The first episode from the Real Housewives of Dallas Season 2 reunion has been a LeeAnne Locken bashing session. In reality, everyone on the opposite couch should be grateful for LeeAnne’s antics blessing them with a story line, but no one seems to get that. Thankfully D’Andra Simmons has LeeAnne’s back and seems to be the most reasonable person in the cast.
D’Andra is the only person who can check LeeAnne and defend her just as well- and LeeAnne really needed the latter after that brutal first part of the reunion.
D’Andra shared her thoughts on the reunion in her Bravo blog. She explained the comment that she mad about being a “boss bitch” unlike Stephanie Hollman: “When I said that Stephanie doesn’t have a boss bitch attitude like me, I meant that she is not very strong. My mom would call her weak. For some reason, she is confident and sassy in her confessionals, but in a one-on-one conversation, she avoids conflict. Case in point, LeeAnne dressing up as Two-Faced Stephanie and going to her Halloween party. If I were in Stephanie’s shoes, LeeAnne would have been out on the curb in a split second.” Fair enough, but that would have made for way less interesting episode.
D’Andra continued, “A boss bitch doesn’t need her husband’s approval to do things (but family decisions like buying a home should always be mutual, Travis [Hollman]). I was calling out the fact that, as many have noticed throughout the season, Stephanie is unable to make her own decisions.” She pointed out, “In fact, it seems throughout the season, Brandi [Redmond] and Cary [Deuber] have directed Stephanie as they see fit. I would not have needed my husband’s approval to kick LeeAnne out our house, but Stephanie apparently did. Why would I continue to entertain someone who is taking advantage of my kindness by making fun of me?”
D’Andra wasn’t done sharing her opinions on the dynamic between Stephanie and Travis. She wrote, “Travis talks down to Stephanie on a regular basis by throwing his ‘breadwinner’ status in her face. And Stephanie may be getting back at her husband for purchasing a house without her approval by spending a lot of his money on renovations, but trust me, Travis is paying for a lot more than just a house, so this is one husband who is happy to oblige. I hope Stephanie gets tough and learns to NOT let people push her around. It’s great to be sweet but not so great to be gullible!”
Another comment that D’Andra needed to clarify from the reunion was when she stated that LeeAnne “uses her PTSD when it’s convenient” for her. She wrote, “If you noticed in the honest tea episode when LeeAnne started on her tirade about her past and her upbringing, I jumped on the defense and told her to stop. This is not because I don’t believe her past or her ‘PTSD’ is legitimate, but I know from watching Season 1 and now living out the last year that the more she brings that out as a reason for her bad behavior, the less the ladies respect her.”
D’Andra added, “LeeAnne has her issues from her past, and so do I. I’m proud that she’s been seeking help to work through them, but when she uses them to explain why she acts a certain way, the ladies see it as deflecting. In reality, it truly is the root cause of the behavior, but like the boy who cried wolf, the more she explains it that way, the less validity the ladies see in it. When I said that she uses her PTSD when it’s convenient, it was a little harsh — I will admit. I know she’s troubled by her past, but I believe her constant dwelling on it and her suffering harms her more than helps with this group.”
Stephanie, Cary, and Brandi keep insisting that they don’t “feel safe” around LeeAnne, which D’Andra dismisses, writing, “it’s ridiculous to me that Cary, Brandi, and Stephanie keep pedaling this nonsense about feeling unsafe around LeeAnne. It’s stupid. LeeAnne is not a threat to anyone, and these girls are just perpetuating this story to continue to fight with LeeAnne and show her in a negative light.” Clearly, they don’t feel that unsafe if they continue making fun of her, showing up for events where she will be in attendance, and filming a reality show with LeeAnne. D’Andra declared, “Let me say this: I feel safer with LeeAnne’s hands than with my back turned to some of these ladies…”
The knocks just kept on coming for my girl LeeAnne during that reunion. It was confirmed that Brandi did not say anything to LeeAnne during her infamous “they’re just hands” rant. D’Andra admitted, “Speaking of backstabbing, let’s discuss the conversation behind closed doors with LeeAnne and Brandi. Am I surprised that after the tape was checked Brandi had said nothing to spark LeeAnne’s ‘hands’ monologue? Yes, I am.”
But we all did see Brandi bring it up on the way to the surgery. Isn’t that close enough? Obviously the conversation was still on LeeAnne’s mind minutes later. D’Andra concurred and wrote, “What I will say though YET AGAIN is that Brandi brought up Cary’s comments about LeeAnne’s doctor in the car ride to the procedure. When someone is on the way to surgery, you should never bring up a negative conversation, especially when LeeAnne was already freaking out about her procedure.” EXACTLY.
D’Andra continued, “When you add in prescribed drugs, the mind can be its own funhouse at the fair. What she said was not okay. Was it a threat of murder? HAHA, no. Was it inappropriate? Obviously, which I have said countless times, but I don’t blame LeeAnne for having a medically-induced outburst. Cary had been very condescending to her in regards to her impending medical procedure, attempting to discredit her doctor with her knowledge as a ‘medical professional’ (please save my ears from having to hear that one more time as well as ‘my body is a temple’). All parties involved (Brandi, Cary, and LeeAnne) made mistakes and are at fault here.” I agree with all of that- especially having no desire to hear Cary ramble on and on about her perfect body.
Part one of the reunion ended with LeeAnne walking off the set after it was announced that Cary’s husband Mark Deuber would be joining the ladies. D’Andra wrote, “And now we get to the real kicker of Part 1 of the reunion. Kameron Westcott, LeeAnne, and I had all been told that the reunion filming was closed. It was VERY shocking when Andy [Cohen] said that Mark would be joining us. As you could tell, Cary was SO distraught that she flew into a rage when I questioned why Mark was allowed to be there. Gotta love an adult temper tantrum! Mark’s entrance definitely upset our side of the couch.” Obviously someone knew LeeAnne would provide some premium content if she was caught off guard by Mark’s arrival- but it’s pretty shitty that half the cast was made aware of Mark’s appearance and the rest were in the dark.
Are you ready for part 2 of the reunion tonight? Tune in and join us in the comments to watch the crazy unfold!
TELL US- IS STEPHANIE CAPABLE OF MAKING HER OWN DECISIONS? WAS IT FAIR THE LEEANNE, D’ANDRA, & KAMERON HAD NO IDEA THAT MARK WOULD BE AT THE REUNION?
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