This week on Southern Charm, it's the dinner party fiasco we've been waiting 11 weeks to see. When the Charmers gather at Thomas's house, what was supposed to be a celebratory meal descends into complete chaos as the host goes on the offensive and attacks each and every one of his unsuspecting cast mates. Read on for a complete breakdown of T-Rav's aggressive breakdown...
The episode kicks off with Craig Conover dropping by Kathryn Calhoun Dennis's house to meet baby St. Julien for the first time. Seeing Kathryn so happy, Craig openly wonders in his confessional if all the questions surrounding the baby's paternity really even matter that much. Kathryn explains how much better things seem to be between her and Thomas Ravenel - the family unit she's always wanted seems just within reach. With everything so copacetic and peaceful, she's hoping they can hold on to the post-baby bliss permanently this time around.
Thomas, however, is still upset about the issue of St. Julien's paternity being brought up at last week's male chauvinist-themed dinner party and meets with his best buddy JD Madison at Sermet's Downtown to vent over some Gentry Bourbon and sauvignon blanc. Suddenly back on Kathryn's side, he doesn't appreciate neither his nor her integrity being called into question by Patricia Altschul and the male Charmers over whether he's actually the father. JD of course insists that everyone's simply looking out for Thomas's best interests and opines via confessional that even if Thomas knew Julien wasn't his baby, he would still say he was the father. Because that's just the kind of gentleman Thomas Ravenel is. In an effort to show just how gentlemanly he can be, T-Rav is hosting a dinner party at his new home for the entire gang to celebrate the birth. The only people who won't be on the guest list are Patricia and Whitney Sudler-Smith, who haven't been all that supportive of Thomas's baby mama this year.
Meanwhile, Landon Clements is at her house filling her sister Bam in on everything in her life. Landon's follow-up meeting to pitch her online travel magazine went much differently than planned, and the bohemian brunette is in the mood to hunker down and lick her wounds. Landon admits in her confessional that everything in life has tended to come very easily for her, so failure and disappointment are apparently rather new sensations she's not used to feeling. On top of her failed business proposal, Landon's still coming to grips with confessing her love for Shep Rose last week. She admits that Shep didn't give her the reaction she was hoping for - he basically was speechless and laughed in her face - and now fears that she's messed up their decades-long friendship. Of course, at the same time Shep is relaying this news to Cameran Eubanks over fried chicken at Boxcar Betty's. Cam's beyond tickled to hear that Landon confessed her feelings, reminding Shep that she's been telling him for years that the brunette was secretly in love with him. Not wanting to rock the boat, Shep doesn't know how to take his old friend's admission, but Landon's sister suggests that the two just need to get drunk and have sex to test their chemistry once and for all.
Later that night, Thomas stops by Kathryn's house to visit Kensington and Julien and go over the guest list for his upcoming dinner party. Kathryn's touched that he's not inviting Patricia or Whitney out of respect for her, but is floored to learn that her arch-nemesis Landon is getting an invite - particularly considering the rumors that Landon hooked up with Thomas in Europe over the summer. If the stipulation for making the guest list is "people who have been supportive of Thomas and Kathryn," Landon doesn't exactly make the cut...Didn't T-Rav say this dinner party was supposed to be celebratory? Thomas isn't budging on Landon, however, and the discussion quickly devolves into an argument. Thomas starts pointing the finger at Kathryn, somehow rationalizing that she's at fault for not wanting Landon at the dinner party and threatens to simply cancel the dinner. When he tries to leave, Kathryn bars the door and explains that she just wants Thomas to see her point of view, but instead he chooses to exit out the second-story window onto the roof. Um, what?? To coax her baby daddy in off the roof, Kathryn caves on the Landon issue and T-Rav's dramatic stunt succeeds in him getting his way.
While Cameran opens up to Craig about her recent trips to therapy, Landon pays a visit to Patricia at her palatial estate for some serious advice from the queen of Charleston society. A little bird told Patricia at her male chauvinists dinner that Landon and Shep were something of an item now, but Landon sets the kaftan queen straight that the rumor isn't quite reality. Patricia opines that Landon's divorce has made her a bit gun-shy about getting back into the dating world, but she advises her younger counterpart to consider vamping up her image to further seduce Sheppy. As Landon gets teary over memories of her divorce, Patirica puts an abrupt stop to the impending waterworks by reminding her of the number one rule of being a Southern belle: no crying over men. Now if only Landon can get Shep to see her in a different light...
The night of Thomas's dinner party is upon us and in the words of Thomas himself, it's going to be a "fun night." After all, this is the first time all the Charmers (sans Whitney) will be under the same roof in months. Even recurring players in the Charleston gang, including K. Cooper Ray, JD and Elizabeth, Danni Baird and Craig's girlfriend Naomie Olindo are in attendance. Landon decided to put on some lipstick and a fur coat in a bid to woo Shep, but the tension is palpable between her and Kathryn as she arrives. However, the fiery redhead is intent on being a good hostess and proving to the entire group that she's a changed woman.
Everyone knows it wouldn't be a classic Thomas Ravenel dinner party without a longwinded speech from the host himself, so as the gang takes their seats, T-Rav announces that he has some words of wisdom to bestow upon them. After strangely quoting the opening lines of "Tonight" from the musical West Side Story, Thomas launches in on a takedown of epic proportions. It turns out that old T-Rav has some fighting words for each of his costars and goes down the line to verbally open fire on them. He starts out small, accusing Craig of trying to be someone he's not (oh hey, #NewCraig) and calls Cameran "self-righteous," "judgmental" and "sanctimonious." Hmm...this speech seems to be taking a turn for the worst. Moving on to Shep, Thomas counsels the golden boy to stop trying to "f--- every girl in Charleston" and focus instead on the girl who's been right in front of him this whole time. Cringe. As Landon quietly begs him to stop, Thomas turns his attention to her and promptly accuses her of being catty and disrespectful to Kathryn. Ah, so this is why he wanted Landon at the party. It's all starting to make sense.
Landon defends herself, insisting that she's never done anything to Kathryn, but the redhead feels vindicated that Thomas is finally sticking up for her. However, if this is Thomas's way of trying to get the two adversaries to become friends, he's definitely going about it the complete wrong way. When Shep speaks up and says that the animosity between Kathryn and Landon is actually Thomas's fault, the host goes ballistic - launching into a vitriol-spewing tirade in which he attacks Sheppy for getting an "allowance" from his family, calls himself a "real man" compared to the golden boy and threatens to take Shep outside in a fist fight. All I can think in this moment is "what in the world is going on???" Thomas seems to have completely gone off the rails.
Rather than continue trying to defend themselves from such a sudden, nasty attack, Shep, Cameran, Landon, Craig and Naomie start to leave as Thomas starts screaming for everyone to get out of his house. Time for the first course? However, before everyone can make a proper exit, Thomas continues his rage spiral. Landon calls the host out for throwing her under the bus after she's been such a good friend to him, which naturally leads to yet another sniping confrontation between her and Kathryn. (I have to say though, Kathryn saying that Landon's yelling "sounds like a f---ing dolphin" might just be my favorite line of the night.) As Landon calls Kathryn "trash," the chaos spills out into the front yard of Thomas's house. Locking the gate, Thomas screams for the rest of the Charmers to get off his property and once again threatens Shep - this time to put his head "on a goddamn platter" as his stunned costars race off into the night piled into Landon's golf cart. Talk about Charleston's dinner party from hell or what? Next week, it's the season finale!
What did you think of this week's Southern Charm? Has Thomas completely lost his mind or was his attack on the other Charmers at all warranted? Should Landon and Shep end up together? And is Cameran truly sanctimonious? Leave your thoughts and opinions below in the comments!