By Brigette Flood and Sandy M. Tyler

We’re supposed to be watching a show about Real Housewives, right? We’ll cover the ladies of course, but it was hard to miss the big, angry Peter right in the middle of this week’s episode. Is Cynthia a terrible judge of character or is the editing making her new husband seem like a terrible person to live with – equal parts arrogant, defensive, prickly and mean? Big, angry Peter a) isn’t good at partnerships, b) doesn’t want to listen to anyone, c) doesn’t give a flying flip about getting along with Cynthia’s family and d) spouts off in magazine interviews without thinking of the repercussions when he disses the rest of the cast. In essence, Peter is his own big, hairy problem.

Even Cynthia’s ex and baby daddy, the always-measured Leon Robinson, cautions Peter to try harder with her family. Leon who’s “been in the Cynthia Bailey business a little longer” than Peter and who doesn’t even live in town, has seen the problems since Cynthia’s wedding day when her family tried to hide her marriage certificate and stop the ceremony from happening. Until big, angry Peter clears the air with Cynthia’s mom and sister, the trouble is going to persist.

Things are also tense in the Nida/Parks household because what should have been a routine traffic stop wasn’t when Apollo was mistaken for someone else, removed from his car and pushed down onto the asphalt. An uncomfortable situation for a man who has spent time in prison and then had his wife sign his personal life away to a TV show. When you’re a real husband of an Atlanta Housewife and have a run-in with the law, the media outlets in Haterville don’t stop to ask follow-up questions before they tell everyone what they think your business is. (At least these bloggers do an Internet search first . . .)

Shereé is on her way to becoming a manorly lady, and by that we mean building her own manor. The newly dubbed Chateau Shereé will have 8,000 square feet of space for her and her two kids. Shereé meets with Andrew, her contractor, while his crew demos what looks like a perfectly fine house on the property of the soon-to-be-manse. Shereé, we find out, doesn’t like old houses, like those outdated, antique relics from the 1950s and 60s. Why go mid-century when you can have your brand-new chateau built with all of the “necessities” including a ballroom where the kids can skate, a personal gym, a massage room where the staff can work their magic, a lounge, DJ room, theater and of course, a library. Not necessarily a big book person, Shereé loves a library. Maybe that’s where she’ll let the little people eat “cake”.

NeNe packs up Brentt in a Louis Vuitton wheelie for a weekend with his Dad. Brentt’s not happy that his parents can’t work things out and be together, but life seems a lot more peaceful since the two have had some time apart. Gregg and NeNe have a somewhat awkward conversation in the kitchen about their son and their dating prospects. Divorce is impossibly hard, but given last season’s maelstrom, we’re surprised NeNe is so reluctant to move on. WWTDD – What would The Donald do?

In preparation for Kim’s baby shower, Kandi and Phaedra meet up at Due Maternity in Vinings to shop for both baby and mom. With gifts like The Mother Tucker, Hooter Hiders and Mama Spanks, Kim can follow being a new Mommy with being wrapped like a Mummy, at least until she schedules her lipo. Phaedra doesn’t want to talk to Kandi about Apollo’s recent traffic stop, but she’s happy to trash Peter and Cynthia after reading about how much Peter dislikes her in his recent interview. Kandi thinks the bad blood comes from Phaedra’s past comments about men with multiple baby mamas, an ironic conversation to have with Kandi, who was once engaged to a man who had four.

Because it’s Kroy’s first baby, and a boy at that, Kim decides to throw a baby-shower for 130 of their closest friends to celebrate. Ariana, Kim’s youngest daughter is shocked to find out she didn’t get the royal treatment when she was born, a surprising welcome gift for her new Middle Child status.

The shower, held at a downtown Atlanta ballroom, kicks into high gear with a photo booth, pricy cake and pregnancy photos of Kim and Kroy so bizarre, Phaedra’s pickle poses from last season seem perfectly normal. Even though Phaedra finds the photos on prominent display “artistic”, she takes a moment to point out how the extravagance and wedding reception feel of Kim’s baby shower match the one she was so criticized for, and she’s right, even if the ballerinas are missing.

The shower is the perfect chance for Kim and Kroy’s friends to meet each other and for Kim’s spotlight loving parents to grab some cringe-worthy camera time. Luckily, Kim’s oldest daughter Brielle redeems things by giving a heartfelt speech welcoming Kroy into their family and thanking him for making it complete. Kroy certainly seems to be a stand-up guy AND he gives manicures. What more could a girl want in a step-dad?

Peter and Cynthia miss all of the family-friendly activities, arriving 5 hours late and without a gift. They make the most of their brief visit, however, when Peter, always ready for a fight, gets into it first with Shereé and then with Apollo. What IS it with the Bravo Housewives and their baby parties? No matter how carefully planned and how much money spent, a couple of male attendees always have to have a screaming match and almost come to blows.

Apollo is having none of Peter’s comments about not liking Phaedra, and offers to settle things once and for all with Papa Smurf even though he is O-L-D. Luckily, cooler heads prevail and Apollo doesn’t beat prickly Peter to a pulp at the pregnancy party. Cynthia and Peter make a hasty exit, and you have to wonder, do they just love all of the drama or just haven’t found the right PR man yet?

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: It’s A Bro-down Showdown!”

  1. I still don’t understand Peter. “Cynthia, if you are going to marry and older gent like him, make sure he has the money.” It seems all Peter is doing is pimping Cynthia out so he can chase his dreams of grandeur. He stays mad all the time so I’m sure the bedroom action is pathetic. Besides, he just looks pathetic and you can see that reflection in poor Cynthia’s face. Girlfriend, kick that old man to the curb. You’ve done enough for him already and you have a daughter to support. He isn’t planning for her future, he’s desperately trying to grasp on to one for himself. And if he doesn’t care about your family, then it is quite obvious he doesn’t care about you. Do you think they dislike him for no reason? They see what everybody else does, he’s an old loser. You can’t help him. He’s already blown a lot of your money. Had he been decent he would try to help you launch your modeling agency. He will always keep you down. Your relationship is so typical. He’s obviously destroyed some of your self esteem because if you were at full steam you wouldn’t even look at a loser like him. It’s not too late, run the hell away from that man before you get so mad you’ll have to kill him. Then when you end up in prison, who’s going to raise your daughter. Run Cynthia, get away from that old dude, you owe him nothing. Does he beat you? They have hotlines and make sure you report every incident of abuse.

  2. I still don’t understand Peter. “Cynthia, if you are going to marry and older gent like him, make sure he has the money.” It seems all Peter is doing is pimping Cynthia out so he can chase his dreams of grandeur. He stays mad all the time so I’m sure the bedroom action is pathetic. Besides, he just looks pathetic and you can see that reflection in poor Cynthia’s face. Girlfriend, kick that old man to the curb. You’ve done enough for him already and you have a daughter to support. He isn’t planning for her future, he’s desperately trying to grasp on to one for himself. And if he doesn’t care about your family, then it is quite obvious he doesn’t care about you. Do you think they dislike him for no reason? They see what everybody else does, he’s an old loser. You can’t help him. He’s already blown a lot of your money. Had he been decent he would try to help you launch your modeling agency. He will always keep you down. Your relationship is so typical. He’s obviously destroyed some of your self esteem because if you were at full steam you wouldn’t even look at a loser like him. It’s not too late, run the hell away from that man before you get so mad you’ll have to kill him. Then when you end up in prison, who’s going to raise your daughter. Run Cynthia, get away from that old dude, you owe him nothing. Does he beat you? They have hotlines and make sure you report every incident of abuse.

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