‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 11, episode 15 (‘Let’s Make it Official’)

Originally posted Sunday, February 17, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This was the first post-Tokyo episode and the women pursue their own story lines, some with compelling emotional backdrops, especially poor NeNe and Gregg. It also didn’t involve anything terribly complicated. So this recap will be succinct and to the point so you can get on with your day:

Porsha and Dennis edge closer to matrimony.

At a Kirkwood baby shop, they decide that Dennis will move into Porsha’s spacious home in Duluth.

Later, Dennis pulls off a surprise engagement. Porsha thinks it’s a charity event. They helicopter into the city. Lil Mo sings “4Ever” live as he proposes to her. (It’s a favorite of theirs.) He litters the floor with rose petals and gives her a fabulous ring. It goes off without a hitch.

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Eva is organizing her wedding and she is just three weeks out.

She had just buried her grandfather and is freaking out over her reception dress. The creator said the fabric she wanted wasn’t available and she was super unhappy with the alternative. “I want something that feels like it was made for me,” she says. Stressed out, she starts crying. It doesn’t help that she has 220 guests instead of the budgeted 150 and is spending $50,000 more than expected. 

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NeNe and Gregg’s strained marriage is in full display. He is about to have major surgery. She drops him off but doesn’t want to be not to be She says she still loves him but doesn’t believe Gregg was happy even before the cancer diagnosis. She said she too is in a similar place. “I don’t want to live my life unhappy,” she says. 

She feels alone while Gregg is focused on his own health issues. “NeNe is having a hard time adapting to her new reality,” her friend Cynthia says. 

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Todd and Kandi are considering surrogacy and “Married to Medicine’s” Dr. Jackie finds someone willing to do it who had done it before. Kandi gets emotional talking to her about why they are considering this option They have two embryos left but Kandi has had issues with fibroids and wants to give the embryos the best “home” to prosper, so to speak. But in her heart, she would rather do it herself. “I want to carry my own kids,” she says during her on-camera interview.

Nonetheless, the surrogacy candidate checks all the boxes. “I’m just the vessel,” the potential surrogate says. Kandi asks about sex while pregnant but the woman said she is single. Kandi is relieved.

ODDS & ENDS

This was an episode where Porsha and Dennis visited two neighborhoods I’m familiar with: Kirkwood (where I lived from 1998 to 2013) and Peachtree Corners (where I have lived the past six). The baby store was in Kirkwood (though it came to be after I left and show how much that neighborhood has gentrified.). The Nitro Zone, where the Dennis and Shamari’s husband Ronnie DeVoe played Go Karts and the women played pool, is in Peachtree Corners. (The producers clearly picked a day to shoot when nobody was around in either case.)

TRAILER
RHOA is off next Sunday because of the Oscars. In two weeks, NeNe and Marlo get into a huge argument and NeNe manhandles a camera man. We hear Porsha expressing her fear, especially since she is pregnant. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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