It took all episode to get to the most emotionally raw moments of the show. Kim Richards made her sober return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after her stint in rehab for addiction issues.
So far this season, Kim’s been the biggest character on the show without any lines. Every conversation seemed to be centered around her relationship with her sister, Kyle Richards, and how the women haven't moved past her shocking behavior in Amsterdam and Lisa Rinna's "threatening" text message.
“I’m stronger. I’m in a healthier, better place. I don’t want to go back and dredge up old things. I want to start a healthy conversation with my sister,” explained Kim in her confessional.
The sisters sat down and immediately Kyle asked Kim if she’s been in touch with her nemesis Brandi Glanville. Kim admitted that they have spoken a few times but have not seen each other.
Kyle’s attitude was obvious— “Brandi went out of her way to hurt our relationship. That’s not a friend.”
The brunette admitted that it was “safer” emotionally and mentally to keep her relationship with Kim at “arm’s length” and she doesn’t want to regress with Kim when they’ve made some positive progress.
Kim insisted they need to work on their issues in a private setting, not in front of a gossiping group of women. “We need to talk about it and we need to do it quietly and the right way and not with a group of people because that’s where everything took a terrible turn for you and I,” she said.
Kyle confessed that she thought her sister hated her which is why they didn’t talk for months and Kim admitted to feelings of resentment but the good times outweighed the bad.
While those two appeared to be moving forward, Erika Girardi butted heads with Lisa Vanderpump and Kathryn Edwards.
At Yolanda Foster’s dinner party with special musical guest Andrea Bocelli, Vanderpump confronted Erika about her “friendship warning” to Kathryn Edwards. The blonde bombshell looked slightly taken aback but held her own.
Erika defended her statement after Kathryn ratted her out. “I feel like you’re trying to discredit my friendship with Yolanda,” she said but not before calling the former model a “f**king c**t.”
She blasted Kathryn, “I thought we had spoken in confidence so I’m a little disappointed.” Kathryn begged to differ. “The rule usually is if you don’t want it repeated, you don’t say it,” the Mid-Western girl said.
Yolanda even weighed in at a picnic lunch with the performer and Eileen Davidson. “I don’t think it’s cool of Kathryn to go say something … if you confide in another woman, you keep that to yourself otherwise how do you build a friendship and trust. I think Kathryn burned some bridges right there and then.”
Eileen brought up her issues with Vanderpump (again) and how the ladies seem to pretend their unresolved issues with the restaurateur don’t bother them.
Yolanda offered her opinion. She said, “I take my relationship with Lisa for face value. I respect her. I think she’s extremely strategic when it comes her business and the restaurants. I feel on a personal level, her and I, have never gotten intimate.”
There certainly is no love loss because Vanderpump admitted that her loyalty lies with Yolanda’s ex-husband, Mohamed Hadid, whom she considers a closer and older friend.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs every Tuesday at 9pm ET on Bravo.