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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 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 8/Ep 13 - Steel Calzones

Glenn Rowley

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Everybody's got issues this week on The Real Housewives of New York City. While Jules feels targeted by some of the 'Wives over her eating disorder and Bethenny deals with the reality of her medical crisis, Ramona's efforts to play peacemaker between Luann and Carole don't go exactly as she planned. Read on for a full recap of all the drama...

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It's pizza night for the Big Apple 'Wives as they meet at farmhouse chic eatery Wild in the Meatpacking District. Jules Wainstein is still suffering on account of her vaginal injury, but she's braving the pain to make some pizzas with the girls. As the other ladies arrive, Jules tries to fill them in on her accident, but when she starts stumbling over her words, Bethenny Frankel points out that she "need[s] a verb" for the story to continue." After a quick debriefing on both Jules's and Bethenny's medical issues, the ladies put on their aprons and get busy rolling their dough. While her co-stars are all making regular pizzas, Jules takes her creation up a notch by concocting a calzone - preferably filled with Percocet and Lidocaine to deal with this uptight group of girls. The activity also prompts Carole Radziwill to bring up the newbie's eating disorder, and Jules explains that she never weighs herself, choosing not to focus on the number as part of her ongoing recovery. 

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While Ramona Singer leaves the party early (with one of the restaurant's plates in hand) and Jules and Dorinda Medley go outside for a smoke break, Carole brings up the newbie's "food issues" with Bethenny back at the table. The pair opine that, while Jules presents her eating disorder as something that's in her past, it seems like she's more affected by it in her day-to-day life than she lets on. In fact, the newest 'Wife's subconscious issues with food become readily apparent when the women dig into her calzone to discover she's baked a stainless steel knife, fork and sauce cup inside. As the pizza party wraps up, the subject comes up yet again when Jules reveals she takes Adderall, prompting Carole to remark that she shouldn't be taking the medication because it makes you lose weight. Jules reassures Radzi that she's completely fine in her recovery - she goes to two different therapists twice a week - but for a party that was supposed to be all about fun and food, it's seems all anyone could talk about was the new girl's eating disorder.

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The next day, Carole meets up with a friendly face we haven't seen in a while: former Housewife Heather Thomson! Holla! As the pair go ice skating in Bryant Park with their significant others, I can't help but think about how much I have missed seeing Heather on my screen every Wednesday night this season. After taking off their skates and sending the men away, the two BFFs sit down for a serious catch-up over hot chocolate. Carole explains that the cookbook she's writing with her chef boyfriend Adam Kenworthy, and when Heather mentions that Bethenny's been telling her about Jules off-camera, Radzi brings up the incident from the pizza night. To Carole, it's apparent that Jules has plenty of food rituals and she opines that the newbie might have put the silverware in her calzone as a way to avoid actually eating it. Whatever the reason, it's raised a red flag among the other women and now Carole is worried about Jules and her eating disorder.

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Meanwhile, Dorinda drops by Jules's apartment in the Flatiron District for a visit. The newbie is still bothered by Carole commenting on her "food issues" the night before and reiterates that if anyone has questions about her eating disorder, they can simply ask instead of dancing around the topic. Jules is also insulted by Bethenny's constant jokes at her expense and feels that the OG is trying to make her seem stupid and ditzy. From the newbie's perspective, both veteran 'Wives are being borderline mean-girlish and she's decided to have her guard up around them from now on. Besides, Jules is going through enough in her personal life - what with her dad in the hospital, her nanny suddenly quitting and the injury to her vagina - to have to deal with drama from the other 'Wives. There's an undercurrent of tension in the Wainsteins' marriage, and Jules breaks down in tears to Dorinda as she explains that Michael just isn't stepping up to the plate to help her. It's gotten so bad that Jules admits she was actually relieved to be in the hospital after her accident because she could just take a minute without all the pressure on her. 

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While Dorinda helps Sonja Morgan declutter her basement Hoarders-style, Bethenny goes to a pre-op appointment for her fibroids issue, which are still causing a lot of bleeding. However, the appointment leaves Bethenny in tears as she tries to process the fact that the fibroids are going to require major surgery. With words like "living will" and "medical proxy" being thrown around, B is forced to confront the fact that she doesn't have any family to call in times of crisis. This reality leaves the Skinnygirl feeling more alone than ever as she considers what would happen to her five-year-old daughter Bryn if something were to happen to her. 

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Luann de Lesseps is still living in Lu-Lu Land and decides to throw a cocktail party at Hunt & Fish Club in the Theater District as an excuse to reconnect with the rest of the 'Wives. However, Ramona arrives at the party on a mission. Pulling Luann aside for a private chat, the Singer Stinger remarks that the Countess seems to be on the outs with both Bethenny and Carole. Luann points out that neither of her frenemies even bothered to RSVP for the cocktail party and declares that she's past the point of caring about either of them. Ramona tries to play peacemaker though, and simply wants Luann to make up with Carole once and for all. After sending an apologetic text in the Berkshires about calling Radzi a pedophile and extending an olive branch at her holiday party, Ramona points out that Luann seems to have stopped making any effort in a rather mixed metaphor about sports. Have I mentioned lately how much I love Ramona Singer?

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Ramona encourages Lu to reach out to Carole for some one-on-one time, whether it's a phone call or meeting up for coffee. However, the Countess announces that she's done apologizing for last season's drama and she "[doesn't] care what Carole RadziVILL thinks. Period." It appears the ship has sailed for Luann and Carole to ever really be friends again. Besides, the Countess is in love and doesn't have time for any more drama that will squash her bubble of love. In her annoyance, Luann suggests the ladies take a trip to Palm Beach to replace the cancelled vacation to Mexico, and it looks like neither Carole nor Bethenny are going to make the guest list for this one...

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Are Carole and Bethenny crossing the line about Jules's food issues? Were you happy to see Heather make a cameo? Do you love Ramona trying to play peacemaker as much as I do? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

RHOD Ssn 1/Ep 11 - Reunion

Glenn Rowley

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After just 10 short weeks of Southern twang, a disgusting amount of poop jokes and an endless cycle of charity events, it's time for the Season 1 Reunion of The Real Housewives of Dallas! In a surprisingly singular installment, the Southern 'Wives sit down with Andy Cohen to rehash the debut seasons many fights, feuds and personal moments. (Seriously though, I can't believe that Bravo only got enough footage out of the entire day for just one reunion part. It's disappointing.) Read on for my full breakdown of the drama, including an overanalyzing of the seat arrangement and my choice for best dressed on the couches...

On the Couches

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Ok, first thing's first. The all-important reunion seating arrangement. This one was pretty straightforward and easy to call, though I did swap two 'Wives in my prediction. (I'm always close but no cigar...) From the very first episode I pegged LeeAnne Locken and Brandi Redmond as the Housewives who would get the coveted center seats next to Andy Cohen. On the right couch, we have Brandi, Cary Deuber and Stephanie Hollman on the end. (For the record, I mixed up Cary and Stephanie in my guess, thinking that Bravo would keep the two besties together). On the left couch, LeeAnne is seated next to BFF Tiffany Hendra, which...duh. The battle lines between the two cliques were so clearly drawn during the season that any other formation would've been pretty much unthinkable. I'm also going to throw out there that I wouldn't have minded seeing Cary in the hot seat next to Andy one bit, especially considering how her feud with LeeAnne dominated the second half of the season, but I'd be hard-pressed to believe that Bravo would have ever moved Brandi from the hot seat. 

Ranking the Housewives' Looks

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The reunion dress code seems to be solid cocktail dresses with cutouts and all the 'Wives adhere to the theme with just one exception. My pick for best dressed goes to Tiffany, who stuns in a marigold Split Midi dress from Topshop. The yellow frock makes a memorable impression on me for the color alone - I mean, has any Housewife ever rocked MARIGOLD in the history of reunions? I didn't think so. It feels fitting that LeeAnne is in red, though I'm pleasantly surprised at just how refined the burgundy Chiara Boni dress is on her. The elegant three-quarter sleeves and artistic cutout push the look over the edge to me in terms of sophistication and I'm loving it. Cary also chose a Chiara Boni dress for the reunion, hers in a vibrant royal blue. It does look cohesive with LeeAnne's dress, but I have to confess that after a season full of gutsy looks, I'm a little disappointed that Cary didn't go for something just a little edgier. I'm obsessed with her jewel-encrusted Roberto Cavalli heels though! Stephanie looks like a Barbie doll come to life in her bright pink Rolland Mouret dress, but the pairing it with the chunky turquoise jewelry is a miss for me. And then there's Brandi, who clearly missed the solid colored memo by choosing a sparkly gold Herve Leger number. It's my least favorite look of the bunch, trying to be both sexy and frilly at the same time, and is it just me or does the dress look rather ill-fitting on Brandi? Maybe it's the bell-shaped bottom half but either way I am not at all a fan. 

Facing Criticism

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Andy starts things off with a round robin of questions about a number of issues the women were criticized for during the season. Among these complaints were the following:

  • LeeAnne's bright pink blush, which she chose to tone down for once.
  • Stephanie's to-do lists from her husband. Thankfully, she's not getting them since the show has been airing and Travis realized how offensive the habit was to every actual housewife in America.
  • The show's preoccupation with poop jokes, thanks to Brandi and Stephanie's juvenile senses of humor. Both chalk it up to a combination of immaturity and the Hollmans having small boys, but I speak for every fan of the show when I say it needs to stop next year. No one thought it was amusing. Just...disgusting. Not funny. Too much. Also, I just feel the need to point out that I came from a family of all boys too, and we never joked about poop - much less constantly. My mother would've killed us.
  • Apparently Brandi's girls were kicked out of their exclusive private Christian school for their mom's behavior on the show. (Or as she explains it, they "chose to no longer partner with [the Redmonds] for their children's education.] I guess incessantly calling wine "Jesus juice" didn't sit to well with the Christian school, which felt Brandi was making a mockery of the holy sacrament. Oops.
  • Reports in the media that Tiffany worked as a porn star before joining the show. According to Tiff, she had a multi-film contract with Cinemax for a number of racy projects, but none of it could be considered "porn." Just think lots of boobs (by Deubs?)

Carny Kid or Charity Maven?

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In the first package of the day, Andy turns the spotlight on queen bee LeeAnne, whose childhood on the carnival circuit constantly bumped up against her image at the center of the Dallas charity world. When pressed by Andy, Stephanie admits that she was referring to LeeAnne when she said the charity scene had some "egomaniacs" in it when the 'Wives attended Mad Hatter's, and most of the women are quick to agree that LeeAnne's sole passion in life seems to be charity work. However, more than the egomaniac comment, LeeAnne takes issue with Cary's claim that you have to be born into society to be a true Dallas socialite. Not even considering the fact that the American Dream is kind of built on the idea that you can work your way up the ladder and build your own success without a family legacy, in LeeAnne's book anyone can become a power player in society through hard work and making connections, and she's living proof. What happens next is an inexplicable name-dropping contest of all the most elite families in Dallas society. Ok ladies, I know you haven't done this before, but newsflash: we don't know who any of these people are. No one cares which socialite's wedding you were in. Move it along.

The Affair Heard 'Round Dallas

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Next, Cary's husband Mark joins Andy and the ladies to discuss the rumors that plagued the Deubers throughout filming about how their marriage started. In a dandy orange tie with matching socks and pocket square, the good doctor comes in guns blazing, with his sites set particularly on LeeAnne. He accuses the queen bee of spreading false stories that Cary stole him from his second wife and perpetuating the rumor that their marriage began as an affair. However, LeeAnne claims she was simply repeating what she "knew to be true" about the couple and doesn't see it as spreading gossip. Mark shoots back that with over a million people watching the show, LeeAnne's chatter has made all of America think he and Cary had an affair and insists it's simply a slanderous lie.

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At this point, LeeAnne lays the entire story that she heard out on the table: that Mark and Cary started having an affair when she worked for him but broke it off when he insisted on staying married. Then, seeing Cary marry another man (her second husband, for just a few months) eventually pushed Mark over the edge to leave his second wife for her. Cary is utterly floored, having never heard this complicated and rather messy version of the rumor, and gets so riled up that she walks off the set in tears. Andy has commented before that reunion walkoffs are SO 2009, and I agree, but I'm too distracted by the hilarity of Cary's crying faces to really take in the drama of the much-overused move. Methinks Cary might have had a little too much Botox injected before the reunion, because her face is forced to contort into impossible-looking shapes to make up for the fact that she can't move her forehead. 

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Once Mark has talked Cary off the ledge and she's sufficiently calmed down, she returns to the couch with Andy eager to wrap the topic up in a bow. LeeAnne finally apologizes upon seeing Cary so upset and the two actually make peace with a hug. However, the moment isn't all sunshine and roses when LeeAnne makes an off-hand remark warning Stephanie not to call her an egomaniac or narcissist because of the gesture, and Steph throws back that LeeAnne can't help but be insulting even in the nicest of moments.

The Rocky Marriage of Brandi and Bryan Redmond

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Next in the hot seat is Brandi, whom Andy questions about the marriage troubles she endured throughout filming with her husband Bryan. Brandi claims that she didn't even realize how disconnected they were as a couple until production started on the show and chalks Bryan walking out on their date night as she cried at the table to him not wanting to argue in front of the cameras. However, what angered her husband the most was Brandi's cringe-inducing wild night out at the strip club with Stephanie and Cary. (The Redmonds have an agreement that neither will go to such establishments, which Brandi clearly broke.) The couple's relationship hit an all-time low, however, when the episode actually aired and Bryan saw Brandi wasted and giving the male stripper a veritable lap dance. In the fight that followed, Brandi tearfully recounts that Bryan said he wanted a divorce and that the lapse in judgement took a long time for the couple to get over. Now, though, things are apparently better than ever. Brandi and Bryan are communicating well and establishing respective their needs in the relationship, and even renewed their vows on their wedding anniversary! Too bad Bravo's cameras weren't there to catch that moment...

The Many, Many Feuds of LeeAnne Locken

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At this point, Friend of the Housewives Marie Reyes joins the ladies, wearing a lovely, one-shouldered Chanel dress in navy with an oversized ruffle on the single shoulder, and the tension on the couches is palpable. Immediately, Tiffany calls Marie a "f---ing a--hole" under her breath, requests to sit on the opposite couch and ends up sliding as close as she possibly can over to LeeAnne in order to keep away from her nemesis. However, Andy's main concern is to begin addressing the many conflicts LeeAnne found herself in over the course of the season - with literally every single one of her fellow Housewives. As the package rolls, we see clips from her confrontation with Brandi in the very first episode, the infamous "bow at me" lunch with Cary and Stephanie, her screaming/shoving match with Tiffany after throwing a drink at a cocktail party and her sit-down with Marie upon discovering her scathing betrayal of texts to Tiffany. 

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In discussing the "bow at me" lunch, LeeAnne asserts that she wasn't trying to get Cary and Stephanie to stop being friends with Brandi, just to consider how their reputations were being affected in the wake of the poop scandal at Mad Hatter's. Stephanie shoots back that it sure felt like she was trying to take down Brandi and opines that rather than shine the light on herself, LeeAnne spent the majority of filming trying to discredit each of the other 'Wives. Moving on to the shoving showdown between BFFs at the cocktail party, Tiffany claims she was like a stewing volcano that simply erupted in the moment after spending the better part of a year defending LeeAnne to everyone in Dallas. However, Stephanie stands by her comment that Tiffany and Marie both seem to merely act as LeeAnne puppets and lapdogs - the former being the mouth that says whatever LeeAnne wants and the latter being the a--hole for taking so much constant abuse. 

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Which brings us to Marie's first betrayal - her string of text messages criticizing and psychoanalyzing LeeAnne to the queen bee's other best friend, Tiffany. Tiff maintains that the texts went on for about a year before she finally told LeeAnne about them and accuses Marie of purposely leaving out the message where Tiffany asked her "with respect" to stop texting her and go to LeeAnne instead. Marie defends herself by saying that she was merely worried for LeeAnne as a friend, while still managing to throw in a dig that she apparently wasn't eating or bathing at the time. Yikes. Either way, LeeAnne feels Tiffany did the right thing by showing her the text messages and there's clearly no love lost between her and her former bestie. 

Keep Austin Crazy: Poop Stories & Death Threats

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Finally, it's time to discuss the darkest moment of the season - the ill-fated girls trip to Austin, Texas that resulted in oversharing of a poop story (of course) and LeeAnne threatening to "kill" Marie in a terrifying altercation in the middle of the night. Marie reveals that once the ladies got back from Austin, she actually filed a police report and restraining order against LeeAnne after being threatened again over text. LeeAnne completely owns that she lost all control to her raging temper that night, but continues to point out that she was acting out of absolute humiliation upon finding out Marie had once again betrayed her. (Mind you, Marie still insists that she never repeated the story about LeeAnne pooping her pants, but the kid who told Brandi and Stephanie couldn't have exactly made it up out of the blue...) There doesn't seem to be much hope for a future reconciliation between LeeAnne and Marie, and we may never get to the bottom of who really spilled the poop story that resulted in a girls trip death threat... 

Final Thoughts

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Wrapping up the reunion, Andy points out that quite a bit has changed in the lives of each of the 'Wives since filming wrapped last summer, and asks them to share how they've grown. Stephanie found her voice by standing up to Travis and her marriage is apparently better than ever. Tiffany is all about self-improvement and is just happy that she gets to lay her head next to Aaron Hendra's ripped abs and gorgeous head of hair every night. Cary realized through the show that some people may view her relationship with Mark as weird or different, but still doesn't care what the critics have to say. LeeAnne's in anger management and continues trying to work through her traumatic past. As for Brandi, the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader views the show as a gift, in ultimately helping her marriage, introducing her to her grandfather and documenting such a difficult year of her life. And with that, the very first - but hopefully not last - reunion in Dallas officially comes to a close.

What did you think of the RHOD reunion? Do you wish it was more than one part? Are you Team LeeAnne, Team Tiffany or Team Marie? How do you feel about where the 'Wives left off? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below!

RHOD Ssn 1/Ep 5 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Glenn Rowley

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The explosive fight continues this week on The Real Housewives of Dallas, and all of the ladies are left to pick up the pieces in the feud's aftermath. Plus, one 'Wife celebrates her wedding anniversary in style, while another's husband disappoints during a family moment meant to be special. Read on for my full recap...

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This week picks up right in the middle of last week's brawl between some of the 'Wives at Marie Reyes's cocktail party. Once LeeAnne Locken throws her glass of champagne on the ground and tells Stephanie Hollman off for defending Brandi Redmond, the queen bee of Dallas exits the party stage left. It's a wise choice because, as LeeAnne says in her confessional, she's so upset that her only options are to either "kill the bitch or start crying." As she marches angrily down the street, Tiffany Hendra follows her in an attempt to diffuse the situation. However, LeeAnne is having none of it from her BFF of 25 years, and lashes out by accusing Tiffany of not having her back in the confrontation with Brandi. In fact, from LeeAnne's perspective, Tiffany was the one who put the entire ambush into motion by bringing her over to talk to the redhead.

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Naturally, this accusation sends Tiffany into a rage as she shoves LeeAnne and gets in her face to scream about just how much she's taken up for her misunderstood bestie. Now LeeAnne is the one who doesn't want to talk, telling Tiffany to shut the escalating argument down since the cameras are filming them. Enraged, Tiffany couldn't care less about the cameras but LeeAnne is pushed to her limit as she screams at the cameras to stop filming. And then it happens. In possibly the most instantly iconic moment of the season, LeeAnne full-on attacks the Bravo camera, punching the lens and wildly swinging her purse at the poor cameraman. As a bewildered Tiffany looks on, LeeAnne then proceeds to remove her shoes and stomp across the street, making sure to slap a passing trolley with the flat of her hand as she does so. LeeAnne Locken is officially done with the drama for the night, leaving Tiffany to go back into the party and issue a blanket apology to the other 'Wives for the massive scene that was caused. 

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In spite of all the drama and hurt feelings, LeeAnne and Tiffany are forced to see each other the very next day, since they both committed to participating in a clothing drive for women with HIV. Talk about the worst timing possible. Since they're feuding, the BFFs spend the entire charity event avoiding each other and not speaking, even though they're literally right next to each other. Fellow Housewife Cary Deuber gets a front row ticket to the awkwardness, as she's donating clothes to the Legacy Counseling Center as well, and explains to Tiffany that the designer dress she wore to the cocktail party had to be sent to the cleaners because it ended the evening soaked in LeeAnne's champagne. As Tiffany drives away from the charity event, she finally caves and leaves a message for LeeAnne on her voicemail, acknowledging how uncomfortable it was for the two to avoid each other and saying that she's ready to talk things out whenever LeeAnne is. 

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Meanwhile, Stephanie and her husband Travis are celebrating their seventh anniversary and Travis has a special surprise planned to get his wife's mind off all the drama from the night before. The couple hits the town in their vintage Rolls Royce, dressed to the nines as they pull up to de Boulle Diamond and Jewelry, the most exclusive high-end jewelry store in all of Dallas. To her shock and awe, Travis informs Stephanie that for her anniversary gift, she's allowed to pick out any bracelet she wants. Owner Denis de Boulle has selected a few exclusive pieces for Stephanie to try on, and she ultimately selects a 23 karat white diamond bracelet to the tune of $75,000. Talk about having expensive taste! Then, as a teaser for their 10-year anniversary, Denis lets Stephanie try on a gigantic 20 karat diamond ring that comes with a $2.5 million price tag. Better start saving if you plan on buying that in three years, Travis!

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After talking to him for the first time in her life last week, Brandi's invited her estranged grandfather John to visit her in Dallas. As she and her mom anxiously await the arrival of her grandpa and his wife, Brandi laments that her husband Bryan isn't there to meet him for the first time since he's out of town on business. However, she's specifically planned a big family BBQ for the day between Bryan's business trips so he can actually be present for such an important moment in her life. When Brandi's grandpa arrives, she's stunned at just how large and intimidating the former NFL player is. Yet, they immediately begin bonding and she's also blown away by how much he resembles resembles her brothers, uncles and other family members. 

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Following a quick, sweet scene of Cary's husband Mark surprising her with a Roberto Cavalli dress to make up for the one that got ruined at the cocktail party, LeeAnne and Tiffany finally meet at a restaurant to talk about their blow-up fight. Both 'Wives come to the meeting ready to put the clash behind them and immediately apologize for their respective parts of the feud. LeeAnne owns that she was pushed past the point of what she could handle and should have recognized her bestie actually had her back, while Tiffany points out that she went full Mr. Miyagi on her friend. Honestly, it's very nice to  see the BFFs make up so quickly and genuinely, and I agree with LeeAnne: you can only be Christian and kind so much until your inner carny comes out ready to bite someone's head off.

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The next day, Brandi's family comes together for the BBQ to meet John, and by the time Stephanie arrives to support her friend, Bryan's still nowhere to be found. When Steph calls Travis to find out when he'll arrive at the party, she learns that Bryan's actually been golfing with her husband and now they're out at a bar. This is news to Brandi, who expected Bryan to be there to support her on such an important day, and by the time he finally shows up late and drunk, she is visibly unhappy. However, the second Bryan walks through the door, it's clear that he has some sort of wall up, and barely greets his wife before saying a few words to her grandpa and retreating to the backyard to play with one of the girls on the swings. Brandi is rightfully upset and disappointed by her husband's shockingly distant behavior, and points out in her confessional that all she can think about how he's being the "biggest douchebag in the world" and will be most definitely be sleeping on the couch tonight.

What did you think of this week's episode? Are you happy LeeAnne and Tiffany were able to make up? How would you have reacted if your husband showed up to an important family moment late and drunk? Leave your thoughts and opinions below in the comments!

RHOD Ssn 1/Ep 4 - Mouth of the South

Glenn Rowley

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Well, that escalated quickly. Only four episodes into the inaugural season of The Real Housewives of Dallas and a full-out war has erupted between 'Wives, complete with wine-throwing, name-calling and a major walk-out. Read on for my full recap of the drama between LeeAnne and the other Housewives...

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We start this week off with another morning at Brandi Redmond's house. Amid the chaos of pets running around and getting the girls ready for school, Brandi informs her husband Bryan that Stephanie Hollman has invited her and the kids on a road trip to Coweta, Oklahoma to visit Stephanie's family. Ever attentive, Bryan sleepily nods along to his wife's plans, simply grateful that he'll get a day without having the girls drop a bunny on his face to get his attention. Once the kids get out of school, Stephanie and her boys show up at Brandi's house to pack up the van. After watching Brandi chase her nameless dog down the street and wishing for muzzles (for the four kids) and Xanax (for themselves), the two 'Wives are all packed up and ready to drive four hours to Oklahoma. Party time!

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Meanwhile, LeeAnne Locken is busy contributing to the Dallas charity world. In her confessional, the queen bee explains that her days begin and end with charity - whether she's running host committees, attending board meetings or connecting donors with organizations, this is LeeAnne's bread and butter. Today she's meeting with Heidi Dillon, who according to her is the actual queen of the Dallas charity scene. LeeAnne's goal is to convince Heidi to serve as this year's honorary chair for an event benefitting women who are HIV+. If she can get Heidi Dillon on board to get her wealthy friends to write the checks, LeeAnne can do all the rest of the work. Heidi agrees to be the honorary chair and tells LeeAnne to pop the champagne. I mean, who can say no when LeeAnne asks you to help give people a hand up in life?

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The next day, LeeAnne attends the Paws Cause charity event with her BFF Tiffany Hendra and Friend of the Housewives Marie Reyes to benefit the SPCA of Texas. After taking pictures for the press and joking that all three women arrived wearing the same shade of pink, Tiffany pulls LeeAnne away from the dogs and puppies to get the details about how her brunch went with Stephanie and Cary Deuber. LeeAnne describes the meeting as confrontational and laments that she couldn't get through to either of the other women about how their reputations could be marred by associating with Brandi and her potty humor. Marie's worried about how the tension between LeeAnne and the other 'Wives could affect her upcoming cocktail party, but I'm willing to bet she had no idea how crazy it could actually get.

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Stephanie and Brandi arrive in Coweta and the latter is blown away by her BFF's country upbringing. Stephanie's entire family shows up at her parents house for a good old-fashioned family dinner. Stephanie's experience growing up in Coweta was basically a picture off of a small town, All-American post card. Her parents were devout Pentecostals and she grew up going to church twice on Sundays and once on Wednesdays, her mom was a Sunday School teacher and she spent her teenage years trying as hard as she could to be perfect. Coming from a completely different family dynamic from the picturesque Hayes clan, Brandi is a little overwhelmed by all the love and bonding going on at the table. In fact, she admits in her confessional that it even feels a little bit awkward to her. Growing up she and her brother would often eat dinner in front of the TV with minimal conversation, which is basically the complete opposite of Stephanie's close-knit family who is offering a prayer before dinner.

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Back in Dallas, Cary has invited Tiffany to join her for some hot yoga in an effort to build their budding friendship. It turns out that Cary is a serious contortionist when it comes to the yoga studio. Seriously, while Tiffany struggles to keep up, Cary's busy twisting and turning her body into a human pretzel. (For the record, in a yoga situation I'm neither Cary nor Tiffany; I'm definitely more like the little old Asian lady behind them.) After yoga, the two 'Wives hit the juice bar and the conversation turns almost immediately to LeeAnne. Tiffany is constantly having to defend her BFF to the other 'Wives and tries to give Cary some perspective on how LeeAnne works. She tries to explain that LeeAnne puts up walls to protect herself because of how much she's been hurt in the past, but Cary simply finds the queen bee to be annoying and abrasive. Yes, lots of people in Dallas society know who LeeAnne is, but Cary opines that maybe that's just because of how loud she is. LeeAnne may be well-connected to important people in the charity world, but Cary reminds Tiffany that her BFF isn't a tried-and-true Dallas socialite. Either way, Tiffany wants to continue building a friendship with Cary as her own person, not just as LeeAnne Locken's best friend.

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Getting back from Coweta, the topic of family is heavy on Brandi's mind. After last week's revelation from her mom that her estranged grandpa wants to meet her, Brandi decides to finally give him a call. Once her step-grandmother answers the phone and hands it to her grandfather, Brandi emotionally breaks down in tears as she has her first conversation with this man whom she's never met. Over the course of the quick chat, Brandi learns that her grandpa played in the NFL in his younger days with both the LA Rams and the Denver Broncos. Finally, she tells her grandpa that she would like to meet him and invites him to fly out to Texas for a visit. As I said in my live-tweet, I don't think we've ever seen a storyline on the Housewives franchise quite like this one between Brandi and her grandfather...

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The night of Marie's happy hour arrives and all of the 'Wives are ready for a fun girls night out. However, Stephanie and Brandi are also wary of running into LeeAnne for the first time since Mad Hatter's. Yet, Stephanie claims she's in a good place after her visit to Coweta and isn't looking for any drama at the cocktail party. However, just because they don't want drama doesn't mean it isn't lurking close to the surface. As Brandi arrives with Stephanie, Tiffany is quick to pull the redhead aside to let her know she wants to be friendly despite Brandi's tension with LeeAnne, as her BFF eyes the conversation from across the room. From the perspective of a fan and an analyst, I completely understand what Tiffany is doing in this episode. In order for a Housewives show to really work, the cast has to be cohesive and consistently interact with each other. So far this season, the 'Wives have been separated into two distinct camps, with Brandi, Stephanie and Cary on one side and LeeAnne and Tiffany on the other. By making an effort to build a relationship with Cary and reaching out to Brandi, Tiffany is attempting to cross into the opposite camp and make the show work. Will it blow up in her face? We're about to find out much sooner than you think. But for now, bravo Tiffany, thank you for making some moves.

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As the cocktail party continues, LeeAnne and Brandi circle the room, effectively avoiding each other. However, when Brandi and Stephanie meet Marie's friend Taylor Garrett, the A-List: Dallas alum is quick to bash LeeAnne and dish some damning gossip about the queen bee. Naturally, Brandi and Stephanie are quick to eat this story about LeeAnne getting so wasted she pooped her pants up, but to me it's clear that this Taylor kid is a wee bit desperate for camera time and that as hard as we try, the Dallas 'Wives simply can't move away from the disgusting potty humor. Either way, Brandi is sure this singular gay man at the party is destined to be her new BFF (sorry, Stephanie?) After all, nothing will bond people faster on reality TV than a shared mutual enemy. Brandi and Stephanie are quick to relay the gossip to Cary and then question Tiffany about it. Once again defending her bestie to the other women, Tiffany finds her back up against both a literal and proverbial wall. With both Cary and Stephanie behind her, Brandi relentlessly continues to bash LeeAnne to Tiffany, point blank calling her a "bitch" and accusing her of trying to turn Stephanie and Cary against her at brunch. 

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In an effort to play peacemaker, Tiffany goes straight to LeeAnne and brings her by hand over to the other women to mediate the conversation. However, Brandi starts the discussion off on the wrong note by sarcastically apologizing to LeeAnne for not respecting her as an elder and being a proper "Little Miss Manners," and snidely questions whether she should refer to LeeAnne as "Miss LeeAnne Locken." Brandi then proceeds to call LeeAnne out on her brunch with Stephanie and Cary. LeeAnne insists that asking her fellow 'Wives to meet wasn't done out of malicious intent, but Brandi counters that the queen bee is "full of sh**."  The argument then turns to the confrontation between the two during the premiere over Brandi's unflattering imitations of LeeAnne. Brandi claims she was coming from a good place when she attempted to apologize, while in the same breath insisting that she still thinks LeeAnne "needs help." 

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LeeAnne takes this dig in stride, pointing out that Brandi is over a decade younger than she is and doesn't know hardly anything about what she's gone through in life. However, the younger 'Wife is quick to accuse LeeAnne of blasting her life story all over the Dallas tabloids for everyone to know about. Wait. Dallas has its own tabloids? At this point, LeeAnne is visibly upset and invites Tiffany to put a stop to this insanity, but when Tiff insists she's trying to mediate, LeeAnne walks away and - with the rest of the 'Wives looking on in horror - throws her champagne down on the ground. As the glass shatters and wine gets on Cary's dress, Stephanie calls a departing LeeAnne's move "classy," which prompts the queen bee to turn back around and confront the blonde. According to LeeAnne, the thing that's classy is that Stephanie continues to stand up for Brandi, whom she terms a "little piece of sh** trash who can't keep her mouth shut," and she warns that Stephanie's position in the charity world will go "down the toilet" because of her association with the former Cowboys cheerleader. 

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With that, LeeAnne storms out of the party and only as she's angrily muttering about how much she doesn't care about "those three little bitches" do I realize just how fabulous her patterned jumpsuit is. She leaves the rest of the women standing around horrified and not knowing quite how to react. Inexplicably, Stephanie breaks down in tears because of the confrontation and vows that she's done with LeeAnne, claiming she can't be around so much craziness any longer. I'm not quite sure why Stephanie's the one who's crying when her bestie was the one who picked the fight with the first place, but the episode ends with an ominous "To Be Continued..." placard below Stephanie's teary face.

What did you think of this week's episode? Are you on Team LeeAnne or Team Brandi/Stephanie? Next week, the drama continues to spiral out of control...