October 8th, 2010
01:25 PM ET
Finally, Bravo's "Real Housewives of D.C." got to the good stuff: The White House state dinner crashed - or not - by the Salahis.
They'd been alluding to it the entire season, and the Salahis avoided talking about the whole situation, claiming the show was keeping them from speaking up. So, we should’ve heard it all with last night’s show right? Nope - that didn't happen.
They picked up with Michaele and Tareq in the limo calling Stacie to tell her about their invitation to the White House state dinner. Funny how Stacie asks how they got the invitation, and funnier still how Michaele didn't really answer. (That non-answering gets to be a way of life with her and her husband.)
As they arrive, they don't know where the limo is supposed to pull up. Wouldn't that kind of info be included in, say, an invitation? But I digress. I thought the good stuff was going to happen when they stopped to talk with someone holding a clipboard. Their names weren’t on the list, but they're sent on to the next check point.
And that's all we got. The show then cut to the day after, with the Salahis talking about how wonderful the dinner was. Tareq got a message about a gossip columnist saying they crashed the dinner, and they blew that off like someone (other than them) was making up stories.
Stacie and Jason read the Washington Post story about the incident, amazed at what the Salahis pulled off. Stacie was worried that since they know the Salahis, there will be guilty by association. Apparently she had reason to worry. Cat and her White House photographer husband had been invited to the White House holiday party, but after the crash they were uninvited because they were associated with the Salahis.
Some of the ladies had a viewing party for the Salahis' appearance in front of Congress. We know how that works... "on advice of counsel" we reserve the right blah blah blah. The ladies were apparently hoping for the Salahis to at least own up and apologize. Or for someone to be hauled away in handcuffs, so there was disappointment all around.
It still annoys me that they're claiming they were invited. All they had to do was produce an invitation. Not an email, not a story about personal relationships and phone calls, not the script with the 5th amendment on it. An invitation.
Later, the ladies gathered at Lynda's to discuss the situation. Stacie wanted to invite the Salahis over so they could all talk, but Mary and Lynda said they couldn’t be in the room with the Salahis. Stacie said Cat of all people should attend, since she suffered obvious backlash over the party crashing.
Cat and the Salahis all show. Cat couldn’t take the happy-go-lucky, nothing's wrong chit-chat and left. But before she did, she told the Salahis they're a disgrace to America and horrible people.
Stacie explained Cat's dis, and then Michaele started to leave, saying they couldn't talk about it. For months they'd been saying they couldn't talk because of the show, and then when they were on the show, they still didn’t talk! Stacie and Jason really tried to help them by explaining how people felt, but Tareq said they didn’t feel any shame about it, which is amazing to me. Wouldn't you at least feel bad because of the attention? Not to mention being hauled in front of Congress only to be insulted.
So the show's over for the season without an explanation from the Salahis, and no shocking footage showing what really happened. But on "Watch What Happens: Live," Andy Cohen, who is Bravo's senior vice-president of original programming and development, interviewed Michaele and Tareq. They were STILL saying they hadn't done anything wrong, and they think this episode vindicates them! These two are truly delusional. They said that since they used their real names and IDs, and the fact they were announced at the dinner means they didn't do anything wrong.
I like the fact Cohen said he didn't see any proof and asked what the Salahis saw, but they danced around the whole thing, saying they used their real names. Ahem, excuse me for the outburst, but: THEIR NAMES WEREN'T ON ANYONE'S LIST!
They showed clips from the reunion show and Michaele says no one lost their job because of what they did. Apparently she hasn’t heard of Desiree Rogers. I thought I'd be done with this show after the finale, but I'm going to have to watch the reunion show, just to see if they can catch Michaele in the truth for a change.
Does anyone else understand why the Salahis think the finale vindicated them? Because I sure don't.
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