By Brigette Flood and Sandy M. Tyler

This week’s episode opens with another version of Kandi Coated Nights and everyone but Kandi puts on their best, prudish performance. Kandi asks the visiting housewives what their “freak number” is, as in, on a scale from 1 to 10 how freaky they are behind closed doors. Shereé gives herself the top honor, with a self-proclaimed 9 to 9.5. Kim merits a 7 (watch the episode to see why), Cynthia a 6, and NeNe a 3. Well, ladies we’re calling it like we see it. Everyone is lying to their advantage – just like with weight and age.

This week we see Cynthia and Peter beginning to plan their wedding. Local Tony Conway of Legendary Events meets Cynthia’s friend, celebrity stylist Kithe Brewster who, although he has impressive credentials, seems like a legendary jackhole. We hope for some delicious upcoming drama between these two as wedding planning continues. And wouldn’t these fellas have been a better audience for the “stylings” of Mr. Luscious, rather than the ladies present for the Kandi Coated Nights after show?

After all of the sex talk, Kim takes 13-year old Brielle to the jewelry story where she buys Brielle a $3,000 abstinence ring – apparently they have abstinence ring sections in jewelry stores OTP. It doesn’t take a lot of deep thought to figure out who will pay the bill on that purchase. Seriously, it’s hard to choke down the “sincerity” of buying an abstinence ring for your young daughter with money you get from your married “boyfriend.” We’re guessing this ring didn’t mean a thing either. How long is this kind of dichotomy going to be lost on the girls? Is it? Does it matter? Still, Kim has talked a lot about passing her “values” on to her children. We think it’s time to declare moral bankruptcy and start over with the little Falcon to come. We agree with NeNe when she reminds us that with children, you have to lead by example.

Intown alert! Sheree and Tiy-E Muhammad share an awkward meal at Highland Bakery while breaking up their 3-date relationship. We’re grateful that the jig is finally up. Shereé is dropping the “doctor” title in front of Tiy-E’s name and is dropping all pretence of listening to any more of this fool’s stories. When things get heated, Tiy-E gets his freak on with bizarre ramblings about his Ph.D credentials, which he pulls out of his back pocket, asking Shereé to prove that she’s a woman, and wishing Shereé “peace and love” before making a hasty exit without even touching his food. We did a little digging on Tiy-E’s Ph.D, which he received from Ashwood University, located online. Indeed, the “university” offers you the opportunity to buy any degree you need – even a Ph.D with thesis for a cool $1395. Whoa – that beats tuition at a real life university! Maybe his thesis title was,“50 Ways to Dodge Questions about your Fake Credentials.”

After a week of recovery in the hospital, Phaedra returns home from Augusta with her newly named son, Ayden Adonis Nida. What should one buy a little baby God named Adonis? A mirror perhaps, or would Phaedra keep that for herself? Guess we should call Phaedra’s assistant for the gift list. Phaedra wonders how she can possibly be chained to a baby and keep up with her shopping and spa schedule. You can’t, and you shouldn’t. You had a b-a-b-y; it’s no longer supposed to be all about you.

This week, NeNe meets with a divorce lawyer to discuss her options for possibly divorcing Gregg and decides that she does want to move forward by filing. Not long after, Gregg Leakes pulls a David Arquette and goes on an Internet radio show to discuss his side of things. Word quickly spreads among the housewives about Gregg’s claims to have “invested” $300K to promote NeNe during her first Real Housewives season, so she would “jump out” on screen. And now, he wants his money back.

This manages not only to ruin things at home but also NeNe’s first day at work, where her producer along with anchor Karyn Greer make it clear that NeNe is going to have to start her career at Channel 11 by addressing her impending divorce and the ugliness surrounding Greg’s radio appearance first. NeNe’s right. The LEAST Channel 11 could have done is bedazzle her desk before hitting her with the hard stuff.

Channel 11 DID provide NeNe with a transcript of Gregg’s conversation with Large FM, and NeNe wastes no time confronting Gregg about what he said. An otherwise now-reticent Gregg says that he thought he was venting to a friend after a fight with NeNe and probably exaggerated things a bit. Gregg should know by now that anything you say publicly is probably going to come right back to haunt you, especially given the, uh, blogosphere these days. And NeNe’s right, with children involved, it’s important to think before you speak in public. Things can change a lot over three seasons and not always for the better.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

14 replies on “Real Housewives of Atlanta: Get your freak on”

  1. I WAS REALLY SAD TO SEE NE NE IN PAIN TALKING ABOUT HER DIVORCE. SHE IS SUCH A FINE LADY THAT NEEDS TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT AND LOVE THAT SHE DESERVES. I HOPE HER MAN CAN WISEN UP AND LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF HER PROPERLY CAUSE I KNOW I WOULD IF HE CAN;T. THE OTHER LADYS ON THIS SHOW ARE NOT AS NICE OR PRETTY AS NE NE AND THEY REALLY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BRING THEIR DRAMA ON HER. I ONLY WATCHED THIS EPISODE ONCE CAUSE I GAVE MY TAPE TO GILL LEEDLEWATER AND THEY DIDN’T RETURN IT IN TIME FOR ME TO TAPE IT AND NOW I WON;T HAVE ALL THE EPISODES ON ONE TAPE AND I CAN’T WATCH THEM ALL BACK TO BACK TO BACK LIKE I WANTED TO BUT MAYBE THERE WILL BE A REPLAY OR MARATHON AND I WILL BE ABLE TO RETAPE EVERYTHING BUT I STILL NEED TO GET MY TAPE BACK FROM GILL LEEDLEWATER. PLEASE RETURN IT.

  2. I WAS REALLY SAD TO SEE NE NE IN PAIN TALKING ABOUT HER DIVORCE. SHE IS SUCH A FINE LADY THAT NEEDS TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT AND LOVE THAT SHE DESERVES. I HOPE HER MAN CAN WISEN UP AND LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF HER PROPERLY CAUSE I KNOW I WOULD IF HE CAN;T. THE OTHER LADYS ON THIS SHOW ARE NOT AS NICE OR PRETTY AS NE NE AND THEY REALLY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BRING THEIR DRAMA ON HER. I ONLY WATCHED THIS EPISODE ONCE CAUSE I GAVE MY TAPE TO GILL LEEDLEWATER AND THEY DIDN’T RETURN IT IN TIME FOR ME TO TAPE IT AND NOW I WON;T HAVE ALL THE EPISODES ON ONE TAPE AND I CAN’T WATCH THEM ALL BACK TO BACK TO BACK LIKE I WANTED TO BUT MAYBE THERE WILL BE A REPLAY OR MARATHON AND I WILL BE ABLE TO RETAPE EVERYTHING BUT I STILL NEED TO GET MY TAPE BACK FROM GILL LEEDLEWATER. PLEASE RETURN IT.

  3. MRPRETZEL you don’t know anything about anything. If you knew the real story like I do, you would know that Gregg poured his heart and soul into that woman, and she just used him for her own purposes. That is just WRONG. Should you want any clarification on the subject, I’ll be happy to meet sometime over baklava and fill you in.

  4. MRPRETZEL you don’t know anything about anything. If you knew the real story like I do, you would know that Gregg poured his heart and soul into that woman, and she just used him for her own purposes. That is just WRONG. Should you want any clarification on the subject, I’ll be happy to meet sometime over baklava and fill you in.

  5. MrPretzels that is unfair! I did try to return your video tape but nobody was home when I came by your duplex. I tried knocking loudly and even yelling because I know of your hearing problem. I must have bothered your neighbor because she came out and claimed you were at some “running club.” Clearly this is a joke at your expense, which I thought was not very nice and so I didn’t want to leave it with her. Maybe we can meet at zaxbys and I can buy you a zalad to make it up to you. I would also very much like to see that Ne ne collage you were talking about last time.

  6. MrPretzels that is unfair! I did try to return your video tape but nobody was home when I came by your duplex. I tried knocking loudly and even yelling because I know of your hearing problem. I must have bothered your neighbor because she came out and claimed you were at some “running club.” Clearly this is a joke at your expense, which I thought was not very nice and so I didn’t want to leave it with her. Maybe we can meet at zaxbys and I can buy you a zalad to make it up to you. I would also very much like to see that Ne ne collage you were talking about last time.

  7. WILLIAM YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT NE NE AND YOU DON;T KNOW THE REAL STORY EVEN IF YOU SAY YOU DO. NE NE IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WHO DESERVES TO BE RESPECTED AND IF GREGG OR GREG OR WHOEVER CAN;T DO IT THEN SHE SHOULD FIND A GOOD MAN THAT CAN DO IT. I KNOW I WOULD TREAT HER RIGHT AND MAKE HER DINNER EVERY NIGHT AND LIGHT CANDLES AND SUPPORT HER THROUGH HER STRUGGLES AND MAYBE GIVE HER A BACK MASSAGE TO WORK OUT THE STRESS THAT ACCUMULATES THERE AND I WOULD SING HER SONGS IN FRONT OF THE FIRE AND MAKE HER FEEL LIKE A REAL LADY.

    GILL WHEN DID YOU COME BY? I WAS HOME FOR MOST OF LAST WEEK ALTHOUGH I DID GO TO CHURCH A FEW TIMES AND ZAXBYS A FEW TIMES AND HAD DINNER AT RED LOBSTER TWICE. THAT WAS REALLY GOOD. YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE TAPE IN MY MAILPORT BUT WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT GIVE IT TO THAT MEAN LADY NEIGHBOR I HAVE. THAT WOMAN HAS PROBLEMS AND HAS CALLED THE COPS ON ME AT LEAST 3 TIMES FOR THINGS I DID NOT DO. SHE THINKS I SHOULDN;T BE WATCHING THIS SHOW AND YELLS AT ME CAUSE I LIKE TO TURN THE VOLUME UP REAL REAL LOUD TO HEAR ALL THE BACKGROUND NOISES AND WHAT THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE SHOW ARE SAYING ABOUT NE NE. THIS IS WHY I NEED TO HAVE THE TAPE TO REWATCH IT SO I DON;T MISS ANYTHING. BUT SINCE I MISSED TAPING THIS EPISODE IT IS ALL RUINED AND YOU RUINED IT AND NOW I DON;T KNOW HOW TO FIX IT. PLEASE RETURN THE TAPE THOUGH AND I WILL FIGURE SOMETHING OUT CAUSE SOMETIMES THEY REPLAY THE EPISODES AND I CAN MAKE IT ALL RIGHT AGAIN.

  8. WILLIAM YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT NE NE AND YOU DON;T KNOW THE REAL STORY EVEN IF YOU SAY YOU DO. NE NE IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WHO DESERVES TO BE RESPECTED AND IF GREGG OR GREG OR WHOEVER CAN;T DO IT THEN SHE SHOULD FIND A GOOD MAN THAT CAN DO IT. I KNOW I WOULD TREAT HER RIGHT AND MAKE HER DINNER EVERY NIGHT AND LIGHT CANDLES AND SUPPORT HER THROUGH HER STRUGGLES AND MAYBE GIVE HER A BACK MASSAGE TO WORK OUT THE STRESS THAT ACCUMULATES THERE AND I WOULD SING HER SONGS IN FRONT OF THE FIRE AND MAKE HER FEEL LIKE A REAL LADY.

    GILL WHEN DID YOU COME BY? I WAS HOME FOR MOST OF LAST WEEK ALTHOUGH I DID GO TO CHURCH A FEW TIMES AND ZAXBYS A FEW TIMES AND HAD DINNER AT RED LOBSTER TWICE. THAT WAS REALLY GOOD. YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE TAPE IN MY MAILPORT BUT WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT GIVE IT TO THAT MEAN LADY NEIGHBOR I HAVE. THAT WOMAN HAS PROBLEMS AND HAS CALLED THE COPS ON ME AT LEAST 3 TIMES FOR THINGS I DID NOT DO. SHE THINKS I SHOULDN;T BE WATCHING THIS SHOW AND YELLS AT ME CAUSE I LIKE TO TURN THE VOLUME UP REAL REAL LOUD TO HEAR ALL THE BACKGROUND NOISES AND WHAT THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE SHOW ARE SAYING ABOUT NE NE. THIS IS WHY I NEED TO HAVE THE TAPE TO REWATCH IT SO I DON;T MISS ANYTHING. BUT SINCE I MISSED TAPING THIS EPISODE IT IS ALL RUINED AND YOU RUINED IT AND NOW I DON;T KNOW HOW TO FIX IT. PLEASE RETURN THE TAPE THOUGH AND I WILL FIGURE SOMETHING OUT CAUSE SOMETIMES THEY REPLAY THE EPISODES AND I CAN MAKE IT ALL RIGHT AGAIN.

  9. Pretzles, I think it was either a Wednesday or Saturday. I don’t know. I can’t keep the days straight anymore as they have me working all sorts of strange hours at the chicken processing plant. It is very stressful on me and now they say if I can’t control my hygene problem, they will have to let me go. But it’s not my fault and I gave them a note from my doctor. On top of all of that, my Festiva needs new wheel bearings again. I really do feel bad about not getting the tape back to you. I know after the restraining order it’s the only kind of connection you have with Ne ne. To make it up to you I am going to do something super nice. My friend was telling me about these cool new laserdiscs they have and I am going to get you a laserdisc player so you can record the shows on that instead. I will stop by sometime tonight if I can get my mom to give me a ride.

  10. Pretzles, I think it was either a Wednesday or Saturday. I don’t know. I can’t keep the days straight anymore as they have me working all sorts of strange hours at the chicken processing plant. It is very stressful on me and now they say if I can’t control my hygene problem, they will have to let me go. But it’s not my fault and I gave them a note from my doctor. On top of all of that, my Festiva needs new wheel bearings again. I really do feel bad about not getting the tape back to you. I know after the restraining order it’s the only kind of connection you have with Ne ne. To make it up to you I am going to do something super nice. My friend was telling me about these cool new laserdiscs they have and I am going to get you a laserdisc player so you can record the shows on that instead. I will stop by sometime tonight if I can get my mom to give me a ride.

  11. GILL I WAS HOME LAST NIGHT AND YOU NEVER CAME OVER. DID YOUR MOTHER HAVE CAR PROBLEMS? I NEED TO GET THAT TAPE BACK IN TIME FOR THE NEXT SHOW. I WAS GOING TO GO TO APPLEBEES LAST NIGHT FOR BABYBACK RIBS BUT YOU SAID YOU WERE COMING OVER WITH THE TAPE SO I DIDN;T GET TO EAT RIBS. I HEARD PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE LASERDISCS BUT I AM NOT SURE THEY WILL WORK IN MY VCR.

    SANDY PLEASE WRITE MORE ABOUT NE NE. SHE NEEDS OUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME FOR HER.

  12. GILL I WAS HOME LAST NIGHT AND YOU NEVER CAME OVER. DID YOUR MOTHER HAVE CAR PROBLEMS? I NEED TO GET THAT TAPE BACK IN TIME FOR THE NEXT SHOW. I WAS GOING TO GO TO APPLEBEES LAST NIGHT FOR BABYBACK RIBS BUT YOU SAID YOU WERE COMING OVER WITH THE TAPE SO I DIDN;T GET TO EAT RIBS. I HEARD PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE LASERDISCS BUT I AM NOT SURE THEY WILL WORK IN MY VCR.

    SANDY PLEASE WRITE MORE ABOUT NE NE. SHE NEEDS OUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME FOR HER.

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