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THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS -- Season:7 -- Pictured: Erika Girardi -- (Photo by: Richie Knapp/Bravo)

I don’t know about that Erika Jayne character, but I am digging Erika Girardi on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills lately. Is it her icy dismissal of the grotesque and annoying PK Kemsley? Or her schoolgirl giddiness when reading for a bit part on The Young And The Restless with Eileen Davidson? Maybe it’s her ability to let panytgate go long before the others caught up? Nah. It HAS to be because Yolanda Foster-Hadid is gone! That must be it. In any case, she wins this year for Most Improved Housewife in my book.

In her blog, Erika recounts her nervousness on set at Y&R, the “INCREDIBLE” location of Kyle Richards’ super cheesy Great Gatsby party, and the relentless sobriety-story-sniffing of Eden Sassoon. But first, Erika praises Lisa R’s barbecue: “This week Lisa Rinna is having a real deal barbecue. Like, a grill and burgers and jeans barbecue. I love it. She has such a sweet family. Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray are two well-raised, bright, young women, and I enjoy getting to know them more and more.”

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Rinna’s dog dropping a deuce on the lawn might have been the highlight of the day – everything else squatting on the lawn needed a cleanup crew anyway!

Erika blogs, “Eden talking to Kyle about Kim [Richards’] ‘abrasive’ or ‘rude’ behavior is out of place in this group setting. It feels as though she’s trying to make something out of nothing. IF there is any conversation to be had about this, it should be between Eden and Kim.”

But Erika did love Harry Hamlin‘s meat. And his pies. She gushes, “Can we just talk about Harry Hamlin for a moment? The ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ is out here making us tri-tip and homemade pies?!?! Lisa, Harry is a real dream!”

When Erika read for Eileen’s soap, she admits feeling like a fish out of water. “This audition for The Young and the Restless is not was I was expecting. Reading with Eileen and Sheila got my nerves on 10. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m scared to death, and I hope I don’t go down in flames. This moment is really cool, though, because who gets a birthday gift like this?”

RELATED: Kyle Richards Explains Why She Cut Eden Sassoon Some Slack

True dat. Also, Erika did kind of kick a$$ at that reading…no? She seemed like a natural.

After praising Kyle’s party – “the roaring 20s is so my speed—the glitz, the glamour and the excess. I’m loving every minute of it” – Erika addresses Eden’s inappropriate, projecting behavior. Which is, again, all about trying to “help” Kim on her journey. (Nooooo! Not another #JOURNEY!!!)

Erika comments, “Eden is right back to focusing on Kim and Kyle and comparing her journey to theirs. Eden still knows so little about these sisters to be judging the way she has. It is good, though, that she’s having this conversation with just Kim and Kyle and not the rest of the group. I’m hoping this conversation, which can be very hurtful and counterproductive, is over.”

Closing her blog with props to Lisa Vanderpump for scolding Eden like the dead-eyed, messy meddler she is, Erika snarks that perhaps the drama WILL end “now that Lisa Vanderpump and her ‘other foot’ have spoken.” Sigh. Let’s hope so.

TELL US: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ERIKA’S TAKE ON LVP’S SMACKDOWN OF EDEN? DO YOU THINK THE EDEN’S OBSESSION WITH KIM WILL END SOON?

Photo Credit: Richie Knapp/Bravo

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