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RHOBH Ssn 7/Ep 15 Recap - Hong Kong Fireworks

Glenn Rowley

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills take Hong Kong! This week, the ladies of the 90210 head overseas to support Lisa Vanderpump in her fight against animal cruelty, plus it's the perfect excuse for a fabulously exotic girls trip. However, the long-awaited explosion between Erika Girardi and Dorit Kemsley turns the vacation into anything but Shangri-La. Read on to relive all the drama from Hong Kong...

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There's no doubt about it: RHOBH always has the most glamorous cast trips out of any cities in the Housewives franchise. Unlike some of their sister cities (ahem...Jersey), we've seen the women jaunt to far-flung locales like Paris, Amsterdam and Dubai. Over the years. Think RHOA's current trip to Hawaii looks like a good time? The Beverly Hills 'Wives did it first, way back in Season 2. Though, if we're being honest, last season's excursion to Dubai was a bit of a disaster on all fronts, so this time the ladies are hoping for a better outcome. Cue the packing montage! Erika Jayne has her glam squad and high fashion lookbook in tow, Dorit apparently has another assistant whom we've never seen before and Lisa Rinna is left all alone with her dog, proving that the number one hustler of Beverly Hills can basically use anyone as a scene partner when the cameras are around. For Lisa Vanderpump, however, the trip has a far more important purpose: she's overseeing the production of a documentary to stop the barbaric Yulin Dog Festival, a cause she has passionately championed since learning about the week-long slaughter held in Yulin, China every year.

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After a 15-hour flight, the ladies land in Hong Kong and blown away by how picturesque, cosmopolitan and gigantic the city is. Fighting off jetlag, they don their best Chinese-inspired looks (hel-LO Erika Jayne's victory rolls and kimono!) and convene for cocktails at the luxury, 5-star Shangri-La Hotel where they're staying. Over drinks, Eden Sassoon regales the 'Wives with the news that she's invited her online lover "London" to meet her for a weekend of romance in New York City. Not only that, the trip is on her dime. And they're sharing a hotel room. WHAT?? The rest of the women balk at this revelation and jump into common sense, protective mode: what if Eden is being catfished? What if this guy turns out to be an axe murderer and she ends up dismembered in a suite overlooking Times Square? Shouldn't she book a separate room as a safety precaution? The season's official Friend of the Housewives laughs off the women's concerns, saying that she plans to greet her internet lover half-naked in bed when he arrives in the Big Apple. And besides, she could just as easily kill him, right? Whatever you say Eden, but to anyone reading this recap - please take this as a warning regarding internet safety in the age of online dating.

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The following morning, Lisa Rinna needs to get something off her chest with Dorit. Apparently an unnamed source has come to Rinna with information that the newbie may have taken their night of bonding over Xanax and smoothies the wrong way and was spreading a rumor during the trip to Mexico that the biggest pair of lips in Beverly Hills has a pill problem. Dorit staunchly denies the accusation, assuring Rinna that any time she's mentioned it to the other women, she has always maintained that the bag of pills moment was all in good fun. Now Dorit wants to know who told Lisa Rinna, but the latter refuses to reveal her source - changing her story to say that she just magically had a sixth sense about the situation. Hmm...I'm willing to bet money that this mysterious "sixth sense" was actually someone in production filling Rinna in behind the scenes.

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Finally, the 'Wives decide to divide and conquer the city: Lisa Rinna and Eden are heading to the top of Victoria Peak (the highest mountain in Hong Kong) and Kyle Richards and Erika are going sightseeing (a.k.a. staking out Chanel), while LVP is busy filming voiceovers and confessionals for her documentary with Dorit and Eileen Davidson in tow. Yes, you read that correctly: rather than stick with (any of) her pals, Eileen decides to take the high road in a sincere effort to learn more about the queen bee's work with #StopYulinForever. The proverbial olive branch stuns even Lisa Vanderpump herself, who's touched by the gesture and wonders via confessional if this could be the start of a new, less acrimonious chapter between herself and her soap star frenemy.

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Meanwhile, Erika opens up to Kyle about visiting her mother last week while surrounded by turtles and water features in Hong Kong Park, and Lisa Rinna relays her earlier confrontation with Dorit to Eden with the entirety of Hong Kong as a stunning backdrop from their seats in a boba shop. Validating Rinna's suspicions, Eden reveals that Dorit, in fact, questioned her about Rinna's supposed pill problem. Keep in mind that Dorit merely made an offhand comment wondering if her fellow 'Wife's personality was "induced in some way" while Rinna and Eden were on the outs, but now the fire has been flamed and according to Rinna the newest Housewife is being a "pussy with a capital P.")  

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Later that evening, the 'Wives reconvene for a sunset cruise through Victoria Harbour on a traditional Chinese junk boat. With the Hong Kong skyline at their backs, Lisa Vanderpump raises a toast to all the ladies being together and honestly, the experience looks truly magical. As the sun begins to set, LVP opens the floor for discussion and Dorit seizes the opportunity to ask the entire group who told Lisa Rinna she was gossiping about her in Mexico. Rinna once again changes her story, insisting this time that she magically conjured up the idea herself but admits via confessional that she's lying to protect her unnamed source. Dorit points out the rather obvious holes in Rinna's story, but none of the other 'Wives come forward - lending additional credence to my theory that a production source was the person in Rinna's ear. LVP and Kyle both claim they don't remember the scandalous bag of pills being the focal point of conversation in Mexico, but Erika sides with Rinna, asking Dorit why she brought it up at all if she didn't think Rinna had a pill problem.

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Tension is mounting and at this point, the argument shifts to a showdown between Erika Jayne and Dorit. Bad blood has been brewing between the two ever since #Pantygate and - as Erika points out in her confessional - now seems as good a time as any to air their true feelings about each other. Dorit denies ever saying Rinna had a pill problem but Erika bluntly levies that the newbie is just as guilty by implying the same thing. Dorit demands to know what Erika's problem is with her, pointing out that - out of the entire group of women - the pop singer is the only 'Wife she hasn't bonded with despite her best efforts. She also throws out that Erika doesn't talk enough, but the self-proclaimed ice queen fires back that she "say[s] important sh**" while her costar says "too much boring sh**." SHOTS FIRED! Finally, Erika gets to the root of the animosity: she simply doesn't like "bullsh**" and that's exactly what she thinks Dorit is. When Dorit exclaims that she should just say that to her face then, Erika drops the mic because guess what? She just did.

With that, the trip to Hong Kong (and the conclusion of this argument) is "To Be Continued" next week. What did you think of this week's RHOBH? How fabulous was Hong Kong? Who is Lisa Rinna's source? Does she have a pill problem? Are you Team Erika or Team Dorit? Tell me everything in the comments below!

RHOBH Ssn 7/Ep 4 Recap - Pantygate

Glenn Rowley

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The first feud of the season erupts this week on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as Erika Girardi and Dorit Kemsley face off in what will henceforth be known as #PantyGate in the Housewives universe. Read on for a full recap of all the underwear-fueled drama...

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Before #PantyGate explodes, the 'Wives have some work to do. While the two OGs are rehashing her wardrobe malfunction from last week's white party, Erika Girardi is with Eileen Davidson at CBS Studios for her first meeting about her guest part on The Young and the Restless. Eileen may have given the part to the the pop star for her birthday, but Erika is nervous. What if Erika Jayne singlehandedly sinks the iconic soap opera after nearly 44 years? (As if Erika could ever be less than amazing at something...) During the meeting, one of Y&R's executive producers asks Erika which soapy archetype she falls into. The high-powered boss b***h? The dreamy ingenue? One thing we all know is that singer who's graced us with "How Many F**ks?" won't be playing the girl next door!

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 Meanwhile, Lisa Rinna is back in Pennsylvania for an all-day appearance on QVC. That's right: appearances in 24 hours hawking her wares from the Lisa Rinna Collection. It's a marathon of work with very little sleep, but who better to do it than the resident hustle queen of Beverly Hills? After all, in one day on QVC, she can sell more sweaters and cardigans than she did in a year in her two (now-defunct) Belle Gray boutiques. The best surprise comes toward the end of her day-long sales pitch when Eileen calls in to QVC for some moral support. I've said it before but I'll say it again: these two are the true friendship goals of the Housewives universe. 

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Later, Dorit Kemsley meets the two besties for drinks once everyone's back in Beverly Hills. Rinna and Eileen were the only two 'Wives absent from the white party, so the newbie has plenty of gossip to fill them in on. As she tells them all about her husband PK ogling up Erika's skirt, the actresses are positively wide-eyed and the more Dorit thinks about the situation, she's starting to wonder...did Erika flash her puss on purpose? Either way, Dorit feels uncomfortable about it, pronouncing that it's "Lady 101" to cross your legs if you're wearing a short dress with no underwear. Particularly if you're in front of another woman's husband! Now the rookie is on a mission to poke fun at the controversy and - watch out Erika Jayne - it looks like #PantyGate has officially become a thing.

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The next day, Dorit goes shopping with Kyle Richards and the #PantyGate issue continues to snowball. Now the newest 'Wife is discussing the scandal with yet another member of the group, though Kyle finds the whole thing lighthearted and, quite frankly, not that big of a deal. After all, the Girardi half of Erika is always calm, collected and incredibly dignified. Even if she had been performing as Erika Jayne, she wouldn't have put her vagina on display for the whole world to see! However, the panty-less 'Wife in question has invited all the ladies to compete in an escape room the following day and Dorit decides to purchase a "cheeky" pair of lace, flesh-colored panties as a playful joke to give her in front of the rest of the group. Hmm...raise your hand if you think this is a good idea. No? No one?

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The women arrive at Escape Room LA in their best mall chic - Erika is rocking a very on-brand "CEO,000,000" t-shirt that must make its way into my closet ASAP. Jumping the gun, Dorit decides to present her new acquaintance with the pair of panties before both Kyle and Lisa Vanderpump even show up. When Dorit jokes that everyone's seen the pop star's "pretty little puss" now, Erika tries to laugh it off. Being amused, however, turns quickly to mortification when she realizes Dorit has clearly been talking about the issue with literally everyone but her. Sorry Erika, it looks like the joke's on you. Despite maintaining her composure, Erika's temper flares and she issues Dorit a chilling warning: "the more you talk about sh**, the worse it gets. Just be careful..." Watch out Dorit, making an enemy of Erika Jayne is the last thing you want to do.

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After successfully completing the escape room challenge (much better than the RHOA ladies, I might add), the women go out for a post-game round of drinks. Having missed the awkward gift exchange, LVP prods Erika to recount what happened, who coolly tells the OG to ask Dorit. The newbie reflexively backpedals, insisting that it was never her intention to humiliate Erika or make her feel bad. She simply figured her new friend could take the joke. Erika throws down the gauntlet by retorting that the only thing bothering her is if PK did see up her skirt, he should've politely given her a heads up rather than sit and stare. The table is rife with tension between the two newest 'Wives and I'm with Lisa Rinna on the whole debacle: PK was staring and talking about Erika's vagina? Ew. When Dorit pushes again to talk about #PantyGate in private, Erika is clearly beyond over the topic and attempts once again to squash the conversation. Both blondes declare (in unison!) that the brewing feud has reached an end, but something tells me that's probably not true. Well...at least PK said Erika's puss was pretty?

What did you think of this week's RHOBH? Are you Team Erika or Team Dorit when it comes to #PantyGate? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

RHOBH Ssn 7/Ep 3 Recap - Going Commando

Glenn Rowley

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Conflict is sparked this week on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when a minor fashion moment leads to major tension between Erika Girardi and Dorit Kemsley. Plus Lisa Rinna and Kyle Richards hit the Big Apple with their daughters! Read on for all the white party drama...

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We open in New York City. Wait...which Housewives am I watching? In the magical happenstance of reality TV, both Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna are in the Big Apple for business trips with their daughters. After the runaway success of her pop-up boutique last season in the Hamptons, Kyle's decided to open another Kyle by Alene Too on the Upper East Side and has brought 16-year-old Sophia along for the trip. Meanwhile, Lisa Rinna is hustling to launch Delilah Belle's modeling career. I've said all along that Rinna wants her daughters to become the next Gigi and Bella to come out of RHOBH and getting a foot in the door for her eldest and blondest is the first step in the master plan. Via confessional, Rinna admits that sometimes she wishes she could turn to former 'Wife Yolanda Hadid for advice on how to pageant mom a modeling career or two, but after last season's M-word mess, that bridge has officially been burned. 

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Back in Beverly Hills, Dorit Kemsley helps Lisa Vanderpump find the perfect birthday gift for her husband Ken Todd's birthday on Rodeo Drive while Erika Girardi visits the rehearsal for her latest Erika Jayne video, "Xxpensive." Out of the dozens of sexy, sassy hopefuls, Erika and creative director Mikey Minden selected four backup dancers who now must learn and perfect the song's choreography. An insane amount of work still has to be done before the actual video shoot, including wardrobe fittings, hair and makeup, a tech scout and wig consultations. I, for one, am just counting down the days until we get to see Erika Jayne drop into the bikini-clad split we've been promised.

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Later that evening, Lisa Rinna and Kyle meet at a rooftop hotspot for dinner with their daughters. Delilah Belle recounts her cringeworthy meeting earlier in the day with iconic magazine CR Fashion Book, at which her mother dazzled the room with a story involving her narrow hips, birth canal and Delilah's elongated head as a newborn. Never change, Lisa Rinna. Other topics of conversation on the rooftop include Rinna's plan to leave her two teenage daughters in New York City by themselves for two days while she jets off to Pennsylvania for a QVC appearance and 18-year-old Delilah Belle matching with mystery 35-year-olds on dating apps for the rich and famous. (Don't worry, the 45-year-old producer just off-camera in the girls' confessional is too old for her.)

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Over the course of just a couple years, Eileen Davidson has suffered six deaths in her family, including her sister, her father-in-law and most recently her mother. The sheer amount of tragedy has thrown the soap actress for a loop, and she's decided to meet with a therapist to process her feelings. In the session, poor Eileen admits to feeling embarrassed about how many people in her life have died - as if they're a maximum amount of death that's allowed to happen within a certain period of time. The therapist helps Eileen identify that, in her life, the emotion of sadness often gives way to embarrassment, which creates internal shame. This is a cycle that goes back as far as Eileen can remember, even to feeling shame as a young child that her parents were always fighting. After such an important breakthrough, hopefully Eileen can begin to heal and break the shame cycle that's been operating so pervasively throughout her life.

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Kyle's finally back from NYC, so she and a few of the other 'Wives are headed to a White Party at LVP's West Hollywood hotspot PUMP. (Sorry not sorry, but like I said during my livetweet, there ain't no white party like a Kyle Richards white party.) Dressed in her best white, Kyle meets LVP, Ken, Dorit, PK and Erika at the Sofitel for pre-party drinks before realizing her white underwear is showing through her dress. Oops! When Lisa Vanderpump jokes about the faux pas in her classically cutting way, a small spat breaks out between the women over British vs. American humor. Erika suggests she and Kyle start adopting fake British accents so they can insult people, but when Dorit chimes in that Americans need to "calm down" with their sensitivity to British humor, Erika bluntly checks the newbie by reminding Dorit that she was born in Connecticut.

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This somehow opens the conversation up to Dorit's initial impression of Erika, whom she describes as "very poised" and "a bit guarded," which she finds shocking considering the general fabulousness of Erika's alter ego. As we've learned, Erika is simply cautious when meeting new people, choosing to operate under the "respect is earned, not given" way of thinking and describes herself as a naturally shy introvert. Dorit, however, doesn't buy this explanation, describing her fellow 'Wife via confessional as "snooty," "cold" and "frigid." Changing the subject, LVP playfully reaches up Erika's skirt and asks if she has any underwear Kyle could borrow, to which Miss Girardi reveals she isn't wearing any. After all, who would want to break up a stunning Thierry Mugler design with a panty line?

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The next day, Dorit and PK are discussing the party at home and it quickly becomes apparent that Erika's commando moment has snowballed into what will forever be known as #PantyGate. According to PK, Erika didn't have her legs crossed during drinks and (being the straight male that he is) he couldn't resist taking peeks up her skirt like her ladyparts were being served on a silver platter. Excuse me? His excuse is he was simply distracted by Erika's inadvertent flashing throughout the evening but he apparently didn't have the courage to mention it to Erika, deeming it too "inappropriate." Then, in a shining moment, PK questions what he was supposed to have said, particularly when he "didn't mind the view." Again, EXCUSE ME? Dorit seems rather unfazed by her husband's misogynistic reaction, choosing instead to lay the blame on Erika for having an "unladylike" moment. If it had been Dorit, she claims she would've done everything possible to keep her legs crossed. However, she plans to have a laugh about it with Erika the next time they're together and it seems that #PantyGate is just getting started...

What did you think of this week's RHOBH? When it comes to #PantyGate, are you Team Erika or Team Dorit? Was PK in the wrong? Leave me all your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

RHOBH Ssn 7/Ep 2 Recap - The Buddha Bentley Birthday

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the women come together for Dorit Kemsley's over-the-top 40th birthday party, where the drama between Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson takes one step forward and two steps back. Read on for a full recap of the episode's drama...

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While Lisa Vanderpump is riding her new (full-sized) horse and Kyle Richards is zooming around Beverly Hills in her new Lamborghini with Lisa Rinna, newbie Dorit Kemsley is busy celebrating her 40th birthday. She's turning the big 4-0 and her parents, Rachel and Shalom, have even come all the way from Connecticut to help mark the occasion. Dorit's talent manager husband PK has a number of surprises in store for Dorit's milestone - the first being a brand new, rose gold Bentley Continental. Dorit is positively blown away by the $230,000 gift sitting in her driveway, to the point that she's virtually speechless. Is the newest Housewife the luckiest girl in the world? According to her confessional, she certainly thinks so, and I must say that if a rose gold Bentley is indicative of Dorit's personal brand, I'm all in.

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Meanwhile, Erika Girardi is auditioning backup dancers for the upcoming video for her new single, "Xxpensive." Now this may be an Erika Jayne moment, but when it comes to the music, the pop diva is all business. Erika explains that she approaches her music in a very "in your face" way full of sexuality and sass, and she needs dancers who do the same thing. Naturally, in this case that means the choreography ends with the dancers aggressively flipping the camera off before dead-dropping into a split. I simply cannot wait to see Miss Erika Jayne nail that split moment herself while clad in a skimpy bikini and heels.

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Before joining RHOBH in Season 5, Eileen Davidson was most recognizable for her lengthy career as a daytime soap actress on both The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives. Turns out Y&R has hit its benchmark 11,000th episode and having originated the role of Ashley Abbott since the early 1980s, Eileen is sitting down for a walk down memory lane to tape a commemorative special. Flashing back to her very first scene as Ashley freshly home from college, it's crazy to think of how long Eileen has been playing the iconic character. Calling Ashley "alter-human," the soap actress admits that she's forgotten so much of the show's history over the years, but cites the time her good girl character got an abortion as the storyline that's her personal favorite.

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Finally, the 'Wives all converge at the Kemsley home for the surprise birthday party PK has planned for Dorit. The mood is once again tense as the women tentatively circle each other, air kissing and waiting for someone to make the first move. Eileen and Kyle both look absolutely fabulous in red while Erika arrives in an edgy Moschino t-shirt dress that's derided by the birthday girl via confessional as disappointingly casual. Over cocktails in the living room, Lisa Vanderpump rather melodramatically announces to Kyle that last year she gave Rinna and Eileen the power to hurt her, but this year she's taken that power back. And just like that, she makes defensive small talk with her two frenemies - refusing to tell Rinna where she got her sheer, bejeweled gloves and murmuring an overly sincere apology to Eileen about her mother's passing. When the Brit takes a beat immediately following "I'm sorry," Eileen mistakenly thinks that she's finally about to receive an apology for last season's drama in the Hamptons, but no such luck. Sorry Eileen, that vindication is probably never coming.

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PK has one more surprise in store as the party moves to the backyard for phase two, revealing an incredible club-like buddha lounge complete with ice sculptures, giant paintings of Dorit and an entire wall made out of roses. Rinna tries once again to connect with LVP on the dance floor. When the Brit once again responds with a cutting remark, Rinna explains that her one-time pal can react however she wants, but she herself is moving on and putting their bad blood in the past. Rinna's even willing to offer another dance-floor apology for being too hard on LVP last year, and finally the OG agrees that they can move forward...cautiously of course. 

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Lisa Vanderpump may be ready to forgive Lisa Rinna, but Eileen is a different story. When the soap actress asks her and Dorit if they've seen her husband Vinny Van Patten, LVP can't keep from making a below-the-belt jab, joking that she had seen Vinny "in the corner with his head up someone's skirt." Yikes. Like any rational person, Eileen finds this "joke" far from amusing and graciously excuses herself before any more playful vitriol can be been directed her way. With that, Dorit's birthday party ends with one 'Wife gaining forgiveness and another still exiled to Lisa Vanderpump's bad side.

What did you think of this week's RHOBH? Should LVP move on with Lisa Rinna while holding a grudge against Eileen? Would you drive a rose gold Bentley? Let me know in the comments!

RHOBH Season 7 Premiere Recap - Stronger Than Ever

Glenn Rowley

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is back for Season 7! Having suffered from a severe case of OC burnout and snoozing through a very stale Atlanta, I'm ecstatic my glittering and sophisticated Beverly Hills beauties have returned - and (hopefully) without a trace of last year's messy M-word slog. (I refuse to write it.) But before laying out the recap of the premiere, let's grade the new taglines, shall we?

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We have a brand new intro, with the 'Wives sparkling in their best glittery, gold (and the lightest pink) palette. As a group, the ladies' taglines this season are strong and memorable, and I'm giving my vote for best of the bunch to miss Erika Girardi for "I may be two people, but I'm not two-faced." Not only does it perfectly capture the dual nature of her alter ego Erika Jayne, but it wins most improved from last season's enigmatic, cash-wrapped riddle. Thoughts on the others: Lisa Vanderpump boldly asserts her status as queen bee of Beverly Hills, but I fear that the moment the crown is acknowledged atop her head is the moment it doesn't deserve to be there any longer. Lisa Rinna's is characteristically aggressive but I really like it for a couple of reasons: first, she's moved on from referencing her lips and second, the "hustler" double entendre is so tongue-in-cheek I can barely handle it. Eileen Davidson leans on a well-worn idiom with the "hear/speak/see no evil" reference, but it pretty perfectly communicates her place in the cast as the kind, observant voice of reason. Newbie Dorit Kemsley seems defensive of her (faux?) accent but looks stunningly pretty, so maybe it's a draw? And last but certainly not least, Kyle Richards revealed during the season's press tour that her new tagline actually came from the mind of a fan, but now I just need to know who she's identifying as the resident "fake" in this year's cast...

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It's perfect that Erika has my favorite tagline because the premiere opens on her birthday! Miss Jayne is turning the big 4-5 and while she jokes that it's all downhill from here, the diva seems better than ever. Her life as pop star Erika Jayne has absolutely exploded in the last year (thanks in large part to the Housewives platform) and her massively successful lawyer hubby Tom has lovingly gifted her with an original Chagall painting AND a $78,500 Panthère de Cartier ring - her second of three by the way. Seems like entering into your mid-forties isn't so bad when you're Erika Girardi.

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Meanwhile, Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle and their husbands meet newcomer Dorit and her husband PK Kemsley for dinner at Pump. The new 'Wife is a friend of LVP's, who's known her talent manager husband for longer than he and Dorit have even been married. PK happens to be the manager for iconic 80s pop star Boy George, who also happens to be the Kemsleys' permanent houseguest and godfather to their four-month-old daughter. (This connection instantly endears her to Kyle, who just finished competing on the new Trump-less season of Celebrity Apprentice with the singer.) From the looks of it, Dorit lives a luxuriously charmed life, with a full-time staff that includes a baby nurse, multiple nannies, three housekeepers and an assistant. It's a brief introduction but my first impression is very positive. This newbie is drop dead pretty and I like what she's bringing to the show - affected quasi-European accent and all.

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The next day, Kyle meets Erika and Eileen for a separate lunch where topics ranging from family tragedy and death to TV pilots and Housewives drama are on the menu. Eileen reveals that her mother passed away right before the Season 6 reunion, but the only 'Wife she told was bestie Lisa Rinna because she didn't want the news to affect the rest of the women's behavior toward her on the couches. Kyle's career continues to take off with the development of American Woman, a new show  on TV Land based on her life as a 70s child star. Kyle also brings up the lingering issues Lisa Vanderpump is holding onto with Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson. However, I agree with Kyle that we never need to hear the words "manipulative," "own it," or that other "hauschen mauschen" m-word ever again so let's just leave it at that. 

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For her birthday, Erika is throwing a raucous Studio 54-themed bash, complete with Pussy Control of Prince-adjacent fame taking names at the velvet rope. The 'Wives are all decked out in sequins and big hair - Rinna's sporting a long wig, LVP's in a sky-high half-pony and the birthday girl is rocking a waist-high slit - but the tension is palpable as Erika's party is the first time they've all been together since the reunion. Eileen gives Erika the guest part of her choice on The Young and the Restless, which officially makes the soap actress the best gift-giver in the history of birthdays. Lisa Vanderpump makes the rounds to introduce Dorit to the group but doesn't seem all too pleased when her nemesis Eileen engages in warm, friendly conversation with her pal. 

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LVP exchanges awkward pleasantries with Lisa Rinna, including a jab by the Vanderpump about ripping her frenemy's wig off and Rinna warning Dorit not to put too much stock in the OG's opinions of her and the other 'Wives. However, in the end Lisa Rinna sees the interaction as a step in the right direction. At least the Lisas are back to playfully ribbing each other. That has to count for something, right? To me, Lisa Rinna has the right attitude: life is too short for petty squabbles and she's letting last year's drama go, regardless of LVP's steely ability to hold a grudge. As the women hit the dance floor to the tune of Erika's single "PAINKILLR," Lisa Vanderpump vows that she's coming back to the group stronger than ever. I have a feeling the same can be said for this fresh, new season in the 90210. 

Are you as happy as I am that RHOBH is back? Do you think the 'Wives can really let last year's drama go? What was your first impression of Dorit? Let me know in the comments below!

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!