Cast Blog: #RHOBH

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.

Eileen: Kim Is Acting Completely Unhinged

Eileen talks about arriving in Amsterdam, the drama that has already taken place, and her fears for the rest of the trip.

I was thrilled to arrive in Amsterdam…that is until the about five minutes in, when Lisa R. filled us in on what happened on the plane with Kim.

It’s very disturbing (is this my most-used word of the season?) that Kim is being so vicious. I appreciate Lisa R. warning me that Kim was “coming after me.” But I have to ask, why? Even if she didn’t like my methods, I have been genuinely concerned for her.

It’s very tense when Kim joins us in the lobby. I was just hoping everyone could have a pleasant trip, starting with a nice first meal together as a group.

At dinner, I was really touched when Yolanda shared with us her feelings about what happened with Bella. I loved what she said about showing your true core. I wholeheartedly agree, and I was happy to think we were going to go to a deeper level in our friendships with each other.  I was surprised to hear about Lisa R.’s sister passing away. It hits very close to home. No wonder she’s sensitive to everything happening to Kim and Kyle right now. I think her apology to Kim was beautiful, and it takes a lot of courage to bare part of a painful past. 

That’s why I couldn’t believe that Kim exploded.  Lisa R. started with an apology. I think this was about the fifth time she had apologized, actually. She wasn’t attacking Kim, but Kim definitely started attacking Lisa R. I was completely shocked by the level of viciousness, and I interjected. That's when Kim calls me a “beast.” Really? For doing what exactly? Then she hits below the belt about Lisa R.’s “situation at home”—whatever that is supposed to mean—and then tells me to “shut my f---ing mouth”? What am I missing? This isn’t our first night in Amsterdam; this is our first night in Crazy Town.

Then, Kim starts in on Kyle, saying she’s not a real sister. There’s just no excuse for Kim’s abusive and degrading behavior. When Lisa R. tries to defend Kyle, Kim hits again with an insult about Lisa R. It’s just getting worse and worse. Then she brings up this mystery insult about Harry. And that’s when it gets REALLY crazy. Lisa R. is pushed to her breaking point. I do not condone physical violence, but Kim is acting completely unhinged, and it’s actually frightening to see this. Lisa R. is provoked to a point that I'm not even sure what I would have done.

This is the first time I've heard Kim mention her grown children this way. I do have empathy for her and what her family went through, but honestly, aren’t her actions far worse than anything Lisa R. and I have said or done?

If it weren’t for Yolanda, and the amazing hospitality she’s shown taking us on this trip, I would go home. From what she has said, Lisa R. feels the same way. This whole trip just started, and it’s tainted by this horrific behavior. I feel sorry for Lisa R., because I know how frightened she was by her reaction to Kim’s ambiguous accusations against her husband and family. Kim’s slanderous innuendos really pushed her mama-bear buttons. 

Back at the hotel, Lisa R. breaks down. She tells Kyle that she will never speak to Kim again, and after tonight, I don’t blame her. I also feel totally traumatized by this upheaval. From the events tonight, jet lag, and lack of sleep, I get emotional myself. I’m having a really hard time being around all of this over-the-top drama. I could never in my wildest dreams imagine something so explosive happening over something that began out of concern. It’s beyond shocking.

So, the next morning, kudos to Kim, I guess? She went to see Lisa R. She must be there to apologize for her heinous veiled accusations about Harry, right? No! She’s there to explain why she got so heated. If “heated” is even the right word? After everything that happened the night before, the trauma, the insults, is this conversation really enough to just make it all go away? Apparently so, and now I am really confused that everything’s “just fine” again. I’m all for working to resolve conflict, but I can’t help but feel that Kim and Lisa are sweeping everything under the rug. It would be fantastic if Lisa feels that everything was resolved, but does she really? How could she possibly feel that after what happened the night before? That was a traumatizing experience, and I’m not buying it. Where’s Kim’s apology for making that veiled comment about Harry? Where’s Kim's apology to me? To Kyle?

WE ARE STILL IN CRAZY TOWN.

Because of our love and respect for Yolanda, we all manage to compartmentalize what has happened, and we go bike riding. Yeah, we did that, and it was hilarious. Biking along canals and passing windmills was the quintessential Holland experience. Meeting Yolanda’s "first" kiss (or was he?) was cute, too. The people that lived inside the windmills were lovely, and it was a personal highlight for me. Yolanda’s mother is amazing! She’s survived so much, and she’s battling cancer again. She’s such a positive and kind person; I see where Yolanda gets it. I’m truly in awe of her. I also adore her brother, Leo. What wonderful people, and I felt a true connection with them for sure. 

At the “coffee shop,” I’m starting to have fun and things with the ladies have mellowed. Thank God Kim decided not to come. For many reasons, that is probably a fantastic move on her part. I went in adamant that I was not going to have any space cake. But, like I said, I gave in to the peer pressure! It was just a little corner, people! So…we managed to have some fun for about one minute. We leave the coffee shop, and I hear screaming. I turn around to see that Brandi is ranting in the street. Honestly, she has become the biggest buzzkill! And I mean that literally!  She thinks we’re all “hypocrites,” and I’m really not sure why. Kyle was upset that Brandi brought up something personal in front of everybody, and Brandi doesn’t see the difference between her behavior and Kyle’s. So, here we have it: Kim and Brandi, ranting and raving, with not nearly enough space cake in the world to chill them both out.

It’s only our second day of this trip! I’m hoping that if it’s this bad now, it couldn’t possibly get worse, right?

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