I was so wrong about Brandi Redmond and LeeAnne Locken's friendship on RHOD
I've watched enough Real Housewives to have a basic grasp of how Bravo friendships work. Based on what I've seen, I fully expect some sort of drama to come between RHOD BFFs Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman. I love them, but something's bound to break them up. I also anticipate further drama between LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra, who have already survived their first reality TV spat.
I've made numerous predictions about RHOD that have come to fruition, but I did fall down in one regard: I did not think that Redmond and Locken would be on such good terms this quickly. I figured they were destined to be enemies, perhaps like NeNe Leakes and Kenya Moore. Instead, Locken and Redmond (with Hollman's help, of course) decided to back off on the drama.
Tonight, Redmond and Locken's somewhat congenial relationship took another step forward, with Locken seeking sympathy from her former enemy Redmond after a blow-up involving Locken's so-called friend Marie Reyes.
Redmond made it clear that she did not approve of Locken's horrendous behavior, but knowing full well what it's like to be unfairly shut out, she wasn't about to join in as the other Housewives bashed the carnie queen. Instead, she offered a patient ear and told Locken, "I totally get it."
It's easy to dismiss Redmond as a potty mouth who doesn't know the first thing about group dynamics, but she's actually quite quick to figure out how people tick. She's already determined how best to deal with Locken and she put that newfound understanding to good use tonight. Color me impressed!
Without Redmond's kind words, Locken would definitely have departed the ill-fated girls outing. Granted, she seemed mentally checked out after her discussion with Redmond — she was shockingly quiet during the gals' awkward dinner. Still, it's nice to see that Redmond knows how to appeal to Locken's sensibilities. She certainly has a different view of friendship than Hendra, who thinks it's all about protecting, rather than calling people out when they screw up. But her honesty could ultimately make her a truer friend than Hendra's ever been. Could this be the start of a strong friendship?