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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...

Cynthia: I Had a Blast with 'Life Twirls On'

Cynthia Bailey discusses the challenges she faced filming Kenya Moore's pilot.

I have had several small acting roles over the course of my career; however my focus back then had always been modeling. More recently, over the past couple of years I have been cast for different roles, and I have fallen head over heels in love with acting. So when Kenya told me about her pilot and that she was interested in Noelle's dad, Leon, for one of the roles, I immediately let her know that I wanted to audition for it. Up until that point, Kenya knew nothing of my acting ambitions, and seemed a bit reluctant to let me try out. I knew that if she gave me the opportunity to audition, I would only have one chance to impress her. I showed up at the audition on time, in character, totally prepared, dressed to impress, and showed out! I landed the role!

I had a blast watching myself on screen as CeCe in Kenya's pilot Life Twirls On! It was so much fun to play such a colorful character with a funny, quirky, eccentric, outspoken, over-the-top personality. I have to admit that the Jamaican accent was a bit of a challenge, but thanks to Peter's help, I was up for it. Although I am a newbie to acting, I still expected Kenya to challenge me and take me outside of my box. I jumped out with both feet and went for it! One of the things that Kenya and I share in common is that we are both perfectionists. I knew that if I didn't take my audition seriously, she would not have cast me for the role. I also knew that if I got the role and did not deliver, she would have fired me (friends or no friends). Failure was not an option! I was grateful for the opportunity and did not want to disappoint Kenya, and more importantly, myself.

I thought Life Twirls On was hilarious, and Kenya did a great job writing, acting, casting, directing, and producing it. I know how hard she worked on the pilot, and I was proud to be a part of it.

 
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