Last week’s big response to this show both in comments and on Twitter makes me happy to do another Family Karma recap. At least I won’t be alone in suffering when it gets torn away from us eventually. The numbers were not great. RHOA was down a bit last week. The positive news when it comes to ratings is that the numbers are expected to improve because so many of us are staying home and self-quarantining trying to avoid the coronavirus. So hopefully they will start to pull in more viewers. This is my favorite show on Bravo at the moment. We need a nice funny show during these trying times. Don’t forget you can click here for help with putting names to faces. I plan to be using it a lot myself.
We begin back at the Diwali Gala where Richa’s mom is totally trashing Vishal to Brian’s dad, Mike. He seems visibly uncomfortable. Brian’s Dad excused himself to the bar where he tells Brian about Lopa’s nasty comments. He says he is terrified of her. I think everyone is. Anisha’s mom, Chitra is friends with Lopa. Anisha tells her mom in a talking head that she is afraid of Lopa. That seems to be the consensus. Lopa tells Chitra that Vishal’s mom doesn’t approach her. Also she went to the wedding of Chitra’s other son. It was a three day even and none of Vishal’s family spoke to her.
I love Anisha! She and her mom are going to Anisha’s psychic/spiritual advisor. Anisha tells us that he mom told Vishal’s mom what Richa’s mom told her at the wedding. Anisha has tried to check on Vishal but he has not returned her texts. They usually talk multiple times a day. Anisha gets a spiritual healing. And Lourdes reads her fortune with runes from Iceland. Who knew that was a thing in Iceland?
The Smell Test
Brian has a bedroom that looks like a thirteen year old boy. He explains to his mom that he uses the smell test to determine which clothes are dirty.
Anisha goes out for sushi with Bali because her BFF Vishal is still not talking to her. I’m sorry, but sushi does not pass my smell test. I love fish. But cook it please, otherwise it is just bait. She is starting to miss their constant daily dialogue and their weekly lunches. So, Bali will have to do. Bali is in her forties so she is technically an auntie. But she is so hot that Anisha just calls her Bali. She really is quite hot. She has been divorced twice. Once in India to a very wealthy man. She left him and returned to the US. She is currently dating “an Olympic weight lifter.” Oddly both of Bali’s shoes broke at the table. How does that even happen?
Father Daughter Bonding & Male Bonding.
Monica and her dad Raj are so cute. I love her dad’s sense of humor. They take their dog, Simba out to lunch with them. Monica says that she and her dad are like Bonnie and Clyde but they don’t rob banks. He divorced her mother when she was 15, but she lives with him. Taj isn’t really that involved with the Indian community. What is that thing in Monica’s talking head between her breasts? A big birthmark? A tattoo? Inquiring minds want to know.
On this episode, we meet, Shaan Patel at a barber shop. Shaan is a real estate developer, and very, very rich. Vishal and Amrit go for haircuts. They bring tons of liquor for this experience. Vishal considers him like a brother. Everyone seems to know him. The Patels are sort of the founding family of Indians in Miami. They have these spooky statues of themselves in their very fancy house on their very fancy family compound. Brian shows up for a few drinks too. Vishal tells the guys that his seven year anniversary with Richa is this week. Oh wow. That’s too long. These two will never get married. They may as well just break up. Brian opts not to tell Vishal about Lopa’s awful comments about him.
Bali Learns The Reality Show Reality
Bali tells us that she was the beauty editor for Elle India when she lived in India. Now she does marketing for fresh flowers and works in an office. Her coworkers seem a bit reserved when it comes to her. Despite her mentioning many times how she was drippin’ in India. Now she is a working single mom. Girl, you didn’t bring all those diamonds with you? Surely you could have sold some of them by now. She tries to tell us she loves office work but just can’t keep up the lie. The most important part of this scene is we see an Indian producer! I have a feeling she is going to keep things real!
Bali has a seventeen year old daughter, Anushka. I love that name. She is one of those single moms who treats her teenager like her best friend. And she also hates women’s lib and says she hates the burn the bra bitch. She says it as why she has to work now. I don’t entirely disagree with her. However, since she is not married, she would be working anyway. Did the US man she married make this child? Does he pay child support? She should have gotten knocked up by the rich Indian dude. What? I’m just saying. Anushka says her mom is a bad bitch. Bali asks production to cut the thing about the burn the bra bitch. I love Bali. It’s going to be okay girl. You do you.
The Seven Year Itch?
Vishal and Richa got to a place called Jungle Island so they can interact will all sort of animals because Richa loves animals. We start with the lemurs. Their guide tells Richa that she will be fine because the queen lemur will identify with her. I think we all know what happens next. See above. There is nothing wrong with female dominant relationships. It’s totally natural. For lemurs. The queen went straight to Vishal. These two have a cute time with all the animals.
At lunch, we learn that they are not officially engaged in the Indian culture until they have an Indian ceremony. Richa suggests that he call her mother and discuss it with her. She doesn’t seem to realize that her mother is out publicly attacking Vishal.
The All Cast is a Flannel Party At The Pumpkin Patch
Vishal picks up Anisha for their planned pumpkin patch trip with everyone. But he is still giving her the silent treatment. I guess this is why no one else brought up Lopa’s nasty comments at the gala. Awkward. Or production? Everyone in the car is wearing flannel for the fall but everyone is hot AF. Bali is NOT wearing flannel. She is too hot, literally and figuratively for flannel. I am all for Bali wearing as little as possible. She is hot and should be showing these younger women how it is done.
Everyone is there including Shaan Patel and his girlfriend Pooja who is very pretty and very young. In a talking head, Bali says that Shaan is one of the most eligible bachelors in the Indian community in Miami. Then she says something in Indian which is not translated that I suspect means either “You go girl!” or “Suck that dick if you have to!” I mean either way, I get it. I really like Bali. she’s snarky. Oooh Monica has been on a date with Shaan. This is getting complicated. Sorry Monica. We want you with Brian and production is taking us there. So you must marry him. This is how reality TV works. If you want another season, we want a wedding! LOL
The Wedding We All Need Inches Closer?
And here we go, the gang asks Brian and Monica why they are not dating and Brian says, “Ask her!” And we are one step closer to the wedding we already want after two and three quarters episodes. Come on you two! This is so obvious! Yes! Brian is getting there! This place is cool. While everyone else goes on paddle boats, Bali and go for food with Anisha I think. I knew I liked this woman. But I would probably paddle boat all alone turning in circles.
Monica and Brian paint pumpkins together and he admits he is feeling like a little more than friends. YAAS! Then Monica asks if he watched a Bollywood movie before they came here. Because this is what he does. He gets interested and backs off. When she told him she liked him he ran the other direction. He says he is the new and improved Brian. It’s awkward.
Later, Anisha’s mom, Chitra and Vishal’s mom, Reshma get together to talk. Chitra says she felt uncomfortable with Lopa and thinks she should have talked to Reshma and it is between the families. Chitra says she is on Reshma’s side. Reshma says she has apologized enough and tells production she doesn’t want to talk about Lopa anymore. She doesn’t want to cry on camera and she walks off. Well that went well.
Next week, Anisha considers freezing her eggs, Brian continues to try to court Monica, the silence from Vishal toward Anisha continues. Why was this not addressed at the pumpkin party? People accuse Anisha of being attracted to Vishal. Um, isn’t he the gay guy? Please. He is her GBF. That is better than a hetro relationship.