In the middle of Taylor and Russell's marriage drama, there's the anticipation of Pandora's wedding on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
If those wedding invitations Pandora chose are any indication of how grand her wedding will be, Pandora's wedding is likely to be the highlight of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' second season.
Pandora's wedding invitations are a box. A huge box that Pandora couldn't resist because her wedding planner thought "Pandora's Box" and immediately Pandora was obsessed with the gift box wedding invitations. Not that Pandora's personal wedding invitations will look anything like the gift box she chose in last week's episode. The wedding invitations are custom made.
One of the wedding invitations the designers showed Lisa Vanderpump, her daughter and future son-in-law were $115 each.
Pandora said she's planning less than 200 guests, but her wedding planner wants large and fabulous.
What's really amusing is Lisa Vanderpump's eyerolls and her refusal to make it easy on the wedding planner. "We have to go all out." the wedding planner says.
Lisa responds immediately, "No. We are not going all out."
But her daughter's diamond necklace gift was already more than the average bride spends on a wedding. Diamond necklace pendant, grand total: $68,000.
Aside from the happiness that is Pandora's wedding planning and her Morocco in Beverly Hills engagement party, there's that small problem of holding Pandora's Bachelorette Party at Planet Hollywood.
Adrienne's upset about that. She owns the Palms and Planet Hollywood is her competition. Adrienne doesn't understand why Lisa isn't helping promote her business. But Adrienne was a little slow on the invite. The friend from the Palms, it seems, reached out first.
The ladies will handle that friend spat next week. For now, Taylor's marriage and Kim's behavior have taken the spotlight.
Adrienne's cosmetic surgeon husband, Paul, quite naturally discovers that Kim's behavior is related to Kim's three different depression and anti-anxiety medications. He tells her quite plainly that her eyes look unsettled because she's on so much medication. And he asks her if she's drinking and mixing pills.
No real clear answer.
Meanwhile, new housewife Brandi thinks Kim's behavior merits a simpler explanation. Crystal Meth. Although Brandi's explanation was hilarious, in reality it didn't go over very well with Kim or her troublemaking, big mouth, little sister.
Taylor's tea party fight with Lisa was borderline insanity. Taylor tried to leave, but ran into Dr. Paul on her way out. She asks for a quick follow-up on a cosmetic procedure. Dr. Paul tells her that her face is bruised. Taylor glossed over that. From the frying pan into the fire.
Taylor returned to the spat scene where Camille revealed to the entire world that they've (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast) been covering for Taylor and her husband. Camille tells Taylor to be honest. And reminds Taylor that it was she (Taylor) who told the wives her husband is abusive. That Russell's broken her jaw. Thrown her into the bathtub. And more.
Taylor probably asked the cameras to stop, but they didn't.
There are no cliffhangers on the Taylor-Russell story. Russell committed suicide, probably a rather unselfish act considering the unmistakable cycle of domestic violence that viewers are witnessing with Taylor right now.
It doesn't help much that Faye Resnick, the late Nicole Brown Simpson's pal is hanging around.
In retrospect, it's clear that Taylor wouldn't have survived another year with Russell. Signs that Russell is fatally abusive have played out in the first eight episodes of season two. Russell is apparently so abusive, Taylor thought he was leaving.
But it appears that what Russell had in mind was either her murder or his suicide.
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