In case you missed it, Real Housewives of Atlanta aired a new episode last night (and we recapped it right here) of the group ending their Mexican getaway and per usual, it was pretty explosive. This segment revealed some interesting confrontations that occurred between the cast members, most notably Greg and Nene Leakes getting into it with “acting like a b*tch” Peter Thomas. That scuffle saw Greg threatening Peter to a showdown over getting up in his wife Nene’s face following Kenya’s charity ball she threw in Nene’s “honor.” It all made for great television and was pretty messy. However, the most interesting story line continues to be that of Phaedra Parks and her criminal hubby Apollo Nida.
That Apollo keeps digging a deeper ditch for himself to be buried in and personally, my heart goes out to Phaedra. As you know, CDL has been closely following these two ever since word broke of Apollo’s fraudulent business practices and pending criminal charges. Mostly we have been waiting to see what involvement, if any, Phaedra had in Apollo’s schemes and if the Fed’s are going to indict her in conjunction with her husband. Well the more we get to see the couple interact on RHOA every week with the knowledge of the legal proceedings they were and still are facing, the more we become Phaedra supporters. Even if she is a criminal mastermind, she is also a mother and a wife who is being mistreated by her husband. It is sickening to watch.
The episode picks up where it left off last week, with Phaedra walking in to see Apollo chatting Kenya up privately in what looks to be the hotel bar where the crew is staying. Phaedra leaves the bar, rightly upset that Kenya and her husband are having a one on one discussion, to go back to her hotel room and sleep. Apollo meets her at their hotel room and after a brief conversation he leaves his wife sitting outside the door without a room key to get in at 2 am in the morning. The next day, Apollo greets Phaedra with a flower at breakfast in an obvious attempt to make amends.
Apollo continues his peacemaking efforts that day by arranging a pre-birthday surprise for his wife with the help of the other ladies. This is where Apollo really perturbed us. First, he brings a piñata for everyone to hit and it starts out as a lot of fun. Then someone finally breaks it open, and a bunch of condoms spill out on the floor. This drew a distinct look of criticism from most of the cast who were probably thinking, why the heck did he fill the piñata up with condoms for his wife? As the party wears on, a few of the guests like Kandi grabbed a microphone and made some kind and sweet remarks about Phaedra. Apollo then follows suit, grabs the mic and basically says two things to his wife. One, he thanks for having his kids and two, he wants to move forward from where they are. A blank stare is all that could be mustered following the super short speech.
Kenya Moore of course jumped on this incident in her confessional saying, “does anyone else hear the crickets?” Now at this point it becomes poignantly clear that she is a messy little jezebel. Especially when taken into consideration with comments her traveling companion Miss Lawrence made on the beach in her presence that day to Cynthia and Peter; Miss Lawrence shared that he thinks Kenya and Apollo have Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt chemistry. It was a highly inappropriate comment and it suggests that perhaps Kenya is busy stirring up the pot. Everyone knows that Miss Lawrence and Kenya are friends, but what a lot of folks don’t know is that Miss Lawrence has never been a Phaedra fan. Those two were probably talking about the Phaedra and Apollo situation when they were alone. It is definitely clear that shade was being thrown and it didn’t stop there.
Kenya had the group all sit down their last night in a setting that replicated the infamous pillow talk party, much to the dismay of everyone else who wanted to put that debacle into the history books and not re-live it. Kenya had prepared questions on cards just like Nene but promised that they weren’t as bad. Miss Lawrence pulled one that asked for a definition of cheating. After Miss Lawrence shared his definition of cheating, he shared his view that all men cheat. Then he threw major shade towards Apollo and Phaedra by boldly asking them what they thought. Apollo had the nerve to say that he agreed that not only men but also women cheat, saying “everyone cheats” to the group. Phaedra comments in her confessional that it wasn’t Apollo but Don Julio tequila speaking then, but the damage was already done. We all got to see what kind of man Apollo really is. Kenya then dismisses the men so the ladies can have some private time with each other.
Kenya used this opportunity to first jump on Nene’s case about her friend Marlo Hampton before turning her attention to Phaedra, who it seem was the person she really wanted to confront. Phaedra tells Kenya that she and her husband do not want to be friends with her. Then Kenya hits way below the belt and tells Phaedra not to speak for her husband, because he told her that he wants to be her friend. It was an ugly moment and the discussion did not end well. Both ladies agreed not to trust each other and the feelings of animosity between them jumped off the screen. As the ladies left to join the men and see what’s going on with the commotion of Peter and Greg’s fight, the camera pans to see Phaedra cuddled up tight next to her husband with a look of forlorn on her face.
Apollo has been wrong and he keeps proving it time and time again. From fraternizing with the enemy that blatantly stole him and his wife’s fitness DVD idea to throwing an embarrassing birthday party complete with a lack luster speech, Apollo is proving to be the jerk we have long suspected him to be. One of Apollo’s followers tweeted that his birthday speech sucked and he responded with his own tweet saying, “It was really good but they edited it & that’s something I can’t control.” Maybe Apollo did say more meaningful words on the mic at his wife’s party and they were edited out for entertainment sake but you can’t edit in the rest of his tom foolery. The condoms and cheating comments did not paint a picture of solidarity in his marriage with Phaedra at all and did nothing to help repair his tarnished personal image.
Phaedra please leave this dude alone. Focus on the repair of your image and business empire for the sake of your children. “A true southern belle knows her worth” and you are worth so much more than this. Seeing you so thin and stressed is troubling for your fans. Your girl Kandi Buruss was on Watch What Happens Live last night with Andy Cohen, and commented that you and Apollo are still together and not breaking up anytime soon to her knowledge. It is easy to understand you wanting to save your marriage and we wish you well either way, but Apollo is bad news. The world now knows that you were suffering through his actions and behaviors while supporting him in his legal troubles. During the Mexican getaway you guys were coming together to tackle his impending trial, the least he could do was support you as his wife and keep the Kenya drama away. He did the exact opposite.
This has been some filthy dirty laundry and we still need your help washing it all out. What do you think about Apollo’s behavior during the Mexico getaway? What do you think Phaedra should do? Let us know what you think about all this in the comments section below. We want to know your thoughts!