Southern Charm

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Thomas Ravenel…bless his heart. The fifty-something playboy Lothario whose antics and relationship drama are highlighted each week on Southern Charm is definitely the guy fans love to hate–or, in some cases, hate to love. He seems to be constantly riding a bourbon high even when stone-cold sober, he yells at his dinner guests, and he is likely to jump out the window to avoid confrontation with the mother of his two young children of whom he is now estranged. Hell, T-Rav once drunkenly fell in a pool with his baby girl! All these shenanigans aside, there is something about his that is interesting, a bit endearing, and dare I say, charming? Sheesh. I need to lay off the vino and get some sleep.

The former politician (and inmate) has had his share of ups and downs over the three seasons of the Bravo hit, and all of them revolve around his volatile relationship with Kathryn Dennis, thirty years his junior, and pretty dramatic in her own right. The pair makes for great reality television, but the headlines they cause when the cameras aren’t rolling are nothing short of heartbreaking. The pair is currently in a bitter custody dispute over toddler Kensie and baby boy St. Julien, and they tend to air their grievances on social media (loud and ugly) rather than sorting out issues in private. But hey, isn’t that what makes them so fascinating? Of course, with two beautiful little ones in the mix, I say that with a major dose of sarcasm.

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Um, hello! Just like that, some chick who has had maybe twenty-three seconds of screen time all season made every Southern Charm fan ring their bells for Michael to fetch another shot of what the hell?? Cheers to you, Robyn! You so casually dropped that bombshell about your friend that it seemed almost inadvertent. All that was missing was a “bless her heart” to let us know just how calculated that one innocent statement was. What a doozie! But, like Tennessee Williams (who, according to Kathryn Dennis, writes stuff), I digress…

The best things end far too soon…whether it’s the weekend, my paycheck, or this season’s guiltiest pleasure! The finale begins where last week’s episode ends – with Cooper Ray attempting to corral Thomas Ravenel back into his house as Landon Clements narrowly escapes colliding with a mid-sized SUV with her golf cart. At her place down the street, Landon, Craig Conover, Naomie, and Cameran Eubanks rehash the crazy while Shepard “Shep” Rose laments a dinner uneaten. Landon gets upset when Shep defends Kathryn. Did he not just witness her go all “Moncks Corner” on her ass? Shep counters that Landon refuses to take the high road and presented Kathryn with the ammunition. He believes that Landon, Kathryn, and Thomas are far more alike than Landon would ever admit. Now where’s that damn pizza?

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SOUTHERN CHARM -- Pictured: (l-r) Thomas Ravenel, Landon Clements, Kathryn Dennis Calhoun -- (Photo by: Paul Cheney/Bravo)

It’s a bittersweet day for reality fans! Tonight marks the return of The Real Housewives of Orange County, but it’s also the season finale of Southern Charm! This season flew by way too fast, right?!

In the wake of Thomas Ravenel’s disastrous dinner party, things are tense with the cast, but Kathryn Dennis is thrilled that T-Rav finally had her back.  We know this won’t last long…

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Admit it. You’ve been waiting on Thomas Ravenel’s epic dinner party since it was first teased on this season’s Southern Charm premiere. Was it everything you hoped it would be? That and more, of course! Regardless of what is going on now between T-Rav and Kathryn Dennis, last night the aging playboy had his baby mama’s back…or does he just love to hijack his own event–remember that Glass Menagerie speech? 

As the cast greets the new day on last night’s episode, Whitney Sudler-Smith gifts mother Patricia Altshul with a grand-dog. She’s thrilled with the new pooch and doesn’t seem to realize that in these situations, puppies are the universal substitute for someone who isn’t quite ready for the real thing. Maybe someone should have bought Kathryn and Thomas a kennel? Craig Conover pops in to visit Kathryn and meet St. Julien Rembert who is merely a week old. She asks him which parent Julien favors more, but Craig thinks all babies look identical. Plus, he’s not sure who the father is to even be able to make that assessment. Man, with friends like Craig, who needs enemies? So much for being Kathryn’s biggest cheerleader! Kathryn reveals that two babies are easier than she’d anticipated, and the relationship she’s always dreamed of with T-Rav is finally within reach. 

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Tonight’s Watch What Happens Live was nearly a Southern Charm reunion episode, minus T-Rav and Kathryn Dennis, although they were the topic of conversation. In the clubhouse tonight: Cameran Eubanks, Whitney Sudler-Smith, Landon Clements, – and later on in the episode – Shep Rose.

Andy reveals that Landon’s ex-husband was once married to Stacey Dash. Andy remarks that Stacy is dumb and then corrects it to “she says dumb things.” Landon just giggles and says they’re in a good place so she’s not messing it up by saying a word.

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Remember when I said I just like to think of what’s going on with the Southern Charm stars as the show airs instead of their present day antics? This post is precisely why (well part of it at least). There is actual good news and rumored bad news with the Bravo’s volatile couple.

Thomas Ravenel took Kathryn Dennis, his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two young children, to family court last week (with a hearing on the merits scheduled for June 27th), and while we don’t know what happened during the motion hearing, we do know that Thomas is posting pictures with his daughter for the first time in months. That’s good news, right? 

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For all of you who have speculated (on both sides) as to why Thomas Ravenel hasn’t taken Kathryn Dennis to court for custody of their two children (or, on the flip side, why Kathryn hasn’t sought financial support through a legal avenue), it’s all starting today. Yup. The estranged couple will face off in family court at a temporary hearing on June 27, but this afternoon, the judge will hear a motion to seal the case.

I try really, really (reallyreallyreally) hard when I recap Southern Charm to focus on the episode even though we’re watching events that took place several months ago. Drowning out what’s happening with these two in the here and now is just too tragic when I think of those precious babies. The pair have two year old daughter Kensington Calhoun and seven month old son St. Julien Rembert, and while I’m sure they have good hearts and good intentions (sometimes), neither seem to be skilled at being the bigger person.  

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Southern? Without a doubt. Charming? Eh, sometimes more than others with these guys! On last night’s Southern Charmthe drama continued to focus on Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis with a little bit of Maury Povich mixed in for good measure.  After we witnessed the birth of the couple’s son St. Julien Rembert Ravenel last week, T-Rav’s friends, including JD Madison and Whitney Sudler-Smith, encouraged the playboy to make sure he was, in fact, the father, and Craig Conover, Kathryn’s biggest cheerleader, jumped on the bandwagon. Of course, we had to wait until the witching hour to see it, but wowsers…and next week? Don’t get me started! 

The episode begins with Cameran Eubanks calling Shepard “Shep” Rose about their partnerShep listing, but he’s busy taste-testing gin drinks at his bar, the Palace Hotel. Also getting an early start on the day is Craig who drops in on his former boss, Extreme Akim Anastapoulo. Akim finds it laughable to learn that Craig is in the hotel business. Not only did he spend three years in law school, but Craig graduated three years ago and still hasn’t taken the bar. The lawyer/Eye for an Eye star wants to hit Craig over the head with his Bat of Justice. He wonders how Craig will explain such a gap in his legal resume to future employers. Craig swears he doesn’t want to waste his education, and Akim begrudgingly agrees to help him get on the right path after he passes the bar. Something tells me this will Akim’s final cameo. Next time Craig seeks advice, Akim will send Kato Kaelin…or Big Sugar Ray.

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