That vaunted fight between Kandi Burruss and NeNe Leakes was much ado about… not much of anything.
NeNe seemed to pick the argument out of the stratosphere.
Here’s the background: Kandi became friends with Kim Zolciak. NeNe got oddly jealous about it and badmouthed Kandi’s music skills behind her back. Their relationship seemed okay at the Alter Ego shoot when Kandi directed NeNe on her photo. But then NeNe heard Kim wanted to do the “Tardy for the Party” song by herself and not with NeNe.
At Sheree Whitfield’s “independence” party at Door 44, a Midtown club, Kim (in crutches from the fall she had from the Alter Ego party in last week’s episode) breaks the news to NeNe that she wants to do the song on her own.
NeNe goes all passive aggressive. “I have no problem if you want to sing the song by yourself,” she said, when in fact she does have a problem with it. “My opinion is you can’t sell the song without me because of who I am, my personality, everything that has to do with me. More people will buy the song if I was on the song.”
She’s probably right but Kim isn’t pleased with NeNe’s implication. So when NeNe gives a fake “good luck” to her, Kim utters, “you’re just evil” and turns away. “Kim is like a dirty person,” NeNe said to the camera later, complaining that Kim changed her mind.
Lisa Wu Hartwell had warned Kandi to stay out of it. And Kandi tries. Oh, she tries. But naturally, NeNe comes up to her and tells her she doesn’t appreciate Kandi talking about her behind her back. (Is she?) “I don’t talk about you,” NeNe said. “I don’t even know you.” (We know she has badmouthed Kandi to the cameras, which I guess isn’t technically behind her back since she eventually saw it on the TV screen.)
Kandi, who has shown an impressive amount of equanimity throughout the series, finally gets angry, mostly because NeNe was getting peeved at her for no tangible reason.
“Bring it on down!” Kandi said. “Bring it on down! I’m going to stop before I blow up on your xxx.”
To the cameras, Kandi said, “NeNe knows how to push people’s buttons. She was gonig on about nothing.”
NeNe later tries to explain: “The argument between me and Kandi was bound to happen. She’s always looking at me strange. (huh? This really is high school, isn’t it?) If I say something, she tries to get smart.” Then she calls Kandi a “country bumpkin.”
The teases for next week’s show don’t address how this plays out but it is a true drama souffle.
In other “Housewives” plotlines:
-For her party, which she organized by herself, Sheree had a monstrous eight-foot tall portrait of herself made by Rossin. It’s a true monolithic ego stroke. A well-done ego stroke, true, but an ego stroke nonetheless.
-Lisa and Kandi do “the Pocketbook Monologues,” which is a black woman version of “The Vagina Monologues.” Kandi does a great job personifying a pregnant prostitute with HIV who was abused as a child.
-Kim and Big Poppa get back together. She still loves him and is upset he hasn’t divorced his wife yet. But she needs him as her ATM and goes on a shopping spree. (Jonathan Jaxson, her on-and-off publicist, told me earlier this week she is no longer with him. The bank is again closed.)
Funny quotes from the episode:
“I have a rare opportunity to paint a queen,” – Rossin, to Sheree.
“$32,000 for a gold necklace. It isn’t all that expensive. I mean, it’s pricey but i love it and I want it, I’m buying it.” – Kim, actually using Big Poppa’s kitty to buy it.
“Oh, God! I’m good looking!” – Kim.
“I’m not trying to be in the middle of the craziness.” – Kandi. Sorry. You are.