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The ladies had an amazing place to stay in Cape Town but it’s clear that you can take the Lady out of Atlanta…but you can’t put the “Lady” in these women no matter where they are. Honestly, I think that if Marlo hadn’t been there, these women would have actually gotten along pretty well.
Let me say our obligatory apology to any foreign land where any Bravo Housewives happen to land. ”To the people of South Africa, we apologize on behalf of all Americans for the Atlanta Housewives.”
I love that they were forced to push their own luggage carts through the airport! It’s amazing how the luggage count would decrease substantially when you’re lugging it around yourself! Phaedra and Sheree are good sports and haul their luggage carts up the escalator but the rest decide the elevator is the only way to go and shove themselves in. Marlo’s luggage won’t fit so after trying to stuff it in for 10-minutes finally allows the luggage to travel on the next elevator.
Kandi was hysterical, “I promise you the elevator will come back down for you, that’s how they work. They go up they go down” I am loving Kandi on this trip!
Marlo is rude, loud and obnoxious as she tries to teach the other women etiquette. Note to Marlo, Prison Etiquette isn’t the same as International Traveling Etiquette. Marlo actually told the concierge that she wants the name of all of the housekeepers who have access to her room and to let her know immediately if one of them goes home sick early. Seriously? Luckily for Marlo I wasn’t the concierge, I would have shown her the door. No one questions my employees! Who does she think she is to imply the housekeepers are less than perfectly capable of cleaning up after the rude American without being tempted to steal her gaudy clothes and ridiculous shoes? Just because Marlo had a criminal background doesn’t mean the hotel staff does. That was extremely offensive! The other women seemed embarrassed and they should be!
With just one day in Cape Town they had a lot to get into one day. Sheree has a friend who has a home in Cape Town and invited her to a dinner party. It is perfectly understandable that Phaedra brought gifts for all of the ladies except Marlo, and I thought it was very classy that Phaedra offered to have one sent to Marlo by the time she gets back from the trip. Sheree’s situation is completely different, her friend Kevin invited the ladies to a dinner party but she included only Kandi and Phaedra for their one dinner in Cape Town? Her plan was apparently to leave NeNe and Cynthia behind, that doesn’t seem reasonable to me. This is a group trip and it should be all or none. That said, Marlo coming along uninvited and unannounced certainly could have been an issue but I’m sure one phone call could have fixed that.
After seeing Marlo’s behavior, I wouldn’t bring her to visit a homeless person at their trash can fire to get warm! This woman has no idea how to behave and no book on etiquette is going to fix that!
Marlo overtakes the conversations and talks so loud that no one can get a word in edgewise. Obviously NeNe can’t complain, she has to pretend that all is going according to plan and that she is still happy that Marlo is on this trip. There’s no way that any of these ladies are happy to have Marlo crash this trip. For a woman who talks about etiquette, she doesn’t know much about how to behave when she’s along for the ride and lucky to be there.
Marlo demanding her own bathroom, “I have to have my own bathroom, I hate sharing a bathroom” and then trying to jump in on the best bedroom. (nice catch Cynthia) Phaedra said it best, she’s lucky to have a place to lay her head tonight since she wasn’t even invited on this trip. (although we know she wouldn’t be there without Bravo’s blessing)
The boat trip was interesting, they did seem to all bury the hatchet at least temporarily until they got back to the hotel. The air seemed to be cleared until Cynthia visits the “small’s” and Sheree kindly extended an olive branch to Cynthia by inviting her to the dinner party. That act of kindness backfired as soon as Cynthia ran right back to Marlo and NeNe to tell them that Sheree invited her to go to the dinner party, Cynthia was chomping at the bit to share that bit of news with the Tall’s and all hell broke loose.
“If I had known it would cause such trouble, I wouldn’t have said anything” Cynthia tells us. What. An. Idiot.
Sheree was wrong to even schedule this dinner party that didn’t include all the women. Clearly her friend didn’t limit her to two guests or she wouldn’t have invited Cynthia. Why not invite them all and let them decide if it’s “awkward” for them to attend? What. An. Idiot. (although I’m sure even a few hours away from Marlo would be heaven at this point)
Now it becomes one of those screaming matches where you can only hear every 5th word and poor Sheree who is usually plenty loud enough to be heard, could have been whispering for all we know as all you could hear was Marlo’s big mouth.
NeNe had the best line of the night, “Is this what I look like when I’m fighting? Because they look so stupid”. Ding ding ding! The light bulb goes off over NeNe’s head. I wonder if this will change NeNe forever? NeNe tried to make it stop, surprisingly she wasn’t able to shut Marlo down. Sheree was prepared to go the full 18 rounds … oh wait that’s golf, how many rounds in a boxing match? No matter, neither one of these women would back down.
Why one of these women just didn’t walk away is beyond me, the argument became about who had more money, who had less things repossessed, who was driving what kind of car, who had the longer police record and it was just idiotic. It’s too bad one of those Housekeepers that Marlo was so worried about didn’t come in and gag them both!
The previews look pretty good, I enjoy seeing the sights of South Africa, it looks like an amazingly beautiful country. Let’s hope we get to see more of the sights and less of these idiots fighting.
Mob Wives by BB
In this Big Ang-less episode, the drama continues between the Karen/Ramona camp and the Drita/Carla camp with Renee somewhere in the middle.
Drita’s friend Nicole comes over and helps Drita take the final step to sign her divorce papers and put them in the mail. Drita is bugging out about the finality of the divorce. She has not spoken to Lee since she confronted him about the affair. She says her divorce papers should say “You don’t deserve me.” She says when he gets the divorce papers he will feel the pain like she has felt.
Karen and Ramona meet for lunch and talk about Karen’s talk with Carla. Karen wants to know if Carla is being manipulated by Drita or is Carla calculating and needs to get her face bashed in? Karen is focusing on Drita because she’s starting trouble within the circle. Ramona calls Drita an outsider. Ramona has heard that Carla is calling her an “arch enemy” in TWO boroughs, Brooklyn AND Staten Island, and it HAS to be true because they’re crossing two bridges now. Huh? Karen is stirring the pot with Ramona about things Carla said during their talk. Ramona warns Carla to run, because it won’t be good.
Carla and Drita meet for coffee and talk about their kids and homework. Carla finally admits to Drita that she met with Karen. You can tell Carla is nervous about telling Drita that she met with Karen. Drita says she doesn’t give an eff if Carla and Karen made up, but she wants Carla to be careful. Drita will not be friends with Karen because she tried that route and it didn’t work. Drita wants Karen to come to her house, because whatever happens then would be self-defense.
Karen and her very lovely 12 year old daughter Karina are out for lunch and Karen tells her she will going back to school back in Arizona. She has spent the Summer with her mom. Karen wants to stay in Staten Island because it’s where it’s at for her financially. Karen’s father does not want Karina to be in Staten Island. Karina wants to be with her Mom. In her TH, Karen says she doesn’t think anyone understands how difficult it is for her to be away from Karina and she starts the waterworks. Here’s my opinion, Karen. Your daughter, at 12 years old, needs her mom, not her grandmother or grandfather, her mom. As a mom you do what you need to do to be with her. I’m not buying that Staten Island is the only place you can make it. It’s what you chose to do.
Carla and Renee meet for lunch. Renee wants to be back in the loop with all the girls. Carla tells Renee about her meeting with Karen. Renee is disappointed that their meeting was all about Drita instead of about Carla and Renee. Renee tells Carla that Drita got hurt worse than Renee at the fight at Renee’s party. Renee can’t believe Carla accepted Karen’s apology after she got in her face and told her she hopes Ramona gets the best of Carla. Carla tells Renee she would not trust Karen 100%. Renee says she is going to talk to Karen and Carla doesn’t want her to. Renee says she has no problem getting in the middle of the drama. At least she’s honest about it.
Karen, Ramona and Renee have dinner. Renee talks to Karen about the make-up dinner she had with Carla. Renee asks Karen why she went Drita nuts when the purpose was to make up with Carla. Karen says Carla provoked her to go Drita nuts when she started acting Johnny Cochran for Drita. Renee is not sure she believes Carla is going around calling Ramona her arch-enemy. Karen is getting irritated with Renee when she starts defending Carla. Ramona says she was not going to stand for Renee being Carla’s guard dog. Again, the conversation gets back to it’s all Drita’s fault. Ramona calls her the cancer of the group and says Carla’s elevator isn’t going to the top floor. Karen is laughing about it. Ramona calls Drita a nobody and a crumb snatcher. Ramona calls her a Flip-Flopping Floozie. Renee is relieved that she’s not the crazy one anymore.
Karen and Ramona meet for lunch and Karen decides to have a Spa party at Renee’s because her apartment is not that big. She wants to invite Carla and Ramona is good with that because she doesn’t think Carla is at fault and Drita has poisoned Carla’s mind against Karen and Ramona.
At Drita’s house, Cara arrives while Drita is packing up Lee’s things. Carla knows what Drita is going through. They go into the Lee room which was off limits to anyone but Lee. He has lots of sports memorabilia in that room. Drita would destroy it, but it’s valuable. She tries on a large jacket of Lee’s that she wore when she was pregnant and 205 pounds. She finds a letter in the pocket of the jacket from Lee in jail. Drita gets emotional and tells Carla she just wants an apology and for him to admit he’s wrong so that they can at least be friends like Carla and Joe.
At Renee’s house, Renee tells Karen all this talk back and forth is so unimportant and the girls are making Renee’s depression much worse. Karen thinks it’s petty but she still doesn’t want to be friends with Drita. Karen is going to invite Carla to the spa party. Renee says her house is the core of conflict. Renee thinks the spa party would be really nice if all the girls got along, but it’s not gonna happen.
Renee and AJ talk about Renee’s dad who just got out of prison after 11 years. AJ has visited with his grandparents because his grandfather can get weekend passes from the half-way house. Renee misses him a lot and AJ wants her to go visit her father. Renee and her father do not speak because of things that have happened in the past, her decisions and her friends. She would like to go see him but she’s afraid he would turn her away.
Karen calls Carla and invites her to the spa party. Carla is a little reluctant and says she will come if there are no mud fights or drama. She later meets with Drita to tell her about it. Drita warns Carla about what happened to her when she went to Renee’s party. Her advice to Carla is to not try to talk to Karen one on one because Karen and Ramona don’t roll that way. At the end of their conversation Carla doesn’t know if she’s going to go. Yeah right. She’s going.
Later, Renee, Carla and Drita meet up for dinner. Renee tells Drita that Karen and Ramona had nothing nice to say about her. She’s not Italian and she’s not part of that lifestyle. Drita takes that as a compliment because she doesn’t want to be like Ramona. Renee tells them she feels like she’s betraying everyone by being in the middle. It’s affecting her and she would do anything to mediate and make it better. Drita says she tried to make it better and she doesn’t want to anymore. Carla asks about the spa party. Renee tells Drita she is welcome in her home and Drita thanks her.
Renee tells Carla that Ramona and Karen think Drita influences Carla and molds her mind. Drita says Ramona is Karen’s pet and calls her DJ Flap Alot. Renee can’t get over the names these women have for each other. Renee says she heard that Drita told Renee’s sister-in-law that Ramona said that Junior married Renee for her father and that he’s a loser without Renee. Renee says 100%. Drita says Ramona has said worse things than that and she feels bad for Renee. Renee is seeing red and says that’s the father of her son and he is not a loser. Drita says she would never have told Renee about it if she hadn’t asked her. Renee was expecting Drita to deny it. Renee wants to know if Drita would have a problem saying that to Ramona’s face. Drita says she wouldn’t have a problem saying it to her face, but it’s going to be a big problem. Renee says she will take a beating about it and she doesn’t give an eff. Trouble looming ahead for sure.
Can I just say I wish I had Carla’s hair? It’s very shiny and beautiful.
Renee and Drita are on the Sit Down with host Kari Keagan. Keri tells them not to be nervous. The first segment is called WTF and they show scenes of Ramona talking about Drita. Drita says Ramona is very unintelligent and she needs Karen to translate because she’s hard to understand. She calls Karen and Ramona punks. Drita says Ramona’s own mom married into the lifestyle, so is she a nobody? Renee will not take sides on this.
A caller asks Drita if she thinks she could have made up with Karen without Ramona being around. Drita doesn’t know but says it would have definitely been better without Ramona.
Drita doesn’t have a problem with Carla making up with Karen and hopes Karen’s intentions are good.
Big Ang makes an appearance while a hip hop song about her called the Trampolina is playing. She’s wearing a bright green fur. She says people come to her bar and just stare at her. Big Ang was in Puerto Rico while this episode was filmed and she thinks this all has to end, enough is enough and everyone has to become friends. She gambled and won big in Puerto Rico.
Keri asks the ladies why they like the wise guys. Drita says they have a certain confidence and have a swagger. Drita says she could date a 9 to 5 guy. Then she says she probably wouldn’t. She would like a man that is not going to go to jail. Renee would date an accountant.
Where do Renee’s loyalties really lie? Team Drita or Team Karen?
Renee says as long as she’s loyal to herself she’s loyal to others. Keri asks her if she ever confronted Ramona about what she said about Junior. Renee says she have to will stay tuned. Big Ang says she might try one more time to bring Drita and Karen together.
Who swore the most in tonight’s episode? Who got the most bleeps? They all think Renee was the winner. Drita had 22 so she’s the winner. Drita says she curses a lot when she’s upset and angry and she’s upset and angry a lot on the show.
Andy was asking for questions to pose to Kim Zolciak and her new husband Kroy, Brandi had an interesting question:
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