I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills – The Finale Jan 21, 2011
Did Taylor Armstrong just bypass Camille Grammer for the most hated housewife on the Beverly Hills series? Can you imagine what would have happened if Camille had attended Taylor’s Birthday Party?
Before we get to the birthday party, does anyone really believe that Camille “begged” Kelsey not to leave her? If she did, I don’t think it was because she loved and adored this man. Knowing what we know now and the hurtful comments that she’s made about Kelsey Grammer, if she begged him to stay with her it was just because she didn’t want to lose the status of being married to a celebrity.
Both Camille and Kelsey had to have signed some sort of an agreement when they agreed to appear on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, they agreed to allow the cameras to roll as they lived their lives so why are we hearing all about what happened in New York from Camille and not seeing it for ourselves?
Camille claims that she went to their apartment in New York and was questioned by the doorman who allegedly didn’t believe that she was Kelsey Grammer’s wife. That does not sound like a doorman of a high end building in New York City. They do not argue with the residents and guests of their buildings. I find it very difficult to believe that a doorman would have a conversation the way that Camille described it. They just do not behave that way. They certainly have to protect the residents of the building but they treat everyone with respect and I cannot see a professional doorman calling someone like Camille a liar.
Camille also failed to finish her story, why did she go to the apartment to begin with? She told us that Kelsey insisted she stay in a hotel while in New York, she must have agreed to those terms before leaving Los Angeles. After her alleged argument with the doorman did she finally go into the apartment? Was she turned away even after showing ID? If she went in, what did she find there? Another woman’s belongings? Another woman? Why did she think Kelsey didn’t want her there? She had to have at least suspected that there was someone else already in the picture. I’m finding I don’t believe anything that Camille Grammer says.
There isn’t any doubt that she was blindsided by Kelsey leaving her, she was so cocky in the beginning about being Kelsey Grammer’s wife and how he needs her, she kept him clean and sober. She never dreamed in a million years that he was ever going to ask her for a divorce. Camille claims that she was doing the show to break out on her own and come out from behind her husband‘s shadow. That does tie in with her comments about Kelsey holding her down during their marriage, he didn’t want Camille having any friends of her own or having a career. I don’t think Kelsey was being protective or overbearing, I believe that he didn’t want Camille to embarrass him while they were married. This is a man whose reputation is obviously very important to him, once he decided he wanted out f the marriage, he tried to save his reputation by putting his wife on this humiliating show to make her look bad which in turn made the public sympathetic to him having to live with this beast of a woman. Kelsey Grammer is an evil genius.
Camille made it sound like she had an option to file for divorce or to not file for divorce, I’m not sure how she came to that conclusion but since Kelsey already had a new woman and left Camille without looking back, did she think remaining married was one of her choices? This isn’t Let’s Make A Deal, it was really only a matter of who was going to file for the divorce and as is typical with high profile divorces, the put-upon spouse is allowed to do the filing. Make no mistake Mrs. Camille Grammer, had you not filed, Kelsey would have.
Camille’s final Bravo send off included her custody fight with Kelsey over their children and Kelsey’s engagement to a 29-year old flight attendant. His plan on getting married next month seems a bit optimistic since he’s not quite divorced yet, with no pre-nuptial agreement, Camille is going to do well but she may not be overly motivated to close the deal quickly.
Lisa and Ken finally made it clear to Cedric that they wanted him out of the house. The panic in his eyes was very real and as he tried every guilt trip and underhanded tactic he could think of to get the overly-generous Vanderpumps to allow him to stay longer. The reality was that he had to pack his knives and go. As it turns out. the knives were on his tongue which would have caused a lesser housewife like Kelly Bensimon to break down and cry in her gift bag. Cedric tried the “out of sight, out of mind” trick and the “Italians allow their kids to stay forever” argument but even with the soft hearted Lisa in his corner, she agreed that it was time for him to move out. The couple even told him that he was welcome back on weekends and holidays just as their very own children are, but apparently that wasn’t good enough for Cedric Martinez.
We will learn more of the details during next week’s reunion show but we did learn that Cedric and Lisa had an “explosive argument” as Cedric was moving out and they haven’t spoken since that day. The reunion previews include Lisa’s husband Ken telling viewers about Cedric’s parting words, Cedric did say that he would leave that house kicking and screaming, it sounds like he was true to his word.
After watching tonight’s episode, I do not think that Lisa is the least bit jealous of Taylor’s relationship with Kyle, Lisa is doing what a good friend is supposed to do, she’s watching Kyle’s back. Lisa has had her suspicions about Taylor Armstrong and her concerns over Taylor’s relationship with Kyle are spot on. Lisa knows that Taylor stirred the pot in New York with Camille and Kyle. She also knows now that Taylor stirred the pot with Kim at her own birthday party resulting in a huge blow out fight between the sisters, Kim and Kyle. Lisa seemed to know from day one that Taylor was trouble and she was absolutely right!
When Lisa told Taylor to talk things out with Kim, it was clear to everyone that she wanted Taylor to talk this out and make things right. Lisa was direct and even a bit authoritative telling Taylor she needed to fix this problem with Kim. What Taylor did was aggressive and unnecessary, similar to Dina Manzo’s meeting with Danielle Staub, Taylor knew that the way she approached this conversation with Kim, it wasn’t going to end well. Rather than trying to sit calmly and talk with Kim about the events that occurred, she got in Kim’s face and told her she wasn’t going to be dragged into this argument. Pretty silly since she was already part of the fiasco.
Taylor confirmed on Watch What Happens Live what we all already knew, she did tell Camille that all the ladies were talking about Camille at the airport. Taylor tried to spin it so that she didn’t look quite so bad but in the end she admitted that when Camille asked her how the flight was, Taylor didn’t come back with the usual, “fine” the way most people respond to that question, she used that question to launch into a whole story about the discussion at LAX. Taylor was actually trying to get Kim into the hot seat because she’s had a problem with Kim from the beginning, I don’t think Taylor anticipated that Camille would go off on Kyle.
Yet as Camille was going off on Kyle at dinner in New York, Taylor sat quietly and let Camille implode all over her supposed friend Kyle. Taylor is a manipulator and Lisa is right to be wary of her, particularly when Taylor is now focused on Lisa’s friend Kyle and becoming her friend. Taylor is not the kind of friend you want to have, she’s disloyal, sneaky and seems to like to watch other people’s misery. This is the second time during the season that she’s created problems between sisters Kim and Kyle. This is also the second time she’s refused to take any responsibility for her part in the fights. Apparently it’s true, misery loves company.
Taylor’s relationship with her husband continued to be strained and awkward. Russell planned a beautiful roof top birthday party for his wife, although his wife didn’t seem all that thrilled about it, she noted that Russell’s secretary most likely made all of the arrangements and when inviting Lisa to the party seemed less than enthusiastic to even attend herself. Russell, clearly not a public speaker, had no idea what to say during his speech/toast at the party, with no pre-arranged words prepared he simply said that the couple had a good year and hopes to have another good year next year. He could have been speaking to a board room full of executives and discussing the company finances rather than speaking to friends and family about his wife.
Lisa’s observation that Taylor wants the Beverly Hills lifestyle even if it means she’s unhappy seems to be right on the money.
Taylor told viewers on Watch What Happens Live that she and Russell did go to Mexico as planned and they’re still together working through their marriage and attending therapy. The biggest news out of Taylor’s camp is that cute little Snowball, her daughter Kennedy’s birthday present was given away to friends and living a lovely life. Kennedy’s allergy symptoms disappeared when she was separated from the little pooch.
Adrienne seemed completely out of character on tonight’s episode, after watching her avoid conflict at Camille’s dinner party she seemed to be the type who runs in the opposite direction and stays out of the fray when arguments start. Tonight Adrienne was the one who went out to try to comfort and talk to Kim when she was visibly upset after being confronted by Taylor. Does anyone else suspect Bravo producer involvement here?
Adrienne could have been in danger of being cut from season two of the show since she really had little to contribute. The ending of the show included the usual Housewives blurb about each of the ladies and an update on their lives since filming ended. Adrienne’s was ridiculous simply telling viewers that she wasn’t responsible for her husband’s broken nose. I really like Adrienne and I hope she returns, but her life is too normal, well adjusted and happy. Her only “issue” is that she bickers with her husband, don’t we all know couples like this? Some of you probably ARE couples like this.
Adrienne and Kim’s one time date Martin joined Kim in the limo as she tried to leave the party. It wasn’t clear why the widespread panic when Kim stormed out, Kyle was determined not to let her sister leave the party, even recruiting the manager she shares with Kim to call the driver forbidding him to take Kim home. In hindsight, Kim going home would have been the best thing that could have happened.
Kyle really does live a charmed life, with the exception of her sister and feeling responsible for her, Kyle’s life is picture perfect. Her husband is an amazing man who clearly loves her so much, as this couple was getting ready for Taylor’s birthday party he couldn’t keep his eyes off of her and told her how amazing she looked over and over. Maricio appears to be the perfect husband. Add to that Kyle’s four beautiful daughters, amazing home and anything money can buy, what is left to worry about? Her sister, that’s what she worries about.
As Taylor and Kim began to argue at the party, Kyle came in mid-argument not really knowing how this started or what had been said. She heard her name because Taylor decided to throw Kyle’s name into the mix. If there is one thing I know, you never ever try to come between sisters. Taylor used Kyle to try to infuriate Kim even further and implying that Kyle would take Taylor’s side if given a choice and reminding Kim that Taylor and Kyle have become fast friends.
Unfortunately for Kim, Kyle immediately assumed that since her sister had been drinking and an argument was happening and Taylor had previously convinced Kyle that she was a sympathetic character, this has to all be Kim’s doing. Kim felt attacked by the crowd and in fact, that is sort of what happened. Taylor had already been attacking Kim and Kyle, for several reasons just assumed Kim was the aggressor began to defend Taylor.
Kim isn’t as naïve as she seems to be, her question to Kyle about whether Taylor is really Kyle’s friend was actually a good observation. Maybe it was just luck on Kim’s part to have made this comment but it turned out to be a really good question. If Kyle believes that Taylor is really her good friend, she is a bit naïve herself. Taylor is out for Taylor and no one else. Taylor didn’t care if she created a massive wedge between the sisters so long as she got to keep Kyle on her side and Kim got nailed to the wall. If Taylor was truly Kyle’s friend she would never have treated her sister that way, Taylor’s goal would have been to make peace with her friend Kyle’s sister.
Kyle’s next mistake (her first being trusting Taylor) was going out to that limo when she was visibly shaken and angry with her sister. Kyle still didn’t seem to know that Taylor was the aggressor at the party and that Kim had been happily sipping her wine and talking to a friend when Taylor attacked. What the sisters yelled at each other were things that should never have been said in front of others, in a limo on national television. These things should be discussed in family therapy with a counselor because there is obviously a whole lot of resentment between these sisters.
Kim feels that she lost her childhood and that all of the money that she earned working so hard her entire childhood was used to support the entire family, including Kyle. Kim is jealous that Kyle had friends, went to school and learned how to apply make-up at slumber parties with her girlfriends growing up. Kim worked through all those years when she should have been enjoying the same things that Kyle was enjoying and is now left with no money. Kyle just got to be a kid and enjoy the fruits of Kim’s labor. That is Kim’s side of the story.
Kyle feels that Kim has been a burden to not only her and her husband but that her mother’s final days were spent worrying about Kim as well. Kyle feels that she and her husband have to support Kim financially and emotionally as it was her mother’s dying wish. Kyle, in her anger, announced to the world that Kim is an alcoholic and that her husband has been giving Kim money every month.
This situation has long term therapy written all over it. Both sisters have good points and both sisters, in the end, are really not responsible for the way the other sister feels. All of the money that Kim earned working as a child is obviously gone and Kim is bitter that it was used to support the whole family leaving none for her as an adult. Kyle couldn’t have possibly controlled that as a kid but obviously recognizes that her mother did use Kim’s money to support the family and is now trying to make that right.
Kim really needs to recognize that while Kyle did benefit from all of Kim’s hard work, it really wasn’t Kyle’s choice or her fault that it all played out that way. Kyle needs to recognize that it wasn’t Kim’s fault that she is now financially needy, there should have been money put away for Kim to rely on later in life. That money may have been gone long before now but it should have been there nonetheless and it obviously wasn’t. The one person that both sisters are angry with deep down is most likely their mother but they obviously would feel guilty being angry at Mom since she is dead and gone. They are taking out their anger on each other when deep down they feel guilty because it is their mother who deserves the anger. Wow junior therapist here…anyone else have any problems they’d like to share with me?
Kyle’s announcement that Kim is an alcoholic wasn’t a big surprise, so many child stars get involved in drugs and alcohol. The season-end verbiage for Kim Richards was that her family checked her into a rehab center and she checked herself out a week later. It seems that Kim and Kyle continue to work on their relationship. Kyle’s Bravo send off let viewers know that she hadn’t spoken to her sister for several weeks after that fight at Taylor’s birthday party but that the sister‘s children are working to get their mom‘s back together. Adrienne added on Watch What Happens Live that Kyle and Kim’s relationship continues to be “touch and go”.
There was speculation that Kyle Richards and her husband were struggling financially when word hit that their home was on the market, apparently nothing could be farther from the truth:
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills* Kyle Richards Upgrades to Larger Crib http://etonline.com/p/?qt55kq
I’m looking forward to the reunion shows beginning next Thursday.
Thanks to Quincy for this ratings information that she found, I don’t think there will be any questions about a season two for Beverly Hills.
The series ratings have continued to grow, with attracting 3.7 million viewers for the January 13 episode ranking No. 1 in the 9PM Timeslot Among Adults 18-49 Versus All Cable Competition
Until Next Time…..