Cast Blog: #RHOA

Straddling Party Lines

Richard Blais talks about the Sunset BBQ and the Kim's trip to Lake Lanier.

This week I'm writing you from the Island of Jamaica. I find this fitting, since our episode this week took us to the tropical coasts of Lake Lanier.

I need to do research here, but I would bet good money that Kim is never in a shot without a cigarette or wine. I'm also noticing that she's "droppin' it like it's hot" with the F-bombs. Not a surprise here, she's just getting comfortable with the camera. I did love her shades though.

Sheree's jacked. I stole that comment from my wife, Jazmin. But she is. She looks more ripped in each episode. Although her business exploits are teetering on comical, I think she's all right. She's hanging with Kim and that's a smart, calculated move on her part - because Kim could easily have her own show on VH1 soon. I can see it now crammed between Rock of Love and I Love New York. We could call it, Kim with a "K."

Now we officially have two camps on this show. Kim vs. NeNe, with DeShawn (seemingly by default) stuck with NeNe. Sheree is clearly Kim's new home girl and Lisa is straddling the party lines.

Speaking of straddling and Lisa - I have never seen a more awkward scene then when Lisa went for that swim partially clothed, swam to the end of the pool and jumped out to answer Ed's phone call. This was half Skinemax, half the scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and all very weird. Did anyone else notice that?

Ed's going to the Raiders (insert Chris Berman voiceover).

The Raiders are one of the most storied, hardcore franchises in the NFL. They also happen to be known as a team where old football players go to die. If Ed's smart, and he obviously is, we'll see him on Dancing With the Stars soon. I'd do anything for a Hartwell Raiders jersey. Maybe not anything, but you know what I mean. Seriously, maybe I'd even cook a meal for a couple on this show?

Food wise, we are back to that Brazilian steakhouse that NeNe loves. There are hats, tears, applause, and sighs. But the main culinary event is at DeShawn's house. A sunset barbeque - I have to say that sounded sexy, didn't it? I almost wanted to throw my family in the wagon and head on up to Deshawn's place. But it was a sad party. The mean girls didn't show up. NeNe got some fermented grape juice all up in her (that's wine by the way) and continued the campaign against Kim and Sheree. The guys rolled their eyes. Goodnight.

I also realized what this show is missing. Dating drama!

I miss Bethenny's three Lychee martini attempt at getting her boyfriend to commit. I miss all the drama from the OC women and the men in their lives - sometimes the same men in a few of their lives.

And finally, we find out that NeNe has a different father than she thought. How ironic.

During the family meeting, I find my new favorite character on the show, Bryce. Bryce, in a moment of shear adult wisdom says, "It doesn't change who you are."

Life is messy sometimes. That's life and that what this show is about.

And not to end on a super serious note - I really liked Bryce's MJ earring. Top Chef Season 5 premiere is coming this Wednesday! Look for my blog that night, and of course check out www.RichardBlais.net and www.TrailBlais.com for info on what g'won!

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Claudia: I Felt Good About the Reunion

Claudia Jordan shares her thoughts on NeNe Leakes' breakdown and the reunion as a whole.

Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind when NeNe walked off?
Claudia Jordan: Well the reunion was quite an experience. When NeNe walked off, initially I wasn't sure what was going on to be honest. But I did notice she seemed to be trembling, so I knew she was definitely feeling something very real to her. I just didn't know what set her off at that point. So at first I was a little taken back. I had never seen her cry, but we are all human and everyone has their breaking point.

Bravotv.com: Do you think NeNe had a real breakthrough?
CJ: I honestly did think at that moment she really did. Her demeanor was different afterwards. And I even heard from her after the show. That to me was a good sign that perhaps we could all really move forward and start fresh. I know I'm always open to squash some beef, especially if it's nothing deep rooted and something surface. I don't see why not. But like I said on the show, we all have a story and things that we have had to deal with and overcome. I think we need to not think our problems are bigger than the next woman's and respect one another's struggles -- whether we think they are major or minor. One woman's problems are not more important than the rest. And I think if we can all learn to be sensitive to the next woman, then we are on our way. Hopefully that moment was the catalyst for change in NeNe and in others as well.

Bravotv.com: Do you feel like everyone ended the reunion in a better place?
CJ: I'd like to think so. I do think some will probably never be open for change and are just stuck in their own way, while others really took advantage of the opportunity to take something from it all. I'm not going to worry about those that do not wish to grow and move forward. I will just focus and give energy to likeminded individuals that want to get along, move forward, grow, learn, and progress. I know I felt good about the reunion. I know I didn't chime in a whole lot. And I think I had good reason. You don’t get to see everything, but I felt it was important to let the people who had real issues with each other hash it out with no outside opinions, just like I said in the Philippines. When people interject their opinions and thoughts when it’s not their issue, it just adds confusion to the situation. One of the cast members in particular is good for that. Always adding "well I think..." when it has absolutely nothing to do with her, and I feel those extra unnecessary comments can potentially add fuel to the fire and then there is no coming back. So if my silence was going to help the progress of the group moving forward, then I will take that "L."

Yes, it's "cute" to "read" and get in an epic one liner or rant, but sometimes you just need to shut the hell up and let folks deal with each other and let them do them. I have no problems with that. Plus my opinion on everyone’s situation doesn't need to always be heard -- I wish more of us felt the same way. I will say that this seemed to be a great starting point for folks to move forward and put their money where their mouths are when it comes to being a grown ass woman. I really hope everyone wants to. It'd be great to see how things could go if we spent less time fussing and more time co-existing peacefully. #ThatIsAll

 

As the season has come to an end for me, I just wanted to say wow! What a roller coaster ride it has been! I had no idea getting into this that any of it would happen. I thought I'd come on board, have a little fun, bring a little light-hearted fun, and make some new acquaintances. This show is huge and everywhere I go people come up to me and say such amazingly sweet things, and I am truly humbled when they tell me how they can relate to me and appreciate my realness. I was particularly touched when a teenage boy who was gay and biracial that had always felt like an outsider reached out to me talking about suicidal thoughts he had. We spoke and I was beyond moved when he told me that he could relate to some of the things I spoke about and that I somehow inspired and encouraged him to keep going. Those are the moments that make all the drama and fussing and fighting truly worth it. I want to continue to use this amazing platform for important issues. Again I thank Andy, Carlos, Joy, Lauren, Stephen, the entire cast and crew for this amazing opportunity. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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