Originally posted Sunday, February 17, 2019 by RODNEY HOfirstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Nonetheless, the surrogacy candidate checks all the boxes.
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.)
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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