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RHONY S9/Ep 11 Recap - A Countess No More

Glenn Rowley

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After two seasons of waiting, Countess Luann loses her title and finally walks down the aisle on this week's episode of The Real Housewives of New York City. Plus, Sonja's relationship takes a serious turn, several familiar faces pop up in Palm Beach and the 'Wives gather for a celebration of the wedding they were never invited to! Read on for a full (short) recap of Lu and Tom's wedded bliss...

It's Christmastime in the city and Sonja Morgan has gotten herself into a bit of a love triangle. Things are getting unexpectedly serious with Edgar, her paramour a la francaise otherwise known as "Frenchie" - so much so that he's staying the night and making breakfast in the morning. This is great for Tinsley Mortimer because who doesn't love a free meal, but now Sonja's balancing one serious relationship with Frenchie and another with Rocco. The former even knows about the latter, but Lady Morgan has to break the news of the competition to her poor restauranteur kinda-boyfriend. Oh, and she may also want to mention the tiny detail that, in addition to making breakfast in the morning, FRENCHIE HAS MOVED INTO THE TOWNHOUSE. Between Tinsley, Sonja's new fling-turned-something serious and Connor the assistant, it's getting quite crowded inside the Grey Gardens of the Upper East Side.

In the spirit of the season, Bethenny Frankel is hosting her annual holiday party and all of the women are invited except Ramona Singer. Instead, to show just how much she doesn't care about being left out, the Singer Stinger takes daughter Avery and her bevy of 21-year-old pals out for drinks and dinner. Of course, Ramona proceeds to spend the entire night complaining about Bethenny and taking advice on how to handle the situation from a bunch of girls who are barely old enough to drink. In her confessional, Ramotional tries to position herself as a Regina George-level "cool mom" but let's face it: we all know the only reason these girls are out with their friend's mom on a weekend night is because they want to be on camera and comment on Bethenny Frankel's life. You can practically see the desperate schemes in their eyes as they cozy up to Ramona with dreams of being next season's newest Housewife. 

Down in Palm Beach, it's finally time for Luann de Lesseps' New Year's Eve wedding to Tom D'Agostino. Dorinda Medley is a bridesmaid while former NYC Housewives Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon are in the audience. (Inexplicably, Cynthia Bailey of RHOA and Marysol Patton of RHOM are also in attendance but their faces are blurred.) Bravo cameras weren't allowed at the event so after two seasons worth of drama surrounding the big day, all we get are a few minutes of home video footage. However, at the end of the day the Countess seems, if not satisfied, happy with her choice. She's proved all the haters and doubters and trolls wrong and is now officially Luann D'Agostino. 

Somewhere in a dank, dark basement back in New York, the rest of the 'Wives gather for a post-wedding party thrown by the the new Mr. and Mrs. D'Agostino. Sonja brings Frenchie out of the bedroom for the occasion, Tinsley arrives with Hot Chad on her arm, the gang's all here to celebrate a wedding that, ya know, none of them were actually invited to. The ladies politely ooh and ahh over details of Luann's romantic day, but Tom does himself no favors by jokingly revealing that he asked his new bride if he actually had to wear a ring. The comment reeks of a red flag waving over Luann's now-legal marriage but at this point what's done is done. The episode rather hilariously ends with Dorinda giving a sweet toast to make up for her drunken attempt of a speech during last season's engagement party. As she sums the evening up, cheers to the friends who weren't invited!

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Did Luann's fairytale wedding live up to expectations after building up to the moment for the last two seasons? Should Ramona be getting friendship advice from a bunch of 21-year-olds? And how disturbing was that chokehold kiss Tom gave Lu at the post-wedding party?? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

RHONY Ssn 9/Ep 7 Recap - Bidding on Love

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, the women get into the holiday season with multiple charity events, a trip to Beautique and a bombshell revelation from the mouth of an inside source that validates their fears about Luann's relationship with Tom. Read on for the scandalous scoop that almost didn't make the air...

It's the day after the dust-up at Jue Lan Club and each of the 'Wives have retreated to their respective corners to rehash the evening's drama. While Bethenny Frankel vents to Dorinda Medley while they're out furniture shopping, Ramona Singer turns to her daughter Avery for advice inside Henri Bendel. For almost 10 years, Ramona's daughter has been the unlikely voice of reason on this show, so it comes as no surprise that the 21-year-old continues to dole out wisdom beyond her years. Just like the rest of us, Avery doesn't understand where this feud between Ramona and Bethenny stems from and urges her mom to take the high road and make amends with her longtime friend. Considering how well Ramona's last attempt to patch things up went, this course of action may be impossible. As far as Bethenny is concerned, she can be civil if she see's Ramona out socially with the 'Wives but the Singer Stinger may as well be dead to her. 

The blondes return to Beautique! Taking Tinsley Mortimer under their booze-soaked wings, Ramona and Sonja Morgan introduce the former socialite to the Midtown hotspot famed for being the perfect place to pick up eligible Manhattan bachelors. With Ramonja's guidance, Tinsley is the belle of Beautique within minutes and quickly sets her sights on a hot, young 23-year-old named Chad. His description by the Bravo editing team is literally "Cute Guy." Get it Tins! Of course, Sonja takes it upon herself to scold her roomie, reminding Tinsley that a 23-year-old finance kid doesn't fit any of the criteria on the list of what she's looking for in a husband. As if Sonja has any room to talk about hooking up with a younger man...Thankfully, Tinsley shoos her away to make out with Hot Chad and I've never been more proud of the newbie. Maybe try the Regency instead of Beautique if you're searching for marriage material, but for tonight Chad wins.

Over at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center, Bethenny is launching her new charity initiative, B Strong, at the annual Dress For Success breakfast. Like several of the Skinnygirl's events in the past, Carole Radziwill is the only other Housewife in attendance, but we also finally get to meet Dennis Shields, her elusive boyfriend that caused so much drama at the Season 8 reunion. Bethenny's goal with B Strong is for the initiative to serve as crisis intervention for women on their various roads to personal and professional success. The B gets surprisingly emotional and choked us as she talks about this new project to a room full of women and it truly is a worthy cause and positive use of her platform. Bravo, Bethenny!

Meanwhile, on a night out with her girlfriends at American Cut, (a steak restaurant is one of her prime places to pick up men after all), Ramona pivots from flirting to getting more dirt about Luann de Lesseps and Tom D'Agostino's relationship. It turns out that one of the ladies she's out with - Missy - is also on the long list of Manhattan cougars who dated Tom prior to his engagement to the Countess. Just how prior you ask? Missy thought she was dating Tom exclusively and only learned otherwise when she walked in on Tom and Lu very clearly together at a bar. Ouch. As her new friend recounts this story, Ramona's eyes practically light up with glee. And yet, this isn't even the biggest Tom-related bombshell we'll learn this episode...

Dorinda is hosting a holiday cocktail party/fundraiser for Beauty for Freedom at Bagatelle and most of the 'Wives have put together a silent auction full of gifts for the occasion. Tinsley and Sonja arrive separately while still managing to bring their passive-aggressive roommate baggage with them. In fact, Lady Morgan straight up shames the newbie for going on a bowling date with Chad after their encounter at Beautique and making out with him. WTF?? The biggest news, however, is that the Skinnygirl and Tom will be in the same room for the first time ever at the charity event. How awkward could it be to come face to face with your frenemy's fiancé whom you uncovered cheating last season just a few days after they got engaged? Only a little. 

Thankfully, the room at Bagatelle is gigantic and packed to the brim, which gives Bethenny a perfectly reasonable excuse to avoid Ramona all night long, but she can't do the same with Tom and Luann. Instead she charges in head first, shaking Tom's hand as Lu makes the introduction and apologizing for "causing [him] any drama" last year. The interaction is quick and easy - if a bit uncomfortable - and is saved by Dorinda directing everyone's attention back to the charity auction, which no one seems to be bidding on. 

At this point, Bethenny and Carole decide to become "charity whores" and start working the room to flirt with men and get them to bid on auction items. And the strategy actually works! However, as Carole circles the room for her next used car salesman pitch, a damaging bombshell drops in her lap courtesy of Luann's friend Barbara. In the midst of the revelry, charity and bidding wars, this friend reveals she's going to the Countess' wedding in Palm Beach, but expresses some eyebrow-raising doubts about Tom and Luann's relationship. (So damaging, in fact, that she tried to sue Bravo to keep the footage from airing, claiming she didn't know she was being filmed. At a Real Housewives event. Talking to a Real Housewife. With a mic on.) 

Barbara tells Carole point blank that she's not excited to go to Luann's wedding and claims she thinks the Countess feels she has something to prove to the world by going down the aisle. In Barbara's estimation, Luann would rather go through with the wedding and get divorced later on than call the whole thing off and suffer a giant "I told you so" from the rest of the 'Wives. Additionally, this friend also admits she went to Luann with her concerns about Tom's philandering ways and rumors that he's still seeing other women on the side, but her worries fell on willfully deaf ears. As the episode ends, it would appear there's much more going on beneath the surface of Luann and Tom's fast-approaching wedding than the perfect, madly in love facade that's been forced on us for two seasons.

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Is Luann having second thoughts about marrying Tom? Is Hot Chad a good choice for Tinsley? Is this any of our business? Let me know in the comments below!

RHONY Ssn 8/Ep 11 - Invitation Interrupted

Glenn Rowley

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It's a new year on The Real Housewives of New York City and there are big changes afoot for the Big Apple broads. The Countess is in love and ready to shout it to the world, but none of her fellow 'Wives react exactly the way she was hoping. Plus, Bethenny plans a tequila tour of Mexico, but when a couple of the ladies get excluded from the guest list, the group dynamic becomes even more divided. Read on for my full recap of all the drama in the city that never sleeps...

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The episode picks up three weeks after Ramona Singer's ill-fated holiday party, which means our timeline is officially in 2016. Luann de Lesseps is still crashing at Sonja Morgan's townhouse on the Upper East Side. But the Countess has some major news: she's in love and she's moving out to get married! Sonja is baffled by this announcement, but she's even more floored when she discovers that the paramour Luann has been hiding all this time is Tom D'Agostino. In fact, her response is "my Tom?" Apparently Ramona isn't the only Housewife who has a past with Luann's new man - according to Sonja, she's been hooking up with Tom for quite a while. However, Lu refuses to let this revelation rain on her parade because the Countess is in love and doesn't care who knows it. Oh and also, Sonja's decided to quit drinking in the wake of the Tipsy Girl debacle, so there's that.

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Meanwhile, Bethenny Frankel has gathered all the other 'Wives at Añejo in Hell's Kitchen for a night of guacamole and vacation planning. Surprise! B wants to take the ladies on a tequila-tasting trip to Mexico to help her gain inspiration for the latest Skinnygirl flavor. Poor Jules Wainstein is still distressed over her father being in the hospital, but she still shows up for to hear Bethenny's plan. However, the big question is whether Luann and Sonja will be invited on the trip and B proposes that the ladies discuss and vote on it. Ramona doesn't want to leave anyone out and argues that the Countess is always fun on an all-girls trip (pirate Johnny Depp, anyone?) but Carole Radziwill draws a line that if her nemesis is invited, she's not coming. All of the women agree that Sonja and a tequila-tasting trip are not a good combo and it's safer for Lady Morgan to stay behind in NYC. As the hostess, Bethenny just wants the trip to be fun for everyone, so for now it looks like the 'Wives playing Grey Gardens on the Upper East Side are still on the outs. Still, viva la Mexico!

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The next day, Carole visits Bethenny at home in matching white turtlenecks to reminisce over the couples trip they took to the Bahamas over the holiday break. (B's keeping the identity of the guy she's dating a secret for the moment, though.) Carole's also had a major come to Jesus moment internally. During the holidays, she rather unexpectedly had to give up the kitten she had been fostering to its adoptive family. Losing the cat without getting to say goodbye forced Radzi to realize that she's set up her life story to constantly be a temporary one. Even when she married her husband Anthony, he had already been diagnosed with cancer... Now that she's been seeing Adam for well over a year, is Writer Girl ready for a more permanent happily ever after?

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Over at Exhale, Dorinda's reached out to Sonja to get manicures together. Sonja is still upset by Ramona's hot-and-cold treatment of her as of late, but Dorinda lays down the cold hard truth that it seems the Singer Stinger has taken sides in all the recent drama...and this time it's not Sonja's. Dorinda also informs Lady Morgan about Bethenny's upcoming Mexico trip, including the fact that she's once again not included on the guest list. But don't worry, the silver lining is that this time, neither is Luann! The Skinnygirl vs. Tipsy Girl issue has become a major conflict of interest for Bethenny and Sonja's officially found herself left out in the cold. And in the Housewives universe, there's nothing worse than being excluded from filming with the other women...

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While Carole works with Adam and his gorgeous long hair on their cookbook proposal for The Reluctant Vegan, Ramona invites her daughter Avery as well as Luann to test out a line of hair extensions from Lux Beauty Club, a company she's getting into business with. Since the Countess has been rocking her signature shag for eight seasons straight, Ramona's anxious to get her into some shoulder-length extensions for once. As soon as Luann sits down, she's bursting to tell Ramona and Avery about the new turn her relationship has taken with Tom. When Lu reveals she's planning to marry the guy Ramona recently dated, the fake smile the Singer Stinger plasters on is nothing short of classic. Ramona then proceeds to inform Luann that her supposed soulmate calls his ex every single day, tells her he loves her and even bought the woman a gold bracelet for Christmas. Which was like yesterday. Yet Luann refuses to believe this piece of information and won't let Ramona burst her happy bubble. All the Ramonacoaster can do is warn the Countess to guard her feelings and warns her that only time will tell whether any of the gossip is true.

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Later that night, Dorinda and her boyfriend John Mahdessian meet Jules and her husband Michael for a double date. Dorinda is slaying in a royal shade of purple, but the Wainsteins arrive over an hour late and the tension between them is palpable. Apparently the couple was bickering over Michael looking for a hot nanny earlier in the day and in the wake of Jules's announcement that they're divorcing over his infidelity, the moment is pure foreshadowing for what lies ahead. Dorinda tries to help the situation by counseling her friend with a number of mixed metaphors, but she's already had one too many martinis for the evening and the marital advice comes out in rather amusing soundbytes. I love every version of Dorinda Medley, but Dirty Martini Dorinda might just be my favorite. 

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In the episode's final sit-down, Bethenny meets Luann for drinks at Bar Bordeaux. B shows up to the meeting late and a little disoriented, revealing to Luann that she's been bleeding rather profusely and has to visit an OB-GYN the following day to figure out what's going on. Because she's not at her best, poor Bethenny essentially gets railroaded by Luann during the entire conversation. First the Countess giddily repeats her revelation about Tom being her soulmate for the third time this episode and eventually brings up her non-invite to the upcoming Mexico trip. Bethenny has every reason under the sun not to extend an invitation, but within just a few minutes, Luann has singlehandedly managed to invite herself on the trip to Mexico and follow it up by accepting her own invitation! The Skinnygirl is left baffled as to what even just happened as the Countess sashays away in her winter white to meet her boyfriend at the Carlyle for a Tommy Tune performance and the episodes comes to an abrupt end. Umm...check please?

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Do you see the writing on the wall for Jules and Michael? Is there any way Bethenny could've stopped Luann from inviting herself on the trip to Mexico? Can you really find your soulmate in just six weeks? Leave your thoughts and opinions below in the comments!

RHONY Season 8 Premiere - Start Spreading the News

Glenn Rowley

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The Real Housewives of New York City is back for Season 8! I could not be more excited. I love pretty much all of the Housewives shows, but out of all the cities in the franchise the RHONY ladies are my people. That being said, this season has a lot to live up to - I considered Season 7 to be a pretty perfect Housewives season and it's going to be hard to top it for me. In fact, I loved last year so much that it's what inspired me to start That Housewives Guy. This season, the dynamic is already bound to have changed, what with the departure of Heather Thomson and Kristen Taekman (RIP Holla!) and the introduction of newbie Jules Wainstein. So it's going to be different and my expectations are pretty high this year, but I feel confident my Empire State girls can exceed them. 

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We have a new intro! Well, partially. The first thing we notice is that there's new intro music, which seems a bit random. Andy Cohen tweeted that the new music is an attempt to freshen things up - and it clearly signals the start of a new chapter in NYC - but as of right now, I miss the old theme music. Get back to me in a few weeks though. We also have new taglines! However, for some inexplicable reason only Bethenny and Dorinda got updated looks for the opening, which I'm confused by. I need some answers, Bravo! Compared to years past, I'm a little let down by the new taglines...as a group they're not quite as memorable as previous seasons'. My vote for best tagline definitely goes to Dorinda for "Diamonds aren't a girl's best friend, martinis are!" because it is so her. Quick thoughts on the others: Bethenny's is obviously true, but gets points docked for being kind of a redux of Ramona's in Season 5. (In the same vein, Dorinda's echoes Camille Grammer's from Season 2 of RHOBH a little too closely as well. Dorinda still wins.) Carole's is easily the weakest of her four years on the show. C'mon princess, where's the quippy one-liner about your great a**? Sonja continues to defend her party girl antics and Jules' "a Jew and an Asian walked into a bar..." one-liner is amusing, if a little corny. Luann is still milking the Cool Countess thing for all it's worth, but wouldn't this have been more appropriate as her tagline last season? And Ramona finishes us off with a completely on-brand cliche about her love of pinot while reminding us how old she's getting. There you have it. Dorinda easily comes out on top, all while looking fabulously gangster in her beaded minidress. 

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The premiere kicks off with Dorinda Medley visiting Bethenny Frankel at her newly completed apartment. B gives her the grand tour, including her bedroom (which surprisingly isn't decorated in much Skinnygirl red) and gorgeous walk-in closet. Now that the summer is winding down, Dorinda wants to get some of the girls together for a boozy lunch. Bethenny informs her that Carole Radziwill won't be able to come because her boyfriend's parents will be in town, but Doris wants to invite her friend Jules and her incredibly short husband Michael to come. Dorinda warns Bethenny that Jules isn't like them - she's still hopeful and kind. Don't worry, the RHONY broads will knock that out of the new girl real quick.

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Speaking of Radzi, she's deep in the honeymoon phase with Adam the hot chef. They've been together for nearly a year now, and have even adopted a puppy together, ironically named Baby. Via confessional, Carole explains that she's been in full-on nesting mode, and is super bummed that Adam's leaving on an extended trip to Ethiopia. However, it may be a wise move on his part considering that filming has started again. Last season's drama with Luann de Lesseps is still fresh in Carole's mind (Adam was working as Luann's family chef when they met and had previously dated her niece), and she isn't eager to put her boyfriend in the same room as her friend-turned-nemesis any time soon.

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OG Ramona Singer is officially single and on the prowl. After spending the majority of last season attempting to move on after Mario's cheating scandal, she's finally filed the papers for divorce. Now, she's on a new path, dating men and loving her life. In the shock of the night, her daughter Avery is apparently 21 now and going out to bars with her mom. Wait, what?? I swear Avery was 18 like...two seasons ago. How is that possible? Either way, Ramona still can't remember the name of her daughter's friend, who apparently spent an entire weekend in the Hamptons with them over the summer. Classic Ramona. I will say, the Ramonacoaster looks genuinely happy and I am here for it, people!

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Meanwhile, Luann and Sonja Morgan are each dealing with empty nest syndrome. Both Victoria and Noel have left for college, the Countess sold her place in the city and Sonja's daughter has gone off to boarding school, so the pair came up with a solution: bunking together! That's right, Luann will be crashing at Sonja's townhouse when she's in the city. As the two veterans debate eskimo teeth and blowjob techniques, I can't help but think my what a difference a year makes. At the start of Season 7, Lu didn't want anything to do with Lady Morgan and now they're playing a female version of The Odd Couple, or maybe it's just a younger Grey Gardens.

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Ramona meets Bethenny at iconic New York eatery Sarabeth's for a gossipy chat about their dating lives and some of the other women. Bethenny relates a story of seeing Luann and Sonja at a birthday party over the summer and on a scale of one to hammered, they were at a 9 and a 20 respectively. Ramona explains that she has stopped going out with Sonja at night because she doesn't want people to get the idea that she has the same wild habits and hard-partying ways as Lady Morgan. It's just not a good look for anyone. Bethenny's also been spending plenty of time with Dorinda, and along with her comes her shady boyfriend John Mahdessian. B says she feels like Dorinda is constantly trying to sell John to her, to the point where a great deal of their conversations consist of boyfriend propaganda and half-truths. Obviously, this isn't how Bethenny operates, and she surmises that Dorinda feels self-conscious about the relationship because she knows what type of person John is. Ramona says she's trying to warm up to John for Dorinda's sake, even letting the couple stay with her in the Hamptons soon, but still doesn't feel comfortable around the man. 

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Next, we're properly introduced to newbie Jules and her family, which includes her venture capitalist husband Michael, five-year-old son Jagger, two-year-old daughter Rio and dog Zoe. The Wainsteins live in a spacious loft apartment in the Flatiron District and have been married for eight years, despite knowing each other since they were kids. Jules' parenting strategy apparently comes down to bribery and with her long flowing locks and statuesque figure, she represents a pretty stunning, yet down-to-earth, new class of Upper East Side Jewish mothers.

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Dorinda and John are out on the town to celebrate their anniversary, but don't ask which one because apparently John celebrates this benchmark monthly. At Valbella Ristorante, Dorinda is a happy girl with her extra dirty martini with olives, but not quite so jazzed about John wanting to be so constantly touchy-feely in public (read: in front of the cameras). The couple have reached a point of transition in their relationship. With Dorinda's daughter Hannah finally moving out on her own, John may or may not be moving into her Upper East Side pad sometime soon. Though, I just have to get this out of the way. With his constant fawning, positive affirmations and need for attention, is anyone else getting a little bit of a vibe that John could become New York's version of Brooks Ayers?

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Bethenny's also in a time of transition with her Skinnygirl empire, and has moved into a hip office downtown with an elevator that smells overwhelmingly of pot. Popping into the office, B gives her small army of employees a quick pep talk. It's a new world where the Kardashians have becomes the Kennedys and in order to compete, she has to get creative. Bethenny's committed to doing disruptive things if it means getting Skinnygirl to another level, and gives her employees free reign to be innovative as long as the job gets done. In her confessional, Bethenny explains that she's still in the midst of the divorce that never ends with ex-husband Jason Hoppy, and is juggling the bills for three different properties: her new apartment, her office space and her old apartment in Tribeca where her ex is still living. It seems outrageously unfair that her ex is sitting pretty in the apartment that used to be hers - all while she foots the bill - but until the divorce is final, Bethenny doesn't have any choice but to make it work. 

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Next, Ramona and Carole meet at Mon Petit Cafe for some lunch and catch-up girl talk. The two 'Wives couldn't be at more different places in life - Ramona is out on the town every night with friends and dates and gentlemen callers, while Carole is in full nesting mode at home with Adam. Naturally, Ramona is talking a mile a minute, regaling Carole with stories of late-night parties, trips to the Hamptons and reg-GAY bands, and Writer Girl has to hit the pause button to teacher how to properly pronounce the word "reggae." For all her endearing malapropisms, Ramona seems genuinely sunny these days and there's no way anyone is going to get her to "talk less, smile more" just to impress a man.

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Finally, the weekend arrives and Bethenny and Dorinda converge on Catch for their boozy lunch. Naturally, John is attached to Dorinda's hip and B's brought along a date as well, conveniently also named Jon. Jules and Michael arrive and Dorinda makes introductions between her two sets of friends. Right off the bat, we learn two very important facts about Jules' identity: she's really Jewish, like kosher-level, and she's half-Japanese. Dorinda vouches for how fabulous and fun Jules is, but Bethenny remarks that the new 'Wife's tiny frame and long locks eerily remind her of her estranged mother. Bethenny also opines that Jules appears to be more than just Naturally Thin - skinny enough that there could be a problem here. Strange first impression, right? So far, I think Jules seems lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing what she brings to the table this season. And just like that, the season premiere ends with the promise of more much drama coming quickly down the pipeline. 

What did you think of the season premiere? Are you excited RHONY is back? How well do you think Jules will fit into the group? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and click the "Share" button to post this recap on social media...