We start out tonight’s Real Housewives of Atlanta episode at the Kandi Factory. Kandi sits down with Carmen and Shamea to discuss what happened at her video-release party.
Shamea is there to fill everyone in on the altercation that went down after Phaedra, Porsha & Shamea all left (got thrown out?) the party. We see a flashback of Phaedra announcing Todd made 30,000 dollars off the workout video, while she made nothing. Shamea wraps the conversation up by saying it all should’ve been handled in private. Carmen is smarter than this, and tells Shamea private conversation or not – Porsha and Shamea were not a part of the conversation in the first place and should have never been involved.
DonJuan is the background hardly able to contain himself and makes a comment about Porsha not knowing what the Underground Railroad was, and probably not even knowing the meaning of the word ‘gossip.’ It wouldn’t be an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta without an opinion from DonJuan, would it? Said no one ever.
We’re now off to Phaedra’s “office space.” We get a quick pan of a mostly empty office (Phaedra seems to be working as her own receptionist.) Todd is there to discuss the money issues. They sit down in a conference room, and Todd explains when he feels the whole deal went south. He says things became shady after Phaedra’s final payment for the project was never paid-in-full. Todd says after this, communication was completely cut-off. Todd explains anytime he saw Phaedra in public, he never felt it was an appropriate time to discuss business.
We get a pretty nasty talking head of Phaedra commenting that Todd must be “searching through his couch cushions for quarters. His failed project in LA must have really left him hurting, either that or his weekly allowance from Kandi isn’t keeping him afloat anymore.” Ouch.
Phaedra lists all the reasons why she wasn’t able to pay Todd. She was busy filming, had a baby, her husband went to prison (well over a year ago) – Phaedra says her priorities had to be about her family and health so she simply couldn’t bother or come up with the money to pay Todd. Even Bravo finally shades Phaedra on her contradicting words. We get a nice hefty flashback of seasons past – with all the housewives commenting on Phaedra’s spending habits. The lavish birthday parties for the boys, Kenya calling out the money she spent on her boob job at the reunion, etc.
Phaedra claims she has never even seen the workout video. More #ShadeByBravo with another flashback to a clip of Phaedra not only watching the workout video, but commenting on how good it is. Drag her! Todd pulls out receipts – contracts, bills & notices of the missing and received payments. Todd claims the workout video is complete, he just needs one pregnancy photo of Phaedra to add to the DVD menu. (er, what?) Phaedra says she will get him the photo, and send him the remaining money once she receives the finished product. Wait, I’m confused…is this still a ‘thing’ Phaedra is trying to produce and sell?? #PrisonBodiesByBravo
Porsha got a gig in Los Angeles hosting the red carpet of the Emmy Awards for Dish Nation. We see her (and her entire entourage) getting ready in her hotel room. Porsha is worried about what is going to happen once her sister/assistant goes on maternity leave. It seems like Lauren’s pregnancy is really getting in the way of Porsha’s “busy life.” Porsha clearly seems bothered Lauren is having a baby before she is. Porsha says she’s worried about finding someone else to trust to go through her e-mails. If she’s still hiring, I’m looking for work..
Porsha actually looks appropriate. As appropriate as she can look, I suppose. All her important bits are covered. She admits she is nervous not to have Rickey Smiley and the rest of the gang to bounce thoughts off of. We get a few sound-bites of her talking to a few different D-list actors. I didn’t recognize any of them, except the guy who played the dad in the Brady Bunch Movie.
We meet Kenya’s father. He is visiting town and she’s showing off Moore Manor. He tells her she doesn’t want to hear what he has to say about it. He’s seen enough from the outside.
Back over in her current neighborhood, Kenya admits in a talking head she has an on-again-off-again relationship with her dad. He’s one of the few family members she is currently in touch with. Her dad comments on the mint and lemon infused in her water. She totally would. Kenya tells her dad she’s jumping back into the dating scene. He tells her “the game” is hard to play. Kenya tells her dad she’s ‘dating like a man’ from now on. Her dad asks if she is going to keep a score card – jokes that all men keep score cards. We see a flashback of Kenya sitting in on a group relationship seminar. The group leader is explaining how broken relationships with parents may cause issues later in romantic relationships. She relates her problems with men to her rocky history with both her parents.
Kenya discusses running away from her home in Texas (where she lived with her father) and going back to Detroit all on her own. She says she didn’t like where she lived, the people around her, her school. Her dad begins to get emotional, and tells her it was like a message he wasn’t good enough as a father. He’s been hurt, but getting over it ever since. He put it all behind him – only wants what is best for Kenya. In her talking head, Kenya says it’s been cathartic to have an open line of communication with her dad. She wishes she could do the same with her mother. She suggests having a family reunion in Detroit, and her dad says he won’t go. It’s too painful for him to go back. She tells him it’s important for him to be there. They hug goodbye, and he tells Kenya she’s “learned well – she’s learned some of his tricks.” Maybe Kenya’s dad taught her how to #Twirl.
We see Cynthia setting up another event for her Cynthia Bailey Eyewear collection. She brings in Marlo to help decorate/coordinate the event. It’s a customer-appreciation event. Cynthia is selling her glasses 50% off. Shes basically saying, “Thank you for all your support, so here’s my extra inventory at a discount!” I see you, Cynthia. This is is what Lisa Rinna calls a #hustle.
We see two short “family” packages – one of Ayden getting an in-store golfing lesson with his mother. Cut to a family dinner with Kim and her boys. One of them watches an iPad while he eats. They drink from juice boxes. Isn’t this fun?! I reeeally want to love Tootie, but damn!! Help a girl out, Bravo!
Cynthia and Peter meet Kandi and Todd for dinner before the eyewear event. We get some bad acting from Peter, attempting to convince Cynthia how beautiful he thinks she is, and how she can still ‘get it.’ I’m sure she’s thrilled. Kandi announces she’s 6 and 1/2 months pregnant. She orders two meals, and now I’m starving. The conversation shifts to the topic of Phaedra, Porsha and Shamea outside (thrown out??) of the music-video release party. Kandi says Porsha always sides with Phaedra without even asking Kandi for her side of the story. Kandi brings up all the support she has shown Porsha over the years. Her divorce, casting her in her play, etc. Kandi mentions supporting Porsha when she released her single “Flatline.” Peter asks “She had a single?” to which Todd quickly responds, “It Flatlined.” #ReReleaseFlatline
Kandi says straight up, Porsha knows Phaedra is full of shit. Kandi claims Phaedra’s story of paying Todd $30,000 is a lie. She explains the $8,000 still owed by Phaedra due to a cancelled check. Todd brings up his meeting with Phaedra – how she blames it all on having children and Apollo going to prison. Todd notes Apollo has been in prison for over a year, she should’ve had time to sort it out by now.
The couples switch the subject to Kandi and Todd potentially opening a restaurant. Cynthia, knowing it’s a poor decision, warns them how actively they both will have to be involved and how large a part of life it will become. Cynthia brings up Peter being gone from home so much and Peter quickly tries to shut it down and tell her that it’s not true. She snaps back that Peter just rented a separate apartment in Charlotte, that’s how much he is gone these days. Her tone is short and suspicious. Cynthia says as far as Kandi is concerned she will be having two babies if they open a restaurant, not one.
We’re off to the ‘customer appreciation’ event for Cynthia Bailey Eyewear. We hear Cynthia ask if anyone has bought anything yet, and then silence. Kim shows up in a nice pair of pants she ordered from her favorite women’s catalog. She starts ‘directing’ the photographers on how to correctly shoot photos of the ladies on the step and repeat. Kenya arrives and joins the two ladies. Cynthia tells the women she’s filming an ad for the eyewear, and would love for Kenya and Kim to co-produce it. Kim thinks it’s a good idea, Kenya jokes she’s surprised Cynthia isn’t asking her to star in it. Cynthia leaves it up to them as to who will direct and who will produce.
We get a quick clip (and a mental image I was unprepared for) of Kim thanking Kandi for all the “Kandi-Coated Nights” with her husband recently, and complements all her products.
Porsha shows up to the event and says her hellos to the ladies. Kandi (in her talking head) says she doesn’t know what to say or think about her friendship with Porsha. Kandi doesn’t know who she is dealing with anymore. Porsha pulls Kandi aside to discuss what happened at the video-release party, and make sure they are all good. Kandi’s squad (Carmen & DonJuan) follow closely behind Kandi. Kenya jokes they all know what Porsha is capable of, and all hopefully have a good health insurance plan. DonJuan apologizes to Porsha for coming off as aggressive, but not for his point-of-view of the topic. Can’t we please find DonJuan something to do, somewhere else to be, anything!?? This guy needs to get laid, where’s Patti Stanger when you need her?
In a talking head, Porsha says she knows his apology is BS, but will accept it to his face to keep things moving. Kandi calls Porsha on her BS and shuts her down. In typical Porsha style, she reacts and starts to leave the party. She says she’s about to “get jumped by the Kandi-Koated-Team.” DonJuan tells her to catch a ride on the Underground Railroad. Cynthia says she has no time for Porsha and Kandi. She’s got shades to sell (for 50% off!)
Kenya remarks Phaedra is nowhere to be seen at this event, it’s obvious why. Porsha is outside ANOTHER event fighting, doesn’t get her way (again) – and walks away from the conversation (again.) She calls all the girls “ratchet as hell” as she leaves.
The next day, Kandi and Porsha have lunch. (Side note: Is it just me, or does this look a lot like the same place Sheree took her “doctor” boyfriend a few seasons back – the lunch where he asked her to show documents she was actually a woman. Ah, those were the days!) The two ladies start off casual, but something clearly is in the air. Porsha dives right into it, and brings up Cynthia’s eyewear event. Porsha blames Kandi’s “team” for creating the drama. Kandi tells Porsha anyone who actually was a part of the conversation should’ve been allowed to speak up because they were all present during the fight. Kandi says this avoids playing games of telephone and he-said-she-said. Kandi notes there were blog-posts online (potentially about being escorted out??) about the argument, after it happened.
Kandi brings up Porsha choosing sides (between Kandia and Phaedra.) Porsha admits to Kandi it probably looks like she chooses sides because “Phaedra needs her a little bit more.” Kandi does not receive this well at all. She tells Porsha she is believing all the hype. Kandi outs Phaedra and tells Porsha that Phaedra wanted Apollo to go to prison, she was saying this months before he even went away. Kandi admits what we all already know, Phaedra is an attorney and knows how to manipulate a situation to get what she wants. Kandi turned a blind eye until she became involved in it.
Next week: Kenya goes to Detroit she talks to a friend of her mother’s looking for closure and we see her approaching her mother’s house. Mama Joyce shows up moderate the issues between Kandi and Phaedra. Porsha continues to harass her sister for daring to get pregnant first.
’till next time! xoxoxox