Episode 9 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is setting us up for some of the best Garcelle moments we’re sure to get this season. She is working for that coin, okay! The episode continues at Garcelle’s birthday party, where Sutton and Diana are battling it out. After originally declining Garcelle’s birthday invitation, Diana decides to surprise the ladies. Sutton questioned the validity of her health, and started to question Diana’s choice to attend the party. Obviously this is far much more than just an argument about “bed rest”; it’s a clash of the wealthy.
Diana has been open about several health issues she’s had, including a miscarriage. Sutton wanted to “relate” to Diana by sharing that she herself has lost two babies, but [producer] Kyle, made things worse. Kyle loves to give her two scents, and in her defense, it’s the name of the game. “You’ve lost two babies? I’ve never heard this before?” Said Kyle. Sutton explains she’s had two miscarriages, but a drunken Kyle isn’t buying it. “I love you but this feels like bullshit.” Sutton finds Kyle’s behavior rude, as she’s trying to find common ground with Diana, but maybe bringing up her own maternity issues isn’t the best way to empathize with her.
Diana looks at Sutton and says “You called me soulless, honey. I’m not falling for it.” A choked up Sutton responds, “If you think that this is fake, this is me being real, so if you wanna be a motherfucker–” and before she can finish Kyle grabs Sutton violently by the arms to stop her. Sutton is crying and telling Kyle that she’s being really mean by questioning her miscarriage. “Listen she lost her baby, you did not, maybe years ago I don’t know. This is recent,” said Kyle.
“It’s breaking my heart, and disappointing me in our friendship. She’s looking at me like she’s the devil,” says Sutton. Diana laughingly responds “Are you?” Sutton is distraught and crying, clearly she’s being bullied by her best friend, and a new enemy. It’s very reminiscent of last year’s drama with Crystal. An awkward broken down Sutton.
The drama moves inside the party as Erika starts with Garcelle’s family. A very drunk Erika says “Where’s your hot son” referring to her eldest, Oliver. “You know why? Dorit jokingly says “get Oliver out of here.” Erika shouts “Oliver get over here, you’re hot.” Erika lifted her leg, exposing herself, as she taunted Garcelle. Erika asks if he’s married to which he responds “yes”. “Have your baby mama contact me on my DMs, we can get it in 3 ways,” says Erika.
It’s important to recognize the micro (or macro) aggression right here. Black people, especially black men are constantly objectified, sexually; dehumanizing them. Even using the phrase “baby momma” while referring to a black man, as if black men can’t have successful partnerships or marriages.
In her confessional Garcelle says “I get it, let your hair down, have a good time, but this doesn’t feel like that. This feels like take a moment, reassess your life, what’s happening, where are you going. This is not okay.” As everyone is leaving the party, Garcelle sends her 14 year old son Jax to grab some flowers from the table, and as he approaches Erika screams at him and tells him “wait what are you doing here, get the fuck out of here.” He frighteningly responds “I’m just getting flowers.” Crystal comforts him and escorts him out.
In her confessional Dorit says, “Oh my god Oh my god, I know Erikas drunk and I know she’s joking around but that’s Garcelle’s son. He’s 14 years old. I feel sick to my stomach.” She tries to explain to Erika that he was just getting the flowers for his momma. Jax turns to his mom and says: “I just got violated for grabbing flowers.”
It’s important to point out that they gave Crystal hell last year for using the word violated when describing the way Sutton treated her. Garcelle confronts Erika and says she hurt Jax’s feelings. Erika starts with the pretend amnesia, as if she didn’t say that in front of the cameras. Garcelle demands an apology to her son, and recommends Erika figure out her cocktail to meds ratio.
In the aftermath of Garcelle’s party Sutton and Kyle meet up for dinner to discuss their tussle the other night. Kyle says “I want to apologize, let me make that clear. I don’t think you made that up, I don’t think anyone would make that up. I don’t want you to think I ever thought that.” Kyle is referring to Sutton’s miscarriages. Sutton tells Kyle not to ever push her again. Kyle says that the push was a knee-jerk reaction. Kyle felt like it was convenient timing that Sutton would bring up her miscarriages while Diana was talking about her misfortune.
Sutton explains she was just trying to relate to her, and she didn’t even get to discuss with Diana what she wanted. Sutton interrupts, and an annoyed Kyle says “you’re really hard to have a conversation with.” As a Kyle stan, I can admit that she was being condescending as hell at this “apology” lunch with Sutton. When you say things such as: “You’re hard to apologize to.” “You don’t shut up.” “You’re such a delicate flower,” it comes across as condescending, and Sutton just takes it.
It’s time for Diana to tell her part of the story to Lisa Rinna, who couldn’t attend the party. Diana says that the party was good itself, but that Sutton caught her on the way out and did “the Sutton thing”, referring to her facial expressions and strange behavior. She describes the situation as a gambling game. “I put down one miscarriage, and she said I raise you two,” says Diana. Lisa is stunned and calls Sutton a Narcissist. Diana feels like when she’s around Sutton she gets dragged down to her level. After charting a private jet for the ladies in Mexico, Diana says next trip they can go commercial.
Date night gone wrong: The Umansky’s and the Kemsley’s sit down for a double date at Kyle’s house. It’s the first time PK is back at the house after meeting their home invasion. Kyle expresses that she was ready to move after her home was robbed, but eventually she was happy to stay. Dorit shares that she’s facing some challenges she can’t seem to shake, like driving a car for example. Any space where she has to be alone, is triggering for her. Dorit is still unsure if she wants to move or stay.
Kyle changes the mood by asking if anyone heard when Erika told Garcelle’s 14 year old son to go fuck off. “I mean it’s not funny but it is funny.” Mauricio says “I think it’s great that she did that.” Kyle says she likes seeing this more relaxed side of her. Dorit agrees and says that she can give her a pass because “ of course it’s not my child.” The twitter-sphere has unanimously agreed that it was disgusting and uncomfortable to watch the four of them pass off Erika’s inexcusable behavior towards a minor. Too often black boys are inappropriately treated as adults, and never given the chance to just be boys.
The dynamic duo we’ve been waiting for: Garcelle and friend of the show–Sheree Zampino. The ladies sit down for a pre game at Garcelle’s home before heading over to Suttons housewarming. Garcelle fills Sheree in on what transpired between Erika and her boys. Garcelle tells Sheree that she went back into the party and made it very clear to Erika that she can’t talk to her son like that ever again. She didn’t want to have a deep conversation with Erika in that condition. “I want her when she’s sober, and she can hear me. It’s happening today girl, I don’t know where you’re going to be but you better find me.” Sheree jokingly pretends to take off her earrings, getting ready for battle. You can tell this is the kind of friend you want in your corner when things pop off. Before heading off to Suttons the ladies toast to “setting a bitch straight.”
Sutton is almost finished with her house so she’s invited the ladies over for a luncheon. Lisa, Sheree, and Garcelle are the first to arrive and as the girls are getting cocktails, Garcelle sticks to something light because she wants to be “clear” before she confronts Erika. In her confessional Erika admits she’s worried about Garcelle. “I’m worried about this Haitian mom I’ve offended.” We get a flashback of two days earlier, where Crystal and Erika are recounting the other night. “It was like we were shit talking and I was treating the teenagers like they were adults. They’re 16, they’re not babies, let’s not,” says Erika. Crystal has to remind her they’re 14, and Erika suddenly has a change of attitude. “That puts it in a whole new perspective, thanks Crystal.”
Erika arrives at the party and as she approaches Garcelle the tension is so thick you can feel it through the tv screen. Erika goes to the bar and says “what is everyone drinking, I can only have one, I learned a lesson, I can only have one drink.” Garcelle responds with “Okay good, one is good.” As Erika is waiting for her drink, Garcelle gets her alone, but engages in small talk, she’s making her sweat. We can see Garcelle wants to do this in front of the group, like a top tier housewife would.
The party moves outside where the girls will have lunch, but in the words of Lisa Rinna, “we’re dealing with a swamp.” Sutton was not prepared for the weather, as the ground was muddy and a mess to move in. Sutton couldn’t put a rug under the table that morning? Lisa takes a dig at Sutton by saying that it’s very representative of her. “You got this beautiful table set gorgeously sitting in this mucky muddy muck, that’s Sutton Stracke for you.”
Diana’s presence isn’t necessarily missed at lunch, but it is noticed, which Garcelle called rude for not letting the hostess know. Sutton says she doesn’t like passive aggressive behavior and Lisa takes this time to make up for her absence in the last episode. “Well that’s the pot calling the kettle black isn’t it?”
Next week things are sure to boil over as Garcelle sets Erika straight.