Porsha's hard at work. Unfortunately, it's not perfecting her role in Kandi's upcoming musical. Instead, she's becoming yet another housewife trying to launch a music career. Vocally, she runs circles around all the others -- Danielle, Gretchen, Kim, LuAnn and Melissa -- but that's not saying much.
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In a really heartbreaking turn of events, Kenya's dog Velvet dies. For any dog owner/dog lover, you can't help but feel for Kenya. For seven years, that dog was her closest companion. The circumstances of Velvet's untimely demise are horrifying, and Kenya's aunt tries to provide comfort by spewing a bunch of platitudes, but her best idea is to hold a memorial for the beloved pooch. Analyze This
Kandi decides to try and tackle her issues with Momma Joyce head-on. She schedules a session at her house with a family counselor. Mother and daughter have been estranged since Kandi found out about Joyce's plan to frame Todd, but Kandi misses her mom. Their relationship screams co-dependent.
The doctor asks Kandi to step out so he can talk to Momma Joyce. Momma says that even though she thinks Todd has an agenda, that's not the primary reason for her relationship with Kandi taking a nose dive. She says that since being with Todd, Kandi's gained a lot of weight, and he should remind her to work out every day. But Momma's concerns extend beyond running on the treadmill or doing lunges. She believes that being with Todd should make Kandi a better woman, and she doesn't see that.
Now this is the first we've heard of this. Previously, it all seemed to be about the Benjamins -- although that is still a factor. Momma Joyce also thinks that Kandi picks the wrong men because she didn't grow up with a father figure, and her brother, who she was extremely close to, died. Wow, this episode is a huge bummer. Can't be snarky about dead dogs and messed-up family dynamics. Usually, Momma Joyce acts like a maniac, so either she's faking it to look good for the counselor or she just couldn't vocalize her deeper concerns for Kandi until now.
But the doc isn't letting her off the hook altogether. Momma Joyce admits that she doesn't really know how Todd treats Kandi, nor has she made much effort to sit down with him and voice her concerns. He gives her a little slap on the wrist for not taking the time to get to know the man her daughter plans to marry.
The counselor can tell this isn't going to be a quick fix, so the big question is, will mother and daughter follow through?Drama On Stage and Off
It's obvious that the season finale is going to coincide with the opening of Kandi's musical. With just a week left, rehearsals have begun at the venue. Porsha's finally taking it seriously, but Kandi worries that it might be too late. Kandi's wisest decision was to hire an understudy for Porsha, who remarks how "We supposed to be singing and acting and, you know, staying in character the whole time."
Momma Joyce stops by to watch rehearsal and runs into Todd in the lobby. He tries to engage Momma, but she's not one for fakin' it until you make it. Probably figuring he's got nothing left to lose, Todd decides to confront Momma Joyce. He just wants to lay it all out face-to-face, even if the result is an understanding that he'll never be good enough for Kandi in her eyes.
Joyce says she never stopped liking Todd, she just lost respect for him. In her opinion, he lost his worth when he quit working. What she fails to understand is that Todd's work isn't your garden variety 9 to 5 office drone.And when he made the conscious decision, for the sake of his relationship, to take a break, he didn't sponge off of Kandi. He had a hefty nest egg of his own. He explains that his work takes him out of town for months at a time, something Kandi couldn't get down with.
Todd really humbles himself. He makes it clear that he wants Momma Joyce to get to know him and for all of them to be a big, happy family. How can Momma resist a man voicing his hope that someday she'll love him, after she starts out by liking him?
Momma admits that her whole existence is her children, and she has possibly been overprotective of Kandi. I can tell you that the dialogue going on between these two beats the crap out of what the cast is regurgitating on stage.
On a more optimistic note, congrats to newlyweds Kandi and Todd. Let's hope this means Momma is coming around.
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