SUR, short for ‘Sexy, Unique, Restaurant,’ proved to be just that as it played host to most of Vanderpump Rules' shenanigans involving its young, unchained staff. From the onset, RHOBH mainstay and SUR owner Lisa Vanderpump teasingly warned viewers that SUR is the kind of place where you’d take your mistress. And, Lisa’s initial sentiment certainly proved true as we enjoyed a wild season full of sex, lies, and videotape.
For anyone who needs to get up to speed before tonight's reunion, here’s the CliffsNotes-style playbook of this season’s roster.
Stassi is best friends with Katie and Kristen. However, after breaking things off with her boyfriend Jax in episode two, it forges a splinter through her entire clique, especially when she starts dating another bartender, Frank.
When Jax isn’t acting or modeling, he’s pouring inventive cocktails behind the bar at SUR. After being dumped by Stassi, he begins a short lived, exhausting and scandalous fling with waitress Laura-Leigh, eventually breaking things off with her to focus on winning Stassi back.
Frank is Jax’s fellow bartender, friend, and confidant. However, when he begins dating Stassi mere days after her breakup with Jax, it clearly places Frank on enemy lines.
Kristen’s passion is modeling, acting and canoodling with her boyfriend, Tom. But being best friends with Katie and Stassi puts all of their relationships to the test as Kristen debates where her loyalties lie.
Tom is Kristen’s boyfriend and Jax’s right-hand man behind the bar at SUR. When he’s not rockin’ away with his music on stage, he tries to be the levelheaded glue for the often-chaotic social circle.
Katie easily finds herself caught in the middle of arguments, whether between her boyfriend and Stassi, or Kristen and Stassi. Katie seems to be the girl who can see all sides of an issue, making it sometimes hard for her to pick a side and stick to it.
Scheana’s the new girl at SUR who’s trying to quell past drama, such as her role in breaking up RHOBH Housewife Brandi Glanville’s marriage. However, her genuine, sweet nature and passion for her music ultimately elevates people’s initial perceptions and even brings she and Stassi closer together in the season’s most unexpected friendship.
You could almost say being on Vanderpump Rules is akin to a game of chess. It’s all fun and games until someone strikes without warning. During the infamous Vegas blowout, Jax unknowingly brings this theme to light by repeatedly labeling Frank as “just a pawn.”
So, if Frank is just a pawn, it means that everyone else has individual positions as well. But, in the larger game of #PumpRules, at the end of the day, it’s Lisa who actually makes the rules, which she made abundantly clear when she fired Frank.
However, the biggest shock of all came during the season finale when Jax finally came clean about lying to Stassi and their entire circle for the whole summer.
The web of lies that Jax managed to weave left everyone around him in utter shock. In fact, his lies were so consistent and deep that Andy Cohen eventually asks Jax point blank if he’s a pathological liar during a teaser for tonight’s reunion special.
All of this season's dirty laundry will be aired during the VANDERPUMP RULES reunion show tonight at 9/8c. If tonight’s reunion leaves you craving a second course of SUR drama, be sure to tune into WWHL at 11 p.m. EST/PST as Andy hosts Stassi and Jax together in the Clubhouse!
I was amazed when Jax stated the he "deserved" to have his nose broken by Stassi because he's a bad boyfriend?????? Breaking someone's ANYTHING is never deserved.....and I am completely baffled by the lack of concern from anyone at the reunion for this nightmare of a relationship.
I just watched the reunion show, Stassi- you need to dump Kristen & Katie, they are not your friends and they truly proved that to you. Jax is a cheater- you need to get over him and move on. Once a cheater, always a cheater. You need to find someone that will appreciate you love you and treat you with respect like your parents do treat each other and Lisa & Ken do. Sheana is your only friend. Remember friends don't shit on friends regardless of the situation. I am disgusted with the reactions of Katie, Kristen and Tom they need to grow up. Also Stassi if you are a descendant from the swedish royalty- you need to clean up your language and how you treat others too. Always remember, what goes around, comes around. Lisa you have always been my favorite housewife of all, classy and have a big heart.
Why is this show called Vanderpump Rules, when CLEARLY you have allowed the only ones to rule are Stassi and Jax. YAWN.
What the heck was Stassi wearing it has to be the ugliest dress that I have ever seen. Andwhat was the point of having the whole cast there? As usual is was the Jax and Stassi show. Please please enough of Jax the man needs to grow a pair who would find his self emasculating attractive. I love Lisa but enough of the drama with dysfunctual couples but that probably is why you have them on it just gets old.
I think that Stassi's language is limited to I, Me and I'm...Andy needs to do the drinking game and count how many times she says those words. She is manipulative and portrays herself as a victim constantly.....
Sorry, I was less shocked by Jax's one major lie than I am at Stassi's strange belief that Jax's lie somehow makes her utter lack of humanity for anyone around her--LL and Frank, Kristen and Katie, Sheana and Tom Schwartz--all right. Sorry, Jax's lie does not negate Stassi's serious Cruella DeVille superiority complex.
I love Lisa and the show but Stassi........ she's as obnoxious as Heidi Montage was on the Hills,,,,, there's always one bad apple on these shows.