August 13th, 2010
12:47 PM ET
I gather from some of the comments I've read about "The Real Housewives of D.C." - both on this blog and on other sites - that many think this edition of the "Real Housewives" franchise is a bit on the boring side. To be honest, I'm starting to agree.
It's not that I enjoy the hair pulling and the table flipping that's gone on among the other casts, but there doesn't seem to be much excitement with these D.C. "Housewives." We do know what's coming later, but for now we just get to watch them eat, drink and be nouveau riche.
For example, in this episode it was Michaele’s birthday, and her husband surprised her with some designer stuff. But the biggest surprise for me, however, was how old (she said) she is. She claims to be 44, but acts much younger - especially when her husband does things like give her a pony. (Yes, you read that correctly: a pony.)
Anyway, Mary was stressed because her 23-year-old daughter Lolly moved home with a 150-pound dog, bringing along with her piles of hair and poo. I don’t really get why she's stressed, though; it’s her poor maid who has to clean up everything while listening to Mary speak Spanglish.
This storyline drags on when Cat and Mary have lunch at the restaurant where Lolly was waiting tables. Mary started out by talking about her stressful dog situation, but not only was Cat unsympathetic, she told Mary she’s spoiled Lolly, and needled Lolly about her being living with her mother at 23. Neither Mary nor the daughter appreciated it, but of course they didn't tell Cat that.
Cat and Mary decided it was a good idea to hang out with Michaele and her husband at the polo field, where Mr. Salahi tried to teach the three of them how to play polo. It looked liked the whole thing went pretty well, until Tareq brought out what he said was wine from his vineyard. For some reason what he actually gave them was beer. If he was trying to get away with something, it didn’t work, and guess who called him out? Yep, Cat. In this case, I didn't have a problem with it.
The next "Housewives" outing ended up at Stacie’s godmother’s house for an old fashioned Southern Sunday dinner, a group gathering that Stacie’s husband didn't seem to think was a good idea.
Apparently the part that wasn’t a good idea was inviting Cat and expecting her to be polite. She didn’t seem comfortable or interested in interacting with her hosts at all. Stacie thought it might have been because Cat's not used to being in a room full of black people. (If that is the case, Cat picked the wrong city to call home.) Stacie’s husband thought it wouldn't matter what kind of people were in the room, Cat would be rude anywhere.
I’m going to skip the details of the business conversation Lynda’s boyfriend, Stacie and Mary’s husband have, but it showed how the husbands might be the most unintentionally amusing people on the show. I wish they had played a bigger part this episode.
Michaele was supposed to be throwing a birthday party for Paul the stylist, but she didn’t show up to meet him at the hotel like she said she would, and she wasn’t at the hotel greeting the dozens of guests she invited.
When she and Tareq did appear, they arrived in a white stretch limo with a police escort, like it was their party. Even Paul didn’t show up - for his own party, mind you - in a limo. Some of the other "Housewives" didn’t take well to that, especially Lynda, who had thrown another, very classy and intimate party for Paul.
Michaele decided the party was the perfect opportunity to confront Lynda about why she thought Michaele looked too thin. I suppose viewers should know by now these two are the rivals the show wants us to watch out for this season. At this point, I'm not interested.
I'm not sure this show is going on my list of favored guilty pleasures; so far, there's not a lot that's pleasing about it. What do you think? Are you giving it a couple of weeks or are you over it?
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