In this episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, “Divide and Ki-Ki,”Claudia and NeNe continue to butt heads. Demetria and Phaedra mend fences. The group remains clearly divided. And Porsha’s love life becomes a hot topic of conversation.
Things pick up right where they left off in the previous episode with some of the ladies putting all of their grievances out on front street. What started as a spat between Phaedra and Demetria ended with Claudia and NeNe trading extremely nasty barbs, including NayNay calling Claudia a half-breed.
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Claudia’s Cl*t has Left the Building
Not wanting to get caught in the crossfire, the other ladies let the two rip each other to shreds with Kandi not even taking so much as a pause lifting her fork from her plate to her mouth. Claudia is definitely able to hold her own against bull in the china shop NeNe. Kandi claims that Miss Claudia gave NeNe a read that was a long time coming. No aspect of this original RHOA cast member goes unpunished: finances, looks, husband, career, etc. Nothing is off limits.
The beauty brigade eventually excuse themselves from the table.
In the aftermath, both factions rehash the events, and while Claudia is apologetic to Demetria for the ugly confrontation, she is anything but sorry for letting loose on NeNe. No surprise that NeNe shows anything but remorse but instead continues to insult Claudia, much to the amusement of Porsha, Phaedra and even Kandi. If you can’t beat em’, join em’.
Kenya and NeNe are at war, and they both have drafted the other housewives as willing recruits to engage in what is bound to be the first of many battles.
Call a Shade a Shade
Cooler heads prevail the next day, and even NeNe admits things went too far. Phaedra claims to have been unaware of all the shade she had thrown Demetria’s way. Granted, she needed a wake-up call from her girls to acknowledge her bad behavior. Also, dissing Demetria doesn’t seem to be the full extent of Phaedra’s “shady” behavior because she admits to the other “beasts” that she was up until 4am talking to someone, but keeps the identity of the party on the other end of the line a mystery. One thing is certain: it was not her husband.
Claudia, Cynthia and Kenya go for Pina Coladas while Demetria focuses her attention on preparing for her performance.
Both factions are content to hang with their own, and Cynthia states that if being separate from NeNe is wrong, she doesn’t want to be right.
Warning: Housewives at Play
Kandi has planned to throw another Bedroom Kandi event. Why is beyond me, since her last one was a disaster. But before the ladies all reunite, Demetria pays Phaedra a visit hoping to clear the air. Pretty big of her given that Phaedra should really have been the one to extend the olive branch first. D apologizes for her digs regarding Phaedra’s marriage. And while Phaedra may not agree with how Demetria approached her about her comments at the recording studio, she does tell the woman that she meant no harm. The ladies even hug it out.
At the Bedroom Kandi re-do, the ladies gather on the beach for some fun and games. Attention also turns to Porsha’s love life. Aside from being an international man of mystery, according to Kenya, he’s also married. And Porsha must be doing something right because he’s keeping his side piece pretty happy with expensive purses and a car.
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
The ladies are able to play nice for the evening, but both groups retreat to the respective corners the following day. They come together once again for the bus ride to Demetria’s big performance. While Phaedra and Demetria may have buried the hatchet, some of the other ladies still aren’t able to overcome their differences.
NeNe makes an announcement that she feels some of the ladies like to diminish her accomplishments by pointing out the cancellation of The New Normal; she wants to offer them all tickets to see her in Cinderella on Broadway. Cynthia gives her ex-bestie props by pointing out that she loves hard-working, successful black women, and she always gives credit where it’s due. Cynthia also RSVP’s ‘yes’ to the invite on the spot and encourages the others to do the same.
Claudia attempts to make nice with NeNe, but the two women have a hard time getting out of their own way. Both are quick to point out how the other diminished their accomplishments, so it just becomes more back and forth. Half-assed apologies are tossed out, but you know once you land on NeNe’s bad side, it’s “Girl, bye.”
Claudia is like a dog with a bone, so Porsha steps in to back up her girl, NeNe. She thinks Claudia needs to accept whatever apology NeNe is willing to give and let it go. Claudia points out that she’s bothered by the double standard that NeNe called her out for being a whore, but Porsha is keeping company with married men and being rewarded for it, handsomely. Not sure which is worse, throwing it around for free or throwing it around for shoes?
Kenya can’t wait to chime in, and whatever shaky ground she and Porsha were on collapses beneath their feet. Porsha is in way over her head trying to take on Claudia and Kenya. I mean, the woman thought the Underground Railroad was an actual train. So she can plug her hair extension line and say that it enables her to live a life of luxury, but ain’t nobody buying it.
The fight fizzles because fighting with Porsha is like using a baseball bat to kill a fly. The women arrive late to the venue but manage to catch at least some of Demetria’s performance. The girls put on their party pants, and Phaedra admits that the girl can “blow.”
The trip ends on a high note — pun intended — but what happens in Puerto Rico is unlikely to stay in Puerto Rico.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8pm on Bravo.
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