The Real Housewives of Atlanta recap: You're Cordially e-vited

Kenya hosts a masquerade ball in honor of Nene, Nene is not honored, plus the return of Mama Joyce.
Ep. 15 | Aired Feb 16, 2014

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT Nene puts her evening gown on just like anybody else: one sleeve, stank face, and severe hatred of Kenya at a time


Kandi decides she needs to fill Todd in and he asks Carmon to join them to get all of the details. They gang up on her a little, but I think it's with the right intentions. Todd basically tells her that not only can he not take this forever, but no partner will be ever be able to fit in her life with the current way Mama Joyce tries to control her. Kandi gets upset at the bluntness of his approach at first, but eventually comes around to asking their suggestions for resolving this. Todd recommends she go to counseling to start trying to understand her feelings and Carmon says once she can understand herself, she can better understand how to deal with her mom.

**And then the whole Bravo network suddenly ceased to exist due to an overload of rational thinking and thoughtful responses. I watched what happened live Andy Cohen, and it was glorious.**

Nene stops by Bailey’s Agency for Modelz and Stuff to see Cynthia’s new office, which includes clocks with printer-paper signs taped under them reading, “Paris,” “New York,” etc. Cynthia asks Nene if she’s excited for Kenya’s orgy-for-charity, to which Nene puts on her best “say, what’s that now, huh” face. Nene says she’s never been told about the ball, and she was never asked to be anywhere. She must have completely missed her very official e-vite. There’s plenty to be skeptical about here in regard to Nene actually knowing about the ball, but the fact that Kenya is telling people the party’s charity is in honor of Nene, certainly means she should have reached out via more than just one AOL account that she might not even check. (I mean, she definitely checked it, but still.)

Now the question is, how will Nene handle it?

And the verdict: not so great. At some point Kenya does text Nene to make sure that she’ll be attending, but Cynthia does most of the leg work to get her there. I really could not get over the fact that this was a formal masquerade ball, with intentions of raising thousands of dollars, and Kenya sent out e-vites for it. It might just be my southern upbringing coming out (cotillion etiquette runs deep) but, damn girl, go to Kinko’s and put SOMETHING in the mail if you're asking people to wear masks.

Nene does eventually show up to the party, looking like she’s ready to kill the first person who dares utter “in your honor.” And, well, Kenya does more than utter. Even though Nene physically dodged even saying hello to her, Kenya goes up to the microphone to start the auction by rattling off this little Charlie Foxtrot: “The real reason I chose this charity is because a very good girlfriend of mine -- it’s very close to her heart. And I would like to call attention to this wonderful woman, Miss Nene Leakes, who I am sure wants to say a few words to you about the charity.

Nene is angry, and for that I don’t blame her. Kenya used her name for this event, and she acted like it was a gift to Nene, when really, she never asked Nene to have anything to do with it. And then she announced that Nene would be speaking without ever passing that by her first. I have to agree that it seems like some sort of mind game. But, but, BUT, Nene did herself no favors with the way she proceeded to handle it. She stomped up to the stage, jacked the mic from Kenya and sneered, “It’s amazing how many good friends I have and don’t know about. I’d like to thank Saving Our Daughters which is one of many charities that I work with.” Woof.

It was just a bad look that, to any outsider, would have sounded not too supportive of Saving Our Daughters. And Peter of all people decides to call her out on it. But the way he chooses to react to Nene not doing right by the charity is by leaving the party supporting the charity, thus beginning the 8th Semi-Annual RHOA Driveway Fight 2k14. And, once again, as Nene and Peter yell about who is doing the worse thing, the argument leaves no one looking great. Except Gregg, who very softly tries to explain Nene’s attitude: “But the way she was brought in was not appropriate, Peter.” “Appropriate,” you say? What is this appropriate you speak of, Gregg?

Perhaps we’ll find out next episode. Until then, take a look at the good work being done at Saving Our Daughters. And make sure to take me off your spam filter, or you’ll miss the e-vite to my next Full Metal Jacket party!

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