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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 4, reunion, part 3: the insults are over!

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This is it!

The longest season is over!

As we enter the third and final hour of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion shows for season four, we witness yet again what is considered a staple in the “Real Housewives” oeuvre: arguments where each woman is talking over the other one to the point where you can’t really follow what’s going on. It’s obfuscation via vociferous venting.

If there were a “Real Housewives 101″ course at the local community college, this type of argumentative style could take up an entire class. From a viewers’ standpoint, it’s like watching a wrestling match or a hockey fight: entertaining with virtually no actual nourishment included.

Marlo Hampton and Sheree Whitfield worked the verbal jousting quite famously in South Africa, adding in strange facial expressions, anti-gay slurs and juvenile imitations of each other. ( “I don’t even remember that moment,” Sheree said in retrospect.) Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes have talked over each other several times. Kandi Burruss worked it tonight with Marlo, as did Cynthia Bailey and Kim.

Host Andy Cohen, when this happens on a reunion show, is like a referee who lets the idiocy go on just long enough before he says, “Hold it!”  and sends each woman back to their respective corners.

During the Kim/Cynthia jousting, Cynthia regurgitates an argument from season one’s reunion show, which we even get to see again featuring NeNe’s infamous line to Kim: “Close your legs to married men!” And Marlo must have seen that first season show as well, because NeNe used a nasty insult (”Hooker!”) to Kim that first season, which Marlo  recycles using the even tawdrier “Whore!”

Watch the season one moment for nostalgia’s sake:

Kim once again defends dating Big Poppa, despite the fact he was still married. Why? He was separated and not living with his wife. Kim spent plenty of time with him. (Yet if things were so great, why did she never say Lee Najjar’s name on air?)

During this argument, a genuine snarky smile emerges from NeNe’s usual pursed lips. And Cohen utters, “I thought you two made up!”

Then we quickly segue to a classic Marlo vs. Kandi dust up.

Andy asks Kandi how she feels about Marlo calling her a “sugar mama” during an earlier taped party. Kandi says she thought that was funny. She was more annoyed by how Marlo was deliberately trying to rile things up between her and Kim by saying Kandi was like “big poppa” in earshot of Kim and her then boyfriend Kroy Biermann.

To back up her case, Marlo says Kandi is dating a Bravo production guy, who does not make nearly as much money as Kandi and drives Kandi’s car. Kandi said he has his own vehicle, a Range Rover, and owns his own place to boot.

Then Kandi goes for the jugular: “I don’t care if I took care of every mother-****** in here. I could!” (In other words, who’s really rich here, b****?)

It’s odd that Marlo, who has no problem dating rich men, is going after Kandi for being her own woman. Marlo also has an incredibly annoying argumentative facial expression, which usually features a very fake smile. At least Kim and NeNe “look” angry while they yelp at each other. Kandi flails her arms about and bugs her eyes out.

After mocking both Kim (”whore!”) and Kandi (”sugar mama!”), Marlo gives an odd summary of her viewpoint: “Bottom line. The girls are just worried what Marlo does. Who cares what I do? I don’t care what you do! I don’t care if Kandi takes care of 50 men or if Kim slept with 50 people. You have to get to know me as a person.” So she somehow claims to “not care” and then insult Kim and Kandi again. Impressive!

In other, less compelling, topics:

- The “Smalls” (effectively, Phaedra, Kim and Sheree) accuse of Cynthia of being two faced. “She changes when she comes around you,” Sheree said to NeNe. Then to Cynthia: “Your demeanor is totally different.”

Kandi adds: “You have one opinion one day. Then your opinion changes when [NeNe] is around.”

- NeNe accuses the Smalls of kowtowing to Kim and reporting to the “boss” whenever something happens. (They all say they’re their own boss – or more truthfully, given how much cash they get from Bravo, NBCUniversal is their boss.) And Cynthia noted how th Smalls grovel and seek Kim’s approval and apologies.

- Later, in a sort of farewell montage to Sheree, we see her arguing with Kim (pulling her wig), verbally rocking it with a so-called party planner (”who gonna check me boo?”), going at it with NeNe (”Your first car was repo’ed in the parking lot of Home Depot!”) and then parrying with Marlo. “I’m not proud of all those,” Sheree says afterwards.

- There is still tension between Kim and NeNe. Yawn.

- None of the Smalls admit to seeing NeNe on “Glee.”

- NeNe, who was already trying to get acting roles while “Real Housewives” season one was being cast in 2008, helped get both Sheree and Kim on board. She says the producers thought Sheree was “a tad boring” but NeNe went to bat for her. They didn’t originally think of casting a white person on the show but Kim was perfect, they thought. (I do recall NeNe saying at least some of this before the show had even aired.)

At the end, Cohen had each castmate summarize their current goings on:

- Besides “Glee,” NeNe has a new wine coming out. This was taped before we found out she was cast in an NBC Ryan Murphy pilot as a recurring role.

- Cynthia continues to run her modeling agency and loves teaching the classes.

- Kandi’s Bedroom Kandi is doing well and she’s in love.

- Phaedra wants to create a video to focus on creating a better booty as well as learning the funeral business.

- Sheree is hoping to revive She By Sheree with fitness apparel and shoes.

- Kim’s spinoff show is coming out April 26 and she has a new country song “Love Me First.”

NOTABLE QUOTES

“She was in prison for a reason. She’s crazy!” Kim, on Marlo

“I will watch myself on the show and bust out laughing.” - NeNe. (Kandi rolled her eyes.)

“The way you’re going, I’m going to have to give you some.” Kandi, referencing cash, to Marlo, who didn’t make it as a cast member of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Somehow, she didn’t meet Bravo’s stringent high standards!

“My house is paid for!”Kandi. Some other folks on the show? Not so much.

“She can be a baby NeNe,” - NeNe, about Marlo, in an oddly condescending way considering they’re friends.

“I will always have a lot because haters like you keep hating. Look at me!”Marlo, the woman whose ego has no bounds. Does that even make any sense?

“Think before I speak.” - Marlo, noting the lesson she learned from using that anti-gay slur in South Africa that rhymes with “gag.”

“I’m always taught a man is supposed to protect and provide. I’m sorry. Some women have to protect and provide,” Marlo, justifying her own behavior while oddly belittling Kandi for being an independent woman.

RATINGS

The second reunion show on Thursday, which isn’t a normal night for “Housewives of Atlanta,’ drew 2.54 million viewers, slightly below average for the season as a whole and down from Sunday’s fireworks-filled reunion show. It’s comparable to what the second reunion show last year drew (2.65 million.)

UPDATE: This finale episode drew 3.23 million, up slightly from a week earlier and the best numbers for a reunion episode ever. So all the drama brought viewers back after ratings slipped in the second half of the season.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

102 comments Add your comment

AJC Editor Helper

April 23rd, 2012
4:25 am

I believe it’s Lee Najjar, not Lee Najar?

A person SMART enough to know......

April 23rd, 2012
4:34 am

Gag all then crazy ghetto moms but 1 so only 1 at a time can talk.

Cynthia Question

April 23rd, 2012
5:07 am

I don’t understand why Cynthia doesn’t say “the” and “they;” she says “da” and “dey.” Why no th? Cynthia really showed a different side of herself! Much meaner and more ghetto trash-talking than I thought. I wish Bravo would run subtitles when they are all screaming at once. (I mean when dey all be screamin’…)

True b that.guy

April 23rd, 2012
9:21 am

Nothin but a bunch of $3 Hookers, accept Manlo, she’s a $2 call girl. (but for an extra $1, its yours for the night), time to take out the trash Atlanta, and this is trash day.

True b that.guy

April 23rd, 2012
9:25 am

NaNa = Stripper, Manlo = Call Girl, Kimbo = Hooore, Sheman = Gold Digger, Cynthia = Idiot, Phakedra = Con Artist, Kandi = Self Made.

Guest

April 23rd, 2012
9:50 am

After watching this mess my daughter and I had to go dust off our college degress!! HOLLAAAA! I keep praying for the children of these idiots. As a “Tall” lets see the last thing I did was send a check to help bury a teen featured on Nancy Grace (and another for her scholarship fund). Us Talls don’t need to dress like Drag Queens on the outside to overcompensate for what’s missing on the INSIDE!!! Us Talls don’t need to trash a Small because I EARNED mine and proud of it! These reality shows have created idiots who think they have talent!!! Again the apple never falls far from the tree so God please take care of the children of these idiots!!! They have time to be INTELLIGENT adults…..

hatersneverprosper

April 23rd, 2012
10:41 am

Best quote of the day, I don’t care if I wanted to take care of every motherf*#$@r in here I could! My old house paid for, my new house paid for, my cars paid for! lol I love it !

Carnac the Magnificent

April 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

Answer – Rodney and the RHOA

Question – Name 7 Ho’s that live for this production…

Team Small

April 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

NeNe ’s not happy unless you’re kissing her butt: Kandi put them all in their place. Glad it’s over. Good luck Sheree, Best wishes Kim, Lov you Phaedra.

Gemma

April 23rd, 2012
10:59 am

After watching this, I could only say that NaNa belong to the Atlanta Falcons, he is mad, Marlo could have a new career in Sunset Blvd where all the one dollar bill entertainers are. I love Phaedra and the smalls, Cynthia sooo plastic and Kim she got the right moves, you go girl.

ok whatever

April 23rd, 2012
11:02 am

If NeNe is so far above all this mess and refuses to be filmed with the other women…why is she still on the show? She’s ri-D!CK-ulous…

Kim bad girl gone good…good for her…I hope it lasts. I am going to tune into to her wedding show..

Khandi…she put them all in their place. She’s the rich one…

Phaedra…she’s funny, I like her.

SheRay…She could bring some drama.. She should have remained.

Cynthia…BORING SNOOZEFEST…she should have been fired.

Marlo…is a two bit h**ker and she looks like a man. Bravo screwed up royally bringing her into the mix.

I only watched the reunion shows this season and it looks like I didnt’ miss anything.
I’m done watching this franchise.

Uh Oh

April 23rd, 2012
11:05 am

He He is such a bitter post-op. After Kim acknowledged HeHe’s involvement in Kim being on the show, HeHe begrudgingly nodded in agreement. Kim then wished HeHe well and HeHe could not muster the decency to bid the same.

Kandi gained considerable ground and respect from me after setting Marlon et al straight.

Cynthia the chameleon should just step aside. She is pathetic. She couldn’t argue her way out of a paper sack. She really is HeHe’s flunky.

I’m not sure what was going on with Sheree. It was like someone stole her brain; she was completely befuddled and stammered through most of her words. She usually is more composed.

It was extremely tacky for Marlon to discuss Kroy’s finances. She knows nothing of etiquette or grace for that matter.

Uh Oh

April 23rd, 2012
11:11 am

Also…the greatest moment was NeNe’s face when Andy Cohen revealed that in a conversation with a Glee producer, they were very interested in having Kim on the show as well.

HeHe could have been bought for a nickel…which is really something considering she is so rich. She tries so hard to give the air of sophistication, but she almost choked on that crow when Andy said that.

I would also like Andy to stop bringing up the Tardy for the Party bit. It’s tired.

Toodle Poodle

April 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

I thought Marlo was entertaining. I lol’ed when she said she was throwing the money in the club to Sheree because she was struggling and to Kandi so she could give it to her boys. HA!

Kandi sure did get mad at the sugar mama accusations. Probably because they’re true.

Samantha

April 23rd, 2012
11:19 am

MARLON…OOPS…I MEANT TO SAY MARLO IS SO JEALOUS OF EVERYBODY! She looks like a Man…so sad. Ne Ne looks like she is not going to forgive Kim or Sheree. Phaedra stayed to herself mostly through out the show. Cynthia need to stop straddling both sides of the fence… :) I’m not sure if I will actually watch the next season. I am NOT watching Kims’ show at all..tardy for the wedding? Really?

Sheri

April 23rd, 2012
11:25 am

Kandi loved you last night! You told Cynthia and Marlo where to go. Marlo is a sick-ghetto
jail bird! She defines herself by labels, how IGNORANT! Yes, Kandi your house is paid for and you don’t throw money around like peanuts. Cynthia is the biggest A@@ kisser out there. Her head is stuck so far up NeNe butt its pathethic. You and Kim are hated upon because you know how to
manage your $$. Cynthia didn’t open her mouth until Marlo sat down with NeNe, what a a@@ kisser!

Steve

April 23rd, 2012
11:27 am

Got to love the Real Black Women of Atlanta. They represent the African American community so well. Now the whole world knows what this city is made up of. God help us.

Viveka

April 23rd, 2012
11:30 am

As usual, NeNe thinks if she can bellow loud enough, it means she’s right. Marlo’s just a disgusting person. I had to hit “mute” while she was talking. And Cynthia doesn’t know up from down until NeNe tells her which is which. If NeNe isn’t available, Peter tells her. Cynthia’s just weak, which is why her sister intimidates her. Mal is capable of thinking for herself.

trina@atl

April 23rd, 2012
11:34 am

Marlo needs to stop being so mean for no reason, she is such a depressed, insecure person. Those shoes and clothes can not tell her that they love her everyday and that is all that she has b/c no real man would want her. NeNe is just bitter and mad at other successful women on the show, she acts as though she does not need to be on the show but she knows that time she is fired she will be broke b/c she in not making that much money on Glee (I have never watched that show). I am glad that Kandi put NeNe and Marlo in their place, at least she is a woman that made her money without laying on her back, and will be rich many years after this show is long gone.

Angela

April 23rd, 2012
11:35 am

Nene accepted gifts from a man while she was still legally married to Greg. So what does that make her?

Barton Fink

April 23rd, 2012
11:45 am

I am amazed (and proud of these women) for no one calling Marlon a tranny to his ugly face. Damn, boy, you look hard and mean! You’re the dream of every old white man who loves tranny she-male hookers with a specialization in domintrix games.

Lizza

April 23rd, 2012
11:55 am

I hope Kim gets a spot on the GLE show, that wuld stop Ms.NeNe HeHe, from thinking she is the only one that can secure a minor spot on a disgusting show, really. Go Kandi, U are my girl and U set the record straight about your $$$$. You, Kim and Phadre are my ladies. Please BRAVO remove weak Cynthia from this show..replace her with Sheri (just kidding), Please replace boring Cynthia really.

Rebecca

April 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

As a well educated woman in the Atlanta metropolitan area, I am appalled at all of the women on Atlanta Housewives. They DO NOT represent any housewife that I know in Atlanta. Most of them are not even married. DUH????

Kandi has no morals. Her statement about Pheadra regarding becoming pregnant before she married: “In her family, they aren’t allowed to have babies out of wedlock,” or something to that effect. Kandi, didn’t your mother tell you that it is wrong to have a baby out of wedlock? Pheadra’s family is right, you should be married before becoming pregnant. Kandi acts like she has never heard that before. Evidently her mother didn’t tell her.

Cynthia: Other than being friends with HeHe is the more decent Housewife.

Pheadre: I like her. She seems to be more self-made, has higher standards than the other women.

HeHe: I can’t stand her. She is a bragger and a liar. I won’t be watching Glee.

Kim: Definitely has no morals. What kind of home training did she have?

Sheree: I have nothing to say about Sheree.

K

April 23rd, 2012
12:24 pm

Kandis, Kim, Sheree talked as much talk as Nene, but you seems to put Nene down for it. People get real. No one wants to hear about sex toys all the time it get boring, and since Kim has found a husband she is ms saint now. Sheree is a lost cause glad to see her go.

just the truth

April 23rd, 2012
12:29 pm

Who cares and why is this news worthy?

Small Camp Gal

April 23rd, 2012
12:31 pm

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Small Camp Gal

April 23rd, 2012
12:38 pm

I am so glad the entire season is over. Sick of NeeNee, Cynthia Nee Nee and Marlo Nee Nee. Sorry to see Sheree go though. She wasn’t all that bad. Why would you keep someone like Cynthia and let Sheree go? Cynthia may have been a great model in her day, but she is not an educated woman. I just watch to listen to them revert to ghetto english. I will say, on a bad day with the Atlanta bunch is far better than the thugs of NJ. I will not watch RHNJ this season. I will be watching Kim and Kroy’s new series and wish them all the best. If you would pay attention to her, she is hysterical and he is a great guy. She deserves happiness for having to put up with NeeNee and Marlo.

NeNe Leakes Fan

April 23rd, 2012
12:44 pm

Love me some NeNe Leakes!!!!!

opie bigay

April 23rd, 2012
1:02 pm

I will not be watching Kim and Kroy new seriers. She is still a gold digger from one rich man to another only thing Kroy is younger and have not been around the block. Kroy should be worry look what happen to Lomar.

Coachurly

April 23rd, 2012
1:06 pm

Entertaining reunion. I’m glad the season is over and I hope they reboot the show for next year. I’ll actually miss Sheree more than Lisa or Deshawn. I wonder are the rumors true and the producers plan to incorporate Ne-yo’s baby mama next year?

shasha

April 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

I love NeNe; Marlo and Cynthia – I’m team “Talls.” I also like Phaedra; glad Sheree is out and not sure about Kandi. I do know that the smalls do kiss up to Kim, i.e. Kandi and Sheree especially. I can’t believe how they explained themselves to Kim regarding what was said during the S. Africa trip. They should have just said, “so what I said it – now what.” It seems that it was really important that they keep Kim’s friendship. They really wanted in on that wedding, and even afterwards! Maybe some football tickets, too! NeNe and Cynthia didn’t give a hoot.

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Sluggo

April 23rd, 2012
2:03 pm

The continued hissing and screeching last night made me think two male Tomcats were locked up in my front yard. Later, I realized I had left the tube on Bravo’s ‘RHOA’.

Tracie

April 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

Wow season 3 was a mess, but oh well it is what it is…Kandi has the real money and basically set them all straight. She is never afraid to admit what she said and if an apology is needed, she is woman enough to give one…NeNe needs to stop bragging, that chick is NOT rich and it is so class-less to keep saying that. However, I’m happy she is using this show to advance her career, at least she’s not stupid, but her voice is still so annoying (am I the only one that feels this :-/). Sheree sure turned out to be a back-stabber, WHEW, who saw that coming? I guess she was trying to save her job, but too little too late…Cynthia seems nice but couldn’t think for herself to save her life…Love Phaedra…Kim has changed for the better but she should just admit she was wrong for the whole Big Poppa stuff, being a mistress is never good…Marlo is a liar, shallow(she really got on my nerves when they were in S. Africa) and she is really the ultimate hater if you wanna know the truth!

coffeecake404

April 23rd, 2012
2:12 pm

KIm’s new Country song?!?! Did Kandi have anything to do with this? If she did she’s a fool! She shouldn’t work with Kim even if Kim paid her. No one else will work with Kim because she Can’t Sing! And as far as I’m concerned the money she used to buy Kroy that car for his birthday could’ve been used to pay Kandi back. Anytime Andy brings up the money from that song Kim gets upset, mad, angry but when he’s talking bout her and Kroy it’s all good? Please!

trina@atl

April 23rd, 2012
2:18 pm

@tracie you summed it just right. I do think they just need to get a whole new cast though b/c all of them have become predictable.

Mr.Producer

April 23rd, 2012
2:45 pm

- Phaedra wants to create a video to focus on creating a better booty. Hmmmm. Yeah baby!!!!!

Pitchy

April 23rd, 2012
2:51 pm

RHo – you missed another great line last night.

When Kandi said if she wanted to keep anyone of your you M……Fkers, she COULD! Now, that was the best line of the evening!!!!

Rickster

April 23rd, 2012
3:13 pm

The worst insult is the insult to a person’s intelligence this show is!

demetris prewitt

April 23rd, 2012
3:22 pm

Sheree is boring and needs to go.Phaedra, neenee, candy, kim and marlo makes the show

Reading is Fundamental

April 23rd, 2012
3:26 pm

NeNe should get Hooked on Phonics and enter Ebonics rehab.

The word is recurring as in recur. Reoccurring is not a word NeNe. This is third grade English.

Mackinzie

April 23rd, 2012
3:37 pm

Which one of these doesn’t belong? New York-NJ, LA….Atlanta, GA? Seriously? Why not Birmingham, AL or Nashville, TN? Miami, Dallas or Houston are bigger cities and way cooler.

True Atlantan

April 23rd, 2012
3:39 pm

I watched it. I say kudos to Kandi for not needing a man to take care of her. Kandi has more money than all of those women and she doesn’t need to run around yelling “I’m rich” to prove it. People who really have money don’t run around yelling about how much money they have. Kandi’s “old house” as Marlo called it was paid for. Marlo probably rents a house that some old man pays for her. Good for Kandi for standing up for herself. Obviously she’s going to have to date men who make less than her because there probably aren’t that many single men out there who make more.

I’m over NeNe…she used to be funny and cool…now she’s just annoying and pissed off all the time. She thinks she’s too good for the others now that she’s on Glee.

Marlo is just trash trash trash. What an awful representation of women.

Phaedra is sketchy…what kind of a lawyer gets an envelope of cash in a parking lot as payment for legal services? And Apollo doesn’t seem to work, even though he seems nice.

Cynthia’s husband is a loser too…she needs to kick him to the curb.

I’m glad for Kim that she found Kroy…he seems to be a good influence on her.

And poor Sheree…she’s going to be broke as crap since she’s not coming back to RHOA next year.

vjones

April 23rd, 2012
3:49 pm

Sheree will do just fine…. after all she still is a real lady

GL

April 23rd, 2012
3:51 pm

My highlight of the night! NeNe to Sheree: “You need some help, come see me. I’m your girl. I can help you” “Your’e on the wrong team”. LMAO CLASSIC!!!

kathi

April 23rd, 2012
3:53 pm

Their are alot of women in Atlanta that have class, not trash. Please find some. They sound like bunch of chickens. Love the other Housewives.

tracy

April 23rd, 2012
4:00 pm

The best line ever in all of HOUSEWIVES history will forever be IF I WANTED TO TAKE CARE OF EVERY MO———-ER IN HERE I COULD!!!! WOW WOW WOW .No line and I mean NO Line will ever top that. Kandi shut Marlo down with that line alone.

tracy

April 23rd, 2012
4:07 pm

Most people who are truly rich (Kandi) never talk about it or flaunt it. People who have little money or new money (NeNe, Marlo) talk about money or likes to brag simply because they seem to think that money defines them. If you have to brag about lables or money that simply means you have nothing else to offer to prove your worth.

tracy

April 23rd, 2012
4:13 pm

Bill Gates and the founder of facebook are 2 of the richest guys in the United States but to see them on the street you wouldn’t know that. They have been seen dressed very casually on a daily basis no fancy clothes on. And Bill Gates wife is the same as is the founder of facebook girlfriend both women are very very down to earth and humble. I guess that’s the difference those 2 are women where is Marlo and NeNe are immature little girls

Pitchy

April 23rd, 2012
4:19 pm

@tracy – I agree, see mine post at 2:51.