While Real Housewives of Salt Lake City has given us many interesting personalities, Jen Shah is the most extra of the bunch. Jen lives in the Shah chalet, wields a bedazzled microphone, and roller-skates in her house. RHOSLC co-star Whitney Rose made the mistake of interrupting Jen at the surprise birthday party that she had planned for her husband, Sharrieff Shah.
Whitney has impeccable timing, so she told Jen that Mary Cosby said that Meredith Marks and Lisa Barlow were afraid of Jen. Jen handled the situation with grace and dignity. Who am I kidding? Jen flipped out, threw a glass, and exited the party early.
Who wants to go to Vegas? That’s right, it’s time for The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast trip! First season vacays tend to be smaller, more localized affairs. (For reference, think Bethany Beach on RHOP or Austin on RHOD.) But given the history of Housewives in Vegas, I’ve got a good feeling about this one. And though it may not be far from the mountain of SLC, it’s also hitting me that this was the last cast trip ever filmed before life changed as we know it. Crazy, huh?
But first, we have some table-setting and housekeeping to do before we can pack up and head to the city of sin. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen Whitney Rose‘s family drama. So it’s the perfect time for her to organize a dinner with her dad and two siblings who are estranged from him. After he fell into his addiction, Whitney was really the only one in her family to stick by her dad. She and her husband supported him, paid for his rehab and did everything they could to get him back on track. Some of her siblings, on the other hand, kept their distance.
How do we feel about the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s first season? The snow-topped mountains, meeting a fresh cast of women, and developing a new appreciation for blenders. It was nice to gain insight on what it’s like to live in a community where the Mormon majority is high but the moral majority is questionable.
Jen Shah was labeled a break out star. She has the attitude, the drama, and the shoes. Jen did relatively well in her first season. She didn’t shy away from detailing family issues. She definitely didn’t shy away from confrontation. And she wasn’t afraid of showing a vulnerable side to her often brash personality. But according to Jen, not all of the women were as authentic. Now Jen shares her thoughts on who wasn’t sharing their truths, and who might be a different person when cameras are down.
I have been obsessed with Real Housewives of Salt Lake City since it’s debut. I love the snowy change of scenery and the diverse backgrounds of the cast. And let me just say, the RHOSLC casting was perfection.
We have Lisa Barlow, who owns several alcohol brands with her husband. Lisa fancies herself the “Sundance Queen,” and the person to know to gain entrance to events at the Sundance Film festival.
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.