This is one of the cities of The Real Housewives franchise that I enjoy because it is not as intense as the others. The drama is arguably more lighthearted than the others. However, I do feel that eight housewives is too much. There’s not enough minutes in the hour to give all of these women a fair portrayal of who they are because, let’s be honest, Bethenny will get the most screen time given that it is now The Bethenny Show. Since, I haven’t blogged on the other episodes and we’re only at episode 6, I will give my brief opinions on each episode and the women.
I didn’t enjoy this episode so much, mostly because I think it was ridiculous that it was mostly about Bethenny crying about being homeless while she’s checking into luxury hotels. Also, she’s said that she’s relieved that her talk show got cancelled because it was too much pressure and she felt restrained. Really? Didn’t she say that it was always her dream to have her own talk show? Something in the buttermilk ain’t clean. With that being said, I have a pretty good idea as to why her show failed. She trashed her soon to be ex husband way too much on that show and she rarely gave her guests the opportunity to talk. She always overpowered them in the conversations and always reverted the conversations back to herself. Just saying… I thought Bethenny coming back would be good for the show but I feel like Bethenny is playing Bethenny on a show. Does that make sense? Granted, she’s always been this bitchy and cut throat, but this time around it feels more rehearsed. Am I the only one who feels this way?
It was only the second episode and Ramona and Bethenny had already clashed. Damn. It definitely feels like the old days…to an extent. I’ll just say that I can’t believe they were arguing over who’s coming to who’s brunch. Ugh. Rich people’s problems.
The battle of the brunches continued and I was over it. Is that the best these women have to offer in terms of drama? If so, spare me.
Kelly Bensimon makes an appearance in this episode and Bethenny is making a big deal out of it, though in many interviews she’s claimed to be at peace with Kelly. But I get it, she’s filming a show and on the show, they had a rivalry.
Bethenny throws herself a last minute birthday party and only invited some of the girls, Carole being one of them. Heather was also there. Kristen was upset that she wasn’t invited and I don’t understand why because she doesn’t know Bethenny and Bethenny has every right to invite who she wants to her birthday. Emphasis on HER BIRTHDAY. Later on Heather tries to explain to Bethenny why Kristen’s feeling was a little hurt. I love Heather for being a good friend to people. Bethenny basically shuts Heather down in the bitchiest way possible. Seriously, this chick is so rude. It’s a wonder how so many people like her so much.
Bethenny has lunch with Sonja to try and figure out what Sonja’s business is all about. At the end of the lunch Bethenny was left dumbfounded, much like the rest of us.
Then, Bethenny was invited to Sonja’s viewing or something like that and Bethenny was left even more dumbfounded. I feel bad for Sonja. She is sad to watch and she is clearly in a lot of pain. She does not belong on this show because she is not doing any favors for herself or for her daughter. She is not living in reality and should come back when she does.
The episode starts out with Kristen, Heather, Dorinda and Sonja fighting because they are supposed to go to Atlantic City and Sonja is running late and is not allowing the girls to come inside her house. Instead she tells them to wait outside in the cold while it is raining. Well that’s pretty damn rude. I get Sonja feels a certain way in regards to Heather, and that’s only because Heather has been saying the truth about Sonja, but you don’t treat people like that. Sonja needs to get out of her own way. Even Bethenny agrees that Sonja is not all the way together in the head.
An hour later the limo arrives. Bethenny arrives late and Heather is still pissed. Sonja gets in the car and immediately tells Heather that since they’re travelling together, they need to be talking to each other but all Heather wants is an apology while Sonja is trying to justify her behavior.
They continue to argue back and forth and, like Ramona…
They make a pit stop so that Bethenny can pee. Really? Do we really need to see her pee on camera again? Ramona tries to pee but she can’t because, like me, she has a very shy bladder.
They finally arrive to Atlantic City and I’m relieved for them. Heather, LuAnn and Carole are in one suite while Ramonja and Dorinda are in another and Bethenny and Kristen have their own rooms. LuAnn and Carole finally show up and Heather informs them about the incident at Sonja’s house while Sonja is farting while taking selfies with Ramona and Dorinda. Fun gals!
It’s time for dinner. Bethenny is making a skinny girl drink. Kristen forgot one of her shoes so she’s wearing two different shoes. It actually would work if she wore a different dress. It goes with the purse but not with her dress…which looks like her season 6 reunion dress. Oh and Carole is in a long black dress with bunny ears. Heather is an hour late and Bethenny calls her out on it. Oops.
Finally, they all leave for dinner. Sonja is already tipsy and I’m already biting my nails. Nothing good can come from Sonja when she drinks. She starts talking, the other wives throw their digs at her and it’s mean. At this point it’s like kicking someone while they’re down. Just let it go, leave her be. This woman needs help and she’s in pain. Remember that. She tells Bethenny that she’s been in PR her entire life and even though Bethenny told Sonja that these girls are mean to her, she’s being mean to Sonja.
Ramona tries to remedy the situation but it’s too late. Sonja is crying. She’s tuned out and gone back to her own world. Ramona admits that it feels weird to not wear her wedding ring anymore and that she feels a little jealous when she sees other women wearing their wedding rings. I get it.
LuAnn says that Ramona is better off without him and that she’s a far more interesting person to her now that she’s single. Bethenny points out that it’s not because she’s single, it’s because she’s been going through an experience that’s very humbling– especially for somebody in the public light.
They all head out to do some gambling. Ramonja are playing blackjack together while the others are off doing their own thing. Ramona is having a lot of good luck with blackjack while Bethenny is getting nada enchalada.
It’s time to hit the dance floor. Woohoo!
Everyone seems to be having a good time. Sonja is drunk and is continuing her babbling with Bethenny.
She is also sloppy and is flashing her vagina to the cameras, while LuAnn is keeping an eye on her… lady bits.
Dorinda decides to take Sonja to bed because everybody has abandoned her at this point. Dorinda is not in the mood to socialize and Sonja keeps rambling on and on. She’s talking about how she used to party with JFK and Madonna. “Well, John John’s dead, so that’s difficult,” Dorinda reminds her.
The next day Sonja wakes up refreshed as if she wasn’t super drunk the night before. Everyone is talking about her and Bethenny decides to take Sonja aside and have a heart to heart with her. She tells her that she cannot continue on this path of living in the past. She understands that Sonja has been in pain since she’s divorced, but that was years ago and she needs to be living in the present.
Bethenny also tells her that she should not be mixing prescription pills with alcohol as it is dangerous. Sonja tells her that they are just vitamins that may react badly with alcohol. Sonja reminds me a bit of Kim Richards in the sense that I don’t feel either of them live in the real world.
At the end of the episode, it’s abundantly clear that Sonja did not hear a word of what Bethenny was saying and it is frustrating. It also goes to show that nobody can help Sonja except herself. I do hope she gets that help sooner rather than later.
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