Onward and upward to the RHOSLC Recap! I don’t understand why this franchise is not bringing the ratings. When I just heard that the new city was Salt Lake City, I thought Andy Cohen was making a joke. But it’s fascinating, we have a cult leader, a healthy man and former cult member dying two months after appearing on the show under undisclosed circumstances, and a horrible person accused of multiple felonies. We also have all the mormon stuff, and the gorgeous winter wonderland backdrop. What more could . Thee ask for? I thought Stuart had already rolled over on Jen, but apparently that happened last week. I’m all in for this.
We Didn’t Know What .. Maybe We DID KNOW?
Sorry things are late. Banjo wants a lot of attention. And I’m in a bad headspace. But let’s get on with the RHOSLC recap. Until today, I’ve never called myself an empath. It seems like a weird word. But I used to see the news on TV and a I had not seen it the first six or seven years of my life living with no TV. And I remember asking my mother why no one cried when they watched. People were killing each other. Bad things happened to people. Why was no one crying while watching the news? I must have been around 11 or 12 at that time because I’d lived in Libya with no TV until then. I’m not sure what adjective describes how my mother responded. But I felt dumb.
Sorry! On to the recap. I’ve had some wine. I am very far behind because of Banjo and I bonding. And I’m okay with that. But he seems to be settling down. So let’s do this. Please know my mind is scattered. Heather thinks that the person who picked us Jen Shah after leaving her house is someone that Lisa knows. They all have gotten “weird text messages” that they think were really from Jen Shah. Meredith explained that her son was getting threats. She hired a private investigator and they said the person behind it was Jen.
Sides Are Drawn In The Sand
Look, maybe it is because I follow trial stuff online, Heather needs to follow the law. Heather says she will visit her in prison. If she is in prison, isn’t that a lie? The other ladies all go off but shocking, Mary always knew that Jem was a scammer. OF COURSE SHE DID! She is an even worse scammer. And did I mention that that lovely man mysteriously died within weeks of filming this? It’s starting to feel like one of those murder mystery shows. The title could be, a former member of a cult goes on a reality TV show and ends up dead weeks later. IJS. I s that not suspicious?
Meredith is DONE with Jen Shah. Basically, she will not film with her. I am going to have to pick this up at another time because Banjo needs me. I promise to get back to you but my dog is more important.
Sorry. It was a rough night. I’m going to get this up and then go back to bed. It is the next morning in Vail and I don’t think there has ever been a girls trip where the women disliked each other more. Mary, who did nothing at all to contribute to the breakfast Heather made, has to microwave it because she didn’t see Heather was her hands? Did anyone thank Heather for making breakfast for everybody? They ladies all break into smaller groups to do activities. It appears Meredith and Lisa have chosen the stay home and gossip option. They talk about Cameron and Mary’s church. Meredith stirs the pot a bit without really saying what she knows. Meredith wants to go straight to Mary. Lisa tries to convince her to leave her name and Cameron’s out of it.
Is Zyrtec The Mormon Hunky Dory?
Whitney, Heather and Jennie, aka the fun group go dog sledding. That seems like something I’d like in theory but not in practice. Lisa, Meredith and Mary go shopping in Vail. Mary is apparently a germaphobe and is freaking out about touching things. It’s probably because of Covid, but still seems a bit over the top. Then these three go ice skating. They don’t know how to skate, but they all have professional ice skater looks. The dog sledders talk about Lisa and how she seems to know more about Jen Shah that she is not sharing. It feels like she is worried about her own legal implications.
Heather has a younger sister, Nancy that was estranged from the family for leaving the Mormon faith right after high school. Heather feels bad that she shunned her for so long. She is hoping to see her on this trip.
Back in Salt Lake City, we drop in on Jen Shah fresh off her hearing meeting with her lawyer. Jen says that the charges are the total opposite of who she is. She says” If I have any fault, it is because I am too giving and I help too many people.” Delusional, part of one? Your jail cell is ready. Jen is still sticking to the story about her husband being ill as the reason she fled the bus. She cries to the lawyer about how this is affecting her family. Poor thing.
Later all the ladies in Vail go out for a Swiss dinner. So of course they all dress like… well … let’s call it a cross between Heidi and an elf. Lisa seems not to know the difference between Switzerland and Sweden. First up, is an ice luge for shots. This is not going to go well. Mary is the party pooper. Far be it from me to side with Mary about anything, but I agree this is kind of mortifying. Maybe I am just super grouchy this morning.
But the cheese is making me happy. When my brother was in Swiss boarding school, we would go to visit. I just have random memories of a few things in that time. Most memories sort of run together. But I remember having raclettes in a Swiss restaurant that was like a cabin in the mountain. It was melted cheese on like a boiled potato. You paid according to the number of potatoes you ordered. It was delicious.
I have no idea why these people are serving it on bread. Of course, Whitney brought a huge “shot ski” on the trip with her. Of course she did. Mary is annoyed. Again, today I am in Mary mode. Normally, I’d probably think this is cute. Mary and I just want this to be over. Oh there are the potatoes! All the other stuff is American drama. I’d eat it all. But, I’m just saying. Heather commercial for “dietetic S’mores for fat girls” was pretty funny. Mary keeps trying to escape to her bed. But first, for some reason Whitney just has to engage her in conversation.
Good Night And Thanks For All The Cheese!
Whitney wants to know why Mary doesn’t want to be her friend. Who the fuck cares? This goes nowhere. Mary just walks off. In her confessional, Mary points out that Whitney is wasted and won’t remember any of this in the morning. True. Yet Meredith feels the need to follow Mary and force her to talk to Whitney. Why? With all the things Meredith knows about Mary, why does she continue to approach her? Mary goes to bed.
Drunk Whitney starts spilling all the secrets she knows about Mary. She tells them all she knows a lot about Mary and her church and her situation with Robert Senior. She’s tosses out there that her congregation believes she is God. And yet this fool admits to donating to her church! Whitney apparently had a real come to Jesus moment, if you will, when she was warned about Mary. Sounds like another reference to Cameron. May he rest in peace. Yes, apparently, Whitney learned about all of that from Meredith. Now Lisa seems pissed that information is out. Why? She set this all up to happen! Heather of all people knows that Lisa was the one trying to get the word out.
Another Shoe Drops…
Even new girl Jennie is on to Lisa at this point. What will she do when she is backed into a corner? Heather says basically that they all ignored the signs when it comes to Jen Shah. Well, especially YOU, Heather. They need to pay attention to the Mary situation. Then, we get a flashback to Meredith telling Mary about all the rumors about her church. Mary’s response was “What church do you know that people don’t have negative things to say about.” That seemed to satisfy Meredith.
Lisa explains that Cameron had “religious trauma” And is no longer a member of the church. Yep, and a couple months later he was dead and no cause of death was ever reported. When Meredith asks for a concrete example of what Cameron has been through, Lisa blurts out, “He mortgaged his house and gave her $300,000.
Next week: Lisa tells Mary about the conversation. She seems to have blamed it all on Whitney. But, Lisa was behind the whole thing. What is it with people named Lisa on these shows? Also, Heather tries to make amends with her sister and it doesn’t look like things go well. The girls try to confront Mary but she seems to blow the whole situation off as lies. And so it begins.