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RHONY S9/Ep 12 Recap - Regency Reunion

Glenn Rowley

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This week, it's all about the real estate on The Real Housewives of New York City. While some of the 'Wives are buying, selling and redecorating, Ramona hosts a party to unveil her newly renovated apartment that's full of traps for Luann and Tom. Plus, Carole and Dorinda go to the nation's capital to be part of history with the Women's March! Read on for a full recap of protest signs and high ponies galore...

Carole Radzwill and Tinsley Mortimer seem to be developing an unlikely friendship. In all honesty, Radzi is perhaps the last Housewife I would've predicted to strike up a bond with the former It Girl, yet here they are, at lunch, reading coverage in the NY Post about their recent appearance together at the New York Botanical Garden's annual Winter Wonderland Ball. The event apparently served as Tinsley's official re-entry into New York high society, but we only get to see it via flashback. Tinsley is still determined to reinvent herself despite the PTSD caused by the trauma of her abusive relationship and subsequent arrest in Palm Beach. Carole suggests going for an entirely new look, down to chopping inches off her hair and adding some lowlights, but the socialite flat out refuses to abandon her signature curls or her UES lifestyle.

So much of this week is about real estate that it might as well be a RHONY-themed episode of Million Dollar Listing NY. Tinsley's on the hunt for an apartment far from the clutches of Lady Morgan's townhouse, looking first in the West Village before retreating back to the UES with her southern socialite of a mother, Dale Mercer. Now that her boyfriend Adam Kenworthy has officially moved out, Carole's using an interior designer to redecorate the vintage couch from her mother-in-law Lee Radziwill that's been positively shredded by the menagerie of animals living in her apartment. And Bethenny Frankel is busy selling her fabulous SoHo apartment for $5.25 million with the help of MDLNY's Fredrik Eklund, which is really just a subliminal promotional spot for the pair's upcoming standalone series, Keeping It Real Estate. I mean, are we watching HGTV and someone forgot to tell me?

Meanwhile, Sonja Morgan's love triangle is getting more and more tangled. On a date with Rocco - inexplicably in Hoboken, NJ for some reason - Lady Morgan is tasked with telling her kinda-boyfriend that her other kinda-boyfriend Frenchie has moved in with her. Awkwardly stuttering about "a complete stranger from Paris," Sonja breaks the news to Rocco that he has some competition, yet somehow gets off scot-free with her explanation. Even if she's dating another guy on the side, Rocco is still all in on this relationship.

Later, Carole and Dorinda Medley are off to Washington D.C. to participate in the Women's March in protest of Donald Trump. As Radzi points out in her confessional, nothing is more patriotic than protest and it's a critical time in American history to stand up and make your voice heard. Along with Dorinda's daughter Hannah, the 'Wives march in solidarity with thousands of other protestors carrying a sign emblazoned with "You're so vain, I bet you think this march is about you." Even though the election didn't go the way Carole and Dorinda were hoping, both refuse to be politically silent in the aftermath and I for one think it's pretty great to see Housewives get passionately informed and involved in current events. 

Finally, Ramona Singer is throwing a cocktail party to unveil her newly renovated UES apartment and all of the women are invited. To properly reflect her edgy new vibe, the Singer Stinger is trying out the most severe high pony anyone has ever seen and even invites Bethenny despite being waist-deep in a bitter feud with the Skinnygirl. Naturally, Bethenny turns down the invitation without so much as a second thought, though maybe it's better for everyone that she isn't present to be subjected to her frenemy's I Dream of Jeannie-level up-do. 

The guest list at Ramona's party is scandalously eclectic and includes Harry Dubin, ex-husband of former Housewife Aviva Drescher who also happens to have dated/slept with both Sonja and Luann D'Agostino. It turns out he's also known Tinsley for years, having met her in Miami with fellow RHONY alum Kelly Bensimon. Clearly, more roads in the RHONY-verse lead back to Harry Dubin than anyone even knew! Also in attendance is Ramona's friend Missy. You know, the one who was dating Tom right before Luann moved in on him? Tom awkwardly makes the introduction between his new wife and his ex, reminding Lu that she met Missy once upon a time...at the Regency! Through clenched teeth, the Countess demands to know who this woman is and laughs off Tom's explanation that Missy is just an ex who is soooo happy for them.

As Luann shoots daggers at them from across the room, Harry corners Missy to get the dirt, prodding her about the time Tom allegedly pulled her into a bathroom and forced himself on her for a kiss. However, Missy shuts the conversation down, claiming she doesn't want to get involved and risk facing the wrath of Luann. As the party winds down, Sonja points out that while Harry may be doing the dirty work, Ramona's the one stirring the pot here. Only the Singer Stinger would get all these parties in the same room just to sit back and watch the uneasy drama unfold.

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Should Sonja choose Rocco or Frenchie? How should Tinsley reinvent herself? Were Ramona and her high pony stirring the pot at her apartment unveiling? And just how badly did Luann want to cut someone after walking into that trap? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

RHONY S9/Ep 10 Recap - Black Out and Get Out

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, the brewing feud between Bethenny and Ramona explodes yet again in the Berkshires while a familiar face pops up to stir the pot for the first time in five seasons. Read on for a full recap of this week's drama...

The episode picks up smack dab in the middle of Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer's argument in the Berkshires. Calm and collected, the B points out that Ramona hasn't exactly been a great friend over the course of their nearly decade-long relationship. (Need proof? Cut to their infamous walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in Season 3 or the Season 7 incident where the Singer Stinger stole two dresses from the set of Bethenny's now-defunct talk show.) Still, this accusation causes Ramona to lose her mind and she promptly launches into a vicious tirade - accusing Bethenny of sleeping her way to the top and screaming that her brand Skinnygirl is "done." 

And finally, the truth comes out when Ramona reveals in her confessional that she "wants to hurt Bethenny. The Singer Stinger unleashes nine seasons worth of resentment she's been harboring about Bethenny's success and character, accusing her of being an opportunist and using people while Ramona claims to be entirely self-made. Calling her frenemy "Bethenny the bitchy witch" Ramona retreats, leaving Bethenny absolutely stunned at the onslaught of pure vitriol she just endured. The fun weekend in the Berkshires is clearly over as Bethenny leaves for NYC with Carole Radziwill in tow, only stopping to ask the question "if a friend attacks every inch of your character and insults the core of your very being and nobody saw...did it really happen?"

Early the next morning, Dorinda Medley is filling Tinsley Mortimer in on the previous night's drama over Luann de Lesseps' famous eggs a la français when, suddenly, Sonja Morgan appears wearing a pair of Dorinda's pajamas. And not just any old pajamas - a velvet pair given to Dorinda by her late husband Richard that happened to be sealed in a zippered garment bag. Honestly, the audacity... and the disrespect doesn't stop there. Once the ladies leave, Dorinda walks into Ramona's room to find it completely trashed. Not only did the Singer Stinger leave the room a mess for her hostess, she inexplicably chose to rip lighting fixtures OFF OF THE WALL, stripping the paint and creating a huge amount of damage to Dorinda's beloved Blue Stone Manor. Of course, Ramona left without so much as an acknowledgement or apology for literally destroying part of Dorinda's home. If I were her, I would honestly never invite the 'Wives for as much as a visit ever again.

Back in NYC, Carole shows Tinsley an open apartment in her building (she's finally ready to escape the confines of Lady Morgan's townhouse), Luann and her fianceé Tom D'Agostino host a small pre-wedding luncheon at Philippe before heading to Palm Beach for their big day. Dorinda is the only 'Wife in attendance, but there's another pair of very familiar face at the table: OG Housewife Jill Zarin! Every true RHONY fan knows this cameo by Jill is epic - it's the first time we've seen her on the show since her messy firing following Season 4. Of course Jill and her husband Bobby scored an invite to Lu's wedding, considering that the pair have remained thick as thieves since Jill's departure from the show.

As Luann and Dorinda rehash the drama from the Berkshires for the table, Jill admits she "sometimes miss[es] the gossip" and has more than a few opinions about Ramona's recent bad behavior. Waving her hands like a true Jewish yenta, Jill promptly calls her legendary frenemy "so obnoxious" and posits that she must be deeply unhappy in her life to be constantly lashing out at the other women and digging up dirt on Tom's past (and current?) indiscretions. As the old adage goes, misery loves company. Unsurprisingly, she also wishes aloud that Luann had invited her former-BFF-turned-mortal-enemy Bethenny to the wedding just so she would have a chance to see her and say hello. Jill's appearance is just the jolt this season has so desperately needed and all of a sudden I'm wondering...am I ready for Jill Zarin to come back to RHONY as a full-time Housewife?

Quite honestly, the rest of the episode feels like a whole bunch of filler - including Bethenny and Ramona avoiding each other at an art show hosted by Carole, nude paintings with Carole's boobs on full display at said art show and Luann and Tom saying goodbye to NYC as they head to Palm Beach for their wedding. And next week, the Countess loses her title as she says "I do" to become Mrs. D'Agostino.

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Were you happy to see Jill back on the show, even if it was brief? Are you Team Bethenny or Team Ramona? Has the Singer Stinger finally lost it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

RHONY S9/Ep 9 Recap - Two Weeks Notice

Glenn Rowley

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The craziness in the Berkshires continues on this week's episode of The Real Housewives of New York City as Bethenny breaks down to Luann before facing off with Ramona in a no-holds-barred battle royale. And all poor Dorinda wanted was a nice, quiet birthday celebration. In keeping with the tradition of last year's one-act play format, I present this year's trip to the Berkshires in four scenes...

Scene 1 - It'll Only Get Worse, Luann

One by one, the Housewives join Dorinda Medley in her last-minute intervention of Luann de Lesseps (soon-to-be-D'Agostino). As they wander into the conversation, Ramona Singer, Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill each take a turn expressing the piece of gossip they've heard about Lu's fiancé Tom - that he's forcing himself on ex-girlfriends, carrying on full-fledged affairs behind her back and that she's having serious second thoughts about tying the knot. Ramona particularly claims she's simply trying to protect Luann from getting hurt down the road like she did with Mario. After all, if a man begins married life as a serial cheater, the problem is only going to get worse. Up against the barrage, Luann smacks down allegation after allegation, repeatedly insisting that she trusts Tom, is excited to get married and can't wait to spend the rest of her life with the perennial bachelor about town. The wedding is two weeks away and she is untouchable, always circling back to her well-worn excuse that all the other women are just "jealous bitches" of her fairy-tale romance. However, it's telling that the Countess' last word on the matter is how happy she is with the lifestyle Tom has afforded her - the trips to Palm Beach, the penthouse apartment, the security of a man on her arm at all the UES parties. According to Bethenny, that's what this sham of a relationship is about, but if Luann knows what she's getting into and is happy with it, so be it.

Scene 2 - Burning Down the House and Breaking Down the B

While Carole lights a fire (in a non-working fireplace...using Dorinda's wooden door jams) and Tinsley Mortimer vents her frustrations about living with Sonja Morgan, Luann attempts to create a bonding moment with Bethenny over the latter's recently signed divorce papers. The Countess is all Hallmark card slogans and mantras, spouting out fortune cookie sayings about trusting your heart and embracing each chapter of life as it comes. However, the always no-nonsense B isn't having it, and points out that following her heart led her straight into the hellish torture chamber of a situation with her almost-ex-husband Jason Hoppy. Bethenny alludes that what's going on in her personal life is so bad that the ladies couldn't possibly understand. As Carole reveals to the group that it's worse now that it even was when Bethenny was going through her long, nasty, very public divorce, the Skinnygirl has a full-blown emotional meltdown, leaving the room and dissolving into tears.

Luann follows her out to apologize for upsetting her, which leads to a sobbing Bethenny admitting she thinks the Countess is making a huge mistake marrying Tom. B feels confident - in her heart, gut and soul - that Luann's husband-to-be is cheating on her and promises Lu that she doesn't have to go through with the wedding if she's not 100 percent sure. Of course, Luann claims that this emotional display is simply Bethenny projecting her own trust and marital issues onto the situation, but the Skinnygirl has every reason to be wary. As Carole explains to the other women, Bethenny's ex has been constantly harassing her for months - sending threatening emails, voice messages telling her she's a bad mother and, perhaps most creepily, calling her "Bernadette" (which fans know is the name of Bethenny's own estranged, absentee mom). Considering that her ex was arrested last January in the midst of filming for allegedly stalking Bethenny, the hell she's going through is no laughing matter.

Scene 3 - Manic Chocolate Santa Claus

The women convene to the dining room, where Dorinda serves a delicious-looking dinner of roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberry sauce. Out of nowhere, Ramona becomes astonishingly manic during the meal, practically falling over herself to gush compliments about the food (so moist! so succulent!) and squealing hysterically when she wins a giant chocolate Santa. Dorinda points out that Ramona seems extra jittery this evening and is intensifying every little thing. Without a doubt, the Singer Stinger has been - as Dorinda says - "emotionally heightened" so far this season but there's no way of telling what's really going on with her yet. But it's certainly something cuckoo, even Sonja describes her bestie's behavior at the table as "off the Richter scale crazy."

Of course, Ramona chooses the moment Dorinda's birthday cake is served to sidle up to Bethenny and deliver a boozy, whispered apology over the Skinnygirl's shoulder. Yet again, she's attempting to make amends for bringing up Bethenny's daughter Bryn in relation to the B's scandalous role in the recently unearthed B-movie Hollywood Hills, 90028. Equally unsurprising is the fact that this apology leaves Bethenny entirely unaffected. Instead of engaging, she hilariously sums for Tinsley all the reasons Dorinda is the only Housewife invited to Luann's wedding. Exhibit A: Carole's boyfriend used to be Luann's chef, who also happened to date her niece. I mean, watch Season 7. It would be weird. Exhibit B: Ramona dated Tom before Luann and is on a completely unsubtle mission to find every ounce of dirt possible on the guy. Exhibit C: Tom's diamond-shooting dick has literally been inside Sonja. Exhibit D: Last year in this very dining room, Bethenny unleashed a fury of epic rage on Luann, calling her a slut, a whore and every other nasty name in the book. Caught up, Tins?

Scene 4: Are You Kidding Me, Bethenny?

Frustrated that Bethenny won't accept her countless apologies, Ramona corners her frenemy in the living room to try apologizing one more time. Finally fed up, Bethenny agrees that it's time to put all the cards on the table, starting with the fact that - all things considered over their nearly decade-long history - Ramona has not been a good friend to her. As someone who takes her status as a friend very seriously, this is an unforgivable insult to Ramona, akin to character assassination. Unbridled rage lights up in the Singer Stinger's eyes as she belligerently stammers "are you kidding me, Bethenny?" over and over again. And just when the powder keg between the two OGs is about to ignite, the episode ends with a startling "To Be Continued..." 

What did you think of this week's RHONY? How does this year's trip to the Berkshires compare to last season's? Should Luann listen to the other 'Wives? Are you Team Bethenny or Team Ramona? Leave your thoughts 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 9/Ep 6 Recap - Wishful Invitation

Glenn Rowley

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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!

RHONY Ssn 9/Ep 5 Recap - The Politics of Friendship

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City is all about (surprise) party politics as Carole's long-awaited election party turns from celebration to mourning and Ramona rings in the big 6-0 with an epic surprise party! Read on for all the drama, political and otherwise...

The first half of the episode centers on the 2014 presidential election. Out of all the 'Wives, Carole Radziwill has been the most outspoken and politically involved, so it makes sense that she would be the one whom the political storyline centers on. First, she and her mother drive to the swing state of Pennsylvania to canvass for Hillary Clinton, and encourage people to get out and vote. Radzi's mother is positively delightful and their bickering banter is nearly entertaining enough to distract me from Carole's godawful green coat lined with faux fur in an electrifying shade of neon blue that I'm almost positive came from a rack at Forever 21. Still, it's admirable to see the show's resident intellectual, who describes Donald Trump as "everything I'm against," actually putting in the work to support a candidate she believes in. #ImWithHer!

On a dinner date with her restauranteur (and non-French) suitor Rocco, Sonja Morgan's busy venting her frustrations with houseguest Tinsley Mortimer. Lady Morgan claims to be doting on the newest 'Wife's every need - down to ironing her pillowcases - yet the socialite didn't even bother to get her a birthday card. How ungracious! All Sonja expects is a little appreciation in the form of bowing and groveling as Tins kisses her ring, OK? This roommate tension promises to boil over sooner rather than later...

Election day finally arrives and Carole's hosting a bipartisan election party to watch the poll results come in. It promises to be a historic night, but not in the way Radzi thinks...Fellow Hillary enthusiast Dorinda Medley shows up rocking a white pantsuit perfect for the occasion and even former Housewife (and Carole's pre-Bethenny Frankel bestie) Heather Thomson makes a cameo! Oh mama, how I've missed you. Carole is nervous but confident Hillary will become the nation's first female president, but her excitement slowly turns to dread as the results slowly come in and state after state goes to He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. By the end of the night, the entire room is in disbelief as Trump is named the 45th president of the United States of America and it's heartbreaking for my democracy-loving heart to watch Carole tearfully read the heartfelt, inspiring speech she would've given at the party had Hillary won. 

With the wound of Hillary's loss still fresh, Carole decides to go dress shopping a couple days later with Ramona Singer. The Singer Stinger may have been disinvited to the election party, but she claims she doesn't hold a grudge so why not engage in some retail therapy! Hilariously, Carole almost gives away the surprise element of Ramona's upcoming 60th birthday party, but Ramona thankfully isn't even listening closely enough to her friend to notice. Ramona also brings up her brewing feud with Bethenny Frankel, insisting that she was actually coming from a good place when she referenced Bethenny's daughter in reference to the Skinnygirl's nude scene past. However, no one believes Ramona was doing anything less than stirring the pot, right? Needless to say, Bethenny will not be in attendance at her frenemy's surprise party...

Dorinda's organized the entire Ramotional party under the guise of a fake party that will involve lots of two of Ramona's favorite things: wine and eligible European men. However, when Dorinda arrives to pick up the unwitting guest of honor, Ramona has disappeared into the New York night, opting to take a cab. This development puts the entire extravagant plan in jeopardy. Will all of Dorinda's hard work go to waste when Ramona doesn't even show up to her own birthday party??

Thankfully, Ramona shows up when the elevator doors open and she is utterly stunned to see 250 of her closest friends there to celebrate with her. Bethenny may not be at the party, but the rest of the 'Wives are, including Luann de Lesseps - whom we've seen very little of this week. Sonja gives ex-boyfriend and serial Housewives hook-up Harry Dubin a piece of her mind when he tries introducing her to his latest fling. Lady Morgan also snaps at Tinsley for not getting her a drink at the bar, suggesting Carole "babysit" the younger 'Wife while she gets a drink for herself, and the passive-aggressive tension between to the two roomies is palpable. Having double-booked for the evening, Ramona even invites her poor date to the party, who's quickly relegated to awkwardly sip a drink alone in the corner while the Singer Stinger revels in all the attention.

With the party in full swing, Ramona brings up Bethenny's absence, claiming she can't believe the Skinnygirl would actually snub her and not show up to mark such an important milestone. With the Midtown skyline behind them, Ramona unloads her side of the growing feud to Sonja, who can't believe that Ramotional is actually weaving her tale in a way that makes some sense. Ramona points out that the 250 people inside are a tribute to what a wonderful friend she is, and also how could Bethenny not get past such an innocuous comment about her daughter? Sonja tells her kids and business are typically off-limits, particularly with the B, but Ramona won't budge from the story that she had nothing but good intentions. As Dorinda brings out the birthday cake, Ramona explains in her confessional that this issue with Bethenny is more than a simple fight. It's officially turned into a grudge, and one that seems to be far from over...

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Did you appreciate Carole bringing the election into her storyline for the season? What did you think of Ramona's surprise party? Are you Team Ramona or Team Bethenny? Let me know in the comments below!