Just raise your glasses high, this one’s for you tonight! After fifteen months, Vanderpump Rules is finally back for Season 9. The future of Bravo’s hit reality series was very uncertain. COVID had a major impact on the restaurant industry. As viewers know, the show follows waitstaff, both current and former. Shutdowns made everything so unpredictable, yet the network and stars remained hopeful. It also did not help that two core cast members were fired. Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were let go, along with newcomers Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni.
Following these departures, Jax Taylor and his wife Brittany Cartwright announced they were leaving. Dayna Kathan also shared she would not return after just one season. Could the show survive with all these blockades? Yes, it could.
Returning for Season 9 are Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Tom Schwartz, James Kennedy, and Lala Kent. James’s longtime girlfriend turned fiancee Raquel Leviss is now an official cast member as is Charli Burnett. Charli joined last season.
Scheana’s baby daddy and fiance, Brock Davies, has joined the cast and will go toe to toe with Lala at some point. A big focus will be on Lala and Scheana being new moms, as well as the restaurant’s reopening. Tom and Tom have also decided to open their own restaurant. How will the new cast fare? Here are the highlights from the Season 9 premiere!
Tom and Tom Make Their Own Vanderpump Rules
Quarantine has ended and TomTom is about to reopen after a year. Tom and Tom are returning to their bar/restaurant to help Lisa and Ken prepare for everything. They know they have to tell them they are onto a new venture- opening their own restaurant. Lisa already knows and is fully supportive. Unfortunately, Schwartz does not like the name Sandoval has chosen.
He wants to call it “Schwartz and Sandy’s” but the Schwartzs are not cool with that at all. Sandoval cannot accept this, even when Katie shares her opinion. She really wants to be a part of the restaurant and tells Ariana this. Sadly, she still cannot seem to get on the same page as Sandoval. When Tom and Ariana host Scheana’s birthday party, Katie shares she would like to be the maitre d at the restaurant.
At this time, she tells Sandoval she and her husband hate the name. He does not believe them and says he bought a handful of domains, all with this moniker. The Toms take it inside and hash it out but there’s literally no resolution. Sandoval says it does not matter what they name it because it will still be a success.
Lala and James Must Find Resolve
James is now almost two years sober. He wants to come back to SUR but first, he must resolve his issues with Lisa’s son, Max. They used to be best friends but had a falling out a few years back. James lashed out at Max, called him atrocious names, and Lisa had the texts. She got the two together to make up but James just could not accept responsibility. Can they ever be besties again?
As for Lala, she is very close with Katie and loving new mom life. However, she and Scheana had a huge falling out. When Scheana had her miscarriage, she ended up having a panic attack. She needed Lala since Brock was golfing. Apparently, she told Lala she needed to be alone but then she called and asked if Lala could be there for her. Unfortunately, Lala had an important dinner. Scheana felt abandoned and put her on blast on her podcast. They came face to face at Scheana’s birthday.
Lala claims she was there 100% for Scheana while Scheana disputes this. It was also hard because Lala received a lot of horrible messages after Scheana’s podcast with people wishing a miscarriage upon her. Eventually, they have to come together and acknowledge they wish they could have gone through their pregnancies together. Lala still has beef with Raquel and Ariana and now they are all traveling to Palm Springs together. Stay tuned for next week’s episode!
What did you think of the new Vanderpump Rules? Watch it Tuesday nights on Bravo.