I Hate Jill Zarin Season End Recap-Ramona Singer June 23, 2010
The season is over and we will only see the dozens and dozens of repeats of the show and the reunion. The final episode that Bravo put together of “lost footage” will be airing this week but I’m not expecting to learn anything new. Typically they string together the scenes that were previously cut from the show because they weren’t interesting enough to put on television during the regular season.
So let’s do a final review on Ramona before we say goodbye since the season focused quite a bit on Ramona’s “Renewal”. Ramona opened the season explaining that her father passed away and it led to her renewing herself. A new haircut, a new outlook, renewing her wedding vows and renewing her efforts to get us to buy everything she is selling. She is selling a lot of stuff!
The opening of the season was the first of many, many parties that we see the housewives attending, this one was hosted by Ramona. This was definitely a ramonacoaster of a party for the newly transformed housewife.
Luann decided that she would try to solidify her place on the show by causing problems at every party, every fashion show, every scene and Ramona’s yacht party was no exception. Apparently 6-weeks prior to the scene we’re watching on the yacht, Ramona’s husband Mario, used the term “countless”.
Luann decided that now, during a beautiful day on a beautiful yacht, would be a good time to bring up her broken heart about Mario’s comment to his wife, Ramona. This makes no sense to anyone since it happened weeks ago and Ramona didn’t say it, Mario said it. Luann was out of line and knowing Jill the way that we do, she is the voice of reason, we thought for sure Jill would try to put the fire out and appease Luann. But this isn’t the Jill Zarin we know and love, this is also a renewed housewife.
Jill fuels the fire with comments that make no sense, when we expected Jill to say something like, “let’s talk about it later” or “Ramona, talk to Mario about it, and have him call Luann later”, instead Jill takes up Luann’s ridiculous viewpoint as if it had been discussed prior to the camera’s rolling perhaps? Jill actually said the exact sentence that she expected Ramona to say and she wasn’t going to be satisfied and let it go until Ramona said exactly those words. What the hell Jill Zarin? Would you apologize for something that Bobby did? I highly doubt it! Besides if you listen closely, Ramona actually did apologize but LuLu just wouldn’t let it go.
Ramona really let the mean girls get to her and we saw rare tears but they seemed to be more angry than hurt. Ramona calling Luann and Jill the “mean girls” was certainly a hint of things to come…
This set the tone for Ramona’s relationship with both Jill and Luann. While Ramona seemed to remain neutral during the majority of the season, it was interesting to note that in reality the St. John trip had already happened, Ramona, surprisingly, kept her neutrality in blogs and interviews throughout the season. The tension with Jill was there, but she kept it hidden until the reunion.
Ramona tried to influence Alex to stay at her Labor Day party rather than going to Luann’s house, yet when Ramona sat and talked to Bethenny, she didn’t want to say anything about Jill, she wanted to stay neutral. I think she did try her best to stay friendly with everyone for as long as she could. Was that part of her renewal or was that Ramona trying to see which team was going to come out on top before making a decision?
So has Ramona changed? We saw quite a bit of the “old” Ramona starting in this first episode calling Luann “classless” and with both Kelly and Jill at the Kodak Event, she nailed Kelly at the Saks dinner about her breast surgery, tore apart Bethenny on the Brooklyn Bridge, but overall, I would say it was pretty tame in comparison to the “old” Ramona. We didn’t see Ramona apologize to anyone except Bethenny and that was almost immediately after her insults. Something clicked and Ramona realized that she was being extremely hurtful to Bethenny which seemed to turn her around and she not only realized what she had done, but explained to Bethenny what she had done and Ramona said she was sorry!
Ramona “renewed” her relationship with Alex and Simon and I think she genuinely likes Alex and enjoys spending time with her. They do have a lot in common being working moms with their own businesses, loving husbands and shooting a reality show.
Ramona has absolutely done something very right with her marriage and her daughter. She is clearly in love with her husband and whether the vow renewal ceremony was her idea or Bravo’s idea, the vows that these two people said to each other were real and loving. Sure, the whole ceremony was a little like watching Days Of Our Lives but it was still sweet!
Avery is a great kid, it was evident in Season One when Ramona seemed to be pushing a little bit to get Avery into acting or modeling and the child made the adult decision to focus on her school work and not allow anything to get in the way. Each time we’ve seen Avery she has been polite and respectful. Sure, she rolled her eyes at her mom every now and then but what teenager hasn’t? It seems as though Mario is the primary care-giver as in the past, Ramona has explained that Mario is the one who prepares Avery, gets her breakfast and takes her to school every day. It is nice to see two great parents!
Ramona was actually cute that she was so nervous before walking the runway at Brooklyn Fashion week, she got so excited when Bethenny told her that she was engaged, was loving and caring on the phone with Bethenny discussing B’s father, she seemed to be gracious and patient with Kelly (for as long as she could) on the Virgin Islands trip. These are some of the things that I couldn’t see Ramona doing in the past two seasons.
I think Ramona has changed, and I think she has absolutely secured her place on The Real Housewives of New York next season.
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