The holiday from hell! Made In Chelsea soars to new levels of awkwardness as Cheska and Kimberly battle it out over Richard in a plush Italian villa
06:43 GMT, 29 May 2012
When the Made In Chelsea crew go on holiday, viewers can usually be assured of bikini scenes, shameless flirting, and cocktails aplenty.
Sadly that was not the case tonight, as Cheska, Ollie, Binky, Richard, Kimberly and Gabriella embarked on the most awkward break of all time.
Richard's ill-fated attempt to beguile his friends Cheska and Binky into getting on with his new girlfriend Kimberly resulted in cat fights, tears, and more than one exasperated sigh from Ollie.
Did she go too far Cheska couldn't cope on holiday with pal Richard after revealing secrets from his girlfriend Kimberly's past at a public ball
Asked everyone for their blessing: After a turbulent start to their relationship, Richard and Kimberly pleaded Cheska and Binky to stop interfering
Kimberly and Cheska ran into disagreement last week when Cheska brought Kimbery's ex Diago along to a ball, where he told her new beau Richard that they had barely broken up when he and Kimberly started dating, and that she had broken his heart.
Satisfied that Kimberly had done no wrong after speaking to her, Richard resolved to forge ahead with the relationship- but remained concerned that ongoing tensions with Cheska might prove troublesome.
There's no doubt that Richard's intentions in booking the holiday were admirable, as he confided in Ollie in Chelsea: 'I'm taking Kimberly away next week.'
Not happy: Cheska and Binky were still clearly unconvinced by Kimberly
Uncomfortable observers: Ollie and Gabrielle, who themselves have a difficult past together, looked on in obvious embarrassment
'I just want to have a relaxing holiday, not an argument abroad. But maybe it would kill two birds with one stone if Cheska and Binky were there, as I know she's very worried about the Cheska thing.'
With both Cheska and Binky on board, things escalated rapidly, with Ollie's ex Gabriella- who has also had more than one spat with Cheska in the past- agreeing to come along after a chance meeting with Binky.
After arriving at the villa, Richard tried to reassure Kimberly, saying: 'You've got your own floor.'
Will she change her ways It looks as though Cheska is finally seeing the downside of getting involved in other peoples' affairs- though Binky assured her she was a 'good person'
Silver lining: Despite the drama Richard and Kimberly appear to be going strong, and agreed to take things further in their relationship
Kimberly replied: 'I'll need it to get away from Cheska and Binky. There's so much I need to say to her, I'm definitely not happy with her and the way she treated me, I don't know how two girls can be two-faced.'
Stuck in the villa due to rain, Ollie and Binky assed the situation with Gabriella's arrival drawing closer.
Ollie said: 'She made last year really hard for me and she admits it. But Cheska really can't stand her and that's going to cause some serious issues.'
The worst dinner of all time: Kimberly showed up late to supper on the first night, aggravating the already unbearable tension
Not hungry: Cheska lost her appetite as soon as Kimberly arrived, declining Richard's elaborate spread
Cheska joined the twosome, and expressed her fear that the entire break would prove a total disaster.
At that point, Kimberly made a surprise entrance, saying: 'I think we need to talk. I have never felt so hurt and betrayed by someone in my entire life. I swear on everything that I have never cheated on anyone in my entire life.'
Cheska retorted: 'There are a lot of people who think differently, like best friends of yours.'
Made their own plans: Kimberly and Richard retired to the adjoining room after supper
Couldn't bear it: Cheska was stony faced, while Gabriella didn't appear bothered by the PDA
Colour rising, Kimberly replied: 'You could have done it quietly over coffee in a nice polite way, and instead you walk in with him in front of 500 people. You walked in arm and arm betraying me.'
Spread as much slander and gossip as you like, that's not a good way to start a relationship'.
Things only went downhill, with Binky and Cheska growing restless as Kimberly was late for the sumptuous meal Richard laid on for the evening.
Not an auspicious start: Ollie spent the first day at the villa running between Cheska and Binky and Richard and Kimberly
Quickly went downhill: Kimberly and Cheska soon found themselves at loggerheads
Gabriella arrived to a desperate scene of Kimberly and Richard making out enthusiastically in a corner while Binky, Cheska and Ollie supped wine morosely at the table.
As Cheska said: 'It's called desert and apparently it's sucking Richard's face over there and we are getting drunk and having a lovely time.'
Things didn't improve, and speaking to everyone on the third evening, Richard said: 'Look, Binky, Cheska. I know you've got your point, but I do really like Kimberly, and you damn nearly screwed it up for me. So I'm hoping that after this chat.'
Are you joking It was clear that the holiday would be a disaster from the minute that Cheska heard Kimberly was going
A visibly shaken Cheska replied: 'Well good luck, I'm going to take a walk, speak to you later.'
Retreating to a bedroom she confided to Binky: 'I feel really shit about this. If I'm realy upsetting people when I'm trying to help, maybe I should just keep my mouth shut and pretend not to see things like other people do..'
Had the best intentions: Ollie and Richard mistakenly believed that getting all the girls together was a good idea
Binky attempted to reassure her: 'You're not that person, you're a good honest friend.'
'But I'm really concerned that I've pushed it too far this time and lost a really good friend in Richard.' replied Cheska, her eyes brimming.