Hmm. For the penultimate episode of the season, this week’s Real Housewives of Orange County sure felt strange. And honestly, I have to admit it feels quite odd to be recapping tonight given the chaos that’s happened in Washington D.C. today. Over the last 15 years, the Housewives franchise has often provided a much-needed dose of escapism from the horrors and headlines of real life. Tonight in the O.C., however, provided no such relief from the reality of a mob storming the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the democratic process. But alas, here we are. And the recapping must go on…
I think my biggest issue with this episode of Real Housewives of Orange County is that it really just boiled down to a series of one-on-one conversations. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the women haven’t been able to congregate together since the trip to Lake Arrowhead. And really, they haven’t all been together since before the pandemic shut down production. Right? Since the cast trip to Palm Springs? So basically they’re left to talk in pairs, or film with their kids, siblings and significant others. None of which is particularly interesting on its own without a main storyline driving the narrative.
Tom Girardi, future ex-husband of Erika Jayne, pretty much owes everyone money. At this point, I would ask anyone looking for payment on an outstanding loan to see if you can trace it back to Big Tommy. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is famous for wealthy lifestyles, bullying people off television, and hiding what’s really going on in their bank accounts. While stars like Kyle Richards plead for others to be “open and honest” or Lisa Rinna tells people to “own it”, viewers have learned their pointing fingers rarely turn on themselves.
Now it’s Erika’s turn. Erika and Tom are in a steaming hot pile of trouble. The couple are accused of fraud and embezzlement, but they haven’t just scammed money from businesses or corporations. Instead, money owed to actual victims of tragedies somehow found it’s way into Erika’s pat the puss fund. ALLEGEDLY. Tom has also been at the center of multiple creditors looking for their payments. From office equipment to security, Tom hasn’t been cooking the books – he lit them on fire. Now we can add one more collector looking to get paid.
Well damn, if this isn’t the pot calling the kettle black. I guess Bethenny Frankel has taken some time off from saving the world and decided to go in on one of her colleagues. I thought she was supposed to be busy with all of these new and amazing career opportunities but maybe she’s having a little holiday break.
Since bailing on Real Housewives of New York, Bethenney pops up now and again. Unfortunately she’s usually taking time out of her hectic schedule to slam someone else. Most recently it was Andy Cohen, who she said “rewards bad behavior“, which is hypocrisy at it’s finest. Until now, that is. Bethenney is currently speaking out about plastic surgery and blasting Ramona Singer. That’s right darlings, Bethenney is coming for someone who changed their face.
When Real Housewives of Beverly Hills paused production in November, the word on the street (I.e. the internet) was that there was a positive covid test from a member of the production team. Then, Kyle Richards started drop some not-at-all-subtle hints that she had coronavirus on Thanksgiving when she publicly thanked Teddi Mellencamp for bringing Thanksgiving dinner for her family since Kyle was too sick to cook.
Does anyone actually believe that Kyle was going to cook a whole Thanksgiving dinner?
Soon after Kyle posted that, it was reported that Kyle, Kyle’s sister Kathy Hilton, and Dorit Kemsley all have coronavirus. However, it’s been reported that they do not have severe symptoms and we are wishing them all the best.
Apparently, there are rumors going around that Brandi Glanville had a threesome with her BFF Kim Richards. This gossip started to circulate in response to Denise Richards telling the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast that Brandi also claimed she’s had sex with someone else in the group.
Brandi has denied this, but, apparently, Kim is still mad at her. It’s unclear if she’s upset for Brandi giving more life to the rumors by denying them instead of just letting them blow over. Or maybe Kim thinks Brandi had a hand in starting the rumors, which normally does seem like a stunt Brandi would pull, but on her actual best friend? That’s very unlikely. Why would she want to upset Kim and her family (I.e. Kyle Richards and Kathy Hilton who are current cast members that probably won’t film with Brandi at this point)?
Someone might be in big trouble. A couple of months ago, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Erika Jayne, revealed she filed for divorce from her husband Tom Girardi after more than twenty years. Many people side-eyed this filing as it seemed to coincide with a pesky lawsuit Tom was dealing with. If you didn’t have sham divorce to protect assets on your 2020 bingo card, then you haven’t been paying attention.
This could be the one thing that makes Erika pack her latex and hair extensions and move quietly to Encino. Unfortunately for Erika, it HAS TO DO WITH TOM. Shady business deals and sketchy wallets are not new to RHOBH fans because, Dorit Kemsley, but this one takes the cake. Erika is not having a good holiday season thus far and she’s about to partake in some tricky legal situations. Today we will learn about embezzlement.
Recently, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills shut down production on Season 11 due to a positive covid test. It seemed like it might have been a member of the production crew who had the virus, which could still be the case, but now it’s been reported that three cast members contracted the virus.
Kyle Richards hinted that she had coronavirus on Thanksgiving when she posted an Instagram Story thanking Teddi Mellencamp for dropping off food for her family because she was feeling sick. So much for subtlety. We all assumed Kyle had the virus based on that post.
Well guys, it looks like we might have to wait a little bit longer to see where newly single Erika Jayne is now hanging her hair pieces. Some of our favorite shows, including Real Housewives of Atlanta, have paused filming because of Covid. It’s a lot for a virus that many might think is a hoax. Unfortunately, this hoax is working overtime and on both coasts.
RHOA is premiering on December 6, but they were still shooting up until recently. An Atlanta crew member tested positive for the virus and cameras immediately went down. Now in California, everyone and their wig is on hold because the Rona has struck again. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is the latest show to fall victim to lags in production during the pandemic.