Lest we forget why we watch any “Real Housewives” franchise, a reminder: It’s for the drama. And, without NeNe Leakes, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which made it season 4 debut on Sunday (Nov. 6) would be way less dramatic.
The season opener found Leakes already rekindling her on-again/on-again rivalry with co-star Sheree Whitfield. Sheree seems to think Nene cut her out of some kind of money-making appearance opportunities during the hiatus and — in true “Housewives” fashion — the two met at an empty restaurant (well empty save a Bravo camera crew) to talk at each other and, in this case, get their cell phones in on the action. Each dials someone who apparently has important testimony to share in the case of NeNe vs. Sheree.
NeNe, however, wins — if only for using the opening episode to make at least 8,000 references to Donald Trump and her appearance on the last season of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“While you’re running your mouth with him,” say NeNe when Sheree calls her important witness. “I was running to the bank to deposit a Trump check. Donald Trump!”
Okay, so also Kim Zolciak (the one who looks like a young Courtney Stodden) is pregnant and dating a professional football player who appears to actually deserve her. Meanwhile, the most interesting thing any of the show’s other stars could muster was a group outing — Kandi Burruss, Sheree and Phaedra Parks — to shop for sex toys. Yawn.
Did you watch the season opener?