The Real Housewives of D.C.
|The Real Housewives of D.C.|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41–43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Half Yard Productions|
|Original release||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. (abbreviated RHODC) is an American reality television series that originally aired on Bravo from August 5, 2010, until October 21, 2010. Developed as the fifth installment of The Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, and New Jersey, it aired only one season and documented the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Washington, D.C.
Overview and casting
The Real Housewives of D.C. featured the lives and politics of five women in the Washington, D.C area. It followed Mary Amons, Lynda Erkiletian, Cat Ommanney, Michaele Salahi, and Stacie Scott Turner. On April 7, 2011, Bravo announced that The Real Housewives of D.C. had been canceled. This was a first in the history of the franchise that one of its United States installments failed to be renewed.
On November 13, 2015, Andy Cohen revealed the reason for the cancellation was due to "a stink" the Salahis left on the show; however, he also revealed that he had wanted to bring it back for a second season.
In 2015, the network announced a new installment of The Real Housewives franchise based in the D.C. area entitled The Real Housewives of Potomac. Cohen commented on the decision to make another effort by saying that the cast of the Potomac series is more appropriate for a reality series describing it as "all Bravo and no CNN", also adding that the show is "staying far away from the political drama," in contrast to The Real Housewives of D.C. On December 2, 2016, Cohen spoke of how he fought for a second season of The Real Housewives of D.C but lost, also describing The Real Housewives of Potomac as a "D.C. adjacent."
- Cat: "I'm here for a good time, not a long time."
- Lynda: "I give people enough rope to hang themselves, and the smart people don't."
- Mary: "I don't make money, I spend money."
- Michaele: "People have a hard time saying no to me and that’s just been my blessing."
- Stacie: "DC is my town and I thrive in it"
|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||"Perception Gap"||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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- Official website
- The Real Housewives of D.C. at the Internet Movie Database
- The Real Housewives of D.C. at TV Guide