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Faye Resnick: Morally Corrupt or Misunderstood?

Glenn Rowley

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For the past six seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Faye Resnick has been a lightning rod of criticism and controversy nearly every time she's appeared onscreen. After a couple of seasons away from the cameras, the sometimes-Friend of the Housewives has returned in the current sixth season and ignited a firestorm amongst 'Wives and viewers alike. However, after all her time on the show, the question needs to be asked: does Faye deserve the bad rap she's received or is she simply being misrepresented? For this week's feature, I'm looking back on Faye's intermittent appearances on RHOBH to figure out the answer.

Season 1

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Faye's first appearance on RHOBH was during Season 1's now-iconic Dinner Party From Hell. Three quarters of the way through the season, Camille Grammer hosted the meal at her palatial Malibu estate that would set the precedent for all subsequent dinner parties in every city of the Housewives franchise. Besides the 'Wives, Camille invited her best friend Dedra Whitt as well as psychic medium Allison DuBois to the dinner party and Kyle Richards brought along Faye for support. All season long, Kyle and Camille had been butting heads over an off-hand comment Kyle had supposedly made off-camera questioning why anyone would be interested in Camille without her (soon-to-be ex-)husband Kelsey. Kyle denied making the comment, calling Camille "insecure" and "such a f***ing liar," which escalated the feud between the two. Needless to say, by the time the infamous dinner party rolled around, the two weren't exactly on the friendliest terms.

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All in all, the Dinner Party from Hell started civilly until Camille requested an explanation of who exactly Faye was. At the far end of the table, Kyle began explaining that Faye was a longtime friend of her family's, but Camille cut her off to declare that she knew where she'd seen Faye before: posing in Playboy after the O.J. Simpson trial. (A little background: in the 90s, Faye was Nicole Brown Simpson's best friend and was even living with her up until a few days before her gruesome murder. She became a key player in the subsequent media frenzy and trial, turning her into something of a household name at the time.) In her confessional, Camille dubbed her "the morally corrupt Faye Resnick" and the nickname stuck like glue. I mean sure, Camille had posed for Playboy at one point too, but it was for the Book of Lingerie and she wasn't coming off the murder trial of the century, OK? From there the dinner party descended into chaos, filled with contagious fighting and cruel, alcohol-fueled "readings" from an e-cigarette puffing medium we'll never forget. Know that.

Season 3

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After a few appearances in Season 2 (she was there when we met Brandi Glanville at the "wedge but no bra party"), Faye's presence on RHOBH increased in the third season. The primary source of drama that year surrounded the feud between Brandi Glanville and Adrienne Maloof involving secrets Brandi had made public about Adrienne's family. (In fact, the information was so private that Bravo was legally barred from sharing it on camera, though we later learned through the media that the secret involved the surrogacy of Adrienne and Paul Nassif's children.) As a friend of Kyle's, Faye was present at numerous group events at the time and when Kyle threw a small dinner to break in her newly-renovated dining room, Faye was on the guest list. Adrienne, however, was not at the party. Following her massive blow-up with Brandi in the episode prior, the tension was at an all-time high and she chose not to attend. Naturally, the explosive drama was the night's topic of conversation and Faye took it upon herself to go head-to-head with Brandi and defend the absent Adrienne. 

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What Faye said made perfect sense as she called Brandi out for her history of hitting below the belt and turning on her cast mates for seemingly no reason. However, going on the attack made Brandi look like the victim in the situation and as the blonde bad girl excused herself from the table and left the party in a flurry of tears and "poor me" platitudes, Faye was left looking like the bad guy. Sensing they had a potential pot-stirrer on their hands, Bravo promptly promoted Faye to official Friend of the Housewives status - adding her to an already gigantic cast. However, and this I will never understand, viewers responded overwhelmingly negatively to Faye on the show, inexplicably siding with Brandi even though Adrienne and her family were the real victims. In fact, when Faye wrote her first (and only) blog for Bravotv.com to tell her side of the story and again defend Adrienne, it was so unanimously reviled by fans and inundated with negative comments that the blog post was taken down, never to be read again - and with it, Faye's role as an unintentional villain was cemented in the Housewives lexicon.

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Due to her upgraded role on the show, Faye continued to appear at major events throughout the remainder of the season. She took an absent Kim's place at the tea party thrown by Lisa Vanderpump which devolved into a screaming match between Adrienne and Brandi over who was suing who, and had a front-row seat to their next confrontation at Kyle's annual White Party. While Faye wasn't invited on the cast trip to Paris, she helped Kyle celebrate the opening of her store, Kyle by Alene Too (which Faye designed) and reveled in filling the ladies in at the launch party for Adrienne's new vodka line on some of Brandi's naughty behavior at the White Party. (Apparently, the bad girl of Beverly Hills had a little less-than-fully-clothed sexy time with a stranger in Kyle's daughter's room in the middle of the party...) She even got her own confessional look by season's end! If a Friend of the Housewives' job was to show up to events and stir the pot, Faye was certainly doing a good job of it. 

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At Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd's 30th anniversary vow renewal, which served as the Season 3 finale, Faye did a quick job of inserting herself squarely in the middle of the drama. In the wake of Adrienne and Paul's announcement that they were separating, she faced off once again with Brandi over the self-proclaimed truth cannon's role in the demise of the marriage. Further, she warned Yolanda Foster that she was being manipulated by the former model, and when Brandi demanded she "be a lady" and leave the conversation, Faye delivered her most quotable moment of the season: "No matter how many Chanels you borrow, you will never, ever be a lady." She followed that barb up by asking Brandi how she felt about breaking up a family, thereby placing blame squarely on Brandi's shoulders for adding undue stress to Adrienne and Paul's relationship. Later, Faye took aim at Lisa Vanderpump, accusing the queen bee of getting Brandi's mouth to do most of the dirty work for her in her season-long vendetta against Adrienne. Obviously, Lisa was insulted by this suggestion and turned around to accuse Faye of being Kyle's mouthpiece when she happened to use a chess analogy to describe Lisa's behind-the-scenes machinations. Inevitably, the entire cast joined the conversation, arguing over who fights whose battles and whether Brandi was playing tiddlywinks in Portia's room at 1 a.m. the night of the White Party. Tiddlywinks? Talk about a random reference for the season to go out on...

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Faye wasn't invited to attend the Season 3 reunion, likely because of the negative response from viewers about her, but that doesn't mean she wasn't a hot topic of conversation at the sit-down. In a segment from the Secrets Revealed episode, Brandi, Lisa and Kyle went at it over whether Faye really was her friend's mouthpiece during the season. Lisa insisted that Faye must have been on Kyle's payroll, but Kyle fired back that Faye was her own person with her own opinions. And further, Kyle swore up and down that she had never needed a mouthpiece in her life - clearly evidenced by the past three seasons - so why would she start now? Without Faye there to defend herself, however, I suppose we'll never know the full story. Then, following the overwhelming backlash she received from fans, Faye all but disappeared for the next two seasons of the show. 

Season 6

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Cut to Season 6, where things start to get reeeeeally interesting. After a couple years away, Faye returned to the show this season - not in any official capacity, but as Kyle's friend - redesigning Kyle's new closet and coming to events. Somewhat serendipitously, a new wave of public interest has brought the O.J. Simpson trial back into the forefront of pop culture, likely fueled by the murder trial's 20th anniversary at the end of 2015. Just as Faye starts popping back up on the show, new Housewife Kathryn Edwards joins the cast. It turns out that at the time of Nicole Simpson Brown's murder, Kathryn was married to Marcus Allen, who was one of O.J.'s best friends. During the year-long trial, Faye capitalized on her first 15 minutes of fame by partnering with Mike Walker, a gossip columnist for The National Enquirer, to write Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted. In the scandalous book, Faye alleged that Nicole had an affair with Marcus Allen and that Kathryn turned a blind eye to the dalliance. Both Marcus and Kathryn denied the accusation, but it became a part of the media's narrative as the nation followed along on the edge of its seat. Tell me that all of these moving pieces coming together is just a coincidence...

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When Kathryn was introduced on the show part-way through this season and her connection with O.J. Simpson was discovered, one of Kyle's first questions was, obviously, whether she knew Faye. Kathryn vehemently denied ever meeting her and explained that 20 years of bad blood remain between the women over what Faye wrote about Kathryn in her book. According to the new 'Wife, neither her name nor her ex-husband was ever mentioned in any connection to the tragedy until Faye's book dragged them into the frenzy. Needless to say, she didn't view Faye in the most positive of lights. Yet, with Kathryn starting to hang around Kyle and the other women, it was only a matter of time before she came face-to-face with the nemesis she had never met. Little did she know that opportunity would come sooner rather than later. 

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In just the next episode, Kyle invited all the ladies - including both Kathryn and Faye - to a small BBQ at her house. Upon learning that Kathryn was on the guest list, Faye insisted to Kyle that she held no ill will toward the other woman, but had no desire to bring up the past and force such a sensitive conversation. Kathryn, on the other hand, was ready for a fight. After building a war up in her head between herself and Faye, she confronted her enemy at the BBQ over what she saw as the giant, 20-year-old elephant in the room. However, as I broke down in my episode recap, Faye was having none of it and politely refused to engage in the confrontation, saying there wasn't much left to talk about at this point and issuing a blanket apology at the table to anyone she had offended or hurt. This effectively took the air out of Kathryn's fired up sails, though it didn't stop her from contending with Kyle the next week over whether Faye was a good person.

Who is Faye Resnick? 

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So, is Faye Resnick the "morally corrupt" villain she's been made out to be or is she a casualty of editing and viewer misperception? This may not be a popular opinion, but I'd say that based on what we've actually seen on the show, I'm leaning towards the latter. Hear me out, though. The biggest thing that makes me stop and consider is the number of Housewives who have spoken up in Faye's defense. It's well-known that Kyle is my all-time favorite Housewife, so I may be a little biased but I'm confident in saying that she is a good judge of character. As she stated at the end of the BBQ, Faye is the friend Kyle knows she can count on at 3 in the morning and has been through thick and thin with her. On top of that, numerous other 'Wives including Kim Richards, Eileen Davidson and Camille Grammer have all defended Faye in the media. Camille even publicly apologized for the "morally corrupt" moniker, saying in a recent interview with Bravo's Daily Dish that she wishes people would stop using the insult to describe Faye, whom she's gotten to know and developed a friendship with in the intervening years. The list of 'Wives who don't like Faye include the following: Brandi Glanville and Lisa Vanderpump. Does that tell you anything?

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The fact also remains that - when you actually break it down - Faye has never actually done anything on the show to warrant such a negative backlash. The Dinner Party from Hell was the very first impression that viewers got of her, and let's face it, no one came out of that night unscathed. When it comes to Faye's involvement in Season 3, I have to say that I largely agree with her. No, she didn't always handle things as properly as she could have (i.e. the Chanel bags low blow), but I side with her for sticking up for Adrienne in the feud with Brandi. I was on Team Adrienne from the beginning and I think it's safe to say that with hindsight, a lot of fans would now agree with me that Brandi was in the wrong. Whether we'll see more of Faye this season is something we'll have to wait to find out, but until then we can be sure to watch Connie Britton's riveting portrayal of her on FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson...or just binge from The Dinner Party from Hell all the way through to the Moulin Rouge party. Who's up for a marathon? 

What do you think of Faye's time on RHOBH? Let me know in the comments!

RHOBH Ssn 6/Ep 12 - Hearing Problems

Glenn Rowley

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This week's episode kicks off back in San Diego and Kathryn Edwards invites the 'Wives to her and Donnie's house for lunch before heading back to Beverly Hills. The Edwards split their time between their condo in Brentwood and the San Diego property, which is absolutely gorgeous - with a built-in infrared sauna and an oven vent made of imported stone from Jerusalem. As a viewer, I'm really in love with Kathryn's home in San Diego, so much in fact, that I actually made a point to tweet about that Jerusalem stone during my live-tweet of the episode. Ridiculous, I know, but I basically want to live in that kitchen.

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Over lunch, Eileen Davidson immediately puts the question of who told Yolanda Foster out on the table - it's time to get to the bottom of this. Erika Girardi finally comes clean that she relayed to Yo the conversation Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump were having about Bella and Anwar's Lyme disease. And with that, Erika deftly changes the conversation to how great the salad is and whether or not Lisa Rinna actually eats. Naturally, this brings up last season's feud between Rinna and Kim Richards, which quickly snowballs into a conversation about Kim's substance abuse problems. Obviously, for the millionth time, this is not something Kyle wants to be discussed but I feel that every time Lisa Rinna has the opportunity to bash Kim, she takes it. At this point, it's just disrespectful and uncalled for - both to Kyle and Kim. If Lisa R. was really Kyle's friend or had any human compassion for Kim, she wouldn't be referring to her as a "f***ing lunatic" or a "rabid dog" in her confessionals or continuing to blatantly gossip about her in front of Kyle. Lisa Rinna's behavior is what's disgusting in this situation - not Kim's addiction. Thankfully, Erika and Kathryn step in to defend Kim and stick up for Kyle, who's so upset that she leaves the table.

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Seeing the two newbies stand up for a former 'Wife they don't even know may seem random, but it makes me love the pair even more than I already do. Once Kyle excuses herself, followed by Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Rinna continues to rehash her issues last season with Kim - from the poker night disaster all the way to the glass-shattering dinner in Amsterdam. However, Kathryn isn't about to put up with the harsh word choice and labels Lisa Rinna is insisting on using, particularly when the situation is over and Kim is seeking the help she needs. Eileen asks Kathryn why addiction is such a hot button issue for her, and the new 'Wife explains that her father committed suicide when she was 13 after a long battle with substance abuse. Wow. This just got even more real. Kathryn passionately explains that no one at that table has the right to label someone else's addiction that they, thankfully, know nothing about. Preach, Kathryn! When she and Lisa V. finally come back to the table, Kyle explains that she's finally taking baby steps in her relationship with Kim - they're talking and texting now! - so hearing negative talk about her sister makes her feel, rightfully, defensive and guilty. With that, this unexpectedly emotional lunch ends and it's time to head home to the Hollywood Hills. 

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Back in Beverly Hills, Erika Jayne the pop star reverts back to Erika Girardi the housewife and invites Lisa V. and Ken on a double date, all in the midst of planning a Beverly Hillbillies-themed BBQ for the ladies. Over dinner at Chaya, the foursome seem to hit it off well, with LVP and Tom in particular trading sassy barbs across the table. Is Lisa Vanderpump's spirit animal really an alligator? Mr. Girardi seems to think so. Erika also fills Lisa in on her conversation from last week with Lisa Rinna about confessing to Yolanda. LVP tries to point out that Yolanda makes her Lyme disease very public on social media, and therefore invites scrutiny from not only the other women but the world at large. However, Erika is clearly loyal to Yo and isn't having any of that excuse. 

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Meanwhile, Kyle is meeting a familiar face for lunch at Il Cielo: OG Housewife Adrienne Maloof! The pair laugh off the faux pas that they both wore the same shade of maroon and Adrienne reveals that she's now working on a skincare line...with her ex-husband Paul Nassif. What?? After their contentious divorce and the subsequent custody battle that followed, saying it's a miracle that Paul and Adrienne are getting along (let alone doing business together) is basically the understatement of the century. But it's a very welcome surprise - I was so distraught when they announced their separation at the end of Season 3, so it makes me genuinely happy to hear that the Bickersons have reached a better place in their relationship. 

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After filling Kyle in on her life, Adrienne asks how things are between her and Kim, and Kyle can only describe it as a "rough year." Adrienne points out that the sisters' turbulent relationship has gone on at least since she has known them, (she was stuck in the middle of the infamous Season 1 limo fight after all), but advises Kyle to always keep the door open for a reconciliation. Adrienne also reveals that she's been in contact with Kim, which is definitely positive news. As Kyle tearfully opens up about Kim's struggles, Adrienne admits that it's difficult to see the pair of sisters go through such an intense and painful struggle, but reassures Kyle that things can get better between them.

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The day of Erika's BBQ arrives and it's my kind of party - full of carnival games and her army of gay boys in tiny swimsuits. I firmly believe we should get more tastes of how Erika Jayne does things, please. She really is the Queen of Everything. On the way to the party, a glammed out Eileen fills Lisa Rinna in on her visit with Yolanda two days prior, and it turns out Yo is more than a little angry. Eileen explains that when Lisa R. spilled the Munchausen conversation, Yolanda didn't exactly understand what it meant. However, after Rinna left, she had her nurse read her the definition and boy is she fired up. Lashing out, Yolanda told Eileen that she easily could've labeled Lisa Rinna as unstable or bipolar after last year's Amsterdam trip, but she wouldn't sink that low. On her own limo ride with Kyle, Yolanda insists that she's coming to the party to have a good time, but warns that Lisa Rinna better not get her started because she won't hesitate to defend her integrity. Looks like a storm is headed for this BBQ...

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As the women arrive, it's air kisses all around but the tension between Yolanda and Lisa Rinna is palpable in the air. After playing some carnival games and admiring the parade of half-naked men, Lisa R. calls a summit with all the 'Wives to get everything out in the open. She starts the conversation by saying she wishes Yo would've let her know if she had another problem with her, but Yolanda openly balks at this suggestion. Lisa Rinna really thinks Yo should've reached out to her after what Rinna put out in the universe about the M-word? But now that Yolanda knows the definition of Hauschen Mauschen, she's ready to go on the attack and another apology from Lisa Rinna simply isn't going to cut it. However, Yo also has some signals crossed, because she seems to think she's being accused of Munchausen by proxy, which refers to the abuse of a child for the purpose of gaining sympathy or attention for the abuser. When Lisa V. tries to step in and correct her, Yolanda explodes. However, Lisa Rinna isn't about to just sit back and take it, and she tries to defend herself by reiterating that she merely read the definition to Kyle and Lisa V. because she felt guilty for engaging in the conversation with someone. Yolanda accuses Rinna of falsely labeling her, just like she did to Brandi last season by calling her an alcoholic and heatedly explains that she thought the women she called her friends would be the ones to have her back on this journey instead of doubting her. Simply put, Yolanda finds the word Munchausen to be a massive insult to her integrity and Lisa Rinna was the one who started the chatter among the girls. 

Yolanda is officially fired up and demands that if Lisa Rinna has any balls, she tell her who accused her of having Munchausen syndrome. Lisa refuses, saying that it wouldn't be fair to the person and besides, it's not anyone Yolanda knows personally. At this, Erika explodes as well, screaming across the table at Lisa to tell Yo who said it. According to Erika, Yolanda has the right to confront her accuser. If someone's out there saying she has Munchausen, then who is it? By this point, the rest of the women start jumping into the fray, with Kyle trying to explain that people have questions because there are so many discrepancies and Eileen pointing out that Yo simply wants unconditional support from her friends. From the other 'Wives point of view, the bottom line is that they all care about Yolanda and want her to get better, no matter how convoluted the story seems. But at the end of the day, Yolanda just wants to know she's surrounded by a group of girls who will have her back, and so far she's not feeling that. The argument ends with Yo and Rinna hugging it out, but it feels as if this truce is simply putting a band-aid over the wound and ignoring the problem. Either way, it appears that the old Yolanda is back and in fighting form. 

What do you think? Did Yolanda have the right to be outraged at Lisa Rinna over the Munchausen conversation? Whose side are you on? Let me know in the comments!

Bravo's 2nd Annual #RHAwards: THG Picks the Winners

Glenn Rowley

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It's awards season in the Bravo universe! That's right, the 2nd annual Real Housewives Awards are upon us. I loved when Bravo did this last year and am super excited to see it become an annual event. Let's face it, so much happens across the franchise and it's a fun way to look back on the year and vote for our favorite ladies. This year, they've added a number of new categories including Best Housewife Comeback, Realest Reconciliation and Miss Congeniality along with returning categories like Rookie of the Year, Biggest Reunion Shocker and OMG Moment. To analyze all the nominees, I rounded up my fellow Housewives fanatics Tanya from So Cute and Curvy and my cousin Adrienne for their input, and we're giving you our picks for who should walk away with the coveted glass heel!

BEST COMEBACK

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That Housewives Guy: I love my Beverly Hills girls and I was over the moon about Dina coming back to RHONJ, but I'm going to have to say Bethenny. Her return reinvigorated RHONY and helped give us the best season New York has ever had. Yes I said it. 

Tanya: I vote B [too]. I have this love/hate relationship with her because she's so harsh and...how she executes her honesty isn't always the kindest, but I respect her hustle and how genuine she always is.

Adrienne: Dina! While her comeback I fear is short-lived, it was great to see her back on such a pivotal season of RHONJ. Not only was she Teresa's main support system, she's hilarious, witty, honest, gorgeous, and has the uncanny ability to see right through the crap and fake peeps that are her counterparts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

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THG: This category is incredibly crowded and I have a few questions about it. 1. Why do Nicole and Teresa have to share their nomination? First their tagline, now this? 2. Why is Shannon nominated but Lizzie isn't? And 3. Shannon and Kristen's rookie years weren't even in the current seasons of RHOC and RHONY, so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I feel like I can't vote for either of them simply out of principle. 

A: I say Teresa and Nicole. While I didn't always love Teresa, Nicole's priorities of Duncan Donuts and Oral sex are clearly on point. I could see the twins being around for a while - they bring not only comedy but quite a bit of drama to the show.

T: I wish I had more than one vote for this category because Bravo did so good on all the newbies this year! I voted for the twins too because I feel if I had an alter ego I’d have a lot of their personality in there. The runner-ups I call for are Dorinda, Kristen, Shannon & Lisa. They bring so much to the show and live up to the brand…definitely unforgettable, so they have my vote as well!

THG: Honestly, there isn't a single bad 'Wife in the bunch, but for me it comes down to the twins, Dorinda, Lisa and Eileen. Eileen Davidson is my spirit animal. I know, I know that didn't really narrow anything down. I'm tempted to lean towards Dorinda because of how much I've loved this season of RHONY, but I think I'm going to go with Lisa R. She and Eileen both added so much to Beverly Hills this season, but she definitely brought more drama between the two. 

BEST SUPPORTING AGITATOR

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A: Jim Marchese. Do I really need to elaborate? He's scum, his need to over compensate for his ugly mug, bad hair plugs and small penis is obvious. Shut your face Jim.

THG: I agree, there's no way anyone but Jim Marchese walks away with this award - if you can really call spreading rumors about someone's mom, selling your best friend of more than a decade down the river for reality TV fame and coming across as a complete and utter a--hole an "award."

T: Um no. CoCo all the way. Duh….I could barely remember what part the other nominees had. Who doesn’t love the beautiful Coco?

THG: By the way, why isn't Brooks on this list? His cancer is just starting to stir up the OC and from what we've seen in previews and the press, everything is going to explode around it for the rest of the season. Then again, if he was nominated, Vicki would probably have Andy's head...

OMG MOMENT

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T: I think these were all worthy of a nomination, however I can’t believe this character called JIM! I seriously don’t know who I would strangle more….him or Kenya. These types of people make their seasons addicting, but he is a horrible person and I won’t say more on that…..ugh!

A: Yes, definitely. While the rumor may or may not be true, you just can't talk about mamas.

THG: I think the most OMG moment was Lisa vs. Kim in Amsterdam. It was the moment we waited all season for, and it most definitely did not disappoint - shattered wine glass and all. Also, am I the only one who finds it telling that Kim isn't included in the nomination? Seems like Bravo is trying to distance itself as far as possible from her downward spiral...

MOST LOL-WORTHY

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A: Milania. While I'm not sure if it's more LOL or WTF, it was worth some kind of mention. Good thing she's not my kid, she looks cute with her teeth in her mouth.

T: None of this was LOL to me…no vote.

THG: Yeah, I kind of agree with you. If I had to choose one, I'd pick Sonja with the tooth and the cufflink at the Boy Meets Skinnygirl party (which is weird because I'm never a Sonja fan). But where is Vicki swimming with the sharks in Tahiti or Dorinda mistaking that guy for a waiter?? Or even Yolanda's confusion over cunnilingus in the next category? I could go on and on. So many hilarious moments they left out.

BEST QUOTE

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T: Dunkin' Donuts and oral sex…sounds about right to me. That is so true! My vote goes to Nicole.

A: Tamra. Let's face it, the woman is not only freaking funny, she is abrasive and brutally honest. Girl is a fire cracker who doesn't mind screaming to get her point across....My kind of girl. Quite frankly, her and my opinion on religion and others butting in with their two cents is right on point, ya'll can suck it.

THG: Ok, we seriously all have different opinions about this one because I have to go with Luann, if only because of how iconic it was. "Don't be all, like, uncool" instantly became part of the classic Housewives lexicon the second it came out of her mouth.

REALEST RECONCILIATION

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THG: If we're talking about which was the realest, this one goes to Kyle and Lisa, easy. After watching their friendship fall apart over the course of two seasons thanks to a certain fired pot-stirrer (ahem, Brandi), it was so nice to see them really make up and become friends again this year. I'm excited to see them in Season 6 without other people trying to get between them. And for the record I will be on Team Kyle until the end of my days. 

A: I agree, I do think Lisa and Kyle have truly moved forward and cherish each other's friendship. I would have chosen Tamra and Vicki for this, but I know they're going to fight and make up and fight and make up probably 20 more times in seasons to come. 

T: Well, I'm still voting for Tamra & Vicki...I don’t have much to say about that, but I appreciate how easy it is for them to get past their issues and their past. I like that they can just move forward because they make good TV!

BIGGEST REUNION SHOCKER

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T: Lisa and those lips…how can you not feel how authentic her apology is? She took responsibility for her behavior in Amsterdam. Kim’s reaction is so funny and just makes this whole scene.

THG: I loved watching Andy get sassy with Ramona a.k.a. Stonewall Jackson. She got so defensive and was trying so hard to deflect. The Ramonacoaster is always in top form come reunion time, but you would think after six years she would know not to mess with her boss. 

A: That was a proud Andy moment for me. You go baby boy. Ramona is a loud mouth. While she can be funny, she was out of line here. Andy's response was flawless.

STUNNING INTERVIEW LOOK

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THG: There is not a single Housewife on Kristin Taekman's level when it comes to fashion. Did you see her homage to the Sex and the City tutu this week on her blog? I feel the need to point out that I was calling her the Carrie Bradshaw of RHONY months ago in the very first Feature Friday on this site. For the record, I love a lot of Cynthia's style on RHOA too, but she's more miss than hit when it comes to her interview looks. Hands down, Kristen for the win. There's not even any competition.

T: Kristen has my vote as well. She and Nene are my Bravo fashion icons!

A: Nene. One word to describe this look....yikes. She looked like a penis head with that choppy bowl cut bob. Bye Felecia.

THG: Umm I don't think that's what they meant by stunning, Ade...

MISS CONGENIALITY

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THG: Ok this category is just not fair because it has so many of my favorite Housewives from across the franchise...plus Kandi. I honestly can't choose. Yolanda is so patient and caring and manages to play the peacemaker with the Beverly Hills ladies even while she's battling Lyme disease. Carole is so down-to-earth, which I love, and Fancy Pants is so giving and such a true friend. Out of all of them though, I want Dina to be my best friend in real life. So I guess I'll go with her? I hope you know I'm going to agonize over this choice for days.

T: This category was made for Yolanda Foster. She is probably the most positive person on the Real Housewives franchise. Love how she has raised beautiful and kind kids. Loved that she was a successful model.  Love that she only promotes positivity on her IG. Love that she married a man she adores. Love that she is an example of getting what you ask and expect in life and then being humble and gracious about it!

A: Yolanda is so kind, a true class act. She treats everyone with respect and her husband, kiddos, and family are her life. Housewives could learn a lot from Mrs. Foster.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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THG: Ok, so we don't get to vote on this one, but I still thinks it's fun to predict who's going to get it. Last year, Vicki got the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award, and I have to say it's probably one of my favorite Vicki moments ever. If you haven't seen it, go watch it now.

T: Two words…NENE LEAKES! She is a legend and probably the most memorable person out of ALL the housewives! Bloop!

THG: I agree, with her leaving RHOA behind, it's NeNe's year for sure. The one other possibility could be Ramona, but I think Bethenny's return overshadowed her too much to get it this year. 

Well, there you have it. We didn't agree on much, but it was sure fun to see who we all thought should win. Special thanks to Tanya and Adrienne for helping me out! To cast YOUR votes, go to bravotv.com/rhawards and tune in to a special WWHL on Sept. 14 to find out the winners!