The Real Housewives Argue Over Vaccines on ‘Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip’

The Real Housewives Argue Over Vaccines on ‘Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip’

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After a lukewarm first season, with some uninspired casting choices, forgettable steaks and too many board games, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip (subtitled this time) Ex-sorority) is back with a tighter premise, a more dynamic all-star cast and an iconic, historic setting at Dorinda Medley’s Blue Stone Manor – “You don’t touch the Morgan letters!” – that makes for an immersive, sometimes shocking, but very entertaining excursion from the main Real housewives offers currently on Bravo.

Before the first season of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip landed on Peacock last fall, news that Medley of Real Housewives of New York fame and former Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson got into an argument over COVID-19 vaccines as season 2 filming had already overshadowed rumors of beef between Kenya Moore and Ramona Singer on a yacht in Turks and Caicos.

On June 23, Bravo fans can finally watch the two reality TV legends playing drunken proxies in our current culture war, with Medley siding with science and Gunvalson spewing baseless crap she read on Facebook or heard from her mask- skeptical ex-fiance. Despite how mind-numbing these real-life debates are, it’s both captivating and cathartic to watch Medley, a master of the obscure, drunken narrative, challenge Gunvalson’s antivax theories with the utmost conviction as their co-stars mouth them. open to observe.

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Even before we get to this showdown, you realize early on that the show, intentionally or unintentionally, is a means of increasing Medley’s rating of approval among Bravo fans following a rough departure from her franchise after season 12, where her animosity towards her co-stars cast a dark cloud over an especially fun, frivolous show.

As the hostess with the most, Medley is undeniable Ex-sorority‘s main star and makes her stand out from the rest of her cast members by announcing that she was “put on hiatus” instead of being fired by Bravo. If viewers needed more convincing that she belongs RHONYis newly announced Legacy spin-off – she may have already been cast –Ex-sorority is an excellent showcase of the aspects of Medley that we originally fell in love with, from her maternal warmth to her zero-to-100 mood to her eccentric home decor.

And yet there are plenty of other contributions from the series’ remaining stars to make you laugh, yawn and cringe. Aside from Medley and Gunvalson, the other ex-wives are Phaedra Parks and Eva Marcille van Real Housewives of Atlanta† Brandi Glanville and Taylor Armstrong out Beverly Hills† Tamra Judge Out Orange Country† and Jill Zarin from New York, whose particular arrival at Berkshires estate is a beautiful self-referential tribute gone horribly wrong (or maybe just right).

Parks’ confessionals provide about 70 percent of the series’ laugh-out-loud moments. I won’t spoil any of her colorful, obscure comments, except to tell you that at one point she utters the phrase “Strawberry Shortcake revival,” and it hasn’t left my brain since. The sheer bitterness emanating from Gunvalson and Judge at their termination of… Orange Country two years ago is also funny and fascinating to watch. Judge, one of the most cunning and unabashedly calculated housewives throughout the show’s history, clearly is auditioning for a role back in her franchise, which could honestly use her fame and pot-troubling tendencies. Meanwhile, Gunvalson, who lacks the resources to keep her right-wing conspiracies to herself, doesn’t fail her arc of redemption at every opportunity. (Although, if you enjoy her for the constantly frantic cartoon character she is, you’ll love her on this show.)

The same goes for Glanville, whose rudeness at Beverly Hills is constantly being praised on Twitter. Likewise, she manages to casually annoy her co-stars on this series — and even some service employees. Her interactions with Armstrong, particularly the ignorance she displays about her former co-star’s abusive relationship with the late Russell Armstrong, sour her presence. Presumably, certain Bravo fans won’t enjoy seeing someone question the legitimacy of a woman’s abuse claims and focus on their trauma. In addition, flashbacks revealing how Armstrong’s allegations against her husband were mistreated Beverly Hills are particularly chilling to relive in our current cultural moment.

The season is mostly light, but the women are all hurt in one way or another, be it by Bravo or each other. It adds a rich layer to a show that can only be classified as a vanity project for Bravo. Not only does the unemployment context (at least by the network) make this particular gathering more targeted and add a nostalgic quality, but it also introduces interests that weren’t present in the first season of Ultimate girls trip.

Being cast in the inaugural season was primarily intended as a tribute and didn’t require much from the women other than replaying their biggest hits in front of the camera. But being invited to the Ex-sorority is both a reminder of failure and a second chance, adding a competitive advantage and an air of despair – crucial to a successful Real housewives series – to the show. This formula pays off in more rewarding ways in the end, and it would be smart of Peacock to emulate it in Season 3.

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