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My Little Buttercup

Episode 4: In the words of Kyle Richards, "huddle up," as's Associate Editor recaps the ladies' first meeting with Brandi and Dana and Kim's Lisa impression.

Ladies and gents, it's finally here. The week you’ve been waiting for is upon us. We’re finally getting to meet the newest woman to grace Beverly Hills with their beauty – friends of the Housewives Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey. And as Brandi and Dana crutches into our lives (well at least Brandi does), let's open our arms to them a little wider than perhaps the rest of the ladies did. So strap on your walking cast, as I pick the three most impressive moments of their inaugural episode.

Frequent Flyer Miles
I know you’ve all been sitting on your private planes in suspense since last week wondering if Kim was going to make the flight to Sacrament and – and she does! And I must say, her makeup looks great all things considered. I’ve done far less great work while my power was fully functional. Since she was so late, she brought her Lisa Vanderpump impression as a consolation prize.

Why am I surprised Kim was so good at in-flight entertainment, she was a child actress? The game itself and Adrienne’s experiences were heart-breaking to watch. Very rarely are whole towns begging you for something out and painting murals in attempts to convince you, so of course Adrienne got a bit teary. Kim was there to lighten the mood and ask a lot of non-game related questions (she seems as into basketball as I am). Whatever Adrienne decides to do with the team is going to be tough, but she’ll always have that nice hug with the Sacramento Kings lion to find comfort in.

The Head of the Rattlesnake and Not the Tail
Ever wanted to know how to find out who leaked delicate information about you to the press? Taylor asked Elliot Mintz. Did he give her an answer she could understand? Not really. Did it involve mixed metaphors about snakes? Definitely. Listen to the tone of his voice as he explains to Taylor how to get to the bottom of her gossip snafu.

Is Taylor any closer to knowing who told the press that she was extra thin and in a rough patch of her marriage? Not based on that information. Will I see Elliot Mintz saying "listen to the tone of their voice" and holding a wine glass up to his ear in my dreams for the rest of my life? Yes.

Brandi (and Dana!) You’re A Fine Girl or "It’'s Huddle Time"
Meanwhile, Kyle is throwing a charity event for Lollipop Theatre Networks. After finally deciding what to wear that doesn't make her look like a street-walker

. . .and dealing with a last-minute location switch, Kyle and Mauricio are fully prepared for the big night. (Her party planner handing her a margarita and gets her to calm down.) Folks start arriving -- including new gal pals Brandi and Dana! And the shindig is taken to another level.

Almost immediately, Dana gets pulled into a tete-a-tete with Lisa and Taylor. Lisa's hoping to help Taylor out, though the charity event might not have been the best place to ask her to eat more. Dana seems to roll right into the group, even through this Level 10 awkwardness. Kudos to Dana for hanging tough. I raise my overly large lollipop right back to you.

Brandi, on the other hand, is greeted with far less lollipops and sweetness. Our gals almost immediately huddle up to discuss, with Kyle calling Paul over and asking "her little buttercup" for more backstory. It seems Brandi's been photographed out and about with Cedric, and he may or may not be her “manny.” But Brandi comes with the Adrienne Maloof stamp of approval, so the jury is still out. In the midst of all of this caterwauling, Paul delivers what might be his best line yet, "In Beverly Hills, younger and prettier women are often met with hostility and jealously."

Mr. Nassif calls it like he sees it folks. Brandi tries to smooth things over with Lisa a bit, by mentioning that Cedric never said anything bad about her. Martin (yes, Martin the former suitor of Miss Kim Richards is back) retorts why should he, Lisa only paid for almost everything he did for several years. Me-ow. Martin might be the toughest one to get past of all!

Meanwhile, the huddle continues, dissecting Brandi's choice of matching footwear for her cast (indeed a dangerous choice, but a bold and fashionable one). Brandi, needless to say didn't feel so welcome, but she's not going to let her full leg cast or the judgmental glances of the ladies get her down. I'm not so sure next week is going to make her feel any better.

But what did you think? How do you like the newest additions to the 90210? What sort of shoe would you wear with a cast?

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.

Lisa Vanderpump

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, 


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