By Brigette Flood and Sandy M. Tyler

In this week’s episode, lots of things are beginning to fall apart. Tensions are running high on Kandi and Kim’s bus tour, marriage planning is taking a toll on Peter and Cynthia and, in the understatement of the week, NeNe and Kim’s personalities are clashing again.

The trouble starts early when NeNe’s interview with Jermaine Dupri goes on the air. Trying to get him to open up, NeNe asks Dupri about fostering talent and takes the opportunity to ask snarky questions about Kim and Tardy for the Party. In general, we view this kind of sabotage like this: There are two kinds of humor. The first kind is humble and self-effacing, where you identify your own flaws, freak-outs or shortcomings in order to be funny and entertaining in an insightful way. The opposite kind is when people try to make themselves seem funny or smart at someone else’s expense. We refer to the second kind as “poor-man’s funny,” and this week, NeNe comes toting so much poor-man’s, it’s not at all funny.

Time on Kandi and Kim’s tour bus seems to move slowly for all involved, and admittedly for us as well. Between Kim’s smoke breaks, which start far earlier than we thought she was capable of getting up, and the entourage of assistants Kim needs to stay on the road for one week of single-song performances, everyone’s nerves are wearing thin. The word “slave” seems to get brought up a lot this week with Kim, and not as in “slave to the rhythm”. Kim is high-maintenance, perhaps the second understatement of the week, but calling her a slave master to assistant Sweetie is way over the top. Kandi does her best to keep her comments to herself, but Kim’s lack of professionalism and constant need to be cared for are sometimes more than she can stand. Kandi had to know what she was getting herself into, though these situations are always more frustrating than you anticipated when you’re in the moment.

In Atlanta, Peter and Cynthia’s wedding planning goes from tense to troubled this week, when Peter informs Cynthia that he’s officially closed the Uptown Supper Club. Peter tells Cynthia after-the-fact, even though she’s financially and emotionally invested in the club. To make matters worse, as the news sinks in, Cynthia realizes it will most likely impact their wedding. The two have been depending on money from the sale of the restaurant to help pay for their rapidly approaching nuptials, and Cynthia is understandably upset and overwhelmed by the prospect of having to cancel their plans. This makes Peter, who hasn’t been very upfront about their money troubles, understandably defensive. It’s worrisome to hear Peter tell the woman he’s marrying that he’s sorry he told her what was really going on. It doesn’t bode well for their life together

Cynthia goes to lunch with NeNe and her sister to talk about her future husband’s money troubles and lack of honesty, and NeNe can certainly relate. Couples who can’t communicate about money are often doomed, and it’s especially difficult when any discussions about finances go so badly so immediately. We agree with NeNe’s assessment that Peter’s actions are a big red flag. If Peter’s not being forthcoming about his finances now, what’s going to happen later? Peter’s default line is, “I’m never telling you anything again”. (Twice, eek!) And while we understand the stress he’s under, there’s no reason for the wall of defensiveness he’s hiding behind.

Shereé and Cynthia go to Phaedra’s house to hang out with baby Ayden, and the ladies are impressed with Phaedra’s “Martha Stewart” abilities, like making her own chicken salad and showing everyone else how superior she is. Juggling a return to a high-powered career with a new baby is difficult, and later, Phaedra and Apollo have the same discussion that all new parents have, the natural parenting imbalance between a new mom and a new dad. Phaedra wishes she had more freedom from the baby’s schedule, and Apollo is more than happy to let her leave for Miami in a few days and prove that even without breasts, he’s prepared to be a “one-man show”. Phaedra and Apollo seem to have good communication and a sense of humor about the stresses of such a major life change. Who knew earlier in the season that this would be the couple the others could learn something from?

NeNe meets up with Kim and Kandi in Orlando and we see the usual dynamic of Kim and NeNe’s relationship. If NeNe thinks having a Friendship Contract with Cynthia is silly, we think staying frenemies with Kim is worse. Not since the fourth grade have we been punched on the bus by the girl we were besties with the week before. It’s amazing how quickly the knives come out when they’re together. NeNe may be speaking the truth about Kim’s “performances” on the road, but Kim does the same about NeNe’s new career in “journalism”. Both are part-timers at best and expected their jobs to be an easy, free ride. (Just like their television show.) Granted they both have a lot of room for improvement, but constructive criticism is something neither one of them is capable of. We’re guessing grabbing camera time with the crazy talk and back-biting is far more important than supporting each other; they don’t want to wind up like MIA Shereé.

All of this culminates with a crazy fight where Kim and NeNe compete to see who can trade insults the fastest and the loudest, and as is usually the case, NeNe is the first to try to make things physical. NeNe makes some good points, but they come out packaged in venom, loaded on daggers and aimed to hurt, and both Kim and NeNe end up paying a big price. Watching the previews at the end of the show, it looks like Scary Island Part Two: The Atlanta Chronicles will end our season next week.

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.

4 replies on “Real Housewives of Atlanta: Fight Club”

  1. The ship is sinking fast. Thank jayzus it’s about to end. Next week, we can all stand on deck and salute as RHWOA slips beneath the icy waters. We’ll cling to various flotsam during the two part reunion, but the ATL will no longer be king of the world.

  2. The ship is sinking fast. Thank jayzus it’s about to end. Next week, we can all stand on deck and salute as RHWOA slips beneath the icy waters. We’ll cling to various flotsam during the two part reunion, but the ATL will no longer be king of the world.

  3. Omg’s, it is getting really heated up. But man we needed that cause there was all this snow and icey stuff all week and I could not leave my mom’s house. All we had was ramen and vienna sausages and goodnplentys to eat for four days until we finally walked to the applebee’s a block away. I had the teriyaki shrimip pasta and is was very choice. I am very sad the show is almost over and all the ladies are fighting with each other. Won’t there be a happy ending where they all go to the six flags and get their cartoon pictures made and eat flavored nuts and get friendship bands? I hope so. Mrpretzels where are you? You have not returned the friendship contract and when I call your number no one answers. NOt even when I call at 3am when I know you must be home and sleeping. It seems very strange.

  4. Omg’s, it is getting really heated up. But man we needed that cause there was all this snow and icey stuff all week and I could not leave my mom’s house. All we had was ramen and vienna sausages and goodnplentys to eat for four days until we finally walked to the applebee’s a block away. I had the teriyaki shrimip pasta and is was very choice. I am very sad the show is almost over and all the ladies are fighting with each other. Won’t there be a happy ending where they all go to the six flags and get their cartoon pictures made and eat flavored nuts and get friendship bands? I hope so. Mrpretzels where are you? You have not returned the friendship contract and when I call your number no one answers. NOt even when I call at 3am when I know you must be home and sleeping. It seems very strange.

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