He’s hanging on to Pump Rules relevancy by a thread but, much like an unwanted guest, he’s not about to leave of his own accord.
Bravo’s most popular executive, Andy Cohen, recently had a baby boy this year. The initial news was a surprise to everyone. Especially to the OG housewives, Kyle Richards, NeNe Leakes, Teresa Giudice, Ramona Singer, and Vicki Gunvalson who were in attendance when Andy dropped the bombshell he was having a baby in just six weeks on Watch What Happens Live.
Kyle immediately threw an epic baby shower with almost all of the Real Housewives in attendance. Shortly after, little Benjamin Allen Cohen was born. Since then, Andy has been out and about with the baby, even flying with him on planes. It seems to me he would eventually need a babysitter. Someone from the cast of Vanderpump Rules seems like a good idea, no?
Whew – we have crossed the finish line with season 7 of Vanderpump Rules and I am here to report that this reunion did not need to be 3 parts. There – recap done!
OK, kidding. I actually felt there were some illuminating moments. Like the glimpse of Katie Maloney‘s hubris. Wowee-wow-WOW. Katie literally always sees herself as the victim. She blames James Kennedy for the internet hating her but the internet rightfully hated Katie long before her antics this season! As Tom 1 never really got a chance to say courtesy of James’ interrupitis – a germ passed from Kristen Doute – Katie has been a rancid bottle of ranch dressing since season 1. Katie’s OWN putrid behavior is the reason the Twitterverse rails on her – it has nothing to do with James or her weight (or her husband’s manhood – how is that not also body shaming?). Let’s just say Katie is giving marriage, ranch dressing, the internet, and humanity a bad name. Oh, and also clothing.
The viewers can count on the Vanderpump Rules cast to take a trip to Mexico every season. Other than that, the Bravolebrities keep their travels to the United States. Or at least they do when they’re filming the show.
However, the ladies in the cast took their travel to Real Housewives levels when they visited Paris, France. Well, almost all of the Vanderpump Rules ladies. Stassi Schroeder, Brittany Cartwright, Lala Kent, and Katie Maloney all went to Paris
in Fofty’s private jet. But, where were the other ladies in the cast?
I’m having a visceral reaction to part 2 of the Vanderpump Rules reunion. It’s like Lord Of The Flies. James Kennedy is the pig they’re chasing across the island of the doomed until somebody, (probably Tom 2 if we’re being honest) winds up dismembered. Remember when this show was so fun?!
What I’ve come to realize is that these people – chiefly Katie Maloney, Jax Taylor, and Kristen Doute – live in an echo chamber of their own delusions. They can’t learn from experiences because they’ve blocked all the dissenting voices. Instead, they are deafened by the vortex of praise they offer each other. James isn’t even allowed to speak without Kristen cutting him off and screaming him down with some accusation or insult. Andy Cohen wonders why James so angry. Lisa Vanderpump decides it’s because James had a drink at lunch. Or maybe it’s as James said: so many people yelling at him constantly that he can’t breathe.
Tom Sandoval was not shy about sharing his opinions during Season 7 of Vanderpump Rules. From defending James Kennedy, to calling Katie Maloney a bully, Tom didn’t really back down when it came to voicing his thoughts. Even when it meant going against best friends, Jax Taylor and Tom Schwartz, Sandoval pretty much held his ground during several disputes.
During the reunion taping, Tom 1 once again found himself defending James. Jax and the DJ
discussed their differences rationally almost came to blows multiple times. Tom 1 consistently stuck up for James and his girlfriend, Raquel Leviss. At one point, Brittany Cartwright screamed at Tom because he wasn’t siding with Jax in the debates. Fans were wondering what, if any, impact this would have on Tom 1’s role as best man when Jax and Brittany seal their doom get married later this summer.
Last night was the Met Gala and also someone was thrown out of a PTA meeting at my kids’ school when things erupted into a full-on screaming match. Fittingly, it was also part 1 of Vanderpump Rules reunion – so yeah, busy night!
Also as if trying to straddle two events, like she straddles two worlds on Vanderpump Rules, Raquel Leviss‘s reunion dress was the very definition of the Met Gala theme “Camp,” boasting uber-exaggerated shoulders accented by a full duvet of ruffles. It was like a super amped up version of an Alice In Wonderland dress. I loved it. It was almost a perfect representation for the ridiculousness of this show. Raquel came to make a statement that she is here to stay.
For a long time, Stassi Schroeder was the designated “villain” on Vanderpump Rules. Now, it’s pretty easy to justify that label for most of the cast members. Almost all of them have filled that role for an episode or two. Even so, it was easy to feel for Stassi during her mom Dayna Schroeder’s appearances earlier this season.
While fawning all over Stassi’s man Beau Clark, Dayna told her daughter, “I don’t want you to be yourself and mess it up.” That was very harsh. She also got wasted at Stassi’s birthday and used that as an excuse to talk about her daughter’s boyfriend’s penis. It was even more cringe-worthy than it sounds. So where does the mother/daughter duo stand today? Things are not great, which is (sadly) not-at-all surprising to any of the viewers.