This week on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, we fire up our DeLoreans and set our flux capacitors for the ’70s. Shannon Beador RSVPed; tragically, she won’t be able to make it.
Who was a blast and who should have been left in the past?
6. Kandi: Needs to hire a new assistant. Needs to find a proper storyline.
5. Cynthia: Every time I get cranky during another interminable Cynthia date scene, I just remind myself it could be Peter and I’m suddenly much more agreeable.
4. Porsha: The saga of Porsha and Lauren is depressing. It must be so frustrating to have your work life, your identity, your entire existence subsumed by a person as insubstantial as Porsha Williams. There’s something to be said about the fact that Kandi has an entire team of people in her devoted thrall while even Porsha’s flesh and blood are looking for the escape hatch.
3. NeNe: I felt bad for NeNe this week as Gregg ran into health issues. I have a soft spot for old Gregg, and his and NeNe’s reconciliation after their rough patch has always struck me as genuine. It’s been a softer NeNe in general this season. I think she returned to the show very conscious of her burnt bridges. If she fucks it up this time, she doesn’t have anywhere else to go. She’ll play nice for now, though with Kim re-entering the fray next week, that won’t last long.
2. Kenya: Kenya’s role in the season remains fascinating to me. Since her husband refuses to film with her (this week, we watched her leave him a series of voicemails, without hearing so much as his outgoing message), we’re essentially forced to constantly evaluate whether what she’s telling us about her life is true or not. This has always been a central conflict around Kenya, who’s a notoriously unreliable narrator especially as it pertains to her romantic relationships, but now we’re dealing with a man who for all intents and purposes may as well not even exist. Do we believe Kenya’s effusive proclamations of love? Her tearful paranoia? We have literally nothing to go on. It’s an interesting meta-narrative experiment, but unsustainable. I can see why the producers might be getting antsy about firing her.
1. Shereé: By contrast to the magical realist overtones of Kenya’s marriage to an imaginary man, Shereé’s story was straightforward: a harried woman continues her streak of bad luck with party planners. That Shereé hasn’t been universally blacklisted by event planners across Georgia floors me, but at least we got some glorious footage of her hissing vitriol at the last remaining hold-out, the hapless Tiffany. Well-deserved for spoiling the 70th birthday of the iconic Thelma, the woman whose signature (allegedly) made Château Shereé a reality.
Next time on The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kim scalps a pair of tickets to a John Legend concert.