‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 11, episode 2

Originally posted Sunday, November 11, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

There is a pecking order on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and it tends to shift over time.

For most of her run on the show, Porsha Williams has been near the bottom. One season, the producers even reduced her to a recurring status. Two years ago, her only real friend was Phaedra Parks, now cast off the show. Last year for a time, Porsha had alienated herself from most of the cast and only wanted to hang out with her sister.

But she has made an amazing comeback. This season, so far after two episodes, Porsha has garnered more airtime than any other housewife.

She starts the season with a serious boyfriend and will soon be pregnant and engaged. These are the types of life changes that Bravo embraces for obvious reasons.

It also helps that Porsha has smartly rekindled a friendship with Queen Bee NeNe Leakes, who in this episode returns to do a comedy show as her husband recuperates from stage 3 cancer treatment.

Porsha, in Miami for her birthday, orchestrates a surprise visit from all the ladies on the cast to be at NeNe’s comedy show - also in Miami. NeNe, who hates surprises, is fine with this one.

Porsha also anticipates (but does not get) an engagement ring (yet) from her boyfriend Dennis McKinley. Instead she gets a Rolex and an expensive necklace. She also momentarily gets jealous, wondering what he had done the night before. But she gets over it.

She is at least civil with frenemy Kandi Burruss and buries the hatchet with Marlo Hampton. They even goofed around over who gets what room. Marlo, miffed her room was so small, tried to take over Porsha's penthouse. In revenge, Porsha wore one of Marlo's Versace outfits. It was all done for laughs.

NeNe also got to promote her new Miami boutique Swaggalicious at the Royal Palm Hotel.  But during the party, Gregg got overheated and had to cool off outside. Marlo tried to cheer him up by telling jokes. NeNe's love for Gregg is obvious.

“Gregg and I made vows in sickness and in health,” NeNe said. “All those vows mean something to me. If the tables were turned and it was me who was sick, I’d want my spouse to ride with me at this time. I’m going to do the same thing for him.”

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