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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Can it be? Camille Grammer is drama-free?

January 7, 2011 |  8:30 am


6a00d8341c630a53ef0147e14e6b6c970b Believe it or not, Camille Grammer tried her best.

After all the fighting between Camille and Kyle Richards, Camille did as best as she knew how on the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Thursday night. Sure, she made some blunders: She eyed Kyle's husband, Mauricio, a little too much (but who of the women wasn't?); she shouldn't have been showing off at the pool, trying to make the other women jealous; and she shouldn't have given Kyle that book, "How to Behave," as a gift.

But for a person who can seem to do nefarious things without even trying, Camille was on her best behavior. She invited the women over to her house for a fun afternoon, and there were no "Mediums" or ambushes. It was a nice day -- even though Camille does need to calm it down with Nick, the married man with whom she's far too chummy and kissed on the lips (why on Earth does his wife -- who was there -- put up with that?).

It was a reminder of what a seesaw this show is. When there isn't the ridiculous drama between Kyle and Camille, it's a glimpse into sadness of some of the other women. Thus, poor, poor Taylor Armstrong; watching her is simply heartbreaking.

She uses the wealth of her husband to veil her sadness with big parties and shopping, but that has lost its potency and now she is seeing how she is married to Russell the Robot. When she is sad, when she wants to have fun and dance, when she doesn't want the dog her daughter is allergic to, Russell does not compute. He's stone-faced and doesn't really care.

It was a night of sidelong glances from Taylor, as she looked longingly at Kyle and Mauricio, Adrienne Maloof and Dr. Paul -- and, yes, even the Vanderpump clan of Lisa, Ken, permanent house guest Cedric and Jiggy. (Side note: I think Adriene’s family could qualify for a spin-off of their own, as Dr. Paul sported a bandage on his broken nose and the two quibbled like a younger, wealthier version of George Costanza's parents from "Seinfeld.")

Next week, it appears that the news we have been privy to all along -- Camille's divorce from Kelsey Grammer -- will finally be broken. Camille was, in a sense, lucky because she was blind to the troubles of her marriage, protected by the imaginary world she created for herself. The tragedy of this week was we could see in Taylor's eyes that she was grounded in a miserable reality.

— Rick Rojas

Photo: Camille Grammer at a Bravo "Real Housewives" party, posing with "Flipping Out's" Jeff Lewis. Credit: Isabella Vosmikova / Bravo