Ariana Madix on finding out when Tom started cheating on her with Raquel

Vanderpump Rules fans have been waiting since March and it’s finally here. The season 10 finale is this week. Last week’s episode was supposed to be the finale, but then Scandoval broke and filming resumed for one more episode in which we will see what happened when Ariana Madix uncovered the affair between her longtime boyfriend, Tom Sandoval, and close friend, Raquel Leviss. People has an exclusive clip from the episode that shows Ariana explaining to her friends what she found out from Tom and Raquel.

The moment of truth has nearly arrived.

In PEOPLE’s exclusive clip from Wednesday’s Vanderpump Rules season 10 finale, Ariana Madix reveals to friends Katie Maloney and Scheana Shay how she found out about her boyfriend of nine years, Tom Sandoval, cheating on her with their costar Raquel Leviss.

“I went with Tom to Tom Tom because he had that party thing. I found a screen recording of them on FaceTime,” Ariana, 37, says of Tom, 40, and Raquel, 28. “It was literally from the night before. He was at [Tom] Schwartz’s.”

Schwartz’s ex-wife Katie, 36, can’t believe it. “He was at Schwartz’s doing this?” she remarks.

From there, Ariana explains that she confronted Raquel directly to get answers.

“I called Raquel and I started like, making her like, f—ing tell me what the f—? When did this start?” Ariana continues. “She said, ‘Right after the girls trip.’ I’m like, ‘You mean right after Charlotte died?'”

A flashback then shows Ariana telling her female castmates seven months earlier that she needs to leave the trip because her dog Charlotte “is not going to come back this time.”

Back in her conversation with Katie and Scheana, Ariana explains what Raquel told her.

“She said they kissed,” Ariana says. “Well, later that night when we were out here, I pressed Tom. And he said, well, they actually f—ed in her car that night. And he didn’t have a key to get in so he had to ring the doorbell and I had to let him in.”

That stunned Katie and Scheana, 38. “I’m … no,” a speechless Katie says.

“My emotions were clearly all over the place and he was angry at me. Angry. At me!” Ariana concludes.

News broke in early March that Ariana and Sandoval split after she learned of the restaurant owner’s affair with Raquel. At the time, a source said the pair “had been having problems for a while” but his months-long affair with Raquel was “the final straw” for Ariana.

“She put up with a lot over the years, but she won’t sit back and be disrespected this way,” the insider added.

Both Sandoval and Raquel have issued public apologies to Ariana. She, meanwhile, has been spending time with Daniel Wai. They attended Coachella together in April and celebrated his birthday together in New York City earlier this month.

Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen promised VPR fans they will see Tom and Raquel experience “retribution” for their affair when the cast comes together at the season 10 reunion later this month.

“I think what people seem to want is for Tom and Raquel to be — they want to see the confrontation between Ariana and all the friends,” Cohen told PEOPLE, adding, “and they will get that.”

[From People]

Ariana confirms a lot of the rumors that were swirling around. She did discover the affair by finding a screen recording of FaceTime sex on Tom’s phone. I think it’s new information that she talked to Raquel directly first. But we had already heard that the affair began the same night as the guys’ night right after the death of Ariana’s 18-year-old dog. Ice cold on both Tom and Raquel’s part. I think we also knew that the first time Tom and Raquel slept together was outside his home — I thought it was in the backyard, but apparently it was in her car — but I did not know that Ariana had to let him in the house because he didn’t have a key. Again — ice cold! Go sleep somewhere else for the night, jeez. I feel like this is the tip of the iceberg and more damming details are about to come out. And as for Tom being mad at Ariana? That tracks. He was pissed she ruined his plan to blame her, break up, and eventually start dating Raquel scot-free.

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  1. Izzy says:

    I mean, what happened to Ariana sucks and no one deserves to be treated this badly by their partner, but at least now she can level up from Mr. Greasy Comb-over.

  2. Lindy79 says:

    I dont believe this was the first time, I think they had agreed this as their believable story for when he finally broke up with her and they were launching their relationship, they’d have to give some sort of timeline. The whole season has been him laying the groundwork and trying to make her look bad. They had a plan.
    The episode that guys night featured when this supposedly started, his face when she walked in, he’s beaming. Schwartz who she was supposed to be into, is on his phone and couldn’t care less.

    • Slush says:

      I agree. Sheana thinks it started 5 months before they claim.

    • Sunday says:

      100% agree. I definitely think something was going on at Coachella. It’s even weird that he spent all that money on James’ proposal to her; I’d believe that if there wasn’t anything physical happening between them at that point, it was at least an emotional affair and he gave her the courage to break up with James.

  3. Stonecoldjaneausten says:

    When it comes to Scandoval, the devil is in the details. For sure, this group is no stranger to cheating, especially within the friend group. But what’s been so disturbing about Scandoval, and what sets it apart from previous affairs, are the brutal details – the explicit screen recordings, sex in their driveway, in their home, in their bed, in their hot tub, in the other room while Ariana slept, all while Ariana grieved, and with Ariana’s close/best friend.

    To top it off, 2022 was the year of the narcissist (wasn’t “gaslight” the word of the year?), so we then get to watch a true narcissist work and scheme and truly attempt to gaslight his longtime partner. It’s tragic, and for those of us who have loved and escaped from a narc, it’s triggering (to say the least) and a brutal emotional assault to watch, but … I am truly looking forward to watching a narcissist be caught in their lies, held accountable, broken down, called out, and canceled. Assuming that’s what happens! 🤞

    • Mallory says:

      Agree with your take! I think the worst part is his attempt to destroy Ariana on his way out the door, and like you said, some of us know that pattern all too well. He didn’t want to just blame her, he wanted to make her blamable & he took the time. I noticed all the seeds & wedges he created between Ariana & Katie who were starting a business together, and the focus pulled when they were celebrating the sandwich shop. If Sandoval got his way, Ariana & Katie would hate each other, Something About Her would be nothing & Ariana would be left with a dead dog, move back home (out of *his* house) & be off the show…as he moved on to his next supply. Watching him move like these people do is chilling, but I hope this creates a more educated society.

  4. Stonecoldjaneausten says:

    Also, there’s a hilarious TikTok from an energy reader who looks at a photo of Raquel and said that her energy shows that this is her first lifetime, which tracks. Such a subtle but amazing burn.

  5. Slush says:

    Scheana believes they were hooking up well before Adriana’s dog died. She thinks they started at Coachella which is in April (A’s dog died in August).

  6. Sparkle says:

    Raquel would do anything to stay on the show. I feel tom and the others encouraged Jame’s to keep Raquel around because she would attract someone new yo the group. Did Sandoval see her as a potential match back then?

    I don’t want to see Tom or Raquel anymore, but, they should let them stay on the show. Ariana and scheana specifically went after sandoval so Ariana could join the show. Ariana knew who Kristen was. Irs only fair that Ariana have to deal with Raquel and Sandoval. Ariana called Kristin every name in the book. Called her deranged. A stalker. Kristin was right all along.

  7. Andrea says:

    Kristin and Jax called Sandavol out for who he was, but since they were both unreliable, no one listened. Katie always hated Tom and now we see why.

    • Mallory says:

      Yeah, Katie was married to a narc’s flying monkey…that had to be rough.