RECAP: Southern Charm “Election Day” [Episode 10]

Posted on May 19 2015 - 6:36am by Dani-K

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Welcome back to “Southern Charm” where we are at DEFCON 4 according to Cameran. Everyone has forgotten that Craig and Kathryn slept on the beach the night before due to the new catastrophe of assault charges being filed against Thomas Ravenel by Kathryn’s BFF and stylist. The gang is on the croquet field discussing who’s going to tell Kathryn. No one does. Kathryn receives the news via her app while she’s in her room.

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According to Kathryn there have previous conflicts between Lauren and Thomas. On this particular night Thomas wanted Lauren to leave so he closed the door with enough force to cause Lauren to fall down the stairs. Kathryn calls Thomas to tell him that she’s just as outraged as he, pledges her loyalty to him, and promises to return home immediately. Five minutes later, though, Kathryn has a change of heart when she learns the gang is going to take dance lessons. She’s tired of being #shunned by Thomas so it’s #payback time. 

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The others are shocked, appalled, and horrified that Kathryn isn’t leaving, but no one says anything to her face. Whitney lurks nearby, not participating in the salsa lesson. By the way, did you know that salsa dancing is like eating chips with your feet? Here’s how is goes: Put your left foot in and get a chip, take your left foot out and get the salsa, put your left foot in the guacamole and shake it all about, do the salsa-walsa and you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about. (Clap, clap.)

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Whitney asks JD if he’s as stupefied that Kathryn is dancing and drinking instead of going back to Charleston to file a report to dispute this. JD agrees. They discuss the possibility of Kathryn and Lauren being in cahoots. Their theory is that if Kathryn can’t have Thomas, then the United States can’t have him either. I’m not sure about that theory but the timing is very suspect.

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Over at T-Rav headquarters the conversation is about the horrible media and their perpetual exploitation of the misunderstood Thomas Ravenel. He does acknowledge that there was zero margin for error and his campaign is likely over. Whitney calls Thomas to say he just happens to be back form Jekyll Island and just happens to be in the neighborhood and just happens to have juicy gossip. Thomas tells him to swing on by, it’s not like he’s got anything to do now, anyway.

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When Whitney arrives and asks Thomas what happened on that night with this stylist/bff of Kathryn’s. Thomas says he doesn’t want to discuss the “allegations” right now but he was totally cleared of these “allegations” by police. When Whitney asks why this girl was even at the house, Thomas explains she is a “talented” hairdresser of Kathryn’s. Whitney says that he is shocked, appalled and horrified that Kathryn didn’t return to his side. It is Thomas’ belief that she is receiving advice from a certain non-lawyer they all know, but not to worry, Thomas has done the mature thing and broken up with Kathryn via Facebook.

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Whitney decides not to tell Thomas about the beach tryst between Craig and Kathryn. (Instead he’ll probably save it for the finale.)

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After Kathryn returns to Charleston, she doesn’t visit Thomas. Instead she goes to the townhouse and packs all of her stuff. Flashbacks of happier times are shown. Kathryn hops in her car, drives away, calls her father to let him know she is one minute away, and is greeted by her waiting dad and baby. The violins play.

Over at Patricia’s house, Whitney and his mom are getting ready to watch Thomas’ television interview. Patricia orders a bourbon sour for the occasion as Whitney updates her on the scandalous behavior on Jekyll Island and Thomas’ Facebook breakup. According to Whitney, this is something 12-year old girls do. Whitney thinks Thomas should have broken up with Kathryn via text, because that is something 12-year old boys do.

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A flashback is shown of Whitney confronting Craig to learn if he had been “congruous” on the beach with Kathryn. Craig tells him to eff off. Whitney presses for more information and Craig explains he didn’t plan on the golf cart dying, both of their cell phones dying, or being unable to find his way back to the hotel that was five blocks away. Craig is just thankful he’s seen a few episodes of Naked and Afraid to know what to do. And I believe Whitney has his answer whether anything “congrued” on the beach or not. Patricia calls Kathryn a shameless strumpet, and in case you are wondering, the definition of a strumpet is “a female prostitute or a promiscuous woman.” Thank you Patricia. We always learn something new from you.

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It’s finally election day! Everyone goes to vote for Thomas except for…wait for it…Whitney! Can you believe that? Even Craig is voting for Thomas. For some reason Whitney is registered in New York. Who’s the shameless strumpet now?

There is an election-results party being held at JD’s restaurant. Slowly, people begin to arrive. According to Shep, the atmosphere is that of a New Orleans funeral, but without the jazz procession. Cameran and Landon get tanked. No one has heard from Kathryn, not even Craig. JD suggest they take bets on the percentage of votes Thomas wins. Numbers of 8% through 12% are called out. Sadly, they are way off. When the polls close, Thomas has only won 3% (though he says 4%).

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Thomas arrives and is devastated that he won’t be helping his country. Whitney tries to cheer him up by saying Thomas ran a respectable campaign and didn’t embarrass himself. Mmm-hmm. He said that with a straight face. Even Thomas broke a smile. Whitney then goes to the podium to introduce Thomas so that he may give his concession speech, and wouldn’t you know, this is the exact moment Kathryn makes her entrance. Thomas’ speech is short, but he thanks Kathryn.

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Kathryn thanks Thomas for thanking her, but Thomas says it was someone else’s suggestion that he thank her. Patricia thinks that Kathryn is not stupid like she portrays, but arrogant, presumptuous, and narcissistic. Thomas and Whitney are sitting at the bar, talking privately as Thomas shares that he is humiliated and a laughing stock. Thomas is battered and beaten. Kathryn comes over to rub it in ask if he’s okay. Thomas tells her he doesn’t need her drama right now. (Yay!) She whispers to Thomas that she is there to support him, not Whitney. Thomas gives an insincere thank you to Kathryn for her so-called support.

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Kathryn storms over to the girls table and complains about Thomas. Landon tells Kathryn that it’s not always about her. Thank you Landon! You should drink more often. Kathryn tells Landon this is “their” party so “eff off,” flipping her the double bird. Landon tells Kathryn she’s a classy lady. Kathryn wisely decides to leave, and after telling her friend she’s on the verge of (another) breakdown, runs off, because if it’s not about Kathryn, she’ll find a way to make it about her.

Tune in next time for the season finale!

 

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  • Norrth

    Are these people serious? Thomas never had a chance. What did Kathryn cost him? Whitney and Thomas, himself, lost move votes with that ridiculous video. Thomas treats that child near-bride like garbage that has to be hidden, and then wants her to run to his side when he’s in trouble. Thomas and Whitney are the worst narcissists, in my book.

    • Jennymckitty

      Exactly. Thomas has blamed Katherine and this show for his loss but he should blame himself and his past. In addition to his time spent in Federal prison for drug charges, wasn’t he also investigated during his stint as State Treadurer? He and Katherine both act like immature children. There is a chance that Katherine will grow up. At 50, I don’t think the same thing can be said about Thomas.

      • Norrth

        I agree. I see Kathryn growing up. Thomas? I can’t believe how unrealistic and otherwordly he is at his age.

        • Jennymckitty

          Thomas is under the impression that his last name will get him through life.

      • Dani-K

        Are you kidding me? Thomas blames the show for ruining his political chances? Hang on, I have to get off the floor from laughing so hard.

  • Yolie

    I recall Thomas taking Kathryn to the doc because she thought she was pregnant?? Only to find out it could have been Sheps or Craigs?? Then it turns out 2 months later she is pregnant with Thomas’s baby?? I am sorry but Thomas is no angel himself but honestly she is no prize! Then look at her with craig sleeping on the beach all night.

    • Jersey

      Oh wow, I didn’t know that she had already slept with Craig. For some reason I thought she slept with Whitney,Shep and Thomas. Someone had mentioned a paternity test had to be taken, I had assumed Whitney and Thomas were cousins.. I have got to watch season 1 so I can catch up.

      • undergroundrailroadtrain

        Yeah she did not sleep with Craig last season. It was Shep and Whitney. Even so I think Whitney was further back in the past. Shep was worried if it could be his I think

        • Jersey

          Hmmm so confusing. It’s weird that her and Whitney hate each other when they were once sleeping together.

          • I agree. A familiar song comes to mind…”There’s a thin line between love and hate!”

    • Nancy Krystofik

      Kathryn will not be wife material for another 15 years or more!

  • TopGear

    So glad Thomas dumped that trailer trash Kathryn. She’s such an embarrassment, getting wasted, cursing in your face, pointing fingers. She drinks too much and acts like an entitled and selfish brat. Hope her baby never sees these shows. Patricia nailed her description of Kathryn.

  • Great recap Dani-K! As for the incident with the stylist…Thomas was drinking, but Kathryn and her “stylist” were smoking pot…which was what the entire argument was about. Thomas kept telling the stylist to leave his home and she refused and told him that it wasn’t his house, referring to the fact that he was just renting…which is absolutely ridiculous. The stylist seemed to be instigating the situation and Kathryn was siding with her. There is no doubt that Thomas has his issues, but Kathryn is definitely a manipulative, scheming liar whose only goal is getting her hands on his money one way or another.

    Kathryn is a spoiled baby and lacks self awareness. And being 23 does not excuse her behavior, she’s an adult. I don’t see Cameran or other young ladies behaving like Kathryn. I’m not sure what Thomas was thinking having a baby is such an immature, selfish brat.

    • Guardian

      I found it suspect when, barely into their phone conversation, K said to T something to the effect that she hadn’t put her friend up to it. I found that such an odd thing to say especially since I don’t think Thomas had just asked about that. I so agree with you on all points re Kathryn. She is used to getting her way and throwing a major hissy when she doesn’t – and it doesn’t end there. Nasty, nasty person and with her sour face she looks much older than 23. That poor baby.

      • Hi Guardian. Exactly! You and I are right >here< on this. We see right through the "strumpet" (love Patricia). In my honest opinion, she trapped Thomas in hopes of marriage and living a pampered life. She didn't think Thomas would put her through a trial wife period to feel her out. Thank God he did. Like many said on the episode, she's selfish and classless. I actually like Whitney's personality (I'm probably alone here). I think he has his friend (Thomas) best interest at heart. He knows Kathryn is trash and the wrong person for Thomas.

        • Guardian

          Ohhh . . . this new C drive! How do I remember 10 different security codes that keep popping up? Screws up posting!!!! Anyhoo . . . Thanks for letting me know they are off again since the pre-season stint on WWHL. I just remember the phone conversation and how out of the blue those two sentences were. Agreed, married to trap him – period – game, set, match. Can you imagine the nightmare of working out custody and child support with her? I think she would have settled for any of them that had money – notice she never slept with Craig. Whitney does care about T – he just doesn’t have Patricia’s polish IMO.

        • Nancy Krystofik

          I like Whitneys personality too, I wouldn’t call Kathryn trash, strumpet is closer. Thomas and Kathryn have potentiall, the baby smiles more than Kathryn, looks just like her too, a little bit of Thomas in there-if Kathryn wasn’t so immature and moody, it could work. Also, Kathryn has appeared to come from a pampered life, her mom and grandmom seemed nice. Maybe Craig and Kathryn are a better match, Thomas could hook up with Amy, the campaign manager.

    • Dani-K

      And did you hear that Thomas fell into the pool while holding the baby? Some people bring out the worst in each other.

      • Kathryn probably pushed him in while she was drunk.

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    I absolutely adore Patricia 🙂

    • Same here! She’s awesome and embodies #SouthernCharm.

    • Dani-K

      Me too!

  • Kathryn is such a disgusting slut. She didn’t want to leave Jekyll to support Thomas so that she could stay, get drunk and hang with Craig. She clearly likes him and wants him sexually. What kind of mother leaves her child every 5 mins to get drunk and smoke pot.

    • Jennymckitty

      I think she stayed to be vindictive. I think she was pissed at Thomas for the way he treated her during the campaign and wanted to punish Thomas. Then Thomas retaliated by breaking up with her on Facebook. Both looked petty and immature.

      • You could see it in Kathryn’s eyes, she wanted to be with Craig. She didn’t want to go home and support her man through a scandal she’s partly responsible for creating. She told Thomas on the phone, I will be there for you. If she was mad at him she would not have told him that but once Craig told her she shouldn’t leave she changed her mind.

        IMO Kathryn has no concept of supporting a spouse. Everything is all about me..me..meee! She fails to understand that a person running for political office will have to invest a large chunk of themselves to the campaign. That involves not being home and not being as attentive. It’s called sacrifice in a relationship. It’s just like a boxer or professional athlete during competition times. They are hardly home and refrain from sex to prepare themselves physically and mentally to compete.

        A compassionate and non-selfish MATURE spouse would understand that and put their feelings on the back burner to support their partner. And I’m not buying Kathryn is only 23. The issue is Kathryn is spoiled and is use to having her needs met or she acts out.

        • Amy Bee

          Agreed. If not for Craig, Kathryn would have gone home.

  • Guardian

    Wow – I have missed almost a week now online – $257.00 lighter thanks to a bad C drive on a machine that is not even two years old. Hope everyone is doing well. What a nightmare K and T are! Someone remind me, weren’t they on WWHL before the start of this season saying all is well with them (again!)? Regardless, they should both be embarrassed by their behavior. It was awful to watch.

    • I believe they got back together and broke up again. Thomas went on Facebook again to post he caught her cheating (texting inappropriate things to some man).

  • itsjustme

    Never have I seen two supposedly grown ass men act like junior high girls. Whitney and Thomas BOTH have such an ICK factor for me I can hardly stand watching them. Especially Whitney, he always looks so greasy and unkempt, I feel like I need a shower after watching him on the show.
    I feel for Katherine, Thomas has treated her like shit since the first episode of this season. While that doesn’t excuse her behavior, I totally understand her not wanting to return and show support for Thomas, when he’s done NOTHING to help support her emotionally.

    • dmwood333

      I get where you are coming from but I think that at the beginning he was trying to include her but everytime she would make a scene or pout like a child and he was right, when you are running for office you spend all your time shaking hands and kissing babies and pumping for donations.He was busy, but she just whined ,me me me me. It is so irritating.But your right about Whitney,dude is a slimeball.But Kathryn blaming him for everything is stupid because Thomas is a 50 year old guy, nobody made him do the commercial or go to the strip club.That was all him.

  • Dani-K

    Seeing as Season 2 is coming to an end, does anything think/want/hope for a Season 3?

    • Guardian

      I hope it will continue. I find it a nice break from all of the Housewives franchises and other BRAVO shows that are going so overboard with nastiness.

    • I hope they come back. I love this show.

  • dmwood333

    Kathryn is pathetic,immature and needs to go. Not to mention she slept with Craig on the beach,and don’t even try to tell me nothing happened cuz that is BS. Thomas should have broken up with her to her face and not on facebook but he shouldnt have taken her back.Cannot stand her.

  • Amy Bee

    I don’t get the adoration of Patricia. She is Kathryn 40 years later. She raised a rude, socially awkward snob of a son. I think she taught her son misogyny. She favors the men on the show, insults Kathryn and ignores the other women.

    • side of Sour Cream

      I agree. It takes one to know one!

  • Kay

    I hope the show is scripted, Kathryn is so beautiful that I hate to believe she slept with everybody

  • Ch0h0ill

    But is Thomas the FATHER??? How come they haven’t said or did they?