Cast Blog: #RHOA

Straddling Party Lines

Phaedra: You Don't Often Come Across Hair Burglary

Cynthia: "I Pray We Can Make Peace"

Claudia: I Could Relate to Cynthia's Insecurities

Cynthia's "Non-Conversation" with NeNe

NeNe: The Pit Bull Act is Not a Good Look

Kenya: If It Looks Like a Fraud...

Phaedra: "I Moved Past This Years Ago"

Claudia: I Am Not Asking for Sympathy

GIF Recap: Saltines, Anyone?

Kenya: Why Would Apollo Try to Hurt Phaedra?

Cynthia: "My Heart Went Out to Kenya"

Phaedra: "NeNe Made a Fair Observation"

Claudia on Her Sit-Down With Porsha

GIF Recap: Pushed to the Brink

Cynthia: Porsha's THOT Comment is Too Ridiculous

Kandi: Cynthia Can't Win for Losing

Phaedra: Cynthia's Behavior was Unbecoming

Claudia on NeNe's Thirsty Comment

Don't Insult Kenya's Virtue

GIF Recap: New 'Wife, New Shade

Phaedra on Being "Super Mommy"

Kenya: I've Never Been Anyone's Whore

Cynthia: I Felt a Connection with Claudia

Kandi: I Felt Bad for Kenya

NeNe Talks Zumanity, Apollo's Shocking Reveal

Claudia on Meeting the 'Wives

GIF Recap: She's Baaack...

NeNe: "I was a Rock for Phaedra"

Cynthia on Her Friendship with Kenya

Kandi: I'll Always be Honest with Phaedra

Phaedra: "It was Apparent the Marriage was Over"

Kenya: This is My Season of Redemption

GIF Recap: Oh the Zumanity!

Housewives Then and Now: Atlanta Edition

Kandi's Post-Reunion Plans

Cynthia: "I Don't Think I Did Anything Wrong"

Tweet Recap: Reunion Part 3, Kenya vs. NeNe

Kandi: "My Mom Needs a Camera Around Her at All Times"

Lawrence: Momma Joyce Slayed the Girls

Tweet Recap: Momma Joyce Takes the #RHOA Reunion

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!

Claudia: I Could Relate to Cynthia's Insecurities

Claudia Jordan shares her thoughts on Cynthia's runway walk and the ladies' sit down.

Bravotv.com: What were your thoughts about the ladies’ big sit down to hash out their issues?
Claudia Jordan: I was really looking forward to a real resolve, and it seemed like that might happen when we saw (what I thought was) real emotion from both of the ladies. But sadly, once we heard the comments in the confessionals, we saw that only one of the ladies was truly being honest. I for sure thought when I saw NeNe leak some salty liquid from her tear ducts that she was in fact meaning what she was saying, but to so easily flip the script and throw that shade in her interview, well it was disappointing to say the least. One thing I love about Cynthia is that no matter what, she is always down to at least give someone a second chance. Some people may choose to call that weak, but I don't. I think it's easier to write someone off than it is to be open to them again once they have hurt you. Personally to me that takes real strength. I tend to hold a grudge once someone shows me their true colors, and I am great at closing the door and never looking back. So to me it was impressive that Cynthia was even open to once again trying to patch things up with NeNe. At the end of the day both ladies made a choice -- Cynthia made a choice to at least try one more time, and NeNe chose to act like she wanted to be friends again only to turn around and take it all back in her confessional. I wish I could say I am surprised, but sadly I'm not. I thought that was quite mean. Why not say that you were not interested in being friends when Cynthia was in your face? Why bother with the theatrics of crying only to later on basically say you didn't really mean it? Shady, shady, shady! If you're really about that life, say it to her face NeNe! Don't turn up in the confessionals and boo hoo in person! Where they do that at?


Bravotv.com: As a model yourself, did you sympathize with Cynthia’s insecurities about walking in a NY Fashion Week show? How was Cynthia’s walk?
CJ: I absolutely could relate to Cynthia's insecurities walking the runway with teenagers and 20-something year olds! I haven't walked a catwalk in so long, but when I did, there was such a rush that comes from when you KNOW you just did your thing and the crowd shows you love. That instant gratification is everything!

 

But I must say Cynthia did a great job, and if she was insecure, it certainly didn't show while she was on that catwalk! I thought she looked beautiful, and I was happy for her.

Bravotv.com: What inspired you and Kenya to take a cooking class?
CJ: Well I love to cook, but I don't make a TON of different things, so I'm always down to learn to make more. Although my reaction to the dessert wasn't as strong as Kenya's -- and her moans -- I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was sooo good! It was a fun experience, and Kenya never ceases to amaze me with her wild and crazy self!

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