Episode 3 “Mother Tucker”
Last week we left off with one Mad Mamazilla refusing to walk Kandi down the aisle. Todd trying to have a rational conversation to defend accusations she made about his parents, all of which left Todd questioning if he can go through with the wedding.
14 days until the wedding. Kandi and Todd meet with Pastor Pollard for marriage counseling. He has them answer some questions on paper, like what makes them happy. Kandi wrote she is happy when Todd is rubbing her feet. They discuss their communication differences. Todd likes to take things head on and Kandi likes to let it build up. Kandi proclaims every battle isn’t worth talking about.
13 days until the wedding. Todd is trying to make the guest bed in the house when his mother, Sharon, calls on the phone to say she is at the airport on her way. She said they will be “Team Tucker” against the “Old Lady Gang”. Chuckles. Kandi enters the room wearing a shirt that reads “More Issues Than Vogue”. She helps Todd find the right sheets for the bed. Todd wants to know what’s the plan with the mothers. Kandi wants to keep them separate. Todd wants to get them to talk. A car arrives with Sharon, Todd’s mother. Todd is an only child and he is very close to his mother. It was previously revealed that they talk on the phone twice a day. Sharon came from NY, but she has a unique way of speaking that is a bit difficult for me to understand. Perhaps there is some Mississippi draw in her speech.
Todd asks his mother if she feels like she’s losing a player and she insists no, she is not and how Kandi got lucky. They mention the accusation Joyce made that Todd’s father was a pimp and how ridiculous all this is. There is a photo of Todd’s father on the screen for the viewers and Sharon said he looked like Superfly. It’s apparent that Sharon and Todd have thus far been kept in the dark about Joyce accusing Sharon of being a prostitute. Kandi greets her future mother-in-law and says in a talking head that Sharon’s always been so sweet to her. She thinks Kandi has lost weight and compliments her. As you may recall, Joyce takes a liking to chastising Kandi about her weight and blaming weight gain on Todd. Sharon wants to know if Kandi’s family is on board. Kandi said her mother will be there and said she will be nice. Sharon said Joyce needs counselling, all ya’ll do and joked how she does too. But Sharon rubs it in a little saying that she gets along with everybody and doesn’t have the problem. It’s Joyce that has the problem. Although true, Kandi was a bit taken back by the direct blame and asked Sharon what is her suggestion. Sharon said to put Joyce on meds. Chuckle.
Kandi thinks Sharon is too turned up about what’s been said by Joyce already and she didn’t even tell her the prostitute part. Really, Kandi?! Wouldn’t you be turned up if the shoe was on the other foot?! Sharon brings up Joyce’s setting up a situation earlier in the year with the accusations that Todd and Carmon had something going on the side. Kandi explains a little of her view and Sharon ends up feeling bad for Kandi having to deal with a mother like that and gives Kandi a hug and tells her to go get married. Awww.
10 days until the wedding. Cake shopping with Tan, the Matron of Honor. Kandi says she don’t play with her food, this cake can not only look good, it has to taste good! Tan asks about Carmon’s involvement in the wedding. Carmon doesn’t work for her anymore, but she will be the Maid of Honor. I’m feeling the tension before Carmon enters the cake shop. It turns out that Tan, Carmon and Kandi have been friends since childhood, but both besties with Kandi – but not with one another. These two are taking shots at one another, insulting one another big time in talking head interviews that are peppered all over the segments that feature the two of them. They are clearly opposites. Tan is very well thought out and Carmon flies by the seat of her pants. Todd joins and the four of them taste cake samples that all look so yummy. Unfortunately, they neglect to tell us the most important information, as to what type of cake was chosen, but it will cost $2700, which seems like a good price to everyone but Todd.
9 days until the wedding. A second meeting with dress designer Reco Chapple of House of Chapple. It’s Tan, Kandi’s stylist/male bridesmaid and Carmon joins. First we see work in progress dress that is for Phaedra, who will be a bridesmaid. He has a dress ready for Tan to be fitted, that we do not see. Then we find out he has nothing yet for Kandi to try on, but they’re working on it. There’s lots of talk about feathers. Yes, feathers?! Kandi and Tan are disappointed this is not a fitting for Kandi. Rico throws some shade ’round the room talking about playing down Tan’s appearance and of course Carmon jumps in on this train and more insults are exchanged in talking heads of the two ladies. Kandi feels confident Rico will pull it all out in time. Tan says, time is of the essence in this wedding and unlike Rachet Reco, she needs things organized and in a fashionable manner. Tan has arranged several members of the wedding party to meet at a local Bar that happens to have swings that hang from the ceiling as bar seats. They’re all seated at plush u-shaped table elsewhere in the bar. The topic is planning the bachelorette party. It’s Tan, the male bridesmaid, Carmon, Phaedra, cousin Weenie and Rasheeda (who we meet for the first time and I assume is a good friend of Kandi). Carmon seems to think this is Tan’s deal and she’s just going to tell everyone what to do, so Carmon is just looking forward to drinking it up on Tan’s tab.
They talk about having strippers, which was a mixed reaction, but most notable was Phaedra seems to have some freaky ideas. The conversation turns to the unfortunate event at an earlier dress shopping trip (featured on RHOA) where Mad Mamazilla tries to throw down with Carmon in the dress boutique. Tan thinks that Carmon doesn’t handle Joyce right and they get to arguing about what is proper in dealing with Joyce. More insulting talking heads, like Tan thinks Carmon drinks too much. Carmon (pictured above) and Tan keep upping the level of their voices making a scene and then Carmon says “Bye Felisha” with the appropriate hand gestures. Chuckles. Everyone skips a beat and the silence is broken by Phaedra, who wants to know who is Felisha?! Carmon tells Phaedra, she’s the random bitch you don’t give a fuck about. Cousin Weenie gets bent out of shape and yells to the two ladies you’ll need to squash this shit now – this is all for Kandi! If somebody messes up my cousin’s wedding they gonna have to deal with me! She was very upset. The male bridesmaid, I’m so sorry folks, they don’t say his name, if anyone knows, I would appreciate to call him by name. He put in his two cents, as he is in line with Tan and for everyone to remember this is about Kandi! He closed it with making a remark that Carmon needs to back off the alcohol.
If it’s not enough the mothers of the bride and groom don’t respect one another; now there’s competition from the dueling maid/matron of honors!
8 days until the wedding. Kandi and Todd cooking in the kitchen, making some spaghetti for dinner. Carmon stopped by with the invitations. Kandi wonders to herself why she had to fire Carmon to get her to actually help with the wedding. Maybe she should have fired her long ago. The dinner is for Todd’s mother and the Old Lady Gang. Todd and Riley are skeptical that all will go well, as it seems Joyce has backup and Sharon rides solo. Joyce, Nora and Bertha arrive with Fried Chicken in tow. Aunt Nora very enthusiastically greets, hugs, and kisses Sharon. That was no joke in the first episode when Nora lamented how much she likes Sharon. After that love fest, Sharon says “hello everyone” and as editing makes it appear, no one responds. Two things I find interesting in this segment. One is the ladies bringing chicken are the only ones eating chicken. Except Riley, who might have had some chicken on her plate, but she was apparently sent elsewhere in the house with her food by Kandi. I would assume that Kandi is making sure to minimize Riley’s screen time, as thus far she appears for a few minutes per episode….as well does Georgia the bulldog. Or simply put, Riley is sent away to protect her ears from Mad Mamazilla.
They sit down to eat and bless the food. There is an awkward silence that Nora breaks saying she received her invitation. Joyce abruptly speaks up to ask Sharon when did she arrive? Sharon says Friday. Joyce goes has a tirade because she feels she can not spend the night in Kandi’s house since Todd is there and she is jealous that Sharon can. Good gosh, this rapidly launched into a messy nasty fight. Nothing less than you would expect from one Mad Mamazilla, but it shows us that Todd’s mother, Sharon indeed can hold her own. Sharon says she knows how Joyces speaks of her child. How she tried to set him up and how she needs to stop threatening him. Joyce told Sharon to shut the fuck up. Sharon replied you picked on the wrong one now, bitch. Joyce has steam coming out her ears because she’s been called a bitch. If there had not been a table between the two women, they would have had their hands on each other’s throats. We see Todd being very collected and unusually calm while Joyces’ daughter and sisters are trying to hold her back. Good thing Riley took a plate to her room. Kandi suggests Todd and Sharon leave before Joyce breaks their stronghold. Todd and his mama go to the guest bedroom. Sharon asks for a water and a shot of Brandy. He tries to calm his mother down.
I thought that would be all for the evening, as I can assure you it was enough! But no, the two ‘teams’ try to calm down, or rally their people to meet up again. Sigh. Poor Kandi has some of the most self serving individuals in her family. Tonight’s gem is Aunt Bertha, who proclaimed that Kandi just needs to get married and have babies and leave me the hell alone! Yes, she really said that for all to hear. Joyce was talking out of her head about setting Todd up and then Bertha spews some nonsense about the scheme that Todd set up. Kandi is lost in how ridiculous all this is. Bertha strikes me as the town drunk that pipes up maybe once in a blue moon to have everyone’s attention, but is ignored. I’m not saying Bertha drinks or was drunk, just how she erupts is comparable. Actually, it is Joyce claiming that Sharon is drunk.
And with that said, Todd re-enters the room and said his mother is not drunk, she is frustrated. Todd tries to defend his mother as she rejoins the the group. Joyce is not making eye contact with anyone, she has a stone cold look to her. Todd said Joyce can dish it but she can not take it. Bertha spews some more nonsense and I’m not the only one that is ignoring her. Joyce talks about they’re all bitches shaking fingers and more nonsense. The woman that makes the most sense of the lot of them – Nora is completely silent. I presume that is because she actually loves both women and is tongue tied for that fact. Todd makes an announcement that Kandi’s pregnant. Almost everyone fell for it a brief moment, while Todd quickly let them off the hook that he was kidding. What was very telling about Todd’s ice-breaker of a joke is that Joyce’s cold stone face did not change one bit. Everyone else had an emotion of surprise or laughter. Not even the slightest movement on her face. Nothing. She looks very defeated and withdrawn, like sometimes how people will look when they are sentenced to jail. Kandi noted the expression on her face is saying that her mama still wants to fight. Sounds like the makings of another episode!
Next week we see Joyce telling Kandi “If homegirl get drunk and call me a bitch again – I don’t know what got into her” for which Kandi replies “YOU.” Chuckles. There will be bachelor and bachelorette parties that I hope Phaedra didn’t plan. Oh my, I just had a flashback of the RHOC bachelorette, help me. I might need to borrow the Lysol from Heather for next week’s blog.