This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona hits below the belt upon learning she won't be invited to Luann's wedding. Plus, the Singer Stinger's attempt to make amends with Bethenny backfires as their feud deepens toward being irreparable. Also, Dorinda holds a special memorial for her late husband on the fifth anniversary of his death. Read on for a full recap of all the low blows and special moments...
The episode begins with Bethenny Frankel meeting Sonja Morgan for lunch at Upper East Side steakhouse American Cut to get the lowdown on Ramona's Singer's surprise birthday party. B doesn't feel bad about missing her frenemy's milestone, considering that they're in the middle of a snowballing feud and in hindsight, Sonja feels she was manipulated into agreeing with the Singer Stinger's side of the fight the night before. Also, while discussing the various 'Wives' dating lives, Bethenny christens Sonja a "curator of cock," which is really the whole purpose of this paragraph and had better make its way into Lady Morgan's tagline next season.
Out in the Berkshires, Dorinda Medley is holding a memorial to commemorate the fifth year of her husband Richard's death. Along with her immediate family (sans boyfriend John Mahdessian, obviously), the only 'Wife Dorinda's invited to the memorial service is Carole Radziwill. It makes sense considering the two bonded over their shared widowhood upon meeting - even traveling to London together in Season 7 to retrieve the ashes of Carole's late husband - and helps me remember that the friendship between Dorinda and Radzi is easily my favorite relationship on this show. Clad in one of Richard's old jackets, Dorinda's daughter Hannah gives a touching tribute to her late stepdad at the gravesite that has everyone (including yours truly) in tears. It's a truly emotional, powerful moment amidst the circus of drama as Dorinda reveals she always wears her wedding ring on the anniversary of Richard's death. It's a good reminder to remember what's most important in life - even on reality TV.
Over at Sonja's UES townhouse, she and Tinsley continue butting heads over the house rules. Lady Morgan claims her socialite houseguest is clueless when it comes to real life, but she's blaming so much on Tinsley that the former It Girl is starting to feel like she's wearing out her welcome. Tins is determined to move out and find her own place ASAP - preferably one without brown ice in the freezer. (Seriously, WTF Sonja??)
We finally get a peek at Luann D'Agostino's wedding dress when she gathers her family and bridesmaids (including Dorinda) at designer Randi Rahm's show room for a fitting. Since her first wedding to the Count was an elopement at City Hall in NYC, this is actually the first time the Countess has ever worn a wedding dress. The simple lacy number really is gorgeous on Luann, and as Dorinda points out via confessional, it's clear that this wedding is happening no matter how much gossip surrounding Tom the ladies throw out. Come hell or high water, the Countess is determined to retire her title and become Mrs. D'Agostino.
Carole's officially "shacking up" with boyfriend Adam Kenworthy, along with her dog Baby and two foster kittens, conveniently also named Baby. It makes logistics easier, but Radzi isn't sure what it means for the future of their relationship and realistically they both need their space. She and Adam have been together for more than two years now, but Carole's sure she doesn't want to get married again. Babies are off the table too. After all, with three animals tearing your couch to shreds, who needs to add kids to the mix? Bethenny also vents, albeit vaguely, about off-camera troubles with her ex-husband. The animosity appears to have escalated lately with a constant barrage of nasty emails and text messages from the ex and for once, Bethenny looks exhausted by the harassment. She refuses to talk about the issues on camera, but Carole admits she's witnessed the disturbing behavior firsthand and it's far from a laughing matter.
Dorinda's getting all the girls together for drinks at Jue Lan Club in Midtown. It's the first time the entire cast will be together since the ill-fated dinner in the Hamptons that kicked off the feud between Bethenny and Ramona, so tensions are high and no one knows quite what to expect. Ramotional is hoping to make some sort of amends for bringing up Bethenny's daughter in relation to her topless scene in a cheesy '80s movie that's resurfaced as of late, but Bethenny is just hoping Ramona will steer clear and leave her alone. Any bets on that actually happening?
When the topic of bridesmaids dresses comes up, Ramona decides to hijack the conversation and ask Luann when her invitation to the wedding will be arriving in the mail. She's already bought her ticket to Palm Beach, even! The Countess tries to gracefully shut down the conversation by explaining she wants to avoid any possibility of drama on her big day (besides darling, the invitations were sent out weeks ago), but Ramona insists she didn't play any part in last year's bombshell about Tom. She only dated him for a while, OK?? It turns out Ramotional wants an invite so she can turn it down. Then the Singer Stinger rears its head in full force as Ramona "jokingly" tells Luann that people are still taking bets on whether or not she'll actually make it down the aisle. Can you really blame the bride-to-be for refusing to invite Ramona to her wedding after that pronouncement? I mean, you know it's bad when Bethenny's jumping to Luann's defense.
Sonja and Tinsley arrive with plenty of passive-aggressive roommate tension coming from the former, and the socialite regales the other 'Wives with a story of the time Beverly Hills 90210 inspired her and Topper to elope while in boarding school. (The impulsive marriage was annulled, only to be followed later by a second wedding and subsequent divorce.) How cool and 90s is that??
After a quick pep talk from Luann, Ramona chooses her moment to approach Bethenny. However, Ramotional blows it with the very first words out of her mouth. When Bethenny tells Ramona she doesn't like the way she's being spoken to, the Singer Stinger bristles and changes tactics, getting openly hostile and accusing the Skinnygirl of being "weird," "strange" and "being able to dish it out but not take it." At this point, Bethenny decides to make an exit, even while Ramona's insisting she brought up her daughter in the Hamptons out of friendly concern.
Episode after episode this season, we've watched Ramona flip on a dime, going from manic to aggressive to giddy in a matter of seconds and just like the rest of the 'Wives I cannot pinpoint for the life of me what is going on with her. Once Bethenny exits, the Singer Stinger is back to frantically, excitedly babbling about how she "has a bad way of talking" as she throws herself onto a terrified Carole. By the end of the night, Ramona's left with her fellow blondes, Tinsley and Sonja, and a glass of pinot to chug as she cackles into the Manhattan night.
What did you think of this week's RHONY? Do you understand Ramona's behavior towards Bethenny or Luann? Are you Team Sonja or Team Tinsley in rumble of the roommates? And how special was Dorinda's memorial for Richard? Let me know in the comments below!