A lot happened last night on Southern Charm. Beers were brewed, confrontations were had, splints were worn, and T-Rav is still looking at Kathryn Dennis in a way he’ll never look at what’s-her-name. However, none of that matters. The only thing I picked up from last night’s episode was that Kathryn and Shep Rose have had a pattern of hooking up since Kensie’s birth. WHAT?? I thought this was a manufactured storyline, but hearing their admission, I’m here for it. Sure, there is no potential for anything long-term, but girl, you do you.
As always, the episode begins as the charmers are prepping for their day. Austen Kroll is picked up by Craig Conover who has a bionic hand thanks to his butter knife situation from a few weeks ago. The duo heads to Greenville (my hometown, sorry, but I love this stuff!) to get ready for the tasting of Austen’s new beer. Austen shares with Craig that Victoria isn’t ready to party with Chelsea Meissner after Naomie Olindo’s Hilton Head Island Instagram story. Yes, we’re still talking about it, and yes, I’m confused as to why so much breath has been wasted on it. Victoria still feels threatened…by her friend…who introduced her to Austen….when said friend was dating him first. Weird how that works, right?
The one good thing about Ashley Jacobs’ presence on Southern Charm is that it brought the cast members and fans together to support Kathryn Dennis. Ashley’s tantrums have given us all great content for tweets and memes. Other than that, no one wants her on this show.
With that said, it makes sense that Kathryn didn’t think it made sense to invite Ashley to her son’s birthday party. Yes, Ashley is dating Kathryn’s son’s father Thomas Ravenel, but they were only dating for a minute and a half when this party went down. Not only that, but Ashley has been extremely rude and downright hostile toward Kathryn. Why would she want that nonsense at her son’s birthday party?
After two drama filled episodes of Southern Charm, it was time for a calm catch-up wasn’t it? Last night’s episode was just that, with a little dose of puppeteering from a guy who loves to pit women against one another. And no, I’m not talking about the brew master!
Austen Kroll’s girlfriend has hung up on him after spying Naomie Olindo’s Instagram story that shows him sitting a tad too close for comfort with Chelsea Meissner. Ashley Jacobs wants to hit the hot tub with Whitney Sudler-Smith who jokes she should soak with her new friends. As she cackles, Kathryn Dennis and Naomie sneak out of the kitchen before Ashley gets any ideas. Austen pulls Chelsea aside to share Victoria’s rage. Chelsea hates that Austen is being forced to choose between dating Victoria and maintaining a friendship with Chelsea, but that seems to be what is happening. He doesn’t understand. If Chelsea was hurt by his relationship and wanted him back, it would be one thing, but that’s not the case. Is it? IS IT? Austen certainly wishes it was.
Season 5 of Southern Charmhas been so good. They finally got the casting right and every episode this season has truly delivered. The fandom has banded together against Thomas Raveneland Ashley Jacobs. Kathryn Dennis is finally getting the support she deserves. There is just so much going on this season.
I don’t think it would be humanly possible for me to get sick of Southern Charm even if it aired all year long. This season, in particular, has been everything, and it’s not because of someone claiming to play the role of villain after getting reamed for their bad behavior. It’s been so fun to watch Kathryn Dennis get her life together while Thomas Ravenel implodes (or explodes as happened last night). This week’s episode had everything: Craig Conover hit rock bottom, Naomie Olindo acted crabby, and Shep Rose, who loves EVERYONE, was unable to stomach T-Rav’s latest plus one. Mix in some mild canoodling (and tears) from Chelsea Meissner and Austen Kroll, and it was a winner! Just kidding, it was full-on hard to watch mess thanks to what’s her name. My friend, who has been hesitantly straddling the Team Kathryn fence (she can’t forget), expressed it best when she texted me that her husband had a headache due to the amount of screaming she’d been doing at her TV in favor of our underdog.
Last week’s cliffhanger had everyone screaming “What Dau…fu(skie)?!?” at their television screens when Ashley Jacobs came for Kathryn on the charmers’ weekend getaway to Hilton Head Island. Just a quick refresher: Ashley really wants to be invited to Saint’s birthday party, so she went about procuring an invitation in the best way possible…feigning sympathy for the passing of Kathryn’s grandmother followed by insulting Kathryn’s mothering skills. It’s Emily Post 101, y’all!
Even though I have always been #TeamKathryn, it’s taken a few years for the other Southern Charm fans to see what I’ve seen all along and support the person who has always made this show interesting: Kathryn Dennis.
All it took was for Kathryn to acquire an enemy that absolutely no one could side with: Thomas Ravenel’snew girlfriend Ashley Jacobs. From her instantly moving to Charleston to be with Thomas to rubbing it in Kathryn’s face that she first met Kathryn’s kids on Mother’s Day, this woman just hasn’t made a great impression on the fandom. Let’s not forget the first scene of the season with Ashley telling Kathryn that she is “just an egg donor.” There really isn’t a whole lot to root for when it comes to Ashley, so by default pretty much everyone is on Kathryn’s “side” in every single altercation they have.
Last night’s Southern Charm had everything America needs right now. Kathryn Dennis went head to head with her very whiny replacement. Thomas Ravenel lost the drinking game where he had to take a shot every time his wallet’s girlfriend said the word “birthday.” Most importantly, CRAIG CONOVER REUNITED WITH GIZMO. It was an episode for the people, no doubt.
The crew is heading to Hilton Head for the weekend, so Shep Rose has postponed his knee surgery, because, you know, priorities. Naomie Olindo is looking forward to some girls’ time with Kathryn and Chelsea Meissner, but she is dreading having to hang out with her ex Craig. He just brings out the mean in her. Her roommate urges her to have a heart-to-heart with Craig before the trip. They need to get in the fast lane to the friend zone to make it less awkward for the entire group. Chelsea checks in on Kathryn to find out that her grandmother has passed away. Kathryn was very close to her grandmother, who viewers met when she gave her blessing to a baby Kathryn in a relationship with a fifty-year-old T-Rav. She reminisces about going the library and playing board games with her grandmother, and it sounds like that had a very special relationship.
There is a lot to unpack from last night’s episode of Southern Charm! Not only is baby Palmer (maybe) on her way for Cameran Eubanks, Craig Conover is finally coming into his own. Despite the boys versus girls theme that has dominated the season, there was a glimmer of reconciliation (or at least a melancholy trip down memory lane) for Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis. Even Austen Kroll is sidestepping the Shep Rose 2.0 comparison by coupling up, although it’s not with Chelsea Meissner. I guess her friend is a fine second for Austen…at least for now!
Last night’s episode begins with a very pregnant Cameran packing for the hospital. She is about to head to her last OB appointment, and there is a possibility she will be admitted to be induced. She calls her mom to reveal that she’s been cramping for a while, and her mom is ecstatic. That sounds like labor! Cameran has surprised herself by being super calm and focused on the end game. The anxiety she feared when it was time to give birth is nowhere to be found.