James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss got off to a rough start this season on Vanderpump Rules. The self-proclaimed White Kanye was a consumed by his music and alcohol. He lashed out at Raquel in some particularly nasty scenes, cursing her out and calling her names for not being at one of his DJ gigs. This was while he was pretending not to drink during Pride.
Raquel had enough. Finally. She told him she would leave the relationship if he didn’t actually get sober. In the past, James made many promises about quitting drinking, but this time was different. He actually attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He checked in with Lisa Vanderpump on a regular basis for support. James even managed to attend group events completely sober. But, was that just a temporary thing? Has James actually made some long-lasting changes in his life? Seemingly so. He has recently reached a major milestone with his journey to remain sober.
“People are rotten everywhere you go. They’re no good. You want to see a very bad man? Make an ordinary man successful beyond his imagination. Let’s see how good he is when he can do whatever he wants.” ‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee.
And that quote defines Vanderpump Rules. Here we have just some ordinary obnoxious people, but they are successful merely for being in the right time at the right place. First we suffered through Jax Taylor‘s delusional hubris consuming the first half of the season and now we are subjected to Stassi Schroeder‘s obnoxious arrogance for the remainder of it.
In the umpteenth week of quarantine I could give less fucks than Giggy; barely dragging myself across the marble floors in my scruffy slipper feet. Everyone but Giggy is trying harder than Charli Burnett‘s pants at the strip club. Actually I like Charli. Charli is surprisingly wry and snarky. I like Danica Dow too. Danica is psycho and it’s gonna keep creeping up again and again in interesting ways. I said it once, and I’ll say it again: Danica is the new Jax. Or maybe Season 1 & 2 Kristen Doute?
Raquel Leviss and James Kennedy’s relationship is always a hot topic on Vanderpump Rules. Since the couple started dating they have had to endure rumors of Kennedy cheating on her with multiple people. Raquel has also had to defend James and his behavior more than once to every person on the cats, including their boss Lisa Vanderpump!
They pair has been going strong since 2017, they took things to the next level last year by moving in together and getting an adorable puppy. Despite the numerous accusations of James cheating Raquel has stayed by his side. Even after he has disrespected her with his drunk text and calls during Season 8. Even after all this Raquel has made it her mission to keep the 27-year-old DJ on track, by driving him to AA meetings and keeping him accountable. As of now, James is sober and doing very well.
Last night on Vanderpump Rules we celebrated the re-wedding of Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney. Although the relationship continuation of these two toxic assholes is definitely not something anyone should be celebrating, I have to acknowledge that it was the most perfect wedding this show has ever had.
TomKatastrophe 2.0 totally encapsulated the cluster-fucky spirit of what we initially loved about Vanderpump Rules: real friends, down on their luck, but somehow pulling it together and making the most of it. Of course, there were two notable absences to this momentous event: Scheana Marie and Kristen Doute.
Scheana was off getting her eggs retrieved. No, she wasn’t at Whole Foods buying a half dozen in order to chat up the hot 20 year old in the dairy department who is just like her BEST. FRIEND. She just bought him a Roomba after they made eyes when she dropped a carton of skim milk, so now they’re like totally moving from the crush stage to the instagram stories official phase. To Scheana BFF stands for Best Fuck Friend. Scheana’s problem is that her brain is 13 but her biological clock is 34.
Most of the Vanderpump Rules cast members head to Las Vegas tonight for Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz’s wedding redo. It’s not all wedding bliss though. Schwartz finds a bra in his bag and it’s not Katie’s. Is something scandalous going on? Probably not, but there’s bound to be drama anyway.
Of course, Kristen Doute is flipping out back in West Hollywood because she was excluded. Again. Even Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd make the trip. Naturally, Lisa also uses the trip as an opportunity to publicize the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden.
During the last season of Vanderpump Rules, Lala Kent was struggling with alcoholism and grieving the death of her father. This year, sober Lala has been way out of hand. She tried to out James Kennedy by rekindling those rumors that he slept with Logan Noh. She attacked Raquel Leviss for no reason at that wine night.
She is really high and mighty for a woman who constantly brags about providing oral sex in exchange for private jet access. During last week’s episode, Lala tried to give Scheana Marie some advice about her love life. Scheana broke down crying, admitting that she was upset to be divorced and single. Months later, Lala took that “tough love” to another level. This time, she was straight up mean, which seems to be norm these days.
Even with the quarantine, plenty of reality TV stars celebrated Easter. Some of them even dressed up to eat dinner in the dining room, which is way more than what I did. Props to them.
Real Housewives of New York star Dorinda Medley wore bunny ears in the Berkshires. Margaret Josephs spent some quality time with her mom, Marge Senior. Terry Dubrow, Heather Dubrow, and their kids all wore matching Easter pajamas. I had no idea that was a thing. But, again, they put a lot more effort into getting dressed than I did yesterday.