Cast Blog: #RHOA

What Ever Happened to Spark St. Jude?

Phaedra: I Was Hoping Apollo Wouldn't Create a Scene

Kenya's Not Interested in Roger Bobb

Claudia: "I'm the Samantha of the Group"

Kenya: Cynthia Commanded the Runway

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"

What Ever Happened to Spark St. Jude?

Episode 18: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor counts down this week's top three moments.

No. 3 - Say What?

The "black baby" drama continued (and hopefully came to an end) this week when Kim confronted Cynthia about her comments in South Africa. It was a little awkward to watch until Cynthia admitted in her interview that she didn't actually remember what she had said. Oops! But they were going on and on about it for a good five minutes! It kind of made the whole thing anti-climactic yet hilarious. Perhaps there is value in 'Wives telling other 'Wives what they're saying behind their backs -- that way at least someone knows what you've been saying in case you've forgotten.

No. 2 - The Royal Wedding Dedication

If there's one thing Phaedra has really driven home this season, it's that she loves pomp and circumstance, whether it's at a funeral, a birthday, or her son's dedication ceremony. And nothing says pomp and circumstance quite like royalty, so Phaedra went ahead and booked a photo shoot fit for the royal family in honor of Ayden's dedication. And she certainly looked like the queen of Atlanta in that red, leopard-print dress. I only wish she had gone with one of those over-the-top headpieces she was trying on to really drive home the "black royalty meets Michelle Obama" look. (Side note: If Phaedra was a drag queen in another life as the stylist suggested, I want to travel back in time and meet her).

I do have to admit that Ayden was adorable in his little tux on the throne. Hopefully these pictures added that "touch of elegance" Phaedra was going for.

But most importantly, what happened to Spark St. Jude of the notorious pickle photo shoot?!

No. 1 - Wigs are Not Microwavable

The most valuable lesson we learned from this episode was by far Kim's harrowing tale of flaming wigs. Evidently one should never microwave a wig. Who knew?! Kim popped it in a plastic bag for a deep conditioning treatment, turned it on, and cooked herself a wig flambe. If only that moment had been captured on tape. Sigh. Perhaps that was why she hadn't used the oven at all, the incident of the burning wig had scarred her for life.

Next week Phaedra continues her funeral home education by meeting with a grieving family. Or so she thinks...

Claudia: "I'm the Samantha of the Group"

Claudia Jordan shares her thoughts on which 'Sex and the City' character she is. 

Bravotv.com: Do you agree that you’re the Samantha of the group?
Claudia Jordan: Hell yeah I'm the Samantha of the group, but mixed with a little Carrie Bradshaw, and I totally own it. I absolutely cannot stand faux conservative women that pretend to be Virgin Marys but in real life are the biggest of harlots! We are all adults so OWN YOUR LIFE! That seems to happen a whole lot. Lots of smoke screens! I am who I am, and who I am is a fun, real woman who enjoys life and has never felt the need to pretend to be something I am not. Because if you are living right and doing what makes you happy -- well then what is there to be embarrassed about? I will say, although physically I'm not quite currently getting action like Samantha, a lot of my jokes are of a sexual nature and push the envelope. My grandmother is just like that, and I totally take after her. She's a spitfire and tells it like it is and has always made me laugh out loud when she talks about her sex life or lack thereof. My mother told me at an early age, "You act just like your grandmother!" I take that as a compliment! I've never had any hang ups about sex -- I think it's part of life and it's how we all got here, so what's the big deal? But deep down I'm a hopeless romantic like Carrie, waiting on the entire fairytale not just a piece of it, so there you have it! I thought it was fun when we were trying to decide who was who, and of course Kenya would go for the Carrie role. But that's debatable! I think she's a little Samantha-y herself at times. Ha!

 

Bravotv.com: Has your dating life in Atlanta improved? If so, is Shelly jealous?

CJ: Hmm, how should I answer this one? I will just say that I am in a good place right now and I would never again date someone that Shelly would not approve of! Animals and babies seem to have a sixth sense and an ability to tell who is good and who is bad, and right now Shelly and her momma are purring! Meow! 

 

Bravotv.com: What were your first impressions of Demetria and Phaedra?
CJ: I didn't know what to expect upon meeting either of the ladies. I thought Phaedra was polite and nice upon meeting her, and she seemed to get my humor because she did laugh at my jokes (although she did ask Jesus to help me). So I can't be mad. I got some laughs and a prayer all in the same night! God is good! Ha!
As for Demetria, I instantly felt comfortable with her because I really liked the way she was totally cool with my questions about her relationship. As a former journalist (I was a newspaper reporter back in Rhode Island), it was my job to ask questions and get to the meat of the story, and sometimes I'm still in journalist mode and ask away. I really mean no harm by it and am not trying to be offensive, although it might come off that way. I really don't like to beat around the bush, and I like to just get to it. I do realize that could have been awkward or difficult for Demetria, and when she reacted so coolly, I knew she was a woman I could really get along with. Since then we have had some very emotional and deep talks where we have shared a lot with each other. That was the first day of the beginning of a great friendship. 



Bravotv.com: Was it more awkward when Apollo showed up or when Demetria’s music video didn’t play?
CJ: Honestly it was more awkward for me when the video didn't play, because I had no idea that things were that bad between Apollo and Phaedra. I couldn't hear what he was saying to her and I wasn't staring at them the entire night, so I missed a lot of that weirdness. Watching it on television I felt extremely uncomfortable for them. It was tough to watch. I can't believe I missed all that. I really thought they were cool with each other in person, because Phaedra keeps an amazing poker face. Although the video didn't play, it was still fun to get out and meet the rest of the ladies, get dressed up, and see a little of the Atlanta night life. I wouldn't consider that night a total bust. I know I laughed a lot and met some cool folks!
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