If anyone is doing this reality TV thing right, it’s Danni Baird. She isn’t a full-time cast member on Southern Charm, but she gets to enjoy a lot of the perks and avoid a lot of the drawbacks. She has always been there, but the viewers don’t really know a ton about her.
Other than serving as a confidant to Kathryn Dennis, Danni wasn’t a major part of this season. Even so, she did faint in Key West from dehydration and she did reveal that she is now an engaged woman.
Aside from getting hate for (not) taking he bar exam, Craig Conover has also received a lot of flack for his relationship with Naomie Olindo. They even admitted to rough patch during the Southern Charm reunion, but they seem to be in a much better place these days.
Craig and Naomie discussed Landon Clements’ questionable tears over Kathryn Dennis at the reunion, Cameran Eubanks’future on the show after she has her baby, and whether or not they regret arguing in front of the reality TV cameras.
This season of Southern Charm hasn’t been the best look for Shep Rose, but even with his most dramatic season yet, there is still way more fan support for him than Landon Clements. So of course, Landon is thriving from Shep’s unflattering edit this year and she’s very adamant that we got to see “the real Shep.”
After Landon embarrassingly told Shep she loved him last year in an effort to create a story line and he turned her down, things have been awkward between them. Plus she gets so much hate for her role in the Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennissaga, so hating on Shep is one way to detract from herself.
I’m not going to lie…I’m still kicking myself for not going to the Southern Charm Reunion viewing party hosted by Gentry bourbon last night, but alas my day job got in the way. At Gentry’s finale party, Shep and Craig were there to watch with fans, and there was even a guest appearance by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. What? I am a closet NASCAR fan. Only in the south, y’all! Of course, it may have been harder to watch with the cast before snarking on their ridiculous behavior, so perhaps it was for the best!
As last night’s conclusion begins, Kathryn Dennis is still on the rampage regarding perceived indiscretions between Thomas Raveneland Jennifer Snowden, and T-Rav is at the point of exploding. Kathryn then defends herself against the negative viewer reactions to her lunch with Jennifer while she sat like an ice queen glaring as Jennifer cried over her son’s health issues. Kathryn flips the switch and blames her assumption that Jennifer was using her tears to manipulate future editing of the scene. Jennifer is appalled that anyone would think she’d use her son for personal gain with plans, and it’s Kathryn’s turn to switch on the waterworks. Craig Conover reminds her that in rehab she probably learned she pushes people away as a defense mechanism. Yes, that’s right. Kathryn was in rehab. She’s on a journey. It’s about forgiveness talking about learning to do difficult things and realizing what battles are worth fighting. In case you’re wondering, grudges about handkerchiefs fall in the latter category.
The Southern Charm reunions have certainly come a long way from those initial clubhouse sessions, but do we ever get to hear exactly what we’re hoping to hear? It’s usually just one giant tease, but at least we got our fair share of veiled threats and backhanded accusations on last night’s first installment with less screaming, for once. Andy Cohen begins by congratulating Craig Conover on passing the bar. He compliments the fierceness of Kathryn Dennis‘ hair (RIP bump-its and bad extensions, thank goodness) while refraining from comment on her busted Scarlett O’Hara knock-off. Andy is happy to learn that Shep Rose has escaped the lingering enzyme, Thomas Ravenel loves being Mr. Mom (when he makes it out to the guest house), and Cameran Eubanks is glowing with a baby girl due in November. Mentioning Cam could name her daughter Landon, Andy basically skips over Landon Clements before announcing newbie Austen Kroll (Shep 2.0) has a nice ass. It’s not a lie!
The evening begins with some jovial Craig bashing as Shep teases him about being a jealous, lying wannabe mediator with no game whatsoever (so I’m paraphrasing). Craig cites quality over quantity when it comes to past hook-ups after Shep jokes that Craig sleeps in the bed with girls without even trying anything. Craig correctly reminds Shep that being respectful is far better than Shep’s nightly kiss-and-tells. Focusing more on the embroidery king, the jabs at Craig’s domesticity abound save for Cameran gushing about the onesie he created. Craig is a hobbyist, and he sits quietly as his friends tease him about going into gardening law. Shep jokes that Craig’s long-winded responses would make him a fortune as an attorney who is paid by the hour.
As per usual, the Southern Charm fandom was not feeling Landon Clements this season. From her penchant to flirt with anything that has a pulse to her incessant giggling at unfunny moments, (most of) the viewers were not picking up what she was laying down. So of course, she decided to make up with Kathryn Dennisto save some face at the last minute for peace and harmony.
It’s too little too late, but apparently Landon didn’t have as rough of a time at the reunion taping as most fans suspected. That does make some sense though, since Andy Cohen has much bigger fish to fry with the real stars of this show: Kathryn and Thomas Ravenel.