A Serious Beginning
The second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills begins with a somber meeting. Appearing as though they were summoned together by Bravo, the women and their husbands (minus Taylor) discussed the suicide of Russell Armstrong. The television meeting lasted less than 5 minutes, with everyone agreeing that they “never saw any sign of it,” and they were so concerned about Taylor’s emotional state-of-mind that no one thought about Russell. The segment ended with Kyle (Richards) tearing-up and saying “There’s plenty of men that, you know, their wives leave them and they don’t kill themselves… it was his choice...” “Life goes on…”
Real or Scripted?
Immediately following the prelude, Bravo ran a brief notice to remind the audience that season two was filmed prior to Russell’s death. Then the regular show began with lighthearted music and one of the main characters, Lisa (Vanderpump), and her daughter, Pandora, meeting at a salon to get their hair and nails done, and to chit-chat. Meanwhile, Pandora’s fiancé arrives at her parent’s home to meet with her father and ask for her hand in marriage. It’s all well and good, however, after watching the discussion that preceded these lovely moments, it seemed quite trivial and uninteresting. As was the case when the ladies planed dinner parties, packed for a move into a larger home, or unpacked personal belongings sent from an ex and his new spouse…who cares?
The episode also seemed a bit scripted; from the husband and wife bickering over minute issues, to the snide remarks and looks of contempt by the chef of one of the households because one of the women dared to criticize his food. It just didn’t appear genuine; one wonders whether the entire season will be like the first episode, boring.
The Funniest Line of the Evening…by Taylor!
There was one amusing moment, however, and it occurred during a dinner party at the home of Adrienne (Maloof). The group was discussing the fact that Taylor and her husband were in therapy. One of the husbands, Ken, made it quite clear that he did not agree with therapy saying “If I had to go to see a therapist to make my marriage better I would feel weak.” A few moments later, after leaving the table, Taylor tells another housewife (about Ken), “You are carrying a dog around Beverly Hills dressed-up in clothes; my husband is in therapy and that’s weak?!” Touché!
The episode ends and we get a preview of the season to come. It was originally reported that the second season would focus on Taylor’s marriage problems but it appears Bravo has made some changes and are now highlighting some of the other women’s issues. In addition, Bravo has added a couple of new cast members, one of which appears to be bringing in more drama. Brandi Glanville, the ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian (who is now married to LeAnn Rimes) appears to stir-up tension with some of the other women and it will be interesting to watch the dynamics as they unfold.
It remains to be seen whether season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will be as popular as the first. Perhaps, if Bravo throws the scripts away and allows these domestic divas to remain real housewives, the next season might surpass the first.
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