You know a Real Housewives conflict matters when cast members from a different series have an opinion on the situation. Take the accusations of infidelity and intimidation that Brandi Glanville lobbed at Denise Richards. Not only did Brandi claim that she and Denise had an affair, but that Denise demanded her discretion and silence about what allegedly happened between them.
Denise was grilled about it multiple times by the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast and had a hard time defending herself. Though Brandi claimed Denise and husband Aaron Phypers had an open marriage, Denise’s level of hurt and humiliation over the rumors would contradict that claim. Co-star Garcelle Beauvais questioned how Denise handled the situation, suggesting that she needed to stand up for herself. Now, another housewife is suggesting how Denise could have handled the rumors differently.
Real Housewives of Potomac just started airing Season 5. At this point, the cast is on good terms except for a lingering apology that Candiace Dillard owes to Ashley Darby. Monique Samuels and Candiace are on good terms, and Gizelle Bryant is less devious than usual.
But fans are anticipating the buildup of tensions between Monique and Candiace. The culmination of these tensions led up to huge fight at a cast party in October 2019. But the foreshadowing is already there, two episodes in with a vague rumor about Monique’s marriage. Gizelle was happy to share the details though. She revealed that people are questioning the paternity of Monique’s youngest child, Chase.
There was a mutiny of sorts on Below Deck Mediterranean. It wasn’t Captain Sandy Yawn who was the target, but Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier. Love her or hate her, Hannah has been with the show since the first season. While she comes off abrasive and petty, and puts median effort into her job, Hannah should not have been the victim of the conveniently-timed attempt to overthrow her. Though, without question, Bugsy Drake makes the better Chief Stew.
Fans called out bosun Malia White for her role in exposing Hannah’s reliance on prescription anxiety medication during the most recent episode. Captain Sandy’s judgment was also called into question. But what was their level of involvement? And did they act on their own initiative?
Below Deck Mediterranean Bosun Malia White shocked viewers during the last episode when she threw former bunkmate Hannah Ferrier under the bus. And everyone has an opinion now about an act of sabotage and callousness that garnered Hannah a lot of sympathy. Not in the way Hannah imagined herself to warrant pity in each and every situation, but an actual victim.
First, Malia rummaged through her personal belongings to take an incriminating photo of valium that Hannah takes for anxiety. Then Malia sent the photo to Captain Sandy Yawn, claiming that maritime law forced her to report the situation. Of course, there was a lag time between when Malia found out about the valium and when she reported it. The whole stunt reeked of vengeance. Had Hannah agreed to bunk with Bugsy Drake initially, this surely wouldn’t have happened. Fans have implicated Bugsy in the event as well, and now other crew members are sharing their views on the matter.
Hannah Ferrier took it heart when Captain Sandy Yawn fired Kiko Lorran. She did advise him on the underwhelming Vegas dinner menu, but the endearing Below Deck Mediterranean chef wavered between excellence and frantic scrambling in the kitchen, which ultimately lead to his termination. He had a unique talent, but his sensitive spirit couldn’t handle the hostility of Captain Sandy’s micromanaging.
Kiko’s firing led not only to his unraveling emotions, but Hannah’s as well. She experienced a panic attack. It was a very vulnerable and painful moment to watch. The footage resonated with one crew member in particular, who revealed that she too, struggles with anxiety.
What could have been missing from the Real Housewives of New York seasonal trip to the Berkshires? It’s not over yet, but the RHONY ladies already had an explosive blowup, fueled by a copious amount of alcohol,
Luann de Lesseps massive ego, and Dorinda Medley’s unhinged behavior. Sonja Morgan was cheerfully tipsy until she brought up the lack of compensation for appearing in Luann’s cabaret. The evening went to hell quickly afterward.
Would the evening have ended differently if the guest list was altered? The perfect person would have long-standing relationships with most of the women, would be able to speak up to Dorinda, and would be desperate to get back on the show. That sounds like Jill Zarin. And two weeks ago, Jill was indignantly claiming that Dorinda had blocked her from participating in the cast trip. After seeing last week’s episode, did Jill really feel like she missed out on something?
Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan were the first Below Deck couple that we got to see live and work together. Most often, a coupled crew member had someone on land that they either stay faithful to or pulled the “open relationship card” like Rob Westergaard.
But Paget and Ciara were together on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. All. The. Time. They gave off an old married couple vibe with tons of bickering and squabbling, but they were also really in tune with each other and had tender moments as well. Ciara was so confident in Paget’s feelings for her that she endured an entire season of Georgia Grobler flirting with her man without batting an eyelash, confident that Paget would never stray.
Aaron Phypers and Denise Richards have presented themselves as an easygoing couple that value their children and their zen aura. Keeping up the persona has worked up to this point. But Denise hasn’t been on the receiving end of much confrontation either. Her skills in dealing with ex-husband Charlie Sheen has served her well in navigating the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
But things changed this season. After Denise received backlash for refusing to bring her children to Kyle Richards’ Bar-B-Que, her husband Aaron stepped in to defend her not once but twice. The drama-weary couple were hoping to avoid another confrontation at Sutton Stracke’s party, but once again, Aaron inserted himself into the banter and spoke aggressively to Teddi Mellencamp and Erika Jayne.