“Real Housewives of Potomac” Recap: Season 7, Episode 6

Last week I finished my summary explaining how irresponsible I thought Potomac achieved this season by bundling discussions of all forms of sexual indiscretion with equal severity. Over time – both in episodes and in real life – I’ve only become more convinced of this fact. Listen, I completely understand that there have to be central conflicts to move the story forward. But when does everyone involved in a production look around and wonder if things have gone too far?

Ashley couldn’t even pretend to offer Wendy a reasonable reason for why she threw her event into chaos, other than “I’m Gizelle’s servant and I felt like it.” Now we have Candice throwing homophobic jabs as a retaliatory insult to Ashley’s implication that Chris might be cheating, or ogling with intent to cheat (which, again, I don’t think we should all suddenly start pretending these husbands are above doing just because Gizelle brought this conversation to a dark place). In the long-awaited clash between Gizelle and Candiace, Lady Bryant resumes her little Mike Pence number about being in bedrooms with married men, with a hint of practical amnesia. (“If he said that, then he knew it was inappropriate.”) The conversation quickly escalates to Candiace, pointing out that Gizelle is going out of her way to humiliate him and hysterically claim she’s the reason the people can’t show up. – allegations of assault.

It’s also completely absurd for Gizelle to refute this in a confessional by calling herself a “lawyer” while continuing to reiterate slightly different versions of the story around her issue with Chris. Is this a plea when almost none of the actors – except for Candice, who was surprisingly dismissive — seems to have recognized the seriousness of the complaints lodged by one of the Former Juan Dixon players at Coppin State, which alleges sexual assault, blackmail and extortion by Dixon’s assistant coach, with minimal support from Juan? Long story short, this trip to a basement was a big embarrassment, and I don’t know why Wendy let Ashley sit behind her back in her car instead of forcing her to swap with Candiace, but apparently the basement is the where meaning goes out the window for this group of women.

Ashley finally realizes that she won’t get a sympathetic arc from being faithful to her ex-husband, and so she sets up a scene to see a lawyer tell the camera what she already knows very well: that she needs to hire a forensic accountant and not trust the random paperwork that Michael writes and tells her to sign. Ashley isn’t as dumb as she claims when it comes to finances; this is the same woman who made sure Michael agreed to write a post-nup and renegotiate the terms of the marriage on camera. I am certain that while she is trying to delay attorney fees out of her own pocket, she is intentionally sending a signal to Mr. Darby that she will pull the trigger if necessary; his talents for strategic messing up aren’t limited to wreaking havoc among his co-workers. This episode also isn’t the first time she’s heard Darby’s allegations with men, if not this specific escort by name.

Mia coordinates the trip to Miami, which we already know will end in disaster from previews of Mia throwing a drink in Wendy’s face. Getting a bit more information on Mia and Jacqueline’s relationship history – Jacqueline’s mother took her in and the two went together to see Mia’s father in the hospital when he died in prison – he It’s truly tragic that everything that happened last year kept them from being on good terms now. That said, it’s hard to maintain a soft spot for Mia when she’s about as consistent as my training schedule. For all her presumed opulence, she will intentionally create a mismatched bedroom situation. Mia doesn’t like Wendy, which is fine, but her apparent need for legitimize it falls flat on me. Wendy is just a little nerdy and that’s okay; she’s not only more condescending than Mia, who dominates her class status over everyone else and constantly mocks poor housing or wardrobe.

I find most reviews of Wendy fall flat, both within the cast and among viewers; she’s no more or less everywhere than Robyn, who went from flipping houses to selling hats and podcasts, or Gizelle, who wrote books and sold perfumes and hid her personal life from the public so she could play sacred roll. Ashley is here doing TikToks in an airport lounge so she won’t go back to this sentient corpse she calls a spouse; Karen makes tourist videos and promotes peanuts while pushing candles and perfumes. Can anyone just not click for people, you don’t need to have a reason for it; but you’re not going to pretend that Charrisse is a one-time ham just because you can’t stand Wendy. Not in my America.

Speaking of everywhere, now that Chris is taking his grievances against Gizelle and Ashley on social media and Candiace has decided not to discourage her reactions, Robyn has concluded that she privately agrees with her BFF that that the Bassetts are going too far, and revealed the same while out shopping with Ashley and Gizelle. Gizelle has now decided that she has come to Candiace in peace at the winery and that Candiace is exaggerating the situation to her husband, which is a lopsided portrayal of the actual sequence of events – but the facts have clearly become irrelevant, since we also claim Gizelle and Robyn know how to dress for a girls trip.

To Mia’s credit, she takes the women somewhere beyond the Maryland and Virginia area, because I had feared they were just going to push into Delaware and rent a house on Rehoboth this year, and I should have walked to the 30 Rocked me and demanded answers. (Well, I would have just taken the train.) Karen is irritated that she was scammed into going on this trip with all the cast that isn’t exclusively a celebration of her 59th birthday (are we sure of that number ?), although Mia only promised her that she would be taken care of, which just means a nice birthday dinner. Charisse is resentful of being stuck in a room without a private bathroom, but that’s exactly what she gets for trying to play coy about room accommodations, knowing some people would be ripped off. Ashley is still uncomfortable about having her own personal affairs aired by Candiace, and so she decides to retaliate by playing an incredibly childish prank on bedroom assignments that I’m sure will end terribly for her. Robyn and Gizelle can’t complain about the size of their shared bedroom, and so instead they respectively complain about (1) the location, which is further north on the harbor and not directly on South Beach, and (2) that they only have one toilet. In that case, do like Charrisse and secure your own hotel room, but we both know Bravo won’t offer them money for it.

Next week the women are all going to dinner and Peter Thomas is involved, and Mia both throws a drink at Wendy and hits her with a purse – but somehow I don’t think we’re going to end up spending the rest of the season talking about how she’s a danger, a thug, and a danger to the group. I really wonder how long viewers want to pretend that colorism isn’t a major factor in the dynamics of the show. Until there.

• Karen’s new confessional look is like Tina Turner getting crushed in a deep fryer. Bless her heart with all that tan and discoloration; the least the producers could have done was pull his wig forward a bit.

• Mia mocking Charrisse’s false pretense made me piss out, because it’s really the same kind of sticker in different fonts. That said, “I like her eyelashes sliding off her face half the time and she doesn’t care” had me screaming.

• Why were all these people pronouncing this escort’s name so freely if they knew they should page it?

• Wendy looked so ridiculous insisting that “the teacher in her” knows that a tip can only refer to the north end. It literally means just the edge of something, there is no cardinal orientation required.

• Gizelle likes to do like Erika Jayne on RHOBH and hint at a personal life she will never show us on camera. I understand Sherman embarrassing her, but respectfully: if you’re not going to incorporate these men into your script, stop bringing them up. At least Ashley is here doing TikToks at Luke’s house and engaging.

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