Episode 1 “Say Yes To The Distress”
Interestingly this mini-series is not a spin off, because it’s attached to the Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise. The credits reveal “Kandi Koated Entertainment”, which would suggest that Kandi and likely Todd did much more than just show up for the cameras. The first episode opens with flashbacks to events from Season 6 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta related to Kandi and Todd wanting to get married. Kandi says to Todd “We’ve already come this far, the wedding should be the easy part, right?!” Chuckles.
The couple is five weeks away from their wedding date. Kandi is in bed calling her best friend Carmon about her upcoming wedding, while Todd downstairs in the kitchen cooking breakfast. Todd brings Kandi a breakfast tray with an omelet and fruit. Maybe the breakfast in bed is for show, but the man can cook – put a ring on it! The topic of paying for the wedding comes up and Todd jokes the father traditionally pays for the wedding and Kandi said you know that’s not happening. She reminds Todd she’s wanting a 6 figure wedding. In a talking head Todd says they want champagne wishes and caviar dreams on a Budweiser budget. It seems like Todd would be happier with the Budweiser budget and a whole lot less fuss, but after all, this is “Kandi’s Wedding”.
Todd and Kandi became acquainted with one another when Todd was on the RHOA production crew shooting in Africa (Season 4). Todd remembers that he was attracted to Kandi for how down to earth she was and her booty was nice too.
Over at Kandi Factory, Kandi has a meeting with her assistant, Carmon. Johnnie, the new production coordinator and Don Juan, Kandi’s manager. Carmon and Kandi have been friends since they were 11 years old. They’re sitting on Kandi’s hot pink vinyl chairs in the office. Kandi tells the trio that they did such a good job with her play (“A Mother’s Love”) that she has a new production for them – her wedding! They seem surprised, or make that distressed, that she would want them in lieu of a wedding planner. Johnnie has some wedding planner experience, but it’s on a small scale and Kandi want to go all out. Kandi wants an African theme since she and Todd met in Africa. She wants wild animals, a lion, for one, African dancers, a theme like the Coming To American movie. Her people look overwhelmed before they’ve started.
Kandi said in a talking head that when she was little she didn’t want to get married, because of seeing her parent’s multiple divorces. But her outlook has changed and when she sets out to do something, she gets it done!
33 days until the wedding. Kandi and her daughter Riley go to Aunt Nora’s house. Aunt Bertha is there too. She and Aunt Nora are two of Mama Joyce’s 14 siblings. That’s not a typo, 14 and Joyce is the youngest. Kandi’s cousin Weenie, that’s not a typo either, is there too. Kandi is very close to her cousin. Aunt Bertha offers up what she calls ‘Ghetto Punch’ and reveals it’s Pineapple Juice, Ginger Ale and sugar. Kandi respectfully questions why it needs sugar added. Her Aunts are the same ladies that were present for the wedding dress shopping scene in RHOA Season 6, where Mama Joyce went off the rails. Aunt Nora, recalling that unfortunate day, said she didn’t know why she reacted that way and she wanted to apologize and offer her support in marrying Todd.
Aunt Bertha seems to offer support, but she has some of nasty facial expressions like her sister Joyce, so I’m a bit suspicious of her sincerity. Kandi said the situation with her mama has put strain on being with family and now with the wedding. Aunt Nora said she loves Todd’s mother and there goes Aunt Bertha with those facial expressions. She doesn’t like Todd’s mother and says she talks too much. Both Aunts and cousin Weenie offer their support in helping Joyce get with the program.
Kandi meets with Reco Chapple, to possibly design her dress. Kandi’s friend of twenty three years, Tan shows up along with her friend and stylist. Her friends seem skeptical about what the designer sketched and the time frame, but Reco insists he can do something fabulous and it will be his gift to Kandi. Kandi was disappointed that Carmon didn’t show up to meet with the dress designer, because after all, she is her best friend. Kandi said Carmons’ absense and no explanation is starting to piss her off.
32 days until the wedding. Carmon and Johnnie are in the office on their laptops searching for venues, which is challenging when your bride wants African jungle animals. Todd pops in and asks how is it going. Carmon complains about the time frame and a lot of things. Todd questions her drive and devotion. Carmon tells Todd she’s not a wedding planner. Clearly her heart is not into doing this job. Todd tries to pump her up, to rise to the occasion, that Kandi needs her. Todd’s passionate plea backfires and Carmon storms out saying “I’m Done!”
Joyce, Bertha and Nora meet for lunch at The Pecan. Joyce arrives in a fine looking Audi, I wonder if Kandi bought that for her mama. The sisters explain that Kandi and Riley came over and they’re planning a wedding. Joyce acts like this is news to her. Joyce’s sisters try to soften her up to get it together for her daughter. Joyce starts to cite her problems with Todd. She doesn’t want Kandi taken advantage of. According to Joyce, or it could be word on the streets, Todd’s dad was a pimp and his mother a whore. She also doesn’t like that Todd is letting Kandi gain weight. The sisters continue to tell Joyce to accept the fact a wedding is going to happen.
Todd is playing with Kandi’s bulldog, Georgia, in the driveway when Kandi arrives. He was throwing a football for Georgia, which I find amusing, as well did Georgia who wanted to play but can’t pick up a football. Kandi asks Todd why Carmon had disappeared and left her a mysterious text as if Kandi had sent Todd to tell her off. Which is not what happened, but Carmon was not taking Kandi’s calls. So Kandi is asking Todd to explain what kind of drama he started.
The 40 minute mark tease is Kandi in bed and Todd comes into the room banging a bongo drum in African attire. Kandi could not stop laughing. It was one of those continuous, contagious laughs. Apparently Todd did this because she said she wanted an African themed wedding.
29 days until the wedding. Kandi arrives at Mama Joyce’s townhouse. Joyce is mixing up a smoothie for the both of them. Kandi brings up the wedding. It’s revealed that she and her mother have not talked much. They have gone weeks at a time without talking. Joyce acts like she doesn’t know the wedding date. Kandi said, as she told her before, it’s on April 4, 2014. She wanted that date for the numbers 4/4/14. Joyce asks if the pre-nup is done. Kandi said it’s in the works. Joyce said that she should know Todd was raised by a pimp and a prostitute. Kandi can’t keep a straight face, she doesn’t believe that and then gets serious to ask her mother not talk about Todd’s father like that because he’s dead and can’t defend himself.
Joyce tells Kandi that life is like chess and everyone is playing a game. Something was checkmated in this discussion, but I don’t even think Kandi was paying any more attention than I was to Joyce’s rambling. As Kandi leaves, her smart ass mama says “I’d work on that butt”.
After three days of an unexplained absence, Carmon shows up at Kandi’s front door. Which Kandi thought was odd, because Carmon has a key and enters the house differently. Carmon and Kandi have an emotional conversation about how Carmon feels about being stuck in the middle between Mama Joyce and now this with Todd. Kandi thought she could talk her down off the ledge and get Carmon to understand that Kandi herself is in the middle. There were a lot of tears and raised voices. The conversation ends with Kandi yelling “you don’t want to do it, then don’t do it!” So Carmon is not going to do any wedding planning, as to preserve their friendship.