The Real Housewives of D.C.
|The Real Housewives of D.C.|
Catherine Ommanney, Stacie Scott Turner, Mary Schmidt Amons, Lynda Erkiletian and Michaele Salahi (from left)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Running time||43 to 45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Half Yard Productions|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||August 5 – October 21, 2010|
|Preceded by||The Real Housewives of New Jersey|
|Followed by||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills|
The Real Housewives of D.C. is an American reality television series that debuted August 5, 2010, on Bravo. It is the network's fifth installment in The Real Housewives series. On April 7, 2011, Bravo announced that The Real Housewives of D.C. had been cancelled. This was a first in the history of the franchise that one of its series had not been renewed.
The series features five intriguing women whose relationships with each other, and within the city they live, are a compelling combination to explore the world of politics, society, and even race, as well as how the proximity to political power dictates where one fits within their society. In addition to bringing the viewers inside the lives and homes of D.C.'s most prominent people in the community, the D.C. housewives move comfortably from fundraisers and prominent events to discussing everything from issues about race to money and politics to relationships and high fashion.
Amons was married to telecom executive Rich Amons for 26 years before they divorced in 2012. Together they have five children: Lolly, Ryan, Alexandra, Meghan and Matt. Amons listed her McLean, VA for sale in 2010, with the home finally selling on February 10, 2012.
Southern born Erkiletian is the owner and founder of T.H.E. Artist Agency, a modeling and talent agency in Washington, D.C. She is also the mother of four children – Aaron, Jessica, Mihran and Sam – and during the series they moved from Georgetown to a $2,075,000 mansion in McLean, Virginia. Erkiletian was born a Southern Baptist but says she converted to Judaism.
Stacie Scott Turner
Alexandria, Virginia native, Turner, is a successful real estate agent. She is a Howard University graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration/finance and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She worked as Vice-President of Marketing at BET, Marketing Director at Sprint Corporation and Assistant Brand Manager at Proctor and Gamble (where she met her husband) before becoming a real estate agent. She resides in the Sixteenth Street Heights district of Washington, D.C. with her husband, Jason and their two children, Jacob and Catherine. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Stacie and Jason later divorced in February 2012.
Catherine "Cat" Ommanney
London, native Ommanney is an interior designer. She relocated to Chevy Chase, Maryland shortly after marrying Charles Ommanney, a photojournalist for Newsweek, after a brief courtship. She has two daughters from a previous marriage, Jade and Ruby. Before the series aired, it was reported that the Ommanneys had separated. Ommanney is seen composing her book about her "racy" escapades while living in London, titled Inbox Full, in the series and the book has since been released.
Michaele Salahi is engaged to Neal Schon and their home is in San Francisco. The Florida native appeared as an active member of the Washington, D.C., social scene. She and her ex-husband, Tareq Salahi, are former residents of the Oasis Winery near Hume, Virginia.
On September 13, 2011, Tareq reported Michaele missing and perhaps kidnapped after Michaele had phoned him to say that she was on her way to her mother's house, but, according to her mother, had not arrived. She was located soon afterwards when law enforcement authorities discovered that she had run off with Neal Schon, guitarist for the rock band Journey and had not wanted Tareq to know where she was. Michaele had met Schon earlier and maintained a very close friendship with him.
On September 16, 2011, Tareq filed for divorce from Michaele on the grounds of adultery and abandonment or separation. Tareq dropped the case shortly thereafter, but Michaele filed for divorce on December 15, 2011, citing the grounds of cruelty and constructive desertion. On December 22, 2011, Tareq responded to Michaele's divorce suit with a new filing for divorce on the grounds of adultery, desertion and constructive desertion.
On August 20, 2012, Judge Dennis L. Hupp granted a final divorce decree to the Salahis following a contentious settlement proceeding. Hupp also entered a dismissal order for a $50 million personal injury lawsuit that Tareq Salahi had filed against the entertainment company, Journey, Schon and Sonata. Hupp placed the settlement, including the divorce decree, under seal, thus preventing anyone except the attorneys, their clients and Hupp from seeing the details. An anonymous source close to the situation subsequently stated that Schon had agreed to pay Tareq $12,000 plus Tareq's mortgage payments over the next year to settle the case.
White House gate crasher
Michaele is widely known for her participation in the "White House gatecrashing incident". On November 24, 2009, Michaele and Tareq entered the White House without invitations and greeted President Barack Obama in a receiving line for 400 invited guests. Three days later, the United States Secret Service publicly stated the couple had not been invited to the event and, although they went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, should have been prohibited from the event altogether. Bravo producers said they had been filming the Salahis before the dinner, but were told by the couple that they were invited. Both Salahis claimed no wrongdoing but pleaded the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify to their story during the subsequent investigation.
|No.||Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Welcome to the District"||August 5, 2010||1.62|
|In the series premiere, Michaele hosts a Polo event with some high members of society, including the Ambassador of India, Michelle Jones and Republican Lobbyist, Edwina Rogers. Lynda is reluctant to go due to old rivalries, Mary is tied up with the guest list for her birthday party and Cat gets a lesson in public relations at Stacie's dinner party.|
|2||"Disloyal to the Party"||August 12, 2010||1.39|
|Stacie tries to show the fellow housewives where she comes from but it takes an unexpected turn when her dinner is ruined by one of her guests. Lynda is pushed to her limit when a confrontation with Michaele breaks all the D.C. rules. Mary realized that having her daughter, Lolly, move back home comes with much bigger burdens than she had expected.|
|3||"Foreign Relations"||August 19, 2010||1.37|
|Michaele and Tareq decide to join Stacie and her husband in Europe, and the two couples start to create a bond. Cat is working hard on her book and creating her cover, when disappointment suddenly strikes. The housewives come together at Mary's fashion dinner to welcome a celebrity hairstylist, but previous drama comes into the light again and the night doesn't go as planned.|
|4||"The Grape Stomp of Wrath"||August 26, 2010||1.42|
|Cat feels that there's more than everyone else sees with Michaele and Tareq. Lynda handles with the stress of relocation from her Georgetown condo to a huge suburban mansion to fit the needs of her grown children. Michaele wants to make things right with the rest of the ladies, so she invites them over to her winery for a grape stomp session.|
|5||"Special Interests"||September 9, 2010||1.23|
|A peaceful day at the vineyard turns sour for Mary once Michaele and Tareq start to make devastating accusations about her daughter. The ladies are invited to an event hosted by Edwina Rogers, and Cat decides to spice the night up.|
|6||"Securing Homeland"||September 16, 2010||1.27|
|Michaele asks for Stacie's help in finding a home in D.C. Stacie is still in search of her biological father, while her mother is of no help. Cat and Mary bond over talks of motherhood. Cat loses a dear friend and is devastated by the loss, feeling alone while her husband is out of town. Tareq has family troubles yet again and Michaele realizes it's taking a toll on her.|
|7||"By the Book"||September 23, 2010||1.31|
|Cat finally puts the finishing touches on her book before sharing some of the juiciest bits with the rest of the housewives, all of which inspires Michaele and her husband to seek a lucrative Book with author Matt Carson who eventually backs away from the deal. During a fun night with the housewives and their families, an argument between Cat and Stacie's friend Erica breaks out and gets heated, bringing one of them to tears.|
|8||"Nation Building"||September 30, 2010||1.17|
|Michaele and Tareq Salahi attend the White House state dinner, which results in controversy for the couple. Stacie continues her search for her biological father. Lynda makes the final necessary preparations for debuting her fashion line.|
|9||"Party Politics"||October 7, 2010||1.42|
|In the season finale, Michaele and Tareq attend the State Dinner at the White House, and the ladies are forced to deal with the aftermath.|
|10||"Reunion: Part 1"||October 14, 2010||1.57|
|The ladies of D.C. reunite and tempers flare. Cat comes clean about her marriage problems. Lynda makes a shocking revelation about her habits. Stacie updates us on her situation with her birth father. The issue of race is discussed. The ladies doubt Michaele's claims that she has multiple sclerosis and that she was a Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. Part 1 ends when Andy Cohen wants to bring out Tareq Salahi and housewife Lynda speaks up and says she will not allow it unless her boyfriend, Ebong, comes out as well.|
|11||"Reunion: Part 2"||October 21, 2010||1.67|
|The ladies of D.C. reunite in the second part of the reunion, and bring closure to the events that unraveled during the season.|
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