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Recap: Bailey Bowls and Toilet Bowls

Ep 16: Gregg's toilet bowl mug was the true winner this week.

Forget the Olympics, this weekend's big sporting event was clearly the Bailey Bowl. Not even Johnny Weir reading a pair of ice dancers for f---ing up their twizzles would have equaled the shade that was thrown this week. And that's saying something. So let's warm up with all the events leading up to Cynthia's field day fiasco, shall we?

Everyone was still reeling from the events of Kenya's masquerade ball and NeNe's short and not so sweet speech. NeNe had some serious regrets over releasing NayNay, her bad girl alter ego, at the event, but NeNe felt bullied and lost her cool. Gregg listened carefully and offered his advice all while drinking from a toilet mug, because of course. He is almost certainly the only man in the world who can drink from a toilet mug and still manage to be completely likeable.



Kenya spilled the tea to her new gal pal Marlo, doing her best impression of NeNe icing her out.

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According to Kenya, she drew a lot of inspiration from Zoolander, which made me hope that at some point this season there will be a runway walk/pose off. But I digress.Cynthia has been planning a surprise birthday party for Peter. And the day of, as her scheme went into action and she was clearly feeling pretty pleased with herself, Peter decides to call her and cancel his birthday "dinner" because he was tired.

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Cynthia I think almost passed out, but luckily she rallied just in time to convince Peter to show up a little later and at least partially surprise him (he ran into Kandi in the parking lot).

Kenya took the opportunity to talk to NeNe face to face, apologizing for the pillow talk party and also addressing the drama from the charity ball. NeNe certainly didn't make it easy for Kenya or hold back on her feelings, prompting Kenya to make this face:

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It kind of looks like a mix of disbelief, fear, and confusion. In any event they slapped five/hugged and appeared to move forward if somewhat begrudgingly. But as soon as Marlo and Kenya started feeding each other hors d'oeuvres, NeNe removed herself before NayNay could make an appearance.

Later Kenya does some Googling about vacations and decides to plan a couples' trip to Mexico for the group. She'll also be bringing Miss Lawrence along as her date/bodyguard. Call me crazy, but I think that's a great choice -- Lawrence could stop anyone in their tracks with his fabulous outfits!

And then the main event -- The Bailey Bowl. Each lady has her own team (I'm still trying to figure out why Porsha's was "Team Naked") to compete in a series of strenuous physical challenges involving eggs and hula hoops. Kandi revealed that she's uber competitive, to the point where she hired an Olympic athlete and a WWE superstar for her team. (Keep in mind, this is for hula hoop races.)However this all fell apart when Marlo showed up to support Team Twirl. Kenya and Marlo tried to be all chummy with NeNe and it did not go well. Like menacing water bottle throwing not well. So NeNe peaced out, Marlo chased her and threw around some insults about her "Donald Trump Weave," and the whole event basically came to a a sad end.



Now we'll never know if there were medals or trophies! If there were, they should all have gone to Gregg for this:

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Dust off your sombrero, because next time the ladies are heading to Mexico! It looks like fun, sun, and very unexpected husband duels.

Phaedra: Ending a Marriage Isn't Easy to Discuss

Phaedra Parks opens up about the difficulties of seeiking a divorce.

Bravotv.com: What were your thoughts about the counseling session? Do you regret not attending?
Phaedra Parks: I do not regret my decision to forego the counseling session. As Porsha said, while many of these women say things in an effort to move forward, their actions contradict their words. Hopefully, some benefit was received from the counseling, but everybody knows actions speak louder than words, so I will be watching to see a change.

Bravotv.com: Why did you break down when talking to Sarah Jakes?
PP: This situation has been very overwhelming to me and being surrounded by mean girls has not made it any easier. During one of my most difficult nights, I prayed and asked God to send me someone who knew HIM but could understand me, and I received a call from Sarah within 24 hours. I knew God had answered my prayer, because Sarah and I are both preachers' children. As such, we are often scrutinized based on our parents' calling rather than who we are as individuals. That being said, she understood my plight as a Christian, wife, mother, and business woman. Sarah went through a difficult situation and could relate to what I was experiencing. Because I knew God sent her, I trusted her, I already respected her, and she made me feel safe. I thank God for sending her!


Bravotv.com: Was it hard talking to the lawyer about your marriage?
PP: It is never hard to talk with a friend and colleague, who has mentored you for well over a decade. Ronne Kaplan like myself is a mother, who endured and survived a difficult first marriage. She did not allow that relationship to defeat or discourage her. Ronne is one of the best family lawyers in the country with a specialty focusing on high asset cases, so I knew she was not only well versed regarding my situation, but she also loves me like a daughter. Ending a marriage is not an easy thing to talk about, but she helped me focus on what was most important and gave me sound advice. It was incredibly helpful to have her put things in perspective for me and tell me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear.

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