The reunion continues to heat up as chatter surrounding the memorial for Meredith’s father is brought to the table. Throughout the season nearly everyone had an opinion regarding the exact date of the service. The controversy started as the ladies were off to Vail for their cast trip; Lisa phoned Meredith to say “I feel awful calling you; Jen’s husband is in the hospital, Meredith I hate interrupting you right now, go be with your family right now. I love you, I’ll see you in a little bit.”
We clearly hear Meredith respond “I love you, I love you alright bye.” Nowhere in the audio does Meredith say the word memorial. So for Lisa to tell everyone on the sprinter van, “Meredith is at her father’s memorial, I hate even bothering her,” is concerning.
Lisa is adamant that she heard Meredith say, “Hold on a second I just stepped out of my dad’s memorial.” However, Meredith raises a good question, why would she answer the phone if she was in the middle of her father’s memorial? The future isn’t looking bright for this friendship.
Meredith states, “I was actually in the bathtub, not at the house in Vail, in the hotel in Vail, when you called me, so that is not true I was not at a memorial I was in the bathtub for the second time. It’s enough.” We hear Andy second Meredith’s motion as he softly repeats “enough.”
Regardless if this was a major misunderstanding, we’re watching the demise of one of the longest friendships in housewives history.
As they break for lunch we get a hush-hush conversation between Lisa and Meredith. Lisa says, “Meredith I didn’t call you because I feel like it would be better to say it to everyone at once where I was, but do you know I love you?” Meredith responds, “I don’t know what to know. I don’t want to hear the excuses, please just stop.”
Lisa storms off the set and goes to her trailer. She gets a producer on the phone and says, “You guys knew what you were doing when you put that in there like I was on a rant. I think what you guys did by adding that in there you just gave them all a reason to fucking say, “thats who you are, that’s who are you.” I’m done, you let them narrate me.” The camera’s walk into Lisa’s trailer but she was quick to let them know they need to leave.
The ladies return to the set and Andy takes a cast vote. By a show of hands all of the ladies admit that they’ve received mean texts from Mary, except Jennie. It’s shocking that even Meredith wasn’t saved from Mary’s wrath. After Jennie threw her glass at her, Mary would have liked more support from Meredith.
“There was a lot of talk about Mary’s church being a cult,” says Andy. He asked Meredith, Whitney and Jen if they believed that, after attending a service there. Meredith says, “I didn’t see anything at the church that would lead me to believe it’s a cult.” Whitney states, “When I attended no, I question now.” Jen’s answer is my favorite: “I think every church is a cult to an extent.” Jen explains it was a mother’s day tribute, but only to Mary. “They were like losing their minds over Mary, like they’re there for her,” says Jen. Whitney believes that Mary uses the fear of God to get what she wants.
Cameron Williams, the most outspoken ex-member of Mary’s congregation, passed away shortly after his appearance on the show. The cause of death has not been revealed. “I miss him so much and I am so sad he is not here,” says Lisa, who’s known him for over 5 years.
The ladies have questioned the authenticity of Lisa’s friendship with Cameron, but it didn’t stop there. The ladies were not convinced that he was on the board of Utah Foster Care, as Lisa made it seem, by having him at the Fresh Wolf event benefiting foster care.
Whitney is adamant that he was not a board member, but that he was a supporter. Lisa claims he was in the process of becoming a member. There is speculation that Cameron was invited to Lisa’s event because she wanted him to meet Meredith and Whitney, reveal damning information about Mary, and have the ladies take it back to the group, quite clever on Lisa’s part.
Meredith asks Lisa the million dollar, or in this case the $300,000 question. Did Cameron really give Mary $300,000? Lisa says, “I think I got the numbers wrong. He mortgaged his house to give her money.” Meredith calls Lisa out for lying and recalls a conversation they had off camera. “You flat out told me off camera that he did not donate $300,000. You told me it was about 10 percent of that, and Mary told me the same thing,” according to Meredith.
I’m sorry, but did Mary actually admit to this? It doesn’t make her look any better that someone would “donate” $30,000 to her.
“I might have had it wrong,” said Lisa. Meredith was angry that Lisa didn’t correct that information with the group. Meredith says, “You let everyone else believe that, on world wide television. Lisa pulls out text messages from Cameron. Heather reacts, “He’s passed on, why would you be his voice? I don’t know if he elected you to represent him.”
Cameron’s text message to Lisa: “I want to text you in case someone tries to misconstrue the truth, Whitney Rose reached out to me through Angie. I don’t know her at all. I didn’t tell her anything that happened between me and Mary.”
Lisa wasn’t the only one with receipts. Whitney had her own stash.
Whitney’s text to Cameron: “I don’t want to create an issue with you and Lisa but a few of the things that I heard are weighing heavy on my heart and I’d like to hear it from you.”
Whitney believes he was ready to come out about mary. Mary’s congregation believes she’s God. There’s a clip from when Jen attended a service, and a woman reading to Mary says that she’s a facsimile of God, meaning an exact copy. Apparently Cameron had told Whintey that he had a relationship with Mary in the past.
According to Lisa there’s a support group for ex members of Mary’s church. Whitney has had ex-members of her congregation come up to her and say that the ladies had it right this whole time in regards to Mary’s church.
Jen pointed out multiple times in the season that Meredith hadn’t been a good friend to Lisa. Lisa defends herself by saying “I was never offended by Meredith’s relationship with Mary.” Cut to the scene in the sprinter van where Lisa says the double standard with Meredith is that she supports kindness yet supports the meanest person in the group, referring to Mary.
Meredith has been building a case against Lisa throughout the reunion, proving that she has had Lisa’s back.
Exhibit A: At casino night, when Lisa ran into an issue with Angie, Meredith backed her up.
Exhibit B: Jen was very upset about not being invited to the Fresh Wolf event, and at Mary’s lunch Meredith defended Lisa by saying not everyone gets invited to everything.
To rest her case Meredith says, “I find it incomprehensible that me expressing my feelings of being offended could be enough. There’s nothing that could be enough to trigger that kind of tirade against anyone. I’ve never spoken that way about anybody, nonetheless someone who professes to be like sisters, family friends, friends for 10 years. Ever.
Meredith claims to have called Lisa three days before her father passed away; apparently Lisa never called to check on her. Two days after he passed Meredith called her to tell her he died and to invite her to shabbat dinner; while at dinner Meredith felt that all Lisa wanted to do was attack her, to make friends with Jen.
Meredith says, “I needed a moment to grieve and a friend to be there for me and you hurt me and you let me down.” Lisa claims she called Meredith back and checked on her. Again, who is lying? Who is telling the truth?
Meredith reads her text to Lisa: “if you love my family please stand up for it, i am in immense pain, suffering daily, what you decide is right for you i always respect, but I am asking for a friend. I have gone through what no one should ever, I am hurting, I love you, I am in extreme pain and feel alone.”
After Meredith sent that text, Lisa would fire the shot heard around the world. “Meredith can go fuck herself I’m done with her because I’m not a fucking whore and I dont cheat on my husband. Her and her dumb fucking family that poses. Why don’t you own a house? Well you can’t because your husband changes jobs every five minutes. Meredith is a piece of shit ; I have your back I’m offended by that fuck you that fucking piece of shit garbage whore. I fucking hate her, shes a whore she’s fucked half of new york, she can go fuck herself.”
Meredith states that the hatred that the delivery came with is what resonated with her. “I couldn’t even sit and watch it. I’d stop, It took me about an hour to get through it. I was sick. Utterly sick.” Whitney does what she does best and stirs the pot. She goes on to tell Meredith, “She told people before this was even filmed exactly that. You should call “Sarah Jane Warner.”
Lisa apologizes for her rant and blames it on blind rage. She says, “I was trying for you to understand that why is it okay for you to be friends with Heather and Whitney but me not to be friends with Jen? Why is it okay for Heather and Whitney to be friends with Jen but not me. That is where I was confused but you can be friends with everyone but i have parameters on who I can be friends with. That was rough for me.”
Lisa breaks down. She claims that her castmates want to break her all the time.
Whitney offers Lisa some advice and tells her that in a moment when her friend is devastated, just stop talking. Lisa apologizes once more and Meredith says “I saw this less than 48 hours ago, as you say I am processing. I don’t know where I stand. I hate to throw a 10 year friendship out the window. I’m devastated. I could not fathom someone speaking about me that way. And I have to start to question if you did it intentionally.”
Moving on Andy asked Meredith what she meant when she said she would expose who everyone slept with. Meredith says, “They know who they are, they know what they’ve done. Maybe I know this about this one and that about that one. I’m tired of it. Stop weaponizing my father’s death against me. Stop making up rumors that I turned Jen into the FBI. Leave me alone.”
Andy makes it clear that she’s basically threatening everyone, and Meredith doesn’t deny it. In fact she admits it.
Lastly, Andy brings up the rumor that Meredith and Jen were seeing the same guy at some point. Meredith explains, “I haven’t dated anyone other than my husband for well over 2 years. I can’t speak for Jen, she can speak for herself. According to both ladies it’s not true.
Lisa tries her luck with Meredith one more time during a break. She asked Meredith if they could talk. Meredith says, “I don’t think we can talk off camera right now I’m in the middle of this. Lisa I’m not getting into all this off camera shit.”
Apparently Lisa was triggered because Meredith was supposedly making fun of her home renovations, calling her house ugly. Meredith says “What would I say about your renovation. so you have an ugly house so you should rip my character to shreds?”
Next week the men join the ladies. A new episode of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” airs Sunday Mar 13, 2022 at 8/9 central.