The Real Housewives of Atlanta recap: Family is Forever

Cynthia argues with Peter and Mal, Kandi argues with Todd, Nene argues with Porsha, and Kenya argues with anyone who will listen.
Ep. 11 | Aired Jan 12, 2014

NON-MAMA DRAMA Kandi finally gets a break from Mama Joyce and faces an actual, non-fabricated issue with Todd.


Less dramatic, more absurd, is Kenya’s father, Ronald, coming to visit from Texas for the first time since she’s lived in Atlanta. He struts out of the airport with a soft-shell briefcase as his only luggage, a University of Texas polo, cowboy hat, and a half-chewed stogie hanging out of his mouth. As someone who lived in Texas for half of her life, I can tell you that, yes, this man is fresh from the ranch. When he starts in on Kenya’s ashy feet, I think maybe he’ll be a fun, fresh dose of reality. When he doesn’t stop insulting her taste, her style, or her way of life for the next 20 minutes, I’m a little wearier. And when he says, “I can’t STAND wood floors,” I know this man is not to be trusted. Everyone likes wood floors.

Kenya tells her father that as she starts moving toward wanting to start a family, she needs some closure on her issues with her mother. Ronald sneering, “Well, you can forget that,” seems to imply that he will not be helping in that storyline journey.

In the storyline that just won’t quit, Porsha follows up a failed attempt at a divorce settlement with a meeting with her bespectacled lawyer. He tells her he’s fearful of presenting her case to a judge because she looks so successful to the outside world: “You’ve got a great smile and… you’re out there.” Is that all it takes? Porsha wants a judge to take into consideration “her value as a wife.” She knows she appears fabulous, but she turned that fabulousness off when she was married to Kordell and now she needs a foundation to start her new, fabulous life upon. “Fabulous” seems to be used as an official term here, but I think it’s actually just a way of saying that she wants to continue to make money without having to “work.”

Never one to shy away from a little work, Kandi is busy talking and talking about the play she and Todd are trying to put together. But -- hold that thought -- Todd is considering taking a job with an international traveling show that could potentially take him away from Atlanta for six months out of the year. Kandi, who usually laughs at all of her problems, immediately starts crying and makes a plea that I don’t really understand. She wants him to stay in Atlanta... but also doesn’t want him to blame taking the job (or not taking this job) on her wanting him to help with the play. But she also wants him to help with the play. But she also wants him to do what’s best for him. To both of their credit, it’s a very mature conversation where no one raises their voice or brings up sex at an inappropriate time.

Cynthia and Nene visit Kenya at her new house and discover that she has a Bentley and a sexist Texas man residing there, as well. When they ask her about the car -- “Bitch, please, we know you’re broke” -- she brings that damn “African king” back up again and says not only is he good to her, but he spoils her with Bentleys. Who is this man? Where does he live? How did she meet him? I’ve heard of a few “African kings” with a lot of money via my old AOL account, and believe me, my suspicions are up.

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