‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Season 14 Episode 8 Recap
Little did I know when I opened up my computer to start writing this synopsis that it would lead me down a rabbit hole that would end up on a white man’s Instagram page from Oklahoma. But I dusted off my investigative journalism skills to get to the bottom of what we’ve all been asking: what exactly is Drop It With Drew?
After weeks of wonder and questioning, Drew finally invites women to experience her weight loss program. For some reason I wrongly assumed this was a deal that Drew conceived and executed alone with a partner. Re-watching the first episode, I’ll be on record to say that the first time she mentioned the program on camera she was approached to be that face of business. I’m not sure how that got lost in translation, especially as someone who literally has to take notes while watching episodes, but it all makes sense now… sort of.
First, Drew tells Kandi and Sanya that her involvement in the program began after dealing with body image issues and body shaming due to her adenomyosis. She ended up getting a hysterectomy and a mommy makeover, and reportedly started Drop It With Drew to “groom” her body. In the same breath she claims she lost one additionally 25 pounds in three weeks off the program. Anyone who has attempted to lose a significant amount of weight knows the feat and trying to do it in a healthy way is challenging. Her cast members were dubious and skeptical about the program, and the production added a before and after from Drew that didn’t really support her case. The fact that the website isn’t working in New York doesn’t help either. Fast forward to tonight’s episode where they all come together to participate in the program located at any gym that said “FAT LOSS CAMP” up until three days prior to the event. Luckily, at Kinko’s, Drew is looking for a large sign outside the building so everyone knows where to go.
The event begins with an on camera weigh-in, something that should be illegal, and everyone looks at each other’s butts, I mean leggings. Shereé comes outfitted with (still not available to the general public) She by Shereé leggings, a She by Shereé yoga mat and a She by Shereé water bottle. This special Drop It With Drew workout is designed to celebrate the top losers; One woman said she lost 100 pounds. I want to reiterate that these are extreme results that are difficult to achieve in a short amount of time and in a healthy way. I’m not a gym guy, but while I don’t go to the gym often, I do know this: Drew’s form is terrible, and if a gold medal Olympian is having trouble understanding and following the workout, the problem could be the workout. Drew brings her business partner Jackie to explain more about the program. Jackie says she’s been doing this for over five years; she owns all the locations and brought Drew on as a face before Drew even started the program. Being the face of a company and being a business partner are two very different things. When Kenya asked what the company was called before Drew’s involvement, Jackie said it was simply “the 21-day program.” Interesting.
Even though there is evidence that Drop It With Drew is real, I still had a feeling something was wrong. I started researching on Instagram and found out that Drop It With Drew is a program within a program within a program. Stay with me. I was snooping through Drew’s IG to find posts promoting Drop It With Drew when I found an account she tagged in October 2021. His name is @atlantafatlosscamps, which I found interesting because there’s no mention of Drew in the account name or handle, but there’s a link in the bio to the Drop It With Drew website. And remember, there was a sign in front of Drew’s event that said “FAT LOSS CAMPS.” Sneaking through this site, I recognized the slanted G logo featured on some of Drew’s endless supply of Drop It With Drew t-shirts. I kept scrolling to see older posts related to the program as “Garza’s Six Week Challenge.” hmmmm
I google “Garza’s Six Week Challenge” to find this page stuffed with it G Logo. The About page explains that Travis Garza hails from Oklahoma and created workout routines and meal plans that eventually became franchisees at gyms across the country, including the gyms Jackie owns. Drew was recruited by Jackie as a celebrity face to break into the Atlanta market. I don’t know why Drew didn’t explain this or why it was implied to be her business, but let’s keep a buck, Drop It With Drew is part pyramid scheme, part Teddi Mellencamp accountability program. Secret revealed.
As the practice ends, Kenya and Marlo board after Monyetta expresses that Kandi has an opinion on things being said behind her back. Kenya shares Kandi ‘doesn’t fuck with Marlo’ Here comes the villainous Marlo, hurling insults about plastic surgery, bad makeup, and Marc Daly below the belt. Things get almost physical, with personal space definitely being attacked, but both remain unscathed. The hypocrisy of the two – Kenya says it’s inappropriate to step in people’s faces (I guess sceptres and megaphones don’t count) and Marlo saying she would never say anything about her family in an argument – shows how both sides are guilty at this point .
Now that I’ve dedicated most of this synopsis to Drop It With Drew, let’s dive into the rest of the episode. This season everything is going as usual; Sanya is talking in her kitchen, Shereé is talking about She By Shereé, Kandi is fully booked and busy, blah blah blah. I’ve said this before, but this season feels tactical and formulaic. Kandi has been on the show for so long that it seems like it’s more of a job for her than anything else. She rolls out of her car after her last meeting, clocks in, gives her two cents (close), then clocks out and heads off to her next gig — which is exactly what happened when Shereé and Marlo caught up with her in the infrared sauna.
*flap claps* Take one. Shereé and Marlo arrive first, eager to confront Kandi about her lack of support. Kandi walks in, undisturbed, refusing to join, one foot out the door, sure she’s here to WORK. Shereé and Marlo get straight to the point: they start kicking the dead and decaying horse and vent their anger at Tyrone and discarded clothes. Cue the housewife tears followed by screams, then vaguely sympathetic hugs and empty promises of future behavior. final scene. Kandi clocks out and leaves, all is well.
On the subject of Kandi, I can’t believe I almost forgot to address the emergency that caused her to leave Drop It With Drew early. During practice, Todd receives a phone call telling him that someone jumped two gates to get to their property and made it as far as the porch. Katrina, Kandi’s friend, was at home with the children when it happened and said the intruder asked about Kandi. The footage Katrina captured shows the person claiming to be a songwriter and Beyoncé’s family member, who was told by Kandi himself to come because he’s TI’s son. (???) Teddi’s husband needs to find a better way to promote his business. Just kidding, that wasn’t pretty, but the joke wrote itself. Sorry for both jokes, Teddi!
• Of all the people in the world, why oh why would Sanya ask Drew and Ralph for relationship advice? Maybe so she can do the exact opposite of what they say? The only advice I would ask Ralph is which hotel to stay at in Tampa.
• May I say that Atlanta’s hair looks better than ever? (Minus Shereé’s ponytail, you know which one.) Did Porsha give out Go Naked as a parting gift?
• Welcome back Monetta! As I’m not entirely in love with the dynamics of the main cast, it’s like a breath of fresh air to add a friend to the mix and I enjoyed her candle making energy. Next week, another friend from Brooklyn’s party returns and adds more drama. Who is this mystery woman with all that tea from Drew?
• I AM SO READY FOR OG LISA WU NEXT WEEK! LET’S GO!