The third part of this reunion was, for the most part, unnecessary. Part of it served to give Taylor another opportunity to talk about her allegations regarding her husband, some of which are from her book. I am including a link from a blogger who wrote a thoughtful and honest perspective about it: http://bravotvlover.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/hiding-from-reality-taylor-armstrong-book-review/ .
We were made to sit through a brief visit from Dana, who continued her quest to become the fourth Richards sister. She blamed all of the drama of game night on Brandi, and said that she was harboring some ill will against Brandi for saying that Pam’s fiance cheated on her. Dana is unapologetic about her name dropping and need to tell us the prices of everything she owns and wears. Then she decided to give us her rags to riches story as a way of explaining why she acts the way she does. She told us that she had grown up poor until her mother died. At that point, she moved from Massachusetts to New York City to live with her father.
She says that she worked very hard to get through college, build a business and accumulate her wealth. If all of that is true, then she has a reason to be proud, not prideful Dana, proud. I don’t think, however, that her light-hearted, “I’m just being me” quite covers it. A little advice, Dana – there is a woman who can show you how you can come from the worst of childhoods, overcome a life of real poverty and discrimination, build a business from scratch and still comport yourself with dignity and respect. Talk to Oprah.
The House Husbands were given their time on the couch and there was very little to be gathered from their visit. In short, Ken would rather talk to his wife than a therapist. Mauricio is hot. Paul is not as hot as Mauricio and thinks that Taylor should eat something. Kim has not apologized to Mauricio. We saw Mauricio’s ass.
Andy then sat down for a one on one interview with Kim Richards who had left rehab one day after the Reunion was filmed. You can draw your own conclusions. She told Andy that she is an alcoholic, that’s all, she says she drinks. She drinks because she has guilt and shame, and then drinks more to mask the guilt and shame. She told Andy that she hadn’t seen any of the Housewives’ episodes since she entered rehab. Andy asked her permission to show some clips to her, a clear violation of the Geneva Convention. After a few seconds she said that she had seen enough and didn’t even know who that woman was.
Andy asked her if she felt that she owed Brandi an apology, and this was where she lost me. Her response was that, yes, she owed Brandi an apology for hiding her crutches. However, Brandi owes her an apology for ruining her family’s life and causing them so much pain. It really doesn’t matter, because Kim said that she will never forget what Brandi did to her, neither will she forgive her. I guess that speaks volumes. I think some of you know how important that statement really is.
Kyle joined her sister and Andy and there are very obvious, deep-seated and ongoing problems between these two women. Kyle is very confused and disturbed in her own way. While she said that she was glad that Kim appeared on the Housewives, she then said that it was so painful because it exposed not only Kim’s addiction, but a lot of very private family matters. That was about as convoluted as anything I have ever heard from Kyle.
Both of them talked about what they called the vicious cycle of anger and resentment between them. Kim said that she often doesn’t know what Kyle is angry about because her alcoholism left her with little or no memory of what she had done. Then she gets mad at Kyle for being mad at her, and so it goes – rinse and repeat. Kyle, on the other hand, was more than ready to bring up each and every incident as to how Kim has hurt her. She listed the disastrous Hawaii trip, Kim’s pregnancy scare, Kim’s relationship with Ken and other grievances for which she still feels Kim must atone. Kyle wants to be right and wants to be in control. The problem is that she has a sister who’s not buying it.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I really think that Kyle needs to work on herself before she takes on any new projects. She has to find someone to help her understand herself and the family’s dynamics before she is any position to help anyone else. I’m sure that, right now, she sees herself as a success, with a happy family, nice home and enviable lifestyle.
I’m not going to even pretend that I know the first thing about dealing with a family member with an addiction. I’m pretty sure that it doesn’t make it easy for anyone to watch a loved one fall into the abyss of alcohol and/or drug problems. So I have some questions for you because I know that some of you have had much more personal or professional experience on this topic. I would like your thoughts as to how these women should be going forward. I know that you have voiced your opinions and expertise before, and I would like to hear how you viewed the looks, voices and general demeanor between these sisters. I have some ideas about the dynamic of sisters but I will wait and listen to you on the other stuff.