I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am for this season of RHOD to be back! I completely fell in love with these girls last season, and from the looks of it, season 3 previews have yet to disappoint.
Typically first episodes aren’t really my thing – they’re usually boring, understandably so. You have to recap what’s been going on during the non-filming months, and catch us all up. This season’s premiere, however, I loved. Let’s talk about what the girls have been up to…
1.) BRANDI ADOPTED A BABY!
Can we just talk about how THRILLED I am for Brandi & her family!? Bruin is the absolute sweetest. I can’t even get over the fact that he has red hair – it was truly meant to be. Watching Brandi with Bruin gave me all the feels. She’s so calm, so chill, so relaxed – she’s like a different person with this baby. It’s so wonderful to see. She’s clearly in her element, and I couldn’t be more happy for her.
2.) STEPH & BRANDI = BFF GOALS
I’m forever obsessed with Steph and Brandi’s friendship. Yes, I know they had a blip last year – but what BFF’s don’t? They’re just truly genuine to one another. Watching Steph tear up when she met Bruin was the sweetest. I love them, I love their antics together, and I can’t wait to see all of the trouble they get into this season!
3.) LEEANNE IS READY TO MAKE AMMENDS W/CARY.
LeeAnne reaches out to Cary to make amends for….well, things we will not get into this season. But we all know what I’m talking about. Cary agrees to meet with her at a café, and honestly, I’m pleasantly surprised. I have hope for these 2! I never thought I would say that with all of the shit they went through the past 2 years. LeeAnne definitely seems sincere in her apology, and in moving forward with Cary. I also appreciated Cary’s honesty – it’s refreshing. I’m so used to RHOBH or RHOC where they are mad as hell at each other, but will still greet each other with air kisses at events and pretend all is well. Just own it!
4.) D’ANDRA & DEE STILL AREN’T MAKING ANY PROGRESS.
Well, this made me sad. Even though Dee gave D’Andra the keys to the family business last year, she still doesn’t trust her. D’Andra reveals that they actually aren’t speaking at the moment. And when we see Dee at Jeremy and D’Andra’s Anniversary Party later in the episode – we know why. Jesus, Dee was such a monster. The snide comments she continuously made about D’Andra at her own party was so horrible. She’s her mother! I couldn’t even begin to imagine my mother saying those things about me. (Such as: She’s surprised that D’Andra is still married/happy. Talks about how boring the party is.) She’s not nice. End of story.
5.) RICH & LEEANNE STILL DON’T HAVE A WEDDING DATE.
I honestly didn’t even want to put this in here – we all know now that LeeAnne and Rich do have a date set for their wedding (October 18th, in case anyone was wondering!) but I had to throw it in here for multiple reasons. Later in the episode, during D’Andra and Jeremy’s anniversary party, right before the episode is “to be continued”, D’Andra calls LeeAnne out in front of everyone and says that her and Rich should come on up because they are going to be getting married tonight. Rich looks floored, LeeAnne looks pissed. D’Andra says in a confessional that “there is a bigger issue” going on because they don’t have a date yet. I don’t think D’Andra is trying to be malicious in any way at all, but for the love of God, mind your business. If anyone did that to me I’d be livid. People do things in their own way. Let LeeAnne and Rich deal with their engagement/wedding issues on their own terms. Also, I recently read on Twitter that D’Andra and LeeAnne are “taking a break” from their friendship. Ugh this made me so, so, sad. But I can’t help but wonder if this was the incident that started their friendship issues.
6.) BRANDI IS MAD AT D’ANDRA.
I was surprised to hear that Brandi is mad at D’Andra – so mad, in fact, that she’s not going to the anniversary party. The reasoning: D’Andra said Brandi had “squinty eyes” (I think B probably would’ve let that one go, had the next insult had not been said) and that she has a “problem with Adderall.” The first one – it’s petty, it’s not nice, but it’s forgivable. The second one – well, I’d be pissed if someone accused me of having a drug problem. That’s a serious accusation and potentially a reputation destroyer. I’m very shocked to hear that D’Andra would say that – it doesn’t seem like it’s in her character, honestly, to say something so drastic, so I would like to hear her side of the story on this one.
7.) KAM IS STILL KAM – LIVING IN HER PINK BUBBLE.
I wasn’t Kam’s biggest fan last season, but she’s slowly starting to win me over. (Honestly probably because Ben from the podcast Watch What Crappens loves her so much, and now Steph has warmed to her, too LOL.) Kam is definitely still her perky and bubbly self. She’s definitely still living in her pink bubble, while working on Sparkle Dog. Her convo’s with Kourt make me laugh out loud, and her kids are really funny, too. (“This is awkward!”) I’m interested to see what she’ll do this season.
8.) JEREMY & D’ANDRA CELEBRATE THEIR 4TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.
Obviously with a lavish party – would we expect anything else? I like Jeremy & D’Andra together, though. He’s very sweet, supportive – and hot, obviously.
9.) NEW FRIENDSHIPS MAY BE FORMING.
Although Brandi is mad at D’Andra and still wants nothing to do with LeeAnne, Steph seems to feel slightly different. She has no qualms with D’Andra, and, after unexpectedly being forced to sit next to LeeAnne at D’Andra and Jeremy’s party, they seem to begin to get along. We do know that Steph had hope that LeeAnne would be different this season. Friends? I’m not sure about that, but we can hope. Cary and LeeAnne stay true to their word, and greet each other like friends would – which makes Kam super excited. And Steph even has come around to Kam, saying that Kam reached out when her son was sick, and she thought it was a very sweet gesture. I would love for all of the girls to just get along and be BFF’s, but we all know that will never happen in a large group of girls. Not just with the housewives, but with anyone. Someone is always going to get annoyed at someone, people fight, people form alliances. We’ll see where this season takes us.
10.) STEPHANIE IS AMAZING.
There’s no other way to word this. It wasn’t actually on the episode, but I’ve seen videos floating around from Bravo, and Steph has addressed this in Twitter, but she opens up about how she struggled with mental health issues, and attempted to commit suicide. Watching her share her story made me tear up. We all know that Mental Health in this country is a huge issue, and not one that people particularly like to talk about. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression every day, I truly appreciated Steph divulging this information to us. Not only does it show us how brave and fearless she is to talk about something so personal and traumatic for her, but it just goes to show that mental illness does not discriminate. I feel like a lot of people probably wouldn’t think “something like that” could happen to Stephanie – she’s blonde, beautiful, thin, has money. But it doesn’t matter. Depression and suicide can affect anyone. It’s also inspiring to us because we know that Stephanie is happy today, and that things did get better for her. Thank you for sharing this with us, Steph. We love you!!
Until next week….