‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Premiere Recap: ‘Life Goes On’ (VIDEOS)

By: / September 6, 2011

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All eyes were on Bravo Monday night as the network aired the second season premiere of its hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

For better or worse, the show premiered only a few weeks after the tragic suicide of castmember Taylor Armstrong’s husband, Russell, leaving many to wonder: How would Bravo write his death into – or out of – season 2, which was said to focus primarily on their deteriorating marriage?

The answer: Address the elephant in the room quickly, then hide it, then bring it up again at – you guessed it – another awkward dinner party.

The episode began with an updated segment, in which the Housewives (sans Taylor) and their husbands gathered together on Aug. 29 to discuss Russell’s suicide. The admittedly civil, but ultimately forced, discussion allowed everyone to cry, grieve and reflect in that 20/20 hindsight kind of way. (“I think a lot of us have some guilt about not seeing this coming,” said Kyle.)

Of course, given her own struggles with psychotherapy, which she had just openly admitted to in front of the group, Taylor didn’t take to Ken’s words all that kindly, and proceeded to storm off. Kyle followed Taylor into the bathroom, where she managed to both comfort Taylor and alienate Lisa, who is for whatever reason mad that Lisa and Taylor are now close friends. Then, when everyone finally returned to the table, Ken tried to apologize to Taylor. When that didn’t work, Lisa made an excuse to leave the party early  – but not before Jiggy could eat a little food out of one of Adrienne’s cups. (Poor Bernie!)

In the end, nothing from last night’s episode was actually resolved. Instead, we were left with a string of arguments, bad suits, a yearning for more Allison and a lingering feeling that the premiere aired a little too close to Russell’s death after all. (The preview for the upcoming season, which featured one of the new housewives, Brandi Glanville, was especially exhausting.)

What did you think of the season 2 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Was it worth the wait? Or did it air too soon? Post your comments below.