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‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap, season 4, episode 13: When it rains, it pours!

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Having watched Marlo Hampton the past few weeks, what are adjectives to best decribe her? (Pick up to 3)

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So while Rihanna, Coldplay and Taylor Swift were ruling the Grammys over on CBS, Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” were taking us on a trip to South Africa in the most schizophrenic episode yet.

The first half: the usual silliness and pettiness that makes the show such a junk-food joy. Part two: poor kids warm the hearts of these self-centered women and make them (briefly) forget their trivial arguments.

We continue the idiotic argument Marlo Hampton got into with Shere Whitfield in the episode two weeks ago. (Bravo skipped a new episode last week for the Super Bowl.)

The argument seems to drag on so long that it seems like it lasted two weeks and we were merely coming back in real time.

Alas, the peacemaker is… NeNe Leakes.

That’s no typo. NeNe is not creating drama. She intercepts Marlo and keeps it from getting violent. Later, even Marlo jokes about her arrest record. “You better Google and check my charges!” she says.

Once it’s over, the “talls” (Cynthia Bailey, Marlo, NeNe) split from the “smalls” (Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Sheree). Sheree had not invited Marlo to a party, which is how the entire episode devolved into argumentative nonsense.

The talls go to a restaurant, rather morosely. When Marlo leaves to hit the ladies room, Cynthia and NeNe jibber jabber about Marlo and not approvingly. While the smalls surmise that Cynthia is jealous that Marlo has taken away her BFF NeNe, I think Cynthia is honestly disgusted with Marlo’s immature, annoying, obnoxious, materialistic attitude . She is  especially appalled by Marlo’s use of a serious anti-gay slur. NeNe realized that this is how stupid she must have looked when she went off the rails.

Meanwhile, the smalls meet at Sheree’s friends home Kevin, Kandi flirts with a hot dude but then finds out he is “fronting” just as much as the guys in Atlanta. They watch a fire dancer and have a grand time.

Then the six of them meet at a nightclub in Cape Town. There, Marlo tries to rile up Sheree and fails – even when she throws cash up in the air like she’s a hip-hop artist in a music video. “Make it rain” is what Marlo was doing, apparently. (Maybe she should have waited until the orphanage later to pull that act.) Kandi and Phaedra smartly grab the loose cash and run. “I can get some new shoes, Pampers and some souvenirs,” Phaedra said wryly.

The next day, they leave for the Shamwari Game Reserve, where the facilities are top notch, with a spa and gym (but much to Marlo’s chagrin, no salon). The women battle for the modern vs. antique rooms. Nobody wanted the antique rooms so they picked randomly and the two who complained the most, NeNe and Marlo get them. “Irony,” Phaedra purrs.

Cynthia arrives at the breakfast earlier than everybody else and waits for 20 minutes. Phaedra, Sheree and Kandi  join her. Who’s taking even longer? Marlo had requested a hair and makeup person to come in so she’s taking a ridiculous amount of time while namedropping her expensive duds. Once at breakfast, she even has the temerity to question Cynthia’s ability to identify a Louis Vuitton cape NeNe is wearing. “The designer,” Marlo says acidly. “If you don’t know you don’t know.”

Marlo wears bright disco pants and expensive, high-heeled Manolo Blahniks, rather imperfect for a safari. Behind her back, Phaedra makes fun of her by doing her best John Travolta moves. (The editors are making Marlo look bad at every turn.)

They split into two jeeps, the smalls and talls separately, of course.  Nene is squeamish about animals, any animals. When the ranger picks up a harmless turtle, NeNe looks genuinely frightened. “He’s a nightmare,” she says. Marlo talks endlessly, annoying Cynthia. “Why not put cement on the road?” she gripes. “It’s too rough!” Cynthia in the meantime tries her best to take it all in. “The way they’re behaving is childish,” Cynthia says. “I’m just embarrassed.”

The smalls have no drama, just enjoying the rhinos, antelopes and elephants. They see three giraffes and compare them to the talls.

Then the show begins to feel like a telethon where rich famous folks visit poor African kids. Phaedra had the women visit an orphanage. Before they enter a market to buy stuff for the orphaned kids, they meet some spirited students. They dance with them and one dude even has a really cool dance move involving his fingers in the back of his pants.

The six women buy more than $1,000 in supplies ranging from toiletries to bologna and bread. Then they start handing stuff  out to the students, random folks on the street, then the orphanage.

At the orphanage, there is not a single snipe, not a single sarcastic word, not a single slight. Yes, even Marlo behaves herself in front of kids who sing a song for the nice ladies from the United States who have cameras all around them, whoever they are.

What is Bravo’s point in showing this? That all the ridiculous (or Ri-Dickulous, as the stripper’s name goes) plotlines we see on the “Housewives” mean nothing because there are poor people out there who need our help and who are lucky to have a roof over their heads and three square meals (as opposed to Manalo Blahniks shoes and Louis Vuitton handbags.)

If anything, it’s nice to see the women truly touched by something meaningful, even for just a day.

And Kim Zolciak? She was back in Atlanta, raising her son, 100% absent from the proceedings.


Back to normal! The women get into more arguments. One even involves Kim Zolciak and black babies.  Thanks, Kandi!


“You don’t want to see people go there.” - NeNe, after watching Marlo go there.

“I’m used to people faking it til they make it. I have to go to Africa and find someone doing the same thing.”Kandi, initially interested in a dude, then not so much when she realized his “creds” as an actor were thinner than Sheree’s resume.

Can I have a fork please?” - NeNe, giving up quickly when the much more worldly, open-minded Cynthia tried to teach her to use chopsticks.

The bitches have arrived.”Marlo, after the “smalls” arrive at a nightclub. She also gives Sheree the one-finger salute. Classy!

We’re on a safari, not a fashion show.” - Phaedra, after Marlo complained about not having a hair/makeup person on site at the game reserve.

“We have wonderful lives. All of us. Even crazy Marlo. We live very well. To see these children go out of their way to make us feel welcome is very touching.” – Phaedra, about the South African orphans.


Episode 12 two weeks ago exploded with viewers, probably thanks to all the promos of Marlo blowing up on Sheree. Ratings hit 3.95 million, second best ever for the series and about 1.2 million more than a week earlier. Yowza! We know what we want when we watch crud like this!

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

46 comments Add your comment


February 12th, 2012
11:31 pm

1st…ok always wanted to do that


February 13th, 2012
12:54 am

This show should be entitled, “My Bi”…… uhmm “My Girl”. Each one of these ladies seems to posses a characteristic I desire in women. If these women could form MegaTron…. dayumm you got urself the ultimate Bii, uhmm Girl !


February 13th, 2012
2:33 am

Marlo Hampton is all of the above adjectives and then some…that nose also has a life of it’s own.


February 13th, 2012
2:40 am

BTW, nothing is wrong with a soft pink robe at breakfast, even if from Marshalls. Phaedra looked the coolest and cutest dining in the morning. There’s a reason Marlo is obsessed with hair and makeup.


February 13th, 2012
4:12 am

Marlo Hampton and NeNe leakes are Hood Rats….doesn’t matter how much money they have, where they live, where they shop…….

A Pig dressed up is still a Pig!!!!!!!


February 13th, 2012
5:08 am

Thankful for a night at the Grammys…left the mindless entrainment alone for the night….Adele Rocked…please pray for that Nicki child…she needs help as she ventures into a GaGa wanna be…

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Gimme a Break

February 13th, 2012
6:48 am

This show is still on?


February 13th, 2012
7:35 am

I think these so call ladies should be ashamed of themselves.
with their meger donation to the orphanage. They spend more on there shoes than they did for those children..


February 13th, 2012
8:33 am

Hey Rodney…can you alter that poll to include a selection of “all of the above and then some” thanks.


February 13th, 2012
8:42 am

What was funny to me was that they were expecting to see (and thought they did, for a minute) tigers. LOL … and when the ranger told them there were no tigers in Africa, that they were in India, the ladies even started to argue with him. THAT was funny.

BTW – that Marlo is trying real hard to impress someone. Not sure who, probably herself, but she’s really trying to impress.

Typical Democrat

February 13th, 2012
8:47 am

Who watches this trash?

meyouand she

February 13th, 2012
8:55 am

I can not believe how Marlo conducted herself the entire trip. Watching her and Nene was like watching two inmature 17 year old. Both of them are so materialistic. I thought since Marlo and Nene had bragged about all the labels they have and wear they would have left a big check, both Nene and Marlo should have felt bad after bragging about labels with so many kids over there just wanting to have a meal. Nene and Marlo both have seen hard times, you can tell someone that is not use to having the grander things in life, because if you have it, you don’t have to show it and brag about it.
This was the most heart-warming and interesting RHOA show I have seen. The kids brought tears to your eyes, but it make you realize just how blessed we are and some people need to THANK God more and stop thanking the people who make these expensive clothes they were. By the way have Nene put any furniture in that big house and have she even attempted to buy a home yet? Just sayin with all that label crap, buy something that will last……


February 13th, 2012
9:03 am

it’s VUITTON not VITTON….sheesh….

Back 2 Bama

February 13th, 2012
9:06 am

Bravo please cancel all these Housewives shows enough already… Really, Really…..


February 13th, 2012
9:08 am

Loved the part where Marlo asks the Africans if they know how to do “African-American” hair. Man is she stupid.

True be that.

February 13th, 2012
9:16 am

NaNa, come back to the club, the pole is all shinned up and ready for you act. Marlo, you still an uneducated pig, even if old white men use you like a house maid. lol


February 13th, 2012
9:35 am

Just goes to show money can’t buy class!! SMH!


February 13th, 2012
9:43 am

Wow, maybe something from Nene’s ex rubbed off. Heaven knows he was the one grown-up in prior seasons.


February 13th, 2012
9:58 am

NeNe is playing nice with Marlo for one reason only:

1.) NeNe is scared of Marlo because she knows Marlo can and will cut her in a millisecond if provoked.

Marlo’s comment “google me and read about my charges” were a threat/promise that she will assualt someone with a deadly weapon if she feels like it. I’m thinking that’s why Bravo decided not have her on the show. She’s a violent ticking timebomb.

How ironic that NeNe sees herself in Marlo….

Honestly, I feel embarrassed for the African American community. The majority of these women don’t shed a positive light for them.

Another thing that is really bugging me…African being called the motherland…REALLY? Where were you born? Unless you were a slave brought here by the Dutch back in history.. AMERICA is your motherland.

One more thing that you should be embarrassed by…The guide looked appauled and disgusted by Marlo, NeNe, SheRay, Khandi and Phaedra… Honestly this is a third world country where education is a LUXURY and you ignorant biotches didn’t even know that Tigers aren’t indigenous of Africa..your “MOTHERLAND”…oh wait that just another “name dropping tactic” to make yourselves look more interesting and chic. It was an EPIC FAILURE, but what do you expect from a bunch of HO’s.

On a positive note:
Cynthia sure looked like an African Goddess…damn she’s beautiful. I’m glad she was embarrassed by NeNe and Marlo. Hopefully, she’ll find some new friends.
Phaedra may be silly, but she truly felt the sorrow/pain that those kids experience daily…she’s the only one that showed it.


February 13th, 2012
10:00 am

for the spelling police

Indian Hair

February 13th, 2012
10:33 am


February 13th, 2012
9:08 am

Loved the part where Marlo asks the Africans if they know how to do “African-American” hair. Man is she stupid.


Especially since her “AA” hair is braided around her head to secure the Indian weave.

meyouand she

February 13th, 2012
10:37 am

One warning to Nene Leakes-DO NOT LEAVE YOUR ADULT SON ALONE WITH MARLO. Your adult son appears to be a tad slow and Marlo will use him-you nor he would know what hit him. Just warning you-

Wayne stuck in AL

February 13th, 2012
11:12 am

Please don’t give these over-privileged BAPS any more publicity than they already get.


February 13th, 2012
11:20 am

When visiting the children and giving needed items I could see their hearts and all that luggage wasn’t really chimmy choos and burken bags! Koodos Ladies for going to Africa and giving of yourselves!!!!!

Sal K

February 13th, 2012
11:32 am

Every time I see these women’s behavior, I cringe with embarrassment. This is a case of nouveau riche at it’s finest. I would also add that Cynthia is the least guilty of being classless.

Indian Hair

February 13th, 2012
11:52 am

The behavior of the women and men on the show was embarrassing. He He, don’t go on safaris if you don’t like animals. Marlon, who wears heels to any of those functions other than the club or dinner? Really? Also, next time bring your make up artist to hide that Adam’s apple. Stop being so rude at an experience to which you were not invited.

I too agree with some of the prior posts that it is tragic that the donation to the school was a small fraction of what most of these women spend on one pair of shoes or one handbag. I’m not saying what they should do with their money, but it is really demonstrative of character.


February 13th, 2012
11:57 am

Cheree is only trying to ignore Marlo and her crazy attitude because she knows Marlo will definitely cut her in a second. She is scared of Marlo and that is Cheree’s way of backing down by playing she is ignoring her. As for Kandii. She is nothing but a two faced deceitful dog who don’t like confusion but sure can start a war. Where is your loyalty and who are you loyal to. Has no backbone – a weak double minded bitch.

Marlo's new name...

February 13th, 2012
12:52 pm

Bravo Execs, it’s time to take out the trash! The show descending more and more into buffoonery…


February 13th, 2012
1:42 pm

I can’t wait to see what bravo has in store for this franchise of the HW’s series. They ladie’s haven’t blogged in weeks on the website. The ladies from the other shows blog weekly when their series is airng.

I think big changes are in store for the Atlanta franchise.


February 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

Check out the story they posted on Cynthia’s husband Peter’s cheating ways today on! They busted him in Miami with his “assistants”!


February 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

Marlo definitely comes off as vacuous and snobby. But I will say, she was the first to greet the kids in the orphanage by bending down to be face level with them. She got right in there with them and genuinely seemed happy to interact. The other women acted fine, but were a little standoffish at first. I have to give Marlo props for knowing what to do in a situation like that and how to interact with kids, i.e. don’t stand up and wave to them, get down to their level and interact with them.


February 13th, 2012
2:27 pm has pics of Peter in Miami today with two women who DEFINITELY aren’t Cynthia


February 13th, 2012
2:29 pm


You believe Mediafakeout? Those were his sisters and his kids, man you guys will believe anything.


February 13th, 2012
2:42 pm

No, apparently you will believe anything. The two women in the pictures are SISTERS and of no relation to Peter. The smaller one is shown on the show and has worked for him since he ran Uptown Lounge. That’s the one he is “seeing” — the other woman is HER sister and was just there tagging along. He doesn’t HAVE a sister.


February 13th, 2012
2:49 pm


So where is the proof that he was cheating with them? These corpulent women were cheating with him with their children present right? I still say if you believe mediaFAKEOUT, you will believe that the tooth fairy exists. How many times has this site been proven a total faud? They always say a source said, come on now use your grey matter.I have sources that say those were his relatives, i am just as reliable as FAKEOUT is.


February 13th, 2012
2:56 pm

What CHILDREN?There aren’t any children in the pictures. There are only TWO women shown in the pics– SISTERS. Both in their mid-thirties, with the one in the purple tee looking much younger than her actual age. This is FACT – they are NOT related to him, there are NO children present and the PROOF can be seen on past episodes if you open your eyes and LOOK at what’s going on in the background.


February 13th, 2012
3:18 pm


you need to check somemore there are three kids with these ladies, two girls and a boy. I tell you what, no need for this back and forth, you believe it, i don’t. If you know anything about that site you will know how they manipulate, lie and distort. They are the fox news of gossip blogs. See Ya!! By the way check around some of the other blogs for those pics of the kids that were with these women.


February 13th, 2012
3:32 pm

I just want to know if Peter’s kids have a blue tinge to them since he is Papa Smurf????
And we are surprised?


February 13th, 2012
4:26 pm

Marlo wore me out with her labels, OMG! You can tell when a women is not used to anything! Everytime she said something about her shoes, handbags, etc she HAD to tell you who they were designed by!! Give me a break bitch! And Cynthia looked like she was having a horrible time with Marlo and NeNe. Seems to me like she wishes she had rolled with the smalls! Lol


February 13th, 2012
4:35 pm

Awww, flacker, bless your heart. There are kids in the pictures? Really? Nice try, we’ll keep it between me and you;) AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO CAN CLEARLY GO TO THE SITE AND SEE THERE ARE NO CHILDREN. Anyone else see any kids?


February 13th, 2012
5:11 pm

Whoa! Yea those aren’t his kids in the mediatakout pictures they are a terrible site but those chicks are not children lol! I’ve heard rumors of him with his employees and that one girl has been on RHOA before. He’s messy as can be seen from his choice of side women smh


February 13th, 2012
5:16 pm

Hope they stay in Africa!

Jessica J.

February 14th, 2012
11:09 am

Check out Phaedra Parks on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live discussing her trip to Africa and her Valentine’s Day plans.

paddywack patton

February 14th, 2012
3:43 pm

I just started keeping up with the show. I actually like nene and marlo. I think that they should add marlo to the show. her and nene both make the show interesting otherwise it would be the boring housewives of atl.

Miss Jai

February 19th, 2012
9:41 pm

If you don’t like the show, then DON’T WATCH!!! How simple is it to turn the channel or watch something else?? I like the show and have watched since day one. It is entertainment…plain and simple!! Good gracious. But since you cannot seem to do that, you are continuing to make it #1…so thank you!!