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Wheel to Reel

Dave Rupel explains his favorite moments of the episode, and how many bikes it took to cover it.

Welcome back RHBH fans. Thanks again for all the questions and comments—good and bad. (Karentc: I appreciate your honesty of almost being over the BH wives. Would love to hear your reasons why.)

On to this week's show, which is more slice of life, and has the ladies leading their own lives. Each story is very unique and each one presented its own production problems.

Taylor's story: We were always excited by the idea of Taylor learning some kickboxing moves with Adrienne's trainer. Love seeing Adrienne be powerful, and we are all pretty shocked at how quickly Taylor caught on. That said, shooting in Adrienne's gym (or dojo, as they call it – a Japanese term) is a pain in the butt. There are mirrors everywhere, and this training session is two people constantly in motion, and you're never sure where they are going to turn. Still, the crew loved shooting in the dojo. It's fun, and active, and totally different than shooting $1,000 pairs of shoes!

As you watch Taylor's story unfold, you will see how important it is to her. This was a big turning point for Taylor in our season. Early on, she had trouble relaxing on camera. Taylor was bright and vivacious during the casting process, and this was not the first time I've seen someone freeze up when cameras started to roll. But I think by the time this story came around, she had relaxed a bit—not to mention, this story is very personal for her. When she broke down, both giving her speech, and in interview— I know it was really tough for her to be that vulnerable on-camera—but that also makes her so much more likable to the audience.

Kim's story: Well, what can be said for Kim's bbq and the impromptu invitation of Single Gary who she met in the grocery store? This is a wacky story, but it does show off Kim's sense of humor to it’s fullest. Best moment: her singing, "that's my chicken, I want my chicken." C'mon, people! The finest writers in Hollywood couldn’t come up with that!

Camille's story: I love any scene that includes Camille's delightful mom, Maureen. But it's her second scene, when the ladies go to the beach that is the one that stands out to me. To answer someone's question from last week, we keep the mics turned on at all times, except when they are using the bathroom. Proof of that is the conversation between Camille and D.D. in Camille's convertible, driving down Pacific Coast Highway with the top down—and still, you can hear their conversation.

As they say, hindsight is 20/20 and it's anyone's guess when exactly Camille started truly suspecting something was awry in her marriage. But as I listen to the subtle change in Camille's voice as D.D. questions her about Kelsey wanting to live in NYC full-time, this is where I hear the slightest suspicion that all is not right for the first time. I've witnessed the end of other's marriages in my personal life before, but never one on-camera that catches every little nuance. Still makes me sad every time I see it.

Lisa's story: Like I said at the top, this episode runs the gamut. Watching Lisa and Cedric practice for their driving test is one thing. We always knew that the final pay-off beat would be the actual tests themselves, which means negotiating with the DMV—which requires a whole other skill set. For a while, we didn't think the shoot was going to be approved—lots of forms and lots of approvals. In the end, we got it and it's a funny, funny payoff beat.

And finally, Kyle's story: This bike-a-thon was a big deal to Kyle and it, once again, brought the best out of my crew— who covered the entire 69 mile race. I think I'll let the behind-the-scenes photos do the talking.

Prepping Bikes for filming

This is our Director of Photography, Matt Valentine, as he and Jr. Camera Operator Rod Hassler rig up the bike that Matt rode for the first 25 miles of the race. The cameras are facing back to shoot Kyle and Mauricio. There is a monitor on the handlebars so he can watch what he's shooting. (Kind of awesome, huh?)

Guffey bike prep

This is our production assistant, Josh Guffey, who road ahead of Matt as the support bike. That bag slung over the back of his bike is weighed down with batteries and fresh tapes to hand off to Matt. It was not a light load. Josh road 20 miles.

crowd prepping

This is the back of another Jr. Camera Operator, Parker Whittemore, as he shoots the hundreds of people prepping to go on the 69-mile race.

riders on the road

Once Matt and Josh got off their bikes, the rest of the race was covered from two minivans. Here you can see Matt shooting Kyle.

If you ever wondered why I'm so utterly in love with my crew, I think the talent and determination of my team says it all. Until next week.

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Brandi: I'm Always Here For You, Kim

Brandi focuses on the positive this week as this season's RHOBH comes to an end.

Hey Bravo Fans,

Today was a fabulous day--t was my baby Jake’s birthday. We got his favorite Oreo ice cream cake, and for our family celebration, it was perfection. I can’t believe he’s already eight. I had to hold back my tears when I realized I will never again use that number eight candle. #mommymoment

It has been a really exciting week for me. My Sonoma County chardonnay, Unfiltered Blonde, launched for pre-sales this week, and despite it being tax season, the first day alone was a huge success. Thank you! The website is up now at www.unfilteredblonde.com. The creation of the wine was an incredibly long and careful process, and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of my finished product. I’m sure you're all as excited as me that this week was the FINALE episode of BATSH-- crazy RHOBH reunion. 

I could talk about the she said, she said, she said… but let’s not and pretend we did. It’s been a long season, kind of centering on one night that really isn’t worth the attention it was given. I’m tired of it, it happened several months ago, I’m sure you’re tired of it. You know why? Because it’s old news and in the PAST! 

Eileen, your house is lovely. Sorry I said otherwise for the sake of a laugh. I really like Vincent, he is super cool, your little boy is adorable, you seem like a good stepmom, and I wish you and your family the very best.

Lisa R., I really loved you on my podcast. You made me laugh and rolled with punches. I really enjoyed our interview, and I enjoyed most of the season with you. I think that’s what I’m going to take away and forget about the rest. I think sometimes you make it harder on yourself with your Twitter feed, but I’m choosing not to engage. I really liked a side of you, and you seem to have a beautiful family.

Lisa V., I had a lot of fun with you and Ken. I will always have a special place in my heart for you guys. I wish Ken the best of health and a speedy recovery. 

Kyle, best wishes on you and your family’s endeavors. My sincerest wish is that you and Kim could be as close as you ever were in the near future.

You are a strong chica and I know your family is better for it. 

Brandi Glanville

Kim, love having you as a BFF. I’m always here for you, and I hope you are always here for me. You are a strong chica, and I know your family is better for it. You are hilarious, and I love our funny talks and text-offs. Laughter is the best medicine. I heart you.

Yo, my dear, dear Yo, I will see you soon. I love you, you are so strong and so brave! I know you are going to kick Lyme disease’s ass! Anything you need, just emoji me.

I want to thank all my supporters for always being there for me regarding all of my other endeavors, including my books, podcast, Celebrity Apprentice, app, my t-shirts, and finally my WINE and for allowing me to be me.

Ok guys, this is the big week. This is the Make*A*Wish Los Angeles Walk for Wishes Walkathon. Me and the boys pledged to try to raise $15,000--I have $12,625 so far. We need $2,375 by Friday at midnight, every dollar counts. Thank you!

I heart you all!

Xoxo

B

P.S.  Here’s my Make*A*Wish YouTube video that I made in my kitchen. youtu.be/DTKMTDs6-R4 

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