By Brigette Flood and Sandy M. Tyler

This week’s show begins with yet another apology from Phaedra, this one personally delivered to Kandi’s store along with a cake. Phaedra feels badly that Kandi’s mother Joyce was so offended by Redickulous’ performance at Kandi’s birthday, but like the Seven Wonders of the World, Phaedra thinks everyone should see Redickulous at least once. The one thing Phaedra isn’t apologetic about is NeNe’s quick exit from Kandi’s party. Since NeNe was herself a stripper, Phaedra isn’t buying her precious attitude now.

It looks like Phaedra has also decided to kiss and make-up with Cynthia and Peter, so she and Apollo attend a fashion event at The Atlanta Botanical Garden where Cynthia is trying out the new role of emcee. Practice makes perfect and this is Cynthia’s first gig, so you do the math. Though gorgeous, Cynthia proves that she’s better on the runway than off as she stumbles throughout the presentation. But she shows that her best asset is her poise and doesn’t let it keep her from enjoying herself afterward.

The party after the runway is when the real show begins. Phaedra’s “friend from the gym” (aka Bravo’s latest storyline needing a tie-in with an existing housewife) Marlo shows up with her “honey,” former NFL football player Charles Grant. The rumor is that NeNe stepped out with Charles while still married to Gregg. These rumors aren’t yet confirmed, but the housewives enjoy them even more than their drinks. And although it seems the housewives are making a mountain out of this molehill at NeNe’s expense, we’re happy to climb it with them.

Kandi goes to visit Momma Joyce, hoping to smooth things over after the birthday party brouhaha. We think Joyce was piling it on, and we’re not just talking about the bad wig on her head. Of course a mother deserves respect from her children, but shouldn’t Joyce be more grateful that Kandi always wants to include Joyce in her life? It’s not like it was Joyce’s Mother’s Day Tea the tea bags came out for. It’s a lot of drama from Momma, and it makes us wonder how Joyce will take the news that Kandi’s has an adult toy line in the works. We were surprised to learn that this is information Joyce doesn’t have, but now we sure understand why.

Cynthia takes NeNe for a tour of BarOne, since she and Peter have asked NeNe to “host” their preview party, figuring her recent proximity to The Donald provides added star power and a bigger draw. Peter hopes to make the movers and shakers in Atlanta “salivate” after they get their first taste of BarOne, but if he can’t get the odd smell out of the space and get things a little more together, his party guests could wind up with indigestion.

BarOne’s appearance may not matter to the other housewives as much its location, which they keep referring to as “the hood.” Being in close proximity to each of our houses and near some of our favorite places in Southeast Atlanta, we call it the “hood” because it’s short for “neighborhood,” not because it’s the “ghetto.” Phaedra thinks BarOne will be successful because “hood folks have to drink, too.” We think the only flavah the OTP housewives like is V-A-N-I-L-L-A.

Though we applaud Peter for going ahead with the BarOne preview without asking his wife to pony up for a shady investor’s shortfall, we do wish he’d refrained from taking another jab at her family. And it would probably also have been a good idea not to hold the party in mid-July when temps are hot and humid and a malfunctioning air-conditioner is not very hair-friendly. Maybe someone was texting NeNe about the A/C problems as well as Charles Grant’s attendance because NeNe, the event’s official host, was WAY Tardy for the Party. NeNe certainly broke some part of the friendship contract with her late arrival and dissing of most of the VIP party guests, but Cynthia’s either too nice or too enamored to care.

Damn, it blows when reality gets in the way of a good reality show. Shereé is going through something far too many women have had to deal with without a sympathetic audience: an irresponsible husband who refuses to pay child support. Most delinquent dads aren’t NFL players, and even if they were, there’s still no excuse for it. Shereé has put the judicial showdown off for four years and still seems shy about pursuing Bob for back payments.

If the Bravo footage is true, it’s pretty clear that Bob Whitfield sucks. We know it. You know it. And since it’s on camera, sadly the kids will know it if they ever see the show. Hopefully, a judge will know it, too. Does Bob Whitfield’s lawyer know? Because next week’s show promo discloses that he might serve Shereé with some action first. Fortunately, Shereé knows a good, sympathetic lawyer. Bob Whitfield, take note that Ms. Parks is on the case and dead-beat dads burn her biscuits. We can only hope that Shereé listens to Phaedra and takes swift action.

Being nine months pregnant means Kim doesn’t have a lot of mobility and doesn’t appear much on the show. We’re guessing the singing career is on-hold for now. She does haul herself up to Brielle’s pink palace to check-in with her oldest daughter. Brielle is worried that Kim’s new family – Kroy the new baby and a future baby Kim has made several references to – will mean Kim will loose interest in Ariana and her. This is understandable. The Brady Bunch wasn’t a reality show after all. Blended families are great things, but the transition isn’t always so sunny. For once, however, it seems that Kim is making positive decisions in her own personal life and for her children, maybe learning some lessons from Shereé and Kandi’s examples.

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.

6 replies on “Real Housewives of Atlanta: Let them eat cake!”

  1. I think all the women have their ups and downs, but somehow, no matter how many downs they have, they always wind up together in the same space. It’s like watching children bicker over a toy or turn on a jump rope, let them sort it out themselves. They always do.

    I think NeNe should have been there early as promised to open BAROne, but she could have made a graceful exit. Late is not chic, just cheap. Peter, being in the hospitality business should have known better than to open an establishment, even a sneak peak, in under better conditions. Moving furniture, unfinished electrical ceiling plans, orders coming from what appears the kitchen (subfloor animal corpse or standing water), could have waited. He should have especially seen that his air conditioning was working properly and even had an outdoor bar set up with large elegant fans. He should have hired me to get his sneak peak workable.

    Anyway, how old is Kandi’s mother? Her saying “that ain’t cool” sounds out of character for her. I’m sure she’s either younger or a little older than I am (55), but I have a young deameanor and am confused with being young for my age (which can be frustrating, but I’ll keep on keepin’ on with that). The stripper Redickulous was shocking, but can’t look away moment, but should have been held at a private residence.

    NeNe leaving during or after his performance was a natural reaction. Just because she was a stripper, she’s no longer in that game and she has refined herself a great deal and I recall an episode when Phadra brought it up that she knew a stripper who could pleasure himself at will, NeNe’s response was a mocked dry-heave. NeNe, keep true to your divine self.

    Cynthia Bailey is incredibly the most beautiful woman I’ve seen and her and Peter are a perfect match. Her sister is emotional protective of her, but I don’t blame her, I find fault with Cynthia for disclosing her marital situations to her. Cynthia, Malerie can’t find fault with Peter if she doesn’t have the ammo. Marriage first.

    Phaedra is a cute biblical hypocrite. C’mon, you can’t walk around claiming people sinners at a funeral when you disrespect a group of people with a stripper performing auto-eroticism at a public venue. Either you’re a thumper or a humper. Make up your mind.

    Sheree, how is it you’ve not receive child support at this stage in the game? Especially being married to a former pro athlete? Where you abused by him and you’re afraid of him? It didn’t seem that way when you threw that water on him. An abuser would have pounded your azz into that grass you were on. You have something else up your sleeve. You are not an unskilled woman. I know there’s a plan hatching and you waiting fiur years to a formal petition makes me wonder. Oh, it’s ratings!!!! I knew you were smart.

  2. I think all the women have their ups and downs, but somehow, no matter how many downs they have, they always wind up together in the same space. It’s like watching children bicker over a toy or turn on a jump rope, let them sort it out themselves. They always do.

    I think NeNe should have been there early as promised to open BAROne, but she could have made a graceful exit. Late is not chic, just cheap. Peter, being in the hospitality business should have known better than to open an establishment, even a sneak peak, in under better conditions. Moving furniture, unfinished electrical ceiling plans, orders coming from what appears the kitchen (subfloor animal corpse or standing water), could have waited. He should have especially seen that his air conditioning was working properly and even had an outdoor bar set up with large elegant fans. He should have hired me to get his sneak peak workable.

    Anyway, how old is Kandi’s mother? Her saying “that ain’t cool” sounds out of character for her. I’m sure she’s either younger or a little older than I am (55), but I have a young deameanor and am confused with being young for my age (which can be frustrating, but I’ll keep on keepin’ on with that). The stripper Redickulous was shocking, but can’t look away moment, but should have been held at a private residence.

    NeNe leaving during or after his performance was a natural reaction. Just because she was a stripper, she’s no longer in that game and she has refined herself a great deal and I recall an episode when Phadra brought it up that she knew a stripper who could pleasure himself at will, NeNe’s response was a mocked dry-heave. NeNe, keep true to your divine self.

    Cynthia Bailey is incredibly the most beautiful woman I’ve seen and her and Peter are a perfect match. Her sister is emotional protective of her, but I don’t blame her, I find fault with Cynthia for disclosing her marital situations to her. Cynthia, Malerie can’t find fault with Peter if she doesn’t have the ammo. Marriage first.

    Phaedra is a cute biblical hypocrite. C’mon, you can’t walk around claiming people sinners at a funeral when you disrespect a group of people with a stripper performing auto-eroticism at a public venue. Either you’re a thumper or a humper. Make up your mind.

    Sheree, how is it you’ve not receive child support at this stage in the game? Especially being married to a former pro athlete? Where you abused by him and you’re afraid of him? It didn’t seem that way when you threw that water on him. An abuser would have pounded your azz into that grass you were on. You have something else up your sleeve. You are not an unskilled woman. I know there’s a plan hatching and you waiting fiur years to a formal petition makes me wonder. Oh, it’s ratings!!!! I knew you were smart.

  3. Is Sheree really that stupid?, and please tell her to get a speech therapist!!!!!! it couldn’t HURT. Let’s not forget Phadrea A WANTA BE(
    style, class etc.)

  4. Is Sheree really that stupid?, and please tell her to get a speech therapist!!!!!! it couldn’t HURT. Let’s not forget Phadrea A WANTA BE(
    style, class etc.)

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