Say what you will about Southern Charm’sShepard “Shep” Rose (as if you need my permission to do that!), but his gregarious nature is often a much needed reprieve from his cast mate’s incessant drama. Shep is always quick to call things like he sees them with his self-deprecating humor and a twinkle in his eye. Even the most boorish and insensitive comments from the fratastic playboy with mailbox money come across with a boyish sort of, well, charm.
Even on the two-part reunion, Shep’s affable personality garnered laughs from his co-stars. He continued to champion for including Kathryn Dennis while honestly calling her out for terrifying Whitney Sudler-Smith on Scary Jeckyl Island. During the first installment, he also shared some of his own antics that lead to mixed reactions from fans. Now Shep is offering his opinion on everything from Patricia Altshul’s decision not to attend the reunion and nature’s bounty–mushrooms.
It’s not an actual Bravo reunion unless someone storm off stage, right? After last week’s Southern Charm reunion installment, I had high (as in elevated, not on something) hopes for the final hour. In response to Landon Clements giddily calling out Kathryn Dennis for failing a court ordered drug test, Kathryn high tails it to the saloon, kicking up tumbleweeds in her wake. Okay, so she really just barricades herself in her dressing room. She is finally cajoled out of hiding by a producer, worried that this type of chatter from her cast mates could affect her custody battle with Thomas Ravenel, as Cameran Eubanks, Landon, and Whitney Sudler-Smith complain to Andy that this is how it is to have to film with her for the show.
Kathryn returns to the stage as quickly as she fled, giving Andy Cohena big “no comment” to any questions about said drug test. When T-Rav interjects to educate us on how far back the hair follicle test can check for illegal substances, Kathryn counters that he didn’t take the same test she took. His test wasn’t as far-reaching as to how many months back it could indicate drug use, and he shaved his entire body to make sure he couldn’t give a body hair sample (which apparently can detect use up to six months prior, as opposed to hair from one’s scalp). Science!
Sadly, tonight is the final episode of Southern Charm for this season! The cast gathers for one last reunion rehash and it’s shaping up to be an interesting night!
Kathryn Dennis and Landon Clements continue to spar over Thomas Ravenel and Landon’s love of using social media to get under Kathryn’s skin. Jennifer Snowden makes an appearance on the couch to serve as a friend to Kathryn and also reveals a shocking new twist in the Thomas Ravenel saga. Landon attempts to rehash something that Andy Cohen is SO OVER hearing about and threatens that he’s going to murder himself if he has to hear about it one.more.time.
It may have originally been said by Alice Roosevelt Longworth, but last night, Andy Cohen was certainly channeling his inner Clairee Belcher who, in the best movie ever known to man (tied with Goonies, of course) cooed, “Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!” That’s pretty much how it went down on the first hour of the Southern Charm reunion. Can I just say how thrilled I am that the crew finally got a proper reunion and wasn’t crammed into the WWHL clubhouse? Finally, right??
Before I get into the meat of the show, I’d like to make a few observations. I try not to share too much of my personal feelings (some of y’all may disagree with that statement, but I do try), but we all know a reunion is 30% footage and maybe 70% reaction, so I need a bit of filler. Y’all ready? People have commented before that I am too easy on the cast because I’m starstruck by people I could run into at Harris Teeter. You would be ninety percent correct.
Good gracious, y’all! The drama surrounding the custody battle between Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis continues to grow, and I’m sure we’ll see some fireworks between the former flames tonight when Bravo airs the first hour of the two-part Southern Charm reunion.
Fans of the show know that the couple has been famously feuding on social media for the better part of the last three years, yet somehow they managed to be together enough to have two children in as many years. After welcoming son St. Julien Rembert halfway through the season, Kathryn and T-Rav reconciled for all of five minutes before that bomb was dropped at Cooper Ray’s Founder’s Ball.
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.
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?