Erika Girardi Opens Up About Her Mother and Grandmother

Tensions were running high on this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills between everyone except for Lisa Rinna, Eileen Davidson and Erika Girardi, who traveled back home and shared some of her personal childhood with viewers.

Kyle Richards met Dorit Kemsley for lunch and praised Kyle for confronting Rinna at her dessert party. She told Kyle she was a “raging rock star” when she’d confronted Rinna in front of the group. When Richards explained that she was ready to move forward with Rinna, Dorit pointed out that Rinna had a habit of saying things, apologizing and then wanting to move forward. Kemsley explained she didn’t feel Rinna was very genuine and seemed unimpressed with her latest attempt to own her mistakes.

Erika and Eileen also met for lunch, where they also discussed the drama with Kim and Rinna. Both women agreed that it took a lot of balls for Rinna to admit what she had said, but that didn’t make it OK.

New footage was shown of the dessert party where Kim and Rinna were hugging it out and Rinna was optimistic they’d be able to move forward, but Lisa Vanderpump couldn’t believe Kyle was “giving Rinna another pass.” Despite Vanderpump’s feelings, Kyle seemed to want to try again with Rinna, “I do feel like Kim and Lisa Rinna were able to work things out, for now, and if Kim’s OK with Rinna, I’m OK with Rinna.”

In order to promote her boutique, Kyle agreed to host a launch party for the Fat Jewish’s new rosé. Erika; Vanderpump; Eileen; Dorit; her husband, PK; Camille Grammer and Eden Sassoon all attended the event. Rinna claimed she had the stomach flu even though her Instagram said otherwise.

Dorit arrived with a sleek haircut and Erika commented, “I love your hair. It looks very fresh on you.” Dorit replied, “That’s very sweet of you, Erika. It’s the first compliment I’ve gotten from you, ever.” Erika was as confused by that remark and said, “That’s not true — I’ve said many times that you look pretty. I’ve said many times I like what you’re wearing. Don’t say that, that’s not true!” A montage revealed that Erika was, indeed, telling the truth. “Is she keeping score?” Erika asked the cameras, while Dorit lamented that Erika had some type of guard up around her.

Next, Vanderpump invited Erika and Eden to join her in Hong Kong. Lisa was going in an effort to fight cruelty to dogs in that part of the world. When Eileen wandered over, Erika jumped in and invited her before Vanderpump could get two words out. Eileen is not Lisa’s favorite person. Worse for Vanderpump, now that Eileen was going, she felt she had to invite Rinna.

Vanderpump then invited Kyle, Dorit and Erika to lunch at her house to try out her daughter’s new rosé. Dorit walked in and gave Erika a really, really long hug, which Erika was not comfortable with. Once they were all seated, Kyle happily announced that Kim was a grandmother. Her grandson had been born early that morning, around 1:30 am.

Then, Vanderpump called out Erika for extending an invite to Eileen without running it by her first. Erika just laughed it off. Dorit then commented that she wasn’t sure she would trust Eileen or Rinna with her innermost secrets, prompting Erika to say she really shouldn’t trust anyone with those except for PK.

“Erika, you know, I like to have a nice family around me,” Dorit said. “Really?” Erika replied. Girardi said she had a couple friends she really trusted, but very few. In an interview Erika recalled a childhood memory of seeing her mom crying over being left by a man and thinking to herself, “I’ll never be like that. I’ll never be that f*cking weak.”

“My mother was very hard on me. I think she was raising me the way the world was treating her,” Erika explained.

In true Erika fashion she traveled back home to Georgia on her private plane with her glam squad in tow. They headed to Erika’s grandmother’s house to visit her mom and her mom’s fiancé, Chip. Erika got emotional walking around the house, looking at all of her old things and remembering her grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s before she passed away two years ago. As she began to cry to the camera, Erika called it an “inhumane” way to die.

Later, Erika and her mother visited the graveyard to pay respect to her grandmother, where they had a heart-to-heart.

“I think sometimes you treated me like an adult, when I really wasn’t ready,” Erika said to her mom, who was only 18 years old when she’d had Erika. “I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I was a young mom,” her mom replied. Erika said she knew her mom didn’t mean any harm, but that it was hard for her.

“But it made you a tough old bird,” her mom said with a smile.

The episode ended with Vanderpump inviting Rinna to Hong Kong.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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25 Replies to “Erika Girardi Opens Up About Her Mother and Grandmother”

  1. I haven’t watched the episode yet…but after your review, I can’t wait!! Just from watching the short clip, I relate to her even more and have a feeling you do as well. Hope all is well with you, my friend!!

  2. I like Erika (not as much as LVP). Although LVP asked to use Erika’s private plane to Hong Kong being declared as rude by Erika, what Erika did in inviting ED was just as rude or not more.

  3. I don’t have to see any more of this. I am convinced that after this season, I will no longer be watching. I will follow LVP in any show she is featured in, and I look forward to RHONY, but I will quit BH after this year. It is becoming unwatchable for me. I am sorry Erika devotees, but I cannot warm up to a robotic female…just cannot.
    I cannot relate to Erika on any level. She seems like someone who did anything she can for financial gain, and more power to her, but I just do not enjoy watching her no matter how great of an actress she is, and I have to say, she did a good job on YR and could be on soaps perhaps, except that she cannot force a cry very easily…not good for soaps. I could not stand her with Yolanda last season either. I won’t even talk about them together now either. I just don’t care about Yolanda and Erika. I am so happy she is well now however.
    Now, though I understand perhaps why she was okay with a much older man…and not just the wealth though it $$$ definitely helped, but she had a grandfather who raised her as a dad figure, so she only knows an older man as a father figure, lacking her own father in the picture…just an observation. I do wish her luck, and I really am not looking forward to the vacation, knowing LVP is taking so many of these women with her…should be another difficult episode or two.

    1. Morning, Real Sandy! Your feelings for Erika or any other HW is yours…if we all wanted the same it’d be – well – boring.
      I will say this, I disagree with your assessment of Erika and her husband. He was a very nice looking man when they met and she was not the blonde bombshell we now see. Maybe, just maybe, he truly fell for her – he could have picked any pre-made bombshell. I don’t believe she picked him as a father figure – as I’ve said many times, I’m older than my husband and believe me I do not remind him of his mother. I don’t understand why there has to be reasons for their love – can’t it just be love? (I know sometimes it’s been interpreted that I am arguing and I’m not, I’m merely offering another opinion, I value yours as much as my own)
      Isn’t LVP several years younger than Ken?

      1. I believe in love of all ages. I believe different things attract different people. We are not the same or we would be boring. My first love was younger than me. It was only a year, but we saw no age difference. I also dated much older men, and it was not for a father…I mean over 10 years but not 20 or anything. My own spouse is 4 years older.
        I value your opinion too. I just left mine for what I said may be happening, though clearly I do not know what attracted her. I know men with power are attractive to many and it makes sense. Something has to attract us in the first place. A man with a good job who is successful is attractive for those traits, but that doesn’t make the man. There is nothing wrong with that.
        Erika and Tom are still together and that says a lot. Whether his age and her lack of a father in her life was some part of it, though not the main part, it seems to work for them and I said that in the past as well. I am not looking for reasons, but I would think that his wealth did play a part, and not the only part, or they would have separated by now. Each of them has what the other likes, and it works.

        1. I guess it’s all about what the individual finds attractive. Sometimes people just want to full package, love, lust, stability. etc.
          For me, LVP and Ken’s relationship is odd, she seems to ‘wear the pants’ and he follows along. He’s protective of her, but I don’t care for how she treats him. Isn’t it wonderful that we all have a different perspective along with needs wants and desires. When I divorced my x – a successful man – I said, I’d rather be married to a man with no success than a JERK (putting it nicely). Like Erika, when found my love he came with bonus of being younger and very successful. I guess I just relate to Erika more than LVP.

          1. I am not a fan of how Lisa treats Ken at times either. Somehow it works for them however. He is like one of her pets at times, but they are in love, and it shows. I think she likes to kid with him a lot, and that is her sense of humor. Still, I know what you mean. She talks as if she witholds intimacy and only gives in as a token for his birthday…maybe. She makes this public which seems like an embareassment to him. Yes, she seems to wear the pants, but I do think Ken is not a total pushover.

      2. Yes, LVP is younger than Ken. It is not as many years as the age difference with Erika and Tom. Tom is close to Ken’s age.
        Just to clarify, kt, it is not like Erika consciously looked for a much older man, when I say father figure either. Sometimes this happens subconsciously. It is a feeling of protection with the older man, like a father’s, but not exactly a father who you want to call daddy or anything. That would be weird.

  4. I work with woman like ‘these women’ – which is why I hang with the guys! I see it on this board sometimes too…
    I agree, 4 years is enough time…they begin to think it’s their show and they are queen…ohhh…hmmm…LVP….
    Why have you been up since 3? Although I’m just coming off shift so I’m right there with you. If I suddenly stop responding – assume I sleeping like a baby!!!

  5. I will watch if there is someone I like on the show. I am not sure if there is anyone I like enough without LVP there, however. Aye, there’s the rub.
    Well, I really loved this show from the start because of Lisa Vanderpump, though I know she is not perfect. What happens with all of these shows is that most of the people change after a few years in the spotlight and usually for the worse. Lisa is still admirable, and I wish she would have her own show away from the others now. She had a long run, and really she does not need all of the fighting. I was appalled in the past with Yolanda and her disrespect of Ken. That is the way I saw it. I hated the way they ganged up on LVP in PR too. I don’t like Kyle enough to stay watching without LVP. Kim and Kyle together is just terrible IMO. Rinna, Eileen and Dorito are not enough with LVP either…just saying. I do like Carney, and if she is on, I may watch it. She is very likeable and real.

    1. LVP has earned the right to her own show and should have one. She has a huge fan base and any show of hers will be successful. She has enough going on for her own show, definitely more than Kim zolciak for example . I wonder if maybe she just doesn’t want her own show

      1. Kim Zolciak…Do you watch her? I actually tried to watch her and just couldn’t any more. I feel sorry for those kids. Every other word out of her mouth is F. Now her daughter is her clone…same plastic surgeon? It is sad for them. I think she brainwashed Kroy…or maybe washed something else?
        LVP has a way bigger fan base from all that I can see. She has an unreal number of Twitter followers too…over the top.

  6. We have talked about it and no wonder we get along so well! I am definitely a guys girl and don’t understand why so many women judge others. A good cry is good for the soul, but come on to cry over every little thing give me a break. Erika is very grounded.

    1. I notice that with these millennial girls, they are reverting to all the things our generation fought against as women.
      They think it’s cute to cry, and play dumb and be pull this maiden in distress bullshit . So now it’s cute to be weak and dependent again?!!!

      Gimme a break !

      1. You sound like you should star in Younger! I mean that! You are a millennial girl!
        I miss Younger. It will return in the summer sometime. 🙂

  7. Thanks, Rain. I enjoy having discussions with RS because we are similar profession but opposite in our thoughts. With that note – I gotta get some sleep I go back on in 7hours. XOXOXOXO my loves!!

    1. Not totally opposite. We just do not agree about some things, and we both stick to our true selves. That is all good. I respect you always kt.

    2. I am open to all viewpoints. I am sorry if I may come off as insensitive at times, because in life I have always been a nurturer. I always want to help if I can.
      I thought of you last evening and told my hubby about you. He works with a male nurse who is also a fireman/paramedic but who also works part time at the hospital. Being a fireman and a paramedic and nurse at the same time may be a bit too much with multiple places of business. I am not sure how he does it.
      You are a paramedic who happens to also be a nurse and you work as a paramedic. I know you love what you do and I admire your drive and your love of what you do. It shows.

  8. Maybe I can stand Dorit because I like Boy George. I always loved Culture Club. I still have my vinyl albums too. I do not love Dorit or PK at all. I like that LVP has an ally…mostly. If LVP goes though, then it will be very hard to watch.

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