This season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has an unexpectedly dark tone to it due to the recent suicide of Taylor’s husband amid the allegations that he abused her. While the abuse hasn’t come out on the show yet, the cause of Taylor’s downward spiral and mental breakdown is well known and from the previews it looks like Camille outs the real cause to the country in the next episode.
While some people have blamed the franchise for his suicide, I think Russel as a consenting adult (who happened to have made a lot of money of the show) knew what he was getting himself into and would have done the same thing regardless. Taylor boldly notes she’s lucky it was a suicide rather than a murder-suicide, which some domestic violence situations lead to.
It’s hard to watch Taylor’s struggle, but it’s also hard to watch what Kim’s going through. Paul’s sweet side comes out when he gently points out her droopy eyelids and slurred speech, which have sparked accusations that she’s drinking again (last season it was revealed she’s an alcoholic), or even worse doing some sort of hard drugs (ahem Brandy). Paul gets to the root of the issue in this episode, coaxing Kim to list off her drug cocktail and encouraging her to adjust it.
The reason Kim has been acting so erratic is also revealed. It turns out she has a secret boyfriend of over a year, and is moving our of Beverly Hills to move in with him. This reduces Kyle to tears, which comes off a little selfish to me considering how lonely her sister has been since her kids went off to college.
The seance featured in this episode is a little gimmicky, and the psychic clearly didn’t even go past the first page of a Google search to come up with her “visions”.
It’s nice that there’s some real drama on the show for once, but it is a little depressing given all of the serious issues going on. Even Camille was hit hard this episode when she discovers Kelsey is filing for full custody after being completely absent from their kids lives since leaving her out of the blue for his pregnant girlfriend.