RHOSLC: Can we get Brooks Marks off of our TV screens?

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY, Meredith Marks (Photo by: Chad Kirkland/Bravo)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY, Meredith Marks (Photo by: Chad Kirkland/Bravo) /

For the first openly gay child of a Real Housewife who isn’t afraid to get into the mix, Brooks Marks certainly isn’t doing it for us. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star, Meredith Marks, is unique in that she is the first Real Housewife to have an openly gay son who is not afraid to get into the mix with the other cast members.

When we first met him on a family hike with precise product placement of his own branded track pants and freshly glossed lips, we got excited about him. But this Gen Z social media influencer is turning out to be totally annoying. Do we want another season with him?

This praise started to change when we watch him try to get into the drama with housewife Jen Shah. Jen came in hot with her dramatics at a get together with Meredith with a Grindr comment, which rubbed Brooks the wrong way. Producers teased that this would be some of the season’s drama, but nothing panned out with it. He doesn’t confront Jen but uses this interaction to manipulate his mom and the drama.

The next few episodes air with scenes with Brooks making almond milk and continuing to gaslight his mother. Things turn from semi annoyed to thoroughly annoyed by him when we had to endure Brooks’ chaotic entitlement while getting ready to debut his tracksuit at Park City Fashion Week.
He was running late and belittling his mom to call the show’s organizer to tell them Brooks was running late.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City has a new unintentional star in Brooks Marks, but not everyone feels that way.

He is in such a spiral in this scene that Bravo podcasters were joking he was causing poltergeist-like activity in the house. Brooks yells for a lint roller as his toilet is overflowing, flooding his bathroom with the security alarm blasting in the house as Meredith and Brooks try to leave to get to the fashion show.

The episode ends with him ungratefully shaming his dad Seth for not being at the fashion show, showing that he wasn’t even grateful that Bravo Cameras, and his mother, were there to capture this moment. Is this chaos just too much for viewers?

In recent episodes, we have had only small glimpses of this monster. But it is enough to make you want to fast forward through those scenes. With such high hopes for him, he is falling short with his entitlement and ingratitude. Part of this annoyance with him is his transparent motives for why he’s on the show. He quit school to use his mom’s status as a Real Housewife to promote his tack suit and launch his brand as a social media influencer similar to James Charles.

We love Mikey Minden with Erika Jayne and applaud Boy George with Dorit Kemsley on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. We cringed by laughed and quoted Kevin Lee with Lisa Vanderpump on Vanderpump Rules. But Brooks seems to be more repellant to viewers than those similar before him.

With The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City coming back for a second season, are we excited for the return of Brooks? Maybe but hopefully, he goes back to school and only makes a trivial appearance on the second season. At least the other kids of Salt Lake City are enjoyable to watch and not as maddening.

Watch Brooks Marks & Meredith Marks on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City on Wednesdays.