Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Season 5 Episode 10 Cast Blogs Blogged by Namaste
(Note from Veena – I’m firmly convinced Kim and Brandi have the same blog writer.)
Kyle Should be Worried, Not Embarrassed
Kim tells us she would have named this episode “Awkward”. She makes a little joke about it says she has to laugh in the end. Funny, I really saw nothing funny about this episode. Sad? Yes. Funny? No.
From the limo to the spa to the wine tasting, there was literally alcohol everywhere in this episode. But I am so strong in my sobriety today and know how to handle situations like this. I removed myself from the situation and was fine the whole trip. It was AWKWARD only because the people made the situation awkward by constantly checking in on me. While I am appreciative of everyone’s concern, I just want them to trust me when I say, “I’m totally fine. It doesn’t bother me.” Overall, the spa day was perfectly fine and fun.
I’m gonna stick to my guns and say it is not appropriate to put Kim in situations where she is surrounded by booze. It is irresponsible of her “friends” and production to put her into that situation. It shows ZERO respect for her sobriety. Kim is only a little over a year sober and I know recovered alcoholics that have made it 10+ years and still avoid situations where the booze is flowing. She also shares that she thinks Brandi’s vagina chatter is funny. I think Kim is a recovering alcoholic AND a very poor judge of character.
OK—now here’s the back story to the whole poker night debacle. Before the poker party took place, I had been struggling with bronchitis and pneumonia for weeks. I went to the doctor several times because I was in so much pain, so I really was in no shape to go to the spa day or poker night. And I definitely didn’t want to go out when Monty came back to the house before poker night after being gone for a couple days. I just wanted to stay at home with him, but I had to go to Eileen’s with the girls. I took the pain medication from Monty thinking it can get me through the pain I was experiencing. Little did I know, it just made me kind of out of it! But seriously, if I knew the medication was going to affect me in a negative way, I would have NEVER taken it. Careless decision on my part—lesson learned! Also, I was hurt that all Kyle could say was how embarrassed she was. As a sister, I would be worried, not embarrassed. I’m just grateful that Brandi was a good friend and supported me. What I don’t understand is why so many of the girls tried to make me stay when all I wanted to do was go home and rest after it got AWKWARD. Why would anyone want to make the situation worse after me and Kyle’s bathroom confrontation? Sometimes, we all just have to “let it go.”
Oy vay. Now we are on “The Lame Excuse Train”. Kim is gonna claim she had bronchitis and pneumonia, YET, I watched this episode TWICE and never once heard her cough or blow her nose. She didn’t look lethargic. We saw this in past seasons where she was filled with excuses when she was drunk/high. Remember when she told Kyle she thought she was preggers? So, Monty gave her “something” but she has no idea what it was. Um, so when you got home, you didn’t ask? You didn’t check the bottle? Does she think I am stupid? She goes on to criticize Kyle for being embarrassed. I WASN’T THERE AND I WAS EMBARRASSED. And to say Kyle wasn’t concerned just shows how Kim is so selfish and self absorbed (which is part of addiction). She thinks Brandi is a “good friend” yet Brandi enables her and admits to drinking large sums of alcohol in front of her. Yes, that sounds like a great friend to me.
In the next episode you will see that I end up in the hospital with major injuries due to being sick, but because of my history, some people will automatically assume one thing, even though they have seen nothing but strength and courage in my sobority for the last three years. To quote myself, if I may, “I have nothing to hide from anybody.” I’m glad I’m able to tell my side of the story here. Despite all the AWKWARD drama between Kyle, me, and Brandi, I just want to focus on staying healthy, strong, and happy for myself and my loved ones! Until next time!
Unless Kim is hospitalized because her lungs shut down due to her fictionalized bronchitis and pneumonia, I am calling BULLSHIT. Yes, we have seen Kim face this with strength and courage over the years. As I have said before, I have nothing but respect for people who are battling addiction and winning. Kim has shown us what a recovering addict can do. BUT, I think not owning her relapse is not healthy.
Kyle Wants To Help When There’s An Audience
Newsflash: I’M NOT SOBER, and fantasies are just that–fantasies. I’ve just about HAD IT with these judgmental women that pretend to be perfect and think they do no wrong. Spa day was fine other than the uncomfortable wine tasting, but I tried to tell some jokes to loosen the mood.
Well, thank God she cleared that up. I was terribly worried that Brandi was in fact sober for this whole episode and perhaps aliens had abducted her during the night and stolen what was left of her brain and left a self absorbed shell of a human being. My bad.
Poker night…Kyle called me and asked me to bring champagne in the car for the ride over to poker night at Eileen’s, and we shared one bottle. I generally drink wine, not champagne, and was feeling good. As all of my friends have pointed out to me, it’s the third glass that usually takes me to the dark side. Kyle had as much to drink as I did, but it didn’t seem to affect her. I guess she must have a really HIGH tolerence. Eileen’s house is beautiful on the outside–and it may be a dick thing to say–but creepy on the inside in my opinion. I switched over to white wine, and while there were a few appetizers (one made with kids’ frozen mini pancakes and oddly colored salmon), there really wasn’t much to eat, and it was dinner time after all.
OH, so it was cause you had champagne instead of wine. I get it. Champagne turns you into an asshole. But wait, what about all the other times we saw you drinking wine and you were an asshole? Oh, and nice dig at Kyle saying she must have a HIGH tolerance. I imagine Kyle might have had a nice dinner with her family before she left for Poker Night knowing full well that she was gonna consume some booze and didn’t want to make a fool of herself on an empty tummy. Once they all sit to learn poker (after politely complimenting Eileen on her decorating choices), Brandi says she was drunk AND hungry. She then goes to say these “smart” women act like poker is rocket science. Well, to tell you the truth, poker is a very challenging game. It involves several thought processes. One must observe body language, take in other people’s hands and pay attention to what has been dealt. I think Kyle and Lisa actually wanted to LEARN the game rather than just play for fun since they did have a real poker expert willing to teach them. She tells us when Kim came out of the bathroom with Kyle, that Kim wanted Kyle to “leave her alone”. Um, Kim followed Kyle INTO the bathroom; she wasn’t dragged in there by her hair. Brandi then jumped right in to rescue Kim. Right. Cause if I am in a bad place, I want the drunkest person in the room to help me out.
Kyle only wants to “help” Kim when Kyle has an audience. In that moment of time, Kim was not in the right state of mind or condition to have any kind of conversation or altercation, yet Kyle persisted, even going as far as getting physical and grabbing me twice, as well as breaking my skin open to keep me from removing Kim from this bad situation. So ask yourself this question: If Kyle was so worried and embarrassed about Kim’s behavior, then why wouldn’t she just let me get Kim home and out of this embarrassing situation? Even in my intoxicated state, I knew that was the only solution. Kyle, while planes and yachts are nice, if family is everything, how could you treat your sister Kim the way you do?
So, Kyle broke your skin open now? Really? You were mortally wounded yet you still had the strength to push Kyle away and down a stair. Very classy.
Brandi Loves to Stir the Pot
Eileen begins her blog telling us how beautiful Yolanda’s daughters are. Yes, they are gorgeous, but they only get to eat an almond every day and if that’s what makes you pretty, I will continue to eat cake.
Vincent and I thought it would be fun and different to have a poker tournament with the ladies. My husband knows poker inside and out, and it’s a huge opportunity to have someone like him actually teach you how to play. We’ve done parties like this before, and it really can be such a good time…so much for that. Vincent tried so hard to keep things light and fun, but the wheels started falling off the bus right away.
Its always so sweet to see the naivety of a newbie. Poor Eileen had no idea what she was inviting into her home. She shares that she could tell something was “off” with Kim from the get-go. She says Kim was aggressive to everyone, but most especially towards Kyle
Then to find out she took someone else’s pain medication? Mixing that kind of emotional turmoil with meds that aren’t prescribed for you cannot be a good combination.
Um, no. Not so much. Not cool for Monty to allegedly OFFER up his pain meds to a recovering addict either (about as cool as offering to have Kim smell your delicious wine though).
Brandi says she wants to help Kim, but it seems that she really wants to make the situation worse. I don’t get this chick. Why is she trying to drive a wedge between Kim and Kyle? Especially from their car ride over together where Kyle spoke in such a loving and concerned way about her sister, and Brandi seemed to appreciate that. Then she gets to our home and turns on Kyle.
Welcome to the Real Housewives Eileen. There will always be one cast member per city that no one “gets”. Brandi is toxic.
Obviously, Brandi loves to stir the pot. I guess she gets a kick out of being provocative and saying mean and nasty things. As far as her comments about our home? I thought it was comical that she mentioned Norman Bates, considering she’s the one that’s acting psycho.
These women are way more gracious than I. If this dingbat came into my home and started insulting my home (and didn’t she walk around Carlton’s Haunted Castle last year and LOVE it?), I would kindly show her skinny ass the door.
I didn’t see what happened between Brandi and Kyle in our entryway until I watched the episode. Scary. The evening has spiraled completely out of control. It doesn’t appear that things will get any better next week…OMG!
You are right Eileen. This coming episode appears to be where the shit hits the fan, but what I am looking forward to the most is Vincent watching the driveway battle from the window of his garage! Did anyone else catch this on last week’s episode? You can see Vincent’s face in the garage window (remember when Chris watched Tre, Jac and Caro fight on his deck?). Its hilarious and was pretty much the highlight of the whole episode for me.
Kim’s Demeaner was Questionable
I bet Lisa is thanking her lucky stars she chose Cabo over a poker lesson.
We start with a day trip to the spa. It was a pleasant day, and I don’t for a minute believe Kyle intended to embarrass her sister or lead her into temptation with regard to the wine tasting. It was unfortunate circumstances, and I thought Kim reacted accordingly and seemed to deal with it appropriately. The car ride to the spa where we are all confined was a different matter. There we have it: the need to shock once more in Brandi’s’s graphic detail of her fantasy. I don’t find anything she says remotely amusing, stimulating, or even vaguely interesting, just always provocative, trying to elicit a reaction.
OH! Lisa is the first to mention “the fantasy” and let me share, I sat watching this with my mouth open. Had it been summer, it would have filled with flies. I was aghast (I have never had the opportunity to use that word but I think it is appropriate here!). When that is your fantast, how can you be terribly surprised your husband and boyfriends bring another woman into their beds? Lisa talks of the car rides to Eileen’s home (AKA Norman Bate’s Home) and the odd behaviors of Kim.
I cannot fathom how one can arrive–with the knowledge that every moment will be recorded, documented in front of millions, where they are absolutely positive that interactions in a group setting are required–without one’s faculties, albeit due to drink or drugs and not expect people to comment on irrational and volatile behavior.
AMEN! I still am baffled when these ladies act surprised in their blogs that they are being judged for their behavior. If you don’t want to be judged, get your ass off reality tv OR stop handing people things to talk about!
I do recall a similar situation, myself, two years ago in Paris, where Kim’s demeanor was questionable, her words were slurring and she was not herself. I made the mistake of suggesting she had taken a sleeping pill to combat the demands of jet lag, almost hoping that this would be a legitimate and understandable explanation for her bizarre behavior. I was met with an angry response–how dare I insinuate that she was not committed to her sobriety? But her actions spoke otherwise.
Well, same thing here. Kim becomes VERY defensive when her sobriety is questioned and it is VERY obvious that she is not sober. We saw in this episode that many of the ladies came right out and asked her. Again, addiction is a beast. Anyone who fights the beast and can keep him at bay is a winner in my book.
My point being is if we subject our friends to questionable conduct, aren’t we therefore justified to call it out as Lisa R. did in the car?
Yup. I have called out people in my life on their addiction. Not because I wish to embarrass them, but because I respect their sobriety and want to support it. Lisa makes it very clear that she supports Kim’s sobriety unequivocally. She was saddened after watching game night. She was also reminded of the last game night and how she thankfully missed that one, too. She tells us she loved her vacation with Pandora, Jason, her brother, Giggy and Ken. I wish I was on that vaca, too.
Loved seeing those beautiful girls, that I have adored for quite a few years now, as they start their modeling careers in New York.
<snore> guess she had to add something about Yolanda. Boring.
I have to say I was disheartened to see the animosity at Eileen’s house who had obviously gone to a great deal of trouble to create a fabulous evening. She is a sweet woman with a dear of a husband, and I believe they were unprepared for the nastiness that ensued. It was startling, but I understood Kyle’s frustration as she attempted to communicate with Kim, only to be blocked by Brandi. Kyle obviously, with years of experiencing situations like this, resented Brandi physically blocking her attempt to reach her sister.
It is very different to love a person living with addiction. It doesn’t just affect the addict. There is a wave that hits everyone in its sights. Kim’s kids, husbands, siblings, etc. have all been deeply and profoundly changed by this beast. For Brandi to suggest that she “knows” Kim better or that Kyle only wants Kim around for a storyline is just sickening. When you have lived around a person with addiction, even after they are in recovery, you will be always on alert for the next relapse. It is constant. The phone rings and Kyle sees Kim’s name on her caller ID and I can bet dollars to donuts that her first thought is, “Something has happened!” Remember, Kim was an addict a lot longer than she has been in recovery. We now see that the we are veering into Crazy Town with Brandi as it’s mayor. Cuckoo LaRue is going to go head to head with Kyle. This cannot end well.
It Felt Just as Awkward as it Looked
Lisa realizes they just went from 0-60 in no time flat. Last week was all sweet and emotional and this week, well, the shit gets real.
Needless to say, the rides to and from Santa Barbara were full of crazy conversations. Is it strange to anyone else that we keep talking about grooming habits down there? Seems to be an oddly recurring theme. Anyway, I thought the lunch and wine tasting actually went rather well, all things considered. All of us were concerned about how Kim felt being put into this situation. Like I mentioned, I didn’t know where Kim was in her sobriety at that point with being around alcohol or others drinking it in front of her. I thought she handled it well by knowing when to excuse herself, as I’m sure the whole situation made her uncomfortable. And I certainly know how uncomfortable Kyle was. She really had no idea the lunch would center around drinking. Overall, I’d say the whole trip to Santa Barbara was a success.
I still stand firm in my belief that someone should have put an end to the wine tasting before it even started. These are strong women and I am not sure why no one spoke up and just said, “Sorry, we would rather have a sit down lunch then a wine tasting.” I’m not sure if production doesn’t allow this or if everyone is trying to be polite, but if being polite puts your friend at risk, I say its time to be a little rude. I will say I don’t think Kyle thought it would be this way at all and felt horribly that it went the way it did, but she could have easily removed herself and Kim from the situation by moving to a table away from the group and eating a regular lunch OR booking an additional spa service. Just my two cents. Lisa moves on to chat about the most awkward car ride in housewife history. From the moment Lisa got in the car, there was something so very wrong with Kim. Lisa did her best to try and change the topic and keep Kim from attacking her. I might have just asked the driver to pull over and hop out.
Before we dive deeper into the chaos of the night, I have to say that Vinny is quickly becoming one of my favorites. He’s just so charming and funny, and I love watching him and Eileen banter back and forth. They are such a dynamic couple. Unfortunately, what started as a lovely evening hosted by this fabulous couple quickly disintegrated into a mess of strange behavior. Who knew sitting around a poker table would send some of the girls to the dark side? The repetitive use of the word ‘stupid’ was absolutely unacceptable, though not altogether surprising as Kim and Brandi’s behavior speaks for itself.
I’m still shocked that these ladies do not kick people out of their houses. If someone came into my home and started insulting my decorating, I would not so kindly ask them to get the hell out! Who does that? I am really starting to question Brandi’s parents because those are the people in our lives who teach us basic manners. My mom always told me, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Did Brandi’s parents say, “Verbal diarrhea is totally acceptable”?
That’s all superficial level stuff though that can roll off my back. The part that’s really hard was to watch Kyle realize with both fear and confusion what was going down in front of her own eyes. Kyle is no stranger to this complicated road she’s been down before with Kim, and I know what a deep relationship the two sisters have, so I really feel for her.
Honestly, I felt worse for Kyle then for Kim. Kim chose to take a drug that she shouldn’t have. Kyle did not choose to spend her evening watching her sister disintegrate in front of her.
This Was Brandi’s Master Plan
Kyle starts off chatting about the spa visit. It was great until there was no lunch served; only wine. Oh, and a smoothie for Kim. Kyle tells us she offered to leave with Kim, but she insisted she was fine. (As we know now, she was not fine.)
I had been looking forward to poker night, because I really like Eileen and wanted to get to know her better. Besides, I had never played poker before and thought it would be fun to learn.
Eileen’s home is lovely. Brandi’s rude comments about Eileen’s home were uncalled for. You would think after throwing the wine at Eileen she would be bending over backwards to be nice to her.
The rude comments that Brandi made really do completely erase her apology for the wine toss.
One thing that was very clear to me in watching this is that Brandi is not my friend. Never has been. I have tried to give her the benefit of the doubt but always kept her at arms’ length. To see her pretending to be friends with me in the car ride to Eileen’s and then turning on me made things abundantly clear to me. Brandi can’t be a friend to anyone. Including my sister.
After watching the whole episode you now see that Brandi was really playing Kyle in the car ride home. I am sure everything Kyle said was going to be repeated back to Kim in a negative way.
Her comments about me always being jealous of Kim’s career couldn’t be further from the truth. That is not how we were raised. My mom always taught us that any success the three of had ( Kathy, Kim, and Kyle) was a “feather in all our caps.”
If anyone was jealous, I would have to guess it would be Kim. Kyle has a beautiful family with a supportive husband and is financially stable. Kim, on the other hand, is not financially stable. She does not own her home and I imagine she has little to no savings.
What Brandi was calling jealousy was actually concern. Perhaps Brandi always assuming everyone is jealous is her projecting.
DING DING DING!!! Kyle hit the nail on the head.
I went to the bathroom and Kim followed me in. Brandi seems to not have even wanted Kim to come to the bathroom to talk to me.
Kim being mad at me made no sense, which made me more concerned for the situation and her well-being. I wanted to pull her away from everyone to speak privately but Brandi wasn’t allowing us to, as though she somehow needed to “protect” my sister from me, when clearly my sister needed a loved one to make sure she was OK (which is why she followed me into the bathroom). Brandi was putting her arm up and blocking me from being able to talk to my sister. Many things are going through my head at this point: Concern for my sister and for our relationship that we have worked so hard on and the fear that a manageable (yet concerning) situation might spiral out of control, because one person seemed to be using it to her advantage in a dangerous way.
I believe Kim became mad at Kyle after going into the bathroom and THEN being pulled aside by Brandi and “reminded” how Kyle does not support her and really doesn’t want her to be successful. I think Kim is VERY easily manipulated and Brandi is more than happy to oblige.
I was extremely frustrated that this person, who is not family or anyone I consider close, is keeping me from my sister. She put her arm up to block me, and I first said, “Please don’t do that.” I then pushed her arm down to stop her from blocking me from Kim. As Kim was leaving and Brandi was walking out with her and blocking me, I pulled her arm back to stop her from keeping Kim and me apart.
I did not see anything in Kyle’s behavior that required Brandi to push her the way she did. Yes, I would push someone’s hands off of me, but she pushed her with both her hands and pushed her down a stair (I think).
Watching Kim and Brandi talking outside it is very clear to me that Brandi takes advantage of Kim when she is at her most vulnerable and wants her to believe that she is the only one that cares or understands her. Brandi also is using my sister to look like she is taking care of Kim and distracting us from Brandi’s own obvious issues.
Agreed. I couldn’t agree more with Kyle on this. Kim was being manipulated. Of course there are issues between Kim and Kyle that will always remain on or below the surface, but if someone like Brandi stirs the pot, well, the shit hits the fan! Still, the best part of these scene was Vincent watching the whole thing unravel from the garage window. I wish he had a thought bubble above his head. Kyle says this is the end of her friendship with Brandi (although I don’t there ever really was a friendship. I think Kyle kept Brandi at arms length and repeated the mantra, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer). I guess the rest of the season is going to be Brandi bashing Kyle and convincing Kim that Kyle doesn’t want her sober or happy. Sigh.
Things that make me happy about this episode…
Yolanda never once complained that Lisa didn’t invite her to Pump, her Star, her closet, her dentist appointment, her mammogram, etc.
Brandi didn’t offer to perform cunnilingus on anyone.
We all got to see Giggy in all his nekkid glory!
Lisa Rinna should be invited to every event. Like every event ever.
Vincent watching the girl fight from the safety of his garage.