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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: 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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'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Recap: Brandi Shoves Kyle Down The Steps

January 21st, 2015 8:50am EST
Kyle
I'll call your push and raise you one shove that sends you flying off your Louboutins.

No one brought her poker face to Eileen's Malibu home, where husband Vince -- a professional poker player -- hosted a game of Texas Hold 'Em. The evening went bust though, but even before that the ladies anted up the drama.

A few days before, Kyle rented a party SUV to take the housewives to Santa Barbara for a spa outing. Emmy-winning actress Eileen could only stay for a massage, as she needed to go to work on her soap opera. There was a mix up and instead of a lunch, the spa arranged a wine tasting....
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'Downton Abbey' Recap: Bed Hopping Is In Their Blood

January 19th, 2015 9:45am EST
mary
Apparently, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) showed Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen) more than "a glimpse of stocking."

Mary's living in sin with Tony (if only for a week in Liverpool) may be appalling for 1924, but it’s not new – at least not to Mary’s grandmother, Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham (Maggie Smith), who knows from scandalous love; nor to the Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), who suspects wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) of cheating.

Mary and Tony are still on holiday, but it’s Mary’s last day. As their post-coital breakfast arrives, Tony must slip into his adjoining roo...
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'RHOBH' Recap: Brandi Watches Eddie And LeAne's Reality Show

January 14th, 2015 9:02am EST
brandi & friends
It's a reality show within a reality show. Is this a new low or what?

Not only is Brandi on RHOBH (and this season's Celebrity Apprentice), but she's on her ex-husband's reality show: "LeAnn & Eddie." Or at least it seemed that way to her when she, Kim and some other friends watched the first episode and Brandi's name was mentioned so much that she felt like another character on the program. "With no paycheck, though."

Her Blondeness said she was watching for research: seeing if her son's were on the show, as well as to assess if anything inappropriate was going on in the Cibrian househol...
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'Downton Abbey' Recap: A Baby For Edith/Birth Control For Mary

January 12th, 2015 11:35am EST
'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: A Baby For Edith/Birth
“Downton is catching up with the times we live in,” says Mrs. Hughes.

“That’s exactly what I am afraid of,” replies Mr. Carson. (FYI: The two heads of the downstairs crowd are now a couple.)

The modern innovation that’s dragging DA into the 20th century kicking and screaming is the “wireless,” aka the radio. Lady Rose (Lily James) wants her Uncle Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) to buy one so she can listen to her favorite tunes and dance around the castle. He’s against “people sitting around a box listening to other people talk.”

Cora, Countess Of Grantham (Elizabeth McGover...
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'The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Recap: Brandi Throws A Drink In Eileen's Face

January 7th, 2015 9:36am EST
Brandi
A lot happened in this episode entitled "Wining and Dining," but seriously, why bury the lede?

Brandi, Lisa Rinna, Eileen and Yolanda went out for drinks.

"How'd you meet your husband?" came up, as it tends to do, and Eileen reveals that she and Vince Van Patten were married to other people when they met.

This irritated Brandi, as she was cheated on by not only her ex-husband, actor Eddie Cibrian (now married to LeAne Rimes), but her last boyfriend, J.R., too. Since she didn't want to come off as the scorned woman poster child, Brandi got off the subject and on to her "Days of Our Lives...
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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Premiere: The Aristocrats Are Back

January 5th, 2015 11:52am EST
Downton Abbey Season 5
The phenomenon that is Downton Abbey returns with a premiere episode that literally and figuratively sets their world on fire.

The twenties may be roaring (it's officially 1924), but it’s still the 19th century in the Crawley home – though for how long? The Labor Party has taken over the government and the new Prime Minister is a working class Joe – a far cry from the upstairs/downstairs values of DA. In fact, unlike Downton Abbey, other grand homes are cutting back on those in service, primarily because people no longer want to be maids and butlers, but desire to work in shops and factori...
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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Breaking Branches (Over Each Other's Heads)

December 31st, 2014 10:31am EST
BG
The party doesn't end in Beverly Hills, it just moves to a different location. This week Brandi finally had her housewarming, Lisa V. hosted her yearly charity luncheon, and afterwards all the women -- sans Lisa -- went for a drink (and talked about her.)

We’re treated to the ho-hum prep work for Brandi’s housewarming or as she likes to think of it: the first day of the rest of her life.

Her parents – Judy and Guy – are there and seem like nice people. How they live with the embarrassment that is Brandi I don’t know, but it’s heartening that they support her.

The real talk of the town t...
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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'Recap: Medford, 90210

December 24th, 2014 11:07am EST
'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 5 Episode 6 Recap: Med
You can go home again -- if only to pick up your old stuff.

Lisa Rinna goes back to Oregon because her childhood home has just been sold, due to her parents' move into an assisted living facility. She also reunites with her half sister who (lion) shares in the responsibility of taking care of her parents.

Lisa brings her two teen daughters to help her retrieve her things that her mother has held onto for the past thirty years, and to say goodbye to the past.

Before she left, Lisa introduced Eileen to Yolanda, who realized that besides having in common that they both live in Malibu, the...
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