It’s the day after the Super Bowl, A.K.A. Summer House recap day! I’m still on cloud 9 after that amazing halftime performance. In the words of Mary J. Blige: Let’s get it percolatin’ in this dancery! We pick up at Amanda’s birthday party with Paige and Andrea in the bedroom. Awe, Mya feels slighted by Lindsay not letting her go out with her. They’re both single so Mya figures they should have each other’s backs. Hopefully they can talk it out. Lindsay comes home from her night out dejected. The guy she was talking to ended it. In the morning, Mya scoots into bed with Ciara and Paige. Andrea delivers coffee but doesn’t bring Mya one. He didn’t realize she would be there. Mya is starting to feel left out of things. Even though it doesn’t seem intentional, I hate to see her hurt, even a little.
Dirty Ungifted Thirty
Kyle gets Amanda’s flowers to deflect from not getting her an actual gift. He tells Amanda that he’s taking her out to dinner later. How thoughtful lol. They all head to the beach. Danielle vents to Kyle about her relationship with Robert. She’s starting her own business and feeling the stress of it all. She left her corporate job to start a fashion app. Kyle understands the pressure. Lindsay, Danielle and Mya talk. Lindsay explains to Mya that she couldn’t get her on the list at the club. Andrea calls Mya “Lexi” which sends her over the edge. She tells Ciara that she doesn’t fit in. Ciara knows how Mya feels. Mya says that she went to school with one other girl who was black. Even though they looked nothing alike, Mya was constantly called by her name. Ciara hugs her as she cries. I want to hug Mya too.
Everyone heads home from the beach. The guys grill while Paige, Mya and Ciara nap. Kyle and Amanda go out to dinner. More talk about their relationship. He tells Amanda that he doesn’t have a gift for her. When asked, Kyle can’t remember the last gift he got Amanda. I’m not a materialistic person at all. That being said, on Christmas and birthdays there should be a gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive. One of my favorite gifts is a photo album Husby had made for me. It doesn’t take a lot to show you care Kyle! Amanda tells Kyle she wants a dog, or wants to continue fostering them. Kyle says it’s because he doesn’t make her happy. A cute dog walks by at that moment. For a second Amanda thought it was her gift. In real time they recently adopted two dogs. At least she’s happy now!
Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes
Back at the house, the gang gets ready for a night on the town. Mya doesn’t feel like going out. She tells Paige that she feels invisible. Mya is feeling sad and anxious. She wants the gang to try to understand what it’s like to be a person of color in the Hamptons. She doesn’t know how to talk about it. Mya stays home while they all go clubbing. Oh to be young and hot in the Hamptons! They dance and have a great time. The next morning Craig calls Paige. Craig tells Paige that he spoke with Kristin. Kristin doesn’t want to look stupid with him dating Paige while hooking up with her. Too late Kristin, You ALL look stupid. Paige is giddy that Craig kept pressing her about Andrea.
As they get ready to leave, Ciara and Mya sit the gang down to talk. Ciara begins, telling everyone how intimidated she was when she first came to the Summer House. It’s a predominantly white town (and show). She felt like an outsider, through no fault of anyone in the house. Mya pinpoints Andrea not knowing her name after 4 weeks as hurtful. Andrea sincerely apologizes. Alex then speaks. He tells the story of being harassed by some jackass at the big pool party. The guy thought he worked there because he didn’t look like everyone else. Alex had to keep telling him that he lived there. What an absolute piece of shit! Danielle tells us that she thinks Mya is so courageous. Danielle felt all that Mya feels but never talked about it. Both Mya and Ciara feel they are thought of as less than. Until they prove otherwise.
The Kids Are Alright
Andrea is grateful that Ciara and Mya spoke their feelings. Kyle says if they are uncomfortable, they all should be uncomfortable with them. Paige cries. She says they will never understand what it’s like to be women of color. She says it shouldn’t be up to Ciara and Mya to bring it up. They should be checking in with them. ATTENTION BRAVO: THIS IS HOW TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT RACE. Ciara and Mya were raw and honest. The gang LISTENED and rallied around them in an empathetic, caring way. None of it felt pushed or false, it was honest and real. This is too important to fuck up yet again (looking at you Southern Charm and RHONY).Thank you Summer House for proving that we can have hard, necessary discussions in thoughtful and caring ways. I feel like a proud parent! My heart is sad, yet full tonight.
Next time on Summer House : There’s a bondage theme party. Carl and Ciara kiss. NO! Kyle tells Danielle that he’s miserable with Amanda. Danielle tells Paige and Ciara that Kyle says the only thing he and Amanda have in common is Loverboy. That’s a wrap. What a great episode! Heavy, honest but hopeful. Let’s discuss more in the comments!