By People Staff
Updated September 25, 2009 12:00 AM
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Has fame finally gone to NeNe‘s head? The fan favorite and self-proclaimed HBIC appeared to let the green-eyed monster get the better of her on Thursday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta — and in the middle of Sheree‘s independence party of all places.

Faced with Sheree’s flattering if gargantuan portrait, the news that Kim had banned her from singing on Kandi‘s reinterpretation of “Tardy for the Party,” and (assuming word got around) her BFF Dwight‘s rave reviews of Kandi’s performance in The Pocketbook Diaries, NeNe revealed an insecure side never before seen. The evidence? After telling Kim, “You can’t sell the song without me,” she turned her ire toward the usually unflappable Kandi, stealing Sheree’s shine in the process. Atlanta‘s usual voice of reason only calmed down when reminded by a friend: “You are writing a book!”

And though the Housewives franchise is veering dangerously close to infomercial territory, the episode did provide priceless moments. Namely, the pink leggings worn by Sheree’s hairstylist, the valiant struggle of Kim’s daughter to eat a cupcake at midnight, and of course, the news of Big Papa‘s return. The episode opened with Kim recounting to her friend Jodi how the married mogul had reentered the picture to sweep her off her feet — this time by flying her to the Bahamas and kick-starting more chardonnay-fueled bauble-buying.

“I like things big and gaudy and ornate,” Kim announced before laying claim to a $32,000 necklace, as cameras cut to her depressed-looking assistant Myliek. “Damn, I’m good-looking,” she added.

“Gaudy for the Party,” anyone? –Suzanne Zuckerman

Tell us: Was it fair of Kim to cut NeNe out of “Tardy for the Party”? What did you think of Kandi’s acting chops? Will Sheree turn over a new leaf now that she’s finally divorced?Quantrell Colbert/Bravo(2)