Cast Blog: #RHOBH

The Art of Storytelling

Showrunner Dave Ruppel talks about how it's the fun stuff, not the fights, that makes for an excellent series.

Welcome back, RHBH fans! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday, and that you are ready for more Beverly Hills fun.

First off, I want to answer a few questions from the last episode – part 2 of the NYC trip.

Many asked about the dress in the glass case in Adrienne Maloof's bedroom. It is indeed Adrienne's wedding dress. I know so many women who save their wedding dresses in a box out-of-sight. Kinda cool that Adrienne can keep hers out on display for her always to be able to see.

Lots of comments still not believing we didn’t shoot the initial Camille/Kyle dispute in Vegas. I can promise you that we didn't, and no one wishes we did more than Camille and Kyle. But for more in-depth discussion, please go back to my fifth blog, "Working Overtime," in which I discuss at great length why we weren't filming that day.

And finally, the posters--at least on my blog--seemed to be split about either a) loving the NYC drama, or b) feeling disappointed that these classy ladies also fight like all the other franchises.

So this week's blog is going to be about storytelling.

We came into RHBH determined to tell full and character-driven stories that weren't limited to cat-fights. True, conflict is an inherent part of any form of entertainment. From ancient Greek plays, to Shakespeare, to Mark Twain, to soap operas to yes, reality shows. Conflict = drama.

That said, there are many other ways to entertain an audience without watching people fight. And that's what this week's episode is all about. The humor. The glamour. Some romance. And yes, even a little drama.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from this week’s episode:  

The spa treatment with Kyle and Kim. I love this beat for so many reasons. First off, it’s just funny looking to watch. Then, after getting wired up like Hannibal Lecter, Kim and Kyle have a heart-to-heart talk. It's an absurd sight, but for me as a producer, after seeing the sisters at odds with each other for so much of the season, it's great to see them in a lighter, loving moment. People, whether in real life, or on a reality show, are three-dimensional. Most villains have softer sides. And most heroines aren't perfect. So any time that we can deepen what people see of our cast, I feel like we're doing our jobs. I love this sweet scene of sisterly bonding.  

The Adrienne and Paul anniversary dinner. Helping Paul pull off this surprise celebration was no easy task. First off, Paul's search for the right dog was extensive. (Check out the bonus clips from the show to see.) He wanted the exact right dog, and we shot his search several times. One time, we had finished shooting with Adrienne and her sons, and were "wrapping" for the day, only secretly we were going to follow Paul and the boys to go check out a potential dog. Adrienne decided she wanted to accompany them--thinking they were going for a walk--so the show had to quickly scramble to move the shoot. Ah, the fun of production. But we helped Paul keep his secret, and what a sweet payoff it was. I loved the pure joy on Adrienne's face when she saw the beautiful German Shepherd gift!  

Taylor’s daughter Kennedy's dog, Snowball, is ridiculously cute. Possibly even as adorable as Giggy! (Don't tell Lisa I said that!) That said, Kennedy's allergies were very real. That’s a good example of a little family drama that everyone can relate to, no matter where you live, or how much money you have.  

Lisa "accidentally" leading everyone to catch Cedric in his speedo in the Turkish bath: Lisa has a wicked sense of humor and I'm glad we were finally able to share one of her pranks with the audience. Special thanks to Lisa's friend, Mohamed, for sharing his jaw-dropping home with us! I should've taken photos of the crew as we were walking around getting set-up to shoot. Every single person had a giddy, infectious grin because I think we all realized we might never set foot in a 60,000 square foot mansion again! Fun fact: Kyle’s husband, Mauricio, brokered the sale of Mohammed's mansion not long after we filmed there. For 55 million dollars!!!Camille going shopping for her Tony Awards dress was really bittersweet for me to watch. When Camille started the season, she was indeed a bit shy around the crew. But as she warmed up to us, she revealed her true, vivacious, upbeat self. We're only a few episodes away from seeing the physical toll that the disintegration of her marriage took on her body. It was really sad to witness. I’ve been keeping up on the Internet message boards, so I know that Camille has become a polarizing person for viewers. But I want to go on the record with this: I genuinely like her as a person! Yes, she leads a more privileged life than I do--more than most people in the world do. But she opened her home and her life to us--and continued to do so as her world was turned upside down. My heart broke for her and in the upcoming weeks, I think many of you will be surprised to find your hearts breaking for her too.

And finally, on a more upbeat note: I was so happy for Kim in this episode! Like many of you, I was a fan of her work as a child and teen actress. (I even saw her final film as a teen, Tuff Turf, in the movie theaters! If you haven't seen it, go rent it. It co-stars James Spader and Robert Downey, Jr. and it's a perfect example of '80s era films that might be a little cheesy, but boy, are they fun to watch!)

But back to Kim. As opposed to Camille, Kim started the season on a bit of a low note. She's been a single mom for a while, but putting her real life on camera really magnified the fact that most of her life revolved around her kids, who were rapidly becoming more and more independent of her. Again, what parent can't identify with the empty nest syndrome? And what single person can't identify with sometimes being lonely?

S

o seeing Kim going on a blind date, and being happy, and actually generating some real sparks with Martin--loved it! What I adore about Kim is that she is one of a kind. Quirky, and fun, with a unique sense of humor. It's great seeing Kim finding her footing again!

Hope you all enjoyed this week's episode. And I especially hope you continue to learn more about the women each week. Life would be so boring if we all only had one side to our personalities.

Brandi: You Can't Confirm What Didn't Happen

Brandi questions some of the ladies' motives, plus gives an interesting update on her relationship with LeAnn. 

Hey, My Bravoistas!

I’m in my American Airlines' seat 36 hours later, flying back home from NYC, thankful to be on a safe path home. My prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the downed German airliner in the French Alps this morning. I cannot imagine the pain being experienced by these families at this moment, which shockingly has led me to add a new person into my flight prayer today...my children’s stepmom. Don’t get me wrong--not everything is yet copasetic, but my children love her, so she is now in the “flight prayer,” differences aside. Now on a happier RHOBH note, last night’s WWHL with Andy was sooooo fun! No drama for once!

NEWS FLASH! Please watch for my new Sonoma County Chardonnay “Unfiltered Blonde,” to launch in April!

As I look over this past season, all I can say is it’s been an odd one. There were so many fun moments that got lost in the drama and so many weeks of fun you never saw at all. I wish you had, but I'm not in control of everything we get to see. I’d like to remember having fun with Kim “stalking” my now boyfriend J.R. That was such a crazy fun girls' night, Lisa R. being chased by killer bees, Yolanda and her Facetime confusion and meeting her family for the second time this--time in Holland, the Foster Foundation Extravaganza, “singing” at Lisa V.’s birthday party, and Kyle pretending to be a caring sister and owning yachts and planes…haha.
Ok, I’ll behave.

Here we are at the last episode of the season, yet, it seems most are still stuck in the beginning. I wish we weren’t, and I would dearly like to leave “Poker Night” behind. However, one person continues to make it the focal point of every interaction from when it happened and far into the three-part reunion.

This episode opens with Rinna tearing down a swing set, but her home interviews are still about what she perceives as Kim’s issues to be, not the actual touching moment of what the swing set tear-down symbolizes or her own family (I can't wait for her daughters to write their Brooke Shields-style memoir when they are age appropriate). LR says she feels sorry for Kim and cares about Kim and wishes Kim well. The truth is a lot less pretty. Some people have been attacking Kim’s sobriety online this week, but we won’t name names. BTW, Kim is sober and not online. She is busy caring for serious ill family members and driving back and forth to doctors and hospitals and being strong for her family.

Next we see Nicky Hilton’s book signing--sister Paris and mom Kathy Hilton are there. Looks like a great party and congrats to Nicky on her style book. Camille looks gorgeous as usual. Kyle angrily flips her hair, because Kim was wearing a shirt that she carries at “her” shop, but didn’t buy it there...whatever. Then Kyle whispers about her sister Kim to Lisa V. and Camille.
Kyle then tells them she is confused and impatient that Kim hasn’t confronted me over her third-hand Lisa R. gossip. She states Kim WILL be hurt and broken hearted over what “I” said… Kyle seems way too overy excited about that happening, which I find kind creepy. Why would anyone WANT their sister to be hurt or in pain?!

The preparations for Adrienne’s party are in full swing next. Lisa V. is fretting it, Kim is casually discussing the intervention GOSSIP with her makeup artist before the party, I’m getting ready and waiting for my friends and my date.

Adrienne’s party is the big finale of our journey this year. Everyone is there, and Adrienne always excels at events. So here we go. First off, my mind was not on the party at all. My father was recently hospitalized, and I didn’t leave his side for two weeks. It was very serious, but I had to return home to my boys. He was still not conscious, but I needed to get home to run my household--a party was the last place I wanted to be, but I had promised. That’s why I decided to bring the few people that I felt I could depend on in that moment. My friends and J.R. have been there for me during my father’s health scare and over more then a month of hospitalization--that was and is what remains what’s important to me.

The party seems like it was fun for a lot of people who weren’t involved in Kyle and Lisa. R.’s drama. I wish I were one of them, but in a way I was. As much as Kyle relished telling Kim the hurtful gossip she heard from LR, what she wanted to happen didn’t happen. There was no argument between Kim and I. We were happy to see each other. We spoke easily. I was busy worrying about my Dad; she was busy with her family.

What we saw on the finale was an efficient Kim quietly confronting Lisa R., then leaving Lisa R.'s table somewhat amused. Lisa R. couldn’t confirm the veracity of her gossip, because I DIDN’T SAY IT. Thanks again to Bravo for showing the truth in a flashback last week.

So, Kim knew who was who and what was what. The entertainment of the night was provided by Lisa R. going radio silent while Kyle begged for corroboration on her dramatic intervention gossip. Watching Yolanda, Eileen, and Lisa V. urge Lisa R. to support Kyle and verify her hurtful gossip was almost amusing. You can't confirm what didn't happen, can you?

In the end, I left the party early. Why? Not because of a past friendship with Lisa V. It's not her that made me cry--I was crying for my father, my dad! I was in no place to be at a superficial party, discussing a superficial incident with a person who was clearly not a friend, not that night. I said I would show up, and I did. After that, I wanted to be with my real close friends and family. Since this party my dad came out of the ICU and after 2 entire months and after a long stressful time I want to thank Dr. Allen Morris and all the doctors and nurses at Mercy General Hospital of Sacramento for saving my dad's life yet agin for the second time in 15 years. He is doing much better and continuing his hope of a full recovery. I am so thankful to all the people who were there for me and continue to be here for my family and I.

THAT is what life’s about, being with the people who truly love and care about you and the feelings are reciprocated.

As you hear, at the end of the finale, I am wistful, yet, wiser, and I think in a stronger place. I love and loved being there for Kim and being Kim’s friend, and I love that she was, is, and has been here for me. Even more so, I'm grateful and blessed to have Yolanda in my life; she is no bullsh--. Even when suffering herself, she is still so selfless. Yo is very special to me, I love her, she gets me, we have fun together, and I value every moment we spend together. I always will. As for the rest, I hope to share laughs and fun again, maybe tears, but hopefully only joy.

Peace Out. (deuces MFs--JK)

XOXO,

B

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