Let the glamping prep begin

By Evan Slead
January 29, 2017 at 09:00 PM EST
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The Real Housewives of Atlanta

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Let’s address the elephant in the room — yes, glamping is still happening, and yes, Porsha is going. Despite the slings and arrows thrown at dinner last week, apparently everyone is still on board to glamp. Porsha puts up a front that she won’t bother to come, but that gets nixed pretty quickly. Now, before the ladies can hop on that trip, there are some loose ends to tie up in Atlanta. Let’s start with the king and queen of drama: Matt and Kenya.

Cynthia, being the good, caring friend she is, promises Kenya she’ll have her own sit-down chat with Matt to go over his violent behavior. Meeting at the park where Matt can get all sweaty playing basketball, the two get right into it. Cynthia asks for specific reasons why Matt tends to lose his cool with Kenya. Of course, Cynthia doesn’t condone his violent outbursts — in fact, she condemns him for them — but she does understand that a person with anger issues could be triggered around Kenya, as she tends to push every person’s buttons repeatedly. Cynthia’s hope here is to gather the info, report back to Kenya, and see if the couple can find enough common ground to salvage their relationship.

Apart from that rocky love fest, Kandi throws an engagement party for Shamea, who is getting married soon. Now, we’ve all heard the tea on Shamea, mostly from Phaedra, who touts Shamea as a man-eater who dips into the lady pond every once in a while. I’m sure Phaedra is cackling knowing Kandi threw the party, as it will be more ammunition to “prove” her rumor about Kandi and Shamea hooking up. Regardless, Kandi’s white party for her girl goes off pretty well, even though Cynthia, Shereé, and Marlo show up in some very off white numbers. The missing piece to the puzzle for Shamea is her best friend Porsha, who decides not to come since her previous fight with Kandi didn’t end so well.

Feeling the tension over Porsha’s absence, Shereé decides to tell Shamea about Phaedra’s accusations. Shamea just scoffs at the rumor that she sleeps with every man in town, but she does add her own spin, suggesting that she was hit on by Apollo many times, which is probably why Phaedra has so much contempt for her. Oh, and she says Phaedra used to give bl– jobs to men around town to get what she wanted. No biggie. As for Shamea, hearing all of this back and forth about Phaedra makes her realize she may not be as tight with Porsha as she used to be. Not only did Porsha miss her party, but Porsha’s new bestie Phaedra is talking nothing but trash about Shamea around town. It seems Porsha’s loyalty isn’t where she thought it was.

This actually gets addressed the next day when Porsha stops by Shamea’s house. Shamea welcomes her with open arms, but she seems hesitant to completely accept Porsha’s excuse about why she didn’t want to come to the engagement party. Shamea makes a great point that if the tables were reversed and Phaedra were throwing a party for Porsha, Shamea would show up despite her beef with Phaedra to support her friend. “You made this all about you,” says Shamea to a dumbfounded Porsha. Shamea seems like the forgiving type and even says the two can squash it, but she does warn Porsha to be careful and not completely trust Phaedra’s new adoration.

NEXT: Kenya loses her trust in Cynthia

Now that Porsha and Shamea’s friendship is getting back to a good place, let’s get back to the relationship that still needs some work. Kenya meets with Cynthia at the lake house, and before Cynthia can even greet her, Kenya has her two puppies roaming the new yard to find a nice spot to drop a load — great housewarming gift, Kenya. The two settle on Cynthia’s dock, where Kenya hears how the conversation with Matt went down. Pulling out her handy dandy notebook, Cynthia explains that Matt feels disrespected, but before she can continue, Kenya is already on her case, asking why Cynthia doesn’t think that’s crazy. Cynthia does think it’s crazy, but she can’t get a word in to tell her side. Then Cynthia admits that she did say Kenya can be a bit of a drama queen, but purely because she was trying to connect the dots for Matt so he and Kenya could find a place to heal. However, Cynthia seems to forget that Kenya doesn’t allow a single criticism against her, and she goes off on Cynthia, accusing her of not being a true friend or having her back. Cynthia attempts to tell her what happened after the talk with Matt, but Kenya has already twirled her way off the premises, leaving Cynthia, hopefully, to question why she spends time with someone who can’t listen.

So, with all of that fun conflict going on, let’s shove everyone into a bus and drive them to the middle of nowhere — yay, glamping! The adventure kicks off with dueling glamping kick-off parties: one at Chateau Shereé and the other at Moore Manor. Of course, the current alliances and fractures in the group are visible in who shows up to which get-together. Shereé — surprise — invited Marlo, who, as we learned a couple of weeks ago, despises Kenya, while Porsha and her sister Lauren show up at the Chateau for some mimosas. Meanwhile at Moore Manor, Cynthia shows up first to squash her drama with Kenya. While Kenya seems slightly calmer than the day before, she still seems hesitant to believe Cynthia’s entire story. However, Cynthia, being the sweet and caring person she is, decides she’ll let the whole thing go and “apologize” to get Kenya to calm down.

Not long after, Kandi arrives with her new music protégé, Hazel, who is apparently new to the ATL and its music scene. Kenya invites them in, and in a shocking twist, Phaedra arrives to the Moore party instead of hanging with her bestie Porsha at Shereé’s. Porsha notices this, too, having assumed that Phaedra would at least show up to support her as her wing woman. Anyhoo, now that everyone is ready to go, the bus leaves Kenya’s house to pick up Shereé’s crew. Kenya is not too happy to see Marlo in the mix, and Phaedra seems confused so many people thought it was okay to invite extra people. Before they can get past the city limits, the fights begin.

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Porsha provides a doctor’s note, which not only reveals that she is actually seeing a therapist but explains why her sister had to attend. Kandi doesn’t buy this attempt to show off, while Kenya flat-out loses her cool over the news. This is where Kenya and Porsha get back into their previous fight, with Porsha blaming Kenya for how quickly it all escalated. Of course, Kenya plays the victim and believes she has done absolutely nothing wrong, while Porsha, for the most part, keeps her cool and gives different examples of how Kenya’s behavior can incite anger in others. With this as the kick-off conversation for the trip, the ladies had better hide the axes and chainsaws in the woods because someone could go all Jason Voorhees without a second thought. Next week, we the full glamping experience, including a massive fight between Porsha and Kenya (again) and Marlo calling out Kandi’s sexuality.

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