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Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Jen Shah

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.

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Jen Shah Meredith Marks

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.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City - Season 1

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.

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Heather Gay

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!

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Whitney Rose Jen Shah

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?

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Whitney Rose

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 LisaCoach 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.

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Lisa Barlow Jen Shah Meredith Marks

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.

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Meredith Marks

Welcome back to the inaugural Park City Fashion Week — bringing high fashion for the very first time to Utah! After seeing the set-up in last week’s episode, I’m starting to wonder if this fashion show was specifically put on for The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. I mean, Whitney Rose is walking in the show. Meredith Marks is showcasing her jewelry line. And the runway is so short that the front row is essentially just Heather Gay, Jen Shah, Mary Cosby and a few other people. Not to mention the entire thing seems to culminate in Brooks Marks debuting his eponymous “fashion line” of name-branded athleisure wear. (And after seeing the show, I’m using that term loosely.)

The best part of the fashion show is that many elements are giving me vintage RHONY vibes. Watching Jen‘s icy stare as Mary tries to small talk her way through being seated directly next to her nemesis is the purest recreation of Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Bensimon doing the exact same thing more than a decade ago at New York Fashion Week. (And if you don’t know who’s who in this comparison, go back and watch Season 3 in the Big Apple STAT.)