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Recaps, opinion pieces and analysis of Bravo TV shows including Don't Be Tardy, Manzo'd With Children, Ladies of London, Tour Group, Shahs of Sunset and Southern Charm.

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Southern Charm Ssn 3/Ep 14 - Reunion Part 2

Glenn Rowley

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In Part 2 of the Southern Charm reunion, Kathryn and Landon go head-to-head over their hatred for each other, while Thomas must face the consequences of his tirade at the dinner party from hell. Plus, Cameran relives her past on MTV's The Real World and a pregnant Jennifer Snowden joins the couches for some much-deserved redemption. Read on for a full recap of the drama...

Kathryn Shuts Down the Haters

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Part 1 of the reunion ended with Kathryn Calhoun Dennis walking off the set after Landon Clements alleged that she had failed a drug test in the wake of her custody battle with baby daddy Thomas Ravenel. However, the dramatic moment turns out to be unnecessarily short-lived (at least with editing), as Kathryn returns to her seat on the couches before we even see the title sequence of the episode. Upon her return, Andy Cohen asks Kathryn point blank if the drug test rumors are true, but she refuses to comment on anything relating to the custody of Kensington and St. Julien. Andy also gives the redhead the opportunity to clear up any other rumors and she promptly shuts down the misconception that she doesn't want to co-parent peacefully with Thomas - insisting that she simply wants what's fair for the kids' sake. Kathryn also addresses the drama from the disastrous family day at the polo fields, explaining that she was angry because certain sketchy friends of Thomas (who aren't cast members) happened to be present. 

Pregnancy Complications and Manipulation

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Moving on, Andy brings up a viewer's suggestion that Kathryn faked a pregnancy complication in order to manipulate Thomas into cosigning the lease on her house, but both she and T-Rav deny such a suggestion. Landon, however, stands by her comments throughout the season that Kathryn uses the kids as pawns to get what she wants from Thomas. No matter how much heat she's taken from viewers over her "callous" attitude, Landon doesn't back down - though it's pointed out that bleeding during pregnancy isn't something to scoff at. Either way, the on-off couple agrees that they have a love-hate relationship with each other and several of the other Charmers suggest that they'll likely end up with each other years down the road.

Jennifer Snowden Redeemed

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Next, recurring cast member Jennifer Snowden joins the couches. Heavily pregnant and glowing in a chartreuse and purple maxi-dress, Jennifer finally has a chance to tell her side of the story regarding her alleged affair with Thomas while Kathryn was pregnant with Kenzie. According to the mama-to-be, she and T-Rav never dated and nothing salacious was done on her part (though she refuses to confirm or deny whether she and Thomas ever slept together.) Since she never felt she did anything wrong, Jennifer had no problem befriending Kathryn, and ultimately became the fiery redhead's strongest ally among the group. Jennifer also calls Landon out for exacerbating problems between Thomas and Kathryn by purposely touching on the latter's hair triggers, and she's probably not wrong. Once again, Landon plays innocent and argues she has the right to post pictures with T-Rav on social media, but Jennifer accuses her of pouring gasoline on the fire by trying to get under Kathryn's skin. Surprisingly, Thomas's feelings about Jennifer have changed drastically since their clash at Patricia Altschul's flamingo party, and the former politician apologizes for lashing out at her. Things for Jennifer seem rather copacetic these days, and the blonde admits that it feels nice to be validated after so long that she's not really the villain Thomas tried to make her out to be. (P.S. congrats on your bundle of joy, Jennifer!)

Charleston's Dinner Party from Hell

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After a quick yet unremarkable tangent into the life of Whitney Sudler-Smith, Andy brings up one of the most contentious moments of the season: Thomas's explosive dinner party, in which each and every cast member came under the orator's fire during his opening toast. First, Landon and Kathryn spar over Thomas insisting the brunette be invited to the party in the first place. Did Kathryn lock him in the room? No. Did he need to jump out the window to avoid the conversation? Also no. Talk about overdramatic. Naturally, Cameran Eubanks's husband took major issue with Thomas calling his wife "self-righteous" and "sanctimonious" during the dinner, though she's forgiven him. (And note to Craig Conover, I didn't know what sanctimonious meant either...) Landon once again denies being "catty" toward Kathryn - which Thomas accused her of - but the clips from the season pretty much speak for themselves. In hindsight, Thomas recognizes that he was out of control that night, and admits his actions during the dinner party were an example of terrible breeding. Ultimately, he retracted everything negative he had to say about the group and everyone seems to have moved on.

Landon & Thomas: Did They Or Didn't They?

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Finally, the Charmers arrive at the crux of the season's major tension: did Landon and Thomas hook up on their trip to London? Did Landon really proposition T-Rav? Sparks immediately fly as last season's dramatic trip to Jekyll Island gets brought up, but Andy quickly puts a pin in the that conversation by threatening to murder himself if the Charmers go too far down the Season 2 rabbit hole. Changing the subject to their showdown at the Founder's Ball, Andy presses Kathryn on the reason she wanted to confront Landon in the finale, and the redhead bluntly accuses her nemesis of refusing to take accountability for sleeping with Thomas. According to Kathryn, Thomas took Landon on the trip to London he had planned with her for Valentine's Day, and she alleges to know the truth behind what happened regardless of Thomas and Landon's protestations otherwise.

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Several of the other Charmers surmise that the pair sleeping together wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility, and Andy points out Landon's friend Robyn giving the final word in the finale that they did indeed sleep together. However, Landon continues to deny anything ever happened, drunk pineapple selfie on Instagram notwithstanding...With Kathryn not knowing who to trust and both Thomas and Landon firmly insisting nothing happened, we may never know the truth about their alleged hookup, at least until Season 4 rolls around.

Final Thoughts

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Andy closes out the reunion by asking the Charmers for their final thoughts on the season. Cameran reveals that Kathryn and Whitney shockingly made peace during the break, even going as far as hugging it out and agreeing they don't need to hate each other anymore. Though Landon remains annoyed that her integrity is continually called into question, the rest of the Charmers agree that their time on the couches has been mostly cathartic and that progress towards some type of peace has finally been made. Shep Rose ends the reunion with a toast to Charleston, and to his fellow cast mates all being good people in his book. And just like that, the best season yet of Southern Charm comes to a relatively happy end.

What did you think of the final reunion installment? Did Thomas and Landon really sleep together in London? Should the Charmers forgive T-Rav for the dinner party from hell? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

Southern Charm Ssn 3/Ep 13 - Reunion Part 1

Glenn Rowley

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It's reunion time for the Southern Charm crew, and no topic is off-limits in Part 1 of the sit-down with Andy Cohen. From Shep's playboy ways and Landon's admission of love to the changed man known as #NewCraig and the drama in the Appalachians, the Charmers rehash a host of the season's most dramatic and talked-about moments. However, fireworks really start to fly when Kathryn faces off against both T-Rav and Landon over their alleged relationship and her custody agreement with Thomas. Read on for a full recap of the drama from the couches...

On the Couches

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This is the first time I've covered a non-Housewives reunion, but the structure is still the same. So first up is breaking down the seating arrangement on the couches. Before I start, though, I want to point out that I am so glad Bravo finally built the Charmers a proper reunion set rather than squeeze them all into the WWHL Clubhouse on those tiny chairs. And what's more, the porch of a picturesque Southern plantation may just be the prettiest reunion set Bravo's crews have ever erected. Now, I didn't make any predictions about the seating arrangement beforehand, but Kathryn Calhoun Dennis and Thomas Ravenel are the obvious choices for the seats of honor flanking Andy Cohen. The off-again couple will basically occupy those spots for as long as they are on the show. As the only two members of Team Inclusive, it also makes sense that Shep Rose and Craig Conover are the ones on the couch next to Kathryn. (I will argue, however, that considering how much the season revolved around #NewCraig, he and Shep could have traded spots so he wasn't on the end.) 

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On the opposite couch, we have Thomas, Cameran Eubanks, Landon Clements and Whitney Sudler-Smith. Since Whitney (who's also one of the show's executive producers) played the most minor role this season out of all the Charmers, he's relegated to the end. However, the placement of Cameran and Landon really should be the other way around. Considering how much her feud with Kathryn dominated the tail end of the season, I'd wager to even go as far as saying that Landon was the only other possible contender for that prime seat next to Andy. And yet, I'm willing to bet that if Landon had been seated next to Thomas and closer to the middle, Kathryn would have absolutely lost it. So in the end, production probably had no choice but to use Cameran as a buffer between the brunette and T-Rav.

Ranking the Charmers' Looks

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When it comes to the Charmers' outfit choices for the reunion, Kathryn's is far-and-away my favorite. With her corset-inspired top, gorgeous pleated skirt and intricate choker, the redhead is the picture of Southern gothic glamour. Quick thoughts on the others: Thomas, Cameran and Landon are all rather basic, and the girls are giving off major patriotic vibes since they're seated next to each other in red and blue. Between the two, though, I have to give the edge to Cameran - simply because I can't stand Landon's gigantic dreamcatcher earrings. (Also on the list of terrible reunion fashion choices: Whitney's shoes.) Shep is pulling off the fratty Southern playboy vibe with aplomb in his pink shirt, tan suit and colorful pocket square, while I'm pretty sure Craig is the one and only Bravolebrity who has ever gotten away with wearing jeans to a reunion. Also of special note is Andy's monochromatic suit and tie and adorable round glasses - he's easily the best dressed man of the day.

The Golden Shepard of Charleston

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First in the hot seat is good old Sheppy, whom the rest of the cast jokingly razzes about being the one Lost Boy of Charleston most permanently stuck in Neverland. Though being a Lost Boy seems to be working out quite well for Shep - between The Palace Hotel and The Commodore, he's building quite a nice little dive bar empire in Charleston. Andy brings up Shep's quasi-relationship this season with Bailey Bial and the golden boy explains that he bolts any time a DTR happens because he doesn't like setting up expectations or hurting a girl's feelings. (Awkward cut to Landon on the opposite couch.) He also feels the need to address his rather unfortunate "DTF" comment regarding Bailey, which prompted him to post an apology blog on Bravotv.com, chalking the remark up to a careless attempt at irreverence during an especially long day of filming confessionals. Shep specifically draws the line between being a ladies' man and being downright misogynistic, saying that the difference comes down to respecting women and being honest with them. We all know Sheppy has a good heart under that charming exterior, so I will forever stand by the assertion that he's far from a misogynist. When it comes to Shep's ill-fated real estate partnership with Cameran this season, the latter explains that she enlisted Shep as her assistant because of his sunny magnetism. People just can't say no to Sheppy - everyone loves him. 

Mean Girl or Voice of Reason?

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Andy then turns the spotlight on Cameran, citing criticism from viewers that she turned into a bit of a mean girl this season - particularly in how she treated Kathryn. However, Cam defends her behavior by saying that if she's a "mean girl" for wanting to avoid drama and contention, then so be it. Though she admits that Kathryn has never done anything to personally offend her, Cameran doesn't want to invest in any kind of friendship with the fiery redhead if she doesn't feel it will be a real relationship. Basically, no fake friends for Cameran. As for her season-long struggle about whether or not to have a baby with her husband Jason, Cam says she feels validated after seeing how fans responded to her feelings over the course of the season. While her husband chooses to stay off-camera, Cameran also reveals that he took major issue with Thomas calling her "sanctimonious" at the dinner party from hell towards the end of the season. But, considering that she and T-Rav are seated next to each other on the couches, it looks like that drama has blown over for Cam.

#NewCraig's Old Habits

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Next up is pretty boy Craig Conover, who spent much of the season trying to prove to his cast mates and the fans that he was a changed man after crashing and burning so dramatically last year. Everyone points out that the only real difference between #NewCraig and Old Craig is the presence of his girlfriend Naomie Olindo. Oh, and the fact that he quit drinking hard liquor and sleeping all day. That too. Craig seems genuinely happy these days (and much more grown up), yet one thing that hasn't changed is his competitive nature with Shep. In fact, Sheppy reveals that he actually set his sights on Naomie before she started dating Craig - which clearly would've ruined any chance she had with the pretty boy if anything had happened. At this point, Shep relays a hilariously tangential story involving 'shrooms and a surprise arrest in San Francisco that convinced him to go easier on Craig this year, but he still can't resist pointing out that his friend/sometimes-rival lied about the bar exam. That's right, Craig admits that the reason he has yet to take the bar is because he's actually not allowed to because he never finished his thesis paper from law school. Hopefully by the end of Season 4, Craig will have finally passed the bar exam and be on his way to becoming the lawyer he's talked about being for the past three seasons...right?

Landon's Love Confession & a Valentine's Shocker

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After pointing out her "cringeworthy" meetings with Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele for Roam, her online travel magazine, Andy presses Landon about her confession of unrequited love for Shep. The brunette claims that she wasn't expecting her old buddy to say anything in response to her confession, but I think we all know she was hoping for something more than Shep awkwardly choking on his wine and running out the door. Of course, Shep counters that he just hates feelings and a look of disappointment flashes across Landon's face before she quickly buries it beneath a squinty grin. Furthermore, Shep explains that Landon should just get used to seeing him around town with other women because it's going to happen in the future...a lot.

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The conversation turns to the disaster that was Shep's birthday party, a 70s-themed night at the roller rink in which Landon specifically chose to leave Kathryn off the guest list. Landon does apologize for the slight, but quickly follows it up with justification that the last time she had been around Kathryn at the Season 2 finale, the redhead had told her to "f--- off" and flipped her the bird. No it wasn't nice of Kathryn, but it still wasn't a good enough reason for Landon not to invite someone the birthday boy specifically said he wanted at his party. It then comes to light that one of the reasons for Kathryn's anger towards Landon stems from the fact that the brunette went on a trip with Thomas that the tempestuous couple had planned for Valentine's Day. What?? So this is where the suspicion started that Landon propositioned Thomas in London and slept with him. Hmm... Naturally, Landon denies the entire story and tensions start to flare between her and Kathryn as insults about "having talent on your back" get lobbed across the couches. 

Blame It On the Moonshine

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While it's clear that Landon detests Kathryn, the redhead found an ally this season in Craig, who made it his mission to figure out why Whitney and his mother Patricia Altschul despise her so much. Once Craig came up with the theory that Whitney's feelings for Kathryn durned bitter once she moved on from hooking up with him to sleeping with Thomas, the pretty boy dropped the bombshell accusation during the cast trip to the Appalachian Mountains and all hell broke loose. On the couch, Whitney still maintains that the plausibility of Craig's theory was completely laughable, and blames his outsized reaction on the trip to being wasted on moonshine. However, I still say it may have been a case of "thou doth protest too much," moonshine or not. Cameran takes Craig to task for his approach to the situation, claiming that he should've pulled Whitney aside in private rather than spout off in front of the whole group. On a completely different note, Shep surmises that the animosity actually stems from the Season 2 trip to Jekyll Island, where Kathryn angrily attacked Whitney and blamed him for the problems in her relationship with then-boyfriend Thomas. At the end of the day, all this drama is three years old at this point and it's quickly losing its relevancy. But I still think Craig was on to something...

Paternity Tests & Custody Battles

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Moving on from the Whitney/Kathryn saga, Andy redirects the discussion to the tumultuous, never-ending relationship between the redhead and baby daddy T-Rav. Kathryn unapologetically acknowledges that she was truly in love with Thomas, haters be damned. At the suggestion that baby St. Julien may not be Thomas's son, Craig apologizes for his involvement in the speculation at Patricia's male chauvinist pig-themed dinner party and Kathryn finds the entire topic disgusting. Thomas reveals that he IS the baby's father, thanks to taking a third paternity test, but Landon can't help but get in a dig at Kathryn regarding the need for paternity tests at all. The more the brunette pushes her buttons, the angrier Kathryn gets, and when Andy questions why Patricia seems to hate Kathryn so much, Whitney blames it on the redhead's "drug-fueled rage" back in Jekyll Island. 

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The conversation intensifies when Andy brings up the feuding on social media between Thomas and Kathryn, and the couple's custody battle gets dragged in front of the cameras. T-Rav argues that he doesn't technically owe Kathryn anything because they were never married, while she rightfully counters that he should help take care of the kids. Andy questions the status of their custody agreement, which Thomas reveals to be joint, at least temporarily. However, when Landon throws out the accusation that Kathryn failed a drug test relating to the custody issue, the redhead gets so irate that she storms off the reunion set, refusing to talk about her kids or the custody issue any more, leaving the rest of the Charmers stunned as Part 1 of the reunion reaches its end.

What did you think of Part 1 of the Southern Charm Reunion? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below, and tune in next week for the conclusion in Part 2!

Southern Charm Season 3 Finale - Founder's Brawl

Glenn Rowley

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It's time for the Southern Charm season finale, and after the chaos of last week there are more than a few questions that need answering. However, the drama is far from over as the second annual Founder's Ball sets the stage for a major confrontation between Kathryn and Landon over Thomas. Read on for my full breakdown of all the drama from Charleston...

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The finale picks up right where last week left off in the aftermath of Thomas Ravenel's dinner party turned verbal assault on his cast mates. As the rest of the Charmers ride off on a golf cart into the night, T-Rav storms around his estate like the Mad King in his castle after driving away his last remaining friends and advisors. Converging at Landon Clements's house, the other Charmers are still in shock by Thomas's vitriolic outburst.  While the guys wonder if Thomas has finally lost it, the show's resident voice of reason Cameran Eubanks sees the dinner party as a planned attack. Either way, the damage has been done. There just might no longer be any kingdom for Thomas to lord over.

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The next morning, Craig Conover meets with his boss JD Madison at the Gentry headquarters, but both are still reeling from the events of the dinner party from hell. T-Rav has already started making the apology rounds via phone, but Craig has more pressing issues to discuss than Thomas's meltdown. #NewCraig has reached a professional crossroads with a major decision to make. While working for JD was a good way to get back to Charleston, overseeing construction of the Gentry Group's new hotel isn't his career ambition. He wants to get back to his original goal of practicing law, and informs JD that he needs to take time to study for the bar exam. As such, Craig will be putting his time with the Gentry Group in the rearview mirror, but at least this season he's leaving on good terms.

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Meanwhile, Cameran has a follow-up appointment with her therapist to rehash her fears and insecurities surrounding having a baby. This time, she's come to the appointment with a list of pros and cons she put together with her husband Jason about what life would be like with or without a child. Once again, it becomes clear that the couple has entirely different perspectives on what starting a family will do to their life, but ultimately Cam's therapist is able to help her understand that she's acting out of fear by refusing to have a baby. It's not that she flat-out doesn't ever want to have kids, it's that she's approaching the idea with anxiety because she's a child of divorce. Breakthrough! 

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At The Commodore, the latest addition to his fledgling dive bar empire, Shep Rose invites Landon to have a rather personal heart-to-heart. The topic at hand? Her surprising love confession for a couple episodes back. Shep's been doing quite a bit of thinking since his old friend's admission of unrequited love and has come to some major conclusions. As gently as he possibly can, Shep tells Landon that she deserves more from a guy than he's willing to give to a relationship - it's the old "it's not you, it's me" excuse. Landon, however, tells Shep she doesn't want him to wake up at 50 and have a Thomas-like midlife crisis where he haphazardly tries to start a makeshift family with the first young girl who catches his eye. While the idea of Landon and Shep getting a happily ever after may work on paper, the reality is that Shep simply doesn't feel the same way Landon does, and nothing she can do or say is bound to change that reality.

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While Craig informs his girlfriend Naomie Olindo about his decision to quit his job and pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer, JD and Whitney Sudler-Smith hold an impromptu intervention for Thomas at Sermet's. Following his outburst at the dinner party, Thomas is feeling great, and completely justified in putting the rest of the Charmers on blast. His real excuse is that he was standing up for Kathryn Calhoun Dennis, who's been excluded by the group at pretty much every turn throughout the season, but JD warily reminds T-Rav that he doesn't want to find himself alone in that big empty house because he set fire to every single bridge in his life. If anyone can talk some sense into Thomas, it's these two and by the end of the meal, they seem to have set him back on the path toward attempting to make up with all this friends. 

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It's time for everyone in Charleston to start prepping for the second annual Founder's Day Ball. Sitting down with Thomas, Kathryn's revved up. In no uncertain terms, Kathryn explains to Thomas that she's reached the conclusion that - for the sake of their renewed relationship - he can no longer be associated with Landon. Kathryn still has plenty of questions about the pictures Landon posted all over social media with Thomas while the couple was off, and she's mentally steeling herself for an inevitable confrontation with her nemesis at the Founder's Ball. Landon, meanwhile, has enlisted the help of Patricia Altschul as her real-life fairy godmother to get ready for the ball. The queen of Charleston high society has decided to take the younger woman under her wing and still has hopes that she can help Landon catch Shep's eye in a new light. For the special occasion, she loans Landon a gorgeous Dior dress and a bright purple fur coat. After teaching the brunette how to properly sit in a real fur coat, Patricia sends her off to the ball dripping in diamonds. 

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The annual Founder's Ball, organized by recurring cast member K. Cooper Ray, is meant to bring together the creme de la creme of Charleston society to celebrate the city's beginnings, and amid the parade of gowns and champagne, the Charmers warily eye each other from all corners of the ballroom. Landon came alone to the grand affair, but is visibly devastated to see that Shep brought a date, her friend Robyn. Ouch. It's definitely not going to happen, Landon. As Thomas and Kathryn make their grand entrance together, with the latter ravishing in a bright red gown with matching cape, an icy chill seems to descend upon the room of partygoers. While Kathryn takes a seat with the likes of allies Jennifer Snowden and Danni Baird, Thomas begins to work the room. However, when Landon sidles up to say hello, Kathryn inevitably sees red and everyone can sense the impending explosion as the fiery redhead's face goes dark and she makes a beeline for the pair. 

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First, Kathryn pulls Landon out into the foyer for a private conversation, but the discussion quickly goes nowhere. Despite Landon's protestations to the contrary, Kathryn refuses to believe that nothing went on between the brunette and Thomas when they mysteriously went to London together before the season started filming. Eventually, Thomas also gets dragged into the fight and sides with Landon in telling Kathryn that nothing has ever happened between them, but she vehemently claims to know otherwise. In Kathryn's eyes, Landon is nothing more than a social climber who set her sights on Thomas as the successful and prestigious man about town who would help her get a proper foot in the door of Charleston high society. 

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As the two women verbally brawl, Craig and Shep step in to make a valiant, but ultimately pointless, effort to mediate. Draped in furs, jewels and gowns, the ladies come face to face one last time outside the party and barbs are thrown as Kathryn demands that Landon fess up to what she did with Thomas. However, Landon continues to deny that she's done anything wrong, to which Kathryn replies that her rival must be crazy to think she's blameless. Ten minutes later, the arguing is still going on - this time between Kathryn and Thomas - while Shep's date wonders aloud if Landon will just come clean that she slept with Thomas. What?? And then, all of a sudden, the screen cuts to black and the finale ends on the kind of tense cliffhanger that literally had me screaming at the television. What happened next?? Guess we'll have to wait until the sure-to-be epic reunion to hopefully get some answers...

What did you think of the Southern Charm finale? Did Thomas go off the deep end? Did Shep do the right thing in turning Landon down for the sake of their friendship? Do you believe Kathryn's right that Landon slept with Thomas? Leave your thoughts and opinions below in the comments!

Southern Charm Ssn 3/Ep 11 - Words of Wisdom

Glenn Rowley

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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...

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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!