My problem with Bravo bringing back Kathy and Jacq--other than the fact that I hate Jacq, and feel she brings nothing to the show other than fillers and tears--is that I feel that Bravo is violating some unwritten reality TV principle of not dancing with the one that brought you (aka not using the original S6 cast and bringing in these pinch hitters at the top of the sixth).
It is safe to assume that BRAVO fired Jacqueline and Kathy as main players in the show. And it was BRAVO's decision to bring on four new women at once (I count Dina as 'new' in the sense that she wasn't on last season, so there is no continuity of a storyline there). They made this creative choice and they have to live with it. And now that the season has turned out totally boring, with Bravo left holding the bag, I feel like they have a few options for getting themselves out of this ratings mess, which are a.) re-edit the season b.) shoot additional film or; c.) bring on one or more "friends of the housewives" to stir up drama. That's all been done in the past, and it's sort do accepted as a go-to for a desperate reality show. Between the drag queen, Marisol's mother, and former cast members, I think Season 3 of RHOMiami had like six "friends" appearing at any given time, and it was ok, because there was always a distinction drawn between the main players and the day players.
But what is unprecedented is for Bravo to just take and run with two new housewives mid-season, without any explanation to the viewer. It's insulting. And confusing. If I had never watched the show before, I'd be very jarred. I'd wonder who this new woman Jacqueline was (Kathy had at least been established as Teresa's cousin by this point). Why are they shooting scenes of their own without being in the opening credits and having their own title cards? It is so bizarre. I mean, Jaqueline's husband even has a talking head of his own! Where did he come from? I know it's fake, but Bravo could at least pretend to have some organic way of making the Lauritas a part of the cast again, rather than just plopping them there apropos of nothing.
If Bravo is desperate enough to need them as Housewives and not "friends of," they need to be introduced at the beginning of the show as such, complete with tag lines. Bravo has done this in the past. On OC, they brought Quinn, Tamra and Lynn in as Housewives mid-season. In Atlanta, Porsha wasn't in the opening credits at the beginning of Season 5, but once she became a Housewife, they brought her on fully. Contrast that to Beverly Hills where, it was clear that Brandi had morphed into an unofficial Housewife by mid-Season 2, but she never got any of her own scenes or her own opening line until Season 3 because of her "friend of" status during Season 2. Even Luann never filmed independently on this past season of RHNYC, save for that 30-second piece of her and Jacques taking pictures with their dogs. So the precedent for making new Housewives is there.
Just...officially make Kathy and Jacqueline Housewives. Or don't, and relegate them to "friends of" and don't let them shoot their own scenes. But they can't be a little bit of both. I mean, they CAN be, because Bravo can do whatever it wants. But for the sake of this viewer, puh-lease make a choice, so I know how to characterize them, and what to anticipate for the rest of the season.
BTW, I know that Bravo is having a tough time with editing, what with Teresa not having been sentenced yet. But I think the solution was to just turn those cameras to Florida. I could happily watch the layers upon layers of dysfunction occurring down there for at least an hour. Maybe two.