The end isn’t near, it’s here! After a season filled with family drama, drunken shenanigans, and a whole lot of thrown wine, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ended its fifth season on March 24. All of the Housewives’ issues with one another came to a boil at Adrienne Maloof’s over-the-top extravaganza. Sure, Maloof provided swinging angels and dancing shirtless men to entertain the crowd, but the real show came from all the Housewives revisiting their feuds with gusto one final time.
So who came out on top in all these arguments? Did Kyle Richards prove to her sister, Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville’s nefarious intentions once and for all? Did Lisa Vanderpump deign to forgive Glanville for the slap in Amsterdam? Will Kim ever forgive Lisa Rinna for interfering with her sobriety? Well, none of these scores were settled for sure, as the finale seemed to be a mix of uneasy conclusions and exciting set-up for what is sure to be a crazy reunion in the coming weeks.
Before the start of that three-part reunion next week, though, let’s check in to see where the Housewives stand on these issues, and more importantly, where the Housewives finished off the season in Us Weekly‘s episodic RHOBH power ranking.
1. The Ex-Housewives of Beverly Hills
It was a great time to be alive if you were a former Housewife of Beverly Hills. Camille Grammer came to Maloof’s party on the arm of a real-life prince of Denmark. Maloof celebrated… something with a crazy, over-the-top party where she was able to perform magic and dance with hot shirtless men. It was even possible to say that forgotten Housewives like Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia came out on top in this episode because they were able to avoid all of this drama by not being there! Sometimes the best Housewives are the ones who aren’t currently Housewives at all.
Best Moment: Maloof made a grand entrance to her party in the arms of multiple hot, shirtless men. It was the kind of moment most people can only dream of, but she had the luck — and the money — to make it real.
2. Lisa Vanderpump
After spending all of season 4 being manipulated and victimized by Glanville, Vanderpump finally made a stand for herself and effectively ended their friendship. Even though she was able to sympathize with Glanville’s current dire circumstances, she had enough of her childish and petty behavior and cut herself off from it. Vanderpump proved during this season that she was truly over the Housewives drama and she stuck with that mindset to the bitter end of the season.
Best Moment: In a throwaway moment with Kyle Richards, Vanderpump declared that she has “met a lot of bitches” she doesn’t like, but she has “never met a dog” she doesn’t like. It was a delightfully vague dig at the women she was feuding with this season (Glanville, anyone?) without getting too down and dirty with déclassé specifics.
3. Kim Richards
It was a fairly tame episode for Richards — well, at least according to her previous standards. Throughout Maloof’s party she was confronted many times about both her level of sobriety and the nature of her friendship with Glanville, and for the most part she was able to keep it together. Yes, “Scary Kim” came out to play a few times as she smacked down any talk she deemed hurtful from other Housewives, but it was fairly innocuous when taking into account other crazy moments from her Houswife history. Nobody wanted to throw a glass at Richards during Maloof’s party, and that is a major win for her!
Best Moment: In a deeply confusing scene, Richards tried to describe the fight she was having to Rinna. There were so many “she saids” spewed out that it was amazing anyone was able to keep track of who was betraying whom, including Richards, who was trying to explain it all.
4. Kyle Richards
Richards spent the majority of the finale trying to get her sister to see that Glanville was not as pure a friend as she believes. However, while she was able to get Rinna and Davidson and many of the other Housewives on her side in this argument, she still was unable to sway Kim. Sadly, it looks as if the sisterhood between the two has permanently been fractured. An update at the end of the episode alluded to the fact that the Richards sisters have not spoken to one another in months.
Best Moment: The talking head where Richards went through all of Nicky Hilton’s fashion accomplishments before declaring that her niece is always “on fleek” was a moment so ridiculous that even she had to laugh after she said it. It’s always enjoyable to see a Housewife try to be hip and fail (and then laughing at herself about it!).
5. Lisa Rinna
After all the drama in Amsterdam, Rinna continued to be too terrified to deal with Kim Richards at all. She felt as if she was in a “lose-lose situation” and, as a result, got herself embroiled in even more drama by trying to stay out of it. Kyle Richards was furious at Rinna for not backing her up at first with her accusations against Glanville, and then when she finally stepped up to the plate and told Kim that Glanville was concerned about her sobriety, Kim shooed her off and insulted her to her face. It was a tough episode for Rinna all around, with one of her only other finale moments being an awkward scene with Davidson where she talked about how crazy it was that Harry Hamlin kept booking gay roles to play.
Best Moment: It was adorable to see Rinna, Hamlin and their daughters toast to the end of their swing set. Some families would let a moment like that pass without any pomp or circumstance, but Rinna makes everything, including the destruction of a broken, splinter-filled swing set, a moment to remember. Bless her showboating heart.
6. Eileen Davidson
Davidson had practically no screen time in the finale except for a brief moment where she called out Rinna for not speaking the truth to Glanville. The season sputtered out for Davidson after a strong start, but based on previews from the reunion, it looks like she will be back in fighting spirit and calling Glanville out on her B.S. soon enough.
Best Moment: She used the word “copacetic” while describing a situation at the party to Rinna, proving that Housewives can know just as many SAT words as normal folk. FYI, copacetic means “in excellent order,” which is a poor word to describe any situation involving a Housewife, but good on Davidson for trying.
7. Yolanda Foster
Like Davidson, Foster also had a quiet finale that was spent mostly being supportive of Glanville and being confused when she was introduced to people. The biggest development for Foster came in her “Where Are They Are Now” title card, which informed the audience that she had sadly lapsed back into her Lyme Disease. Hopefully, she will be able to successfully fight it again, but in the meantime she can enjoy her daughters’ stellar modeling careers like the proud mother she is.
Best Moment: When meeting up with Kathy Hilton at the party, she began to tell the weirdest story about Hiltons’ previous meeting with her husband, David Foster. For a simple story, she seemed to get confused often during the telling of it, and it was charming to see the normally perfectly composed Foster be off her game.
8. Brandi Glanville
Even though her father was hospitalized with a heart condition, Glanville found the strength to attend Maloof’s shindig. It may not have been the best choice, though, because her entire time there was spent having tearful confrontations with all of her fellow Housewives.
First, Vanderpump refused to forgive her for her previous actions against her, including the playful slap in her Amsterdam. Then, Kim Richards confronted her about the stories that she was organizing an intervention for Richards behind her back. Finally, Kyle Richards tried to dog pile on her with even more accusations and it came to the point where she just had to leave the party once and for all. The party was over for Glanville, and it was probably the best thing for her.
Best Moment: Glanville had a moment of clarity where she declared to Vanderpump that she was indeed an asshole. Moments later she lost that clarity when she also tried to claim that she was not a hypocrite, but that still does not take away from the previous moment where she seemed to have some self-awareness.
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