SPOILER ALERT: The following contains spoilers for Season 1 Episode 2 of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City"
FOX 13 web team members Melanie Porter and David Wells are watching "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" and giving you their real reactions. Melanie is a real "Real Housewives" fan, and Dave deliberately steered clear of it until now. Melanie and Dave are "Keeping it Real in Salt Lake City."
So week two of RHOSLC...a lot happened but also not a lot happened. I do feel like we got a little deeper in some of the ladies lives which is what episode one was missing.
We got some fun gems in this episode! I thought the ski trip was a cool way to show off some of Utah’s amazing snowy mountains! Surprisingly enough, half of the ladies who went on the trip were actually great at skiing/snowboarding.
I went snowboarding once and was on my butt most of the time. I just couldn’t figure out balancing and steering and it was a lot for me...so I’m impressed. (Also if anyone has any skiing/snowboarding suggestions/recommendations please send them to me haha.)
The fact that Mary was late to the event because she was waiting for her matching coat to arrive was such an iconic Real Housewives moment. All the ladies looked too good in their ski gear and it almost made me want to give the slopes another shot. Did we expect anything less than a full leopard print ski outfit from Jen? No.
We also saw a reappearance of the puffy feathery HUGE sleeves?! Why is this making a comeback? Meredith went to her birthday party in a LARGE pink ensemble in episode 1 but it was her birthday so we can’t really blame her - you do you. But Lisa wore giant coral feather sleeves to dinner with the ladies - HOW DO YOU EAT WITH THOSE SLEEVES? So many questions.
There was a fight at the dinner where, once again, who followed the BYU honor code came up and also who has "love and kindness." In all the other franchises I’ve watched of this show, who has "love and kindness" has not been an issue, but that’s Utah for you.
Meredith was my favorite character this week. She really keeps to herself (we found out her and her husband are separated and she is just dealing with it on her own, which I think is cool because most of the time it’s a whole fiasco and very dramatic.) She seems very unproblematic right now, which is a breath of fresh air for this show.
Overall, I’m hoping next week’s episode helps to sell viewers that Utah is a cool and fun place. I think the ski trip helped out with that this week, but I’m still hoping we can get out of the rich and fancy neighborhoods and see what Utah is like for normal people! (It’s a lot to ask, I know.) Utah is more than just snow!! Hard to believe, but it’s true.
Have some extra love and kindness this week friends, see you next week!
Season 1 Episode 2 of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" showed us a bit more of northern Utah than we saw last week.
This week's episode took us out of the suburbs and up to Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort (at least for a few minutes). We also got glimpses of a Park City restaurant called "Handle" and Powder House Ski Shop in Holladay. Heather said something about skiing that hit close to home.
"If you live here and you don't ski, it's really a tragedy," she said. I agree, and one of these days I'll get around to trying it myself.
Last week, Lisa was on her way to becoming my favorite housewife because she made me laugh. (Nothing made me laugh this week.) But Mary is emerging as my new favorite because a) she went on a relatable mini-rant about wedgies and b) she seems to want to de-escalate drama among her friends. De-escalation may not be the best thing to hook a reality show viewer, but it's the right thing to do.
There was an interesting discussion about using the thumbs up emoji in text messages. Apparently, some people see it as an insult (to put it mildly). I've used it in countless messages to friends, family and coworkers, never once realizing that there may be a negative connotation. So, one takeaway from this episode is to choose your words (and emoji) carefully. 👍