectively for a goddess social gathering, which, to her credit score, seemed beautiful, though the women needed to go over the river and thru the woods to get there. Askale, a walking reaction meme masquerading as a good friend, arrived trying fabulous in conventional Ethiopian clothes, trying like a Habesha (which Wendy hilariously garbled) goddess. Ashley teetered throughout the creek with a child carriage in tow, which made me solely too uncomfortable, and I felt that manufacturing may have reduce and helped her out with, contemplating she is caring for a new child. Candiace got here sporting a pixie reduce wig that was imagined to harken again to Diana Ross’s Supremes era however gave me Gladys Knight at Verzuz vibes as a substitute (not that there’s something flawed with that). Robyn sported a feathered hair look, and nicely, she tried, however it’s no Farah Fawcett.

Mia asks for everybody to go round and share what they like about one another, which occurs to each be the precise function of goddess social gathering — supporting each other’s feminine power or what have you, as my cursory Google search has knowledgeable me — and an ideal actuality trope for guaranteeing battle. It goes about as predictably as one can count on. Candiace and Ashley share compliments about one another by means of gritted enamel, Askale is probably the most amicable to everybody, Robyn and Karen are capable of finding frequent floor, and Gizelle, Karen, and Wendy discover themselves at odds. Mia, to her credit score, works to rectify the state of affairs between Gizelle and Wendy after beforehand muddling it, and so they come to an uneasy détente that may inevitably crumble the second Wendy realizes that Gizelle made her the phrase on the road. No matter how usually Gizelle says that she owns her mess, which she usually does, she is working in a land of delusion if she genuinely believes that the repeated conversations she was having onscreen have been coming from a spot of love. She was taking part in producer for the season, as a number of of the OGs do on every franchise, and similar to Kyle Richards on Beverly Hills this season, she overplayed her hand and is attempting to double again. The drawback with “understanding the assignment” is that it is extremely tough to be the one to push storylines ahead and concurrently preserve a number of robust friendships with the cast when you’re producing rankings at their expense. Kenya Moore on RHOA, to her credit score, has lengthy accepted this and embraced the villain function with out trying again.

However, Gizelle does make an surprising pivot in admitting that she already knew about Jamal’s indiscretions nicely earlier than the binder second on the reunion and that he had made her conscious of the state of affairs months prior. Now, the shock isn’t that she already knew; there was no manner she didn’t. It was on each weblog, mentioned throughout Baltimore, everybody on the cast knew, Wendy knew the main points of her business from working within the Baltimore space; hell, even Stevie Wonder knew. The shock stems extra so from the truth that (1) she implicitly admits that every one that was revealed was true; (2) by proxy, she admits that her relationship with Jamal was over nicely earlier than she admitted it publicly, and she or he selected to not admit so out of delight; (3) she one way or the other believes that permitting Monique and Karen to talk their piece uninterrupted embarrassed them and never her when she had alleged up till that time that she and Jamal have been nonetheless collectively as a unit and unbothered by the rumors of their coupling being only for present. It reveals a really dispiriting facet of her persona that fills me with nothing however pity. She spent a lot of the final season hooked up to the narrative of her figuring out a relationship together with her ex that almost everybody in her life didn’t need her to reconcile with, just for her to reverse course and admit that she was already conscious that it was a nonstarter however didn’t need to confront the inescapable public embarrassment that was doomed to repeat itself, and as a substitute of blaming the person who she continues to name a lifelong good friend, she blames Karen for hurting her daughters (who, to be clear, definitely performed an element). For somebody who desires to boost her daughters to not depend on males for something, one would hope that she would assist them perceive that their father is accountable for his selections, on condition that they already appear pretty perceptive to his character. Ultimately, Karen makes the right selection and apologizes to Gizelle’s daughters, and hell has frozen over, although it’s positive to thaw once more quickly sufficient.

Next week, Grace continues to be studying to drive, Wendy resumes her journey as a candlepreneur, and we discover out whether or not Chris is a husband-ger or a home husband as soon as and for all.

• This is only a normal commentary, however I’ve but to see these girls attend an occasion the place they’ve adhered to the identical dress code. Is it not being made clear on the invite? Like what’s going on? I even think about the truth that Gizelle will at all times destroy the curve. Maybe the ladies want a hyperlink to a mode information with every invitation, however one thing must be accomplished.

• Speaking of attire, let’s all put one within the air for Robyn lastly getting rid of these braids as a result of they have been giving a “just came back from vacation in Jamaica” vibe, and never in a great way.

• Chris and Candiace have been combating for per week about whether or not his work issues outdoors of her career. I nonetheless don’t know what his work really is outdoors of the golf course, so I assume that’s his answer.

• We’ve remarked a bit on right here about Wendy’s information hits, so I really feel I ought to acknowledge that Zerlina Maxwell is a recognized entity in progressive information, as half of HRC’s marketing campaign workforce, an MSNBC information analyst, and now a present on Peacock — which is what Wendy appeared on — one of a slew of new proprietary streaming networks I’m simply too overwhelmed by to fake to know or try and navigate. That stated, I do know official DC comms strategists and energy gamers who’ve appeared on it who’re mates of mine, so it’s a superb search for Wendy’s reel.

• Michael, an additional from a Quentin Tarantino film, was nowhere to be discovered on this episode, similar to my ancestors prayed for.

• In her birthday toast, Gizelle stated that Robyn’s finest trait is that she sees the perfect in everybody, which is simply one other manner of saying that she permits Gizelle’s shenanigans.

• Robyn lastly sees her life coach, who shortly realizes that she must method her periods with Robyn like remedy. She feels unsupported, structureless, and untrusting. That’s the place I used to be in my final relationship, and I assumed we have been going to get married as nicely; but right here I’m, on Bumble within the center of a pandemic. Robyn wants to chop her losses, reset, and work on changing into the perfect model of herself for her kids.

• I assume it is a bit of a sizzling take, however Bravo has been closely overcompensating for its years of racial insensitivity with these very particular moments of racial reckonings in each collection, and I frankly don’t look after them. They need to toe the road between addressing The Moment™ and nonetheless not being so aggressive as to alienate advertisers, so it’s all ineffective and likewise largely preposterous when it exists in the identical actuality universe as Ramona Singer. We know what that is; allow us to proceed the escapist fantasy and cease pretending we’re doing the rest than extreme cleanup obligation after Vanderpump Rules needed to fireplace half the cast for being racist bigots. Just my opinion!

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