The ladies travel to Anguilla for a couples week with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cameras in tow. Will the fur fly?
With unhinged Marlo Hampton off the reservation (remember her from South Africa?), we now have Kenya Moore to amptly fill her wack shoes. Kenya is both simultaneously trying to get her boyfriend to marry her while flirting madly with other men right in front of him.
This is either a woman who is a little psycho or clearly playing to the cameras – or both.
Last week’s episode, Kenya was making uncomfortably blatant goo goo eyes and comments to Apollo, Phaedra Parks’ hubby. Again, she did it in front of both Walter and Phaedra.
Now that she’s on this trip, she decides to playfully throw Apollo into the pool. He then lifts her up and throws her back in as he later says is playful “retaliation.” Oddly, we don’t hear Phaedra talking to Apollo later about the situation. Most spouses would not be pleased with his behavior. Did she do it outside camera view because she respects Apollo too much? Or does she keep her understandably jealous nature to herself?
“Very poor taste,” Phaedra said at the time while it was happening, seething. But she didn’t turn it into a public conflagration like many of the other women would have. She let Kenya get away with it.
At worst, she says to the cameras, “It’s inappropriate to touch anybody’s man, much less their husband. She just pushed it to the limit.”
Kenya seems to know what she’s doing and tells the Bravo cameras, disingenuously: “I don’t think I was flirting with Apollo. I hope I wasn’t.” Then she throws on her fake pageant smile: “There’s no shame in my game.” (What game is that? The Kenya-really-needs-her-head-checked sweepstakes?)
The next day, Phaedra responds by wearing a ridiculously revealing outfit to show off her booty. During most of the day, they split off as individual couples. Cynthia Bailey and hubby Peter appear to be in good spirits, their marriage in much better shape than a year ago. Ditto with NeNe Leakes and Gregg, divorced but now reconciling. Kandi Burruss and her boyfriend Todd are also getting along famously.
Kenya, in the meantime, is practically begging Walter to propose to her. You can see the desperation oozing off her skin. “I feel pressure because it’s time,” Kenya says to Walter. “Do you know how old I am?” [She's 41. Tick. Tock.] He doesn’t seem fazed. He says she has to wait three days for… something. Does that mean a potential proposal? Perhaps. He sure seems confident about things. He doesn’t even react when Kenya later blatantly flirts with another man not named Apollo at a party later in the day. (”I want to see Walter get a little jealous,” she says to the cameras, as a strategy.)
Kenya then approaches Apollo and Phaedra and asks Phaedra a theoretical: if she were to give Apollo as a birthday gift two of her “friends,” who would they be. This calculated questions just screams inappropriate. What is she trying to prove? Phaedra refuses to answer, her face contorted in a way as if she had just eaten really bad eggs. Or is smelling one right in front of her.
Over three seasons, Phaedra has tried so hard to act debonair and not get enmeshed in the highest-pitched dramas.
Phaedra may finally lose that veneer of cool in next week’s episode, based on the trailer. Will she finally throw down and let Kenya have it to her face?
“Don’t put your paws on Apollo,” she says to the cameras. “I’m going to have an issue with that. I ain’t into that. You go on with that bull****before I get p***ed off honey.”
We see Kim Zolciak one final glorious time. We see her leaving the restaurant again after she said she wasn’t going on the trip and the women got fed up with her attitude and avoidance of her reality show duties. Her husband Kroy is conveniently waiting to pick her up. (Huh?) He acts all huffy and puffy toward the camera crew and they drive off.
They show highlights arguments Kim had with the various women over the years. “Nobody is here is my friend,” she concludes. “”I’ve just had it. These bitches are not my friends. One day they’re one way. One day they’re another… I have my best friend at home. That’s all I need.”
Yes, indeed. And Bravo is taping the spinoff as we speak.. Bravo, indeed.
“Kim: Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya – right up your a**. Bye!” – NeNe, gleeful
“Kim’s world is all about herself, her man and her kids,” – Kandi, happily fed up
“Any enemy of Kenya is a friend of mine.” - Cynthia, befriending Porsha.
“Oh hell no… I need a bigger room!” – Kenya, who gets a “junior suite” without a tub or toilet without a door
“I don’t have no time for bacterial vaginosis” - Phaedra, worried about hot tubs
“She may be a Southern princess but if you mess with her man, she might tase you” - Kandi, on Phaedra, after Kenya blatantly flirted with Apollo
“No question your butt is bigger than mine,” - Kandi on Phaedra’s butt, which she shows off on the trip
“Where are the damn cars around here?” - Nene, not happy about all the boats
“We should stay here and elope,” – Kenya, asking Walter – again
“Hopefully in the future, he’ll lock me down,” - Kandi on her boyfriend Todd
“They ain’t teaching me nothing new. I’ve been working the pole for years… I was the queen of the club. Only reason they didn’t crown me with a crown. They crowned me with dollars.” – NeNe dancing in Anguilla, reminding the world of her stripper days
Last week’s highly promoted departure of Kim boosted ratings, from 2.25 million a week earlier to 3 million viewers, second best of the season.