Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Season 5, Episode 6 Cast Blogs Blogged by Namaste
Reflects on that Bittersweet Episode
Lisa tells us this was very bittersweet and how she is the caretaker (or her sister more so), rather than having a “mom and dad”. Lisa goes on to explain that last year, her mom had a stroke and was hospitalized for 3 weeks. Her dad is 92 years old and relied on her mom to take care of him With both of them now requiring care, they made the difficult decision to move them into a facility to provide for their needs.
My mom made it very clear that she didn’t want someone else living in their house with them, so the decision was made to move into the assisted care facility they live in now. In hopes of mom getting better, we didn’t put the house up for sale right away, but as time passed, we realized the days of mom and dad being able to live in their own home were gone, and we put the house on the market this past summer. The house sold quickly, which is what took me up there to collect my childhood items and memories. Standing in our empty home, holding my mom as we both cried while reminiscing about old artwork brought back a flood of old memories I hadn’t thought of for many, many years. And, of course, driving around Medford with my girls, saying goodbye to the neighborhood I grew up in was so bittersweet. As I mentioned on the show, I never quite felt like I belonged in the Medford community, but I am so incredibly grateful for the time I spent there because it’s hometown charm is what made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change a second of it. I really do have wonderful memories full of BBQs and friends and of course, colorful Jell-O salads thanks to my mom!
Yes, in this beautiful community filled with “chub cubs” and fast food and people who go to church EVERY Sunday, this house sold quickly. I am shocked.
As you can see, my two girls are a hoot. They are unfiltered and say what’s on their mind at any given moment. (I have no idea where they get this from!!!) I just love them for it AND am tortured by it at the same time. It meant the world to have them up there with me during this emotional time. HH was up in Vancouver filming his new show Rush, which meant he couldn’t be there, so the comfort of my girls by my side was everything. I think having Delilah and Amelia with me to see and experience this circle of life is an important part of growing up.
I’m glad she brought her girls out of their sheltered Beverly Hills lives but I imagine those girls ran home and thought they were “slumming” for the weekend.
I’m also glad you got to see some of the amazing watercolor paintings my dad has painted over the years. Their beauty has brought so many people so much joy and I’m happy that they’re hanging up for people to keep on enjoying. He is an exceptional artist, and it’s just heartbreaking to know that his shaky hands and failing health won’t allow him to continue doing what he loves. He’s a special man and I love him dearly.
I gotta say, those paintings were absolutely beautiful and fill that room with warmth and color.
Alright, let’s talk about what the other girls were up to while I was gone! First of all, I loved the lunch I had with Yolanda and Eileen before I left for Oregon. Such a small world to watch the two of them discuss how they were connected through their kids before actually meeting each other. And then to see Yolanda call Eileen to invite her to Kyle’s BBQ made me so happy. I just knew the girls would love her! Oh, and Eileen is now $100 richer because she won that bet Brandi made with her at Kyle’s house. Not only was I the original Billie Reed, but I created Billie on Days of Our Lives! Time to pay up, Brandi!
Good for Eileen for winning that bet. Brandi proves again what an ass she is. I imagine she will not pay up though. It was funny watching Eileen be a bit annoyed by having to socialize with a rabid fan of the show who didn’t know how to control herself.
The BBQ at Kyle’s house looked so beautiful and fun, I’m really sad to have missed it. Man, is she lucky to have her Ladysitter, Justin. I am not even kidding when I say that I want to steal him away from her. He is fabulous with helping Kyle and I know she knows how lucky she is to have him in her life!
Just when you think you couldn’t love Lisa V’s adorable zoo any more than you already do, she introduces you to her gorgeous gay swans, Hanky and Panky. How much more fabulous can you get?
Those swans were gorgeous and I just wanted to snuggle them, too! And I love how Lisa dedicates herself to making sure her pets are comfy in her home. I LOVED that the swan started wandering in and Lisa was just laughing.
I think it’s interesting to see Brandi trying to get some kind of closure with Lisa V. We have to remember that there are consequences to our actions with others. Sometimes we can move on quickly, other times it takes longer and sometimes not at all.
I like Lisa more and more especially since she speaks “common sense”. I imagine Brandi is one of those people who have managed to skate through life with little or no consequences for her actions blaming others for her horrible behavior. Lisa hopes we are having a stress free holiday and sends us blessings and love! LOVE HER!
“I Could Feel the Tension at Kyle’s”
Eileen wishes us all a happy holiday and jumps right in! She loves seeing Lisa R. at home with her teens. Her mom is 92 and her best friend. She now has dementia. Eileen would love for her mother to be come be with her but thinks that moving her 3 hours away would kill her. Her brother lives with her mom, but she feels very guilty for not being there more.
Are we watching the same show???
I will say it again, those swans are the bees knees to me! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
It was so great to finally meet all the girls and their husbands. They are very interesting and dynamic people, right out of the gate. Kyle’s home is beautiful and very warm and welcoming. I could tell that there was a lot of tension and lots of unresolved stuff going on. It was somewhat confusing because I didn’t know all the backstory. Still, Vincent and I had fun sharing stories about “the business” with Kim, etc. And it was a great opportunity to have gotten to know the women better. Well, Brandi a little better than the others! LOL. I thought she was funny and definitely likes to lay it on the table. So to speak.
I think Kyle might actually have the “warmest” house of the group. Although, from what we have seen, Eileen’s home looks “lived” in. (I am not including Kim cause we know she will pack up and move in a year.) Eileen wishes us a Merry Christmas and Joyous Holidays with loves of x’s and o’s.
“I Don’t Enjoy Anger or Grudges”
Brandi is back in LA after being her family. Her dad’s health has been poor (prob from watching his daughter continue to make a complete fool of herself on national tv). She enjoyed visiting with family and relaxing. She tells us this episode is very drama free for her. She tells us It’s not fun to be sober all of the time. Hmmm, are we to believe Brandi was sober this whole season? Brandi talks about Lisa R.’s trip home to Oregon. She was moved watching Lisa with her aging parents and glad the girls went with her. She says Lisa got her beautiful eyes from her mom and says Lisa’s dad’s paintings were amazing and wants one. I wouldn’t mind having one myself!
Kyle’s BBQ was next with everyone having a pretty good time. It was a very nice party. Yo was looking perfect as always. Meeting Eileen was fun and talking about Days was fun, too. Yes, I was a fan back in the day. Once we sat down, Kim’s’s old acting stories about faking tennis on Magnum, P.I. were the best. Eileen’s husband, Vince, is really nice and had great stories, too. He was on a lot of TV shows, like Kim. Kim and Vince kept the laughs going.
It was nice to see Mauricio and hear about another vacation. He is always cool and relaxed, and it’s nice to see him doing so well. Anyway, when all is said and done, we all saw who the true star of the BBQ was…Yolanda’s sandals. Want!
I was actually kinda surprised by Yolanda’s super casual look compared to the other ladies. All the other girls were wearing pretty sun dresses and Yo is wearing booty shorts and gladiator sandals.
Lisa V. and Ken were there, and despite the awkwardness, it was really nice to see them again. You could probably tell how uncomfortable I was feeling. You can also see, I tried. Hard. It was a bit awkward, but I did try my best to put the past behind us. Obviously this is going to take some time! Kyle said it best: “Lisa likes to hold on to grudges.” Again, Kyle said that, not me!
No worries Brandi. We know who said it and we also know you have bitched and moaned about Lisa holding a grudge for 6 episodes. The difference, Kyle’s was more of a joke and not an attack. Kyle has apologized for her bad behavior. You have not. Moving on.
I don’t enjoy power plays, holding on to anger or grudges. I prefer peace, apologies, amends, and moving on. Life is hard enough without making it harder. Maybe relationships change but definitely trying for a peaceful coexistence is what I’m striving for at this point in my life. That said, moving forward doesn’t involve me constantly kissing a**. I won’t do that. Relationships have to be equal, right?
Silly girl, Lisa is not asking you to kiss her ass although you did do that willingly for many seasons past. She is simply asking that you apologize and acknowledge your very bad behavior instead of just brushing it under the rug. Its really that simple.
So, until next week, I hope all of you come watch my housewarming party. You’re all invited, and there’s going to be plenty of wine–my own personal label, actually (not that we have a name, yet)!
Oy! Another housewife wine from someone that I wouldn’t’ trust to make a fruit salad. Brandi hopes we have a happy holiday, peace, love, joy and health… She also asks that we consider making a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This is the only link I will leave here in the blog because I think this is an amazing organization that does wondering things for children suffering from horrible illness.
“I won’t Erase the Past”
The Divine Miss V. wishes us all a very merry Christmas. And starts off saying how special it was to see Lisa R. going home, saying goodbye and dealing with her past. She says she received the invitation to Kyle’s BBQ after months of little to no interaction.
I wasn’t sure about going to the barbecue, but it seemed as we were attempting to move forward, maybe this was the answer.
If there is one thing this group sucks at, its moving forward!
At this point for me to greet each and every person politely was not a problem. I had been frantically busy and preoccupied and now realized how ridiculous it had been.
I can’t believe what a big deal is made about a simple “Hello” in that town and since most claim to hate Lisa anyway, why are they so upset when they do not feel properly acknowledged???
Yes, as Brandi says, I understand it’s a challenge, and you want something you can’t have, but remember, you had it and you threw it away after you trashed it and ran to everyone who would listen.
And this right here is why I love her. No joke, I am like Lisa when it comes to relationships. If I get burned, I do not go back for more. I can very easily have a funeral in my head (a la Dina) and move on with my life.
When Yolanda introduces Eileen Davidson as my friend Eileen, that’s funny. I thought you only just met her and she was Lisa R.’s friend, but I understood the message.
I find this funny, too. She could have very easily introduced her as Lisa R.’s friend or a neighbor from Malibu, but “friend” is weird when you had lunch with her once.
I think it was vaguely suggested to invite Yolanda, but since Puerto Rico, I had hardly seen her. I have many friends a lot closer, and I was reticent to put that pressure on them.
It was a difficult situation for me going back to that group of women at that barbecue and immediately to be cross questioned by Yolanda in a passive aggressive fashion…I am sure many things have transpired since last year, and I haven’t expected to be invited to any of them. As if…it’s almost too funny…I know we haven’t really spoken since last year, apart from one brief lunch since we started the season, but would you give up two days of your life in 115 degree-heat and make a speech like every one of my friends did who had known me for years? Um no.
Again, I gotta give it to Lisa here. Yolonda seemed like a high school girl who just wanted attention and to be included at the lunch table. GET OVER YOURSELF! I, of course, would have been in there in 115 degree head for my BFF Lisa V. had she asked. I would have help a fan to keep her cool.
I saw Ken’s reticence to engage Brandi, then her saying, “Remember me? You used to love me…” is too funny. Yes he remembers, oh so well…how he would defend her to his detriment. Ken has a similar perspective to me–fiercely loyal to friends, but when they calculatedly try to destroy you, civility is maybe the best you can hope for.
Brandi’s behavior here was just desperate. Instead of asking Lisa and Ken aside and simply saying, “Yes, my behavior last year was awful. I am ashamed and embarrassed. Please forgive me.” She chooses to put them on the spot and beg them to come to her dumb party.
I thought it was a bitchy comment from Kyle saying I hold a grudge. I feel just to engage with many of these women at all shows that I don’t, but I am not stupid enough to erase the past. I have the knowledge, and that is what protects me.
I actually thought the comment was pretty funny and witty. Although, Lisa has made an effort to move on with Kyle after more than one season of issues with her. I just think there is more history with Kyle and Lisa and I so enjoy watching them have fun together.
This season really gets started next week when all the relationships start finding different levels and opinions differ, some friendships are strengthened and others, well….
Shit is about to get REAL everyone and I am so excited. The Divine Miss V. apologizes for her tardiness in posting (no one noticed since we were all busy with our own holidays). Lisa hopes we are blessed this holiday and as always, LOVE.