In the season 9 finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, titled “Chateau She Did That,” Riley reunites with her father, Kandi learns that she’s being sued, Sheree throws a big housewarming party (but Kenya puts a damper on the festivities) and a former housewife stirs up some drama of her own.
Sheree is preparing for her housewarming party, which she promises will be the hottest event of the season. Sheree — and everybody else — has been waiting five years for her house to be ready. She is worried about what the other ladies are going to think since they have been known to pick “shit” apart. (Cue a series of clips showing Kenya and Nene slamming Sheree’s chateau.)
Father Doesn’t Know Squat
Kandi and Riley meet up with Riley’s dad, Block. It’s been a few years since Riley’s seen her dad, but he’s been reaching out consistently lately, so Kandi suggests that they all go to Riley’s favorite restaurant. For a hot minute, it looks like Block might bail, but he rolls in and receives a frosty reception from his daughter. Kandi does her best to break the ice, playing a song she wrote for her daughter called “Better Late Than Never.” The irony isn’t lost on Dad.
Kandi decides to leave the table to give her daughter and his dad a chance to connect. Riley grabs on to Kandi, begging her mom not to go, but Kandi practices some tough love. Block wastes no time asking his daughter if she wants to know where’s he’s been or why he left. Riley says, “Not really.” Block says he was in the hospital when Riley was born, and Riley asks if he signed the birth certificate, already knowing that the answer is a resounding no. Block insists he’s trying to make up for lost time.
Kandi returns to the table and confirms that while Block wasn’t there when Riley came out, he did stop by. Kandi asks her daughter if she ever remembers a time when she was in constant communication with her father, and when Riley says no, Block claims she’s been brainwashed. Kandi states that Block has had Riley’s number since she was 5 years old and chose not to use it, but Block disagrees. He also believes that Kandi’s dropped the ball by not encouraging Riley more to reach out to him.
The two go back and forth until Riley intervenes. She says if anyone was brainwashed, it was Block for thinking he was around. Block apologizes, and he’s eager to move forward. Riley throws Block a bone, indicating that she’s open to a better relationship in the future, but it’s obvious that she’s not holding her breath.
A Kandi-Koated Lawsuit
Kandi’s former employee Johnnie and Phaedra have another sit-down with Phaedra’s friend and attorney, Oscar. It’s time to find out if Oscar thinks Johnnie has a case against Kandi. Phaedra swears that none of this has anything to do with her; it’s about the law, which is black and white. (I’m not sure why the hell she’s at the meeting at this point if that’s the case.)
Oscar informs Johnnie that the partners have decided not to represent him with respect to the contract claim related to the Old Lady Gang restaurant. But it’s not all bad news. They are interested in representing him regarding the wage claim. Oscar introduces Johnnie to his co-counsel, who will be trying his case.
The woman questions if Johnnie was employed by Kandi Koated Entertainment at the time of Todd and Kandi’s wedding. Johnnie responds that he was and outlines his role in the Coming to America-themed extravaganza. He asserts that he worked around the clock to pull the wedding off but only got paid for five working days. Phaedra chimes in that she’s done the math, and she figures that instead of minimum wage Johnnie only pulled in a little over two bucks an hour. She claims that she’s got no skin in this game and it won’t make her any richer, but I suspect that she’s getting some personal satisfaction in knowing that Kandi’s going to squirm.
Kandi gets a call from her right-hand man, Don Juan. He breaks the news about Johnnie filing a lawsuit saying that Kandi owes him overtime pay. Kandi laughs it off, and Todd congratulates his wife on officially being a mogul. It seems Tyler Perry warned Kandi to keep some money set aside specifically for these types of frivolous lawsuits. Kandi figures that Johnnie’s checks have dried up, and without her around to help promote his business he’s decided to come looking for a handout.
Even though Kandi supposedly just got the news, she tells Todd she heard that Johnnie told a mutual acquaintance that he’s been talking to Phaedra. Kandi thinks Phaedra put a bug in Johnnie’s ear to sue her.
Bitter Betty and Duck Lips
The night of Sheree’s masquerade-themed party finally arrives. The only date Phaedra could drum up is Dwight, who has had so much plastic surgery at this point that he looks like a wax figure that has started to melt. We all know Dwight is no fan of Sheree’s, having had run-ins with her in the past regarding her non-existent fashion line. But he greets Sheree like they’re long-lost pals, so they must have buried the hatchet … in each other’s backs.
Despite her best efforts, Sheree’s house isn’t entirely ready. She’s missing some appliances among other things. Sheree has now decided that a house of this magnitude could take her a lifetime to decorate; you can’t rush a masterpiece. To be on the safe side, Sheree has hired security to prevent “nosy bitches” from going where they aren’t supposed to.
All the ladies are in attendance, and it isn’t long before Cynthia fills Porsha in on the OLG preview and the surprise appearance by Apollo’s new girlfriend. Cynthia figures that since Sheree is otherwise occupied, she’ll fill in as the bone collector of the group.
Porsha is glad that Phaedra didn’t attend since it might have been awkward. This surprises Cynthia, who thinks Phaedra shouldn’t or wouldn’t have a problem coming face to face with Apollo’s side piece. The couple has been together for four years, but Apollo’s only been locked up for two. That is some messy, messy business.
Porsha can’t wait to run to Phaedra with the news, and Phaedra thinks Kandi has dropped to a “new level of low.” As Kandi predicted, Phaedra believes that Kandi and Todd invited the woman just to hurt her. Phaedra tells Porsha and Dwight that she’s reached a point where she’s ready to knock Kandi’s head off.
Not only are current Housewives on hand to celebrate, but two previous ones drop by as well: Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Lisa Wu. Sheree and Kim have had a checkered past, but according to Sheree they became cool several years ago, and Sheree was even in Kim’s wedding. Those wig-tugging days are so over.
Kim breezes right past Kandi, who feels like it’s been so long since she’s seen Kim that it’s like they never knew each other. She predicts this is “gonna be some mess.”
Kenya arrives and can’t wait to take a look around. Under the guise of searching for a restroom, Kenya and Kandi wind up in Sheree’s very unfinished basement. Kenya is beside herself, and she acts as if she found a dead body and a pot of gold at the same time. Kandi doesn’t see the big deal and points out that lots of people have unfinished basements. It just so happens that Kenya isn’t one of them. After all the digs that Kenya and Sheree have taken at each other over their houses, you just knew Kenya wasn’t going to rest until she found a flaw.
One of Sheree’s friends appears and escorts the ladies out of the basement. When Sheree learns that security has been breached, she throws an epic fit. Sheree questions why the ladies went into the basement unless they were trying to be nosy, and Kim agrees. Kandi and Kenya apologize, but Kenya isn’t interested in taking etiquette lessons from anyone, much less Kim, aka “octomom.”
But now Kenya is on a roll. She points out that Sheree appears to have copied some of her design ideas. The tour continues and so do Kenya’s snide comments.
Kandi decides to greet Kim, who doesn’t seem to think there should be any awkwardness after five years. Kandi’s also ready to let the past go.
The tour abruptly ends as Sheree finally loses her shit over Kenya’s petty behavior. Kim asks why Kenya is being an asshole. Kenya tells Kim to butt out, but Kim’s determined to stick up for her friend. Kenya criticizes Kim’s looks and the fact that Kim’s had six kids with three different men. And just for good measure, she throws it in Kim’s face that Kroy is unemployed as well. Kim responds that with $20 million in the bank, she and her husband are doing just fine. Kim is convinced that Kenya wants to be her since Kenya currently has no children and no man.
Kim actually tries to throw Kenya out of Sheree’s house, and Kenya’s response is to slam Kim’s duck lips. (I’m with Kenya on this one. Kim looks ridiculous.) Sheree isn’t about to let these two steal her spotlight, so she puts the attention back where it belongs — on her. No petty “basement bitch” is going to ruin Sheree’s big night.
You Hate, I’ll Be Great
There’s still something more unfinished than Sheree’s basement — the business between Phaedra and Kandi. The two finally sit down, and Kandi tells Phaedra about the OLG opening. Kandi makes it clear that, had she known in advance about Apollo’s girlfriend, she would have never let it happen and apologizes. Phaedra accepts Kandi’s apology, but things between these two former besties will “never be right.”
Kandi brings up the lawsuit and asks Phaedra straight-up if she’s the one who advised Johnnie to sue her. Phaedra says that, as an attorney, she can’t speak on that. It would be unethical. And that is that. Phaedra does admit that she’s not friends with Johnnie, nor does she seek out clients or people to give advice to. Kandi sums things up as this: “It is what it is.”
In other news, a judge has sided with Apollo and threw out the couple’s divorce agreement, the OLG restaurant has officially opened, Kandi is reaping the benefits of writing Ed Sheeran’s latest hit “Shape of You,” Cynthia and Peter are dating (just not each other), Todd and Porsha have put baby plans on hold and Sheree’s book has been published (but rumors linger that she’s still not living at the chateau).
Was Kenya’s behavior at the party completely out of line? Was Kim right to step in or should she have kept her big lips shut? Are you eager to see what goes down at the reunion? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.