Real Housewives of New York May 12, 2011
Great news! Alex McCord does own a brar and she looks amazing when she keeps her girls supported! She wore a black wig and a Cleopatra outfit to Sonja’s Masquerade Ball, even the other housewives noted that Alex looked great with a little cleavage. Alex, please keep supporting your girls!
Jill made up for lost time after being gone for a few weeks she got back into the swing of things pretty quickly by focusing on the new girl. Cindy Barshop was apparently friends with Ramona before joining the housewives but those days are over and Jill relentlessly pursued Cindy like a schoolboy with a crush! Best we could tell Jill met Cindy just the one time at the art gallery and tonight Jill stopped by Cindy’s for no apparent reason on her way to work. Insert snicker here. Jill pretending to have a job was as transparent as her pursuit of Cindy’s friendship.
Sure Jill’s got her Luann and her Kelly but LuLu isn’t crying in her Post Toasties anymore over her 16 year marriage, she found new love and doesn’t need Jill Zarin anymore. Kelly is all over the place and Jill can’t control the wild card. Jill needed to ensure that Cindy was firmly on Team Jill and she made good strides toward that goal tonight.
Jill gives us her stamp of approval on Cindy’s house, she has two babies so it is ok that the place is a bit of a mess and all about the kids, once they go off to school Jill tells us that Cindy will fix up her home. Jill’s kid is off to college, when do you think she’ll fix up her home?
Jill talks for the first time about her extended family telling Cindy that she’s a grandmother, Bobby’s son has two children making Jill a step-grandmother and Jill admits that she would have liked to have more children but doesn’t really explain why she didn’t have anymore. Sometimes the universe takes over and does the right thing.
Cindy’s teeth seem to fascinate producers and editors alike, we’ve seen more of Cindy Barshop’s teeth this season than we’ve seen of any of the other housewives put together. Jill joined Cindy at a cosmetic dentist appointment and made the typical fool of herself by talking over the dentist and Cindy. Jill’s fabulous circle of friends have to have the right teeth. Jill actually announced that she and her family are like real doctors. That’s like saying Kelly is a real journalist.
Jill and Cindy are the same age but their lives couldn’t be more different. Jill’s daughter just went off to college and she’s dealing with empty nest syndrome while Cindy is raising 18-month old twin babies with her brother and her irresponsible ex-boyfriend who doesn’t seem to know how to hold a child. Did anyone else cringe when Cindy’s ex flipped that baby upside down then put her down head first?
Did Cindy lie about her “situation”? She seemed to change her story after just 3 episodes when we first met her she made it sound as if she made a conscience choice to have children on her own, she didn’t mention that the baby’s daddy was around in the beginning and she gave him the boot until the kids were a few months old.
I have to point out one small thing that continues to bother me about the New York Housewives, as Cindy was bathing her children someone off camera handed her a washcloth, she accepted it without any acknowledgement or saying “Thank you”. She didn’t even look at the woman who handed it to her. This is like a disease in New York, we’ve seen most of the New York housewives behave this way. What is it about these New York Housewives, they don’t have the courtesy to say “thank you”, ever?
Cindy tells Jill about her Four Seasons visit with Ramona and Jill is practically jumping up and down as Cindy reveals her opinion of Ramona. Jill is grinning from ear to ear as Cindy reveals her opinion, “her core is not good”. These are five words that really could sum up Jill Zarin over the past three years that we’ve known her. Cindy’s got the right sentiment but the wrong Housewife.
Sonja Morgan calls herself the hostess with the mostess, she prides herself on her elaborate and well-attended parties. Tonight proved none of that is true, at least not anymore. Apparently it is true about New York Society, once the couple divorces the wife is dumped from all the true social circles.
Sonja threw a party at the right restaurant but best we could tell there was no food, only cocktails and it took place in the small wine vault rather than in the dining room. Jill was appropriately impressed to be invited but completely disappointed once she arrived. We can see Sonja desperately trying to hang onto her Morgan title just as closely as Luann struggled to maintain her Countess status. Sonja is stuck in the past, she’s forever describing her past life as the wife of a Morgan. We get it Sonja, you had many homes, traveled the world and lived an opulent lifestyle. Those days are over Sonja Tremont, you’re back to cooking in a toaster oven and let’s face it, you’ve sort of bottomed out, you’re a Bravo Housewife.
I cringe when Sonja goes on about her former life, she would have done much better to just show us that she has maintained some class from her former life but alas, that ship has sailed. Her behavior is so over the top and desperate that it really seems just sad. She explains that her “houseboy” is a friend’s son from Europe who simply wanted to spend a few months in New York City. Sonja was kind to let him live there while visiting but she’s made him her servant rather than a houseguest. I wonder if there are any young guys who’d like to visit Chicago for a few months, I could use a free servant too. It’s just sad!
It was great to see Chris March from Project Runway on the show tonight, I adored him on Project Runway, he was one of the few who didn’t get into the drama on Project Runway, he is very talented specializing in over the top dramatic clothing and he did an incredible job with Sonja’s costume. Unfortunately Sonja decided she didn’t need any bottom portion of her costume and walked around her posh Masquerade Ball with her ass cheeks hanging out.
Luann and Jill go shopping at the costume store, Jill announces that she doesn’t feel well and only for Sonja would she drag her ass to the costume store. The mean girls tell the store sales lady that they want to look sexy and confuse the poor woman by making fun of Ramona while shopping.
Luann tells Jill that Sonja has great parties and both women admit to never having been to a masquerade ball? Luann, the world traveler, the social butterfly, the Countess has never been invited to a Mascqarade Ball?
Luann calls off as too ill to attend Sonja’s party although she sounds perfectly fine and upbeat as she explains she’s simply too weak to join in the festivities. I’m sure after watching the small group jammed into a wine vault she’s secretly thrilled she skipped the party. Sonja tries to make us believe that it was her choice to make it a small intimate group when the truth is she wasn’t going to spend the money to have a real “Ball” which is typically made up of several hundred people.
Jill was clearly expecting a large group and is disappointed that this turns out to be more of a costume party than a masquerade ball. As I said, Alex looked incredible and Kelly looked ridiculous … oh did I fail to mention that, Kelly looked ridiculous. Jill tells us that she really likes Sonja but she wishes she would stop throwing these embarrassing parties, they’re not what Sonja tries to make them. For once, I agree with Jill. Sonja’s credibility is slowly going down the drain.
Sonja should definitely get her money back for the half costume, unfortunately she owns it so she’s out of luck but I thought it was classic Kelly to give her advice about Sonja’s attire. Ignoring the fact that Kelly did Playboy, Kelly dresses like a boy crazy 13-year old with her cooch hanging out at every event. Who is she to tell Sonja how to dress?
The New York Housewives just seem to be about cocktail party after cocktail party, tonight Ramona’s wine launch party dominated the second half of the episode. Ramona’s friend Jennifer who was the bride from episode two was there to support Ramona but she also couldn’t help but gossip a little bit. If she’s vying to be a housewife, she would have been a better choice than Cindy. Jennifer chose this moment to tell Ramona that Jill was talking about her behind her back and that Jill questioned Jennifer about why she invited Alex and Simon to her wedding.
Ramona is upset and immediately snatches Jill away from Luann to discuss the situation and typical Jill denies everything and demands to confront Jennifer. This is Jill on auto-pilot, this is what she does, first deny, she will automatically without thought say, “I didn’t do it”. Oddly enough Jennifer wasn’t available to drag into the drama at the moment but Jill found her outside on the street. That was a bit strange but Jennifer, the perfect Bravo housewife, backed down to Jill’s face and ended the conversation with a truce and a hug. This Jennifer is a good backstabber, they really should consider hiring her.
Jill returns to face Ramona with the confidence of having just called a truce with Jennifer, unfortunately for Ramona’s purposes that isn’t going to resolve the problem. Ramona may look like the drunk, over-emotional crazy person but everything that she says is the truth. Ramona is upset because Jill is constantly talking badly behind Ramona’s back and to her face, she’s supportive and kind. Ramona explains that she’s sick of it, she’s been going through this exact same thing with Jill for four years now on this show.
I have to take Ramona’s side here and not because I Hate Jill Zarin, although I do we’ve watched Jill do this from the beginning and Ramona has watched the backstabbing going on too. She can’t see Jill’s talking head interviews until she sees the episode but in this instance, she heard from the bride that Jill made a big deal about it at the wedding even asking the bride how she can be friends with Ramona.
The show seems to be trying to paint Ramona as someone with a drinking problem, both Jill and Luann have talked about Ramona’s excessive drinking, but this didn’t seem to be a problem in the past. Sure Ramona is the originator of “Turtle Time” and we did see her intoxicated a few times but they seem to be implying much worse than a social drinker. Kelly did talk about Ramona’s drinking on the Season Three reunion show as well which seemed to be the catalyst for this season’s continuation of Ramona as an excessive drinker.
We’ve watched as Ramona has forgiven Jill time after time for her nasty comments, beginning in season one Jill threatened to take her down for simply not inviting her to a party. Ramona hasn’t really said anything bad about Jill, in fact just two weeks ago Ramona said how nice it was that Jill sent her a text. Ramona has always said that she and Jill are good friends who just have disagreements now and then but Ramona’s stance has been pretty loyal to Jill.
Ramona was one of the people who tried to get Jill and Bethenny back together, I think she was genuine in her attempts but instead of being grateful, Jill slammed Ramona yet again. I’m honestly glad that Ramona is finally seeing the real Jill Zarin, she seems a bit slow on the uptake. I think this season is going to be a final showdown between Ramona and Jill, the other housewives will take sides and result in the blondes vs brunettes feud we’ve been hearing about.
Imagine with me for a moment Jill’s face as she denies, then screams at Ramona during this argument, then picture Jill moments later in the car with Luann as she cries, “She did it to me again”. Ramona made Jill cry? How exactly did she do that? Jill was wrong, she was called out for her bad behavior and Jill crying in the car is supposed to make us all forget what Jill did and feel sympathy for Jill? This is another example of Jill acting and assuming that viewers are stupid. Jill watched last season as Bethenny got sympathy as she cried by the car after Jill beat her down verbally. Jill is simply trying to cash in on this hoping viewers will see her as the victim. In reality Ramona simply caught Jill’s bad behavior and caught her in a lie, called her out on it and that is why Jill is crying! Just for another quick hope of getting some sympathy, Jill holds out her 5 for a dollar Koala gift she brought back from Australia for all the housewives and asks Luann to give it to Ramona since she can’t talk to her anymore, just pulls at your heartstrings, doesn’t it?
Luann seemed to make it her job in life to make a fool out of Ramona, she was like Barbara Walters interviewing the President of the United States as she questioned Ramona about her wine making process. Luann thinks that because she’s sleeping with a wine distributor and apparently spends all their time talking about his business, since she has none, she’s an expert on wine making. Luann has no expertise in wine making and simply listens when her boyfriend speaks, that doesn’t make you an expert LuLu! Oh and that ugly ghetto gold butterfly necklace also doesn’t make you a jewelry expert either, leave that to Ramona as well.
I’m glad that Bravo took those extra three months to edit the show or we may have missed out on Kelly shoe shopping and telling us when her daddy bought her the first pair of Manolo Blahnik’s and that her girls love shoes as much as she does. That scene was priceless. (yes, that is sarcasm)
Previews for next week show the Housewives discussing a trip to Morocco, it seems LuLu will be the hostess for the trip, although viewers are smart enough to know that this is a Bravo sponsored trip. Kelly says she cannot go if Ramona is going, personally I’d leave her ass behind but it seems they do talk her into going along. Maybe she’ll flip out again like she did in St. John.
Watch What Happens Live
Andy Cohen hosts two New York City Housewives, Cindy Barshop and Kelly Bensimon. This really looked like amateur hour as Cindy answered questions inappropriately that were meant for Kelly then Kelly reacted very strangely to some things that Andy said.
First Andy introduced tonight’s poll question, which New York Housewife needs therapy?
As is always at the beginning of the show, Andy tells viewers how they can get involved in the conversation by sending questions to him via Facebook, Twitter or email. Kelly seemed to think that this was strange and said, “Andy, I think you need therapy” A confused Andy looked at her for a moment and said, “um, no”. We know that Kelly watches the show, we know that Andy makes the same 30 second speech at the beginning of every episode so what was her deal?
Kelly hasn’t been on Watch What Happens Live since before her trip to St. John last season, if you recall she demanded to be on the show the night the Scary Island episode aired so that she could tell her side of things. This was really her first chance to discuss it live and what she said was that it was a great season and Bravo took her life and put it on TV, this is her job to entertain and she was very thankful. Honestly, none of it made any sense but that’s Kelly!
Kelly did it again as Andy did what he always does, he barely listens to a guest’s response but jumps into the next question or a new caller, in this case Kelly jumped in surprise as Andy welcomed a caller. She really is a nutcase!
Andy’s three obsessions tonight
- Sonja’s costume with the missing panties were shown along with Sonja’s bruise on her bottom. Kelly was asked if she laughed when Sonja fell, Kelly said no, she was not happy when Sonja fell, Kelly was very serious about this.
- Ramona Singer was very emotional tonight on this episode and Andy showed a clip of some of Ramona’s scenes. The strange part about this is that Kelly was laughing hysterically, uncontrollably and it was completely without merit. Kelly must have a laugh track in her head.
- Promising us a sneak peek of the New York Housewives trip to Morocco, all we saw was Cindy crying about her coat hangers that she claims were stolen. This scene could have happened in New York or anywhere, how about a REAL sneak peek Cohen?
Cindy was asked about what seemed like a contradiction about her children and being a single parent. Cindy’s first response, “What do you consider a single parent?” was a bit odd. Andy brought up the NY Post article that said they were together when the babies were born. Cindy says she wasn’t hiding that, it was shown on tonight’s episode and that she never planned on handling the kids on her own. Cindy has learned how to answer without answering, she said she’s lucky to have her children and the children are healthy, happy and well cared for. Sob and stuff..
Kelly was asked about her comment about Sonja covering up, the Playboy thing wasn’t what I had in mind, how about all the outfits she wears with her vajayjay hanging out? The Gotham party last season, for example, apparently it is ok for a 41 year old to dress that way but not a 42 year old? Kelly didn’t get to respond however, she had her trained monkey next to her Cindy, she responded for Kelly saying that you really can’t compare Sonja dressing inappropriately to Kelly posing nude in Playboy. Thanks for that pearl of wisdom Barshop!
Cindy really is trying to be Bethenny, it is so obvious. Typically a new Housewife will make subtle digs or refrain from slamming their fellow housewives but we’ve always had Bethenny who never held back. Cindy was asked about Sonja and immediately said that she felt bad for Sonja because she judges people based on their social and financial status. Kelly actually defended Sonja, saying that she was just trying to protect Ramona.
Kelly goes on to tell us how very impressed she is because Cindy worked at IBM, Andy is looking at Kelly as he’s waiting for more information before he’s ready to be impressed but really, that’s it. Andy is supposed to be impressed because Cindy worked at IBM. Kelly brought up her disastrous conversation with Bethenny during Season Two at the Brass Monkey, “ I’m up here and you’re down here.” The entire conversation goes right over Kelly’s head.
Probably the best question of the night, a caller asks Kelly if she’s jealous of Bethenny’s Skinnygirl success and fortune. Of course Kelly says no but she goes on to say that it is a testament to Bravo and their ability to make stars out of real people, Kelly says that due to Bethenny’s success, there is hope for all of us. Kelly really is delusional if she thinks they all have the same shot at Bethenny’s success. Kelly’s You-tube video’s copying Bethenny all make sense now. She’s hoping that her half-assed way of doing things will bring her the same success as Bethenny. Keep plugging away Kelly-bird, someday it’ll happen for you too!
Kelly was asked if she thought of herself as a cougar and what was the youngest guy she would date, her response was as strange as the entire evening, “Wow, is he asking me out?” NO Kelly belly, he’s just asking a question, he doesn’t want to date you. In fact I think it’s pretty obvious that no one does.
The game was stupid, no need to discuss. I don’t doubt that Cindy is intelligent, I think she tried too hard to be shocking and slam her fellow cast mates so that she would be viewed as a “tell it like it is” Housewife just like Bethenny. Kelly is just a complete idiot.
Simon performed his new song that we heard for the first time a few weeks ago, it sounds a bit different live than it does on the recorded track but as Alex reminded us, all songs these days use Auto-Tune….yes they do!
The poll results prove that people haven’t forgotten Kelly’s scary island stunt, she took 44% of the vote, Ramona took second at 29% proving that Bravo is trying to paint Ramona much differently this season. Finally Jill Zarin took third with 16% of the vote.
I don’t think that Ramona would have taken second place if they had asked this question last season, she is a businesswoman and has been pretty successful, she was always a bit of a joke but from season one she’s never really been viewed as unstable.
Next week Gail King, Oprah’s bestie joins Andy. Sunday two former OC Housewives, Jeana and Laurie are in the hot seats.
Until Next Time