Ooooooooh chile! The Real Housewives of Atlanta are back, and so far, this season has been hilarious. Turns out dropping Lisa was just what this franchise needed to get in the groove again. Don’t get me wrong — I always liked Lisa and her affable husband Ed, but they didn’t add too much to the mix, aside from some good old fashioned “Drinks and Dialogue.” Credit, however, does go to Lisa for threatening to flip Kim over the couch during the season one reunion. Ever since that moment, each Housewives reunion has been successively more crazy — a legacy that will always be remembered. So for that, Ms. Wu-Hartwell, I say thank you.
Nevertheless, with Lisa gone, we’re able to have a fully crazy cast of ladies, including newbies Phaedra and Cynthia. We don’t know much about the latter yet except that she likes to remind us that she’s a supermodel (allegedly) and that she’s been engaged, like, twenty times. Cynthia, it turns out, loves being kept but not possessed. Oh, and sometimes she has really spiky hair.
Less runway-ready is Phaedra, who not only boasts about being a lawyer, but also a lady. She’s spent most of her screen time quietly refraining from nastiness, but we know she has it in her. Also in her is a baby, and prior to that, her boyfriend Apollo, who spent formative years in the clink and may or may not be gay (ShereÃ© seems to think he is). No one really knows how Phaedra and Apollo wound up together, but one thing’s for certain: between their two names, they are now the most Grecian-themed couple in Housewives history.
Back for more fun is Kim Zolciak, who still guzzles white wine like it’s water. The only difference this time is that she now believes herself to be a pop star, what with the success of her single, “Tardy for the Party.” I’ve yet to actually hear the song on the radio, not to mention any place that isn’t on Santa Monica Boulevard (the gay part, not the Russian part), but hey, if Kim wants to believe she’s the next Lady Gaga, I more than welcome it.
Less enthused about Kim’s musical career is Kandi, who not only saw Kim’s catchy dance song become a novelty hit, but also signed away pretty much all of her ownership of the song, leaving her without a penny from it at the end of the day. That’s right: even though Kandi and Kim were going to go 50-50 on the proceeds, Kim lawyered up and screwed her pal out of the cash. I suppose this was sort of like the Bravo version of The Social Network.
Anyway, as frayed as things are between Kim and Kandi (and they’re really not that frayed), nothing compares to Nene and Dwight (or Duwight), who seem to be at a crossroads. Dwight apparently told Kim that he leant $10,000 to Nene’s husband Greg (this is in addition to the $30,000 he claimed he put into Sherayay’s fashion show). When Nene heard about this, she first confronted Greg (who admitted it was just $500) and then Dwight. There was yelling and cattiness, and by the end of the second episode, it looked as though Nene and her gay had buried the hatchet, but I’m not so sure that’s true. Of course, I can’t say I was terribly surprised by any of this. I always thought Dwight seemed a bit self-interested, and it was only a matter of time before he overstepped his bounds. Looks like he’s in for a real whoopin’ next week when ShereÃ© takes him down a peg.
Until then, here’s the photocap: