To my way of thinking, there wasn’t much about the first half of this season’s finale to distinguish it. Even Andy Cohen’s gravitas in announcing Adrienne Maloof’s firing was anti-climactic, comical even. Starting with the Adrienne-announcement of which viewers were already aware – on to Kyle’s trying to turn Lisa against Yolanda – everything was easily predictable.
Following what was for the ladies gathered on that day of the reunion, stunning news about Adrienne, the remaining cast set their jaws for the season’s autopsy. Andy Cohen noted Brandi appeared to be particularly nervous, that she had been shaking when she came onto the reunion set. Brandi acknowledged that she was indeed nervous but didn’t directly attribute it to anything or anyone in particular. I couldn’t help but smile at the relieved surprise on her face as they all learned Adrienne not only wasn’t coming, she wouldn’t be back. The ladies were all shocked, Yolanda even said it, “Shocking.” Kyle’s eyebrow raised in that way she does that always makes me think of Morticia Adams.
Kim, who appears the most clear-eyed and lucid we’ve seen her all season, says Adrienne started trouble and then left it to everyone else to handle for her. Kyle grudgingly concedes that Adrienne, “probably didn’t handle a lot of things well.”
Brandi says Adrienne won’t be missed noting the real trouble between her and Adrienne stemmed from Brandi’s refusal to play ball with Adrienne and Paul after the last reunion. She said the whole dynamic of their friendship changed when she refused to bad-mouth Lisa or tweet retractions for prior remarks; that from that time on Adrienne was out to get her.
Brandi says she, herself, is sweet until you cross her then she, “will fucking cut a bitch.” She says that after Adrienne’s chef and chief minion, Bernie, released all the bad stories about Paul to the tabloids, Paul called Brandi to apologize to her saying he had never been aware of the stuff Bernie (and by clear implication, Adrienne), had been doing with regard to disseminating stories designed to destroy.
Although whether it was the surrogacy issue that Adrienne herself discussed with a tabloid magazine (after forcing Bravo to not air the dialogue) that was responsible for the legal animus between the two was not discussed at the reunion, Brandi did discuss the infamous threat of litigation that Adrienne sort of denied before she sort of confirmed it. Brandi explained that Adrienne had her lawyer send Brandi’s friend a letter that directly referenced Brandi in which legal action was threatened that directly implicated Brandi. According to Brandi, Adrienne’s threat of litigation alone ended up costing her $10,000 worth of lawyering.
Lisa says what Brandi said about Adrienne wasn’t something they all didn’t already know about, it was something they were tired of hearing her lie about.
Yolanda was asked what she thought of her experience in this Beverly Hills sorority following her freshman year. Yolanda says she wishes now she had watched previous episodes of the show before joining. She said she felt like she had been, “thrown into a shark tank and made to swim on her own.”
She said that at first none of the group tried to get to know her on a personal level. Kyle disagrees and insists she did try but Yolanda corrects her saying that didn’t happen until the end of the season’s filming. Yolanda said she came into the group “protecting her heart” and that Kyle should have taken the time to get to know her early on, clearly implicating that in her mind Kyle reached out to her at the end of the season because Kyle was once again being skewered by fans.
Andy brought up Yolanda’s admonishment to the Latino laborer that he should work to learn English. I remember that scene well and thought it was the perfect time and a perfect way to state the obvious. That being that if you’re going to choose to live and work in another country and expect to do well, you should at least learn the language. Coming as it did from a fellow immigre, I not only didn’t find Yolanda’s words insulting or wrong in any way, I found them to be well-intended and well said. Yolanda said as much when she observed that had she not come from a different culture and language herself, she could see how her words could be perceived as being arrogant.
Kim is intent on clearing up the master cleanse. She says she resents the implication that she bailed on any scheduled event with Yolanda when early in the season Yolanda chided Kim for standing her up on what Yolanda had said were three separate occasions. This is Kim we’re talking about here so it is clear that this has been bothering her for months as she is clearly overly agitated about it. As it turns out, one of the producers had scheduled the event(s) but wires were crossed and, of course, hilarity ensued. Well, maybe not hilarity but certainly much ado about nothing but it’s Kim’s world and we all just live in it.
Taylor uses the occasion to admit to Yolanda that she greeted Yolanda’s entry onto the show with pre-conceived notions due to her longtime friendship with one of Yolanda’s husband’s ex-wives. She also admits to finding Yolanda and David’s connubial bliss a little hard for her to take given the circumstances of her recent widowhood. Taylor offered an apology that was graciously accepted by Yolanda with Yolanda telling her, “I get it.”
Taylor then had to sit through a drunken retrospective of herself throughout the season. She agreed she used alcohol to numb her pain and did drink more than she should have at times but all-in-all she doesn’t think she has an alcohol problem. She said she can make the distinction between social drinking and drinking to cover pain and so no one should worry.
Kim is pissing me off even though I know I am supposed to be sympathetic. She manages to cry and make everything she does about her; her problems. I have to respect Taylor’s acknowledging Kim’s possible real concern while also calling Kim out on her own behaviors.
Kyle tries to justify her deliberate distortion regarding Kennedy being at Kyle’s house supposedly unbeknownst to Taylor. In a talking head about the incident, Kyle was clearly taking a shot at Taylor when she smugly observed she would never not know where Portia was at any given time. Kyle has since herself admitted the whole thing was a crossed-communication owing to the child’s nanny’s itinerary time that day. Kyle is being disingenuous and dishonest at the reunions about her motives when she made the remarks about Taylor. Brandi calls Kyle out about making it a big deal in front of the cameras when Kyle tries to again deflect any responsibility for her deliberately deceitful implications of bad mothering on Taylor’s part.
Yolanda also comes to Taylor’s defense regarding her married lover noting that sometimes divorces can take years to resolve. Taylor said her new man and his old wife were living apart for several years before Taylor and he got involved.
Speaking of marriage and divorce, Yolanda admits she and David have a pre-nup. Ever the pragmatist, she says that’s the “reality of life.”
Finally we’re onto the main event. Kyle and Lisa. Kyle wants to casually dismiss her continued refusal throughout the season to speak up on Lisa’s behalf as Lisa tells us, “sometimes the thing that hurts the most is the silence of your friends,not the words of your enemies.”
Lisa says Kyle, who was never friendly with Adrienne started all of a sudden, “cozying up to her.” Kyle became incensed when Lisa says she believed Kyle’s friendship with Adrienne was a “business decision” because Mauricio wanted (and got) the listing to sell Adrienne and Paul’s house. Lisa said after Mauricio sold her house, Kyle started to change. Lisa said she believed that because Mauricio wanted to sell Adrienne and Paul’s house Kyle cozied up to Adrienne because their friendship was “a business relationship that needed to be nurtured.”
Kyle says Lisa’s remark is an attack on her character.
Not to be deterred, Lisa says Ken agrees with Lisa; that after Mauricio sold Lisa and Ken’s house, their friendship changed. Mauricio had sold Lisa’s house before the last reunion.
Kyle says she wonders if Lisa thinks making Kyle look bad will make Lisa look good. Kyle also says she believes Lisa replaced her by cultivating a friendship with Brandi. Brandi says she and Lisa are friend’s because she, Brandi, doesn’t talk behind her friends’ backs. “I don’t slag you off behind your back,’ was Lisa’s observation.
“I can’t unknow something,” said Lisa to Kyle. Lisa said she and Kyle’s friendship needs to be re-built but Kyle can’t understand how Lisa can’t forgive. And I believe her. This is the woman who says Faye Resnick is like a sister to her. Of course she doesn’t understand. She doesn’t understand that your decisions define you; that adults have to take responsibility for their actions, they can’t whine and cry them away.
Kyle tries to slough off the criticism saying that what everyone sees as gossiping is just her going to her friends and, “if that makes her a terrible person then so be it.”
Yolanda tells Kyle she is two-faced and Kyle counters with the allegation that Yolanda had been trash-talking Lisa behind her back in Paris. That Yolanda had said Lisa was full of shit and her professed concerns for Kim’s obviously oblivious behaviors was as phony as she.
Yolanda says Kyle is lying and they argue about it. Kim rallies to he sister’s side stating that indeed Yolanda did trash-talk Lisa. Lisa is asked what she believes and she says she doesn’t believe Kyle. It appears to me that Kim is using this season’s Yolanda-drama to make up for not having Kyle’s back with the “insecure” Camille during that season one drama when she left a floundering Kyle to fend for herself because she, Kim, gets “nervous.”
Yolanda says Kyle is a liar and that Kim is confused. So am I. Will the second half be as lacking as the first, I wonder. I guess we’ll have to tune in next week to find out.