The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: Just Deserts

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In the MCU, Captain America is a standup guy who doesn't appreciate certain language said around him, and now it's more apparent than ever in comics!

In the sprawling film series that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America isn’t a hero that appreciates vulgar language, cuss words, or any kind of talk that he wouldn’t want his own mother to hear, and now his comic counterpart has doubled down on an MCU quote that shows just how closely related the two are in terms of their (mostly) squeaky clean reputation. Of course, that famous MCU quote is none other than the single word of “language” that Cap first utters during the opening moments of Avengers: Age of Ultron in response to a certain someone — aka the infamously obnoxious Tony Stark — stepping over Cap’s accepted vocabulary line.

Seen in the second issue of The United States of Captain America, by Christopher Cantwell and Dale Eaglesham, comic book Cap is shown to be following closely in his MCU doppelgänger’s ways by doing anything he can to not use language that his movie self would scoff at. Looking for the villains that are hunting down multiple civilian Caps, dubbed the Captains Network, whom have taken it upon themselves to help their communities across the board, Steve Rogers and one-time Captain America, Sam Wilson, find themselves in Pennsylvania in search of the next psuedo-Captain America to help and protect before something terrible befalls them.

Wondering whether or not he and Sam Wilson should “ditch the uniforms entirely with all this imposter crud,” Steve draws attention to the predicament that he himself and the ideals he stands for are currently up against, while simultaneously throwing in a hilarious “cuss” word (at least in his book) to get his point across. Saying “crud” instead of the decidedly more vulgar alternative, Steve follows this gem of a replacement word up a few pages later with a very wholesome exclamation of “good gosh” when he and Sam arrive to witness a scene that even Steve didn’t expect.

Being all about old fashioned ways, patriotism, American values and the thought that using curse words in public is entirely unacceptable regardless of who you are, Captain America has always been the most stand up and morally good hero of the Marvel Universe both in the comics and up on the big screen. Usually surrounded by comic characters that relish in a few expletives during the heat of battle (looking at you, Wolverine), comic Cap does his best not to stoop to their level of rudeness, despite getting into situations that would easily call for such a thing.

While replacing a few words here and there might stay in line with Cap’s hilarious “old man” image across both comics and film, it more so acts as a character moment that continues to show a man who won’t tolerate language that others would find offensive or just plain rude, further putting a spotlight on a quality of Captain America's that essentially makes him who he is. And not only that, but as this issue proves, subbing in a “crud” or “gosh” every so often is just plain funny to see, no matter which way you cut it.

So although the MCU version of Captain America has been the source of some hilarious memes in regards to his 1940s mentality over the years, comic book Cap has doubled down on an aspect inherent to his character that should never go away. Captain America most certainly won’t hesitate to punch the newest big bad right in the mouth if needed, but asking him to cuss at the dude on top of it? Better go see what Wolverine’s doing because Cap won't be having any of it.

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Erika opens up and shuts down

Entertainment Weekly News 04 August, 2021 - 08:52pm

All of that happened, of course, and it was boring — why are these women acting like they've never ridden a bike around a town before? (In Kathy Hilton's case, I would not be surprised to learn that she's never been to a town before, but she wasn't on this little bike adventure; she was inquiring if anyone was carrying chia seeds in their pockets so that she could make her now-famous morning/whenever-she-wakes-up milkshake.) However, in between the normal ebbs and flows of an RHOBH group trip episode, something wild keeps taking place in season 11: Erika continues to go through a divorce-turned-legal-battle with her estranged husband Tom Girardi, whom she continues to paint in a new and wild light each episode.

Last week, over lasagna and rock-hard rolls, we heard about how the fender bender that Tom got into a few years ago was actually a near-death experience wherein Tom drove off a cliff, was thrown from the car, and found unconscious by Erika. But he was also… missing for 12 hours, and then called Erika. And Erika also… assumed he was out cheating on her for those 12 hours. Also, as opposed to just tweaking his ankle like she originally said, we learned that Tom broke his ribs and ankle. This week, we learn that the head trauma inflicted by that accident — which even at the time, Erika and Tom covered up for some reason — turned Tom into a completely different person.

But the most important factor to the new revelations we learn about Erika and Tom this week: Garcelle is back.

It was her hosting gig on The Real that made Garcelle need to arrive at La Quinta later than the other women, but I think it's also Garcelle's gig at The Real that has prepared her for this very moment. Garcelle has always been down to just ask someone why they're rich in the middle of the breadbasket or tackle an uncomfortable issue at an uncomfortable time in an uncomfortable way. And now that asking people questions is literally her job, she seems to have gotten even more fearless about it — which I didn't necessarily think was possible.

Now, I'm not sure how I would feel about a straightforward friend like Garcelle grilling me even when I didn't want to talk. As a viewer, however, Garcelle is a vital tool to actually force some of these women to have a real conversation, rather than have a glossy conversation IRL, and then say how they really feel in their testimonials, where it does absolutely nothing. If Garcelle had been listening to that car story, she would have asked how Erika could have found Tom unconscious outside of the car but also been called by Tom for the first time 12 hours after he drove off a cliff — I know she would have. And maybe the answer would have been a simple one, and not nearly as suspicious as Erika's meandering story made the circumstances seem. We'll never know though because Garcelle wasn't there…

The women wake up the morning after Erika's emotional reveal still reeling a little bit (they're also hungover, good on 'em). Dorit keeps saying she can't believe how much Erika has held inside in a way I don't find totally genuine, and Sutton is beginning to sow her subtle seeds of descent, saying that it all reminds her of "the Madoff thing — like, what is actually happening?" Erika arrives from where she's staying at the nearby La Quinta Resort (so weird to see in the context of another reality show besides The Bachelorette), but since she didn't sleep well last night, she stays behind while the others go on a bike ride. After all, there's a brand new headline about Tom suffering a serious illness in recent months that caused him to be hospitalized. Erika says she doesn't know what it's referencing, but she's sure she'll find out in another headline soon.

There's a lot that Erika says she doesn't know. For example, she has apparently owned a house in La Quinta, in Kyle's neighborhood, for the entire time Kyle has been vacationing out there. She's never been inside said house and doesn't even know what the address is. Kathy says she could simply tell the security people that she has so many houses, she forgot where this one was, and they'll let her in. There is not a doubt in my mind that Kathy is speaking from personal and specific experience.

Ultimately, Kyle tracks down the address of the house, looks it up, and finds out that Tom sold it in 2018 — another thing that Erika didn't know about. This leads Sutton to hammer in the importance of getting a good financial forensics team to go through their entire financial history to determine appropriate spousal support in a divorce. She says in these kinds of high-yielding divorces, a forensic team finds the deepest, darkest money: "Like the Turks and Caicos money." But Sutton missed the conversation during biking earlier where the others hypothesized that there may not really be any money to be uncovered. Of course, the other option is that Erika might not want all of the money that's bounced around in their marriage to be tracked down.

Much like Erika: we simply don't know. But Garcelle is willing to put in a little leg work to get to the bottom of a few things that have her curious. Crystal filled Garcelle in on what she missed the night before — that Tom has been losing cognitive function for years, and also cheating on Erika for years — and Garcelle is a little confused. Because a few weeks ago, when Erika came over to Garcelle's house, Erika said that there was "no third party on his part" that she knew of. "I don't know why she wouldn't admit that to me, especially knowing my background," Garcelle says.

Garcelle knows she's being a lot, but she says in her testimonial that it's "killing me inside not to ask her" about this stuff. But it should be noted that Garcelle… is asking about this stuff. She is showing no restraint whatsoever! Because next, Garcelle asks Erika: "With any of the lawsuits, did you like, have a heads up — is that why you got divorced?"

You know, the one thing that Erika has been adamant about defending. She doesn't seem disturbed by the mounting evidence to prove that her husband was funding their lavish lifestyle with money he stole from the vulnerable parties he represented, but she is appalled that anyone would accuse her of a sham divorce.

In the scene we saw all over the season 11 trailer, Erika slowly nods her head "yes" to Garcelle's question about whether she knew about the lawsuits, but she says, "No I did not." Erika seems annoyed with Garcelle asking, so I'm surprised at how much she actually opens up… but maybe she feels like the table really has been cleared for an honest conversation. She tells Crystal and Garcelle that Tom's head injury three years ago made him act like a totally different person. He stopped having conversations like they used to have, told the same stories over and over, would forget what they were talking about while they were talking about it, and if she said anything about it, he would become rageful.

Garcelle asks, "So if all those things truly happened that they're saying happened, do you think it's because, mentally, things were in decline?" And Erika says yes; she doesn't think he was doing any of it intentionally, which is certainly the most directly she's addressed Tom's alleged misdeeds yet. As they head back from their hike toward the car, the women keep talking in a way that almost seems like they're not totally aware this footage might be used — I say that mostly because all of the camera shots are from far away, and maybe even drone footage. But the audio is crystal clear: Erika tells Garcelle and Crystal that she hasn't talked to Tom at all, but he calls her every day: "You know, it's just horrible, 'I love you, I miss you, come home, are you sure?' I'm like, you gotta stop, you have to stop honey, you need help — and I can't give it!"

Erika doesn't seem to be sharing this information begrudgingly like she was when answering some of Garcelle's prior questions, and Garcelle doesn't even ask anything to prompt this particular share. She's just opening up… she's opening up about something she's never admitted to the other women before and has perhaps even suggested the opposite at times. Erika has told everyone over and over that she hasn't spoken to Tom since the day she left their house, and early on, she referenced how angry he must be at her, and that she anticipated he would be vengeful. So something has changed: either Tom's attitude or Erika's story.

Perhaps that can explain what happens next. When they get back to the house, Erika, Crystal, and Garcelle continue to chat in the living room, and when everyone else joins them (Kathy with six heaping bags of Del Taco, obviously), Erika says that she may wind up having to leave early to deal with some things that are emerging from a hearing. That's when Garcelle speaks up: "Erika shared — if you don't mind me saying, Erika — that Tom calls her."

Now, Garcelle says it gently, like she really is just filling everyone in on details she assumed Erika would want to share with them just like she had with her and Crystal…

But to be fair to Erika — an instinct I rarely feel these days — it's not Garcelle's story to share. Crystal later says that Erika told her she didn't want to share that with the larger group, but Garcelle was already in the car at that point and didn't receive the same message. Erika's face looks stricken when Garcelle shares that Tom calls her, and she responds, "Well I do mind you saying that because I feel like you're betraying my friendship right now, but please, have your moment."

I wonder if Garcelle would have just apologized had Erika merely said she felt betrayed, and not added on that Garcelle "got it out of me once, and now you want to do it again." This idea that Garcelle "got" that information out of Erika is inaccurate, but it's clearly something she feels because she says it over and over again. Which would suggest that this wasn't information Erika intended to share, and maybe she's having regret about it. But Erika is so visibly upset, that I kept expecting Garcelle to apologize… but she doesn't. Erika says she was sharing a private moment that she hasn't told everyone, and everything is not up for discussion. "I've been very open, and very honest," she chokes out. "So I think that was dirty."

Garcelle doesn't like that accusation, but says that she'll "own it." She says in her testimonial that she genuinely thought Erika wanted to share that with the group: "I didn't think me asking Erika about Tom calling her to the friends she's known longest would be a big deal." Crystal seems very upset about what's happening because she knew the information was private, but also knows that Garcelle didn't know that, and therefore sees this clearly as the misunderstanding it is. But most everyone else seems upset that Erika is upset… but also confused. "What did Garcelle ask that was so bad?" Sutton asks in her testimonial. "People don't react to questions like that unless something else is happening."

Erika excuses herself to the bathroom to absolutely sob, and everyone else sort of stares around in stunned silence at the chill that's gone over the room. And, presumably, they'll be sitting there, staring at each other, eating Del Taco until the show returns next week with some answers about what the hell just happened. See you there!

The News Only Gets Worse For Erika Jayne on ‘RHOBH’

Decider 04 August, 2021 - 08:00pm

Erika Jayne is still very much going. through. it. on this season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and just when we think we’ve heard it all, she presents even more shocking information.

As we watch her go through her divorce from Tom Girardi and the subsequent lawsuits he was hit with, each episode has proved to be even more jaw-dropping than the last. And not just because of those overhead drone shots in the Palm Springs desert, amiright?

Here’s what else we learned about Erika’s situation during the latest episode of RHOBH:

After waking up from a nap while the other women went on a bike ride, Erika got her real awakening when the ladies started to investigate a property in the area that she supposedly owned. “I don’t know what this address is, but it’s here,” she said of the La Quinta property. “I’ve never been in it,” she stated, as Kyle got to searching on a homeowner’s directory app. Erika went on to confirm that “I asked about the home or property in La Quinta and I never got a straight answer.” And as bonkers as this sounds, we also learned that Sutton only found out she was a partial owner of TWO minor league baseball teams when she got divorced. The women speculate that maybe Tom has a whole other family staying in the home, but as Erika said, “I’ve already thought of all of it.” Damn.

Later, Kyle revealed, “We googled an address and found one of your houses here.” (BTW: ONE?!) But the bigger shock is that it appears to have been sold in 2018, much to Erika’s surprise as well. Sutton also shares that when they do the forensics, aka a deep dive into your financial history, all will be revealed.

And that’s not the only thing she was kept in the dark about. At the start of the episode, the women read that Tom had been hospitalized, though the reasons and timeline were awfully blurry. Sadly, the same goes for Erika. “Yeah, I don’t even know what that is,” she said, telling them she just read the same article that morning and found out the same way they did. Oof.

Erika also tells the women, “I learned how to go into a bank in March.” WTF! “I didn’t know how to deposit, I never had a debit card. For 22 years, it was not my life.” A reminder to all the ladies out there: know your banking business!

“Did you get an allowance, how did it work?” Garcelle asks during their mountaintop chat. “No, I didn’t get an allowance,” Erika replies, saying that when it came to finances, “all of that is kept very far away from me.” She also reveals that her “life was on credit cards and I would get cash from Tom,” when she needed it.

Garcelle finally asks the question we’ve been waiting for her to ask: “Any of the lawsuits, did you have a heads up, is that why you got divorced?” Erika states, “No I did not. This was a long time coming, a long battle with someone whose personality has completely changed.” She goes on to say, “Three years ago, he had a terrible, terrible head injury and there was a significant shift in his personality, his decision making, and who he is.” She details his “severe decline” the lack of conversation between the pair, the repetitive phrases, forgetting what they were talking about, and the utter rage she experienced as he took his anger and frustration out on her. In detailing his likely Alzheimers, Erika tells Crystal and Garcelle, “I’m so fucked up mentally.” She also tells them she thinks this change in his brain is why he’s facing the lawsuits, that it wasn’t intentional of him (if he committed those crimes), and that “part of true brain trauma is making decisions you wouldn’t normally make.”

“It’s hard to watch someone go through this and there is nothing I can do to help,” she tells her friends, saying that he’s still resisting help to this day. But he hasn’t resisted picking up the phone. While she also tells the women that lawyers from his firm have contacted her frustrated with his mental state, Tom himself has also reached out. “I have not talked to him and I cannot talk to him, even though he calls me every day,” she revealed. “I had to ask my attorney to call his attorney to say please stop calling Erika.” In her interview she continues, “Tom is in legal jeopardy and I cannot talk to him. If I am asked, when was the last time you spoke to him, I have to be able to say, the day I left, which is the truth.”

Back at Kyle’s house, Garcelle tells the group about this conversation saying, “Erika shared, if you don’t mind me saying, that Tom calls her,” to a round of shocked faces from the women. However, Erika stays stoic as she shoots back, “Well I do mind you saying that because I feel like you’re betraying my friendship right now, but please, have your moment.” She goes on to say, “Tom calls me all the time, I won’t take his calls,” and we learn that she asked Crystal and Garcelle to not bring it up again, but Garcelle didn’t hear her say that.

Erika breaks down in tears and the kind of sobs where you can’t catch your breath, explaining, “I was sharing a private moment, something that I haven’t said,” also telling the group, “I’ve been very open and very honest. There’s only so much that I can take right now, guys.” She retreats to the bathroom to have what sounds like a panic attack as she continues to deal with this ongoing drama.

Of course, it won’t stop there. In the preview for the next episode, the women start to question what Erika knew and if they should continue to associate with her. Ouch.

Erika Jayne Snaps at Garcelle Beauvais, Breaks Down Over Tom Girardi Reveal on RHOBH

TooFab 04 August, 2021 - 08:00pm

Erika Jayne ended Wednesday's new episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" in tears and, of course, her divorce from Tom Girardi was at the center of the action. This time, however, she wasn't only frustrated with her ex -- but with costar Garcelle Beauvais as well, for repeating something about him she didn't want shared with the entire cast.

Yes, Garcelle finally joined the rest of the women in La Quinta for a weekend getaway, showing up after Erika had already made some pretty shocking claims about Tom -- including cheating allegations and comments about his mental health -- before her arrival. With the affair claims and Erika revealing she only just "learned how to go into a bank," Beauvais had some questions.

While most of the ladies went shopping, Garcelle, Erika and Crystal Kung Minkoff went for a hike together, where Garcelle put her cohosting skills from "The Real" to work by grilling Erika about the split.

"Do you wake up in the morning thinking, 'What am I facing today?'" she asked first. "Yeah, and it's a new story every day. There's a hearing today in Chicago, I don't know what about. I'll find out," Erika replied.

Next question: "So his business was his business and yours was yours. Did you get an allowance? How did it work?" Erika simply stated that, "No, I didn't get an allowance," before the Qs continued.

"Did you share everything, like in terms of both on the house, finances?" Beauvais then wondered. Erika said "all of that" was kept far from her and controlled by Tom. In a confessional, she admitted that most of her life was simply put on credit cards -- before adding that she would sometimes get cash from her ex whenever she asked.

"It's not my business, it's not my law firm, I'm not a lawyer," she added.

"Any of the lawsuits, did you have aheads up? Is that why you got divorced?" Beauvais then asked.

A lawsuit was filed against the former couple accusing Tom of misappropriating "at least $2 million in client money" owed to the families of the victims of a 2018 Boeing jet crash in Indonesia. Tom and Erika have also been accused of faking the divorce to help conceal their involvement with the embezzlement case, something she denies.

"No, I did not. This was a long time coming, a long battle with someone whose personality has completely changed," Erika replied. "Three years ago, he had a terrible, terrible head injury and there was a significant shift in his personality, decision making and who he is. There was severe decline."

Erika said that the conversations they used to have together "were no longer," as he started to repeat himself endlessly and would "rage" if she pointed that out to him. "Like I was a whipping boy," she said, "the anger, frustration, I took it all. I think he denied it to himself, this isn't happening. I'm so f---ed up mentally."

Garcelle then wanted to know whether Erika thought the things Tom was being accused of were "because mentally, things were in decline." Erika said she did believe that, and didn't think he was intentionally trying to do anything wrong. "Part of true brain trauma is making decisions how you wouldn't normally make," she continued, stressing that it's been so hard to see him resist getting help.

"The calls I was getting from his lawyers at his firm, one of his lawyers calling on the phone to me, 'We have to do something,'" Erika claimed. "What is it we can do? Such a bizarre ending to a career, you know?"

Erika said she hasn't spoken to Tom.

"I had to ask his attorney to call his attorney and ask, 'Please stop calling Erika,'" she said. "It's just horrible, 'I love you, miss you, come home, are you sure?' I'm like, stop, you have to stop honey, you need help and I can't give it."

Once they returned to the house, Garcelle brought up Erika's claims about Tom calling her again, saying it was just "the saddest thing." There was nobody else around when she said it the first time -- but then Garcelle mentioned it again when the other ladies joined them.

"Erika shared, if you don't mind me saying, that Tom calls her," said Beauvais -- and Erika snapped.

"I do mind you saying that, because I feel like you're betraying my friendship right now," she said, "But please, have your moment. Go ahead. Go ahead, babe."

"I don't want to do it like that," said Garcelle, who was shocked. Erika, meanwhile, was still seething.

"So let me tell the f---ing story. Tom calls me all the time. I won't take his call. And you got it out of me once and now you want to do it again. Don't f---ing sugar coat it," she shot at Garcelle, who swore it wasn't her "intention" to stir the pot.

In tears, Erika said she was "sharing a private moment, something that I haven't said" when she opened up about Tom's alleged calls the first time. "Sometimes not everything is up for discussion," she added, "I've been very open and very honest, so I think that was dirty."

"You didn't have to do it twice, Garcelle. You did it once, you didn't have to do it again," she said, getting more and more emotional as she spoke. "You did it twice. You already got it once, you didn't have to do it in front of them. Once was enough."

Erika then got up, walking off sobbing as she said, "There's only so much I can take right now, guys. I just wanna go to the bathroom for a bit."

After Erika left the room, Crystal explained there was a miscommunication afoot. Apparently, after Erika told her and Garcelle about Tom's alleged calls, Erika said she didn't want to talk about it further -- but Beauvais wasn't within earshot when that happened. She simply didn't hear Erika's wish to keep it on DL.

"You did not hear, I know that," said Crystal, as Garcelle reiterated that she would "never want to hurt" Erika and "never got told not to" talk about it further. The episode ended with Erika sobbing behind a closed bathroom door, her mic picking her up as she said, "I tried the be open and honest."

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Erika Jayne Snaps at Garcelle Beauvais, Breaks Down Over Tom Girardi Reveal on RHOBH

Hollywood Life 04 August, 2021 - 08:00pm

Erika Jayne ended Wednesday's new episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" in tears and, of course, her divorce from Tom Girardi was at the center of the action. This time, however, she wasn't only frustrated with her ex -- but with costar Garcelle Beauvais as well, for repeating something about him she didn't want shared with the entire cast.

Yes, Garcelle finally joined the rest of the women in La Quinta for a weekend getaway, showing up after Erika had already made some pretty shocking claims about Tom -- including cheating allegations and comments about his mental health -- before her arrival. With the affair claims and Erika revealing she only just "learned how to go into a bank," Beauvais had some questions.

While most of the ladies went shopping, Garcelle, Erika and Crystal Kung Minkoff went for a hike together, where Garcelle put her cohosting skills from "The Real" to work by grilling Erika about the split.

"Do you wake up in the morning thinking, 'What am I facing today?'" she asked first. "Yeah, and it's a new story every day. There's a hearing today in Chicago, I don't know what about. I'll find out," Erika replied.

Next question: "So his business was his business and yours was yours. Did you get an allowance? How did it work?" Erika simply stated that, "No, I didn't get an allowance," before the Qs continued.

"Did you share everything, like in terms of both on the house, finances?" Beauvais then wondered. Erika said "all of that" was kept far from her and controlled by Tom. In a confessional, she admitted that most of her life was simply put on credit cards -- before adding that she would sometimes get cash from her ex whenever she asked.

"It's not my business, it's not my law firm, I'm not a lawyer," she added.

"Any of the lawsuits, did you have aheads up? Is that why you got divorced?" Beauvais then asked.

A lawsuit was filed against the former couple accusing Tom of misappropriating "at least $2 million in client money" owed to the families of the victims of a 2018 Boeing jet crash in Indonesia. Tom and Erika have also been accused of faking the divorce to help conceal their involvement with the embezzlement case, something she denies.

"No, I did not. This was a long time coming, a long battle with someone whose personality has completely changed," Erika replied. "Three years ago, he had a terrible, terrible head injury and there was a significant shift in his personality, decision making and who he is. There was severe decline."

Erika said that the conversations they used to have together "were no longer," as he started to repeat himself endlessly and would "rage" if she pointed that out to him. "Like I was a whipping boy," she said, "the anger, frustration, I took it all. I think he denied it to himself, this isn't happening. I'm so f---ed up mentally."

Garcelle then wanted to know whether Erika thought the things Tom was being accused of were "because mentally, things were in decline." Erika said she did believe that, and didn't think he was intentionally trying to do anything wrong. "Part of true brain trauma is making decisions how you wouldn't normally make," she continued, stressing that it's been so hard to see him resist getting help.

"The calls I was getting from his lawyers at his firm, one of his lawyers calling on the phone to me, 'We have to do something,'" Erika claimed. "What is it we can do? Such a bizarre ending to a career, you know?"

Erika said she hasn't spoken to Tom.

"I had to ask his attorney to call his attorney and ask, 'Please stop calling Erika,'" she said. "It's just horrible, 'I love you, miss you, come home, are you sure?' I'm like, stop, you have to stop honey, you need help and I can't give it."

Once they returned to the house, Garcelle brought up Erika's claims about Tom calling her again, saying it was just "the saddest thing." There was nobody else around when she said it the first time -- but then Garcelle mentioned it again when the other ladies joined them.

"Erika shared, if you don't mind me saying, that Tom calls her," said Beauvais -- and Erika snapped.

"I do mind you saying that, because I feel like you're betraying my friendship right now," she said, "But please, have your moment. Go ahead. Go ahead, babe."

"I don't want to do it like that," said Garcelle, who was shocked. Erika, meanwhile, was still seething.

"So let me tell the f---ing story. Tom calls me all the time. I won't take his call. And you got it out of me once and now you want to do it again. Don't f---ing sugar coat it," she shot at Garcelle, who swore it wasn't her "intention" to stir the pot.

In tears, Erika said she was "sharing a private moment, something that I haven't said" when she opened up about Tom's alleged calls the first time. "Sometimes not everything is up for discussion," she added, "I've been very open and very honest, so I think that was dirty."

"You didn't have to do it twice, Garcelle. You did it once, you didn't have to do it again," she said, getting more and more emotional as she spoke. "You did it twice. You already got it once, you didn't have to do it in front of them. Once was enough."

Erika then got up, walking off sobbing as she said, "There's only so much I can take right now, guys. I just wanna go to the bathroom for a bit."

After Erika left the room, Crystal explained there was a miscommunication afoot. Apparently, after Erika told her and Garcelle about Tom's alleged calls, Erika said she didn't want to talk about it further -- but Beauvais wasn't within earshot when that happened. She simply didn't hear Erika's wish to keep it on DL.

"You did not hear, I know that," said Crystal, as Garcelle reiterated that she would "never want to hurt" Erika and "never got told not to" talk about it further. The episode ended with Erika sobbing behind a closed bathroom door, her mic picking her up as she said, "I tried the be open and honest."

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Captain America Comics Doubles Down on His Famous MCU Quote

PEOPLE 04 August, 2021 - 04:04pm

In the MCU, Captain America is a standup guy who doesn't appreciate certain language said around him, and now it's more apparent than ever in comics!

In the sprawling film series that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America isn’t a hero that appreciates vulgar language, cuss words, or any kind of talk that he wouldn’t want his own mother to hear, and now his comic counterpart has doubled down on an MCU quote that shows just how closely related the two are in terms of their (mostly) squeaky clean reputation. Of course, that famous MCU quote is none other than the single word of “language” that Cap first utters during the opening moments of Avengers: Age of Ultron in response to a certain someone — aka the infamously obnoxious Tony Stark — stepping over Cap’s accepted vocabulary line.

Seen in the second issue of The United States of Captain America, by Christopher Cantwell and Dale Eaglesham, comic book Cap is shown to be following closely in his MCU doppelgänger’s ways by doing anything he can to not use language that his movie self would scoff at. Looking for the villains that are hunting down multiple civilian Caps, dubbed the Captains Network, whom have taken it upon themselves to help their communities across the board, Steve Rogers and one-time Captain America, Sam Wilson, find themselves in Pennsylvania in search of the next psuedo-Captain America to help and protect before something terrible befalls them.

Wondering whether or not he and Sam Wilson should “ditch the uniforms entirely with all this imposter crud,” Steve draws attention to the predicament that he himself and the ideals he stands for are currently up against, while simultaneously throwing in a hilarious “cuss” word (at least in his book) to get his point across. Saying “crud” instead of the decidedly more vulgar alternative, Steve follows this gem of a replacement word up a few pages later with a very wholesome exclamation of “good gosh” when he and Sam arrive to witness a scene that even Steve didn’t expect.

Being all about old fashioned ways, patriotism, American values and the thought that using curse words in public is entirely unacceptable regardless of who you are, Captain America has always been the most stand up and morally good hero of the Marvel Universe both in the comics and up on the big screen. Usually surrounded by comic characters that relish in a few expletives during the heat of battle (looking at you, Wolverine), comic Cap does his best not to stoop to their level of rudeness, despite getting into situations that would easily call for such a thing.

While replacing a few words here and there might stay in line with Cap’s hilarious “old man” image across both comics and film, it more so acts as a character moment that continues to show a man who won’t tolerate language that others would find offensive or just plain rude, further putting a spotlight on a quality of Captain America's that essentially makes him who he is. And not only that, but as this issue proves, subbing in a “crud” or “gosh” every so often is just plain funny to see, no matter which way you cut it.

So although the MCU version of Captain America has been the source of some hilarious memes in regards to his 1940s mentality over the years, comic book Cap has doubled down on an aspect inherent to his character that should never go away. Captain America most certainly won’t hesitate to punch the newest big bad right in the mouth if needed, but asking him to cuss at the dude on top of it? Better go see what Wolverine’s doing because Cap won't be having any of it.

Captain America Comics Doubles Down on His Famous MCU Quote

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In the MCU, Captain America is a standup guy who doesn't appreciate certain language said around him, and now it's more apparent than ever in comics!

In the sprawling film series that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America isn’t a hero that appreciates vulgar language, cuss words, or any kind of talk that he wouldn’t want his own mother to hear, and now his comic counterpart has doubled down on an MCU quote that shows just how closely related the two are in terms of their (mostly) squeaky clean reputation. Of course, that famous MCU quote is none other than the single word of “language” that Cap first utters during the opening moments of Avengers: Age of Ultron in response to a certain someone — aka the infamously obnoxious Tony Stark — stepping over Cap’s accepted vocabulary line.

Seen in the second issue of The United States of Captain America, by Christopher Cantwell and Dale Eaglesham, comic book Cap is shown to be following closely in his MCU doppelgänger’s ways by doing anything he can to not use language that his movie self would scoff at. Looking for the villains that are hunting down multiple civilian Caps, dubbed the Captains Network, whom have taken it upon themselves to help their communities across the board, Steve Rogers and one-time Captain America, Sam Wilson, find themselves in Pennsylvania in search of the next psuedo-Captain America to help and protect before something terrible befalls them.

Wondering whether or not he and Sam Wilson should “ditch the uniforms entirely with all this imposter crud,” Steve draws attention to the predicament that he himself and the ideals he stands for are currently up against, while simultaneously throwing in a hilarious “cuss” word (at least in his book) to get his point across. Saying “crud” instead of the decidedly more vulgar alternative, Steve follows this gem of a replacement word up a few pages later with a very wholesome exclamation of “good gosh” when he and Sam arrive to witness a scene that even Steve didn’t expect.

Being all about old fashioned ways, patriotism, American values and the thought that using curse words in public is entirely unacceptable regardless of who you are, Captain America has always been the most stand up and morally good hero of the Marvel Universe both in the comics and up on the big screen. Usually surrounded by comic characters that relish in a few expletives during the heat of battle (looking at you, Wolverine), comic Cap does his best not to stoop to their level of rudeness, despite getting into situations that would easily call for such a thing.

While replacing a few words here and there might stay in line with Cap’s hilarious “old man” image across both comics and film, it more so acts as a character moment that continues to show a man who won’t tolerate language that others would find offensive or just plain rude, further putting a spotlight on a quality of Captain America's that essentially makes him who he is. And not only that, but as this issue proves, subbing in a “crud” or “gosh” every so often is just plain funny to see, no matter which way you cut it.

So although the MCU version of Captain America has been the source of some hilarious memes in regards to his 1940s mentality over the years, comic book Cap has doubled down on an aspect inherent to his character that should never go away. Captain America most certainly won’t hesitate to punch the newest big bad right in the mouth if needed, but asking him to cuss at the dude on top of it? Better go see what Wolverine’s doing because Cap won't be having any of it.

Everything Is About To Change For Erika On "RHOBH"

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Thanks to mentions of the date on-screen, plus plenty of real world information that can be easily lined up with the scenes we’re shown each week, it’s clear when everything went down — just look at the episode that told us Erika filed for divorce on Election Day. And now, the preview at the end of the August 4 episode has dropped another bombshell when it comes to Erika’s situation: the release of an article that shocks all of her cast mates.

The preview only shows the headline and does not say where the article was published, but it’s a story that made waves outside of the show, too. 

On December 17, 2020 the Los Angeles Times published an article titled “The legal titan and the ‘Real Housewife’: The rise and fall of Tom Girardi and Erika Jayne”. The lengthy story details everything that was known up to that point about Tom’s legal woes and delves into his career, including as one of the lawyers involved in the Erin Brockovich case. But, further than that, the article also explores Erika’s backstory, her marriage to Tom, her music career, and her lavish lifestyle. 

While Tom’s situation had been covered in the news up until this point — as had Girardi’s divorce filing — the Los Angeles Times article really pieced the whole story together and made it much more intriguing. As we’ve seen on RHOBH already, the cast members have read news stories about Tom as they’ve come out. When the LA Times story breaks, you can see that there’s a bigger reaction from them. Now, it’s not just about Tom; it’s about Erika, the show, and her entire lifestyle.

Part of why Erika’s situation is captivating is because — whether it’s fair or not — people are always interested in a classic fall from grace story. While the legal issues are centered around Tom, Erika’s side of things is about a woman who flaunted her wealth — including saying she spent $40,000 per month on clothes, makeup, and hair and releasing a song called “XXpen$ive” — now having to figure out what comes next in her life. On top of that, she’s doing it while filming a reality show. 

Naturally, headlines came out about Erika selling her designer clothing online and fans analyzed her social media posts. Not long after the LA Times article came out, the New York Post published one titled “​​An ugly mess: The scandalous implosion of Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi”.

This season, RHOBH has featured scenes of Erika talking about her massive closet and numerous close-up shots of her expensive shoes and accessories. While the show has always been wealth porn, in the past, we wouldn’t have gotten such pointed references to Erika’s assets. It’s all part of the story. 

And the show does affect the real world, just as the real world is shown on the series. An investigator recently told Us Weekly that RHOBH may be used as evidence in his case. “There’s a lot of inconsistent statements and admissions made by the non-scripted actors that we’re putting together to use in court," they claimed.

In June, Hulu and ABC News released The Housewife and the Hustler, an hour-long documentary about the Girardis. The title speaks to the scandalousness of it all, and the inclusion of former Real Housewives cast members Danielle Staub and Dana Wilkey, who barely know Erika, played up the entertainment factor. The documentary got Bravo fans talking, but also made the story more accessible to those who don’t follow the series. 

In the time period that was shown on RHOBH so far, the cast has been worried about Erika’s wellbeing while checking in on the news about Tom. After this week’s episode, with the release of the LA Times article, there’s a shift. The article makes the focus on Erika much more prominent and the preview even shows Sutton Stracke saying she doesn’t feel comfortable being around Erika any longer. Just as the dynamic shifted in the real world back in December as Erika’s role in the situation grew larger, the dynamic is shifting on the show and bringing plenty more drama with it.

Everything Is About To Change For Erika On "RHOBH"

Screen Rant 04 August, 2021 - 03:55pm

Thanks to mentions of the date on-screen, plus plenty of real world information that can be easily lined up with the scenes we’re shown each week, it’s clear when everything went down — just look at the episode that told us Erika filed for divorce on Election Day. And now, the preview at the end of the August 4 episode has dropped another bombshell when it comes to Erika’s situation: the release of an article that shocks all of her cast mates.

The preview only shows the headline and does not say where the article was published, but it’s a story that made waves outside of the show, too. 

On December 17, 2020 the Los Angeles Times published an article titled “The legal titan and the ‘Real Housewife’: The rise and fall of Tom Girardi and Erika Jayne”. The lengthy story details everything that was known up to that point about Tom’s legal woes and delves into his career, including as one of the lawyers involved in the Erin Brockovich case. But, further than that, the article also explores Erika’s backstory, her marriage to Tom, her music career, and her lavish lifestyle. 

While Tom’s situation had been covered in the news up until this point — as had Girardi’s divorce filing — the Los Angeles Times article really pieced the whole story together and made it much more intriguing. As we’ve seen on RHOBH already, the cast members have read news stories about Tom as they’ve come out. When the LA Times story breaks, you can see that there’s a bigger reaction from them. Now, it’s not just about Tom; it’s about Erika, the show, and her entire lifestyle.

Part of why Erika’s situation is captivating is because — whether it’s fair or not — people are always interested in a classic fall from grace story. While the legal issues are centered around Tom, Erika’s side of things is about a woman who flaunted her wealth — including saying she spent $40,000 per month on clothes, makeup, and hair and releasing a song called “XXpen$ive” — now having to figure out what comes next in her life. On top of that, she’s doing it while filming a reality show. 

Naturally, headlines came out about Erika selling her designer clothing online and fans analyzed her social media posts. Not long after the LA Times article came out, the New York Post published one titled “​​An ugly mess: The scandalous implosion of Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi”.

This season, RHOBH has featured scenes of Erika talking about her massive closet and numerous close-up shots of her expensive shoes and accessories. While the show has always been wealth porn, in the past, we wouldn’t have gotten such pointed references to Erika’s assets. It’s all part of the story. 

And the show does affect the real world, just as the real world is shown on the series. An investigator recently told Us Weekly that RHOBH may be used as evidence in his case. “There’s a lot of inconsistent statements and admissions made by the non-scripted actors that we’re putting together to use in court," they claimed.

In June, Hulu and ABC News released The Housewife and the Hustler, an hour-long documentary about the Girardis. The title speaks to the scandalousness of it all, and the inclusion of former Real Housewives cast members Danielle Staub and Dana Wilkey, who barely know Erika, played up the entertainment factor. The documentary got Bravo fans talking, but also made the story more accessible to those who don’t follow the series. 

In the time period that was shown on RHOBH so far, the cast has been worried about Erika’s wellbeing while checking in on the news about Tom. After this week’s episode, with the release of the LA Times article, there’s a shift. The article makes the focus on Erika much more prominent and the preview even shows Sutton Stracke saying she doesn’t feel comfortable being around Erika any longer. Just as the dynamic shifted in the real world back in December as Erika’s role in the situation grew larger, the dynamic is shifting on the show and bringing plenty more drama with it.

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