Real Housewives of Atlanta recap: Season 9, Episode 4
The battle of the Moore Manor and Chateau Shereé doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping, and neither does Kandi’s battle to give her daughter the justice she deserves from Block. With emotional fractures running up and down the streets of Atlanta, the ladies attempt to find some fun and reconciliation in the midst of all the turmoil. Let’s just see how quickly these positive attempts crumble to pieces, shall we?
Starting out on a high note, Cynthia and Noelle take a break after a lovely game of tennis to talk about their upcoming trip to L.A. With her marriage with Peter finally heading into the final phase of divorce, Cynthia is ready to begin a new chapter in her life. What is the best means for accomplishing this? Expanding into a new business venture! Move over, Cynthia Bailey Eyewear, and say hello to Cargo: the new accessory collection ready for the masses. Cynthia knows she still has that youthful glow, but the importance of reaching the younger demographic is too vital for her to not use a new model to reveal the goods. Picking from her own family line, Cynthia passes the modeling baton to Noelle, choosing her as the official face of Cargo. It’s off to L.A. for the Baileys!
Following closely behind in the family drama, Kandi stops by Mama Joyce’s house to share the news of Block trying to get back into Riley’s life. Of course, Joyce isn’t having it; she knows Block has always been a deadbeat and can’t understand why he would even try to reconcile with Riley. After 13 years of distance, it makes complete sense for both Kandi and Joyce to be wary of letting Block back into their lives, but even now, they agree it’s up to Riley to decide if she wants to pursue anything further with her dad. Based on last week’s talk, it seems Riley isn’t falling for any of Block’s attempts — but, of course, he won’t go away that easily.
NEXT: Shereé and Kenya take laser tag to a whole new level
It’s not all fractured relationships in the ATL, though, and Phaedra and Kenya’s sit-down to talk about the mystery room party is a strong example of good will taking center stage. The long-time feuding frenemies may not be besties just yet, but they’re at least attempting to find some common ground, right? Well, it looks like common ground may just be a pipe dream, especially since Kenya still isn’t into the idea of Porsha (or anyone, for that matter) being “a changed woman.” She’ll forgive Matt for his explosive anger, but it seems she has a double standard for Porsha. Phaedra isn’t having this, though, and tries to defend her friend from Kenya’s slings and arrows. “Kenya’s crazy as a bed bug,” said Phaedra, reminding us all that even in the midst of sadness, we have someone to laugh at. Taking the higher road, Phaedra offers Kenya a spot on her charity board to help the water crisis. Knowing there would be a good deal of exposure for her “charity” work, Kenya enthusiastically accepts the gig.
Before the other ladies can be involved with the new charity event, Shereé rolls up for what she believes will be a beautiful candlelit dinner with Bob. She has the laugh of her life when said dinner turns out to be a vegan restaurant in a strip mall. Donning her best look, Shereé expects Bob would have done the same, but he decided a T-shirt and slacks was enough to win his woman back. Being the strong and independent woman she is, Shereé makes it clear she won’t be taking Bob back with open arms unless he addresses those past sins and qualms. Well, she gets the twist of all twists when Bob takes a break from eating his dinner to fully own his infidelity and for leaving the kids without a father. If that wasn’t enough, Bob admits he needs more time to grow up and be the man Shereé truly deserves. This sends Shereé for a loop, causing her to accept his apology and seriously consider the idea of bringing Bob back into her life.
Now, let’s get to some good old fighting. Since Shereé didn’t get to enjoy that with Bob, why not throw Kenya out there to unleash the rage? Phaedra decides to bring everyone together for some laser tag, allowing them to run around and shoot each other without the messy problem of police. More importantly, there’s nothing like seeing a teenage boy wearing laser tag equipment walk each lady into their latest hangout. Shereé knows this may be her only opportunity to really get Kenya back for their fight after the mystery room party. Kenya notices, too, as Shereé makes sure to be waiting around every corner to earn some points hitting Kenya with lasers. What’s even better is that when the ladies have a sit-down after the game to finally squash the feud between Shereé and Kenya, the two can’t even get one sentence of kindness out. Insults are thrown back and forth, and while everyone at the table knows they can’t say anything to stop it, they decide to at least get some food in. This annoys Kenya, who calls out Kandi specifically for eating bread. For some reason, Kenya wants to throw more anger at Kandi, and she does this by calling Shereé’s wig “a Mama Joyce wig.”
The pain for Kandi is far from over and comes to a head in the final moments of the episode. Driving with Mama Joyce, Kandi gets a surprise call from Block, who wants to drive the knife even further by saying he’s ready to be Riley’s father. Isn’t that 13 years too late, perhaps? After Kandi shows the slightest hesitation about the reconnection, Block declares “I won’t chase anyone,” sending Kandi into a fit of tears and rage. Block’s ego is too huge now for Kandi to consider looking past his previous behavior. Let’s be clear: She shouldn’t have to forgive that big of a mistake. Again, it’s all up to Riley, but the man who hasn’t shown any interest so far won’t be getting a fast pass into her life now.