You’ve acquired handy it to Bravo (and TMZ) for making Vanderpump Guidelines followers assume the jaw-dropping Scandoval got here out of nowhere when, in actual fact, it appears to be a significant plot level this season.
Presumably, Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss’ secret love affair gained’t be revealed within the preliminary footage for the present’s ongoing tenth season. (The Bravo collection went again into manufacturing after the scandal broke.) Nevertheless, there’s sufficient suspicion from sure forged members—particularly, Katie Maloney, Lala Kent, and Ally Lewber—about one thing brewing between the 2 that it’s formally turn out to be a degree of rivalry. A lot so that in tonight’s new episode, a producer asks Sandoval in a confessional if “something bodily has ever occurred” between him and Leviss.
“No,” the TomTom co-owner laughs. “Nothing has ever occurred between Raquel and I. Like, nothing.”
After stuttering a bit, he provides this pointless qualifier about him not being friendlier with Leviss than others: “That wouldn’t occur between me and Katie.” Cue one other nervous chuckle.
This complete episode, titled “Seaside, Don’t Kill my Vibe,” is de facto only a horror film about midlife crises. Not that this psychological phenomenon excuses and even rationalizes Sandoval’s or the equally loathsome Tom Schwartz’s habits this season; as Lara Parker identified in a latest Buzzfeed article, Scwhartz has all the time been notably terrible. Nonetheless, it’s really scary what some males are able to after they attain 40 and begin carrying attraction necklaces.
By now, viewers know that Sandoval and Leviss have no less than kissed at this level, because of the Howie Mandel interview from hell. And based on feedback from the forged, the 2 could have had some type of rendezvous at Scheana Shay’s wedding ceremony in Mexico. This provides some vital context to Sandoval seemingly soft-launching his eventual cut up from Ariana Madix on the present, or no less than attempting to make her appear like a foul associate. On this newest episode, his anti-Madix agenda is on full show.
In an early scene, Sandoval and Schwartz complain about their unhappy private lives over sandwiches. Sandoval, after all, makes use of the chance to rant about Madix all the time disagreeing with him and “making [him] really feel dumb.” As I stated in final week’s recap, Madix, a notably sardonic lady, has additionally been trustworthy with Sandoval; in actual fact, final week we noticed her defending Maloney in opposition to him in a well mannered, measured vogue. Plus, the couple already had a dialogue about this final week, so why are we bringing it up once more? This self-victimizing technique of his isn’t fooling anybody.
It’s additionally fascinating that Sandoval’s points with Madix are the identical issues Maloney has voiced about her marriage to Schwartz—but he by no means confirmed her any compassion throughout that relationship, nor does he afterward on this episode. Extra afterward Sandoval’s bizarre disdain for Maloney!
Fortunately for us, Lewber hasn’t let go of the essential intel about Sandoval and Leviss hanging out at The Abbey at 1 a.m. She additionally mentions that Maloney implied that Sandoval and Madix have an open relationship. It’s hilarious watching James Kennedy make nothing of the state of affairs, contemplating how a lot he loathes Leviss. He tells Lewber that she ought to inform Shay about seeing them out collectively since she’s Madix’s finest pal. In the meantime, Maloney talks to Kent about it, however they each nonetheless appear uncertain of an affair really taking place.
Lewber later does inform Shay, who’s offended on her bestie’s behalf however is all the time uninterested in the group attempting to accuse Leviss of being a homewrecker. Sadly, Madix’s grandmother simply handed away, so she doesn’t need to unload the information on her, however she does inform Sandoval about it later at a seashore gathering. He denies the rumor as awkwardly as he denies hooking up with Leviss.
This initially chill seashore day, deliberate by Kennedy, turns into more and more chaotic in one of the best ways. First, Kennedy throws a drink in Schwartz’s face after he makes jokes about his and Leviss’ former engagement. Then the forged goes to a close-by restaurant, the place Kent eviscerates Schwartz for usually being terrible. Then Kennedy will get 151 in his eye. THEN, Leviss tries to speak to Maloney about her makeout with Schwartz. Lastly, Sandoval confronts Maloney about implying that he messed round with Leviss and that he has an open relationship.
Maloney tries to backpedal, however she will be able to’t get a phrase in edgewise as a result of Sandoval is screaming at her from the opposite facet of the room about her personal breakup. This man has been weirdly anti-Maloney all through her divorce, as if she and Schwartz not being collectively isn’t a a lot more healthy end result for each events. He calls Maloney’s option to divorce Schwartz “heartbreaking” and claims that she by no means apologizes for something.
At this level, his tangent begins to sound very private. “You shouldn’t be with somebody due to who you need them to be,” he says. “You have to be with them due to who they fucking are!”
Clearly, Sandoval thinks a lady ought to simply settle for a person’s horrible habits, no questions requested—similar to he thinks Madix ought to blindly agree with every part he says. Therefore, why he’s secretly hooking up with a lady who nods and smiles at every part he does. It’s all coming collectively!