#RHOP Reunion Recap: Ashley Darby Reveals She’s Separated & Michael Blames Her Costars For Marriage Demise!

Posted on Jul 17 2017 - 7:57am by Dani-K

We’re back for part two of The Real Housewives of Potomac reunion – and it’s a spectacle. The two-part reunion concludes with a mixture of insults and apologies when the husbands join the ladies on stage, except for Charrisse’s soon-to-be-ex, Eddie, he’s a no-show. In fact, it’s kind of funny because Juan is all by himself on the right side while Chris, Michael and Ray are together on the left side, like Juan is contagious or something. And maybe Juan is sick because word on the street is he almost didn’t make it to the reunion. Juan was worried that since he finally got a job (Yay! He’s bringing home a paycheck!) he’s worried being on a show like this could cause him to lose it. He shoots, he scores!

Andy begins by telling Ray he won’t be calling him the black Bill Gates, because he’s not. Anyway, Andy tells him the house move while Karen was in Bermuda seemed a little sketchy. Ray explains their house was on the market for over a year. And how can we forget, it was a cash sale. Ray says he was excited to downsize until his wife decided to move her sick parents in – which is called being a good daughter. And for the record, Ray thinks Uncle Ben is a handsome dude and hasn’t been broke since he was 17. 

Onto Chris and his mom calling his wife Monique a “heifer.” How embarrassing! Chris and Monique didn’t hear it at the time, but the mics picked it up, and as you can imagine, this puts Chris in a difficult position – mom vs wife.  Chris did have a talk with his mama and she apologized – just not to Monique because she’s not going to apologize to that heifer. Chris’ mama has yet to visit the Potomac house.

Next up, Juan and the secretly recorded conversation in the closet between him and the producer. Juan said if it weren’t for his kids, he’d bail. Andy asks if Juan he was relieved to finally get that out. Juan says no. He was tired. He didn’t want to film that day. And he loves Robyn unconditionally. (Actually it’s Robyn who loves Juan unconditionally.) Juan says they talk about everything – except a romantic future. He and Robyn don’t like to talk about important stuff like that. Andy puts Juan on the spot and asks him if he regrets how he treated his marriage and all the cheating on Robyn. Juan tells Andy, “I’m not gonna let you paint the picture like this was all on Juan Dixon.” Sigh. Juan is one of those people who speaks of himself in the third person. Juan says they have each learned their lessons. However, does Juan want passion and with the promise of new romance? Hell yes, Juan does! Juan is counting down the days, but for now Juan is focusing on his family and Juan ain’t in no rush to figure things out. Robyn says their two sons, aged 9 and 7, are better off being in a two-person household, even if those two people aren’t in love, aren’t affectionate, and aren’t trying.

Speaking of bad marriages, Michael and Ashley are up next! Once upon a time they were humping like rabbits, now they are like rabbits who hate each other. And hold onto your blooming onion because they’ve been separated for three months! Ashley admits the flashbacks are hard to watch, but not Michael, he’s older and wiser and older. Gizelle and Robyn are practically drooling for more information and say they sensed the separation was coming. Duh. All of America sensed it. From now on the divorce girls club is formed and they will have Ashley’s back. Michael’s like, Yeah, you’ll have a knife in Ashley’s back.

A viewer asks why not shut the restaurant down and save the marriage. Ashley explains it’s not that easy because lots of money goes into a restaurant. Of course, lots of money goes into a divorce, too. Ashley admits she was the one to move out, but praise the Lord, she just had an epiphany to get back together, like ten minutes ago. Michael’s like, Not so fast, young blood. Ashley is 28 and just figuring out life and Michael is 56 and already given up. Gizelle thinks Michael wants to set Ashley free, and I kind of agree with her.

Andy says goodbye to the men and now wants to talk about the haves and haves not of Potomac with regards to party budgets, but winds up talking about Karen’s boobs. Seems as if Karen might have been caught in a fib. She said her boobs were smaller because she lost weight. Andy is like, No freaking way. Karen finally admits she took out her implants and put in smaller ones. Andy’s like, Girl, I knew you didn’t lose that much weight.

So what’s the status of Charrisse’s marriage? It’s officially in the crapper. Charrisse filed the paperwork and the divorce process has begun. Good news for Charrisse, they don’t have prenup. As for Eddie and his new girlfriend, Charrisse will just drink her champagne and go on Love Connection and make a fool of herself. Ashley says she’s heard that Charrisse has been having sex toy parties – like that’s any kind of big deal. Girl, please. If you’re coming to the dance you need to bring your good shoes.

Next, flashbacks are shown of the Bermuda trip, specifically why Karen had a bug up her ass about receiving Charrisse’s help planning the damn thing. Karen explains that our perception is not reality. But seriously, who gives a damn how many names are on a gift basket? Karen goes for the jugular and mention Charrisse’s fireman – and she has receipts!

Charrisse turns the firehose on Karen and accuses her of having a boyfriend called, “Blue Eyes.” Karen explains Blue Eyes is her security detail – who happens to be eye candy. But here’s the shade, Karen says she’s above the other women because her money is not sports money. 

For some reason, the phrase, “Gizelle is not a liar” keeps getting repeated. Maybe I fell asleep, I’m not sure. Gizelle tells Karen it’s not a good look to be seen time and again with Blue Eyes instead of her husband. Karen says Gizelle would throw Jesus under the bus and her dating three men doesn’t look good either. 

And that’s the end. Can I get an amen! Andy asks how everyone feels. Karen says she feels great. Monique says she feels good about where she and Gizelle are at. Gizelle says her biggest regret is storming into Oz and she feels happy where she and Charrisse are at. They kiss. It’s awkward. Robyn doesn’t feel like there was any resolution this season. Ashley says she has a prenup and will be fine either way. Charrisse tells the biggest lie and says she has no hostility for any of the ladies. There is no champagne toast at the end. Speaks volumes.

So, what did you think about this season’s Real Housewives of Potomac? Will they be back for another season? Will you tune in if they do? Thanks for all the comments and for keeping it fun.

 

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  • mytwocents

    Security detail for what? Is an attack by Glinda the Good Witch imminent?

    • Cassandra Dreme

      Karen doesn’t like to be real and tell the truth about anything.

      • Chickpea16

        Karen spins so much I wonder why she’s not dizzy.

        • Dani-K

          ROFL!

  • Sandy Wood

    Brilliant recap Dani.
    “Girl please. If you’re coming to the dance you need to bring your good shoes”. That’s a new one on me…I can hardly wait to fit it into a conversation. LMAO!

    • Dani-K

      Thanks Sandy!

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    No where in the reunion did I see Ashley blame the other ladies for her separation. I’m not sure where that comes from.

    I’m still trying to figure out why Karen has a “security detail.”

  • shayvoe

    What is it with creepy Andy being so fixated and asking these women about their body parts? In any other job, if your boss sits there inquiring about your boobs, you would have a hellavu sexual harassment claim. There is something wrong with him….seriously, it’s none of his damn business, and I would tell him to phuck off!

    • the underground train

      I agree but it was obvious Karen was lying about her breasts. I think Andy wishes he was a woman. He wants breast of his own.

      • Thomas Crane

        I think Karen pawned her implants.

      • Dani-K

        You are so funny Train! Andy likes boobs and a side pony tail.

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        Yaaas~ He has said repeatedly that he’s obsessed with boobs, as well as side ponies and onesies.

    • Thomas Crane

      He was stoned out of his mind during the reunion. Also he doesn’t watch the show. That’s why he went hard on that stuff this time around.

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        A totally uncomfortable moment the other night on WWHL, when Andy presumptuously asked a guest (some nobody producer with Joyless Blowhard) who on the set he gets stoned with, and the dude just glared at Andy and said “I don’t do that”. Fake bitch Andy had no idea how to respond .. it literally blew his circuits. He’s such a phony dip shit who just assume EVERYONE spends their days and night stoned and/or drunk. But I digress; I too noticed he was “off” on this reunion. I’m guessing it isn’t coming back and he (and they) all know it.

  • Mrs.K

    Hope they cancel this show and bring the Miami ladies back!

    • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

      IKR? I miss Leah Black and my spicy Latinas~!

  • Shelly Jones

    Thanks Dani!… I missed it last night… GAME OF THRONES!!! I will check it out today.

    Ashley and Michael made the biggest mistake with that restaurant. Michael is a successful business man and did not realize that Oz was offering what people did not ask for. I’m sure Australian cuisine is great but there was not a huge demand for it….not to mention, the space was waaayy toooo large.

    • wiseone

      Why is he blaming the other housewives but if I were them I would be all over her when I found out about their separation because Ashley always has her nose in somebody else’s business.

      • Shelly Jones

        I haven’t the foggiest.

      • Dani-K

        Preach!

    • Dani-K

      Thank you Shelly. My only taste of Australian cuisine is Outback Steakhouse – no kangaroo on the menu. Why? Because nobody wants it.

      • Shelly Jones

        Dani…I’m dyig at your comment…lolol. I love those Kookaburra Wings LMAO

    • GirlPlz

      Kangaroo is not even an Aussie staple. I asked my friends in Australia – nobody regularly eats it. It’s a specialty

  • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

    Oooh the big revelation! Zzzzzzzz ….Unfortunately, no one cares about the annoying ditz or her pink faced cracka business partner, I mean husband. I say stick a fork in this one; they’re all lazy and uninteresting, and don’t deserve another season.

    • Dani-K

      I agree with you about this probably being the end for RHOP, but I said the same about Ladies of London and they got another season – so what do I know.

      • GirlPlz

        RHOP needs a shakeup because these broads are boring. Based on the season, it should be axed, but the reunion was entertaining and Andy seems to like them. Maybe he’s just being nice

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        While these duds are not entirely blameless, it’s not even entirely their fault(s). I think Bravo has not only run the concept into the ground, but when you present such over-the-top fabulosity like BH, OC, and NYC, faux wealth is easy to spot. Even NJ (although not on those levels) fits nicely because they got in early, we have a history with them, and love or hate them, at least their relationships and dramas are real. I think five HW franchises are enough; one for each season with some brief overlapping and simultaneous airings.

  • Bobbi

    I was at a company dinner in a restaurant in Barcelona and Kangaroo was on the menu. There were people at our table from 4 continents including Australia and no one ordered it. Lol. What the hail was Ashley’s husband thinking?

    I thought it was quite telling that Ashley said she had a prenup so she was “good either way”. Translation: I get the money whether we stay together or not. Ashley reached her goal so she doesn’t care. Smh. These old fools will learn one day.

    • GirlPlz

      Kangaroo is a niche market food. It shouldn’t be the main food item on a menu

      • Bobbi

        Exactly. American meat eaters are very finicky and exotic meats aren’t going to be the highest seller on the menu anywhere. The Aussie at my meeting told me many of his own countrymen will not eat it. It is their national symbol and many don’t enjoy the taste.
        Ashley’s husband is a stubborn idiot.

        • GirlPlz

          and delusional

          • Bobbi

            Truth.

    • GetReal2014

      That’s what it sounded like to me too. Ashley was gold-digging his behind.

      As for the restaurant, Kangaroo would be a hard sell. You’d have to be pretty creative to get people to try that.

      • Bobbi

        Right. Wild (exotic) meat has a very distinct taste that is hard to cover. Most Americans won’t even touch deer, so you know they won’t eat Kangaroo. It’s even worse when an Australian says many meat eaters there reject it. Bison is an exotic meat I’ve seen on menus in the States and written about for some time now and it still hasn’t caught on. That was just a very stupid business decision on his part. He should have listened to his wife. Ashley seems to have the personality to be successful at running a restaurant if he had given her a fighting chance.

        Ashley really told on herself with that one didn’t she? I didn’t see the reunion but, from the comments it seems her husband has caught on. Its probably why he wouldn’t give her a baby. He peeped her motives. Ashley was trying to be in those pockets forever.

        When will men realize young and old, that when you have to pay for a woman you will never win. You will lose her AND your money sooner or later.

        • GetReal2014

          It was a horrible decision. Like you said, Americans barely touch deer. I don’t know what he was thinking. Ashley did get that right. She was doing a great job, but Michael was being extremely obstinate. During the Australian Open the Aussies always try to get the Americans to try this popular staple called Vegemite. It’s a brown mixture they spread on bread or crackers. Every year the Americans gag on it, and many won’t even taste it anymore. It’s a hard sell and it’s not catching on. I guess Michael didn’t get the memo.

          No, it was Ashley who wasn’t wanting to have a baby because of the direction the marriage was going into. She used the excuse of the restaurant. I don’t think Ashley is too concerned about the marriage. On the one hand she wants to stay in those pockets, and it was revealed that he’s supporting her mother too. But, she said she had a prenup and if a divorce happens she’ll be OK either way. Now, that’s telling on yourself. Ashley was only with him for the money, that’s the part he did peep.

          It seems like they’ll never learn, but c’mon guys. Use some common sense. These young girls are fresh, taut bodies and nice looking. It’s hard to believe they want a gravity laden body and balding hair. So many of them do lose their money sooner or later, but history has taught them nothing.

          • Bobbi

            Yes @ that Vegemite. I’ve seen and smelled it and I’ll leave it at that. Lol.

            Ashley very much wanted a baby, it was her husband who resisted but then he used the restaurant as a carrot after Ashley wouldn’t let up about it. The contingency was to get the restaurant up and running before he would even consider it. That was simply an excuse to put it off because he never wanted a baby to begin with. It was just a way to appease her. Ashley was very unhappy about that deal but she accepted because she has no leverage in that marriage. Her tantrum about being treated like a kid said it all.

            I believe it was just another bit of ammo in her arsenal, this baby. If Ashley pulled back on her plans to get pregnant it was most likely because she realized her prenup secures her future without the downside of being saddled with a child whose only purpose was for security to begin with. Maybe her mother talked to her. Why else would a woman want a baby with a man she’s only with for the money? She sure isn’t distraught about that breakup. Lol

            Yes, men will never learn. There are some exceptions to the rule but it’s almost always about the money. I know a couple wealthy older ladies who like the youngn’s lol but they are far smarter than men. They may shell out a few ducats but they are never silly enough to think the guy is with them for love. They see and appreciate the relationship for what it is and when it has run its course they move on to the next with their purses in tact. Lol.

          • GetReal2014

            Excellent points, as usual, and I have to admit that I don’t do a lot of thinking regarding this show because it’s soooo B-O-R-I-N-G. It’s just fodder after a rough day of tennis on Sundays. What I remember is a bit of the first season and Ashley and Michael carrying on like rabbits. If there was baby talk I probably wasn’t interested. I don’t remember much about the restaurant’s beginnings either. It’s hard to pay attention when you really don’t care one way or the other. My interest in their restaurant woes waned when his dumb azz was putting emu and ostrich on the menu. It wasn’t cuisine I was interested in so I didn’t even think about the restaurant. Thought it was just a poor attempt at having a storyline.

            Her decision to wait on a baby came out of nowhere and made me think she didn’t want a baby in the first place. I thought her scene where she was practicing with that male dancer spoke volumes. Ashley, IMO, seemed to enjoy the interaction with the nice looking and virile dancer and it was at that point that I thought Ashley wasn’t all that interested in the trappings of a marriage, after all, she had that prenup in her back pocket the whole time. The only regret Ashley may have is that Michael is supporting her mother and if she leaves the marriage that responsibility will fall on her own shoulders. That would mean less money for her.

            Ashley is only 28. I can’t see her wanting to be straddled with an old man for the rest of her life. It’s more like mission accomplished. If the show is renewed I can see Ashley enjoying the single life with Michael’s money without skipping a beat. But a baby? I don’t think it was in the cards for Ashley at all. And no, she isn’t distraught in the least, but it was smart of her to pretend that she wanted to stay with Michael. I don’t think that’s true at all.

            Excellent analysis about the way men and women approach the trophy mate. I know it’s what I’d do, ha ha ha.

          • Bobbi

            Exactly! Lol These women do not get it twisted and they aren’t stupid with it. Women go in with a clear plan and men are clear about how it’s going to go down and its why they move on without incident.

            I once worked with a girl when I was in my 20’s who was same age as I. She was married and her husband was fine. He was a UPS worker and one of those cougars got their claws in him on a delivery. Lmao! Her husband and this woman had a long relationship and when he got tired of her old @ss and wanted to go back to status quo as happily married delivery man, she sued him for every “gift” she gave him. The check memo’s and notes accompanying the things she bought labeled everything “a loan” and it stood up in court. Now, in that case the woman dealt dirty but she went in knowing it was going to end. And again the guy got it twisted. He ended up losing his wife. They had a new baby. Crazy

          • GetReal2014

            Ha ha ha, that’s what his greedy azz gets. He was too stupid to check the memo line? LMAO. What a fool! The older woman dealt him dirty,but she did him just right. If he was willing to leave his wife and child for the promise of material goods he got just what he deserved. Like Bill Withers sang, “It ain’t so bad the way you using me, cuz I shol’ am using you to do the thang you do.”

            Yep, and in the end the fool lost everything and moms moved on and found another greedy sucker.

          • Bobbi

            Lol! Yeah, it served him right for sure. Men always get it twisted don’t they? He thought he had the woman under his control and could slide in and get out whenever he wanted. Bet he didn’t even share that money with his family, ole greedy @ss. Lol. His wife was through. At that age you aren’t thinking about time invested or any of that ish – you’re thinking, “I’m fine, and there’s more fish in the sea.” Lol He had to end up going to his family like a chump with his tail between his legs because he couldn’t afford to pay it. His mom helped him but made him tell his wife. Lmao! She was a client and told us the entire story. Mom’s didn’t play, lol His wife ended up leaving us to work for someone else but I later ran into her at a conference and this girl who was rail thin and straight as a board, now had a perfect figure. That baby broke her off just right lol so I know he was double sorry as hail he lost her. I remember being in awe that a baby could give you hips lmao. Her career took off and I always wondered what happened to him. Probably still a UPS driver. LOL!

          • GetReal2014

            The sad thing is that in many cases his dumb chit would’ve worked like a charm. I’m always amazed at how desperate so many women are to “have a man.” They don’t seem to realize that these aren’t men, they’re predators, looking to get whatever they can get out of a gullible woman.

            The older woman knew that. She knew that he would throw his wife and child over just to have his needs met. She also knew that if he was willing to do that he was untrustworthy and had no loyalty to anyone. So she did what she did in plain sight. SMDH, that she put loan in the memo line and his dumb, greedy azz didn’t catch that.

            Regardless of age, an azzhole who would try to pull that nonsense on me would immediately find his azz on the curb. There are billions of people on this earth and his behind just wasn’t the right one.

            It’s about more than the infidelity to me. You not only broke trust, but you opened me up to diseases, lied like a rug over and over, and you only cared about yourself. What use are you to me? No matter how much it hurts me to go through the pain, over time the pain will heal, but you will not be the one ripping the band-aid off. I will heal in my own time,but never will I make the same mistake twice. Now after you’ve showed me who you are.

          • Bobbi

            Yeah, cheating is foul and you’re right, it’s not about the sex, it’s the betrayal and jeopardy just as you stated. Having kids adds a whole other layer. He’s betraying his children as well.

            That’s greed for ya.
            …..Only saw his name and the numbers. Hail, his behind may have even seen those memo’s but ignored it thinking he was God’s gift and she would never call him on it. As I stated, men are always getting it twisted. He got a LOT of attention, he was hawwwt but I bet he learned his lesson that day. That was one for the annals wasn’t it? Silly goose.

          • GetReal2014

            Yeah, that’s too much. You’re putting your own desires in front of the person you vowed to be with and love until death do you part, your children and their mindset about relationships. You’re supposed to be the example for them, instead your giving them trust issues that may end up playing out in their own lives. It’s about way more than the actual sexual act.

            That is definitely possible. He probably thought he was laying it down so well that she wouldn’t follow through with her implied threat, or that he would be able to sweet talk her out of it. Looks are nice, but they aren’t everything. Decency trumps all.

            Hot or not, he got exactly what he deserved.

          • Bobbi

            Yep. Agreed.

  • GirlPlz

    Michael is gay and they are not a match. It is no surprise they are separated. It is not the other cast mates fault. Ashley is a messy bitch and should look at her own bedroom before talking about everyone elses.

  • GirlPlz

    The reunion was more entertaining than the entire season

  • GirlPlz

    When are you going to turn on right click, AAT. I like to view pages in several tabs (::

  • GirlPlz

    I bet Broke Black Bill Gates got a beat down from Karen when he got home, because he revealed that their house had been on the market for a year and a half!!!! Their relocation/”downsizing” story made no sense. They’re not rich. Did you see their dishwasher? I think a lot of the HWs buy big acres of land for cheap and then build grand houses using cheap materials. They look expensive, but they’re not.

    • GirlPlz

      Broke Gates’ comments about Gizelle were very distasteful. Why is it that ugly unattractive men (like him & Trump) make derogatory, misogynistic comments about females. Who the F wants their ugly bald asses

    • GetReal2014

      That relocation story was whacked. They were falling all over themselves. None of it made any sense.

  • GetReal2014

    The problem with Potomac to me, is that nobody really has much going on. They may do a scene here or there, Gizelle and her make up, Charisse doing a champagne room, who cares? Monique mentioning her money all the time, and Ashley in everybody’s business. These ladies spend the majority of their time throwing shade and creating BS problems. They shouldn’t be renewed, IMO. They were pretty boring.

    • GirlPlz

      The “who’s hosting Bermuda” drama sums how ridiculous they are are.

      • GetReal2014

        Oh my gosh. That was terribly stupid, and Charisse’s dumb azz did make that an issue. Karen asked for her help. It was Charisse talking about wearing a crown and all of that other nonsense. Charisse is a very unhappy person. She’s my least favorite.

        • Bobbi

          I haven’t seen much of this season but, Charisse was my least fave from the jump. I do think it is because she is unhappy. She is very pretentious and her husband is connected to her image and the value she has placed on herself. His rejection of her is doing a number on her for sure. Just sad when women allow a man to hijack their self worth.

          • GetReal2014

            I know, and the worst part is that she feels that Eddie did her wrong, but she still seems to want his validation. She almost tears up every time his name is mentioned. She doesn’t seem to get that Eddie doesn’t want her and has moved on.

            I didn’t like her either. She’s incredibly insecure and has seriously low self-esteem. You can tell she’s lost without the validation that he gave her. But, I get it. She’s empty and it’s a wonder he stayed with her as long as he did.

          • Bobbi

            Girl, I have never seen a reality husband so disenterested. That man is so done with her it hurt MY d@mn feelings……LOL
            That must burn like hail.

          • GetReal2014

            I know. He isn’t even angry. He doesn’t care about the money. He just wants to be done with her, and yes, that has to burn like fire. Remember when he went to their daughter’s birthday party. He didn’t even speak to her. You cannot get any more disinterested in her. Oh, not to mention that he hadn’t touched her for more than two years. That’s because he didn’t want her. That’s why Charrise is so bitter and angry. And why she needs to STHU trying to throw shade with her wrecked life.

            Eddie did a job on her head and her net worth means nothing without any pride or self-esteem. She knew her situation and got on reality TV anyway. Those are the breaks.

          • Bobbi

            Lol He showed up to his kids party and it was as if she didn’t exist. What the hail happened I wonder? It’s been over a long time when you come home after months and can be in the same room without even looking in their direction. She’d best date a few more firemen until she can get over him. I hate when women do that to themselves.

          • GetReal2014

            I know. He wants no part of her. It’s glaring, and it makes me wonder WTH is wrong with her? Does she do all of this simpering BS to try to get his attention? It’s so obvious that he doesn’t want her and hasn’t for a long time. You would think that she would be embarrassed to be pining over him on television. He didn’t even look her way.

            Charisse has serious self-esteem issues, along with anger, bitterness and hostility issues. She’s always game to take everyone around her down. Such a bitter and ugly woman. Not to be shallow, but that chick is booked.

  • BetteDavisEyez1

    Getting Karen to admit she had a breast reduction was like pulling teeth. As if it wasn’t obvious.
    Kind of hard to feel sympathy for Ashley’s situation, considering how much she berated both Charisse & Robyn.

  • Misha

    Charisse’s ‘champagne room’ is ridiculous and pretentious. Much like her. I think she needs to hit the brakes on her spending if she wants to get half of Eddie’s money as I don’t think he’s all that wealthy.