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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 Houswives Of Beverly Hills' Finishes Its Very Unsatisfying Season

March 25th, 2015 10:13am EDT
brandi
"I'm tired of being the bad guy."

Well Brandi, than stop being one. You can't stir the pot and get mad when you're accused of being the cook.

This last episode of the season was mostly about attending Adrienne Maloof's over-the-top, Cirque du Soleil-type party, where Brandi resembles a character in the Jason Segel comedy "I Love You, Man," because she ran around slurring her love for the likes of Kim Richards and Lisa Vanderpump.

Earlier in the week, Kyle and Kim, plus some of the other wives, attend niece Nicky Hilton's book signing at Kyle's store. Meanwhile, Lisa and Harry celebrate...
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'RHOBH' The Amsterdam Vacation That Won't End

March 18th, 2015 10:14am EDT
'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Season 5 Episode 18: Never Fo
"I'm rather over it," says Lisa V. to her husband Ken via a desperate phone call from her hotel room.

I feel her pain. The housewives are STILL in Amsterdam, aka the vacay that has no end. Seriously, give this country and the rest of us a break. This story arc has grown as tedious as Kim and Kyle's sibling bickering. Yet here we are.

While everyone is trying to pick up souvenirs to bring home to loved ones, Brandi picks up a 22-year-old Dutch hunk named Andre, who coincidently is friends with Lisa V.'s son, Max. Awkward.

On one of their shopping sprees in an open-air market, a contrite...
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'RHOBH' Brandi Bitch Slaps Lisa Venderpump

March 11th, 2015 9:44am EDT
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There's more hitting among these housewives than in a sandbox full of toddlers.

This is the last leg of the "Visit Yolanda's Homeland Tour" and I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get back to Beverly Hills so that these ladies can get some well needed distance from one another. When they are all together the clash of personalities can go from amusingly catty to intensely ugly faster than you can say Chanel.

This week, Yolanda's Lyme disease has caught up with her, so she will not be going to the museum with Kyle and Eileen. They and the rest of the women meet in the lobby, where t...
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'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills': Lisa Rinna Bitch Slaps Kim

March 4th, 2015 8:15am EST
'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Season 5 Episode 16: Lisa Rin
She’s been under the radar for too long.

In the past three months, Lisa Rinna has gone from reserved, newbie housewife to being the agreeable, positive, voice of reason to the concerned, pensive listener/advice giver. Although her down-to-earth demeanor has made her a fan favorite, it hasn’t made her a breakout star, as is someone like badass Brandi.

No one joins this franchise to be a second banana housewife, or to paraphrase Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, “No one puts Lisa R. in a corner.”

With the season coming shortly to an end, Lisa had to make a name for herself. At a group dinne...
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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Finale: Cheerio, Aristocrats

March 2nd, 2015 7:01am EST
Mary Tolbert
It ain’t over ‘til they bring out the big guns – literally. The Crawley clan heads to a week long shooting party hosted by the in-laws of Lady Rose (Lily James) at a Northumberland castle. Yes, Lord and Lady Sinderby (James Faulkner and Penny Downie) are putting shotguns in the hands of people they don’t like (and the feeling is mutual.) As Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) says to Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham (Maggie Smith), “Makes you wonder what they’ll be shooting at by the end of it.”

Before everyone leaves to go shoot innocent birds out of the sky for sport, Lady Mary Crawley ...
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'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Recap: A 'Dam Crazy Time

February 25th, 2015 11:21am EST
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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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