Cast Blog: #RHOA

The First Cut is the Deepest

Episode 16: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor counts down this week's top three moments.

No. 3 - Driving Miss Lawrence

Sheree and Miss Lawrence's little powwows are one of my favorite things about the show. Especially love when they dish the T together in a car. Seriously, can we get them on a cross country road trip adventure? Phaedra and Kandi need one also, as we learned last week. Maybe it could be some sort of Amazing Race style spinoff where they face off in a scavenger hunt? In any event, I digress.

Sheree filled in Lawrence about Marlo's use of the f-word, which caught him off guard and of course rubbed him the wrong way. Marlo made a serious mistake, because offending your hair dresser is like breaking a mirror -- you're looking at seven years of bad hair. 

Side note: Does Lawrence do everyone's hair in Atlanta? Do he and Derek J compete for the hair business of Atlanta's elite? I guess now we know how he can afford to look so fabulous all the time.

No. 2 - Sisterly Smackdown

You'd think after a year Peter and Mal would come to terms with the fact that they're now family and be civil towards one another. But unfortunately such is not the case. Mal cannot seem to move past her issues with Peter, which would maybe OK, but she can't stop constantly voicing her concerns to Cynthia. As much as Cynthia tries to remain neutral and let them work things out on their own, I've been wondering when she'd reach her breaking point. And we finally see her crack at the anniversary party. Finally! If my sibling wouldn't let up about my significant other, I would have told them off long ago. Or at least gotten back at them by passing around embarrassing childhood photos of them at the next family function.

To be fair to Mal, Peter hasn't exactly tried very hard to win her over after the wedding debacle and he shouldn't have made those digs at her during his speech. But it was Cynthia and Peter's day! She could have at least waited until a day or two later to express her disappointment to Cynthia. I have to say it was pretty satisfying to see Cynthia stick up for herself and her marriage by telling Mal to get it together or get gone when she started to cry. You go, girl!

No. 1 - The First Cut is the Deepest

Besides wigs, my other Atlanta obsession is Phaedra's funeral adventures. I have to give her credit, she is not put off by anything. The prospect of injecting a dead body full of formaldehyde is exciting to her. This 'Wife is fearless.

But of course in true Phaedra style, she still manages to bring a smile to your face even in the midst of a morbid moment. When the mortician asks her what she'd like to name her dummy, she answers immediately with, "I'll call her Anna Belle." Oh, Phaedra, always a Southern belle regardless of the situation.

And Phaedra certainly made sure that Anna Belle looked fierce for her funeral. To Phaedra, Anna Belle's face is a canvas and she is the painter/mortuary artist there to make sure she doesn't end up looking like she's entering a "drag competition." Leave it to Phaedra to make a body elegant and drop dead gorgeous (ha!). 

Next week NeNe may have cold feet about officially filing for divorce. 

Claudia: This Group Should Reserve Judgment

Claudia Jordan thinks the other 'Wives shouldn't be so willing to believe rumors. 

Bravotv.com: How shocked were you when Cynthia shared the rumor about Chocolate?

Claudia Jordan: Well I really don't know Phaedra that much to comment on her personal life, but from the little bit I am privy to, I was surprised to hear about an alleged affair considering the extreme criticism that Kenya got. At the end of the day only two people know what really did or did not happen, and I would love for this group to reserve judgment on everyone until there is confirmation. But I think a precedent had been set a long time ago, so that has opened the door to where we are now. I think it's easy to believe something negative about someone in the group, because in the past it's been shown that it takes very little actual evidence or proof for some to jump on that bandwagon. Hopefully we can get to a place where we afford each other the same benefit of the doubt that they may one day give us. At the end of the day there should be a protocol that we all follow and it should be applied to everyone. Until then I suspect we may continue to have a problem. But I am hopeful. Perhaps a lot of the drama in this group is because there are so many unresolved issues. And that combined with all the double standards in place is a sure fire recipe for disaster. I still have hope though. Again, not to have everyone be besties, but just being able to co-exist in the same space would be a major accomplishment with these ladies.

 

Bravotv.com: What were you thinking when Phaedra blew up at Kenya?

CJ: I thought it was silly and out of character. But I am glad that Phaedra had enough good sense to not actually hit Kenya. We don't need another physical altercation in this group. Again, we are all supposed to be mature ladies, so with that being said, I think the majority of us have a pretty good grasp of the English language and should be able to talk anything out without resorting to violence. Hitting each other is low class, childish, and ignorant behavior, and I'm so glad that Phaedra didn't really go there.

 

Bravotv.com: Were you surprised when Phaedra walked out?

CJ: Although this has nothing to do with me, I am around these ladies and a witness to all the shenanigans, but from what I've gathered, I wasn't surprised that Phaedra walked out. That seems to be a recurring theme in this group when things get uncomfortable. But at the same time, I am glad she did. If you ever feel the urge to put hands on someone and you are done talking, I think the best thing to do is excuse yourself and leave the situation without adding any more inflammatory language to the mix.

I would like to say that a lot of these issues in this group of course started way before I came around, but being here and seeing things with my own eyes has definitely been enlightening. It tends to get confusing as to what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior in this group, because there are clearly double standards. So in some cases it seems like it's OK to bring up sensitive information in front of the entire group, then in other cases it's not OK -- seems like it all depends on whom it's about. In a perfect world I wouldn't expect for us not to spill tea -- I mean that's what we do -- but if folks expect to be pulled aside to be asked about a rumor or some "tea," then I would hope they would abide by that rule and extend the same courtesy. That's all. Because the way it is now is causing far too much confusion, and as long as there is confusion and unfairness, there is going to be conflict. I've never been around so many arguments, so much shadiness and mudslinging in my life. And especially not since I graduated high school back in the '90s! Maybe there is a way we can get us to a place where we can co-exist peacefully. Hey, a girl can dream can't she?

Again, I want to thank all the viewers that tune in weekly to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I just returned from Charlotte, North Carolina where I was making a few appearances at CIAA and the love and support I got from hundreds of people that wanted to take pictures and talk about the show; it was amazing! So many people told me they love what I'm bringing to RHOA and I just wanted to say thank you to any of them that may be reading this. The show is loved by so many and I feel we have a responsibility to entertain and hopefully inspire. We've got a lot of the season left and I hope the fans will be happy with how everything turns out! Love you guys!

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