Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills S4E22 Reunion
Brandi’s turn. Scheanna, Scheanna, Scheanna. Somebody told Brandi the Scheanna thing was a giant plan from the beginning. Somebody is always telling Brandi something and Brandi runs with it. Lisa admits to Brandi she should have told her Scheanna was going to be at Ken and Mauricio’s birthday party. Production told Lisa to have Scheanna there. Yolanda told Lisa she should have insisted Scheanna not be there. In the end Brandi tells Andy she doesn’t believe Lisa. Brandi accuses Lisa of strategizing about people on the show. Kyle admits they all do it. Brandi says Lisa dropped her when people watching the show stopped liking her. Kyle says she same thing happened to her when she became unpopular with the viewers. It seems the only thing that would satisfy Brandi would be if Lisa hated Scheanna like she does Kristen. That’s not going to happen.
Kyle’s turn. Kyle Richards gave the acting performance of her life. Apparently she forgot she was on a reality show and thought she had a chance at an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama series. I can just see her running her lines with Mauricio so she would remember them word for word. She also probably spent hours in front of a mirror practicing flaring her nostrils, flashing her angry eyes, and leaning forward and pointing. I was so focused on Kyles’s over-the-top acting, I didn’t really hear what everyone was saying (or was I purposely tuning them out?). I think Joyce was saying Lisa was totally ganged up on in Puerto Rico and Yolanda was saying it may have looked that way, but was totally not planned. I believe Joyce. So in the end, Kyle doesn’t believe Lisa wasn’t being crafty when she brought up the tabloids on camera.
So, Brandi and Kyle called Lisa a liar, but they both still want to be friends with her. This just doesn’t make sense to me. Why would you want to be friends with someone you don’t trust or believe? Lisa apologizes to Kyle for bringing up the tabloids in front of Portia or the cameras, but will not apologize for putting tabloids in Brandi’s bag because she didn’t do it. Andy asks Lisa what she wants from Kyle. Lisa says nothing. Kyle says it’s a step in the right direction. Lisa asks Brandi why she wants to be friends with her if she’s so controlling, calculating and manipulative. Good question.
Ken, Mauricio and a slimmer Michael (Joyce’s husband) join the ladies. Neither David is there. David Foster certainly doesn’t have time for these clowns.
Mauricio and Kyle say the tabloid stuff brought them closer together. So maybe they should be thanking Lisa? I mean, it did give Kyle a storyline this season. Michael tells Carlton he’s talked to people about the Wiccan religion and those people do not identify with Carlton. Carlton tells Michael he’s ignorant. Mauricio is honored that Ken defended him, even to Lisa. He was upset that Lisa brought up the tabloid in front of Portia. Ken says it was a joke, but Mauricio says it was a bad joke. Michael doesn’t regret talking to Brandi the way he did that night at dinner. Ken apologized to Kim for saying she might have been drinking and apologized to Yolanda for saying she was being stupid.
Yolanda and Kim accept his apology. Ken says he didn’t grab Yolanda and Yolanda says she felt it. They both say the other forced themselves into conversations they shouldn’t have. Ken explains he and Lisa decided to pull away from Brandi after she did a couple of things they didn’t like. Ken says he is a very forgiving person but he doesn’t think he could ever let Brandi back into his life. Brandi says she’s emotionally exhausted and she tells Ken he knows she loves him and it hurts to be dropped. Brandi brings on the waterworks and Ken tells her he doesn’t like to see a woman cry so maybe he’ll reconsider (DON’T DO IT KEN!).
Andy asks each woman to reflect on the season. Joyce had a good experience overall. Carlton says it was a challenge but she doesn’t have any regrets. Kim just had another great year even though she probably doesn’t remember much about the three previous seasons. She loves everybody, except maybe Lisa, including Andy and turtles! She just wants to not be fired. Yolanda says the most important thing is her health. Brandi is emotionally exhausted. Lisa says it’s been a stressful year for her and it’s been hard. She’s felt so hurt and is surprised by all the grievances some of the others have voiced about her. Kyle just doesn’t get it. She is never going to be the star of the show and she and Lisa will never be as close as they were before. But she’s not giving up, dagnabbit.
So, my friends, this marks the end of my Bravo housewife viewing. I can no longer force myself to watch, even if I pretend it’s scripted with bad actors. Their feuds have gotten so ludicrous that I can’t garner enough enthusiasm to pick a side. I think I only remotely like one housewife now (Queen Lisa). Let’s see, is there anyone from the OC I like? Nope, Alexis and Lydia are gone and Tamra pretty much ruined that franchise for me. Atlanta? Nah, never really warmed up to any of those women. New York? Used to love Ramona, but Aviva ruined that one. Miami? Never watched a single episode. New Jersey? The MENFOLK put the final nail in that coffin. Beverly Hills? I still like Lisa, but if she returns after this crappy season, then she’s just as bad as the rest of them. In the past, I would go sour on the housewives from time to time, but then something would happen to reel me back in. I wish that had occurred during the most recent seasons of the OC, or NY, or BH, but sadly, it did not. So there you have it. It was a blast while it lasted.
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Part 2 S6E3 Cast Blogs by Ramonacoaster
Ramona Didn’t Mean to Stir the Pot
Wow. We pick up right where we left off with all of this craziness! I was quite surprised that when Carole decided to speak with Aviva is turned into the full blown argument that it did. I have never heard Carole yell like that before! I was so shocked that I did not even want to enter that room. It was time to leave.
I love how you drop a bomb and run. To be fair Carole already suspected Aviva was up to no good. You just confirmed it.
I was not trying to “stir the pot” when I approached Carole about what Aviva was saying. My intention was — if we get it out in the open now, it won’t blow up! Let’s just squash it early! I had no idea what it was going to become.
Premeditation is not your strong suit. Talking first, think later is more your forte and it is far more entertaining.
Heather has grown really close to Carole. Carole does not have a lot of family around, so Heather has become really protective over her. I was not surprised to see her defend Carole. Heather clearly felt that she needed to supply some extra strength and fortitude in that situation.
Heather is a great friend to Carole.
I was quite surprised how quickly I adapted to life without Avery when she officially left for college. I think the anticipation of her leaving was much worse than when the time actually came. She may not be here physically, but we speak every day! She texts me, sends me tons of pictures, calls me with new stories, and tells me all her grades on papers, etc. We are still so in touch that it is turning out to be much easier than I expected. While I don’t regret one single moment of it, raising Avery and preparing her for college was a lot of work! I am really enjoying spending some more time on me. I’m becoming skilled at gourmet cooking and trying out new recipes, working out, and spending time with my girlfriends. I’ve really learned to embrace this new chapter.
Sounds like you are taking good care of yourself. Sometime women don’t spend enough time on themselves.
Heather on Aviva’s Malicious Agenda
This fight between Carole and Aviva is truly upsetting to me on so many levels. When Carole first told me Aviva had suggested that she had her books ghostwritten at their infamous lunch, one of my first thoughts was “What if Aviva did that to me about Yummie? My second thought was why did Aviva do it? It wasn’t fully clear, but I surmise she did this either to create a conversation about her own book, which would help promote it and sell it OR she had a more malicious agenda, which was to mask the fact that she used a ghostwriter all along.
I love that you stuck your product into your blog about #ghostwritergate. Sell girl, sell.
For Aviva to come out-of-the-gate and lay claim that Carole is a phony using her ridiculous “word on the street” sources to insinuate that Mr. Bill Whitworth (a highly regarded editor of The Atlantic) is Carole’s ghostwriter, is off the charts, below the belt, and untrue. Aviva thinks it all makes great TV but be it drama queen or —hole, when it comes to Aviva, it’s always self-serving.
Aviva started crafting this “BookGate” agenda against Carole the minute she began her hunt for a publisher looking for a memoir by a RHONY Housewife with a bad temper and a prosthetic leg and, I have learned firsthand (not “word on the street”) that Aviva, did in fact hire a ghostwriter — she flat out lied. Thank god she didn’t shop for a clothing deal first, or for sure this could have been me.
She could have accused you of hiring a ghostdesigner that created your 3 panel tank top for you. See what I’m doing. Selling!
Carole lent so easily to the narrative for Aviva’s agenda. It’s Aviva’s way or the highway. . .and she could care less about the truth. So when Carole didn’t play along with her fake agenda about helping Aviva “write her book” or edit her “long email,” Aviva jumped at the opportunity to call her an unsupportive friend — which in her twisted mind, justified her obnoxious route of defaming Carole’s successful career as a journalist and a writer. It’s just shameless.
The problem with Aviva’s logic is how does ghostwriter-gate translate to increased book sales? In fact, it may prevent people from buying her book. I don’t buy a product from someone I don’t like.
The most ridiculous part of this story is that there really is no shame in using a ghostwriter. If Aviva just owned up to it and admitted the truth, we all would have rallied around her to support the book. It still would have been her story even if she worked with a professional writer to put the words on paper. WHICH SHE DID!
That is rather silly. Writing is hard and it is okay to give the job to a professional who knows how to set up a book.
From my vantage point, Carole is in a state of shock and is sent to another planet because she’s being tangled in this web of lies and deception created for the Aviva Drescher storyline. Her career and life’s work is slandered on national television by “just a girl trying to get ahead.” I am infuriated by this behavior and am angry that someone I care about took a hit because of another’s shallow and selfish initiatives. I think its reprehensible and irresponsible behavior, and I am disappointed that someone on RHONY isn’t more genuine.
I don’t blame Carole for flying off the handle at Aviva’s insinuations and accusations.
This brings me to Aviva’s style consultant, Amanda. At my Throwback Birthday party, Aviva introduced Amanda as someone she was using to “bring some color into her wardrobe.” She also said Amanda and Harry knew one another. My first encounters with said, “Image Consultant” weren’t anything memorable, other than that there was no vibe at all. She was very much at Aviva’s side at the two parties where I saw her from across the room and she appears to be just Aviva’s friend. You are going to have to stay tuned because, without giving anything away, Amanda burns fast and bright (not in a good way). I mention her only to prepare you for what I expect are wild things to come.
Can’t wait to watch you deal with her. She sounds like she was brought on to start problems. I don’t think she did much to improve Aviva’s image.
Ramona and I have been organically growing our friendship. We are not besties by any stretch but I certainly didn’t think Ramona and Aviva were besties either. I mean WTF? Wasn’t Ramona the one that was just saying all of the same s— about Aviva? Ramona said, “What went down with Carole and Aviva is, ‘not a big deal.'” This leaves me a bit perplexed. Ramona hated Aviva just two days ago for whatever its worth, which is obviously not too much. I can’t be mad at Ramona for forgiving someone, but she needs to be careful because as you can see, Aviva is not representing herself honestly. . .again.
I think Ramona is just relieved that she isn’t the one being attacked.
If in standing up for what I believe also means defending Carole, it’s alright with me! I am incensed about what took place and am personally offended that it negatively impacts my friend! Wasn’t Ramona the “Hit and Run” messenger at the party after all? She sure likes to throw the s—, but she didn’t ever actually defend Carole. Whatever the brain fade here is for Ramona, the sad part is that while Ramona and I, and Ramona and Aviva, have not always gotten along, Ramona and Carole certainly have. But that is for Carole to decide.
Ramona doesn’t always think before she speaks. I can see that she thought Carole and Aviva were friends so they needed to square away the matter – who used a ghostwriter saga.
On race day, I was hoping to finish the race strong and without injury, so while Will and I were focused on warming up, neither of us realized how stressed out and nervous Kristen really was. Kristen was so upset with Josh that she could not celebrate her huge accomplishment, because it was never an important accomplishment to her. She thought it was important to support her husband and the race was the only way. In the end, communication is key because I do believe that if Kristen worked an EBOOST booth, passing out EBOOST shots to the runners and rooting us all on, everyone would have been happier. I am very sorry that she felt let down by me, because when I said I got your back in training, I guess I meant if I was behind her. Sorry mama.
That sounds like you are trying to change the story but it is for Kristen to decide if you let her down.
Carole’s Friend Laurie is having a baby! I am so excited for her and incredibly inspired by her choice to have a baby on her own. I wasn’t able to be there because I was on HSN in Tampa selling our Patented 3 Panel Tank — so I sent in my A team to Carole’s!
Sell girl, sell.
Carole was coming off of a tough couple of days and I wanted to be sure her friends were there for her. After the treachery of Aviva’s housewarming party, Carole came back to my crib and hung with Ella which was really special. They share this really great girl bond, and although she might be a bit camera shy, Ella has a very sweet and warm demeanor about her and I know how much it would mean to Carole to see her. So, (the best husband and the best friend you could ever have in the whole world), Jon swung by with Ella with love and hugs for Carole and Laurie. I am glad that Carole got the chance to explain herself to Ramona and that Ramona actually listened this time! I’m also glad that Carole got a few digs in too! In my opinion, Ramona has not been supportive of Carole and is playing both sides but this is really Carole’s issue not mine so it’s probably best I wasn’t there. I listened to Ramona enough before she left for Africa and I would have probably given Ramona a few digs that were not quite as subtle. Despite all the drama, Ella gets ALL the balloons and is one happy girl!
What happened between Ramona and Carole is between them. I think Ramona didn’t realize what Aviva said really hurt Carole professionally and emotionally. When she did finally understand I think she genuinely felt bad.
Carole: Slander Isn’t Funny
Three things about this episode:
1. Slandering a person’s career is legally actionable.
2. Age-shaming women is abhorrent.
3. Attacking someone’s family is, too.
Aviva claims this is the dumbest fight in Housewife history but I promise you, it’s not. She gets into even dumber fights later on, stay tuned.
Ha ha! Thanks for the spoiler. I think Brandi & Yolanda vs Lisa this season was the dumbest fight in housewives history.
So first, Slander. Aviva lied on the show and then to cover up her lies she slandered my career on national television. On a show where not showing up for a dinner can launch a three-episode throwdown this isn’t some dumb “reality” fight. It’s not a joke, and she knows it and her publisher knows it. The lies she is promoting in the press and social media, and of course her scenes on RHONY, are all legally actionable. You can call someone a lousy writer. You can say you hate their book. You can even call a person “white trash” but you can’t go on television and slander a person’s career. It’s illegal, even on reality shows.
I think you have grounds for a lawsuit and should seriously consider pursuing it.
Second, Family. Aviva says she “hates me” in press interviews and calls me “Satan” on Twitter, that’s fine. She casually slanders my career (how I make a living) and also that of my former editor, Bill Whitworth. But that’s not enough. She also speaks in a disparaging way toward my late husband’s family. Really? Okay, Vivs. I hope that made you feel good. This is a television show. How low does she need to stoop to stay relevant?
She must have enjoyed her first season of the show since she came back for more and decided to keep being the villain.
Aviva should fact-check, or ask her Village to. I didn’t marry into the Kennedy family, I married Anthony Radziwill. I’m proud of him and his family, the Radziwills. They exist, they’re real, and they are separate from the Kennedys. It’s a family with cousins, like most families, but my in-laws are the Radziwills, Aviva. Have some respect, and if you must name drop, get it right.
Throwing the Kennedy name out was petty. What does Aviva know of the Kennedys herself?
My husband passed away nearly 15 years ago, and I have a friendly relationship with his extended cousin family, the exact one I want to have. I am very close to my mother-in-law, Lee, we see each other often. We enjoyed a vacation this past winter together with family friends, and ironically, I went to a wedding the day after Aviva’s attack with some of the Kennedy family and we had a nice time catching up. Aviva couldn’t sink lower if you stuffed her leg with rocks.
I think Aviva wanted to make the inference that your in-laws don’t want to have anything to do with you and that is really going below the belt. I’m sure that side of the family does what it can to maintain their privacy so no one would really know if you spent some time with them.
Third, Age-Shaming. Guess what? I’m 50! I should be drawn and quartered, I should have it seared on my chest. Aviva’s derogatory attitude toward women is repulsive. Even her image consultant friend flinches. I’m happy with my age. I celebrate women of all ages. Isn’t it time to stop our ageist culture where women are meant to feel bad about a number? I don’t feel bad about mine. No woman should. Last season she tried to age-shame Ramona. I might understand a little better if Aviva was “young” and didn’t understand how incredibly offensive she sounds, but she’s 45. (She lies and says 40, of course).
“Even her image consultant friend flinches” Lol! One day she will get to age 50 and she will age shame women in their sixties.
What Aviva said under her breath just loud enough for me to hear, by the way was — “At least I’m not 50 years old, without a husband.” Is all of this because I said she hired a ghostwriter? She did. (PS: Happy 80th Birthday, beautiful and fabulous Gloria Steinem)
Her whole psyche is just so messed up.
I found this quote on my Instagram. It’s attributed to Hillary Clinton. She may have said it, she may not have. But I am sure, either way, she thought it. I made an edit. “You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her [age] as opposed to her ideas isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s [age] when it has nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage with high level thinking, you may think she’s [old], but everyone thinks you’re an idiot.”
Some women must have been really harsh to Hillary to warrant her to say this. You can disagree with someone’s politics but to make fun of the way another woman dresses or their age is doing harm to your own sex.
Aviva has been comparing her “process” to Hillary Clinton in the press, by the way. Hillary was the First Lady of the United States, a Senator, a presidential contender, and our Secretary of State. She wasn’t a woman on a reality show trying to create a storyline. Wait, I buried the lede in this first scene — I finally met Harry! This gets my vote for funniest moment in the episode. Even after being attacked and insulted I still keep my sassy!
Yes it is understandable why the divorce happened.
How many times do I remind Aviva that she has never worked outside the home? OK, yes, a few. But she hasn’t. Just like I’ve never done the work, or had the privilege, of raising a family. What I wanted to say but couldn’t because of the show, is that she turns up this season as a writer talking about how fun it is to write and it’s totally disingenuous. Also, it’s just dumb. Raising a family is work and an honor but it isn’t publishing. Or being a doctor or accountant or sous chef for that matter. Don’t lecture me on my job and I won’t lecture you on yours. That’s how that works. If I had kids I hope I’d be lucky enough to be a stay at home mom. I presume it would be equally difficult and rewarding.
(Be careful if you’re a stay at home mom approaching 50. She has no respect for you either.)
Publishing is rarely the subject of television shows because as you can see it’s sort of boring. But I have a great relationship with all my editors. Nan Graham, who edited my memoir, was on the show last season. And Barbara Jones, who edited my novel, came on with me for this one. They are happy to do it, they respect me, but also they want to help sell books. And this is why Aviva needed to create drama: no one in her Village would appear with her on the show.
I like your way of promoting your book.
During my meeting with Barbara, Bill Whitworth called in from Little Rock where he is retired, and I told him the story. He laughed and said “I would have been honored to have ghostwritten your book. It was beautifully written.” Bill is not a writer, he is an editor. Bill advised me to “explain to the young lady the difference between an editor and a writer I’m sure she’ll understand.” Ha. Sure. I laughed. This scene didn’t make it into the show. Damn you, Bravo editors. Perhaps it will be in Lost Footage?
What I asked Aviva at lunch the last episode was whether she’d hired the writer we had talked about. She now wants to pretend it’s something else. But this is what provoked her to lie, and then spread gossip to the other ladies. She did hire a ghostwriter. Does that seem so heinous to you? I didn’t think so.
Books & Babies Many of my friends are writers, and I shamelessly promote them. My friend Laurie is a writer, cartoonist, and (in this episode), a soon-to-be mother. We met when she was working as an editor at Glamour magazine, where I wrote a column for two years. I was thrilled to throw her a shower. She wrote a beautiful graphic memoir called The Impostor’s Daughter; she’s brilliant. (You can get it here.)
She’s also a celebrity interviewer. All those cover stories on glossy magazines? Most of them are written by Laurie. She knows all the dirt on everyone and is the greatest dinner guest ever. She gave birth to Teddy in September. Laurie says I’m a natural with him. He might be the happiest baby I’ve ever seen.
That sounds like an interesting friend.
Seeing Nathan Englander on the Real Housewives is surreal. He had just been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the most elite award any writer could ever dream of. (That and being John Grisham.) He gets embarrassed when I say this, but he’s one of the greatest writers of our time. He’s an old friend of Laurie’s and is constantly on book tour so we were lucky he was in town. His books are brilliant, and I was holding the latest one in my hand but damn you again, Bravo editing! — they cut it out. Buy it. It will make you feel smart and give you something to discuss at brunch in addition to Housewife drama.
I don’t think Ramona quite understood what Aviva was doing. Even for her it was too much drama. But she understands it. She was the target of Aviva’s rage last season. You might forgive but you don’t forget that kind of vitriol.
How adorable is Ella? She knew I was upset and she wanted to bring me flowers. Heather was away on business so Jonathan brought her. She told me she loves me more than she loves pizza! That’s big. I don’t have kids and I don’t have regrets about that, but I do see what I am missing. I don’t need anyone to remind me.
Drum roll, please. It’s Eric Goldie! Did you see my gorgeous intern in this scene? My Vice President/Intern of All Things made his screen debut this week. I couldn’t function without him, or even open wine. I might have him write my next book, but first he needs to learn to spell, without using spell-check.
Mud Wrestling How incredible is the Spartan race? I couldn’t have done it. Heather and Kristen were amazing. Josh is a lot like my late husband. Anthony was always pushing me to do activities I didn’t think I could do: Heli-skiing, scuba diving, kayaking with Humpback whales in the Bering Strait. He was very supportive and encouraging and I was glad he pushed me. But, in the moment, like Kristen, there were times I wanted to strangle him.
And Lastly. . .
All of that mud reminded me of something my Grandma Millie used to say: If you fight with a pig, two things happen: You get dirty, and the pig likes it. Hmm. Don’t fight.
Lisa said that line too this season but she is smart enough not to accuse you of plagiarism.