I love weddings. I mean it. I am a shameless, teary-eyed sucker for anything that has to do with weddings, well, maybe with the exception of “Bridezillas”. I love to watch “Say Yes to the Dress”, and I smile right along with the bride and her loved ones when she has found the gown of her dreams. I don’t even need to know the couple to feel a sense of celebration for them. The sight of a new bride and groom exiting a chapel accompanied by church bells can make me cry. I just can’t help myself when a dad takes that walk down the aisle with his daughter and places her hand into the hand of her soon to be husband. I hold my breath when they recite their vows and I pray that they truly understand what it means to simply say “I do.” I know that those words are filled with wonder and promise and hope mixed with a healthy dose of blind faith.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills invited us to a wedding tonight. It couldn’t have been more perfect. We got to see a beautiful couple surrounded by adoring and emotional family members, lavish flowers, stunning outfits, gorgeous food and the cutest little dog ever to have donned a tuxedo. We now know that you can have a matching trio of hair and makeup stylists. We were with Lisa and Ken as they watched their little girl become a wife. Pandora’s dance with her dad was warm and touching. We saw beautiful and happy guests, bathed in pink lights, dancing and enjoying this wonderful event. It was everything we could have hoped for from the VanderPump-Todd family and the people who live within that exclusive zip code.
This should have been the way to end this season. This should have been a gift for the viewers – a very bright spot in an otherwise gut-wrenching few months. For a very short while, we could just gaze at all of this Beverly Hills grandeur and smile at how very happy families can be.
Sadly, and predictably, Bravo acted just like those guests who you have to invite but don’t really care for. They just couldn’t leave well enough alone and let us simply enjoy an episode, free of Taylor, Kim and all of the rest of the baggage that comes with both of them.
Instead, Bravo decided that Taylor needed more air time to continue a “story line” which has brought viewers nearly to the point of insanity. I am just guessing here, but I think that this moment was meant to benefit both Taylor and Bravo. They have a lot at stake here, legally, financially and professionally. Viewers and bloggers everywhere are soundly and rightfully criticizing all of the players in this televised tragedy – real and manufactured.
Thanks to a well publicized set of internal emails between Bravo producers and the unsavory, but very vindictive and angry, Cedric, we have found that many of our doubts were not simple speculation. Someone finally let us see the type of a “wink and a nod” mentality that exists behind the scenes. That is a good thing for all of us who questioned our own levels of cynicism and imagination.
So, Bravo brought all of the women over to Kyle’s house for a group hug session. Lisa passed around wedding pictures, Camille displayed a photo of her boyfriend’s sculpted abs and Adrienne gave away her shoes. All of them told Taylor, over and over, how wonderful she looked while she assured them that she and her daughter were getting stronger every day. The joy of a wedding disappeared as quickly as a commercial break. What should have been a sweet and lovely moment was stolen, again, by the same woman who has taken an entire season, and perhaps everything around her, and made it all about Taylor.
Somehow, Dr. Paul’s colonoscopy didn’t really bother me anymore.