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Get thee to the plastic surgeon! ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap, ep. four

“I still wanted to look like NeNe, the black woman that I am – but a better version.” – NeNe Leakes to People magazine.

NeNe-Leakes-Nose-Job-Before-After-PHOTOSTo be on a reality show, you need to have a base level of vanity. So it’s not surprising a high percentage of the “Real Housewives” on the various franchises appear to have had work done.

But NeNe Leakes wouldn’t necessarily be the first one you’d think of who would have work on her face. (Her breasts? A different story.)

Yet there she is in Monday night’s episode getting a nose job on top of a breast implant reduction and some liposuction.

Her excuse? Stress over her son Bryce’s problems and marital issues with Gregg. She has some cash now. Her rationale: why not take advantage and do something for herself for a change? During the entire storyline, Gregg is absent from the cameras. While she gets drugged up before surgery, she asks for him (”I need to see Gregg!”) and it’s kind of sad. She has a friend Diana be a surrogate support system.

It’s great to see NeNe in non-drama mode for a change. She comes across as vulnerable and almost sweet – at least until the drugs wear off.

The other big plot line revolves around Phaedra Parks’ over-the-top baby shower. Parks hosts more than 150 people, with ballerinas and a dance with Dwight Eubanks because her husband Apollo found it too “girly.” Women even get male escorts as they enter the party. “Where are we? Chippendales?” Cynthia Bailey snarks.

And we even get to see former “Housewife” cast member Lisa Wu Hartwell, who refused to play RHOA games and left earlier this year. Regulars will be amused that the producers felt compelled to place her name on the screen twice and not explain why she disappeared.

Kandi Burruss was also in a major snark mode: “I love Phaedra but the rhinestones on the eyelashes are bourghetto. Bourgeois and ghetto at the same time!”

“Someone stab me in the neck and put me out of my misery!” Cynthia added. (That’s probably what a lot of RHOA viewers were thinking!)

In other plotlines:

- Kandi and Kim Zolciak talk about Kim’s next move in her music career. Kim is a bit clueless but thinks she might do a song based on something said by Jimmy Kimmel: “That ring don’t mean a thing.” (As of this taping, she was dating Lee Najjar AKA Big Papa again!) Kandi, who did her production of “Tardy for the Party” for free, wants some money from Kim to do another song. She says that to the camera but does she say that to Kim? Not that we can tell. We also get to meet Kim’s parents for the first time and they complain how they hardly ever see her. And they encourage her to go to church. Nope. She isn’t changing a thing.

- Sheree Whitfield is now dating fake “Love Doctor”/life coach Tiy-E Muhammad. She pops in to his relationships seminar in Decatur, where we also get to see Carol Blackmon of Majic 107.5, too. Sheree seems quite smitten, assuming of course that this dude has money. I’m surprised she hasn’t asked for his financial statements yet.

- Cynthia Bailey joins Phaedra for the annual Steeplechase event and finds Phaedra annoyingly full of herself. She also has to hold back her husband Peter when Phaedra badmouths him to his face about having five children. “We’ve got to get out of this limo,” Cynthia said to the cameras. “My man is five minutes from choking Phaedra and going to prison himself.” She also likens Phaedra as “the black Tammy Faye Bakker.”

Quotable quotes:

“If I had plastic surgery every time I had marital problems, I’d be Dwight.”Sheree.

“Phaedra is no doubt her biggest cheerleader. Go ahead and put down the pom poms. We get it!” - Cynthia.

“I’m ready to drink. The bitch is back!” - NeNe after her plastic surgery and still drugged up, to Kim.

Phaedra responded on her blog about what she said last week re: black vs. white households. She was vague though and didn’t respond in specifics:

I have received numerous comments about the remarks that I made on the episode that aired on Monday, October 18, 2010. I feel the need to respond to those comments, because I believe my remarks were generally misunderstood and are being used to portray me as someone I am not. I am not a racist. My heart has always been open to people of all races, ethnicities, and walks of life. If that were not the case, I would not have fallen in love with and married a man who is biracial and was raised by a white woman. The reality is that we live in a society where matters of race are not discussed honestly or openly for fear of being labeled a racist. And that really needs to change if we’re going to move forward in any meaningful way as a melting pot of ideas, viewpoints, and experiences. While I do regret any discomfort or offense that my comments may have caused, I believe it is important that we use opportunities like this to create forums for dialogue and growth, not for personal attacks.

And starting November 7, the show (currently on Monday nights at 9 p.m.) is moving to Sunday night at 10 p.m. to anchor Bravo’s first entry into original programming that night.

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113 comments Add your comment

csquared

October 26th, 2010
12:06 am

“Someone stab me in the neck and put me out of my misery!” Cynthia added. WORKS FOR ME….

JacketFan

October 26th, 2010
12:15 am

I’m liking this season better than the 2nd one. RHOA may have more legs than people thought at the start of the season.

amazing

October 26th, 2010
12:21 am

This is embarassing! None of these people are housewives, they all work because their husbands have nothing. Kandi is the only one that may have money dude. NeNe is “akin” brand new with her new found success and thats why her and greg are fallin out. She dont need him anymore when he too her broke a** in. Its embarassing. Why do we have to go to athens to find two broke a** women to represent Atlanta. Phaedra is country. The baby shower was unbearable. It was simply crazy as hell. The worst thing is the only Brothers that America see in Atlanta are gay dudes. Dwight. The other grown a** ashy hairstylist wearing high heels. Man this stuff is just embarassing and having being born and raised in Atlanta, Im totally not impressed at all. Kandi, you are the only one I enjoy and lisa is gone..Please tell Kim it’s done!!!! First time, shame on her..second time, shame on you…

amazing

October 26th, 2010
12:45 am

Atlanta stand up!!! Tony Gonzalez wife where are you? Big Boi Wife Where are You? Brian McCann wife..Wat up? Evander Holyfied either one of your 7 ex wives, wat up bruh? Arthur Blank where is your wife dude? Deion Sanders or Brian Jordan are yall wives busy dude? Bernie Marcus What up? Regina Belle is here and Married? Hell Anybody from Peachtree City? Elton John atleast have money, replace dwight dude!!! Hell Lets holla at Steve Rayman wife! Anybody dude..

KimZ'sPackage

October 26th, 2010
1:02 am

Who are the 2 women in those photos? Did that White lady beat up the Plastic surgeon that made a Black women look like her?
I bet the RHWOA had some DRA MA fo sho. Did we get some weave pullin’? Did somebody have to go to jail? Did one of the NON-wives back the Crakker barrel Ho for suing beacause a white man Dis her after she SPIT on Him?

a fan

October 26th, 2010
1:09 am

I along with a few other million people happen to love the show! If you dont like it, turn the channel! Why does it bother you? I dont miss Lisa at all, glad that wanna be perfect girl is gone! I really like Sheree this season more and more. I have always liked Kandi. Kim is good tv, a mess but good for tv. Nene, the ghetto, ex-stripper can go somewhere and get over herself. The worst most degrading one on the show! Not sure why the Cynthia girl exist and Phakedra is also good for tv. She thinks shes more than she is. Now, honestly who ould want to watch a show with all them boring wives that someone just listed. Good tv is good tv, an RHOA is great tv!

a fan

October 26th, 2010
1:13 am

Nene surgery took her from bad to worst! Horrible job, for a horrible person. Poor Greg

GwinnettWife

October 26th, 2010
1:32 am

Ok. Tiy-E Muhammad is eye candy no doubt. But seriously, he looks like someone fired off a speeding bullet down the middle of his head!! He needs to cut all of the $h!t off his head!!

CAUAlum

October 26th, 2010
1:39 am

@GwinnettWife, u literally made me waste my drink laughing at your comment………Kim’s “Nutcracker” comment at the baby shower had me weak. And Sheree’s response to Tiy-E about a man working at Payless was rather smooth and funny to me…

amazing

October 26th, 2010
2:14 am

It bothers me because all of the RHOA are BROKE!!!! Try looking at the RHO Beverly Hills or New York. It’s Pale in comparison!! They are actually housewives and they pretty much have money fallin from the trees. RHOA, its not so and they all are sisters. The Show should be “strugglin azz housewives of atlanta”. Sheree, Kim, Ne Ne,= money from the show. Houses are rented. Cars are rented or leased. Cynthia’s husband Broke! Phaedra’s Husband… No comment, just got out of Jail. WHite people sitting back laughing at this sh**. Atleast the list I named actually have money and are married. They wouldnt be boring because everybody knows that where 3 or 4 women are gathered, There will be Drama. That’s a Fact.

Interesting

October 26th, 2010
2:30 am

@amazing….all of the women you mentioned are far too classy and dignified to allow their lives to be put on display like the women RHOWA has chosen. Those women were chosen simply because they want their 15 mins of fame…and that’s what they will get…15 mins….The real “elite” housewives are living their lives and being fabulous not trying to convince other that they are…

Interesting

October 26th, 2010
2:32 am

@ amazing…now you said a mouthful….BROKE A$$ Women!!! That should be the title for the Atlanta version of the show!!! LOVE IT

FJ

October 26th, 2010
3:45 am

” The Show should be “strugglin azz housewives of atlanta”.”

Well it is called “real” and there is nothing more real than “strugglin” in this day and age.

KimZ'sPackage

October 26th, 2010
3:55 am

Eddie Murphy did a skit on SNL.
Velvet Jones and he wrote a book called
“How to be a Hoe”
Damn, in the 80s Eddie knew the RHOA women when they was Elementary school tramps just learning the HOE trade. VELVET JONES did you TURN DOES Bi..hs out?

Brandice

October 26th, 2010
3:59 am

If you dont like it turn the channel, there is other mess on TV.
Thanks and have a good day………….

summerhill ga

October 26th, 2010
4:04 am

Dear World,
This show does not represent “housewives of atlanta, georgia”..please do not hold this against us, it is for entertainment purposes only…

KimZ'sPackage

October 26th, 2010
4:07 am

BRAN DICE is that combo of GrandPaws favorite things Bran cereral and Dice in the alley?
Tell you mom to give you White name so it will be easer to get a job. Well unless you want to work at Chocolate City with Porshe, Mercede, and SheNana on the main stage. Please remember to tip the wait staff. You know the baby daddys ain’t going to buy thoes pampers. If you tip good you could be the next BABY DADDY after Da Club Closes and the legs open. Come on Bros let the benjies flow like you gonna buy that garden tool. Be a bad farmer. Plow the back field but don’t plant no seed. We don’t have the Jail space for another Boo.

Spontaneous

October 26th, 2010
4:51 am

I do NOT like NeNe’s new look at all!!!!! She looks awful, fake and now her head looks all one color. Not a good look at all boo. Sorry. I guess Shree is the diva now even though I don’t like her either.

Justine

October 26th, 2010
5:37 am

And people wonder why I have stopped dating men from Atlanta without a background check. Not only is the show insulting to the hard working and accomplished Black and white women of Atlanta, it is just a mess. Kandi is the only one who has any money or class. And I might add style. Do I watch the show. No. How do I know about it because it is all in my face. What happened to a sense of civility. And we wonder why our children, especially our girls, are the way they are.

Lipstick on a Pig

October 26th, 2010
6:18 am

10 years ago, I was approached about participating in a reality tv show. I considered it for the experience, not to become some flash-in-the-pan media ho. Until I spoke to a couple of people who had already been a part of the show. Each said that, looking back, they wish they hadn’t have done it. That they were ‘edited’ to portray a role and it was about creating drama. It was not an accurate reflection of who they were.

However, when it comes to RHOA, the way they are portrayed on air is not far from who they are. Many people in my circle have interacted with these women, either professionally or via their children, etc. Consistently, the feedback and experiences affirm their low-class and lack of integrity.

I’m sorry but the woman who claims to be classy and a lady while dangling her red furry lingerie demonstrates you cannot take the trailer trash out of the girl. I keep visualizing Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls talking about her “Ver-sayse” (Versace) dress and the description of lipstick on a pig.

These women are an embarrassment to Atlanta.

Mitzymy

October 26th, 2010
6:34 am

Housewives!! You think of someone cleaning, cooking, taking care of children, running to the store, and school. If you are a real housewife, you don’t have time for parties, and you don’t have money for limosines. I watched the show 2 times to make sure I was seeing the real thing, and I turned the channel as someone suggested. This show is embarassing for any housewife. They should call it “The Socialites of Atlanta,” because these housewives are not real.

Traci

October 26th, 2010
6:36 am

Embarrassment is the word I keep hearing – but the rating show – PEOPLE are watching.
Best way to shut this hot mess down is to stop watching.

But alas, that is so hard to do. Because we all like a good Train Wreck. We all want to find out why Greg left NeNe. Why Phederas marrriage will never work!, and how come Sheree who is usually so astute – did not read the article in the AJC about Tiy-E – the Fake Dr.(with the fabricated credentials) long ago when the story broke. — for someone “in the know” — she doesnt know too much. One phone call would have told her to leave him a lone. But I suspect Bravo knows all about this — and it will be part of the the story line.

DRAMA – that is what this hot mess is. Sad is the actual words we all need to start using.
Folks will sell their diginity for 15 minutes of fame.

SCOTT

October 26th, 2010
6:37 am

NOW NENE LOOK LIKE DWIGHT. I DO NOT LIKE HER NEW LOOK.
KIM OMG.
SHEREE MONEY,MONEY,MONEY.
PHAEDRA bourghetto LOL.
KANDI LOVE YA.

Fee

October 26th, 2010
6:41 am

They really need to send Kim back to the trailor park, Sheree corny as hell looking or some one with high figures and broke as hell, Ne-Ne better hope the few dollars and mins of fame last because, now that she’s somewhat or trying to be out there, now she don’t want to be bother with her husabnd. What goes around, comes around. They should’ve left Lisa, keep Kandi, and brought Deshawn back and found another real women or two with some class. I miss Deshawn, she was real and had a heart!

The Magnificent Carnac returns (again)...

October 26th, 2010
7:24 am

A – Rodney and the RHOA…

Q – Name 7 Ho’s that live in Atlanta…

Anne

October 26th, 2010
7:48 am

You’re moving it to Sunday…..how about moving it off the air. These women are the worst example of Atlanta.

dream

October 26th, 2010
7:53 am

People talk about the RHOA so bad but they keep coming back every week!!!! I love it…it is entertainment. Who wants to look at dignified respectable women each week apparemtly none of us because they do have shows like that on Public television but I don’t see any of you checking for them.

Laura

October 26th, 2010
7:55 am

Ok everyone has something negative to say..but you are all watching the show. Let the sisters make their money while giving us some laughs. And can they put the white girl off the show…can we have something to ourselves. You don’t see any black women staring in the other Housewives sequels….

RHOAFan

October 26th, 2010
8:01 am

You forgot to mention the other good one-liner that Cynthia got in about Dwight looking like a black Willy Wonka! Classic!

I'm Just Sayin'

October 26th, 2010
8:17 am

Consider a show with ‘actual’ housewives in Atlanta.

Lisa

October 26th, 2010
8:18 am

I laughed pretty much through that whole episode.I am really sick of looking at Kim and Sheree.Phaedra is a straight up snob. The rest of the ladies are cool,for now.

How many of these....

October 26th, 2010
8:19 am

….are post op and how many are pre op?

CWILLI

October 26th, 2010
8:24 am

couldn’t really watch last nigh daughter called in from Dallas, but what I did see was horrible. Phaedra character and truly that is what she represents. Who do she think she is fooling not the viewing public and obviously not Appollo her husband oh must be herself and Dwight. Get a clue and keep it moving. NeNe I actually like your nose before now you look like you constantly have the sniffles or something but I guess it will grow on you with time. Kim you can sing you had a one hit wonder get over it. Khandi tell Kim what time it is, and go to work on your music it could use a little more from what I heard “just keeping it real”. Cynthia I don’t know your age but most models your age have retired unless you are doing still shots for stores and such I don’t see you walking the runway in Milan or Paris, but I do see opening up a top notch school in Atlanta for these so call wanna be’s with no class truth be told Phaedra should be your first student.”Smooches”

CWILLI

October 26th, 2010
8:27 am

Oh I must say in each episode so far each time Dwight has appeared he has looked like a zip zap fool. In the words of Sheree get a clue Boo!! I needed to put that in I have been meaning to say that for a while. Don’t think Dwight is a bad person just clueless. “Smooches”

Niss

October 26th, 2010
8:29 am

@ amazing I totally agree with you and to the answer to your question where are all these other housewives with famous husbands or famous themselves who would have qualified to be on the RHOA well the answer is this simple, they are waaaay too classy and private to put their private lives on blast. I really don’t think Arthur Blank nor Bernie Marcus would be having that anyway…..LOL

Ezekiel Ben-Ysrael

October 26th, 2010
8:31 am

The continued ignorance of black people never ceases to amaze me!

Kevin

October 26th, 2010
8:48 am

Why is there only one white women on this show? Doesn’t represent ATL very well. Not like any of them do.

LindaH

October 26th, 2010
8:59 am

Correction: Peter is Cynthia Bailey’s fiance—not husband.

LindaH

October 26th, 2010
9:00 am

Sheree should refer her “Dr” boyfriend to the place where she purchased her lacefront.

ExNuYawker

October 26th, 2010
9:01 am

Money machine for Andy Cohen. That’s all these housewives shows are. It’s all scripted crap!

fat lip Phaedra

October 26th, 2010
9:03 am

PLEASE GET FAT LIPS PHAEDRA OFF THE SHOW!!!!!! she brings nothing to the show, but a good looking husband, and futhermore he doesnt want to do anything with her….SO PLEASE LET THIS BE HER LAST SEASON…anyway how much lip gloss does she use to fill up those lips?

GG

October 26th, 2010
9:16 am

These ladies keep me in stitches!! Bravo is here to bring a show, so the credibility, wealth, and class of these women are not a qualifier of getting on the show. They have to be broke, ghetto, and classless. I get it, and it is a guilty pleasure of mines to watch the show every week.

Phaedra is hilarious. I think she got it wrong though, her husband is use to eating jailhouse food where they make grilled cheese sandwiches with an iron. So of course he is not use to her fine southern cooking.

GG

October 26th, 2010
9:20 am

@ ran

You are so original. Back to Africa??? Are you serious?

Kevin

October 26th, 2010
9:27 am

Ok, I admit it. I watch the show. I actually watch most of the Housewives shows. It’s escapism; mindless. But sometimes you need that.

Having said that– compare the Atlanta show to any of the other shows. We’re a laughing stock. A joke. We’re the “ghetto” group. Yes, the women on the other shows are outrageous, plastic, shallow, whatever. But the Atlanta group is portrayed (accurately?) as ghetto, and it kinda gets old that we’re the “joke” of the entire series.

Anyone who thinks this show does anything positive for Atlanta or for AA women is in serious denial.

Aware

October 26th, 2010
9:36 am

Sheree, he ain’t, (that’s right I said AIN’T) got no money boo!

ran

October 26th, 2010
9:36 am

Too GG, you got BET what more do you want.Just change the channel and watch all the Black people you want.This show is a joke.

nana

October 26th, 2010
9:38 am

the atl housewives are MISSING the point of housewives they are such a disgrace to the city of Atlanta Ga please remove them or replace the Ghettoness of it all……..

Seriously

October 26th, 2010
9:49 am

Why do white people get mad when they are not the center of attention?

Laura

October 26th, 2010
9:55 am

@ Ran, sweety no need for me to go back to Africa we are here to stay..you loved us then and you love us now as evident in the fact that you would take the time to watch the show and to acknowledge my comment.

And as far as BET goes, we are no longer limited we are everywhere on every station..you can’t escape us, so if you really don’t like it..cut off the tv.

Veronica

October 26th, 2010
10:03 am

I wouldnt have called NeNe gorgeous before but her face matched itself. Now, really – does she look better or an artificial attempt to seek out the “Barbie” complex (all races, ethnic groups can fall into this phenom) and modifying the features that she was born with esp those that are defined by her parents, grandparents and her African American racial heritage – the features that her sons inherited from her. So pls NeNe, dont talk about Dwight’s nose. I cant see it, maybe invisible but you definitely have a clothes pin on the end of your nose!!!