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Moves Like Grammer

Episode 15: Bravotv.com’s Associate Editor slips on her fingerless gloves and gets to knitting in honor of this week's episode.

Camille. Grammer. Dancing.

Honestly, I’m almost miffed that it took us 15 episodes to get to this -- this moment where we see Camille letting loose in "da club." Since she first shook her way into our hearts in Season 1 (and then in her more amazing Bat Mitzvah video showcased on WWHL), I've found myself enamored with the Donatacci dance. And finally, this season took mercy on us and provided her signature writhing.

But of course, Camille wasn't the only one shaking it this week. Brandi brought her boot to the dance floor, and the men of Chippendales did what they do best -- terrify and excite all at the same time. Plus there were plenty of other gems in this episode (i.e. people breaking expensive things! Dogs stuck in pajamas!). What happens in Vegas is recapped here. . .

Delegaters, Mount Up
Paul and Adrienne head off to appear on The Doctors to discuss their busy, yet fulfilling lifestyles.  But Paul hasn't eaten -- because, as Adrienne explained via delegation, it's Bernie's job to feed him. I'm not sure where Bernie was but by the time Paul got to the set, I think he could have eaten one of the smaller doctors. The man was famished. He needed a snack, and really who amongst us doesn't? (Editor's note: feel free to take this opportunity to go fix a snack. Ill wait.) I appreciate a man with an appetite, particularly one who doesn’t deny himself the finer things in life – like cupcakes and chocolate-covered treats -- while waiting to appear on a show about healthy lifestyles. Dr. Paul Nassif, every day you wiggle your way more and more into my heart.

Say Yes to the Dress (All of Them)
Meanwhile, Lisa and Pandora go off to try on wedding dresses (the wedding is really happening you guys!) and Giggy gets himself into a little bit of trouble.

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I hate to take joy from the struggles of others (schadenfreude) but that was the most adorable entrapment I’ve ever seen. Anyway, Pandora tries on a plethora of dresses, and I downright got almost misty. Weddings! All of the dresses were so flouncy and romantic, and this is before Pandora got to add her additional flowers. This wedding is really going to bring it – even if Lisa refuses to wear a big pink ball gown.

People Dropping Things
Again schadenfreude, but people dropping expensive things is always good for a laugh. So when a large, and gorgeous chandelier was lost in the hand-off between Faye, Kyle, and a poor shopkeeper, I could barely contain myself.

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Frankly if Giggy had been doing his "I'm stuck in my pajamas breakdance" at the same time, you probably would have needed to get me an oxygen mask. It was just too much.

Even with the broken baubles, Kyle managed to get things in order for her book cover photo shoot. Following in the footsteps of Sonja Morgan, she climbs right up on top of her dining table to take some photos. Unfortunately, Kim isn’t there to help her hurdle over the dining room chairs. Roxy does however get a guest spot, eating some of her own cheese, as does Portia, wearing a crown. Why is this episode trying to destroy me with cuteness? Weddings, dog pajamas, babies in crowns. . . and, of course, "chipmunks."

Vegas Baby
Over a heartfelt lunch with Lisa, Taylor explains the beach blanket bingo that was Brandi's party. But remedy awaits, as Lisa's bringing her along to Vegas for the big bachelorette party as part of Taylor's birthday.

Meanwhile Adrienne makes it to Vegas -- just in time to stop her brother from holding hands with a Playboy bunny. Soon after Dana, Brandi, Camille, and Dedra arrive at the Palms -- and start bowling. Yes, no big deal, the suite also has a bowling alley. So Camille bowls in heels and Brandi bowls in her boot, like that’s not strange at all. They do surprisingly well, particularly because of Dana's extremely encouraging words ("You're so thin and hot."). Also during this endeavor Dana is wearing a diamond lollipop holder valued at $1 million dollars. The last time I went bowling, we drank a pitcher of Bud heavy and, as a group, were all wearing the same shoes. I am never hanging out with my friends again.

Meanwhile, the Pandora party arrives at the Chippendales show. . .In a rare case of things exceeding your expectations this scene was even better than I could have ever imagined. Lisa Vanderpump discussed "cock socks" and how long it would take to knit something like that. And then, once the show itself commenced, the gyrating -- oh dear lord -- so much gyrating on couches. If you can bear it, hang tight to see Lisa, Pandora, and Taylor show the men how it is done.

I think Taylor said it best when she described her reaction as half-terrified and half thrilled.

Also warranting that sort of a response was the other ladies getting their groove on at Planet Hollywood. And I mean groove on, turned-to-11 on. Exhibit A:

There was a lot of fingerless glove-touching going on. I think we can firmly say that Camille is on Team Brandi.

Back in Beverly Hills, Kyle ran into Kim, only to find her sister is not exactly in the best place with Ken and the kids, explaining her absence from Vegas. Here's hoping her kids come around.

Next week, more parties and more drama. But for now let's keep focusing on the dance. Which dance moves did you prefer? Chippendales or Camille's? Leave your vote in the comments.

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Lisa V.: How Many Scenarios Can We Excuse?

Lisa Vanderpump tries to make sense of what happened at the reunion and gives us an update on her life since. 

And here we have it...the final episode as the curtain drops on Season 5, the last part of this intriguing trilogy...

Firstly, it is almost too complicated to dissect, but let's try to have a better understanding of the complicated dynamic that materialized this season...

I think upon reflection, it has been pretty obvious after months of filming the intent of some to insert themselves into an already fractious situation. Kim obviously felt bolstered by BG, much to her detriment, as she became a victim of her own volatility. I doubt since filming has wrapped whether there has been much interaction between BG and Kim. It would surprise me greatly if this supposedly close relationship is still flourishing.

What concerned me this season was the manipulative attempt by BG to undermine Kyle and to validate any negativity that Kim was feeling.

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There's not a lot to say that hasn't been said, really, but what concerned me this season was the manipulative attempt by BG to undermine Kyle and to validate any negativity that Kim was feeling, salaciously stating what a wonderful friend she was and how totally unsupportive Kyle has been. I don't believe the years of dealing with a sibling struggling with alcoholism, supporting financially when needed, should be ignored--also the emotional toll it must have taken on the family. This is a family that has many offsprings who love each other dearly, and that should be paramount. BG has no idea of any history, just a few short months under the glare of reality television.

Also in this final segment, it baffles me once again as to the arrogance as to state what is off limits. How many scenarios can we excuse? Dogs? Children? House? Sobriety? Our business became your business when we entered into your living room. We should strive for transparency, and we should deal with consequences as we profit from the benefits.

I have grown close to Lisa and Eileen and enjoyed them immensely, not always understanding Lisa's actions, but always believing it came from a place of concern, even if sometimes, like in regard to the text she sent, it was a little impulsive. Her anger got the better of her, and for that, I believe she was sorry. I am not making excuses for her, but I am resolute in the belief that provocation sometimes creates a day of reckoning.

My suggestion of putting a band aid on a situation is one of experience. Sometimes we reach for the unreachable, especially when it comes to relationships. Furthermore, we have to accept that idyllic relationships are not always obtainable, but what we should not accept is that the whole family infrastructure, which can be so delicate, would possibly be fractured--weddings missed, birthdays ignored, and all of life's moments punctuated, documented with regret.

So that is what I hope for this season, that the devious trifling is never rewarded by the success in the breakdown of any relationship. Last year, as I sat on my own, aghast at what had transpired, I hoped for a clearer picture, and now I have one, as I think you all do.

Snippets of downtime that have been aired this reunion--cups of tea requests, diarrhea jokes, pussy to the bathroom jokes, didn't know a Flex but definitely knew a Ford--are a great way of also demonstrating that there are giggles in the face of adversity.

Lastly, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you, who have sent messages of love and well wishes in what has proved to be a trying week. The surgery has been a reminder of how sometimes the indomitable support of those close to you is so valuable, and I appreciate it tremendously. My children by my side, friends, and family are the icing on the cake. Thank you to you all. Ken is doing much better and is well on the way to full recovery.

I have appreciated your comments and enjoyed interacting with you.

Much love as always, 

Lisa

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