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Lorraine Duffy Merkl is a freelance writer in NYC and author of the novels FAT CHICK and BACK TO WORK SHE GOES.

'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Recap: A 'Dam Crazy Time

February 25th, 2015 11:21am EST
Kyle
Beverly Hills. Canada. Amsterdam. Yes, this episode was definately a trip.

Yolanda just won't give up the quest to get the housewives to get along. First she plans a scavenger hunt race around Beverly Hills and everyone gets a shirt that says dream team in one of three colors. The pink ladies are Kyle, Brandi (yes that's right Kyle and Brandi) plus Camille Grammer (Housewife from Season 1); the gray team is Yolanda, Lisa V. and Lisa R.; and Eileen, Kim and Eileen's friend Lynn are in blue.

The purpose of this event was for bonding, but there was the usual amount of arguing -- this time ab...
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'Downton Abbey' Recap: The Old Ball And Chain

February 23rd, 2015 10:43am EST
Mary
“I feel like our household is breaking up,” says Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery). And she is right, as all of Downton (upstairs and down) pack up the abbey – all except for the children – and head to the Grantham’s London estate for the interfaith marriage of Lady Rose (Lily James) and Atticus Aldridge (Matt Barber).

But even before the caravan of cars leaves the estate, the drama begins: Sergeant Willis (Howard Ward) sends word that his Scotland Yard counterpart, Inspector Vyner (Louis Hilyer) wants to talk to Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) regarding the death of Mr...
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‘Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’ Season 5 Episode 16 Recap: No One Minds Her Business

February 18th, 2015 11:56am EST
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Despite being on the same show, these housewives are not really that close, yet they can’t stay out of each other's problems. It doesn't even seem as though it's out of true concern, but more because they like the view from their high horses.

Yolanda has Brandi over again for yoga and it seems she's convinced her young friend to do a 21-day cleanse, which means no alcohol. Brandi has agreed to it just to shut the other women up about how she can't stop drinking. Apparently though, Xanax is still in the menu.

While the two limber blondes are doing downward dog, all the other ladies are hea...
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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Baby Come Back

February 16th, 2015 9:40am EST
Mary
Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) goes after Edith and Marigold, Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) and Mabel Lane Fox (Catherine Steadman) reunite to the relief of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), and Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) must say goodbye to Isis.

But before anything else, in true Downton style, there must be guests over for dinner. The Crawley’s host two, both of which you’d rather hear the gossip about then attend.

Cora and Robert host the parents of Atticus Aldridge (Matt Barber): Daniel and Rachel Aldridge (James Faulkner and Penny Downie) as a way to get to know the new suitor of...
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'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Season 5 Episode 13 Recap: I'll Drink To That

February 11th, 2015 9:04am EST
Brandi
A bottle of bourbon and a straw is the only thing that will numb the pain of this episode.

"You're an alcoholic....no, you're an alcoholic...no, your daughter is...we need an intervention..."

The earth may have turned on its axis for an entire week, but in the land of the BH housewives, it's still the night of Kyle's party, with Kyle accusing Kim of letting Brandi come between them.

With both sisters in tears, Brandi swoops in and whisks Kim out of the mixer.

Outside the restaurant, Kim doesn't understand why Kyle is being mean to her. Meanwhile, inside the restaurant, Kyle is crying to...
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'Downton Abbey': Not The Usual Dog And Pony Show

February 9th, 2015 9:37am EST
Mary
Edith (Laura Carmichael) gets the bad news. Mary (Michelle Dockery) gets a new ‘do. And Bates (Brendan Coyle) isn’t a murderer, phew. Plus there’s a fabulous party to attend – with horses.

Well, it’s official: Michael Gregson is dead, killed by Nazi thugs. But Lady Edith has to grieve alone, as she is a member of one of the most insensitive families to ever sip tea. The best she gets out of her mother, Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), is the condescending “Poor Edith,” headshake and some commentary on how it’s a good thing that Mr. Hitler is in jail for five years. (Yeah, that’ll show him. ...
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'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Recap: Not A Gay Ol' Time

February 4th, 2015 9:24am EST
'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Recap: Not A Gay Ol' Time
"I just want to have fun with my gays and my girls, and just have the best time."

If only wishing made it so, as Kyle puts the finishing touches on her gay mixer, intended to keep the guys off Tinder. Of course the housewives, except for Brandi, are invited. Yolanda can't attend though, since she is going to Italy for a fundraiser honoring Sophia Loren and George Clooney. Tough life.

Before the party, Lisa Vanderpump's 22-year-old adopted son Max -- now working at one of his parents' restaurants -- wants to take a DNA test to find out his heritage, but Lisa is afraid he'll want to find h...
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'Downton Abbey' Recap: That's No Lady, That's My Wife

February 2nd, 2015 10:25am EST
Mary
Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) isn't the only one torn between two lovers.

Lady Cora, Countess Of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) ends up refereeing as Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) beats up Simon Bricker (Richard E. Grant) after his Lordship found is wife and the art consultant in the Crawley bedroom; both Cora and Bricker were wearing their PJs.

When Robert left for an overnight business trip, Bricker took advantage and snuck into Cora's room hoping to slip into bed with her. As she persisted in asking her unwelcomed guest to leave, Robert arrives -- his meeting having ended ea...
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'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Recap: Hit Me Baby One More Time

January 28th, 2015 9:10am EST
Kyle
We pick up where we left off with Brandi shoving Kyle down the steps. But this week, the action continues with a crying Kyle following Brandi and Kim outside and wanting to talk to her sister.

Lisa R. and Eileen go out and ask Brandi what's up. She says Kim and Kyle hate each other, which no one believes. For some reason, Brandi will not let the sisters speak alone, and Kyle and Brandi get into another physical altercation, where they both end up with scratches on their arms.

Eileen tries to defuse the situation and get these people the hell out of her house, calling Kim and Brandi dram...
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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Sex And Drugs (Rock ’n Roll Hasn’t Been Invented Yet)

January 26th, 2015 10:57am EST
'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: Sex And Drugs (Rock ’n
Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen) doesn’t understand how a lady can sleep with a man, then not want to marry him; Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) returns to Downton a heroin addict; and Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) has a freak out at dinner.

Thomas is back, and as Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) puts it, “Charming as ever, I see.” Not only is the valet still surly, he’s looking ill and constantly MIA. When Thomas steals a spoon from the kitchen, everyone suspects he’s cooking in his room (a DA no-no), but Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) oddly enough keeps coming to Thomas’s rescue with excus...
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