By Lesley Rousso
The episode opens as Yolanda arrives at Mohammed‘s house to plan Gigi‘s graduation party. They will be using the same Arabic room we’ve seen in seasons past. Yolanda and Mohammed have a nice relationship, she tells us that they focus on their three children instead of what they don’t like about one another. Shiva, Mohammed’s fiance will help plan as well, considering the party is at her house. Gigi wants her dad to cook for her and Mohammed agrees. Really cute. My husband doesn’t cook, besides grilling, but I would love to think he would cook for a big party if his girl wanted him to. They begin to discuss David‘s daughter’s wedding which was held at Mohammed’s house. Yolanda brings up Lisa‘s party, which was the same night and Mohammed tells her that Lisa invited him. Yolanda is annoyed at this, saying that Lisa knew she would be at the wedding. Lisa did know, as she told Kyle and Kevin Lee the week before. Clearly Lisa and Ken weren’t invited, which Lisa didn’t make any catty remarks about, of course Kyle put her two cents in. What’s the big deal? Is Lisa not allowed to have a party the same night as a wedding she wasn’t invited to? Yolanda is obviously still upset that Lisa didn’t attend the painting party.
Kyle and Mauricio play basketball in their yard and talk to Alexia who they’ve agreed to let go on a weekend alone with her friends. They make her promise to be responsible and make smart decisions. Kyle tells us that everything with her kids worries her, which those of us with kids can totally relate to. Kyle and Mauricio decide to join Joyce and Michael in Puerto Rico for the Queen of the Universe Pageant.
Carlton arrives at Stock and Cross, The Gebbia family’s investment business. It’s the fortieth anniversary and they are planning a huge party for their clients. Kyle tells Mauricio that she was uninvited to the party but Mauricio was still welcome to attend. Really, are you kidding me (In my best Carlton accent)? Tacky. They get a good laugh over this and Kyle explains that it was unnecessary for Carlton to disinvite her, she wouldn’t have gone anyway. At this point these two just need to just exist around one another. They will never be friends.
Joyce joins her personal trainer, Rob, and current Queen of the Universe, Ivette, for a backyard work out. Joyce lets us know that working out is not her thing. She also says she wasn’t raised with the “Golden Crib” as they say. I think “they” say silver spoon, but maybe it gets lost in translation with her.
Yolanda preps for her citizenship test with David asking her the questions. She explains that since her children and now David are American citizens, it’s important for her to be one too. She’s a little worried because the Lyme disease has really affected her brain. She gets the majority of the questions right, as did I, thank god.
The night arrives of the Stock Cross party and you can totally tell that Carlton was in charge of decor. Aside from a couple of orchids, all I’m noticing is balloons. When will people realize that balloons, unless you’re at a child’s birthday party, are not a good choice for centerpieces? Ken and Lisa arrive, bypassing the line, LVP looking stunning. They greet Carlton, and look around a little. Ken goes to get drinks and Lisa tells Carlton that she may have overreacted to Kyle’s comment. Once again defending Kyle. It’s unfortunate that Kyle never does the same, as we’ll see later in the episode. Carlton is hurt by Kyle’s comment that she’s anti-semitic. Lisa continues to tell Carlton to work it out with her. Carlton starts to cry and says she never judges people. That’s really funny, because she seems to over judge some people. Lisa and Ken stay for a while and on their way out run into Kim. In my opinion and the twitterspheres opinion, Kim was a little loopy. She tells them she’s still mad at them for not attending Kimberly’s party. To quote Carlton again, “Are you f*ucking serious?”. Enough Kim, move on! Brandi comes in too and she and Kim sit down and proceed to bash LVP. She tells Kim that going to Lisa’s house was difficult because she had the Sur staff there and she had to see Scheana. Seriously? She goes on to say that she shouldn’t have to see her at Lisa’s house. Okay, I get that, but it seems to me she always engages Scheana. She was at Kyle’s too in the first episode. I think Brandi is grasping for a reason to hate Lisa at this point. Kim tells us that it’s hard to catch Lisa doing her “naughtiness”.
Yolanda’s big day arrives and she has a private test with her lawyer in the immigration officer’s office. I am quite sure not everyone gets that little perk. She passes, of course. Congrats Yolanda!
Lisa prepares for a photo shoot and Stassi is there to help the stylist. They hang out in Lisa’s closet as Lisa gets coiffed and pampered. Giggy, in his tux, grumpily watches as Stassi asks Lisa if there is anything in her closet that she can take. Lisa tells her she just gave a bunch of stuff away to the girls’ foster home and Stassi is horrified and baffled. Lisa does her shoot and nails it.
Brandi and Kyle meet up to gossip, oops I mean exercise. Kyle tells Brandi about the trip to Puerto Rico and Brandi kind of invites herself. On Joyce’s trip Brandi? Delusional! They move on to other subjects. Brandi asks Kyle about her relationship with Lisa and how she managed to move forward with someone who has said such terrible things about her. I think Kyle was an equal part the demise of their friendship, don’t you? Kyle says that Lisa and her haven’t been so close but lately Lisa has been calling Kyle every morning, which Kyle knew meant there was a problem between LVP and Brandi. Brandi tells us that every morning she’d get a call from Lisa to discuss everything under the sun and the calls just trickled off. Brandi says she doesn’t understand how Lisa could go from hating Kyle to then having her back. She says she feels like Lisa is cheating on her. Kyle says she gets along with Lisa but she knows who Lisa is and that she’ll never change. They’re so hypocritical because they used to talk just as much crap about each other. Now what, they’re bonding over bashing LVP?
They flashback to the scene of Lisa chiding Mauricio in front of Portia about being seen with a younger woman. Probably not the best comment, especially in front of Portia, but Kyle says horrible things about Lisa all the time, behind her back. Brandi tells Kyle that “although Lisa has never asked her to say or do anything specific, she still feels manipulated by her to do things.” So now Brandi is blaming Lisa for opening her large drunken mouth? You’re grasping darling. Be responsible for your own actions! Kyle of course enables her and they have the stupid chess comment conversation. Kyle tells her she’s been there, done that. Kyle goes on to say that unless you’re kissing Lisa’s ass, she doesn’t like it. That’s funny because I thought the same thing about Kyle. Brandi continues on and says she’s planning for Lisa to ruin her and she’s not prepared for it. I guess she made up her mind, spreading false rumors on her recent podcast that Lisa and Ken filed for bankruptcy, an item Radar Online had to then rescind after reporting it.
Next week: the girls head to Mohammed’s for Gigi’s party and there’s tension between Lisa and Brandi and Lisa and Kyle. Stay tuned…