The main event of last night’s episode was Ayden’s Dedication. Woowee, you had to be dedicated to get through it all. Phaedra likes any reason to pull out the pomp and the circumstance and to have Dwight decorate it. What is a Dedication, you ask? Well for Phaedra, it’s time you dedicate to watching your son be carried down the aisle of a church by a processional comprised of a couple of flower girls, 4 bell ringers, 4 litter bearers, 2 child wranglers and the proud parents. Now you wonder, what is a litter? Basically, it’s a throne that people use to carry someone somewhere, and those of a certain age find it most comfortable to make the ride with their favorite sippy cup.
Phaedra compares Ayden’s upcoming Dedication to a coronation, and it is. Although Prince Ayden couldn’t care less now, we bet that one day he’ll be plenty embarrassed about it all. Nevertheless, his Dedication will come with all of the fabulocity available. Meaning, Dwight swoops in to give everything his own brand of magical fairy-dust. No one can sport a floral porkpie hat or fluff a bowl of green tomatoes like that guy.
The whole family seems thrilled with Kroy’s return, and Kim wants to make sure he feels at home, showing him that she’s replaced her usual solo, glamour shots with pictures of the two of them all around the manse. Most were taken while she was pregnant, and we do think the pregnant belly shot over the mantle was beyond overkill. But hopefully, they won’t ever make anyone eat in that room. One person not there to welcome Kroy – Sweetie who has recently been let go. No one seems at all surprised by the news even though it’s supposed to be the first time they’ve heard it. Maybe the family needed more rehearsal before they taped that particular scene? At least Kim was considerate enough to fire Sweetie off-camera.
NeNe introduces us to Miss Norris this week. She serves as Brentt’s nanny/substitute Mom, especially during Brentt’s parents’ separation and his Mom’s new “celebrity” schedule. Brentt seems to be dealing with his parents’ separation well – his Mom is more relaxed and his Dad isn’t such a grouch. NeNe says everyone has the right to find their own happiness, including Gregg. It still doesn’t seem like NeNe’s ready to make her divorce official, but at least Brentt is in a good place if she does.
Let’s step back a life stage or two to catch up with Shereé and her future son-in-law Damon. Last week Damon told Shereé he was getting ready to pop the question to her oldest daughter, Tierra. This week, the two got lots of quality time together. Shereé volunteered to help Damon pick out Tierra’s engagement ring, which seemed like a bad idea. This week proved just how bad. Shereé basically serves as a “go-big-or-go-home” advocate for Tierra, who has never given us the impression that she’s much of a material girl.
Later, they head to Brio so Damon can plan his actual question popping. Do they live in Buckhead? They sure spend lots of time there. During their quality time, we get the impression that Shereé is not only wearing her own divorce heartbreak on her sleeve but also trying to live vicariously through Tierra. Ironically, the daughter she didn’t acknowledge on-air until last season. We guess Damon got that impression too and tries to remind Shereé that she’s not the one he’s getting married to. And yet obviously, making a lifetime commitment to Tierra, also includes a lifetime with Shereé who has lately has been putting financial considerations ahead of emotional ones. No wonder Damon is considering his options.
Another day, another discussion. Damon stops by for a chat with Shereé. Basically, he called for a meeting. Sweet. Welcome to the cast, Damon. He sits Shereé down and says, “At this time, I won’t be proposing to Tierra … I only get one time to do this so I want to come correct, and make sure everything is perfect – with money, feelings and timing.” Shereé, to her credit, seems happy that he’s choosing to wait until he’s less scared. All in all, it was a great way for us to get to know and like Damon. We’re sure his ring will mean a thing if only he can propose on his own terms and without the Bravo cameras, and money-grabbing Shereé, in his way.