I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of Atlanta Oct 12, 2010
Unlike Season Two of New Jersey, while we waiting week after week for something, anything to happen that would justify these women being in a television series, the women of Atlanta are “On” from the beginning.
The show opens with Kim Zolciak jogging with her assistant, Sweetie (Kim: yes, that is her real name given to her by her mother) through the streets of Atlanta as cars drive by beeping and Kim’s screaming back at the people of Atlanta. Kim comes to the brilliant conclusion that since men are cat calling them, they must not need to exercise as they’re already hot! As she turns her attention to a beer delivery truck and runs across traffic to demand a free beer, she quickly learns that the beer truck driver is not a big enough fan to put his job on the line by passing out beer on the street. Just a guess, but I’ll bet the man doesn’t have a license to distribute on the streets of Atlanta.
Not to be deterred, Kim sends Sweetie into the establishment to ask for a free beer, could this woman get any more tacky? Later Sweetie proves that she’s got more sense than her boss when a call comes in with an offer for a gig. I’m still shocked that anyone wants to listen to this woman sing, honestly without Kandi and a high tech auto-tune device, Kim would be on the streets with a Salvation Army bucket where people would pay her not to sing!
Kim offers to bring Kandi along to this performance in front of 10,000 screaming fans, and we learn that Kandi’s efforts to produce Kim’s one and only song have yielded a profit in excess of $80,000 and Kandi naturally assumed that the proceeds would be split evenly between herself and Kim Zolciak. Now this is information that I wanted to know and while it doesn’t surprise me all that much that Kim would Bogart all of the money, I think Kandi had a pretty good legal case if she wanted to pursue it with the selfish bitch. Apparently Kim’s attorney informed her that without a prior written contract, she wasn’t obligated to give Kandi a dime.
Bravo’s footage of Kandi’s work would most likely have given a judge cause to differ with Kim’s attorney but regardless of Kim’s legal obligation to pay Kandi, wouldn’t it just be the right thing to do? Kim readily admits that without Kandi, this song remains on paper and not on the airwaves and that is something that I’ll never forgive Kandi for her part in releasing this horrendous song! The only question left to ask is who are these 80,000 people who downloaded “Tardy For The Party” at 99 cents a pop? Kim’s tweet during the show:
@KimZolciak: Before ya all jump to conclusion get it straight! I would never screw my friend EVER! I know where I came from! Goodnight
From Kim’s Blog on BravoTV.com:
“I am quite shocked that she thinks I dont appreciate her and implies I never gave her any money for “Tardy for The Party.” I did. There was miscommunication regarding who gets what from the sales on iTunes, but I for sure wrote her a couple of checks. That is neither here nor there, and I will never allow money to come between our friendship. Why did she bring me up to Ne-Yo? I am fully aware I am not a Whitney Houston, however I am having fun and if it wasn’t for Kandi YES, I wouldn’t have any songs out. I am NOT ashamed by my vocal ability nor do I appreciate my friend talking about me and my much needed “training wheels.” Kandi has never said these things to my face, however I admire Kandi as she has had a very successful music career”
Kim says, “but I for sure wrote her a couple of checks”, yet Kandi clearly stated on the show that she fully expected a 50/50 split but received nothing, I tend to believe Kandi. Kim has been caught in too many lies in the past to make her credible. Kim is not denying Kandi’s statement that the song made $80 – $100 thousand dollars and Kim’s vague statement that she wrote Kandi a couple of checks doesn’t convince me. If Kim cut Kandi in to the profits, why not say tell us exactly how much was written on those checks? Why would Kandi lie about that?
Before we move onto the other ladies of Atlanta, just one more comment about the genius Kim Zolciak! Best we can tell, this moron does not know Phaedra Parks yet does not welcome her to the Real Housewives family simply because of “rumors” that she’s heard about Phaedra. When the ladies learn that Phaedra’s husband Angelo had been in prison, the gossip begins and Kim Zolciak in her infinite wisdom interviews that 6 years in prison could have been a sentence for murder? What world does this woman live in? Murder? Could she be a bigger idiot?
Kandi has got to be my favorite Atlanta housewife and her story opens in the recording studio where she is interrupted by a phone call from her daughter asking where her favorite teddy bear is and Kandi tells her that Teddy is in the dryer and wishes her good night. That was the sweetest scene and one that many mom’s can certainly relate to. We learn that Kandi is working on an album and has moved from Capital Records to Uptown Records aspiring to have more than just an ITunes download available, she’s releasing a real, honest to goodness recording that you can go out and buy in a store.
Kandi later meets up with her friends, newest housewife Cynthia Bailey and her fiancé Peter to discuss Kandi’s performance in the Uptown Supper Club, owned by Peter. Kandi was supported during her show by all the housewives and even the “extra” housewife Dwight, but we’ll get back to him. Kandi did a great job with the show and proves that she can write the songs as well as sing them.
Cynthia is introduced while visiting a street fair with NeNe Leakes, the two ladies walk and talk as we learn that Cynthia has been engaged no less than three times but feels pressure by Peter to marry before he turns 50 years old. Cynthia, a self described “super model” moved herself and her daughter to Atlanta from New York City to be with the man that she loves. A fine reason to move but her goals of turning Atlanta into New York may be a bit too ambitious.
Cynthia is absolutely stunning and as she poses for her photographs it is clear why she is successful in the modeling world. I just find it amusing when models describe themselves as a “super-model”. It would be much more humble and gracious to just provide your vocation as “Model” and allow others to include the “Super” if it is fitting. In any case, she may have earned the “Super Model” title based on her portfolio but it’s a bit presumptuous to give yourself that title. Similar to adding “award winning” in front of your name every chance you get or celebrities subtly reminding everyone about their Emmy or Oscar awards.
Personally, I had not heard of Cynthia Bailey prior to her joining the Real Housewives of Atlanta and by some people’s definition of “Super-Model” being a household name is one of the standards. But if given a choice between giving Cynthia the title of super model or Kim the title of “pop star”, I’d choose Cynthia any day!
This short introduction to Cynthia Bailey provides a small glimpse into her life and an even smaller shot of her 10-year old daughter, but so far, I like this addition to the cast.
Cynthia is introduced initially as a friend of NeNe Leakes who tells Cynthia that her marriage may not be salvageable. Problems between NeNe and her husband Gregg have escalated due to issues we’ve seen on screen and apparently more we haven’t seen that happened off screen.
While we have yet to see NeNe’s youngest son, we do watch as NeNe has a very serious discussion with her oldest son Brice. At 20 years old, NeNe doesn’t feel his is responsible having no job and not attending school, this is unacceptable and while it’s not clear where Brice is residing at the moment, he had come to see his mother, hat in hand, to ask if he would be welcomed back into her home to live.
I have mixed feelings on NeNe’s discussion with her son, I was impressed that she didn’t just cave and rent him a u-haul and make up his bed, but she seemed unfocused in her expectations of this young man. Possibly the conversation was edited strangely but NeNe began strong telling Brice that he doesn’t work or go to school which is unacceptable. It also seemed important to NeNe that Brice help out around the house, clean up after himself and spend some time with his younger brother while living with his mother. NeNe seemed less than concerned about Brice’s drug use as we learn that he was arrested for marijuana possession.
NeNe seemed more disgusted that Brice was stupid enough to bring marijuana into a jail lock up to visit a friend knowing visitors to any jail would be searched. She seemed less concerned that he had the drugs to begin with or that he has a friend doing time in jail.
NeNe was smart to put her son on a time limit and they agreed on 90-days for Brice to get his act together, get a job and move out. (apparently Brice didn’t get any tips from watching Mary’s daughter Lolly negotiating for more time) Personally, I’m not convinced that 90-days is enough time for Brice to get a job, save money and become independent by moving out on his own but that is the time frame that he agreed to. I just hope that isn’t a set up for failure because according to NeNe, this is his last chance and there will be no coming home again after his 90-day freebee.
We saw a different side of Sheree tonight, for the past two seasons it was all about her going through a divorce and finding her independence. In the past she seemed to have a tough exterior one that let no one in and she seemed artificial.
Tonight, going on her first blind date, Sheree was softer and more open to dating and love in her life. She was funny and opened up to her date, impressed that he sent a car to pick her up yet unimpressed by his choice of the date location, Sheree informs us that she could possibly be the only black woman who can’t dance! Describing herself as a black woman in a white woman’s body, she’s nervous about having to dance on this date but quickly warms up to the idea when her date is surprisingly attractive, open and helps Sheree learn a bit of dancing skills.
I enjoyed Sheree’s scenes quite a bit more than anything we’ve seen in the past from Sheree she is much more warm, open and likable, even without any rhythm. I hope to see more of this side of Sheree this season.
Last but not least Phaedra shows us a bit of her professional side allowing cameras in to film her consultation with a client who admits to having a “lot” of marijuana on him when he was arrested most recently. Obviously a regular client of Phaedra, this news did not shock her in the least but she simply asks this man who isn’t the least bit embarrassed by his run in with the law, if he has enough money to pay her attorney’s fees.
The second time during this episode that marijuana use is mentioned without much concern, as a criminal attorney, I suppose Phaedra’s heard it all and seen it all so a marijuana possession is most likely nothing to her.
I think it is unfortunate that she is friendly with Dwight as it seemed to have made her an outcast from day one with the old crew and I really would have liked to see their reaction to her without any outside influences. Kim, for example, hasn’t even ever spoken to the woman but seems to hate her just because of her relationship with Dwight, who is enemy number one at the moment.
It was nice to see all of the ladies come out in support of Kandi, even NeNe who had a few confrontations with Kandi last season was present and took care not to cause a scene in her friend’s club.
NeNe and Dwight had a nice conversation and while nothing was really resolved, as NeNe pointed out in her blog, it doesn’t matter. Knowing that she can’t trust Dwight any longer helped her make a decision about their friendship, I think it also helped her make a decision about her marriage, Watch What Happens…
Bravo has posted two previews for next week:
Until Next Week….