By Guest Recapper Nanette
Last week’s Married to Medicine recap is missing, due to technical SNAFUs. But, last week, there were two events important to the entire season that need mentioning.
First, Dr. Heavenly receives an invitation from the Rev. Al Sharpton to join with his National Action Network (NAN) at the March On Washington. Sharpton learned about how she and Dr. Damon have been providing free Covid testing to the underserved areas of Atlanta. He wants to know if they would like to do it at the march. Yes, the Kimes couple and the other M2M docs will be there!
Second, prompted by their husbands, Dr. Jackie and Dr. Simone meet face-to-face to take steps to mend the rift in their 20-year friendship. It appears strides were made. But on WWHL, they seemed to indicate the relationship still is in shambles.
Highlights of tonight’s episode:
The Quote o’ Night is courtesy of Dr. Heavenly while she and Daddy are packing for the D.C. trip: “Can I put my maxi-pads in your bag?” WTF? Damon would rather she not, but it is done. Typical Heavenly.
Production was wearing army boots, leaving heavy footprints all over this episode. We begin with the visit between Kari and Toya, where they act all friendly. But, in her ITM, we learn how pissed Toya was that Kari let herself in the door, sat on her bed and insulted Dr. Eugene. This was a set-up to have Toya let us know that she “secretly” invited Kari and Lisa Nicole to D.C. without clearing it with their hostess.
As Heavenly tries to control “Daddy’s” packing, he declines her help. She “only packs one pair of ‘underwears’ ” when she packs. (Plus the maxipads.) Heavenly vows to keep the ladies in line for this trip. I am skeptical, Damon is too. (300)
Guess Who’s Coming Late To Dinner
The doctors board a private jet. Ut-oh! Heavenly sees a strange bag on the wrong seat, “surprising” her with Kari’s arrival. Except, oops, the pilot needs to see everyone’s IDs to add them to the manifest. Proving Bravo, not Heavenly, is in charge of the trip … Kari complains that it was “extremely rude” of Heavenly to change her seating. I scream at the TV, “No, bitch, YOU are what’s rude.”
The group disembarks and boards the luxury bus, where Heavenly imparts an important message. They are here to test and educate people; Covid has disproportionately hit Blacks. She announces that the Rev. Al Sharpton and heavy-hitter BLM attorney Ben Crump will be coming for dinner. And — foreshadowing — “dinner is at 7, please be on time.”
We can’t take a trip without the Bravo Requisite Room Rumble. Heavenly is taking the best room. Her “Black History Quiz” for the other rooms falls flat. White woman Kari (Karen) wants some Obama questions to level the playing field. Upon arriving at the badass house, everyone just pushes into whatever room they want. The usual.
Later, we see Dr. Contessa and Dr. Scott lollygagging in their room (setup!). A masked and sharply dressed Sharpton arrives. Why is Simone the one to answer the door and make the first intro? At the backyard table, our doctors are in awe of being in Sharpton’s presence. The feeling is mutual; Sharpton states Black doctors are something that didn’t exist when he joined Dr. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement.
Queue the dramatic music as Contessa and Scott make their late arrival. Seems they looked out the window and couldn’t agree if it were Sharpton at the door. Total BS. Sharpton is gracious. Contessa tells him both are doctors. Usually, it would smack of braggadocio, but given Sharpton’s previous words, it doesn’t. (308)
No Justice, No Peace, No Pussy
After Sharpton’s exit, the doctors revel in the surreal experience. They discuss what the civil rights movement meant to them growing up. We have some poignant moments, until Kari asks “Vagina Queen” Jackie what her biggest surprise was while writing her book. Jackie says that women are not comfortable discussing their sexuality or body parts.
This leads to the “cute reveal” of Toya disclosing that she sent a full-spread close-up photo of her lady parts to Eugene at work. He wasn’t pleased. Anila says Kiran wouldn’t like that. Jackie says most men would not. Toya says she wants to see her vagina, taste it, smell it, know all of it. Eugene is grateful when Ben Crump’s arrival changes the subject.
Ben Crump is seated before a table littered with dinner debris. As a former server, I find it disgraceful. Heavenly hired a platoon of private chefs and servers and no one can clear off a spot before seating the esteemed guest? Crump uses this opportunity to praise the doctors for using their platform to spread the injustices of BLM. He cites a double pandemic — covid and the killing of people of color.
Crump represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. He is the attorney for Jacob Blake Jr. The march is taking place August 28, only five days after the shooting of Jacob Blake Jr. So, the weight of the crusade has increased during filming.
The Black doctors share what it was/is like having people reject their medical services. There are some stories of redemption, where the racist attitudes turned around after seeing how the Black doctors took care of their loved ones.
Crump says he’s been reflecting on how Blacks beat slavery, survived the Middle Passage, the Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era. He believes Black people can overcome ANYTHING. (304)
Snarky End To A Noble Episode
The next day, the docs meet with NAN reps to firm up the testing logistics. They expect more than 50k people to attend the 57th anniversary of the first Martin Luther King Jr. “I had a dream” march. They plan to set up at the entrance to the Capital Mall so they can test the people as they arrive.
Meanwhile, back at the badass house, Cecil and Curtis shoot hoops. The non-doc women get glammed up. Kari tells Toya and Anila how Contessa and Heavenly want to “steal me for their side.” The intelligent side. She says they don’t think the “M-R-S MDs,” as she calls them, are as smart as the MDs. Toya calls that high school. Anila says anyone can be a dentist. Not true, and very high school. And, if Heavenly hears that — them are fightin’ words. She may want to choose Anila out!
Next week: Our doctors attend the March On Washington; Toya confronts Contessa and Heavenly about insinuating the three non-MDs aren’t smart; Toya unsuccessfully tries to rope Damon in on her beef; the trip-crashing Kari and Lisa Nicole are left behind when they are late for dinner.