Southern Charm Savannah

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The first season of Southern Charm Savannah came to a conclusion last night, and I’m a more than a bit perplexed. There was a charity ball with zero attendance, but clearly the guest list was minimal at best if ten folks on a boat caused the colossal no-show. Additionally, there was a botched proposal, and if it was sincere, it was pretty sad. Other than that, we’ve made it through this not well thought out spin-off, and for that, we all deserve a mint julep (or a hurricane on River Street! OR BOTH!!).

Catherine Cooper heads to mentor Brandon’s house for champagne and cheese. It’s not going to take a lot of Brie for Brandon to chastise Catherine for not being committed to interior design. She admits to having a big fear of failure, and she has been coasting through life. Catherine is at a crossroads, and she doesn’t want to keep wasting her potential…whatever it is. Brandon jokes that maybe she just needs to settle into domestic bliss with Lyle McKenzie and their future brood, but that isn’t what Catherine has in mind. She tentatively believes she may be ready for the next step, but she looks like she may vomit as she says it.

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Can I get a BOO?!!! Tonight is the season finale for both Southern Charm and newcomer Southern Charm Savannah! Bravo only graced us with 13 episodes of Charleston and just 8 episodes for Savannah – not nearly enough time to get to know these newbies! We do still have the reunion episode(s?) for the Charleston gang, which filmed last week in NYC. But no word on whether we’ll get a reunion for the Savannah crew.

On tonight’s finale, Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel seem to turn a corner in their strained relationship and even share a warm embrace that leaves Kathryn confessing she wants to kiss him. Let’s all cross our fingers and toes that she backs away slowly and runs for the hills before that happens.

Naomie Olindo and Craig Conover are still struggling to make a decision about their relationship. And Chelsea is feeling a bit hurt over Austin Kroll‘s actions. The cast turns out for JD’s big night and instead of happy harmony, Craig and Shep Rose get into a heated argument. Sounds like the season is going to end with a bang.

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Southern Charm Savannah, oh how you’ve tried. We’ve almost wrapped the first season with this spin-off, and it wasn’t as well received as I would have anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, I like the crew as a whole, but there’s just not that much to watch. If Ashley Borders wasn’t creating stories in her head, playing the victim, and managing to strip at any given time, we’d just be watching a group of wealthy thirty-somethings with a penchant for partying. Been there, seen that.

Last night’s episode begins with a trip to St. Simons Island. Jealous! Much to Hannah Pearson’s dismay, Louis Oswald is planning the ultimate tailgate at Hannah’s father’s house in St. Simons for the Florida/Georgia game. Being the most clueless boyfriend on the planet, he’s included Ashley on the guest list. Ashley is driving Nelson to the South’s biggest cocktail party while complaining that Hannah has a dress company and didn’t think to consult her about it. The nerve! Hannah feels awkward arriving at her family’s beach house. Since her dad married a woman close to her age, it doesn’t have the same memories as it does now. However, Louis has promised to be the host with the most alongside his potential future father-in-law. So he forgot the oysters–big deal. Louis wonders why this party has to be some reception-grade event on Hannah’s radar. What’s wrong with Natty Lite and some Fritos? When game time rolls around, there are still streamers to be hung and tables to be assembled. Both tasks fall on Hannah and her dad. As Hannah nags Louis about his duties, he is confused as to what is wrong. Napkins taken out of plastic wrap? He’s got it. Ice in coolers? Check. What’s so hard? As Hannah micro-manages Louis, her step-sister-mother and father joke about his demise.

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It’s our favorite night of the week: Southern Charm Monday! On tonight’s Southern Charm original flavor: The cast heads to Key West to celebrate Cameran Eubanks‘ birthday.

Kathryn Dennis and Landon have an awkward exchange during a group dinner With Landon attempting a hollow apology that Kathryn sees right through. Thomas Ravenel is shocked as he gets thrown under the bus by Landon when she claims he uses her as a weapon against Kathryn.

Austen Kroll has some lingering questions after Chelsea changes her story about the incident with Shep Rose.

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On last night’s episode of Southern Charm Savannah, the crew is cleaning up the wreckage from Hurricane Matthew. While they can’t decide what was more devastating–the storm or that dinner party–Happy McCullough and Catherine Cooper are driving around assessing the damage. Happy admits that she was sickened by Nelson Lewis’ defense of his racist comments at the pre-Matthew dinner party, and Catherine is understanding…while giving Nelson Lewis the benefit of the doubt for just being an idiot.

Hannah Pearson‘s three sisters (one of whom is a Maggie Gyllenhaal clone) arrive from Atlanta and Denver for Louis‘ birthday celebration, and they dish on their parents’ divorce and their father’s subsequent random relationships. The split has been hard on the family, but it’s even more taxing now that their father has tasked his girls with bridging a friendship gap between him and their mother. Given the list of his recent dalliances and a description of their evening wear, I’m guessing that bridge is going to be

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It’s that time of the week again! Southern Charm night is upon us. And the Charmers don’t disappoint tonight.

The love triangle is in full gear tonight when Shep Rose attempts to kiss Chelsea Meissner, which shocks her and angers Austen Kroll. Austen lets Shep know they  and he lets Shep know.

Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis continue to attempt to get along for the sake of their kids. Thomas allows Kathryn to do a photoshoot with their daughter Kensie and along the way Kathryn winds up in a puddle of tears, confiding her stress to Chelsea.

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It’s become pretty obvious that on Southern Charm Savannah the person in the position of odd woman out is Ashley Borders.  Don’t feel too sorry for her, though! She has a pretty good outlook on the first season of the newest Southern Charm, even if things seems rough with her marriage under the microscope, and questions about what she really does for a living.

Throw in there her cast mates suggesting that she doesn’t have a great relationship with the truth, and Ashley does seem to be painted into a corner as the Kathryn Dennis of Savannah. But through it all, Ashley explains that she is a straight shooter who says she is still grateful to be able to have this new experience to be on Southern Charm Savannah with people she has known since childhood.

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Not even Hurricane Matthew could drown my sorrows as I watched last night’s Southern Charm Savannah. I’m really trying here, y’all! For the most part, I like the cast (save a couple). Lyle has some great one-liners, and Hannah Pearson and Happy McCullough seem nice enough. I think I’d like drinking wine with them, right? Then why can’t I get invested in this spin-off? Not even a crossover could help!

Last night’s episode resumes with the cast gathered at that heated dinner party. As Daniel Eicholz continues to school Nelson Lewis on his racial slur, Nelson feigns shock and offense. How dare Daniel quote what he said in his own home? Daniel counters that if Nelson ever hears him say something offensive, he has Daniel’s full permission to call him out on it. Nelson wasn’t being genuinely racist, he just meant the term in an allegorical sense. Allegorical? Happy is in tears, and Azam comes to her defense as he tries to educate Nelson on how his words affect others. Louis is rolling his eyes at Nelson’s ignorance, as Happy recounts how it feels to be the victim of racism because of her relationship with Azam. Lyle McKenzie leads the charge to end the dinner party, as Nelson storms out ahead of the crowd. Is he a racist? HELL DAMN NO!