By Karen Valby
Updated September 27, 2011 at 08:40 PM EDT
Credit: Bravo

Brandi Glanville made her first appearance on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night, and she came in crutches blazing. Actually, she was fairly benign at Kyle Richards’ charity party, leaving the bad behavior to the gaggle of Housewives cackling meanly over the new girl’s choice of footwear. Who wears a stiletto when you’re on crutches?, they all cried. Had Brandi worn a Croc to the party, and had she not so recently been photographed with Vanderpump nemesis Cedric the Weasel, perhaps the ladies would have been more welcoming. “What is with Brandi?” said Taylor, sounding like a hanger-on from Mean Girls. “Her husband left her for LeAnn Rimes,” said Kyle. “That’s her claim to fame.” Zing!

Judging from promos for season 2, I assumed Brandi was going for the I-excuse-my-crazy-pants-behavior-by-saying-I-just-tell-it-like-it-is, unsisterly role. A West Coast Danielle if you will. But the best thing that could have happened to Brandi in terms of fan approval was lying low last night and letting the other women talk smack. Suddenly, this sassy pants is the sympathetic one!I, for one, look forward to a love/loathe relationship with Brandi. We certainly have nothing in common. I like soft cotton t-shirts. She favors tops that are appear to be bridle boob muzzles. I love my husband and hope our daughter always holds him in the highest of regard. She is still working toward a place of peaceful closure with her ex and the father of her two sons Eddie Cibrian. “I was married to the number one douchebag of all time,” she said. “I’m kidding! No I’m not really.”

Later she described him as an “actor” using talon-like air quotes. “Enh, he’s good looking, that’s what he does.” Granted, I don’t approve of her suggesting in season 2 promos that my dear Kim Richards bathes in a bathtub of meth at night, nor can I condone her subsequent threats to kill the woman. But the show has been short on ridiculousness so far this dark season, and Brandi looks like she’s up to the task. In scenes for next week’s episode, she accuses the women of looking down at her: “I get the feeling that you think I’m a super slut.” Welcome, Brandi!

What do you think Housewives fans? How pissed was Cibrian last night or did he just think to himself, “You bet I’m good looking!” Is Brandi’s presence going to provide a welcome reprieve from Taylor’s ongoing breakdown? Is that top machine washable?

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