‘Pump Rules’ recap: Ariana defends Raquel against ‘mean’ cast pre-Scandoval

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Ariana Madix had Raquel Leviss’ back during a heated discussion with her “mean” co-stars — all while being unaware that the latter was having an affair with her boyfriend, Tom Sandoval.

On Wednesday’s episode of “Vanderpump Rules,” Katie Maloney, Kristina Kelly and Lala Kent were talking to Madix about Leviss’ behavior during their girls’ trip to Las Vegas when things suddenly blew up.

“[Leviss] needs to get her head checked,” Maloney said before Kent called Leviss a “f–king idiot.”

“Watching Raquel try to create a thought is mesmerizing. I don’t give a f–k what she thinks about me,” she added, referring to the moment Leviss dubbed her a “mistress.”

Ariana Madix talking on "Vanderpump Rules"
Ariana Madix stood up for Raquel Leviss against her “mean” co-stars before she discovered Leviss was having an affair with Tom Sandoval, her boyfriend of nearly 10 years.
A screenshot of Lala Kent talking on "Vanderpump Rules"
Leviss made Kent upset when she previously referred to her as a “mistress.”

“No, that’s mean!” Madix – who was close friends with all of the women at the time – fired back before suggesting they “should talk” to Leviss, 28.

“It’s very difficult for me to wrap my mind around the idea that Raquel is fighting people and being crazy,” Madix said in a confessional. “I would think that Katie, Lala and Kristina gave the mean girl treatment to Raquel like they’ve given to other people in the past.”

While the women were discussing Las Vegas, Leviss walked in and asked what the problem was, to which Kent fired back that she can’t “put a thought together.”

A screenshot of Ariana Madix talking in a confessional on 'Vanderpump Rules'
At the time of the argument, Madix assumed that Leviss was not the problem.
A screenshot of Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix arguing on "Vanderpump Rules"
Sandoval also defended Leviss and slammed Kent as a “bully.”

Sandoval, 37, also got involved in the fight, confronting Kent and telling her, “Jesus, like, dude can you stop? I can’t unsee the bully that you f–king were to her for no reason to literally flex your f–king power.”

“You’re a bully, you’re f–king pathetic, I don’t need this energy in my life,” Leviss told Kent. “I’m finally learning my lesson with you. We will never be friends. You literally give off mistress bimbo vibes, and I cannot stand it.”

Despite Madix maintaining friendships with both sides of the friend group, that all stopped when she discovered Leviss and Sandoval were having a “full-on affair.”

A screenshot of Lala Kent, Tom Sandoval and James Kennedy talking on "Vanderpump Rules"
“Oh my God is she still going?” Kent asked when Leviss continued talking to her.
A screenshot of Raquel Leviss talking on "Vanderpump Rules"
Both Leviss and Kent agreed to not be friends.

Several sources told Page Six on March 3 that Madix broke up with her partner of nearly 10 years after seeing a sexually explicit video of Leviss on his phone on March 1.

Afterward, she learned that the two had been “communicating inappropriately” since roughly July 2022.

Follow Page Six’s coverage of ‘Scandoval’:

Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix and Raquel Leviss posing for a photo together
Despite Madix defending Leviss, her former friend continued having an affair with Sandoval behind her back.
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Both Leviss and Sandoval later shared public apologies to Madix, but the latter seemingly hasn’t accepted either — as she told Sandoval to “die” and recently dissed Leviss.

Madix spoke out about the betrayal for the first time on March 16 and thanked those who have been supporting her.

“what doesn’t kill me better run,” she cryptically concluded in the post.

A screenshot of Ariana Madix talking on "Vanderpump Rules"
The aftermath of “Scandoval” will play out in additional episodes later this season.
Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and Tom Schwartz posing for a photo together
The cast will reunite to discuss “Scandoval” for the reunion taping on Thursday.
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The three will seemingly come face-to-face for the first time when they film the Season 10 reunion — which Leviss will be attending in person — in Los Angeles on Thursday.

In the meantime, Bravo teased what’s to come before the reunion in the episodes filmed after “Scandoval” became public earlier this month.

“Vanderpump Rules” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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