Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Claudia Confronts NeNe & NeNe Runs! [Episode 21]

Posted on Apr 12 2015 - 10:23pm by Norrth Cafe


Anyone who thinks that Noelle Thomas is going to end up as “one of those fast girls hanging out at the mall looking for boys” is just wrong, in my opinion. Tonight on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” we open to former homecoming queen Cynthia fretting as her beloved Noelle plans for her first homecoming dance and the scene is priceless. There is a lot of joking and laughing (and more of Cynthia’s understandable handwringing) when Kenya arrives and joins the pair. Kenya is excited about sharing her tips with 15-year old Noelle and excited to tell a shocked Cynthia she has a “big comedy role” in “Life Twirls On.” Noelle is thrilled about the dance and models her wardrobe choices for her mother and Kenya. Both choices are modest and tasteful.

Noelle gives a hair flip and “model face” when asked to show how she plans to enter the dance. Cynthia and Kenya are amused and then Kenya offers to show Noelle how to make an entrance – shoulders back, cool stare as she glides into the room. It’s easy to see what made Kenya a pageant queen. In a talking head interview (TH), Cynthia reminds us that mama will teach Noelle how to walk, Kenya can teach her to twirl.


The Leakes family makes its way to historic Sardi’s restaurant to celebrate NeNe’s success and the move to the big city. Gregg tells his wife that her picture will one day end up on Sardi’s famed wall. NeNe is smart in at least one way that counts. Most pseudo-celebs have to hire a hype man. She married one. NeNe jokes (?) that she should talk to the owner before leaving since she should be up there now. Sure! Just as soon as one of the major award ceremonies adds a category for “Best Actress Playing Herself in Every Damned Role.” There are times when Gregg and NeNe are sweet together, and there are times when it feels as if they are living out some bat crap creepy version of “The Enchanted Cottage.” They have a french fry toast. The scene ends with NeNe using her best manners to devour her french fry: all-consuming and mouth fully open.  It’s pretty much how she gets through each season, as well.


Kandi is planning a dinner with Todd to get things “back on track.” Her crew (Carmon, and Kwame, Kandi’s stylist) wants to know how they are already off track after six months of marriage. My guess is that scenes like this, where she confides too much to too many people outside her marriage, play a role. Part of “getting back on track” includes Kandi wearing… visual it, and then blame Kwame…a body hugging leopard print dress with a HUGE keyhole up front. Riley begs her to button it, because the top shows too much cleavage.  There are no buttons.


Next, Phaedra talks about the trip to the Philippines and the cleansing spas, including the colonics and colemics, and all other kinds of “stuff up the butt” (oh, and she really said that).  Her assistant finds every crass thing she says hilarious. She recalls the woman from the Philippines who lost her husband and realizes that her sons aren’t the only ones to lose a father. Her boys miss their dad. While still on what appears to be a “rehab my image” tour, which includes lemonade with Sarah Jakes and a make-up session in Manila (minus the acknowledgement that the lie was a lie), Phaedra decides to hold a men’s rally. She wants to reach out to youth in her community and encourage men to be better fathers. Showing her reach, she contacts a friend who works at the White House, David Johns. He’s happy to help out. I wonder if Mr. Johns will be taking phone calls after April 20th.


At dinner with the newlyweds: Todd is not happy to hear that Phaedra faults them for taking Apollo’s side. He doesn’t think that it’s right that children are separated from their father because she’s mad about her choice of mate. Kandi responds that his comments are exactly why Phaedra had trouble with them. They start arguing about not spending enough time together, not enough sex, etc. Todd wants to go home and get the job done. Kandi comments about anticipating the start of her period that night. I would have been ok if they saved that scene for the “lost footage” episodes I don’t watch. Todd responds they are always trying on the wrong night. When asked about whether he still wants a baby, Todd notes the difficulty with his schedule, and the tension with his mother-in-law. The man is in a no win situation.


His show (Hollywood Divas) was green-lit for a second season. He wants to build his own empire, which keeps him working and away from home – making Kandi unhappy. She wants him to spend more time at home – which would make him AND his mother-in-law unhappy since she would most likely call him a freeloader. Kandi feels that she can’t go with him and leave Riley for weeks at a time but is silent when he says she would do it if she was cast in a movie. I see a pattern developing, here.


Peter (tries to help) Cynthia work on her Jamaican accent. It is so unintentionally funny. Cynthia playfully states that “working for the heifer,” who is a self-admitted diva, means she has to “bring it” for the shoot. Later we’re on the set of “Life Twirls On” and if Peter had worked more on Cynthia’s accent, rather than grabbing her backside, I wouldn’t be cringing, right now. Cynthia wants to show that she is more than just a pretty face. Hey, go with your strengths. The shoot gets better, but I’ll have to reserve judgement for the final product. Kenya celebrates Cynthia’s performance while shooting the production, and in her TH.


At the “Save Our Sons” rally, the ladies all agree to serve food and end up wearing aprons with Phaedra’s name on them with S.O.S. underneath < — because it is all about the boys. Kandi is not there. She is at a fertility appointment with ToddPhaedra is introduced as she walks out to the crowd accompanied by a marching band, again – because the event is all about the boys and their fathers. She carries Dylan and introduces him to the crowd (Aiden is with her parents).


The male presenters are impressive, including Judge Mathis and Jeff Johnson.


As the women gather, it’s Porsha who reminds everyone to think about the kids and keep everything positive. Just then, NeNe and Gregg arrive in the most pretentious way possible, stepping out of a chauffeur driven SUV, she in stiletto heels. Was she really planning to serve for hours in those things? As the mom of young black men, NeNe supports the event. She is only there to support Phaedra and then return to New York. Gregg is warm and friendly to the women. NeNe is standoffish.


As the women are serving food, Claudia brings up the session with Dr. Jeff. Asked if she liked their video, NeNe tells them she thought it was very phony. I don’t like that Claudia brought the session up, but GEEZ, why does NeNe have to be such a prig???? NeNe whines that she didn’t like being treated as the “captain of the ship of doing wrong” when they have all had their hands in the dirt. She neglects to acknowledge that she is the only person to have conflict with every other cast member, but hey, why let reality get in the way of a reality show?


Claudia and Cynthia, who should know by now that it is no use asking her to accept responsibility, keep pressing until NeNe walks out again, just as Kenya is walking in. The exchange is so heated that Kenya pulls Claudia back. NeNe talks about Claudia not really wanting to take it out in the streets… um, one word, MARLO! Nay-Nay ain’t that chick, either. She’s full of bluster. She knows that they’re all too grown to throw hands, but it doesn’t stop her from pretending, I guess. When Claudia confronts NeNe on always walking away, she tells Claudia that she’s not a friend and she is not important her. Sadly their voices carried into the outer room where the young people were sitting. Bad form, ladies, bad form.


It’s too bad this event was more about the ‘Housewives’ than the individuals it was meant to honor. In a TH, NeNe says that she doesn’t care to “ack” a “black fool” at the event even if the others do, and feels that there are too many women in the kitchen without sons who don’t care about the event. Porsha and Phaedra follow her out and revert back to jumping to NeNe’s defense while attacking the others. Is the season over, yet?



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  • rb18

    Don’t know what the author of this piece is seeing but she is clearly a one sided writer. The event was for young black boys at risk. Claudia never should have brought it up. So tried of seeing her ugly, Witch like face. Thirsty heifer!

    • WaWaWaWHAT!

      Amen…the thirst is real honey…the thirst is REAL!

      • rb18

        That knotted toes, claw hoofed heifer has gone off the deep! The Thirst is driving that witch insane!

        • WaWaWaWHAT!

          LMFAO at knotted toes *tears*

    • Norrth

      It says it in the piece. Bad form. It should have been left alone and the wives all treated the event as if it was about them. I can’t praise Nene for the trash attitude she brought in or Claudia for wanting to ride it.

      • rb18

        Claudia had no justification. She came with the intention to do what she did. Nene could have come in and handed her an Olive Branch and she would have done the same thing. This was her plan and she implemented it. In our lives we are going to encounter situations where people are not going respond as we want or maybe not at all. Does that give us the right to almost chase them down and harass them to get a response. If so it might not turn out too good in a uncontrolled environment. . When you get Kenya Moore to say, Claudia had no business chasing behind Nene, we don’t have to second guess who is right. Nene did the right thing to walk out as her son was there. Claudia was wrong. The only other housewife who engaged is Cynthia and we all know she has to follow Peter hand book on How to Remain Relevant, To keep Getting That Peach Check!

    • fred

      Claudia bought it up ,but it could have been a normal conversation if neighneigh was capable of having one

      • rb18

        How about it never should have been brought up because this was not the time or the place. what it showed everyone, whether you admit it or not is who Claudia Jordan really is. It shows why Claudia came in the first place. She came for the opportunity to confront Nene and she never had any intention to support Phaedra or the Event. I am not disappointed as this is the real Claudia Jordan. A self absorbed Narcissist dealing with some type of Psychosis. She is so obsessed that she does not realized when she is working against her own interest. She literally forgot where she was and attempted to chase Nene out of the building. She wanted that bad to draw her into a confrontation. Those Young at risk boys meant nothing to her. Is that the person that you support Fred? A normal conversation could have never existed as it was the wrong environment. Period!

  • CNN

    I’m sorry Claudia picked the wrong time to ask Nene about the Dr. Jeff session. Your supposed to be helping Phaedra with her charity thing.

    • Norrth

      I agree. I was disappointed.

  • Dave

    It’s funny to see Kandi wearing a tee shirt that says “God is from Atlanta” as she and her crew discuss remote control panties.

    • Norrth

      LOLOL! I was afraid of offending people by commenting on it. She’s ok with men having the remote control to the panties,too, but not ok with having panties for men to wear. So funny.

  • RealitytvJunkie

    Great recap, Norrth. I’m not a Moose fan but I feel her on this one. Claudia shouldn’t have brought up their issues at the charity event. That could’ve waited. But I will say Nene came with a negative attitude and should have stayed in NY.

    • Norrth

      I completely agree. They were two different weather fronts creating a storm!

  • TopGear

    The common denominator of everyone getting along so well is that NeNe / Nae Nae wasn’t there. That was their best trip ever and I enjoyed watching them all have fun. She needs to be left out of more girls trips. She doesn’t fit with the group anymore, she never really did.

    • I agree, NeNe is the common denominator in all the drama. Whenever she appears so does the drama. Her attitude is stank.

      • Ventgrandma

        Naturally negative people will never be truly happy until their quest for evveryone else to be miserable is done. She just oozes negative energy.

    • Bad Barbie

      Nene wants to be the leader of the squad and becomes an enemy the minute you dont march to her beat.

      • Norrth

        Exactly! Leadership for her is telling everyone else what to do.

      • Hello & Thank you!

  • Awesome recap, Norrth! Wrong PLACE Wrong TIME for Claudia but Nene is so annoying. She acts as though she can’t have one civil conversation when she’s confronted on her BS behavior. And she acts as though she’s above RHOA. If she doesn’t wanna be on the show, do us all a favor and GO! Bring some one else on.

    Reilly has no personality to be so young.

    Todd is an opportunist. He clearly is not into this marriage after Kandi demanded a prenup and put EVERYTHING in her name. Before he wanted kids with Kandi, now he is worried about building his empire.

    • Bad Barbie

      Maybe Todd got tired of everyone saying he lives off Kandi? Damn, we are going to knock him for trying to build his own too… He already knows he will be left out of the economical picture so to sit there and be her servant, like Greg is, is not a good idea. Kandi is typically out for self so maybe marriage is not for her.

      • cait

        Soon after marriage, Kandi took Todd on Nat TV to have his “little swimmers” checked out ! He must have died ten kinds of agonies ! Kandi needs to know that you have to perform the sex act, not just talk about it, to have babies !

    • Norrth

      Nene drives me up the wall. She can’t stand being confronted, but feel she has the right to say anything to anyone any time. Grrrrr that woman!

      Sooooo agree on Riley. Does she hate filming? Is she forced to go on camera?

      • Exactly. A total double standard when it comes to Nene. I’m bewildered that she has any friends that like her. She dominates everyone around her. I loved when she said to Claudia…”you better back up” and Claudia responded with, “NO, I don’t have to.”

  • Bad Barbie

    Nene does the same shyte every season. She has no respect for anyone or any cause. She should be the one sitting there serving solo due to the fact that her oldest son has caused the state a few thousands by being in custody. She is a sad excuse of a shallow and self-centered human being. Too bad that this fool as been given a platform to “ACK” like the “black fool” she so much criticizes. Yes, she didn’t try that tough girl with Marlo cause she knows Marlo is as ghetto as they come.

    • Norrth

      I am really shocked when Nene pretends she is is so tough, most especially after she ran from Marlo and only talked crap to her when she was near her car. (Although I don’t think she said it loud enough for Marlo to hear). I don’t want these women fighting each other, it would horrify me, but I also don’t like Nene pretended she is so tough.

      • Bad Barbie

        I think Nene (always playing victim) wants someone to hit her so she can go on press tours and sue.

  • CoolBreeze15

    Great recap as always! To the Kenya, Claudia, Cynthia, and Demetria fans, please check out teamprettyrhoa channel on youtube!

    Ok, overall I thought the episode was cute, especially the Life Twirls On and the scenes where Kenya was coaching Noelle! I must say Todd is NOT attracted to Kandi at all. He never looked into her! That’s why he enjoys LA and NY and anywhere else other than ATL so much. LOL! He looked nice at that restaurant though. Kandi and her tired obsession with sex is too much. She needs something else to talk about. Talk about trying to have a baby with Todd next season or something. Claudia chasing Nene was hilarious to me! I’m not sure why so many hoodrats on social media were so upset over that. It’s not that serious. Of course Claudia could have ignored Nene, but I’m sure the producers told her to turn up when Nene got there. That’s how they keep the show on the air. LOL. It’s still astounding that so many people out there have no idea how reality tv works. So glad the finale is this Sunday though b/c this has been such a long, drawn out season and I’m ready for the reunion finally!

    • Norrth

      I don’t mean to be harsh because I can tolerate Kandi most of the time, but EGADS! WHY does she keep telling everyone her business with Todd? I don’t think I would be attracted to her either, in his poor shoes.

      PS. love the TeamPretty youtube channel.

    • Hey CB! Great comment. You make a valid point about the producers putting Claudia up to confronting Nene. All Nene had to do is ignore her not run away. In regards to Todd and Kandi. I don’t blame Todd one bit for treating Kandi like yesterday’s trash. She humiliated the man during their wedding special. But I do think Todd is an opportunist. And enough with the filthy sex talk. Just GROSS!

  • Great recap North! Yeah, Claudia’s behavior disappointed me too, but it is nice to see someone not kowtowing to NeNe

    • Norrth

      I wish they would all stand up to her. It is so odd to see Phaedra and Porsha become lap dogs for Nene.

  • honeybunny

    So sad….Bad timing Claudia but it doesnt matter where or when Claudia would have brought up the subject…moose would have headed for the hills because that’s what she does….runs away. I get avoiding the drama in that situation but let’s be real, if that convo would have come up in the phillipines moose would have hopped the first plane back home

    • Susan Thorne Zavagli

      Nene get over yourself

  • Dani-K

    Great recap Norrth! So true about Kandi sharing too much of her business about Todd but I guess that’s what got them their own show. Do you think NeNe is jealous? Lol.

    • Norrth

      I would be shocked if she wasn’t. She needed Kim to get a spin off, FINALLY.