Kenya and Phaedra are pretending to shop for glamping, as if they are going on a real trip where they will be “roughing it” and roasting marshmallows on sticks. Meanwhile, the Bravo intern is hard at work constructing a “Survivor-style” set where they can pretend to sit around and argue to provide enough footage for the last 15 minutes of the next episode. Phaedra calls Kenya out for throwing around her gasoline and matches at the anger mismanagement non-dinner and suggests she take it easy on ol’ Porsha, but the Glamping supply store is fresh out of their “Irrational Skank Compassion Kit.” Phaedra gives her the “I’ll take that under advisement” side-eye as she pays for a collapsible poop shovel.
Porsha is contemplating going on the glamping trip from hell, but not without an anger mismanagement tune up. The therapist checks in on homework assignments and Porsha admits she was tested. Doc diagnoses her with a flimsy support system at best and encourages her to go on the trip, map out all the possible scenarios that could go down, and then plan her response to each scenario. This sounds like an awful lotta paperwork to complete in order to go sit in the dirt and eat raw hot dogs. If she weren’t contractually obligated to go, I would recommend she stay home and try out her DIY vagina resurfacing kit.
Cynthia stops by Moore Manor and offers her friendship-contract, relationship-counseling, wavering-mediator services to Kenya and Matt. Kenya agrees that Cynthia should have a sit down with him and I am asking myself “why are we still entertaining this relationship?” I thought we all agreed after he hulked out and effed up Moore Manor and Range Rover, that we were done with him and done replacing garage windows! Cynthia sits down with Matt, her trusty notebook, and mechanical pencil. She asks Matt for succinct bullet points, which she can then transform into a convincing Power Point to take back to Kenya. Communication, respect, and an occasional turkey sandwich is all she gets out of him. Cynthia alludes to Kenya being a bit of a drama queen, he a drama king, annnnd the Dr. is OUT! Matt compensates Cynthia for her professional counseling sesh by giving her a crumpled-up coupon he finds in his pocket for a free snack-size hot wing with drink purchase at Bar None.
Kenya pops in at Cynthia’s new lake house and they cop a squat on the dock overlooking the green water to review the Matt shakedown. Cynthia is all like – “uh Matt why you keep breakin’ Kenya’s stuff?” It boils down to lack of respect, and his reaction is in direct response to her action. Kenya calls bullshit and her weave hairs stand up. Cynthia points out the dramatics, but Kenya denies “I’m not that girl, I have evolved, I have been ride or die with you!” I think she may have that tattooed somewhere on her body. Cynthia explains that she did stand up for Kenya, but Kenya is not ready to receive this message. It brings her back to a darker time when Cynthia denied their friendship, but labeled it as “evolving”. Kenya gets madder than a wet hen, questions Cynthia’s loyalty, then storms off. Precisely proving Cynthia’s point.
Kandi throws a surprise white party for Shamea’s engagement, but none of the cast-mates received the white memo. Shamea arrives, but becomes teary-eyed when she learns Porsha won’t be attending. Kandi takes the cast-mates up to the roof-top deck for a more intimate shade-throwing sesh. Kandi explains what’s been going on and why Porsha is MIA, then SBS picks this ripe moment to let the cat out of the bag – Phaedra has been running around town saying that Shamea goes after all of the ATL huzzzbands and her BFFL, Porsha, didn’t defend her. Shamea is like “whatevs!” If that were the case, she would have hooked up with Apollo because he made many, many attempts at her. To top off the shit sundae, she says that Phaedra is no “Southern Belle” and word was very heavy on the streets about Ms. Parks. Shamea makes her own counter-blasting hand gesture, indicating that Ms. Parks is open for bidness and takes oral transactions.
Later, Porsha visits Shamea to make up for her absence at the white-party engagement hootenanny, but Shamea feels that with all of Porsha’s anger mismanagement training, she should have put those personal issues in a box and showed her face by Crayola. Shamea also asks why her BFFL didn’t defend her in the Phace of Phaedra’s trash talkin’. Porsha plays dumb, and thinks this was all said in the underground railroad where cameras and mics are forbidden. ROLL. THE. MUTHA. EFFEN. TAPE! Shamea seems fairly forgiving, so she lets it go for now realizing her BFFL is dumb as a box o’ peach pits.
It’s the day of the glamping trip, and we are treated to the dueling pre-party snack-spreads of calamity. Kenya actually puts out a descent spread for the ladies in anticipation of much fortitude required for riding the li’l party bus from hell.
Over at Chateu She Ain’t Doin’ Shit over there…SBS puts a card table on her front porch with some mini-muffins still in the store-bought containers, a roll of paper towels, lukewarm champagne, and plastic cups. If I didn’t know any better, I would think she was prepping for the Bad Mom’s bake sale.
Cynthia arrives at Kenya’s, waving her “it’s all good” white flag in hopes that she hasn’t entered breach of friend contract territory. Cynthia reassures Kenya that she always has her back, they toast, and make up. Phaedra arrives and is more preoccupied about the disappearance of Porsha at all recent Bravo-mandated events. How can she Frick without her Frack?
A few foreclosed lots away, Marlo is first to arrive at SBS and her sad display. Marlo is wearing a statement necklace, which appears as if it could decapitate her at any moment. Marlo is not down for glamping, all she has packed are 5” heels and her dominatrix gear. Porsha shows up, but she has a new Frick in her back pocket by way of sister/manager/peach-holdin’ wannabe, Lauren. And they are dressed exactly alike in cheap tank tops and cut-off Daisy Duke’s. Porsha tries to have a chat with SBS, whom she lovingly dubs “Ms. Messy”. But SBS will not be destroyed, she felt it was only fair to share the gossip with all of America. SBS holds the peach of truth and will not rest until these crazy beyotches stop talkin’ about each other!
Once they are all aboard the party bus, everyone starts becoming quite miffed about various things. Kandi has a plus one with her friend Hazel, no one seems to want Marlo around, Porsha labels Phaedra and Kenya the new Frack and Whack, and Cynthia asks why Lauren is there. Leave it to Porsha to produce a “doctors note”, Phaedra snatches it from her hand and reads it aloud as if it were a joke. Kandi and Kenya immediately start in, they think Porsha is full of shit. Phaedra is bummed, they aren’t even outside the city limits and the wheels are coming off the party bus.
Next time – the glamping begins and tensions rise with Marlo and well, everyone.