'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap
by Rebecca Adler Warren, posted Jan 7th 2011 10:30AM
['The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'-'How to Behave']
On this week's episode of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' Camille hosted a tennis tournament, Cedric divulged his troubled past and Kyle threw a bash for Mauricio's 40th birthday.
The miracle of this episode was not the size of Cedric's Speedo, but the ceasefire between Camille and Kyle, which by this point has lasted through three parties. These women have had more peace talks than the leaders in the Middle East, so it was refreshing to watch them keep their cool in numerous social settings.
Camille, who must have an olive grove on her property, decided to extend yet another branch by inviting Kyle and her family (as well as Adrienne and Paul) over for a tennis tournament.
Ok, so there wasn't really a tournament, at least not from what Bravo showed us, but it was a good opportunity for Camille to prance around in spandex. Hot Nick was there, of course. He showed up in an Andre Agassi-inspired wig with his wife by his side. The presence of Mrs. Hot Nick did not stop Camille from kissing her favorite boy toy on the lips.
After the guests sweated it out on the courts, the party migrated to the pool where Camille promptly changed into her bikini. Sure, Camille was showing off, but she has a smoking hot body so who can blame her, right? If only she had modicum of modesty: "Yes, the women did not want to bring their bathing suits," Camille said smugly. "Could be female jealousy. They'll get over it."
Relishing her ability to seamlessly hang with the boys, Camille taunted Kyle, who's still working on her post-baby bod, to put on her bathing suit. But Camille forgets that Kyle is the show's (40-something) girl next door-she gamely took a flying leap into the pool, fully clothed and accessorized. This is why Kyle wins all of those "who's your favorite Housewife" polls. "I wanted to push her in but she would never let me do that," Camille confessed.
Kyle and Camille may not be entirely sincere in their desire to mend and move on, but at least they're making an effort and giving us a reprieve before the reunion show. Plus, I find it much more interesting to watch them try to behave and hold their tongues, something that is especially difficult for Kyle, who couldn't help but bring up the events in New York while the ladies were eating tea sandwiches (How adorable is Camille's Mr. Belvedere caterer guy!) courtside.
On to the next party. Kyle and Mauricio pay homage to P. Diddy every year by throwing an extravagant, hamburger-sponsored White Party. I'm not sure why white parties are a thing that rich people take part in. Maybe it has something to do with the color of diamonds. Anyway, this year the party fell on Mauricio's 40th birthday so it was doubly special. Kyle flitted about trying to get the lighting right and her hair did.
Does anyone else think Kyle's hairdresser is seriously suspect? In the last episode Kyle tucked her long locks into her jacket to pull off a flapper look. This episode the hairdresser finished off her half up, half down do with a butterfly clip (you know, the piece of plastic Snooki uses to hoist up her poof). What is she paying this woman for?
All of the women attended the event. Even Giggy got an invite. Camille braved bronchitis to attend the party and gift Kyle with a children's book called 'How to Behave.' Subtle. Something tells me this was payback for Kyle's small breach of the peace treaty at the tennis tournament. Taylor was having fun- she impressed everyone by taking a clean bite out of a double cheeseburger (that mouth!)-until she wasn't anymore.
She had the my-husband's-a-bore blues. And the sight of Kyle and Mauricio slow dancing in the moonlight did nothing to ease her worries about her less than ideal marriage to Russell. What does Russell do for fun? Is he a World of Warcraft kind of guy? Does he like to gamble? Does he get off on business budgets? Russell's Debbie Downer 'tude turned Taylor into a weepy mess. How sad did she look pouting on the curb with a melting piece of cake? "I wish I could find a way to bring over from the dark side onto the fun side," she said. I think their problems go way beyond Russell's inability to shake his groove thang.
• Ken and Giggy's attached-at-the-hip, matching outfits love affair
• Pandora's commitment-phobe boyfriend Jason and his habit of making quasi-marriage proposals. "I think they should either sh*t or get off," Lisa says
•Cedric's story: He was born in Paris to a prostitute mother and never knew his father. Then his mom married a guy who beat her. When Cedric was seven, he and his mom lived on the streets where they would beg and she would turn tricks. He would sleep between his mom and her Johns. One day his mom just up and left and Cedric was sent to live in foster homes until he met Lisa and she changed his life.
Gee Kyle, aren't you glad you asked to hear about this over dinner at a Pandora's birthday party!
• "I don't know what Nick's thing with the wig was. Maybe they were role playing, but the whole kissing someone else's husband on the lips is just bizarre," Kyle says. "I can tell you if Camille were to kiss my husband on the lips, she wouldn't have any lips left."
• Paul's reoccurring bandaged nose. If we didn't know better, you might think Adrienne was giving Paul a daily smack down.
• "I feel like I have this life that I just want to celebrate," says Adrienne. "I just wish he would celebrate with me."
What did you guys think of the episode? Are you proud of Kyle and Camille for restraining themselves? Do you buy Cedric's childhood tale? And do you ever dress like your dog?
'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' airs Thursdays, 10PM ET on Bravo