#SouthernCharm Recap: “Raising The Roof” [Episode 3]

Posted on Mar 31 2015 - 1:33am by Dani-K

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This week we join the not-so happy couple, Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Calhoun Dennis, as the drive to nowhere, rehashing the guest list of last week’s dinner party. Basically, why did Thomas invite Jennifer Snowden. Thomas explains that he is not out chasing women, but he is struggling with their 29 year age difference. Spilt milk, Thomas. Get over it. Kathryn says she wants some R-E-S-P-E-C-T and he had better find out what that means to her. Thomas reluctantly apologizes for his misstep.

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Next, we are at the beach house that Shep Rose and Whitney Sudler-Smith will share for the next two months. The home is furnished so Whitney only brings a few things with him like his guitar and a new duvet. Shep doesn’t know what a duvet is or does. In fact, Shep is very surprised that Whitney wants to share the beach rental with him, thinking he would prefer to hang upside down in his dark closet.

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But wait – we learn that Whitney has a ladyfriend. Isn’t that sweet, y’all. She’s an actress/model/reality star by the name of LaRissa Marolt. Whitney says he is mostly turned on by her German accent. Rumor has it we will get to meet her sometime this season, even though she is very, very busy doing her actress/model/reality work. Danke!

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Cameran Eubanks and Craig Conover go fishing in the middle of the day because it’s not like Craig needs to show up at the law firm or study for the bar. Fishing is exactly what he wants to be doing at this moment. They discuss the awkward dinner party and how it doesn’t appear as if Kathryn and Thomas like each other anymore. Craig explains he doesn’t plan to marry until he’s 35 because for now, girls are his hobby. Have I mentioned what a catch this guy is? But according to Cameran, Craig needs to work because he is not privileged enough to live a life of privilege.

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Landon Clements and her little sister meet for wine and cheese on the Miss Adventure to discuss her painful divorce. Landon has plans to go to court so she can reclaim her maiden name. We learn that Landon is the first person in her family to ever get a divorce, and since she’s been back in Charleston, Landon has not yet visited her mother. It’s not that her mom is ashamed of her, just that Landon feels bad that she didn’t meet her mom’s expectations. But here’s the tea on Landon’s “James Bond Brit” ex-husband as she refers to him on her Bravo bio. His name is James Maby, and he was briefly married to Stacy Dash (Clueless, Single Ladies) whom he has a daughter with.

Kathryn meets Jennifer for cocktails so that they may have a conversation like adults. Jennifer explains that she met Thomas through her mom. They became close last year when Thomas needed a friend to confide in about getting Kathryn knocked-up. Jennifer says that their relationship was not inappropriate at all, y’all. In a talking head interview Kathryn says that her women’s intuition is superior. She asks Jennifer if anything ever “happened” between her and Thomas. Jennifer trips and stumbles all over her words, barely getting out the declaration that nothing happened between them “recently.” Kathryn’s superior intuition tells her to believe Jennifer.

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Back at the beach, Shep and Whitney are getting ready for their housewarming party. Whitney is overseeing the margarita machine, his trademark party perk. Everyone arrives and we learn from Cameran that the beach house, located on Sullivan’s Island, the Beverly Hills of Charleston, is listed for 1,699,000. Thomas arrives sans Kathryn who is still back at the plantation trying to find something to wear. Cooper, who is a premier men’s designer, is again wearing a pink jacket and wants Shep and Craig to be in his fashion runway-ish show that he’s planning.

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Whitney and Thomas are in his bedroom discussing that women dress for other women and men never do that. (Except these two.) Thomas jokes that Whitney not having anything to wear is like Imelda Marcos not having a pair of shoes. History lesson: She is the exiled first lady of the Philippines known for having 3,000 pairs of shoes. History lesson over.

Kathryn finally arrives and is wearing boring white sweater with boring white stretch pants, according to Whitney. Bryan, Whitney’s business partner shows up at the party just to let him know that he’s sick and tired of doing all the work for their new, upscale Mexican restaurant. Apparently Whitney does not do day-to-day grunt work and has a low threshold to getting his hands dirty. Craig is on board for the fashion show if for no other reason than to help himself to some clothes from the rack.

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It’s time to film the campaign commercials and they are filming at Patricia Altschul’s, aka Whitney’s mom, home. Here is the gist of the first commercial: shot on the balcony, young girls dancing, deejay playing, everyone raising their hands in the air like they don’t care. The slogan: Thomas likes to “Raise the Roof” but he won’t raise your taxes. Or something like that. The fact that these guys thought this was a good idea amuses me.

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During the filming of a more serious commercial where Thomas slams Senator Lindsey Graham, Patricia walks in the room pushing her dog Siegfried in a baby stroller. The only advice Patricia offers is for Thomas to straighten his shirt. Why should she bother? Let’s face it, Thomas has a better chance of getting eaten by a shark even if he never swims in the ocean, than winning this election.

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Kathryn is meeting Thomas for dinner, happy to have a date night with her old man. She is prepared to let things go and focus on the big picture. Or so she says. Thomas tells her about the commercials, briefly glazing over the dancing girls. When Kathryn has more questions about the commercial designed to “appeal to a younger crowd” we learn that the dancing girls in the commercial are Kathryn’s sorority friends. Kathryn has three things to say: 1) Lame 2) Eww 3) What are you thinking?

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Kathryn lets Thomas know this is not cool and he needs to stop listening to Whitney. She then tells Thomas he’s stupid. Thomas tries to explain that there wasn’t enough money in the budget to shoot a family scene. (Thomas, stop talking.) He feels that Kathryn is irrational, young, and overeating. (Really, Thomas, stop.) Kathryn wants an apology, but Thomas says he didn’t do anything wrong. (Thomas, you were warned.) Kathryn tosses her napkin in Thomas’s face and walks out. We are left with the distressing words…to be continued.

 

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  • TartLemon

    Thomas doesn’t want you, Kathryn! Why would he since she’s always whining, nagging and never smiling or happy. I won’t speak for everyone here, but most of us know marriage does not solve problems in a relationship. It just becomes another HUGE problem to solve when it’s not right. Most of us could probably attest to having a dynamic fireworks inducing sexual attraction to another person that could NEVER sustain a long term day to day existence of marriage.

    • Hi TartLemon. I couldn’t agree more! Kathryn…bless her heart…is too immature and ill-equipped for an adult relationship, let alone marriage. Just simple nuisances like the jokes Thomas laughs at, she doesn’t get. She’s too uptight and nags at everything. Just watching her frustrates me.

      • Sophia Z.

        Hi Seuss. Both of them are immature but are immature at different levels. Neither one of them need to be in a relationship as they are too unaware of self. IMO

        • Nancy Krystofik

          I totally agree, I like Thomas, his assessment of what he has not done for Kathryn was interesting. The baby is the real concern. I wouldn’t want to leave the baby alone with either one of them, the boozing is bad. They both need to quit. Margaritas and babies don’t mix.

          • Sophia Z.

            If this show was not scripted to some level, one would think that CPS would be on their doorstep. It really makes me wonder…. 😉

      • Jennymckitty

        They are both immature, but Katherine has surprised me this season. She looks like she is really trying to be a hands on mom and a good partner. She seems to have grown up a lot in the past years. Thomas has stayed the same.

        • We must be watching 2 different shows because I find Kathyrn very immature and an ineffective communicator. She’s never happy. And throwing her napkin in TRav’s face and calling him stupid (on national TV) no less is very childish. A mature woman knows better. No man wants a mother for a spouse/wife that belittles him.

          • Dani-K

            Kathryn and Thomas are not a match. I was surprised that she called him stupid on national tv, but like everyone says, she’s immature. Maybe Cameran should raise the baby. lol.

          • Do you think she’s suffering from postpartum? I get the impression motherhood and playing house is just way too much for her. She’s not handling it well at all. And she always seems unhappy. Like she’s missing out on the fun with her friends.

          • Dani-K

            And don’t forget the isolation being an hour away at the plantation. I do wish she were hanging out with her friends instead of trying to play grown up.

          • Exactamundo! What she’s complaining about another woman would die for.

          • RealDivaOfKnoxCounty

            I was thinking the same thing about Kathryn. The first several months after giving birth can be extremely lonely and depressing for someone if they are suffering from postpartum depression. To be stuck out in the middle of nowhere Edisto is clearly not helping the situation either.

          • Jennymckitty

            Yes, that was very immature. But watching her mothering the baby, trying to be hands on when she could easily have the nanny do everything, shows some growth. To me, she seems to be making an effort to grow into her new roles as mother and live-in partner.

          • Hey Jenny! I agree that she’s trying to bonding with the baby but also get the impression she’s overwhelmed by her new role.

          • Jennymckitty

            Yes. I can relate to that. I babysat throughout my entire teens…sometimes with actual babies. I was a RN for 20 years, one year working on labor and delivery. My husband and I tried for years to get pregnant before I eventually became pregnant at 40. I was overwhelmed at times. I feel that I was mature and as prepared as possible but I can still remember how exhausted and overwhelmed I felt at times. Maybe that’s why I empathize with Katherine. I was lucky as my husband was very supportive and wanted to be a hands on dad. Thomas said many times last season that he wanted a child. I took it to mean that he wanted to be a father, not simply sire a child.

  • Great recap, Dani-K. Spot on!

    • Dani-K

      Thanks Seuss!!

  • Nancy Krystofik

    Hopefully, TRav and Kathryn are playing to the cameras, otherwise, they are miserable. maybe that 10 year up or down rule Patti Stanger has is accurate. Why not let Kathryn dance on the video? It’s like she is shunned from the entire group. Whitney and Shep are 2 self centered individuals, all that boozing will eventually catch up to them, the guitar playing and singing was terrible, that beach house will never sell when it’s revealed what goes down on those furnishings. I may be mixing the scene from Shahs of Sunset with Mj in the bedroom of that condo she listed with the condoms on the windowsill.

    • Dani-K

      And don’t forget Craig. He’s very self-centered. I’m shocked that he and Cameran are really friends.

  • Jennymckitty

    When a 23 year old realizes your campaign ad is inappropriate and you don’t, it’s time to hang it up.

  • Yolie

    Whitney needs to stop disrespecting Kathryn. I thinks he has the hots for Thomas and wants him all to himself.

  • RealitytvJunkie

    Both, Thomas and Katherine need to grow up and to be honest. If I had to listen to the whining and constant distrust from someone I would leave them also. As long as Thomas takes care of his daughter that is what is important. Katherine has a questionable history. Her plan backfired and IMO she got pregnant on purpose.

    • Jennymckitty

      I am sure she did, but do you think that Thomas encouraged it? He said several times on season one that he wanted to have a child. This has led me to believe, perhaps erroneously, that he was OK with the lack of birth control.

  • Jersey

    I only watched a few episodes last season. Did Kathryn sleep with three men from this show within a short period of time? I’m not sure if I understood that part. If it’s true has Thomas had a paternity test? :/

    • RealitytvJunkie

      Yes, Katherine had sex with three of them within a week. She lied to Thomas about Whitley when he asked about them two.She bad mouths Whitley because she didn’t want Thomas to find out they hooked up. What’s sad is Thomas and Shep are related and when she got pregnant they had to do a DNA test to make sure Thomas was the baby daddy.

      • Jersey

        Yikes. That’s crazy.. Within a week? :/
        Thanks for the reply :0)

      • Dani-K

        Shock. Horror. Surprise. Yuck!

      • Upstatestruggler

        WHAT?! Ew. Lame. What were you thinking. Lol.
        Didn’t realize Shep and T-Rav were related.

  • Babson_Chick

    Love this show and the happy party going gang enjoying themselves. Interesting that we finally get to meet Larissa, Whitney’s famous (in Europe anyway) GF who is in her 20’s. Since they’re still together – this explains why he travels in Europe a lot.

    Some have jumped all over Whit for still living with his Mom but he only stops off for visits. It’s a reality show so can’t take this stuff too seriously. Would love to party with them.

    • Dani-K

      Whitney gives Thomas a hard time for being with a 22 year old when his girlfriend is a year younger. I wonder if he’ll get called out on that one when she makes an appearance.

      • Babson_Chick

        That’s true – gotta love “old” money. lol. Guess we’ll see how they play it.

  • Kay

    I like Cameron but who talks like that about babies.. Even if a baby isn’t super cute it doesn’t mean he won’t be able to become an attractive adult and vice versa… I’ve never even thought someone can be scared of having an ugly child.. some women get paranoid during pregnancy that their child might not be healthy, but worry about having an ugly baby??