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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 4, episode 11: Marlo joins the crew

Kandi Burruss and Phaedra Parks prep for the South Africa trip by taking an African dance class.

Kandi Burruss and Phaedra Parks prep for the South Africa trip by taking an African dance class.

This was what one would call a “set up” episode. Not much happened but it’s all in preparation for the big trip to South Africa starting next week.

So this may be one of my briefest recaps to date.

First of all, NeNe Leakes reluctantly ends up deciding to fly to South Africa but invites Marlo Hampton without telling the other ladies.

Previous episodes have set up recurring character/”Housewives” wannabe Marlo as a socialite who lives off rich men but has a shady past with seven mug shots to her name. (Most of the arrests date back to the late 1990s and early 2000s and include an assault.)

Kandi Burruss and Phaedra Parks last week wagged tongues about Marlo’s past and did so a bit more this week. Scandalous!  If Marlo gets angry, Phaedra cracks, “I ain’t gonna sit and wait. I’ll get on my Nikes and run!”

Naturally, the producers set it up so Phaedra, Kandi and Sheree Whitfield are shocked (shocked I tell ya!) when Marlo shows up at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport with NeNe. NeNe supposedly never bothered to tell Phaedra, who planned the trip, she was bringing along her new BFF.

Phaedra is only mildly annoyed, telling the cameras: “The more, the merrier. A little more spice in the gumbo.”

Sheree uses her signature line: “Are you kidding me?”

Kandi is more bemused: “How come we didn’t get that memo?”

This reminded Kandi of how NeNe brought along her friend Diana to the trip to Miami last season. “She needs muscle with her,” Kandi theorized. And Marlo, she noted, sounds like good muscle.

In the other primary storyline:

Kim Zolciak, with her newborn, isn’t going on the trip to South Africa.

She is enjoying her time with her future husband Kroy Biermann, a Falcons defensive end stuck at home during the NFL lockout. The timing is good. They get to spend quality time with the new baby K.J. But then the lockout ends and he’s off to a training camp for a month. Kim is bummed out and we see excessive scenes of them telling each other how much they’re going to miss each other. Given Kroy’s deadpan persona and Kim’s neediness, it’s far more maudlin than entertaining.

There was plenty of other filler, too, including Peter complaining to Cynthia Bailey that she gets to go on vacation with her friends and not with him. Apollo is cool taking care of the year-old baby Ayden while Phaedra is gone. Kandi works out to lose weight while Kim does a wrap since she’s too lazy to exercise.  Marlo and NeNe shop for the trip at T.  Clothing Atlanta and NeNe balks when she finds out she almost spends $10,000.

TRAILER

Next week, the five ladies (minus Kim) go to South Africa. They seem to bond at first. But Kandi gets into a fracas with Marlo. Then Kandi says she couldn’t picture Kim there holding a baby in an orphanage. Sheree tells Kim by phone and Kim looks offended. Phaedra says she has nothing against NeNe. NeNe does not believe it. And there appears to be some sort of problem between Marlo and NeNe but it’s hard to define.

RATINGS

Last week, for episode 10, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” against the Golden Globes had its worst ratings of the season, falling to 2.7 million from an average of 3 million season to date. It also did worse than “Kourtney & Kim Takes New York” on E! And the episode drew 500,000 fewer than the comparable episode 10 a year ago.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Connie

January 23rd, 2012
3:02 am

Entertaining editing, going from Kim’s wrap to Kandi’s workout. Cynthia is incredibly beautiful! I just watched the 2 a.m. airing. =)

TG

January 23rd, 2012
6:56 am

I find I rarely get through a whole episode these days, and if I miss an episode, it doesn’t even phase me. This show as is, is not sustainable. There is no interesting story line, the cast is more and more manufactured to the point that it all looks more like bad acting than “reality.” Even the original draw to the series–seeing a lot of rich socialites live off their husband’s cheese–is gone since most are broke or unmarried. My solution: scrap the whole cast or even the whole show. Next…

Jay

January 23rd, 2012
7:06 am

Kandi is still asking for it, huh? What is her problem with Marlo??? Marlo needs to be a regular, so hshe can keep Kandi in check… Did’nt Kandi learn her lesson last time???

Jay

January 23rd, 2012
7:08 am

Cynthia is cute, but a woman with no brain is as ugly as sin to me.

Elle

January 23rd, 2012
7:44 am

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True be that.

January 23rd, 2012
8:46 am

Marlo, nuthin but a $2 hooker, with a $1 education.

Ed

January 23rd, 2012
8:51 am

Come on Rodney. You must have too much time on your hands if this trailer trash is all you can find to write about.

Eleni777

January 23rd, 2012
9:03 am

Phaedra is HYSTERICAL. Her baby is adorable and her baby daddy Apollo is F-I-N-E!

Kim and Kroy are cute too. Kroy is good for Kim. Even though she is still ditzy as hell she is softer…even her make up is less dramatic. I like them together.

Khandi is right to feel leery of Marlo…I would want my friends to know that a violent felon was trying to join our group.

SheRay…did anybody catch the look of shock and horror on her face when she saw Marlo..PRICELESS.

NeNe is STOOPID… I wonder what she’s going to do when Marlo tries to slice her face open in order to steal her spot as the most outrageous person on the show.. Karma is coming for you, NeNe, and you aren’t going to enjoy it.

anon

January 23rd, 2012
9:07 am

What’s up with these so called Rich, high class women calling each other B!tch…how dreadful.

LMBO at NeNe freaking out over the $10K credit card bill… I thought she was rich…very rich?

Jaye

January 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

@Eleni777 Phaedra doesn’t have a baby daddy, she has a husband!

Connie

January 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

I thought NeNe was just confirming what the amount was. Unless Kim is a lot different off-air, I’m really not sure that Kroy and Kim are a good match. Maybe opposites attract in this case? I would think a high-achiever such as Kroy would find “Kim Tut’s” extravagances and never having worked for anything somewhat off-putting.

Eleni777

January 23rd, 2012
9:56 am

@Jaye…my bad….. Phaedra’s husband is F-I-N-E!

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Sherry

January 23rd, 2012
11:04 am

I get the sense that a big change is coming for this HW’s franchise. They’ve fired all but two of the NYHW’s and one of the BHHW’s is getting her own show and another one was fired.

Bottom line, they like to keep the drama flowing. If you don’t bring the drama you’re considered boring. We’ll see what happens. As I stated last week, these ladies don’t even take the time to blog on bravo’s site any more.

I missed last night’s episode. I have plenty of chances to catch it.

Bauer's Biggest Fan

January 23rd, 2012
11:04 am

I’m with you Eleni777

I really like Kim and Kroy together. He brings balance to her. Phaedra should have (but the writers wouldn’t have liked it) set He He straight for bringing her line backer. Those big burly girls and Cynthia standing at the airport with the petite ones was hilarious. It made them look like drag queens–well He He is a drag queen so…

Wayne stuck in AL

January 23rd, 2012
11:10 am

Does anyone with a working brain actually care about these BAPS?

meyouand she

January 23rd, 2012
11:49 am

NeNe Leakes looks like Big Ang on Mobwives. Too much pinch and pull, when Nene tries to give a good genuine smile, those expensive teeth looks like she has double teeth in her mouth with Christmas lights.

joy3048t

January 23rd, 2012
1:30 pm

why do everyone have something negative to say about NeNe. We all are who god made us to be .without NeNe the show would not be good.

joy3048t

January 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

i done love the show

TruthBeTold

January 23rd, 2012
1:35 pm

Are you serious people?! A bunch o’ haters on here today. Kim and Kroy will not last as she will eventually return to Big Poppa; She-Man by Sheree needs to STFU because she is completely irrelevant and broke; Khandi needs to stop instigating and constantly gossiping; and Phakedra still sounds ignorant as ever. I’m so glad NeNe has Marlo to talk to because I think they are so much alike personality-wise. NeNe has found other ways of making her money and Marlo is the black Kim (although Kim thinks she’s better than anybody now since she’s gotten married). I.e., they both make their money on their backs.

The Magnificent Carnac...

January 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

Answer – Rodney and the Real HOA’s

Question – Name 7 Ho’s that live in Atlanta…

Sherry

January 23rd, 2012
1:49 pm

NE NE is just wrong for inviting Marlo. First she should have run it by Phedra since she was planning the trip. Why not work on the issues you have instead of inviting some one new into the group to cause more issues. I am liking Kim and Kroy – they are a cute couple and trying to be a family. Marlo is a joke – she tried to play Kandi but to me looks like a fool. She said that if they have questions ask her – so that is what Kandi did. If there was really a problem with it she should have addressed then not weeks later in front of others to make a scene. Not sure what value Marlo brings to the show esp since she is a felon that acquired her money from a big pappa. We have already had that story line. This show needs something new and Marlo is not it.

Hummmm

January 23rd, 2012
2:21 pm

Is Marlo a man or a woman? I just can’t tell. That might be the cliffhanger of the season because nothing else is going on. Snooze!

Mark

January 23rd, 2012
2:26 pm

@ TruthBeTold

January 23rd, 2012
1:35 pm

Are you serious people?! A bunch o’ haters on here today. Kim and Kroy will not last as she will eventually return to Big Poppa; She-Man by Sheree needs to STFU because she is completely irrelevant and broke; Khandi needs to stop instigating and constantly gossiping; and Phakedra still sounds ignorant as ever. I’m so glad NeNe has Marlo to talk to because I think they are so much alike personality-wise. NeNe has found other ways of making her money and Marlo is the black Kim (although Kim thinks she’s better than anybody now since she’s gotten married). I.e., they both make their money on their backs.

Did you read your first statement thoroughly? Are you serious people?!

WOW sounds like you are hating on Kim & Kroy, Sheree and Kandi!

Idespisebigfootnene

January 23rd, 2012
2:27 pm

NeNe always seems to need an aliance. Notice how she keeps saying, “Marlo will put the girls in their places” what places, big foot? O, the place they put you in. You never seem to get excited unless drama is involved….no one begged you to go. In fact, Phaedra invited your drama filled but. How tacky and classless you are, with that retarded ass new walk of yours. O yea, has anyone taught you to put an ending to all of your words yet??

Idespisebigfootnene

January 23rd, 2012
2:29 pm

O, and for her to be “rich, bitch” she sure did ask a billion times “How much” when she was out shopping. I don’t do that, and I’m not rich….hell, if I can’t afford to shop at Gucci, I go to Steve Madden….

Renee

January 23rd, 2012
2:47 pm

So much reality TV, you don’t “show” up with someone on an international flight. Obviously, her ticket was purchased by Bravo with the rest of the ladies. When positive images are shown on TV, no one watches but we blog to the hilt on negative images of women (black, white, latino.) So sad for reality TV and real life.

Bauer's Biggest Fan

January 23rd, 2012
2:57 pm

Thank you Mark & Idespisebigfootnene.

On last week’s episode when I saw that man pull out those size 14 shoes for HeHe, I nearly cried in laughter. The moose with studded shoes. LOL! The previews suggest the next three episodes will be the best all season.
I agree with Phaedra, a woman with a record of violence is intimidating. That coupled with her being a big ol Amazon only heightens the intimidation factor.

yellowdog

January 23rd, 2012
3:10 pm

there isnt a real lady among them thugs all esp nene

brunt

January 23rd, 2012
3:21 pm

Phaedra: “I ain’t gonna sit and wait. I’ll get on my Nikes and run!”
And this lady is an attorney? Wow. She sounds so uneducated when she speaks.

Sumpin

January 23rd, 2012
3:23 pm

Nene may be a sketchy poser, but she was hilarious on Glee.

Charlotte, NC

January 23rd, 2012
3:47 pm

I’m trying to figure out how Phaedra & Apollo were driving around downtown Charlotte on their way to the airport in Atlanta. During their drive, the towncar was viewed driving on college street and Trade street in Charlotte. Did the producers miss something here?

NeNe Leakes Fan

January 23rd, 2012
4:18 pm

TEAM NeNe ALL THE WAY HERE!!! NeNe ain’t thinking about chickenhead Shree’ (or that Lowdown Dirty Monkey With A Wig On, that locked herself out of the house), but, it seems to be that she is the topic of their conversation. Cynthia has a brain, but, the producers want to portray her has spineless and clueless. Phaedra is a trip to me!!! Always talking about the bootay. LOL I do agree that kandi should stop stirring the pot, but acting as if she is the “one in the middle…the neutral one”. But, hey, drama is ratings. On a business note, I see NeNe doing a shoe line because she be wearing some BAD shoes!!!

Good Day Fan

January 23rd, 2012
5:01 pm

This is the sorriest season of RHOA. I think they need a new cast or scrap the show all together. Most of the cast really don’t interact with each other. Everybody is doing their own thing which is boring. Kim’s scenes are the worst. The only thing Kim talks about is Kroy, the baby, and the new house. Give it a rest. Sheree has absolutely nothing going on. Therefore, her scenes are boring. All Nene talks about is money. She has come a long way financially since the 1st season but she is far from being rich or a socialite for that matter. I like Cynthia & Peter this season. They bring a little excitement. Kandi is ok. I like Phaedra and her everybody knows….I can do without Marlo. She doesn’t bring anything to the show. Ok we know she sleeps around with wealthy men and they buy her nice things. Maybe they should bring some of those wealthy men on. Not counting Charles Grant because I don’t consider him as being wealthy.

TeamMarlow

January 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

I am ashamed to say it, but I am really starting to like Marlo. Although, she does have a troubled past, she seems to have more class than some of the rest of the ladies. I’m beginning not to like Kandi as much. I find it ironic that she’s so against Marlo, when the majority of men that she’s dated and slept with have records as well. She might want to sweep around her own door, before sweeping around someone elses. Kim and Kroy are just Kim and Kroy. They must be doing something right in order to get their own spin-off of the show.

Phaedra is so funny!!! Please keep her! Sheree is just Sheree. I hope that Cynthia left her daughter with her family and not alone with Peter for 10 days. It’s just something about the man that I just can’t stomach…. Someone, please tell NeNe that if she has to ask the price then she can’t afford it!!!!! I guess that her Trump money didn’t go as far as she thought it would. Which, would make it Chump money now.

bee

January 25th, 2012
1:14 am

peter is so fake and creepy something about this guy just don,t vibe. he put that thug love crap in here head he makes her feel bad for haveing any feelings.

Kapoonka

January 25th, 2012
4:38 pm

I think NeNe wants to bump pee-pees with Marlo.

Woo43

January 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

@Kapoonka LMAO!! They act like it!

Lee

January 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

I watch the Housewives. I watch a couple of them and I really don’t think it matters how much money these woman have they are all human. NeNe is ghetto and a BiG Black Burly Bully. She needs someone to teach her manners and respect. The only thing she wants is money,how sad. Leave her and her friend in but control her.
Kids see this show and think it’s alright to treat people this way. Guess what? It’s not.The other ladies are just trying to act. They really need to be true to themselves and be themselves.. Bravo if your writers are making suggestions you really need better writers. Keep this show alive.

DanMack

January 26th, 2012
8:31 pm

Hey NeNe Leakes Fan … There are no NeNe Leakes fans! She is a total fat piece of s–t! Will someone please tell these idiots that there are no blacks in S. Africa, it is all white & British! They think they are going to black aborigine Africa, but they’re not !

gail willingham.

January 26th, 2012
11:19 pm

i think troy is prejudice; seriously!! He does not like African Americans I strongly believe that.” He just puts up with the sweetie and the rest of the ladies because of kim. Seriously. And I have every right to point that out it’s so obvious!!

gail willingham.

January 26th, 2012
11:32 pm

I meant to say kroy, troy whatever he’s prejudice. you notice he didn’t even eknowledge sweetie when he said good buy when he left for camp. and how he acts when the ladies come around so stand offish. I’m not saying he should kick it with the ladies as well, or nothing like that, but just his body language and his facial expressions when ever there around kim, and I’m very good at reading people very well. he PREJUDICE OF AFRICAN AMERICANS POINT BLANK, PERIOD!!!

HighEH-CP

January 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT-NeNe No class;Sheree POOR and trying to be someone she’s not;Phadrea take of that makeup and those BIG LIPS needs Lipduction; Cynthia please get a hair do; Kandi get a real man then u wont have time to be 2 FACED; KIM FOR LAST BURN THOSE WIGS AND STAY AWAY FROM BIG POPPA AND KROY U NEED A HAIRSTYLIST…RHOBULL

HighEH-CP

January 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

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Katrina

January 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

I think it is interesting that Kandi found Marlo’s record on the internet? I find that hard to believe! Anyway, as far as the show, Kandi only told Phaedra and I assume Sheree was told by Phaedra. We all know Marlo told Nene she had been arrested 7 times and that she had cut someone, but Nene doesn’t know the details. So why did Kandi say that Nene was bringing muscle, when Kandi never told Nene about Marlo? As far as Phaedra, Kandi, and Sheree are concerned, Nene knows nothing about Marlo’s past! Just based on the show, Marlo said that she would make her arrangements!

mambo

January 27th, 2012
4:16 pm

Marlo ain’t no housewife she a ho!

liberalefty

January 28th, 2012
11:21 am

@gail willingham

or maybe KROY hates bougie ignorant azz wannabes…