Cast Blog: #RHOBH

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Brandi: Lisa R. Should Be Disappointed in Herself

Kim: Don't Mistake My Sadness for Weakness

Kyle: I Have Never Had Anyone Put a Hand on Me

Lisa V.: I Tried to Warn Kyle

Eileen: Brandi Attacks, Then Deflects

Lisa R.: Kyle Didn't Create This Drama

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: More Fighting and a Peeping Tom

Kim: Kyle Should Be Worried, Not Embarrassed

Brandi: Kyle Wants to Help When There's an Audience

Kyle: This Was Brandi's Master Plan

Lisa R.: It Felt Just As Awkward As It Looked

Lisa V.: Kim's Demeanor Was Questionable

Eileen: Brandi Loves to Stir the Pot

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Disgust and a Push

Yolanda: I Would Like to Apologize

Brandi: I Won't Make Excuses

Kim: I Wanted to Hold Kyle

Lisa V.: I Want Max to Be Ambitious

Lisa R.: Lots of Transition Happening

Kyle: We Are an Emotional Bunch

Eileen: Being a Stepmom Is Challenging

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Surprise and an F-Bomb

Lisa V.: A Naughty Child Shouldn't Be Rewarded

Kyle: Brandi Was Rude and Offensive

Eileen: It Felt Like an Attack

Lisa R.: It Was Shocking and Unprovoked

Kim: Brandi Is Brandi

7 Faces We All Made During This Week's #RHOBH

Brandi: Lisa V. Was Making Me Uncomfortable

#RHOBH Spoiler Alert: Shock and Tears

4 Questions We All Asked During #RHOBH

Lisa R.: Portia Is My Spirit Animal

Eileen: Brandi Showed Us How Not to Make Amends

Yolanda: I Took One for the Team

Lisa V.: Yes, Love Is a Big Word

Kyle: Moments Like These Are Frustrating

Lisa V.: I Won't Erase the Past

Brandi: I Don't Enjoy Anger or Grudges

Eileen: I Could Feel the Tension at Kyle's

Lisa R Reflects on That Bittersweet Episode

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BH Producer Dave Rupel explains how prepped the production crew must be and answers some of your questions.

Welcome back for another week of RHOBH! Before I talk about the third episode, I thought I'd answer some questions that you asked me from last week's blog.

The number one question I received was when are the ladies going to blog? I'm sure you're all thrilled that they are back! I apologize for the delay, but obviously, we've had some extraordinary circumstances to deal with this season. Thanks for your patience!

Hwatcher suggested we poll the audience to see what they really want to see. In Hwatcher's case, he (she?) thinks the glitz and glamour are enough and we don't need to show the drama. Well, Hwatcher, this was a common comment in the blogs in Season 1. However, for every comment we got like that, we got another one begging for the drama. We work very hard on RHBH to be a three-dimensional show. We want to incorporate every aspect of the ladies' lives, which means bling, family, laughter, and yes, drama.

Viewer in Medina, OH wants to know how Bravo decides which cities are being selected for Housewives franchises and how the 'Wives are then cast. I've only worked on two of the franchises –- RHOC and RHOBH –- but I imagine they select them based on a city being able to show something distinct from the rest. NYC seemed a logical second choice after Orange County. While Atlanta and New Jersey offered unique perspectives. Secondly, once a city is selected, a casting director will be hired and they start their research. Sometimes they advertise auditions, and sometimes it's just word-of-mouth.

Deb Schneider loves the show, but would like us to surprise the ladies so she could see them in sweat pants and fuzzy socks. Well, Deb, I though the pajamas the ladies wore in Colorado were pretty casual and cute. But c'mon now. If you were going on national television, wouldn’t you always want to look your best?

Maryland Fan wants to know why in the opening titles the 'Wives are filmed alone, instead of with their families like the other Housewives franchises. Two reasons. First, for various reasons in season one, we weren't going to be able to show all the spouses or kids, which we felt would have made it confusing. Secondly, everyone wanted the BH franchise to stand out, be the blingiest of the bunch. So that's why the ladies are shot solo, almost as if they were glamour modeling shots, and we play as much of the husbands and family in accompanying shots.

RHLover wanted to know how we kept Season 1 filming a secret. Answer: we didn't really. For the first few weeks of shooting –- until Bravo officially announced we were a go –- we were an "untitled Bravo reality show." But once the announcement came, we always told people who we were. It's just the first season of a show -- nobody knows the cast. It was very different in Season 2, when the ladies got recognized just about everywhere we went.

BravoBravo has four questions. One: Do the ladies watch the footage before we interview them? Nope. The ladies are questioned based on their memories. Two: Did the people on the plane know they were going to be filmed prior to the departure? We always put out Area Release signs when we shoot people in the public, and yes, sometimes, people are surprised -- usually quite happily. But all the people you see in the background on the plane happily signed releases. Three: Does it take a long time to get through the airport with all that equipment? YES! Though most times, most of the crew is sent earlier with the majority of the gear and just one crew is left behind to shoot the "follow." Also, we work closely with the airlines to make things go as smoothly as possible. Four: What's the fourth wall? That is a show business term that acknowledges that we are in fact a "television show." Examples of that would be on the old Carol Burnett show or Saturday Night Live when one of the actors starts to laugh. That's "breaking character" or "breaking the fourth wall" because the character isn't laughing, the actor is. Make sense?

And now to the last -- and most charming -- question I received last week, wanting to know if the handsome cameraman in the photo is single? Sorry to disappoint you Real BH Girl, but that handsome cameraman is Parker Whittemore, and he is not only married, but he and his wife gave birth to their first child at the beginning of Season 2. But I will pass along your compliment!

Now, on to Episode 3. The thing about shooting a reality show is, you really don't know what's going to happen next -- and you have to be prepared for anything. Which is why I want to give some major props to the production crew. Each day they produce a call sheet which outlines the next day's shoot schedule. Times, locations, weather conditions, etc. But there is also a very important piece of information at the top of every call sheet: the closest hospital. And that is a piece of information that changes on an almost daily basis. Going on a ski trip, you have to assume that there's the potential for someone to have a skiing injury. Beyond that, Kim was worried her bronchitis was returning. So we are prepared. At any time, at any location, if anyone needs medical help, we are prepared to make that happen as quickly as possible.

Once the ladies returned to Beverly Hills from Colorado, the second half of the show features Adrienne deciding to attend the final game of her family's NBA team the Sacramento Kings, which was considering moving to another city and as you can imagine, was not received well by the fans of Sacramento. I thought it was a gutsy decision by Adrienne to go, but the concern her husband Paul and bodyguard Johnnie felt was quite real.

You'll see how that drama plays out next week! In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the blog, and please post your comments and ask questions, and I'll try to answer as many as I can!

Lisa V.: I Tried to Warn Kyle

Lisa V. tells us what she held back during her lunch with Kyle at Villa Blanca and why she's worried about Kim and Brandi's friendship.

Hello, as I muddle through this blog doused with medicines, fighting the flu, trying to make sense of this nonsensical situation...
So, as we reenter the poker party, I am sooo thankful that I wasn't there. I do not do well with altercations whilst others seem to thrive on it.
There are so many different aspects to this scenario that are upsetting: the volatility, the disloyalty, Kyle's frustration at trying to corner her sister and talk some sense into her but being intercepted by Brandi...Lisa and Eileen just astounded as they desperately try to keep the peace...
I don't understand the need for Brandi to expose the fact that Kim has called her in the middle of the night several times and she is worried about her. What are we intimating? Wouldn't a loyal friend keep quiet on matters as such?

As she drives a greater wedge between the two sisters, Kim in her naïveté seems to relish the fact that both women are so concerned over her, wailing, "The problem is they both love me" is almost pitiful, and I felt sorry to see her confusion as she tried to placate both parties. What worries me, apart from the emotional turmoil, is that the aggression is unacceptable, and as I see Brandi holding Kyle's arms--the sheer anger that is a result of the alcohol once more--it's just all too much. This excuse that keeps being used that Brandi has no filter is wearing very thin...This is not an example of someone with no filter, this an example of a person that needs to realign her priorities and boundaries. It's everything. The crass comments about Eileen's house were uncalled for as she had the grace to even entertain her, invite her into her house, which is warm and cosy with a plethora of family pictures decorating the walls that indicate happy relationships. Maybe that is what she finds creepy. Anyway, I thought it was generous after being almost assaulted by having a glass of wine hurled in her face that the invitation was extended at all.
Brandi makes many rash statements, such as "They hate each other" and "Kyle is never there to support her sister." Let us cast our minds back to last week...Kyle went to the bathroom, Kim followed her, Kyle whispered to her she was worried, covering her mic to protect her sister...She also knows what is going on with her sister, but in order to PROTECT her sister, she denies it on the ride home with Lisa...
How can you equate this new friendship that started with the "slut pig" comment and "I don't do crystal meth in the bathroom, bitch" just a couple of years ago and only recently cemented to that of a sibling who has spent forty-four years at her side? The tumultuous path that these two have experienced, of which I am sure if alcoholism is involved, has not been an easy one. One that has been fraught with tears of disappointment, anger, and sometimes joy as she succeeded in her fight for sobriety.
We will see what transpires in this new friendship as we ride the wave of this complicated season, we will see the levels of loyalty that is given to this "new" friendship. There is so much I have been privy to and, although not so close with many involved, I would not expose anyone if it was to their detriment.
Anyway, moving on to happier times, I loved seeing the return of Rumpy. We waited patiently, all the little furry people lined up waiting to see the transformation from the naughty dog we sent away into a well behaved young retriever. Well we are still dealing with an overexcited young dog, but now he has a partner in crime, he seems more fulfilled. We have had many big dogs over the years but none quite as mischievous as Sir Rumpy Pumpy. Anyway, we kept Avery, and I have to say it is a complete success.

Eileen comes to collect me on the way to Lisa's. She makes it past Hanky Panky--always a good thing! She tries to explain, but I was none the wiser as to the intensity of the scenario that went down. Never heard of nuggs her, though.
Lisa threw a rather lovely jewelry event. No darling, some of us do have big fat f---ing diamonds as you say, but my thirst for costume jewelry is unquenchable as you have seen my collection in my closet! I admired Eileen as she tries to reason with somebody unreasonable! Desperately trying to explain to Brandi what is not quite acceptable...good luck with that. I tried the mothering thing, and I was criticized for that.
When Kyle and I went to Villa Blanca, I am reticent to say what I would love to. If you remember in one of the early episode of this season as I witnessed the bond between Brandi and her, I stated, "I will not get involved, she will discover it soon enough..." But if I could, it would go something like this: "See? Now do you see how I felt? You think I hold a grudge more than Giggy and should forgive her? You are experiencing a minuscule amount of what that woman put me through!"
But somehow it is better left unsaid, as I believe her personal experience will resonate far more than any warning I could issue, but I did voice my concern over the fragility of Kim, not knowing that she could sustain the same disloyalty I have endured. Kim has definitely had a lot to deal with, and we all wish her success in her quest for sobriety...abso-bloody-lutely.
Oh well, now I have to sign off. I hope everybody stays safe on the East Coast, and as always, I thank you for watching...
Love always, Lisa.
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