'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Recap: Mama Joyce Gets Low With Attack on Todd Tucker

real housewives of atlanta This week we got to spend quality time with some of my favorite Atlanta Housewives. Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes having a heart-to-heart in the grocery store? Check. Phaedra Parks treating her mortuary student study group as a therapy session? Double check. Even the less interesting moments with cast members who usually don't make my heart go pitter-pat made me smile this week.

Take, for example, Porsha Stewart calling out her sister for wanting her to rent a condo solely so she can throw parties in her absence. Oh, you cheeky familial assistant! Even Kenya Moore (who normally only inspires loathing of deep, shocking, and inexplicable proportions within my heart) had me snorting as she whipped her hair back and forth with glee to be in a new rental, and not that low-rent hotel she'd been staying in. 

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There was one scene, however, that gave me enough anxiety that I might shortly have to look into procuring a Xanax (or 12). I am talking about, of course, Mama Joyce's rude, mean, manipulative, and completely unhinged antics. I felt so badly for Todd Tucker. He returns home, Kandi Burruss had given him this sweet welcome home, and neither of them can enjoy it because Todd is so very genuinely upset by the news that Mama Joyce has decided he's no good. 

I tried to hold on to the adorable memories of Cynthia and Peter Thomas meeting her daughter Noelle's little boyfriend Arthur, but sadly they were as fleeting as any lease Kenya Moore might manage to obtain. Instead I was left with the image of Mama Joyce, hunched over her pie screaming about how there weren't enough photos of her up in Kandi's house. When that issue was soothed over, Mama decided to accuse Todd of having an affair with Kandi's best friend. Then she randomly bellowed song lyrics. I think maybe ... she was drunk? Could that be it? Whatever was going on, it certainly wasn't a temporary blip. The scenes from next week show her going medieval while Kandi's trying on wedding gowns!

Do you think Mama Joyce has finally lost it?


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youth... youthfulsoul

Been in the same boat as Todd and it's rough. My MIL finally got off her high horse once she realized her son was starting to alienate her because he was sick of her negativity. Now she acts normal.

Kandi needs to get mama Joyce in check. If anyone's an opportunist it's her. Living in a house given to her by her daughter.

nonmember avatar KIKI

Joyce is the the one wanting candys money- Candy u beta chek that biaaaatch of a mother.

Pamzies Pamzies

She was totally drunk! Cause when I'm drunk, I scream at my family and shove pie in my face too!

mama Joyce is just worried that she will lose her daughter, and her support once Todd and Kandi get married. She wants her daughter all to herself.

Lora Troncoso-Cook

I was sick to my stomach watching this selfish ungrateful mother treat her daughter & her man so disrespectfully. Mama joyce has been taken care of far to much & doesn't want her daughter to share any of her time or her precious money with anyone. I wish I didn't see what I have the last few episodes...sickening.... grow up joyce kandi has her big girl panties on & is more than capable of loving & being loved.

nonmember avatar Angelr

Like Todd said, it is not funny Kandi.

Kandi needs to take responsibility and ownership of this situation with her mother, and make it right before Todd leaves.

Kandi would be very upset if the tables were turned, and Todd's mother was being disrespectful to her.

nonmember avatar evelyn smith

Mama Joyce should stay in her [manless] place. Candy is going to be
miserable like her if she listens to Mom. Good thing Todd is a gentleman. Someone else would tell her to mind her business.
Todd should tell Candy to make up her mind and leave Mom alone
She is rude & ghetto. He spoke & she ignored him. She also lied that her granddaughter didn't like him. Candy's daughter told her what to do. I don't think Todd needs her money. At least he didn't quit his job like most black men would do.

nonmember avatar Nikkia

I see I'm not the only one who thought she was drunk. Disappointed in Mama Joyce, but I would respectfully have to let my mama know where her place is and that is not in my business.

nonmember avatar Team Fair

@evelyn smith

I was in an agreement with your comment, UNTIL you wrote, " At least he didn't quit his job like most black men would do."

Now, I do not know what your personal experiences are; or what world you live in, HOWEVER, men of all races have been known to stop working when they have the opportunity to be in a relationship with a woman of means. Making a general and blanket statement about Black men is just wrong and ignorant of your surrounding.

May, I suggest you Read the newspapers, Watch the news and Listen to the radio and you will find several stories similar to Khandi's' and it's just NOT men of color who stop working.

So, disappointed how you ONLY label Black men in such a negative light.

nonmember avatar Kay

Mama Joyce came off as rude, petty and jealous. Her concern is not of her daughter's happiness, but of what impact a marriage to Todd will have on Kandi's pockets, thereby affecting what she can get. Kandi is in denial and that man will dip out if she isnt careful!

nonmember avatar kom

Thank you Team Fair

@evelynsmith...sorry you had negative personal experiences about black men but fortunately that is not my reality.

Black men in my life, including my father, uncles, siblings cousins, nephews and boyfriends, and friends are some of the hardest working men that I know. They have always kept jobs, often more than one, and provided for their families.

I suggest you start to make better choices in your life and surround yourself with more positive people.

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