Posted: 12:21 am Monday, February 10th, 2014

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap (‘Peaches divided’): season 6, episode 14 

By Rodney Ho

NeNe and Kenya have a falling out over the big pillow talk party fight. NeNe thinks Kenya started it. Kenya thinks NeNe instigated it. CREDIT: Bravo

NeNe and Kenya have a falling out over the big pillow talk party fight. NeNe thinks Kenya started it. Kenya thinks NeNe instigated it. CREDIT: Bravo

We get part two of the big fight that started on the last episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” aired two weeks ago. (The Super Bowl meant a break from this madness.)

At the point of the return, Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams have left the scene in disgust. But plenty of cast members remain.

Let’s recap melee part one before we get to melee part two:

Natalie and Christopher Williams, friends of Cynthia Bailey’s, are the reason why Kenya got up from her seat in the past episode. Christopher approaches Kenya to address her insinuation that she believed he and Natalie were a “common-law” marriage, not a real one. Kenya stands up, “Springer” style, and starts toward Natalie.

Christopher grabs her arm to stop her from going at his woman. Kenya takes this as a provocation. Her friend Brandon tries to defend her. Then Cynthia’s husband Peter Thomas gets in the act to stop Brandon and pushes him down on the beanbag chair. Then Apollo Nida, Phaedra Parks’ husband, flies out of nowhere and starts pummeling Brandon. Eventually, everyone gets pulled apart.

Once that mess settles down and NeNe Leakes (host of the party who brought up a lot of sensitive topics to “clear the air,” ahem) and Kenya get into it. NeNe thinks Kenya started the mess by standing up. Kenya thinks NeNe started it by bringing up so many sensitive topics.

Now onto part two:

Kandi brings up Natalie’s ratchet remarks about her beau Todd from a previous episode, implying very strongly that he was an “opportunist.” Natalie says she never said that word but repeated what she did say, in which he always tries to further himself with the people he dates. That sure sounds like a descriptive way of saying “opportunist.” And Kandi certainly interprets it that way.

While she is peeved by this, it’s what happens next that leads to the next blow up. Cynthia, usually not one to get into the fray, feels she has to explain herself since she was the one who passed on Natalie’s gossipy thoughts to Kandi in the first place. She tries to defend herself by blaming Kandi for latching on too strongly to the negative stuff and noting that Natalie also said nice things about Todd.

Cynthia likes to gesticulate and she invades Kandi’s personal space. Kandi, already bowed up, is not taking it. She gets more upset. Then Cynthia’s husband Peter shows up from out of the room and wonders what is going on, looking squarely at Todd and Kandi, as if they had done something wrong. “You’re acting real strange” he says accusingly. Kandi is not liking this at all. (“You don’t walk up on a woman like that, like you checking me,” Kandi said later.)

With the heat rising quickly, Peter and Todd get in each other’s face. Peter is too close to Todd (usually the picture of calm) so he pushes Peter back. (He later explains that Peter was getting too close to “his lady” so he needed to push him back.)

Cynthia’s sister Malorie gets peeved at Todd’s actions and pushes Kandi and Todd back. This sets off Kandi in a way she has never been on the show before. She goes full-on Springer. Here eyes are a blazing. “Don’t grab me!” Kandi yells. She has to be held back by several people, including Todd. She wants to go after Malorie for touching her. Cynthia thinks that Kandi is threatening her, having not seen Malorie’s actions.

“I am going to f*** you up!” she yells at Malorie, who defends herself by saying “I tried to break them [Peter and Todd] up.”

Bottom line: Kandi is sick and tired of people badmouthing Todd and she isn’t going to take it anymore.

“Once  you start it,” she explains later, “I’m going to finish it!”

She has to leave the room, she’s so upset. Phaedra tries (and fails) to calm her down.

Todd and Peter try to talk it out as men and soon they are calm. Kandi returns, still upset. “When I get like this, I can’t think right,” she says, still shaky, to Todd.

Nene is “very disappointed” by the fight.

The show then provides the aftermath of the mess where several different versions of the cray cray happenings are recounted in colorful detail at different people’s homes. The funniest: Cynthia’s gesticulations imitating Kandi. Everyone’s viewpoint is slightly different. Kenya still blames NeNe for the mess and is taking zero responsibility for her actions as usual. NeNe blames Kenya while not acknowledging her role in setting up the mess. Apollo apologizes to his wife Phaedra for his out-of-control actions, but he never apologizes directly to Brandon.

Brandon says he has a broken rib, bruises and a shiner to boot from Apollo’s beat down. He has written out a police report he is thinking about filing but decides not to for the sake of Apollo’s kids. Kenya is supportive of her still shaken friend.

Kandi is truly repentant after the fact. “I was worse than my mama,” she says.  “I feel embarrassed.” A few days later, she (err… the producers) gathers the six women at JeJu Sauna, a 24-hour Korean spa right by Wild Bill’s in Gwinnett County. (My wife, who is Korean American and has been to JeJu, is delighted by this.)

Cynthia is not thrilled to see Kandi again. She thinks Kandi was out of line and is uncomfortable in her presence. Kandi apologizes sincerely for her behavior but it’s clear it may take some time for Cynthia and Kandi to patch things up. Cynthia says she is sorry for getting too much into Kandi’s personal space and apologizes on behalf of her sister for pushing Kandi. (You could tell Cynthia is not 100% sure that happened. She’ll have to see the videotape later.)

Kenya is still upset with Apollo and finds Phaedra’s mealy-mouthed explanation about how this reflects poorly on black women useless. “Nobody deserves to get a beat down like they are in the middle of a prison melee,” she says to Phaedra, referring obliquely to Apollo’s past prison time.

Kenya is also defensive again about her actions to NeNe, feeling Christopher attacked her, when the video showed a more defensive action.  Nene squarely blames Kenya. The two, drinking tea after massages, raise their voices but ultimately, there is no resolution (and no physical altercations.)

There is also a secondary storyline about Kandi trying out people to be in her musical at the Alliance Theatre. They have 400 people sing “Amazing Grace” and like a mini-“American Idol” of yore, most of them are bad in an off-key oversinging sort of way. They only find two people off the street they think are worth even considering. Good news: Eddie Levert of the O’Jays has signed on.

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE

Kenya Moore was on the show and again fingered NeNe for the mess that happened. “She set the tone in the room. She agitated everyone in the room from the time I walked in… She was out of control. She was acting very hyped up on something.” She also feels Apollo had a major role in making it even worse than it was. Wayne Brady was also on the show to refute a recent rumor that he was dating Atlanta’s Chilli of TLC. 

In response to a question from a caller, Kenya refused to reveal any details about this supposed African prince she’s dating. “I’m really happy about keeping it a secret.”

She was also “disgusted” that NeNe called Brandon a “queen” and gay bashing. “I was quite disturbed,” she said.

As for the federal case against Apollo we reported two weeks ago, she said, “I think the truth will always come to light.”

TRAILER FOR NEXT WEEK

Porsha tries out for Kandi’s play and wonders if she has to say the lines exactly as written. NeNe is still peeved with Kenya. Kenya tries to “kill her with kindness” but NeNe is having none of it. Peter and NeNe, who have been friends for years, get into an argument because NeNe was not kind to Kenya at a charity event.

RATINGS

You’d think the last episode, given the messiness, would have record ratings. They were good (3.9 million) but not record breaking. That could happen with tonight’s episode given the trailers promising more action. The show is now averaging about 3.7 million viewers, up from 3.1 million season five.

25 comments
SandyShay
SandyShay

Porsha is the only one who was spiritual and dignified enough to leave. Chuck and his wife remained silent looking stunned. 


Nene is a train wreck headed for a collision.


Phaedra is headed for trouble with her man and best run not walk for therapy for what she is doing. There is no fantasy world no matter how hard to try to make life into one there is only the real world. 


Cynthia is confusing. Who is she anyway and does she know who she is?


Kandi needs to grow up.  


Kenya is the only one put together and mature and somewhat testy at times.  

Traci404
Traci404

PLEASE STOP putting these images of BLACK WOMEN out ....

They do not reflect our long struggle, THIS SHOW only shows what one is willing to do for the mighty dollar. NO DIGNITY at all.

purplediva
purplediva

Somebody please get Porscha a life coach.  She needs to find herself.  She needs some direction, some purpose.  She is not talented with singing at all.  Khandi if you can make anybody a star, then holla at your girl.  I been singing for min. since you doing charity and pulling sistas up and things. lol

purplediva
purplediva

poor Phaedra.  girl you trying so hard to stay classy and not say too much.  You worried about what your mom gone think, all the folks at the church etc... but you can see it all in your eyes and all over your face.  You are far from pleased with this situation with the fight with Brandon and Apollo and  any other mess your husband done got himself into.  You being very careful about what you say and how you react, I feel you girl, but when them cameras ain't around, I hope you keeping in all the way 100.

purplediva
purplediva

NeNe trippin.  She started this whole thing.  Those types of questions should have never been asked.  She knew the response she was going to get.  Cynthia sister done lost her mind.  She put her hands on Todd (a man) and pushed him first, then she put her hands on Kandi.  Cynthia needs to watch the recap.  I would have dropped her for touching my man, she wouldn't have had the chance to push me.

Bernie31
Bernie31

We as a Race of  People in America have gone from Being Black and Proud to Poor in Character and Low in Self-Esteem. 

How did this ever Happen after all of the MARCHING, BIILLY CLUB BLOWS AND SPILLED BLOOD for

Equality & FREEDOM?  for this....... I do Not Understand the Silence and OUTRAGE. Truly!



Barnes55
Barnes55

We went from the Cosby Show to this. Poor representation of black women and men. They reiterate bad stereotypes of the black race. The most ignorant and low of us has the biggest voice. What a joke at best. So sad to see. Anything for a dollar and ratings. In 10 years from now they will be sorry they showed their back sides like this. Really what adult act in this disgraced manor. Simply heartbreaking. We came all this way to end up here. Some may find it funny but this show love and hip hop and the rest needs to fall on the side of the road in a muddy ditch where it belongs. Disgusting. I can't even say I'm laughing at you and not with you because I'm not laughing at all. Ignorance on display. And one wonders why the world thinks lowly of you. Some give them a very good reason.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Surely Martin's Dream did not envision Black Women of America Fighting as Entertainment for America like a Clown in a Minstrel Show. 

All would say this would be his WORST NIGHTMARE!

JoeBlow
JoeBlow

I agree with Kenya: She was the victim and NOT the instigator.

While everyone else was sitting down, Christopher Williams got up and approached Kenya.

When Kenya stood and started approaching Chris' wife/girlfriend, he DID grab Kenya's arm.

That started the physical action.

Great show!

netradiojock
netradiojock

Rodney, Eddie Levert is the member of The O'Jays.  Gerald Levert (Eddie's son) is dead.  He has been dead for about 10 years now.

Bernie31
Bernie31

These are NOT REAL BLACK Women....These are the kind of Women you can find in late Night Nightclubs and Strip Joints and No where else. They may not be HO's, But they sure wear the HO's Uniform.

uh..huh

Calel
Calel

And to think, that show was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, for its outstanding presentation of black women in a reality show. This was the opinion of the black upperclass. Wonderful.

DBMChase
DBMChase

Your article mentions Gerald Levert of the O'Jay's who is now deceased.  Do you mean Eddie Levert of the O'Jay's?

NeNeLeakes
NeNeLeakes

Once again I thank Kenya done made a dang fool of herself.  Bam!

SandyShay
SandyShay

@Barnes55  Bill Cosby was presenting the fact that there are professional educated middle class black families and they are just regular people like everyone else and not all black people lived in the ghetto or were criminals as were too often portrayed. All races have the same kind of people  with those falling in different classes, different backgrounds and education.   


All the housewives shows are the same --they start out great and interesting but the drama begins and its a individual choice how any of these women choose to portray their self or even how well they can emotionally handle things. I do not think it all should be summed up as you are this or that race therefore you cannot behave a certain way.     


I think Porsha represent young women very well and Kenya also represents women well.  Phaedra needs to get out of fantasy land and she is book smart but when it comes to that love department --sad sad sad. 

Calel
Calel

Yes, great show, but none of the women were instigators or victims. They are all Useful Idiots! Yes, for our entertainment and pleasure, at least 3.5 million other folks like me, the white homosexual of the Bravo Network has figured out just how to wind up his negro toys with liquor, and then have them "perform" for us. I can't lie, I love it.

SandyShay
SandyShay

@Calel  It was nominated but did not win back in 2010 before it got worse. It was still somewhat mild back then. 

netradiojock
netradiojock

@DBMChase ...if Gerald Levert is singing with Kandi Burress in the future, that DEFINITELY would be "Must-See TV"...lol.

SandyShay
SandyShay

@NeNeLeakes  No she did not as she was not in the wrong. No one wants to talk across the room to a person but get close enough they do not have to speak loudly to be head and Chris who looked like he was on a week drunk had no business manhandling her. 

purplediva
purplediva

Are you serious? really? you have some apologies to make.  You should have never asked those types of questions.  You are far from stupid, you knew what type of reaction you were going to get, taking the game in the direction you did.  You were dressed inappropiately, your attitude was foul from the beginning. I am not a Kenya Moore fan, whatsoever, but I keep it all the way real, you, NeNe, need to be woman enough to apologize to this whole group for creating this arena and atmosphere of mess.  I don't know why Kandi apologized because she did what anyone would do.  Cynthia's sister pushed Todd first, then she pushed Kandi, if she would have got hit for that, she would have deserved.  Kandi had a human reaction to someone touching her man, and then touching her.  I don't understand the apology.  Kenya was getting up to address he wife about what she said, yes Kenya ws lying, just like Chris wife ws lying about what she said about Todd, and Peter and Cynthia lied to.  I can't wait for everyone to watch the scenes that they were not in and what people had to say about them.  If you can't repeat it to someone's face, don't say.  The room was full of liars and cowards, and you, NeNe was the puppet master.

purplediva
purplediva

SandyShay, in what way does Porsha represent young women well?  She thought the underground railroad had somebody driving it, not to mention the countless other uneducated things she has spoken out of her mouth.  Girl bye! no Porsha is an example of what we DO NOT want our young ladies to become.  Get an education both in school and in life, learn some things.  Our young ladies need to surround themselves with wise older woman and professional and mature younger women so that they can learn that beauty does not replace common sense and knowledge.

purplediva
purplediva

Really Calel? "Negro Toys"? how very white of you.  They are far from idiots.  They may do alot of idiotic things but the only one on the show who could come close to carrying that title and I wouldn't go as far as calling her an idiot is Porsha.  I think she's ignorant to alot of things and very naive but no one on the show is an idiot and please show some maturity and keep racial comments to yourself.  This is a forum to comment on the behavior of PEOPLE not the color of their skin or their ethnicty.

purplediva
purplediva

Sandy, NeNe asked questions that there could not possibly be any other result other than a physical confrontation.  She being the hostess, should have stopped Chris and told him if he has to stand, stand by your wife, we don't want anybody to have to be on defense or feel threatened.  He moved toward Kenya, and then grabed Kenya's arm to stop her from continuing walking toward his wife but bottom line NeNe was the host.  She knew the types of questions she had written were sensitive and liable to piss somebody off, she should have laid down some grounds rules from the beginning.  She wanted confrontation, I think she got a little bit more than what she bargained for but she planned for mess, she expected mess and she got a HOT mess as a result of what SHE did.  Every reaction was the end result of NENE's action.  She is the ROOT of all of this.