August 28th, 2009
12:42 PM ET

Family ties on 'Real Housewives'

Please tell me the producers forced Lisa to take NeNe with her to visit the family on the West Coast.

Otherwise I am at a loss as to why the boisterous NeNe at all needed to come along to celebrate Lisa’s grandma’s birthday. I suspect that even with grandma being in her 90s, she's still never met the likes of NeNe.

Thursday night’s episode didn’t quite suck me in, though I felt some sympathy for Lisa as she struggled with visiting her brother’s grave.

I was slightly annoyed that her family felt so driven to push her to do it when she was clearly not comfortable with the situation. The fact that her dad refused to allow her a few minutes alone at the site as per her request was just the icing on the cake.

But back to grandma. She looked fabulous for her age! If, as she asserted, Vaseline played a role in her looking so young then sign me up.

Back home in the ATL, Kim spent time with new cast member Khandi who is going to try and help Kim with her music career (good luck with that). As Kim goes on and on about how much alike the two of them are, I had a moment of deja vu.

Didn’t she say the same thing about Sheree last season? And we all know how that turned out.

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  1. SanginSista

    All I can say is.....the truth of all of these women will reveal itself.

    Stay tuned.....

    September 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pat

    NeNe has 'gone Hollywood' and is looking very fake this season. Kim is just trying to use someone (Kandi) to front her singing (if you can call it that) career. It annoyed me that neither NeNe or Kim even knew anything about King Tut! They all are so lost and with every episode their lack of education and class becomes more evident. Their lives seem to revolve around drinking, shopping, drinking and going to eat. I'm going to stop watching because they are giving Black women a bad name!

    September 1, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. GRAM CHER

    OMG PEOPLE–THIS IS TV–I USE IT AS AN "ESCAPE" FROM REAL LIFE. IT'S FUN TO LOOK IN ON ALL THESE CRAZY LIVES, AND SITUATIONS-I AGREE IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT–TURN IT OFF–(LIKE THERE'S ANYTHING WORTH WATCHING)
    SHEREE–SHE'S SUCH A HOT MESS–IT'S HILARIOUS THAT SHE THINKS PEOPLE ARE INTIMIDATED BY HER SUCCESS-IS SHE FOR REAL? WHAT SUCCESS????DID i MISS SOMETHING–SHE HAS HER LIFE STYLE FROM THE FAILED MARRIAGE AS FAR AS I CAN SEE, SO WHERE'S THE "SUCCESS'? SHE'S ALSO TWO-FACED AND NOT SOMEONE I'D "HANG" WITH–PLEASE......
    KIM-ANOTHER NUT CASE–VERY TWO-FACED CADDY, AND INTO THE FRIEND OF OF THE DAY. I DO THINK SHE CARES ABOUT NENE BUT THE REST ARE JUST BEING USED TO FURTHER WHATEVER HER CAUSE IS?????SING?ARE YOU KIDDING????MY DOG ACTUALLY HOWLS BETTER THAN KIM SINGS....
    KHANDI IS NEW SO I'M GONNA GIVE HER SOME TIME TO SHOW US WHO SHE IS AND WHAT SHE'S ABOUT–SHE CAN SING, BUT WHAT SHE CAN DO TO HELP KIM????VOICE BOX REPLACEMENT?
    DWIGHT–LOVE HIM–I FEEL HE'S REAL AND I LOVE HIS INTERACTION ON THE SHOW
    LISA–JUST DON'T KNOW–WAS SHE EVER REALLY ON CRACK? IF SO, WHY'S SHE ASKING WHAT A CRACK WHORE IS?????
    WHAT HAPPENED TO DESHAWN? TOO MUCH CLASS FOR THE SHOW?
    NENE IS AWESOME-I LOVE THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE SHE BRINGS TO THE SHOW-I THINK SHE'S HILARIOUS AND PROBABLY THE ONLY GENUINE PERSON (OTHER THAN DWIGHT)
    GO NENE-MAYBE YOU AND DWIGHT WILL GET A SPIN OFF SHOW–IT'D BE AWESOME–I LOVE WATCHING THE SHOW–MOST OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW AT LEAST WATCH OCCASIONALLY–I DON'T MISS AN EPISODE–I'M ADDICTED..

    September 1, 2009 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. lauratheresa

    I enjoy the show very much.I agree with Khandi's mom regarding her relationship–at a gathering he was constantly texting & seemed bored & disinterested ,he was rude–it will not work. Kim can not sing at all–she sounds like a cat drowning in water.All the rest are pretty cool. Lisa's husband ED received 92% of vote for Hot husband on "Live: watch what Happens". I totally agree. peace to all !!

    August 31, 2009 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. j

    This show is wacked out .....do something better with your lives and read a book or do things with your children ...... Don't waste your time living someone elses life through a horrible show...

    August 30, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. miko

    Lisa invited NeNe because she needed a friend to be with her during a difficult time. Thats what true friends do for eachother.

    Khandi needs to figure out why she chooses this type of man and why she allows her mother to have such power over her life.

    I can't wait to see Khandi's face when Kim starts singing. Kim is a HOT mess. Too bad Big Poppa can't buy her some loyality!!

    August 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. deanZer2418

    ne-ne try to hard to fit in. really she is a back alley maybe, maybe not no daddy haveing havin ass... need to fine out who her dead moma got knock up by.. and quit being so messy. per south phx az...

    August 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. with friends like them you need no enemies

    Why does NeNe fill the need to be peacemaker is beyond me, when she is the one who keeps up the most drama. Why do they need to be friends is crazy. They should call the show the Low budget Desperate, nasty, who can be the bigger _itch housewives of Atlanta. Khandi listen to your mother. You are the catch, not that fool with all of those babies and babies momma’s. Give your relationship time to grow, you have not been together for a year yet. You will be helping him with CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS.

    August 29, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. NICOLE

    My feelings are if you have a problem with the show please do me a favor and don't watch it! Everyone has a choice. I choose to watch it for entertainment not to take everything at face value. Everyone knows that if you somehow end up working, living or whatever with a particular person you may end up spending more time with that person. That being said, NeNe and Lisa now live by each other and have begun to exercise together, go out to different events together also so, yes , I can see that Lisa may end up asking NeNe to go on a trip with her for support. NeNe reminds me of myself as far as trying to make light of a serious situation. She is a very funny and outgoing lady. Please do not hate! Most people are drawn to people like that, even if to just help to maybe cheer you up or have some fun! Life is so short people why take everything so literally? Loosen up and live just a little! Again for all the people that complain about how they hate the show ........ do me and all of the others that are fans of the show and do not watch it! Turn you tv off and spend time doing something else.

    August 29, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. EK

    Only in America!

    August 29, 2009 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. DEEVA

    The ATL must be so embarrassed with these people....Kandi is the only one that has any resources...everyone else is perpertrating...it is so sad.....when one feels good about one's self one does not need to try sooo hard to make people think one is something one truly is not....

    August 29, 2009 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. rachel

    the best designer in Atlanta is Renee Sanning of Renee Renee. I know because I covered the fashion beat here for various magazines in this city for years.

    August 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barbara

    Come on folks, these woman are so catty it makes my head spin, its a wonder any of them are friends?? And Sheree, please give us a break, not only is she not the best designer in Atlanta, she doesn't even know how to dress, what was that disaster she was wearing last night. And to ask for perks like a super fine car and Tiffany jewelry, who does she think she really is. Naomi Campbell model for Sheree, hardly!!! And who is smoking crack, can Kim hear herself sing? They all talk about having class, but they swear like sailors and talk about money all the time. The really rich don't talk about it, they don't have to. They all need to take a look in the mirror, they spread rumors as fast as their hips are spreading. Do us a favor try being a real housewife for a day and see if they can make it without the nails, hair, nannies and shopping sprees. Sheree get a fashion sense before you decide to make clothers. A real designer can make, sew and designthe clothes, you haven't done anything but sit back.

    August 28, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jamie

    Ok – I love how the event planners came to Sheree to have her part of the party by letting her have a mini fashion show and then her minions were demanding Tiffany jewlery and transportation for her – like the party is for her. Hello? Seriously, she needs to get over herself and stop thinking everything is about her.
    Kim – I would love to see her actually work and not mooch off rich men and actually parent her kids instead of acting like their girlfriend.
    NeNe – love her but she's got an "I'm so famous now" attitude. Get rid of it.
    Lisa – I think she grossly overplays her business ventures – as she can't even pay her mortgage and was reduced to have a short sale on her home and then played coy and acted like no one in the world understands a short sale is for people who haven't paid their mortgage in a while and are close to foreclosure.
    Khandi – she seems to be the most with it and if she is using the show to promote the fact that she is in the music industry and is making an album – so what? The show is about the lives of these women and that's her life. She is in the same home she's had since she first made it big, invests and is a credible part of her industry. If I was her, I would have done the show too – free publicity.
    Dwight – love him, love him, love him. He is who he is and if you don't like it – then move on. He needs his own show, seriously!

    August 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. t.l.dixon

    I still can't believe anybody watches that stuff-I wonder do they have their own lives,friends,families?I wonder would out country be a better place to live if people were as interested in the people in their own lives as they are in people they don't know?

    August 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. CYS

    I am a fan of the show and I agree, last nights show was not as interesting as the others......which in and of itself is a little scary on my part. However, I really began to think about how the ladies of this show are portrayed or portray themselves and if women in other states really believe that these ladies are a reflection of the women in Atlanta. Last night's episode with Nene and Lisa in California appeared contribed, very much inauthentic, as if the two were trying too hard. What drew may viewers to both Nene and Lisa is that, of the entire cast, they appeared to be the most genuine. I hope that this is not the direction in which the both are headed....they will loose fans.

    August 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. theone

    i love this show but now it just seem like it is supered staged. i mean come on. first nene is starting to try to hard. i like her because she WAS her self now she just preforming for the cameras. kandi is just wayyyy to boring i feel like she just promoting her so called album that she will come out with. she is old now the new cats taking over and she looks like the average person she need a style. sheree is a hot mess why is she on there. she have nuttin going on and she is not a house wife she has no husband. lisa dont get me started to fake and she use to be a crackhead so now why she faking like she dont know what it is is really trippin me out. sometimes she seem like she still on crack. all this mo jo is a wreak if it doesnt get better i will stop watching to scriped

    August 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Queen 822

    Yeah, Kim did the same thing with Sheree last season. They were "Twins" last season and Kim was the white version of Sheree and Sheree was the black version of Kim. They has so much in common and were so alike......yeah right!!!

    There was no need to force Lisa to go to the cemetary to see her brothers grave. What does it do but make you cry. When a person is gone they are gone. You can go visit the grave all you want but they are gone. You are talking to air when you go visit them. That brother of hers was not right. What's next, are they going to have Thanksgivign dinner at the grave????

    August 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Anonymous

    Deja Vu is RIGHT; when Kim feels close to someone all of a sudden, they are 'cut from the same' cloth. Maybe she has abandonment issues or self esteem problems. And to say that every time she makes a new friend NeNe gets mad, I don't see that because when she and Khandi went out to eat, it was KIM that was filling Khandi's head with trash about Lisa and NeNe so it seems to ME like KIM was jealous that the two of them went out of town together.

    August 28, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |

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