Here is a little more tea on episode one of Real Housewives of Atlanta season five. The first episode starts off slow with each of the housewives in their respective corners so to speak. It’s not until the last scene that anyone comes out swinging. There are a lot of couples scenes and family scenes. And then there is Phaedra who openly admits that she plays a character on the show and that will be no different this season.
Phaedra’s quest to be the Vera Wang of funerals continues. Despite being a managing partner in her own law firm, and the mother of a small child, we are led to believe that she is a full-time mortuary student in her spare time. This will, it appears, continue to be her storyline for season five. Although it is not mentioned in the first episode, the press packet also makes reference to Phaedra and Apollo making an exercise video for people who would like to develop a “donkey booty.” To me the concept of anyone wanting to make their butt bigger is as absurd as the mortician storyline. That said, expect big butts to be a talking point throughout the season because newcomer Kenya Moore has butt implants. Allegedly. For sure.
Phaedra’s first scene is another ridiculous over the top fiasco with a female veterinarian because despite not being a mortician, or a funeral director, Phaedra has decided to expand her latest career to include pets. Let’s just say the vet seems a bit mortified by the whole ordeal. I like Phaedra’s put-on routine during her talking heads where she ever so sweetly viciously attacks her castmates. However, I find her put-on routine tiresome in the actual scenes. I’d like to see a bit more of Phaedra’s intellectual side and a little less of the comic relief. I find this Phunerals by Phaedra storyline to be as realistic as Sonja Morgan’s toaster oven venture.
Everyone with kids, except for Kim, paraded them out in episode one so we could see how they have grown. And everyone, except for Phaedra, had a scene with their significant other. Perhaps Apollo was busy? Instead of seeing Phaedra and Apollo we saw Phaedra and Ayden playing in the cul-de-sac with other kids. Ayden is adorable. He is also starting to show the expected results of a parenting style which involves him being carried into a church on a litter and deemed by his mother to be a prince. Sure, it’s normal for a toddler to want it all and have problems with sharing, I just think Ayden is being set up to expect the world to revolve around him in the future as much as it does right now. That said. I hope we get more scenes with him this season, he’s just the cutest.
So in an episode where everyone else has a couples scene should we read anything into the absence of one for Phaedra and Apollo? Perhaps it just wasn’t ready when the rough cuts were sent out? Maybe it will make the final cut for episode one. I would not be surprised if the Ayden scene was cut and an Apollo scene shows up in its place. We shall see.
So what do y’all think? Is anyone else getting tired of Phaedra’s over the top ridiculous scenes? Or is she just the right amount of comic relief to offset all the fighting and arguing?