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Party Down South insider opens up about [SPOILER]'s shocking exit

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Things on Party Down South may get worse before they get better for Lyle and the crew

Last week, the crew kicked off their final vacation together in Savannah, Georgia. And while things started off swimmingly enough — Daddy resumed his longstanding tradition of contaminating the pool — the episode ended in tears when Tiff and Lauren told Lyle his fiancée, Santana, had "allegedly" been cheating on him.

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Tonight's episode picks up with Lyle crying in the cab: real talk — it sucks. Poor Lyle! No one wants to think the worst about the person they love, and it has to be hard when the intel comes from friends you love, too.

Things on Party Down South may get worse before they get better for Lyle and the crew
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Some may disagree with Tiff's decision to spill the beans, but I say more power to you, baby girl — ain't nothing wrong in this world with looking out for your friends.

Still, Lyle is obviously wrecked, so the girls leave him in the car to process his emotions. But put a pin in that sentiment for a sec, because Daddy is still back at Social Club and he's got a marlin on the line.

He's caught the attention of a pretty little blonde, so much so they slip into the bathroom to "get things goin'" a little — at which point they wisely decide they should head back to the house.

Only when Walt, Murray, and their girls are ready to go, Daddy can't seem to find his marlin. It's like the drunken Southern version of "Where's Waldo?" Eventually Daddy finds her and they head to the cab.

Things on Party Down South may get worse before they get better for Lyle and the crew
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Five minutes later, his real marlin emerges from the bathroom — where she told him she was going shortly before beer amnesia pickled his brain.

Back at the house, the stand-in marlin looks more than uncomfortable. Not even Walt's, ahem, stellar guitar playing skills could save the day, as Daddy's marlin jumps ship. If it weren't for Walt, in fact, Daddy might not know to this day that he reeled in the wrong one.

Things on Party Down South may get worse before they get better for Lyle and the crew
Image: CMT

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In an exclusive interview, SallyAnn Salsano — 495 Productions president, and founder and creator/executive producer of Party Down South — told us, "The next morning, Daddy really thought it was the same girl, but Walt told him what really happened. Then Daddy insisted they must have been twin sisters. But, after Walt made it crystal clear, Daddy reluctantly accepted that he brought home a completely different girl."

Of course, even Daddy's seeing double faux pas couldn't compare to the kind of night Lyle was having... especially when Tiff decides to call Santana. Lemme tell ya — it's hard to look menacing with a cheeseburger phone in your hand, but Tiff pulls it off like a boss.

Things on Party Down South may get worse before they get better for Lyle and the crew
Image: CMT

After a rough night with no sleep, Lyle decides to get the full story from Lauren before he calls Santana to confront her, and Lauren all but confirms Santana did stray.

Leave it to Walt, oh wise one, to put things in perspective (it's so sexy when he gets logical) by pointing out the only thing that really matters is what Santana tells Lyle — which, to be honest, wasn't much but was good enough for Lyle.

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Naturally, the roommates weren't buying Santana's story, and the tension in the house was no better during the daylight hours.

Revealed Salsano: "Actually, it was just as tense sober as it was when they were drinking. Just a lot more... subdued. They both felt the same way sober and — as you will see this season — drinking or not, Tiffany makes her opinion known and is not shy or subtle about it in any way, shape, or form."

Things on Party Down South may get worse before they get better for Lyle and the crew
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Unfortunately, true to Salsano's hints last week, Lyle isn't the only one who winds up "destroyed" this season. After walking around the yard visibly distraught, it's Murray's turn to drop an emotional bomb: he's leaving due to some family issues back home.

No. 1, prayers to Murray's Mama. No. 2, nooooo, not Sugar Bear! But, but, but... he's coming back, right?!

Salsano says we'll have to wait and see, but she did confirm that it came as "a major shock to all of us behind the scenes" and affected the house even more deeply than shown.

"It totally changed the dynamic of the house. The cast was upset; we were upset. But family always comes first. Sugar Bear is a Sugar Bear to everyone behind the scenes as well, and our hearts just went out to him at that point. It for sure saddened and affected all of us," said Salsano.

Things on Party Down South may get worse before they get better for Lyle and the crew
Image: CMT

Obviously then, the mood in the house is somber after Murray leaves. Somber, y'all. So Walt does the only thing he can to lift everyone's spirits — he "poufs" Daddy's balls in Murray's honor. If that's not love, I just don't know what is.

Just don't expect a repeat pouf-ormance.

"One hundred percent, that was a one-time thing. Walt is about as manly as men get, in my book," said Salsano. "What's awesome about it is that it is something Walt would never have done in the first season. Everyone has grown so much throughout this show in their own ways, and Walt has definitely let his guard down and learned to have fun with things he wouldn't have before."

Things on Party Down South may get worse before they get better for Lyle and the crew
Image: CMT

Later, at the bar, Lyle decides to leave early to go home and call Santana. When the rest of the house gets home, Tiff flips out when she realizes who Lyle is talking to.

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Tensions boil over and, well, things aren't looking so good as week two comes to an end. And according to Salsano, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

"Without giving too much away, you can tick all the boxes: fights, tears, hookups, tears, more fights and more hookups," she hinted. "It's a pretty wild ride. At a certain point, everyone has some tough times... it's definitely the biggest emotional journey for all of them we've ever seen."

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