There was some good news and some bad news for the Beverly Hills housewives on Tuesday.
Mohamed Hadid and Lisa Vanderpump are no longer speaking – according to Yolanda Hadid – but at least Kim Richards is on her journey of recovery and is being supported by the other ladies, including her formerly estranged sister Kyle.
Tuesday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, now two-thirds the way through the three-part season 6 reunion, focused almost exclusively on some of the season’s most divisive conflicts – and on the cast mates those fights divided.
Though Vanderpump said during the reunion that she was only working from bad information Mohamed had given her (his way of keeping the info from her, for whatever reason), and that she quickly changed her opinion after discussing it with Yolanda, the damage was done: Yolanda said that Vanderpump and Mohamed weren’t speaking any longer, their years-long friendship wrecked after he read her talking badly about his children.
Meanwhile, Yolanda was still processing all of the things all the other women had to say this season about her Lyme disease diagnosis.
At the end of last week’s episode, she abruptly walked off the set; and retuned during Tuesday’s hour mostly to admit that, yes, she could possibly believe Vanderpump had a manipulative hand in all the gossip about her.
(For the uninitiated: Last week Lisa Rinna accused Vanderpump of encouraging her to bring up Munchausen syndrome, in connection to Yolanda’s illness; and for also allegedly mentioning at one party “there goes our f ing storyline,” after others appeared to dismiss criticism of Yolanda out of sympathy for her illness.)
Yolanda told Vanderpump that, intentionally or not, she had a way of manipulating certain events for the show.
“You can’t run over dead bodies to get a great show,” she said. “Sometimes the integrity in it and the compassion for other people should come first.”
And what of Kim Richards, who appeared at the reunion after largely being absent from season 6 of RHOBH (following personal tumult and an arrest)?
“I’m in recovery and I’m choosing to keep my recovery to myself,” she told host Andy Cohen.
And Rinna, who has said some really passionate things about how she has been unhappy with Kim, said she also wished her well.
The others weren’t letting her off the hook for her remarks so easily though.
“Why do I need to be held accountable?” Rinna wondered.
But Cohen cut right through her – a first during the reunion.
“You’re being a little Marco Rubio with your talking points,” he said.
The question now as the reunion nears its end: Which of the cast, if any, will drop out of the race?
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.