The 11th season of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” premieres Wednesday night with Erika Girardi striding through the Pasadena mansion she shared with her husband, the once renowned trial lawyer Tom Girardi. In a bedroom-size closet stacked with couture, stilettos and jewelry, she muses about the pandemic’s effect on her husband’s profession.
“They are all hurting, they are all on the cusp of —,” she says, making the sound of a bomb detonating.
As the world now knows, Tom Girardi’s law practice and marriage did implode, and Bravo’s gauzy lenses were there to capture much of it. For the network, his stunning downfall, one of the biggest legal scandals in California history, is ratings gold, expected to draw more than a million viewers. For his glamorous and much younger wife, long a supporting character in the venerable series, Girardi’s undoing delivered a coveted central storyline.
For some swindled clients and unpaid…