It might have been hard to understand Brandi Glanville as she spoke haltingly (and with a lisp, thanks to a food allergy that left her tongue and throat swollen), but what she said changed everything on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills tonight. Brandi has finally realized that her relationship with Lisa Vanderpump isn't everything she thought it was. Years of watching Kyle Richards speak out against Lisa and get punished for it have finally made it impossible to ignore what was so obvious to everyone else: Lisa is controlling and manipulative -- and worse, she's good at it!
It was kind of hard not to get goosebumps as Brandi quietly shared how stupid she felt for not seeing it earlier. She had no idea that Lisa was moving her around the proverbial chessboard with such ease. Hilariously, when Kyle called Lisa Bobby Fischer, Brandi had to look the name up.
But apparently the metaphor clicked -- she saw that Lisa was taking advantage of her own cards-on-the-table attitude (to mix my game metaphors) and using her to take shots at the other wives.
Kyle and Brandi make for strange but not totally bizarre bedfellows. They've been at odds for so long, on the one hand. But on the other, they are two of the smarter women on the show. It's good that it looks like they are banding together against Lisa, their frenemy. Because frankly -- Lisa outsmarts the whole posse. It will take more than one Housewife to bring her down. Or, at the very least, bring her machinations to the surface.
But Lisa's adept at wooing people back into the fold, and it's clear that Brandi misses the closeness of their friendship. It's hard to say if her friendship with Kyle will be enough of a replacement. I'm tempted to say not. But Brandi's done so much growing over this season. I'm hoping she continues on the path of being her own woman and doesn't let Lisa use her the way she has in the past.
Do you think Lisa and Brandi are done for good, or is it a temporary blip in their otherwise flawless friendship?
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