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'RHOA' recap: 'Ghosts of Boyfriends Past'

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta

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In Season
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Reality TV

After seeing the Kenya and Sherée feud go full throttle last week, it’s hard to not admit the upcoming fireworks between the two will be worth every second to see. Of course, the Atlanta ladies can’t just throw it all at us at once, so we have some discussing to sift through first.

Sherée decides to have a nice sit-down lunch with her girls Porsha and Phaedra to knock out the details on what happened after the mystery game last week. Before anyone can get down to business, the ladies have to order some food, and this trio “don’t play.” “Thick-cut bacon for some thick-cut sisters,” says Phaedra, ordering her lunch. The discussion of crispy meat prompts Sherée to bring up Kenya and the twirling that went on during their argument. Phaedra and Porsha aren’t at all surprised by Kenya just running from the discussion, but Sherée is still annoyed Kenya couldn’t just own up to her comments about Chateau Sherée.

Meanwhile, Kenya works out with returning boyfriend Matt; clearly the two of them have made up. Surprisingly not much is said about the other ladies, but Matt does mention that he expects Kenya to attend his family reunion later that week. Kenya admits she’s afraid Matt’s family won’t accept her because of the age gap, but it doesn’t seem to stop her from planning to go.

From family reunions to family business, Kandi’s “Old Lady Gang” restaurant is still under construction, but she assures her crew it will be done before the year is over. Todd, Kandi, and the rest of the gang decide a block party to kick-off the opening of the restaurant would be a good way to draw in the neighborhood while also making a good excuse for a party. Suddenly, a woman saunters in the room unannounced. Everyone stares in shock, but the woman just keeps talking, as if she feels it’s all good to be there. Kandi finally announces to the room that this is Kris Kelly, a fellow recording artist under Block’s label. What she doesn’t mention: Block is Riley’s father, and of course, Kandi’s ex-flame. To further explain the iciness from Kandi, Kris is Block’s new girlfriend, and despite only being a part of the picture for a short time, Kris feels like asking Kandi why she won’t let Block see Riley more. This, of course, sends Kandi into a fit, as she explains she’s attempted to have Block know their daughter for years, but the guy just wasn’t interested in being a dad.

Kris tries to remedy this by explaining she understands Kandi’s point-of-view and just wants to bring the family together. Kandi accepts this, but she also knows Riley isn’t going to swing for the idea. Once Kris is escorted out, the rest of the Kandi Factory team chimes in, wondering why Kris would even bother to talk about something that doesn’t involve her. However, Todd feels that after getting to know Riley over the years, it would be good for his stepdaughter to make a connection with her biological father. Again, Riley’s tried this renewal before and was hurt, so getting her back on board seems like a slim chance.

Not far from the rocky relationship train, Cynthia is still dealing with the recent fallout of her marriage. She feels relieved Peter finally (amicably) signed the divorce papers, but it’s still difficult for her to see this marriage end. Cynthia’s mom and sister decide to stop by to support her, and Mal reveals she’s been in recent contact with Peter. This shocks Cynthia, mostly because Peter and Mal have always had an extremely tumultuous relationship. It seems now Mal has a softer heart for her former brother-in-law, noting Peter told her, “Mal, I miss my wife.” Cynthia really feels this comment, but at the same time, she wants to stay in her resolve that her relationship with Peter should strictly be one of friendship.

NEXT: Kenya meets Matt’s family and they read her to a T.


On the opposite side of the spectrum, Kenya and her budding relationship with Matt reaches a new level as she drives eight hours with her boo to meet his family. Kenya pulls a true Kenya by complaining about the long drive and Matt’s annoying tendencies to his family, as if they were going to agree with her for some reason. Matt’s sister, Hallison, quickly reads Kenya, asking if there’s anything about the chatterbox that bugs Matt. Strangely, Kenya tries to be the one to respond, just making matters worse, so Hallison decides to take it a step further and ask, “Are you a cougar?” Snaps to the sis for serving T-E-A at this lunch. Kenya tries to deflect this with some laughter, but even Matt’s sweet parents look for an answer to this. All in all, it gets dropped and Kenya insists to pay the bill.

What happens next is odd. The actual family reunion happens, in what looks to be a banquet hall, but it’s all shot in slow motion, with Kenya dancing with young girls. It’s a very surreal, dream-like moment, and it’s all shattered when Hallison pulls Kenya aside for some one-on-one. Before the pair can make it to their corner to talk, Hallison tells Kenya she’s reluctant about the relationship. Kenya jumps back at this, unsure as to why Matt’s sister seems to be the skeptical party in the situation. Kenya tries to express her love for Matt and ask for a chance from Hallison, but before a definitive answer can be given, Matt pulls Kenya away to take a selfie with his parents. It looks like Moore Manor isn’t the only thing that needs repairing.

To round things out, Sherée and Kandi go for a little R&R, well, in Sherée’s opinion that’s what working out is. We get the hilarious but perfect flashback to the yoga class of season’s past when Kandi fell asleep during the lesson and are quickly reminded why Sherée pushes her friend for fitness now. It can’t be all adrenaline though, and the friends take a quick water break to talk about the happenings during the week. Kandi shares the news of Kris’ drop-in at the Kandi Factory and this launches Sherée into a list of questions about Block and his involvement with Riley.

Meanwhile, we cut to Kris and Block hanging in the studio with Kandi’s friend Lena, where Kris tells an opposing version to the Riley/Block narrative. According to Kandi, Riley tried to have a relationship with Block several times over the years, but he never fully committed. On the other side, both Kris and Block say he was trying to be a dad but Riley and Kandi weren’t having it at all. Thankfully, Lena, being a good friend to Kandi, straight up asks Block how often he was there for his daughter over the years. This quiets him down and causes him to backpedal, basically just trying to throw Kandi under the invisible bus at this point.

Remembering all the times Block wasn’t there for Riley brings Kandi to tears, and through the pain, she tells Sherée that back when she first learned she was pregnant, Block said he didn’t want to be involved in Riley’s life at all. While there are two sides to every story, it’s hard not to side with Kandi and Riley on this one, especially since Lena’s direct questions to Block were deflected with nonsense. Next week Kandi has a formal confrontation with her ex, but it already is opening old wounds that don’t show signs of healing anytime soon.