Cast Blog: #RHOA

Recap: A Housewives History Lesson

Ep 8: Kandi and Phaedra meet Peg Leg Ron, and Porsha learns the Underground Railroad was not a real train.

Well the girls finally ended the fighting, got the A.C. and the bus going, and made it to Savannah. Although it wasn't exactly a smooth ride.

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Porsha shed a few tears after a discussion of marriage left her feeling that the ladies ganged up on her. Maybe NeNe's bonding trip was a bit premature...

Upon arrival at their Savannah mansion, the Housewives were greeted by this:

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And a warning that there were a lot of ghosts roaming around the halls of the place. Now frankly I started to get a bit spooked, because that seemed eerily like the start of every horror film in existence, right? That woman was way to friendly and disappeared real fast after dropping that little haunted tidbit.

Clearly Kenya was on the same wavelength, as she took that opportunity to jump out at everyone and try to scare them.

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However no one really reacted, probably because they were all more frightened by the fact that there was so much drama before they even reached Savannah. Ghosts may not have disturbed Kenya, but she was disturbed by the fact that NeNe didn't stand up for herself and give the ladies a piece of her mind. And after a little coaxing, NeNe introduced the ladies a little light NayNay sass and told them they needed to get with the program and be on time. Everyone seemed to be cool with that, except for Kandi:

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Who does not like to be talked to like a child, and Phaedra:

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Who very quickly read down newcomer Mynique when she tried to speak up on NeNe's behalf. Poor Mynique didn't seem to know what hit her! She kind of seemed oblivious, while everyone else was like oh no she didn't! Exhibit A:

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So after the awkward dress down, Kandi and Phaedra left the haunted mansion to clear their heads and in the process met Peg Leg Ron. Who's Peg Leg Ron you ask? He gives ghost tours of Savannah in a giant tourist-filled hearse.

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I figured he must have brought the tour over there to show them the spirit of fun, which clearly died before this girls' trip could even get going.

Side Note: I think the wheels were turning in Phaedra's head after meeting Peg Leg Ron. Phaedra's Phinest Ghost Tours of Atlanta...

The next morning Cynthia went over to inform Mynique 1) that she needs to glam herself out more if she wants to hang with these ladies and 2) that she got read to filth last night and needs to learn how to throw some shade of her own. Evidently the secret is looking good, donning a wig, and having at least two gay men with you at all times.



Then off the group went for a historic tour of Savannah, including one of the stops on the Underground Railroad. Now I presume you've watched the episode, so you know what happens next, and honestly...what can you say?



Porsha thought the Underground Railroad was an actual train. There I said it. It honestly leaves you with so many questions. How would one have purchased a ticket? How would it have managed to stay a secret if it was a real train? OK, I will leave this alone now.Finally the girls seemed to loosen up and throw back a few cocktails...until the bomb was dropped that both Kandi and Phaedra dated Mynique's husband Chuck. And Mynique doesn't seem to know all the details, so yeah, it got awkward.



And then even more awkward when Mynique and Porsha somehow got into it when Porsha was joking the Mynique needs to ask her husband what the deal really is and Mynique found her voice and made a dig about Kordell. Just when we were all getting along...

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Next week the not fun continues when Porsha cries. Again.

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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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