Can you believe it’s been almost two weeks since we had a new episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City to obsess over? For anyone who joined the watch party of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Episode 3 on Twitter the day after the second episode aired, it feels like an eternity. I’m sure you were all dying to know how Whitney Rose‘s 1920s party ended. And believe me, whether you waited thirteen days or seven, it did not disappoint.
Jen Shah was itching for a fight at the end of the last episode, and she finds one this week with Meredith Marks. Pulling her pal aside, Jen wastes no time laying out all the issues she’s built up in her head over the last few days. She’s angry Meredith cancelled their sleepover. She doesn’t believe Meredith really wanted to spend time with her kids. She’s angry Meredith went to Mary Cosby‘s church. In fact, she’s angry Meredith’s struck up a friendship with Mary at all.
Well darlings, if The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City started out with a snowstorm, it’s safe to say it’s quickly becoming a pop culture avalanche. At the every least, the (snow)ball is rolling down the hill, and gaining momentum with each passing week. After last week’s ski day showdown, the Housewives are supposed to be starting over with a clean slate. But like generations of Bravolebrities before them, when has that ever successfully happened. In Utah society, only God forgives, after all. And rarely does a Housewife forget…
It also appears that battle lines are starting to be drawn. And I could not be more here to see it, even if some of those lines seem poorly etched for the time being. I mean, did you ever expect to see Jen Shah pit herself against Meredith Marks? I mean, calm, cool and collected Meredith? The cast’s voice of reason? Of all people? And so quickly into the season too! But now I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s back up and start from the beginning, shall we?
In the premiere episode, Heather Gay certainly seemed like the most traditionally Mormon cast member of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. But looks can be deceiving. In her tagline, Heather states, “Just like my pioneer ancestors, I’m trying to blaze a new trail.”
That is because Heather was once married to “Mormon royalty,” whose family allegedly received a large inheritance from Howard Hughes. In fact, his family is worth a cool billion dollars.
Who knew Real Housewives of Salt Lake City would come in and save the 4th quarter of 2020? I know people weren’t originally “feeling” a Housewives franchise that centered around the taboo topic of religion, but RHOSLC is leading us to glory. The cast is diverse, though Meredith Marks and Lisa Barlow may or may not be the same person. Us regular folks have been given a glimpse into what it means to live under the strict rules of being a Mormon.
But only if you are active in the Mormon community. Jen Shah converted to Islam. Heather Gay identifies as “Mormonish” but doesn’t adhere to the rigid guidelines presented by the church. Mary Cosby is a Pentecostal first lady and Meredith is Jewish. Then we have breakout star, Whitney Rose. Whitney was a Mormon, until she wasn’t. But the reasons why Whitney left the church are varied. Now Whitney sets the record straight and would like to leave the word “excommunicated” out of this narrative.
Welcome back to Episode 2 of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City! I have to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a second episode of Housewives in the history of the franchise. And of course, I say that realizing I may be biased being from Utah. But judging from the overwhelmingly positive response I’ve seen online from the premiere, it seems most of my fellow Bravoholics feel the same!
Now, before jumping into this week’s avalanche of drama on the ski slopes, I have to back up. Because in all my excitement about the premiere, I completely forgot to judge the first set of RHOSLC taglines! So let’s dive into the ‘Wives icy one-liners, shall we? Overall, I think it’s a strong bunch that makes a memorable introduction to the Utah ladies. Jen Shah is clearly happy to position herself as the resident queen bee of the group. Which, I feel the need to point out isn’t just a Beyoncé comparison; for those in the know, it’s a Utah reference. (Because of their community-minded work ethic, early Mormon pioneers christened Utah “the Beehive State.” There are even beehives worked into the architecture of many of the oldest buildings in downtown SLC.)
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is here, and it doesn’t disappoint. During the premiere episode, we met a diverse group of women with different ethnicities, religions, and varying degrees of being “extra.”
The RHOSLC star who is the most extra is Jen Shah. She threw an extravagant birthday party for Meredith Marks, but it was really all about Jen. Jen wasted no time wading into controversy by telling her teenage son that if you kiss a girl, “Guess what, you can contract herpes, probably AIDS.” Obviously, that isn’t true, but why should the truth get in Jen’s way?
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is giving us the most. And we have only just begun. We have already seen some juicy drama emerge. First, with the “I don’t know her” issue between Lisa Barlow and Heather Gay. To summarize: Heather claims she and Lisa have known each other for years. Lisa says she only knows Heather from flashing her boobs in college.
But one of the most interesting fights I’ve seen on any housewives franchise to date is the one between Jen Shah and Mary Cosby. Brace yourself, because it’s one for the books. Quite simply, they fell out because Mary accused Jen of smelling like a hospital. Which Jen sort of admits was true because she was visiting her aunt who just had both of her legs amputated. To which Mary says in her confessional, “she should have drank more water.” EPIC AND EVIL.
If you haven’t seen the premiere episode of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City…RUN…don’t walk. This show is an absolute stunner and I couldn’t be happier to have a Housewives franchise that isn’t fully played out. These women absolutely brought in in their debut. One of the new Housewives, Mary Cosby, is a Pentecostal preacher that married her step-grandpa. I mean. What more are you looking for in a show?
Our first episode featured Jen Shah throwing a party for Meredith Marks that featured absolutely nothing about Meredith and everything about Jen. That is some big center-Housewife energy. These women are competitive and are already pressed for the spotlight. But do any need the work? And which one has the most secured bag?