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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap ep 11: the ‘Friend’ contract

real-housewives-atlanta-nene-cynthia-320Of the two new “housewives” cast members this season, Phaedra Parks has been the outrageous one, spouting a fair number of ridiculous and catty comments.

Cynthia Bailey, on the other hand, has been pretty normal and borderline dull. Until the friendship contract tonight.

After the blow-up between Peter Thomas and NeNe Leakes last week over whether he was being “cold” to her, Cynthia stops talking to NeNe for a few days. She is upset being caught in the middle with one of her best new friends in Atlanta and her fiance.

Kim Zolciak and Sheree Whitfield, who admit they know very little about Cynthia, said the times they have seen her, she talks too much about NeNe, not much about Peter.  “I think Cynthia is kind of hooked on Nene – like a little tick!” Sheree says.

Cynthia and NeNe do reconcile in person at Kim’s house while Kim is getting her cellulite “lasered” off using some bizarro contraption while unapologetically eating pizza at the same time. First, Cynthia gives her a candle, a pretty mundane gift. Then she whipped out “the contract.”

“We have to have rules,” Cynthia said, after prefacing that she might come across as a “lunatic” for making NeNe sign anything.

NeNe agrees, telling the Bravo cameras: “We’re not 15!” Then she adds, “This is definitely some single black female s***.” She signs it anyway.

Her initial reaction is to say nothing about the contract to anybody else. Later, she can’t help herself and tells Kim.

Kim, of course, thinks Cynthia is a bit nutty. If given the “yes or no” line about whether to be friends, “I would have circled no and ran like hell!”  But NeNe defends Cynthia in the end because she honestly likes her. “She’s not crazy,” NeNe concludes. “She just wants to be a friend.”

Bailey tweets after the show that the contract was a joke, pure and simple.

“At first it was scary,” NeNe says on “Watch What Happens Live!”, “but it’s okay now.”

NeNe during the episode also kisses and makes up with Peter, who apologizes about having a bad day during last week’s episode. “You are a firecracker,” NeNe squeals to Peter. “I’m over it and we’re back in love!”  (Seriously, if those two were single….)

On the after show, she also gives no hint on whether she is divorcing Gregg or not.

“My relationship with Gregg is private,” she says with a straight face. “We’ve been together for 14 years… We have highs and lows. We are married today… You can take that for what you want it to be. It doesn’t mean we’re going to be married next week. Bam!”

In other wacky “housewives” developments:

- Sheree, who has dumped fashion in favor of acting, gets a talent agency: People Store. “This is the beginning of everything for me!” she says. She signs on to a play called “Child Support Man”  for free just to get the experience. Ultimately, it’s a glorified cameo appearance, as NeNe notes. “It’s a long way from the chitlin’ circuit to Broadway,” Cynthia says, in a rare moment when she actually said something remotely quotable.

- Phaedra is fed some gossip from trouble-maker Dwight Eubanks. During Kandi’s birthday a couple episodes back, Cynthia and Kim grilled Dwight about Phaedra’s full term baby which she said was only in her womb for seven months. Dwight refused to bite and walked away. He tells Phaedra about how they were calling her baby an alien if it grows that fast. Dwight credits Cynthia with the “alien” line so after Sheree’s play, Phaedra confronts Cynthia. Cynthia denies saying that because she didn’t. But she didn’t throw Kim under the bus. Phaedra never addresses whether the baby actually was conceived before she got married, which is why people thought she was lying. But she does throw down this: “Whatever about my uterus is my business. Talking about my unborn baby is off limits!”

- Kim preps for her upcoming tour with Kandi by doing some choreography work. She can’t remember all the steps, gives up. As usual, Kim’s “work ethic” shows. She also again talks about dating Kroy Biermann, the Atlanta Falcon who impregnated her back in June.

- Kandi Burruss is also prepping for the two-week promo tour, but we don’t really see much of her. Based  on previews, we’ll be seeing much more of the tour next week.

NOTABLE QUOTABLES

“I quit,”Kim, after working on choreography and deciding it was too hard to remember actual choreography as she “prepares’ for an upcoming tour opening for Kandi.

“Cynthia doesn’t have a brain of her own, poor thing.” -Phaedra, being catty after hearing Dwight Eubanks pass on false information about Cynthia.

“If Kim is a nurse, she must have one of those mail-order degrees, one of those you get for $59.” - Phaedra, after hearing from Dwight that Kim claim  nursing credentials.

“Just because you strip in a nurse’s outfit doesn’t mean you’re a nurse.” - Phaedra again going after Kim.

“I’d be jealous of me if I were her.”Phaedra about Kim.

RATINGS

The 10th episode December 5 drew 3.22 million viewers, the same as a week earlier, matching a season high. It’s also 500,000 more than the comparable episode a year earlier. Since the show moved to Sundays in early November, it has been consistently drawing more viewers.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

123 comments Add your comment

Truthpaste

December 13th, 2010
1:26 am

Man, I thought I was going to miss “The Walking Dead”, then I ran into these nuts.

Southern man,

December 13th, 2010
7:48 am

Trash, all of them!

southern man, hater

December 13th, 2010
7:57 am

@ southern man
You know you love it thats why you watch it.

melissa's mom

December 13th, 2010
8:00 am

Trashy, yes, but hilarious!

Rodney

December 13th, 2010
8:01 am

I love this idea of relationship privacy… You’re on a TV reality show, for Pete’s sake.

In all honesty, Sheree wasn’t that bad in her first acting gig. Actually, she was better than I’d (and probably, most) expected. I doubt she’s ready to go toe to toe with Meryl Streep but she seems to think so I guess.

Build a bridge and get over it

December 13th, 2010
8:17 am

For EVERYONE posting a comment – whether you watch (LMAAOO)or not, you are still supporting the show. That’s like buying a DVD/Music cd then realizing you don’t like the movie/music. What does the artist care, it’s YOUR now and it COUNTS to them!! LOL

Michelle

December 13th, 2010
8:28 am

I’m a true FAN OF RHOA….and Ne-Ne is my favorite. Once again if you don’t like it don’t watch..SMH…Have a warm day everyone :)

Jennifer Jones

December 13th, 2010
8:40 am

I am so over D-Wright. He is so D-Wrong for the show. I am so glad that Lawrence is getting more camera time. D-Wright should had stuck with NeNe. Hooked up with Phaedra. Duh Wrong.. Hopefully soon he will be D-Gone.

Marquettia LeShontay SheNaeNae

December 13th, 2010
8:42 am

Miss Nene shuld be nomnated for a emmey award for this show. She so crazy and she straigt trippin all thru the show and what not. Miss Kim so trashey and she be thinkin she can sing but she cant. Miss Kandy need to stop tellin miss kim she can sing cuz she cant. Miss Sherae so crazy with her boyfreind doctor. He be actin like he better then evverybody else cuz he a doctr. whatever. He dont know me!

Silks

December 13th, 2010
8:45 am

For whatever reason I have not been able to watch this season. Seems so mudane with NeNe on there. Maybe if she leaves I can resume watching.

Ra

December 13th, 2010
8:57 am

How does ANYONE want Phaedra to represent them in court AFTER watching her on this show??? And Dwight gossips & stirs up tihs just like the women on the show. At least he and NeNe’s noses match now.

Can anyone name 1 ad campaign they’ve seen Cynthia in? For her to be a “supermodel”, I don’t seem to recall seeing her anywhere.

Good luck to Kandi! I’ve loved her since Xscape first came out and hope she finally gets her due rewards for her talent.

meyouand she

December 13th, 2010
8:59 am

Nene Leakes need to grow up and set better examples. She has to fuss with anyone that befriends her. I think Cynthia was really trying to blow over the friendship thing with Nene with the letter, and Ms. Monster Nene had to make a big thing out of it. That women will backstap anyone that tries to treat her nice. She acts like a big, silly spoiled child. I will never forget how she did Kim about the singing and then try to attack Kim for not confronting her. Everyone is not about being loud and stupid NE-HE!

frommiami

December 13th, 2010
9:08 am

Melissa’s Mom, right on!

Kat

December 13th, 2010
9:15 am

@Jennifer Jones

I completely agree with you about Dwight. He is hitching his wagon to Phaedra to stay relevant because he ticked all of the other girls off with his lies and deceit. When the show first started he was so popular that he thought he would ride the wave and get his own show. Now he is just a footnote. He needs to just fade away. Not that I like Phaedra but she needs to watch her back because his knife is still sharp.

RC

December 13th, 2010
9:15 am

whoi cares..this show sucks

JOSHUA SMOLLETT

December 13th, 2010
9:17 am

i really like cynthia,i think she is as real and down to earth as a lady can be, she is a very beautiful lady, i can tell she has a good heart, peter is the wrong man for her

Shaquitta Jackson-Lee

December 13th, 2010
9:18 am

This show is a negative portrayal of African-American women and reinforces stereotypes. Shame on anyone that watches this mindless, nonsense !

The706me

December 13th, 2010
9:19 am

This used to be a good show, now it’s is starting to get a little boring.

Right.

the404list dot com

thelastheteromaleintheATL

December 13th, 2010
9:19 am

I think Cynthia brings much needed feminity and grace to this train wreck. Im not going to hate on all aspects of the show, but NeNe’s cosmetic adjustments were a mistake.

And can we have a black man on the show who isnt a funboy or a thug? I know Atlanta has that rep, but does the show have to go so far out of its way to support it?

former atlantan

December 13th, 2010
9:21 am

I love watching this total wreck of a show. Kim needs to get a life and stop thinking everyone is going to give her everything she wants. Lesbian one day, hooker the next. Take off the sting mop you call a wig.

Dwight = SH*T Stirrer.
Love me some Nene, Kandi and Cynthia!!

Bring on Baton Bob!! He is a REAL Atlanta Icon.

Donna P.

December 13th, 2010
9:22 am

Phaedra talks like she is on drugs or something; mumbles and makes no sense. Cynthia is very immature. NeNe is still the best and she was excellent on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and his other guest Anderson Cooper after Sunday’s episode.

Miss KP

December 13th, 2010
9:25 am

Cynthia’s modeling career is dying and she wants to be NeNe’s friend to keep her in the limelight. Beverly Johnson and Iman she is not. Phaedra can get on my nerves at times, but she should have gone in on them Beezy’s for talking about her baby, whether it was a direct reference or not. Not trying to be funny but all of them have funny looking kids and neither of them makes you look twice or say ooooo they are so cute. So here we are Phaedra allegedly got pregnant before she was married. Sheree was so desperate for a man with money she married Bob Whitfield, no man other than Bob would have married her. Kim, who the hell is her baby’s daddy or daddy’s? She has relations with married men and she thinks that is ok. The only thing with Kandi is she is a freak but hell who is not. She is taking care of her business and her child. NeNe, married out of desperation married a sugar daddy and with the help of RHOA came up, I aint mad at you. Out of all the lil girls on the show, Phaedra and Kandi are the only ones doing it for themselves and did not need a man to sustain them. So why is Kim, Sheree and NeNe always talking about her. Get some business about yourself so you can move in the same circles on your own merit.

Mr. Ed

December 13th, 2010
9:25 am

“And can we have a black man on the show who isnt a funboy or a thug?”

ROTFL.

Nia

December 13th, 2010
9:52 am

NeNe wants Cynthia’s husband. Her face lit up like a midnight moon when he pulled her to the side to apologize, Cynthia better watch out for her.

Dwight, needs to start wearing womens clothes since he acts so much like a bitch.

Nancy Grace rocks

December 13th, 2010
9:57 am

OK Who gives a SH$%#$^

pmuckle

December 13th, 2010
10:12 am

Boo is dead wrong to say her ex falcon husband does not pay or paid any child support!!!

Ms_Leo

December 13th, 2010
10:15 am

I missed last night’s episode as I was watching the Eagles/Cowboys game. From the comments, I didn’t miss anything – same foolywang. I applaud all the ladies for making the most of their 15 minutes of fame!! Now, I hear DeShawn Snow (RHOA Season 1) is getting a reality show? Snooze…

Curious

December 13th, 2010
10:15 am

Now that it’s out there about Phadera’s pregnancy. Was the baby conceived while her husband was still in jail? If so, is it because she’s a lawyer she can gain private access to male inmates before marriage for those jailhouse tryst?

DamntheButcher

December 13th, 2010
10:17 am

How deep into the Ghetto did they have to go to find Nene? Almost as deep to find Candi.

Real Blk Man

December 13th, 2010
10:26 am

Ok, can we say that if you dont watch the show stop replying in the comments section.

For the past 5+ years, we are pretty much beyond seeing “Reality TV” being anything but what it is and that’s entertaining. If you are tired of the potrayal of people on television, people are even more tired of the fake culture war that is being waged by you.

The production crew at Bravo has absolute authority to potray any of the characters exactly the way they want us to see them in order to achieve ratings. There are still successful African-Americans that are doing great things as role models in our communities across this nation.

That is all

just me

December 13th, 2010
10:39 am

@ Jennifer Jones

You better not be the JJ from the ajc!

dre-daysouthfla

December 13th, 2010
10:41 am

some of yall just kill me with the african-americans female a bad name if you the like the show dont look at it, and stop trying to be something you are not

bac

December 13th, 2010
10:54 am

Enter your comments here
@RA
cynthia was has had contracts with several big names including cover girl and she has been on several mag covers including vogue and essence

S2C

December 13th, 2010
10:57 am

I, like all of us, for whatever reason, enjoy looking at this train wreck. It’s high drama entertainment! However, the show needs to get rid of Kim Z. Kim basically is an opportunist who sleeps with men as her “meansof support.” She isn’t a housewife, and basically a waste of good flesh.

Ra

December 13th, 2010
11:00 am

[Quote thelastheteromaleintheATL]
December 13th, 2010
9:19 am
And can we have a black man on the show who isnt a funboy or a thug? [/Quote]

I agree 100+%

As a straight black male in Dekalb County, I am tired of hearing how all the black men in Atlanta a gay. No, all the black men they show an tv in Atlanta are gay.

And we all don’t have a criminal record either. I’d like to see men like me be better represented.

BOO GOT SHOT !!!

December 13th, 2010
11:10 am

Kim is nothing but a lazy ass blonde bimbo who will spread her legs for anybody with a couple of $$$
these women give “housewife” a bad name. nothing but stupid gold diggers and pecker hunters!!

joe in tucker

December 13th, 2010
11:14 am

been on a two week drunk and then hit myself in the head with a hammer and still not stupid enough to watch this tripe!

Ms. Clark Kent

December 13th, 2010
11:17 am

I totally agree with Ms. KP! Granted, I am not a Phaedra fan but I totally agreed with her confronting Cynthia. You can talk about a mother but leave the child out of it! We have all discovered Phaedra lied about her due date……… so what, get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phaedra and Apollo have to deal with that.
Cynthia needs to worry about her home, her “so-called” friend Ne-Ne and “soon to be” husband Peter. If she didn’t see the “caution tape” last night…… when Peter walked off to entertain Ne-Ne while Phaedra put her behind in check……. then she deserves WHATEVER, she gets!

Mr. Ed

December 13th, 2010
11:19 am

“these women give “housewife” a bad name. nothing but stupid gold diggers and pecker hunters!!”

ROTFL.

The hits just keep coming today.

Roz

December 13th, 2010
11:38 am

the line of the night, Nene “its hot as fish grease in this muthaf—-!” LOL!

Big Boy from the NO

December 13th, 2010
11:42 am

Peter wants to hit that. he may have to get on some stilts.

Lips

December 13th, 2010
11:43 am

@donna, its those big ass lips of fakedra that makes her sound like she is on drugs!

Biggums

December 13th, 2010
11:48 am

(((((((((((((((Breaking News))))))))))))))) Dwight will be starring in the new season of the Adams Family floating on a cloud around the house. LOL

CWILLI

December 13th, 2010
11:52 am

The RHOA entertainment for me on Sundays some of the so called of them need to get a grip especially Sheree she is so fake, she needs to realize your personal business is all out, lost your car, about to be put out of your rented home. Come on give us a break at least eat some humble pie here. What actress you know got a start as old she is, you grow old in Hollywood you don’t to to Hollywood old. Then she is doing a play about child support stating her ex is not paying then why isn’t he in jail obviously he is not hiding he was on the show. Kim should be your best friend you are both scandalous but you make real good TV. Bravo will use them up until there is nothing else to use. “Smooches”

Elle

December 13th, 2010
12:20 pm

Lips, you said it all!!!!!!!!! I’m cryin over here (smiles)

Igor

December 13th, 2010
12:21 pm

Yall people are so damn stupid.. all you do with your lives is sit here and talk about how THEY’RE trashy.. but yet the viewers each time are huge. Get on out of the house, and go make something of yourselves.

Love it

December 13th, 2010
12:34 pm

I LOVE THR RHOA
THE LADIES ARE GREAT
I HAVE WATCH EVERY EPISODE
THANK YOU RHOA FOR KEEPING IT REAL

DonnaF

December 13th, 2010
12:50 pm

Well, at least NeNe was out looking for employment. Reality set in!! She’s not in the news being evicted and her car being repossessed like Sheree. Sheree has absolutely no talent—can’t act…sew…dance and trying to replace Winfield is not wise. She failed at that marriage…what makes her think that she doesn’t has some issues and not him!! A 4 yr. old could have danced her routine better. She needs to comb her daughters hair and be a positive role model for her kids instead of tryng to ride another man’s pockets—- because that would clearly make her a “Ho HO HO”! And let’s face it…this is reality TV….she can’t ACT like she has GOOD sense now!!!Jesus take the Wheel! smh…. and Kim pregnant!!! smh AGAIN!

dawg 149

December 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

Man o man……..u guys and gals need to GET A LIFE WHAT A BUNCH OF TRASH. No wonder our country is goin to Hell in a handbasket. Seriously, dont any of u have real lives, jobs, ect.,????

Midnight

December 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

This show is a train wreck that i can’t stop watching,LOL.