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RHOD Ssn 1/Ep 7 - Black and Blues

Glenn Rowley

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This week, The Real Housewives of Dallas was filled with music, rock star hair and one very awkward goth party. While Tiffany's out to make a name for herself in the Dallas charity scene, Cary finds herself in the crosshairs of a major power player in society with ties to LeeAnne. Read on for my breakdown of all the gothic drama...

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The episode kicks off with LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra meeting Heidi Effin' Dillon, the undisputed queen of the Dallas charity world, for lunch at Toulouse. The blonde arrives draped in Moschino with a giant dollar sign necklace (a la Flavor Flav circa 2006) and immediately proceeds to gift the two 'Wives shirts with #SkanksofDallas emblazoned on them. Talk about a strong first impression. LeeAnne set up the meeting to introduce Tiffany to her charity mentor and let her bestie pick Heidi's brain for ideas about the upcoming charity concert she's planning. Ms. Effin' Dillon also happens to be putting together a dinner party at her house - the theme of which is gothic state fair. She invites LeeAnne and Tiffany, and the two suggest the rest of the 'Wives be added to the guest list. Heidi's anxious to meet some more of the up-and-coming women of Dallas, but she's wary of Cary Deuber. According to gossip around Dallas, plenty of society women locked down their husbands by getting on their knees under the desk and Heidi claims she's head that Cary fits in that category. The shade is real, honey.

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Speaking of Cary, she's busy performing back-to-back surgeries with Mark. After updating the practice's website with the new pictures from her photoshoot last week, the Deubers are busier than ever. So busy, in fact, that Cary doesn't even realize it's their sixth anniversary until the couple is elbow-deep in surgery. The Housewife's personal theory when it comes to commemorating these milestones is something along the line of "we got married already, let's move on." However, Mark manages to squeeze out a sweet kiss with her while their face masks are on in the OR.

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Meanwhile, Brandi Redmond's received more troubling news on the family front. Her younger brother, Michael, recently returned from serving in the military in Afghanistan. Coming home with a severe case of PTSD, Michael had been struggling with depression and has been checked into the hospital after attempting to commit suicide via overdose. Brandi is obviously heartbroken by this news and runs straight to BFF Stephanie Hollman's house in shock. Brandi opens up to her bestie about how helpless she feels, unable to do anything for her brother while her mom rushes to the hospital. It's telling and more than a little concerning that the redhead turns to Stephanie for support instead of her husband, but her fellow 'Wife offers some of the best advice I've ever heard by telling Brandi that she doesn't need to understand someone's pain to support and love them through it. Preach, Steph!

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Next, Tiffany and LeeAnne go shopping for something to wear to the upcoming charity concert. As they search for the best looks that scream "rock and roll," Tiffany brings up the fact that the concert will be the first time all five 'Wives will be in the same room since Marie Reyes's disastrous cocktail party. Filling LeeAnne in on everything that Brandi's going through with her family, Tiffany counsels her bestie to take it easy at the event and make things as copacetic as possible with the rest of the women. LeeAnne admits that she feels she needs to apologize to Stephanie for making her cry at the cocktail party and vows to make things right before the charity concert. 

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After a scene of the Deubers properly celebrating their anniversary by Mark gifting Cary with a new Roberto Cavalli dress, Brandi meets Bryan for lunch in an attempt to put their argument from last week behind them. (You remember, the one where he walked of the restaurant when she tried to talk about their issues?) This time, Bryan comes to the meal contrite and apologetic about how he treated Brandi during their date. However, even when Bryan is trying to apologize and admitting he doesn't actually give Brandi enough attention, he still seems incredibly uncomfortable in front of the camera. Both Brandi and her husband agree that they need to do a better job connecting with each other and want to move forward in their relationship in a more positive, healthy direction.

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Stephanie is shocked to get LeeAnne's invitation for lunch, but warily agrees to sit down with the queen bee and hear her out. After apologizing for her behavior at the cocktail party, LeeAnne proceeds to do most of the talking and opens up a bit about how her rough childhood on the carnival circuit affected the way she handles conflict. She then offers her costar an olive branch in the form of an invitation to come see her speak at the opening session of the upcoming Grace Conference to benefit women living with HIV. At the table, Stephanie kindly agrees that the two can move on from their blow-up, but her confessional tells a different story. In her interview, Stephanie calls LeeAnne the "most self-obsessed, narcissistic person [she's] ever met" and claims the apology is more for LeeAnne than it is for her. Hmm...it doesn't look like these two will be truly making up any time soon.

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After a glorious segment in which Aaron Hendra's perfect hair gets the moment in the spotlight it so clearly deserves, the day of Tiffany's charity concert arrives. The 'Wives all converge on the House of Blues in Dallas in their best rocker chic, but Tiff clearly takes the cake with her enormous faux-hawk. The night turns out to be one full of positivity as Aaron makes a great first impression with his music on the people of Dallas and the Hendras raise a bunch of money to bring solar lamps to East Africa. In the concert's most touching moment, Aaron dedicates a song to Brandi's brother in the hospital, reminding him over the mic that his life has more worth than he can imagine. Naturally, both Brandi dissolve into tears and by the end of the night I'm a bit baffled to realize that we just made it through an whole charity event on RHOD with minimal drama. 

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The following weekend, Heidi Dillon throws her gothic state fair party and all of the 'Wives dawn their best and blackest goth attire for the evening - I'm obsessed with the chain overlay on LeeAnne's outfit and Brandi kills it with her dead rose girl look. However, the party is almost immediately filled with the most awkward of tension as Cary arrives to a chilly welcome from both the hostess and LeeAnne. As the women snicker and throw side eye over Cary's reputation as an apparent home wrecker, she opts instead to spend her time talking to Heidi's adorable labradoodle named Ralph. (Cary, if you're reading this, you are ALL of us at a party!) However, Cary also manages to offend Heidi by turning her nose up at the homemade Frito chili pie that's being served as the party's meal. 

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Feeling slightly, Heidi and her goth makeup attempt to embarrass Cary in front of the other guests by asking her to "demonstrate" a blowjob on a corn dog. What? Cary declines by joking that she only demonstrates on the real thing and Mark doesn't happen to be at the party, and it becomes increasingly clear that some major underlying tensions exist between the 'Wife and the blonde grande dame of Dallas. Then, it comes to light: LeeAnne explains in her confessional that Heidi is still good friend's with Mark Deuber's ex-wife, which would explain why she's branded Cary as a homewrecking pariah who doesn't belong in Dallas society. When you're friends with the ex-wife, you'll never give the new 'Wife a chance (that is, unless your name is Heather Dubrow...) Once an uncomfortable silence descends on the group of women, Cary decides to make a quick exit, regretting that she showed up to the party at all...

What did you think of this week's episode of RHOD? Was LeeAnne's apology to Stephanie sincere? Are you Team Cary or Team Heidi when it comes to the gothic party mess? And do you think Aaron's hair is as perfect as I do? Leave your thoughts and opinions below in the comments!

RHOD Ssn 1/Ep 5 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Glenn Rowley

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The explosive fight continues this week on The Real Housewives of Dallas, and all of the ladies are left to pick up the pieces in the feud's aftermath. Plus, one 'Wife celebrates her wedding anniversary in style, while another's husband disappoints during a family moment meant to be special. Read on for my full recap...

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This week picks up right in the middle of last week's brawl between some of the 'Wives at Marie Reyes's cocktail party. Once LeeAnne Locken throws her glass of champagne on the ground and tells Stephanie Hollman off for defending Brandi Redmond, the queen bee of Dallas exits the party stage left. It's a wise choice because, as LeeAnne says in her confessional, she's so upset that her only options are to either "kill the bitch or start crying." As she marches angrily down the street, Tiffany Hendra follows her in an attempt to diffuse the situation. However, LeeAnne is having none of it from her BFF of 25 years, and lashes out by accusing Tiffany of not having her back in the confrontation with Brandi. In fact, from LeeAnne's perspective, Tiffany was the one who put the entire ambush into motion by bringing her over to talk to the redhead.

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Naturally, this accusation sends Tiffany into a rage as she shoves LeeAnne and gets in her face to scream about just how much she's taken up for her misunderstood bestie. Now LeeAnne is the one who doesn't want to talk, telling Tiffany to shut the escalating argument down since the cameras are filming them. Enraged, Tiffany couldn't care less about the cameras but LeeAnne is pushed to her limit as she screams at the cameras to stop filming. And then it happens. In possibly the most instantly iconic moment of the season, LeeAnne full-on attacks the Bravo camera, punching the lens and wildly swinging her purse at the poor cameraman. As a bewildered Tiffany looks on, LeeAnne then proceeds to remove her shoes and stomp across the street, making sure to slap a passing trolley with the flat of her hand as she does so. LeeAnne Locken is officially done with the drama for the night, leaving Tiffany to go back into the party and issue a blanket apology to the other 'Wives for the massive scene that was caused. 

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In spite of all the drama and hurt feelings, LeeAnne and Tiffany are forced to see each other the very next day, since they both committed to participating in a clothing drive for women with HIV. Talk about the worst timing possible. Since they're feuding, the BFFs spend the entire charity event avoiding each other and not speaking, even though they're literally right next to each other. Fellow Housewife Cary Deuber gets a front row ticket to the awkwardness, as she's donating clothes to the Legacy Counseling Center as well, and explains to Tiffany that the designer dress she wore to the cocktail party had to be sent to the cleaners because it ended the evening soaked in LeeAnne's champagne. As Tiffany drives away from the charity event, she finally caves and leaves a message for LeeAnne on her voicemail, acknowledging how uncomfortable it was for the two to avoid each other and saying that she's ready to talk things out whenever LeeAnne is. 

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Meanwhile, Stephanie and her husband Travis are celebrating their seventh anniversary and Travis has a special surprise planned to get his wife's mind off all the drama from the night before. The couple hits the town in their vintage Rolls Royce, dressed to the nines as they pull up to de Boulle Diamond and Jewelry, the most exclusive high-end jewelry store in all of Dallas. To her shock and awe, Travis informs Stephanie that for her anniversary gift, she's allowed to pick out any bracelet she wants. Owner Denis de Boulle has selected a few exclusive pieces for Stephanie to try on, and she ultimately selects a 23 karat white diamond bracelet to the tune of $75,000. Talk about having expensive taste! Then, as a teaser for their 10-year anniversary, Denis lets Stephanie try on a gigantic 20 karat diamond ring that comes with a $2.5 million price tag. Better start saving if you plan on buying that in three years, Travis!

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After talking to him for the first time in her life last week, Brandi's invited her estranged grandfather John to visit her in Dallas. As she and her mom anxiously await the arrival of her grandpa and his wife, Brandi laments that her husband Bryan isn't there to meet him for the first time since he's out of town on business. However, she's specifically planned a big family BBQ for the day between Bryan's business trips so he can actually be present for such an important moment in her life. When Brandi's grandpa arrives, she's stunned at just how large and intimidating the former NFL player is. Yet, they immediately begin bonding and she's also blown away by how much he resembles resembles her brothers, uncles and other family members. 

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Following a quick, sweet scene of Cary's husband Mark surprising her with a Roberto Cavalli dress to make up for the one that got ruined at the cocktail party, LeeAnne and Tiffany finally meet at a restaurant to talk about their blow-up fight. Both 'Wives come to the meeting ready to put the clash behind them and immediately apologize for their respective parts of the feud. LeeAnne owns that she was pushed past the point of what she could handle and should have recognized her bestie actually had her back, while Tiffany points out that she went full Mr. Miyagi on her friend. Honestly, it's very nice to  see the BFFs make up so quickly and genuinely, and I agree with LeeAnne: you can only be Christian and kind so much until your inner carny comes out ready to bite someone's head off.

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The next day, Brandi's family comes together for the BBQ to meet John, and by the time Stephanie arrives to support her friend, Bryan's still nowhere to be found. When Steph calls Travis to find out when he'll arrive at the party, she learns that Bryan's actually been golfing with her husband and now they're out at a bar. This is news to Brandi, who expected Bryan to be there to support her on such an important day, and by the time he finally shows up late and drunk, she is visibly unhappy. However, the second Bryan walks through the door, it's clear that he has some sort of wall up, and barely greets his wife before saying a few words to her grandpa and retreating to the backyard to play with one of the girls on the swings. Brandi is rightfully upset and disappointed by her husband's shockingly distant behavior, and points out in her confessional that all she can think about how he's being the "biggest douchebag in the world" and will be most definitely be sleeping on the couch tonight.

What did you think of this week's episode? Are you happy LeeAnne and Tiffany were able to make up? How would you have reacted if your husband showed up to an important family moment late and drunk? Leave your thoughts and opinions below in the comments!

RHONY Season 8 Premiere - Start Spreading the News

Glenn Rowley

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The Real Housewives of New York City is back for Season 8! I could not be more excited. I love pretty much all of the Housewives shows, but out of all the cities in the franchise the RHONY ladies are my people. That being said, this season has a lot to live up to - I considered Season 7 to be a pretty perfect Housewives season and it's going to be hard to top it for me. In fact, I loved last year so much that it's what inspired me to start That Housewives Guy. This season, the dynamic is already bound to have changed, what with the departure of Heather Thomson and Kristen Taekman (RIP Holla!) and the introduction of newbie Jules Wainstein. So it's going to be different and my expectations are pretty high this year, but I feel confident my Empire State girls can exceed them. 

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We have a new intro! Well, partially. The first thing we notice is that there's new intro music, which seems a bit random. Andy Cohen tweeted that the new music is an attempt to freshen things up - and it clearly signals the start of a new chapter in NYC - but as of right now, I miss the old theme music. Get back to me in a few weeks though. We also have new taglines! However, for some inexplicable reason only Bethenny and Dorinda got updated looks for the opening, which I'm confused by. I need some answers, Bravo! Compared to years past, I'm a little let down by the new taglines...as a group they're not quite as memorable as previous seasons'. My vote for best tagline definitely goes to Dorinda for "Diamonds aren't a girl's best friend, martinis are!" because it is so her. Quick thoughts on the others: Bethenny's is obviously true, but gets points docked for being kind of a redux of Ramona's in Season 5. (In the same vein, Dorinda's echoes Camille Grammer's from Season 2 of RHOBH a little too closely as well. Dorinda still wins.) Carole's is easily the weakest of her four years on the show. C'mon princess, where's the quippy one-liner about your great a**? Sonja continues to defend her party girl antics and Jules' "a Jew and an Asian walked into a bar..." one-liner is amusing, if a little corny. Luann is still milking the Cool Countess thing for all it's worth, but wouldn't this have been more appropriate as her tagline last season? And Ramona finishes us off with a completely on-brand cliche about her love of pinot while reminding us how old she's getting. There you have it. Dorinda easily comes out on top, all while looking fabulously gangster in her beaded minidress. 

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The premiere kicks off with Dorinda Medley visiting Bethenny Frankel at her newly completed apartment. B gives her the grand tour, including her bedroom (which surprisingly isn't decorated in much Skinnygirl red) and gorgeous walk-in closet. Now that the summer is winding down, Dorinda wants to get some of the girls together for a boozy lunch. Bethenny informs her that Carole Radziwill won't be able to come because her boyfriend's parents will be in town, but Doris wants to invite her friend Jules and her incredibly short husband Michael to come. Dorinda warns Bethenny that Jules isn't like them - she's still hopeful and kind. Don't worry, the RHONY broads will knock that out of the new girl real quick.

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Speaking of Radzi, she's deep in the honeymoon phase with Adam the hot chef. They've been together for nearly a year now, and have even adopted a puppy together, ironically named Baby. Via confessional, Carole explains that she's been in full-on nesting mode, and is super bummed that Adam's leaving on an extended trip to Ethiopia. However, it may be a wise move on his part considering that filming has started again. Last season's drama with Luann de Lesseps is still fresh in Carole's mind (Adam was working as Luann's family chef when they met and had previously dated her niece), and she isn't eager to put her boyfriend in the same room as her friend-turned-nemesis any time soon.

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OG Ramona Singer is officially single and on the prowl. After spending the majority of last season attempting to move on after Mario's cheating scandal, she's finally filed the papers for divorce. Now, she's on a new path, dating men and loving her life. In the shock of the night, her daughter Avery is apparently 21 now and going out to bars with her mom. Wait, what?? I swear Avery was 18 like...two seasons ago. How is that possible? Either way, Ramona still can't remember the name of her daughter's friend, who apparently spent an entire weekend in the Hamptons with them over the summer. Classic Ramona. I will say, the Ramonacoaster looks genuinely happy and I am here for it, people!

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Meanwhile, Luann and Sonja Morgan are each dealing with empty nest syndrome. Both Victoria and Noel have left for college, the Countess sold her place in the city and Sonja's daughter has gone off to boarding school, so the pair came up with a solution: bunking together! That's right, Luann will be crashing at Sonja's townhouse when she's in the city. As the two veterans debate eskimo teeth and blowjob techniques, I can't help but think my what a difference a year makes. At the start of Season 7, Lu didn't want anything to do with Lady Morgan and now they're playing a female version of The Odd Couple, or maybe it's just a younger Grey Gardens.

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Ramona meets Bethenny at iconic New York eatery Sarabeth's for a gossipy chat about their dating lives and some of the other women. Bethenny relates a story of seeing Luann and Sonja at a birthday party over the summer and on a scale of one to hammered, they were at a 9 and a 20 respectively. Ramona explains that she has stopped going out with Sonja at night because she doesn't want people to get the idea that she has the same wild habits and hard-partying ways as Lady Morgan. It's just not a good look for anyone. Bethenny's also been spending plenty of time with Dorinda, and along with her comes her shady boyfriend John Mahdessian. B says she feels like Dorinda is constantly trying to sell John to her, to the point where a great deal of their conversations consist of boyfriend propaganda and half-truths. Obviously, this isn't how Bethenny operates, and she surmises that Dorinda feels self-conscious about the relationship because she knows what type of person John is. Ramona says she's trying to warm up to John for Dorinda's sake, even letting the couple stay with her in the Hamptons soon, but still doesn't feel comfortable around the man. 

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Next, we're properly introduced to newbie Jules and her family, which includes her venture capitalist husband Michael, five-year-old son Jagger, two-year-old daughter Rio and dog Zoe. The Wainsteins live in a spacious loft apartment in the Flatiron District and have been married for eight years, despite knowing each other since they were kids. Jules' parenting strategy apparently comes down to bribery and with her long flowing locks and statuesque figure, she represents a pretty stunning, yet down-to-earth, new class of Upper East Side Jewish mothers.

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Dorinda and John are out on the town to celebrate their anniversary, but don't ask which one because apparently John celebrates this benchmark monthly. At Valbella Ristorante, Dorinda is a happy girl with her extra dirty martini with olives, but not quite so jazzed about John wanting to be so constantly touchy-feely in public (read: in front of the cameras). The couple have reached a point of transition in their relationship. With Dorinda's daughter Hannah finally moving out on her own, John may or may not be moving into her Upper East Side pad sometime soon. Though, I just have to get this out of the way. With his constant fawning, positive affirmations and need for attention, is anyone else getting a little bit of a vibe that John could become New York's version of Brooks Ayers?

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Bethenny's also in a time of transition with her Skinnygirl empire, and has moved into a hip office downtown with an elevator that smells overwhelmingly of pot. Popping into the office, B gives her small army of employees a quick pep talk. It's a new world where the Kardashians have becomes the Kennedys and in order to compete, she has to get creative. Bethenny's committed to doing disruptive things if it means getting Skinnygirl to another level, and gives her employees free reign to be innovative as long as the job gets done. In her confessional, Bethenny explains that she's still in the midst of the divorce that never ends with ex-husband Jason Hoppy, and is juggling the bills for three different properties: her new apartment, her office space and her old apartment in Tribeca where her ex is still living. It seems outrageously unfair that her ex is sitting pretty in the apartment that used to be hers - all while she foots the bill - but until the divorce is final, Bethenny doesn't have any choice but to make it work. 

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Next, Ramona and Carole meet at Mon Petit Cafe for some lunch and catch-up girl talk. The two 'Wives couldn't be at more different places in life - Ramona is out on the town every night with friends and dates and gentlemen callers, while Carole is in full nesting mode at home with Adam. Naturally, Ramona is talking a mile a minute, regaling Carole with stories of late-night parties, trips to the Hamptons and reg-GAY bands, and Writer Girl has to hit the pause button to teacher how to properly pronounce the word "reggae." For all her endearing malapropisms, Ramona seems genuinely sunny these days and there's no way anyone is going to get her to "talk less, smile more" just to impress a man.

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Finally, the weekend arrives and Bethenny and Dorinda converge on Catch for their boozy lunch. Naturally, John is attached to Dorinda's hip and B's brought along a date as well, conveniently also named Jon. Jules and Michael arrive and Dorinda makes introductions between her two sets of friends. Right off the bat, we learn two very important facts about Jules' identity: she's really Jewish, like kosher-level, and she's half-Japanese. Dorinda vouches for how fabulous and fun Jules is, but Bethenny remarks that the new 'Wife's tiny frame and long locks eerily remind her of her estranged mother. Bethenny also opines that Jules appears to be more than just Naturally Thin - skinny enough that there could be a problem here. Strange first impression, right? So far, I think Jules seems lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing what she brings to the table this season. And just like that, the season premiere ends with the promise of more much drama coming quickly down the pipeline. 

What did you think of the season premiere? Are you excited RHONY is back? How well do you think Jules will fit into the group? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and click the "Share" button to post this recap on social media...