This has been a really long and really terrible Season for this franchise. Vicki and Tamra are proving that they are just two peas in a pod. They wanted to be free from their marriages and to find replacements before their signatures ever touched their divorce papers. Their new-found freedom has brought those around them nothing but resentment and pain, and neither of them even care. It has even become the cause of their friendship breaking up. It shouldn’t have, because they have so much in common – selfishness comes to mind.
Tamra wants to punish Vicki for whatever foolish reason she has stuck in her empty head, and Vicki is willing to throw her own children to the wolves in order to find some Southern comfort. Brianna can’t talk to her own Mother and turns, sadly, to Tamra for support. Brooks wants everyone to get along because he’s afraid that Vicki will cut off his allowance. Vicki even tried to enlist the aid of her new son-in-law in her efforts to convince her daughter that Brooks is the man of her dreams. Ryan should be given a ton of credit for telling his mother in law that if her daughter pulls away, it is on Vicki, not Brianna.
The Dubrows are also a match made in Heaven. This couple shares so many attributes, I think that they may have been separated at birth, only to find each other later on and get married. They are arrogant, judgemental and petty, and their level of class is rivaled only by the Countess LuAnn. We had to watch two episodes where an all-out war was declared over one square inch of fondant. Fondant doesn’t even taste that good. I would rather have seen a brouhaha over the fact that Vicki was wearing a coat made out of some animals sacrificed to feed her ego. The fondant ribbon became such an issue that an army was formed, security was called, and Slade, dressed as the Dos Equis guy, became some sort of Secret Service Agent, protecting the Dubrow castle, to escort an anorexic alcoholic from the party.
When that intruder was finally removed, this more than a little tipsy crowd found other things and people to torture. Vicki and Tamra thought it was the appropriate place and time to have a screaming match about their now broken friendship. For Bravo, it was the perfect time. End of Season parties always wind up in some sort of fight where words and drinks are thrown about like confetti. Bravo and their over eager cast members had one more trick up their sleeves – they wanted a showdown between Jim Bellino and Dr. Terry Dubrow about comments directed at and about Alexis. I’ll address it this way.
Dear Jim Bellino,
I owe you an apology. I have been more than a little critical and skeptical regarding your marriage, your demeanor and your lifestyle. What you did during tonight’s episode not only convinced me that you are a good husband, but that you are not about to fall into the same trap that so many other Bravolebrities have. You stood up to a bunch of shrewish women and spineless men, and best of all, to Bravo. Viewers are very aware that this network is known for putting people into situations where someone will be hurt – in fact, Bravo counts on that and rewards it.
You’ve probably seen what happens when Bravo creates scenarios like the one they attempted in this episode between yourself and Terry Dubrow. They did it to Russell Armstrong. The difference is that Russell didn’t have a wife he loved or who loved him. Russell was married to a Bravo conspirator. She helped her employers set up her husband, knowing and not caring about the reception they would be facing on Kyle Richards’ front lawn. In that case, a crowd swarmed the Armstrongs, chased them to their limousine and continued to harangue Russell until he ripped his microphone off and asked if he could just simply leave. This is what was supposed to be in store for you.
You came to that party believing that you could have an honest and respectful conversation, just between two husbands. Then the crowd started to gather. First Heather took her place, and then, on cue, Tamra moved in and sat down, ready to add her gasoline to the fire. That you refused to cooperate with this obvious ambush deserves more than a simple acknowledgement – it deserves respect. You took yourself out of the firestorm before it even had a chance to begin. You didn’t grab your wife and demand that she leave with you. She took it upon herself to go with you because she is your wife, a good one, and she loves you.
They laughed when you left, that little trio. They said that you weren’t able to listen to the truth. They don’t know what they’re talking about because truth is not their strong point. They served their master, Bravo, and for that alone, they’re pleased with and proud of themselves. Bravo, Heather, Terry, Tamra, and any of the others who mocked your departure didn’t win anything. You called their bluff, out loud, and left with pride and dignity. This is why I’m apologizing for my snarky comments. You acted just the way any good spouse would. You came to defend your wife, and put a much-needed and long overdue end to a lot of nonsense. Those that remained and made jokes about your actions are the ones who can’t hear the truth. You could have had more camera time if you’d stayed, but you didn’t. Good for you.
I’ve included a link to Jim Bellino’s blog because it offers an explanation as to how this evening and his invitation occurred.