This season of Shahs of Sunset wasted no time getting right down to the drama. “Best friends” of 2,000+ years Reza Farahan and Mercedes “MJ” Javid have tried mending fences after a tumultuous last season. While I don’t think MJ should ever forgive him for what he pulled, she seemingly has and they are forging ahead. Well, minus that pesky little restraining order Reza still has against MJ’s husband, Tommy Feight.
Another major source of drama has been Mike Shouhed, who I truly think will never change. Despite claiming that current girlfriend Paulina Ben-Cohen is the one, he just can’t keep his nose clean. When some illicit texts came to light, Mike pulled the deny, deny, deny game like he always does. But eventually, he had to come clean and confess not only to Paulina, but to the rest of the Shahs.
Is there anyone out there is Housewives Land that is thirstier for attention than Danielle Staub? She hasn’t been a full time housewife in forever but it’s not for lack of trying. She attempted to claw her way back onto Real Housewives of New Jersey two seasons ago. Pulling on the extensions of rival Margaret Josephs’ was a really power play. Sadly, did nothing to get her back on screen. One uneventful brush off at a lunch with Melissa Gorga and Danielle was once again on the outs.
She’s been persona non grata for so long I was a little shocked to see her on screen again. She appeared for the Erika Bamboozle Jayne documentary The Housewife and the Hustler.
Beverly was interviewed to provide some kind of insight on Erika’s life, despite having only met her once on Watch What Happens Live. According to Danielle, she didn’t get a good vibe. And that was the extent of it. So how did Danielle even land this gig to begin with? She was probably the only ex-housewife willing to sit down and talk about it. Well, her and Dana/Pam Wilkey, who doesn’t really count as a housewife in my book.
If you haven’t watched The Housewife and the Hustler yet, run, don’t walk to Hulu and sit down with some popcorn. The documentary attempts to break down the legal allegations against Tom Girardi and wife, Erika Jayne. While the doc focuses mainly on Tom’s alleged swindling, there is also plenty of Erika footage in there. Including the flaunting of her lavish lifestyle on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
We also get treated to commentary from Danielle Staub and Dana Wilkey of all people. Danielle provides some fluff and makes sure to bring everything back to herself. And Dana plugs her podcast but doesn’t talk about things like $25k sunglasses. After all, that would be in pretty poor taste given the circumstances. Now if only someone could explain that to Erika and her Instagram account.
Cast changes are rarely ever smooth. Viewers get used to seeing the same dynamic and change is hard. Even when it’s necessary. Such is the case with Real Housewives of New York. One time fan favorite Dorinda Medley finally overstayed her welcome and was let go from the franchise. Tinsley Mortimer also made an exit to chase love in Chicago with now ex-fiance, Scott Kluth. I’m hoping her breakup leaves the door open for her to return but there are no guarantees.
In their absence, Leah McSweeney joined the cast as a younger, fresher, face. And I’m not age shaming – it’s just a fact that she’s much younger than the current cast she was thrown into. But it worked. She brought some fireworks and also blended in seamlessly. Another excellent addition was the first Black cast member for RHONY, Eboni K. Williams. I’m loving her and everything she’s bringing. She’s holding Ramona Singer accountable for her nonsense and she’s proved to hold her own against Luann de Lesseps.
If this season of Real Housewives of Atlanta could be summed up in two words it would be “friend of”. It seems that Marlo Hampton, Falynn Guobadia and LaToya Ali were the only ones who came with their peaches in hand. Most of Falynn’s drama has been happening off screen and we can’t get enough. But let us not forget when she insulted
Porsha’s new man Falynn’s soon-to-be-ex, causing Falynn to chase her out of her house with a golf club. All in a medusa outfit complete with body paint. Whew.
But LaToya wasn’t done bringing the smoke, pissing off literally everyone. She came for Drew Sidora so hard, I didn’t think Drew would survive the season. And despite coming into the season as Kenya Moore’s new bestie, she certainly didn’t stay that way.
I’m not going to lie, I love seeing any bad news about Kim Zolciak and her crew. But back in the very early days of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim was a harmless narcissist. Who just so happened to be the mistress to a very rich man. She was entertaining and delusional, which is exactly how I like my housewives. One of my all time favorite housewives moments ever was watching Kim drink a glass of wine and smoke a cigarette in a strip mall parking lot, blasting the original “Don’t Be Tardy For The Party.” All in front of an equally delusional Sheree Whitfield, who commented on what a lovely singing voice Kim had. Of course, those were all pre-wig shifting days.
But Kim ultimately moved on from Big Poppa and created another “one hit wonder” thanks to Kandi Burruss. But Kim’s origin with “Don’t Be Tardy For The Party” ultimately led her to her own spin off. Once Kim met now-husband Kroy Biermann at Sheree’s charity dance off, love bloomed and she quickly became pregnant. Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding was created and ultimately, she left RHOA to have her own show, Don’t Be Tardy. It featured Kim, Kroy and their gaggle of kids. Chaos ensued. So did plastic surgery. And money was spent. Lots of it. I will never fully understand how they kept up with the lifestyle they portrayed but now we are getting a little glimpse as to why.
Ever since Leah McSweeney joined the cast of Real Housewives of New York, she’s been a polarizing figure. Some fans applaud her for breathing life into an aging franchise. Others find her checkered past and brash demeanor a strike against the vibe of the show.
I’m still on the fence about Leah when it comes to being a housewife in general. I think her constant sparring and getting under the skin of castmate Ramona Singer is enjoyable. Because who doesn’t love to see Ramona squirm. But it’s her back and forth on being a New York tough girl versus a vulnerable innocent that has me confused. Sure, she can be both, but I never know what I’m going to get and I wish she would be a little more consistent. If you’re going to be a badass, don’t be upset when your castmates come from you.
Real Housewives of New York broke new ground this season when they hired the first Black housewife for their franchise, Eboni K. Williams. While I am loving Eboni and what she brings to the cast, she hasn’t had the easiest go of it. So far, she’s had to educate Ramona Singer on why she shouldn’t be referring to domestic workers as “the help”. And maybe Ramona should get their names right too while she’s at it. Just a thought.
In addition, a recent episode caught a heated exchange between Eboni and Luann de Lesseps. The argument started when Eboni’s supposed friend, Leah McSweeney, popped off about her use of foul language. Luann tried to say that not using vulgar language boils down to education. Eboni kindly reminded the gang that not only is that not true, but she is the most educated one of the group. Which is true. Lu’s defense that she is a nurse holds zero weight considering Lu hasn’t practiced nursing since Jesus was a child. Anyway, Lu called Eboni “angry” and took great offense, telling her she could leave her house. So Eboni was stuck in a situation where she not only had to educate, but found herself with zero allies to help her do so.