The Real Housewives of D.C. is the most recent of Bravo’s Real Housewives chain and, of the lot, probably the most sedate. There are no over-the-top drama queens like NeNe of Atlanta and Danielle and Teresa of New Jersey. No catfights or overturning restaurant tables with this crowd.
Stacie is a successful real-estate dealer of high-end properties who is happily married and is an adoptee seeking to connect with her birth father. Lynda is a divorcee who runs a modeling agency and has a much younger boyfriend. Mary who grew up in D.C. as the daughter of an influential lobbyist, lives in Northern Virginia with her hubby and overindulges her daughter. The husky-voiced Cat is a transplanted mom of two from England, married to a photographer and known to speak her mind, no matter who it offends.The biggest drawing card is supposed to be Michaele Salahi, notorious for the White House party crashing incident she and hubby Tareq made headlines for.
There is nothing here, though, that makes viewers passionate enough to keep coming back, nobody that you either love or hate intensely. There are the expected snarky comments they make behind each other’s backs and the occasional clashes, but you know that none of it is ever going to culminate in a huge, tacky confrontation. Pretentious as they may be, these are obviously people who want to preserve their dignity, since conduct that is too overboard could damage their reputations.
Even the Salahis offer minimal excitement. Other than the White House incident, Tareq’s occasional bouts of boorish behavior and the couple’s questionable financial situation, there is nothing remotely intriguing about them nor anybody else on the show.
The ladies here are considerably classier than their peers in the other RH franchises. However, that is usually not a trait appreciated by the typical fan of these shows. While the gals in Jersey, New York, Atlanta et al could care less about how loud and tawdry they can be, the D.C. bunch are not about to take any such risks.
Therein may lie the problem with The Real Housewives of D.C. for some fans of RH programs, too used to seeing individuals who are way over-the-top. You are unlikely to hear any of this group being the topic of water cooler conversation.
To measure up (or down) to the other shows, they are probably going to have to add at least one new cast member who is a lot more colorful and controversial.