By Guest Recapper, Nanette
Before I launch into this Married to Medicine recap, we need a little “precap” of Episode 1 and where we left Season 7. It’s no surprise that as a group of (mostly) Black members of the Atlanta medical community, both the pandemic and Black Lives Matter have had a profound impact on our cast. We’ve seen previews of the cast continuing their traditional group efforts to medically improve the lives of impoverished people; this season in the poorer, Black Atlanta communities that have been hit disproportionally hard by CoViD-19. Some cast members and their children join the BLM protests, precipitated by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Reunion Promises Unkept
This season is without Buffie Purselle (yay!) and Mariah Huq (double yay!). Alina Sajja, married to Dr. Kiran Sajja, joins the cast full-time as Toya’s new homegirl. Back as “friends of,” we have Cary Wells (yay); Lisa Nicole Cloud (boo); and Quad Webb, no longer Lunceford (double yay). On a personal level, the foundation of this group has been shattered. Dr. Heavenly has been embroiled in relationship messes since her debut, but the chasm in the 20-year friendship of Dr. Simone and Dr. Jackie cuts deep. The promises made at the at the last reunion have not been kept. (To learn the history of these breakups, read Pop Culture Kelly’s excellent recaps, here.)
Not-So-Fabulous Fifty Party Continues
Tonight, we begin back at Dr. Damon’s drama-packed 50th birthday party that wife Heavenly has put together with all the Covid precautions — temperature checks, face shields, masked mermaids. A drunken Toya (aka Patrona), calls out Heavenly, Simone, and Jackie as fake bitches for their inability to follow through with vows to fix their friendships, and leaves the ladies to go stir up shit with the men.
Simone whines that Jackie put their 20-year-friendship on level with the Heavenly friendship. Jackie feels Simone didn’t support her apology to Buffie. Simone harbors resentment over Heavenly’s insulting Tweets about her husband, Cecil. (Shades of Lisa Rinna’s iconic, “Don’t you ever come for my husband!”) As Jackie laments that they’ve made it through a lot of “shitity,” but haven’t overcome this crap, Heavenly goes to a familiar place of insults — the gutter. Contessa wants to start getting paid for continually providing security.
Thank Heaven For The Husbands
The best bunch of husbands in any Bravo show is practically perfect after the departures of Dr. Greg Lunceford and Dr. Aydin Huq. Toya’s attack on the husbands of the “fake wives” is met with sympathy and understanding — how unBravo! Dr. Eugene takes Toya away for comfort. Dr. Damon tells his wife that “Black people are under attack. We don’t need to fight each other.” Curtis wants to quash this immediately and support each other to prevent Covid meltdowns.
Toya discusses racism with her young boys. Both are anxious to begin attending the new school ($25k a term) that Toya put them in after the old one was too white and not supportive of BLM. Contessa and Scott visit their “90% finished” office, where they will work together on patients and their relationship. She has completed her studies in “addiction medicine.Heavenly’s office is open again after a 2-month Covid closure. Safety protocols are in extreme effect — including an N95, a regular mask and a face shield for the dentist.
We find Anila helping her nanny cook dinner for her two kids as Daddy arrives after work. Filmed early in the pandemic, he disinfectant sprays himself and strips down to skivvies in the garage, then gives his family virtual hugs, as he goes off to shower. Anila tells us before marriage she was a “global forecasting analyst,” like in ‘Devil Wears Prada’ ” Huh? Here comes the talk about money … her over-spending, him trying to keep up now that the pandemic has halted the construction of their dream home in Toya’s neighborhood. The ladies met through their builder and had an “instant connection.” The budding friendship feels real, not production.
The Snub Heard ’Round The Hood
Simone and Cecil banter about her barmaid past with their youngest son as they set up “Michael’s Graduation BBQ Bash.” The event is a covid-safe tailgate affair outside Simon’s office. Michael is going off to Lee College in Tennessee on a basketball scholarship. Later, as Toya and newcomer Anila’s families arrive, I figure the “Graduation Snub” episode title means Heavenly is not invited. That is, until Toya starts joking about seeing Jackie strolling by (she wasn’t). WTF? Minutes later, we learn from Jackie that she was the OB who delivered Michael. How do we come back from this? But, sober Toya gives good advice — these two need to overcome their AF stubbornness.
Meanwhile, at Jackie’s house, Curtis does his best to assuage her pain by cooking her air-fried chicken. Jackie, who cannot cook at all, confesses she is turned on by watching him cook. Her pain is deep. She thought Simone was mature enough to put aside their BS for the children. Wrong.
Sipping “Shitity,” With A Dead Squirrel Chaser
Simone is greeted at Heavenly’s door by her Yorkie terrier. So, as Heavenly confirms Simone’s negative Covid test, Simone presents her dual-purpose bottle of wine to “hit you over the head” or as a peace offering. Then they sip wine together in the backyard attempting to fix messes created by Heavenly’s “Toxic Tweet Syndrome.”Heavenly confirms Simone’s feeling that the Twitter dig at Cecil was motivated by something deeper. When Mariah claimed to “have the receipts,” (never confirmed) of Damon’s cheating, Heavenly felt Simone sided with Mariah. (You don’t ever come for the husband!) Simone acknowledges Heavenly’s hurt, apologies are made and the two sip and make nice.
Later, Heavenly urges Simone to call Jackie because “We got to get the Golden Girls back!” Simone tells Heavenly she’s not ready to approach Jackie. This was filmed sometime between the March 11, 2020 shutdown and George Floyd’s death in May. (On the March 14 WWHL, Simone confirmed that relationship has not improved.) These are two doctors who are on the fore of the pandemic and they cannot get beyond the “shitity.” C’mon. Grow up! The ladies sip and, as the little Yorkie sits nearby, Heavenly’s Siberian husky noshes on the remains of a dead squirrel (blurred). The two ladies run screaming into the house, an apropos ending to the episode.
Next week: Heavenly’s Black female patient recounts being punched by a cop at a BLM protest; Toya worries her boys are falling behind, due to home schooling (for good reason); Contessa shares her sad feelings with Jackie; Quad and Heavenly share charcuterie and tour the dentist’s three-story closet; Anila facilitates an attempt reconciliation between Contessa and Toya.