A lot has happened so far this season The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Two new women joined the cast, Jamie Lee Curtis made an appearance, Dorit championed a cause called Homeless Not Toothless (yes, everyone is confused by this name), and Erika dropped a bunch of epic one-liners.
But earlier this summer, Bravo released a teaser trailer for a *very* dramatic midseason episode that showed a sneak peek of what was to come—and the time is now. In the latest episodes, the women take a trip to Aspen, Colorado, where a whole lot goes down. Here’s what you need to know.
What has happened so far this season?
In the lead-up to this episode, basically everyone was pissed with everyone. Lisa Rinna and Sutton Stracke were fighting, and Garcelle Beauvais and Erika Jayne started dueling over Erika’s drinking. Erika also got into it with Sutton during last week’s episode regarding some comments about her extensive legal issues
Erika accused Garcelle of stirring up a “false narrative” that she had a drinking problem, while Garcelle uttered this line from this season’s trailer: “Erika, I don’t have to make you look bad. You can do that on your own.”
What happens in Aspen?
With all of that going on, the women decided it would be a good idea to take a trip to Aspen. There, more fighting ensues and Kathy Hilton kinda-totally loses her sh*t (more on that in a moment).
Things got so dicey at one point that Kyle Richards, who is Kathy’s half-sister, looked at an Ouija board and asked, “Are we going to work out our issues?”
Kathy Hilton seems upset that her Casa del Sol tequila gets snubbed.
On the September 14 episode, Kyle organizes a shopping trip to an Aspen hat store.
Kathy is excited to see that the shop’s bar is serving her tequila brand Casa del Sol, but got upset when Lisa ordered a shot of Kendall Jenner’s 818 instead. It’s insult to injury, since Kathy wanted to have the Housewives taste Casa del Sol the night before, but no one was game.
She took Lisa’s snub at the hat shop as a personal dig, and got frustrated that her sister didn’t intervene. Kathy eventually left, saying that she was “f*cking pissed off.”
However, things seemed fine between Kathy and the ladies at dinner later that night. But then Kyle suggested that the group go to another bar and then to a club, which is where hell seemed to break loose.
What happens with Kathy Hilton in the club?
Kathy’s “meltdown” began at a nightclub, per E News. Unfortunately, cameras didn’t capture what went down at the club.
Sutton suggests that the whole thing was triggered by a… conga line. “Kathy was a little off,” she said E News. “She kept asking everybody to do the conga line. And I don’t think anybody wanted to do it. The next thing I know she’s in my face saying that she wanted to go home, and, ‘If you don’t go home with me, you’re not my friend.'”
In her confessional, a Diana described what she witnessed. “I just saw her completely raging screaming at the girls and mostly at Kyle,” she said, per People.
Kyle confirmed Kathy’s anger in her confessional. “Kathy was saying she was pissed off and that I had to leave the club right now. I was very confused because I didn’t even know what happened so I said, ‘No, I’m not doing that. We just got here , Kathy.'”
The drama escalated in the car on the way home to Kyle’s house.
And things reportedly got worse after Kathy and Lisa ended their night early to head back to Kyle’s house. “We get in the sprinter van and Kathy starts screaming about everything and she’s saying things like, ‘I’m going to take down NBC, Bravo. I will take down the show single-handedly. I will f–king ruin you all ,’ Lisa said in a confessional.
During the drive home, Lisa apparently sent a play-by-play via text message.
“I feel like I have seen the devil,” Lisa said of what unfolded in the van ride, “and her name is Kathy Hilton.”
What exactly Kathy said to Lisa about Kyle has yet to be revealed. But Lisa claimed that Kathy spoke rudely of Kyle—and all of the other ladies, too.
How did the other Housewives react?
Back at the house, Lisa locked herself in the bedroom and Erika said Kathy was just “so angry.” Diana Jenkins later described Kathy as literally “raging,” adding, “I don’t even know who that person was.”
The women try to intervene between the sisters to patch things up. “You said some things about this beautiful sister of yours,” Lisa says to Kathy, per Page Six. “I’m sorry, Kathy, but you’re not gonna get away with it.”
Lisa then says to Kathy, “I just want to know where the hatred comes from,” before Kathy replies, “You can be very unkind, too.”
The whole conversation also makes Kyle break down. “I feel like you hate me or something. How could you say those things? she asks her half-sister.
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Kyle doesn’t want to know what Kathy said about her.
In tonight’s episode, Dorit and Kyle FaceTime to discuss what went down in Aspen. Dorit urges Kyle to talk it out with Kathy.
“Lisa told me that the majority of things that Kathy was saying was about me,” Kyle says in a confessional. Lisa, however, didn’t want to tell Kyle exactly what Kathy said, because she “didn’t want to hurt” Kyle.
Kyle starts tearing up in the confessional. “I don’t want to get to a place where I can’t repair with her again,” she says of her sister. “So it’s maybe best that I don’t know.”
What have the women said about the Aspen?
Erika said she regrets how she behaved in at least one scene in the episode. “[They] were staying somewhere else and I got into it very heavily with them,” Erika told E! of her fight about her $750,000 earrings with Crystal, Sheree, Sutton, and Garcelle. In fact, things were so bad that she literally said it’s the one scene she wanted to take out of the show before it even aired.
“I’d remove that. I haven’t seen it; I experienced it, but what I experienced was bad so I can only imagine how bad it looks,” she said.
Kathy also said that she was not “screaming and throwing things” on the trip, adding, “that is not me.”
Corinne Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more. She has a master’s degree from American University, lives by the beach, and hopes to own a teacup pig and taco truck one day.