'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season Finale Recap: A Lovely End to an Ugly Season

Lisa Vanderpump and Pandora The season finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills tonight provided a surprisingly drama-free ending to one of the most dramatic seasons the show has seen. Beyond Paul's colonoscopy and subsequent air issues, which we really didn't need to see, most of the episode consisted of the lovely wedding of Lisa Vanderpump's daughter, Pandora. It was a pink explosion of glamour and glitz that was every bit as shi shi shi as promised by wedding planner Kevin Lee.

For all of the opulence, however, it was also very touching. Though not the best at speech-making, you got such a sense of Ken and Lisa's heartfelt joy at seeing their daughter married. My tears were already streaming, but this line from Lisa about raising Pandora just opened the floodgates: "I'd give anything to turn the clock back 25 years and do it all over again."

It was all beautiful.


Then they fast-forwarded three weeks to one of the first times the ladies had all gathered before Russell Armstrong's suicide. Kyle Richards told the camera:

Since Russell died the girls have not seen a lot of Taylor, it’s time for her to come back to her friends so we can support her.

I braced for an emotional encounter, but instead just got a sweet reconnection of friends. Camille Grammer talked about her hot new man, Dimitri Charalambopoulos (did you see his abs?!) Lisa shared wedding pictures; and Adrienne Maloof handed out her new shoes to the ladies.

Kim Richards wasn't present, and no one mentioned where Brandi Glanville or Dana Wilkey were. But at least for those who were there, they acknowledged that for all of the tragedy and tumultuousness of the season (and lord knows there was a lot of that), it did bring them closer together. Lisa commented that she learned "you shouldn't judge people too quickly" and Taylor was just thankful that everyone was there for her. It wasn't too heavy, just a nice calm wrap on so much discord.

Of course, that begs the question of what's left for the reunion with so much peace achieved. According to reports, Kim didn't make it to the reunion taping, so there won't be that. Brandi can always bring something, but most of the women have grown to love her. I'm a little worried it could be one of the most boring reunion shows ever. Our entertainment aside, however, these ladies could probably use a little boring after all that's gone down.

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Did you love Pandora's wedding? What do you think will happen on the reunion show?

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