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We Need To Reevaluate Stassi's Relationship With Jax On Season 1 Of 'Vanderpump Rules'

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We Need To Reevaluate Stassi's Relationship With Jax On Season 1 Of 'Vanderpump Rules'

Welcome to Retro Recaps, where we revisit your favorite old shows and give them the modern recap treatment they always deserved. We've done, to just name a few, Lost's "The Constant," Gilmore Girls' dance marathon episode, that bonkers One Tree Hill episode where a dog ate a heart, The Real World pilot, the RHOC pilot, and the Gallery Girls pilot. (Check out all our Retro Recaps here.) Today, we dive into Vanderpump Rules. Caution: snark ahead.

There has been a trend recently of reevaluating women who were wrongly villainized. Monica Lewinsky, Britney Spears, and even early '10s tabloid fixture Courtney Stodden have been looked at under a new microscope of feminism and found to be treated very shabbily during their first go-round in the public consciousness. I think it’s time to give that same treatment to one of reality televisions great villains: Stassi Schroeder from Season 1 of Vanderpump Rules.

I’m going to put a huge asterisk on everything I’m about to say, which is that everything that Stassi Schroeder did to get herself fired from the show is abhorrent and she should not be so easily forgiven for weaponizing the police against her black costar (her only black costar) Faith Stowers. I think she got the reckoning she deserved for that. However, rewatching the fourth episode in the first season, “Vegas with a Vengeance,” which originally aired January 28, 2013 because we are all as old as Katie Maloney’s wedge haircut, the thing I was struck by was how wrong both the cast and the public were about Stassi at the time.

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