There were four battles on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” front tonight:
- Kim Zolciak vs. her assistant Sweetie. Fireworks level: sparkly
- Peter Thomas and Cynthia Bailey vs. Cynthia’s sister Malorie. Fireworks level: loud and obnoxious
- Sheree Whitfield and Miss Lawrence vs. Marlo Hampton. Fireworks level: rainbow colors
- NeNe Leakes & Gregg Leakes vs. their son Bryson. Fireworks level: fizzled
Let’s start with the hottest feud among Cynthia, her husband and her sister.
Going back to last season, Cynthia’s family has doubted Peter. They never liked him. Peter naturally doesn’t like them either, especially Malorie.
“He’s kind of moody. Is he bi-polar?” Cynthia’s mom Barbara asks at one point before the party.
“I think he’s controlling,” Malorie says.
“I appreciate your concern but I got this,” Cynthia tells them.
As Cynthia and Peter debate the costs of the party ($10,000!), he also mentions a friend providing a Bentley limousine gratis. He has one request: Malorie not be in the limo.
At the party, Peter gets snarky on stage about Malorie. “Everyone but Malorie come on outside,” he said. Then when she arrives, he said, “We’re going to make a toast to friends and family – and Malorie.”
Ahh… the wit of Peter Thomas!
Malorie mutters, “***hole.” She then starts to cry.
A friend tries to calm Malorie. “She has to make her mistakes just like we all have to make our mistakes,” he reasons. “Let her be miserable if that’s what the f*** she wants to be. Let it go, once and for all.
Cynthia shows up. “You’re my sister, not my keeper… This is my life. Live your life… stop being disrespectful.”
“He should have been in my face and say, ‘Let’s talk about it.’ ” Mal says. “So stop taking up for him.”
“You’re making a spectacle,” Cynthia says, as Mal left the scene.
“If that’s how she feels,” Cynthia notes, “she shouldn’t be here.”
- Marlo shows up to Cynthia’s party and is no longer with NFL player Charles Grant. She brings an older, presumably rich white dude named Dave. She is presumably panning for gold again. Sheree Whitfield shows up to the party late and decides to stir up the you know what with her hairstylist friend Miss Lawrence by dishing to him that Marlo had used a serious gay slur while bad-mouthing her in South Africa.
As Kandi notes and knows personally, Sheree “loves throwing people under the bus.”
Miss Lawrence takes Marlo to the kitchen. Sheree tags along. Miss Lawrence asks Marlo about why she used that offensive word. Marlo proceeds to deny something that is clearly on tape. “I love gay people,” Marlo says in a standard defensive way.
“Who does she think she’s fooling?” Sheree says later. Kandi later confirms to Miss Lawrence and Sheree that Marlo did say what she said. So there!
- Kim is clearing out boxes while her boy toy (and future husband) Kroy Biermann is in Falcons training camp. Her youngest daughter Ariana and dad help her out. Sweetie, the paid assistant, is helping out, too, but is spending more time smoking cigarettes and avoiding work.
Even when Sweetie is working, she bitches to Kim that the work was so hard, she is going to “call Clark Howard.” Kim explains to the Bravo cameras that consumer advocate Clark (who she incorrectly says works at “11 Alive News” when in fact he works at HLN and WSB) is the guy “you report to if you’re being mistreated.”
Later, Kim mentions to her hairdresser the fact that she and Sweetie are friends, which perhaps makes it easier for Sweetie to slack off, show more attitude and act inappropriately with her and her daughters. Kim wants to fire Sweetie but just hasn’t had the guts to do so yet. The hairdresser surmises that perhaps Sweetie is passive-aggressively wanting to leave. So get ready for the firing at some future point.
- NeNe’s wayward son Bryson comes home, courtesy of NeNe’s husband Gregg since she wouldn’t get him out of jail. Bryson had stolen two razors, worth $28, from a Wal-Mart. As Gregg asked him what he was thinking, he gives no particularly smart reason, just said he keeps doing stupid things. Bryson acts like an 8 year old, not a 21 year old. He has some vague ambition to own a restaurant but clearly shows no ambition or smarts to get there. Somehow, NeNe wasn’t able to pass on her smarts and spitfire to her passive, pot-smoking son. “Stop making dumb decisions,” Gregg says, advice that does not penetrate if a person is, well, dumb.
The other storyline is Phaedra Parks learning the mortuary arts by learning how to insert formaldehyde into a dead person (using a fake dead person) and doing a proper make-up/hair job. She enjoys it.
“It’s still a canvas. And I’m a painter.” - Phaedra, about making a dead person look good in the casket.
“He’s a big dreamer. However, that’s one of the things that scares me the most. After the crash and burn of Uptown, I don’t feel comfortable putting all my trust in his dreams.” – Cynthia about her husband Peter.
“You can’t buy loyalty. That’s why I’ve held on to her… I love her to pieces.” - Kim, struggling with firing Sweetie.
“I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. Tonight, I’m just going to have a good time. I don’t want to talk about babies, black, yellow, red, white. Just no babies, okay?” – Kandi, still feeling burned by last week’s debate over comments relating to whether Kim would go to South Africa and hold African babies.
Trailer for next week
Sheree finds out her daughter is getting married. Kandi heads to Nashville to work with Jo Dee Messina. NeNe has second thoughts about her divorce with Gregg. Phaedra throws a water-park party for her son. Kim and Kandi try to mend their fractured relationship.
Last week, episode 15, 2.67 million viewers came to the show, which is the third lowest of the season but up from the previous two episodes. But the show has generally lagged in recent weeks vs. season three. Last year, the comparable 15th episode brought in 3.43 million viewers, 760,000 more than this year.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk