Andrew Carmines of Hilton Head Island can say something that most fans of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” can’t — at least I don’t think they can.
Carmines has seen Shep Rose wear diapers.
Of course, Carmines was also wearing diapers at the time, so this is no big bragging point. It is just to say that these two have been great friends for a very long time (since they were babies, in case that wasn’t clear ... they are not current or recent diaper wearers. Well, not counting the Speedos that Rose likes to wear, obviously. Not this one and not that one).
Rose, also a Hilton Head native and star of the reality show set in Charleston — which is now in its third season — did his best friend a solid in the June 13 episode of the show.
Actually, Rose’s mom, Frances, agreed to film the scene if it were shot at Hudson’s.
The segment, which was filmed around mid-October, opens with a sign of Hilton Head — which I missed because I was still taking notes from the previous scene for my recap of the show. (Septuagenarian Patricia Altschul was giving Landon Clements, the young divorcee, dating tips and basically told Landon that she needed a makeover. THEN, in an on-camera aside filmed after this exchange, Patricia said something really withering like, “Women today look like they’ve been shot out of a cannon.” I was typing like a maniac. How could I not?)
Because I missed the very clear sign that said where the scene was being filmed AND I missed the shot of Carmines greeting Rose, I was completely clueless that this was filmed on the island and that Rose and his mom were eating at Hudson’s.
Until I started getting asked about it. What Hilton Head restaurant were Shep and his mom eating at? Ummm. Sure, I totally know this ... they were eating at ... let me just jog my memory here ... then I tweeted at Rose to find out.
Bravo gave the longtime Hilton Head restaurant zero plugs, which is weird because every time a Real Housewife or a Vanderpump Rules cast member goes to a restaurant, I get to see like 65 reminders of where they’re eating. There are the restaurant’s signs, the restaurant’s monogrammed rug, the logo-laden geared-up staff and the waiter who practically goes “Can we, here at Le Blah Blah Blah Grille on Santa Monica Boulevard, which is open till 10 weeknights, 11:30 weekends and now featuring valet service, offer you a glass wine, ma’am?”
“The thing about Bravo is, they don’t have to do anything,” Carmines said of the lack of Hudson’s signs in the shot.
There’s that, and Carmines doesn’t exactly strike me as the kind of guy who would compromise the beautiful waterfront backdrop of his restaurant by sitting the Roses in front of a giant banner.
Plus, he too was helping out a friend.
I love Shep. Anything to be supportive of him.”
Andrew Carmines of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks
“I love Shep. Anything to be supportive of him,” he said.
Monday night’s small-screen appearance was not the first time Hudson’s has been in front of the cameras.
In addition to being featured in a number of magazines and newspapers nationally, the restaurant has appeared in a commercial for the Tennis Channel, on the Travel Channel and on Peter Greenberg’s “The Travel Detective.”
“We’re working on something with DIY network right now,” Carmines said.
He was really impressed by the Bravo’s whole operation, though.
“They brought like 12 people with them just to shoot Shep and his mom,” he said.
There were four cameras focused on the table. Crew members sat in front of various monitors from the bar area. And a person whose sole job seemed to be to keep people from walking in the shot stood by.
At the beginning of the scene, Carmines greets Rose, “What brings you here, man?” (Acting! He knew what brought him there.)
Rose and his mom get seated, and Rose tells Carmines to order for them (he brings them giant plates of super fresh oysters).
Then they get down to business.
“You’ve got enough grandchildren, right?” Rose asks his mom before telling her that Landon Clements is in love with him and has always thought that she’d be “the one” when he’s finally ready.
His mom is taken aback a bit, but her facial expression is nowhere near as entertaining as Rose’s was when Clements confessed her crush. He later described it as the toothy emoji.
Rose tells his mom he wants someone who “can hang” with the Roses, who will fit seamlessly into their world.
“I wouldn’t do anything to make their lives uncomfortable,” he says of his family in an interview clip. “Landon would be perfect for me ... but she can be a real pit bull.”
(In the same aside, though, he lists “she’s beautiful” among her good qualities so save your cannon talk, Patricia Altschul.)
As the scene finishes, the sun sets prettily over Skull Creek.
Carmines said his favorite part of “Southern Charm” is that the Shep Rose he knows is the exact version of the Shep Rose viewers have come to know.
“The subtle remarks he makes can be really funny if you’re listening,” he said. “I can’t believe how much ‘himself’ he is on the show.”