‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reunion review: Sheree Whitfield’s curtain call

The reunion is now over.

Let’s hope you enjoyed the highlight reel of Sheree Whitfield’s time on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Sunday night — after all, you’re not going to be seeing any more of her moving forward.

The fact that we knew Sheree was leaving the show going into the final part of this reunion gave it a different feel, mostly because she could really say whatever she wanted and not have to deal with these people again. (Granted, times were different back when she actually filmed it.)

Unfortunately, though, the final part of the special really felt like more of a whimper than a bang. Most of Marlo Hampton’s good barbs were already fired off, and Sheree’s best moments came in a few back-and-forth conversations with NeNe Leakes that we all saw coming just like we do the fights between NeNe and Kim. The Africa trip was referenced at length here, and so was the “f-word” controversy involving Marlo and Miss Lawrence. Basically, the themes that were drilled into our head this season were drilled into our head some more now that some of the fresh conversations topics from earlier parts of the reunion (such as Kandi Burruss finding love with a production member) had already been discussed.

What we ultimately ended up getting out of this reunion was the same thing we’ve seen for most of the season — the show is in desperate need of some major changes, and we are happy to see them being made. Do we really think that Sheree is the biggest problem, though? No. Instead, it’s that two of the cast members in Kim and NeNe despise each other to the point where they won’t spend any time together, and it makes the whole cast divided and awkward. There’s no stakes to anything, like in “New Jersey” when the family gets together or when the “Beverly Hills” stars have game night. The ladies who don’t like each other just don’t hang out — and while it’s realistic, it doesn’t make for engaging television.

The good news is that Andy Cohen is a smart guy, and these ladies also have a keen eye to know what works on the show and what doesn’t. We expect season 5 to be rather great, and it needs to be if the show can get back to smashing ratings records like it was when it aired last year.

Are you going to miss Sheree, and what did you think about this season as a whole?

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