Best Moments from 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Season 4

Best Moments from 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Season 4
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 06, 2012

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Season 4 kicked off with a bang when Sheree accused NeNe of stealing money from her for an appearance fee. The ladies met over lunch (of course) to discuss the details. Unfortunately nothing is resolved as they both go for the jugular – hurling tons of insults at each other. “While you were busy running your mouth, I was running to the bank, sweetie,” declared NeNe. “I am rich, b***h.”

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Peter’s interview with a magazine left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. But no one was angrier than Apollo, who warned Peter: “Back down, you’re too old." Jabs were thrown, but luckily they were only verbal.

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We have many things to thank Phaedra Parks for, and one is her introducing the word “ridickulous” to us. In one of the season’s more memorable episodes, Phaedra brought a stripper named Ridickulous to perform at Kandi’s party. All hell (and an anaconda) breaks loose. Those who weren’t impressed by his ability to “pleasure himself” were utterly repulsed. Especially Mama Joyce!

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In episode 10, Phaedra was determined to get all the ladies on board for a trip to South Africa. She took Kandi to an African dance class with lots of sweating, booty-smacking and drums. Phaedra and Sheree later took a field trip to a Black history museum. A self-described “connoisseur of artistic nudity,” Phaedra groped a statue of a slave and his family jewels. Disappointed, she said he was no Ridickulous.

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This scene from episode 12 was right out of the movie Coming to America. But instead of Prince Akeem and Semmi toting huge designer luggage out of the airport, it was besties Marlo Hampton and NeNe Leakes, who clearly packed way more than they needed for their 10-day trip to South Africa.

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Lawd, why did Sheree go and invite only Phaedra and Kandi to her friend’s party in South Africa on episode 12? NeNe and Cynthia didn’t particularly care, but Marlo was plenty upset and decided to confront her about the party… and her habit of returning clothes to Neiman Marcus? What that has to do with the party is still unclear, but the discussion quickly turned into a heated (and embarrassing) battle of “Who’s more trifling?,” with jabs about Marlo allegedly 80-year-old man and Sheree’s pseudo-luxury lifestyle.

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On episode 15, resident lady of leisure Marlo Hampton showed us that her idea of great room service was her lying in bed chomping on crushed ice while a hotel staffer (with a brace on her arm) packed her 29 pairs of designer shoes. We declared that Marlo’s shoe collection deserved its own episode. We’re just sayin…

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This season we saw that NeNe’s relationship with Famous Famiglia founder John Kolaj was far more personal than it was professional. Kolaj famously serenaded her with exaggerated imitations of Black women, an expensive pen, and a pair of red bottom shoes. You’ve got to give it to the man for doing-the-most.com.

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Sheree Whitfield is no punk. Just ask her ex-husband Bob Whitfield. The two met to discuss child support (he hasn’t paid in four years), but things quickly turned vicious when Bob challenged Sheree to take legal action against him. Clearly peeved by it all, Sheree threw water in Bob’s face and stormed off.

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Kandi, Phaedra and Sheree enjoy a little eye candy in the Season 4 finale as Kandi searches for models for her Bedroom Kandi launch party. These men did not disappoint.

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Kim surprises her fiancé Kroy with a brand new Porsche for his birthday.

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Kandi announces that she’s “never been rubbed by this many men before” while being pampered at her (very successful) Bedroom Kandi launch party in the season finale. The look on her face was priceless.

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The diva’s new home will include a gym, theatre and even a library. But please understand: Her love for the library is greater than her love for the actual books.

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Cynthia’s sister Mal gets highly emotional when she tells her and mother she’s contemplating helping Peter out financially again. Oh Mal, why must you cry?

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Finally, a tender moment from Kim Zolciak. With the possibility of pre-eclampsia, our favorite foul-mouthed pregnant woman is forced to check in to the hospital. As Kroy puts it, “if Kim’s not cussing, she’s not ready for this baby.” After painful contractions and a few expletives, she gives birth to Kroy Jagger.

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Much like season 3, Kim has to prove she’s not a racist yet again (why do Bravo producers even go there?). This time she fends off accusations that she would never hold a Black baby, stemming from a conversation between Kandi, Cynthia and Sheree back in South Africa. “I’ll hold a Black baby, a purple baby, a White baby. I love babies, B***h!” she snaps back.

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‘While you were busy running your mouth, I was running to the bank, sweetie,’ says NeNe. ‘I am rich, b***h.’ This is certainly not the last time we’ll be hearing from these two.

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The ladies visit a local herbalist who can tell their future by reading from a bag of bones. “What kind of bones?” asks Phaedra. “The ancestors,” replies the medicine man, who then pulls out a bag of seashells. Ha! See, even medicine men have a sense of humor.