Is it just me, or is Southern Charm not as charming as it once was? The premise was great when these folks were in their twenties, but mid-thirties frat boys just aren’t as entertaining. Don’t get me wrong, I still adore the show, but I’m nostalgic for the good old days of bar hopping and bed-hopping when it was funny…not semi-pathetic. Maybe I’m just in a mood…
The drama of last week’s episode seems all but forgotten (if only that were true!) as the Charmers prepare for their day. Craig Conover’s ADD interferes with cleaning up after his party, and Kathryn Dennis is getting a spray tan that will no doubt look completely natural. Speaking of natural, nothing looks more normal than Patricia Altschul’s butler Michael pulling her Bentley through the Mac Donald’s drive-thru. She’s craving a cheeseburger with no
ketchup tomato. She reveals that her guiltiest pleasures are Mickey D’s, Costco hot dogs, and Taco Bell tacos. In fact, Patricia prefers her fast food to the finest French cuisine. She nibbles on her number one in the backseat with a cloth napkin (not paper!) and glass of Cabernet while Michael toodles her around Charleston. What a life!
After many seasons of loyalty, Southern Charm cast members Kathryn Dennis and Danni Baird are experiencing some tension. They got into it during a girls trip and then again at Craig Conover’s sewing party. They still haven’t made up and now Danni is confiding in Eliza Limehouse, of all people.
On tonight’s Southern Charm episode, Danni reveals that she sent Kathryn a text that said “You just spit on our friendship. I hope it felt good.” She. Is. Not. Playing.
Throughout six seasons of Southern Charm, we have come to know a lot about Shep Rose. He has a love for the ladies, a fondness for alcohol, an occasional elitist attitude and often chews with his mouth open. Which is also a questionable habit of co-star Cameran Eubanks! In addition, Shep frequently dresses like he put on the first semi-clean thing he found in his laundry hamper when he woke up in the morning–which, of course, he probably did.
The one thing that Shep might be best known and loved–or resented for–is his proclivity for talking. Shep’s bold opinions have triggered the occasional animosity of co-stars like Craig Conover. And have even resulted in a few Twitter feuds. So, of course, chatty Shep would be a natural for his own podcast. Where he can talk all he wants, including sharing his thoughts about co-stars–like controversial new cast member Eliza Limehouse.
So last night’s episode of Southern Charm began right where last week’s ended…with Kathryn Dennis embroiled in a confrontational conversation with friends Danni Baird, Naomie Olindo, Cameran Eubanks, and Chelsea Meissner at a tree house dinner party in which the only alcohol available to numb the awkwardness is a one not often willingly consumed by folks who didn’t buy it with a fake ID. Good times! Cameran is choking it down though because it’s that kind of tension.
Danni requests a one-on-one with Kathryn by the bonfire. The rest of the group goes a-rootin’ tootin’ back to their respective tree houses, grateful for the reprieve. Danni is a really stellar friend, by the way. She delicately shares that the way Kathryn responds to things that she doesn’t want to hear hurts her feelings. She is unable to have a normal disagreement commonly shared among good friends, and instead, she shuts down completely. Just like she’s doing now when she doesn’t like what Danni has to say. No one knows the extent of Kathryn’s struggles, and no one can have an opinion on how she handles them. She feels embarrassed and betrayed by Danni.
Um, I get that Kathryn has trust issues larger than the loan on her Rolls-Royce, but she wouldn’t recognize someone legitimately caring about her if it smacked her in the face. Her issue with Danni seems less about trust and more about entitlement.
During Austen Kroll’s first season on Southern Charm, he was a golden boy. He was touted as a Shep Rose 2.0, but a better more respectful version. That image is out the window thanks to that threesome video they make sure to play in every episode this season. Last season, his positive image started to disintegrate when ex-girlfriend Chelsea Meissner started to dish on their relationship. Among other things, she revealed that she paid the bill for pretty much everything.
The viewers started to feel a little bad for Austen when his girlfriend Madison LeCroy slid into Danni Baird’s then-boyfriend’s DM’s (via a third party). Then, he fell from grace again when Chelsea told Shep that Austen was talking shit behind her back.
Last night we were treated to the first half of a tw0-part Southern Charm which answered A LOT of questions I never wanted nor needed to know. At all.
The charmers are getting ready for their day, and Patricia Altschul is concerned that her hairstylist is somewhat distracted. It seems Madison LeCroy has given Ms. Pat an unfortunate Kathryn Dennis-esque type poof. Whatever could be her issue? Only Austen Kroll knows for sure! Chelsea Meissner is the only one working, and some dude drops off a surfboard for Shep Rose prior to the aging frat boy’s haircut appointment.
Craig Conover’s penchant for laziness and lounging hungover in hoodies must be contagious because Austen has been afflicted. Over burritos and beer, Austen laments about the downfall of his relationship with Madison. He’s embarrassed to admit to his friends that he still in love with a girl who tried to slide into his friend’s boyfriend’s DMs. She seems so sweet and innocent given the fact that she’s only had three boyfriends in her lifetime. Craig teases that she probably had so few relationships because the rest of the guys never responded to her on Instagram. Craig has jokes!
Kathryn Dennis is coming off of a major comeback season. However, it seems like she reverts to her old ways during tonight’s Southern Charm episode. Once again, she just disappears without saying a word to anybody. And of course, once again, everyone in the Southern Charm cast is concerned about her.
However, they’re not just going to be relieved when she reappears. This time, Naomie Olindo and Danni Baird intend to hold her accountable for her antics. Will she willingly learn a lesson? Or will she end up fighting with her friends? Probably the latter.
Okay can we all agree Cameran Eubanks might be going through a little something? The rookie parent could very well have a case of Mom Brain. And if you don’t already know, it’s a real affliction. Symptoms include forgetfulness, sleep deprivation, and saying weird things. Case in point, on a recent episode of Southern Charm, we saw Cam low key flirting with Craig Conover (I would). She also seemed to be considering smoking the jazz cabbage in an effort to deal with the trials and tribulations of motherhood.
Life has been hectic for Cameran since her baby was born. She has encountered obstacles returning to her real estate career, as well as juggling her return to social gatherings. Her awkward flirting didn’t stop with Craig. Enter Naomie Olindo’s boyfriend. Metul Shah is the new
meat man on campus and Cam can’t take it. The resident physician in anesthesiology took Cameran’s breath away, and maybe her ability to think before she speaks.