The Real Housewives of Atlanta recap: Kenya Get Your Scepter

Part One of a three-part RHOA reunion is all about the Hair Pull Heard 'Round Atlanta; Kenya talks her same old talk, and Porsha walks a newly violent walk.
Ep. 23 | Aired Apr 20, 2014

Tempers are escalating as Andy reminds Kenya that last year these same women were all saying that she never really dated Walter. She says karma has come back around to each of the women who laughed at her about her dating life, clearly indicating Phaedra and Porsha and their various marital problems. Porsha then delivers what is undoubtedly the most concise thing she has ever said and ever will say in her life: “It’s not karma…what I get sick of is grown women sitting up playing the damn victim. You have been the villain since day one. You have laughed at me and Phaedra and any other woman on this sofa who you felt threatened by since the very beginning. And now you’re the victim…that’s very confusing me.” In that moment, Porsha put her finger on the exact thing that I can’t stand about Kenya, that I could never quite pinpoint myself...

If only she could have stopped there. Suddenly, you can just feel the scene that’s been playing in between episodes of Millionaire Matchmaker all week about to explode. Kenya says Porsha cheated on Kordell! Porsha says Kenya is a slut from the 90s! Kenya says Porsha is a dumb hoe! Porsha says she’ll f-ck Kenya up! Kenya puffs out her chest and says, “Get fired,” with a steely calm in her voice. Andy say, “No! No! No! No!” as both women jump out of their seats. And then Porsha goes for the hair. And she doesn’t just pull – she straight drags Kenya to the ground as Andy tries to keep them apart and producers jump out from every corner. They get Porsha off of Kenya fairly quickly, but the damage is done.

Porsha, if you’re going to go full Real World: Seattle, might I suggest another patented Real World move, and just put your hand through a wall. That way, people know how angry you are, but you’re just committing minor vandalism, looking a little bad ass and, you know, not assaulting a human. The result we get instead is Kenya getting her storyline for season 7 (you can say she doesn’t deserve the violence – of course not – but you’d be naïve to say she’s not pleased with the dramatic outcome) and something officially breaking inside of Porsha. She’ lies on the floor with her feet flailing while Nene covers her mouth so she doesn’t say anything stupid (or incriminating). When she finally gets control of her voice again she starts wailing about how embarrassed she is and that she can’t believe she lost control like that. I really can’t believe she did it either. Some man bridal carries her to her dressing room and, even with everything else going on, it’s the most confusing moment of the hour. I did love Nene's immediate call for house shoes.

Andy, feeling host’s remorse, goes to Kenya’s room to check on her. She more or less insists that Porsha be fired. Then he visits Porsha’s room, presumably to fire her, but for now just ends up sending her home with specific instructions to get some rest, prepare an apology and get ready for four days of In School Suspension when she gets back.

Next week Andy Cohen will tell us that Bravo doesn’t condone violence, but given that they have already aired this episode – and promoted the sh-t out of it – we will know that he is a liar. They condone the hell out of this violence for entertainment as long as no one gets seriously injured. The question is: Do you? I think the answer will be “No” for most, but I do wonder how everyone felt watching this blow-up as your Sunday night entertainment? Was Porsha really as apologetic as she seemed? Do you think this was at all premeditated on Kenya’s part? And now that this fight is over, are there any answers you’re looking for from the rest of the Reunion? Discuss the madness in the comments…

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