Ojai! (See what I did there, it’s pronounced "Oh Hi.")
Anyway, homonym aside, our 'Wives took to the open road, for a relaxing spa vacay with the whole gang. But before that Lisa and Adrienne tried to get their Maloof hoofs back on the right foot. Let's recap.
We open with Lisa and Adrienne sitting down to discuss Ad's floral peace offering and all that goes along with it. you could tell Adrienne was really hoping to mend fences, because she offered up several compliments to Lisa from the get-go and squirmed ever so slightly (at least according to Lisa's assessment). I know that when I am nervously offering a mea culpa, I always offer several aesthetic compliments. It's the kind of confidence-inducing bait-and-switch folks don't mind.
After making her wiggle a little (and apologize a lot), Lisa forgives Adrienne. However, it seems like it's heavy on the forgive, and lean on the forget, as Lisa thinks their relationship is forever changed, and Adrienne’s still waiting on her apology. . .brother.
Next we see everyone's favorite domestic goddess Martha Stewart Yolanda Foster. She's folding clothes in anticipation of Miss Kim Richards arrival. Before I address their conversation, I just want to go on record that I bet anyone five dollars that Yolanda can fold a fitted sheet perfectly. She just seems like someone who mastered that deeply difficult skill. Anyway, Kim is planning a trip to Ojai for all the gals. It's going to be a beautiful zen-like excursion. . .hopefully. Yolanda mentions she's a little rusty on the girls' trip protocol, so I hope Kim gave her a full rundown on avoiding conflict, packing light (yet also including escape clothes), etc.
The following is from the closed captioning – which took me many painful rewinds and replays to get verbatim. Punctuation and spelling is theirs:
Brandi: . . . . . . I know I’ve apologized to you a few times. I have no filter and I know I do say things that I probably shouldn’t say.
Kim: That’s ‘cause . . that was really uncalled for
Adrienne: Aww Somebody’s Crying
Kim: I know you did but --
Brandi: Call it out
Kim: It’s Ok
Adrienne: Somebody’s crying
Brandi: Why are you saying that?
Adrienne: Cause she’s crying. She feels bad.
Brandi: Yeah but your gonna . . . Don’t scream it.
Adrienne: ‘Call it out’ What are you talking about?
Brandi: That means STFU
Adrienne: Oh, my gosh.
It looks like Kim has come a long way, but she still needs to work on the 'taking responsibility and making amends' steps.
Did Kim’s ‘That’s Ok’ mean she recognized that Brandi was trying to protect her and that it was Adrienne who was embarrassing her in public?
Brandi did not just ‘go off’ and curse at Adrienne – she was pretty restrained at first – especially for her – but Adrienne just kept pushing and Brandi finally just gave her what she deserved.
I know -- and usually would agree -- that when Brandi (or anyone else, for that matter) uses harsh language she gives away her power and the high ground.
This group has given us so many examples of people smiling at you and using genteel language to your face – except it is only to distract you from their own very shabby behavior behind your back – which may have their knife in it by now -- or they are still warmly clasping your hand while slicing open your stomach.
Kyle has made everyone laugh by imitating Lisa’s accent; it’s all just good natured fun. If it was all good natured fun, then Lisa’s suggestion to add Yolanda’s accent to her performance repertoire would not have been a problem. Their responses gave them away.
Every living person has their faults, but I have never seen Brandi start a fight or put on a false face.
So really, which behavior has more class and is more honorable? Adrienne pretends she is helping and protecting Kim from Brandi – by publicly embarrassing Kim – an alcoholic just beginning her recovery – just to get in a shot at Brandi. They all behave as though STFU is the most appalling and deplorable behavior at that table? Really??
IMHO when Brandi is dealing with people so low, I don’t think it’s possible for her to lose the high ground by being truthful, regardless of the vocabulary. So Brandi, keep the honesty and expand the vocabulary and you will be unstoppable.
I think rooming with Brandi would be the most fun. Next would be Lisa, then Yolanda and then Kim. No interest in rooming with Kyle, Taylor or Adrienne. The most superficial women on this show. The only person in Beverly Hills that might be MORE superficial than these three is Dana Wilkie. Thank you for not making her a full-time housewife for this show, Bravo! No big surprise that she is a friend Taylor brought to the group. You know, I liked Dana before she hosted game night. It is a shame that she so badly wanted to be a part of this group of women, that she allowed Kyle and Kim to torment and bully Brandi for hours on end. Not only allow it but to join in on it. I was ashamed of Taylor and Camille sitting there silently not trying to stop what was happening. Taylor jumped up just as Kyle and Kim started poking their fingers in Brandi's face, but I think she only did that because it became obvious that Brandi had been cornered (so to speak) at that point and fists were about to fly. But I don't believe she was trying to protecting Brandi from harm, I think she realized how bad all this was going to look on film. If anyone, it's Taylor that understands the value of appearances. Taylor, Kyle and Adrienne aka known as mean girls. I don't think Kim is mean by nature, Kyle fed into what intoxicated Kim was doing and egged it on. Then later blamed her reaction to Brandi on Kim. I call bs on the whole defense. My opinion of Kyle changed. And then what Kyle pulled on Lisa at reunion 2, I knew my opinion of Kyle was forever changed. No redemption. I think we saw the real Kyle at the reunion. Her reaction to Brandi about Russell was laughable. Worst acting job EVER!
Adrienne, with all due respect, blew it at that dinner. Brandi has a serious potty mouth, but she and Kim were having a great conversation, and AM completely derailed it. It was a disappointment to many of us viewers who were enjoying watching Kim move forward and make some peace with the past. Personally, I would be mortified if I were having a private conversation with someone and another person drew everyone's attention to the fact that I was crying.
Season one Adrienne was the rock of the group, the voice of reason. I'm not sure what has happened the past year or so, but it would be nice to see that Adrienne come back.
I think that a sober Kim is the most open minded and open hearted and would be the most easy going to room with followed by Yolanda and then Brandi. Taylor and Kyle would repeat to others everything you said or did, and if they didn't like you they would spin it until you were screwed.
I would bunk with Lisa or Brandy because they are fun. Yolanda or Kim because they are both very nurturing --- not to mention we see Yolanda folding clothes, and Kim making Chicken salad.
AndreaDiamond Kyle chooses what sides to take. She defended Taylor even when Taylor was out of order with Kim and Lisa. On national tv she said Lisa likes to prey on the weak and called her Bobby Fisher. She was at Taylor and Russell's the first we heard about selling stories, heard Lisa being accused, didn't defend her or even give Lisa a heads up so she could defend herself. Kyle told Adrienne not to hold her breathe for an apology from Lisa then said during her interview that she doesn't think Lisa owes Adrienne an apology. It appears to me that Kyle does choose sides when she wants to.
I'd bunk with Lisa, hoping i could borrow some clothes. Hers are the only ones that might possibly fit me....got a little bootie going on behind me.
Just watched the preview for next weeks show and ONCE AGAIN, Kyle (Could not shut up if my life depended upon it!!!) has to get in the middle of Traylor and Brandi. What is with this woman? Is she sooooo self absorbed that she thinks we all want to hear her mouth? Why can't she just be quiet. Brandi needs to tell Kyle to STFU!!!
I'd bunk with Brandi before any of the other "ladies"; she seems like she is always ready for fun and doesn't provoke trouble. She may have a potty-mouth, but I like that she is willing to be herself--always, without apology--and can easily admit to her faults. She's a girl's girl.
I'd pay to NEVER have to room with Kyle; she's incredibly passive-aggressive and narcissistic. And Taylor...yikes, don't get me started.
Hands down, Lisa (1st choice), Yolanda (2nd choice) & Brandi (3rd choice). The conversation with the first two would be stimulating & enlightening. With Brandi it would be affirming to reinforce the life lessons she's begun to learn from Lisa. I see all three of these women privately engaging in conversations about LIFE without focusing on back-stabbing gossip, as I have no doubt would be the case with all the others...Kyle & Adrienne in particular. Seems like we can now add Adrienne to the list with Kyle, of people more interested in keeping Kim dysfunctional, than supporting her growth in a healthy direction. Their misery loves company coupled with the desire to surround themselves with pathetic souls who make themselves look great by comparison. SO PATHETIC!
Brandii was spot on, although crass to tell Adrienne to butt out (in so many words). It was so condescending to Kim for Ad to do that. I agree that it was just to get more camera time. And Yolanda is so fake. Ugh.
Yolanda, Lisa, or Brandi. Self made people who are not self important. can roll up their sleeves and actually work. The other's believe they are above certain tasks-might break a nail- like that is important. Yolanda was interested in hiking and taking in the scenery. Being successful does not have to mean out of touch.
Brandy is very rude and Kim is not rude to tell her that her daughters don't like to see her mom to be attacked the way Brandy did with her ugly comments. I don't think Brandy belongs to RHBH, maybe to theRHNJ, those women fight all the time and what comes out of their mouths is ugly.
totally agree if you remember last season Kyle and Kim had it out for Brandi from day one.... hiding the crutches everything else I am surprised Brandi even came back but I guess she needs the money and I am so glad to see her with Lisa they are so cute together much better than Kyle and Lisa
Where were you last season! Kim has a horrible mouth on her. She makes me sick! Very one sided with her. They should NEVER had brought her back!
Bunk mate would be Lisa because she has a lot to offer as a friend. She is a giver and has a big heart. She wants others to be successful..
Okay, I watched and re-watched the conversation between Brandi and Kim and did not hear Brandi say anything that Kim would have regarded as "uncalled for". In fact, I thought it was rude of Kim to keep telling Brandi that her girls didn't like her. Can anyone enlighten me?
ESinAZ The uncalled for comments Kim is referring to, that got her upset, were from the game night, where Brandi said Kim was on crack, but was really, really drunk and acted like she was on drugs. Brandi should not have said such things about someone she didn't have all the facts about, but then Kim needs to take a chill pill and realize, her behavior was out of whack and was just being called on it.
ESinAZ kim was talking about last year and the "crack" comment from Brandi, which Brandi apologized for several times.. Kim just finally was able to hear it because she isnt under the influence now... I thought it was a very honest and heartfelt conversation, which of course, Adrienne had to stomp on..
@ESinAZ I think it has to do with Brandi's comments from last season. And I didn't think it was rude of Kim. I think Kim was trying to be honest. It was her attempt at putting it all on the table. I hope they can move past it now.
ESinAZ There was a party either at SUR or Kyle's White Party and Kim came with her then time boyfriend Ken and her daughters. Kim and Brandi had words because Kim really did want to fight that night with Brandi. There was a scene where one of Kims' daughters wanted to go after Brandi to defend Kim. Brandi said she would never fight with kids and that was about it....If you blinked you would have not caught that scene. Sorry if this is not enough because I'm only going on memory and this was last season. lol....
Thanks. I watched it several times, and I think you are right...Kim was saying that her own behaviour had been "uncalled for", when Brandi reminded her that she had tried to apologise to her.
I was thinking Kim started crying at something Brandi had said right then.
penneyone ESinAZ At the white party Brandi was trying to apologize to Kim and Kim wouldn't hear it, and was being very rude about it! IMO, Kim was in the wrong there.
SouthernJezebel penneyone ESinAZ
I think it all makes sense now (Thanks, Penny) - yes.. of course - I also thought Kim was saying her own behavior was uncalled for but.. didn't really understand why. Now that you mention her behaviour at Kyle's White Party it all makes sense!
I think they were just having a conversation... Brandy said of Kim's girls "they give me a hard time a few times, I'm not gonna lie" and Kim retorted "oh, yeah, I'm sure. They don't like you" - I think it might have been edited so that the scene was repeated giving Kim the opportunity to say something in her post scene interview and then Brandi her opportunity. Neither seemed to be intentionally mean to the other . . . they were just having an honest conversation.
Kim cuz she is the most down to earth and unassuming,unpretentious, non-judgmental and easy going of the group.
crooke how about unpredictable, unreliable and can be quite rude at times? she's not without faults and has certainly started most of the friction with Brandi. I certainly dont remember Brandi having issues with her first.