(The Root) — Sunday night featured season finales from Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead. Plus, Kim finds herself in the middle of controversy and the reason for many eye rolls on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET; Bravo)
“Look at you, looking all buff and everything. Looking like a supermodel with the shades on.” –Kenya
“Kandi’s so adventurous. Only she could run around with balls in all day.” –Phaedra
“Let’s put it this way: If Kenya wants to buy herself a ticket, get herself a man and fly to Anguilla, it’s not like I’m actually going to be standing at customs to turn her around.” –Cynthia
“She’s going to come up with every excuse she could possibly come up with. My blood pressure was going up, my hair was shedding, my nails were coming a-loose, I couldn’t walk.” –NeNe
Highlights: #RHOA watchers were all abuzz on Twitter last night, talking about how Kim stormed out of a restaurant. We’re sorry, Kim. See you later. The ladies, who were planning a second group trip, seemingly had every right to be ticked off. Last year they traveled to South Africa, and this year the plan is to go to Anguilla. This time, Kenya and Kim are both invited, but when Kim flakes again (she bailed out of their motherland trip), everybody’s upset because they rearranged their plans to accommodate Kim’s pregnancy schedule. Is that what friends are for?
But there was a lot more going on in this Sunday night’s episode. Kenya was on Phaedra’s husband, Apollo, like brown on rice when they went on a double date. What was going on with Kenya’s boo Walter, though? It looked like he wasn’t too pleased with Kenya’s over-the-top flirting. He’s obviously fighting a losing battle for the clueless (and wrong) Miss USA. Meanwhile, Kandi gifts Phaedra a box of Kegel balls, and somehow Phaedra is not offended but enthused.
The Walking Dead (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET; AMC)
Highlights: The midseason finale put a few more people and things to rest.
Finally, the team is back in Woodbury, and Michonne finds the secret room where the Governor has been keeping his zombie daughter, Penny, under a hood and chained by her neck in a small cage. Before she takes off Penny’s hood, Michonne unshackles the little monster. (Why? Who knows?) But then the Governor discovers Michonne and the zombie girl, and he pulls a gun on Michonne, pleading with her not to kill the kid. But Michonne’s taking no chances. Splat! She stabs the zombie kid dead. A fight ensues between the Governor and Michonne, who manages to shank him in the eye with a shard of glass. She’s just about to finish him off when Andrea shows up pointing her gun at Michonne. That’s the dreadlocked star’s cue to leave, and she rejoins the group just outside of Woodbury.
Meanwhile, back in town, the Governor has a new captive and has singled out a traitor amid his ranks: Daryl and Merle, respectively. The brothers may be forced to participate in a battle royal-style fight to the death … To be continued in the second half of season 3.
Boardwalk Empire (Sunday, 9 p.m. EST; HBO)
Highlight: In this episode, Nucky gets the soldiers he was looking for last week. Chalky comes through with his men and joins forces with Al Capone for a single violent mission. We’re super happy that Chalky was on the right side of the guns in this battle, because we’d like to see him return next season.
But the episode will be best remembered for Gyp Rosetti, easily one of the best psychopathic (and tragically flawed) gangsters in TV history, and his epic fail in his attempt to wrest control of the illegal alcohol market. Nucky won this battle, but not without the series’ unsung hero — the man with the mask, aka sharpshooter Richard Harrow — who stole the episode when he mowed down Gyp’s men with deadly precision.
Celeste Little is an editorial intern at The Root.