There is a reason that the finale is generally filmed after the final episode of the season airs. One reason is so that the brawling that always seems to occur at the reunion does not cloud the cast mates reaction to the remaining episodes. This season of RHOBH is different. For some reason the reunion was filmed with three or so episodes to yet to air. And so the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Bravo Blogs this week are a bit telling about what to expect at the reunion.
We are looking at another left couch right couch battle. The left couch will have Lisa Vanderpump sitting first chair, followed by Yolanda, Carlton and Joyce in that order. The right couch will have Kyle Richards sitting first chair followed by Brandi and Kim. The right couch will fight the main card as one unit. The left couch is a tentatively aligned for the purpose of the main event but will have a couple of undercard bouts before the big event. I’ve spent way too much time compiling this “fight card” so I hope you will click-through and enjoy it!
THE MAIN EVENT: Kyle Richards, Kim Richards and Brandi Glanville v. Lisa Vanderpump
We haven’t seen the whole attempt by these three to bring down the Queen, but sources indicate that things reach a boiling point right at the end of filming when the gang goes to Puerto Rico. The Richards sisters went on a media tour just before the season premiere talking about what a horrid person Queen Vanderpump is.
Since the Reunion neither the Richards Sisters nor Brandi have contributed a blog to Bravo as of this writing. Brandi tweeted about needing her mommy and Kyle seems to have settled the fuck down. Prediction? Vanderpump Rules, natch.
“When I witness Brandi talking to Kyle I find it so upsetting. I wish Kyle had questioned Brandi’s motive for that conversation, or even uttered a word in my defense. It is pretty devastating to view this person that we have loved and trusted trying to malign me.” [Source]
WARM UP BOUT Carlton Gebbia v. Kyle Richards
The word is that these two came in hating each other and left the same way. There is no winning this fight. Kyle has apologized in her blog for calling Carlton an Anti-Semite but Carlton is like a bitch with a bone on the issue. Prediction? Carlton will “win” by brute force, but will not win any fans in the battle. Even the Kyle haters won’t be defending Carlton’s aggressive, then tearful, then more aggressive fight style. Lisa will support Carlton which will give her some credibility.
Lisa will support Carlton:
“I arrived at Stockcross impressed by what was a wonderful party. There was much of it you didn’t see. . .I met Carlton’s family — a father-in-law that adored her, a mother in law to whom she is very close. That speaks volumes about a woman that I don’t think the audience has had a chance to see.It seemed to me that a situation had escalated rather rapidly between Kyle and Carlton and I understood Carlton being upset at the negative label that was thrown at her, it was totally unwarranted. However, I had to defend Kyle at that moment as I felt Carlton had called it wrong. Carlton is adamant she has Kyle’s number, that she has her reasons for her intense dislike of her. You yourselves will have to decide.”
Yolanda will support Carlton:
“It was nice to finally see another dimension of Carlton in her role as the wife of her successful husband David, who runs his prominent family business in Beverly Hills. It’s obvious to me why she does not want to have Kyle there after what happened last week. The anti-Semitic label was extremely hurtful and could have severe repercussions for their family business. Obviously this incident was strictly between the two woman — and neither Mauricio or David and his family had anything to do with this.” [Source]
Carlton will regale us with sad childhood stories from South Africa:
“Speaking with Lisa about the whole Kyle ordeal was painful again, but after explaining I knew she saw my point of view. I definitely think Lisa was absolutely right about Kyle after watching the flashbacks from last year. And now Kyle keeps speaking negatively about Lisa behind her back at every opportunity she has, then smiles to her face. But Lisa consistently defends Kyle to me. As if I didn’t have enough reasons to dislike her. I personally know Lisa to be a wonderful soul, certainly not mean or manipulating, and she always seems to be the voice of reason. I don’t like watching some of the women starting to talk negatively about her. That has not been my experience with her at all.” [Source]
UNDERCARD Brandi Glanville v. Joyce Giraud
It’s obvious to anyone with a brain (no need to self-identify if you don’t have one) that Brandi has been jealous of Joyce since the day she laid eyes on her. Joyce is prettier than Brandi, happier than Brandi, smarter than Brandi and happily married with adorable children. Sucks to be Brandi this season.
I expect for Brandi to be put in her place. It would not surprise me if some combination of Lisa, Yolanda and maybe even Kyle if she grows a set at least off some minimal support to Joyce. Prediction? Joyce wins. Joyce is a winner. Brandi looks like the assclown she was all season. Until she gets some help, she will always be the loser. If you are still a Brandi fan after this season? You get major side eye from me. If Joyce takes the bullying stance, I can hear the Brandi fans denial already. Deny all you want, but Joyce will reign supreme.
Joyce will point out Brandi’s history of backstabbing her friends:
“Seeing Brandi bashing Lisa to Kim was horrible! Brandi bringing back something she had already discussed and resolved in a previous season was a pathetic attempt to stay relevant and was the beginning of what I saw as a coup against Lisa. Her very own dream team conspiring against her! I was just as shocked to see this as you all must have been as I had no idea her BFFs would attack her. Brandi is the one who started plotting against Lisa from the get go when she was supposedly “warning” me against her very own BFF. That’s a hypocrite and a desperate girl that will even betray her own BFF just to stay relevant! Simply SAD! I’m actually still mad at myself for believing her apology.” [Source]
I don’t see Yolanda getting too involved in the primary melée between Lisa, the Richards sisters and Brandi. Yolanda is too smart join a losing battle. However, Andrew will try to goad these two into a skirmish. I don’t expect it to amount to anything. Prediction? This minor difference of opinion will end in a dignified truce for the sake of appearances. Both will hold a grudge. However, Yolanda will win this one by a nose if Ken’s birthday is indeed on 24th, because that will mean that Lisa outright lied on her blog. Either way, they both have bigger fish to fry at this reunion.
David and I hosted his youngest daughter Jordan’s wedding at Mohamed’s house on July 20, 2013, which had of course been on the calendar for the past year. The bride and groom limited their guest list to those who have a personal relationship with them. I was surprised to see Lisa use the wedding as an excuse of why David and I were not going to be at her party — because I am pretty sure that Ken’s actual birthday is August 24, so she really could have planned it any other night of the week.
“Ken’s birthday, July 20th, fell on a Saturday. Kyle and I had spoken that week and I relayed that to her. She then mentioned that Mauricio’s birthday had passed without celebration so, as they have always liked each other, we decided to host a joint party. So of course the 20th was the day we wanted to celebrate, not postpone our celebration because David’s daughter (who we really don’t know) was getting married. We weren’t invited, nor should we have been, and had no idea of the timing of the event. However, I of course extended the invitation to Mohamed as he is one of my closest friends. I don’t understand the need for the negative comment. . .once more.” [Source]
I get why Lisa was upset about the blow up at her beautiful party. However, her telling Carlton that she didn’t think leaving the scene with unresolved issues was a good idea was surprising to me — considering the fact that she is pretty good at walking away and leaving issues unresolved herself.[Source]
UNDERCARD Yolanda Foster v. Brandi Glanville
One of the reasons that Yolanda is going to go easy on Lisa Vanderpump is that her friendship with Brandi Glanville is on the rocks. As Sun Tzu teaches, in times of war, the enemy of your enemy is your friend. Yolanda has suffered through Brandi’s drunken behavior despite arriving on the scene telling us there is nothing worse than a drunk woman. She was really grateful that Brandi, out of everyone visited her during her illness and “showed her” she was a friend when the others did not. For that reason, she remained loyal to Brandi even though Brandi’s behavior was horrendous. But at some point, Yolanda’s patience ran out and she began to distance herself from Brandi. Then Brandi did what Brandi does and betrayed her confidence.
“First, I wanted to clear up Brandi’s jab at me with her tweet while I was on WWHL saying I cancelled dinner plans with her. It surprised me because it would have been justified if I had been a hypocrite and cancelled plans with her and instead taken a business meeting that was more important — but that’s absolutely not what happened! I cancelled because I was dealing with my crying child across the country in NY who was just diagnosed with a disease we were trying to figure out. This is something I shared with B in good faith — but not something I wanted to share with all of you because that’s my daughter’s privacy. But since Brandi brought it up on national TV, I feel I have to clarify the situation.” [Source]
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