Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
“Reunion – Part 1” – S6E21
Wow… There are some very wackadoo things surrounding the Real Housewives franchises. Clearly, they’ve been warned they must create drama and buzz for their shows or else they could soon be out of a job.
As if the Twitter rantings from the Real Housewives of New York weren’t bad enough – This week, those who peruse Twitter were treated to the rantings by almost every one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHBH). Then, when you throw in a blogger or two plus legions of rabid fans aligned on one side or another to fuel the fire – It makes for a very combustible situation.
It got so bad, that hastily impulsive negative comments were quickly deleted from Twitter feeds – But seriously, don’t we ALL know by now that once you hit “Tweet” it’s permanently out there for the whole world to see? I mean, unless you’re Dorinda and you find out as a result of the Crapfest that you’re, “Blocked by Bethenny.” We could talk more about that – but that’s a whole nuther Oprah.
Meanwhile, back on RHBH, some of our beloved castmates are being HAMMERED on social media. It’s easy to attack others when you’re sitting behind a computer. And I don’t mean just snarking at them… Cruelly mean stuff is being bombarded at them from all directions. Of course, I realize that I stand as one of the biggest snarkers of all – but for me, I really do want to confine my snark to be about the show and what I see on it. I rarely direct a tweet at one of the “actors” unless it’s a positive tweet of some sort… and even then I’m reticent about it. Others choose to aim their tweets directly at the stars themselves – and that’s totally their prerogative.
Oh, I’m sure I’ve tweeted sarcastic stuff because, well, I am Captain Sarcastic… but I try not to tweet cruelly mean stuff directly to a cast member (at least I hope not…) – I keep for when I snark with you guys about these shows – Cuz it’s open season then. If a housewife reads a negative comment I’ve written about them, it’s because they’ve come to my sandbox and read a post here – It’s not because I’ve flooded their personal Twitter sandboxes with negativity.
Okay, okay, I’m laffing at myself, because I just realized that I tweeted a really nasty tweet containing a post link about Jill Zarin a couple of months ago when she said something disparaging in a recent podcast about our “Beloved Lynn ‘N Chicago” – but I didn’t tweet it directly TO Jill. Does that count? Sighs… I just may be a big, fat hypocrite… lol. Well, I know I am one, but I just didn’t think I was one about this particular subject. Ya just gotta laff at yourself, no?
Let’s be honest, does Eileen really deserve to be fired from her soap opera day job of 20+ years just because she’s been a spoon that’s stirred up a whole buncha crap this season? Does Rinna deserve to be fired from her QVC gig just because she was in search of a storyline and managed to open up those big lips and say some very big, nasty, disparaging things about fans of the show? Does Vanderpump deserve to receive adverse negative publicity about her establishments just because she’s genetically unable to actually form the words, “I’m sorry?”
I feel that each one of us can make the individual choice to watch Eileen on the Young and the Restless, to purchase the products Rinna’s hawking on QVC, to buy something at Kyle’s store, to download Erika Jayne’s music, or to visit Vanderpinky’s restaurant establishments. Do we really need to take to the streets and cause a riot about a reality show on Bravo? Surely, there are better things in this world we can be “enraged” about, no?
Those employing them, however, can make their own decisions about continuing to employ them. It may or may not be in their best business interests to do so. I’m sure they monitor the social media accounts of their stars to be able to accurately gauge their ongoing popularity.
I’m not a fan of the reunion shows – to be honest. I hate the rehashing of the same old stuff we’ve already been talking about all season long. And then they often yell over each other. At this point, they’ve received feedback from social media about the season and everyone is vying for a spot on next season’s show so they’re trying to out-drama and out-yell each other. I nostalgically wish they were casually sitting on one of their back patios, sipping lemonade and fondly reminiscing about the season.
Interesting Crap that Happened
Not submissive – Respectful – When Andy told Erika he thought she was submissive to her husband – Erika corrected him and said that it wasn’t submissive but was respectful – She is respectful of her husband – because he has given her so much (Two jets, a mansion and funding for an alter ego). Andy thinks it’s interesting that she’s in a traditional marriage considering her alter ego, Erika Jayne. Erika and Tom have been together for 17 years – and Erika Jayne just premiered in 2007. I’m not entirely convinced Erika Jayne and Tom don’t have a whole BDSM thing going on during their private time – but I prefer not to think about it. That, my friends, is a whole nuther Oprah… Well, maybe not Oprah… Perhaps it’s a whole nuther Oprah Jayne.
Andy’s Cranky Cuz We Didn’t See YoYo’s Marriage Fall Apart on the Show – Andy asked YoYo why she decided to get a divorce. YoYo explained that she got sick a couple of months before they got married. She then divulged that they had a falling out on November 2nd – but she was quick to clarify that it was a discussion/not a fight. Right. Cuz all of my “discussions” end up in divorce. I mean it’s possible… but…
She was asked if she felt blindsided. She said that was because she really didn’t think it was the end of the road. Andy tried to clarify if was YoYo’s choice or not. YoYo said that the decision was made together – that it was as a result of conversations they had together. She does not want to analyze her marriage on this reunion show because it’s private. Oh, I get it… It’s perfectly fine to bring copies of your children’s personal medical records and share them with someone else but talking about your divorce is somehow out of bounds.
I should pause to say that Vanderpinky was asking just as many, if not more questions than Andy. She wanted to know EXACTLY when YoYo knew her marriage was falling apart. I dunno if it was natural curiosity or if there’s a reason behind why she’s asking. Vanderpinky was pretty danged insistent. Or perhaps since she got so skewered all season for asking Eileen a couple of questions about her affair with Vince, Vanderpinky is trying to overly demonstrate that she ALWAYS asks people questions about their private lives. See, Eileen – you’re not her only target.
Andy wanted to know if YoYo blames her illness for her divorce and if she hadn’t gotten sick – does she think they would still be together. YoYo said that yes, she thinks they would still be together because they were a great team and she’s lost her best friend. And king…. She’s lost her king. That’s gonna make playing future chess games with Vanderpinky quite difficult, no?
Andy wants to know what level of contact she maintains with David at this point. YoYo says that they’re taking time to settle things. They talked about whether or not there were situations during the season that could be interpreted as a foreshadowing of what was yet to happen. YoYo basically said that in hindsight that you can probably dissect it all. It seemed really important for her to say that King David is a good man. She could probably take this opportunity to smear his reputation but she’s smart not to. Either she doesn’t want to smear his good name because he is a good man or she doesn’t want to smear his name so she can maximize future divorce settlements. Allegedly…
Does anyone else think it’s odd they’re getting a divorce just when she’s starting to feel better? Yeah, me too.
I kinda think it’s hilarious because at one point, Andy asks Erika if she’s had conversations with YoYo about the divorce. Erika refuses to answer even though YoYo tells her that she can. Erika basically says they are private conversations and they will be kept private. I think this was a test to see if the new girl would give Bravo/us inside info and Erika just failed. However, she made big points with me, if she cares… lol.
Yolanda’s failure to talk about her divorce on the show could be pretty damaging to her future with Bravo, in my opinion. Remember Adrienne Maloof handled her divorce the same way – dropping it as a bombshell in the finale to escape any conversations about it. Bravo didn’t like it then… I’m guessing they don’t like it now.
They talk about depression and about how Kyle had made comments that she thought that it might play a part in the plethora of potential reasons that YoYo’s sick. YoYo insists that she’s not depressed – that it’s more of a circumstantial or a situational depression this time around. She knows the difference because she said she had “Clinical Depression” back in 1999 when she broke her back after giving birth to Anwar.
Poor Widdle Morally Corrupt Faye Resnick isn’t a Happy Little Snowflake – Evidently, Faye tweeted that she isn’t happy with how she was portrayed on this show. Kathryn said that her name and her ex-husband’s names were never mentioned until Faye’s book came out. Well, unless you count O.J.’s suicide note – They were mentioned there… lol. Kyle doesn’t want to watch anything with Faye being portrayed because she knows the real Faye. Kyle clearly does not want to talk about Faye because she’s not there to defend herself. Plus, I think Kyle’s still cranky that Faye isn’t a Real Housewife. Kathryn tells Kyle that what Faye did really affected her. Kyle just sat there with her face looking like daggers. Wow… I just had a thought – Since we’re talking about her now – does that mean that Faye’s not appearing on the reunion shows? Yippie! Happy dance… Happy dance!
Kathryn was basically told that people thought that she wimped out in her big confrontation of Faye. Kathryn said she decided to take the higher road. It seems to me that Kathryn is just being honest about the impact that Faye’s book had on her life. Kyle doesn’t want to talk about that. Kyle is being very protective of Faye which is understandable since she’s such a good friend of Kyle’s. Kathryn thinks that Kyle is discounting the effect that Faye had on Kathryn’s personal life. She’s right. Kyle implied that Faye had a really tough time during the whole O.J. mess. Kathryn said that life was really hard for her back then and it wasn’t because she wrote a book. Kyle pointedly says to Kathryn, “You have no idea.” I’m baffled at why Kyle is so blind to the fact that Faye’s actions had negative repercussions on someone else’s life.
Kathryn was called a “bully” because she went after Rinna’s weight. I do think Kathryn went way overboard on Rinna’s weight or lack of eating. Kathryn explains that she thinks it’s because she thought it was safe to say stuff like that to Rinna. Erika jumps in and defends Rinna by saying she doesn’t exhibit any of the symptoms of someone with an eating disorder. I think both of them have hashed it out and are surprisingly over it. They touch a little bit on the suicide of Kathryn’s dad. Kathryn gets uncomfortably emotional because she explained her nephew had just died 6 weeks earlier due to a heroin overdose. How tragic.
Yolanda and her Consistent Inconsistencies – Yolanda was called out for saying that she hadn’t been on a walk for 10 months – Yet we have footage of her going on a walk in the park with Kyle and Erika from an earlier episode. Yolanda explained the walk in the park was just getting from point A to point B – that it wasn’t the normal 4-5 mile exercise kind of walk she’s used to doing. Lisa V brings up the scavenger hunt last season when Vanderpinky couldn’t even keep up with her. Yolanda says, “If you only knew what it took for me to do this with you guys.” Okay, YoYo – perhaps you should just say you’re no longer able to walk 5 miles you can only walk 1. Walking 1 mile for some people is the equivalent of running a marathon. It’s all about perspective. It’s very easy to backpedal about you’ve said in the past when you’re willing to redefine words along the way.
Andy uses the situation where everyone saw Yolanda jump off a yacht with Kyle to be an additional situation that confused people about the degree of YoYo’s illness. Andy turns to Rinna and asks her if she still thinks YoYo uses being sick to her advantage. Rinna said that she did at that moment. YoYo asks Rinna how she would have benefitted from doing that in any way. Rinna said at the time she thought it was convenient… Yolanda insists that she’s a workhorse… Both could be true. If YoYo got sick 2 months before she got married, then she hasn’t been a workhorse for at least the last 4 years, right?
YoYo asks Rinna, “What were your bases for being so outspoken and judgmental?” Rinna says that it was from a conversation she had with her hairdresser. YoYo asks how can you fake medical records and blood tests? Oh YoYo, you obviously don’t watch the Real Housewives of Orange County – Cuz Brooks Ayers could EASILY answer that question for you. Rinna just explained they didn’t go that deep with their discussion.
“I’m Gonna Be Very, Very Honest” – Why are you saying that, Rinna – because of the rest of the time you’re not? Rinna, after donning her “Team YoYo” jersey, tells us that she’s going to be very, very honest and she didn’t intend to bring this up – but she is going to go “there” anyway. Rut roh. It’s a trap! It’s a Von Trapp!
She starts talking about her own birthday party. Rinna says, “We were at my birthday, and you came [looking at YoYo], which was fantastic, and I was thrilled to see you – You came with no makeup….You left… ummm… Ken had said you looked terrible and Harry said, ‘you know what? That’s not okay – this woman is sick and we need to stand by her.” Vanderpump said Ken didn’t say that she looked terrible to her face (as if saying something behind her back is any better… YoYo gives Vanderpinky a sour look). But let’s be honest… YoYo DID look terrible. The questions really is… Was it on purpose? Lol…
Rinna continues, “Harry said that we need to support this woman whether she’s sick or not – and that’s that – and you (pointing at Vanderpump) went ‘there goes our fucking storyline.’ ” Vanderpinky said she did not say that and then points out that the cameras were there all night. Ummm… If Vanderpinky DID say it – Why didn’t anyone else hear it and why aren’t they saying anything? Kyle is sitting there looking baffled and no one else chimes in one way or another. By the way, in a recent E online article Harry says that he never said the part “whether she’s sick or not.” It kinda sucks the air out of Rinna’s “truth” that she hadta get offa her chest, no? She is so clear on what she remembers… Except when there’s someone more credible who disagrees with her… like her own husband.
Call Me – Maybe – Rinna said that she got a phone call from Vanderpump and said, “You encouraged me to say Munchausen.” Vanderpinky is verbally disagreeing with her because she very rarely calls Rinna at home. Rinna was so danged pleased with herself when she could whip out telephone records evidencing that Vanderpinky does too call her. I think most of us would interpret that as meaning that she doesn’t routinely chat with Rinna as friends on the phone – NOT that she NEVER EVER talked to her on the phone. I mean, they were good friends at one point, no? Rinna went with Vanderpinky to look at some mini horses… That alone would garner at least a few phone calls, no?
Rinna proudly waves the phone records in front of Vanderpinky’s face and excitedly announces that Vanderpinky called her 10 times! Wow… 10 whole times, huh? Like, 10 times in the last week? Last month? 6 months? Year? It means nothing to me without a time reference. However, I guess, to be honest, it could even be as little as 1 time because that’s the number of conversations Rinna is claiming to have had with Vanderpinky about the Munchausen subject.
Gosh, Vanderpinky must be an awesome puppeteer to be able to manipulate poor widdle Rinna into doing something she didn’t want to do with just one phone call, no?
Vanderpump sarcastically asks Rinna about bringing up Munchausen, “So, you did it for me?”
Yolanda dissolves into tears and leaves the set with Erika nipping at her heels.
Things I Learned
- The most that Kyle’s EVER spent on sunglasses is $600… When the rest of the women were asked if they ever spent more than that on a pair of sunglasses, only Vanderpinky said she spent more. Really you guys? While I’m certainly no Dana Wilkey who famously boasted about her $25,000 sunglasses during Season 2… but even I, peasant that I am, after being sunglasses-shamed by my optometrist for wearing 99¢ Carl’s Jr. sunglasses, spent $120 on a pair of Italian sunglasses 18 years ago. Shockingly, they’re still the only sunglasses that I own. So I have a very hard time believing that these rich bitches have NOT paid more than $600 for a pair… Puhleeze.
- When Erika got together with Tom when she was 27, her husband’s stuffy partners at his law firm and their wives hated her… I wonder how they feel about the Erika Jayne persona?
- Yolanda sold her Malibu house furnished – so she’s had to start from scratch again. Wow… that’s a smart way to disentangle yourself from your belongings and a brilliant reason to have to go shopping!
- Kathryn and her ex-husband Marcus were married at O.J’s house. O.J. and Nicole were already divorced. Wow. Just wow. THAT’S how close Kathryn was to the O.J. situation. Sit down, Faye, sit yourself down. Kyle, you can sit with your friend, too.
Things So Ludicrous You Just Gotsta Laff
- Erika ridiculously equated her decision to accept that her son wanted to be a police officer with his decision to accept her Erika Jayne persona. Right… Cuz becoming a police officer is just as important as portraying yourself as a slut. Sit down, Erika.
- After being asked to do so, Erika got up and demonstrated how to do the dance move behind “Pat the puss.” In case you were wondering… You first roll your hips THEN pat…. Roll and pat…. Roll and pat…. Roll and pat… That’s right… There you go… You can do it… Now go put on a catsuit, find an old, crusty millionaire who will subsidize your career – and you too, can be an Erika Jayne.
- Bitch Stole My Look – Vanderpinky is wearing the full dress version of the sparkly Tom Ford top that Erika has been rockin’ all season long in her I Dream of Jeanie talking head interviews. Is this step #2 of Vanderpinky’s strategic takeover of Erika’s life? Cuz Vanderpinky has already won the heart of Erika’s husband, no? Do you think Vanderpinky is just needling Erika or is she making a statement that Erika is so inconsequential to her that she couldn’t be bothered to remember what Erika wore during every single dang episode? We know that Lisa claims that she hasn’t watched the recent Dubai episodes, but I thought she had been watching up until that point. Perhaps I’m wrong. It’s funny, cuz Erika just really, really hates Vanderpinky – and she just can’t wipe the disdain off her face.
- Doesn’t everyone have butt pellets? Vanderpinky was really pushing the concept that part of YoYo’s medical woes stem from menopause and its resulting hormonal challenges. Okay, most women who are new cougars on the prowl do NOT want to talk about menopause on national TV. Oh wait, excuse me, I really don’t know if YoYo is gonna be a cougar or not – my bad. Anyhoo… YoYo was quick to tell Vanderpinky that her hormones are just “perfect” because she has hormone replacement pellets in her butt and her levels are checked every 3 months.
This is absolutely ludicrous to me because YoYo has been hesitant to even wear lip gloss Because she’s ridding her body of any chemicals and crap that could compromise her ongoing wellness. Remember, she’s had all kinds of weird therapies and crap that really screwed up her system and she’s been weaning off of them so they could really determine what’s causing her symptoms.
Yet she seems completely fine with putting pellets in her butt to regulate her hormones? The very little that I read on the subject says that you can’t adjust the levels once the pellets are implanted. I know women who have wrestled with their medications to adjust their hormone levels for months and months to get them to a normalized equilibrium. I’m sorry, but I think this is just a preposterous treatment plan for YoYo at this point.
“Yes, I’m here – I’m not leaving.” – Yolanda assures Andy that she’s there to stay throughout the duration of the Reunion show… She ends up walking offstage at the end of Part 1. I’m sure she will come back… but she did walk out. Erika dutifully ran after her.
A viewer named Mary asked a question about why Erika’s music videos are so sexual. The viewer’s next question was also a dig because it said something about Erika being too old “to be prancing around half-naked like that” Erika says, “Oh, Mary dear, I’m so sorry that she’s given up in life but I have not. No – You’re not too old to be a sexual being and I’m proud of what I do.” Oh, snap!
What was the absolute best part of this entire episode? Eileen said absolutely NOTHING of any consequence – She just sat there and said nothing. It was worth watching just to see that.
Well, that’s it – We made it through Part 1! Yay! I hope we all came out unscathed… Thanks so much for reading… and I will look forward (or not) to next week’s episode!
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