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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap (’Excess Breeds Success’), season 5, episode 2

Cynthia Bailey hosts a party to celebrate her BFF NeNe Leakes at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. CREDIT: Bravo

Cynthia Bailey hosts a party to celebrate her BFF NeNe Leakes at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. CREDIT: Bravo

Kenya Moore, who was Miss USA (not Miss America, people!) ups the irritation quotient week two:

Let me count thy ways:

1) She gets all catty with Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss at the Bottle Bar in Buckhead, recounting her time doing the “Jet Of the Week” judging contest with Cynthia Bailey last week with disdain, including the moment she had Cynthia’s assistant “thrown out” by security. (Phaedra said Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson needed security. But Kenya? Really?) Kenya said she felt like the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz and Cynthia was the scarecrow with no brain repeating what she had just said. Cynthia thinks she’s full of herself and disrespectful.

2) Kenya gets pointlessly jealous when her boyfriend Walter (who owns a towing company) said he once asked Kandi on a date but she rejected him. Kenya got real upset at one point, but the multiple tequilas seemed to calm her down.

3) While Cynthia holds an “appreciation” party for NeNe Leakes and her success in Hollywood at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Buckhead, Kenya openly mocks her by saying, “I love you Kandi. I love you Phaedra!” while Cynthia is talking. Then Kenya has the temerity to take the mic and starts her own speech, first by saying, “Enough of the clown show,” followed by this unctuously insincere “It’s really sweet Cynthia would throw a party for her BFF. It inspires us to be kind and sweet to each other.”

4) Then she pulls NeNe to the side right in front of Cynthia and tries to befriend her by saying that Cynthia’s negative impression of Kenya shouldn’t impact NeNe’s efforts to like her. She also mocks Cynthia as a mere “talking head.” Cynthia has no real comeback, just says she’s NOT a “talking head.” Later, to the RHOA cameras, she comes up with some wittier comments, such as: “She’s a very attractive woman. But if you’re ugly on the inside, you’re ugly on the outside.”

Updates on the other women:

- Kandi is moving into her new fancy mansion home with her boyfriend Todd, a pad that impresses Phaedra more so than the dismissive Kim last week.

- The producers attempt to revisit the tiresome Kim Zolciak-NeNe dynamic yet again. Kim shows up to Cynthia’s party for NeNe but leaves just as NeNe arrives. NeNe tries to be conciliatory again but Kim is her usual jerk-ish self. NeNe wants Kim to stay five minutes to hear NeNe’s speech but Kim says she’s running 40 minutes late to get home yada yada yada. Then Kim lies and says she’s going to the bathroom and will be back to hear NeNe.  She leaves. Classy, that Kim, as always.

- NeNe gets emotional at a Pride event in Los Angeles to promote “The New Normal.” She’s taken aback how much love she gets from the gays. She even brings her teen son Brentt along. Gregg, her ex husband, pops in at the last second. It seems like they’ve reconciled.

- Phaedra works out with NeNe and Cynthia at one point at Buckhead’s Body Sculptor, owned by ‘The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince, but Dolvett isn’t the trainer. Phaedra also noted earlier in the episode she wants another baby.

- Based on the trailers, Porsha Williams Stewart finally shows up in the third episode and quickly comes to blows with Kenya. Of course.

QUOTES

“I’m not used to living in a crammed space. We need every square foot of a 17,000 square foot space.” - Kim Zolciak, acknowledging a problem 99.9% of the population does not have.

“Were you before or after Vanessa Williams?” - Cynthia, trying to ding 41-year-old Kenya Moore, who is much younger than Williams.

“If Miss USA could take her gown, her sash and her crown and just wave her way right out the door, I’d be very happy.” - Cynthia.

RATINGS

Although there were signs people were getting tired of the show last season, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” came back strong last week. The fifth season opener debuted at a solid 3.2 million viewers. That’s actually the highest opening ever for the show.  This is up from the 2.9 million viewers that opened last season. The show averaged 2.8 million viewers last season and a peak 2.9 million viewers season three.

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61 comments Add your comment

skeeter

November 12th, 2012
12:39 am

RHOA

November 12th, 2012
8:18 am

It’s as though producers said, “You WILL be mean and arrogant or you will not be a new housewife,” to Kenya. Never a fan of Kim’s, but lying to NeNe and leaving after NeNe made a sincere effort made me like her even less. Wow, that Phaedra has a really unusual way of chewing, which producers have picked up on as they showed it a lot! I do like Phaedra, though! She’s entertaining.

RHOA

November 12th, 2012
8:27 am

Plus, I liked Kandi even more after last night. The voice of reason regarding buying that house(s)! I feel sorry for the girls in the Jet competition when they viewed the episode last night. Kenya was clearly mocking them with her closing statements.

Debra Moore

November 12th, 2012
8:32 am

Phaedra’s “unusual” way of chewing is a result of a bad botox job…..am starting to wonder about this
“Thang “she has for BOOTY…..I’m just saying, it’s getting to be a little annoying…..Apollo, handle that……

RHOA

November 12th, 2012
8:48 am

@Debra Moore Botox doesn’t make you chew really fast and kinda in a circular motion…

Debra Moore

November 12th, 2012
8:49 am

Kandi’s “Lil man” moving in already……poor Riley, another ” live in man” to share your Mom with…..

Show

November 12th, 2012
8:56 am

I had to speak on when Kim and Sweetie and Kandi house. First I just want to say to Kandi, Lady those action always speak louder than words and with that house you have I heard you all the way in the Seaport now lets get to business.

To Sweetie, the words hood and ghetto should not come out of your mouth at the Same D@# Time just a train wreck seeing you and hearing those words in my Chad Ochocinco voice..Child Please!

To Kim, She bought it stright up its her’s you and your seeing eye dog look and should like team hater. Kim you have life twisted you are so over the top until your really on the bottom.

Kandi tell them your house have a house.

RHOA

November 12th, 2012
9:20 am

@Debra Moore — agree completely! That was the one thing I didn’t like about Kandi last night. Another single mother moving in a man. It’s wrong for many reasons. Think about Riley and how she’ll feel if it doesn’t work out? So many stats that say it’s a bad idea (for many different reasons).

Show

November 12th, 2012
10:15 am

Kenya is looking for a way to stay on the show so she is trying to bring the pain which makes her look like a real fool she need to be careful Miss America before they ask for that Crown back.

patricia

November 12th, 2012
10:31 am

The person I do not understand on this show is Cynthia Bailey. She was a super model that could have written books, cosmetic line, etc.
Why lower yourself to be on this show with these women. Kandi too! The girl has GRAMMYS and lots of money. Now Kandi does not act like a fool like the rest of them, but the truth is.. NeNe and these other poor souls need this show but Kandi and Cynthia DO NOT

AllSmiles

November 12th, 2012
11:16 am

Please get some bleach and do something about your dark, discolored knees. I was shocked, as I am every week, to see those dusty crusty knees in the opening. I don’t care how much oil you put on your legs, it still looks horrible. Kenya before you start throwing stones check the ones on your face…OMG. I am so proud of Cynthia, hold your head up!

Tyrone

November 12th, 2012
12:01 pm

I meant Kandis man appears gay not Cynthias.

Pitchy

November 12th, 2012
12:02 pm

I do not care for Kenya. It’s like the producers put an extra clause and extra $$ in her contract to be a complete classless, irritating, disrespectful beyotch. To take the microphone from Cynthia like she did, then call the event clownlike was extremely disrespectful.

BTW Kenya, I surmise you had better skin when you entered those contestants, because now, it’s horrible. You might want to ask the camerman to stop with the closeups! IJS….

Pitchy

November 12th, 2012
12:19 pm

Pitchy

November 12th, 2012
12:39 pm

And, let me say NeNe took the high road and extended the proverbial “olive branch” and Kim snapped it in half, stepped on it, and walked out the door. I know NeNe was offended, because I was. If you don’t want to accept it, don’t, but don’t lie about coming back only to walk out the door (w/o even using the restroom since that was your excuse to have to make a mad dash).

Watching

November 12th, 2012
12:46 pm

Bravo needs to change the name the name of all the Real Housewives to Real Housewives and Hos of Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, Beverly Hills, etc…..Real housewives should be a wife of someone, not dating hoping to get engaged. Real housewives should be just that. Kenya please settle down, you are not appearing classy just STUPID?

Sweet T

November 12th, 2012
12:50 pm

Kenya is so stuck on herself. She’s 41 and not married for a reason and that is her personality. Hopefully, she can change for the better…along with her orange looking makeup. How can Kim have her own show when she is absolutely boring and delusional ? I think Bravo should look at all their shows and mix the races up. If you can show the homosexuals you can also show multi racial people functioning in this world that we live in. Each one on these shows should realize the advantage of being on tv and watching who you are and what should be changed. Too bad everyone can’t do that in real life.

luvlife

November 12th, 2012
12:50 pm

Kenya is MESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. Point, blank, period…….. Why is she even on the show?

Kim is MESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

Watching

November 12th, 2012
1:06 pm

Kenya is a has been. Sweetie is double stupid. Kroy is working overtime trying to turn a Ho into a Housewife. NeNe should just drop the dumb stuff and go onto Hollywood. Kandi appears happy but she should be careful always moving in with these men GET MARRIED! Cynthia get a backbone with these women. I think the cast should have white, black, hispanic, asian, etc which represents Atlanta…..why are there no black, hispancic, asian women in NJ, New York, Beverly Hills, etc?

ACTLIKEALADY

November 12th, 2012
1:08 pm

I think Kenya is a Hot MESS!! I do not like the way she comes off. Why does she have such a problem with Cynthia??? I think she’s jealous of Cynthia. She tries to act like she’s all that but she clearly has issues with herself, that’s why she was upset that her friend asked Kandi out although nothing came of it. A confident woman wouldn’t care. A confident woman doesn’t fel th need to put women down.

I thought th party that Cynthia held for NeNe was nice. It was good to see professional women come together to network but of course Kenya had to bring her ugliness to the party. I think Kim left because she’s a fake. I think it was good she left. Sh probably would have found a way to say something negative to say.

Watching

November 12th, 2012
1:19 pm

Kenya needs to understand big butts are a dime a dozen in Atlanta, so get over yourself.

ACTLIKEALADY

November 12th, 2012
1:27 pm

@Debra and @RHOA I agree we have to be better examples to our daugthers. I like Kandi but I don’t like the way she handles her relationships with moving these men in with her and Riley. Bad move Kandi. It’s not classy.

Pitchy

November 12th, 2012
1:33 pm

Kenya is a has been. Sweetie is double stupid. Kroy is working overtime trying to turn a Ho into a Housewife. NeNe should just drop the dumb stuff and go onto Hollywood. Kandi appears happy but she should be careful always moving in with these men GET MARRIED! Cynthia get a backbone with these women. = SLAM DUNK!

ACTLIKEALADY

November 12th, 2012
1:40 pm

NeNe actually looked hurt that Kim lied to her and left. Kim pretends to like african american women but she’s a fake. That’s why she has Sweetie as a maid/assistant. Every party she attends where there’s a lot of african american’s she comes late and leaves early. She talks negative when she sees african americans doing great things.

Pitchy

November 12th, 2012
1:44 pm

Well said Watching!

Pitchy

November 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

Sweetie is simply a foolish person who landed a gig on the housewives w/o enough brain cells to see how foolish she’s making herself look. She’s so far into ghettodome that she really thinks she’s “arrived.” Not so much the way NeNe thinks, it, but arrive is arrive because everything is relevant!!! Sweetie is HOOD! 1000%

Catgut

November 12th, 2012
1:55 pm

Low rent strippers, NeNe Kim, Kendra is ugly inside and out. Acne, single, orange, and broke, Kendra isn’t looking for nuttin but a man ($$$$) where she’s a 5 on a scale of 10. Atlanta will eat her alive.

Sheree Whitfield

November 12th, 2012
2:01 pm

I’d like to aks the women if they miss me. Can I get on and ax them this question?

The Real Mrs. Jones

November 12th, 2012
2:14 pm

Did anyone notice the deer-in-the-headlights look Kenya’s love interest gave during the last dinner scene when she mentioned she relo’d to ATL to get closer to him and deepen their relationship? His face went from thinly veiled shock, to fear, and finally, to chugging alcohol.

Just sayin’….let’s see how this all shakes out.

V Raven Wood

November 12th, 2012
2:19 pm

I think some of the real housewives of Atlanta should GROW UP. LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR FOOLISHNESS. ACT LIKE INTELLIGENT, WELL-ADJUSTED WOMEN WITH STRONG, MORAL VALUES. THE YOUNGER GENERATION OF WOMEN ARE WATCHING YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GG

November 12th, 2012
2:33 pm

Kenya, that country pumkin you have as a man, is not into you. I think that Kenya suffers from extremely low self esteem, despite of the attempts to make it seem like she is “all that” her men selection seems to be subpar which tells you a lot about her personality, she couldn’t attract a high profile dude to wife her. That rat faced Kim, is so jealous of Kandi, I guess its starting to come to reality that her days of laying on her back to get rich are numbered, with Big Poppa being broke, and her reality career in jeopardy. I actually like Kandi and her man together, I truly hope it works out for her and she is not moving to quick. I can’t hate on NeNe, she took an opportunity and continues to market herself to keep her checks flowing, can’t knock her hustle.

Catgut

November 12th, 2012
2:54 pm

Kendra aka 40 yr old with ACNE, shes a 5 in this town of 10’s. Atlanta will turn it’s back on her, as will the men. She’s Low Budget, with ACNE!

[...] – Based on the trailers, Porsha Williams Stewart finally shows up in the third episode and quickly comes to blows with Kenya. Of course. SOURCE [...]

Not a fan of Kenya.

November 12th, 2012
3:02 pm

Show

November 12th, 2012
3:36 pm

Yes Kandi did the thing and THEY BOTH PAID FOR THAT HOUSE and Kim could not hide the hate she was walking like she was scared at what she was going to see like dog its more. Kandi looking like a bag of money and Kim and Sweetie look like fools together Kim better watch Sweetie if Kandi need a seeing eye dog and asked Sweetie she will be out yeah Sweetie Kim had some body else chips Kandi has her own CHIPS.

Womp

November 12th, 2012
3:45 pm

I see that we all agree; ONLY Kenya loves Kenya. We also agree that KIM is jealous of the other ladies on RHOA. Doing wrong doesn’t pay off in the end [keeping all of the money from Kandie that she received from “Tardy for the Party”]. Kim should return to her mid-night job because ole Kroy can’t afford her…“Big Poppa” money has run out evidently [EVICTION]! DOUBLE WOMP

keepingit100

November 12th, 2012
3:46 pm

@Debra and @RHOA and others who thinks Kandi’s decision to move-in with her man is an unintelligent one, I AGREE. It’s not a good example for her daughter plus Kandi should get to know him better. They don’t even seem comfortable together. I also feel moving him in so quickly makes her appear desperate. To the comment that Cynthia & Kandi don’t need the show because of their past career successes, I’d have to disagree since neither of them had done any really significant work in years prior to RHOA. And I understand those BRAVO checks ain’t so bad. Think about it –those Beverly Hills and Miami housewives definitely don’t seem to need to work, but in this economy everyone’s trying to make what they can while they can. (Can’t blame them for that.

On Kim leaving the party early: While Kim & her racist a** disgusts me, NeNe’s sudden desire to try and make amends with Kim seemed somewhat hypocritical since last year she unequivocally wanted nothing to do with her. Remember last season it was Kim who ‘appeared’ to be moving up and NeNe seemed to be a bit jealous of that. And now it appears as though NeNe only wants to rekindle the friendship now that she (NeNe) is moving up. But I’m very happy for NeNe. I just hope she remembers how many times Kim’s bitten her before (a snake may change his stripes but at the end of the day he’s still a snake). In fact I believe it was NeNe who’s responsible in part for Kim being on the show. (Some of us are always so quick to help the closet racists out, then they turn around and use us–i.e. Kandi making Kim a record hit/yet Kim took off with all the profits from the sales). Served Kandi right. How many of us have Kandi helped b4 Ms. Lawrence? …and that was just for t.v.

keepingit100

November 12th, 2012
3:46 pm

@Debra and @RHOA and others who thinks Kandi’s decision to move-in with her man is an unintelligent one, I AGREE. It’s not a good example for her daughter plus Kandi should get to know him better. They don’t even seem comfortable together. I also feel moving him in so quickly makes her appear desperate. To the comment that Cynthia & Kandi don’t need the show because of their past career successes, I’d have to disagree since neither of them had done any really significant work in years prior to RHOA. And I understand those BRAVO checks ain’t so bad. Think about it –those Beverly Hills and Miami housewives definitely don’t seem to need to work, but in this economy everyone’s trying to make what they can while they can. (Can’t blame them for that.

On Kim leaving the party early: While Kim & her racist a** disgusts me, NeNe’s sudden desire to try and make amends with Kim seemed somewhat hypocritical since last year she unequivocally wanted nothing to do with her. Remember last season it was Kim who ‘appeared’ to be moving up and NeNe seemed to be a bit jealous of that. And now it appears as though NeNe only wants to rekindle the friendship now that she (NeNe) is moving up. But I’m very happy for NeNe. I just hope she remembers how many times Kim’s bitten her before (a snake may change his stripes but at the end of the day he’s still a snake). In fact I believe it was NeNe who’s responsible in part for Kim being on the show. (Some of us are always so quick to help the closet racists out, then they turn around and use us–i.e. Kandi making Kim a record hit/yet Kim took off with all the profits from the sales). Served Kandi right. How many of us have Kandi helped b4 Ms. Lawrence? …and that was just for t.v.

Womp

November 12th, 2012
3:56 pm

All I can say is “bless Sweetie’s heart.” She is trying so hard to be relevant on this show. So, what were her negotiating terms for returning to the show; a couple of Kim’s old wigs dyed black, red lipstick, and to inject ignorant comments whenever Kim needs another one?

Peachy

November 12th, 2012
4:01 pm

We need less of Kenya Moore in this town.

Marlo's new name...

November 12th, 2012
4:06 pm

To even things out a bit, will Andy Cohen come up with a second black “housewives” show? Detroit? Philly? Compton?

Seriously????

November 12th, 2012
4:16 pm

I know where Kandi lives…which happens to be around the corner from me…and I happen to live in the same subdivision as the Mayor of Atlanta. With that being said, when did $400,000 – $1.5 mil homes become the GHETTO and HOOD? Is it because the area is predominantly African American? Really, Sweetie and Kim!!! Kim is a Hater and needs to take some pointers from Kandi who owns her homes….doesn’t lease them and pretend. And Sweetie why don’t you try to recoup some of your dignity, and stop acting like the IGNORANT Manmie (sp) sidekick for Kim.

Don't Play with Me!!

November 12th, 2012
4:19 pm

Kenya is everything to this show. The ratings are up, this season is very entertaining, and they’re just getting started. NeNe is on her journey and is very content with herself, Kandi is moving in with her man ( They pay for that house together and he works for the Real housewives franchise in financing so he a man that can that can hold his own ), Phaedra is always working on new business adventures and just a really smart and beautiful women, Cynthia has her own Modeling agency and a backbone and just gorgeous, love her this season. Kim your a hater and I now see why NeNe goes so hard on you now. I don’t think she is racists but those back handed comments you made at Kandi house were so spiteful. And sweetie where do you live? Kenya is my guilty pleasure, I may be the only one who loves her now but I believe she will grow on the rest of you Kenya bashers. She entertaining, successful, Gorgeous, and she has a title regardless of the years it has been ( I was 1 years old when she won Lol) Kenya is my favorite this season cause I’ve always love a women with a opinion. Can’t wait till Porsha makes her debut. THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA IS THE BEST FRANCHISE SERIES. HANDS DOWN.

Can someone please set this straight?

November 12th, 2012
5:31 pm

Kandi’s man: Is he in “production” or is he in “finance”? The clip of him in Africa sure didn’t have him looking like a ‘money man’. He looked like a production site assistant!

And tip to single women everywhere: Do NOT mingle your finances with your “Boo”,baby daddy, hook-up, shack up. Save that for a MARRIAGE.

Tyrone

November 12th, 2012
5:55 pm

Cynthia and Kenya are physically attractive black women. They are fit and not overweight. The rest of the black women on this show are overweight but think they are all that. Phaedra , Nene and Kandi have back , arm , face and belly fat. GO TO THE GYM.

Tyrone

November 12th, 2012
5:55 pm

Cynthia and Kenya are physically attractive black women. They are fit and not overweight. The rest of the black women on this show are overweight but think they are all that. Phaedra , Nene and Kandi have back , arm , face and belly fat. GO TO THE GYM.

really??

November 12th, 2012
6:42 pm

I can’t believe some people actually watch this show, and to those of you who are critical of the women on the show, what does it say about you and your viewing habits??

ruffenuff

November 12th, 2012
6:57 pm

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ruffenuff

November 12th, 2012
7:00 pm

kenya and kim are tragic characters on tv…let’s just hope not in life as well…
NOTE: See sheree and her plight.

The REAL Mrs. Jones

November 12th, 2012
7:13 pm

@ really? Here’s the honest truth: everyone LOVES to watch a good train wreck. It’s a dose of comic relief to watch the silliness. Especially after watching the news, with our still sagging economy, people out of work, plagues, world at war with some countries begging to nuke others, global warming, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, etc…..