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Real Housewives

RHONY Ssn 8/Ep 17 - And Away We Finally Go

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, the women head to Palm Beach, Florida to celebrate Luann's engagement on a glamorous yacht. But when Bethenny finds herself with incriminating information about Tom, it looks like there could be trouble in paradise for the Countess' fairytale ending. Read on for a full recap of the drama...

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Dorinda Medley has an announcement to make. After a season of unexpected health problems and cancelled trips, the 'Wives are finally going somewhere on vacation. Since Bethenny Frankel's started bleeding again (as a complication of her fibroids), the trip proposed last week to Hawaii is now out of the question. According to Dorinda, the next best place she can take the ladies is Miami, which she informs Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan over lunch at Ristorante Morini. Of course, the Countess is over the moon at this news - considering that she's been spending much of the winter at her fianceé Tom D'Agostino Jr.'s place in Palm Beach. Ramona, on the other hand, considers a trip to Miami to be about as exciting as brushing her teeth in the morning. But either way, Miami here we come! 

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To prep for the girls trip, Jules Wainstein invites Ramonja to come shoe shopping with her at Jeffrey New York. While the newbie hunts for the perfect pair of Asian-inspired daytime shoes, Ramona has a bone to pick with Luann and needs to get it off her chest. Apparently the Countess took the bait in a press interview at a fashion show and dragged both Ramona and Sonja's names into the story by giving a quote about how much she "doesn't care" that her fiancé was romantically connected to her fellow 'Wives before proposing to her. And on top of that, the reporter got the quote wrong - writing that Ramona was Tom's "friend with benefits" instead of Sonja. Oops. Now Ramona's officially ticked off, particularly considering that Luann basically tried placing a gag order on all the other 'Wives in regards to talking about her relationship in the press. Seems like a double standard to an awfully annoyed Ramonacoaster. 

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Meanwhile, Bethenny's invited some of the 'Wives over to discuss logistics for the trip to Miami while munching on macarons and tea sandwiches. (Oh and it's also official: B has to get her fibroids surgically removed.) Apparently, on the first night of the vacation a friend of Luann's is throwing her and Tom an engagement party on a yacht in Palm Beach, and all the 'Wives are supposed to attend before heading to Miami on Saturday. Bethenny's bowing out of the celebration with a dozen valid excuses, but is tickled at the thought of Luann, Tom, Sonja and Ramona all stuck on a boat together. Ramona questions what kind of man would even go after three different girlfriends in the first place. After all, it's kind of common knowledge that she, Sonja and Lu run in the same nationally televised circle of friends. However, Bethenny puts money on Sonja starting some drama on the yacht by bringing up her decade-long friends with benefits history with Tom. Hmm...this should be interesting. 

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While Jules leaves early to visit her adorable parents in Boca Raton, the rest of the ladies arrive in Palm Beach and head straight to the yacht for Luann's engagement party. Naturally, the Countess has donned her best bridal-white cocktail attire and is gleefully strutting around the boat in anticipation of showing it off to the other women. (Keep in mind, it's not actually her boat...) Luann simply can't help herself sometimes, yet unbeknownst to her, Ramona's still peeved over the press mishap. Sonja blames Dorinda for stirring up trouble between the two OGs, but Ramotional insists it's common knowledge that Luann's the one who actually calls in all the stories about her in the press. Plus, shouldn't Tom be held accountable for the mess he's created between three Housewives? As Dorinda points out in her confessional, this kind of upstairs/downstairs business just isn't right.

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Carole Radziwill's the last to show up on the dock, having decided to attend the engagement party with her investigative journalist cap secretly on. I mean, she's never met the infamous Tom who's romanced three of her friends, so how can she resist watching what's sure to be a sinking ship? While Luann parades her friends around the borrowed yacht, squawking constantly about how she can't believe she's getting married, Dorinda gives her the heads up that Ramona's planning on confronting her on the boat. However, the Countess is determined that this engagement party in her honor is going to go off without a hitch, and vows that the Singer Stinger won't be bothering her for the duration of the trip. This night is all about Luann. Period, end of story.

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Meanwhile, Bethenny's over in Miami in possession of an earth-shattering development in the Tom and Luann love story. A bomb has literally been dropped in Bethenny's lap: the night before she left for Miami, an unidentified friend sent her pictures of Tom making out with a girl. A girl who happens to be a former Playboy model and is decidedly not Luann. In the wake of all the drama over Tom's history with Ramona and Sonja, this new information is just...beyond belief. According to Bethenny, Tom's reputation is that he only dates a very specific "barracuda crew" found on the Upper East Side, yet these damning pictures she now holds in her hand could mean his fairy tale wedding with Countess will be over. Now, the only question is when and how she'll tell Luann...

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Back on the yacht, Tom arrives just as night is falling and the party's about to start. As he cozies up to Luann, it dawns on me that this is only the second time we've seen him on camera and I realize that despite the Countess shoving their love down our throat all season, we really don't know much about him. This lack of information doesn't bode well. Down in her room, Ramona's getting glammed up with Carole and Sonja, and can't help but point out that the last time Sonja saw Tom, she was romping around with him in bed. How's she going to react to seeing him? Because that's not weird at all. Sonja promises she's simply going to be her flirty, coquettish self, but she starts getting emotional when she realizes the stories Tom and Luann have been feeding her aren't exactly matching up. This whole time Sonja's tried to be diplomatic and supportive for Luann's sake, but is it possible that Tom knew full well that the Countess was living with Lady Morgan when he started pursuing a relationship? What's really B.L. now? It looks like we'll have to wait until next week to find out, because we're blessed with yet another ominous "To Be Continued..." warning as the episode draws to a close. 

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Can Tom be trusted? Does Ramona have a right to be angry at Luann for talking to the press? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!