Like just about everything else they do, the ladies have overstayed their trip to South Africa. This episode was about as necessary as the third part of the Beverly Hills Reunion. In fact, it really could have gone into Bravo’s lost footage locker.
Anyway, at first the ladies are still talking about the trip to the orphanage and how it really made them realize how blessed they are. Don’t worry, this warm glow faded very quickly. After a trip to the Xhosa tribal museum, where they learn that brides are chosen by the men and have no say in who they will marry, they are given psychic readings by Sangoma, the herbalist. He says that he his going to tell them their fortunes by using bones which turn out to be shells and dice, much to the relief of Phaedra.
He sees that A.J. is still with Kandi and is around her all the time. He tells Marlo that she needs to find a man who will love her. Nene, according to Sangoma, is not happy but that her husband is a good man. Still a little off his game, he tells Cynthia that she is going to get married. Finally, he informs Sheree that she will not be getting married again because she is simply too old.
The ladies gather in Marlo’s room for a sort of pajama party. Marlo’s 29 pairs of shoes and nearly as many purses are displayed about her room as if they were in a showroom at Neiman Marcus. Marlo explains that she loves her shoes and labels, as if we needed her to confirm that for us. The conversation somehow turns to the ladies’ favorite sexual positions. Neither Marlo or Kandi have any problem with it and begin to offer demonstrations for the other ladies to use in the future. Both of them perform rather well, and it was made very clear as to how Marlo has earned each and every one of those pairs of shoes.
The next morning, the ladies have planned to go on a farewell safari, but Marlo is sick and can’t go. Phaedra is under the opinion that the medicine man put some “hoo-joo” on Marlo, which seemed a reasonable possibility. Nene decides that she should stay behind to nurse her ailing friend, after donning latex gloves and declaring herself a germophobe.
The Smalls, plus Cynthia, head out in the Range Rover to see more of Africa’s wildlife. Much to the consternation of their guide, animals are not on their minds. Instead, much of the trip is spent discussing those who are not there, including Kim. Cynthia says that she just couldn’t imagine Kim going to an African orphanage or picking up a black baby. Kandi says that she couldn’t see Kim on this trip, but not for those reasons.
Lunch is served during the safari and Nene shows up in a separate vehicle. The topic of conversation turns to Marlo and Nene is quick to defend her friend’s character. According to Nene, Marlo’s character is defined by the fact that she loves fashion. I would use other terms to describe Marlo’s character. The others have a difference of opinion about that, and Cynthia is suddenly struck mute. Nene also announces that she is the Captain of the Tall ship. I don’t even know what that means, but Nene liked the sound of it. She also thinks this is a good time to tell them that Kim is the Captain of the Smalls.
Back at the resort, the Smalls call Kim to give her an update (gossip about the Talls) on their vacation. When Kim learns that Marlo is there, she calls Nene a hypocrite for having criticized her for bringing Sweetie to Florida. Sheree also tells Kim that Kandi said that Kim would not have gone to the orphanage or picked up any African children. Needless to say, Kim is angry about that assumption, and Kandi is ready to strangle Sheree for throwing her under the bus.
Their last night is spent at a dinner where they are offered African clothing and hats to wear. Their faces are also painted in ways African women would do their own faces. The call to Kim is brought up which Nene finds hilarious, and tells the Smalls that they had to call their boss. Kandi attempts to clear the air with Sheree’s accusation about the whole Kim-orphanage nonsense. Cynthia, finally, says that she, not Kandi was the one who made the comment. All of them are wondering if there is anywhere in the whole world where they will not end up in some stupid fight. They’re not the only ones.
The Amazing Race and Celebrity Apprentice
I have not recapped either of these programs (Sunday nights are killers for keeping up with all of the shows). Given that, however, I am more than happy to hear your comments and perspectives on either or both.