For once, it’s not the women who get into a tiff.
Now it’s the Real Househusbands of Atlanta, featuring Apollo vs. Peter!
At Kim Zolciak’s baby shower at 200 Peachtree, the former downtown Macy’s space, Peter Thomas and his wife Cynthia Bailey showed up five hours late, no explanation.
“Did they come for the refreshments?” said a typically wry Phaedra Parks. “Did they not have have snacks at the house?”
Peter peeved some of the housewives by making nasty comments about some of them to Uptown magazine (which has nothing to do with Peter’s shuttered Uptown Lounge).
Phaedra couldn’t help but bring it up, saying she didn’t expect to be invited to Peter’s new lounge, Bar One. (How was Peter able to so quickly scrounge up cash to open a new bar? Thank you, new wife Cynthia!)
“Honey, I love you,” Peter said to Phaedra, disingenuously.
“That’s not what you said,” Phaedra said. Earlier, Kandi had said she thought Peter didn’t like her after Phaedra last season unknowingly said within earshot of Peter that she liked her men “clean,” meaning without children. Peter had five before meeting Cynthia. Peter, Phaedra said at different points, reminded her of “the old man in the shoe,” “Uncle Ben” and most amusingly, “Papa Smurf.”
Peter noticed Phaedra’s hubby Apollo was rubbing his hands, steam coming from his ears.
“You got some sort of problem? Peter asked.
“If I had a problem,” Apollo sneered, “I’d let you know.”
“I’m right here!” Peter said.
Apollo had a reason to be upset since he was defending his turf e.g. Phaedra. Peter? He just has a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas.
Earlier on the show, he showed that same chip toward Cynthia’s family, who didn’t approve of the marriage. He told Cynthia’s ex Leon that he couldn’t give a flying you know what about what Cynthia’s family thinks of him. That’s a recipe for warm in-law relations, eh?
Okay, back to the third-grade-level verbal battle.
“You’re too old,” Apollo mocked, when Peter bowed up.
“I’m too old? Bring it!” Peter said.
Apollo stands up. (”He’s off parole now,” Phaedra later noted. “So he can beat him up!”)
“If you have a problem, address it to me and my family,” Apollo said.
“You’ve got me jacked up!” Peter said.
Apollo, probably tempted to punch Peter, instead walks away.
“Peter is like NeNe,” Sheree noted. “I think he’s all bark and no bite. He thought he could punk Apollo. Epic fail!”
In other housewives news:
- Last year, Sheree Whitfield was getting her car taken away because she hadn’ t paid her divorce lawyer. Now she has enough money to build an 8,000-square foot house she has dubbed “Chateau Sheree”? Where is this cash coming from? Are those event appearance fees that cushy? And she tells the developer she wants a ballroom, a place for massages, a lounge and a gym. Oh, and a library. As she calls it: “necessities.”
- Phaedra is in love with her 11-month-old Ayden and spoils him, despite saying tough things about childrearing while pregnant. Apollo is playing the stern father in a case of what she calls role reversal. Apollo is also a bit upset after he had been pulled over and questioned by a cop in a case of mistaken identity. That non-news ended up all over the Web. Apollo thinks Phaedra was not keeping things “confidential” by talking with people about it. She said she has his back and she can’t control what others say or presume given his prison record.
- Kandi Burruss didn’t keep much in touch with Kim while she was pregnant. Both comment about it but this is clearly something that will be addressed at a later date.
- Kim’s now hubby Kroy continues to come across as a classy, nice guy. And Kim keeps raving about him. Even her two daughters rave about him. “He balances me out,” Kim said.
- Since NeNe Leakes is on the outs with most everybody, she is the only housewife not invited to Kim’s baby shower. So we see her son Brentt going to Gregg’s house. The separation is tough on Brentt. NeNe is doubtful she can divorce Gregg. (”When it comes down to signing the papers, I’m not sure I will be able to do it,” she said.) She clearly still has feelings for him. They have an awkward conversation about whether each is dating. NeNe decides not to delve into it.
And what was up with the intermittent fuzzy camera work during the shower? Obviously, something went wrong but they couldn’t fix it in post production.
“Uptown was just a draining money pit after awhile. Bar One is much smaller. I have a good feeling about it.” – Cynthia, about Peter’s old failed venture vs. his new one. Wishful thinking, Cynthia?
“I’m not real good at partnerships” - Peter, when asked by Cynthia’s ex Leon about whether his venture has any partners.
“Everybody knows an opinion is like an anus. We all have one.” Phaedra, commenting about Peter’s opinions about her.
“I don’t like used houses” – Sheree, who makes a “used house” sound like a “used shoe” or “used napkin”
“You got her knocked up. Thanks!” - Kim’s daughter Brielle, joking with Kroy during a heartfelt speech during the Kim-Kroy shower.
“Who does that? What straight man goes and does an article talking about his wife’s friends?” - Sheree, bringing up a good point about Peter.
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Of course, Andy Cohen notices that Brentt, NeNe’s younger son, has a Louis Vitton suitcase to move between NeNe and Gregg’s homes. How vogue!
Cynthia explained why she was late to the baby shower: she had a modeling job. “Considering the way Kim acted at my wedding… it was good that I came at all.” Meow!
Cynthia was upset Phaedra brought up the interview at the baby shower, inciting the Peter/Apollo dust up.
Does Cynthia kiss NeNe’s butt? “I had a whole life before NeNe. Since I met NeNe, we are very good friends. Some think I just drop on the set and my life started with NeNe.”
Poll question- hottest man in the ATL (on the show at least): Peter – 6% , Apollo 32% Gregg 1%, Kroy 32% Lawrence 5% Leon 24%
Basic conclusion: Cynthia is still boring, even on live TV.
Last week’s second episode tipped the 3 million viewer mark, up from 2.9 million opening week. UPDATE: This episode rose to 3.24 million viewers. This show is up about 700,000 viewers from the comparable first three episodes of season three.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk