By Guest Blogger Nanette
Tonight’s Married To Medicine recap is part one of the first ever three-part M2M reunion. We longtime fans of the show have come to expect a lot from the M2M reunions. Let’s hope this one meets our expectations. Warning: I kinda go off at one point, choosing a side I didn’t see coming in seven seasons.
Gowns Fit For A Pair Of Princesses
The set is a replica of the Capital Mall in homage to the trip our cast made to the Washington March in August. The ladies look gorgeous! The makeup and gowns are perfect and each woman’s reunion look is true to their unique personality and style. I notice right away that Toya and Anila both have princess gowns that complement each others’ looks. We see a glimpse of the best group of Bravo men hanging out backstage. YAY! An auspicious start!
Andy starts in on a light note, asking each woman a question pertaining to their quirks, nothing too heavy. He asks Anila if her gown is the Lisa Nicole Collection. Bwahahahaha! I love it! I am not a fan of Lisa Nicole or her “fashion.” Some disappointing news: Dr. Damon will not be joining us. 😥 Heavenly reports that one son (she doesn’t specify which) is recovering in the hospital. Daddy had to jump in and assist the doctors at the small hospital to get their son the proper treatment.
Our Docs Were Spraying And Praying
The season began shooting around the time of the pandemic shutdown. So, it is appropriate to acknowledge the weird and scary times our medical cast went through. In hindsight, Bravo makes light as the men strip off their scrubs following their shifts. Heavenly closed her office for 40 days, while she waited for ADA guidelines. Dr. Damon breaks out those stupid shields I hate. A viewer asks about inhaling the Lysol they were using to spray each other down. It looks silly now, but things were scary at the time. And, as Jackie reminds us, “We did get that advice from the highest office…” It seems so long ago…
We address our first difficult topic: the breakdown of the fun friendship between Toya and Anila. We cover the subject of the $3 million nightmare/monstrosity Anila calls her new home. Dr. Kiran wants to enjoy the peace and perfect order before the mother-in-law comes to visit — and messes up the kitchen! The topic of the house has given production the opening to segue to Anila’s bus ride complaint about the makeup artist’s invoice. She had to delay payment because “we’re building a house.” More likely because Kiran is keeping an eye on finances. Viewers weigh in on Anila’s laissez-faire attitude toward going $1.3 million over budget, then complaining about an invoice from a makeup artist.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream
And away we go … Anila says she paid. Toya pulls out her iPad with texts from the artists complaining Anila doesn’t ever pay on time. Anila has the literal receipts. For two services (out of how many?). No one verifies the dates. Heavenly says she didn’t know people would be bringing evidence. Bullshit! Andy reminds her it’s a reunion, evidence is expected. Like when liar Mariah said she had receipts on Dr. Damon cheating. Heavenly also is a liar! Moving on to something lighter, Andy asks “fashion blogger” Anila to hashtag the ladies’ looks. She gives all compliments until she calls Toya’s look “#TheUHaulCollection.” Neither clever nor funny. Is that a reference to Toya’s booty or the amount of fabric? Andy points out Anila’s gown and Toya’s gown could be from the same collection.
Andy asks where the friendship stands now. Before Toya can finish her answer, Heavenly blurts out to Toya “You cannot be so blunt and frank with people!” Andy about dies. Me too! The one who goes in on everyone — and their mama, LITERALLY! — is calling out Toya for being offensive? Bwahahahaha! Best one ever! The backee/forthee between the two ladies commences: “Heavenly, you call people prostitutes! You call people dumb and stupid.” “You are rude!” “You are disrespectful.” “We are talking about you!” Scream. Yell. Interrupt. Scream. Andy wants them to listen to the Old White Guy! Simone has to yell “Old White Guy” to get them to STFU!
Only One Sister Got Good Ass Gene
Simone sticks up for Toya, though not her aggressive tone. Anila still resents Toya calling her out — IN FRONT OF NEW FRIENDS — for not paying the glam squad. But we have just seen the flashback proving ANILA BROUGHT IT UP, not Toya. Toya DOES apologize, with sincerity and class! With extreme intervention from Andy and Simone, Toya and Anila both admit they miss the friendship and hug it out and vow to move forward in a positive direction. Our first M2M reunion “miracle.” I am hoping for more.
Cue Quad’s grand entrance. She is a magnificent vision in pink. I want those pink shoes! Oh, no … here come #emojigate and #quadsassphotosgate. We rehash the emoji fight with Heavenly, yet again. Quad gives us such a damn funny impression of Heavenly, it’s almost worth revisiting #bigassgate. Moving on, Andy asks Quad about her new home, a single-family dwelling with a “backyard resort” and pool. The ladies liken Quad and Heavenly to sisters who fight and make up. Quad is dating … more than one guy. One is a fine doctor. But does he have a penis hook? Andy reminds her Bill Gates is single. We get a glimpse of the men arriving. Then it’s back to trashing Toya over her negative comments about Quad’s former home. Again! Toya already has apologized to Quad on screen. And does so again.
Counting Apologies On Both Hands
So now we are seeing a reunion theme here. Gang up on Toya night! In past seasons, I would have led the charge. But I’ve done a 180 on Toya this season. We see flashbacks of Toya from the season beginning as she describes her idyllic life. She was tooling around in her golf cart to hang out with friends, and playing tennis every day. Then, the pandemic. Now she’s aggressive, turning into “Patrona,” screaming “fake,” etc. Andy asks Toya if, after watching herself, she has any regrets. Is she embarrassed about anything? Toya admits she didn’t communicate well and apologizes for her aggressive approach and hurting people’s feelings. After, prompting from Dr. Simone, Toya begins to finally answer the question her “caring friends” wanted to know all season. What was the REASON behind the lashing out?
But, as Toya tries to answer Andy’s question, she is attacked first by Heavenly who rips her for talking about people’s houses, people’s clothes … THIS from the woman who says terrible things about people AND their mothers. Jackie schools Toya on what accountability looks/sounds like. It sounds a lot like what Toya was TRYING to say. A Scary Time To Feel Abandoned
Toya is trying to answer the season-long question. Her behavior was partly caused because of being married to an ER doctor during the pandemic. She was hurt that no one checked on her and Eugene. What Toya was saying, and what no one heard, is that Dr. Eugene is the only ER doctor in the group. So things are different for them. (The others all practice some sort of “non-urgent” medicine.) She was living with profound fear. She would be woken up by Eugene’s coughing, worrying that he had COVID. As an ER doctor, Eugene saw death by COVID every day. Toya saw his depression deepening. We viewers hear all this while many others are busy screaming at Toya that she thinks only of herself.
Why can we viewers see it and not her “friends”? As an ER doctor, people cough in your face. People cough up BLOOD in your face. Toya had a lot to be worried about. By the time Contessa joins in with “We are all going through some shit.” Then, a rhetorical, sarcastic “I’m sorry. Andy, are you going through some shit?,” I am ready to punch the TV. Scott may be cheating. Boo hoo hoo. Eugene was trying to cheat death. At least Andy gets it and tries to end the shit there. But first, he asks about Toya’s dream house being for sale. So,Toya says people nearby are turning a million in profit. Andy is puzzled why she would leave her dream house behind. Toya says it’s the people inside it who matter, not the stuff, not the house. And, it is closer to the boys’ school. Could it be our Toya has grown up during the pandemic?
No Kissing, No Telling, No Clue
Whew! I had to calm down before we cover the light-hearted scenes of sex during the time of pandemic. First, we see the action from the dildo party. The discussion about the benefits of a hooked penis. Jackie gets turned on by Curtis when he cooks for her. Simone says sex was even better than before. She was working fewer hours and Curtis was perfecting his mixology skills. (Now, if only oldest son Miles would move out!) Andy asks about the drunken kiss shared by Toya and Quad. Silliness about women kissing. Typical Bravo fare.
Time for the crocodile tears segment. Andy asks Contessa if she thinks Scott is cheating. She say he may be harboring resentment over her school decision. All of the ladies, even Toya, come to her support. They offer advice on how to save her marriage, while the men listen intently backstage. Andy recalls how this team helped Simone and Curtis begin to heal their fractured marriage. Jackie says that Contessa sends out mixed messages. Andy wants to know if the “D-word” has been discussed. Contessa stalls thanks her friends for keeping her confidence. Quad discloses that Contessa has filed for a separation. Jackie and Heavenly wipe away tears. Backstage, the men appear dumbfounded. Especially Scott, who describes it as a sneak attack.
Next week: The men crash the stage; the women question Scott’s fidelity; Contessa has a breakdown backstage; questions surround Simone and Jackie’s friendship; Simone is brought to tears over her hostile relationship with Heavenly; Scott is caught in a web of lies.