(January 10, 2012) – Yes, Hawaii is beautiful. Yes, it was sweet to see Adrienne Maloof and Dr. Paul take a seaside hike, holding hands. Yes, it is wonderful to learn that Lisa Vanderpump has finally caved in and now admits she likes Brandi. How could she not? Brandi is a star and a very welcomed and much needed addition to the cast of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
As heartwarming as all of that is, the only thing I could think about this morning when I was sipping coffee and mulling over last night’s episode, is Kim’s bizarre role on this show. Yes, she’s clearly unstable and she’s clearly struggling with alcohol and drug issues, but truthfully, she appeared to be the only sane person on last night’s episode.
Exactly why is Kyle so obsessed with Kim? Why does Kyle and the rest of the cast think Kim is so crucial to every scene that all of them go bananas when she is not with them? Does she have the cure for cancer and the rest of the cast has been recently diagnosed? Why can’t they enjoy a vacation in paradise without her being part of their every waking moment? None of this makes any sense to me.
Now keep in mind. I have three sisters. I think all of them are very fun and for the most part I enjoy their company. Of course, not always. But I definitely get they are among the smartest, wittiest, kindest people I have ever known. But geez louise, if one of them missed a plane or failed to show up on a boat before it took off, I could accept it. I would NEVER be angry at any one of them about anything Kim has done during this Hawaiian excursion. I find it all bizarre.
Most bizarre is how Kyle has seemingly hypnotized the rest of the cast into believing that Kim’s absence is shameful, unforgivable and worth discussing at all. Big deal! She missed the plane. This happens every day, in every airport in the world. Big deal! She missed the boat. I’ve been sailing many times and again, this happens all the time. She did not force these people to wait for her. They chose to.
Sure it would have been great if she contacted them to let them know she was running late. I definitely would have. That’s only polite. And an apology is definitely in order. But why on earth did Kyle make such a big about it? Before she and Lisa invaded Kim’s privacy by slipping over the wall of their adjoining balconies, she told us she was pissed that Kim was 20 minutes late. This woman has got to be kidding me! Has Kyle been bitten by a snake and Kim has the antidote?
Ken told Lisa he is sorry. Obviously he overslept. But Lisa replies “Sorry doesn’t cut it.” Well what does cut it? This couple, this nutty couple that obviously has lots of problems made a mistake. It’s a miracle they made it to Hawaii to begin with, considering Kim’s obvious drug and alcohol problems and Ken’s apparent paranoid mental illness. I cannot imagine why anyone is holding them to any standard, let alone a strict timetable.
If I were Maurcio, I’d be very concerned about my wife’s relationship with her sister. As odd as this is to say, I feel like Kyle is actually married to Kim and that Mauricio is just some guy who looks good and can impregnate her. Kyle seems way to keyed into what her sister does and how she behaves.
Camille told us that “Kim has to realize the world doesn’t wait for her” and she’s right. For that reason they should have set sail without her. She missed out on a special day. That is the consequence of being late for a plane and a boat. And life goes on. That’s fine.
I would have thought that Kim would be the person who would be upset that they didn’t wait for her. But the funny thing is that Kim was fine to take the time to have a long, relaxing lunch. Truth be told I would have had just as much fun as Kim and Ken did, lollygagging away the afternoon and doing nothing in particular. Sure it’s wonderful to snorkel and scuba dive. I love the ocean and checking out the underwater world. But I also like chatting, nibbling on snacks and just enjoying a quiet afternoon with someone I love. It sounds like heaven.
What does not sound like heaven is going on vacation with people who are obsessed with my being in a certain place at a certain time. As long as I am allowed and encouraged to do whatever I want while on vacation, chances are I’ll do and be anywhere you want me to be. But the second something becomes mandatory all of the fun of getting away evaporates for me.
The one good part about last night’s episode was finally understanding what Kim sees in Ken. Judging from a preview video that is now online at Bravo.com, I think next week we are going to learn that Ken is more than slightly controlling. I don’t like that at all.
But last night I learned that Kim wants and needs someone to back her up when Kyle wants her to do something she does not want to do. I think Ken provides that. Chances are his “I’ve got your back” attitude is more bluster than reality, but I bet Kim doesn’t care. She just needs someone to validate that she is okay and that she’s allowed to live her life her way, regardless of whether Kyle likes it. As much as my jury is still out on whether Ken is a decent person, I am glad that she found him, if for no other reason because he is obviously giving her something she believes she needs.
What I find truly perplexing is how everyone on the Beverly Hills cast acted like Kim’s absence was earth shattering. It almost makes me think that Kyle has succeeded in brain washing all of the women into believing that Kim is the single most important ingredient in their fun and that her absence ruined Mauricio’s birthday. I beg to differ.
Having said all of that, I wonder if lots more happened than we were shown. I think there is a distinct possibility that Kim’s 36 hour delay in arriving in Lanai included a number of incidents that we did not see on camera. All I can say is that I hope so. Otherwise nothing about this show makes enough sense to me to continue watching it.
On a side note, Kyle said she hasn’t driven in a car with Kim in 12 years. Maybe I am imagining it, but weren’t they in they in a car Kyle was driving earlier this season? I may have this wrong, but I remember Kim talking about how she mistook some sort of a cleaner or disinfectant for breath spray. And if I am not mistaken Kyle was driving and Kim was in the passenger seat. Not that it matters to anyone else, but as someone who is clinging to believe anything that is true, I am surprised I remember one thing and Kyle is saying it did not happen.
Similarly I was surprised last night when Kim called Mauricio “Maurice.” What was that all about? Did Mauricio have a exotic name change at some point? Or is this just an example of Kim being kookoo?
All I can say for sure is that I am THRILLED that Brandi joined the cast. Sure she’s beautiful and fun, but in addition, that girl is smart, both objectively book smart and also emotionally intelligent, too. All I can say at this point is “Thank God for Brandi.” That girl is a welcomed relief from a truly nutty cast.
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