D.C. veteran Catherine Ommanney shares her take on this season of 'Wives, including of course, her fellow Brits.
Real Houseiwves of Beverly Hills was the first show I've watched from start to finish (other than ours in D.C.) and I have to say I was hooked from the first episode. Infact the wealth and the homes and faces of some of these women I found extraordinary, and of course the "plastic" was fantastic to watch!
It's funny how your opinions can change throughout the episodes and mine certainly did of a couple of the cast.
Camille: I found her so insufferably smug, and sickeningly self important, that I had to fast forward her when ever she came on. The way she looked down her nose at everyone. In fact that opinion didn't really change, but I did feel for her when she at last had a harsh reality check when Kelsey binned her. I think the whole experince of doing the show and the flack she has got since, will probably stand her in good stead, and I expect she will be more balanced and happy in the end (even with all her millions). I don't think she is a bad person, just spoilt beyond and a little out of touch with real life, until now. I bet she will end up better off happiness-wise.
Taylor: Mmmm. At first I thought she was quite a sweet, rather large-mouthed, lost puppy dog until the show really played out and her true colors were shown. I found the show where her daughter turned four quite sickening. Shocking in fact. Shopping for diamonds for a four-year-old? Give me a break! $65k on a party when all the girl wanted to do was hangout under a tree playing like any other four year old. That party wasn't for her, it was another, "Look at us and how fabuolus we are party." Anyway, her constant laughter, even when things are serious, began to bug me. And her s**t stirring? And as for her husband, Russell? Yawn...Well he has to be in the top five dullest husband of all time, in any Housewives show, surely?
Adreinne: Loved her and her man Paul. They are totally real, authentic, funny, considerate, and I really enjoyed watching her in all the scenes she was in! The dynamic between them was hilarious! She always spoke sense and was very down to earth and hard working. Great to watch.
Kim: Aside from the rumors of her problems, I think she is out of place living in Beverly Hills. She is just not that kind of woman, so no wonder she feels so insecure and lonely. Showyness and glamour don't seem to be her thing, and so keeping up with the Jones was never going to happen. I liked her, and felt very sorry for her. I don't think she was settled enough to be able to deal with doing the show, and I think her sister should have known that. I hope she's better now.
Kyle: Really liked her at the start but after seeing her get so angry and frustated all the time and then crying so much, she wore a little thin towards the end. I also fundermentally think she should have sorted out her sister a little more, as I saw her as a bit of a bully. It easy to see Kim is in a bad place, weak, and vunerable, and Kyle I think should of let some stuff go. But she seems like a great Mom, great hubby and relatable for sure.
Lisa: Last but not least, Lisa. Well, I just adored her and Ken from the minute they came on the screen (and no, it’s not just because they are Brits!!). Their whole family unit was such a delight to watch. Her kids are fabulous and they seem to both be really great parents. They are both totally geniune, real, hugely entertaining to watch and seem to have the kind of marraige that most people aspire to having. Very lucky and a real inspiration.
I was on to slimey Cedric from the start though. Who talks on TV about a past like that in a restaurant in front of people? What a con artist! And the fact that he packed his stuff in Ken's cases when he left says it all. Good riddance! I felt sad for them both having been so generous and loving to such a scum bag.
He also wore those vile budgie smugglers (speedos). Lisa should have thrown him out just for that offense!
So theres my take on the show. I know first hand after D.C., that observations can be sooo wrong and unless you personally know these women you can be completely way off. (There is my waiver!)
Sad it's over. I won't miss seeing a couple of those faces, but I already miss a few! I can see a long lunch coming in Villa Blanca soon when Lynda and I are in LA!
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