As Jen’s arrest shakes the group, the women begin to point fingers at whoever informed the authorities.
The relapse from Jen Shah’s shocked stop “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Sunday evening, as all cast members reacted to the news in real time.
The women were all supposed to meet in Vail, Colorado for a girls’ trip, but Jen pulled back at the last second, saying she had to go to the hospital because her husband was having “internal bleeding” after receiving a phone call. Moments after she left the group, Homeland Security and the NYPD showed up to arrest her, but now she was there to be found.
Soon, all the women began to speculate that she would never go to the hospital. “Do you think she got a tip saying it was happening and she left ?!” asked heather gay, a feeling with which Lisa Barlow, Whitney Rose Other Jennie Nguyen agreed.
Eventually, they decided there was nothing they could do for Jen at this point and decided to go on a five-hour trip to Vail. As they set out on the road, they began to think about how strange Jen’s behavior was before she left, before they started wondering how the authorities knew where she was going.
“Someone told him,” Whitney said – as the riddles began.
“Other than our families, there were 7 people who knew we were at the Beauty Lab today. I can’t imagine anyone here would report Jen, but this looks really sus,” Lisa said in a confessional. Speaking on the phone with one of his lawyers, Barlow also said that though Meredith Marks “he might know something” about what happened. Lisa, however, claimed to know nothing of Shah’s work and thought that all his business was “ambiguous”.
Whitney, meanwhile, said Jen’s lifestyle never made sense to her. “I’ve had a lot of questions … I’m curious about where he gets all his money, all his stuff,” he admitted.
As the van pulled up for a bathroom break, Whitney and Heather were left behind, where Whitney said she felt Lisa was being suspicious. “Lisa is being guilty of something,” he said. “He called all his lawyers. He’s acting very strange.”
Soon after, Jen’s arrest made headlines. Shah is accused of generating and selling “lead lists” of innocent people who could be targeted as part of a telemarketing scam for nearly a decade. Many of the victims were elderly and working class. In April, she pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit toll fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering charges.
When they read about the allegations, Lisa and Heather were inconsolable. Barlow started sobbing and exclaiming how bad she felt for Jen’s family, while Heather was clearly in shock. Jennie, meanwhile, what she didn’t care about. While talking openly about Jen’s messy finances, Whitney said she thought Jen “had a daddy or something”, getting everyone a laugh.
In a confessional, Jennie said she found “odd” how much Whitney seemed to understand about the scam – and she wasn’t the only one. As they talked about laundering money – something Heather said she knew thanks to “Ozark” – Whitney seemed to understand all the details of the situation again. “I think it’s a little weird,” Lisa said in a confessional acquainted with Whitney.
The four women then called Meredith, who was already in Vail and who presumably knew nothing of the arrest. When they filled it out, Marks admitted she was “not at all surprised by this”.
“Too many things just didn’t add up and I suspected something was going on for a while,” she told her co-stars. “It’s confirmed I was right, I’m not crazy. I feel like you guys [don’t know her], I feel like I did and nobody really wanted to hear me or believe me, but that’s okay. “
In a confessional, Lisa said she expected a bigger reaction from Meredith – and was “shocked” Marks. it was not shocked.
In the end, Mary Cosby and the quartet in the van drove to Colorado, where they all talked about the crazy day as they sat down together for dinner.
“I’ve never seen anything good in her, ever, and I was afraid of her because I knew what she was capable of,” Cosby told the group, before Meredith shared her red flag moments with Jen with the group.
“I had a problem I’ve never talked about,” she began, before stating that Jen visited Meredith’s shop with a group of people. According to the store manager, there was a green clutch bag in the store before they arrived, he saw one of them holding it in his hand, but they hadn’t bought it and it was missing when they left. Meredith said she asked the manager to contact Jen asking if they had “borrowed” it and immediately received a call from a man in the group promising to return it the next day.
“Jen didn’t go out with her bag, but what I really didn’t like is that she kept someone who took something from my shop to her place of work,” Meredith said, before showing the safety footage of the person. he would take the clutch bag, go out with it and return it the next day. “That’s not my friend.”
He also said that one of his friends overheard that Shah was “flagged in red” in the Louis Vuitton system for paying in cash, even though she had no evidence to support those claims.
Heather also revealed her recent shady interaction with Shah, saying she ordered Jen an Uber only to see that her costar had walked away from the carousel service just half a mile away. This piqued Barlow’s interest, because he said he heard … something … and he wanted to check with someone he knew, maybe to meet Jen. The interaction was very mysterious, but Jennie wondered if she was implying that Shah had a man on the side.
The episode ended with Whitney pleading with Lisa to share what she knew.
While all of this was going down, we didn’t see much of Shah himself. There were footage of her release from prison after being released on bail – as well as the video of Ring of authorities showing up at her home, guns drawn, before leading her family out of their home.
Viewers will hear more from Jen next week, as a preview showed her talking about how she “worked so hard” to get to where she is in life – and adding that she “didn’t understand” her current situation.
“RHOSLC” airs Sundays on Bravo.