Can you believe it’s been almost two weeks since we had a new episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City to obsess over? For anyone who joined the watch party of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Episode 3 on Twitter the day after the second episode aired, it feels like an eternity. I’m sure you were all dying to know how Whitney Rose‘s 1920s party ended. And believe me, whether you waited thirteen days or seven, it did not disappoint.
Jen Shah was itching for a fight at the end of the last episode, and she finds one this week with Meredith Marks. Pulling her pal aside, Jen wastes no time laying out all the issues she’s built up in her head over the last few days. She’s angry Meredith cancelled their sleepover. She doesn’t believe Meredith really wanted to spend time with her kids. She’s angry Meredith went to Mary Cosby‘s church. In fact, she’s angry Meredith’s struck up a friendship with Mary at all.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City just premiered, and it is fascinating. Meredith Marks, one of the RHOSLC cast members, feels that there is a great blend of both religious and ethnic diversity on the show. Meredith is Jewish and is from Chicago. She is a jewelry designer favored by celebrities, even Real Housewives of New York alum Tinsley Mortimer.
Jen Shah, who is Bravo’s first Polynesian Housewife, appears to be the leader, and the loudest, member of the group. After all, she communicates with her staff and family with her microphone.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is off to a promising start. I might be a little bit obsessed with this franchise already.
It is obvious from the jump that Jen Shah is the “HBIC.” While Jen may have grown-up Mormon, Jen is converting to Islam to stand behind her Black husband, Sharrieff Shah, and their two sons. The Mormon Church denied Black members equal treatment until 1978, and that isn’t acceptable to Jen.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City started out its first episode with Jen Shah’s husband Sharrieff Shah sweetly making her breakfast and talking about how beautiful she is. Then, their two sons Sharrieff Jr. and Omar joined them for breakfast.
That’s when Jen turned to her youngest son and asked, “Have you kissed a girl yet?” Then, she warned, “If you kiss a girl, you might be like ‘Oh, she’s cute.’ Guess what, you can contract herpes, probably AIDS.” Her oldest son chimed in to tell Jen, “No, I don’t think that’s true.” It felt like that sex-ed scene in Mean Girls, except that was a scripted movie with dialogue written for comedic effect. This is supposed to be real life and RHOSLC fans weren’t happy about Jen’s remark.
Welcome to The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City! Over a year since it was first announced at BravoCon, the newest Housewives franchise is finally here, and let me tell you, dear readers. The wait was worth it. In the famous words of the Mormon prophet Brigham Young, who settled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, “This is the place.”
I feel confident in saying the premiere episode was pretty well near perfect. (Which makes sense because, as one of the ‘Wives says of life in Salt Lake City, “Perfection is attainable!”) The last time we were graced with a first episode this good was back when Real Housewives of Potomac premiered in 2016. (Though the hype surrounding RHOP was comparatively much smaller at the time. Bravo even leaned into a full slate of ads asking “Where is Potomac?” ahead of the premiere. And it took seasons of under-the-radar perfection for the show to finally be respected today as the top-tier Housewives franchise it is.)