“Slaves don’t get paid, dumb***.” – Sweetie, in response to NeNe’s criticism.
If NeNe Leakes’ goal was to cause more people to hate her, the past two episodes have worked like a charm.
The drama last week instigated by NeNe for what appeared to be no apparent reason continues in episode 15. After they arrive in Miami, NeNe is still angry at Kim Zolciak.
“I’ll toss you out the window!” Nene says. Then she inexplicably adds, “You need to have a conversation like an adult!” Later, she threatens: “I will snap your neck and pop your eyeballs out.”
For the first time, all six cast members are in the same place at the same time for the cameras.
Sheree Whitfield, Cynthia Bailey and Phaedra Parks fly down to Miami for the bachelorette party before Cynthia gets married. They meet Kandi Burruss, Kim and NeNe at Kim’s buddy and Miami entrepreneur Thomas Kramer’s mansion. They are shocked that Kim and NeNe are at it again.
“Looks like we’re at the ultimate fight challenge,” Phaedra says. “There is so much madness!”
NeNe’s justification: “I’m sort of like chastising a child. You get down to their level.”
“I’m going to pretend this nightmare isn’t happening,” Kim says later. (Easier said than done.)
Kandi explains to the other ladies NeNe’s accusation from last week’s episode that Kim’s paid assistant Sweetie is being treated like a “slave.”
While Kandi thought Kim’s treatment of Sweetie wasn’t particularly good, she wasn’t going to go there. Sheree says, quite reasonably: “Sweetie is a grown woman. If she wants to get paid and get talked to any crazy way, that’s her problem.”
NeNe isn’t buying that argument. “I don’t care how much you get paid… she may as well take a chain and drag her.”
This drama, instigated 100% by NeNe, leads to Kim’s very lucid observation: “If it’s not about NeNe, she can’t f****** handle it!” (I said lucid, not eloquent.)
Kramer’s “Morocco meets the zoo” motif (as my wife called it) raises eyebrows. But his jovial demeanor is welcomed after all the tension. And his flirtatious banter with Kim is amusing. Could he be a “Big Poppa” in training? Since she’s now preggers with Kroy Biermann’s child, probably not.
Evil NeNe rears her ugly head when Kramer introduces himself. “I’m so surprised you’re friends with her.” That was quite mature, eh?
NeNe considers staying in a hotel, but Kandi convinces her to stay. (I’m sure NeNe knew if she wanted more camera time, she had to stay!) So she invites her friend Diana to join them since Don Juan, Sweetie and Lawrence, Sheree’s hairdresser, stop by as well, precluding the original idea that this would be just a weekend with the six girls – not counting the camera crew, producers, makeup artists and hairdressers, of course.
After Kim and Kandi perform for a third and final time on this promo tour at an outdoor Miami venue, Kim thanks Kandi’s road manager Don Juan. (They did not get along on the bus, especially in the early going.) Even Kandi, while relieved it’s over, deems it a success.
All is not well at lunch. NeNe mouthes off, leading Kim to say, “Cheers, b****!”
“Watch those B-words or you might end up in the ocean,” NeNe says, resorting to threatening words yet again.
Cynthia, in the meantime, is trying not to stress about her upcoming nuptials. Sadly, she cracks when Kandi asks her innocently about a honeymoon. She cries and has to leave to the bathroom to compose herself. She explains how Uptown Restaurant & Lounge had shut down and that they are scrounging around for money.
To the cameras, Kandi and Kim both think the wedding should be delayed. (That’s the same advice NeNe and Cynthia’s sister gave her last week.)
“She calls herself the runaway bride,” for cutting out on previous fiances, says the ever quotable Phaedra. “It looks like she’s ready to run away again.”
Cynthia considers leaving early. NeNe agrees. Phaedra is peeved. “I think Cynthia follows behind NeNe like a puppy dog,” she says.
“You ungrateful b****!” Sheree says later to the camera. “We all flew down. Get over it. Get out from under NeNe’s arse and woman up!” She convinces Cynthia to stay.
Later, everyone relaxes as Lawrence does funny impressions of all the ladies. Cynthia even loosens up. Then the strippers arrive. Phaedra’s clients, she says. “I’m happy we’re finally enjoying ourselves,” Phaedra concludes later. “I’m sorry it took this long to do it.”
“She’s looking like a pretzel dipped in cottage cheese,” – Phaedra, on Cynthia’s walkway appearance.
“I do enjoy delighting in the pleasure of good stripping,” – Phaedra.
“Why do strippers need lawyers?” – Kim, pondering a very important issue.
“She really turned out to be a cool friend – unlike the rest of these b*****.” - NeNe, referencing Cynthia vs. the others.
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“It seemed like [Thomas Kramer] was auditioning to be Big Poppa,” Andy Cohen said.
Lawrence, Sheree’s hairdresser, said he didn’t think so.
“He was kind of hot,” RuPaul said. “She looked hot in that episode.”
About Kim and Sweetie, Lawrence said their relationship isn’t based on race. “They’re good girlfriends. Sweetie at the end of the day is grown. If she has a problem with how anybody speaks to her, she’d step up to the plate.”
RuPaul said NeNe has her own internal saboteur “poisoning her relationships.I hope she sees this and needs to work through her saboteur.”
“Kim has great potential to be a great artist. She’ll never be a great singer.” – Lawrence, about Kim.
Just as Lawrence dismissed Dwight Eubanks, Sheree makes a surprise appearance.
“Totally out of line,’ she said, of NeNe.
Another boffo week in the ratings for “Real Housewives of Atlanta” for episode 14 on January 16: 3.27 million viewers, just a smidge down from last week’s peak and the second biggest number this season. Last season, there were only 13 episodes so there is no comparison year over year. Season three is now pulling in higher ratings than season two.
PROMOS FOR NEXT WEEK
Gregg is back trying to make up with NeNe. There are problems at the wedding as Peter gets drunk and Cynthia looks distraught. We see everyone at the Fernbank wondering: will she or won’t she come down the aisle?
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog