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Real Housewives

RHONY Ssn 8/Ep 18 - Body of Evidence

Glenn Rowley

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This week, The Real Housewives of New York City hit Palm Beach to celebrate the Luann's just-announced engagement. But will being stuck on a yacht force her fiancee to acknowledge his past with both Ramona and Sonja? Plus, Bethenny comes face to face with the Countess for the first time since receiving damning evidence that the happy couple aren't quite what they seem to be. Read on for a full recap of the drama aboard the ship of fools...

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The episode kicks off with Luann de Lesseps and Tom D'Agostino's Palm Beach engagement party in full swing. All the 'Wives are aboard the Countess' borrowed yacht with a bevy of eclectic characters including former Miami Housewife Marysol Patton and the elite classes of southern Florida. While everyone's ostensibly in attendance to celebrate Lu finding her "soulmate," but the real point of interest on the boat is the fact that this is the first time either Ramona Singer or Sonja Morgan have been in the same room with Tom since he started dating the Countess. Considering his romantic past with Ramona and his storied decade of friendship with benefits with Lady Morgan, this engagement party could be quite the trainwreck waiting to happen.

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Poor Sonja is in the most awkward position of all, since the second she enters the party she catches Tom eyeballing her from across the room. However, the Bravo gods hilariously choose this moment to remind us that this isn't the first time we've seen Luann's fiancee on our screens. It turns out he first graced the RHONY universe with his presence way back in the early days of Season 1, when he hit on Ramona and her friends during a girls' night out. And the very best part is that we have the archival footage to prove it. Say what you will about Luann choosing to date someone who had a past with not one, but two of her fellow Housewives, but it seems pretty clear that Tom's had his sights set on bagging anyone in front of Bravo's cameras since at least 2008. Hmm...

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As the night wears on, the party gets crazier and crazier - with Ramona hitting the dance floor to show off her new moves and Jules Wainstein getting behind the bar to serve up some shots to the drunken revelers. The high point (or low point, depending on who you ask) is definitely when a wasted Dorinda Medley decides to give a completely unintelligible toast to the happy couple in her signature drunk language, lovingly christened "Dorindaese" by the other women. All in all, the party only has a handful of awkward moments, with Tom spending the majority of his time managing to avoid both Ramona and Sonja, while surrounded by a veritable harem of other handsy ladies. It's weird, folks. Just plain weird.

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Early the next morning, the 'Wives are all recovering from the previous night's festivities. While Jules rightly takes her husband Michael to task for dumping their kids with his parents while she's away, Dorinda and Ramona converge on Carole Radziwill's room for an old-fashioned gossip session. Dorinda's still unclear on the exact timeline of Tom's various relationships with Sonja, Ramona and Luann, and as the Singer Stinger lays out the story it becomes increasingly clear that the lothario did some major overlapping in the Housewives department. While he was going on dates with Ramona (and writing "TD+RS" in a giant heart on her hand), he never mentioned he'd been sleeping with her BFF off and on over the course of ten years. I mean, it's kind of public knowledge that Ramona and Sonja operate as a pair. Knowingly getting involved with both at the same time just feels icky and adds a whole new connotation to the nickname Ramonja.

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Of course, when Dorinda heads up to the deck for breakfast, she lets slip to Luann that the girls are talking about Tom. Now the Countess is furious and barges below deck to confront Ramona for trying once again to rain on her love parade. In a case of near-perfect timing, Ramona actually happens to be comforting a down in the dumps Sonja, who's finally allowing herself to feel the sadness of losing her erstwhile lover to her former houseguest. Barreling into the room, Luann goes on the attack, accusing both Ramona and Sonja of being obsessed with her fiancee and questioning why they can't seem to find their own men to talk about. If Singer can't put her stinger away for the rest of the trip, Luann threatens to throw her fellow OG overboard off the side of the yacht. Fired up, Ramona shoots back that the Countess is the one who actually needs to keep her mouth shut, finally confronting Lu about dragging both her and Sonja's names into the press in connection to Tom. And to make matters worse, the reporter mixed up the facts and named Ramona as Tom's friend with benefits. Thanks a damn lot, Luann!

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Finally, it's time for the ladies to say goodbye to the borrowed yacht and leave Palm Beach. Heading to Miami, they check into the Mandarin Oriental and meet up with Bethenny Frankel, who's been MIA from the craziness thus far. B, however, has had her own a-TOM-ic bomb of drama to deal with, since evidence of Tom making out with another woman at the Regency has magically fallen into her lap. Of course, the very first person who enters her room to say hello is Luann herself and Bethenny doesn't know what to do with the damning information on her phone. Testing the waters, she decides to subtly question Lu about her relationship with Tom - is she really sure he's the one? Is she moving too fast? Are they monogamous? The Countess balks at this last inquiry, insisting that of course she and Tom are monogamously committed to each other. After all, they just got engaged less than two weeks ago!

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Luann leaves Bethenny's room frazzled and suspicious - the Skinnygirl isn't being nasty or mean, but the prying sets Lu's radar off that something is definitely up. Once she retreats back into her bubble of blinded love, Bethenny gathers Carole and Ramona for an emergency summit meeting. Unable to tell Lu, she spills the secret to her two closest allies, revealing that Tom apparently cheated on Luann just a few nights before at the Regency. At first, Ramona refuses to believe such a salacious tidbit of gossip, but when Bethenny drops the bomb that she has pictures of the alleged incident, it seems undeniable. With the women in varying states of shock, guilt and complete ignorance, the episode abruptly ends with an ominous reminder that the drama is "To Be Continued" next week...

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Is Luann delusional about her future with Tom? How should Bethenny handle the cheating situation? How much would you have paid to be a fly on the wall at that engagement party? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!