BH Producers

Showrunner Dave Rupel explains why this is his favorite episode of the season, as much for things you'll never see, as for things you did.

Nov 19, 2010

Right out of the gate, let me admit this is one of my favorite episodes of the season. So much drama. So much humor. So much bling!

Of course, I can say that now. But let me flash back to the night of April 17 – the night of the big New York fight, when the proverbial s*** hit the fan – both on camera and off. And I literally thought the show was self-destructing.

As I said in my last blog, most reality shows – in particular Housewives shows – thrive on conflict. All of the ladies knew that before being cast. But let me stop here to clarify. We do not in any way, shape or form, encourage the women to create phony arguments. The only thing we tell them is that if you are having a genuine conflict with someone, be open about it.

So that's what happened in New York. The arguments – first Kyle and Camille, then Kim and Taylor, and finally Kim and Kyle – were all real, painfully real. And the women were not at all prepared for that.

Kim, Kyle and Lisa all come from acting backgrounds. (Did you know that about Lisa? She guest-starred in two '90s series, Silk Stalkings and Baywatch Nights.) So this trio knew what it was like to play characters who have arguments. And I think, in some way, they expected it to feel the same on our show. That the moment the argument is over, you don't feel anything because you're just playing a role that you walk away from at the end of the day. It's different in reality. Even after cameras go down, the feelings don't go away, because it isn’t a role. It's you. And not only was America going to see them at their worst, so were their children.