During Wednesday’s episode, each of the women seemed to be worried about Erika, 51, following several incidents where she appeared to be very intoxicated. The ladies were especially concerned after Erika revealed to her friends that she is taking Lexapro and Wellbutrin, and also “on other things.”
Things came to a head at Diana Jenkins‘ elaborate holiday party, where the women expressed their concerns over Erika’s behavior. She even interrupted Diana’s fiancé, Asher, as he sang a song by yelling, “Hit the high note!”
戴安娜, 49, laughed it off but the others — including 丽莎琳娜, 凯尔·理查兹, 加赛尔·博韦, 和 水晶宫明可夫 — were visibly concerned. (Sutton Stracke 和 多丽特·凯姆斯利 didn’t attend the party because both had tested positive for COVID-19.)
“I think Erika probably misses the spotlight,” Garcelle, 55, commented in a confessional following the awkward moment. “She won’t shut up. It’s awkward.”
Crystal — who shared a tense exchange with Erika earlier in the evening after she suggested that Crystal take laxatives amid her ongoing battle with bulimia — was also caught off guard by her friend’s behavior.
“艾丽卡, I think has had far too much to drink and her behavior, I think it’s not respectful and it feels a little bit out of control,” 水晶, 39, said in a confessional.
Following the musical performance, Diana sat with Lisa, 59, and Erika. But Erika announced she was “F—ing lit” and ordered another drink. “I’d like the champagne orgasm moment,” 她说.
After noting that she wanted to get some things off her chest, Erika said with slurred speech, “You invited me to a lot of events. 而事实是, I didn’t want to bring my scorn and my f—ing Scarlett letter on to your daughters and on to you.”
She then broke down in tears. “I didn’t want to bring that f—ing shame,” 她补充说.
凯西, 63, eventually walked away and joined Kyle, 53, 水晶, Garcelle, 和 Sheree Zampino, who all asked how Erika was doing. “It’s getting out of control,” Kathy responded.
Garcelle told Kathy about how inappropriate Erika had been towards her 14-year-old son at her birthday party four weeks prior. “You don’t ever want to put yourself in a position of drinking and then losing control and doing something stupid,” 凯西说.
But Garcelle was firm in her stance on the subject. “I know we’re all friends and I just feel like sometimes we can’t always be in denial just for the safety of our friendship,” 她说, before bringing up how “out of control” intoxicated Erika was in Mexico and on the boat.
“I think I’m ultra-sensitive to, if someone says this person’s drinking too much, 诚实地, because of our sister, 金,” Kyle said. 在忏悔, 她补充说, “It’s very dangerous to throw around labels like that, like a drinking problem. And Garcelle wants me to say that, she’s baiting me. 所以, 我不这样做。”
“But I’m just saying that sometimes there doesn’t need to be an excuse for something. It can just be bad,” Garcelle replied.
In her own confessional, 她说, “Maybe tonight will be the night where everybody sees that Erika is having a hard time. 我的意思是, I’ve been saying it all along. I know I’m right. I don’t wanna be right but it’s happening right in front of us.”
“But it should not be an excuse for poor behavior,” Crystal told Kyle and Garcelle.
“I think Kyle’s idea of being a loyal friend is 100% backing the person,” Crystal said in a confessional. “I actually disagree on that. When I’m doing something wrong, I expect my good friends to call me out, not just back me blindly.”
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第二天, Lisa went to Erika’s house to have an honest conversation with her. After expressing concern, Lisa told Erika she was “秒—面对” at the party and that she was slurring her words. Lisa then asked if she blacked out when she got home.
“是的, I hit my head,” Erika confessed. “Then I vomited. This is the fallout of everything that happened,” 她补充说, referring to her divorce and scandal.
“With the anti-depressants, what happens is one drink is five times stronger, maybe more,” Lisa said. “You were out of control.”
Erika eventually agreed that her actions had been reckless. “事实是, I could’ve hurt myself,” 她承认. “It just can’t happen like that.”
“You have gone through a tremendous trauma,” Lisa told her. “Your husband was not the guy that you or any of us thought he was and you have had to deal with it because you were married to him. You went to this place because you’re in a lot of pain.”
“I come from experience. I’ve seen it,” Lisa said in her confessional, noting how her sister, Laurene, died from a drug overdose when she was just 6 岁. “所以, I understand why Erika would want to self-medicate or numb herself or try to have a good time or what not. I understand it.”
“You have to stop this now because you can’t do it anymore,” she said to Erika. “It’s just not who you are.”
Though Erika admitted the truth was hard to accept, she agreed. “Because I’ve always prided myself on always being so controlled, I pushed it too far. I did the wrong thing. 有时, 你知道, it’s hard to be really honest with your friends but thank you for saying, ‘嘿, 你知道吗, you gotta stop that s—‘.”
“We all hit rock bottom. Everybody has a rock bottom moment. I think that this is yours,” Lisa said.
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