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.
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?