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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 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!

RHONY Ssn 9/Ep 4 Recap - The Etiquette of Friendship

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, Dorinda lets her rage loose on Sonja during a disastrous dinner party in the Hamptons. Plus, Carole and Ramona come to a political impasse and Tinsley starts to see that life under Sonja's roof isn't exactly living free and easy. Read on for a full recap of all the explosive drama...

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We pick up just as Sonja Morgan and Tinsley Mortimer arrive at Ramona Singer's dinner party in the Hamptons. The newest 'Wife on the block is nervous walking into this gathering - particularly to meet Dorinda Medley for the first time, given the Upper East Sider's longstanding issues with her roomie Lady Morgan. Dorinda may have just finished showing Carole Radziwill a literal dossier of evidence she's compiled of Sonja's slander against her but she's nothing short of gracious and kind when introduced to Tinsley. Dorinda asking why the socialite moved back to NYC from Palm Beach is all Tinsley needs to launch into an elevator pitch about her volatile relationship, arrest and infamous mugshot. It's always the first thing the former It Girl wants to bring to the table when meeting new people - it's likely they've heard the story anyway - but Dorinda takes the news in stride, reminding Tins that her present matters much more than her past mistakes. 

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Dinner is served and it turns out Ramona's eclectic group of dinner guests includes famed author of Sex and the City Candace Bushnell, seated right next to Sonja. Just as the first course begins, Sonja musters up the courage to say hello to Dorinda and what starts as passive-aggressive niceties devolves in the blink of an eye into utter chaos. The moment she sees an opening, Dorinda blasts Sonja for attempting to defame and talk about her in the press with a stern "shut your mouth." At first, Sonja denies it, which only aggravates Dorinda more as she unleashes a tidal wave of pent-up animosity at her nemesis. Demanding Sonja stop talking about her in the press, Dorinda strikes blow and blow with her whip-smart tongue as Carole cringe-laughs into her pasta. 

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I'm honestly not even certain I can do justice to Dorinda's diatribe against Sonja. Lady Morgan is caught completely off-guard as Dorinda lashes out that she should "put an EZ-Pass on that vagina with [her] Holland Tunnel." Turnstile and ticket, indeed! Dorinda then eviscerates Sonja further by pointing out her many failed business ventures and asking how Lady Morgan enjoyed going doggy-style with the stripper at Luann D'Agostino's bridal shower. Ouch. Ramona tries to squash the conversation and Tinsley attempts to defend her friend, but Sonja has now been properly humiliated in front of the whole table. The Countess then jumps into the fray, demanding answers for the blogger who quoted Sonja just that day saying she wouldn't be caught dead at Luann and Tom's "tacky" wedding. Sonja insists she wouldn't miss Lu's wedding if she wasn't going to be on her yearly trip to Phuket, but Dorinda nearly lunges over Ramona as she snaps that Sonja was never invited to the nuptials in the first place. Game, set, match, I'm dead. As Carole cheekily reminds us in her confessional, this is Dorinda on Diet Coke, people. And how is she? In her immortal words to Candace Bushnell, "not well bi**h!"

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The dinner party hits pandemonium level just in time for Bethenny Frankel to pick Carole up, presumably via armored car. However, amidst all the screaming and shouting, Radzi hasn't been able to accomplish the one thing she needs to do: disinvite Ramona from her election party. In her head, Carole's told herself rescinding the invitation won't be that big of a deal. After all, Ramona's made it clear more than once that she's not interested in talking about politics with the show's resident journalist. However, when Carole finally corners her to deliver the news, the Singer Stinger comes out in full force. Despite Carole's insistence that it's simply too important of a night for her personally to let Ramona's penchant for drama overshadow the actual election, Ramotional declares she and Radzi are apparently no longer friends. In my eyes, Sonja's right on the money in her assessment of this democratic mess between Ramona and Carole: the Singer Stinger is simply too unfiltered to be allowed in political environments. 

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The next morning, Luann hosts a breakfast at her Sag Harbor home and - while Bethenny and Carole are no-shows - all the drama from the night before seems to have miraculously blown over! How in the world is that possible?? Ramona's still miffed about being disinvited to Carole's election party, but give her 24 hours and she'll get over it. In the most stunning turn of events, however, Sonja and Dorinda greet each other at the breakfast table with a smile and a hug! It turns out, now that she's had a chance to unload and vent her frustrations, Dorinda's over her feud with Lady Morgan and ready to move forward. That's a classic Italian temper for you...Sonja's tentatively made up with Luann too, though she still maintains that she was, in fact, invited to the wedding so maybe we'll never know the truth. Either way, the tumultuous weekend in the Hamptons has come to a close.

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Back in Manhattan, Tinsley meets Lu and Dorinda for dinner at Upper East Side hotspot Tao. The newbie didn't mention the dinner to Sonja before leaving her townhouse and while she's nervous about hitting the town with her new friends solo, she's sure her roommate/benefactor/hostess won't be too upset at being left out. Tins bonds with the veteran 'Wives as they chat about everything from her mugshot and planning for Lu's wedding to gossip about Sonja's latest French paramour. Cut to Lady Morgan, busy washing her outdated lingerie in the bidet as she preps for a (long-distance?) date night with Frenchie. What was it Sonja's tagline says about there being nothing grey about her gardens, again?

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We saw very little of Bethenny this week. Only a quick glimpse of her, in fact, surveying the dinner party chaos from the safety of her car a la Joe Pesci in Home Alone. Still reeling from the explosion of her new feud with Ramona, the B stayed clear of the fray this week for the sake of her sanity. With so much off-camera drama happening with her ex, she simply doesn't have time or energy to take cheap shots from the Singer Stinger. In a conversation with Carole, Bethenny vows that she's done with Ramona once and for all this time - forgiving her fellow OG after a classic "I adore you" apology would only be opening the door to get burned again. 

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Meanwhile, Sonja's learned about Tinsley's night out with Dorinda and Luann, and Lady Morgan is most definitely upset. Oops, sorry Tins, turns out your hostess doesn't like being excluded. The pair end up in a tense argument in Sonja's kitchen over invitations to charity events, who Tinsley's spending her time with and why she would ever dare to leave her roommate out. In her confessional, the former It Girl admits that living with Sonja is starting to feel a bit like being 16 again, with rules and curfews and having to constantly check in with the madam of the house. The two 'Wives eventually manage to put a pin in their fight and hug it out, but I can't shake the creeping feeling that Tinsley doesn't know what strings came along with Sonja's generous offer to live with her...

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Are you Team Dorinda or Team Sonja? Should Carole have disinvited Ramona from her election party? Does Tinsley know what she was signing up for by moving into Lady Morgan's townhouse? Let me know in the comments!

RHONY Ssn 9/Ep 3 Recap - A New Low

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, the women take their drama to the Hamptons, where Ramona burns an unexpected bridge with Bethenny and the feud between Sonja and Dorinda gets closer to exploding. Read on for a complete breakdown of all the scandals, spies and soft-core you can handle! 

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The 'Wives are heading to the Hamptons and the topic on everyone's lips seems to be the bad blood between Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley. The two haven't seen each other since their war of words at the Season 8 Reunion and none one's quite sure what to expect when they inevitably cross paths over the weekend. After excluding her nemesis from last week's Mad Hatter tea party, Sonja's suddenly singing a different tune - claiming that she feels bad for leaving Dorinda out and is ready to kiss and make up. Dorinda, on the other hand, is still seeing red after hearing about all the trash-talking Lady Morgan's been doing and claims she may have brought a hatchet to the tea party had she been on the guest list. Note to self: do not get on Dorinda Medley's bad side. In retaliation, Dorinda seems to revel in showing off some pictures she received of her nemesis in quite the compromising position at Countess Luann's off-camera bridal shower. (And by that, I mean Sonja's being straddled doggy-style, on the ground, by a very scantily-clad male stripper.) As Dorinda points out, a picture's worth a thousand words and this picture doesn't seem to line up with the narrative that Sonja's cooled her out-of-control, party girl antics. 

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Meanwhile, Carole Radziwill is crashing with Bethenny Frankel for the weekend at the latter's Bridgehampton home, obviously. With the 2016 presidential election, it seems the former journalist - and passionate Hillary supporter - has found herself in a "democracy depression." She's planned a big election night party, but isn't sure whether it'll turn out to be a celebration or a funeral. Either way, Ramona Singer seems to be the only 'Wife not on the guest list; it turns out the OG got uninvited after her spat with Carole mid-tea party last week over who was more politically informed. Again, given Carole's 15+ years spent as a journalist covering wars and foreign policy, I'd say the winner in that argument is rather obvious, but Bethenny's just ready for the election to be over so that her bestie will finally stop talking about it. 

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After a few scenes of acupuncture, cupping and cruising around Sag Harbor by boat, all of the women (sans Sonja and newbie Tinsley Mortimer) meet for dinner at Southampton hotspot Little Red. Ramona arrives on edge, immediately snapping at Bethenny for not complimenting a picture of her and the vibe between the two is just weird. Clearly the passive-aggressive tension from last week hasn't dissipated. Political discussion dominates the appetizer course - Dorinda's just as worried as Carole about a potential Trump win - until Ramona launches an offensive out of nowhere at Bethenny by asking whether her six-year-old daughter knows anything about the scandalous headlines floating around regarding the Skinnygirl's "soft-core" movie past. (For those who may not be quite as informed - get it? - a then twenty-something Bethenny starred in a low-budget film called Hollywood Hills, 90028 back in the early '90s and appeared topless in one rather raunchy sex scene.) A blindsided Bethenny tries to shut down the conversation with her trademark sarcasm, but her response only seems to fire Ramona up more.

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Next thing we know, Ramona's engaged in a full-on conversation with Luann de Lesseps about Bethenny...with Bethenny sitting right across the table. When Bethenny calls the rude behavior out, the dinner quickly devolves into a nasty argument, with the Countess accusing the Skinnygirl of not caring about anyone but herself and Ramona calling her "wicked" and a "witch." At that point, Bethenny is officially done with this unexpected barrage of insults from her frenemies and excuses herself from the table with Carole in tow. With Luann, this contention is nothing new but it's a surprise coming from Ramona, whom Bethenny reminds us in her confessional is someone who "pretends" to be her friend. Something tells me this may be the sad and sudden end of any positive relationship between the OGs.

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The next day, Ramona's hosting a dinner party at her house in Southampton for all the ladies and lots of other guests. Bethenny's, who's still not amused by the Singer Stinger's rather calculated attempt at some sort of malicious "gotcha" moment, won't be attending for obvious reasons. One person who will be there is Sonja and Dorinda is raring to confront her nemesis over the "slanderous rampage" she's been on since last season. (Fun fact: part of Sonja's diatribe about Lu's "tacky" wedding, Ramona being mean and what a liar Dorinda is comes from a secret Facebook group that sounds suspiciously like the now-defunct one dedicated to the podcast Bitch Sesh...#BOTG!)

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As the unofficial mafia don of the Upper East Side, it comes as no surprise when Dorinda reveals to Carole that she has a spy feeding her evidence of all the trash Lady Morgan has been talking on social media about her and the other 'Wives. She's come to this dinner party armed with a full arsenal against Sonja and she's not afraid to use it - she's even staying off the martini train to ensure she's at the top of her game. As Carole so eloquently states in her closing confessional: Don't. F***. With Dorinda Medley. Don't do it, people. Just as Sonja arrives with Tinsley, the episode ends with an ominous "To Be Continued..." and based on the preview, next week's showdown looks like it will be nothing short of total insanity.

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Were Ramona intentions good or was she trying to attack Bethenny? Are you Team Dorinda or Team Sonja? Are you suffering from democracy depression like Carole? Leave your thoughts and opinions on all that and more 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!