We laughed. We cried. We cringed. Unfortunately season 15 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is finally complete with part two of the reunion.
We’re not used to two-part reunions on RHOA, but the condensed format meant things moved a mile a minute. This year Andy Cohen had quite a task ahead of him to get us over the finish line. One second we’re talking about Marlo Hampton’s late nephew, and the next minute Drew Sidora is singing a breakup song straight to Ralph Pittman. That’s how we got there.
Get out, Courtney
Part 1 of the reunion ended with Drew finally confronting Ralph’s “unverifiable” cousin Courtney Rhodes. We picked up right where we left off and Drew finally got Courtney to open up about what she had said about Drew’s son and his adoption.
Drew reminded Courtney that her son would see this one day. Courtney didn’t care. She attacked Drew’s credibility and claimed she “single-handedly” destroyed her child’s life. Drew was confident that Ralph had trained her.
At that point, Kenya Moore jumped in and said, “This is so evil.” Sanya Richards-Ross also intervened, reminding the “cousin” that children are taboo. That’s the line we don’t cross, and yet Courtney jumps over it like she’s playing hopscotch.
The most interesting thing that happened to Courtney at this reunion occurred after she and Monyetta Shaw were released from the stage. Courtney’s first stop after leaving the stage was Ralph’s dressing room. She ran in to tell him the truth, slamming the door on Drew’s sister Allison. Courtney messed with the wrong sister.
Allison opened the door as quickly as if she was ready to bang. Courtney had a lot to say to Drew on the reunion stage, but she was silent when Allison confronted her. Everyone needs a big sister like Allison and no one needs a cousin like Courtney.
What’s wrong with Drew and Ty?
Things got interesting (but extremely awkward) when the conversation turned to Drew’s relationship with WNBA player Ty Young. Courtney claimed that Ralph said he decided to get a divorce after finding out about Drew’s relationship with Ty. When your marriage is in crisis, the first person you call is your distant cousin who you just met through Shereé Whitfield. That makes sense!
It’s not easy to navigate Drew and Ty’s story because it feels like some of the women are trying to one-up them, which is never okay. Additionally, the way some of the women talk about the idea of Drew dating a woman teeters on the edge of being problematic.
Shereé, the bone collector, pulled out some receipts to support the narrative that Drew and Ty are on a date. This time it wasn’t a magazine; Instead, they were copies of Drew and Ty’s text messages. Shereé claimed that an anonymous source dropped her off at Chateau Shereé. Literally a little bird brought her these receipts? Okay, girls.
Drew didn’t admit to having a romantic relationship with Ty and she insisted they were just friends. She also said she’s not into women, so we should respect Drew and leave it at that.
Kandi (still) on defense
One of the recurring themes this season was that everyone was after Kandi Burruss. Of course, at the reunion, Kandi was in the hot seat for everything from her YouTube channel to her attendance issues.
Unfortunately, we had to revisit the storyline of Marlo’s nephew and the mental exercises she undertook to connect her nephew’s death to the shooting at Kandi’s restaurant. It doesn’t matter how many times Marlo has tried to explain why she got so mad at Kandi over something that happened two years ago; it never quite makes sense.
One thing Marlo did understand, however, was her complaint that Kandi never shows anything negative happening in her life on the show. Andy filled in for Kandi and reminded her of all the Todd Tucker and Mama Joyce drama that unfolded over the course of the series.
Kandi also added that while we don’t see a lot of behind-the-scenes restaurant chaos on RHOA, her spinoff “Kandi and the Gang” showed all of it. It was a subtle gesture from Kandi. It almost felt like she was saying, “Sorry, I have so many projects that you can’t keep up with the entire Kandi Burruss Cinematic Universe.”
Babies, babies, babies
In between all the talk of infidelity, girl crushes and questionable cousins, there was a section for Sanya to talk about the heartbreaking loss she experienced. We followed her in the early days of her pregnancy, but when the cameras stopped, she suffered a miscarriage. She described it as one of the most traumatic experiences of her life. She told it on the reunification stage and then confronted Kenya about Kenya’s lack of support after the defeat.
According to Sanya, all other members of the cast sent flowers, Uber meals and well wishes, but there was radio silence from Kenya. Of course, this isn’t the first time Sanya has tried to cause a problem with Kenya. But this was the first time she actually had a foothold. Kenya said she tried to call Sanya but couldn’t reach her. Sanya felt Kenya could have done more to support her, and if they both return next season, this would be an argument worth exploring. Sanya clearly wants Kenya’s friendship, but is Kenya willing to commit to it?
In other baby news, Kenya shared an update on her journey to baby number two. She decided she would not proceed with a surrogate. Although she initially considered using the embryos she had on hand from her relationship with Marc Daly, that is no longer on the agenda at this point. She announced that she wants to adopt a toddler, and Brooklyn is hoping for a little sister! We can’t wait to meet all the new little ones this season. There’s been a lot of darkness this season, but the baby news was a rare bright spot.
Ralph got his peach
Okay, so let’s get back to Drew, Ralph, and the most embarrassing sequence of events in RHOA reunion history. This time, no other husbands or boyfriends were present at the reunion. It was just Ralph, and he was in the hot seat.
Ralph arrived in his all-black sparkly suit and Drew immediately pulled out a peach and gave it to him, because that’s clearly what he’s vying for this year. Over the years, Drew has pulled out dog treats, a “pet” wig, a peach and a plum. She is the prop queen of Atlanta and you have to respect her for that. Ralph, however, was not amused.
Even though he said he “just wanted to talk to Drew” and “represent” for their kids, we saw the same toxic behavior on the reunion stage that we’ve seen from him on the show for the past three years. He is not listening. He just blames. It was amazing how he just sat there and called Drew a liar over and over again.
What was particularly interesting was that Drew claimed that Ralph had apologized to her days ago, but then showed up to the reunion with a different tune. They disagreed on every topic. Drew would say that Ralph lied. Ralph would say that Drew lied. It didn’t matter if it was Black Magic Mike’s audition, marriage counseling, or simple evidence of sexting; Ralph claimed that Drew was lying. How is it possible that she lies about everything?
Finally, Drew was overwhelmed and left the stage. Her glamor squad and her sister were waiting in the wings, ready to get her back. Allison asked Drew, “Why don’t you tell them about the private investigator?” Yes, Drew. Please tell us about the PI! Instead, Drew said there were some things she wanted to leave off television. That’s not fair to us, Drew. Drop the receipts!
Throw it away
When Drew left the stage, Kenya had a fantastic opportunity to step in and talk to Ralph herself. Kenya knows a thing or two about dealing with manipulative, gaslighting men. She took it down with ease and it was so satisfying to see.
Kenya dismantled Ralph and literally had a smile on her face afterwards. With everything Marc did to her (and continues to do to her), you know that standing up for Drew was cathartic for her. It was also just the right thing to do. Why don’t you stand up for your friend?
When Drew returned, she performed her new single, “Throw it Away.” In case it wasn’t clear from the title, it’s a breakup song, and she sang it directly to Ralph while Andy and the rest of the housewives watched awkwardly from the couches.
Drew was brave for this – she spent the last few hours screaming and crying, but then went into performance mode. She nailed it for all she was worth, but this was probably the most awkward reunion moment we’ve ever experienced. What a way to end things.
What’s next for RHOA?
Every season of The Real Housewives, casting rumors begin as soon as the reunion ends. Who will be fired? Who will be demoted? RHOA is particularly in the spotlight because of annoying rumors about a complete reboot and cast reshuffle.
But as Andy and the ladies toasted Vinho Verde on the reunion stage, Shereé ended Season 15 with some poignant words of wisdom that hit even harder, knowing that this could be the last time we see some of these women together see on TV. She told the ladies how much she loved them – especially when they could have fun and laugh together. This season has gotten dark at times, but RHOA is at its best when everyone can come together and laugh at the end.
“I’m not giving up on you,” Shereé said. “And it’s not over yet.”
We won’t give up on you either. The Real Housewives of Atlanta never really ends — especially with seasons 1-15 streaming on Peacock.
TELL US – WHAT WERE YOUR GENERAL THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON 15 REUNION? WHO WAS YOUR MVP? Who should have spoken out more? AFTER SEEING THE REUNION, DO YOU STILL THINK THE SHOW NEEDS A REBOOT?
The plot thickens!
Courtney missed the message that children are off limits.
He doesn’t bite his tongue.