Season 4 kicks off, and the Southern belles mean business. Entrepreneurial endeavors include Kandi's adult-toy line, Cynthia's modeling school and Phaedra's bizarre undertakings. Meanwhile, a pregnant Kim hopes to settle into a lavish home with her boyfriend.
In the wake of her verbal pummeling of Sheree, NeNe assembles Cynthia and Kandi for a weekend escape to Miami. Meanwhile, Phaedra mulls over opening a funeral business, and a surprise birthday bash is thrown for Kim.
Phaedra tries to make amends for her husband's behavior at Kim's baby shower, and construction on Sheree's house proves to be a very slow process. As for Kandi, she hears the resounding ticks of her biological clock as she plans her birthday bash. At the party, Phaedra presents an unforgettable gift. Meanwhile, Cynthia is torn between two families.
Whining meets wining when investor problems put a damper on the preview party for Peter's bar. Meanwhile, child-support dramas entangle Sheree; Kim addresses family issues; Kandi tries to make amends with Mama Joyce; and Cynthia hosts a fashion show.
Kim gives birth to a baby boy; Cynthia and NeNe journey to New York City, where Cynthia receives business advice from Russell Simmons; Sheree gets tangled up in child-support drama; and Mama Joyce receives a makeover for an online-dating shoot.
Phaedra represents Sheree in a court battle against Sheree's ex-husband. Meanwhile, Kim brings her baby home, but the family—including the dog—struggle to adjust to the newborn. And gossip swirls about NeNe on a new episode of "Kandi Koated Nights."
Kim and her newly expanded family move into their dream mansion; tension grows between Sheree and Phaedra in the wake of a court battle; Kandi charts new musical territories; and Cynthia hosts a grand-opening party for her modeling school.
Phaedra sets out to launch her family funeral business. Elsewhere, genre-hopping Kandi takes a country-music direction by working with country's Jo Dee Messina in Nashville; and NeNe tries to squash spreading gossip about her alleged tryst with a socialite's boyfriend.
Cynthia and Phaedra go on a double date with their men; Kroy takes Kim to a gun range; NeNe's business partner visits and treats her to some retail therapy; and Kandi hosts a dinner party for all the women.
Kim tries to lose weight the easy way while Kandi attends a boot camp to drop pounds; the ladies prep for their South African vacation as NeNe schemes to bring socialite Marlo along; and the NFL lockout ends for Kroy, leaving Kim on her own.
The ladies arrive in Cape Town, where a relaxing yacht ride turns ugly when Marlo confronts Sheree about not inviting her to a party. In Atlanta, Kim finds it difficult to adjust to Kroy's absence and taking care of her brood on her own.
The women's South African getaway continues. With a blowout between Sheree and Marlo apparently now behind them, they hit a Cape Town nightclub, visit a lavish game reserve and take a touching tour of an orphanage.
The ladies continue to delight in African culture as they find peace with one another in the wake of their moving visit to an orphanage. They tour a museum and meet an offbeat herbalist, yet their harmony is fleeting when Cynthia and Kandi disparage Kim.
The Southern belles depart South Africa and return to Atlanta, where trouble awaits them. NeNe's son is arrested; Kim's relationship with her assistant begins to shatter; and Kim corners Kandi about certain demeaning comments.
NeNe tries to help her son by reaching out to an unlikely source; simmering friction surfaces among Cynthia, Peter and Mal; Phaedra enlists in an embalming class; and dramas flare up between Kim and her assistant.
Kandi heads to Nashville to boost her country-music career; Sheree mulls over a marriage proposal for her daughter as NeNe reassesses her divorce from Gregg; Mal sets out to apologize to Cynthia; Phaedra throws a water-park party for her son; Kim and Kandi try to mend their fractured friendship.
Kroy returns home after a monthlong stay at football camp. Kim welcomes him with a home-cooked meal—prepared by a private chef, of course. Meanwhile, NeNe has an important conversation with her youngest son; Phaedra hosts an extravagant church ceremony for her son, but drama surfaces between Kim and Cynthia.
Phaedra's funeral-home apprenticeship winds down. Meanwhile, NeNe journeys to Los Angeles to visit the creators of "Glee"; Kandi puts the focus on her new sex-toy line; Kroy meets with Kim's father; Phaedra breaks big news.
In the Season 4 finale, Cynthia presides over an audition for models at her fashion agency, hoping to find Atlanta's next big star. Meanwhile, NeNe makes a huge decision about her marriage; Kim gives her fiancé a lavish birthday gift; and Kandi launches her sex-toy line.