I suspect most of y’all are plumb tuckered out from all of the goings-on this weekend: Bridge Run, Flowertown Festival, Lowcountry Cajun Festival, what-have-you. But I must remind you that the third season of “Southern Charm,” reality television’s look into what may or may not be the way heavily-financed Charleston socialites do things around here, will begin at 9 p.m. Monday on Bravo.
Yes indeedy, that’s an hour earlier than the last two seasons, which means you’re going to just have to put the kids to bed sooner.
Last season ended with Craig, our Delaware transplant, coming to terms with the fact that the only way to get things straight in his life is to go back home for a bit and reset.
(For those new to my recaps, I openly tease Craig about his Delaware roots — not because there’s anything wrong with them, but simply because Delaware isn’t below the Mason-Dixon line, which I think is a hoot since this show is supposed to be about Southern folks.)
At the end of the last season’s finale, he packed up his car and headed north. Or North, however you want to put it.
The TomKat relationship also seemed to be on rocky ground, since Kathryn was seen chasing Thomas Ravenel, T-Rav for most future references, down the 27-mile gangplank from the aircraft carrier Yorktown after a Wounded Warriors benefit.
Running. In formal wear. Full-length fur coat swinging in the wind. Like from a Whitesnake video. Screaming like a desperate banshee.
The evening began with a flirtatious and tempting hope, but ended with T-Rav throwing out the “friends” thing. Sigh. They’ve had a tumultuous thing going for the last two seasons. They have a daughter together, but have never really seemed to be able to make couplehood stick.
The bromance between Shep and Craig also seemed to be hanging in a delicate balance. Craig won the bachelor auction at the benefit — owned it, actually, and may or may not have taunted Shep with it. Downhill from there.
I’ve seen the first episode of this new season and I can only tell you this much:
We see Craig bringing his more-settled self back to the Lowcountry. But he’s not home alone this time around.
We see Kathryn with a baby-belly ... she and T-Rav rekindled their “thing” for a moment, but I guess it only takes a minute (sometimes) to change everything.
We see T-Rav hosting a dinner party with advice for his “friends,” which was a disaster the last time, and this time is no different.
And then there’s that party when T-Rav shows up with that swole up eyeball from an “altercation” in a bar where he was defending some woman’s honor. Allegedly.
And lest we forget, the unequivocal style of editing from the Bravo team. Bravo (kudos), Bravo (network).
It’s said that cheese gets better with age, but then again, it also begins to smell like feet and peas.
Join me on my live Twitter feed @TheDizzyLizzieB at 9 p.m. Monday nights during each episode throughout this season of “Southern Charm” on Bravo and help me decide which way this show will go.
If you’re in the other camp, remember that I watch the show so you don’t have to, and my recaps will be posted on www.postandcourier.com on Tuesdays.