So, there you have it – part one of the Reunion. The seating arrangements pretty much set the tone. To Andy’s right were Camille and Lisa, and to his left sat Kyle, Taylor and Adrienne. It made me wonder who would have moved over to even out the couches if Kim had made an appearance.
Adrienne is harboring a ton of issues about Lisa and nearly explodes trying to express every little tiny thing Lisa has ever said or done which has somehow hurt Adrienne. I almost laughed at how petty Adrienne’s list of perceived insults sounded. We had to revisit the “Maloof Hoof” joke, twitters about their respective dogs and the fact that Lisa was supposed to check with Adrienne about the details of Pandora’s bachelorette venue. For a self-proclaimed strong businesswoman, she is very thin-skinned. She even makes her own underhanded remark to Lisa, grinning and muttering, “once a princess, always a princess” when the discussion briefly touched on Lisa’s wearing a tiara at her daughter’s wedding. Unless I am mistaken, Adrienne Maloof was the one who was bestowed the title herself, when she ascended into the family business.
It is an all out attack on Lisa. Kyle chimes in about how afraid she is of Lisa because she’s smart. I guess for Kyle, intelligent people, especially ones with a sense of humor, should be feared. Andy must share an IQ with Kyle because he says that smart means manipulative. Kyle reminds Lisa, and everyone, of how hurt she was by a comment that followed one of Kyle’s splits. Lisa apparently said that it might have been for attention. Okay, I’m waiting. Where exactly is the hurtful part? People on good terms, friends, are not hurt by such small things. Real friends tease all of the time. So what else is up?
Of course, we have to let Taylor use her voice to carry her message and heal. She lets us all know that she and Kennedy are still getting better but that it is hard. There is a question to the women about airing the show following Russell’s suicide. Camille is the only one who vocalizes any concern for how Russell’s children must feel watching these episodes. Thank you, Camille. Adrienne and Taylor think it was a good idea in that a could help other people dealing with issues of domestic violence and/or suicide. Taylor also said something about her alleged abuse that I found very interesting and very artfully worded. In describing the confrontations between herself and Russell, she said that she would tell him “Just hit me so we can get this over with. Because I knew that would end it.” Make what you want of that one.
When Andy asks if any of the women saw signs of any abuse, Lisa says she saw a particularly awful text, full of expletives, supposedly sent by Russell to Taylor. There is also a conversation about the infamous email that Russell sent to Camille. Taylor gives some cockeyed version of events and times when this occurred, and denies knowing its contents, something the other women are not so certain about. Camille also tells Taylor that she did not care for being singled out for saying something out loud that each and every other woman present had also heard from Taylor. She rightfully says that it can’t be private information when you have told an entire circle of friends.
The war on Lisa isn’t over with quite yet. Adrienne announces that she knows somebody who talked to somebody who cleans somebody’s house who told her that Lisa sells stories to the tabloids. Lisa is visibly shocked and denies the accusation. I believe her. Adrienne does not, and presses forward repeating it over and over until finally, at last, it occurs to her that she might just have stepped over the line. Well, I guess that evens the score on that “Maloof Hoof” thing. Calling out one’s character and making a joke about a shoe – yep, it’s all good. It’s a lot like making a remark about splits versus saying that someone preys on the weak. I think we all understand now.
Finally, for only a very few minutes we are allowed to see Brandi. I breathed a sigh of relief for her because I think she was being held in the Bravo dungeon while being forced to listen to LeAnn Rimes CDs and watch the same two episodes of “The Playboy Club” over and over. She is ready for this and we are ready for her. Enough with the Eddie questions, and enough with the Vegas wedding thing, Andy. Welcome to the couch, Brandi! It seems as if she has quite a bit to say during part two. At least we know it won’t be the company line.