'Real Housewives of Atlanta' ('Duking It Out'): season 8, episode 2

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, November 15, 2015

This was a killer boring episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." The absence of NeNe Leakes looms large (and ratings last week indicated a significant drop off in interest without her.)

We did get an official introduction to new cast member Kim Fields, the "Facts of Life"/"Living Single" actress who now does more directing and is clearly not a fan of paying taxes.

She meets Kenya Moore briefly and talk about having worked together briefly with "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns." Kenya wants her to look at her pilot and see if she can help her out. (Nobody had picked it up yet.)  We see her family, including her loving husband and two sons. She seems nice enough but very proud, too. It's too soon to say what impact she'll have on the show until she interacts more with the cast.

In other storylines:

Like this episode.

QUOTES

"It's always drama. I think my events are cursed." - Cynthia, "shocked" that an argument broke out between Kenya and Sheree (as well as another between Kenya and Peter).

"I am reformed. I don't do all that anymore." - Sheree, about creating "drama" out of nothing

"I'm actually making you my trophy man." - Porsha to Duke before handing him an "MVP' trophy

"I want our relationship the way it used to be. If something like this happens again, I want you to reach out to me... You were there for the delivery of both my children. You have a place in my heart. I wouldn't let just anyone see my coochie!" - Phaedra to Kandi.

RATINGS LAST WEEK

The show opened at about 3 million overnight viewers, down from 3.9 million a year earlier and the worst overnight opening since season four. Of course, with increased DVR usage nowadays, that 3 million will go up over time. But the fact so many people stopped watching live says something about waning interest in the show.

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