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The Angriest Apology - Ep 10

Bravotv.com's Associate Editor has never seen a resolution with such little resolve.

I have only one question: where are Norman and the red broom? If they've exited our Miami lives for good now, I think some sort of spinoff series is in order here. Elsa should somehow be involved as well. Maybe they could cleanse auras by day and solve mysteries by night? I digress.

So after three episodes of event fundraiser parties/galas we are now left gala-less this week. Less nipples and formal wear, alas! What we did get this week was everyone kind of dealing with their lives and issues now that the social calendar has finally opened up a bit.

We start with Joanna playing in a model volleyball tournament. Really they probably could have just turned off the sound during this entire segment, because it was about 10 minutes full of shots of amazing torsos. I honestly couldn't tell you anything that was said until Joanna finished playing and went to talk to Lisa and Karent.

Just as Joanna starts lamenting the fact that Romain didn't come support her, in he walks looking super slamming in some white kind-of capri pants (only Romain can pull those off is my guess). The ladies wisely flee the scene while the love birds hunker down for relationship sit down part two. Joanna apologizes for the lingerie party madness and Romain seems dangerously close to his breaking point with Joanna, telling her she has to stay booze-free when they go out to events together. Asking a proud Polish girl to give up her vodka seems like a tall order, but Joanna seems ready to do anything to make things work.The day has finally come for Ana and her ex to part ways from their joint practice. Up until now Ana's showed off her tough sarcastic exterior, but we see a different side once she breaks down when packing up her things. And understandably so! It's not an easy thing to end your routine of twenty years, especially when it's tied up with an ex you care deeply about.

But of course they both still manage to crack jokes while Ana weeps, turning the whole scene tragicomic. Overall it leaves you thinking partly that they're meant to be and partly like they're making the right decision in moving on.

We go from sad to even sadder as Lea breaks down when she learns they have to put down her beloved dog, Leroy. You can tell she's really heartbroken and it's hard to watch.

In what is now becoming a Bravo trend (Madison from MDL, Phaedra from RHOA) Lea throws a dog funeral. It's very cute and tasteful, and there's a welcome moment of levity when Adriana translates Freda's eulogy -- evidently she used to be petrified of Leroy, who was perhaps the cutest little pup ever.

Since Norman's aura cleansing efforts were evidently only temporary, Alexia calls a Housewives summit to try and hash out everyone's issues. I love when these big let's-get-together-and-fix-this events occur. Why? Because big group events are where all these problems spring from, so calling a meeting to revisit these issues usually ends just as badly (if not worse) than the incident that led them there.

In any event, Karent's much criticized article gets criticized even more, this time from Marysol. When Karent tries to explain herself, she gets cut off, which sparks Joanna to speak up, which then gets Adriana involved, and suddenly we've flashed past people's issue with Karent and gone straight to the main event -- the lingerie party bitch slap. Adriana and Joanna (unsurprisingly) both view the events of the incident differently. Just when things seem to be escalating uncomfortably, they're then just apologizing to each other. What? But don't be fooled -- that is the angriest apology I have ever seen. They both keep saying they want to move on, yet simultaneously continue to give each other side eye.

I'm guessing Lisa's enthusiastic shouts of glee over how they've made peace were premature.

Next week it's an Elsa/Thomas smackdown. Who would have guessed after they danced so beautifully together?

Hoping to Move Forward with Lea

Marysol shares what she hopes will come out of the reunion.

For me the reunion is a forum to hash things out and engage in verbal mud wrestling and hopefully come out cleansed from the tension and disagreements. I would like to make it clear that I do not hate anyone; I am not a person that likes to live in anger as it only makes you miserable and takes away from the precious moments of our lives. It is no secret that I have spent a couple of years being accused of lying by Lea when we do not see eye to eye on something. It is very frustrating to have issues with someone and always end up at the same place of “her word against mine.”

Unfortunately, my father this year has also had a rapid decline in his health and has spent the better part of the past few months in and out of the hospital. While dad was in the hospital with nothing else to do besides sleep, read, and watch TV he watched every episode of RHOM. He was very upset when he saw Lea saying I was lying when I said she didn’t call, write, or send flowers to mom for 8 weeks. He called me and said to figure out a way to video tape me and put it on that show of yours because I’ve had enough of the lies. My father was by mother’s side every day from the moment she went into the hospital to the day she came home (2 months later). He saw everyone who passed by, saw every flower and card that was sent etc. I truly was uncomfortable videotaping him in a hospital setting, but I was leaving for the reunion and he called relentlessly several times a day insisting I let him speak his mind for the cameras. If you thought Mama Elsa was tough, guess who she learned it from, that’s right, her husband of 52 years, Donald Patton. You never met anyone more ornery, stubborn, or tough, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

I have said my peace, which is what I went to the reunion to do. I have moved forward and forgive those who have hurt me and I forgive myself for those I may have hurt. I truly want to move forward to a better place with Lea to the best of our ability. We may never be best friends, but I’d like to think we can at least be in the same room, be cordial, and maybe even share a laugh someday.

It has been a fun season with the ladies and it provided a great distraction from the personal emotional struggles I was going through with my parents’ declining health.  I hope you enjoyed the season, thank you for all of your support and best wishes for my mother as that has been the greatest gift the show has brought us.

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