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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap

by Rebecca Adler Warren, posted Dec 10th 2010 9:00AM
'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'['The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' - 'Charity Cases']

On this week's episode of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' Kim met a man at the supermarket, Kyle slapped on spandex for a 69-mile bike ride and a confession from Taylor scrubbed some of the sheen off her pretty plastic façade.

Fresh off her date with Lisa's friend Martin, Kim was back to spending her evenings with her kids and their various friends. They grilled chicken on the barbecue and gabbed about boys, specifically a man Kim met at the supermarket while shopping for that evening's poultry. She and a gentleman nicknamed "Single Gary" had fought over a few remaining packages of Purdue. Kim won the white meat-and Gary's phone number.

This was all well and good and maybe sort of adorable -- until Kim invited Gary to the BBQ. It seemed strange to invite a new man over while her four kids were home, but then Gary showed up at the door with his 5-year-old granddaughter! You'd think this was the answer to Kim's child-obsessed dreams, but she quickly threw Gary a curve by claiming that an 8 month guest was her child and guess what, she's still nursing. Was Kim making a joke or just breaking out her particular brand of man repellent?

Kyle would have been appalled by her sister's behavior, but not more so than she was by the idea of waxing her lady bits for a 69-mile charity bike ride in Napa. Biking, like swimming, is apparently one of those sports where you've got to go bare. So like any shameless reality star, Kyle gamely took off her bottoms for some onscreen hair removal. "I do not want the Telly Savalas," she warned her waxer.

If you ask me, deliberately going bottomless on television lost its appeal when 'The Girls Next Door' made Hef chocolate molds out of their privates. Why Kyle, the Kardashians or anyone else thinks TV audiences want to go weed whacking downtown with them, I'll never know.

But Kyle was prudent to heed her coach's advice because the bike ride in Napa looked like a doozy. Kyle and Mauricio took to the hilly wine country terrain like pros as they pedaled up incredibly steep roads before finally reaching the finish line. How many hearts melted when Mauricio gushed about how thrilled he was to experience a romantic athletic event with his wife? So much for Bravo trying to spin this episode as Kyle and Mauricio's marriage in crisis.

No, the real crisis this episode came courtesy of Adrienne, who wore the most offensive cowgirl getup I've ever seen: a sky blue rhinestone blouse with a matching cowboy hat adorned with turquoise gems in the shape of a horseshoe. Adrienne was dressed to the negatives nines for Taylor's charity poker tournament, an event to raise money for the women's crisis center where Taylor volunteers. All the stars came out for Taylor-Kato Kaelin, Annie Duke and Jan from the 'Brady Bunch' movies.

Taylor tearfully told the crowd about her own experience with domestic violence (her earliest memories were of men attacking her mother). It was kind of a breakthrough for Taylor to confess her past, and it was touching to see her so vulnerable. She was proud that by sharing her story she could help survivors of abuse live the life they always wanted. "I mean, they can live in Beverly Hills just like I do," she said. Well, the modest moment was good while it lasted.


• In a wasted attempt to encourage Cedric to take his independence by the balls, Lisa and her house boy studied to get their American driver's licenses. This involved practicing 3.2 turns in the parking lot of a strip mall and applying lipstick in the review mirror. I wish they'd also done a Chinese fire drill. When Lisa and Cedric arrived at the DMV, Lisa had major culture shock what with all the eclectic (poor) people. It was your classic fish out of water moment, but Lisa still managed to pass the test. Cedric, not so much.

• "Jimmy crack corn [and I don't care]!" Kyle's reply to Kim, who was making excuses for why she didn't call Martin to thank him for driving her home last week. Let's all make an effort to put this phrase in rotation next week.

• When Kyle told Mauricio she wanted another baby over dinner in Napa, he balked and threatened to "chop off the wiener." Sounds extreme, but the guy's got retirement to think about and AmEx bills to pay.

What did you guys think of the episode? Are you desperate for a bigger dose of Camille? Should Kim date Single Gary? And if Adrienne loaned you her boxing gloves, which housewife would you knock out?

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' airs Thursdays,10PM ET on Bravo

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I can't stand Camille. She is so fake and doesn't seem to know it. With all that plastic surgery you would think she could tell. She believes her FRIENDS, I mean employees are really friends. She is delusional. She so transparent and surrounds herself with people indebted to her for living. Classic passive aggressive personality. Probably paronoid schizoprenic too. Camille hosted a dinner party and tried to ambush Kyle but the tables were turned. Kyle stood up to her, Adrienne and Lisa held their tongues, very classy. Allison the fake medium is so classless. Allison really is a friend because she didn't want to tell Camille that her marriage was ending just like the Medium show.
Lisa and Kyle are my faborites. I also like Adrienne. Originally I thought Kim might be the kook on the show but Camille has taken that crown. Kim is just a little bit of a kook. Someone appropriately used the term frenetic to describe Kim.

December 17 2010 at 6:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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i bet the ratings for "Medium" drops some. What a bitch!unbelievable!

December 18 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree! Camille is psychotic- she keeps bringing up Kyle's name and refuses to let the matter drop (as most adult women would). Then, she smiles an evil little smile as she stirs the pot. No wonder Kelsey ran away to NY from her!
Kyle should never have allowed a child to view her waxing. Highly inappropriate. Poor boundaries.

December 10 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I'd definitely use the gloves to knock out Camille. That is one toxic woman.

And why on earth would Kyle do that waxing in front of her 14 year old daughter? Bad enough to put it on TV but in front of her daughter who saw it all? GROSS!!!!

December 10 2010 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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