Cast Blog: #RHOM

Housewives Gone Wild - Ep 7's Associate Editor is still in shock from all the merkins and lingerie.

Just in time for Halloween we have the ladies all in costume -- skimpy, sexy lingerie costumes, but costumes nonetheless. And as we learn from the title of the episode, Bras and Brawls Part 1, we've got a two-part masterpiece on our hands. And no, you don't need to wait until next Thursday for Part 2, because -- surprise! -- it's premiering this Sunday. It's that good. So while you're carving pumpkins, doling out candy, or riding a broom over to your friend's Halloween rager this weekend, enjoy all the costume party chaos.

Oh and Elsa dances again in this episode. What more could you want?

Lea meets with some of the ladies to talk about her gala, but it basically devolves into her pleading with the girls to put aside their issues  for the night of her event. You can hear a slight tinge of terror in her voice, the sound of true concern. Why? Because at the top of the Housewives Greatest Fears list is other Housewives fighting at their event. These ladies are always very sensitive about the location of altercations, so Lea is (understandably) hoping to avoid a scene at her charity gala.

Though I can't help but think that asking people for no drama is inviting even more drama.

Prediction: Asking the Housewives not to fight is a tall order, but who knows? If only Lisa had the foresight to request everyone keep their issues at bay for her lingerie soiree...Luckily Lisa's house can also double as a photo shoot venue as well so that Joanna could do her PETA shoot in Miami. The theme -- merkins. Well not really, it was "grow your own fur," but that's pretty much what the shoot involved. Watching Joanna thrust her pelvis at everyone (including the dog) with giant chunks of hair spilling out from her undergarments was, well, probably not something I ever expected to see. But I definitely don't feel like donning a fur anytime soon, so mission accomplished!

Line of the night: "How many people can say they styled Joanna Krupa's vagina?"

Prediction: More lingerie, less body hair to come. (I know that was kind of a cop out since there's a lingerie party coming.)

And from merkins we move to Marysol in her family fur as she pays a visit to Elsa before Lisa's party. And Elsa is in fine form. First she accuses Marysol of letting a cat sleep on the fur, which she inherited from her grandmother. Then Elsa dons some sort of feathered cap, grabs her fan, and gives us some super fabulous dance moves. It was like an answer to my prayers. If the coffee business doesn't take off, I think Elsa should consider opening a dance school.

Elsa also gives Marysol some sass when she asks who gave her alcohol. I'm with Elsa on this one, she can totally plead the fifth. Let the woman enjoy some wine and dance around in her "chicken feathers"!

Prediction: Two times is a pattern, so more Elsa moves! And hopefully more chicken feathers.
On to lingerie and Joe Francis. So Lea enters arm in arm with Joe Francis and James (otherwise known as Elaine Lancaster). Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Girls Gone Wild creator lets drop that he's, well, intimately familiar with both Joanna and Marta. Just as unsurprisingly, as soon as he reveals this it gets back to Joanna. Not good. We've already seen what happens when somebody irritates Joanna after a few drinks. Suddenly movie theater blow job accusations are flying around, all in front of Romain. I don't know about you, but I was on the edge of my seat waiting for it to escalate to a beefcake brawl between Joe and Romain. Luckily it didn't come to that (although I have to admit it would have been kind of sexy watching Romain throwing the bathrobe aside and defending Joanna).

Then Joanna regroups with Marta. Marta, Marta, Marta... when Joanna asks her whether she slept with Joe Francis her answer is a stream of giggles. Whoops! Note to self, always make sure the person your defending is indeed innocent. Alternatively just make sure your sister knows if you've slept with Joe Francis.

Prediction: Something tells me Joe Francis has probably slept with half the attendees of the party, so more scandalous revelations? We can only hope we learn about more odd spots that he's hooked up in.
Next week it turns into a veritable merry-go-round of fighting and yes, the slap you've been waiting for all season finally occurs.

Lea's Final Thoughts on the Season

Lea shares he status with each of the girls post-reunion.

It’s a Wrap!

It’s been an interesting season. I've been as honest and authentic as possible. I feel I owe that to myself and to you, our viewing audience. I've defended myself when wrongly accused or misinterpreted and in the process unfortunately, ugly truths have been exposed. I haven't gone out of my way to hurt anyone, but if I have, in the spirit of defending myself or setting the record straight, then so be it. I've had some fun, a few laughs, and experienced a lot of unnecessary stress.

I've showcased as many of my friend’s businesses as I could and got in a few shameless plugs for However, I haven't traded on the show or received any freebies, other than borrowing jewelry a couple of times! LOL! Some have interpreted it as being materialistic, I call it marketing. LOL!

I've listened to people re-invent the past, camouflage the present, and stoop to insults, foul language, and ugliness, all of which make me cringe. I've made closer bonds with some and made new friends along the way. I’ve learned to love and appreciate the work that goes into being on the show. Of course, I don't like what I see from time to time, but I hope I've maintained my integrity and what was important to me.I cracked a few jokes at others expense, made a few sarcastic remarks, and rolled my eyes a few times. I just can't (or won't) stop being myself. LOL! I've loved reading all of your comments and tweets. Even when I disagree, I'm OK with it if you were being intellectually honest. But the few comments which were mean-spirited, based upon uniformed conclusions, bias, or outside influence, I disregarded, ignored, and deleted. I have a low threshold for pettiness and unnecessary maliciousness.

Now, for the girls, in my usual style, let me be as honest as I can be.

Lisa: I feel she and I have a lot in common, and I'm closer to her than the others. I think she has a good heart, but is a little too sensitive. I think she often takes things too personally. She wants to have fun; she has a wonderful spirit and loves a good party. She did get on my nerves while attempting to be “the connector" but I understand the reasons and know her intentions were good. She can always depend on me, and we enjoy a loving and brutally honest relationship.

I'm the next closest to Joanna. I love a lot of things about her. Her love for animals, how much she works , her willingness to speak publically about her very personal problems, endure public scrutiny, and the manner in which she let's things go and moves on are all admirable. She doesn't live or die based upon the opinions of others. I am disappointed with some of the things that she said things during the reunion shows. I know she has suffered for it, regrets it deeply, and wishes she could take it back. But because of some of her choices, I have a reluctance to fully embrace or trust her. She knows exactly how I feel.
Alexia: For three seasons I have defended her, had her back, and given her the benefit of the doubt. Watching her all season, week after week, speak one insult or mean-spirited comment about me, knowing many of them were lies, causes me to wonder if she did it to patronize the hate club, play all sides, or if she has some hidden resentment towards me. Perhaps she did it for air time in an attempt to make herself more relevant? Maybe she just doesn't like me and doesn't want to say it? Whatever reason she got her digs in, it is not justifiable; they were uncalled for and she should regret it and say so.  Whenever the cameras weren’t rolling, she’d tell me how much she loves me and what great friends we are. So even though she threw me under the bus several times, as recently as the reunion, I'm not interested in going tit for tat. I wish her and Herman well, and I have a lot of empathy for her personal issues.

Now to Adriana:  Everyone knows how I feel about her. The one thing she did which showed her real inner self is when she ripped my son’s heart out and stomped on it. She intentionally, out of hatred, kept her son away from my son. To this day, I know that I’ve done nothing but try to help her or defend myself against her lies.  She has expressed her gratitude by stabbing me in the back. Whatever her motivation (I have my own conclusions), nothing will ever put Humpty Dumpty back together again. I can put the past in the past and be amicable towards her, but let me make the following point crystal clear: I will never fully trust her. And I really just don't like who she is. Since the show either she has changed or who she really is showed up. Either way it’s not compatible with who I am and what I want in my life.
Marysol: Again, I've called Elsa many times over the months, and I've continued to do so, whether Marysol chooses to believe it or not.

And to set the record straight, yes Frankie is a friend of mine. He is a comedian and has a You Tube channel of impersonations, he is a Broadway star and an entertainer. He only impersonates people he finds interesting. No, he never knew Elsa was sick and no, I didn't see him make the video, and no, I wasn't in the background. All of which can be proven. But if it was a big secret, he wouldn't have posted it on You Tube.

And by the way, he made the You Tube video months after the show was no longer filming. But of course Marysol brought it up about 5 months later, so she could justify and explain away her behavior of the season.

Overall, it’s been a learning experience. I've been surprised to discover how people will behave and how far they will go for attention, relevance, a storyline, or to make someone look bad. I've always said reality TV brings out the best and worst in people, and I stand by that belief.

My tag line “I live my life like everything matters, because I think it does" is true for me. As easy as it may be for some to just live in denial and brush things aside, I believe everything we do matters, including who we are to ourselves and to others. And who we are produces consequences, both good and bad. I choose to live my life trying to create good consequences and limit negativity.
Not all drama has to be negative. One doesn’t have to criticize others in order to justify their own poor behavior or make themselves feel better about their lives.

So maybe I'm a fit for reality TV or maybe I'm not, that would be up to the viewers. The one thing I am certain of is that my real friends, my family, my son, and my husband understand me and are more important to me than anything and everything else. They know that my charitable work, being true to myself, living like everything matters, giving more than I take, my sense of right and wrong, making a conscious effort to live a life of purpose, setting a good example for my son, and being mindful of future generations are the most important things in my life.

I love nice things and love living the good life, and sharing it, and I've earned every right to do just that. I will never apologize for my lifestyle, but I won't be defined by it either.

Thanks for watching. Life is time, and you took time out for us, and for that I am forever grateful. Whether you enjoyed me on the show or not, know one thing, I put as much into it as I possibly could, and then some. LOL! Thank you POP, our amazing producers and their incredible team, the Bravo Network, and the viewers for the opportunity to cross paths. Did we bond yet? LOL!

Spread the love and keep the peace.

Love, Lea

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