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The mean girls came out to play on the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Monday night. THG examines all the cattiness in our weekly +/- recap!

We start off with Adrienne and Paul still waiting on Kim. Minus 5. The plane is on the runway and everyone is waiting but still no Kim. When she finally arrives she looks exactly how Paul suspected... intoxicated. Of course no one can say for sure but if this is Kim's behavior sober, that's just pretty darn scary.

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Kim took an awfully long time to take her sunglasses off. Was it simply that she wasn't happy with her makeup? As her story goes, her power went out and she had to go to a neighbor's house to apply it before she could leave for the airport.

When they finally arrives at the game Kim just won't shut up. Plus 8 for the look on Adrienne's face as Taylor blathers on and for Paul who just tells her to be quiet and watch the game. Somehow Kim doesn't strike me as a big sports fan.

Then we cut to Taylor who has run to Kyle to complain about an article in the paper about her and Russell's disintegrating marriage. Kyle asks where they could have gotten such information. Umm.  Ladies, look up. Do you see those cameras following you around. Your personal lives are now public fodder and in case you've forgotten, you signed up for this. Minus 15 for being oblivious to the obvious.

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This week, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills finished up their trip to Beaver Creek and we take a look at who reached new high or low points in our +/- recap!

Taylor was on a downward spiral. This girl was just a mess. Her moods have shifted from miserable to distraught to kind of scary. But the ladies earned a Plus 7 for trying to help, even though they weren't all that successful at it.

Taylor Armstrong Cries

Kim took on the mothering role when she woke up to find a half naked, crying Taylor in her bed. I doubt she was expecting that. Having been divorced, Kim tries her best to console Taylor on her troubled marriage. Plus 8 for making the effort to point out that everyone has problems and Taylor's not as alone as she feels.

Camille, however seemed content to hide in her room and let the drama play out without her. Honestly, I couldn't say I blamed her. I might hide too but she was the host. Minus 5 because she really should have checked on her guest.

Taylor's breakdown continued as she ended up crying in a closet and then became completely paranoid over a missing makeup bag. Heaven forbid dinner with the ladies not be in full makeup.

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This week, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills headed out on a lovely ski vacation in the Rocky Mountain State. What could possibly go wrong in that scenario?

Let's find out in THG's +/- recap!

Before they leave we get a quick tour of Kyle's dream home. She says she drove past it for years and would stop just to send out her good energy, hoping that this house would someday be hers. Well, here's Plus 5 for good energy. It looks like a lovely home. 

The Real Housewives of Colorado

The ladies head out for a Colorado ski adventure at Camille's place. How dangerous could it be? They could use a whole other limo for all of their luggage. Ladies, it's a weekend. You're not moving there. Minus 3.

This trip is a last hurrah for Camille who has to sell the ski chalet per her divorce agreement. It is a shame. The place is gorgeous but according to Lisa, Camille is in dire straits. She'll be down to only a couple of houses before long. Dear me. Minus 10. Heaven forbid someone be down to their last two mansions. How will she survive?

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After weeks of speculation over whether or not it would even air as scheduled, it looks like Bravo made the proper decision to premiere season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Monday night.

From a ratings point of view, at least.

The new episode was watched by 2.2 viewers, a 42% increase over last season's opener. Moreover, the series enjoyed a 51% boost in the coveted demographic of 18-49-year olds.

Most of the attention, of course, was due to the suicide of Russell Armstrong. A coroner reported yesterday that the late reality star did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his hanging.

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For The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the show went on last night.

Following weeks of scrutiny and questions over whether Bravo would postpone the premiere, edit it heavily or even cancel the season following the suicide of Russell Armstrong, viewers watched an episode not too different from the one originally filmed. (A scene where Taylor goes lingerie shopping was cut.)

Before getting to exciting material such as who drank out of $550 champagne glasses, though, the installment opened with the ladies sitting around and discussing the tragedy, as seen here:

The suicide clearly had to be addressed in some way, but the cast takes time here talking about Russell's financial woes and the pressure in Beverly Hills to be rich... only to then spend an hour flaunting their wealth.

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In the midst of major drama and controversy - actual, unscripted drama and controversy for a change - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kicked off season two last night. It earned -34 points from our critic.

Voices from across the Internet and the television dial have been chiming in on Bravo's decision to go through with the season in light of Russell Armstrong's suicide, but there are a few women at least who stand by the network: those employed by it.

All The Real Housewives of New York City

Let's take a look at how various Real Housewives of New York City feel about the events.

Ramona Singer: "I think it is very tragic. But I don't think that the reality show is to blame for his unfortunate death. I think he had problems. And it's sad when someone has so many problems, they feel the only way they can eliminate their pain is by taking their life."

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kicked off season two with quite a predicament on its hands, but in true reality TV fashion, it got over it quickly.

Let's recap the absurdity of it all in THG's +/- review ...

Russell Armstrong, wife of Housewife Taylor, committed suicide earlier this summer amid controversy of abuse allegations, a divorce, and financial troubles.

There was talk of postponing the season. There was talk of a memorial special. Instead we got a five-minute opener of the cast talking about how sad, angry, or guilty they felt and then ... we moved on. 

So we start with Minus 25. I'm not saying they had to dwell on it but a man's death seemed to deserve more than five minutes. Maybe it's just me.

But, moving on… If Lisa asked her little dog if it had to go wee wee one more time I thought I might be ill. Minus 5. And what's with the big push to get her daughter married off. She's only 24 for goodness sake. Minus another 5.

To Jason's credit he did the cute, old fashioned thing and asked her dad for permission. Plus 3 for going traditional.

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Following an offseason as tumultuous and tragic as it can get for a reality show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is back.

This Bravo franchise returns with a second season tomorrow night, and viewers can look forward to the usual mind-numbing, self-involved idiocy from women who have nothing to offer the world but complaints about their extravagant lifestyle.

Case in point, this clip from the premiere, in which the controversy stems from a dog lapping up water from a $550 glass. Talk about exciting, worthwhile television!

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Bethenny Frankel may soon be leaving Bravo, but she's still quick to defend the network.

Asked about the suicide of Russell Armstrong and whether The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills could be blamed for the tragedy, this reality star scoffed at the mere mention of such liability.

“It’s preposterous to blame a TV show for someone’s suicide,” Bethenny told USA Today. “When the show started filming, I’d heard he wasn’t so kind to his wife."

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Whatever problems Russell had, and whatever exposure they'd be given on the Real Housewives, Frankel says the troubled man knew what was in store for him before a single frame was shot:

“People sign very lengthy documents and they know what they’re getting into. Life is stressful. It’s unfair to blame a TV show for something personal. I believe that I really do.”

In one of his final interviews, Armstrong railed against the show that made him famous, citing its editing process and how he's nothing like the person viewers saw each week. Bravo will premiere season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Monday night.

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The season two premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will go ahead as planned next week, with Bravo taking a few moments to address the suicide of Russell Armstrong prior to airing a re-edited version of the episode.

How does this decision sit with Russell's mother, John Ann Hotchkiss? Not too well.

Russell and Taylor Armstrong

"When I was informed of this, I thought, 'I hope Bravo will take the high road and keep it tasteful,'" Hotchkiss said in a statement to HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell. "Let's not murder my son twice."

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