It’s the episode all Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans have been waiting for — Erika Girardi’s appearance on The Young and the Restless. Viewers watched RHOBH co-star Eileen Davidson gift Girardi with a role on the CBS soap in a recent episode for her 45th birthday.
“Do you want to be on my show?” asked Davidson on the Season 7 premiere of RHOBH.
“Are you serious?” replied Girardi.
Well, it wasn’t that easy. In fact, CBS daytime made Girardi audition for the role.
“She had to audition!” Davidson told Entertainment Tonight. “They probably would have given her, like, one line, but they thought, ‘You know what? We’ll see what she can do,’ and they auditioned her and she did so great. We did a couple scenes, and she’s playing a high-powered executive.”
Girardi played the role of Farrah Dubose, a high-powered real estate agent who runs into Davidson’s character, Ashley Abbott, at a coffee shop. Ashley’s coffee spills all over Farrah’s expensive outfit and that’s when it’s hard to see the difference between a soap and an episode of RHOBH.
“Look at this mess, what are you thinking?” yelled Farrah.
“Excuse me, in my defense, you could watch where you are going,” replied Ashley.
“You know where I was going? To show a $3 million listing… that is until you doused hot coffee all over my new suit. This is custom couture and it’s ruined!” exclaimed Farrah.
The whole scene played out as hilariously and ridiculously as any first-world issue the RHOBH cast encounters on an average episode. It was over-the-top, fun and deliciously devious as the women walk away from each other with, “What a bitch!”
Girardi also had two other scenes, which led us to believe she could come back to Genoa City. Every soap needs a high-end realtor to stir up some drama, and Girardi’s character is the perfect high-maintenance person to do so.
Davidson’s birthday gift suited Girardi so well. As RHOBH fans know, Girardi’s mom and grandmother were huge soap fans and named Erika Jayne Girardi after the infamous Erica Kane on All My Children. You know this gift was much appreciated by the reality star.
Maybe next time Girardi appears on Y&R, she can bring her singing and dancing alter-ego Erika Jayne to the table because the soap genre is exactly where the reality star belongs.