The Real Housewives of Vancouver return for Season 2 with three new wives in the mix
"Life's a journey. It's just more fun on a private jet."
Ronnie Negus summed it up best as she put on her blinding, diamond-encrusted heels and climbed into the plane only to disappear into the clear blue skies. (Okay, the shoe bling may have been exaggerated, but the season premiere needed a little spicing up.)
Ronnie Negus; Photo sourced from Twitter
Unlike the top photo of this article, the season two opener of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, which premiered on February 5, was safe and congenial. A quiet episode of heartfelt moments and passive-aggression, with a snarky side. But, judging by the season previews, the episodes won't disappoint in the catfight department. The tempers will eventually flare in a big way, the long, fake, gem-flecked nails will come out and cut through the BS, leaving everyone, including viewers, scarred for life. And someone will call someone a 'whore'.
Yes, after a successful first season, the ladies are back. Not all of them. Christina Kiesel and Reiko MacKenzie have, sadly, decided to lead their lavish lives, which included at-home-performed facials and race cars, in private. Instead, we have three new wives: Ioulia Reynolds, Robin Reichman, Amanda Hansen.
The Vancouver's elite brought their Chanel handbags into new environments, sniffing each other's scents and forming new bonds and cliques. If looks could kill, on the other hand, the first episode would have been a bloody murder scene straight out of a Hitchcock movie.
Season 2 opened up with Negus and family casually chatting on their seaside property, hugged by their private yachts and tennis courts. The family discussed their day plans, debating whether to fish or not to fish. When the idea of a barbecue came up, her older son, asked, "Jody coming?" referring to Jody Claman, whose death glares have burnt certain housewives in the past (cough, Mary Zilba, cough). Her younger son then went on to say that he's hiding their spotted cat from Claman, calling the famous fur-wearer, "Cruella de Vil," prompting Negus to say, "Be nice".
Jody Claman; Photo sourced from vancouversun.com
Despite a confrontational season one, the two have since settled their differences when Claman "prayed over [Negus's] daughter" when it mattered the most.
Mary Zilba; Photo sourced from tvrage.com
The previous season has left mother of five appreciating the true beauty of life, after some soul-searching and personal growth. The wife most known for having a drink in her hand and slurred speech has been sober for four months and is now on a path to better the world and wants to help people. So, why not start with episode one?
The show centered around Negus's barbecue to celebrate her premature-born daughter Remington's life after she nearly died of a choking incident last year. She wanted to "give back" and invited the people who saved her life: the paramedics, firefighters, doctors, nurses. The guest list also included her frenemy Claman and long-time BFF Zilba--two people who cannot stand to breathe in the same room.
The camera zooms in on Claman's apartment and crystal chandeliers, and then Clamant's nasally voice can be heard saying, "I'm baaack".
Since last season, Claman got new pairs of shoes in Italy and her daughter Mia got a new nose.
The new season of Real Housewives of Vancouver makes us think about things that really matter: life, family and rich husbands. Take a look at The New Three:
Ioulia Reynolds: The 26-year-old Russian art consultant with a hot accent and "legs for days" is married to Damien, a wealthy venture capitalist who's 20 years her senior. She plays stepmom to his four kids. But she's just like us. She still struggles to find perfect outfits to wear to fancy parties, asking for her husband's valuable advice, and he seems more than happy to take off his headphones and look away from the computer screen to help.
Reynolds helped Zilba pick a new piece of art for her apartment. The two hit it off right away and ended up going to the the barbecue together. On the way there, Zilba warned her new friend of Claman's "cold aura". Zilba seemed to be treading lightly, still unsure about who to trust.
Ioulia Reynolds; Photo sourced from Twitter
Robin Reichman: The 47-year-old is a happily divorced "country girl" from Dallas, Texas, who owns a German horse named Jiggolo (Giggy) and is a proud mother of two young girls. She admitted she can be "confrontational" and is not afraid to break rules. Reichman spent eight years working in the prison system.
She fell in love with a Canadian, but after their 17-year mariage, the pair seperated, leaving her filthy rich, or, according to her, "comfortable".
When Negus took Remington to Reichman's ranch, as part of her special needs therapy, in Southlands, ex-racer showed the youngen the ropes. The mothers connected over personal hardships.
Reichman said she can also be "opinionated" and thinks Vancouver women need to loosen up a little.
Robin Reichman; Photo sourced from the Globe and Mail
Amanda Hansen: The 33-year-old traded alcoholism for sex and workout addictions. The stay-at-home mom of three lives in North Vancouver and is "obsessed" with weight and wants to look "starving". The recent divorcee has a hot long-distance boyfriend, dogs, three children. She claims she has "put her demons behind her, but she is still no angel".
When Claman's daughter Mia connected her friend Hansen with her self-made successful mom, to give her friend some advice starting a new business, the two cried over a cup of tea and booze.
Claman and Hansen shared a limo ride to Negus's barbecue, where Claman warned Hansen about Zilba, who she called a "bit of a terrorist, blowing herself up". She assured that Hansen will recognize Zilba when she sees her chimunk cheeks. Zilba is not her cup of tea.
Amanda Hansen; Photo sourced from the Globe and Mail
The barbecue went off without a hitch, despite strong private opinions, Zilba sang to Remington, said hi to Claman and her daughter who nonchalantly greeted her back, and a fight over difference of opinion regarding alcoholism was cut short, thanks to awkward laughs and sunglasses.