The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 2.20 Review - The Beginning of the End?

Last night's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills finale was all about closure and new beginnings with the wedding of Lisa Vanderpump's daughter Pandora being the centerpiece of the entire episode. While the wedding itself was financially jaw-dropping, emotionally uplifting and visually stunning (thanks to Kevin "Chi-Chi-Chi!" Lee), the latter part of the episode sort of played out more like a series finale and not a season finale for me.

The dénouement, which was clearly edited in after Russell Armstrong's death, was somber and an eyesore within the entire episode. Was it needed? Yes... and no. Yes, because the fans wouldn't have stopped yapping on the blogs and forums if Bravo didn't acknowledge something about Russell Armstrong's death. No, because it completely clashed with the festive atmosphere of the first 35 minutes of the show and reminded us of the behind the scenes tragedy that took a back seat to the show midseason on. Plus, the 'final' meeting with the Beverly Hills Housewives (sans Kim Richards) had a sort of 'conclusiveness' to it that transcended the mood of a typical season finale, entering a "farewell for good" atmosphere. Then there are the recent rumors and gossip about Bravo looking to replace some of these women, namely Taylor Armstrong and Kim Richards for obvious reasons, which didn't make my weary viewing of the episode any better. Read More...


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