I, like most of you, have spent countless hours reading blogs, websites, newsletters, tweets and Facebook announcements from each and every Real Housewife to have ever appeared on Bravo. Most are ridiculous, many are trying to sell us something, and some are just plain irritating. Then Lisa Vanderpump wrote an end of season blog for Bravo TV and it was actually worth reading. It is an example of how these women should behave, particularly in light of all of the awful, petty and mean spirited scenes we have witnessed.
Lisa, without going into each and every detail, lets readers know that she was truly blindsided by the things that happened during the taping of the Beverly Hills Reunion. Women who she thought were her friends turned out to be nothing of the kind. What they did and said demonstrated that they would stop at nothing to bring down a woman who, at least to me, had done nothing to deserve it – well, unless you think that being smart and British are felonies.
I know that we have talked about the way the KAT 3 behaved during the Reunion and there is no need for me to rehash it. What is important is how Lisa handled it then and how she is handling it now. She writes in her blog that she didn’t tell her husband how she had been treated before he and the other husbands took their places on the couch. She probably didn’t want to upset him and that is what a wife would do. Ken had been very angry at Cedric during last season’s reunion and, perhaps, Lisa found it better to just leave it until the taping was over. They had been betrayed then and they were being betrayed again. I think they talked quite a bit when they got home.
She appeared on those nights as a woman who was stunned by the attacks – ambushes really. She writes as a woman who has now been able to sit back and reconcile herself to the very hard lessons she has learned. She had taken these women at their word, extended her hand, her heart and her home to them. Their response was to slap everything away.
The other Housewives of Beverly Hills will read her blog and not understand what they have done. If it were that easy, they would have realized it the moment some of their words left their mouths. I think that they will play that Reunion over and over in their heads and reach a very different conclusion. They made excuses then and they will try to excuse it again, to us and for themselves. It will become their version of the truth.
I was confused, at first, as to whether this blog was meant to be a real goodbye or was simply an “hasta la vista” until next season. A glance at Lisa’s twitter account made me realize that I was not the only one. Lisa was kind enough to clarify things for us, saying that she only meant that she and her family were going to enjoy the much needed break away from the cameras. I’m happy to hear that because the Vanderpump-Todds are welcome on my television screen anytime.
I also noticed that she and Brandi exchange very sweet and funny tweets. It’s ironic that these two women understand each other, as well as their senses of humor. They certainly appear to come from two very different places, but I think that Lisa sees a lot of her own quirkiness and earlier years of being a “wild-child”. I think they are perfect foils.
Lisa explained, during the Reunion, that she understood why Brandi might want to slash her ex-husband’s tires. Lisa seemed to realize that Brandi was no less abused – and possibly even more – than Taylor. Even Camille appeared to recognize some similarities from her own public humiliation. I actually found myself wondering what I would be like if I was pregnant and was forced to stand by while my husband tried to decide between a waitress or a country singer. I’m afraid to admit that Eddie Cibrian’s motorcycle would have been the least of his problems. Taylor, the self-proclaimed savior of all abused women, sat there on that couch and showed nothing but contempt for Brandi. There should have been some sign of compassion or empathy.
So, I think we can all look forward to Season 3 with some optimism. I believe that Lisa and Brandi are well armed with a “fool me once…” mentality. If Kyle and Adrienne were intimidated by Lisa alone, they should be doubly afraid of the new Dynamic Duo. As for me, well, I would love to share a beer with them.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – The Lost Footage
It looks like Bravo is going to wring every last drop that they can from the ladies of Beverly Hills. They called this The Lost Footage. I would have helped them look for it. We might have been able to find it before last Monday night. Perhaps Tramona took it and tried to save us all from this extra night. By the way, I also checked Tramona’s twitter account and she has not tweeted since December. I considered getting a twitter account for my critters, because it is so fashionable these days, but then I gave some consideration to the compatibility of my keyboard and their paws and hooves. I have abandoned the idea. As for poor Tramona, I hope that she is alive and well, and living it up on some sandy beach. She’s more than paid her dues.
Anyway, here we are again – every time we think we’re out, they pull us back in. Kim is still angry with Mauricio and says that they are both fed up. She prefers her other brother in law, Rick Hilton, and thinks that Mauricio should just “get over it, and get a life”. She also confirms that she and Ken are no longer together. We are given a little vignette of “Kim” moments – sort of like America’s Funniest Videos, but without the funny part. All I can tell you is that my local Kroger does not carry either vibrating lip gloss or a combination air-breath freshener.
Kyle is seen preparing for Estella’s post-op appearance and describes the procedures to her older daughters by spelling so as not to scare Portia. “Bobe”, the kids’ name for their grandmother, arrives and Portia tells her that she is not scary, yucky maybe, but not scary at all. Is it just me or is Portia one of the cutest kids ever? While we’re still on the topic of the Umansky family, in Hawaii Mauricio talked to his wife about leaving the family real estate business to join others in a new venture. Kyle, eventually, said that she supported his plans. They then went for massages where we got another glimpse of the now famous Mauricio cheeks. I think Kyle was talking. I don’t know.
We are shown some very different moments between Ken and Lisa. While shopping for fixtures and furniture for Sur at an antiques warehouse, Lisa receives a telephone call from her doctor. He tells her that he has received the results of a biopsy done on her shoulder and that she has skin cancer. I want to take a moment of my own here to say something about what we saw. This couple did not include this footage during the regular season and I don’t know if that was by their request or if Bravo was just too busy filming Taylor’s meltdowns. I think we all can guess what Taylor would have done and how she would have behaved if this had happened to her. I am constantly amazed by the dignity shown by this obviously very loving couple. I don’t know if they shared this information with many of their cast mates, but I respect that they didn’t find it necessary to share it with us until she was healthy.
Absolutely no episode of this Housewives’ franchise would be complete without more and more of Taylor. First, it is a conversation with Adrienne over coffee and she is still pushing the godmother idea. Adrienne is trying to let her down easy, explaining that someone within the family is better suited for that. She is right. It is not an honor bestowed on just anyone, even if that someone is loaded. I, for one, do not understand how this is still a topic for discussion given that Kennedy is five years old, but we’re talking Taylor here.
We’re still not done with Taylor, however, as we go back to Brandi’s beach house party. It is more of the same with Taylor swearing at and blaming Camille. I chuckled just a little when Linda Thompson told Taylor to repeat, like a mantra, “I am Grace Kelly”. Mmm, OK. The most telling moment, however, came when Adrienne let just a little bit of the cat out of her very large bag. Somehow, in the midst of all of the drunken histrionics and nonsense, Adrienne places all of the blame at the feet of Lisa. You see, Lisa is the pot-stirrer from whom all bad things come. This from a woman who drives across town to walk her dog down Kim’s street. You know, just because she likes Kim.
Lisa was right. We need a break.