We’ve arrived at the final hour of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Season 1. The third and final act of a historic three-part reunion. And you guys. I’m not ready for it to be over! Like really, really not. It’s been inarguably the best debut season of a new Housewives franchise since Beverly Hills back in 2010. And I’m saying that as a huge fan and ardent defender of the Potomac’s first season. (My original Bravo claim to fame was being behind one of the very first viewer-submitted reunion questions in RHOP history.)
But these SLC ladies delivered in every single way imaginable. They brought something new and completely different to the table, and added a fresh and unique POV to the Housewives universe. RHOSLC reinvigorated the franchise as a whole while some long-running tentpole cities are starting to feel stale and, ahem, long in the tooth. And that’s not just my bias talking as a born-and-bred former Mormon/Utah native. So indulge me while I savor this last recap before closing the door on Season 1 in Salt Lake City. K?
How do you solve a problem like Mary Cosby? That was the main question running through my mind after Part 2 of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City reunion. Honestly though, has any Housewife in history ever made such blatantly problematic statements as Mary did in this episode? I almost don’t even know where to start digging in, to be honest. Nothing about any of it was OK or, frankly, made very much sense at all.
And that’s not all! During Part 2, there were jaw-dropping revelations, new nicknames, an epic walk-off, and even a surprise cameo by Lisa Rinna via text. (Turns out, like the rest of the Housewives universe, she’s a major fan of the RHOSLC ladies. That’s called having taste. Just ask Rihanna. As Mary pointed out repeatedly during the episode, we have a lot of cards to get through, so let’s jump in, shall we?
We didn’t get to see it on the show, but Lisa Barlow allegedly threatened Whitney Rose that she would expose her as a “swinger” on Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Whitney denied being a swinger and Lisa denied saying it.
However, they just never got on the same page all season, except for a tiny bit in Las Vegas. Now, Lisa is sharing her side of the story, which includes doubling down on her denial and throwing some shade in Whitney’s direction.
A lot of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City viewers have been wondering if Jen Shah turns up the drama for the cameras. Heather Gay denied that, saying Jen is who she is.
Lisa Barlow actually has the same opinion as Heather. Well, she does about Jen, anyway. Beyond that, Lisa and Heather don’t agree about anything. And now, Lisa is calling out Heather and Whitney Rose… again.
It’s reunion time for the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City! And considering this will be the first three-part reunion for a debut season in Housewives history, it’s sure to be historic. The elaborate, winter wonderland-themed set certainly fits that bill. It’s gorgeous. With Andy Cohen as their trusty guide, it feels like the ladies were dropped into a fairytale Utah ski village in the middle of New York City. Which brings up a small point in production. At one point in an Instagram Live, Andy revealed he had his ticket to SLC booked for the reunion…but they filmed it in New York. I assume that changed because of COVID. But I can’t help but wonder how it was easier to fly all six ‘Wives and some of their husbands to NYC…
Speaking of the ‘Wives, let’s talk reunion fashion! Apparently the ladies’ silver, red and gold color scheme was chosen as a nod to Utah’s long mining history. But as a Utah native, I certainly didn’t catch the reference. It’s mostly just looked like an oddly-chosen color palette. Of all the dresses, Lisa Barlow‘s liquid copper look is my far-and-away favorite. It’s minimalist, which is her style, and not overdone like some of her co-stars. Whitney Rose is stunning in her ruby red gown, though it leans a bit holiday decor for my personal taste. In fact, it’s the perfect complement to Teresa Giudice‘s iconic green “Christmas pageant dress” at the RHONJ Season 4 reunion so many years ago.
In addition to promoting her businesses and seemingly hoping to get a Diet Coke sponsorship, Lisa Barlow talked about Whitney Rose a lot during Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 1.
She didn’t like Whitney’s break dancing, her pole moves, and pretty much everything else Whitney said and did. It seemed like Whitney and Lisa found peace in Las Vegas, but that didn’t last for too long.
On the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City intro, Jen Shah brags “I’m queen bee and MVP.” Well, that mindset backfired on her during the cast trip to Las Vegas. Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow, and Whitney Rose started to piece things together, realizing Jen’s role in their drama.
During a group activity they were asked “Who here doesn’t trust Jen?” And, in response, all four of them raised their hands. Then when the shaman/psychic/healer asked the same question about Heather, Jen raised her hand in spite. Meanwhile, Heather is arguably the most loyal person on this show. Jen tried to apologize to Meredith and Heather during the finale, but they weren’t buying what she was selling.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast went into the finale party questioning each other’s trustworthiness. It was a heavy miasma that could have caused a huge scene at the grand opening of Heather Gay’s new spa, especially if Jen Shah had reacted the way she usually does when confronted.
All of this tension stemmed from a trust game conducted by a hypnotist in a random Las Vegas living room. Heather was floored when Jen revealed that she did not trust her. Meanwhile, Jen had her own revelation about how her friends viewed her. Add to this is the hurt Meredith Marks felt when she found out Jen was gossiping about her marriage. Finally, Whitney Rose was gauging whether she and Lisa Barlow truly had a breakthrough in their friendship.