‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ season 6, episode 1 review: Where’s the drama?

Real Housewives of Beverly HillsWith Yolanda Foster’s daughter, Gigi Hadid, becoming a very accomplished super model over the past year (as well as part of Taylor Swift’s “squad”) it took no time for the “what’s coming up on this season” of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” trailer to feature her every chance they got. We’ve been worried about this new season turning into the Gigi show and leaving the real housewives in the dust and this preview trailer hasn’t done anything to quell our fears. It was only ten minutes into the episode before Gigi appeared with all of her Vogue covers and Cody Simpson dating pictures and while we really respect what Gigi has done with her career (she was even in this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show), this just isn’t the right audience – we want to know about our housewives.

Now that Brandi is no longer part of the show as a regular cast member, Lisa Vanderpump reveals that she doesn’t see Brandi at all anymore and she couldn’t be happier about it. She also seems to be having issue with Yolanda as she still feels betrayed by Yolanda’s comments to Ken two years ago. With Yolanda being very sick now, it still hasn’t made Lisa reach out to her, but at the same time these two were never that close to begin with.

Kyle reveals that she and Kim are not in a good place again and haven’t really been speaking much since Kim’s drunk driving arrest. Kim has since gone into rehab and Kyle is having a difficult internal struggle. She wants to run out and help Kim, but at the same time she needs time herself to heal from the damage.

Yolanda is very sick and seems to be in a bit of a depression over it (as we can understand). She rarely leaves her home anymore and has been trying anything and everything to find a cure for her disease. Seeing her in tears, talking about how difficult this has been on her was really heartbreaking. At Lisa Rinna’s birthday party, Yolanda showed up, but she was clearly in rough shape. We also have to say that we absolutely loved that Yolanda showed up to the party with no make up – a very brave thing to do in a society where women are forced to look a certain way all the time. She’s a warrior.

For a season premiere we thought that this show was going to start with a bang, or at least some juicier updates on what the ladies have been up to (much like they did on the season 8 premiere of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”), but nothing really happened. There was no drama, no tension and not even many interesting updates from what they have been up to this past year. Yolanda’s story was the meat of the episode and it’s so heart breaking for her (and for us to watch). We are really hoping that the new housewife joining the cast (who we haven’t met yet) are going to replace some of the fire that has been lost from last season. Episode grade: C

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