This was the episode which had no big arguments, fewer than normal absurd moments and relatively few interesting quotes. Instead, there was an air of actual sincerity, reconciliation and warmth.
And the big question mark the producers milked almost to the end: would Cynthia Bailey actually go through with her marriage to Peter Thomas?
Regulars to this blog already knew the answer from last July, thanks to an over-enthusiastic publicist. Shockingly, the press wasn’t invited.
Here’s a brief recap of the 90-minute finale episode:
Cynthia is talking to her sister about her dire financial situation. They can’t pay the $3,000 guarantee for the bar at the Fernbank Museum, the site of the wedding. She doesn’t have the cash because it all went into the Uptown Restaurant & Lounge Peter had just closed. Her dad can’t give her the money but her mom eventually bails her out.
It’s the morning of Cynthia’s wedding and she looks like she’s ready to go to her funeral. With just nine hours before her weddings, Cytnahis takes a walk by herself to clear her head.
(As a commercial break approaches, the camera guy points to a STOP sign. Subtle!)
Cynthia’ s mom Barbara finds her and expresses doubts. “I don’t like the way he handles his business,” she says. “I did it and see where it got me.” She said she feels Peter is abusing her financially. Cynthia keeps making excuses. “It breaks my heart,” Barbara says. “He needs to take care of you and Noelle.”
But it’s clear Cynthia wants to keep going.
She hears her dress isn’t quite ready yet. She still looks miserable until she sees it once she arrives at the museum, where the wedding and reception are being held. It’s a pretty, stylish platinum silver custom dress. She’s ecstatic, finally feels something is going right. She looks stunning. Her daughter Noelle gives her comforting words about Peter, the only person she said who seems to support her decision.
Then she realizes she doesn’t have the marriage license. She thinks it’s left at home. Then we find out her mom and sister have it, pondering a way to sabotage the wedding. But they think the better of it, realizing Cynthia would hate them if she found out. So voila! The license is “found” and crisis is averted.
In the end, the marriage ceremony (however brief) goes off smoothly in front of a big dinosaur.
While NeNe supports her friend Cynthia’s decision, Kim is more cynical. She predicts it won’t last a year.
More cattiness points: Kim brings her own wine because she didn’t think Cynthia would have good wine. Sheree says she could tell the wedding was not ultra-chic and corners were cut. (Meow!)
In other housewives news:
- NeNe Leakes and Gregg are on the road to divorce. Gregg tries to reconcile with an apology but NeNe is having none of it. For her, the damage has been done. We see at Cynthia’s wedding Dwight Eubanks attempting to make things right with NeNe. NeNe seems receptive to that but I don’t think they are really buds anymore.
- Kim Zolciak and Kandi Burruss discuss their business arrangements. They agree they don’t want money to get between them so Kandi says Kim’s attorney should hash out the “Ring Don’t Mean a Thing” contracts with Kandi’s manager. Of course, we now know Kim went on to record “Google Me” with someone else while not releasing Kandi’s song. So clearly, finances were not straightened out. Heck, we already know the monies related to “Tardy with the Party” got a bit messy, too.
- Kim is dating Kroy Biermann seriously and uses Cynthia’s wedding as a “coming out” for the two of them to everybody else. Hey- at least she can show him off since he’s single and hot, oh, and an NFL player to boot. Plus, he’s not married. Within a month after this wedding, she’s pregnant. She said in “Watch What Happens Live” that she’s now 5 and a half months pregnant as of late January. That means she conceived in mid-August. She announced the pregnancy in late November. The show said she’s due in June but it’s more like May.
- Sheree Whitfield auditions for a movie, “If These Hips Could Talk,” her first storyline in ages. The panel judging her were as harsh as Simon Cowell. They ream Sheree multiple times in almost an excessive way, as if they expected a reality show star to become Halle Berry overnight. Sheree wasn’t half bad and she handled herself well. Ultimately, the panel was playing to the cameras because Sheree got the part!
- Phaedra Parks has her most touching, real moment of the show when she leaves the house for work after eight weeks with Ayden. She sheds a tear. She says nothing ridiculous, just sincerely can’t believe how emotional she got over leaving Ayden. It was actually sweet. At the end of the episode, she said she feels complete with work, child and husband. All is good.
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS with ANDY COHEN, KIM ZOLCIAK and KROY BIERMANN
Kroy said he loves Kim’s personality. “She’s not like anything what people think she is.” Kroy said he has not met Big Poppa. (I have a feeling that won’t ever happen.) His family is supportive of Kim, he said.
Kroy, despite a cute grin, is showing the personality of wet cardboard on the live show.
Andy gives a bunch of cheesy gifts for Kim, including a baby bottle of wine and a Sheree onesy: “Who Gonna Change Me Boo!” Plus, he provides an “in memoriam” for Kim’s old boobs. (She got new ones but the show didn’t make that much of a deal out of it.)
“Top Chef: Just Desserts” Yigit Pura provides some dessert cookies including Kim’s boobs and Kroy’s butt.
The viewers polled voted Kandi as favorite housewife (31%), followed by Kim (23%), NeNe (22%), Phaedra (13%), Cynthia (6%) and Sheree (5%).
Andy also reads this Tweet from NeNe as she watched the episode:
NeNeLeakes She’s a victim again! Don’t bring it if u can’t take it
“They are such saggy t*****. Get a refund, b****.” – Kim, about NeNe’s work compared to her own.
“I’m showing off my figure and my lactating breasts. I’m feeling pretty darn good.” – Phaedra, very happy at Cynthia’s wedding.
“Sometimes, people front and flex when they’re on the verge of foreclosure and bankruptcy. It doesn’t surprise me Cynthia was able to pull off this million-dollar wedding for 50 cents.” - Phaedra.
“I’m ready to sue everybody.” - Phaedra, being so happy as a lawyer.
On January 23, “Real Housewives” drew a series record 3.43 million viewers. The show is averaging 2.9 million viewers over 15 episodes, up from 2.8 million season two. It’s the top “Real Housewives” franchise.
Bravo is running repeats next Sunday against the Super Bowl. So the two “reunion” shows taped earlier this month at Georgia Aquarium will air the following two Sundays. We see a teaser of Kim and NeNe reprising their bus argument yet again.
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog