Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 4

The Dispute That Shall Not Be Named rolled forward on last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, just like we all expected it to. Notably absent from any of the shows’ scenes were Adrienne and Paul, who are said to have immediately stopped filming the show after last week’s blowup. There’s some indication that Adrienne will be back later in the season (With Paul? Sans Paul? Who knows.), but for right now, let’s take a look at what everyone but one of the fight’s main participants had to say about about the spat last night.

For the second week in a row, we started right back at the party we left the episode before. Adrienne and Paul had just gotten finished cursing Brandi out and then retreated to another section of the venue to call Brandi a drug addict (which is likely more defamatory than whatever comments are currently involved in a lawsuit) and then storm out. Back at the party, Taylor was hyperventilating for a little bit of camera time and Mauricio came over the lecture Brandi about her behavior. Whether or not whatever rumors Brandi spread were true or appropriate, Brandi wasn’t the one who started the fight that day, and she wasn’t the one who started with the obscenities and the yelling.

It was Kim, likely out of some 12 Step-motivated desire to be honest and good, who turned that information over to Adrienne and Paul at an inappropriate time, who planted the seed for the entire fight. And then it was Paul and Adrienne who absolutely lost it in public instead of taking a deep breath and deciding how to act like people who know they’re in the right. (If they are indeed in the right, which seems questionable, as we discussed last week.) One of the best things that anybody ever told me is that you can’t control how others act, but you can control how you react, and Adrienne and Paul both reacted like people with a secret to keep instead of a record to set straight.

Once we left the party, our next stop was Lisa’s house, where a whole load of things were happening, including a visit from Martin, installation of new driveway gates and Ken’s endless neediness post-surgery. He appeared to be recuperating well, but don’t the rich always recuperate well? Once again, Lisa positioned herself as affable and relatively normal for such a rich lady. She’s really good at this whole reality TV thing.

We then checked in on Kim, who was at pilates with her daughters to work out a little and discuss her upcoming trip to Las Vegas a lot. She’s taking her son there for his 21st birthday, which has people understandably nervous about her continued sobriety, including her. She said that she planned to have spa treatments and schedule some meetings that she could take in her hotel room, which made me wonder why she didn’t just send her son out there with some friends. That’s not an uncommon thing for rich kids in their early 20s, and why tempt yourself unnecessarily?

At Kyle’s house, she and her husband were discussing an upcoming dinner that they were throwing and whether or not Brandi should come. Mauricio wanted to uninvite Brandi, but Kyle stuck to her guns and her original guest list – Brandi would come and that was that! But let’s be real – Kyle’s Brandi decree was likely made the way it was because uninviting the season’s main storyline would mean that her party would be a blip on the radar instead of the main plot point of an entire episode. At this stage in the game, the cast knows how this stuff works. (In that vein, Alex McCord’s videos on CeleBuzz are very illuminating about how these decisions are made.)

Kyle then moved on to lunch with The Morally Corrupt Faye Resnick (shoutout to season one!), who seemed to hate Brandi for reasons that weren’t entirely clear. (Except that Faye loves camera time, and picking a fight with Brandi is a great way to get camera time. That was entirely clear.) She and Adrienne have a history of friendship, and she may or may not be bucking for a spot in the cast (they interviewed her like a cast member, that’s for sure), so the teams were clearly drawn. One more person on Team Adrienne.

At Yolanda’s house, her trainer was kicking her ass in such a way that I became winded just watching the scene. Yolanda looks like she’s in very good shape, but as it turns out, she’s in very good shape, and so’s her trainer – he’s 57, and I would have pegged him at approximately 40. I have no idea how old Yolanda is, but whatever her age, she looks good. Of course, she also has crazy Dutch model genes that likely help out with that. And the number of a good plastic surgeon, plus the money to pay him well. That never hurts.

Yolanda’s workout session was all well and good, but without much delay we found ourselves back into the meat of the story. Brandi arrived at Lisa’s house to have the conversation that we all saw in the previews, and the upshot of it was that Brandi felt heavily stressed out about the entire confrontation, wished that she had never said what she said and was nervous that Adrienne and Paul’s money and power would win them any fight that ensued. To me, that was an oblique reference to a potential lawsuit, which can be financially disastrous for a person in Brandi’s financial position, even if she didn’t do anything wrong. Just fighting the fight costs a fortune, and it’s a fortune Adrienne and Paul theoretically have to fritter away as they see fit.

Brandi again vaguely referred to things Adrienne and Paul had put her through in the past, and although she didn’t elaborate as much as we’re all waiting for her to, she did mention that she was pretty sure Adrienne had planted a story about her at Radar Online immediately after their altercation. In Real Housewives episodes of the past, there have been plenty of story-planting accusations, but this is one of the only times (and perhaps THE only time) that I can remember Bravo both replaying the part of the fight in question and then immediately showing us a screen shot of the supposedly planted story. Sometimes you can tell that the producers are taking someone’s side in how this show is edited, and in that case, it seemed pretty clear.

We then proceded directly to Kyle’s previously mentioned dinner party, apparently celebrating the reopening of her dining room. After some cocktail hour small talk, we all sat down for dinner and Faye went straight in on Brandi for no apparent reason, other than the fact that she seems to be the attack dog that Kyle trots out when she wants to get in a fight but doesn’t want to do the dirty work and look bad. Bravo, again appearing to take Brandi’s side, helpfully played the Season 1 clip of Faye getting ratchet on Camille while that crazy e-cigarette-smoking psychic looked on. Based on how the rest of the conversation went, the drunk psychic may have, in fact, been right about Faye and her relative level of moral turpitude. So it only took two years for her to look slightly less crazy! So there’s that.

Brandi explained some of her issues in a relatively calm way, but as soon as she said anything vaguely snarky (about Adrienne perhaps buying a book deal, which I can’t find any evidence of Adrienne actually having, bought or not), Faye saw her opening and dove straight in and didn’t let up. You see, Adrienne’s brother used to date her stepdaughter, so she is an ADRIENNE EXPERT, and Adrienne would never lie about anything, ever. Except about Lisa selling stories to tabloids, but whatever, right? That was an intentional hit on Lisa’s reputation, so it didn’t have to be true.

Faye rode Brandi relentlessly over any tiny thing she said, pausing only for Lisa and Kyle to get in a fight and for Marissa, the stranger of the group without any previous loyalties to either team, to say that it seemed like Brandi might be right. Faye couldn’t stand that, of course, and she shut Marissa up before she could even complete her thought. Faye’s single-mindedness about the dispute was odd – it objectively had nothing to do with her, and other than Faye’s clear desire to end up in the opening credits one way or another, what’s her motivation for getting into it?

Not only did Faye rant about what a stand-up person Adrienne is and how Brandi’s just so mean and horrible, but then Faye decided to press her about her plans to apologize and her chosen means of doing so. Not only should Brandi call and apologize immediately, according to Faye’s entirely unsolicited advice, but she should send flowers. Or forget the flowers, send an orchid! Faye, apparently, is unaware that an orchid is also a flower. Whatever the object, unless something is sent, Faye will not accept any apology that Brandi gives to Adrienne! So there!

Faye then preemptively accused Brandi of some kind of future smack-talking that she’s sure will take place because she can see the future, so if you ever hear anything bad about Faye Resnick, just remember that it was Brandi who started that rumor. Even the bad stuff about Faye in this recap – that was all Brandi’s work. She personally called me and told me that Faye Resnick is a dim-witted, fame-whoring striver with hair the same color as her bad fake tan. I didn’t figure that out on my own at all.

To be fair, Brandi has never been particularly clear about what exactly it was that Adrienne did to her, other than plant some stories about her after she refused to join her Lisa Hit Squad at the previous reunion. If that’s true, then I can understand Brandi’s frustration with Adrienne, although it seems like the fallout from that stuff has escalated rather quickly and Brandi’s response may have indeed been disproportionate to whatever was done to her. It seems as though Adrienne has reacted disproportionately in turn, though, and then Faye found her way into this entire thing. Kyle looked upset that things had gone badly at the end of last night’s episode, but she had to know exactly what was going to happen.

Real Housewives appears to be taking a break for the holidays, so we’ll see you back in these parts in January!

  • Elenora777

    Amanda, it’s 1.20 AM where I live and I am only awake for your recap ) seriously! Every week on tuesday night, I will refresh this page mln times for just to see your recap ) Thank you!!! Love from KZ>

  • Pixel_Queen

    I was not living in the US when the whole OJ thing went down, so I was unaware of who Fay Resnick is. I wasted an hour of my life Googling her. What utter filth she is! If they add her to the cast, that’s it for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002962808429 Tiffany Whaley De Leon

    always drama! Kyle seems to be stirring the pot alot lately! I feel she knew what she was doing when she invited Faye. I didn’t like how Kyle was waving her finger in Lisa’s face and not even letting her speak. Although the problem between Brandi and The Maloof’s should be between them. Brandi shouldn’t have mentioned what she knew about them. (Which I think I know what was said..I did some research) Oh and at Lisa’s house I am pretty sure it was Martin who visited not Mohamed..two different dudes right?

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Ahh yes, I think you’re right actually. It took me a second to remember who Martin was. I didn’t hear them say a name last night and just glanced up for a second while I was typing during that scene, since nothing much happened.

  • jomarie

    So funny to see Adrienne “spewing” actionable slurs at Brandy on her way out of Mauricio’s event. She reminds me of the Red Queen. Kyle looks to have been reluctantly recruited as her surrogate in the feud, as Lisa so adroitly tutored us “The customer is always right.” Watching Yolanda go through her work out sure pulls the teeth of my envy. That girl works for it.

    • jane

      I think that Brandi could sue Adrienne and Paul for their actions a lot more easily than they can sue her. If they had simply denied it, there would be no issue. They went so over the top.

  • Ava

    I give Lisa major props for continuously sticking up for Brandi, because it seems as though no one else will. What I can’t understand is why everyone is always so surprised when Brandi speaks her mind because she’s really no different than any of the other women – what they say in their confessionals, she says to the person’s face. As this season progresses, I’m noticing more and more that Kyle is really a mean girl and I find myself thinking back to the conflicts of previous seasons and thinking that maybe she had a bigger role than what was shown on camera…she seems incredibly hard to get along with!

    • jane

      Kyle seems more and more awful the more she is on tv. I liked her the first season but now I’m wondering why. SHe can’t wait to stir the pot, seems to hate BRandi for no reason, totally dropped LIsa for Taylor and treats LIsa like crap, and let’s not start on how she treats Kim. I would bet she wishes Kim were still dependent on her and is probably a real wall to Kim’s recovery.

      • Ava

        Totally! I have an inkling that the strain on Kyle and Kim’s relationship has more to do with Kyle than it does Kim (who has seemed put together, coherent, and fun-spirited this season). And Kyle is definitely not a friend to Lisa, but Lisa is so above all of Kyle’s petty drama that I doubt she notices and/or cares.

      • LuvelyJubley

        I always believed Kyle was at least 50% of the problem between her and her sister, and sometimes more, whether Kim was loaded or not. Final episode of season 1 clinched it for me. Kim may have been tanked at Taylor’s party in that episode, but she was minding her own business, having a conversation with a friend, and Kyle attacked her and flipped out. Rare to see the sober person acting worse than the drunk one. And Kim can get sober, but (to paraphrase a common saying), you can’t fix a mean girl.

  • Fanofandy

    I am becoming less enchanted with the whole RH thing. Everything seems so scripted. Two examples – Scheana appearing upstairs at Lisa’s house moments before Brandi was to arrive and upon learning this Scheana considers sticking around to chat with Brandi-yeah, right, And, the way Kyle invited Faye to her dinner party at lunch which took place only days before the party and long after everyone else had been invited, and the whole supposed reason for the party was to show off the Faye-designed dining room?? It was so obviously for the camera. I agree that Lisa is good at making you think you are a fly on the wall of her really pink life, but Kyle isn’t as smooth and Kim is the worst! That Pilates scene was awful. Has it always been like this or is it worse of late? I don’t want to be a skeptic, I want to be entertained.

  • Luvmesomebravo

    “hair the same color of her bad fake tan”
    Totally. What up with that? You would think she would have the best of the best coloring her hair and making up her face.

  • http://twitter.com/VictoriaVickyF Victoria Vicky F

    I fell asleep during their argue at the dinner…
    The story is just boring and stop repeating the same thing….

  • Jeloi

    I may have to stop watching BH because I was talking to the tv, when Fake Faye was trying to scold Brandi. Who do FF thank she is? As if Brandi has to answer to her. Kyle set this up, just as plain as the nose on her face. I have never liked Kyle and I still don’t! Thanks for the recap Amanda, it is appreciated.

    • Alena

      I was thinking the same! Who the hell does she think she is?! Brandi didn’t even have to answer any of her questions. It’s none of her business! Brandi should have told her her favorite line: “Shut the F up!”
      And I think that Kim is just a rotten soul, stirs things up, it’s just in her nature.

      • Fanofandy

        Faye’s attack was well rehearsed and obviously a scheme for attention. Kyle could’ve shut her down but chose to let her get face time. Really? Who would sit there as host of all those guests at a dinner table and not try to temper the conflict and change subjects?

  • ghostDESIGNER

    never watched this show before…but what i can tell from a totally biased person watching this episode:

    1.Lisa- very refined woman who knows what class is. I like her and am impressed. I’m sure she has drama, but I can tell she knows how to handle it like a lady…notice..Old money vs New money.

    2.Kyle- she is that type that acts all “i’m innocent and good and just wants everyone to be friends” yet she starts shit and adds fuel to the fire. Her husband is cute but annoying too. she is totally a mean girl in sheep’s clothing.

    3.Brandi- she reminds me of the new girl on the block. I don’t know her history but i think she has had her bitchy moments…however in this episode, i see that yeah she said some gossip about Adrienne, but if its gossip, why such the reaction from Adrienne and her husband? One only reacts in such a way if there is some truth to what was said….trust me.i think she just happens to be the girl who speaks before she thinks…she can work on it but u cant fault her for pointing out the pink elephant in the room.

    4. Faye- don’t know who she is but she is the type of person i loathe. she thinks she is right about everything. shes not even worth the time or effort. the best thing you can do with people like that is be silent to them and just agree and nod until they shut up. completely ignore them as if they weren’t there. she just likes to hear herself talk…like so many here in Beverly hills.

    5. Adrienne- didn’t see her much, don’t know her, but i guarantee whatever Brandy said was the truth. She just said something that Adrienne and her douche bag husband (i dont care what is said or transpired, you do not speak to a woman or anyone in public in that way…no class) outlined in their BRAVO contract as not to be discussed. PS- everyone knows its the truth as you can tell by their reactions/facial expressions…especially Faye. Kyle may or may not know, i think she is just oblivious to many things Adrienne’s personal affairs as shes too enamored by Adrienne’s “fabulousness” (gag) and money…again wanting to be in the cool girl group. Adrienne, whatever it is, suck it up and be a big girl. everyone got skeletons, yours just got exposed. If your gonna do something, own it. You have no one to answer to but yourself and the powers that be.

    6.. Everyone else- typical HS girls with drama, too much money, and nothing else to do with their lives. Most of them are so mousy and afraid to speak bc of what the other may think. Most just wanna be in the cool girl group so just go along with anything. sad.

  • Winterpenny

    Faye was being considered as an addition to the cast last season. Obviously there is some resentment towards Brandi. That would also explain why there was a huge bullseye on Brandi from the moment she hobbled in last season! I continue to be amazed by the lack of manners these women have. Other than on the RH, I never see women consistently behave that badly. Lisa, Yoldanda, and Brandi continue to be my faves. They are who they are. I don’t always like them but I get the sense that they aren’t putting on a front or pretending to be someone else.

  • Jayjae

    I think Kyle needs to take ownership in her
    part of the situation between Adrienne and Brandi. Out of all the housewives
    this season Yolanda has become my favorite, simply because she doesn’t get
    mixed up in all the drama. I’m not sure if next week’s episode involves another
    dinner party with Faye Resnick, if it does I will miss it because I just
    started a new work schedule at DISH. I’m going to record the new episode on my
    DISH Hopper, but since I’m bad with setting daily timers I will set it to
    record the season. There is over 400 hours of HD DVR space so recording this
    show and my other favorite shows that air that night are not a problem
    especially when the drama is this good; I won’t miss a moment.

  • miss m

    While I agree with many of the comments about Faye, Kyle, Adrienne, etc…why is no one looking at the fact that Brandi once again opened her huge mouth and said something inappropriate? Even though it’s not confirmed what that is, it is probably just as embarrassing (right or wrong!) to Adrienne/Paul as it was for Kim to be called a meth addict by Brandi last season.

    I seriously think just as Faye is playing the game of trying to get on the show, it’s not that different than what Brandi is doing – creating drama to have a storyline. She clearly knows how to play the victim and I think she’s playing Lisa too because she knows that Lisa is probably one of the most admired cast members in RH history.

    Just saying!

  • Miss M

    I don’t know why people are not seeing that Brandi is saying these controversial things to get attention and stay on the show. She did the same thing last year when she said things about Kim and voila she’s on the show. She’s playing Lisa like a fiddle knowing that she’s probably one of the most popular HWs ever. Brandi is no victim or idiot at all.

  • LuvleyJubley

    I’m looking forward to Amanda’s take on the most recent episode of RHOBH, more specifically on the ‘dinner’ between Sheanea (sp.?) and Brandi.
    I watched this interaction with tremendous interest. I am a wife, and I think I would have behaved much as Brandi did, now,..but 20 years ago, I had a relationship with a married man who shoveled the same line of bollocks at me that Scheanea (sp.?) had shoveled at her. Told me he was single…availiable at all hours, so I had no reason to doubt it…no ring, no kid stuff in his car, a lot of disposable income and time, his friends gave no hint as to his married status, etc.
    In my current position as a wife I’d probably be even more understanding than Brandi, but no less hurt. Scheanea didn’t know (presumably). I was sick with guilt when I found out, broke it off and forced myself to only think of the wife and her pain, not mine.
    This stuff happens, even in the conservative Midwest; who’da thunk it? :) I feel for both of these women.