By: Serena Elavia ’14
“I may not be the richest girl in Beverly Hills, but I am the luckiest.”
Throughout this season, Housewives fans watched Kyle Richards continue to balance her role as mother, philanthropist and mediator with sassiness and humor. Whether it was playing with her adorable daughter, Portia, or cleaning up the mess in her sister Kim’s life, Kyle continued her streak as the strongest Housewife. However, Kyle’s biggest challenge this season was defending embattled friend, Taylor Armstrong, at every event, including an explosive tea party and a girl’s night out that got violent. We’ll have to wait and see if Kyle begins to crumble next season under the pressure and stress of dealing with Taylor and Kim.
“Life in Beverly Hills is a game, and I make the rules.”
Once again, the hilarious Brit, Lisa Vanderpump, continued to be everyone’s favorite Beverly Hills Housewife this season. Lisa was kept busy this season in planning her daughter’s wedding, opening a new restaurant, and keeping fellow Housewife Brandi Glanville off her husband, Ken. But this season, Lisa’s mean streak became more apparent as she attacked fellow Housewife Taylor Armstrong at every opportunity and made nasty comments about her neighbor and cast mate, Adrienne Maloof. Will Lisa keep up her mean streak, or simmer down? Watch the third season to find out.
“Diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend, freedom is.”
After spending an entire season fighting with Kyle Richards, Camille Grammer worked to eliminate all drama in her life on the second season. Well, almost all of it. This season, viewers followed Camille as she went through a nasty divorce and custody battle with ex-husband, Kelsey Grammer—we’re totally rooting for Team Camille. But viewers were shocked when Miss Goodie Two Shoes Camille went on an unexpected tirade against Taylor Armstrong and suffered the consequences later when she was threatened with a lawsuit. With rumors floating around Beverly Hills that Camille has a new man, we’ll have to wait and see if he makes an appearance on the third season of the hit show.
“Having it all is easy, if you’re willing to work for it.”
Once again, Adrienne Maloof continued to be the cool headed Housewife, using her smoke-a-pack-a-day voice to mediate between the Housewives. It seemed that Adrienne felt that the drama in her life was lacking when she decided to pick a ridiculous fight with Lisa Vanderpump over the location of her daughter’s bachelorette party—completely unnecessary, but the highlight of Adrienne’s life. Continuing in her entrepreneurial spirit, Adrienne launched an obscenely expensive and heinous shoe line this season and struggled with the possibility of moving her basketball team, the Sacramento Kings, to a new location. All I can say is that hopefully next season Adrienne regains the ability to smile by laying off the Botox.
“I’ve finally found my voice, and I’m not afraid to use it.”
This season viewers painfully watched Taylor Armstrong suffer through her abusive marriage to venture capitalist, Russell Armstrong. The struggling Housewife had a breakdown in every place the show went including a trip to Aspen, Kyle’s famous white party, and Lisa’s disastrous tea party. As well, Tay Tay went cray cray on a trip to Malibu while she was extremely intoxicated and tried to climb over a table like Tarzan in attempts to attack Camille Grammer. Needless to say, that scene was the highlight of the entire season and proved to both viewers and fellow Housewives that Taylor needed to abandon her marriage. Sadly, Russell Armstrong committed suicide shortly after Taylor filed for divorce. His death sparked heavy criticism of the pressures of reality television, and viewers are eager to see how this tragic incident will change the future of both the $500 million Housewives franchise and reality TV in general.
“People try to figure me out, but I’m one of a kind.”
Well Kim’s intro quote says it all: she certainly is one of a kind. During this season, viewers were both entertained and confused by Kim’s erratic behavior which was caused by her decision to mix alcohol and prescription drugs. The alcohol seems to be turning Kim’s brain to mush, as the best insult she could invent this season was “slut pig.” Continuing to slide down a slippery slope, Kim had a pregnancy scare in an unforgettable moment this season during the opening of Lisa Vanderpump’s new restaurant, Sur. While Kim bawled to sister Kyle about how she was three months (yes, not weeks) late, viewers could only think, “How stupid is this woman to not understand that she’s going through menopause?” Viewers will certainly be watching Kim’s every move next season as she struggles to get her life back on track and repair damaged relationships with fellow Housewives.