The ladies spent most of the time in the Hamptons. Bethenny arrived, eventually. You see, what’s happened is that Dr. Amador morphed into Matt Foley and Bethenny has been living in a van down by the river. It’s sad, really. All that money and she can’t find anyplace to live except for the backseat of a (chauffeur driven) car.
LuAnn is selling everything from her old house – light fixtures, floor tiles, toilet paper holders, the works, because the buyer is tearing the place down. She has some new digs in Sag Harbor, which Sonja finds “cozy” – Sonja’s code word for one step above government housing. Dorinda and Ramona stopped by and Ramona starts to talk with LuAnn about the memories she has of the house. She also pulled LuAnn aside to apologize for the things she’s said in the past. She says that she now understand how it is to walk in someone else’s shoes, especially when it comes to cheating husbands. LuAnn accepted the apology, cautiously. It sounded sincere to me.
Ramona is going to have Dorinda and Sonja stay with her at her house and gives Dorinda the room normally reserved for Sonja. Sonja isn’t happy about the arrangements and says that she’s been relegated to Mario’s doghouse. She then proceeds to talk about all of her houses, in Aspen and France and New York, some of which aren’t hers anymore and some of which may be turned over to satisfy a couple of lawsuits. It’s classic Sonja in all of her delusional grandeur. Dorinda pretty accurately described her as Mary Poppins meets Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Back at LuAnn’s, Carole has met LuAnn’s new chef, Adam, and is immediately smitten. She’s even willing to pretend to know how to cook just to stay in the kitchen with him. Kristen arrives. I think that’s all she did – arrived. If she said or did anything else, it wasn’t very memorable.
Ramona, Dorinda and Sonja go out for lunch and are joined by Ramona’s sister, Tanya. Sonja starts asking Dorinda about her dry cleaner boyfriend, but it seemed like an opportunity for Sonja to bring up Mario – over and over. Ramona makes it clear that she doesn’t want to talk about him, but it wasn’t clear to Sonja. She just kept prattling on and on about Mario and how he must be like John the dry cleaner because one is Italian and one is Armenian. That makes sense, right? Spaniards, Norwegians, Estonians, Greeks – same difference. They’re all European.
LuAnn is playing hostess for a dinner party ate her new house for all of the ladies. Lady Morgan shows up with some bottles of Corona in her purse. They weren’t a housewarming gift, they were her beverage of choice. It must be a high society thing. Then Bethenny arrives and the entire dynamic changed. Bethenny said that she was concerned about the reception she’d receive and she had good reason to be. Ramona straightened her back as only Ramona can and was ready to go after every word Bethenny said. Bethenny asked Ramona about her dating life and Ramona said that she was keeping the company of men. Now, I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds the a courtesan. Bethenny said as much and commented that Ramona must be doing men, banging men, f**king men, sucking men. In her talking head, Carole said that it was like watching a battle of the alpha dogs.
Heather didn’t cut Bethenny much slack, either. She mentioned that LuAnn had a copy of Bethenny’s first book and that she understood that LuAnn helped Bethenny invent Skinnygirl Margaritas. She laughingly said that Bethenny owed LuAnn a car or a Rolex. Heather said that if she were to ever sell Yummy Tummy for ginormous dollars that she’d buy the friend who helped her name the company a car.
It only got worse for Bethenny when she invited the ladies to her house in the Hamptons to brunch in the morning. Ramona started peeing on her house guests’ legs to mark her territory and began to lecture Bethenny on guest protocol. According to Ramona, one can’t ask someone else’s guests to do anything or eat anything or say anything without first asking permission from their hostess. She then sought a ruling on the matter from the highest authority by asking the Countess for her opinion. LuAnn mumbled something which really didn’t help things much. Yes. Maybe. No.
Bethenny then went outside with LuAnn to find out if Ramona had stolen one of Monty’s pills and was high. Oh, sorry, wrong Housewives. While they were outside, Ramona tells the others that she sent them an email inviting them for brunch. No one seemed to have gotten the email and Ramona says that her computer has been putting her emails in the trash. Dontcha just hate when that happens? Well, it doesn’t matter, because Ramona insists she sent it and they should have accepted her invitation whether they got it or not. She called dibs and that’s that.
Ramona then takes her story of the disappearing emails outside to explain the situation to Bethenny. Bethenny is having none of it, though, and tells Ramona that she doesn’t want to hang out with her. Ramona begins to channel Kelly Bensimon and, while speaking in the softest of voices, tells Bethenny to take a breath and calm down. Somewhere, in Australia, Alex McCord is smiling and nodding.
We don’t know where the ladies are going for brunch. We’ll find out next week. Stars99 will fill you in on the details then. If you missed her recap of episode one, you can find it here – http://lynnfam.com/2015/04/08/real-housewives-of-new-york-city-the-b-is-back/ I promise you, it’s worth your while.
I don’t know why Sonja’s missing from the picture. If I were LuAnn, I’d be checking the kitchen – or Noel’s cottage. An ankle monitor might be a good idea.