The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Season 3: Episode 16: "The Bride and the Gloom"
Lawrence gave another over the top, glittery performance of his Kandi-produced song, Closet Freak. It was a drag.
Cynthia's still trying to keep up with the Joneses, or the NeNe's since NeNe claims to be the Joneses. Cynthia doesn't have the $3,000 needed to pay for a cash bar at her wedding. Still, she refuses to forego the dinosaur exhibit and just have a smaller wedding, obviously trying to keep up the pretenses. She's clearly marrying for the right reasons.
Phaedra can't decide what nail color she wants. We can't decide if we'd want her to represent us in a court of law with that assortment of color on her nails. Not because it makes us think she's incompetent, but because it's unstylish. But at least if she's in court with Lindsay Lohan, she'd make Lindsay feel at home with her outrageous nails.
Kandi finally tells Kim she won't do another song for her if she doesn't pay her. That means, The Ring Didn't Mean a Thing won't be released if Kim doesn't pay Kandi. After Kandi received nothing from Tardy for the Party, Kandi has learned her lesson, it seems.
They also agreed to have their representatives talk about money so their friendship wouldn't be a casualty when the business is all said and done. In an interview with the camera, Kim "confided" in us that Kandi's team wanted an astronomical fee for The Ring song. Kim takes other people's money, she doesn't give hers away. Needless to say, Kim didn't agree and the song was never released.
We have to give Kim her credit, though. Like she said, she doesn't have a label backing her so a certain amount of money is coming out of her pocket for this. We don't know why Phaedra doubted that Kim had any sort of education, because it's clear she has some sort of sense, even if it is just street smarts of sort. Many artists are so wide eyed and bushy tailed when they get into the industry, the record labels, handlers, producers and "others" wind up with everything, while they end up broke.
Shere auditioned for a movie and was pretty terrible. So terrible that actress Terri Vaughn took over Shereé's audition in an attempt to show her how to play the character. You can tell the difference between a natural or seasoned actor and one trying to be one. Of course Shereé convinced herself Terri was jealous of her and wanted the role for herself. She couldn't have known more and just wanted to help Shereé.
Once Terri helped Shereé out, Shereé's performance improved exponentially.
Cynthia's mom and sister were sad that Cynthia was one of the world's first sad and depressed brides. She acted like she was getting ready to turn herself over to police, instead of walk down the aisle. Cynthia's family was equal part sad for Cynthia and upset that she was marrying Peter, someone who they say is reckless with finances and broke.
Cynthia is hellbent on having this wedding- and spending the thousands upon thousands of dollars she doesn't have on it. Cynthia's mother gave her the $3,000 for the cash bar.
They say finances is the number one thing that breaks marriages up, but Cynthia is going in with known financial difficulties.
Gregg finally apologized to NeNe for the way he treated her this season. NeNe wasn't hearing it. Too little too late? They didn't tell us if they're getting a divorce, but they said only time will tell.
Behind the scenes, Cynthia never thought she would have this moment where she walked down the aisle stairs. She couldn't find her marriage license and the pastor said he couldn't do the ceremony without it. Little did Cynthia know, her mom and sister were harboring it trying to dictate whether or not Cynthia would get married. They didn't know whether they should keep the license from Cynthia and act like they didn't have it depriving her of getting married, or let her do what they thought was a mistake and learn on her own. Thankfully, Cynthia's mom realized Cynthia would never forgive them if they hid the license from her, and turned it over.
Bravo tried really hard to make this scene dramatic. With all the housewives in attendance, they waited and waited in anticipation of whether Cynthia was going to walk down the aisle or if she was going to be a runaway bride again. We, the viewers, already knew she got married, so this anticipation never existed.
Cynthia looked beautiful walking down the stairs to Peter in dramatic fashion. If we could walk down those stars and had to go broke doing it, we would! Just kidding.
In an extra bit of randomness, Dwight pulled NeNe to the side and apologized to her. Then he whisked her away and danced with her. It kinda looked like he was into her. Like into her. Maybe if NeNe and Gregg split, she'll run away into the arms of Dwight. He was engaged to a woman a year or so ago. It could happen!
In conclusion, we learned:
- With her divorce pending and Gregg still in the basement, NeNe dreams of a move to LA...to get her happy back.
- Issues with The Ring Didn't Mean a Thing remain unresolved, and the single unreleased. Kandi travels to promote her new album.
- Phaedra balances litigating and diaper changing. She is planning Ayden's baptism. Dwight is busy planning the party.
- The producers of the film called, Shereé got the part. She's still dating...but checks credentials first.
- Kim and NeNe haven't spoken since Miami. She and Kroy are home hunting to make room for their growing family...a baby is expected in June.
- Cynthia is learning to separate romance from finance and remains happily married. Peter is opening a small lounge in Atlanta...Cynthia is not investing.