Ariana Madix Sticks Up For Raquel Leviss AGAIN, Scheana's Wedding Kicks Off, & The Writing On The Wall Of Scandoval Begins – VPR Recap HERE!
Another week, another pre-Scandoval episode of Vanderpump Rules for fans to dissect!
On Wednesday, the latest episode of the reality series dropped — and with it came a ton of drama and cringe-worthy moments as Bravo fans once again saw Ariana Madix having Raquel Leviss’ back. Of course, this was before she learned of the 28-year-old’s months-long affair with her boyfriend Tom Sandoval. But not before it started!
The episode kicked off with James Kennedy hanging out with his father, Andros, at home, where they actually discussed his breakup with Raquel. Interestingly, His dad actually admitted he “never really saw” the 31-year-old DJ marrying the SUR waitress – “not from day one.” Could have told him that before he enlisted the help of Sandoval and dropped thousands of dollars on the Rachella-themed proposal! LOLz!
Things later shifted to Ariana, Scheana Shay, and Lala Kent going out for a girls’ dinner with James’ new girlfriend Ally Lewber. Here’s where Ariana once again showed she was always there for Raquel. While Ariana said she wanted Ally to be in the group, she noted that she made sure to ask the former pageant queen first before inviting her to dinner. The 37-year-old former SUR bartender was worried about breaking girl code by inviting Raquel’s ex’s new lady to hang. Ugh. If only she knew the violation of the code which was happening behind her back… Scheana also shared in a confessional how she wanted to grow closer to Ally but didn’t want to hurt Raquel’s feelings. They were all so supportive! Well, not all…
Lala was ahead of the curve! She said:
“I really don’t give a f**k if it hurts Raquel’s feelings.”
Damn!!! The group then begins to talk about the argument between Raquel and Lala at Ariana’s pool party in the previous episode. While Lala felt Raquel was being “mean” that day, Scheana quickly came to her defense, saying she was “standing up for herself” at the time. But the Give Me Lala podcast host wasn’t backing down! She then joked about how Raquel “short circuits” when an argument doesn’t go the way she planned out. And ultimately, Lala expressed that she was upset that their co-star called her a “mistress bimbo” before getting in a dig and saying Raquel “looked like a baby prostitute” at the event.
Elsewhere in the episode, viewers are finally getting to witness Scheana and Brock Davies’ pre-wedding festivities on the small screen. The couple are figuring out their seating chart for the ceremony, during which Brock comments at one point how Raquel’s “roster” is “stacked” on the big day since she’ll be walking down the aisle with the guy she made out with at Coachella, Joey, her ex-partner James will be there, and her hookup Peter Madrigal is also on the guest list. Little did Brock know how right he was, considering Sandoval had been there too!
Most of the cast eventually meets up at Lisa Vanderpump’s legendary Villa Rosa home for a surprise bridal party for Scheana – during which fans saw Raquel getting very flirty with a Tom. No, not Sandoval, but Tom Schwartz. During their conversation, he even offered to show her the LVP tattoo on his a** in Mexico. In a confessional, she shared how she loves how close they’ve become recently:
“I love the fact that Schwartz and I have gotten to the place where we’re tight and who knows – maybe we’ll be even tighter in the future? Tighter kinda sounds like vaginal tight, though.”
Hmm. FYI, Raquel was filming her confessionals after they first wrapped filming for the season and she was involved with Sandoval by that point. So take her admission of being into Schwartz with a grain of salt!
Later on, the cast heads to Mexico for Scheana and Brock’s wedding and arrives at the Playa del Carmen – with Sandoval, Ariana, and Raquel notably coming to the resort together in the same car. And if you thought the previous moments with Raquel weren’t cringe already just wait. Because at one point, Ariana opened up in a confessional about how she was “excited” to for a romantic getaway to spend some time with Sandoval:
“I’m so excited to be in Mexico, nothing else to get in the way, my quality time with Tom. He is my prisoner.”
This is heartbreaking knowing what we know now!
Here is where things got really explosive on the episode! During a welcome party at the resort’s restaurant, Ariana went OFF on James for getting “in a fight” with one of Brock’s friends, who had been intoxicated and hugged the musician as if he knew him. And let’s just say, the cocktail book author did NOT appreciate the way James was talking to her during their confrontation, saying:
“I wish you could hear your tone of voice when you speak to me because you’ve been very f**king rude to me.”
James claimed he “diffused the situation and chose not to punch the guy in the face,” noting that he would have hoped Ariana was on his side with this matter. But she wasn’t having it! She fired back:
“Not wanting there to be a fight is the only side to be on. I’m on the side of not wanting there to be a f**king fight period! Period! I don’t like him doing it, and I don’t like you doing it OK! Period! I will raise my voice because when I talk at a normal volume, you don’t f**king listen to me! I’ve had enough. We’re done!”
That’s when Lala entered the chat, claiming James “almost shoved a guy to the ground.” However, he shut down the accusation and told her to “pick your words f**king carefully right now.” Things escalated to the point where Ally left dinner, with her saying in an interview:
“I cannot sit here and watch James act like this. It’s making me question everything. Why am I in Mexico and who is this person that I’m dating?”
James went on to defend himself, insisting he had “never seen this guy in my f**king life”:
“By the way, his eyes are like rolling to the back of his head, drool slobbering, like mate get off my f**king nice ass jacket! He kind of like stumbled back three paces. … I should’ve f–king Will Smith-ed backhanded his f**king bitch a**.”
Raquel also chimed in on the situation, saying:
“Watching Ally cringe with embarrassment with how James is acting right now makes me so happy that that is not me anymore.”
Obvi fans still have plenty of more drama to look forward to with Schwartz and Raquel’s hookup at the wedding AND the fallout from Scandoval. Reactions to the episode, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments below.
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