The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is starting to sound like the Real Fraudsters of the Greater Southern California Area. This season is clearly centered around Erika Jayne and the horrific embezzlement allegations Tom Girardi is facing. Finally, we’re not being forced to watch a group of middle-aged women attack (and out) Denise Richards for allegedly hooking up with Brandi Glanville. Or argue about a puppy. Or panties. We’re getting real-life rich people problems. And all I gotta say is, it’s about freakin time.
Erika is far from the first RHOBH lady to face legal probz. Dorit Kemsley and PK Kemsley have had their fair share of issues, whether it’s lawsuits or forgetting to pay casinos and such. They’re even selling their Encino house after living there for just a year which is shrouded in sketchiness. And hey, Erika wasn’t the first lady to get her assets frozen — Door-It has been there, done that. Yet all Dorit has been giving us this season (and frankly, most seasons) is over-the-top outfits that never seem to be appropriate for the event she’s attending. Oh, and denials of plastic surgery.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is having one of its most explosive seasons yet, mostly due to the tornado of scandals swirling around Erika Jayne. Erika’s divorce from Tom Girardi amidst his embezzlement claims is unfolding before our eyes. And Erika is either telling the truth or doing her best soap opera acting to make fans believe she wasn’t involved. Even though the evidence is sketchy and she’s still flying private. She seems to only worry about “woe is Erika” and not the millions allegedly stolen from the REAL victims in the story.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, even if Erika is telling the truth, she hasn’t released ONE statement about the victims. Not a single acknowledgment or apology. And the questions just keep piling up about the whole situation, from Tom’s health status to just how long this whole thing’s been going on. Thankfully, a judge ordered that victims can go after Erika for their payments. Considering the price tag on one of her massive rings could literally TRANSFORM the lives of these people and their families.
Did Dorit Kemsley piss off the producers of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or something? She’s barely given us anything this season aside from her questionable claims that she never had a nose job. And her relatively stale fights with Kyle Richards. I’m not sure if she thinks wearing over-the-top outfits counts as bringing something to the show, but sweetie, it’s not fooling anyone. And I usually like Dorit — but this season I can’t even form an opinion on her considering she’s barely shown in any scenes.
And, to be honest, when it comes to RHOBH lewks, Garcelle Beauvais takes the cake for me. Come for me, I will die on this hill. Garcelle almost always looks like a million bucks, aside from her weird half-hoodie situation in the most recent episode. And Garcelle is also bringing the drama this season. Her defense of Sutton Stracke shows she’s a true friend, as do her on-point digs at Lisa Rinna. She’s not into the gang-ups, rather, likes to form her own opinions about each of her cast mates. And despite her rocky relationship with Kyle last season, the two actually have found common ground. Garcelle is the breath of fresh air RHOBH needed and I’m here for her.
I can’t put my finger on what is going on with Dorit Kemsley this season on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Ever since Lisa Vanderpump left the show, Dorit’s turned out glam looks and not much else. Her most memorable scene this season was the women’s reaction to her claiming she’s never had a nose job. Otherwise, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on with her, except for rehashing the same fight with Kyle Richards every year. Like it or not, RHOBH is the Sutton Stracke show these days with a hearty serving of Erika Jayne on the side.
But according to the RHOBH teasers, Dorit will have some issues incoming. While she’s one of the girls in the gang going easy on Erika amidst her ongoing legal saga, she does point out the “orphans and widows” who Tom Girardi allegedly ripped off to fund EJ’s glam squad. And she recently called Garcelle Beauvais inauthentic, so it had to be for a reason. Maybe because Garcelle is putting the work this season calling out all of the great “actors,” especially Lisa Rinna, on the show. It’s about time.
Kyle Richards and her family are like the First Family when it comes to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. They’re all OGs. We’ve seen the ins and outs of Kyle and Mauricio Umansky’s marriage. We watched her children, particularly Portia Umansky, grow up in front of our eyes. She started the show with her sister Kim Richards by her side, and now in Season 11, her other (and just as goofy) sister Kathy Hilton is in the mix. Love them or hate them, those in Kyle’s orbit have been an integral part of the show. And sorry PK Kemsley, but Mo will always win the title of hottest RHOBH househusband. I don’t make the rules.
This season, in particular, it’s clear that Kyle’s daughters are mostly adults now. The majority of them are in college and/or working for Mauricio’s real estate biz. And little Portia is giving us that CLASSIC 12-year-old attitude. During the most recent episode of RHOBH, Portia got a surprise of a lifetime when her sister/BFF Sophia Umansky finally got to come home from college amidst the coronavirus pandemic. She’s in college across the country and Portia literally screamed and cried because she was so excited to see her. It was heartwarming to watch the sisterly bond.
Dorit Kemsley’s storyline on this season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is confusing me more than her accent. Ever since she stopped feuding with Lisa Vanderpump over #puppygate, she’s given us glam looks and not much else. I rooted for her last season when she was one of the few supporting Denise Richards during Brandi Glanville’s calculated attacks regarding their alleged hookup. But this year, she’s only got into a sisterly spat with Kyle Richards that was drawn out way too long, much like Dorit’s sentences.
Dorit is severely on the sidelines this season of RHOBH. And part of me thinks that without PK Kemsley and his bromance with Mauricio Umansky that she would’ve gotten the boot by now. She received some heat this season for referring to Garcelle Beauvais as “inauthentic” and then acting buddy-buddy with her. And she got brownie points for about two seconds when I thought she was actually downing martinis with Kathy Hilton. But the most divisive thing she’s done this season is claim that she’s never had a nose job. Boring.
Good news, everyone! Mikey Minden can stop pouring through Erika Jayne’s remaining wardrobe for an appropriate “moment” designed to confuse the prosecution with high-art glamour and questions about shoulder pads. We might be on standby because the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Birdbrain of Alcatraz star has hit another wall. Get your popcorn and cocktails, but longtime EJ fans may want to take a deep breath.
It really is like a movie script. A cinematic noir about stealing money from innocent victims and sinister charges of fraud. Filmed under the haze of Vaseline and the occasional waft of burned hair. Or it could be another day in the life of Erika. She’s suffering some radioactive fallout from the recent Hulu documentary covering tricky accounting methods with Tom Girardi. Erika is trying to get out of being on the hook for
most some of Tom’s debt and fighting to retain assets before the only public appearance on her calendar is the Pink Pig Swap Meet in Crawford County, Arkansas. On today’s show, the hills are alive with the sound of… attorneys running far, far away from Erika.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills seems to have finally got a cast shake-up it needs for Season 11. The women were getting a little too comfortable with their gang mentality, particularly after their crusade to outing Denise Richards. Now we have Crystal Kung Minkoff, who revealed more about her personal life in 5 minutes than Erika Jayne has given us throughout her entire housewives’ career. Sutton Stracke has a diamond of her own and apparently isn’t afraid to stir the pot and ask the women, particularly Mrs. Girardi, the tough questions this season. Garcelle Beauvais is back for a second season, and this time around she’s not letting up on Lisa Rinna or anyone who needs to be called out. And Kathy Hilton is the newest (and most amazing) friend-of here to bug the hell out of her sister Kyle “Doogie” Richards.
The RHOBH ladies needed a few new faces to come in and make them own it, because shady Rinna is obviously not the authority on keeping it real no matter what she says. Aside from Erika’s fraud case and
sham divorce, plenty of the other ladies have dealt with infidelity rumors, legal drama, and more that they love to keep off the cameras. And the best way to do that is to team up and exposing other people. Like, these women think that TEDDI MELLENCAMP makes great TV. They’re obviously not in-tune with what really makes a good season of Real Housewives. They all just need to watch the Real Housewives of New Jersey and take some notes.