Atlanta is starting to feel like a show within a show. The ladies seem to be orchestrating storylines and fights left and right. It’s starting to feel less genuine than NeNe Leakes’ hair color. Everyone’s reaction to last week’s fight seems like it will inform the rest of the season. After all, there’s nothing like a physical altercation to define a season.
Kenya Moore is trying to mend fences. Her standing up to walk over to Natalie seems to be what the ladies are agreeing caused the fighting. In her defense, she didn’t seem that instrumental in escalating things. She didn’t get physical, and Apollo Nida did seem hungry for a fight. Plus, NeNe gathered all these knuckleheads together and stirred the pot. It was clear Kenya just was trying to get into the same shot because it’s not a fight unless you’re in the same frame. Regardless, NeNe has iced out Kenya so she decides to have a masquerade ball to try and get NeNe’s forgiveness. She keeps describing it as Eyes Wide Shut. Good luck trying to keep that forgettable film on people’s minds. If she was going to have a theme party based on a Tom Cruise movie, why not make it Rock of Ages ? Hair bands, bad singing, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the throes of a bipolar episode.
Kandi Burruss is subjecting us to both her drama with her momma and the musical based on said drama. In case you’re wondering, that’s vertical integration. She even takes a second to do product placement for Phaedra Parks’ exercise video. Porsha Stewart auditions for her musical. Once again, we’re forced to watch an audition when we know Kandi will take whoever she can convince to star in A Mother’s Love: My Mom’s Trippin based on the novel Push by Sapphire. In Momma Joyce news, Carmon (who doesn’t know how to spell her own name) called a girl who was spreading gossip about her and Todd Tucker. This causes Momma Joyce to call to threaten her. Carmon plays the voicemail for Kandi and this causes major friction between her and Todd. Todd even says that if she doesn’t do something about her mother he might consider leaving. That doesn’t really say much for his loyalty. Also, he and Carmon do seem a little sketchy in agreeing that maybe Kandi needs therapy.
Kenya starts to bond with Marlo Hampton, who, as usual, is dying to be on the show. Kenya visits Lawrence Washington and Marlo is there so they bond over being on the outs with NeNe. Kenya shares the idea of having her ball benefit NeNe’s favorite charity. She also points out that all the ladies have opened the e-vite. Who sends e-vites without following up? It’s so easy to RSVP for an e-vite and not show up. If you plan on dropping quite a few bills on a huge charity event why not invest in a group text at least. Marlo and Cynthia help Kenya with her own auditions of Atlanta’s most desperate bachelors. She plans on auctioning them off for charity.
Porsha, not to be left out of the limelight, decides to have the girls experiment in roller derby. What better way to eleviate group tension than to body check each other on skates. Everyone but NeNe shows up. Kenya apologizes to the group for her involvement in the altercation. She invites them all to her ball and they all make up other plans. Apparently, there’s an envelope opening that they all must attend.
Kenya’s ball arrives. She decides to wear a dead peacock mask to get in the spirit. Cynthia is there with a couple of NeNe’s forgettable friends. Kenya invites NeNe to speak as the guest of honor. NeNe takes the opportunity to say something obnoxious and walks off stage. Despite her feelings about Kenya and as contrived as the event might be, it doesn’t paint NeNe in a good light. It’s rude to disrespect someone who invites you to an event. Kenya doesn’t seem the type to attempt a character assassination of this level. Peter Thomas is disgusted by NeNe's behavior yet leaves the party and further embarasses Kenya. He admits he’s turned off by NeNe’s behavior. NeNe proceeds to get into his face but accuse him of overstepping. But there is no amount of yelling to make her look guiltless in this situation. Ironically, she approached Peter more aggressively than Kenya approached Natalie in the first place.
Salty Lines from the Night
"From that last time I saw her…her voice’s not that good." –Don Juan about Porsha’s singing
"I don’t get to look at six-packs all night long. My husband’s 52." –Cynthia
"I love me some grilled hot dogs." –A real line from Kandi’s play
"Porsha, at least you can learn your character’s name." –Kandi stating the obvious
"Cynthia is wobbling but at least she’s trying…unlike the I-never-do-anything twins." –Kenya about Phaedra Parks and Kandi
"You old lowdown heifer." –Momma Joyce to Carmon
"Really, NeNe! You don’t have a job right now. You don’t have time to open your email?" –Kenya about her e-vite
This episode is all about tea. Everyone is spilling it and airing out truths, half-truths, and idle gossip. What more could you want from the lovely ladies of Atlanta? The highlight of the episode is that the seeds planted here will lead to some major blowouts later in the season.
Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas celebrate their three-year anniversary with a free meal at Bar One. They meet up with Cynthia’s friends Christopher Williams and his wife Natalie. They gratuitously randomly spill some tea on Todd Tucker. Apparently, when Todd dated one of Natalie’s friends he cheated on her. Natalie, being a woman who has full use of her eyes, ears, and mental faculties, believes he’s an opportunist. Although, she has yet to comment on Peter being an opportunist. They all retire to Industry where Peter has prepared a free meal of food from Bar One across the street. But Christopher surprises her with a song he wrote about their marriage.
Kandi Burruss has a meeting with her inner circle to confirm that Todd left the production. Kandi’s assistant Don Juan, his real name, complains about some of the challenges of putting up a musical. However, Kandi in her infinite wisdom doesn’t care because she figures believes knows she can make it happen. She visits the Rialto to check the space while Todd takes a call from another woman job. He decides to quit his other job and come back to the musical.
Kenya Moore has a powwow with her aunts, one of whom, Lisa, is the best Gayle King impersonator in Detroit. She decides to break the news that the best solution for her mommy issues is to become a mommy. Meanwhile, NeNe Leakes visits Porsha Stewart's expensive new abode.
The ladies decide to go to a winery to drink themselves into friendship. But there is some pending drama on the table. Cynthia has invited Natalie who has spilled tea on Kandi. Kenya and Malorie Massie had some beef last week. Not to mention NeNe invited Marlo Hampton who is always good for some shade. Meanwhile, Kenya has decided to air out some of Natalie’s dirty laundry. Allegedly, her husband has referred to her as a common-law wife. Team NeNe ride to the winery and start gossiping. Meanwhile, Team Kandi, Porsha, and Phaedra Parks discuss Phaedra’s milk tanks.
At the winery, all the ladies have lunch and it all comes out. Kenya attacks Natalie’s marriage to which everyone rightfully reminds her she’s never been married, understatement of the year. Then Kenya calls out Natalie’s gossip about Kandi that makes her squirm with discomfort. Kandi shuts it all down and completely eviscerates Natalie by taking all of her gossip as an epic compliment for how much Tom has come up. But the seeds of more discord have been planted. Kandi mentioned that she knows things about Peter. Plus, Kenya has made a new enemy.
Tasty Tea from the Episode
I really need him. But every time we disagree on something he’d rather leave me for 5 or 6 months and go back to his little comfortable job. -Kandi on her relationship?
I can’t help but think why would a single woman want to live in an 8,000 square feet house. -NeNe on Porsha’s house.
Kenya’s telling everybody she’s dating an oil tycoon. :laughing: Let’s laugh together. Where’s the oil tycoon, honey? -NeNe on Kenya’s African Prince
The relationship I have experienced with my mother has left me with a huge void in my life and having a child of my own will in some way repair that void. -Kenya having a moment of clarity
I have never seen Cynthia dish so much tea in one afternoon. Tell me more ... :slurps: -Kenya
I’m trying to be supportive ... a little bit. -Todd
As much as these ladies love to drink you’d think we’d be the first ones to know that Atlanta has a vineyard. -Cynthia
The one thing about me. If I’m going to hang out with all these girls I have to be a little drunk. I want all the alcohol. -NeNe
I would like to see that gift certificate. - Kenya on Natalie’s marriage.