The first episode of the second season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills starts on August 29, 2011, with the cast gathering to discuss Russell’s suicide. That’s probably a good move for the show, since almost everyone who watches the show is aware of what happened. You can’t really play it for ratings, like The Deadliest Catch did last season.
The housewives feel bad for not seeing it coming, although it was pretty clear from last season that none of them were close to Russell.
After a quick recap of season one, we go back to Beverly Hills with Lisa and daughter Pandora going to the salon. Meanwhile, back at the house, Jason asks Ken for permission to marry Pandora, which he grants.
Kyle is in the process of moving to a bigger house. Netflix gets a quick commercial, as one of her drawers is full of their return envelopes. Kyle and Kim both recap their recent battles, and Kim says she’s choosing not to talk to her.
Camille gets a box from her house in the Hamptons. It’s a box full of shoes. Kelsey Grammer’s new wife apparently packed them for her. Apparently they don’t share the same style in shoes, only men.
Kyle goes shopping to go to Adrienne’s dinner party. Taylor rushes in to tell her that she almost had a run in with Sedrick, Lisa’s freeloading houseguest from last season. She somehow feels that she would be in trouble with Lisa for even spotting him walking down the street. Meanwhile, husband Paul gets shaving tips from Adrienne, who’s frustrated with him because he’s not helping her get ready for her dinner party. Or really, helping her in any way. Although, in his defense, it certainly appears that nothing he does makes her happy. I’m really hoping their relationship isn’t as bad as the editors are making it seem.
Adrienne apparently thinks the best way to kick off the new season is to have a dinner party, since that never goes bad on a Real Housewives show. She’s bringing everyone together, and pouring them $2200 a bottle Angel Champagne. Alcohol and gatherings seem to be a bad combination for these Real Housewives shows.
Everyone arrives and it becomes apparent that blue is the theme of the evening. As always, it seems that Kim didn’t get the memo, as she’s dressed like Johnny Cash and Liberace’s love child. Even Jiggy is dressed more appropriately than Kim.
Ken tells us that because Adrienne’s dog Jackpot barked at Jiggy because he’s jealous of Jiggy’s clothes. I don’t think that’s possible on any level. If anything, perhaps Jackpot is jealous that Jiggy has his own Facebook page.
They go to the theatre room and watch Camille in “(Bleep) My Dad Says,” which fittingly, has already been canceled. The ladies are all supportive, even though Camille’s acting is a little over the top.
Back to the dinner party. Adrienne and Paul just cannot stop sniping at each other during the dinner. It’s hilariously uncomfortable, especially when they pan the camera to the rest of the guests trying to ignore them. It’s ironic that Adrienne extends the olive branch on behalf of everyone else, meanwhile she’s in the midst of a Cold War with her husband.
Taylor admits she’s in therapy for her marriage with Russell, and for some reason, they ask Ken if he’d ever go to therapy.
“If I had to go see a therapist to make my marriage better, I would feel…weak.”
Taylor feels hurt at Ken’s comments, and she excuses herself. Kyle goes to get her, and then Lisa shows up for another round of awkward moments in the powder room. Surprisingly, Lisa seems unaware that the two ladies are huddled in the bathroom because Taylor is upset.
Meanwhile, everyone finally notices that Ken and his dog are both drinking out of the same glass.
Taylor comes back from the restroom, and airs her problems with Ken. Ken and Lisa wind up leaving. Camille is just glad the drama didn’t involve her, for once.
Not a bad opening episode. They dealt with the suicide up front, so it didn’t hang over the show for the entire season. Obviously it’ll still be a factor in how they edit and promote the show, but at least they started off with enough to take it off of the table for a little while. As for the rest, they start with a nice dinner party to get the conflicts going again. That sounds like a good way to get the ball rolling for the season.
It seems to be a pretty standard recipe for the Real Housewives shows. Take a social situation, add alcohol, and watch the battles begin. Luckily, no one on the Beverly Hills show has tried to record their own album, or have their own clothing line. Of course, it’s only the first episode of the season. There’s plenty of time.
— Reid Kerr thinks Ken was in Air Supply. Follow Reid on Twitter.