Two seasons later, Erika left her time as a neutral party behind. She fought with then-rookie Dorit Kemsley for most of her second season. And now Erika is at odds with season’s new girl Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave. Is this an unfortunate pattern or merely a coincidence? Erika opened up about that and more during the last episode of Watch What Happens Live.
First my condolences to Lisa Vanderpump who lost Pink Dog. Unbeknowst to Ken and Lisa, Pink Dog had a heart condition and went into cardiac arrest, dying in Ken’s arms on the way to the vet. Ken and Lisa are obviously devastated by losing one of their furry children, and worst of all, Ken blames himself. Then right after Pink Dog’s sudden passing, another of their pack, Pikachu, ended up on a ventilator. Grief? I’m sure Ken and Lisa have rescued at least 100 more dogs since then, and they’re now stacking them on top of each other like shoe boxes to form a furry bulwark against evil bitches, but it’s sad about Pink Dog all the same. RIP.
It came across like Teddi felt genuinely guilty keeping this to herself, it was killing her not to get it off her chest, and then she realized that all of those shit talking scenes were filmed and she would have to answer for them eventually. And then her tension with Dorit morphed into a tongue lashing from Erika Girardi. Teddi insinuated that Erika was lying when she told her she has “pretend amnesia.” I don’t blame Erika for being offended, but she channeled that Hong Kong freakout and came for Teddi- way too hard.
Wow. That last Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episode was intense. Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave decided to tell Lisa Rinna about something Dorit Kemsley said three months prior using her accountability coach job title as an excuse for her honesty. On one hand, it makes sense that Teddi would want to get that off her chest, but the timing could have been way better. Why wait that long and until they were actually getting along?
Then the tension between Teddi and Dorit turned into a face off between Teddi and Erika Girardi. Teddi accused Erika of having “pretend amnesia.” Erika interpreted that as Teddi calling her a liar and Erika showed a level of anger that we haven’t seen since that Hong Kong freak out. Teddi shouldn’t have insinuated that Erika was lying, but Erika struck back at her a little too hard. It really didn’t seem like Teddi was trying to stir shit up, but her attempt to do the right thing blew up in her face and she left the restaurant crying. It’s a messy situation all around, but have no fear: Dorit was on Watch What Happens Live last night to make everything even messier.
I’ve appreciated Teddi all season. She’s come across as logical, sincere, and not overly eager, but she and Dorit Kemsley are like a two-headed monster each biting their shared tail and each refusing to take ACCOUNTABILITY. They started out as friends until a small infraction came between them, which ballooned into a zeppelin and now they cannot stand botoxed hide, nor fake hair of each other. To this point I’ve mostly placed the blame on Dorit for having Rinna-itis. Dorit called it “rage and regret,” but I call it shoot your mouth off, then realize later that you probably should’ve kept your mouth shut, and backpedal the $3M dollar car you can’t afford into a ditch.
However last night Teddi reignited a deceased feud for apparently NO reason other than to cause issues between Dorit and Lisa Rinna! It was revenge gossip, or repeat and revenge. And it was petty.
Camille Grammer has been making cameo appearances on Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsfor the last few seasons, but it just wasn’t the same as the Camille we first “met” during the show’s first season. Apparently she just needed to face a formidable opponent. Now that Dorit Kemsley is around to irritate the shit out of her, Camille has no problem calling her out for her antics.
Camille has been a very active tweeter all season long. Dorit is more into posting photos of herself on Instagram than sharing her thoughts on Twitter, but she did log in long enough to respond to Camille’s criticisms and it’s way more interesting than this season’s current disputes over glassware & showing up late.
It felt like Dorit Kemsley came on Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsas a loyal soldier to do Lisa Vanderpump’s bidding, so it was pretty surprising when their friendship hit a bump in the road before Dorit’s second season even ended. Sure this was bound to happen eventually, but it seemed like Dorit had a lot more drama to stir up with the rest of the women before she and Lisa started to have issues on camera.
Ultimately, I feel like these two will stick together since Lisa loves Dorit on the strength of loving her husband they are close friends. I feel like Dorit knows where all the bodies are buried at Villa Rosa and I’m sure that Lisa knows about all the secrets Dorit may be hiding at her rented mansion, so I’m all for the discord, but only if it turns into a full-blown feud. I’m not here for an elongated argument over something inconsequential. I want to see insult hurling and tea spilling.
I hate to admit this, but Dorit Kemsley is carrying this season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hillson her back. If Dorit wasn’t around, we would be subjected to a show about glam squads, home renovations, and endless self-promotion. As irritating as Dorit can be, especially when she’s coming for my beloved Camille Grammer, she is the only one bringing the drama.
Obviously Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave is not a fan of Dorit’s and I don’t blame her, but hopefully on some level she is grateful for Dorit giving her a story line and an opportunity to get the viewers on her side.