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Semi-Homemade with Kenya - Ep 4

Bravotv.com's Associate Editor thinks Kenya could rival Sandra Lee.

This week we saw the ladies engage in typical housewife activities -- packing, going to the salon, cooking dinner -- executed in the way only a Bravo Housewife can. This episode practically veered into sitcom territory, to the point where you might have thought it would switch to black and white and Lucille Ball would pop onto the screen. So let's look back at the most wonderful 'Wife moments, shall we?

No. 3 - Baby's First Haircut

First off, Ayden is too precious. His little voice is so adorable, no wonder Phaedra wants to throw him a $20,000 birthday "experience" at the aquarium! But I digress.

Phaedra and Apollo bring in Ayden for his very first haircut at the barbershop. As you can imagine, it doesn't go very smoothly. As soon as the barber approaches with the clippers, Ayden tells him to back off by saying his sleepy, which, as Phaedra informs us, is Ayden's sneaky little way of avoiding things he doesn't want to do.

That's when Apollo steps in to give the haircut, because evidently he is a barber by trade. Huh? According to Phaedra, Apollo used to work in a barbershop himself and still gives cuts on occasion. Who knew? But if that's the case, why did they even bother going to a barber in the first place when they could have just done it at home? Maybe Phaedra didn't want hair flying around her home. But in any event, Apollo basically does the whole cut, and Ayden looks even cuter. I can't help but think Apollo should just open up a barbershop. It could dovetail nicely with Phaedra's funeral business -- Apollo's barbershop crew can also do the hair and makeup of the deceased!

Side Note: Only Phaedra would refer to the smocks at a barbershop as black frocks.

No. 2 - Boxing Match

Kim is not a good mover. She's got a whole lot of stuff, and when she's forced to move, she wants all that stuff boxed and labelled in an organized, logical fashion. But as everyone knows, at that usually falls apart at a certain point and you're just getting stuff in boxes. But that doesn't fly with Kim. Especially when she's paying movers.

So when Kim goes to check the moving progress and finds things not up to her standards, well, it doesn't go so well. "Basement Mix" as a box labeling system nearly gives her a stroke. Tearing into one of the vaguely titled boxes, Kim discovers a margarita mixer and a Santa statue. Now if you ask me, that sounds like a wonderful combination, but Kim is not quite so amused.

I just pray the mover keep their hands off Kim's wigs, because if she finds one of her precious pieces in a "Basement Mix" box, I shudder to think what the consequences might be...
No. 1 - Semi-Homemade with Kenya Moore

OK, not so much semi-homemade as not at all homemade. Kenya tries to woo Walter by preparing him dinner, but rather than just explaining that she didn't have time to cook and giving him the frozen meal she prepared, Kenya goes full on sitcom-crazy and decides she can just fool him into thinking she did. How you ask? Well after furiously stabbing the frozen food tray and throwing it in the microwave, she grabs a pan, throws in two strands of the pasta, and leaves it on stove top. Because all you need to prepare pasta and chicken is a single pan...

However I think Kenya was on the right track at the end -- just accentuate the boobs, and the last thing he'll be thinking about is how you could have prepared pasta in a grill pan.
Next week things get real tense when Kim informs the ladies that she's not coming on the girls' trip. This doesn't look like it's going to end well...

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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