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'Real Housewives of Potomac' recap: Whiskey, apologies and Juan Dixon

Engagements and galas: In this episode, Katie lives up to her legacy of being a "ball and gala girl." First, she is interviewed by Washington Life Magazine. She appeared on the magazine's cover when she was younger and now, 10 years later, the magazine is writing a "where is she now"-type article. "In my modeling days, I used my good looks and charm to make money, now I use it to raise awareness about the Rost Foundation," Katie says of her family's foundation that raises money for other charities.

Katie also goes to an event hosted by Washingtonian magazine, where she networks with people and invites them to her charity event. She talks to Cathy Merrill Williams, who is the president and publisher of Washingtonian. (But most importantly, she is the daughter of Philip Merrill, who the journalism school at the University of Maryland is named after — of which I'm a proud alumna.) After the event, Katie talks to Andrew about getting engaged. When Katie isn't networking, she's nagging Andrew for a ring on her finger.

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The apology tour: Karen meets up with Gizelle at a pastry shop to clear the air about the issues they have been having — even though Karen disregarded Gizelle's efforts at lunch in the last episode. Karen says, "Etiquette rule No. 17: If there is a beef among the ladies, it must be squashed immediately or put on a grill; ladies don't hold grudges." Is this an actual book she is always quoting? Is it Countess Luann's book?

Karen tells Gizelle that inviting her and Charrisse to lunch was not the best way to apologize and that it would have been better to do it one on one. Gizelle feels frustrated that Karen is always telling her what to do. I feel the same way. In her side interview, Karen says she can apologize when she is wrong but that she's rarely wrong. It's only Episode 3 and I can already think of at least four times when Karen is wrong.

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Gizelle accepts Karen's apology. She says, "I'm a big girl who wears big panties. Well actually, I don't wear big panties I actually wear cute ones, but I will accept her apology and move on." Good save girl, good save.

Ashley, the social climber: In the last episode, we were introduced to Ashley and in this episode she joins the social circle. Katie, Andrew, Ashley and Ashley's husband all go out to dinner together. This follows the "new housewife introduction" model that occurs in all the housewives franchises: The new housewife has dinner with another housewife, who then talks about the other women and suggests they all hang out. Next thing you know, she's in the circle.

Katie even says, "I think the ladies of Potomac will embrace Ashley and talk [expletive] behind her back — that's what we do." Looks like the housewives graduated from the Regina George School of Thought. I like Ashley because she bluntly says she wants to climb the social ladder and these women will help her do it. I appreciate her honesty.

The Dixon Dilemma: We learn more about the Dixon family. We know that Robyn lives and shares a bed with her ex-husband, Juan Dixon. They live together because they say it's best for their kids. Robyn says that when she met Juan, he said he couldn't wait to have kids because he wanted to have the type of relationship he never had with his dad. We learn that Juan's parents died when he was 16 from AIDS. Juan tells Robyn about his Skype interview with a school to be a head basketball coach. Juan is currently working for Maryland's men's basketball team as the special assistant to head coach Mark Turgeon. Robyn is conflicted as to whether she will move if Juan gets the job. (Spoiler alert: Juan is still at Maryland.)

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Dresses on dresses: Karen's daughter goes to prom. Her dress is gorgeous and belongs on the red carpet.

Robyn sells her wedding dress. We see many throwback pictures of her and Juan and videos of their wedding. I was hoping to see footage of former Terps coach Gary Williams dancing.

Bathing suit shopping: Karen and Charrisse go bathing suit shopping for Karen's daughter at South Moon Under at Wildwood Shopping Center. The store is across the street from my high school, which is in Bethesda and not Potomac. Katie brings Ashley and introduces her to Charrisse and Karen. Ashley invites them to a whiskey tasting she is hosting.

Karen says to Ashley, "I just want to give you one tidbit of advice because you are new to the community: In Potomac, the women especially, we've earned our position so it's respect that gets you into the circle. It's a hard circle to get into, but I like you so you have an introductory." All hail Queen Karen who rules the kingdom of Potomac — *insert side-eye emoji.*

Karen has Ashley and Katie try on bathing suits for her daughter, which is weird. Why can't her daughter try on her own bathing suits? It probably conflicts with some etiquette rule I'm not aware of.

Whiskey tasting: Karen is the first to arrive, probably to claim her seat at the table, and is taken aback by the decor of the restaurant. "I couldn't believe THIS was a place she invited us to to have a whiskey tasting," she says. The restaurant has a country living vibe. I think the decor is perfect for a whiskey tasting and it looks like a cool place to go to.

Gizelle brings up to Charrisse how she and Karen reconciled. Charrisse and Gizelle argue a little and then they reconcile, too. Ashley brings up how Gizelle called her a THOT. Then they reconcile. All the women are glad that everything is squashed. But in my opinion, the issue between Charrisse, Karen and Gizelle was so immature that it shouldn't have been an issue to begin with.

So currently, everyone is happy with each other. It's a clean slate until next week, when I'm sure someone will break one of Karen's etiquette rules.

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