Okay what fresh hell is this Bravo? Are we really going to have a show about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season One? It appears we are. I’m in. But this had better be good.
Well, we begin straight off with Kim’s alcoholism. On the last day of filming, they were at a huge birthday party for Taylor and Kim was wasted. Apparently, someone from production let Kyle know. Because, it’s apparently Kyle’s job to keep him reasonably sober. Kim stormed off the set drunk and went out to the limo to drink. Kyle went after her and that is when the infamous limo scene went down. Kyle says she just lost it.
Andy didn’t want to do Beverly Hills because they were already doing Orange County. Andy thought they would be too much alike. It all started with Kyle. Kim’s audition tape is all about how Kyle doesn’t think she is good enough. Kim looks 20 years younger. So sad.
Lisa has a signed contract for Giggy. Apparently, this is a real deal. And such a clever way for her to be paid more than the other ladies. Or avoid taxes perhaps. I’m just saying. Lisa also wanted to go by “Pinky” on the show instead of Lisa. The producers told her that Pinky Vanderpump sounded like a bad porn star name and didn’t allow it.
Camille said that she didn’t think Kelsey would want her on the show. Kelsey called production and made sure that RHOBH hired Camille to keep her out of his affair.
They talk about filming in the Beverly Hills houses. It’s interesting they point out that they could not park on the street because it’s an unsightly obstacles and had to be escorted from the gate of the house to the house by security at Lisa’s house and at Adrienne’s. The houses were so big they could not find people in the house.
Kyle says that Camille was so upset by her question about why they were filming her in Hawaii without Kelsey was the moment that Camille was done with her. It really does seem like a big misunderstanding but Camille was in a very bad place so I can see why she would act that way.
Right after Kyle made the comment that offended Camille, they went to New York for the opening of Kelsey’s play. Kyle tried to make up with Camille early on to smooth the waters. Camille says looking back she can see how insecure she was, but she didn’t believe Kyle’s apology was genuine. The girls all agree to go out to dinner. Everyone goes to get ready leaving Taylor and Camille in a suite. The producers later find Camille and Taylor locked in a bathroom in the suite talking. Taylor was telling her that the other girls were trash talking her on the flight talking about her insecurities. And Taylor also informed her that Kyle was the one in charge of how everyone would be portrayed. Camille felt betrayed and was sure she was being set up to be the villain of the show.
When production came back in the room and Camille came out of the bathroom, she was pissed and yelling at production. This was just before they were to shoot a dinner scene. Camille accuses Lisa of trying to set her up. They were in a huge fight about something that happened off camera. This was problematic. Then we get the “you’re such a fucking liar Camille!” line from Kyle. And that is when Kim did not vouch for Kyle. Kyle realized Kim was drunk. She says Kim had a long bout of sobriety before that and she had been keeping this family secret. They leave without eating.
Lisa says that night changed everything for her. She was in tears when she left. I suppose because of Kim’s relapse.
The dinner party from hell with Faye Resnick and Allison Dubois was apparently quite boring. They were actually about to wrap filming when the drinks hit Allison Dubois and all the drama started. At this point Camille and Kyle were very much at odds. Camille brings Allison to back her up, and Kyle brought Faye Resnick to be on her team. Andy talks about how it was the perfect episode of the show just like Teresa flipping the table. He so loves the drama. He says Allison told him to fuck off when he tried to get her on WWHL. In the limo on the way home the looked at nude photos of Camille on the Internet, as one does.
While all of this was going on, Life & Style magazine came out with a print edition with Camille on the cover calling her a villain and with a huge headline that read AMERICA’S MOST HATED HOUSEWIFE! Kyle said even though they were not talking she felt very bad for Camille. That’s because Kyle, much like her sister is overly concerned with public perception. I do not understand why this would bother these women, but apparently it does.
The stuff about Camille and Kelsey was really said. Lisa Vanderpump called it a low point of the show. I think she meant productionwise. Kelsey didn’t even call Camille to tell her they were finished. He had an assistant call her. Then he forced her to go to The Tonys with him and pose as his happy wife. She didn’t want to go, but he said they had made the commitment to film it for RHOBH and maybe they might spend a romantic weekend together. Wow, this guy is a real douchebag. And so was the next LTR Camille had. And then she got cancer. She has been through so much. A producer talks about how hard it was to shoot and how he just wanted to hold her hand and be there for her but he couldn’t.
I never thought I’d say this but I kind of miss Adrienne and Paul bickering. The fighting was way worse off camera.
More about Kim drinking. At a party at Mohammed’s Kim hid alcohol in one of the bathrooms and was getting plastered. She fell down after shooting ended.
Back to the final party. Kim was late to film because she was in a private limo with her manager who was trying desperately to sober her up. As I continue to type about Kim’s drunken escapades, it suddenly occurs to me that she is watching this show. This has got to be a huge drinking trigger for her. If she really is sober now, I hope this doesn’t send her back to the bottle. I’m really pulling for her.
Back to this show. Kim has a huge drunken blowup in the lobby of the hotel where Taylor’s party was being filmed. Kim refused to talk to Kyle. They managed to get Kim to a limo. The production guy really tried to keep Kyle from going to the limo. The hotel throws them all out of the hotel. Production sent Martin and Adrienne to the limo to talk Kim down. Wow I had forgotten how really bad that limo scene was. Kyle lost her mind and Kim looked so shocked that Kyle was done covering for her. Kyle tells Kim that she told her she was not going to help her if she “could not stay …..ok” and she was cut off financially.
Looking at these clips from the reunion, and knowing all the very serious situations some of these women were going through, Andy seems rather gleeful as he reads off a list of negative terms to describe Kyle. It is the first time any of these women have been on a reunion, and it was BRUTAL. Camille tried to get out of going.
It ends with Andy gleefully declaring that season one of RHOBH was “lightning in a bottle.”