The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Tea Party Throwdown

Russel and Taylor Armstrong

“We don’t say that he hits you,” Camille  yells. “We don’t say that he broke your jaw or that he beat you up and he hits you. We don’t say that. But now we said it!” That’s what the promo for tonight features, and the episode sure doesn’t disappoint. At Lisa’s formal tea party of all places, the drama is higher than ever.

Before Camille’s insistence that Taylor comes clean about being abused by Russel, which wraps up the episode, Taylor stands strong against Lisa’s bullying. “I’m trying to find self-esteem. I’m trying to be who you are. or who you are or who you are,” she says, pointing at Lisa and Adrienne. “But I’m not there yet.” Although I think everyone’s sick of how timid and weak Taylor has been in the face of Lisa’s attacks as well the accusations that her husband hits her, this was hardly the response viewers were looking for.

“You don’t need to be who I am or she is, you need to be yourself,” says Lisa. Although she has been awful to Taylor, especially regarding her low weight, Lisa is definitely right on with this one. Instead of owning up to her own issues and taking action to protect herself against her husband, Taylor is simply trying to present the strong front the other women portray. The problem is the other women aren’t acting, but actually are stable, happy and confident (okay by reality tv standards, and except for Kim, but that’s another issue).

What disturbed me even more than Taylor’s lack of confidence was how almost all of friends either didn’t believe her or thought she was exaggerating about Russel abusing her. I guess I can understand how the public might not buy her claims. But her best friends?

They might’ve been put together for TV, but they still spend a lot of time together. Of course some people lie about abuse for whatever reason, but I think it’s awful that some of Taylor’s best friends automatically assume she’s lying just because they haven’t seen her injusries with their own eyes.

Given all of Taylor and Russel’s issues, this season of The Real Housewives has gotten way too heavy for my taste. Especially given how much the other women are ganging up against her. I miss the plastic the surgery and Giggy drama!

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