In our mind, the person who needs to make amends for turning an otherwise pleasant occasion into a tense situation is Peter, who arrived over four hours late with Cynthia Bailey and began picking on everyone in his path – from Lawrence and Phaedra to Shereé and Apollo.
But that’s the thing about Phaedra. She’s a Southern Belle, through and through. We are sure she is sorry that her husband got into a verbal spat with Angry Peter. She’s also woman enough to apologize to Kim and Kroy for the tension that blow up caused at their son’s baby shower. We just love her because Phaedra is a doll and smart enough to understand the irresistible power of the words “I’m sorry.”
While she may be polite, Phaedra’s also a bit of a performance artist and comedian. When all the ladies get together to celebrate Kandi Burruss’s 35th birthday party, we suspect everyone else arrived with the usual, conventional gifts. But not Ms. Parks.
A lover of pomp and circumstance and, of course “formalities,” Phaedra unveils a large red package and inside of it is Ridickulous, a live man, dressed in a sexed-up boxer’s sweat suit. As he dances and writhes toward Kandi and her mother Joyce, it becomes obvious that neither lady has a freak factor high enough to tolerate the big surprise that Ridickulous is about to unwrap. Leave it to Phaedra to unmask Kandi as wannabe freaky and not actually as wild as she would like the other women to believe. (see preview)
Elsewhere in the ATL, we will watch Cynthia and her sister Mallory go to visit Peter as he is preparing to open Bar One, his newest lounge/tapas bar. At first Peter is courtly and jumps down off of a ladder to greet his wife and sister-in-law. As Peter and Mallory talk, Peter tells us that because he and Mallory always got along, it was Mallory’s duty to support the marriage even though Mallory knew Cynthia was miserable – and nearly suicidal – at the time of their wedding. And then Peter raises his voice and tells Mallory that she should mind her own business and Mal counters that “Cynthia is my business.” (see preview)
This is one tricky situation. In truth, we think they’re both right. Mallory owes it to her sister to warn her that she’s about to marry a complete jerk. How could she live with herself if she didn’t speak up? We once hid our reservations about someone’s marriage and when it fell apart and mentioned we never liked the woman, our friend was heartbroken, and asked “why didn’t you tell me this?” We felt awful that we bit out tongue to be polite and mind our own business.
Hiding the marriage certificate is another thing entirely. That was just wrong. But we think Mallory was right in trying to tell her sister that there are huge red flags flying all around Peter. Every Housewives viewer in the country could see those same flags. And we still do.
But as much as we dislike him, we have to say that Cynthia is now more of Peter’s business than she is Mallory’s because Peter is Cynthia’s husband. Just writing those words makes us laugh in a nervous sort of way because it is becoming obvious that there is a huge turf war over Cynthia. Last week Leon said he’s been in the Cynthia Bailey business longer than Peter has. And now Mallory is going to start arguing that Cynthia is her business, too.
Either everyone she knows and loves is warning her that Peter is a jerk, or Cynthia is so weak that the people she loves are trying to take control over here because they have no respect for how she handles her own life. It seems to us that the only real solution is for Cynthia to tell Peter, Mallory and Leon to all mind their own business and to respect her as a fully-functioning person, who is perfectly capable of making her own decisions. The only risk we see here is that Peter is going to leave her if she says these words.
We say that because in his newest interview in Uptown magazine that came out four days ago, Peter continues to meddle in the lives of his wife’s friends/colleagues. In it, he claims, “I’m a man’s man and I don’t have no problem repping that to the fullest.” If that were true, why is it that he spends so much time commenting on the lives of women he clearly doesn’t like? If he is a man’s man, where are his male friends? Why does he feel the need to say, less than a week ago, quite a few negative things about the cast? What do you think about what Peter most recent comments in Uptown?
- On Shereé: “I’m gone say how I feel. She thinks she’s cute but I don’t think she’s cute.”
On NeNe: “When I say NeNe is loud, it’s because NeNe got a big ass mouth but I love her.”
On Kim: “When I say Kim is crazy as hell, it’s because her mouth is so reckless. All kinds of s**t come out of her mouth. I don’t think they have ever shot Kim without beeping, without beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep, because she talks crazy. That’s how she talks.”
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