Dina Manzo was an integral part of making the early seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey all about family. Along with family members Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita, Dina talked incessantly about the importance of family. Dina and Caroline are not only sisters, but they married brothers as well. The three ladies’ family ties became the essence of the show. That’s why it was so surprising when Dina chose to walk away from the show after Season 2. She also divorced her husband, Tommy Manzo. Soon after, Dina seemingly cut ties with the entire Manzo family.
Still, she seemed to be moving on peacefully until the shocking attack on Dina and her now-husband David Cantin in 2017. It was a horrifying crime that came out of nowhere. They were tied up and beaten. The official story was that it was a random violent robbery. It always seemed like a particularly vicious attack for a simple robbery. Now it seems that the truth behind the attack may be even uglier than it first appeared.
Lisa Vanderpump left the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last season after all the main cast members called her a liar and turned their backs on her. The most surprising betrayal came from her supposed best friend Kyle Richards. As the last remaining OG’s from the 1st season, LVP and Kyle always had each other’s backs throughout any drama. But last season, Kyle basically called her a liar and refused to believe her friend, regardless of their long history. It was surprising to see Kyle refuse to back up Lisa, and even more surprising for Kyle to side so quickly with the other ladies, who she has not known nearly as long.
Although LVP tried to leave the drama of the show behind, fans on social media just do not want to let the Lisa/Kyle feud die.
From the very first episode of Vanderpump Rules this season, I found Dayna Kathan to be suspect. In her very first scene, she tells us that she just starting hooking up with fellow newbie and TomTom manager Max Boyens. How convenient. Then, mid-season, she suddenly starts dating the other newbie Brett Caprioni, who coincidentally happens to be Max’s best friend. And they both happen to have also hooked up with none other than Scheana Marie! It is almost like she is following a “How to Be Relevant on Reality TV” Handbook. Dayna does not seem to have chemistry with either of the guys, and the whole thing makes me skeptical of her motives in general.
Dayna‘s flings with Max and Brett naturally led to a rivalry with Scheana. Hooking up with the newbie best friends was Scheana’s plan for this season! Dating the resident f***boys is Scheana’s role! Dayna definitely stole her storyline. Even though Scheana says everything is good between all of them now, she did not miss the chance to call Dayna out for her calculated moves this season.
The 90 Day Finance franchise has no shortage of hot mess couples. Even with all of the hot messes competing for stardom on the current seasons, Colt Johnson and Larissa Dos Santos Lima from Season 6 rank high on the list of the greatest. The couple started out with Col-tee bringing his Brazilian bombshell home to live with his mother and forcing her to eat Mama Debbie‘s beef stew. Col-tee then proposed at dinner on top of a Vegas skyscraper despite knowing Larissa was deathly afraid of heights. Things quickly spiraled from there. By the end of the season, Larissa had been arrested for domestic violence multiple times, they were on the verge of divorce, and the Queen was facing deportation.
That’s why it is a little surprising to see that they are coming back for Season 5 of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?. Sure, they are entertaining, but we already saw one Happily Ever After? season showing their total dissolution as a couple. I know this is 90 Day Fiance, which sometimes resembles the Twilight Zone, but isn’t the whole point of the Happily Ever After? franchise to show what happens to our favorite couples once they are married? If they wanted to film people separately they could just call it “Stupid People Dating” or something along those lines.
Elyse Slaine is a bit of a mystery on this season of Real Housewives of New York City. She just showed up one day with very little explanation as to who she is or what she is doing there. She appears in almost every group scene with no mention as to who actually invited her. According to Elyse, that is because she was never meant to be on the show, she really did just show up one day to film with Ramona Singer. Production liked her and asked her to keep showing up. That explains why her introduction has been so awkward, but it still makes her come off as sort of creepy. She is mostly just there, silently staring in the background, kind of like some judgy Upper East Side Morticia Adams.
Anytime Elyse does speak, she talks very quietly and calmly, and almost always states the most rational opinion. It is as though she is doing her best to come across as the voice of reason. What she is really saying is, “Please do not think that I am crazy like these women, listen to how calm I am.” And she definitely seems like a smart, put-together woman. But just the fact that she has been friends with Ramona for years implies that there must be some cray cray going on behind her sleek facade. Now she is even claiming that she introduced OG cast members Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel.
Of all the trainwreck couples, it is most difficult to believe David Murphey’s delusion on this week’s episode of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days. As he went on and on defending his relationship with the non-existent Lana (last name unknown), one fact continued to confuse me. How could he be in a relationship for 7 years, yet have only been able to communicate with the person on a paid website? Surely he must have questioned Lana about why they could move to a less expensive media after the first few years. I actually went back and watched the first episode he appeared in to try to get some clarity on how this came to be.
The only explanation David gave on the show is that Lana would get angry if he asked her to communicate on a different media platform. He said she is shy and it is too “overwhelming” for her. All the other obvious B.S. aside, how on earth can you believe you are in a relationship with someone who makes you pay each time to talk or look to them? There’s a name for a woman in that type of relationship and it ain’t a girlfriend. David, however, is not backing down and took to the online comments to defend his non-existent girlfriend.
James Kennedy has been on another apology tour this season on Vanderpump Rules. This is his storyline pretty much every season, but this time there’s a major difference. James’ last main supporter, his girlfriend Raquel Leviss, has finally had enough. She put her foot down and gave him an ultimatum. Either he stops drinking completely and goes to AA meetings, or she is out.
It seems like Raquel threatening to leave finally got through to James. His whole demeanor seems different, and his energy is much calmer. He has been going to meetings, staying sober, and appears to be working a recovery program. Part of working the program is making amends to those whom you have wronged, and James had big amends to make with Katie Maloney. On last week’s episode, he finally bit the bullet and offered Katie a surprisingly humble and convincing apology at the SUR-Tom Tom softball game. Even more surprising was Katie’s acceptance of his apology and agreement to dead their issues once and for all. So what made this apology different from all of the others that James has offered up in the past?
Growing up in Southern California in the age of Laguna Beach and The Hills, I was so happy to see Kristin Cavallari finally find her match with Jay Cutler. It was a beacon of hope to see such a strong female in a successful marriage. Despite their differences, they found a way to make it work and they seemed genuinely supportive of each other. They were the couple I would point to as an example of a happy marriage.
So I am taking it hard to hear that they are divorcing after ten years together and three children. I loved getting to know Jay and seeing their relationship on Very Cavallari. He has a dry sense of humor and an amazing ability to embrace the joy of doing nothing. He seems to enjoy staying home with the kids and does not mind taking a back seat to his successful wife. Jay appeared to be a perfect balance to Kristin’s drive and dedication to her business. It was proof to me that there are supportive men out there, and that a strong woman like Kristin can still find her happily ever after. Now, it turns out they are not a happy, successful couple after all. And although the divorce started amicably enough, there are new details emerging every day that suggests the relationship is much uglier than it appeared.