Cast Blog: #RHOA

Giving Good Face

Episode 12: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor counts down this week's top three moments.

No. 3 - On My Own

I think we miss Kroy just as much as Kim does! He needs to finish up at training camp as soon as possible, because, as Kim pointed out, with the ladies in Africa it's just her, her two boobs, and her three kids. But hey, at least she has her parents to keep her company and cook her turkey meatballs.

And it would seem that Kim's trained her girls very, very well. Ariana's already on Kroy's case about getting a big rock for Kim. I can only hope that the proposal goes more smoothly than Kim's "romantic" surprise for Kroy from last week. Then again, it would be kind of amazing if Mr. Zolciak popped out to share some of his patented words of wisdom.

No.2 - Manners by Marlo

So as we learned on the car ride to the hotel, Marlo is writing a book on etiquette. (Watch out, Countess!) Now I hate awkward silences, so I understand why she might feel the need to keep the conversation going, but after such a long flight I think the last thing you want to hear about is how to pass the salt. All the ladies seemed to feel that way (except for NeNe, who was just amused), and Sheree summed up how she really felt about getting advice on manners from Marlo by saying, "I doubt very seriously that Emily Post has a chapter in her book on aggravated assault." Oh snap! And this was only the beginning of the tension between those two...

No. 1 - Face-Off

Now the Atlanta ladies have produced some of the most epic fights in Housewives history -- Who gonna check me boo, the wig snatch, Kim and NeNe's bus battle. But the fight between Sheree and Marlo this week was epic. So epic that there was a commercial break in the middle of it. It went on that long. Now Marlo threw a lot of accusations Sheree's way, which I won't even repeat here because they were so scathing, but yikes!

What I do want to discuss is the strange moment when they started making that bizarre face at one another and speaking in what I can only describe as gibberish. What was that? It was as if they were both possessed by a pair of demonic parakeets. And it went on for what seemed like an eternity. Now I'm just curious to see how they can handle being around one another for the rest of this trip, because it definitely wasn't the type of fight you can just sweep under the rug.

Next week the ladies go from wild fights to wild animals as they set off on safari. Frankly I think the lion seems less scary that Sheree and Marlo's brawl.

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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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