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Real Housewives

Filtering by Tag: it girl

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 2 Recap - It Girl, Interrupted

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City there's a new It Girl in town as socialite Tinsley Mortimer joins the cast. But Sonja's tea party to welcome her to the group proves to be the setting for showdowns between Carole and Ramona (over politics) and the hostess and Luann (over, what else?, Tom). Read on for a full recap of this week's snipes, squabbles and political assassinations...

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Apparently it's Halloween in Manhattan because Bethenny Frankel is dressed up in a leopard onesie complete with ears, tail and a long black wig. In the midst of trying on her costume, the Skinnygirl has invited a couple of the 'Wives over for a good, old-fashioned round of gossip. First, Carole Radziwill shows up ready to talk politics as usual, but the topic of the election gets sidelined (for now) by Ramona Singer's rather strange arrival. First, the OG refuses to take off her shoes, then she makes a point not to acknowledge Bethenny's two new puppies - declaring that she's being passive-aggressive because B didn't tell her about Biggie and Smalls the second she adopted them. Huh? Carole and Bethenny both point out that something's clearly a little off with Ramona, but can't tell exactly what. Carole announces she's having a party the night of the election, and invites the other ladies with a very particular caveat: she only wants to hear opinions that are informed. Naturally, this sets off Ramona, who launches into a tangent about Hillary's emails and how she's just as knowledgeable as the veteran journalist, thankyouverymuch. Even Bethenny accuses Carole of acting like a know-it-all and suddenly I'm being forced to relive every political discussion I had with my roommates during the 2016 election. 

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Sonja Morgan has a new roommate! And it's not just any old houseguest, it's Tinsley Mortimer, iconic It Girl of the mid-2000s NYC social scene and the newest addition to the show. After a rough couple of years in Palm Beach (more on that later), the famed socialite is moving back to the Big Apple ready to climb back to the top of Manhattan society and Sonja's happy to have the company with her daughter off at boarding school. Honestly though, casting Tinsley is quite a big get for the franchise. At the height of her fame, the socialite was on the front row of every major fashion show, in the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair and making cameos on Gossip Girl (as herself!). The girl even had a Christian Dior lip gloss named after her, Tinsley Pink. Now divorced from her husband Topper Mortimer, heir to the Standard Oil fortune, Tinsley's primed to star in her very own Manhattan comeback story.

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Meanwhile, Dorinda Medley is the latest Housewife to indulge in cryotherapy, also known as freezing yourself to death in the name of health. Ramona's not about to be peer pressured into joining her, but the OG's content to sit on the couch and gossip while her friend freezes in the tank. Naturally, Dorinda's beef with Sonja is the topic at hand, and the mafia don of the Upper East Side balks at Ramona's claim that Lady Morgan has never once talked about her in front of the OG. According to Dorinda, Sonja's been talking quite a bit of smack about her to anyone who will listen, so she doesn't see why her nemesis would magically choose to be discreet around their mutual friend. Ramona also downloads Dorinda on her confrontation last week with Luann D'Agostino. Yes, Ramona knows something about the Countess's playboy fiancé Tom, but she chose not to share it since Luann clearly doesn't want to know. Dorinda's as glad to hear this news as I am. Maybe now we can stop speculating about Tom for at least a few episodes?

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To welcome Tinsley back to the Big Apple, Sonja's throwing a Mad Hatter-themed tea party at her Upper East Side townhouse. She's even borrowed her ex-husband's snarky butler Patrick Henry for the occasion. A very hangry Ramona is the first to arrive and the Singer Stinger is in full effect. Clad in all black, she doesn't react well to being cornered into a chat with Sonja's camera-hungry neighbor. Ramona has no recollection of ever meeting this person before, which makes the interaction all the more hilarious. (Ramotional can't remember every single person she's ever met, OKAY?) Clearly in a mood, Ramona barely manages to give Tinsley a terse hello before heading outside to the garden.

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Carole's the next to arrive - the third 'Wife to eschew the dress code in favor of New York's favorite all-black aesthetic - and joins Ramona for what starts as small talk but quickly spirals into a rematch over their respective political prowess. Carole maintains that she's more well-informed than the average voter given her 15-year journalism career, but Ramona doesn't want to discuss politics with the Emmy and Peabody winner. Carole insists she simply didn't want Ramona to think her opinion was valid, but also counters the Singer Stinger's attempts to police what she can and can't talk about. Other 'Wives may find Carole's political opinions frustrating or annoying, but I for one am awfully glad she's bringing real issues to the forefront of her storyline this season.

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Unfortunately, this political discussion is cut short by party kicking off as the other 'Wives make their entrances. For obvious reasons, Dorinda is persona non grata but we finally get a proper introduction to Tinsley as she makes the rounds to greet the other women. The poor guest of honor gets little more than a quick handshake from Bethenny but we learn more about her through her conversation with Carole and Ramona. Following her divorce from Topper, Tinsley moved down to Palm Beach and became embroiled in a volatile (and allegedly violent) relationship with her now-ex-boyfriend Nico Fanjul. Following their breakup in April 2016, Tinsley was arrested for trespassing on Fanjul's property while trying to retrieve a handbag she had left behind. And this is where the socialite's notorious mugshot comes from, fake lashes and all. Since then, Tinsley has been rebuilding her life and there's no better place for her to do it than on RHONY.

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Meanwhile, Luann pulls Sonja inside to question her friend about statement she's been making in the press regarding the Countess's relationship with Tom. Sonja insists her comments (specifically that she'd be there for Lu whether she and Tom made it down the aisle or not) were made with good intentions, but the Countess refuses to believe it. Luann accuses Sonja of not being supportive, even throwing in a jab that Lady Morgan may be jealous of her friendship with Dorinda, and demands that Sonja drop the subject all together. It's clear by this point that Luann and her Ralph Lauren prairie dress are taking no prisoners this season won't tolerate any negativity when it comes to her life or her fiancé. And with that, the party ends, but not without the bitchy, borrowed butler making one final, catty dig at the Countess and her prairie dress. Welcome Tinsley?

What did you think of this week's RHONY? What was your first impression of Tinsley? Is Carole more politically informed than Ramona? Was Luann right to call out Sonja for talking to the press? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!