January 30, 2011 10:11 PM by Shayla Perry
Did you miss the SUPERSIZED season finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for all the details on everything from Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak’s dispute over Kim’s song, to Cynthia Bailey’s bare dinosaur bones nuptials.
Tonight, on the season finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta…
Kandi Burruss and the rest of the Housewives (minus Cynthia) are out to see Lawrence’s performance of his single, “Closet Freak,” which Kandi wrote. It’s the first time the ladies have been together since the Miami trip, and NeNe Leakes claims that she’s done with all the drama with Kim Zolciak, but didn’t hesitate to knock Kim’s singing ability during Lawrence’s show.
With just 2 days to go until her wedding, Cynthia Bailey is in full wedding planning mode. Unfortunately, with no money, and her wedding dress not yet ready, it’s not looking like there’s a lot to actually plan. Cynthia’s sister/assistant, Malorie, is worried that Cynthia’s taking on too much of the burden when it comes to the financial issues that she and Peter are going through, and again asks her if she’s sure that she really wants to go through with the wedding. But like any bride-to-be that’s madly in love, Cynthia reminds her sister that if things don’t work out, they can always get divorced. How romantic!
Just then, the phone rings, and it’s Cynthia’s father. Cynthia’s sister dares her to ask him for the money they need for the wedding. Cynthia tells her father that she needs $3,000 that day, or the wedding will be ruined, not exactly asking him for it, and he quickly lets her know that he just doesn’t have the cash she needs.
Phaedra Parks is heading back to the office for the first time since having baby Ayden 8 weeks ago. Her friend, Melanie, will be watching the baby while Phaedra’s working, and though she trusts Melanie with Ayden, Phaedra tears up when it comes time for her to walk out the door. (Awww!)
Meanwhile, Kim Zolciak stops by to see Kandi Burruss and Kandi announces that she’s about to head out on tour with Fantasia! Then, Kandi tells Kim that she’s not happy with how she’s been handling their business. Kandi suggests that Kim has her attorney discuss money with her business manager, so that when the two of them are together, they never have to worry about money and can just be friends. Kim agrees, but is having a hard time understanding why Kandi, as the producer of the song, should get more money than she does. Bottom line: Kandi Burruss wrote and produced “The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing,” and until Kim Zolciak pays her for it, she doesn’t own it– meaning she can’t release the song!
Still trying to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry, Sheree Whitfield is attending an audition for a movie role (yes, after only having a small role in a local play). When she walks into the audition, Sheree’s surprised to see that she has to read before an entire panel, and with another actor. The casting panel has a lot of critiques for Sheree, and actress Terry Vaughn is especially hard on her, telling Sheree that she’s just not being real and that she’s basically wasting their time. Sheree ends up loosening up a bit, but leaves the audition pretty confident that she didn’t get the role.
NeNe Leakes is giving her oldest son, Bryson, another chance. He’s gotten a hair cut, but he still needs a job, and NeNe’s concerned that he doesn’t have the motivation he needs to be more independent.
It’s wedding day, and with 10 hours to go, Cynthia’s mother has stepped up to the plate and paid the $3,000 she needed for the wedding (for the open bar!). Cynthia’s frustrated that everyone keeps asking her if she’s sure she wants to go through with the wedding. Though Cynthia doesn’t feel that getting married with no money (and an expensive wedding) is a problem, her sister gets overwhelmed and starts to cry. Cynthia hugs her sister, tells her everything’s going to be okay, then leaves the house to get some air.
Cynthia’s mother finds her at the park and the two have an emotional heart-to-heart. Her mother lets Cynthia know that she doesn’t trust Peter and doesn’t like the way he’s handled his business, then she warns Cynthia against trusting him completely, reminding her that she also has to worry about what kind of step-father Peter’s going to be to Noelle. Cynthia says that she’s going to follow her heart, and the two walk back to the house to get ready for the wedding.
Back at NeNe’s house, Gregg calls NeNe downstairs to have a talk with her. Shocking, we know– especially since it’s the first time we’ve really seen them talk since the whole “radio incident.” Gregg admits that he hasn’t given her the support she needed as a wife and apologizes, but NeNe’s not buying it. Though they both admit that things haven’t turned out the way they wanted them to, and they don’t know where things will end up, they agree that no matter what, they’ll be great parents to their children.
The wedding countdown is down to 6 hours, and while Cynthia Bailey is getting her hair done, her sister comes downstairs to inform her that there are no wedding bands– something that Peter was supposed to take care of. Cynthia decides to just drink some more champagne… can you blame her?
Then, she takes some time to talk to her daughter, Noelle, and to let her know that even though she’s marrying Peter, Noelle is still the love of her life.
When they arrive at the museum, Cynthia gets to see her wedding dress for the first time (she trusted her wedding planner/stylist to have it designed for her), and luckily, she loves it!
Recovering from yet another boob job, Kim Zolciak and her assistant, Sweetie, are slowly, but surely getting Kim ready for Cynthia’s wedding, which will be the first time everyone else will see Kim with her new man, Kroy Biermann, who she’s been secretly seeing since Sheree’s dancing fundraiser. Kroy seems a bit uneasy in front of the cameras, but Kim’s daughter has no problem telling him that she loves him before he and Kim leave for the wedding.
Back at the museum… Peter and his groomsmen arrive after having quite a few drinks, and the guests start to file in. Just as it looks as though they’re actually going to be able to pull this whole wedding thing off, Cynthia realizes that she doesn’t have their marriage license! No license = no wedding. Cynthia remembers having the license on the bulletin board at the house, but her sister says that someone else took it down and that they no longer have it. As it turns out, Cynthia’s sister, Malorie, has the license, and is hiding it from Cynthia! What the hell?! To make matters worse, Cynthia’s mother is in on it too!
The two finally decide that they’re going to tell Cynthia that they left the license at home on the board because they don’t think Peter’s the right guy for her, even though they know it’s wrong. (Ya think?!)
Fighting back tears, Malorie tells Cynthia that she’s going to start getting dressed and that everything’s in order for the ceremony.
The Housewives all start to arrive at the museum, with Kim Zolciak bringing her own wine (really?). Everyone is impressed with Kroy, but NeNe Leakes is doing her best to just ignore the new couple.
After the guests are all seated, Peter is escorted down the aisle by his “best couple,” but everyone starts to worry when it takes Cynthia a while to make her entrance (though we’re pretty sure this was merely done for our benefit). When Cynthia appears at the top of the winding staircase, Peter’s eyes well up with tears, and for the first time that day, she says that she knows she’s doing the right thing. The two exchange vows that they’ve written themselves, but, there are still no rings. (Hey, “The Ring Doesn’t Mean a Thing,” right?!) The ceremony is short and sweet…but is it legal?!
At the reception, Dwight asks NeNe if he can speak to her, and takes her aside to tell her that he’s missed her. The two then share a dance.
So how did things end up for the Hotlanta Housewives after this cah-razy season?
NeNe Leakes’ divorce with Gregg is “pending,” and NeNe is apparently contemplating a move to L.A. to “get her happy back,” and we’re sure to pursue her career.
Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak still haven’t resolved their issues over “The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing,” so the single has yet to be released (sorry for those of you looking for it on iTunes), but Kandi remains busy promoting her own album.
Phaedra Parks is busy juggling motherhood and being a bad ass entertainment attorney, and still leaves her party planning to Dwight.
Sheree Whitfield got the part in the movie that she auditioned for and continues to push forward on her quest for that Oscar. She’s also still dating, looking for “Mr. Right,” but is sure to check the credentials of all of her suitors first.
Kim Zolciak, who swears on her life that she’s never talking to NeNe Leakes again (except for on the Reunion Show, that is), is house hunting with Kroy Biermann and the two are expecting a baby in June.
Cynthia Bailey and Peter are married, but Cynthia’s learning to separate finances from love. Peter is opening a small lounge, but don’t worry– Cynthia is not putting any money into this one! We can’t wait until the Reunion Show to find out how she dealt with her sister and mother!
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