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RECAP: Real Housewives of Potomac — The Ladies Put All Their Issues On The Table [Season 1 Finale]

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“Fifty Sense” Jackson is recovering from her fab 50th birthday party. She is happy, even still, though mentions that the only downside is that her husband wasn’t there.  I wonder if he is remorseful for not showing up for much a significant milestone. Gizelle and Robyn are getting their children together to go horseback riding. Robyn wants the children to spend more time together since there aren’t many African-American families in their community and she wants her children to spend time with others who share their culture.  They talk about children of color and privilege who seem lost, not knowing who they are. They don’t want that to happen to their children.  They are still annoyed by having been called biracial. Gizelle wants to throw a luncheon to air differences and to teach Ashley and Katie something about heritage.  Rayvin and Karen are packing for college and mama bear is trying to talk to baby bear about taking care of herself.  

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Rayvin, who is not planning to come home for at least a month, maybe two, wants her parents to take care of themselves. Karen doesn’t like it that her daughter wants to stay away for so long. I am guessing it didn’t help for her to hear that her parents are dating, again. Help that child when she sees the clips and hears the discussion about handcuffs and feathers. Rayvin won’t commit to having lunch on her 18th birthday, since she doesn’t know what her friends may have planned. Karen wants a purity pledge for at least the first year which includes no kissing. The look on her daughter’s face says that it may be too late for the “no kissing” pledge. Still they shake hands. Citing her daughter as “classy” gives her the chance to rip Ashley, again, as unsuitable to be around Rayvin.

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Katie and Andrew are in the car. How long before the “marriage” talk begins? They are headed to a farm in Virginia, one she bought when she was modeling.  Funny, that being on the farm relaxes her when Karen seems to be running so hard from having been raised on a farm. They start talking about Charrisses’ party and Andrew comments that he noticed that “bug-eyed weirdo” and “stick in the mud” (Robyn and Gizelle) weren’t dancing.  Not only does this man seem to not respect Katie, he does not seem to care if he blows up her relationships with the other women. Katie should not be letting this guy trash other women on screen like that. It is not a good look. They bring up the butt grabbing incident and Andrew jokes that he thinks Michael has had a thing for him all along. When Gizelle calls to extend the luncheon invitation, Andrew does a floppy head impression and Katie does a penis-in-mouth impression. Hard to believe Andrew won’t marry her. Does he really think he is better in some way?  He wishes it was face time so he could see her “bug eyes.” In a TH, Katie wonders why a nice Jewish girl like her would want a come-to-Jesus moment. Andrew uses that moment to let Katie know that he is planning to spend a week in Scotland playing golf, and she’s not invited. I don’t think golf is the only thing he’s playing.

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Ashley and Michael have a rooftop lunch together, at home. She wants him to get ready for the Michshley train, creating a child named Hawthorne or MJ – he doesn’t have a say in the baby names. He promises to start trying one month after the restaurant opens, as long as they break even. They have their first baby (Geronimo, their pup), and their second baby (the restaurant). He promises to try for the real thing. She does mention being a stepmom, to his children, which are more her peers than stepchildren. They bring up Gizelle’s luncheon and Michael mentions that he doesn’t get Karen, whose complaints don’t match up with who they are. He is far more respectful than Andrew is. I also think he is right. Karen’s complaints are just odd, to me.  

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Speaking of, at the farm, Katie and Andrew head for the vortex (the farm’s peaceful energy center where they commune with nature). The property manager has cut back more of the yard than usual. They arrive at the vortex, a place where they talked about building their house. When they arrive there is a surprise waiting for Katie. Andrew PROPOSES! Dear me, I wish I cared. I don’t. She does make him nervous by hesitating before saying yes. She feels lucky.  I feel creeped out by this couple. He tells her that an engagement and a marriage are two different things and “jokes” about a 5 to 7-year engagement.  

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At home, Gizelle and her girls are cooking as her very handsome father, Curtis, arrives.  She tells us about her father’s work at the beginning of the civil rights movement, especially in Texas.  Herman (who she no longer sees) has helped add her father’s name to the congressional record.  He will be recognized by congress for his work.  Over lunch with his daughter and granddaughters, he begins to tell a story about working with MLK, Jr. Gizelle points out that her family’s history and their struggles as the reason the biracial comment is so hard for her to hear. I don’t get the idea that being bicultural means you don’t get to continue to celebrate culture. Wouldn’t it mean you have multiple cultures to appreciate?  

We see the Gizelle cam following her dad on the day of his recognition. She is so proud. The Ashley cam follows her as she shows off her new restaurant.  The Karen cam follows her daughter leaves for college. No more cams are needed as the “Come to Jesus” luncheon begins. Gizelle wants everyone to stay until differences are aired and slates are wiped clean. Robyn is with her. Karen follows and jokes about Gizelle appropriately being seated at the center. Karen whines that she tried to mentor Ashley, who has “shown her ass”…classy. Robyn fights for another chance for Ashley, Karen is done. Enter “Fab At 50 Charrisse.” Next comes a nervous Ashley. They doubt Katie will attend, so they order food. Gizelle wants the women to not speak unless they have the “reserved” sign so that they can do what they never do – listen to each other.

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Karen goes in on Ashley over Rayvin, and is told that no one wants to take the child out for body shots. Karen tells Ashley to stop letting her husband pull out, let him ejaculate, so that she can have a baby of her own and leave her child alone. She is not to put Rayvin’s name in her mouth until she, Ashley, becomes a woman. Is this crap for real? It is tasteless, tacky, and cruel. Ashley is insulted and reminds Karen that she has taken shots at their marriage and acted as if Michael was at THEIR beach house to get into her panties.  Karen is called judgmental but claims to only judge what she is given. Sure. It is exactly why she calls Ashley a wet cat in heat. Charrisse is horrified.

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Katie, who arrives late, says she is in a “love bubble” and announces her engagement. She wants to stay in the bubble as Robyn wants to address the biracial comment. Robyn wants to give her a black history lesson. Katie doesn’t want it and recounts the issues from the party. Katie doesn’t care to get involved with the confusion Robyn feels. Gizelle throws herself into it, and says that the butt grab was disrespectful to Ashley, who doesn’t feel disrespected. They argue over Katie commenting on not knowing whether she is black or white on any given day and Gizelle snaps that Katie acts like it is a problem to be black. Katie calls Gizelle a stupid woman who says stupid things – telling her that she just likes talking about herself and sucking the out of the room.

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Charrisse agrees that too many comments about race have come up. Karen says that they need to respect each other’s boundaries (WHAT?) and she then addresses Ashley. She says that the Darbys are dynamic but they don’t respect her boundaries, either. It sets off a moment of grace and Katie apologizes for the “stupid woman” comments and apologizes to Robyn. Robyn wants her to know that she is not a racist, she simply asked an ignorant question. Charrisse is asking everyone to be more understanding, embrace and love each other more. The last episode ends on a positive note, including a toast to Katie.

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We get a word to describe the group,  and final update, from each woman:

Charrisse: “Happiness.” She can now doggie paddle without assistance, but Eddie is still not there to see it.  He is (or was) in New Jersey when the show was winding down.

Katie: “Love.” The couple has broken up and gotten back together. They have yet to set a wedding date. I hope tag is a joke when it suggests that he is looking a June (2022) wedding date.

Karen: “Wealth.” She is still dating her husband. She waited a month before visiting her daughter at college and talks with her 4 times a day.  I hope that is a joke, too.

Gizelle: “All.” Her make-up line is called EveryHue. She is not getting back with her ex, and poor Herman doesn’t have a shot, either.

Ashley: “Dynamic.” Oz has opened, they haven’t broken even, so no baby either.

Robyn: “Progress.” The couple’s house went into foreclosure but they are now in a smaller house, with an updated kitchen (oh Karen). No news on head coaching jobs, yet.

 

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