August 20th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
In case you didn’t know, here’s a newsflash: Reality shows cherry-pick their best footage in order to piece together an hour-long show. We’re three weeks into “Real Housewives of D.C.,” and if this is the good stuff, I’m dying to know what the outtakes must look like.
So little that's interesting seems to go on in these peoples' lives that it makes being rich and leisurely look like a huge snooze.
For starters, Stacie and her husband visit their winemaker friends. It seems like quite a few of these outings do nothing but give these people a chance to name drop or overdress for an occasion.
The Salahis show up to the gathering - in a limo, of course - with a bottle of their wine in hand. The conversation turns to politics but takes a wrong turn when Michaele offers her input. (I would say "opinion" but she never really takes a stance on anything.)
Elsewhere, Lynda's modeling agency is working with Saks for a breast cancer research fundraiser. Mary meets her there and the two of them rehash what happened last week at Paul the stylist's birthday party. Lynda talks about the Salahis’ need for attention, and blames the changes in Michaele on Tareq. Some of the other characters comment on Tareq's need to be the center of attention.
The Salahis themselves are attracting the wrong kind of attention from folks in their little circle. Last week Michaele supposedly hosted that party for Paul, but it turns out the Salahis' lawyer called Paul’s publicist saying they wouldn’t show up if they didn’t get a signed document indicating they didn’t have to pay for anything.
I would think that would be a problem anywhere else. If you throw a party for someone, doesn’t that mean you pay? Or at the very least, not involve your lawyers? What’s even better is that Mary heard Tareq bragged about spending a lot of money on the party.
Stacie and Jason plan a trip to Paris to see his brother’s concert. They mention it to the Salahis, who decide to tag along. They do make the trip, and Stacie and Jason are a bit surprised about it. The couples seem to bond on the trip, with Stacie even sharing with Michaele that she was adopted and she’s looking for her birth parents.
Moving on to Cat, who’s writing a book about her outrageous and inappropriate past. (I think that’s the closest thing to work we’ve seen her do.)
However, when she’s not writing about her outrageous and inappropriate past, Cat argues with her husband about his being away for work (he’s a photographer whose clients include the White House).
She complains she’s been left to handle everything while he’s been “swanning around,” which he doesn’t appreciate. She’s also angry that he can’t do the photo shoot for her book because he’s got another big assignment out of town. He does surprise her and show up at the shoot, which seems to make her happy.
And that is what qualifies as excitement this episode. So far, even the things that are supposed to be controversial don't quite cut it, and what could be nice, touching moments are interrupted by mild cattiness or the attention-sucking antics of the Salahis.
Is any of it holding your attention?
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