By Terrance Turner
The Real Housewives of Potomac are back!
This afternoon, the trailer for season 5 of the series premiered. In it, we view the fallout from the fight between cast members Candiace Dillard Bassett and Monique Samuels. The two got into a physical altercation during a dinner party on October 16, according to People magazine. In November, both filed complaints in Montgomery County District Court, accusing the other of second-degree assault. In December, the State’s Attorney’s Office in Montgomery County declined to press charges against either party.
But the upcoming season promises to shed light on the melee. In the trailer, viewers see a quick flash of the argument that led to the clash. Amidst broken glasses, a producer can be seen holding Samuels back. “Get off of me!” she yells. Later, Gizelle Bryant complains that the fight makes black women look bad. “We’ve been able to hold ourselves above the stereotype, and in 5 minutes, she took it away,” says Bryant. She later tells Samuels, “I by no means want to be near you.”
“Then maybe I don’t need to be a part of this anymore,” Samuels tearfully responds.
But that’s far from the only issue facing the women this season. Several of the cast members’ relationships come under scrutiny. Bryant has reconnected with her ex-husband, pastor Jamal Bryant –whose infidelity during their marriage led to their 2008 divorce. Meanwhile, Bryant’s best friend Robyn Dixon is solidifying a reunion of her own. Dixon’s ex-husband — former NBA player and current Coppin State University basketball coach Juan Dixon — recently proposed. But the two have some work to do before heading down the aisle again.
“Don’t act like our marriage was awesome,” Juan warns his ex during what appears to be a counseling session. “I never said it was,” Robyn replies.
Also facing marital problems: Karen Huger and Ashley Darby. In one scene, Huger asks her husband Ray if he still loves her. “Over time, things change,” he answers, as an upset Mrs. Huger leaves the room. “I should’ve left in a f–king heartbeat,” she later tells the group.
For her part, Darby is grappling (once again) with rumors about her husband Michael. Last season, Ashley found herself in the center of a firestorm after Michael was charged with felony sexual assault for allegedly groping a cameraman. This season, Candiace receives a text message alleging that Michael had a wild night out on the town with strippers. Ashley appears to confront her husband in a tense sit-down. Michael explains: “We went to a hotel…”
Viewers are also introduced to a new face: Dr. Wendy Osefo. According to the university’s website, Osefo is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Education program at Johns Hopkins University. Her research examines how race and class shape the trajectory of students in school and community. Osefo is also a political commentator for CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
Watch all the drama unfold in the trailer below.