'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Premiere Recap: Too Little, Too Soon

Real Housewives of Beverly HillsLast night Bravo went ahead and aired the premiere episode of season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills despite the recent suicide of Russell Armstrong. Rather than the big special Bravo was rumored to have filmed responding to the tragedy, his death got a few minutes at the beginning of the show instead in which the housewives expressed their grief and absolved themselves of any guilt. Then it was on with the show

It all felt so wrong and uncomfortable so soon after his death -- like a little Band-Aid slapped on a big gaping wound. I personally think Bravo should have scrapped the whole season, but seeing as how they refused to do that, I suppose they couldn't just ignore the suicide. Was this enough? No, but I'm not sure what would have been.


It was difficult to watch the rest of the show with the same willingness to poke fun and stand back in judgement of these people's lives -- which, if you're honest, is why you watch the show. Instead, the undercurrent of sadness and desperation rose to the top like never before, and it all just seemed tragic and petty in light of what has happened.

If Bravo edited out some of the footage involving Taylor that may have been insensitive, they also left plenty of it in there. Seeing her discuss their marriage counseling in front of an entire table of guests at another awkward dinner party was appalling. It was even worse when Ken Todd essentially said that people who go to therapy are weak. Wonder what he thinks of people who commit suicide ... and wonder how Bravo thinks leaving that scene in was a good idea.

The rest of the dinner party was equally uncomfortable, from Lisa Vanderpump's enormous exposed boobs taking up a seat for themselves to their dog, Giggy, drinking from Ken's champagne glass. The Vanderpumps quickly went from the funny quirky couple everyone loved last season to the rude outcasts as quick as you can say Botox. Funniest part, however, was when Ken got offended because Taylor felt "offended." He preferred her to say "upset." Uh, okay.

Speaking of Botox, I'm willing to take bets that the next Real Housewives couple of any city to file for divorce is Adrienne and Paul Maloof. They can't stand each other, and said as much. I believe her exact words were, "... we enjoy each other's company -- in small doses ... Two hours is a long time for us." Plus, how incredibly awkward was their argument at dinner? Almost as awkward as Kyle and Kim Richards sitting next to one another and poking each other with olive branches after all their drama.

But awkward is what it's going to be all season. Perhaps when new Housewives Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey enter the mix, we'll be able to move on a bit and not think about how every scene and conversation relates to Russell. If that's a good thing or not, I'm not so sure.

What did you think of the premiere of season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?

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