Southern Charm has been pretty low key this season, which is fine by me. Shep Rose has adopted an adorable puppy. A new pillow business venture has been occupying Craig Conover’s time. Cameran Eubanks talks–a lot–about how difficult being a new mother is. Usually dramatic Kathryn Dennis has a potentially fascinating storyline–but for legal reasons, isn’t able to share much of it.
So, by default, Austen Kroll’s post-threesome relationship with Madison Lacroy has received a lot of screen time. Viewers will forever have a video image of a boxer-briefed Austen yelling at Madison–and seemingly blaming her–when she literally catches him with his pants down. Austen hasn’t been all fun and games this season, however. He is trying to launch a new beer business and has struggled to make it happen. Earlier in the season, Austen admitted that his new business had hit some road blocks on the way to the marketplace.
Ashley Jacobs might be nuttier than a squirrel’s nest, but we need her. Southern Charm was in danger of getting stale. There’s only so many times Shep Rose can be drunk. Who wants to watch Craig Conover not sew his pillows? Or listen to Austen Kroll pontificate about beer and his lack of
personality employment. While an ensemble cast is great, occasionally someone needs to come in and ruffle some feathers.
Heeere’s Ashley! She used to date Thomas Ravenel and she’s still stirring things up. While Thomas gaslit his new
victim love and manipulated encounters with Kathryn Dennis, Ashley eventually turned down a dark road. She hurled disparaging remarks at Kathryn in a liberal fashion. But should Kathryn thank Ashley? She managed to turn one of reality television’s most hated, into Mother of the Freaking Year. Ashley had a role and she committed to it full throttle. Now she’s dealing with the aftermath of her actions, and what it means to be a villain.
If last week’s episode Southern Charm was the introduction of Mary Jane into the cast (with cameras involved, obviously), last night’s show was a sky-high debacle. It’s the first day on the mountain for the Charmers, minus Shep Rose who is still nursing a drunken knee injury and Whitney Sudler-Smith who is still crying over a ski accident from childhood. Chelsea Meissner is channeling Putin’s mistress, Austen Kroll is pretending he’s not trying to hook up with ex Madison LeCroy, and the majority of the girls are headed to ski and snowboarding lessons.
Over a pre-slope breakfast, Austen denies any smooching with Madison, but he’s not going to lie and say he doesn’t want to rekindle that flame. Cameran Eubanks recognizes that this trip will not be rejuvenating her mojo as she FaceTimes with baby Palmer. The group is quick to motivate, waiting on Kathryn Dennis to don her Tellatubbie/Charlie’s Angels (original, not the reboot) ski look. It’s a lot, but it is magnificent.
Reality TV stars face financial hardships all the time. At this point, it’s a rite of passage. That and vagueness surrounding the sources of their income, aside from the show that is. For the most part, it is so unclear how most of the Southern Charm cast members fund their lifestyles. Again, other than being on the show. Yeah, a lot of them have family money, but isn’t it going to run out at some point?
When Shep Rose posted on his Instagram Story asking fans to send him money, I’m not gonna lie, my mind went to the worst-case scenario. Did he make some bad investments? Did he lose access to his family trust fund? It turns out that he was (probably) hacked. Or at least that’s what Craig Conover suspects.
It took a week for us to recover from Ashley Jacobs’ appearance on Southern Charm, and this week’s episode gave us more Craig Conover tantrums. He needs a new shtick. At least we were treated to a change of scenery as the group jetted off to Colorado.
The show begins with Cameran Eubanks joining Shep Rose at the site of his new lot on James Island. It’s 3.5 acres for a mere $900K, and Cameran is is convinced it’s a money pit. He doesn’t have any site plans, and he’s unsure about the flood zone designation which is a very key item in Charleston. The pair discusses their upcoming trip to Colorado, and Shep is peeved to hear that Cam has included Austen Kroll’s ex Madison LeCroy in the group.
Shep Rose had some choice words for Ashley Jacobs following her return to Southern Charm.
The Charmer let fans know exactly what he thought of Thomas Ravenel‘s on-again-off-again girlfriend popping back up in Charleston to cause drama with his friends.
After last week’s
snoozefest episode, it was about time Southern Charm offered up some serious drama that didn’t involve Craig Conover getting his feelings hurt. Last night was the highly anticipated return of Ashley Jacobs, who proved, yet again, that she can’t take responsibility for any of her actions. It is exhausting to watch her battle over semantics, but it’s torturously entertaining. Let’s dig right in to last night’s show, shall we?
While the OG Charmers are bonding with their pooches, Recent College Grad is complaining about how hard it is to be overshadowed by the Limehouse name. With three hotels and a $50 million inheritance in her future, Eliza works hard to learn the family business booking reservations and covering shifts at hotels. She is not just a spoiled polo brat like most people assume. Eliza discusses the skeet shoot brunch she and her boyfriend Don will be hosting at her family’s plantation. Her mother nags her about emo manicure and sleep habits…and the fact that Eliza is dating someone fourteen years her senior. She wonders if her daughter is seeking a father-figure in her older beaus. Her mother would rather Eliza marry into another well-bred Southern family instead of traipsing around with some thirty-something from (gasp!) New Jersey.
And now for something completely different! We’re seeing some new faces on Southern Charm this season. Viewers were officially introduced to recent college graduate, Eliza Limehouse on the premier episode. Her degree wasn’t very helpful, as she received some fan backlash after her appearance. We have also met Naomie Olindo’s new boyfriend, Metul Shah. He is a physician and has been known to give Cameran Eubanks a case of the vapors. Another new face is
unemployable Austen Kroll’s current woman, Madison LeCroy. Austen might be more disappointing than an unsalted pretzel, but Madison is adding spice to his story line.
Perhaps the best new addition to the cast is newcomer, Lil Craig. His human, Shep Rose decided a companion would be fun. After consulting with his mother, who said ABSOLUTELY NOT, Shep bought himself a doggie. Lil Craig pounced on the scene of Cameron’s birthday bash wearing a chic banana collar and accessorized with a taco leash. As celebrities know, fame comes at the expense of personal privacy. Lil Craig is finding that out for himself now, as he embarks (emBARKS, see what I did there?) on his social media journey.