Cynthia Bailey has had a whirlwind season on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Viewers watched as her only child, Noelle Robinson began her first year of college. We’ve also seen Cynthia’s relationship with sportscaster Mike Hill develop into something serious. But while one relationship was taking off, another one crashed and burned.
NeNe Leakes and Cynthia have been friends since the early days of RHOA. As everyone knows, friendships have their fair share of ups and downs. Recently, anyone involved with NeNe experienced more of the downs, as she struggles to navigate her life in the shadow of Gregg Leakes’ cancer diagnosis. Sometimes though, enough is enough. And no matter how much you love someone or value their friendship, wading through toxicity on a regular basis just isn’t worth it.
Lala Kent is back in the news. The Vanderpump Rules star is a wannabe actress, current SUR hostess, an adult woman who drinks out of baby bottles. What an enigma! She has risen to the top of the friend food chain by publicly taking her cast mates on jets and privately losing what’s left of her dignity. BJs for PJs, y’all! Sigh, such a beacon of light for women’s rights, that one. While desperately trying to make her hashtag #givethemlalaorwhatever happen, she has been having some real-life struggles.
After the death of her father, Lala began to spiral. Arguments became excessive and drinking became problematic. It really began to seem that the only person Lala liked was Lala. Now we find that there might have been an underlying problem. No, not the one where she calls her fiance Daddy and wears a shirt emblazoned with his face. Courageously, Lala announced she is an alcoholic.
Tom Schwartz, can this guy ever get a break? For years, the Vanderpump Rules star has been cowering in the shadow of wife, Katie Maloney. Viewers have seen Tom fail at bartending, have a less-than-stellar performance attempting to work for LVP Sangria, and be brutally insulted on a regular basis by the person he married. When Tom 2 finally gets a job, as a kind-of owner of Tom Tom, along with
life-partner Tom Sandoval, Katie complains about that too. Of course, this begs the question, if Katie isn’t complaining, does she have a pulse?
Living this way each day, experiencing the highs and lows of
Katie’s mood swings opening a bar, a guy could use some rest and relaxation. Why not a trip to Mexico?! The sun, the sand, good people, and more alcohol than I could consume in a year are on the short list of fun things to do. But wait, Tom 2 and co-star Scheana Marie were randomly upgraded to first class when the gang was boarding the aircraft. Because Katie is so sweet and understanding, she smiled gently at her beloved husband and wished him a good flight… That’s almost as farfetched as Lala Kent being a feminist reconciling with James Kennedy. So how did Katie handle this horrific act of betrayal? Not well, my friends, not well.
In the early days of Vanderpump Rules, we met Scheana Shay. Back then she was known as the “homewrecker” who had naughty times with Brandi Glanville’s then-husband. But that was about five faces ago. Scheana went from burgeoning pop princess, to wife, and then back to
bunny boiling stalker single.
Viewers watched as her doomed marriage to Mike Shay fell apart amidst claims of substance abuse and living in Scheana’s shadow. During a tense conversation in the Season 5 reunion, Scheana obsessively checked her make-up while Shay was strung up for further public humiliation. It was relatively brutal to watch and many viewers didn’t blame Shay for
living Valley of the Dolls retreating into his own world. Scheana had already moved on and we haven’t heard much from Shay since then. After such a nasty and public falling out, could these two former lovebirds ever find peace and closure after such a long term relationship?
Apparently, Lisa Vanderpump never stops. I am beginning to question whether she is human or a really sophisticated AI cyborg created to make other people feel lazy. The multi-tasking restaurateur has been juggling a tough season on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and opening new LA hotspots on Vanderpump Rules. Now she might be taking her canine rescue organization to the next level with a show about Vanderpump Dogs. All of her success has not come without struggles though. Lisa lost her brother to a drug overdose. Most of her friendships with the RHOBH ladies suffered in the wake of a dog adoption that took a radical left turn.
In spite of personal setbacks, Lisa isn’t finished yet. With the opening of Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Las Vegas, her reach is only growing wider. Surely her castmates showed up to back this exciting new venture… Right? In the spirit of friendship and forgive and forget? It isn’t like they are jealous of Lisa’s continued achievements, spin-off shows, and successful rosé and sangria lines. So who showed up for Lisa’s fabulous Vegas party? The people she invited, that’s who.
Okay you guys, let’s join hands and take a deep, cleansing breath. Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave is talking about
the best thing that ever happened in her life #puppygate again. Because, of course, she is. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has been paramount in this season’s main storyline, thanks to Dorit Kemsley. If it hadn’t been for Dorit’s incompetence in following directions, where would this season be?
As far as I’m concerned, Teddi should be sending Dorit flowers every single day, maybe the other ladies should too. No one wants to talk about anything but poor Lucy Lucy Apple Juice. You know, because then they might have to address the multiple lawsuits against their husbands. It’s easier to vilify
mind control expert Lisa Vanderpump, who was grieving over the loss of her brother and holding down four restaurants. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and now we shall dive into the aftermath of hashtagpuppygate.
Sound the alarms! In what appears to be a serious statement, Vanderpump Rules resident party planner (?), Stassi Schroeder, would like to have a baby. As in, a human child. Not to be confused with a man who has the maturity level of an infant, a real live bambino. Stassi has run the gamut of boyfriends since being on VPR. She’s gone from Jax Taylor, to that guy Frank, to quite literally the most irritating person of all time (no, not Katie Maloney), Patrick Meagher. Collectively, she probably has enough experience with immaturity to handle a small child. Last February, Stassi embarked on a new relationship with Beau Clark and the rest is history.
Beau seems like a decent enough chap, aside from his love of sleeveless t-shirts. Just because he’s a hipster and the last person a craft beer sees before it dies doesn’t mean he isn’t suitable Dad material. In fact, he seems rather harmless. One thing is for sure, if Stassi does have a child, it will have an endless supply of snark running through his or her veins.
Jill Zarin has not been a housewife for several years now, but that won’t stop her from chiming in on the drama. The last time we saw Jill (on the show), it was at the funeral of husband Bobby Zarin, who passed away from cancer. Since then, the former Real Housewives of New York star has a new love and finds herself popping up on a few episodes this season.
After somewhat recovering from her fallout with Bethenny Frankel, Jill maintains relationships with most of the current cast. While it is the blondes versus the brunettes in the Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps saga, you won’t see Jill picking sides. With loyalty to both ladies, Jill shares her feelings on the divided cast.