Elsewhere the housewives were mostly up to all the other kinds of conflict that populate the series

By Adam Carlson
March 15, 2016 11:15 PM

There are many kinds of conflicts on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and on Tuesday night’s episode we saw a rare one: the kind of conflict that is real and damaging and has nothing to do with the two Lisas.

The hour ended with a portentous moment, when the cameras picked up Yoladna Hadid‘s (now-estranged) husband, David Foster, speaking candidly with his friend Tom.

“Are you feeling better?” Tom asked.

“A little, yeah. It’s been a stretch,” Foster replied.

“I want your life to go back to the way it was when you first got together,” Tom said. But Foster said, “How’s that going to happen?”

“It’s going to happen,” Tom said.

“I don’t know,” Foster said.

The exchange came just months before Foster and Hadid announced they were divorcing, and at the end of an evening together with their friends, on a gorgeous roof enjoying a gorgeous evening in New York City, after Foster told Hadid, in front of everyone, “I wanna say I’m so happy my wife is out.”

He added, “I love you baby.”

Hadid did seem to notice Foster’s discomfort at the party in one way, when she told the camera how she understood that her Lyme disease diagnosis had taken away her status as his “wing man.” She used to be a social butterfly, and that change had to be hard on him.

“We’ve been trying to work through all the ups and downs,” Hadid told the camera. “This is my journey, but unfortunately it’s out of my control.”

Elsewhere the housewives were mostly up to all the other kinds of conflicts that populate the series, some of them tangled and heated, but very few likely to stick to anyone.

Eileen Davidson and Lisa Vanderpump revealed themselves perhaps to be the truest axis of disagreement on this season – more coherent than Hadid vs. Lisa Rinna, less loud than Erica Girardi vs. Kathryn Edwards, and more persistent even than Kyle Richards vs. Kim Richards.

What’s their deal? The other women think it is cultural, as though Davidson and Vanderpump are “oil and water.”

But basically Davidson is still upset about the way that Vanderpump handled herself previously, during the Hamptons incident.

That’s when Vanderpump impolitely brought up Davidson’s affair and then didn’t adequately apologize when Davidson told her how uncomfortable that was. Instead, Vanderpump couched it, saying it was an oversight only of her having asked too many questions and of trying to get to know Davidson too well.

Davidson was not buying any of it, and in subsequent conflicts involving Vanderpump this season, built up a pretty detailed array of readings on Vanderpump’s sniper-like abilities (to quote Girardi). How she can come at an issue from the side and leave no trace, but do some damage.

And so she and Davidson continued to have disagreements and Rinna continued to muddle through her own thoughts about Foster. Edwards apologized to Girardi’s husband for her loudness and also got a hearing device. Lots of problems solved.

But not all problems: Hadid and Foster, largely absent from this season as a couple, may be about to be pulled harshly into the spotlight.

Back at their N.Y.C get-together, the two celebrated one another.

He told her, in part, “We’re going to make lemonade out of lemons.” This was after she told him, “Thank you for making actions speak louder than words.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.