The Real Housewives of Atlanta are all about business. While Kenya looks for a local distributor for her hair care line, Sheree is working with her designer to bring She by Sheree to fruition. Sanya landed a campaign deal with iFit, not to be confused with “Drop it with Drew. Kandi is starring in a new TV series and Marlo is realizing that being a parent is a full-time job.
We finally meet Marlo’s sister Crystal, who is taking in their nephews while Marlo tries to get her mind right. Crystal supports Marlo’s decision to take a break from the boys, but she does caution Marlo to think about how she speaks to them, because they have feelings as well. Marlo is holding a peach for the first time, and although we know a little about her upbringing she’s sharing more this season. She isn’t shy about her time in foster care.
It’s touching to hear that Marlo was a full-time guardian to her sister Crystal at one point. “When Crystal was around 14 or 15 (2005) I found out Crystal was in foster care; I did whatever I had to do to get her, I moved her to Atlanta with me.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta are on their way to Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains for their first cast trip. Since Marlo put the road trip together, they could only travel in style; she’s provided the ladies with a Rolls-Royce Ghost and an Aston Martin DBX.
Kenya’s disdain for Marlo has her debating if she wants to go on the trip. Marlos isn’t quite sure how her and Kenya got to a bad place. Sheree shares some food for thought. “Well when I talked to her she said when you called her a liar that triggered all the things that you have done before.” Marlos says, “Why can’t two black sisters just get along.”
The ladies make it to the “cabin”, but in typical Marlo fashion it’s an Aspen inspired estate. Marlos is nothing if not consistent with the shade, so to distribute the rooms she made candles for each of the ladies, and they had to guess who it belonged to. Devotion & Delusion: Kenya Good vibes & Fresh gossip: Kandi 2022 High hopes & low expectations: Sheree Color Coordinated Workout Gear: Sanya. Repeat Resolutions & Wishful Thinking: Drew
While the ladies head to dinner in the mountains and Kandi gets a text from Kenya that reads:
Kenya: I’m here! Anyone asking about me?
Kandi: Yay! No.
Kenya: Come outside and get me.
Everyone is pleasantly surprised to see Kenya, except Marlo. She says, “I’m kind of hurt, Kandi you knew she was coming. You’re also excited that Kenya’s here, but it’s okay I’m holding my composure you will not get the best of me, bitch, not.”
Kenya mentions her daughter Brooklyn might be joining her the day after, so she’s booked a house close to the ladies, but they seem disappointed she won’t be part of the house gang. Kandi tells Kenya that the house is huge, so there’s enough space for her and Brooklyn, but Kenya reminds them that they made an issue about it last season at Cynthia’s bachelorette weekend, so she didn’t want a repeat of it.
Sanya finally joins the ladies and shares her new business venture with iFit, who will be catering Sanya and her friends to a trip to Jamaica, which will serve as the second cast trip of the season.
But even that couldn’t keep Marlo and Kenya from having a tussle. Marlo insists that Kenya stay with them at the house. “Well I would love for you not to attend unless you’re staying at the house, I really planned a trip for all of us, I would love to have you at the house brooklyn is more than welcome as well, but if you do choose that i don’t want to stay there I don’t like marlo I don’t want you to continue to hangout with us.”
Kenya responds, “Oh I’ll definitely be there to experience all the ladies so thank you so much.” Marlo lets her know that’s not an option if she’s not staying at the house. This was the beginning of a much bigger issue.
Kenya says, “The issue is also Marlo, so you say things like ‘oh you love people and you don’t know why i’m hurt’, but the thing is you seem like you are the hurt one.” Marlo interrupts her and Kenya asks for a minute to explain herself without rebuttals. Marlo agrees but that doesn’t last long as she interrupts to say “wait a second before you continue i’m gonna be quiet but can you promise when I speak back you will stay and listen like i’m gonna be quiet as well? That’s all I ask.”
After Kenya called her hurt, insincere, the worst friend and toxic, Marlo responds.” Am I hurt? You’re damn right I have trust issues and I’m fucked up just ike you. We both have attention issues, we both have insecurities.” Marlo continues, “I’m the one from jail as you say, I’m the one from prostitution as you say. You should lead, I should follow you queen, I look up to you.” To this Kenya just rolls her eyes.
As you can imagine, it’s definitely not good vibes from here on out. Stay tuned as next week the drama continues.