Last week on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, we watched steam come out of Kim Zolciak's ears when her assistant Sweetie was chilling poolside instead of doing her job.

This week, Kim and her dad are busy cleaning out the garage, while Sweetie's taking 45-minute smoke breaks on the back deck. Has the friendship/employer line become too muddled for this arrangement?

We know Kim loves her assistant to death and values loyalty more than anything, but is Sweetie worth keeping if she's getting nothing done?

In this unseen footage, Kim talks to Sweetie about shaping up ... will the pep talk do the trick or should Sweetie get the ax? Vote in our poll!