Lydia McLaughlin

Lydia shares what she thinks is behind Ryan's treatment of his mother -- and where she is with Slade now.

on Aug 5, 2013

Whoa, this night was intense! Many of this season's issues came to a head on tonight's show. I express many of my opinions about the various dramas during the reunion, so I'm just going to focus on the things I was involved in tonight.

My poor mom. It's super hard for me to watch that scene unfold. I wasn't in the room with her when the whole Ryan confrontation took place. However, my brother and sister-in-law were there and they left right after because they couldn't believe what they saw. Although my mom is incredibly youthful and energetic she's not used to being out late and wearing high heels standing for so long. Vicki's party was a late night for her and she went inside to get warm, and put her feet up. It's not like she was Tom Cruise jumping up and down on Oprah's couch. She was literally putting her feet up. I am proud that my mom remained so calm when Ryan was yelling profanities at her.

I wonder if Brianna would have reacted differently had she seen what really happened. That said, I don't blame her for taking her husband's side. If Doug told me something had happened with another person, I would be on his side no questions asked. But the beauty of this show is that we can watch it back and see what actually happened. There are three sides to every story -- yours, mine and the truth. It seems to me Ryan was way out of line no matter what side of the story. Watching his face, so full of anger, and the way he is talking about my mom is disturbing. I have to believe his reaction has more to do with something much greater than the condition of their new couch.