Did really anything happen on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” tonight? It certainly didn’t really feel like it, except for maybe that terrifying sight of Kyle Richards sporting a Hannibal mask that will forever haunt us in our dreams. This was a slow-moving episode where most of the ladies kept it together, there was hardly any entertaining drama, and while we feel like we could get into some major lecture about how society seems to view two women kissing differently than any other cheating type situation, there’s no real point given that nothing has come of it.
Basically, the only real development in “kiss-gate” was seeing Brandi Glanville telling Lisa Vanderpump about what she did with Carlton Gebbia. Things won’t really start to get interesting here unless Lisa starts to spread it around (please do for our sake, Lisa) and this becomes a much larger issue with screaming arguments. What bothers us the most about Brandi kissing Carlton is that no one seems to view this as Carlton cheating because the kiss was with another woman, when being sexual with anyone who is not your spouse (unless you are in an open marriage) is not being faithful. With Brandi going through what she did with her ex-husband Eddie Cibrian we would’ve thought fooling around with any married person (woman or man) would be off limits for her.
Perhaps really what we are getting with the Bravo series this year is a fine example of us getting effectively what we were calling out to have for quite a long time: A show with no serious drama, and instead things that were more of an example of opulence and utter ridiculousness. But the problem is that things aren’t ridiculous enough at the moment to be entertaining, and we do need some drama. We just prefer it to be of the completely silly, over-the-top variety rather than something that actually starts to get people up in arms in some way. We really didn’t have that in going through the course of events tonight. It was more muted.
So for now, we can’t sign off on this season and most of its somewhat-rational disputes, even if there was the achievement of David Foster getting a star on the Walk of Fame or Kathy Hilton turning up. This episode just wasn’t fun to watch for at least the first three-quarters of it. It was instead rather tiresome. Grade: D+.
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