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The last season of Vanderpump Rules ended with fractured friendships and fired cast members. Longstanding friendships crumbled, as many cast members insisted there was no turning back.

While most of the cast has remained relatively low-key during the pandemic, four couples from the show are still close friends and recently shared photos and videos from their group vacation. Randall Emmett and fiancé Lala Kent fired up the private jet to take the friends to Lake Mead, Nevada.

Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Stassi Schroeder
Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Stassi Schroeder |Casey Durkin/Bravo

Stassi Schroeder, who was one of the fired cast members from the show and fiancé, Beau Clark joined the trip. Also invited were Jax Taylor and wife Brittany Cartwright and Tom Schwartz and wife Katie Maloney-Schwartz.

Emmett shared a video of the group in-transit on the jet, sharing that the friends tested for COVID-19 before embarking upon the voyage. “The boys are back!” he wrote and tagged Taylor, Clark, and Schwartz. “And yes we all tested negative for covid!”

The friends ditch luxury for camping

The friends rented a houseboat once they arrived at their destination. Cartwright, Maloney-Schwartz, and Kent shared videos on their Instagram story of relaxation on the lake. Schroeder, who is pregnant, added to her story, “I’m half way there. 20 weeks.” She’s wearing a pink bikini and Clark sits in front of her.

Clark shared videos of the houseboat, equipped with a slide. “Can’t wait to use this slide,” he wrote. He drove the boat on what appeared to be an abandoned lake. Clark also joked about how maybe he should try out for Naked and Afraid as he panned the camera over rocky terrain.

Clark admits in an Instagram post that he needed this getaway. “I needed this. (WE ALL TESTED NEGATIVE FOR COVID AND ARE QUARANTINED ALONE ON A HOUSEBOAT),” he wrote. Schroeder received a significant amount of backlash after she was fired from the show. She was dropped from sponsorships, her podcast and tour were also canceled.

A campfire and s’ mores completes the day

Later that night, the group shared videos of the friends gathering wood for a beachside campfire. Taylor is seen shirtless and scampering on the beach, picking up kindling. Cartwright captured a video of her husband gathering wood and is heard giggling in the background.

As night falls the friends gather around a roaring fire for ghost stories and s’ mores. A few of the friends share the video Cartwright shot of everyone sitting around the campfire looking cozy.

“These are the days!” someone is heard yelling in the background as the song, “These Are Days” by 10,000 Maniacs is heard playing.

Several friends are noticeably missing

Cast trips usually used to include friends Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Scheana Shay, and Kristen Doute. While Shay didn’t seem to have a dramatic fallout with the cast, she was busy moving into her new San Diego home with boyfriend Brock Davies.


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Meanwhile, Sandoval and Madix separated from some of the cast, especially from Taylor. Sandoval and Schwartz are still partners in TomTom and close friends. But Madix shared a video of Sandoval and their rescue pup happy at home.

Doute, who was also fired from the show was at home. She’s been estranged from Maloney-Schwartz and Schroeder since last year. Doute shot video of her dogs, sharing that the heat was pretty extreme in Los Angeles. “Too hot for the puppies,” she wrote.