#VanderpumpRules Recap: “Ring On A String” [Episode 16]

Happily married Navy wife, avid crafter and reality TV fan. Lucky to be alive. I may have broke my neck, but I fight like a lawyer & live like I invented it.


Last night’s episode of “Vanderpump Rules” resumes with the wedding “I dos”, between the beautiful couple, Schaena and Shay, with the stunning landscape and fountain backdrop at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, CA, serving as the perfect venue for this SUR bride. There were  mishaps and a bride in a closet for a few minutes, but the  ceremony was tasteful and sweet, and surrounded by friends and family, it’s official, they’re married.


At cocktail hour, a guest greeting occurs between Lisa Vanderpump and Kristen, and it’s awkward and weird at the same time.  It starts polite, then Kristen says, “I’m sorry that it came down to you firing me, but you never liked me.” Lisa responds, “I’ve never liked your attitude.” Lisa then refers to orchestrating  Miami girl to confront AT SUR. In the end,  Kristen doesn’t get it,  and after a fake hug to Lisa, Kristen walks off, probably towards her next encounter with drama.


The reception begins, with Vanderpump style centerpieces, roses dripping everywhere, and glowing romantic lighting. The announcement of the wedding party is fouled up by the famous Instagram wedding coordinator. Well it can’t be the brides fault, right? The food and drinks flow till Tom Schwartz pulls Kristen aside in a romantic gazebo. My heart broke for Katie, when she didn’t get a RING, she got a ring on a string. Ouch! No diamond, no knee drop., just a “I promise to promise.” Katie apparently felt the same way, as she looks so hurt and wounded.  Lisa Vanderpump finds Katie sitting alone later, and gives some more honest motherly advice. when she comments, “Don’t settle for second best.” Good advice, Lisa!


As the party goes on, the bride freaks over things not being done in order. Scheana blasts her requests to her wedding coordinator, who looks like  a deer in the headlights, who has no clue how to fix anything.


Jax really shows his true character at this wedding, hits on everyone, and manages to insult and belittle Carmen, all in a single event. Things really get turned up when Max points to a leaving Kristen, with her bearded trainer. Alcohol fueled resentments bubble to the surface as James storms out, following them to the parking lot. Things get ugly very quickly as the shouting begins. James says,  “You treat me with zero respect whatsoever.” James violates personal space, and Kristen pushes back. “F*** you Kristen,  everyone talks s*** on you and it’s true”. After hearing that, Kristen announces, “You and I are done.” It gets real when James, once again gets in Kristen’s personal space and grazes her arm, then Kristen slaps, then punches James right in the face..  She threatens to call the cops, which made no sense to this viewer.


A sweet bridesmaid pep- talk happens between Ariana and the tearful and frustrated bride, and Ariana is able to bring Scheana and Shay back into a blissful wedding state. After Tom Sandavol hears from James that he got punched in the face, by Kristen, he says, oozing with love to Ariana, “When I want to go on vacation, I just look in Ariana’s eyes.” Then right there, says he is in love with her, and she does the same, in front of smiling friends.


The night comes to an end for the guests and the party continues for the SUR gang in the bungalow.  Is it the end for James and Kristen?  Katie and Scwartz?  Jax and Carmen?  Tune in and find out next week on “Vanderpump Rules.”


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