I am kind of excited about this season of Southern Charm New Orleans. I like that there are four guys and only two girls. That was how the original franchise was supposed to be. I’m behind from the RHOA reunion recapping, so let’s just get right to it.
We start with Tamica who is married to Barry. She’s a co-host for an ABC show of some sort. Local News maybe? They have been married ten years and have an eight year old daughter and a son. They live in Old Metairie, an upscale part of New Orleans. Tamica and Barry are off to visit Reagan and Jeff who live in Covington which is about forty miles away across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The causeway it the longest bridge in the US and is about 24 miles long.
Reagan is not one of those people who thinks family name does not matter. Her family has been in New Orleans since the city was founded and one of her relatives, invented bitters and the official cocktail of New Orleans, the Sazerac, which is made with either cognac or whiskey with bitters and lemon. It’s not a drink for pussies. I am starving and really want to eat what Reagan is cooking. I have red snapper filet and mango salad to eat as soon as I can get a break.
Barry goes to meet the boys a restaurant. Jon Moody is a 24-year-old artist who has already sold a painting to Obama. He’s big time. Jeff is there, he used to play for the Saints. I didn’t quite have time to sort all the guys out in that super quick scene, but they seem quite impressive. Jeff says he is happy that he a Reagan are moving to the city.
Tamica and Reagan for to Nicelle’s house to discuss the Mardi Gras plan. Nicelle lives in a historic house in Treme that is supposed to be haunted. She has a personal chef whose main duty in this scene is to keep the cocktails coming. Nicelle has costume room and the girls select their outfits for the parade. Reagan announces that she is moving into the city while she finishes up the last part of law school. Jeff thinks he is coming with her but he is not. Well that is interesting.
Justin goes to visit his mother who is a consultant and also a philanthropist. Justin is a lawyer/Sports agent. Justin is a mama’s boy. He lives in the house he was raised in and he is still renovating it after damage from Katrina. Justin wants to move with his mama while renovating. He might even bring his girlfriend to live there. Mama laid down lots of rules.
It’s time for Mardi Gras! Justin and Tamica went to high school together. He seems to still have a slight crush on her. The guys all gather at 1 pm to wait for the girls to finish their parade, but the girls are already shit faced and the parade was delayed by two hours already. Between all the drinks and jello shots, Tamica is already wasted. It’s super hot too. Over five hours later, the parade ends. Tamica announces that she and Barry have not had sex in months. Seems like there are issues in both marriages. Nothing speeds along a divorce like getting on a reality show. Tamica and another girl go buy a love powder for her.
Tamica is having a housewarming party so everyone can come see her house. We meet the son who as it turns out is 15 which is longer than they have been married and possibly white? Or maybe he is just Tamica’s shade? I dunno. Lots of Creole happening here. Tamica’s mother might be white. Hell, I dunno. The only reason I am trying to figure it out is because I thought Tamica said she had known Barry of 12 years and they had been married for ten. So was she a single mom when they met? I’m just confused about that whole damn marriage. One of the girls brings a priestess to bless the house. Jon gives them a painting. Reagan gives them the love powder. To distract from her martial issues, Tamica ask Justin if he is going to marry his girlfriend. He gets pissed.
The Priestess wanders around with Tarot cards. People pull one for a reading. She tells Reagan,”Somethings are too good to be true. look before you enter.” I think it was Barry who got, ” There is new business coming and you won’t be juggling any more.” Ah, so there are financial issues and before the guests arrived, Tamica was having a designer dress flown in from LA for a housewarming dinner, and hiring chefs to cater the event. Interesting. Jeff is reluctant to pull one, but he does. His says “You look too much in the past. Don’t look back. The past has done nothing for you. Now you have to look to the future. Anyone in the past that you did business with, they are tapped out.” Jeff and Reagan both say that is spot on. Reagan announces at a dinner table on national television that Jeff’s mom is not a nice person. Wow, both of these marriages suck. Jeff admits that his own mother apparently listed herself as his wife of some accounts and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars. When he found out, his family just cut him off. Jeff says, “How do you trust anyone in life if you can’t trust your mother?” Well, sometimes you don’t. The Dad has told him to go to hell and he’s not his son anymore.
Next week, after all we now know about Jeff’s family, Reagan decides to tell him she is moving to the apartment without him. Jon teaches the guys how to paint two female nude models. Tamica and Reagan show up to the painting party and come for Jon.
This episode delivered. I’m all the way in!