Erika Girardi is getting back to her roots on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
ET has your exclusive first look at Tuesday night’s all-new episode, which finds Erika back home in Georgia with her mom, Renee Chahoy. The pair visit Renee’s parents’ final resting spot, seemingly Erika’s first time at the gravesite.
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“This makes it very final, to come see this,” she says to her mom. “Don’t you miss them?”
“Of course, I do,” Renee admits. “But, see, I talk to them every day.”
“I really didn’t want to cry today,” Erika confesses, tears welling up in her eyes.
“You didn’t cry when you were a kid, either,” her mom offers.
That’s when Erika tells her mom she treated her like an adult a lot when she was a kid, before the scene cuts to a confessional, where Erika adds that Renee was “hard on me” as a child. In another sneak peek of the new episode, the “XXpen$ive” singer adds some context, saying Renee “was raising me how the world was treating her.”
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“I think it was all with good intention,” she says. “And a little bit of impatience, and a little bit of being a single mom, and a little bit of being overwhelmed.”
“But it made you a tough ol’ bird, didn’t it?” Renee offers back at the memorial.
“I get accused of being cold, ‘cause I don’t cry,” Erika replies.
“My mom, sometimes, was so trusting and so open, you know, and she got hurt a lot,” Erika shares in a confessional. “I remember, my mother was in a purple polo and navy shorts. She was sitting in our den, and she was crying, so devastated and so hurt that this man had left her. And I remember, in that moment, looking at my mother saying, ‘I’ll never be like that. I’ll never f**king be that weak.’”
“Being raised like that, I have very little patience for crybabies,” she adds, “and people I feel need a lot of support and hand-holding. It makes me not like them.”
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“For my mother to admit that she was hard on me meant the world, really,” Erika continues. “And it kind of confirms the fact that what I thought was happening was really happening. I really was being treated that way.”
Erika’s so-called “coldness” has, of course, been confusing for a few castmates over her two-season stint on RHOBH -- notably Dorit Kemsley, who will bring up Erika’s guarded nature once again this week. That seemingly kicks off a build up of tension between the ladies, leading to more tears from Erika later this season.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. Check out the video below to learn more about what makes Erika cry in the show’s upcoming episodes.