'RHOBH' Recap: The Housewives Attack Taylor & Russell Armstrong's Failing Marriage

Tue, November 22, 2011 4:17am EST by 7 Comments
Russell Armstrong Taylor Abuse

The housewives continue to worry about Taylor Armstrong’s marriage to the late Russell Armstrong on ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’ Was this a predictor of the future?

The Nov. 21 episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills opens with the unexpected intervention that took place at Lisa Vanderpumps tea party on last week’s episode. Camille Grammer speaks out about the alleged abuse rumors swirling about Taylor and Russell Armstrong‘s marriage — and she does not hold back.

“We don’t say that he hits you. Because we don’t say that he broke your jaw or beat you up and he hits you. We don’t say that, but now we’ve said it,” Camille warns Taylor. “You need to be honest because that’s not cool.”

The next day, Camille continuously texts Taylor in hopes of providing a reasonable apology, but Taylor was not going to give in that easily. Adrienne Maloof and Kyle Richards understand how Taylor is feeling, but does not think Camille should feel as if she was in the wrong.

Camille says, “I was just trying to be a friend and when you hear something like that you just want to reach out and help them…It’s almost like the elephant in the room that we can’t talk about.”

Taylor is also busy planning her daughter Kennedy’s fifth “county fair” themed birthday party. American Idol alum Ace Young wrote and performed a special song for Kennedy’s birthday, which Taylor is ecstatic to witness.

Meanwhile, Lisa skips out on Kennedy’s birthday party in order to help plan her daughter Pandora Vanderpump‘s bachelorette party and wedding. The bachelorette party is being hosted at Planet Hollywood -- an idea that is bound to cause some drama with Adrienne Maloof, whose family is affiliated with top competitor Palms Resort and Casino.

Back at Kennedy’s birthday party, all the housewives arrive and a potential feud arises when Brandi Glanville decides this would be the perfect time to clear the air with Kim Richards. Luckily, the housewives decide against an all-out brawl at the birthday party and instead Kim refuses to apologize to Brandi. “The way she spoke to me was disgusting and I have no desire to apologize,” she says.

The episode concludes with the ever-present subject of Taylor and Russell’s rocky marriage. Kyle says, “I don’t know what to think of Taylor and Russell’s marriage. They’re happy, they’re not happy, there’s trouble, there’s not trouble…he’s more concerned about everybody seeing him as father of the year.”

Taylor settles the issue in a testimonial at the conclusion of the episode. “Russell and I have a difficult marriage…Finding real happiness with another person takes a lot of work,” she says.

With the more recent events surrounding the housewives, this is a chilling end to the serious subject of this episode. What did you think of the latest episode of RHOBH, HollywoodLifers?

Lauren Kalma

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Posted at 6:18 PM on November 30, 2011  

Taylor is a liar and a manipulator. Taylor started the first
rift with Kyle and Kim concerning the comment she made at
the airport and then denied it. Then again she started up
again with Kim at Kyle’s white party and as soon as she
saw Kyle coming towards them she escalated things so it
would appear the Kim started the argument. Taylor keeps
saying that Lisa said she was not her friend, but Lisa
said that they weren’t best friends. Taylor plays the
victim with her whinning about her low self esteem and how
she wants people to like her. This is all Bullsh-t!! Taylor
is a wannabe and I don’t think for one minute that Russell
physically abused her. There may have been heated exchanges
about spending money, but nothing on the level that she
alleges. Taylor needs to worry about her daughter, because
something more than being shy or bashful is wrong with her.
She seems disconnected or zombie like. Russell and Taylor
were trying to hard to make it appear that this child is
alright, when clearly she isn’t. This child hasn’t spoken
a total of ten words on the show. It’s just not normal.

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Posted at 11:12 AM on December 2, 2011  

100% agree with everything, tho not sure about the stuff about her kid… i wouldn’t want my kid to be on tv at all, so i personally would’ve insisted on keeping her words out of it. i never noticed her being shy, i thought she just seemed a shimmer on the edge of a frame— not being paid attention to or focused on, you know. but, interesting thought… will consider next time she’s on screen. certainly the girl can’t have had a good upbringing and i would worry for any daughter of taylor’s, not even counting having a dad that committed suicide. poor thing. god bless her.

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Posted at 2:48 AM on November 23, 2011  

This show killed and being in the public eye is what killed poor Russell. So sad. Camille is so wrong for putting her Taylors personal life out there. There was no evidence Russell ever abused Taylor. HIs name is slandered. Poor guy. RIP

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Posted at 11:09 AM on December 2, 2011  

i don’t agree. taylor forced her to put it out there by talking out of both sides of her mouth. and camille was very clear that she was only repeating what TAYLOR said and seemed to insinuate that none of it added up to what they saw from russell, nor from taylor’s own behavior. so, i don’t think camille is at fault here. taylor was trying to spin that they were all ganging up on her and not supporting her, and camille fairly had heard enough and called her out on the b.s.

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Posted at 11:07 PM on November 22, 2011  

You left out the part where Camille said that she has never seen any signs of bruises or abuse on Taylor’s body.

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Posted at 11:06 AM on December 2, 2011  

yes. that was interesting. she very clearly highlighted that taylor’s behavior did NOT make sense, and prefaced the entire speech with YOU TOLD US in a manner spoken to highlight that these were TAYLOR’S allegations and that something didn’t add up. i don’t know if taylor was abused or not- but, camille was definitely pointing out the fact that taylor was giving mixed messages and unfairly accusing everyone of being dishonest and less than forthright when in fact it’s her own behavior that is questionable. i know abused people have lots of issues to deal with, but camille was rightly pointing out that taylor was using this all as a sword and shield b/c the ladies couldn’t defend themselves on camera b/c they were trying to avoid saying to the public that taylor is telling them all her husband beats her.

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Posted at 9:58 AM on December 13, 2011  

If I recall that Tea Party, Taylor threatened to out everybody’s comments about Lisa when they wouldn’t play her Lisa Pinata game. She said she was going to meet with Lisa and tell her what people said behind her back. Isn’t that when Camille said, ‘hey, hypocrite, don’t threaten us, back off beyatch’? Taylor is so so weird. I think in a way Taylor came in expecting everybody to jump on Lisa and when they didn’t she whispered something to Kyle about it, sort of behind the scenes, like this had been planned but now the other wives were improvising off script.

Also I don’t get Kyle. Kyle has backed up the dreadful Taylor from the start of this season since her sister Kim won’t let her mother her. Yet she is still speaking to Taylor after she outed her remarks about Lisa being an egomaniac. True, but still…

It doesn’t always make sense to me when they do get mad (Adrienne about the Palms and Pandora’s party) and when they don’t get mad (everything Taylor).

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