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.
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 Shereé, we find out, doesn’t like old houses, like those outdated, antique relics from the 1950s and 60s.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?
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.
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?