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Real Housewives

RHONY Ssn 8/Ep 16 - The Countess Bride

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, Luann's engagement is the talk of the Big Apple, but Tom's romantic past with both Ramona and Sonja creates tension at the celebratory dinner in her honor. Plus, the 'Wives hit Mohegan Sun for a fun-filled weekend away, though Jules and Bethenny remain at odds. Read on for my full recap of the drama...

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After all the bonding last week on the party bus, it's finally time for some fun at Mohegan Sun! (Yes, for those of you wondering, this is indeed the same casino Kim Zolciak-Biermann did an appearance at last season on Don't Be Tardy. No, I can't get over it.) Once Ramona Singer "randomly" assigns rooms for all the 'Wives, Sonja Morgan asks Jules Wainstein how things are between her and Bethenny following their blow-up at Joanne Trattoria. The newbie finds it ironic (and not in the good way) that someone with a brand called Skinnygirl would be gossiping about someone's eating disorder behind her back. Jules doesn't want to have to worry about Bethenny mocking or belittling her at every turn going forward. Of course, in their room, Bethenny and Carole Radziwill are dissecting the drama as well, and conclude that Dorinda Medley must have got away with stirring the pot and riling Jules up against them. Either way, there doesn't seem to be much hope for a friendship between the newbie and the two vets any time soon. As far as Jules is concerned, she won't be sharing anything personal with Bethenny or Carole ever again.

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Dinner that night is light and bright. Now that Bethenny's made up with Sonja over the Skinnygirl vs. Tipsy Girl controversy, the 'Wives can focus on more important things like Dorinda's past as an aerobics instructor and Bethenny's ability to bust into a headstand before dessert is served. The women hit the casino and I daresay they're all actually having fun together. Sonja's not drinking, Jules is chanting in Hebrew to summon Lady Luck to the blackjack table and the weekend turns out to be entirely different from last season's drunken disaster in Atlantic City. In fact, the trip is so drama-free that it only takes up the first 12 minutes of the episode...and that's saying something!

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Back in the Big Apple, Carole and her boyfriend Adam Kenworthy are ruminating over the status of their relationship. The lovebirds may be struggling to write a cookbook together, but Carole opines that they actually have the healthiest, most normal relationship out of all her friends. (This is particularly ironic considering how much flak she took from Luann de Lesseps about dating a younger man.) Even if they were to hypothetically break up before The Reluctant Vegan hits shelves, both Carole and Adam figure that they can be amicable for the sake of the inevitable press tour. After all, that's what being adults is about, right?

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Meanwhile, Ramona is out shopping with Sonja and suggests putting together a dinner to celebrate Luann's engagement. Lady Morgan rightfully points out that neither she nor Ramona really has any business planning something for Luann - especially considering their respective pasts with her now-fiancé Tom D'Agostino. However, Ramona's already sold on the idea in her head and informs Sonja that since she couldn't get ahold of Luann, she decided to text Tom about the party. According to Sonja (who seems so full of good advice tonight), it's never a good idea to text another woman's man, but Ramona doesn't see the harm in it if she desperately needs to reach Lu. Note to the Singer Stinger, Girl Code 201 is as follows: do not text the guy you used to date who is now engaged to your fellow Housewife (and who also happened to be hooking up with Sonja for the past 10 years.) A love triangle involving three Housewives and the same guy is never agreat example of etiquette.

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The one 'Wife who won't be able to make Luann's celebratory dinner is Bethenny, who's taking off to Aspen with her daughter Bryn despite her doctor's recommendation to avoid unnecessary travel. Luckily, the Skinnygirl's trusty personal assistant Julia gives her a much-needed reality check that she needs to put her health first. However, in classic form, Bethenny refuses to change her plans and risk having to go to the Countess's engagement dinner instead. She does, however, promise to take it easy in Aspen and spend most of her time in bed while Bryn is in ski school. So let's call it a draw?

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Dorinda meets Ramona at Bistro Chat Noir to go over details about the dinner for Luann. Right away, however, Dorinda echoes Sonja's sentiments that Ramona probably shouldn't be the one hosting the dinner, and adds that the Countess seems to have an issue with Ramotional every time she comes up in conversation. Besides, shouldn't Dorinda be the one to throw the party since she was the person who set Luann up with Tom in the first place? That being said, I do think that Ramona's motivation is absolutely for the right reason - she simply wants to do something nice to celebrate Luann's big moment. Let's just get to the party, shall we? And for the record, I'm kind of in love Dorinda's yellow cable-knit sweater.

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Ramona settles on Black Barn as the venue for Luann's engagement dinner, which means it's the second event she's hosted there after her ill-fated holiday party. As the other 'Wives arrive, the dress code seems to subconsciously have been all-black. But Jules is rocking a crop top, Carole's bringing back the choker and everyone really looks fabulous. As they're waiting for the Countess to make her grand entrance, Dorinda brings up the need for a girls trip since the one to Mexico got cancelled and suggests the 'Wives jet off to Hawaii before busting out leis for everyone. But will we actually make it to the Big Island? (The answer is no.)

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Once Luann arrives - wearing bridal white, naturally - Carole gives her a little heart-shaped crystal to show just how genuinely happy she is for her former nemesis. Boy, have these two come a long way since the end of last season. (To be clear, by "a long way" I mean being able to be basically civil with each other thanks to Carole taking the highest high road there ever was...) The Countess proudly and giddily shows off her engagement ring from Tom, an eight-carat canary yellow diamond that Sonja describes as "murky," and is clearly thrilled to be the undisputed center of attention for an evening. However, the love triangle-shaped elephant in the room might be bringing out the jealousy in Sonja, who's having an understandably difficult time putting on a supportive face. With the Palm Beach wedding almost a year away, are there any bets for what might happen in the interim?

What did you think of this week's episode of RHONY? Should Ramona have hosted Luann's engagement dinner? Does Sonja have a reason to be jealous of the Countess and Tom? Will Jules and Bethenny ever be friends? Let me know in the comments section below!