Newcomer Porsha Stewart makes her first appearance on the show at Joy’s Cafe in Buckhead with fellow newbie Kenya Moore. They clearly aren’t going to be BFFs anytime soon.
As the grand-daughter of late civil rights icon Hosea Williams, Stewart works with Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Foundation. She tells Moore that “it’s the largest foundation in the South.” I can’t imagine that’s true but she’s obviously trying to impress Kenya.
“Being a celebrity and former Miss USA, I’m often invited to make appearances to increase donations,” Kenya explains later with a straight face.
Kenya also notes that she too has a foundation. (Don’t they all?)
Then Porsha asks her, out of the blue, if she’s married. Then she starts quizzing Kenya about marriage and kids, and clearly, Kenya is more focused on her spinach salad (minus the candied walnuts) than answering her questions.
“I’m being blindsided by a lot of personal questions. Does she want me to be the guest of honor at her charity event or her BFF?” Kenya tells the cameras later, her words dripping with condescension. She then adds, “She has this cheerleader quality about her… she seemed a little young and naive.”
When explaining her charity, Porsha struggles to come up with the term “recession.” This was obviously a way to imply that yes, she is a bit ditzy. “I’ve always had a deep purpose in my life from the beginning,” she says. (How deeply involved is she with the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry program? I heard she isn’t that involved.).
Porsha freely says she’d like to have twins so she can get through a pregnancy only once. She’d also like to be done with pumping out kids by age 35. Kenya is 41.
Later, at the charity event, Porsha introduces Kenya as “Miss America” instead of “Miss USA.” Uh oh.
“How do you get that wrong?” Kenya says later, deeply annoyed. “She’s not a public speaker.”
Obviously, the only person who cares is Kenya. So she leaves the party, complaining that it’s cold. The food hasn’t even arrived. Miss Lawrence shows up and they are thinking of just bolting. But Porsha pops up to see where she had gone.
“It’s disrespectful” to leave early, Porsha said.
“It’s disrespectful to invite me and getting in front there and not knowing my title,” Kenya opines. “I feel disrespected!”
“I have a line and the line has been crossed,” Porsha later says. “We’re at my grandfather’s home. You have disrespected my legacy!”
They argue over the fact Kenya is rude enough to prematurely leave a charity that helps kids. “It’s a whack event,” Kenya says, reviving a rather dated term. Porsha then questions the legitimacy of Kenya’s “foundation.” Then she simply asks Kenya to leave.
“You didn’t kick me out,” Kenya notes later. “This is my back as I’m leaving.”
Her conclusion on Porsha: “Her identity rests on the coattails of everyone else. She’s the wife of. She’s the grand-daughter of. Porsha has to make a name for herself like I made a name for myself. She needs to do the same.”
What’s up with the other housewives?
NeNe Leakes: Ex-hubby Gregg and NeNe are both getting pedicures. He tries to get a key to her house. “I need a key to your house and a key to your heart,” he says, possibly the cheesiest line ever. ‘Trying to get my woman back,’ he tells Miss Lawrence. NeNe is okay with the wooing. Later, she’s in New York City to promote “The New Normal” at upfronts. Cynthia Bailey happens to be in town so they meet up. Cynthia is amazed that NeNe has never taken a subway. She gives her a lesson at the 49th Street Station and NeNe survives, albeit she is likely to stick with town cars. Cynthia gets a hotdog from a sidewalk vendor but NeNe isn’t touching it.
Phaedra Parks: She is putting together a “donkey booty” workout video with her husband Apollo. “It will have butt lifting and butt plumping properties to give you that curvacious bottom you dream of,” she says. “I’m the donkologist.” She later meets with Kenya, who tells some history about her mother not raising her and treating her horribly. She says after she received therapy, she let it go and is no longer angry.
Kim Zolciak: Since Kim can’t drink wine while pregnant, she decides to whine about being booted from her house. “There is not one f***ing house in Atlanta that I like, there’s not one that’s nice enough for me to go buy right now,” she says.
She decides to move back to her 5,000-square-foot townhouse with her husband, four kids and two dogs. How are they ever going to manage?
Vengeful that she is, she plans to pluck out $40,000 worth of flowers she planted for her wedding out of the yard. “I’m keeping my f***ing flowers,” she says. “I’m crazy as f***.”
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Kandi Burruss: Kandi packs up to move into her big mansion after 15 years in the same house. That’s pretty much it for her storyline this week.
“The higher I go, the less I have to concern myself with jealous, petty people. If Kim wants to storm out of my appreciation party, it means nothing to me. I’m so past Kim now.” – NeNe. And so are we, Nene. So are we.
“She’s a strange bird. Very eccentric and crazy. I’m a little eccentric and crazy. I can appreciate her interestingly odd behavior.” - Phaedra on Kenya
“A closed mouth don’t get fed, honey.” - Phaedra, picking up an old Southern aphorism.
“I’m a part of history. My only job is to lend my celebrity name and watch the donations roll in.” - Kenya, showing no sense of proportion about her “celebrity.”
“I’ve always lived well. My perfect day is calling my various girlfriends who don’t work, have lunch with them and then coming home to my husband” (That’s Kordell Stewart, former NFL player and a new 92.9/The Game afternoon host) – Porsha, revealing how rough her life is.
The second episode last week drew 2.55 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among 18 to 49s. That’s about a 20% drop in overall viewers and 25% drop in 18-49 year olds. Among 18-49, that’s not even one-fifth the audience that “The Walking Dead” drew that same time. The average episode last season drew 2.8 million viewers.