The 14 Most Memorable Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Moments

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With new episodes of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" in 2022, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the show's most memorable moments. While the show was the sixth series to come out under the "Real Housewives" title, it has become one of the most iconic over the years. In its 11 seasons and nearly 250 episodes, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" has given us many unforgettable quotes, fights, parties, and even outfits.

We opted to focus on notable moments that had a bit of heft to them — things that created a stir or moved the storylines along. That excludes some of our favorite "mini" moments, like Taylor Armstrong eating cotton candy, Dana Wilkey flashing her "$25,000" sunglasses, Yolanda Hadid introducing us to her iconic fridge, or basically every time Camille Grammer danced on the show. Even focusing only on the bigger moments, we had to make some cuts, which eliminated key scenes and storylines including Lisa Rinna dressing up like Erika Jayne and Brandi Glanville slapping Lisa Vanderpump. 

Here, in no particular order, is our list of the 14 most memorable moments from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

The limo scene

Like sister city "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," when "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" made its debut in 2010, there was a family connection at the center of the show. In this case, the related cast members — child actors Kim Richards and Kyle Richards — had an especially complicated relationship, given their history in Hollywood and Kim's issues with sobriety (which, at that point, were not being discussed on the show). While Kim is no longer on "RHOBH," her presence looms large, as the Richards' half-sister Kathy Hilton has joined Kyle on the show, and family stories are still in abundance.

Kim and Kyle have always made for compelling television, across all their ups and downs, but one scene stands above all of the rest, and that is the limo scene from the first season's finale. "I'm so sick of your crap. Everybody is. Everybody's sick of what you put us through," said Kyle. Fellow housewife Adrienne Maloof then attempted to mediate before things went entirely off the rails. 

After bringing up the sisters' dead mother, Kyle mentioned how much she had done for Kim, which is when Kim made her big accusation. "You stole my Goddamn house," she yelled at her sister. Predictably, Kyle did not handle the accusation well, and she made the claim that her husband helped Kim financially, before outing her as an alcoholic.

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The dinner party from hell

There's no way to talk about the history of the "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and not mention "The Dinner Party From Hell," the aptly-named ninth episode of Season 1. The entire main cast was present for Camille Grammer's party, as were a few additives — namely, Kyle's friend Faye Resnick and medium Allison DuBois. It started off more awkward than anything, as Grammer brought up Resnick's "Playboy" spread, despite herself having done "Playboy." It soon turned darker. Giant martini and e-cigarette in hand, DuBois went in on Kyle Richards, saying of Richards' husband: "He will never emotionally fulfill you, ever. Know that."

DuBois kept going, and the party continued to decline, as Lisa Vanderpump, Taylor Armstrong, Kim Richards, and Adrienne Maloof sat mostly on the sidelines, alternating between shock, amusement, and annoyance. When Resnick stood up for Richards, she put herself in the line of fire. "Did I think it was a set-up? Yeah, absolutely," Grammer told the camera in a confessional. "I thought Faye was there to be Kyle's wingman." The twisty fight took many other turns: at one point, it was about DuBois' "weird attitude," and at another, accusations of jealousy. Throw in a secondary fight between Armstrong and Kim Richards and a superbly annoyed Maloof, and you have a party for the ages.

A behind-the-scenes Bravo video revealed that the cast was almost done filming for the day when the evening imploded. "It was like the reality gods conspiring to deliver the perfect episode of a show," Andy Cohen mused.

The Amsterdam dinner

The Season 5 Amsterdam dinner has so many memorable elements that remain embedded in the brains of devoted viewers. But at its core, we could boil this fight down to Kim Richards unleashing a lot of pent-up frustration, and the others reacting to her reactions. That said, our favorite moment is probably Kim's sister Kyle Richards running out the door (literally) as soon as things escalated. With only one true ally at the table (Brandi Glanville), Kim was simply not having it when Lisa Rinna discussed her affairs at dinner.

Kim was right to be on the defensive, as Lisa Rinna had been consistently discussing her sobriety with the others. She was not right to go in on Rinna's rumored eating issues — telling her to eat some bread to "calm down" — or to mention Rinna's home life with husband Harry Hamlin. Another key moment involved Eileen Davidson, who put herself in the line of fire when she attempted to stick up for bff Rinna, pushing Kim Richards to cuss her out and call her a beast. "Beast? How dare you," whispered Davidson, before the women competed for who hated each other more.

Turning back to Rinna, Richards made veiled threats about a secret: "Let's not talk about what you don't want out." Rinna got up out of her seat and got physical. "You never go after my f**king husband," she yelled as she smashed a glass on the table. 

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Denise Richards calls for Bravo

Given how few of the women on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" are ever shown eating on camera, it is surprising how many of their biggest moments take place at dinner tables. And yet, here is another meal-based scene that has lived rent-free in our brains for years. In Season 10, the women were dining at Delphine Eatery and Bar when Denise Richards began to stick up for Dorit Kemsley, who was being chastised for her perpetual lateness and attention to glam. This then turned into a fight between Denise and Kyle Richards (no relation), focusing on whether or not Denise was "at work" prior to showing up late for Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave's wellness retreat.

After a period of escalation, Denise waved her hands in the air while exclaiming "Bravo Bravo f**king Bravo." She had intended to stop filming by breaking the fourth wall, but the cameras kept rolling. "Look, there is no script here. There is no stopping. There is no starting," Erika Jayne said in a confessional. That did not stop Denise from directly speaking to producers, one of whom was seen on camera. Later in the season, Denise attempted the "Bravo Bravo Bravo" trick once more. 

According to the "RHOBH After Show," the original cast members used to call out "Bravo" in early seasons when they wanted a minute to touch up their makeup, so that seems to be where the phrase came from. Dorit Kemsley noted, "We can't arbitrarily, as individual women in this group, decide what we want and what we don't want shown. ... When you mention the network's name, the network 'can't use' that footage. I think that is [what Denise] was hoping to achieve."

Brandi Glanville throws wine

Brandi Glanville is one of the most infamous "Real Housewives" of any city — she did, after all, get sued by model Joanna Krupa for running her mouth – and we could easily make a list entirely of Glanville moments, like when she slapped her one-time mentor Lisa Vanderpump clear across the face as a joke. But of all Glanville's offenses, the one that stands out as the most memorable is her initial meeting with fellow cast member and long-time soap star Eileen Davidson.

The women were out to dinner with fellow cast members Lisa Rinna and Yolanda Hadid when the topic of infidelity arose. Glanville took it personally when Davidson disclosed that both she and her current husband were married when they first got together. Glanville had been on the receiving end of such an arrangement when her then-husband, Eddie Cibrian, cheated on her with LeAnn Rimes and married the country singer. 

At one point, the women were trying to get Davidson to act out a scene from "Days of Our Lives," and Glanville would not take no for an answer. "I don't want to play this game. I don't want to reenact a scene from the show, and she's not getting it," Davidson said in confessional. Cut back to the table, where Glanville chucked the last of her wine at Davidson's head before bursting into laughter. In her confessional, Glanville admitted that the act was maybe for "a soap opera moment." Davidson took it like a champ.

The bunny return

Each season of "Real Housewives" culminates with its reunion episodes that allow the cast members to discuss everything that happened over the course of the season, including the things they only saw on television. It is rare to have a reunion without at least a few watercooler moments, but the Season 7 one for "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" produced a moment so monumental that it is regularly referenced to this day. In fact, the infamous stuffed bunny at the center of the debacle lives in the "Watch What Happens Live" clubhouse, alongside artifacts like Tamra Judge's old breast implants and maracas gifted to Andy Cohen by Marysol and Elsa Patten

The notorious moment occurred during part two of the reunion, when Kim Richards was brought out on stage (Richards was a guest that season, not a diamond holder). Andy Cohen relayed a question from a fan, who wanted to know what Richards did with the stuffed bunny Lisa Rinna gifted her for her new baby grandson. Richards grabbed the cellophane-wrapped bunny from behind the couch. 

"I brought the bunny [long pause] because I never gave it to my grandson," she said, as the rest of the cast looked confused. "'Cause it didn't feel like it had good energy. Sorry." Richards then handed the bunny back to Rinna, and the conversation continued with Rinna tearing up. "I ended up on the bathroom floor in a fetal position after that night. It really got me," said Rinna in an interview for Dave Quinn's "Not All Diamonds and Rosé." "It triggered something deep and dark down there. And I couldn't tell you exactly what."

Camille Grammer said it

Camille Grammer was only a full-time cast member for two seasons of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," but she stirred up enough drama in those two seasons that producers have brought her back as a "guest" or "friend" on many occasions. One of Grammer's most infamous scenes came in Season 2, when she outed Taylor Armstrong as a victim of abuse at the hands of her husband, Russell Armstrong. This was, of course, not Grammer's news to share, and it sent ripples through the rest of the season. Russell also committed suicide prior to the airing of Season 2, which made the story even more chilling.

The women got into a heated debate at Lisa Vanderpump's tea party, starting with Armstrong versus Vanderpump and spreading to include the other cast members. The women discussed Armstrong's marriage after she left the scene, but it was upon her return that it all hit the fan. "We've been protecting you," Grammer said to Armstrong. "Because we don't say that he hits you. Because we don't say that he broke your jaw... We don't say that, but now we said it." Vanderpump chimed in a bit — while Kyle Richards remained silent — but it was Grammer who let the cat out of the bag first. Her relationship with Armstrong never fully recovered and, as of 2018, the two did not seem to be in touch (Grammer explained on Bravo's "The Daily Dish" podcast).

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The Hong Kong dinner

Yup, another dinner, but there is no way we could leave Hong Kong off our list of memorable moments. This particular dinner housed Season 7's most explosive fights. At the center of it all are Dorit Kemsley and Erika Jayne, embroiled in "Pantygate." The long-running feud began when Jayne flashed Kemsley's husband. Kemsley had previously claimed Erika Jayne had shown her private parts on purpose, and Jayne was furious. The Hong Kong dinner produced two offshoots of this fight: Kemsley against Lisa Rinna, and Jayne against Eileen Davidson.

Davidson was making a case that Kemsley wasn't an awful person and hadn't killed Jayne's child or done anything heinous. Jayne, whose grown son is a police officer, was upset at the insinuation that she needed to provide forgiveness, as well as the comment about children and death. Davidson continued to talk, and Jayne continued to spiral before losing it entirely. "Don't ever talk about my kid again. ... Shut the f**k up," she hissed. 

Everyone seemed happy when Lisa Rinna asked to change the subject, but they had no idea where things were headed. "Were people doing coke in your bathroom?" Rinna asked Kemsley (in reference to a dinner party). Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards seemed almost more offended than Kemsley, who was herself understandably quite upset. "When she said that to me, I thought she was the worst human being in the whole entire world," said Kemsley in Dave Quinn's book, "Not All Diamonds and Rosé." "I have two little babies at home, you know? How could you go and do that? Say that?"

Taylor Armstrong screams at Camille Grammer's friend

Even if you have never watched an episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," it is probable that you have seen Taylor Armstrong's turmoil documented on the Internet. Her distressing scene was paired with a cat at a dinner table, the Instagram-famous Smudge Lord. The result was a meme known as "Woman yelling at cat," which made the rounds in 2019 and 2020. Though the actual moment documented from "RHOBH" was born of pain, Armstrong has no issues with the meme (per Bravo TV), which is a relief for all of us who have giggled at it.

The actual yelling happened at Brandi Glanville's house party, wherein Armstrong got into a heated screaming match with a woman named Dedra Whitt, who arrived with Camille Grammer. The fight began indoors, with Whitt defending Grammer, before Armstrong and Grammer headed onto the patio to hash it out. Whitt followed like some sort of misguided bulldog, and soon enough, all of the party guests were involved. 

"You have no idea what she (Grammer) has done to me," Armstrong wailed. "You have no idea." Our hearts broke as Armstrong kept on with her drunken, pain-fueled spiral, but we had less sympathy when Whitt cried to Grammer about the situation. According to Us Weekly, Whitt is still a hairstylist and makeup artist, but is reportedly no longer onboard Team Camille.

Game Night

Though they no longer talk, Kim Richards and Brandi Glanville became great friends later in their tenure on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." At the beginning, all was far from hunky dory. Game night was arguably the worst fight the women ever had, and it is definitely one of the most memorable moments from the early seasons of the show. Poor Dana Wilkey, whose fun little party never stood a chance! At least Taylor Armstrong was there to stop things from getting physical, because Wilkey seemed to be giddy from all the histrionics. Andy Cohen was, for the record, unimpressed. "I know that night resonated with viewers, but it was too dark for me," Cohen is quoted as saying in the book "Not All Diamonds and Rosé."

Season 2 was Glanville's introduction to the show, but she did not let the "friend" title keep her from causing full-blown drama. To be fair, both Kim and Kyle Richards were quite nasty to Glanville first. They bullied her all evening, including hiding her crutches and questioning her intelligence. No one really knew what to expect from Glanville back then (we sure do now!), so it was startling when she made a damaging accusation about Kim, asking about her time in the bathroom. Each side launched more jabs over the next few minutes before Glanville's zinger, "At least I don't do crystal meth in the bathroom all night long, b****." Not to be outdone, Kim yelled, "You're a pig. You're a slut pig," as she pointed at Glanville.

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Kyle Richards gets kicked out

For years, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump had one of the most solid friendships seen on any city in the "Real Housewives" canon, and we truly thought their relationship was one that would last until the cameras shut off for good. But things went downhill when Richards did not stand up for Vanderpump amidst the "Puppygate" scandal (a Vanderpump pooch changed hands too many times) in Season 9, during which the entire cast accused Vanderpump of leaking stories to Radar. There seemed to be no cracks in the foundation of their friendship up until this point, and the fallout was immediate.

Things came to a head when Richards went to visit Vanderpump at home and questioned her about the allegations. Vanderpump was adamant that she had nothing to do with the leaked story about Dorit Kemsley returning a puppy, but Richards was not buying it. "As your friend, I want to say, 'that is not true. I don't believe that,'" Richards said, before admitting she did not feel that way. There was yelling, there were tears, and there was the dissolution of a friendship as Richards got kicked out of the home. "Goodbye Kyle," screamed Vanderpump's typically even-keeled husband Ken Todd. Though the women still discuss each other in the press — see here, here, or here, for example — there seems to be little hope for a reunion, onscreen or off.

Dorit Kemsley gives a gift

If anything could top "Puppygate" for its stupidity, it's "Pantygate," which occurred in Season 7 and had Dorit Kemsley as a main player. In fact, the scandal became Kemsley's main storyline for all of her first season, and it did not paint her or her husband in a very flattering light. The drama began at Lisa Vanderpump's "White Party," when Kemsley's husband P.K. claimed that Erika Jayne flashed him when she was sitting down in a skirt without panties. Kemsley was convinced that Jayne did it on purpose, and she ran her mouth, as Housewives do. "I will say, a lot of these Housewives love to not wear underwear. They don't want their panty lines to show. I've been Sharon Stoned more than anybody," casting director Jennifer Redinger noted in her interview for Dave Quinn's "Not All Diamonds and Rosé." 

Things escalated when Kemsley next saw Erika Jayne, bringing with her a gift that ticked all the wrong boxes. "It's a cheeky little gift, since we've all seen your pretty little puss now," she told Jayne before handing over a wrapped pair of panties. Kemsley thought she was hilarious when she told Jayne her husband "couldn't stop staring" the previous night, but Jayne was unimpressed by the "joke" of it all. She took it all in stride, even thanking Kemsley for the gift, until Kemsley talked herself into a hole. "Let me give you a little piece of advice, in front of everyone. The more you talk about sh*t, the worse it gets," Jayne said. As of Season 11, Kemsley had yet to embrace the lesson.

Discussing race in season 11

For almost a decade, race was not a big topic on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," or on the vast majority of "Real Housewives" programs. All of that changed in 2019 when Bravo began casting more people of color in cities outside of Atlanta and Potomac, in response to critiques about how the network handled race, racist comments, and diversity in general (as Cosmopolitan noted). The dynamic changed on many of the programs, but not necessarily for the better, as many "Housewives" (Ramona Singer, we are looking at you) have proven unable to understand experiences unlike their own.

"RHOBH" most explicitly dealt with the topic of race, thanks in large part to the two women of color who were cast, Garcelle Beauvais and a season later, Crystal Kung Minkoff. In one Season 11 scene, Beauvais calmly explained to Kyle Richards why her accusation about not paying a charity was so offensive, in light of stereotypes about Black people. In another scene, Crystal Kung Minkoff called out Sutton Stracke for refusing to engage in conversations about race. "Are you one of those people that you don't see color?" she asked Stracke. "Tell me you're that girl. 'I don't see color.'" This conversation then led into another at the dinner table, in which Beauvais schooled Kathy Hilton. "If you don't see color, then you don't see me," she said. Hilton, for her part, seemed to get it, while Dorit Kemsley went on to talk about all of the people of color who work for her.

Kyle Richards calls Camille Grammer a liar

We were immediately hooked by Season 1 of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and the villain of the season, Camille Grammer, was much of the reason. "I'm very disappointed in my character. They've turned me into a villain and I'm not like that. It's not me," Grammer told OK! magazine in 2010. "I can't even watch myself. I don't know why they the producers are doing that." And while we are not quite convinced that the "character" is not similar to the real-life Grammer, we have to admit that she helped put the show on the map. 

One of the more memorable Grammer moments came by way of a fight she had with Kyle Richards when the crew was on a vacation in New York City. Grammer was upset by something Richards supposedly said off camera — an insinuation that she was not interesting enough to film on her own without then-husband Kelsey Grammer — though the look on her face was far more gleeful and less distressed than one would expect. This fight was unresolved in New York, but the scene was notable because it pushed Richards to a place we rarely see her go. "You're such a f**king liar, Camille," she wailed across the table. Though Grammer and Richards eventually became friends, with Richards even serving as a bridesmaid for Grammer's marriage to David Meyer, they appear to be back on the outs as of October 2021 (per Page Six).