It’s the typical, let’s try and smooth out some of these frayed edges, but set up something semi-explosive, penultimate episode. There are a lot of things still under construction here, so let’s break it down!
Chateau Shereé is still under construction, but it looks like SBS has at least moved on to the outside of the house. Kenya pops by in her Bentley, but SBS won’t let her past the gate. Keyna laughs at the 80 bulldozers driving around on the grounds and hardly believes this shack will be move-in ready anytime soon. SBS extends an invite to her housewarming and sends her neighbor back to the other side of the bog.
Later, SBS and her children are packing up her condo and SBS is astonished at the amount of half-empty liquor bottles in her kitchen cabinets. Her kids are no help as she slings their belongings into boxes. As SBS sits down to deflate the final air mattress, she reflects…lesson learned here, never depend on anyone for anything! Somewhere, Crazy Eyed Bob is crying in a pool of his own sweat.
Cynthia is ready to touch up her edges and move on with her life. The first 50 years, Cynthia Bailey lived to please others, but now it’s her turn, the next 50 years are all about her! How long you plannin’ on livin’, guuuurrrl? Kenya calls and delivers the news that Papa Smurf is in town and creepily driving by their former marital home.
It’s Phaedra’s “burfday” and her BFF, Porsha has planned a two-person party, and what doesn’t scream “LET’S GET TURNT ALL THE WAY UP” like a tray of cold cuts, champagne, and matching Frick and Frack onesies!
These two jump around in their onesies and Phaedra gets “Porshafied”. Porsha starts putting various wigs on Counselors head, sidebar: the blonde bob looks surprisingly good on her. They settle on a black beach wave and retire to the love seat to talk trash. Phaedra had no intention on attending the OLG opening and her friendship contract with Kandi is officially null and void!
The OLG restaurant is teetering on the precipice of the extremely soft-opening. Kandi is taking a final look over Todd’s accomplishments, or lack thereof. Todd is promising he will get to everything in the next 24 hours, including selecting uniforms, calling in the ultimate dusting crew, installing the A/C units, and creating a menu. But wait, HOLD UP – the outdoor patio is set up with orange folding chairs instead of the decided-upon accent color yellow chairs of non-folding variety. Turns out Todd made an executive decision, found a deal on the Halloween party section of overstock.com.
Let’s face it, the OLG restaurant is a ramshackle disaster. They have dust that would rival Chateau Shereé, the wall art is still printing on the ink-jet, and the CO2 vendor just called and won’t have the canisters delivered until next year. Kandi and Todd take five, never mind that he hasn’t showered in over a week, he assures her the restaurant will be ready! She asks how far over budget they are and he reveals $100K over, but Kandi doesn’t even bat an eye ‘cuz she so dayum rich, however she’s ready to burn down the whole operation over those orange folding chairs!
The day of the opening, Todd picks up Papa Smurf at the airport and they conveniently receive a call from inmate, Apollo, the fungus we never knew we wanted. He wishes he could be there, but he will send his new prison pen-pal beyotch for support by proxy. Peter asks how he already has a new woman, Apollo retorts, “sometimes you gotta upgrade” – yeah, I guess, if an “upgrade” is a woman who is willing to accept side-piece status as your mugshot is being splashed across the world wide web. During same three-minute phone call, Apollo drops the news that his divorce isn’t official yet. This isn’t really earth-shattering, but it casts shade over Counselor Parks, lying again about her status.
The pressure is on, Todd has about 30 minions scurrying around hanging pictures, sweeping, and breaking brand new glassware. This place is literally held together with prayers and chewing gum. The guests start to arrive and I caught a close up of the specialized drink menu, I think the “Mama Joyce Sour Wedge” is sure to be a best-seller!
We have a series of hella awkward events, Papa Smurf strolling in, Todd making Kandi sing a verse of “I Fly Above” without music, and of course Phaedra’s marked absence. Perhaps the most awkward moment of the night goes to Apollo’s new girlfriend, Sherien, she walks in and of course Todd and Peter are stationed at a table by the door. They make their introductions and Todd asks how they met. She and Phaedra do have one thing in common, giving vague, non-committal answers. “We found love, leave it at that!”
Todd takes Sherien over to the ladies, who are sitting in a private room, and he introduces her as the “soon to be Mrs. Nida, who is ready to knock your Spanx off”. Sherien reveals that she had known Apollo for many years and “wifey wasn’t around, so I was”. Kenya cackles at this news, especially considering the Counselor spewed her seven-year old vitriol on her in Maui.
Conveniently, Sherien gets a prison call from Apollo and Kandi’s face indicates she is feeling increasingly uncomfortable. Apollo makes sure to blurt out that his divorce isn’t final and everyone pretends to be stunned at this unsettling turn of events. Kandi sets Apollo straight and feels this is “messy”, she makes it clear that she had no idea that Sherien was in the picture. Sherien waltzes out, as if to say “my pot-stirring work here is done!”
Next week on the finale, the lawsuit against Kandi escalates and Kandi confronts Phaedra about it, the return of Block, Chateau Shereé is finally open for bidness, but Kenya susses out an unfinished wing of the Chateau, and the return of Wigs-n-Cigs.