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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 4, episode 17


We’re hitting the homestretch of the longest season yet of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” And fatigue is clearly finally settling in – for viewers and at least two of the original participants.

And this, the 17th episode of season four, is clearly a transitional one. There is only one notable confrontation and no gatherings  involving more than two “Housewives” at any one time.

So this will be a short but sweet recap, which is good for me because I’m also writing a recap of the second season finale of “The Walking Dead,” which aired at the same time.

- Cynthia Bailey is fed up with her sister Malorie’s disapproval of her year-old marriage with Peter Thomas. The  anniversary party airing last week was the last straw. Bailey showed some surprising backbone awaiting an apology from her sister and standing her ground. “I was completely embarrassed for myself and you and for our whole family,” Cynthia said. Mal, chagrined, apologized for her behavior but not her feelings toward Peter. But Mal was going back to France anyway and said she’s going to focus on her own life. “She’s not acting like a sister,” Cynthia later said. “She’s acting like a hater.”

- NeNe Leakes meets with Randy Kessler, her divorce attorney. She and Gregg had now been separated for more than a year and all she has to do is say yes and the judge will give her the divorce. Gregg doesn’t want a divorce but he is accepting it. Now NeNe is having second thoughts. She goes to a therapist in a building two floors below my wife’s office. (Yes, she got excited when she saw the building.) This was the first time NeNe had ever talked with a therapist. They discuss what NeNe wants and why she’s resisting making the move. She said she still wants to be friends with Gregg but clearly, he still wants a marriage. “You want your cake and eat it, too,” the therapist said.  SPOILER:  This was taped six months ago. Word is she did reconcile with Gregg.

- Sheree Whitfield meets with her 26-year-old daughter Tierra, who is doing well and is thinking her boyfriend of seven years Damon is about to ask her for her hand in marriage. Sheree is annoyed that Damon hasn’t come to her about this so she meets him. He said he has already talked to Sheree’s ex-husband Bob Whitfield. Sheree is again annoyed but convinces Damon to go ring shopping with her.

- Phaedra Parks attends a talk that her husband Apollo does about his life before the Mason Lodge. He is nervous but does well. Phaedra thinks he’ll make a great funeral director – and is sexy, too, uttering her signature “mm…mmm!” Later, she holds a one-year party for her son Ayden at a water park in Gainesville, busing friends up two hours. The only “housewife” who bothers to show up is Sheree and Sheree is annoyed. And past recurring character Dwight Eubanks shows up for a cameo for the first time this season as a party planner for Phaedra’s party.

- Kim Zolciak and Kandi Burruss kiss and make up after the “black baby”/”orphanage” argument that dominated the past two episodes. Kandi denied ever saying that and Kim accepted her defense. Kim still isn’t happy with Cynthia for saying it. She apparently is over the fact Kandi didn’t think Kim would even go to South Africa (though Kandi’s reasons were not racial but more her perception of Kim’s attitude about comfort and wanting to avoid NeNe.)

- Kandi travels to Nashville to record her song “Money Don’t Grow on  Trees” with Jo Dee Messina. They showcase the song at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. It sounds like a decent tune. Kandi is uncomfortable but thrilled to get the opportunity to enter the Nashville songwriting scene.

-Marlo Hampton, the woman who is not a “Housewife” but sure wanted to be, pops up for a moment to apologize to Miss Lawrence for using the ant-gay f-word slur in South Africa and lying about not saying it in front of him and Sheree last week. She then said she’ll only say it to people she hates. He suggested she just not use the word period. Duh. Then she had to leave because Neiman’s was keeping the store open for her to shop late. Yup. That’s Miss Materialistic for ya!


“I think my sister lives in the past. I don’t know what her issue is at this point with my marriage.”Cynthia Bailey, fed up with her sister Malorie’s negative attitude toward Peter.

It’s bad enough having to worry about what a true friend is saying. Then a crazy b**** like Cynthia is saying racist s*** about me.” – Kim, referring to Cynthia saying she couldn’t see Kim holding an African baby in an orphanage.

“I don’t know what’s holding me back. I haven’t healed enough yet. They can put the pen in my hand but I don’ t know if I can sign on the line.” - NeNe, sincerely pondering why she can’t divorce Gregg.

“My son is a prince. He’s Atlanta royalty. Money is no object when it comes to Ayden.” – Phaedra, on her son, who got not just one, but 12 birthday cakes for his first birthday.

“It’s hot as hell. Dwight’s in full makeup and a suit. Phaedra brought him up from the dead.” – Sheree, when she saw Dwight at Phaedra’s party for the first time in ages.

Phaedra baptizes Ayden. Sheree shops with her daughter’s boyfriend for an engagement ring that is probably well outside his price range since Sheree has standards. Kim welcomes Kroy home from training camp. Cynthia gets into it with Kim about the “African baby” comment.


Last week, for episode 16, “Real Housewives of Atlanta’ ratings dropped to a season low 2.3 million viewers. Ratings have been generally downhill in recent weeks. A year ago, the 16th episode was the season finale so the show drew a whopping 4.38 million. That’s a whopping 48 percent drop over year. I ran into Phaedra recently and she said the show just taped the reunion at the Biltmore on March 16.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

68 comments Add your comment


March 18th, 2012
11:37 pm

What idoit has 12 cakes for a 1 year old! He IS NOT royalty of Atlanta! This is soooo stupid. I’m not watching this show anymore.Phadra you are def not a southern belle! You are just a not so attrative woman on a reality show married to an ex con! You are not Scarlet O’Hara you are….


March 19th, 2012
12:32 am

So, when the kid is ten, will there be 120 cakes??? :shock:


March 19th, 2012
2:31 am

Considering Gregg has been the one grown-up on this show, I hope he and NeNe can find their way back to each other and have a healthy relationship. He seems to ground and support her.

loser tv watchers

March 19th, 2012
7:04 am

Get a life people….go do charity work


March 19th, 2012
7:24 am

I am so over this show. I have a problem with fake reality reality shows. (in my Phaedra voice) Everybody knows that clearly these women do not care for each other and are not friends. I think they are over the show as well sans maybe Sheree that still needs the money and Marlo that craves the attention. Bravo should do some spring cleaning and get rid of some of these so called housewives, and replace them with REAL Atlanta prominent housewives/ women or can the show. (In my Phaedra voice)But that would be too much like right with this wrong show!


March 19th, 2012
7:31 am

Every time I watch this show, these walking bags of biological human waste remind me they are using valuable amounts of oxygen that should be reserved for non narcissistic individuals who contribute back to our society.These women do nothing but complain about each other’s trivial self absorbed antics.


March 19th, 2012
7:45 am

“Pink slime” to hamburger meat are what “Housewives” are to a television broadcast. Gross man made filler that nobody wants or needs in their lives.

Yep, haters gonna hate today.


March 19th, 2012
8:45 am

Show was boring. I should have went shopping instead of watching this last night.


March 19th, 2012
8:54 am

When will this SHOW JUST GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


March 19th, 2012
9:04 am



March 19th, 2012
9:11 am

The housewives of Atlanta started off wrong. there is not ending to all of the things they do! People who watch this show has to really watch it close because it jump’s around more than anything. The two men who want’s to be women, there is not real reasons to have them on the program they are not reflected as “housewives of atlanta” so why are they on the show. The producer needs to rethink this part of the show. NeNe needs to act appropritaely instead of causing a lot of trouble and she is not “all that” either. The two sister seems to be fighting among themselves over one guy…he do not look to be so important on the show either. Sheree needs to stop fronting, she does not own anything but merely rent or lease it and with all of her legal problems she continues to front all of the things she is involved in…we all know it is a joke on her! Kandi is on the plump-side, she started out being slim but things are happening to her and I think she might need to work out more. Kim, well I think she has been silent in much of this season and I think it was the best for her to do so! Phaedra and her future as opening a funeral home and having her husband work along with her might turn out well; but funeral business is no game and you have to be dedicated to those who depart at all times of the hours no matter what day(s) it is. I don’t think Pollo is up to it because removing bodies (remains) are something you never get use too. You have to have the experience and the common knowledge in this type of business. This show has to have some common-bonding toward the TV viewing people because it is sort-of-confusion to many of us who watch it and it is way more than what we need to see which is not true but merely entertaining/entertainment. However, the show did bring on a person everyone must be aware of and that is this lady we see as Marlo who lied about calling those men Figots on the show in the Africa; she swore to him in front of Sheree that she did not do it…but she is on tape saying those same things. She can’t be trusted and will stab you in your back if you don’t watch her closely. She is very tricky. The Housewives of Atlanta needs to be just that…Housewives!

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March 19th, 2012
9:15 am

For the 2nd time this season Bravo has shown questionable driving habits. First with Kim pumping her breasts while driving and now Apollo reading while “allegedly” driving. He was looking down more than he was looking at the road. And then they show Phaedra parking in a handicap parking spot. Come on Bravo!

I have a novel idea that would benefit us and one of the cast members. Since Sheree is always either hot or bored when she goes to an event of a fellow cast member how about they fire her from the show? That way she’ll be happy and we definitely will be happy! The comments about Aiden’s birthday party were catty at best. When you think about it, everyone from the show has something going on except Sherre. Many people hate Nene but she is getting the biggest bang for her buck from the 15 mins of fame the show has brought her. Phaedra is opening a new business, Kandi has become more diverse by writing for a country music artist, Cynthia has opened her fashion school. Kim is….well I guess I should include Kim in the category with Sheree. And what has Sheree (and Kim) done?? Where’s the fashion line (wig line)? What happened to the acting?

10inches yes its 10inches

March 19th, 2012
9:25 am

If you guys think that Nene & Greg were really separating, then you will beleive anything. This garbage was all made for TV. Bravo got what it wanted, which was to stir the pot long enough to keep you asking “whats that smell?” It’s clear this should be the final season for this coonery and buffoonery. There is not much more to choose from in drama and fights. The most embarassing of it all is not the “housewives” but the “men” in drag, and pumps, purses etc.


March 19th, 2012
9:27 am

That silly woman’s son is “Atlanta royalty”? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL


March 19th, 2012
9:40 am

10 inches… that’s what’s up.


March 19th, 2012
9:41 am

Yeah…um..this season was sooooo boring. What I am glad about though, is, that Kim and NeNe agreed to NOT film together (other than being at two get togethers this season). BRAVO must’ve sure hated that! Yes, NeNe was not outrageously ghetto like she had been on previous seasons. Sheree is still quite delusional but boring none the less. Phaedra had extra time on each episode but she wasnt as endearing as last season. She didn’t do her ‘Everybody knows…..” but as fluidly as last season. Kandi was a sh*t starter this year but that still wasnt enough to liven the show up. Hell, even Marlo wasnt a good ‘watch’. So I think this season is a H U G E FLOP!!! Bravo didn’t get a Kim and NeNe choke-hold kinda fight (which wouldve got this season more viewers).


March 19th, 2012
9:45 am

Oh and see? I forgot about Cynthia…she’s beautiful and fierce but a snooze. The Peter Mallory story…Zzzzzzz…..My fav part this WHOLE DAMN season was with Kandi and Jodee Messina teaming up to make a song in the episode called ‘Unlikely Duos’. That was a very pretty song they made on that episode and I dont even listen to country music. …so there.


March 19th, 2012
10:01 am

It is most unfortunate the the world sees the antics of these women representing the Real Women of Atlanta! These ladies are caught up in who they Know and where they like to shop. I’m trying to look at it from the prospective that this is suppose to be entertaining as well, but we don’t need to be overwhelmed with poor acting. These ladies can’t be “real” friends off camera. The only one I can tolerate is KIM! She does not try to sugarcoat anything. Kandi, Really doesn’t sing that well. NeNe is still very ghetto and not use to anything. Shree is too materialistic not to have a real job. Cynthia was too pretty to “settle”. Go back to New York! Phadrea appears to be a dynamite Lawyer, but rather narcisstic. I don’t plan to watch this anymore.

Only in the A

March 19th, 2012
10:23 am

Don’t you have to be married to be any type of WIFE?

Only in the A

March 19th, 2012
10:35 am

Why don’t they just call them “bad representations of actual professional women and real wives in Atlanta”?


March 19th, 2012
10:48 am

Kandi can NOT sing at all! She was O.K. when she was with XSCAPE, but she is NOT in NO WAY a solo singer! I still say Sheree looks like Dino (the pet dinosaur on the flinstones)..and Marlo looks like a cross dressing man! :)


March 19th, 2012
10:49 am

Don’t you also have to be a FEMALE to be considered a wife? Just askin’ :)


March 19th, 2012
10:51 am

Gainesvillle, GA is only 45 minutes away from Atlanta.


March 19th, 2012
10:53 am

Phaedra is crazy as hell! First….she said she got pregnant AFTER she got married until her son showed up full-term 6-7 months later…then she came up with this fake ‘go see’ for her baby…which is NOT reality in any fashion, form or way in the South…now she claims that her son is ‘royalty’..HA!hahahahahahaha! I think she is just crazy! She seems to be normal, but she is a nutt job! I will say that her husband is fine as all out doors, but she is a nutt job! :)


March 19th, 2012
10:53 am

Last night’s episode was okay: no screaming, wig-pulling, or bombastic ghetto moments. I liked how Kandi and Kim resolved their conflict like women (for a change). It was a subtle touch; something this show is not known for.

Sheree’s comments about the long-forgotten Dwight were hilarious! The show was filmed in the sultry month of July and dude had on a ****load of makeup and a suit. At a waterpark! You know that diva was burning up.

Toodle Poodle

March 19th, 2012
11:20 am

Hold up. Rodney has a WIFE? *taps gaydar* I would have never guessed that!

Glad to hear NeNe and Greg have reconciled, there is a lot of love there.

Phadera needs to sit down with her “Atlanta royalty” business. Thug Royalty maybe. What an excessive waste for a 1 year old who won’t even remember his 1st birthday much less his foolish 12 cakes.

Poor Kim, no wonder she’s so exhausted. A nanny, 2 housekeepers, a chef, a personal assistant and 17 episodes of RHOA. I don’t know how she does it all.

No wonder NeNe said Kim was the smalls “Boss”. Kandi sure did go running to her to reconcile, Sheree acts like she worships her (but everybody knows she is just hoping Kim and Kroy will hook her brokeass up with another NFL baller). Why Kandi would ever want to be friends with someone who did her as dirty as Kim did on that song is beyond me. Kandi is too good for her own good.

A-town Foolishness

March 19th, 2012
11:42 am

Kandi Burress, girl you are too good. Because if Kim asked me to make her sound half OK, record a song, and then banked $80,000 and I only got $3-4,000 as you said, we would just be cordial. Why would you trust someone like that in your circle? It’s OK to forgive, but to sit and have sandwiches, tea, and discuss old times is simply foolish. She jumps on you about a comment from horse face Sheree that was not that serious, but she can take $$ from you after you helped her out? If I were you, I would have no words for Kim and her 35 pound wig. And I agree, NeNe was right about Kim being the Boss of the Smalls. This LAZY Boss is punking you all.


March 19th, 2012
11:53 am

SWEETIE is ugly as hell….but the rest of the women arent anything to look at either..but i like watching because its mindless entertainment and fun..


March 19th, 2012
12:18 pm

Can someone please tell me how Sherri can afford a Porsche, Aston Martin, Range Rover, 3 Berkin handbags? She has her ex in court for child support. She claims she building her dream house. She is the most fake one of all. Kandi is the only one keeping it REAL!


March 19th, 2012
12:24 pm

NeNe stop wearing Loubotains, you look like a line-backer for the Falcons! We get it, your “rich” and
You can afford them. Still, you don’t look fashionable, you look like a line-backer in drag!


March 19th, 2012
12:26 pm

one word………….Boring

another comment

March 19th, 2012
12:46 pm

Sheree’s house is going up. The construction is moving along. The basement walls are now poured. They are out working when the weather allows. It takes at least a full year to construct a custom home in Sandy Springs. This is not a low end spec home that a builder knocks out in 4 months. Pheadra lives in a Spec home over in Smyrna.

I have to give Darren, kudo’s for at least trying to get Bob Whitfield to pay for the girl he raised as his Step Daughter’s wedding. He knows that Sheree will never get the money for her daughter’s wedding from him. I think he went to have the man to man asking for his “daughter’s” hand in marriage trying to get him to do the right thing that a father should do, and pay for the wedding. He really has class in doing this. He was the only one that could do the man to man thing with Bob, trying to see if he would volunteer to pay for the daughter’s wedding he should pay for.

tired of it

March 19th, 2012
12:48 pm

This season is BORING!!!! Sheree needs to act like an adult and stop running and telling everything. If you were a friend to Lawrence you would have said something to Marlo when she first made the comment. You know like when you threw Kandi under the bus for what she was saying. Time for Kim to go…you can’t take care of your children without help, need a personal assistant for what? You do nothing worthwhile..and no will not be watching your show either!! NeNe needs a stylist to help her dress…have mercy just cause you can afford to buy it doesn’t mean you should wear it. Cynthia needs to stand up. Love Kandi and Phaedra but you two can’t carry the show. Needs to end now!!

Kris Humphries- Kardashian

March 19th, 2012
1:02 pm

Phaedra, you look real ignorant referring to yourself or your child as royalty when clearly you’re not. Why was Apollo speaking at a Mason lodge? Is he on the brink of becoming one? I CAN’T. I can’t, I tell you. Sheree didn’t stand up for Lawrence because she’s about self. She envies Kandi and that’s why it was so easy for her to throw her under the bus like that. Heffa 52 years old and still has to get property in her mama’s name. Wherever else they do that at, it needs to stop. She can’t possibly have real friends. She just can’t cuz they’d have to tell her how hot she’s not, and remind her she needs to get herself together. At age 74 she’s still dependent on Bob’s checks and her mama’s credit.


March 19th, 2012
1:07 pm

Endorsed—those heels weren’t designed for amazon women like NeNe. Will we get to see the mortician couple, the prince’s parents, in action before season ends. Was he only baptized after his first birthday.

Jennifer El

March 19th, 2012
1:19 pm

Wow. Finally caught last week’s episode ALONG w/ this week’s.
Someone tell me, how in the WORLD can any man w/ money–let alone a wealthy white businessman–desire the manly ghetto statue that is Marlo Hampton? What am I missing here? And to show his very face in a public outing with her?! HOW? HOW? HOW?

NeNe, though I think she’s working the eff outta her “15 minutes,” really should stop sauntering around in sky-high heels as if she’s physically gorgeous. NOT. And that ole tired short blonde shyt is played beyond a million fiddles. Please update that ‘do.
Peter is just hard on the eyes. I’ve said before that Cynthia has some backbone; finally it’s showing a bit. She didn’t make it in the modeling biz for decades plus without it.
Sheree is entertaining as all get-out though she chronically flies under the radar.
Dwight is just hard, hard, hard on the eyes. The only hard thing about him.
Phaedra is indeed a “nutt”–agreed. So entertaining with her educated cluelessness. An oxymoron quite often.
One thing I do like about Kim other than she’s funny is that she can and does hold her own with ALL of those mouthy chicks.
Kandi–Kurly Thumbs…Really? Is it THAT easy to just break into the Nashville scene? Interesting. I mean, I’ve won awards writing poetry; maybe I should move to Nashville and get some real cheese.
Kandi’s voice is beyond annoying. BEYOND.
Though viewership is down the show, I believe, will continue to do well. Perhaps this season’s changes and length was just too much competing with other shows as well.

Speaking of TV

March 19th, 2012
1:28 pm

Looking at how much you people write about this stupid show, seems like it’s more than NeNe that needs to go to therapy. If you’re doing this while at work, I’m glad you don’t work for me. In fact, you wouldn’t; you’d be fired.


March 19th, 2012
1:35 pm

In my opinion, Kim may not be a racist but I think her father is, otherwise why would he say that Sweetie is Kim’s “gal” and not his. White man talking about his maid. Sweetie should have stopped being Kim’s “personal assistant, butt wiper, maid, babysitter, gopher, slave” a long time ago. This show has really gone to the dogs and I feel sorry for the dogs. And may I add, Kim need to get rid of those UUUGGGLLLY wigs and Sherree need to stop fronting that she has money. All she has is a hole in the ground. She’s nothing but a Gossip and no friend to anyone.


March 19th, 2012
1:45 pm

I will take Greg (he’s a really GOOD Man!)


March 19th, 2012
2:12 pm

Well, thanks for all the laughs reading these posts.


March 19th, 2012
2:13 pm

BTW, RHo is happily married.


March 19th, 2012
2:33 pm

“Another comment” is Sheree. Why should Bob pay for her wedding? She is not his daughter.

Kandi’s singing is very annoying. All that stretching she does with her mouth and neck is not going to help her sing in the right key. Much better suited for a group where she can blend in and have a solo verse every now and then.

Cynthia’s sister did take it over board at the wedding but why can’t Cynthia see how rude Papa Smurf was being. It wasn’t a joke and it wasn’t funny. Then she asks him what the problem is with HER sister. That scene between Papa Smurf and Cynthia in the kitchen was beyond staged. Why did Cynthia’s sister have her luggage with her? I don’t understand that either….


March 19th, 2012
2:34 pm

Oops…at the anniversary party.


March 19th, 2012
2:36 pm

I can’t wait to see the changes they have in store for next season. My favorite so far is Kim probably won’t be particpating any more since she has her own show….which is going to fail in 3……2……1


March 19th, 2012
2:43 pm

I believe all of these reality shows and reality stars are on their way out. Can we please get back to regular TV series with real actors, actresses, writers and producers. I have watched reality shows for awhile and like the rest, at one time enjoy. They are quickly becoming tired, predictable and silly. These people are on TV arguing, fighting and acting crazy and then come out with their make up lines, books, guest appearances, etc. No talent – just name recognition from a reality show. As one poster wrote last week, let’s send them all packing back to their insignificant lives.


March 19th, 2012
4:13 pm

Fakedra needs her head examined. Why feed all that sugar and cake to a baby? More desperate, she has to bus in the guests for a two hour ride! Poor baby, he doesn’t know his mom is crazy.


March 19th, 2012
4:14 pm

@ another comment (we know that’s you Sheree trying to use subtle pschology to get Bob to pay for your daughter’s wedding so you won’t have and not pay for it yourself).

The ’smalls’ sure are allowing ole lazy a** Kim to make a fool of them–snitching on one another like they on a slave plantation reporting to their “Missus Kim.” (’Lynch indoctrination’ at its best–ignorant a**es). And @A-town Foolishness, you’re absolutely correct. Ole ignorant, ugly a** Kandi practically begging her ‘MISSUS KIM’ to ‘please be my friend Madam Kim?’, even tho you screwed me over befo, please gimme a chance to let you do it again cuz yo friendship means the wurl to me Madam Kim. (Studpid a** grown women)


March 19th, 2012
4:15 pm

LMAO @ Sheree suggesting to her daughter’s boyfriend what kinda ring she needs to have. I get that she wants the best for her daughter but let’s see all the millions Sheree’s going to spend on the wedding since she’s ‘got it like that” and likes only the finest. Surely that wedding’s going to be among ATL’s most coveted.


March 19th, 2012
4:49 pm

“Sherry” you’re right about Cynthia not having any backbone to confront Peter. I agree that Malorie was way out of control, but Peter was overly disrespectful embarrassing her sister in front of guests. And Cynthia should have called him on that. I’ll never get what she sees in him. It was too funny watching Peter chide the limousine company for being bad at business when he’s failed in so many businesses using Cynthia’s money.