From ashes to dust
There isn’t an event that flops quite like Nonku’s Ashes To Beauty wine launch. It all begins when the sommelier is nowhere to be found. Seeing that there’s no backup, Nonku takes 1 of the bartender’s word when he mentions that he’s a wine whiz. However, the man is the furthest thing from a connoisseur. He mumbles through his speech and it’s a disaster. “It is what it is and that’s that on that,” says an unimpressed Kgomotso. Annie struggles to contain herself, and she, along with the other guests laugh themselves to stitches. Nonku spends the rest of the season attempting to redeem herself following the failed event.
Girls’ trip gone wild
LaConco invites the ladies to the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands for a weekend retreat, where she launches her skincare products in episode 8. The trip is exactly what the doctor ordered, from the picturesque mountains to the lush rosebushes, and even the clear blue skies. In Sorisha’s words, the atmosphere is serene. But it’s only the calm before the storm as when Annie arrives, she gets into a never-ending disagreement with LaConco that goes from bad to worse within the 2 days away from their families.
RHOD S1 episode guide
Episode 1: Can the Real Housewives of Durban Please Stand Up?
We meet The Real Housewives of Durban and their fabulous lives. Diwali celebrations see some fireworks exploding when two of Sorisha’s guests cross paths in the most unpredictable way, as Ayanda Ncwane gets served more than she had come for at Diwali.
Episode 2: Baby Momma…
How will Nonku’s disclosure land on the table? Will Ayanda accept the news? Annie’s workout session becomes a gossip session. The evening ends with a few strikes of luck at the elegant Casino night, as the ladies let down their hair.
Episode 3: For the Sake of the Children
The Streets of Durban are abuzz with the game night that sees Annie and Ayanda hash things out. Will Nonku have the same outcome when she and Ayanda meet up? Ayanda bites the bullet to try and get through telling her boys about their new sister. Annie is on a heated Bridal Shower theme that gets the wives’ tongues wagging.
Episode 4: Google Me, Baby
Kgomotso finally gets to visit Nonku about her upcoming wine launch but Nonku is clearly not enjoying the 3rd degree on her product. Kgomotso’s successful launch of brand Lelapa sets the stage for the awaited entrance of LaConco who gets the women intrigued on just who she is.
Episode 5: Kulungile Baba…
The sun never sets in the rumour mill as Ayanda hears an astonishing gossip from her brother Phupho, and Sorisha hears her bit in tales from uLaConco. The day both Nonku and Ayanda have been anxious about is finally here. Will the two women hit the right chords in handling the late muso’s commemoration knowing it is about their children more than it is about them?
Episode 6: The Low Down…
After the colourful events of uMemulo, we get a sneak peek into Kgomotso’s home life in an interesting conversation with her husband, Odwa. Sorisha is back in the circles with her son feeling better. Post attending uMemulo, her next stop is by Ayanda’s to hear all about meeting Nothile.
Episode 7: Backhander…
Nonku tries to redeem herself amongst the Housewives with a Golf Day experience. LaConco is nervous about pulling off a lasting impression and ensuring the ladies have a great time. Seeing as all the ladies will be together in one space for more than 24 hours, will they make it back intact?
Episode 8: Smoke & Mirrors
The new dawn at the Midlands shines over LaConco’s big day. Annie’s later arrival brings a few rumours that change the mood. Did LaConco do what Annie is accusing her of? Mabusi is also demanding answers from her new bestie in LaConco. The second dinner exposes a tender side of Kgomotso, leaving everyone touched at the table.
Episode 9: Purposefully…
Sorisha eases the tension with an active morning at the Getaway and after some Go-karting adrenalin rush, what she intended for good causes a crash between LaConco and Annie. Ayanda gets a disturbing call from her family and escapes the steam at the table. Will an evening at Sorisha’s help Annie and LaConco squash the beef?
Episode 10: Uninvited…
In an unexpected burst of information, LaConco is left having to explain why other ladies didn’t get an invite to her function. Nonku takes no prisoners in qualifying the real reasons why LaConco left them out. Division seeps in amongst the ladies.
Episode 11: The Streets
The Durban queens arrive in Cape Town and Nonku throws a surprise welcome, but before they even experience their first sunset their high heels are already on each other’s toes. Sorisha confronts issues, opening a whole can of worms on LaConco’s reasons for snubbing them an invite to her event. How will she get out of this one?
Episode 12: Say It To Her Face
After Mabusi’s 180 on Nonku’s apology, how will the dinner end? Ayanda returns to the table after a moment alone, hurt by the 3rd degree on her late mom. Nonku breaks down in a private conversation with Annie after the events of the night with Mabusi, and Kgomotso stands up for her against LaConco and Ayanda to their surprise.
Episode 13: Reunion Part 1: What Had Happened Was…
Nonku explains her shock when Ayanda had no memory of her at the infamous Diwali party after their brief encounter during her pregnancy; and sets the record straight on her friendship with Mabusi. Annie doesn’t mince her words. Will LaConco’s attempts at manoeuvring everybody through the maze of her relationship leave them content?
Episode 14: Reunion Part2: Is All Fair in Love and War?
Ayanda sheds a dim light on how “food” continues to rob her of her loved ones in recent events – to everyone’s surprise. Phupho comes in and shakes things up. Nonku’s guest brings Ayanda to tears and leaves everyone shook.
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