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RHOBH Season 6 Wrap-Up

Glenn Rowley

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After two dozen episodes rife with machinations, manipulations and spinning of webs, it's time to wrap up Season 6 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. For this week's feature, I'm breaking down my favorite parts of the season as well as what could and should change come Season 7...

WHY IT WORKED

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  • The perfection that is Erika Jayne: I'll say it right now. Erika Girardi was the single best new 'Wife the Beverly Hills franchise since the original six Housewives first blasted onto our screens in 2010. Everything from her perfectly manicured nails and glam squad to her jaw-dropping fashion sense and the glitz, glam, boobs and heels of her alter ego Erika Jayne made for fascinating addition to the cast and the Housewives universe. Erika was not only gorgeous and hilariously full of one-liners, she didn't up with any B.S. and refused to back down in any situation. Whether she was standing up for Yolanda Foster or going head-to-head with fellow newbie Kathryn Edwards over her perception that Lisa Vanderpump was spinning a web, I could not get enough of Erika. Even more, based on my first impression I wasn't actually sure I would like the newbie, but thankfully I saw the light and was converted into an Erika Jayne superfan.
  • Fresh-squeezed O.J. (Simpson): In perhaps the most serendipitous pop culture moment of all time, the Beverly Hills 'Wives were arguing over their many connections to the O.J. Simpson trial just as The People vs. O.J. Simpson, FX's gripping retelling of the story of the century, was captivating viewers across the country. For a few glorious weeks this winter, I could watch Kathryn Edwards battle it out with the morally corrupt Faye Resnick over being dragged into the scandal by her juicy tell-all (which was published just as the jury was being selected), and then immediately switch over to Connie Britton as Faye herself. I literally could have watched the Housewives battle it out over O.J. Simpson all season long and been completely happy.
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  • Beverly Hills takes the Hamptons: Personally, I loved every minute of the ladies' trip early in the season to the Hamptons to celebrate the opening of Kyle Richards's pop-up shop and the white party for Lisa Vanderpump's Bella Magazine cover. Not only will I own a house there one day, but from the start of Eileen Davidson and Lisa Vanderpump's feud to the dinner party clash between Erika and RHONY's Bethenny Frankel, it was pretty much everything I could dream of for a Housewives getaway. Plus, after so many years of knowing about their BFF status, it was amazing to see Kyle's decades-long friendship with Bethenny on screen. Two of my all-time favorite Housewives in one of my favorite places in the world? What more could I ask for?
  • The unwilling spiral of Lisa Rinna: Oh, Lisa Rinna. When both Brani Glanville and Kim Richards exited the show after the conclusion of Season 5, many wondered who would become the essential bad 'Wife of the cast, but in a way it makes sense that Lisa Rinna took up the mantle. When her opening tagline bragged about how much talking her well-known lips would do, I had an inkling we were in for trouble this season. However, the second she read the definition of the word "Munchausen" off her phone at Villa Rosa, I knew she was done for. All season long, Rinna preached about "owning" her stuff while incessantly gossiping about both Yolanda and Lisa Vanderpump, painting them as the show's master manipulators. All in all, her play worked, earning her the coveted hot seat next to Andy Cohen come reunion time. By season's end, Lisa Rinna had burned bridges with just about everyone in the cast except for Eileen, and the scariest part of the entire madness may be that the longtime actress still thinks she's in the right...She can cry "scapegoat" all she wants, but there's no denying that her own mouth was what got Rinna in a giant heap of trouble this year.

WHAT COULD CHANGE

  • A snoozy finale: After SO MUCH went down over the course of the season, it was beyond frustrating to see the finale amount to, well, pretty much a whole lot of nothing. Kyle's gorgeous house in Palm Desert set the stage for what could've been an electrifying event, but all we got was Lisa Rinna apologizing to Yolanda and throwing darts at Kim with the rest of the 'Wives basically refusing to engage. This may sound terrible, but I was almost grateful that Bravo decided to film more when Yolanda and David's divorce became public because otherwise the finale would've been entirely forgettable. 
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  • Please, no more Munchausen: Dear Bravo, for the love of all that is holy, please never force us to hear the word "Munchausen" ever again. I feel confident that I'm speaking for every single fan out there when I say this. I really just can't take it anymore. I have sympathy for what Yolanda is going through, but enough is enough. When the Wives were talking about anything other than Munchausen, I loved the season. When they were obsessing over it, I didn't. While we're on the topic, can this please be the official end of "fake diseases by Bravo?" I'm talking to you, Evolution Media. We've endured a full season of Brooks Ayers faking cancer on RHOC and now another 24 episodes dominated by whether or not Yolanda's Lyme disease was real. The Housewives are over it, the audience is over it, even Andy is probably over it. Please let this be the end. 
  • Cast shake-ups: The one constant in the Bravo universe is the rotating door of Housewives. Season after season, some women are let go and new 'Wives take their place. It's a pattern as reliable as the sun rising or someone calling Lisa Vanderpump manipulative. Last season I questioned whether Kim Richards was in a healthy-enough state to continue filming, but had no idea that my wish for Brandi Glanville to finally be fired from the show would actually come true. This year, I think the most obvious choice for getting the ax would be newbie Kathryn Edwards. Not that I want this to happen - I love her - but out of all of the women, she's the most easily replaceable. However, I also wonder if either Yolanda or Eileen may take their final bows and exit stage left before Season 7. Yolanda went into this season with a single-minded goal to raise awareness for her Lyme disease, but the idea went sideways on her when it grew into rumors about her personal integrity and started involving her children in the gossip. Her Lyme storyline being dominated by the big, bad M-word was certainly not what she had in mind. As for Eileen, I adore her on the show and hope she comes back, but we all know she's far too sane and cool for all this craziness. As much as she turned into the bad guy this season, we all know Lisa Rinna is never going to walk away from the show until Andy personally pries the contract from her cold, dead hands. Therefore, my ideal cast for next season would be Kyle, Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Rinna, Eileen, Erika, Kathryn, one newbie and maybe one official Friend of the Housewives.
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SEASON RANKINGS

  • Season 2: The sophomore season in Beverly Hills represents quintessential Housewives at both its best and darkest. Taylor Armstrong's tense, crumbling marriage and the allegations of domestic abuse going on behind closed doors dominated the season, and took the darkest turn possible when her husband Russell committed suicide prior to the season premiere. Kim Richards on-camera spiral into addiction and ill-fated relationship with the shady, enabling Ken Blumenfeld also cast a wide shadow on the season and her already strained relationship with sister Kyle. However, this year also gave us the gift of Queen Camille Grammer's awe-inspiring comeback from Season 1 villain to the patron saint of Season 2 as well as the introduction of Brandi Glanville and Dana "$25,000 sunglasses" Wilkey. Iconic moments from the season included the game night showdown between Brandi and the Richards sisters, the Malibu Beach Party from Hell and the clash between Taylor, Camille and Lisa Vanderpump at the latter's ill-fated tea party. The three-part reunion was also particularly epic. Kyle busted out her unforgettable line comparing friendship with LVP to playing chess with Bobby Fischer, the repercussions of which have reverberated all the way to the current day. Kim also missed the reunion taping altogether due to a trip to rehab, and only admitted during the final installment that she was an alcoholic. 
  • Season 6: Even given my criticism, I really loved this season. It went deep and wide, but without the toxic negativity of Brandi's drama. The Hamptons, Dubai, O.J. Simpson, Erika Jayne, the return of Faye Resnick...shall I go on? Now if only we could do something about Lisa Rinna's penchant for reading things off her phone and using the word "enraged."
  • Season 1: While it may seem tame by today's standards, Season 1 was - as Andy Cohen so eloquently stated in the Uncensored special - truly "lightning in a bottle." With Camille Grammer declared as the "Most Hated Housewife in America" by Life & Style at the time, the debut season gave us the iconic Dinner Party from Hell, Kyle Richards' epic "you're such a f***ing liar Camille" line and Alison DuBois' e-cigarette and set the high water mark for what a first season could be in the Housewives universe. 
  • Season 3: I had some issues with it at the time, but Season 3 has very much grown on me in the intervening years since it aired. While it was frustrating to watch the primary storyline revolve around damning information revealed by Brandi Glanville about Adrienne Maloof that was edited out for legal reasons, (it was eventually revealed that Adrienne used a surrogate for the birth of her twin boys), the season also swirled with intrigue and constantly-shifting alliances. Plus, we'll always have the Housewives' incredible trip to Paris.
  • Season 5: This time last year, I felt that Season 5 was possibly the best season of the show yet. But as a counterpoint to Season 3, my enthusiasm has waned significantly and it now finds itself on the bottom half of the list. I loved the addition of Lisa Rinna (at the time) and Eileen Davidson (always), but I realized how hit-or-miss the season really was when a friend asked me for a recommendation on which episodes were absolutely must-see. As I thought about her question, it dawned on me that after Kyle's White Party, the season was sluggish to really get rolling and the drama didn't start until around Episode 8. I eventually told my friend there were quite a few episodes she could skip altogether, and advised her to particularly focused on the back half of the season when things finally got good. That being said, the disastrous poker party at Eileen's house and the drama at Kyle's gay mixer are not to be missed and I loved the cast trip to Yo's homeland of Holland. Plus, the reunion had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, while this season's ultimately came up short.
  • Season 4: It's my ardent belief that this is the season Andy Cohen and all the other major players at Bravo would like to pretend never happened. The addition of Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud de Ohoven proved to be a disaster, with the majority of fans abhorring the former while finding the latter gratingly annoying. Plenty of die-hard LVP supporters are still bitter about Brandi Glanville's season-long smear campaign against her former BFF and the trip to Puerto Rico was kind of awful. By the start of Season 5, the show seemed to have hit the proverbial reset button and it's almost like the boring season only exists in our nightmares.

With that, my coverage of Season 6 is officially, truly over. What did you think of the season overall? Do you agree or disagree with my ranking of the seasons? Let me know in the comments!

RHOBH Ssn 6/Ep 22 - Reunion Part 2

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the reunion continues as the women of Beverly Hills seek apologies for the words and actions of their fellow Housewives on everything from addictions and affairs to that dreaded Munchausen accusation. Read on for my entire break down of Part 2...

Who Does Yolanda Believe?

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Part 1 of the reunion ended with Yolanda Foster's sudden walk-off during the two Lisas debate over who started the Munchausen conversation surrounding her illness. Ever a supportive friend, Erika Girardi quickly followed her into Andy's dressing room, where Yo dissolves in a flood of tears under the weight of her fellow 'Wives doubt and bickering. Most tellingly however, the arguing on the couches continues even when Yolanda isn't there. Lisa Vanderpump claims the blame lies solely with Lisa Rinna for bringing the M-word into the conversation, while Rinna fiercely maintains that she was encouraged off-camera by LVP. When Yolanda finally returns to set, Andy asks her point blank: with the conflicting stories and giant game of she said/she said, who does Yo believe?

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All Yolanda can say is that she's confused. Yes, she wants to believe Lisa Vanderpump's story, but she just doesn't know who to trust. LVP openly admits she was wrong to doubt the veracity of Yolanda's illness, but Yo fires back that the queen bee has a history of manipulating things behind the scenes to make good TV without any thought for who could get hurt in the process. As Yo says, "you can't run over dead bodies to get a great show." Therefore, according to Yolanda, it's completely within the realm of possibility that LVP was pulling Rinna's strings behind the scenes. As Lisa Vanderpump continues to deny that she wanted to utilize Yo's illness as this season's major storyline, Lisa Rinna gets so fed up that she (rather dramatically) storms off the set in a not-quite-walk-off. Standing between Bravo's multitude of camera operators, Rinna repeatedly shrieks for LVP to simply "own it" - by far her favorite phrase this season. Andy looks, at best, mildly amused by Lisa Rinna's outburst and I can't but think - as he stated in a recent interview - walk-offs at reunions are so 2009.

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Once Lisa Rinna sits back down, Andy steers the conversation to the drama from Kyle Richards' ill-fated BBQ, where the Lyme disease of Yolanda's children Bella and Anwar was dragged into the discussion. At the BBQ, LVP maintained that Mohamed Hadid (her close friend and Yo's ex-husband) had insisted that the kids were fine, adding confusion to whether Yolanda was telling the truth. However, Yolanda points out that calling Bella and Anwar's health into question was yet another mark on her personal integrity. Claiming that her fellow 'Wives would be ashamed of themselves for doubting her journey if they really understood what people with Lyme go through to find a cure, Yolanda gets emotional again and the tears start flowing. Several of the other women rally around her, apologizing profusely and begging her not to cry, but Yolanda shoots out that of course she's crying, this is her life they're arguing over! What would the purpose be for her to make up her disease? Finally, Andy puts a pin in the conversation and we can finally move on from this never-ending Munchausen merry-go-round. 

The Return of Kim Richards

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Next, original Housewife Kim Richards joins the couches to give an update on her recovery and the status of her relationship with sister Kyle. Andy starts off by showing a package of several of the other women gossiping and talking about her throughout the season. The emotional package leaves several of the women in tears, as Kim explains that her recovery is going well - but this time she's choosing to keep her recovery private rather than publicize it in front of Bravo's cameras. It's heartbreaking to see Kim say that she thinks she's hard to love, and Kyle is quick to jump in and make it clear: even when she didn't like Kim's behavior, she never stopped loving her.

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It's heartwarming to see Kathryn Edwards, who had never been on the show with Kim and barely even knows her, be so openly supportive of her fight to stay sober. Eileen Davidson chimes in that, despite their issues last season, she only wants the best for Kim. However, when Lisa Rinna - who had nothing but nasty things to say about her former costar all season long - tries to piggyback on and claim she's full of nothing but love and light, Kim finally gets to the chance to confront her. During the season, Lisa Rinna used her confessionals to bash Kim every chance she got - calling her "dangerous" and "a rabid dog," while referring to her shoplifting arrest as "gross." Kim explains that seeing Lisa R. calling her such vile things as she was trying to recover from her downward spiral only hurt her feelings, and certainly didn't help the situation. However, Lisa Rinna inexplicably tries to argue that she doesn't need to be held accountable for anything she said and doesn't offer so much as a single half-hearted apology to Kim. 

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Lisa Rinna attempts to justify her comments with the excuse that she "knows" addiction. After all, she lost her older sister to it. However, this simply doesn't excuse the lack of compassion she's shown Kim all season long as she's fought her way to a healthier place in recovery. Eileen jumps in to back up Rinna by pointing out that neither of them invented Kim's behavior last season out of thin air. At this point, Kim takes Eileen to task, accusing her of dramatizing and over-exaggerating to get the other 'Wives worked up. After Kyle confronts Lisa Rinna for her judgmental comments about her sister, Kim specifically thanks Kathryn and Erika for stepping in to defend her when she was being gossiped about during the season. It's still remarkable to me that these two new 'Wives who had never met nor filmed with Kim had to be the ones to put Lisa Rinna in her place. Also, major props to Andy for calling out the hypocrisy between Lisa Rinna's "Marco Rubio" talking points and wanting to quickly move on from anything she said all season long. Hello, you can't spew negative vitriol for 20 episodes and then try to move past it when it gets brought up at the reunion!

When Did the Affair Start?

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After a nice breather about all the glitzy and glamorous parties thrown by the 'Wives throughout the season, Andy addresses the season-long feud between Lisa Vanderpump and Eileen over the word "affair" and the apology that never came. After watching the clip where LVP admitted that she said what she thought Eileen wanted to hear at the top of the Burj Khalifa, the soap actress feels vindicated in her intuition that the queen bee wasn't being sincere. Calling LVP calculated, Eileen points out that the OG is smart woman who never does or says anything on camera flippantly. Lisa Vanderpump claims innocence in the entire ordeal, saying she never thought she was doing anything wrong by asking a question, but Eileen insists that the real issue is how LVP treated her afterwards. When Eileen tried to tell her why being put on the spot made her uncomfortable, she found Lisa Vanderpump to be condescending and dismissive. Point blank, Eileen finds LVP to be manipulative and doesn't trust her, even after all the attempts at apologizing. Coming from such different perspectives, these two will simply never see eye-to-eye on this issue.

A Bombshell Abuse Revelation

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Andy then asks a viewer question about why Eileen decided to bring up the abusive relationship in her past in the Hamptons but not the "a-word," and Eileen insists they are two completely separate subjects and experiences. Opening up about being abused was Eileen's way of letting viewers know more of who she is and what she's been through. Further, she took offense to Lisa Vanderpump for throwing shade in her blog by question why being vulnerable about that experience would be of benefit to anyone. In the blog, LVP revealed that she had too been in an abusive relationship once, and Andy presses her on the subject. On the couch, Lisa admits that the relationship occurred when she was just 19 years old and was threatened and physically hurt by her former boyfriend. Unexpectedly, the subject brings LVP to tears and we are left with yet another cliffhanger just as she starts opening up about the abuse.

Next week, the reunion concludes! What did you think of Part 2? Leave your thoughts below in the comments section...

RHOBH Season 6 Finale - Who Do You Believe?

Glenn Rowley

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After a seemingly endless cycle of gossip, rumors, manipulations and me typing the word "Munchausen" over and over, we've finally reached the season finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And it turns out to be, overall, a much quieter finale than the season that led up to it, until we finally see the revelation we've been waiting all season for...

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The woman are back from their trip and ready for the requisite rehashing of all the drama that happened in Dubai. Naturally, Lisa Vanderpump, Kathryn Edwards and Eileen Davidson are all breaking the vacation's events down to their husbands (Vinny looks particularly bored), while Erika Girardi is filling Yolanda Foster in on everything she missed. Erika rehashes the multi-pronged argument on the beach over the Munchausen accusations, and Yolanda wants to know whether the women are still debating whether she's sick or not. Erika explains that the conversation has moved beyond that - now Lisa Rinna has turned on LVP for supposedly being the root of all the Munchausen chatter. This is news to Yolanda, who had been under the impression from the beginning that Rinna was the one who started the M-word conversation. However, Erika tells her that she's more prone to believe Rinna's side of the story - she's stuck to it like a dog with a bone and isn't budging.

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Kyle Richards is throwing the big finale party at her and Mauricio's second home in Palm Springs. Apparently, the dress code is all black (unless your name is Yolanda) and all the 'Wives will be there along with both former and recurring cast members including Faye Resnick, Camille Grammer and Kim Richards. Kyle's worried about how all these moving (and feuding) pieces will get along at the party, but says in her interview that if Rinna has any problem with Kim being there, she's welcome to stay outside. There are bound to be fireworks however, considering that this is the first time since the Season 5 reunion that the two women will have even been in the same room. When you put Faye Resnick in charge of diffusing any drama, you know things have gotten completely out of control. 

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When Lisa Rinna arrives, she and her sparkly micro mini make a beeline straight to Yolanda and pull her aside for a chat. In her confessional, Rinna points out that she's spent much of the season having a lot to say about Yolanda, and she's finally ready to say it all to her face. Almost immediately, Rinna cops to saying that Yolanda was more manipulative than Lisa Vanderpump, and blames it on being angry about Yo's lunch with Kim and Brandi Glanville. Yo is obviously baffled by this allegation, but Rinna is already full speed ahead on the "owning it" train and she's not ready to get off. She once again takes ownership of bringing the word "Munchausen" into the speculation surrounding Yolanda's health, but handily throws LVP under the bus by telling Yolanda point blank that the queen bee "pushed" her in that direction. Dear Lisa Rinna, this is not the definition of "owning it." What you're doing is just shifting blame and trying to dig yourself out of the massive hole you've dug all season long. Thankfully, the rest of the women (minus LVP) interrupt the tense conversation with cocktails and well wishes about Gigi Hadid booking the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and Yolanda excuses herself to grab a drink.

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Naturally, Yolanda goes straight to Lisa Vanderpump for clarification on this whole Munchausen debacle. LVP flat-out denies that the rumors came from her, and points the finger back at Lisa Rinna reading the definition off her phone way back at the beginning of the season. She even calls Kyle over to back up her side of the story but Yolanda still claims in her confessional that something doesn't feel right. Lisa points out that, if anything, she's tried to remain out of the gossip because of her close friendship with Yo's ex-husband Mohamed. However, Yolanda points out that it's because of this relationship between Lisa and her ex that she won't be sharing any of her deepest secrets with the OG any time soon. No matter what, Lisa's loyalty will be with Mohamed and that's the honest truth.

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From the opposite couch, Kathryn, Erika and Camille are providing running commentary on the conversation between Yo and LVP. Erika asks Kathryn what she thinks of how Lisa has treated everyone this season, and Kathryn opines that Rinna has tried to usurp the established pecking order by refusing to continue bowing down to Lisa Vanderpump. Camille agrees, but Kathryn refuses to believe that LVP did anything to manipulate Rinna's behavior. In her confessional, Erika points out that Kathryn has clearly drank the Lisa Vanderpump kool-aid and become spokesperson for the kool-aid brand, and warns her that if she's not careful, she could end up as one of Lisa's loyal foot soldiers one day. 

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Next, Kim pulls Lisa Rinna aside for a confrontation that's been a year in the making. Rinna seems bewildered (but not quite enraged) that Kim was invited to the party, which seems strange considering that she's well aware Kyle has been working on her relationship with her sister. Kim calls out Rinna for being "enraged" that Yolanda chose to have lunch with her and Brandi but Lisa backtracks by claiming that it was her own issue, and she doesn't feel comfortable sharing it with Kim. Wait, WHAT? This coming from the woman who made Kim's issues last season her own personal mission to uncover. Is she serious? Kim tries to get to the bottom of why Rinna seems to have it out for her, but Lisa manages to turn the conversation back on Kim by bringing it back to her struggles last season. Rinna continues throwing darts at Kim, telling her she wants her to "get better," and this conversation is going nowhere fast. Essentially, the two women agree to disagree and, as Kyle points out in her confessional, there's basically nothing left to be said. By the night's end, all the women leave with most of their issues unresolved, and the party ends with more of a whimper than a bang. 

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Cut to two months later and the news of Yolanda and David's divorce has rocked Beverly Hills. I suspected when the couple released their statement the day of the Season 6 premiere that they deliberately chose to wait in an effort to keep the dissolution of their relationship off-camera, but Bravo couldn't possibly pass up this opportunity. Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle and Kathryn gather at Villa Rosa while Eileen and Lisa Rinna meet for lunch to discuss how blindsided they all were by the news and what could have possibly led up to it. Meanwhile, Erika meets Yolanda at her new condo to shed some light on the situation. Yolanda opines that if you're not making each other happy anymore, you shouldn't stay together and apparently that's what happened between her and David. 

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The finale ends on a disjointed note as the 'Wives "where are they now?" cards flash across the screen. Lisa Rinna is putting her lips to good use: she's filmed the pilot for a new NBC talk show and is developing a line of lip gloss. Eileen has recommended Erika for a bit part on The Young and the Restless while the scripted show on TV Land about Kyle's childhood starts shooting this summer. Despite insisting that she wanted to slow down, Lisa may be opening yet another restaurant in West Hollywood with Ken. Erika Jayne is prepping the release of her latest single "How Many" while Kathryn and Donnie have bought a chateau in Normandy, France. As for Yolanda, her road to recovery continues, but she's feeling better than she has in over three years. It's not at all where she expected to be, but Yolanda is ready to face this new chapter of her life as an independent woman back on her own terms.

Next week, it's reunion time! How did you feel about the season finale? Were you as underwhelmed as I was? Leave your thoughts below in the comments.

RHOBH Ssn 6/Ep 19 - Goodbye, Dubai

Glenn Rowley

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We're on the final leg of the trip to Dubai this week, and it mostly involves the women battling it out on a glamorous yacht as the exotic Dubai skyline floats past. Doesn't sound like my idea of a perfect vacation, but it sure made for entertaining television, at turns maddeningly complex and completely exhausting. The game of she said/she said never dies in Beverly Hills, even when we're halfway around the world.

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Before we hit the open water, though, the 'Wives have a few more things to check off their Dubai bucket lists on the last day of the trip. First up, a trip to the legendary Dubai Mall, which is said to be one of the world's best shopping experiences. While being driven around the mall like they're on parade, the ladies engage in some good, old-fashioned, luxury retail therapy. However, between admiring the mall's giant, multi-story waterfall and popping into Chanel and Fendi, the tension from the night before is still palpable. In fact, besides a quick "good morning," Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson have hardly said a word to Lisa Vanderpump. 

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Next, the 'Wives visit the Burj Khalifa, which at 2716.5 ft. high is the tallest building on Earth. From the observation deck of the building's 152nd floor, the ladies marvel that the rest of Dubai's giant skyscrapers look like children's toys; they're even higher than a passenger plane flying below them! Maybe because she's feeling closer to heaven, Lisa V. pulls Eileen Davidson aside in yet another attempt to put their drama from the Hamptons behind them once and for all. All season long, Eileen has been looking for a sincere apology from LVP for referring to her relationship with her husband Vince Van Patten an "affair." (The pair met while working on The Young and the Restless in the 90s and were married to other people at the time.) Thanks to some coaching from Kyle Richards the night before, Lisa tries a new approach by saying she's sorry and honestly never meant to hurt Eileen in any way. However, while it sounded more genuine, the apology may be too little, too late, as it only gets a curt "I want you to know thatI appreciate you saying that" in response from the soap actress. At least no one got pushed off?

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Back in Beverly Hills, Yolanda Foster is having a picnic with Brandi Glanville and Kim Richards. She's taken a lot of heat this season for her friendships with the former 'Wives but Yolanda defends her friendship with them as easy and judgement-free, which is a stark difference to how she feels around some of the other women. After joking about Brandi's slightly insensitive t-shirt gifts, the tree blondes commiserate about what a difficult year they've had. Yolanda opines that the other 'Wives have a habit of tossing people like Brandi and Kim aside when they no longer have anything to offer, and are all too eager to move on to new friends, new toys and new 'Wives. In her confessional, Yo explains that people in Beverly Hills are quick to rally around someone sick for the first two or three months, but when it comes to chronic illness they just don't have time for it. Whether it's her chronic Lyme disease or Kim's battle with sobriety, people simply don't like sick people. 

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On their last night in Dubai, the rest of the ladies decide to celebrate Kathryn Edwards' birthday by having dinner on a yacht. However, upon boarding the ladies immediately split into two group and start gossiping in hushed tones about the previous night's drama. Erika Jayne admits she's confused by the whole situation, but Eileen is sure the entire issue boils down to the fact that Lisa Vanderpump and Yolanda simply don't like each other, leaving everyone else caught in the crossfire. The gossip session gets interrupted by Kathryn's mom calling to wish her a happy birthday from America, which brings the birthday girl and most of the other women to tears. Kathryn explains in her confessional that her mom has been suffering from the early stages of dementia, so it means even more that she would remember her birthday when she's halfway around the world. 

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Once dinner is served, the women fall into an uneasy silence, which prompts Kyle to spur conversation by putting everything out on the table. Lisa Rinna insists that the crux of the entire dramatic saga is Lisa Vanderpump's resentment and anger towards Yolanda. Could she still be angry over how Yolanda treated Ken during the Season 4 finale party two years ago? Is that where it stems from? LVP does admit she felt the need to protect her man, and suggests that Rinna would do the same for Harry Hamlin in that situation, i.e. the explosion last season in Amsterdam. However, Rinna still maintains that LVP wanted her to take the fall for the Munchausen allegations, and for Kyle to go down with her. Lisa V. continues to deny this, saying she would never do that Kyle as a friend, but - as Eileen quickly points out - Kyle's already confirmed Rinna's story, so I'm not sure what exactly there still is to argue about here. 

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Lisa insists that she merely said she thought Rinna was going to bring Kyle into it, but Kyle points out that at this point it's just semantics. The sentiment is the same. Eventually, Kathryn, Erika and Eileen get so fed up by the argument that they walk away from the table and Lisa Rinna soon follows, leaving Kyle and LVP to talk the issue out. Erika surmises in her confessional that Kyle doesn't want to pay the price for going against Lisa Vanderpump, and calls their dynamic a "leveraged relationship" rather than a friendship. Kyle does cop to protecting her friendship with LVP, but accuses her fellow OG once they're alone of making her look like an "abused wife" who's lying to protect her. Kyle's left feeling like an idiot for bending over backwards to stick by Lisa, and begs her at the table to tell the actual truth. However, LVP refuses to budge and, seeing she can't possibly get anywhere, Kyle decides to drop the subject with the promise that things are still fine between the two.

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As the yacht reaches land, Kyle tries to salvage Kathryn's birthday with a cake, presents and bouquet of flowers. It's a nice gesture, but at this point any good vibes have fizzled out over the Persian Gulf. Before blowing out her candles, Kathryn makes a wish out loud so that all the 'Wives can hear. Other than health and happiness, all she wants is for the women to treat each other civilly. Really though, is that too much to ask? I mean, is this the worst or best birthday Kathryn has ever had?

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The next morning, the 'Wives pack up and meet for an early breakfast before heading to the airport. Lisa Vanderpump is still fuming over the trip's nonstop drama, but the women go around the table deciding on their favorite parts of the trip. From riding through the desert and experiencing a real Arabian Nights dinner to going all the way to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the vacation was full of over-the-top, unforgettable experiences. Erika stands to give a toast, thanking Kyle for organizing her first-ever girls trip and the women cheers to the "wonderful" time they all had arguing in - oops I mean experiencing - Dubai.

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WWHL - One-on-One: Kim Richards

Glenn Rowley

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In a special WWHL before this week's RHOBH, original Housewife Kim Richards returned to the Bravo clubhouse for the first time since her relapse, multiple stints in rehab and dual arrests following the conclusion of Season 5. In the exclusive interview with Andy Cohen, Kim laid (almost) everything out on the table - from what she thinks about being a topic of discussion this season in Beverly Hills and how she's moving forward with her sister Kyle to what really happened the night of her arrest at the famous Beverly Hills Hotel for public intoxication. For this week's feature, I'm breaking down everything we learned during the OG's one-on-one with Andy. 

Kim is sober and healthy...and still loves turtles!

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First thing's first, Kim seems really great. She's sober, seems happy and looks absolutely fabulous. Even with the tragic February passing of Monty Brinson, her ex-husband and best friend, Kim says she's coping well and remains committed to maintaining her sobriety. Even more, after an extremely difficult Season 5, where we saw her on a destructive downward spiral, she's taking ownership of her past behavior, mistakes and their consequences, and seems to be looking forward to the future. However, she shares that this time around, she's consciously choosing to keep her recovery private - it's not for the public to know. Also, one thing we specifically won't be getting any information about is Kim's August 2015 arrest for allegedly attempting to shoplift $600 worth of toys from a Van Nuys, Calif. Target since it's a pending legal matter. 

Who's the real "dangerous" 'Wife here?

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After Andy shows a clip package of the many times she's been brought up in conversation this season, Kim explains that she doesn't appreciate being talked about by the other women on camera, even if she feels the concern is genuine from (some of) them. Kim admits that she hasn't seen much of the season, but the one episode she managed to catch was the one where Lisa Rinna referred to her as "vicious," "vile" and a "rabid dog." Lisa Rinna's comments this season have crossed way too many lines, particularly in her confessionals when her people-pleasing switch is turned OFF, and she's consistently hit below the belt when it comes to Kim.  

She's working on her relationship with Kyle. Slowly.

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Kim describes her conversation with Kyle at the end of last week's episode as cathartic for them, but also difficult to have. In fact, Kim reveals in her interview that when she first got out of treatment, she wasn't able to take Kyle's calls. There has been so much hurt and resentment on both sides of the relationship that, to some extent, each sister has to be able to let go and move forward. 

What really happened at the Beverly Hills Hotel?

With the Target scandal off-limits, Andy asks about the next-most-pressing issue: Kim's arrest in April 2015 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which coincidentally occurred the same night Part 3 of the Season 5 reunion aired. Simultaneously taking care of Monty, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and her son Chad, who was admitted to a psychiatric facility around that time, Kim stopped working a recovery program and relapsed. Coming up on three and a half years of sobriety, she had a glass of wine with a girlfriend towards the end of the season airing. A couple weeks later, she started drinking at her daughter Brooke's house to cope with watching the Season 5 reunion. However, realizing her mistake, Kim left the house to drive home before realizing she probably shouldn't be driving under the influence. Stopping at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a tipsy Kim insisted on sitting in "her booth" when the maître d' informed her the hotel was closing and she needed to leave. When she refused to leave, the maître d' threatened to call the police and things escalated to the point where she was arrested for public intoxication. Kim says that, in a way, she felt relieved that she could go away for another 30 days of treatment upon getting arrested. 

Kim is firmly on Team Yolanda.

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Andy points out that since leaving the show, Kim has maintained a close friendship with Yolanda Foster. After watching a clip of the many things the 'Wives have said about the Dutch Martha Stewart this season, Kim explains that she's simply supporting Yo, whom she has watched suffer through Lyme disease for years. She also points out that one particular 'Wife consistently finds herself at the center of the gossip (ahem, Lisa Rinna) by continually bringing up her co-stars issues, whether that be Kim last season or Yo this season. While she doesn't seem overly bothered about it, there's clearly not much love lost between her and Lisa Rinna. However, if she found herself face-to-face with Lisa R., (which she will at the reunion), Kim admits that she's not sure what she would say. Citing that every interaction they have gets "dangerous," Kim says she simply doesn't understand why Lisa Rinna seems to have it out for her. 

She doesn't think Brandi Glanville is a bad friend. 

Photo Credit: Daily Mail Online

Photo Credit: Daily Mail Online

Andy brings up the backlash targeted at Brandi when she wore one of her shirts while filming with Kim and Yolanda that said "It's Not Fun to Be Sober." However, Kim doesn't really see the big deal, saying that Brandi may like to drink but insists that the notorious bad girl of Beverly Hills doesn't drink around her. Further, Kim calls out what she sees as the very apparent double standard that all the other 'Wives drink when they're out socially or filming with Kim, but it only seems to matter when it comes to Brandi's alcohol consumption. However, as I tweeted during the special, pretty much nothing could change my mind at this point that Brandi isn't the best influence on Kim. 

While she wasn't a full-time Housewife this season, you can catch her every Tuesday with her daughter Kimberly Jackson on The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition on Lifetime!

 

RHOBH Ssn 6/Ep 15 - Objection, Your Honor

Glenn Rowley

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Well, that just made things a bit more complicated, didn't it? In a season that's already filled with a twisted and complex maze of allegations, feuds and accusations, the revelations in this episode added an entirely new layer to the already convoluted and muddy drama. 

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As the episode begins, Erika Girardi is prepping to host a dinner party at her Pasadena home so all the women can finally meet her husband, Tom. However, the guest list quickly shrinks by half as Kyle Richards, Eileen Davidson and Yolanda Foster all inform the hostess they can't make it to the party - Kyle and Mauricio are celebrating Yom Kippur, Eileen's shooting stunt scenes for The Young & the Restless and Yolanda's too worn out from a Lyme flare-up to attend. As Kathryn Edwards, Lisa Rinna, Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd arrive, the mood is lighthearted and almost jovial, with jokes and stories flying back and forth across the table. However, the night starts unraveling when Lisa Vanderpump tell Erika she wants to learn more about her after being accused of being closed off. Erika explains that it's not that she can't open up, it just takes some time. However, Kathryn flippantly jokes that she can only handle "a few hours of foreplay" before she loses interest and it all goes downhill from there. 

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Kathryn starts being weirdly aggressive at the table, going off on Erika for forcing her to go "over and above" to become friends. Tom tries to step in and defend his wife, but Kathryn cuts him off, informing the table that she isn't finished speaking her piece. Erika doesn't understand what the rush is to become buddies, but Kathryn admits in her confessional that she's now on a mission to make Erika be her friend. However, it's safe to say that she won't get what she wants by assuming that Erika's language is all false lashes and lip gloss. Clearly, Kathryn doesn't have an accurate perception of who Erika Girardi really is outside of Erika Jayne. She just wants her fellow newbie to throw her a bone, but ends up just become rude and rather obnoxious in her efforts. This is not the way to win people over. 

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As Erika is trying to explain that not so much an ice princess as she is cautious, Lisa Vanderpump jumps into the conversation and makes it even worse by bringing up the conversation about her web yet again, which she finds "insidious," "duplicitous" and "clandestine." Sounds like pretty typical Lisa Vanderpump behavior if you ask me. With a smirk on her face, Kathryn asks Erika if she takes her for the kind of person who would be influenced by Lisa V. and Erika decides to put it all out on the table: she was hurt by Kathryn coming to her house, saying she wanted to be her friend and then running straight to LVP once Erika confided in her. As Kathryn tries to defend herself, Erika can't help but roll her eyes, shocked that this argument is happening in front of her husband. (My favorite line of the night easily came from Tom when he bewilderedly asked, "Do you guys do this all the time?" Welcome to the world of Housewives, Mr. Girardi!) 

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At this point, Lisa Rinna pipes up to try to mediate, asking Kathryn why she felt she needed to tell Lisa V. what Erika said in the first place. Finally, Kathryn admits that there might have been a part of her that simply wanted to get a reaction, but Erika points out that the person Kathryn got the reaction out of was Lisa Vanderpump, not her. Instead, Kathryn's actions hurt both Lisa Vanderpump and any potential for a friendship between the queen bee and Erika - not to mention what it's done to the relationship between the two rookies. Erika rightly points out that if something she said to Kathryn caused this big of a rift between her and one of the other women, why would she ever say anything to Kathryn ever again? Tom steps in to put an end to this ugly conversation, telling LVP that the "web" comment has a silver lining: it means she's seen as running this whole operation. Kathryn once again insists that the message got lost in translation, but everyone's over it by now and the dinner party ends awkwardly and abruptly. Any takers on whether Erika will be inviting these ladies back to her home any time soon?

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The next day, Kyle and Erika attempt to play pickleball in Kyle's backyard. Quickly abandoning the idea, the pair sit down for drinks, where Kyle floats the idea out to go to Dubai and is anxious to hear about the dinner party she missed. At the same time, Kathryn and Donnie are out shopping as she rehashes the drama and we hear both perspectives simultaneously. Erika is mortified while Tom is pissed, and Kathryn still claims she was simply summing up Erika's sentiments with the "web" comment and feels like she didn't really do anything wrong. 

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Meanwhile, Eileen and Lisa Rinna meet for a chat at the beach. It turns out Eileen called this meeting to talk about Lisa's bizarre reaction at Wally's when she found out that Erika thinks Lisa Vanderpump is manipulative. Eileen reminds her friend that she knows exactly where Erika would come up with that idea - the three even talked about it in the Hamptons - and Lisa's aghast reaction that such a suggestion would be so out of the realm of possibility shone a harsh spotlight on her tendency to be a people-pleaser. Lisa Rinna admits that she's tried to stay on LVP's good side, being her cheerleader out of respect for their friendship, but has reached a point where she feels she's been protecting her and is ready to come clean. Further admitting that she allows the other Lisa to exercise control over her (which exactly proves Erika's point), Lisa Rinna drops a damning accusation: apparently, Lisa Vanderpump knew about the Munchausen conversation before it was brought up on camera and personally called Lisa Rinna to encourage her to put the accusation out there. According to Lisa Rinna, LVP doesn't do her own dirty work - she takes full responsibility for the M-word coming from her lips, but insists that she likely wouldn't have brought it up without Lisa Vanderpump telling her to. 

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Now, let's pause for a second here. This is hardly the first time we've heard that Lisa Vanderpump has been strategic or manipulated someone as a pawn in her game - we heard it from Kyle at the Season 2 reunion, from Faye Resnick at the Season 3 finale party, from Brandi Glanville over and over again during Seasons 4 and 5, it's come up more than once this season from both Eileen and Erika and now Lisa Rinna is confirming it as well. Throughout it all, Lisa Vanderpump has vehemently maintained that this isn't true, and that she's never used anyone to do her dirty work. However, it reaches a point where, when so many people are saying the same thing, isn't it time to consider that the real problem might be Lisa? That there's truth to her reputation as the Bobby Fischer of the Housewives, who treats everything like a game of chess? 

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Eileen is somewhat shocked by this accusation, calling it "inflammatory" in her confessional, but Lisa Rinna isn't done. Next, she starts putting Yolanda on blast, pointing out that she was apparently too sick to come to Erika's dinner party, yet went to lunch earlier that day with Brandi and Kim Richards for the latter's birthday. Lisa finds this suspicious, particularly since Erika's supposed to be such a good friend of Yo's, but Eileen guesses that the earlier lunch probably wore her out and gives her a giant pass. However, Lisa Rinna claims to be having trust issues because of everything that's going on and decides to go for the jugular. Yes Lisa believes Yolanda is sick, but she also believes Yo has everyone else painted in a Lyme green corner by using her illness to her advantage. Ever diplomatic, Eileen doesn't agree with this assessment and refuses to take the bait, but Lisa R. insists that she believes Yolanda is spinning the biggest web of all. As much as she wants to be her friend, Lisa's instincts (or paranoia) are telling her to run for the hills when it comes to Yo. No one has to agree with her, but it comes down to this: Lisa thinks Yolanda might be more manipulative than anyone. Wow. These are big statements that are bound to change this entire game. 

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After a couple of scenes of Kathryn at the audiologist and Kyle and Yolanda kind of, sort of making up after the email drama, (still Team Kyle on that one), it's time for the Giveback Homes service project that all the 'Wives went to SoulCycle for a couple episodes back. All of the women (plus Mauricio and Donnie) gather to help paint a house that's been remodeled for a local family by Habit for Humanity LA, but the good feelings evaporate when Erika and Kathryn decide to go at it in another round of their argument. Erika is still upset over how Kathryn behaved at her dinner party as well as for the entire "web" disaster, and tells her so while holding a paint roller. Erika is in the right here, but Kathryn is still, still insisting that she didn't do anything wrong and doesn't appreciate Erika's tone of voice. (Erika's sassy "or what?" when Kathryn told her to get her finger out of her face was easily my other favorite moment of the night. Mr. and Mrs. Girardi were on fire with the comebacks this week!) As Eileen and Lisa Rinna step in to take Erika's side, Kathryn finally caves and apologizes for all the drama she caused. The episode ends with the newbies hugging it out as Erika warns in her confessional that Kathryn's getting a second chance from her, but there won't be a third.