Real Housewives of AtlantaWhether she was intoxicated or not, Mama Joyce gets props for attempting to mend the mess between Nene Leakes, Kim Zolciak, and Sheree Whitfield on tonight's episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. At first I had a small amount of hope that Kandi Burruss' mother might actually succeed -- I mean who can say no to Mama Joyce -- but it quickly became clear that no one was going to kiss and make up tonight.

At a dinner in which they all gathered for the first time since the Ridickulous incident, she took them all off guard with her blunt demands and mission to get them to forgive and forget.

"I want you girls to get together -- ALL of you girls, to be like you used to be," she said. "Don’t start looking around NeNe."

She didn't let anyone off the hook and insisted that they each say hi to one another since they ignored each other when they entered the room. Then she got in their faces and asked if they couldn't see forgiving one another someday. The answer was a flat no from NeNe and Sheree, but Kim at least offered, "Never say never."

Kandi also used the group meeting to bring up the trip to South Africa that she's been planning. While Nene said she wouldn't go to a trash can with them, the previews make it clear that not only is she going, but that she's bringing her new bestie, Marlo Hampton -- the one everyone now knows has a long criminal rap sheet.

That  trip is going to be interesting to say the least. As Phaedra Parks dubbed it: "The return of the crazed black woman to Africa."

It could go either way, I suppose. I want to think that all that history and heritage will make them realize how petty their differences really are, and they will put them aside. But given their personalities and past, I'd probably have to bet that the African heat and the turbulence any travel brings is only going to intensify their problems. Marlo added to the mix will likely just make it even worse. I can't wait to see it all play out.

Do you think Africa will be a disaster or that it could actually lead to some reconciliation between the ladies? Do you think Mama Joyce was drunk?


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