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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Episode 2: A Recap

The cast of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"/Image via Bravo
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The ladies of Beverly Hills are back, and now they're in...Colorado. The second episode of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Season 2 finds the ladies traveling to Bear Creek, CO, to visit with Camille in a seven-bedroom home that she'll soon have to give up per her divorce proceedings. This week, the feud between Taylor and Lisa intensified, Camille began really relaxing into her campy, coquette-ish best, Kyle continued to think that she knows the most about everything, it became apparent that Kim may in fact have more severe problems than just drinking (like, possibly, mania), and nothing much happened with Adrienne at all.

The episode began with the ladies all hilariously overpacking for what would be a two-day trip, as rich women in Beverly Hills are wont to do. They made their way into their respective limos to head for the airport, with Lisa notably taking a separate limo than Adrienne because Lisa is kind of a bitch she doesn't like to be late, and Adrienne is reliably tardy.

When the gals arrive at the terminal, Kim's mania really began to rear its head. Chattering away about everything from her shoes to her unruly eyebrows -- a monologue that continued on the plane and and through the drive to Camille's -- Kim had a look in her eyes that suggested she had no notion of whether or not anyone was listening to her, and also that she didn't care.

That's when it started to crystallize with this viewer, at least, that Kim may be the next Danielle Staub -- you either hate her, or you feel monstrously guilty for watching her antics on TV because she seems to genuinely need help.

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Sigh. Onto less morose topics. Once the housewives touched down in Colorado, they were told by their driver that they were in for a four-hour ride to Camille's. Groaning ensued -- surely there must be a private jet I can charter, Lisa Vanderpump seemed to be thinking -- but in the end there was nothing to be done except sit through the drive, enduring one another's presence with eye rolls, catty comments, and of course, wine.

During the course of this half-school-day-length jaunt, Kyle decided to bring up Ken Vanderpump's dinner snafoo from last week.

"Was Ken mad at me the other night?" she innocently queried Lisa. Lisa defended her husband, saying that Ken's response to Taylor's announcement that she was in marriage therapy -- that marriage therapy would make him feel weak -- was merely an expression of his opinion. That's when Taylor piped up with her newfound, highly-touted Voice and said, "But no one rally asked for his opinion."


Lisa quickly shut Taylor down by suggesting that she take the argument up with Ken, but it was clear that lines had been drawn, stones had been cast.

The housewives soon arrived at Camille's castle-like pad, the snow-capped exterior of which made every displaced New Englander in the world shudder with homesick nostalgia, and selected their rooms for the weekend. Camille winkingly told the camera that she hadn't designated the rooms in advance, because what fun would that have been? (We are loving the new Camille.) Kim and Kyle roomed together, because they're sisters and stuff, Lisa took the best bedroom, and Taylor settled for the single bed in the room with the crib.

Shortly after settling in, the gals took a trip to the Westin for dinner, where the most eventful thing that happened was Camille's delightful willingness to trash talk Kelsey Grammar. Over the course of just a few minutes, we the viewer learned that Frasier Crane had back hair that Camille manscaped, and that he was a lousy kisser. Imagine what will come out in the rest of the season! (Did we mention that we love the new Camille?)

At any rate, the next day ladies then went for an amazingly perfect ski outing, which included a ski concierge coming to Camille's house to fit the girls with boots, and warm chocolate chip cookies brought to them on the slopes. (Excellent promotion, Bear Creek, we will expect the same treatment when we arrive this winter.)

But the climax happened at the end, when Taylor and Kyle shared a tender moment in the hot tub. Talking about her attempts to fix her marriage, her fear of being alone and her love for Russell, Taylor broke down into mascara-flavored tears as she confessed how difficult her life is at the moment. Kyle's compassionate words of comfort had something to do with how she wouldn't be fucking this up as badly as Taylor is, because again, Kyle is more awesome at everything than anyone else.

Taylor said nothing, but previews for next week show her sitting in a suitcase, so we don't think it gets much better from here.

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