Real Housewives of Atlanta recap: Season 9, Episode 5
This episode was explosive, thankfully only in the figurative sense. A grenade showing up at Phaedra’s office is just one of the insane moments for the ladies of the ATL, but add the crumbling relationships between most of the couples, and it’s been a week for disaster. It’s not all bad though, especially with the great conversations on how to move forward as a country in the midst of so much turmoil. We have a lot to get through.
Opening on a sunny day, before the trauma she’ll have to experience unfolds, Phaedra plans a trip to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. She’s still going strong with her charity, “Save Our Sons,” which exposes the injustices against young black men in the U.S. Of course, Phaedra can’t do this all alone, it takes a movement, but thankfully she has her new buddy Porsha to tag along to the DNC. (Why was this episode not called “Ms. Parks Goes to Washington”?)
Kenya, who would now like to be referred to as “the black Martha Stewart,” takes Cynthia to a private cake decorator so they can make a “professional” cake for Matt’s birthday. Nothing says I forgive you for having angry meltdowns like a privately decorated cake! While she puts Cynthia to work, Kenya mentions she’s planning an ATV outing for couples only, meaning Cynthia is not invited. Then Kenya decides to call the other couples right in front of Cynthia, further pushing that knife into her back. As Cynthia gracefully jokes, “Guess my invitation got lost in the mail.” She doesn’t have to feel too left out though because Shereé and Bob won’t be going to ATV’ing. According to Kenya, Bob is “too big” to fit on the vehicles.
It’s okay though; Shereé has bigger fish to fry. Kairo, her typically upstanding son, terrified her one night by calling and saying he was arrested for a DUI. Apart from the heartbreak of knowing her child is in trouble with the law, Shereé is also worried about how Kairo will be treated by the justice system because of his skin color. She sits down with her son and tries to make him aware of this sad truth. “You have to work harder. You have to be better,” she says.
While Kairo seems to take this all in, Shereé also wants Bob to bring up the issue with him. Of course, Bob agrees with Shereé, but he also knows medical marijuana is a good tool for athletes to heal their wounds. Shereé isn’t high on this conversation, but thankfully Bob brings it around to the point of the talk: urging his son to never drive and smoke or spend time with people who condone it. Kairo agrees and apologizes for his mistake, so for now, things are looking up.
Taking care of business in the ATL, Kandi and Todd’s “Old Lady Gang” restaurant is still slowly coming together, but both of them wish the doors were ready to be open. With a space that can seat 200 people, the couple didn’t realize how much work it would take to even get the kitchen prepared. The king of restaurants, Peter stops by to check out the “OLG” restaurant, and thankfully he seems impressed with the space itself. Day parties on the patio, a kitchen big enough to serve the masses, and the fact that Todd and Kandi are a team are all things Peter approves of. When Kandi steps out, Peter reminds Todd to be careful with how deep he gets into business affairs with his wife. After all, that was one of the main reasons Peter and Cynthia split up.
Meanwhile, Cynthia is looking for a new house with Noelle. Their no. 1 choice is a lake house, with six bedrooms, an outdoor shower, and of course, a lake right in their backyard. Cynthia feels if she gets this new place, not only will it be a fresh start for the next phase of her life, but Noelle might also want to stick around longer before moving to LA. She just needs to find the funds to purchase the extravagant pad.
NEXT: Phaedra gets a shocking call
Phaedra and Porsha have finally arrived to the DNC, and we even get some personal footage of the pair getting their government on during the convention. Tucked away in their private meeting, the panel on gun violence begins, and Phaedra introduces her mentor Florida U.S. Representative Frederica S. Wilson, who gets the ball rolling on the Black Lives Matter talk. In an amazing turn of events, Jahvaris Fulton, older brother to Trayvon Martin and director of The Trayvon Martin Foundation, joins the panel to explain, “There’s not one simple answer. It’s definitely a combination of you have to build relationships with police in the community and you have to ban semi-automatic weapons.” Phaedra, Frederica, and the rest of the attendees all agree to never give up, putting in the hard work to keep this issue at the forefront.
With a successful talk under her belt, Phaedra checks in with Porsha before going to meet Apollo in prison. She’s worried about having to see him, of course, but like Porsha says, “The girl needs her closure.”
Working through an equally rocky relationship, Kenya is at a loss with Matt; the specially decorated cake and surprise ATV couple party didn’t do the trick. Apparently, Kenya’s recent #tbt photo of herself and Jay-Z was too much for him to handle — he went into a fit of rage and decided to fly back to California to see his sister, instead of spending time with Kenya.
Now, let’s get to the real bombshell of the episode. On her way to see Apollo, Phaedra gets a call from her office manager, who explains a former client has come to the office with a grenade, threatening to kill anyone who gets in his way. Phaedra is floored, obviously. Her first reaction is to call her mom to get the kids away from her house in case this person has access to her address or wants to hurt her entire family. Thankfully, Phaedra’s mom gets both sons to safety, and the man is arrested, but Phaedra is permanently shook up over this, understandably so.
Trying not to give into tears, Phaedra pulls herself together to get past the next hurdle: talking to Apollo.
Everyone in town has a lot to say about the grenade attack, including Mama Joyce who seems to feel Phaedra had this coming. That’s next week.