By: Atlanta D
The episodes open with Mariah affirming to both herself and Toya that she is attending the trip to connect with the girls again and reconcile the past and present Mariah with the ladies. I expect drama!
Heavenly and Contessa are in a good place, or so they both believe. I wonder how long that will last?
The other ladies are headed to Cafe Du Monde, where the fresh beignets look absolutely mouth watering. Even Jackie is willing to step away from FitNit long enough to enjoy even just one! (I’ll take 4, please.) The ladies are right–one cannot possibly go on a trip to NOLA and leave without trying the beignets at Cafe Du Monde. The ladies say Grace before biting into their little slice of Heaven, which lets the viewer know that any mention of voodoo will probably not go over well.
Simone wants Heavenly to step into a voodoo shop to fit in with this “Black Girl Magic,” weekend. Heavenly’s faith won’t allow her to step in without praying, although I am not sure how she reconciles her faith with some of her less than Christian antics. Simone is just looking for something to instill some positive energy to their trip. I’m not sure how every Housewife trip feature some version of spirituality–but hey, I am all for someone willing to try a different religion, because I’m not sure that God means to some of them what they claim He means–but to each their own!
Heavenly decides that her faith will not allow her to approve of asking a practitioner of voodoo to come bless their gathering. She is actually quite upset, but can then ask Simone if they can go for a drink. I am presuming it will include alcohol.
When Simone rejoins the rest of the group, she announces Heavenly’s reaction to the Voodoo shop. The rest of the group appears aghast. Jackie then claims a “Forgiveness Ceremony,” is just what the Doctor ordered, pun intended. Everyone decides that they can live with that (considering some of their histories, I might have voted for the voodoo.) Let’s get to the Forgiveness Ceremony, which promises lots of drama and personal attacks, I’m sure. I am guessing that Mariah deserves a lot of it, but somehow I don’t think any of them are above reproach.
Jackie outlines her plans on how she hopes the Forgiveness Ceremony will go, and Simone already expresses her reservations on the group. Jackie is positive because everyone laughed together that afternoon and have a good time that it CAN happen, but….
Heavenly is the first person to step forward and ask for forgiveness of Mariah of things she said of Mariah’s mother in the past. Marah claims that she has forgiveness or all in the group, despite an interview that Jackie gave comparing her to herpes once. Ouch! Simone puts out to the group that forgiveness and grace needs to come from both sides, and that both sides need to own it. She is referring to Mariah, of course, and I tend to agree. Mariah is full of forgiveness but I don’t see a lot of acknowledging her own part in this drama. Heavenly asks Quad what it would take for Quad to get over her anger towards Mariah, and Quad is understandably reluctant. They are at least cordial. I did receive the impression that Mariah in some small part might miss Quad’s friendship. She didn’t lash out, or even interject, merely lower her eyes as well as her head briefly. I was told last week that behavior such as that is not typical of Mariah and was expecting to hear a lot of screaming.
The ladies head back to Atlanta, full of good vibes. Simone resolves to approach her marriage with a new energy, and I have to chuckle as I remember the husbands discussing the wives and what to expect from them when they returned from their trip–was positive energy what Cecil expected to see from his wife? Simone relays that both she and her husband have a lot of work together on their marriage, and Cecil agrees.
Heavenly returns to a new puppy in their household, and laughs that Auluara has learned how to manipulate the men around her, same as Heavenly herself. It must be wonderful to have all of that self esteem, because I for one don’t see it!
Contessa arrives home and relays her description of the trip with a newfound confidence. Certainly a lot less drama than her poor husband was led to expect from the other husbands! I like her, but not sure she brings what Bravo is looking for in a cast member.
Mariah’s talking head reveals that her mother had a stroke, and has been living with Mariah–I laugh because Mariah calls her mother “high maintenance,” and I have a suspicion that Mariah has never been considered “low maintenance,” in her life. After watching she and her mother’s interaction, I can see how Mariah gains her sense of entitlement. Her mother assures her that Quad is intimidated,” by her even though Mariah is dubious, as well she should be. I agree. Mariah claims not to remember what the ugliness on both sides entailed, although she admits–sort of–to her own participation. Progress?
Quad, on the other hand, walks back into her life and she and Dr. G sit down and have a serious discussion. Quad acknowledges that she does realize that Gregory’s’s patients come first and she is in some way envious of the way he treats his patients because she feels as though she is not a priority, which Dr. G refutes. Eugene expresses his displeasure with her way of putting forward that she gets angry with what she doesn’t get out of the relationship, as opposed to what she does get out of the relationship. I can understand that–focusing on the negative is exhausting and non-productive, and people get tired of negatives! The argument degenerates quickly. I admit it, I truly felt for her as they appear to be communicating on two separate wavelengths. Not a Quad fan yet, but those two are both hurting.