The closest this is going to come to being a recap is to say that this episode revolved almost entirely about the rumors, accusations and innuendos that were spread by tabloids, bloggers and just about every magazine regarding Bethenny’s business dealings and a boat trip. I imagine, by the time everyone has seen what was aired, all of those very same issues will be raised again, to be rehashed and reexamined.
The bottom line, at least for me, is what possible difference any of it makes. If she lied about any or all of the things she has been accused of, then she is in very good company. The list of those who denied the lies against them has some pretty prominent names on it. Martha Stewart lied to the federal government – that wasn’t too bright and she went to prison for it. President Clinton tried to parse out the word “sex”, offering us a whole new definition for what had happened between him and Monica Lewinsky. Mark Zuckerberg settled a lawsuit with the Winklevoss twins over who had actually come up with the idea for Facebook. President Bush version 2.0 was hardly honest about our reasons for sending out troops to war. I’m sure you could come with a few of your own, but you get the idea.
So, I’m trying to figure out why Bethenny Frankel matters so much. Whatever she did or said has very little effect on any of us. The actual amount of money that was involved in her sale of Skinnygirl to Jim Beam isn’t going to change our lives. Forbes magazine is probably better equipped to check the facts of that transaction then I am. Bethenny didn’t write the article for them, nor did she force them to put her picture on the cover. To believe that this was a conspiracy to fool anyone would mean that Jim Beam and Forbes and Bethenny were all co-conspirators, and I really can’t see that happening.
The sailboat story has taken on more importance than the sinking of the Titanic. People have questioned the veracity of Dr. Amador, Bethenny and a tow boat captain. Even if you take Bethenny’s version of what happened out of the equation, Dr. Amador would have to have been a damn fool to allow it to go any further. He is a man with real credentials – not a Dr. Sophy or a Dr. Drew – but a doctor who has been involved in cases such as the Unabomber, Elizabeth Smart, Lynndie England and Zacarias Moussaoui. I guess, if you want to believe that if Dr. Amador is only a prop in Bethenny’s media tour, well, then you’d also have to believe that he’s fooled some federal prosecutors and judges, as well as officials in the military and at the Department of Homeland Security. Now, there’s a good trick.
Bethenny began the season with the phrase “mo money, mo problems”. That’s part of it. She was right when she said that people love to tear you down when you’re successful. I also think that there’s another part to all of this, and it’s the fact that we watched her and thought we knew her before all of the fame and fortune. Many of us had already picked what team we were on based on episodes of the Real Housewives of New York. Bethenny and her NY castmates showed us some pretty sides to themselves and some very ugly sides, as well. If she’s made anything up or embellished stories for the sake of television, then the only lasting harm she’s done is to herself and her reputation. She’s not running for congress – she’s promoting a television show and a line of products. The only world she’s changing is her own.