By Lesley Rousso
The episode begins with Lea packing up for a trip to her home state of Texas. She explains that she’s going because RJ wants to see his cousins and none of her huge family ever plans on leaving Texas. Lisa is also packing, she is joining them.
Romain and Joanna Skype with Romain’s family to tell them they’re getting married and have set a date. Unfortunately, none of them can make it to the wedding. Later, Romain sets up a lovely drink outside on their dock and he rips up the prenup. A huge boat pulls up and they hop aboard. Romain then brings out a surprise from inside, an adorable puppy! The three sail off into the sunset.
Adriana‘s son Alex prepares for a dance and Adri wants to be the chaperone. Not happening! She makes a very big deal out of him going. Which, as a mother, I totally get. Frederic plays chauffer and drives Alex and his friend in his Rolls.
Back at the airport, Lea, Lisa and RJ are headed to Dallas. When they arrive at the hotel Lea’s family is waiting for them. Lea has a huge family that, until now, we really knew nothing about. I immediately see where she gets her taste in jewelry. I was literally “blinded by the light”. Lea is the oldest of her sisters but, because she doesn’t live there, she feels she doesn’t really fit in with their “cult”. It is uncanny how much Lea’s sisters sounds exactly like her.
The group ventures to suburbia to a cousin’s house. Everyone is in denim, sparkly jewelry and cowboy boots, the complete opposite of our Miami gals. As they prepare to eat lunch, her family blesses the food, which RJ thinks is bizarre. Her mother and sisters tell Lisa that Lea was the most popular girl in school and had tons of boys after her. They also reveal that Lea worries about the family and just sends checks if she knows someone is struggling. (She could just send one of her five hundred Birkins). The family and Lisa agree that Lea puts a wall up with people. Her mom says that they know the true Lea, who is a caring and generous person. They bring up Lea’s sister Kim, who died in a freak car accident three years ago. Lisa observes that Lea just kind of shuts down and seems to have a really difficult time talking about her feelings.
Lisa and Lea meet up with a friend at a Dallas bar. Lea had a skincare company in the 80s and this woman was one of her employees. We are treated to many old pictures and videos. She was also in the health club business (think Jazzercize). Then, a man with a cowboy hat…stereotype much…asks Lea to dance and we learn that Ms. Black is a pretty great dancer. In her twenties, she tells us, she worked sixteen hours a day in heels dancing. Up next, they ride the mechanical bull and I half expect her to tell us about her days as a professional bull rider.
Back in Miami Alexia and Herman throw a small dinner party to celebrate their anniversary. Alexia gives a speech and Frankie throws his two cents in whenever he feels like it. It’s actually adorable. Peter to be doing better, now if he would just cut that hair. Marysol stops by Alexia’s and the two chat about Mama Elsa. She’s not doing well and Marysol is very upset. I’m not exactly sure why they knocked Marysol to recurring status when she’s on every episode.
Lea, RJ and Lisa prepare to head back to Miami, and have a last breakfast with Lea’s mom. They say goodbye and the episode ends.
Let me give you my opinion, for what it’s worth. I found a really likable Lea Black on this episode. I enjoyed seeing where she came from. It helped me to understand who she is, and why. Dare I say, I have a new respect for you Lea. Let people in a little more though, it can do wonders.
Up Next: Lisa plays armchair psychologist on Lea, Adri and Lea cry over their lost friendship and Joanna and Lisa argue.
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