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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ season 5, episode 1 recap: Security!


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Welcome aboard the crazy train, Kenya Moore!

The new cast member/model/actress/producer/former Miss USA provides ample moments of bitchiness tonight, providing “Real Housewives of Atlanta” fans an appetizer of what’s to come season five.

Otherwise, this felt like a “catch up” episode after several months absence. Kim Zolciak is pregnant again and having house troubles to boot. (She got a quote for how much to move her 17,000-square-foot house of stuff into storage for 120 days: $101,000! Who’s moving her house? Donald Trump?)

Phaedra Parks is trying to expand into dog funerals as she continues to get into mortuary services despite the fact she is afraid of dogs. Lean into your discomfort Phaedra!

Cynthia Bailey’s modeling agency is plugging along. We also see her baby’s daddy wanting their daughter to go back to a regular school instead of home schooling. Cynthia, who wants to keep her daughter home schooled, loses that argument.

Kandi Burruss has got a new boo, who was working in production for “Real Housewives,” and she has gotten herself a monstrous “dream house” she picked up from foreclosure.

NeNe Leakes, who surprisingly returned for another season, is reconciling with ex-husband Gregg Leakes while hobnobbing in Hollywood thanks to her new role on “The New Normal.” (She tries to impress “New Normal” producer Ryan Murphy by trying to reach Tyler Perry. But the number is disconnected.)

But let’s focus a bit more on Kenya.

She moved from Los Angeles and has a boyfriend she’d like to be her hubby one day. “I am ready to walk down the aisle and have children,” she tells V-103’s Ryan Cameron. “Love is in the air. This is a new chapter.”

As noted, she’s a former Miss USA who may or may not have had a bigger modeling career than Cynthia. Cynthia is working with Jet Magazine to find a “Jet Beauty of the Week” and invited Kenya to be one of the judges. Bailey says they are looking for curves and a big posterior.

The producers edited it so Kenya comes off as especially mouthy. “I was looking for someone who reminded me of myself,” Kenya says. “Sexy, strong and really represents black women well.”

We hear a few nice things she says such as: “I”m not gay but that’s pretty hot.”

But then the mean girl comes out.

“Have you ever seen me in a magazine?” she asks another model wannabe at one point. The poor woman hesitates, clearly not having a clue who Kenya is, and looks to Cynthia for guidance. “I”m the one who asked you the question,” Kenya says. “Look at me.”

“I was looking for an Adam’s apple,” she says at another point about a woman she thought looked a bit guy-ish.

Cynthia is annoyed by Kenya’s antics. “We’re not here to tear anybody down. That’s pointless and it’s meanspirited.”

“I’m not trying to be the mean girl but why are you here?” she says to another hapless model.

“Yo, man, you gotta cut it out,” another judge says.

“Is this strip club Jet?” she says to another woman, who shows her plumber’s crack. And Kenya is displeased while Cynthia takes it with aplomb. She begins throwing off crack references. “That is inappropriate and I am offended,” she announces.

“Now people from Jet are uncomfortable,” Cynthia says. And she thinks Kenya is being a hypocrite given some of the modeling gigs she’s done. “Real Housewives” editors helpfully show two of the revealing cover shots.

Carlton, Cynthia’s assistant, is getting annoyed with Kenya. He tells her to chill out. She takes offense, wondering who he is. “Step off!” she says. “Security!”

Some big dude pops out of nowhere to push Terrence away from Kenya. “I always have security with me,” she explains. “People are crazy.” (Really? Is she Halle Barry all of a sudden?)

Cynthia finally steps into the fray. “This is not about trying to insult these women. That’s not what the Bailey Agency is about. Or Jet magazine.”

“My criticism is only to help,” Kenya says, defending herself, “If someone hadn’t taken me aside and shown me the correct way to dress for auditions, I would never book a job.”

When the finalists are presented, Kenya stands up and compliments them. Cynthia, insulted, stands up next and notes that this IS the Bailey Agency, ahem. “This is my school,” she said.

“Cynthia just mimicked everything I said,” Kenya later says. “It’s like she doesn’t have an original thought… There’s a possibility that Cynthia is a little intimidated by jme.”

“She is disrespecting the school. She’s disrespecting that I’m the boss,” says Cynthia, who doesn’t appear intimidated at all.

“If Kenya comes for me, I’m coming for Kenya,” Cynthia says. “We can do this all day long like a tennis court. My court, your court. Let’s go!”

If you are wondering about the other new cast member, Porsha Williams Stewart, she doesn’t show up yet. You’ll see her later in the season.

TRAILER for next week: NeNe is at a Pride festival. The ladies want to hold her a party. Kim gets a beautiful bracelet. Kenya wants to know to a bit about her boyfriend, who admits to having dated Kandi once. Kim and NeNe run into each other. Cynthia is a bit defensive about her friendship with NeNe, who is getting to know Kenya at the party.

Here’s a video of Phaedra Parksand Porsha Stewart talking about what’s to come this season.

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November 4th, 2012
10:41 pm

Per who or what is kenya a better model? Kenya may have done a ss modelling for Smooth. Cynthis Bailey is a fashion model in the USA, Uk, Paris, South African.

Team NeNe

November 4th, 2012
10:41 pm

Kenya is trying EXTREMELY hard to be relevant and/or the next break-out star from a reality show. The thing that was funny to me was the fact that she LEFT Hollywood for ATLANTA to become a star. She gave us her LONG unimpressive resume but my question for Kenya, “why are you on RHOA, since you HUNG the moon after winning Miss USA?” Shouldn’t Kenya be the PRODUCER of RHOA? Oh, one more thing, in Kenya’s head, she’s so special and better than the other ladies on RHOA, why wasn’t she cast for RHOBeverly Hills; relocating would not have been necessary. Kenya has that same question in her head!!! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Team NeNe

November 4th, 2012
10:54 pm

But as long as she continues with the shenanigans such as tonight’s 1st episode, she has a future with RHOA, BBW-Miami, or BBW- LA; everyone knows that being a “wife” is NOT a pre-requisite for any of the three shows mentioned. Kenya, girl, you’re on your way to Reality Show Stardom!!


November 4th, 2012
11:02 pm

Rodney, Cynthia doesn’t have an ex-husband. Her daughter’s faher, Leon, is her ex-boyfriend.


November 4th, 2012
11:02 pm

Cynthia should have immediately uninvited Kenya. She was beyond rude. Btw, Kim had hateration about Candi’s house. Candi paid cash for her house whereas Kim was evicted. Jealousy is not appealing.


November 4th, 2012
11:03 pm

Who cares about Real Housewives, let’s talk about tonight’s awesome Walking Dead episode. Does anyone believe Lori is really dead?


November 4th, 2012
11:06 pm

Most of these “ladies” are a disgrace to the city of Atlanta! With a couple exceptions, they have no class, aren’t wealthy and are just a bunch of posers. Total waste of an hour watching them act like fools.


November 4th, 2012
11:06 pm

Who is Kenya? I literally have no idea who she is. I did find it interesting that she said that she appreciated people taking her aside to tell her what to wear, etc. Her critism was not constructive and it certainly was not taking anyone aside.


November 4th, 2012
11:07 pm

Can’t wait for somebody to knock the chit out of Kenya. First night she is not WELCOMED. She has no class and want to act like she cute. Thank God for make up, she needs PROACTIVE immediately. She want all eyes on her, but when she starts getting feelings, I want to know what Phedra is going to do. Her nasty ass want to know if Phedra would share her man, then the bitch say she want to be married. Wait on it HOE. Damn, I wish I could be an Atlanta house wife, I would show their azzes how to put an azz like that down.


November 4th, 2012
11:08 pm

Looked at At Atlanta housewives and Kenya looks like a drag queen. I would not have put her as miss usa or whatever she was…..I really dont think she is attractive at all, she really looks like a man with a lace front and contact lenses


November 4th, 2012
11:11 pm

Why is there only one white woman in this show? If it was the other way around, 90% of you would be yelling “racism” or “no diversity”! Hypocrisy is alive and well.


November 4th, 2012
11:17 pm

Kenya needs to get over herself with her want to be relevant self. Not at all impressed. So Kandi finally has a home she’s now willing to show on camera. Kim’s 15 minutes are up. Nene needs to be herself.

Icky Giovanni

November 4th, 2012
11:20 pm

Kenya is gorgeous aside from her attitude. Not every woman desires to be stick skinny.


November 4th, 2012
11:22 pm

@ Dum-bass. None of the other Real Housewife franchises have even 1 African-American. Why’s that? You’re making no sense.

I'm just saying

November 4th, 2012
11:34 pm

@ Cynthia, I agree with you. Kenya looks like a man with a bad hair do. Mrs. Lawrence looks a heeluva lot better than Kenya.


November 4th, 2012
11:50 pm

While we welcome Kenya we eagerly await our new cast members Luxemburg, Uruguay and of course the naughty Kazakhstan.


November 5th, 2012
12:18 am

Hey y’all! Whoever styles NeNe’s hair need to get slapped for that long UGLY WIG in the first clip. BOTCHED on too many levels! Kandi got her a man this season and he is soooo cute. GONE GIRL! Ok, did anyone else think it seems odd for Cynthia ex (Leon) to stay in the same house with her husband. WOW….they have a great bond.

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November 5th, 2012
12:46 am

Kenya…Kick The B___H to the Curb! She is nothing but cheap gutter trash. I bet she has Serta imprinted on her back! The rest of the cast has gotten to the point of being so outrageous that they are funny. This “woman” if she can be called that, will add nothing to the show.


November 5th, 2012
12:48 am



November 5th, 2012
12:52 am

I went to high school with Kenya. She attended Cody High (bad neighborhood) but she puts Cass Tech (better school) on her Wiki page. Back then she was real bubbly with a head full of pretty natural hair. Most of all that hair she has is her’s not a weave at all. She did seem a bit friendly back then, but has since become kind of full of herself.


November 5th, 2012
1:06 am

Kenya is an obnoxious, insecure laughingstock. She must be clueless if she believes that she is a wonderful model for black women (or whatever garbage it was she said).

necie guice

November 5th, 2012
1:08 am

Dont like Kenya Moore already she seem full of herself very rude nasty attitude and personality which makes her an ugly person this how really think she Miss usa bitch sit ur tired ass down and If u can Get any Man u want why u throwing ur self on apollo hes married hoe


November 5th, 2012
1:15 am

I hate that Kenya is from Detroit…us Detroiters are disappointed. I actually graduated from Cass and they star struck too cuz they had her name on the wall in the pickle factory (old building)…she sucks and is over the top 40 acting like she 4, Nene is confused, Phaedra crazy doing pooch funerals…I love kandi and Kim but Kim is a hater for the house remarks and sweetie ain’t no better…she should never call anything or anybody else hood, cuz she is the epitome of it. Don’t miss sheree or Marlo…Cynthia quit playing and let that girl go to school…she gone feel smothered and act out later if she don’t although I hope not

Marian Holley

November 5th, 2012
1:19 am

Kim is hatin on Khandi about her House. Kim is such a Dumb A– spending 100,000 dollars for moving expenses, who in they right mind un-necessarily spends that amount of money for moving. She got the nerve to be talkin about Khandi is in a bad neighborhood. We know Khandi is not gonna subject herself to urban hood . That Kenya, well she ain’t all that with that ulgy funky Attitude.

Marian Holley

November 5th, 2012
1:20 am

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November 5th, 2012
2:02 am

Kenya is very beautiful and knows exactly what she’s doing. You don’t get notice for being the nice meek one and her introduction line saids it all. ” I won Miss USA, not Miss Congeniality. For all the people that say she’s irrelevant then why y’all mentioning her, if your not talked about then you’re not relevant. Let’s be honest, some of those women did look Hank as he’ll and Kenya was saying what everyone else was thinking. She is very blunt and opinionated and I love it. She is the one to watch this season and I can’t wait to see more of Kenya Moore. Loved her off of Waiting to Exhale and Deliver us from Eva they were small roles but she is just Magnificent to me. You will be entertained.


November 5th, 2012
2:16 am

Kenya who!!!!!Ok she is totally trying to get her own spin off show!!But fans of show think she is so annoying…….


November 5th, 2012
2:25 am

Kenya Moore – Yuck!! She’s making sure she has a check for next season. Had to come all the way to Atlanta to show out and misrepresent. Proactive is something she should pick up. That Mary Kay Timewise might be helpful as well. :)
Kandi – Always on top of her game and remaining humble. Can’t hate on that.
Kim – I hope Kroy is saving and investing properly. Glad she brought Sweetie back. That’s one funny duo. Sweetie does and says whatever Kim does.
Nene – She’s doing big things in Hollywood but I wish she’d just be herself. With all she has, you’d think she’d stop hating on Kim.
Cynthia – Not very relevant. They could have let her and Uncle Ben (Peter) go as well.
Phaedra – Can’t really be mad about her hustle. Apollo better hold on to her.

RHOA is funny…pure entertainment. Don’t expect to add to your brain cells. You might miss one or two after an hour. Pick up a good book afterwards. :)

Funny Show

November 5th, 2012
8:06 am

The show is for entertainment. As for Kendra, yes, she was rude; however, from the previews it looks like she is on meds. Also, her hair is not a lace front. That is her real hair and has been known for years. Also, why was Kim hating on Kandi’s house. I thought it was beautiful and huge. After all the work is done, it is going to be nice. Todd is good looking too. All in all, it was entertaining to me. I live in Atlanta and know they do not represent Atlanta women. We all do not act like that…Kenya is not from here anyway.


November 5th, 2012
8:12 am

Kim hating of Kandi just validates that Kandi is doing everything right and Kim is doing everything wrong. Kim and Kroy will be just like Lisa and Ed Hartwell after his football career is over and RHOA is cancelled, neither has any marketable skills to keep up with there extra for TV lifestyle


November 5th, 2012
8:28 am

I didn’t watch this trash last night. Shows like this give a very negative image of African-American Women. I know a lot of housewives and NONE of them are triflin’ like any of these Women.


November 5th, 2012
8:45 am

Cynthia’s assistant’s name is not Terrance- it’s Carlton


November 5th, 2012
9:11 am

Kenya is bat$hit crazy. Did you see the look on Kandi’s daughter’s face after Kim made that bigoted remark about Kandi’s indoor pool? Kim is a nasty beeotch. I hope she ends up where she belongs, kicking cow pies in podunk Montana.


November 5th, 2012
9:12 am

For Sweetie to call anything “hood”, is an insult to everything hood! What a loser!


November 5th, 2012
9:18 am

I am embarrassed when I see intelligent, educated, professional Black Women act like immature, ghetto, slutts. This show is not a positive role model for young Black girls (12-21 years old). The people of Atlanta should be ashamed. What a disgrace.

First time...

November 5th, 2012
9:21 am

…huh, Robert?

Carnac the Magnificent

November 5th, 2012
9:22 am

As always…

Answer – Rodney and the RHOAs

Question – Name 8 Ho’s that deal with this show…


November 5th, 2012
9:31 am

You are sooooooo on point! This chick is just RUDE!!!!


November 5th, 2012
9:37 am

Kenya is trying toooooooooooo hard to be a star! You are rude and obnoxious. You think insulting people will get notoriety? The women you insulted in my option look just as good or better than you, Ms. Kenya. Also, you mention you were a “public” person and needed a bodyguard. Girlfriend, unless someone googles you, no one knows you. You are NOT Michelle Obama! You are a has-been Ms. USA trying to make a dollar with bad skin. GET OVER YOURSELF MS. THING!


November 5th, 2012
9:40 am

Team NeNe you said it all. You are so on point with this chick! LOL


November 5th, 2012
9:48 am

Pretty much the same old stuff with the exception of Kandi has a new man and place to stay that she paid Cash for and she also stated while her and her Boo were having lunch they would like a little boy and name him Cash/Kash but it seems Kim jumped in on that one by naming her son Kash Kade all he need is one more K and what initials what was she thinking or not!!!

Kim has bought sweetpie back and she looks awful, too much weave in her hair and that gosh awful lipstick she had on. Sweetiepie get a clue you will always be treated bad by Kim that is what she hired you for to take out her frustrations on you.
How can her children love you one day and hate you next are you really that stupid. Oh by the way yes Oprah Winfrey would pay 100K to have her furniture moved she can afford it and I guarantee you it’s done right and you have to prepare for a move it you have the right movers it has to be organized something apparently Kim nor sweetiepie know anything about.
NeNe you need to go ahead and hook up with Greg and quit playing he loves him some NeNe he always have and what ever he did it was because this RHOA took off too fast and he was left in the dust and didn;t exactly know how to handle it but he get’s it now.
Phaedra please either you going to be a lawyer or a funeral home director but getting into the pet thing please and you don’t even own a pet good luck with that.
Cynthia still waiting for you backbone to come in.

Can’t wait for next episode and yes I’ll be back!!


November 5th, 2012
9:52 am

Was the show cancelled? If not, WHO CARES!????????????????????


November 5th, 2012
10:09 am

Let’s clear some things up for the Kenya comments. First, she is gorgeous. She doesn’t look like a man with a lacefront. Secondly, although she lengthened her hair, she actually has very long hair without the added extensions. She does have some skin problems, but so what. She’s still beautiful.

Now, Kenya was really over the top last night. She really showed her true colors. As beautiful as she is, her antics made her ugly. Was very displeased with her behavior. I get so sick of grown women talking about fighting. Really?! You look pathetic and extremely ignorant. You’ll hit a beeothch…and?! So what!

Kim was so jealous of Kandi’s home. To call it hood?! Really Kim? And exactly where is your hood? You had be to evicted for being a squatter?! And you’re “rich”. Wow! The comment about not having an outdoor pool because you’re black would’ve gotten you escorted out of my house. What a damn hater.

Kandi disappointed me with moving a man into her house yet again. Girl, you are a grown woman with a young girl. Stop teaching her to give up the goodies and play house. Show her how it’s really done. Respect yourself. Where are your morals chica? She really needs some help when it comes to relationships.

All in all, it was an interesting episode. I will be tuning in next week:)!


November 5th, 2012
10:10 am

I have never watched an episode of the show and probably never will but the ironic part is that these ‘ladies’ aren’t even from Atlanta (with the exception of Kandi)- reality tv is weird and this show sounds so ignorant everytime I hear/read about it….for all of you who are saying that this is pure entertainment, its simply not true. The media’s purpose is to influence what you think, what you buy, what you value, it goes beyond entertainment, it is influencing you one way or another. Enjoy!


November 5th, 2012
10:22 am

Goodness gracious, Kenya is conceited, overbearing, out of touch, and full of SHYT! Her contract will not be renewed and she may have one Ms. U.S.A., but like we all say, a hood rat is still a hood rat in their designer clothes.

Sorry to see Sweetie’s back. Love Kandi’s new home(s), and liked the way she put in the fact she paid CASH. How many of the others can do that (lol)?

I met Ms. Lawrence out to lunch 2 weeks ago @ Del Frisco’s. He lost a lot of weight, was very standoff and uppity.

Well Said

November 5th, 2012
10:43 am

Well said comments @ ATLPeach…I really liked the comment of Kandi playing house with yet another man. Come on Kandi, step up your maternal game when it comes to your daughter!


November 5th, 2012
10:44 am

Kenya is very rude and think’s she is all that. I was not impressed.


November 5th, 2012
10:53 am

Well.. Kenya is very shallow, Kandi was a slight disappoinment, I thought she bought the house herself not with a man:( These Atlanta Women will do anything to get a man!!:( Kim is a HATER!! Phaedra is a mess, honey do something with that HAIR!! Go NENE keep your man!! Make that relationship work Keep family first!! And Cynthia GET SOME BALLS!!!

KANDI done bought herself another man

November 5th, 2012
11:29 am

isnt it sad that these supposedly sucessful black women cant get a man unless hes broke? why arent rich men hollering at them?