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Real Housewives of Atlanta premiere recap: Season 9, Episode 1

Kenya throws a party in her unfinished house — and Shereé makes sure to read the place from top to bottom

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Reality TV

The ladies of Atlanta are back…and they’re not showing any signs of taking it easy on each other this season. Once again an official cast member, Shereé’s mansion is in direct competition with her new frenemy, Kenya. With Kenya’s house “ready” for company, this premiere episode focuses on the ladies getting ready to see her new place in all its unfinished glory. Let’s jump right in.

Kandi’s new baby boy, Ace, takes some time on the potty so his daddy, Todd, can quickly learn the ins and outs of raising a young boy. “You ready to take a dump this morning?” says Kandi, trying to move the whole process along. While both parents have other kids and are used to this part of the baby process, Todd still needs some practice in making baby formula. Thankfully, Kandi and Todd have each other to lean on during the early stages of raising kids — poop, late nights, and all.

Speaking of bathroom issues, Kenya reminds her dogs that just because her entire house is covered in paper, it’s not the place for a “pee-pee party”. Moore Manor is done (sort of), at least to the point where Kenya can live inside of it. Her 5 bed/5.5 bath house may be technically livable, but she’s still swamped in construction. On top of being surrounded by contractors on a daily basis, her relationship with Matt is on the rocks and those sharp edges are cutting in deep. After an intense fight between the two, Matt went into a violent frenzy when he believed Kenya was cheating on him. The couple is still together — again, technically — but they haven’t seen one another in person for weeks.

Just down the block, touting an extra 2.5 baths over Kenya’s expansive manor, Chateau Shereé is giving Atlanta’s real estate scene something to be jealous over. Her gigantic new mansion isn’t just a sign of Shereé’s epic return to the Housewives fold, but also an ever-present jab at Kenya’s own attempt at a lavish home. Of course, she still has more work to do, but apparently the new house will be fully ready to occupy within six weeks. As for the friendship between Kenya and Shereé? That needs even more work than both of their homes combined.

Not completely on the right side of Kenya’s mind, Phaedra is still living the good life with her two boys. She does have a blossoming friendship with Porsha, who actually stops by to get the tea about the new dating landscape. With both ladies now single, it looks like they’re leaning on each other for some wing-woman action when they’re out and about. “Girl, this lemonade is better than Chik-fil-A!” says Porsha of Phaedra’s drink-making skills. Suddenly, a man dressed in a cheap white tuxedo knocks on Phaedra’s door with a mysterious invitation in hand. As Phaedra begins to open the card, the man heads back to the street where there’s a carriage with white horses — which tips off Phaedra and lets her know the tacky gesture must be the handiwork of one Miss Kenya. Announcing the housewarming of Moore Manor, Kenya’s invitation makes sure to note her guest’s plus-one must be “hot and not a thot.” Lovely.

NEXT: Cynthia ends her marriage with Peter