'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Hang in there, Kandi

Kim-Zolciak_lAfter the sad news over the weekend that Kandi’s fiance (or ex-fiance, apparently) had been killed, it was difficult to watch the woman innocently struggle over their fraught engagement. And seriously, Bravo—the preview for next week shows a tense therapy session in which Kandi’s skeptical mother accuses the man of being a dead-beat. Surely this scenes could have been scrapped in response to the tragic turn of events.

Kandi continued to be the sole voice of reason on the show. (This good sense will hopefully steer her well as she navigates her grief.) The best parts of the episode involved Kandi calling out the other women’s ding-donginess. When Lisa insisted that she wasn’t the type of woman who lived large, she gave her the best bitch-please look of Housewives history. “Ah, excuse me, you have a bowling alley in your house and you were complaining that you couldn’t get an elevator.” When Kim very lamely explained that she missed Kandi’s comeback concert because Brianna was sick, Kandi bitch-pleased her and gave her a very dry, very disbelieving “Mmmmmoh-kayyyyyy.” When Kim bragged that her black AmEx was all her doing, and Big Poppa didn’t foot her bills, we as a people groaned bitch-please. “Where is she getting $250,000 a year to blow on AmEx?” asked Kandi. Well see, Big Poppa has one of his people drive by her house every now and then and throw a garbage bag of bills onto Kim’s lawn. But it’s Kim, with a cigarette dangling from her mouth and one hand clutching the top of her salmon-colored silk kimono robe, who finds the dough and brings it inside. So that makes it her money. And that’s why she can afford to buy her daughters pajamas so they don’t have to sleep in their bathing suits.

Meanwhile, Sheree hissed some more about how her fashion show was going to put Lisa’s to shame. “I’m not one to settle for average,” she said. “And I guess that’s where Lisa and I differ.” Bitch, please. She put together a ridiculous promo commercial for She by Sheree. The mash-up of women, with Sheree’s big noggin hovering specter-like on the screen, reminded me of the dating ads from the movie Singles. She by Sheree likes long walks on the beach and traveling and reading the Sunday Styles section. Dwight, who called himself a gift from God, balked at the idea of letting Sheree run the promo during her fashion show. His rapid-fire instructions to the mystified event planner left Sheree miffed  and speechless. “It’s not He by Duh-wight.” Oh Lord, I smell a spin-off.

NeNe invited a couple dozen friends to run around her cul-de-sac in high heels to raise awareness for victims of domestic abuse. Dwight wore a cat suit. Michael the Los Angeles hotel lobby wore drag. Gregg, God bless him, wore a pair of NeNe’s wedges.

Sample line of Lisa dialogue: “This salad is so good.” The woman, who I criticize more than she deserves simply because I am driven mad by her relentlessly bland and artificial cheer, supported Ed as he realized that his wonky knee would keep him off the football field. She took a pregnancy test that came up negative. (Oh Bravo, you and your ridiculous promos that feature scenes that always promise high-stakes drama and end up being the episode’s most banal moments.)  This means we may have another bathtub scene to suffer through.

Next week, NeNe heads home to Athens to find the dramatic arc for her MEM-WOI.

What did you all think? How did news of A.J.’s death affect your viewing? Is Bravo evil for continuing to air his negative story line?  Now that Kandi has signed with Capitol, can she just gracefully bow out of the Housewives racket? She’s too good for this henhouse.

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  • jack hart

    “reality” tv … much fakery here with these hens

  • Elizabeth

    I agree – even VH1 had the sense to pull “Megan of Love” or whatever the fart that was.

  • Sorrell

    I don’t think they should cancel the show, but I think a re-edit is definitely in order.

  • Ashley

    How exactly happened to AJ? I didn’t know he wasn’t with Kandi at the time. I agree an edit is in order.

    • Lynny

      He was beat up in strip club parking lot and had a massive head injury.

  • Leisha

    I agree…this is too much for her to suffer through….I like Kandi and wonder if she will continue on the show.

    • ladyspice

      i think she will. I wonder what her mother has to say now. I wonder if she’s comforting her since she didn’t like AJ. I won’t say she didn’t like him. She just thought her daughter could do better, and he was using her for when she blew up. I thought that too. because kandi said they were only dating 7 months and he asked to marry her. and she still had money cuz she was producing and writing she never was off the map, just away from the stage of singing.

      • KBS

        Kandi and AJ were on a “break” at the time of his death and apparently had been off and on all the time. There always seemed to be something more behind her mother’s concern and I think that Kandi did not share a lot of things with the camera. Her desperate need for her mother’s approval probably stemmed from her own doubts about the relationship. It’s tragic that his children no longer have a father because of a senseless fight in a strip club parking lot. My condolences to his family.

  • Jacqueline Hines


    • l a

      You should read what you write before you hit send.

      • klc


      • Kizzy

        C’mon, don’t be mean to Jacqueline!!!

    • ELaine

      Kandi God be withe you and your family

  • Via

    I do think it is in bad taste to feature A.J prominently in the story, but then again.. this IS Bravo. I think Kandi might be around another season, but I can’t be certain since there is usually such a big lapse in between seasons. Who knows, maybe she’ll write a hit and won’t need to slum it anymore? Because let’s face it, she seems way too decent to be associated w/these other women.
    This ep was a bore, but Dwight provided some much needed comic relief during that ridiculous heel race.

  • Monica Rena

    I just want to reach out to Khandi, God Bless you .

    • SINcere

      Do you really think Kandi is reading this. I mean she named her dang CD B.L.O.G, cuz she detest them! Carry On!

  • Lashon

    I really don’t think Kandi Is as polished as some viewers sees her. I don’t understand a word she’s saying when she speaks, I think she has tried from the start to set herself apart and not like NeNe, but instead she’s being used by a liar and someone that openly stated she doesn’t respect a marriage.

    • Jake

      let me guess.. you like NeNe, right?

      • ELaine

        Yes I like NeNE too. I say get Kim off and big papa off the show

    • ladyspice

      KIm is the trouble maker. SHe did cling to Kandi on purpose, cuz she knew that Kandi was a song writer, and she weaned her way into Kandi heart and sucker her into doing Tardy for the Party, she said in one episode she just wanted to be a one hit wonder. I really felt bad for Kandi when she (kim) didn’t come to her stage performance. I thought that was rude for her being her friend and all, but I did understand when she said she was planning that engagement party for her and AJ I wonder if they will still show that episode since AJ is deceased.

      • ELaine

        kim is a trouble maker, she cling to Kandi for that song and to talk about the other lady. She want Kandi & Sheree to by her friend not NeNe and Lisa

      • jenn

        I think Kim sincerely thinks a one-hit wonder is a good thing. Like, wow, one hit is more than regular people get. She’s dumber than a box of hair.

  • robin

    I do feel sorry for Kandi losing AJ. They might not be engaged anymore but I’m sure she considered him a friend. I do hope Kandi has a big hit with her songs – I would support her. She does try to keep it real unlike the rest of them. Dwight is a hoot to watch!

    • ladyspice

      the album seem like it’s gonna be nice. I will by it. I liked xscape back in the day.

    • Diggity

      Apparently she is still raising his twin daughters.

  • ladyspice

    All i want to say is how is this called the housewives of Atlanta, there is only two ladies married, sheree was married now she’s divorced and Kim was never married she’s messing with somebody else’s husband, she’s no wife and kandi got engaged, she wasn’t married, and not gonna get married no time soon. Also what happend to Deshawn?

    • Kizzy

      It seems that DeShawn didn’t bring enough drama to the series. You’re right, I don’t think they are necessarily looking for real “housewives”, or they would have all of the women married. I think the only series with multiple housewives is New Jersey.

  • Shaye

    Every time it was Kandi’s scene, I kept telling my bf how sad I was behind that. It really was different to watch it knowing what happened to him. I was watching the re-run before the new one came on, and it was such a sad scene when they were eating at the cafe. I feel really, reallly, bad for Kandi. Im praying for her.

    • ladyspice

      I feel sad for her to, but on the other hand I think if this didn’t happened, i don’t think it would have been a wedding due to the fact that her mother didn’t like the idea, and listening to what she said at the photo shoot when she said if they don’t get along she didn’t think it would be a wedding. she also said men come and go but her mom is always her mom. and if her mother didn’t come to agreeance by the time the wedding came she would not have married him, that’s my opinion

  • Elizabeth

    Kandi, May God bless you and keep you safe. You are in my prayers every day as you have to hold your head high when something like this happens. I’m very sorry for you losing the man you love, but remember God has a plan for you and he will cary you when you don’t think you can walk. Kandi be strong. Just like your Aunt said they will be there to pick up the pieces. Love you Girl!!!

  • paralee holmes

    kim”s a joke that who should leave the show. kandi god bless you. and my thoughts are with you. lose kim. that”s no friend.

  • carter

    Kandi is the only person on this entire theatrical mess that has on ounce of class. These “stars” give whole new meaning to the world of stupidity. What is so tragic is that this is a reality show? You’ve got to be kidding me, can anyone be this stupid?

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