In a very sincere episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta…”
This was by far the most drama-free episode of the show this season, mostly because there was hardly any interaction among the different housewives. As a result, it was a bit of a snooze though there were some notable nuggets that could propel story lines down the road.
Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann had their baby K.J. Though K.J. came out a little early, there didn’t appear to be much in the way of medical issues. At one point, Kim sniped at Kroy for seeming so calm. Her daughters, though, could tell that the calmness was a front, that inside he was truly panicking.
We heard Kim cursing away as she was about to give birth, but the cameras did not capture the actual moment. Even this show has its boundaries!
(Kim will never be shown on camera without her wig on. She even kept it on in the delivery room!)
What happened to other housewives:
- Phaedra Parks is shown helping out a client who was oddly willing to be shown on camera. (She told me in an interview before the season started that most of her clients don’t want to be on the show, for obviousl reasons.) This dope smoking, tinted-car dude in Morrow named Dave clearly didn’t care. The judge gave David leniency partly because Phaedra is representing. Afterwards ,Phaedra discovered he lied about this tinted car. He had told the judge he had gotten rid of the tint. He hadn’t. The judge placed him on probation for six months and he could get tested at any time for drugs. Good luck with that. Shockingly, he paid her in cash outside his tinted car.
- Kandi Burruss did a photo shoot with her mom Joyce. (Yes, they’ve moved on from Ridickulous). She glammed her mom up and placed her on the hood of a Camaro like she was Tawny Kitain. All this was so Joyce could start dating.
- Sheree Whitfield got served by her ex husband Bob, who is requesting the child support he hasn’t paid be reduced because his income is only $3,000 a month. Sheree was understandably upset. Her mom Thelma counseled her to get child support from him and fight him hard. We also again saw the plot of land where her future house may be. As of this taping, it was an empty pile of dirt.
- Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes were the only housewives who interact at all with each other in the episode. They flew up to New York together. Cynthia was doing some business related to her modeling school. She met with her old beau from 25 years ago, media mogul Russell Simmons. They flirted and teased a bit. Russell said he would ask her out again and that she, at age 44, looked ageless. True that. And he was some multi-tasker, as she had warned. He signed books the entire time they talked. He also told her to change the description of her business to a “school of fashion,” not just a “school of modeling.” That way, “you don’t have to throw out the chubby girl,” Simmons said. Later, she had drinks with her best friend and stylist Kithe Brewster. He got her to tearfully admit that she wasn’t all that happy in Atlanta and didn’t feel like herself. She said she missed New York and regretted leaving there. “I feel like I’m constantly doing damage control to make sure things are just okay,” Cynthia said. Plus, her marriage with Peter was part of the “just okay,” not great portion of her life. Sure, the cameras are on but Kithe did seem like a caring, thoughtful friend.
NeNe? She went on a date with John Kolaj, owner of Famous Famiglia, an Italian restaurant. They talked some business, idly discussing a possible lounge with NeNe’s real name Linnethia. He then wined and dined NeNe, who enjoyed the flattery and attention but clearly was not turned on by the short, chubby Italian man. He gave her a pen so she could use it to sign her first million-dollar deal. He brought her pricey high heels. Then he had a friend sing her an Italian love song. I suspect this is the last we’ll ever hear of John Kolaj.
“It was like a Mack truck driving through your hoo-hah.” - Kim Zolciak, about the birth of her youngest daughter, Ariana.
“This is a baby, not a football.” - Kim, after Kroy compared his calm before K.J.’s birth to the football field.
“I always say a mediocre laywer knows the law, a good lawyer knows the opposing counsel and a great lawyer knows the judge.” - Phaedra Parks.
Last week, the fifth episode of the show drew 3.25 million viewers, the most this year, and up from 2.75 million for the fifth episode, season three. We’ll have Sunday night’s ratings by Monday night and I’ll update.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk