I find it so difficult to understand the venom surrounding this show this season. It began with uncovering the layers of Yolanda’s illness. Before the season even aired, we had a lot of questions and doubts and concerns about what is going on with Yolanda. I have to agree with Lisa Rinna who says that there is no way to look good when you are questioning someone’s illness. On the heels of the Brooks Ayers Cancer Saga on #RHOOC last season, where I was the dead last person to admit he was faking cancer, I think I was more willing to question Yolanda. You just don’t want to question anyone who says they have cancer. But Yolanda’ has been claiming “Chronic Lyme Disease” a diagnosis that is not accepted by the CDC or the vast majority of western doctors. It’s an arbitrary syndrome for whatever ails a large percentage of women at of a certain age. The waxing and waning of symptoms, the myriad “co-infections” including two foot long parasites and bogus heavy metal toxicity labs, the neverending sick selfies which seemed a plea for sympathy and a crafty public documentation of her “condition” to use in order to nullify a prenup. Then finally the by proxy component coming into play by announcing that the two NotGigi offspring were also infected. That was just beyond.
It would have been impossible for every single person on the cast not to have discussed the Yolanda situation. It seemed clear to those who knew of Pinky’s feud with Yolanda, that has simmered in ever season the two have shared, Pinky was going to be pulling a lot of strings this season. Apparently, Rinna missed that memo and didn’t understand that neither Pinky nor Kyle were going to get their hands dirty.
What I was not prepared for was the vile nature of the Pinky fans. After LVP wrote the nasty blog about Eileen, whose only crime this season was being a bit naïve and sensitive during a time when her beloved father in law had died, she was still grieving her sister’s death and her marriage was being tested one presumes in the natural way that happens when a patriarch of the family dies and the siblings and survivors begin to lash out in the ugliest of ways. With Kyle and Eileen going though such major trauma at this time, Rinna became the best foot soldier to fight LVP’s battles. Now at the end of the season, everyone seems to be comparing notes about LVP and her strategic manipulations behind the scenes. And EVERYONE (except Katherine, who is a nonfactor) realizes that LVP was using them all.
And pointing this out is bringing horrific Internet trolls descending on Eileen and Rinna in large numbers. They are unrelenting. They are delusional. They are brutal. And they firmly believe that LVP who they call their “queen” with complete sincerity is being bullied. Because she played the bully card in her last blog.
So last night, I did something I very rarely do. I tweeted a housewife. I sent it to Rinna directly with no front character to publicize it. It was a brief and heartfelt attempt to let her know there where people who see what is happening. And she responded with some heart emojis. And the the LVP idiots came for me. Where is a picture of you, Tamara? How dare you bully our queen? dozens upon dozens of them coming for me for being kind to Rinna. There are a LOT of psychopaths on Twitter and most of them are LVP fans.
Moving on, the show is starting and as we watch everyone agree that LVP was the puppet master of the Yolanda storyline, I can already hear the banshees wailing and the pigs rolling in the mud on Twitter. And it just boggles my mind.
Thank God we are back home and get to see Kyle and Portia at the Palm Springs house where the final party will be. Everyone is downloading a spouse or a manager about the drama in Dubai. Yolanda is thrilled that Rinna called LVP a liar. Yolanda says she saw LVP do this to Kyle, Then to Brandi and now to Rinna. Interesting. Ken calling Rinna all sorts of names quite on par with a guy who lost a hostile work environment suit to woman claiming sexual harassment. Ken used to be my favorite house husband and now I just see a mean, misogynistic old man.
As everyone is coming in Kyle gorgeous house, Yolanda and Kim are sitting together on the couch. Yolanda says to Kim, ” I can’t wait for Rinna to see you!” And she laughs and laughs. Because sick people love to be around drama. I should point out that Yolanda is in full glam squad mode tonight.
Rinna beelines straight for Yolanda to chat with her. Oh God Rinna, is this going to be another apology? Enough with the apology tour. Rinna apologizes for saying that Yolanda is more manipulative than LVP. Rinna then tells her that LVP is the manipulator behind the Munchausen stuff. As soon if LVP walks in the first thing she sees is these two talking. Rinna is doing herself no favors right now talking to Yolanda. Kyle has the best idea in not getting in between the clash of these two self-perceived Titans. Just because you figure out the game, doesn’t mean you have to announce it. Meanwhile, Katherine is fetching drinks for LVP. Both Richards sisters flank Pinky.
Eileen shows up with Erika to stop the Yolanda conversation. Kyle makes the hostess rounds. Yolanda wants a drink. Something with lemons. I’m not kidding.
Then Pinky and Yolanda conspire. LVP denies starting the Munchausen’s rumor. Which I believe. I do think that LVP planted the storyline of Yolanda in general with Rinna. Kyle shows up and takes LVP’s side.
Kyle, Camille and Erika talk about LVP three feet away from her. Erika says in a talking head that Katherine as become the spokesperson for the Vanderpump Kool-Aid brand.
Rinna and Kim’s conversation is pointless. Kim is still actively in denial about her addiction. Rinna had a sister who died from addiction. She doesn’t want to be around Kim until she gets better. Kim won’t even acknowledge that her life is “complicated” at the moment. Rinna just keeps saying, “I hope you get better.”
LVP does her usual routine of fleeing with Ken when she is under fire. Yolanda realizes that LVP is leaving before she can make her dramatic exit. LVP actually APOLOGIZES to Faye Resnick. I think hell may have frozen over.
They play a montage of the happy couple. All of “the love of my life” stuff. LVP is really trying to sell her position that she though they were a great couple. She has to know all the drama and how David’s kids don’t believe she is sick other than mentally. Erika seems to genuinely believe that Yolanda is sick and genuinely is disgusted by the doubts of others. Yolanda says her best days are ahead of her and she deserves them. That is a telling statement.
I am so glad that Eileen and Rinna’s true friendship has survived the season. I really want to flat iron the back of Eileens head in this restaurant scene. Rinna thinks the divorce contributed to Yolanda’s illness. I think Yolanda’s illness was all part of her divorce plan.
And that wraps a brutal, negative, season of lies and manipulations all around.
Endnotes: Lisa Rinna has a new talk show and a new line of lip gloss. Eileen is trying to get Erika a small part on Y & R, really wants to be in Erika’s next video! Kyle’s pilot about her childhood begins shooting this summer. LVP and Ken are thinking of opening another restaurant. I doubt that will happen. Erika has a new single out with the line, ” How many fucks do I give? Zero.” Kathryn and Donnie have purchased a Chateau in Normandy. I’m not sure I believe that either. Yolanda feels the best she has felt in three years. She plans to attend fashion week in Paris this June.