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RHONY S9/Ep 11 Recap - A Countess No More

Glenn Rowley

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

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

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

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

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

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

RHONY Ssn 8/Ep 18 - Body of Evidence

Glenn Rowley

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This week, The Real Housewives of New York City hit Palm Beach to celebrate the Luann's just-announced engagement. But will being stuck on a yacht force her fiancee to acknowledge his past with both Ramona and Sonja? Plus, Bethenny comes face to face with the Countess for the first time since receiving damning evidence that the happy couple aren't quite what they seem to be. Read on for a full recap of the drama aboard the ship of fools...

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The episode kicks off with Luann de Lesseps and Tom D'Agostino's Palm Beach engagement party in full swing. All the 'Wives are aboard the Countess' borrowed yacht with a bevy of eclectic characters including former Miami Housewife Marysol Patton and the elite classes of southern Florida. While everyone's ostensibly in attendance to celebrate Lu finding her "soulmate," but the real point of interest on the boat is the fact that this is the first time either Ramona Singer or Sonja Morgan have been in the same room with Tom since he started dating the Countess. Considering his romantic past with Ramona and his storied decade of friendship with benefits with Lady Morgan, this engagement party could be quite the trainwreck waiting to happen.

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Poor Sonja is in the most awkward position of all, since the second she enters the party she catches Tom eyeballing her from across the room. However, the Bravo gods hilariously choose this moment to remind us that this isn't the first time we've seen Luann's fiancee on our screens. It turns out he first graced the RHONY universe with his presence way back in the early days of Season 1, when he hit on Ramona and her friends during a girls' night out. And the very best part is that we have the archival footage to prove it. Say what you will about Luann choosing to date someone who had a past with not one, but two of her fellow Housewives, but it seems pretty clear that Tom's had his sights set on bagging anyone in front of Bravo's cameras since at least 2008. Hmm...

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As the night wears on, the party gets crazier and crazier - with Ramona hitting the dance floor to show off her new moves and Jules Wainstein getting behind the bar to serve up some shots to the drunken revelers. The high point (or low point, depending on who you ask) is definitely when a wasted Dorinda Medley decides to give a completely unintelligible toast to the happy couple in her signature drunk language, lovingly christened "Dorindaese" by the other women. All in all, the party only has a handful of awkward moments, with Tom spending the majority of his time managing to avoid both Ramona and Sonja, while surrounded by a veritable harem of other handsy ladies. It's weird, folks. Just plain weird.

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Early the next morning, the 'Wives are all recovering from the previous night's festivities. While Jules rightly takes her husband Michael to task for dumping their kids with his parents while she's away, Dorinda and Ramona converge on Carole Radziwill's room for an old-fashioned gossip session. Dorinda's still unclear on the exact timeline of Tom's various relationships with Sonja, Ramona and Luann, and as the Singer Stinger lays out the story it becomes increasingly clear that the lothario did some major overlapping in the Housewives department. While he was going on dates with Ramona (and writing "TD+RS" in a giant heart on her hand), he never mentioned he'd been sleeping with her BFF off and on over the course of ten years. I mean, it's kind of public knowledge that Ramona and Sonja operate as a pair. Knowingly getting involved with both at the same time just feels icky and adds a whole new connotation to the nickname Ramonja.

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Of course, when Dorinda heads up to the deck for breakfast, she lets slip to Luann that the girls are talking about Tom. Now the Countess is furious and barges below deck to confront Ramona for trying once again to rain on her love parade. In a case of near-perfect timing, Ramona actually happens to be comforting a down in the dumps Sonja, who's finally allowing herself to feel the sadness of losing her erstwhile lover to her former houseguest. Barreling into the room, Luann goes on the attack, accusing both Ramona and Sonja of being obsessed with her fiancee and questioning why they can't seem to find their own men to talk about. If Singer can't put her stinger away for the rest of the trip, Luann threatens to throw her fellow OG overboard off the side of the yacht. Fired up, Ramona shoots back that the Countess is the one who actually needs to keep her mouth shut, finally confronting Lu about dragging both her and Sonja's names into the press in connection to Tom. And to make matters worse, the reporter mixed up the facts and named Ramona as Tom's friend with benefits. Thanks a damn lot, Luann!

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Finally, it's time for the ladies to say goodbye to the borrowed yacht and leave Palm Beach. Heading to Miami, they check into the Mandarin Oriental and meet up with Bethenny Frankel, who's been MIA from the craziness thus far. B, however, has had her own a-TOM-ic bomb of drama to deal with, since evidence of Tom making out with another woman at the Regency has magically fallen into her lap. Of course, the very first person who enters her room to say hello is Luann herself and Bethenny doesn't know what to do with the damning information on her phone. Testing the waters, she decides to subtly question Lu about her relationship with Tom - is she really sure he's the one? Is she moving too fast? Are they monogamous? The Countess balks at this last inquiry, insisting that of course she and Tom are monogamously committed to each other. After all, they just got engaged less than two weeks ago!

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Luann leaves Bethenny's room frazzled and suspicious - the Skinnygirl isn't being nasty or mean, but the prying sets Lu's radar off that something is definitely up. Once she retreats back into her bubble of blinded love, Bethenny gathers Carole and Ramona for an emergency summit meeting. Unable to tell Lu, she spills the secret to her two closest allies, revealing that Tom apparently cheated on Luann just a few nights before at the Regency. At first, Ramona refuses to believe such a salacious tidbit of gossip, but when Bethenny drops the bomb that she has pictures of the alleged incident, it seems undeniable. With the women in varying states of shock, guilt and complete ignorance, the episode abruptly ends with an ominous reminder that the drama is "To Be Continued" next week...

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Is Luann delusional about her future with Tom? How should Bethenny handle the cheating situation? How much would you have paid to be a fly on the wall at that engagement party? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

RHONY Ssn 8/Ep 17 - And Away We Finally Go

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, the women head to Palm Beach, Florida to celebrate Luann's engagement on a glamorous yacht. But when Bethenny finds herself with incriminating information about Tom, it looks like there could be trouble in paradise for the Countess' fairytale ending. Read on for a full recap of the drama...

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Dorinda Medley has an announcement to make. After a season of unexpected health problems and cancelled trips, the 'Wives are finally going somewhere on vacation. Since Bethenny Frankel's started bleeding again (as a complication of her fibroids), the trip proposed last week to Hawaii is now out of the question. According to Dorinda, the next best place she can take the ladies is Miami, which she informs Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan over lunch at Ristorante Morini. Of course, the Countess is over the moon at this news - considering that she's been spending much of the winter at her fianceé Tom D'Agostino Jr.'s place in Palm Beach. Ramona, on the other hand, considers a trip to Miami to be about as exciting as brushing her teeth in the morning. But either way, Miami here we come! 

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To prep for the girls trip, Jules Wainstein invites Ramonja to come shoe shopping with her at Jeffrey New York. While the newbie hunts for the perfect pair of Asian-inspired daytime shoes, Ramona has a bone to pick with Luann and needs to get it off her chest. Apparently the Countess took the bait in a press interview at a fashion show and dragged both Ramona and Sonja's names into the story by giving a quote about how much she "doesn't care" that her fiancé was romantically connected to her fellow 'Wives before proposing to her. And on top of that, the reporter got the quote wrong - writing that Ramona was Tom's "friend with benefits" instead of Sonja. Oops. Now Ramona's officially ticked off, particularly considering that Luann basically tried placing a gag order on all the other 'Wives in regards to talking about her relationship in the press. Seems like a double standard to an awfully annoyed Ramonacoaster. 

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Meanwhile, Bethenny's invited some of the 'Wives over to discuss logistics for the trip to Miami while munching on macarons and tea sandwiches. (Oh and it's also official: B has to get her fibroids surgically removed.) Apparently, on the first night of the vacation a friend of Luann's is throwing her and Tom an engagement party on a yacht in Palm Beach, and all the 'Wives are supposed to attend before heading to Miami on Saturday. Bethenny's bowing out of the celebration with a dozen valid excuses, but is tickled at the thought of Luann, Tom, Sonja and Ramona all stuck on a boat together. Ramona questions what kind of man would even go after three different girlfriends in the first place. After all, it's kind of common knowledge that she, Sonja and Lu run in the same nationally televised circle of friends. However, Bethenny puts money on Sonja starting some drama on the yacht by bringing up her decade-long friends with benefits history with Tom. Hmm...this should be interesting. 

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While Jules leaves early to visit her adorable parents in Boca Raton, the rest of the ladies arrive in Palm Beach and head straight to the yacht for Luann's engagement party. Naturally, the Countess has donned her best bridal-white cocktail attire and is gleefully strutting around the boat in anticipation of showing it off to the other women. (Keep in mind, it's not actually her boat...) Luann simply can't help herself sometimes, yet unbeknownst to her, Ramona's still peeved over the press mishap. Sonja blames Dorinda for stirring up trouble between the two OGs, but Ramotional insists it's common knowledge that Luann's the one who actually calls in all the stories about her in the press. Plus, shouldn't Tom be held accountable for the mess he's created between three Housewives? As Dorinda points out in her confessional, this kind of upstairs/downstairs business just isn't right.

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Carole Radziwill's the last to show up on the dock, having decided to attend the engagement party with her investigative journalist cap secretly on. I mean, she's never met the infamous Tom who's romanced three of her friends, so how can she resist watching what's sure to be a sinking ship? While Luann parades her friends around the borrowed yacht, squawking constantly about how she can't believe she's getting married, Dorinda gives her the heads up that Ramona's planning on confronting her on the boat. However, the Countess is determined that this engagement party in her honor is going to go off without a hitch, and vows that the Singer Stinger won't be bothering her for the duration of the trip. This night is all about Luann. Period, end of story.

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Meanwhile, Bethenny's over in Miami in possession of an earth-shattering development in the Tom and Luann love story. A bomb has literally been dropped in Bethenny's lap: the night before she left for Miami, an unidentified friend sent her pictures of Tom making out with a girl. A girl who happens to be a former Playboy model and is decidedly not Luann. In the wake of all the drama over Tom's history with Ramona and Sonja, this new information is just...beyond belief. According to Bethenny, Tom's reputation is that he only dates a very specific "barracuda crew" found on the Upper East Side, yet these damning pictures she now holds in her hand could mean his fairy tale wedding with Countess will be over. Now, the only question is when and how she'll tell Luann...

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Back on the yacht, Tom arrives just as night is falling and the party's about to start. As he cozies up to Luann, it dawns on me that this is only the second time we've seen him on camera and I realize that despite the Countess shoving their love down our throat all season, we really don't know much about him. This lack of information doesn't bode well. Down in her room, Ramona's getting glammed up with Carole and Sonja, and can't help but point out that the last time Sonja saw Tom, she was romping around with him in bed. How's she going to react to seeing him? Because that's not weird at all. Sonja promises she's simply going to be her flirty, coquettish self, but she starts getting emotional when she realizes the stories Tom and Luann have been feeding her aren't exactly matching up. This whole time Sonja's tried to be diplomatic and supportive for Luann's sake, but is it possible that Tom knew full well that the Countess was living with Lady Morgan when he started pursuing a relationship? What's really B.L. now? It looks like we'll have to wait until next week to find out, because we're blessed with yet another ominous "To Be Continued..." warning as the episode draws to a close. 

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Can Tom be trusted? Does Ramona have a right to be angry at Luann for talking to the press? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!