The Season Finale of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills left many unanswered questions. Viewers of the popular reality show were left wondering what did Brandi Glanville and Lisa Rinna actually discuss about sobriety; will Kim Richards ever see through Brandi’s manipulations; when will Kyle Richards stop feeling responsible for her abusive sister; when will Yolanda Foster smash Brandi in the head with a lemon; will Lisa Vanderpump finally buy Brandi’s rental, evict her and turn it into Chateau Scheana; and will Eileen Davidson run for the hills – far far away from DramaVille?
The Season seems to have focused on who started a rumor as opposed to whether the rumor is true. Viewers are being force fed that whether Kim Richard’s needs help is not nearly as important as who said she needs help.
Brandi Glanville took aim at Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards and Kim Richards – Brandi’s weapon of choice? a seemingly friendly conversation Brandi had with Lisa Rinna that she then misquoted to Kim. The conversation was the catalyst for all the dissension that occurred thereafter. Here is how it came to pass. . .
On the same day that Lisa Rinna appeared on Brandi’s podcast, Rinna and Brandi met for lunch to discuss why Brandi was so angry with the other women. The following is a transcript of the conversation between Brandi and Rinna:
LR: You did great, by the way [on the podcast].
BG: I felt odd because I wasn’t 100% prepared.
LR: I’m going to be honest with you, I have been with the girls and there’s been a lot of conversation . I’m trying to figure you out. They are very upset and they don’t understand why you’re so mean and I go ok, if she’s mean, why is she mean? What happened? Have you been abused? I bring all this up because I go . . .
BG: I’m not mean.
LR: Is she in pain? They say you’re mean. I’ve seen the aftermath of what’s gone down with the Richards’ sisters.
BG: Am I temperamental? Yes I am. Am I a mama bear? I want to protect people, yes. When you hit me, I go lower unfortunately.
LR: You can really go there to hurt.
BG: I’ve never had any issues with Yolanda or the stuff with Kim from years ago was because she wasn’t well. I mean we get along lovely now. I feel like her big sister and she’ older than me.
LR: Interesting dynamic.
BG: Yeah, it’s hard for me because it’s not something I signed up for. Kim came to me. She doesn’t have a lot of girlfriends and she told me that I’m her best friend. And it makes me sad. That puts a lot of pressure on my shoulders. I’m not the best person . . . I’m not a therapist. I’m not a sober companion. I am none of those things. You know and so it’s hard for me. I can’t change who I am to take care of Kim but at the same time, I can’t just let go of her.
LR: She’s taking pills, she’s taking something.
BG: She has a hernia. Like I told her. She said she’s just doing the patch. I’m not going to call her a liar.
LR: I know you can’t. Also if nobody wants help. . .
BG: Have I seen her smoke, drink, take a pill? No I haven’t.
LR: Does Kyle realize that her sister is in this kind of trouble?
BG: Does anyone not?
LR: I see people acting like this is not a big deal and this looks like a really big deal to me.
BG: I can’t say anything.
LR: It sounds serious. It looks serious. It smells serious.
BG: It can’t exist for me. She feels safe with that.
LR: So basically when you’re with her, you have to live a lie and not really deal with it?
BG: [Brandi nods] We are all thinking we are protecting her by not saying it.
LR: You’re not. You’re hurting her. Something is going to happen. Well, something has already happened.
BG: More than you even know.
LR: [Looks shocked]
BG: If anyone were to say, we were wondering about your sobriety, she would die.
LR: You know what? There’s a lot of opinions, there’s a lot of things going on but I do think that the pressing issue is . . .
LR: Kim and her health. I mean it’s not like we can do an intervention on her.
BG: No, she’s not.
LR: It’s not our place. But we are privy to someone who is in pain. . . who is suffering.
BG: Maybe you have an intervention with all of us. Seriously.
LR: Huh? Well we do all need an intervention.
BG: No. Seriously. I know that’s a way of not putting it on any one person and making the therapist be the bad guy.
BG: I don’t know what to do. Have you spoke [sic] to Kyle about it? I can’t talk to Kyle about it.
LR: I can try.
BG: No one else has the fucking balls to do it and Kim would murder me and probably kill herself.
[BG’s interview: My heart and my head don’t usually agree. My heart says I need to talk to Kim and see if she needs to get help. My head says that she says she’s sober so I know when you say you’re sober, you’re sober until you say you’re not.]
LR: I’m concerned because I don’t see people behave like this.
BG: We’re pretending like it’s not happening.
Anyone reading the aforementioned conversation would conclude that Kim Richard’s best friend wants her to get help! In fact, Brandi insinuated that Kim was worse off than anyone knew. Instead of getting Kim help, Brandi spins the conversation by pandering to Kim’s fears (that people were talking about her sobriety).
Brandi met Kim and summarized her discussion with Rinna by telling Kim that Rinna wanted to know why everyone was pretending Kim was sober; Rinna wanted to know if Kim had a sponsor; Rinna wanted to know if Kim had sober friends. Brandi told Kim that Rinna was questioning Kim’s sobriety with other people.
By misrepresenting the context of the conversation, Brandi undermined Kim’s already shakey relationship with Rinna. She also poisoned Kim’s mind against Kyle for failing to defend her. And finally, Brandi aired all of Kim’s dirty laundry by misrepresenting Rinna’s deep seeded need to help a potential addict in pain.
Why would Brandi admit that Kim “would die” if her sobriety were questioned, then question her sobriety (in the name of Rinna)? Why would Brandi imply that Kim is in trouble and when pressed on the issue Brandi replied “more than you know?” Why would Brandi insist that they pretend to have an “intervention” for all of them, and blame the therapist? Why would Brandi encourage Rinna to tell Kyle that Kim needed help, then misquote the discussion to Kim?