Queen for an Episode: The Real Housewives of Atlanta – S10E03

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.

4 thoughts on “Queen for an Episode: The Real Housewives of Atlanta – S10E03

  1. To me that episode felt really dull I can’t quite explain it but nobody apart from Sheree and Kenya really interested me tonight and the storylines felt really fake/overproduced. I can see why they brought in Kim and eventually Eva in the future to spice things up with Kenya’s husband not filming, Phaedra being shoved aside, and no one wanting to film with Porsha apart from her sister (and later Kim Z I guess which lol). Kandi and Cynthia’s scene this week were particularly boring. I’m about half way through RHOA3 and it’s amazing to me Cynthia lasted this long I really just do not get it.

    1. the storylines on atlanta in general feel overproduced. it’s been atlanta’s problem for a while. i’m sure it doesn’t help that a new production team took over. as for cynthia, she does get better after season three, and i’ve been surprised on rewatch how involved she actually was. eight seasons is still a tall order, though…

  2. All of these individual parts seem like viable storylines on paper, but it’s not quite adding up to something that feels like Real Housewives yet. Kenya is by far my favorite Atl housewife, but King and Twirl just aren’t carrying the solo footage. I adore Kandi, but her personal content has such a developed world at this point that it almost feels like its own tiny, incomplete show except devoid of drama (speaking of which, XScape Still Kickin’ It is GREAT). And I need the editors to make Porsha 1000 times more cartoonish for me to be able to stomach Lauren’s living hell, because she’s headed toward that Sonja’s Toaster Oven/Kim Z. space where I have to occasionally remind myself it’s Only A TV Show :D.

    I’m really enjoying NeNe and especially Shereé, though. I have faith that it will pick up, hopefully next week is when.

    1. yeah, i get the impression that the dearth of kandi this year is tied to the xscape spin-off. she’s spread pretty thin. well, that, and who in their right mind would come for kandi after season nine? there’s honour among thieves and kandi is rightly regarded as off-limits, at least this year. (it doesn’t surprise me that the xscape show is good; i watched the clips of their appearance on wwhl and hooooly shit that’s a lot to unpack).

      i think the addition of kim will change the tone of the season significantly, though for better or worse i can’t say.

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