‘Vanderpump Rules’ Recap: James Kennedy Hit With Proof He Cheated; Lisa Vanderpump Confronts Lala Kent About Affair

A picture is worth a thousand (slurred) words! On the Monday, December 5, episode of Vanderpump Rules, another Sur employee confessed to sleeping with James Kennedy. Once again, James denied the sex rumor — but this time, the DJ was hit with the scandalous photos to prove it.

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Paying the Price

Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz headed to Lake Tahoe to check out their outdoor wedding venue. As they toured the space, Katie described their “woodsy elegance” theme in detail.

“It’s mixing this very elegant-type wedding that would be in a grand ballroom, but put it in nature,” the bride-to-be explained.

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Schwartz happily handed all décor-related decisions off to Katie, but he became visibly stressed when the wedding budget started spiraling out of control. Schwartz was hoping to cap the cost at roughly $15,000, but their planner revealed that Katie’s dream woodsy wedding would come with a $24,000 price tag.

“I’m worried Katie is going to end up wanting a Lisa Vanderpump wedding on a Tom and Katie budget,” Schwartz remarked.

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When the couple returned to L.A. a few days later, they went car shopping for boss Lisa. Schwartz decided to make a poorly timed joke about canceling the wedding and just using the money to buy a Porsche instead, which sent Katie into freak-out mode.

“You don’t even joke about not having a wedding to a girl three months away from her own wedding,” she grumbled. She stormed away from Schwartz, yelling a few insults about her future husband’s “d–k that doesn’t work” over her shoulder as she walked angrily into the dealership.

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Concerned about the couple’s future, Lisa advised Katie to mend her relationship before the wedding. But even though they certainly have their issues, Schwartz made it clear that he had no intentions of backing out.

“I’m not getting cold feet,” Schwartz insisted. “They’re a little chilly, but they’re not cold.”

Say Cheese!

A newly unemployed James met Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix at the gym to break the news that Lisa finally fired him. Tom was shocked, calling Lisa’s decision “bulls–t.”

“Sometimes a good j–k-off in the mirror is good after you get fired,” Tom suggested, attempting to cheer up his former coworker.

James told the pair that his girlfriend, Raquel Leviss, knew all about the sex rumors that had spread throughout the restaurant leading up to his firing. He claimed he was innocent — but then another server came forward and revealed to Lala Kent that she had also slept with James, and she had the pictures to prove it.

Upon hearing the juicy news, Scheana Shay invited James’ rumored lover, Ellie, to grab a bite to eat and got the scoop on James’ infidelity. Ellie eagerly showed Scheana the pic she took of herself laying with a shirtless James in his bed, complete with a time stamp that confirmed that James had slept with her within three months of making his relationship official with Raquel. Ellie told Scheana that she wanted to get photo evidence of the hookup because she knew James would try to deny it and call her “crazy.”

“Yeah, it is a little weird that Ellie took a selfie in bed with James, but I kind of see where she’s coming from,” Scheana admitted to the cameras. “It’s like, ‘You wanna call me a liar? Here’s proof I’m not.’”

Passing the Troublemaker’s Torch

With James gone, Jax Taylor wasted no time taking back the role of Sur’s resident troublemaker. The bartender showed up to work an hour-and-a-half late, effectively getting under Lisa’s skin.

Visibly annoyed with Jax’s antics, Ariana and Tom confessed that they thought James was only fired because Jax provoked him. This theory didn’t sit well with the other staff members, who were fed up with the couple constantly defending James’ ignorant ways.

Kristen Doute confronted Ariana about her friendship with the DJ, but Ariana reminded Kristen that she had no room to talk because Kristen acts just like James. Yikes!

The awkward encounter only encouraged Ariana to maintain the growing distance between her and her former friends. “If these kind of conversations are what it means to be a bridesmaid, I am glad that I am a groomsman,” Ariana concluded.

Lisa Vanderpump, Ariana Madix Nicole Weingart/Bravo

Lala’s Lavish Lifestyle Raises Eyebrows

James’ sex life wasn’t the only one causing buzz throughout Sur. Lala’s coworkers were becoming increasingly suspicious about how she could afford her luxury car on a hostess’ paycheck. The staff assumed she must be seeing a richer, older (possibly married) man.

Even Lisa had her suspicions. The Real Housewives star boldly asked Lala if her new boo was married. Lala instantly became flushed, but she repeatedly denied the affair.

“You sure, Lala?” Lisa asked her, narrowing her eyes. “You look like you’re going a little shade of pink.”

Lala said the conversation made her flustered because she respects Lisa and views her as a “mother figure,” but she insisted that she wasn’t sleeping with a married man.

“I have a guy who definitely spoils me rotten, but he’s not the married guy they’re talking about,” she claimed before smugly telling the cameras, “He likes to reward me because I give good dome.”

Lisa remained unconvinced, but she ultimately decided that she didn’t want to get involved (unless, of course, that married man turned out to be her husband!).

Stassi Schroeder later told Kristen and Scheana that she knew exactly who Lala’s boyfriend was — and his marital status was no mystery.

“I found out yesterday that the way the wife found out [about Lala] is she went through his phone and found sex tape videos of them,” Stassi revealed to the girls. “Every time I think shadier s–t can’t get more shady, it gets worse.”

Caught on camera? Sounds like Lala has been taking notes from the book of James Kennedy.

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