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RHOP Recap: Candiace Tells Ashley About the Latest Rumors About Michael

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On the latest episode of “Real Housewives of Potomac,” the ladies’ time at Monique’s lake house continues. Although the trip was about bonding and bringing in Monique’s birthday, Monique has a lot of tension with Candiace. Things go left after Candiace and Gizelle pull Ashley to the side to update her on Michael. This conversation happens while the other women hung out at Monique’s fire pit. So she ends up feeling some type of way about it.

She later confronts them about it, and after Ashley tells her what the conversation was about, Monique says the whole situation is deja vu. And just last season the other women were concerned about Michael’s sideline behaviors. So she doesn’t understand why it’s happening again when the outcome will most likely be the same.

So at this point, Monique just feels as if Candiace is messy. And she needs to stay out of other people’s marriages.

This only makes things worse between Candiace and Monique. By the end of the trip, it’s clear neither wants much to do with the other.

When Ashely makes it back home, she tells Michael what she heard. However, the conversation doesn’t get very far. And before answers are revealed, the rumors go viral on the blogs.

Here’s a recap for, “Fireball and Firepits.”

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  1. saywhatnow

    September 14, 2020 at 12:24 am

    Monique took an L in this episode. She came unwarranted for Candiace. At the crab dinner, Giselle told Monique that the three of them needed to have a private conversation. So why when it was time for that convo was she so d-mn pressed about them having the aforementioned conversation? That d-mn blazing fire was not going anywhere yet she got her thong in a tizzy about a them excluding themselves to have a sensitive conversation. It makes zero sense. The next morning she continues to try and bait Candiace into a fight. Up until this point, I was done with Candiace, but she removed herself from a heated conversation that was going no where with Monique and most importantly, she did not have that sensitive conversation at the crab dinner. Monique came out looking like a whole arse fool trying to tell people to stay out of marriages and making it seem like her coming from the NFL is different than how we operate in real life (per her social media). Like Robyn said, she is so pressed to appear perfect but the cracks are there.

    • Bee

      September 14, 2020 at 6:43 am

      Yeah, I don’t see it this way at all. In fact, please let me know how Monique has tried to appear “perfect”? Last time I checked she’s never been ashamed to show things most would be ashamed of like being from the hood, she’s been open about her marriage problems, she’s been open about issues with her mother in law, and she’s been pretty open about ups and downs she’s had in motherhood. She’s been open about being overwhelmed as a mother. That’s the opposite of trying to appear perfect. Robyn thinks Monique is trying to appear perfect because she’s jealous of Monique. In her opinion, Monique was able to have the lifestyle she lost years ago. She hasn’t forgiven herself for losing all of Juan’s money, so she projects and picks at Monique every other episode. Let’s be real, Candiace doesn’t care about Ashley, she doesn’t even like her. It was tacky for her to go to Gizelle and tell her about what she heard in the middle of someone else’s trip. That could have waited. It was going to come out anyway. And quite frankly, most of the women including Gizelle were rude the entire trip. But that’s another conversation for another day. Candiace and Monique clearly don’t like each other at this point, so the tension is there. The difference is Monique is hating on Candiace in her face while Candiace is being fake and hating behind Monique’s back.

      • Veronica

        September 14, 2020 at 9:32 am

        I agree with you Bee. Monique has never tried to be perfect. A lot of people are projecting their insecurities on her and Robyn is the main one. From day one people have been mad at Monique because she married well and they aren’t used to seeing a black woman living that way with a black husband. So they are making her out to be the villain on the show when the truth is she’s nowhere near as mean, nasty, miserable or problematic as the people they’re defending. Candiace is terrible in real life, but these people are making her out to be a victim. I’m disgusted and I’m getting ready to stop watching this show like the many others who have already stopped. The gaslighting is gross.

      • Kimberly Goins

        September 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

        Well said Bee. Monique has never tried to be perfect. People just see her that way because they aren’t used to seeing a wealthy black woman on television. They’re used to the struggle relationships and struggle finances from the black housewives shows. So they’re triggered just like Monique’s cast mates. It’s the same reason they’re triggered by Wendy having four degrees.

        • Mariah

          September 15, 2020 at 7:24 pm

          You ain’t never lied! The whole point of these Housewives shows is to watch wealthy women living fabulously and being shady. Yet, black women are stuck with Housewives with money problems, Housewives who depend on mommy to pay their bills, and Housewives with ex husbands who have multiple kids and baby mommas. Of course we get the struggle wives, right? But then when we finally get an actual wealthy wife who can actually afford to live in Potomac, people want to hate. Same thing with Wendy, we finally get a very educated black woman and people are mad at her too. It’s so typical. I came to see Black women living in penthouses and owning multiple homes. Just saying!

        • Cynthia

          September 16, 2020 at 10:47 am

          I was just thinking about this. You can see a noticeable difference between the black housewives shows and white ones, as well as the reactions from fans. People really didn’t like Monique after she said she has four homes. They said Monique was bragging and she’s trying to seem perfect. Meanwhile, these same people will brag about the wealth of the white housewives from the other shows. It’s very telling.

    • Gwen

      September 14, 2020 at 9:10 am

      I totally agree with you!

    • Kimberly Goins

      September 14, 2020 at 9:44 am

      The criticism for Monique is always such a reach and I’m starting to see what the real issue is. There’s a thing called social etiquette. If someone plans a trip, you don’t go off to the side to do your own thing and update someone on their husband during said trip. Monique’s birthday trip is not the right place for that. And Candiace getting Gizelle involved was also messy. I don’t doubt for a second that Candiace planned this for a storyline. She hates Ashley. That hasn’t changed. And even the text message she showed looked sketchy. Why was there no accompanying text message thread? If you’re okay with people disrespecting your trip and your house, cool. But Monique doesn’t have to be. These women always do her dirty and when she calls them out, they make her seem like she’s crazy when the same women demand apologies for less serious offenses. Oh and Robyn is very jealous of Monique. It’s not hard to see.

    • Lana

      September 14, 2020 at 11:04 am

      This show is like the twilight zone. The most bitter people on the show are the most liked. I don’t get it. Maybe it’s just me, but I never got the vibe that Monique wants to be perfect. She’s been pretty transparent about her imperfect life. Why are people all of a sudden acting like she hasn’t? Robyn’s frequent comments about Monique and her money scream jealousy to me. I don’t take anything she says about Monique seriously because it comes from a place of sheer jealousy. I’m not surprised at how many of you are falling for Candiace’s shtick this season. That girl doesn’t like Ashley. She’ll never like her. But she has a lot of people fooled with this redemption edit she’s getting this season. Meanwhile, she just wished death on someone like two weeks ago, she’s homophobic and transphobic, and she has said some of the most disturbing things about other women on the show because she’s convinced she’s the next Kenya Moore. And this is who y’all are riding for this season? Oh.

      • Yeah I Said It!

        September 14, 2020 at 11:29 am

        I saw those DMs. LOL. Chris has no idea how silly he made his own wife look telling that blogger her plan is to be the Kenya on RHOP. As if Kenya is someone to strive to be ever in life. This show is a trip. I agree with Veronica. There’s a lot of gaslighting going on. I’m also curious to see what the ratings look like for the fight episode. If it’s still under a million, this season is a certified flop.

      • Saywhatnow

        September 14, 2020 at 11:38 am

        No one is riding for Candiace but she does deserve credit for not having the conversation with Ashley at the crab dinner. In every HW franchise that conversation is taking place with all of the women present with no regards for anyone’s feelings. Could she have done it without Gizelle? Absolutely. Candiace is extremely problematic in her actions and reckless mouth. Monique was pressed fo have this trip be perfect which is understandable because it is her first time hosting a getaway event at her lake house. Her reactions to the fire pits side conversation were over the top. Robyn may not like or care for Monique but to use jealously as an excuse for every time she pinpoints fault in Monique’s actions is faulty logic. Yes, There have been times where she has come off seemingly jealous but that can’t be a reason every single time.

        • Lana

          September 14, 2020 at 11:53 am

          Being mindful of Robyn’s jealousy in the context of her constant criticism of Monique isn’t faulty logic, it’s an accurate observation. Robyn never has anything nice or positive to say about Monique. She always goes above and beyond to be critical of her and it’s always a reach. Now how do you fix your mouth to call that woman a control freak when it’s her birthday trip and her lake house? She planned the trip! Of course she wants control over it. And all Robyn and Gizelle did was sit around and be critical of everything, from the activities Monique planned to her house. It’s gross. Why do you people keep trying to act like you got some “aha!” moment about Monique’s actions after the pit fire situation? Why do you people leave out the part about Robyn and Wendy saying that they enjoyed the pit fire because it was relaxing and a great bonding experience. It was right then that Monique then said this is why she didn’t like that Gizelle, Candiace, and Ashley missed out on most of it. Then Candiace played bratty victim again like always and Monique is the big old bad guy. I’m not buying it. You can though. Candiace is awful. She doesn’t get credit for being less obvious to you people for her messiness. She does not like Ashley. She’s relishing in this news about Michael and if she was legit trying to work on a friendship with Ashley, she would have spoken to Ashley about this in private on her own time, no cameras, no storyline. She’s not fooling me. Monique hasn’t done half the horrible things Candiace has. Yet, she’s always vilified on this show by everyone with the exception of Karen. Now if she was broke, divorced, taken care of by her momma, etc. the other women would love her. Fans too. And nothing Robyn said was factual. If you ask me, Monique has been too transparent and too open about her problems with these women. All they do is use whatever they can to tear her down. Robyn only thinks she’s perfect because Monique lives the married to a wealthy athlete life Robyn saw for herself but lost quickly. Her obsession with Monique’s money is disturbing.

        • Oprah's Wig

          September 14, 2020 at 12:04 pm

          Faulty logic where? People are spot on about Robyn. That woman is always talking about Monique’s wealth. She even said something about it on the previous episode. She talks more about Monique’s wealth and possessions than Monique does. That’s jealousy. And that means she’s not capable of speaking on Monique without biases, which she demonstrates every season. Nothing she said about Monique was accurate. Just a lot of projecting, which she always does when the topic is Monique. I’m glad to see people are clocking the editing this season. Monique is definitely getting the villain edit when the person who is getting the victim edit is one of the biggest problems on and off the show. Now I don’t feel too bad about the ratings being terrible. These edits are crazy when you keep in mind what’s been happening off the show the last couple of months. They really want people feeling sorry for Candiace like she ain’t out here violating people on the internet on a regular basis.

        • T

          September 15, 2020 at 6:32 pm

          I agree, it is pathetic when anyone says something about Monique it’s always the same response from everyone is they are jealous, this is a bunch of bullsh_t. Just like Robyn said she is showing cracks, I am not seeing Monique the way others see her and “NO” I am not jealous, I think the reason why Monique said to stay out of other people’s marriage’s is because she does not want any one to know what is going on in hers, because she knows sooner or later someone is going to get around to it. Why is she so afraid of Charisse, I think she knows something and the reason why she is always starting something with Candiace is because she may think Charisse may have said something to her. It was funny how when Karen had gotten drunk and Karen started to say something about Monique and her husband Chris, Monique shut her down real quick, Monique is hiding something. Also she spends more time with the bird than she does with the rest of her family. Ashley and Wendy wanted to bring their babies, but Monique is always happy to get away from her family. She does not seem to be happy at all. Don’t have to believe it but the lady is miserable.

        • Hershey

          September 15, 2020 at 10:10 pm

          Nope. The hate Monique gets from the rest of the cast and fans is definitely rooted in jealousy. She’s not even the worst person on this show. That would be Candiace, the person you’re on here defending. No one has to give that homophobic, transphobic, anti-black, classist child any credit. She’s even worst off the show. I have no criticism really for the others but I do see the jealousy, especially with Robyn. Oh and this is most recent comment from Robyn about Monique, “Monique can just roll around in all the money she has.” If you can’t see the jealousy, you should pray for better discernment.

          • T

            September 17, 2020 at 7:17 pm

            Stop tripping, Robyn is not jealous. Those of you who want to talk about jealousy really have some type of issue going on with yourself.

          • Hershey

            September 17, 2020 at 7:22 pm

            @ T, I really don’t give a d-mn what you think about me. The one thing I’m not is sensitive. And Robyn is still jealous. I’m not sure why you thought your late reply would change anything though.

          • T

            September 17, 2020 at 7:31 pm

            Were you waiting for my late reply? the answer was quick. I believe you do give a d-mn, you answered it.

          • Hershey

            September 17, 2020 at 7:43 pm

            Oh, T you’re looking for an argument. T you must be slow. It takes all of five seconds to subscribe for notifications to comments on posts you write on 🥴. I always do. The emails are fast, sent right to my phone. You’re not that important. Just very pressed about Monique like most jealous Black women 🥴. It’s been four days though. Let it go bew. Monique should not still be on your brain four days later. Everyone else has moved on from this recap but you. I truly forgot about it. But I’ll give you the last word though. I see you need it today.

    • Liz

      September 14, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      No one has to give Candiace credit for anything. I will never support someone as mean and evil as her. Her tweets are the real her.

    • Mariah

      September 15, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Y’all keep talking about Monique trying to hide the “cracks” in her marriage like Monique hasn’t been talking about the cracks in her marriage the last few seasons. Are you people slow or just forgetful? She’s never tried to hide any d-mn thing and even with the flaws, her life still sh-ts on everyone else’s. And that’s why Robyn and the others are so d-mn pressed. Every woman on the show who has a problem with Monique is divorced, shacking up, broke, or being supported by mommy which comes with a serving of physical and mental abuse. I get why y’all think she’s perfect. 😂

      And who cares about Charrisse? She lost everything in her divorce and was fired because the gag order her husband put her on makes her a liability to Bravo, so she’s forced to work for free like a complete loser. Her lies about Monique have already been clocked. All she does is lie. That’s the reason for the gag order. Anyway, I’m only here for Wendy, Karen, Ashley, and Monique. The others are bitter.

  2. Yelp

    September 14, 2020 at 12:57 am

    A baby cannot hide the embarrassment of this marriage. Every season this strange marriage between Ashley and Michael is swept under the rug. This season will be no different…..

  3. Kimberly

    September 14, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    The only reason people shine lights on other people’s problems or flaws is because they don’t want anyone looking too closely at theirs. Bravo is running out of steam. It doesn’t matter which franchise show you watch, its the same drama, dysfunction, and jealousy plots — just different women playing the roles. These shows wreak havoc on healthy marriages and expose the others. As black women, who already have undeserving reputations of being b&&ches and cold, we should demand better shows that display our strengths, determination, and perseverance.

  4. Blackrose

    September 14, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    It was tacky for Candiace to tell Gizelle prior to telling Ashley. And why there? It couldn’t wait?

  5. Simmons Hurst

    September 14, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Monique has been on a bootleg press tour doing interviews with bloggers and doing several lives however her story is falling apart. The smoke she has for Candice is unwarranted. Just say, you just want to fight her. Simple. She’s from the hood and we all know someone you didnt like and it didnt have to have a rhyme or reason you just didnt like and started to look for a reason to fight. Remember knock the stick off my shoulder or walk in a circle with your shoulders pressed against each other? Monique is doing that with Candice. Itching for a chance to go off. Just admit it Monique and stop trying to b/s us.

    • Pat

      September 14, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      Literally everybody on the show and just about everyone on Twitter has a valid reason to swing on Candiace. The fact that some of you are making her despicable and vile a-s a victim is the most delusional sh-t ever.

    • Anonymous

      September 14, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      How is her story falling apart when it’s the same story Candiace told first? 🤔 Some of you will defend a garbage can if it means you can come on here and trash Monique.

      • T

        September 17, 2020 at 7:26 pm

        No one is attacking Monique, she’s not innocent, you all coming on here talking about everyone being jealous of Monique is some delusional sh_t!

    • Liz

      September 14, 2020 at 9:58 pm

      These pro Candiace comments are laughable. A good bit of you she doesn’t even like or respect seeing as Candiace doesn’t like black people who aren’t in a certain tax bracket and have a certain upbringing. And her mother thinks most black women work call center jobs and have multiple baby daddies. I’m embarrassed for you people. You people clearly have no idea who you’re really supporting. Candiace is not a good person.

    • Q

      September 15, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      Thank You, Simmons Hurst. Well Said!

    • T

      September 17, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      AMEN! Well said!

  6. Trina

    September 15, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Monique was right leave marriages alone especially when it is a repeat that goes no where. Ashley and Michael have some sort of understanding that works for them. Candice should have talked to Ashley alone instead of going to Giselle. She knew Giselle would tell it. Candice said she wanted Ashley’s friend to be there, then she would have gotten Monique who is closer to Ashley.
    Monique was not wrong for wanting her trip to be prefect, all the clips were of the women complaining. The same women who complain about how busy and rushed their lives are.

    • Hershey

      September 15, 2020 at 10:06 pm

      Yeah, going on someone’s trip and constantly complaining and shading their house is a bit much. But then again, it’s what jealous people do.

  7. Mose Tyler

    September 15, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    RHOP has gotten to be too messy Candace, gazelle and Robyn gazelle is with a man that cheated on her and Robyn is with a man that will not marry her and Candace is a spoiled brat who should have been thrown off the show for her violent temper throwing a knife at Ashley they need to start minding their own business if this is how this show is going to be I’m through it’s getting to be like RHOA

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