I should be happy. I should be thrilled. Because on the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we were treated to the two most magnificent sights in all the land: Yolanda’s perfect glass refrigerator and Lisa Vanderpump’s spectacular closet. But I find that I am unable to maintain the joy that the sight of Lisa’s purses and Yolanda’s lemons normally give me because what the episode really centered on was the continuing decent of Kim Richards, a tragic and broken shell of a woman who should never have been cast on a reality show that’s not called Intervention.
Here’s the thing: when she’s sober, Kim is not all that interesting. She speaks only of her children and of the past success she had as a child star and her voice is tremulous and shredded from years of smoking cigarettes and crying into glasses of chardonnay. When she’s off whatever wagon she was momentarily being dragged down the street by, she is vacant and infantile and prone to lashing out at the wrong … Continue reading