Cast Blog: #RHOBH

The Real Deal

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.

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.

We stopped shooting around 1 a.m. – several hours into overtime. I sent the crew to wrap out, because we had a huge shoot day the next day…That is, if we had any cast members left to shoot. All the women were enormously unhappy and many were considering walking off the show.

At the same time, we were worrying if the biggest chunk of our shoot day the next day – attending Kelsey's premiere – was even going to happen. We had been granted incredible access to Kelsey's Broadway show La Cage Aux Folles. (For those of you unfamiliar, La Cage was first performed on Broadway in 1983 and was later turned into the movie The Birdcage. Kelsey is playing the Robin Williams role.) But our access to the show all hinged on Kelsey's approval…and Kelsey's wife had just had a horrible argument with Kyle. Not to mention, it was the premiere of his first Broadway show in years and it was an important night for him. Would he really risk jeopardizing that for our show and our drama?

But back to the women, who couldn't decide if they were mad at each other or mad at me. I used my producers, Brenda Coston, Christopher Cullen and Sallyanne King, to try and calm them down as much as possible, while I was on the phone with my bosses and all the various management types of the women. Yeah, that's another thing that sets this cast apart. They come with managers, public relations reps and assistants – all of whom wanted to find out what happened – while also occasionally yelling at me. And honestly, that's part of my job description. I try to keep on as good as terms with the cast as possible, but when you are asking people to be incredibly vulnerable on camera, sometimes their emotion is going to be directed at you.

Many conversations, many phone calls and many drinks later – not to mention a very odd demand that we start dancing at 4 a.m. – which we did - (hey - anything for the show!) – and everyone at least agreed to shoot the next thing that was scheduled – Lisa and Kyle going shopping the next morning. That was the real turning point of the entire series for me. After a night of arguments and tears, Lisa and Kyle were able to laugh and make jokes. "I feel like I've been shagged through a hedge backwards." Possibly my favorite line of the season!

As you know, we were able to convince everyone to go forward, and got unprecedented access to Kelsey's premiere! Seriously, I'm still amazed all these months later: the red carpet, inside the theater, intermission, the curtain call, backstage, the after-party. I've never seen anything like it on any other reality show. Hope you all enjoyed it! And keep the comments and questions coming. We like to hear what you think.

Eileen: Trouble Is Brewing

Eileen discusses Adrienne's party and gives us an idea for a new drinking game.

This week, we’re all back home and the dust is settling. Sort of.

It broke my heart seeing Lisa R., Harry, and their girls take down their swing set! When we did the same with Jesse we felt that way. It’s such a powerful symbol of growing up and I think it’s so sweet that they celebrated the new chapter in their lives in that way.

I’m excited to go to Adrienne’s party! I wanted to have fun and enjoy a night out with my husband and friends. The party is beautiful, and Adrienne is a fantastic hostess. I was hoping to get to know her better but that was not to be. Trouble is brewing. Like I said in last week’s blog, maybe Lisa R. shouldn’t have approached Kyle about what Brandi said so soon after Amsterdam. But then again, we’ve already seen the worst, right? In Amsterdam? I hope?

Sure enough Kim confronts Lisa R. about what Brandi said during their lunch. Lisa is reticent, and understandably so, to discuss this. She’s dodging the issue, but maybe just saying what she said to Kyle would help everybody stop playing these games! Lisa R. being vague is not helping the situation and Kim leaves, apparently thinking that Kyle lied about it. Yolanda, Lisa V., Kyle, and I try to make Lisa understand she has to tell Kim what Brandi said. She gets it, and God bless her, she does go to talk to Kim. And when she does? Kim is dismissive and doesn’t want to hear it! OMG! Well, this is the definition of a lose/lose situation for everybody! Now, I’m just exhausted from even witnessing this. No one is listening or being honest, and it will never get resolved at this rate.

I think Brandi is having a bit of a memory problem about what was discussed.

Eileen Davidson

Brandi is clearly distraught about her father’s health. Now is not the time to have emotionally charged conversations with anybody. I see Lisa V. trying to help, but the drama is so high right now, it doesn’t seem to be calming anything down. Brandi keeps insisting she’s fine, when clearly she’s not. Maybe she shouldn’t have come to this party, at all, under the circumstances?

Kim and Brandi finally sit down. Kim tells Brandi what Kyle said Lisa R. said. I think Brandi is having a bit of a memory problem about what was discussed. The bottom line is if she had told Kim everything that she said to Lisa R. during their lunch, that major blow-up probably never would have happened in Amsterdam. And Kim? Well, she doesn’t seem to want to do any digging at all into what Brandi really, entirely said and just gives her a big fat pass. Now, Lisa R. is apologizing AGAIN. WHY, people, WHY? I propose a Real Housewives Drinking Game: take a shot every time Lisa R. unnecessarily apologizes to Brandi and Kim (and you better have a designated driver, because you’ll be really, really drunk).

It’s the end of the night and the end of this season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. What a journey it has been. I’ve made some good friends, had lots of adventures, lots of laughs, and, frankly, witnessed way too many fights. It surely has been one hell of a ride! And one I will not soon forget.

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