When we first met Real Housewives of Salt Lake City stars Heather Gay and Lisa Barlow, their relationship was already rocky. Lisa, who owns several alcohol brands with her husband, channeled Mariah Carey and denied knowing Heather during their days at the same college. Well, except that she remembered that her RHOSLC co-star was “a good time girl.”
This was news to Heather, who was upset by Lisa’s comments. Heather, who owns Beauty Lab & Laser, is divorced from Billy Gay III who comes from “Mormon Royalty.” She has struggled to find her footing since her divorce, and recently confided in her three daughters that she feels shamed and judged by the Mormon church.
Jen Shah is bringing the drama to the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Arguably, she is doing the work for the entire cast, because without the regular interactions between her and Mary Cosby, there isn’t a ton of conflict. It’s as if these ladies are actually respectful and caring toward one another.
After last week’s disastrous meltdown at Sharrieff Shah’s birthday, questions were raised as to whether Jen is turning up the histrionics for the cameras. Whitney Rose already insinuated that Jen modifies her character when in the company of her husband. So, the question remains. Who is the real Jen Shah?
Last week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City reached a new dramatic high for the series. Secrets were revealed. Glass was shattered. Middle school hip-hop choreography was performed. Now it’s time for the fallout. Which feels catastrophic for Jen Shah as she mopes around her empty ski chalet. Coach Shah is so angry about her outburst at his birthday party that he hasn’t been home in days. And it looks like her friendships with some of the other ‘Wives are on thin ice too.
Meanwhile, Whitney Rose drops by Beauty Lab + Laser to rehash the drama with Heather Gay. First and foremost, the cousins are in agreement that Whitney did absolutely nothing wrong by dropping bomb and bomb at the birthday bash and getting everything out on the table. But Whitney is a little miffed that Heather cut into her moment and interrupted the message she was trying to deliver to Jen. However, in Heather’s mind, the issue runs deeper than just another Jen blow-up. It’s about Jen choosing Lisa Barlow and Meredith Marks over her and Whitney. A classic game of Housewives picking sides!
Whitney Rose racked up a lot of conflict with her Real Housewives of Salt Lake City costars. In the latest episode, Whitney picked Sharrieff Shah’s birthday as the ideal venue to relay some gossip to Jen Shah. The origin of the gossip was Jen’s arch nemesis Mary Cosby and pitted Jen against her friends Meredith Marks and Lisa Barlow. By the end of it, the ladies had turned against Whitney.
But it was Whitney’s interaction with Sara McArthur Pierce that has created more calamitous issues for her. Sara is a friend to the housewives. She has a penchant for confusing their birthdays and serving paltry snacks to her house guests. Sliced apple and pecans? All joking aside, it’s a potential guilt by association that Whitney is trying to distance herself from.
This! This is the episode I’ve been waiting to see on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. After weeks of personal storylines and lots of behind-the-back gossiping, the drama finally erupted in the 801. And it was all thanks to Whitney Rose. The youngest Housewife of the bunch certainly earned her snowflake this week, putting everything on the table and getting multiple storylines moving. She truly did the Lord’s work. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
Jen Shah is throwing a party! More specifically, it’s a surprise birthday party for her husband, Sharrieff Shah, who hates surprises. On the contrary, Jen seems to really love surprises, doesn’t she? Or at least birthday parties, considering this is the second one she’s thrown this season. I wonder if her plans for Coach Shah will match the tens of thousands of dollars she spent on the premiere soiree for Meredith Marks. Considering she’s throwing this Shah-mazing party at a TopGolf, I’d say probably not?
The latest episode of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City gave a lot of screen time to the husbands. After several episodes of setting the stage for marital issues in Jen Shah, Meredith Marks, and Lisa Barlow’s relationships, the men were cut free to share their true feelings. One thing is clear, these real husbands are all navigating relationships with wives that want to live a “modern” marriage.
It was a drama free episode. Maybe that’s because Jen and Mary Cosby where not within earshot. Jen also appeared more subdued and vulnerable. Was it being in the presence of only Meredith and Lisa? Coach Sharrieff Shah was back in town and is clearly a grounding presence to her. So the change in Jen’s demeanor could have been simply a product of that support and not a calculating effort.
What do you get when you combine snowmobiling, hot tubbing and no Mary Cosby? The final episode of 2020 of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City! But seriously, Mary factored into about 30 seconds of this entire week. And it was just a short pick-up scene at the top of the hour. Which basically just involved her showing off her jealousy over her son’s girlfriend…which is yet another slightly cringe-y and deeply uncomfortable dynamic in the Cosby family tree. But alas…
For everyone wondering about Mary‘s glaring absence from the last two episodes, you’ll have to get used to it. Here’s the tea: Back when the show’s original production company was in charge of filming, Mary was only ever expected to be a Friend of the Housewives. However, once Bravo fired that production company and Shed Media took over, Mary was given a snowflake and a full-time role. (Most likely because her feud with Jen Shah became one of the primary storylines of the first half of the season.) However, Mary didn’t film much during the back half of the season as a result. Therefore, you won’t see her at many group events or parties from here on out. So expect lots more random solo Mary scenes like the one we got tonight.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City started off with a bang and has been on a roll ever since. The cast is the right group of people to revive a stale and formulaic franchise. Everyone on the show has been up front with their lives. This has been a welcome change from some of the other series. Namely, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where they only focus on picking on one person for an entire season to distract from the real drama.
Jen Shah was open about essentially paying for her friends. Her staff are the only ones around as her husband is gone most of the time. Mary Cosby talked about the path to marrying her step-grandfather and running a church. Meredith Marks’ marriage is falling apart every episode. Whitney Rose discussed finding her true love, which included breaking up two marriages to get there. That authenticity is what makes this franchise so great. But the real “pioneer” of the show that has been getting noticed is the lovely Heather Gay.