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RHONY S9/Ep 13 Recap - A Bronx Tale

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, Dorinda and Sonja face off over lunch in the Bronx to hilariously epic results. Plus, Bethenny takes all the 'Wives on a ski trip to Vermont, where Tinsley finds herself backed into a corner defending her life choices. Read on for a full recap of all the drama, confrontations and CLIP!-able moments...

And now for something completely different! In an effort to get the 'Wives out of their Upper East Side comfort zones, Bethenny Frankel organizes a lunch at Zero Otto Nove, the best Italian restaurant in the Bronx. (Fun fact from a New Yorker: the real Little Italy is the Bronx's Arthur Ave. Go check it out.) All of the women are invited other than Ramona Singer, for obvious reasons, and while a broad like Dorinda Medley fits right in to the restaurant's authentic wiseguy vibe, poor Tinsley Mortimer sticks out like a sore thumb in her black leggings, Mary Janes and prissy blonde curls. As the wine starts flowing, Bethenny proposes a ski trip to Vermont and all of the ladies jump at the chance, but everyone's thinking the same question: will Ramona be left out of the trip too?

Clearly the "salty broad" vibe of the Bronx starts rubbing off on the women because off-hand mention of Sonja Morgan's ill-fated Prosecco brand, Tipsy Girl, sets off the most hilarious fight of the season. First, Sonja claims that both Ramona and Dorinda wanted to get in on Tipsy Girl before she was approached by her BFF's former business partner, Peter Guimaraes. (You know, the guy Ramona went into business with on AOA Bar and Grill back in Season 7.) Dorinda shuts down this accusation, vehemently denying she ever wanted to be part of Tipsy Girl despite Peter reaching out to her multiple times. Sonja fires back that Dorinda's boyfriend John Mahdessian told Peter that Dorinda wanted to be involved with the brand and has the texts to prove it. Naturally, this sends Dorinda on a delightfully slurry rampage, insisting she would rather "chew [her] left leg off than be part of Tipsy Girl" and that her boyfriend can say whatever he wants because John Mahdessian does not speak for Dorinda Medley. 

As the entire restaurant looks on in a combination of amusement and utter confusion, Sonja pushes the issue just a little too far and sends Dorinda over the edge. Next thing we know, Dorinda's arms are flailing in classic form as she warns her frenemy to "back that s**t up" and invents a brand new way of telling Sonja to "shut the f**k up" in the form of screaming "CLIP! CLIP! CLIP!" across the table before she storms out of the restaurant. I kid you not, this may be the most hilarious thing the gangster Housewife has ever done. As Carole Radziwill points out with glee, "when Dorinda's bad, she's just so good."  

Honestly, nothing in the rest of the episode can come ever remotely close to topping the CLIP! CLIP! moment and we're only 25 percent of the way in. But let's move on, shall we? It's the Italian way. 

  • On their way out of the restaurant, an old Italian man at another table tells Carole Radziwill she looks like Melania Trump, which is just about the worst thing you can say to the diehard Hillary supporter of the group who broke down in tears at her own election party.
  • Tinsley cries through a session with her therapist, admitting she can't sleep and drinks too much red wine to cope with the trauma of the abusive relationship that led to her arrest.
  • Sonja manages to offend Luann D'Agostino over lunch at Sant Andrea Cafe by crudely pointing out that they've both had sex with the Countess's now-husband, Tom D'Agostino. 
  • Ramona manages to score an invite to the ski trip, but not before condescendingly reminding Lu and Sonja that she "only skis Aspen." 

Later, the women head to Stratton, Vermont, where Bethenny has rented a massive log cabin-style ski chalet. Before arriving, Ramona attempts once again to make amends with Bethenny, this time over text, but the Skinnygirl isn't budging. She can be civil, but she's not letting the Singer Stinger back into her life. Meanwhile, Dorinda's the first to arrive after Bethenny and Carole, and hilariously realizes she forgot to stop and pick up her luggage before driving to Vermont (on account of being distracted by pre-trip sex with John). 

As always, the usual race for the best room kicks off once Ramona, Sonja and Tinsley arrive - but not before Ramona refuses to drink any Skinnygirl wine. Ramonja throw a tantrum that Dorinda got the biggest room and after nine seasons, the pair's act is getting tired. It's not cute; it's not funny; it's not a good look. Honestly. However, in a surprising turn, Luann hops on the bandwagon by complaining that no one thought to save her a nicer room since she just got married. Excuse me? Is the Countess serious? Sorry there isn't a honeymoon suite reserved for you, darling.

Over dinner on the first night, Bethenny announces that last season's cancelled Mexico trip is back on! Tequila, here we come! Conversation turns to Tinsley's dating life, which Sonja is quick to criticize by claiming it's not a good look to a boyfriend if you're living in your friend's townhouse. Suddenly, everyone seems to have an opinion about the choices Tinsley and her Lauren Conrad sidebraid are making for her life and the socialite starts feeling ganged up on by her new friends. Without warning, Tins starts to spiral and as her voice gets higher and higher, she demands that the other women "give [her] a goddamn second" to get over the trauma that's haunting her from Palm Beach. Ever observant, Carole points out via confessional that the newbie seems to live in a pattern of being put in situations where she's psychologically infantilized or controlled - first by her ex-boyfriend, now by living with Sonja - and as I watch Tinsley's tableside meltdown I'm starting think she's been through more than any of us possibly fathom.

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Can Dorinda get any more amazing? Is the ski trip off to a good start? Is Tinsley being controlled by Sonja? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

RHONY S9/Ep 8 Recap - Return of the Berzerkshires

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, the women head to the Berkshires once again to celebrate Dorinda's birthday. However, an argument between Tinsley and Sonja threatens the fun before the ladies stage an intervention for Luann about her pending nuptials to Tom. Read on to find out if the third year in the Berkshires will be the charm...

The annual cast getaway to the Berkshires is upon us, but first we get a scene meant to prep viewers for Bethenny Frankel's new real estate series with Fredrik Eklund of Million Dollar Listing New York, tentatively titled Keeping It Real Estate. Clever, huh? After working together to sell her old Tribeca apartment, B is going into the real estate business with the MDLNY agent and selling her current place in Soho. The two alpha personalities immediately begin bickering over decor and selling points, and the look on Bethenny's face when Fredrik uses the word "clutter" to describe her home is absolutely priceless. Eventually, the new partners settle on listing the property for $5.25 million and it looks like we'll be getting much more of this when the new series premieres sometime later this year on Bravo. 

Over in the West Village, Ramona Singer drops for an impromptu visit with perpetual cat lady Carole Radziwill to spill some serious tea on the relationship between Luann de Lesseps and Tom D'Agostino. Despite promising to drop the Nancy Drew act, Ramona has continued to quietly do recon on Tom and has the texts to prove that Luann's fiancé allegedly forced himself onto a former girlfriend and tried to "stick his tongue" down her throat just one week earlier. This revelation coupled with the bombshell that dropped into Carole's lap last week (via a good friend) that Luann is having serious doubts about going through with the wedding and now everyone is once again concerned that all is not as it appears in the relationship between the Countess and her "dirty dog" of a fiancé. Whether it's a cry for help or something else, the ladies are left with a serious conundrum: do they say something to Luann and risk a redux of last season's explosive cheating drama or not say anything and avoid a confrontation? Which choice falls under the category of being a good friend?

It's time for the 'Wives to head to Blue Stone Manor for the yearly celebration of Dorinda Medley's birthday. Despite the insanity of the last two years the women have gone to the Berkshires, Dorinda has decked the halls of her manor home and remains confident that she can make it nice - and yes, even Sonja Morgan scored an invite this year. The first full day is Dorinda's birthday and, despite a cake catastrophe that would've sent Heather Dubrow into a blind rage in the OC, the weekend starts off surprisingly...pleasant. However, if we've learned anything over the last three seasons, it's that history has set a precedent for drama in the Berkshires so all of the women are wary of an impending blowup. It's kind of like hosting your birthday party on top of a giant powder keg covered in Christmas decorations... 

Luann, en route from Palm Beach, is the only 'Wife who hasn't arrived yet. So naturally, the topic of conversation turns to the rumors and stories swirling around Manhattan about Tom's handsy, philandering ways. In addition to the damning information held by Ramona and Carole, Bethenny's heard a separate piece of gossip that Lu's husband-to-be is carrying on an affair with another woman behind her back. B wonders aloud whether she and the other 'Wives can get Luann out of this seemingly doomed union, but that'll be much easier said than done. With everything going on off-camera with her toxic ex, Bethenny feels a certain responsibility to go to Luann once again and try to keep her from making a similar mistake - particularly since so many stories are coming out of the woodwork. However, rather than shouldering the brunt of the task, Bethenny decides all the damaging news would be better received with Dorinda running point in a tag-team effort with all the other women.

Gathering in front of a cozy fire in the great room, the 'Wives begin to compare their notes on Tom as they prep for Luann's arrival and one by one lay all the information in Dorinda's reluctant hands. Talk about a great birthday present...Cut to the Countess pulling up in the driveway and Dorinda is now obligated to share all this information with her so that Luann can, in her words, "either leave, stay or shoot someone." 

Luann arrives as the party move into the dining room for some Christmas cookie decorating and the women make some rather stunted, uncomfortable small talk about, ya know, how the wedding planning is going now that the big day is just two weeks away. Then suddenly, seemingly out of left field, the festering roommate drama between Sonja and Tinsley takes center stage. The former socialite (accurately) accuses Lady Morgan of complaining about her behind her back and somehow the argument devolves into a screaming match over the time Tinsley asked Sonja's assistant to open the door and receive a delivery of hats for her. Apparently this display of poor etiquette is grounds to start WWIII because Sonja feels Tinsley and her privileged, Southern upbringing are beginning to take advantage of her kindness. The second Sonja stays the words "chain of command" in her confessional, I'm checked out of this ridiculous fight, but all I know is that next time Tinsley will be sure to GET HER OWN GODDAMN HATS! PERIOD!

Bringing it back to the real issue at hand, Dorinda pulls Luann aside for a private chat. Going straight to the point, Dorinda shares the group's collective concern over Tom. Revealing the text messages, hearsay and rumors swirling behind her back, Dorinda asks point blank whether Luann trusts Tom and really, in her heart of hearts, wants to go through with the marriage. Unsurprisingly, Lu remains deliberately unaffected by all the gossip, repeating the party line that she trusts Tom completely, knows that this is the right choice and all the women saying otherwise are just "jealous b*tches." Regardless of any concern, evidence or amount of scandal thrown in front of her, Luann is marching down the aisle come hell or high water. Got it ladies?

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Did the 'Wives handle their concern about Tom the correct way this time? Is Luann choosing to be willfully blind to red flags? Does Sonja and Tinsley's arguing make any sense? Tell me in the comments below!

RHONY Ssn 9/Ep 7 Recap - Bidding on Love

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, the women get into the holiday season with multiple charity events, a trip to Beautique and a bombshell revelation from the mouth of an inside source that validates their fears about Luann's relationship with Tom. Read on for the scandalous scoop that almost didn't make the air...

It's the day after the dust-up at Jue Lan Club and each of the 'Wives have retreated to their respective corners to rehash the evening's drama. While Bethenny Frankel vents to Dorinda Medley while they're out furniture shopping, Ramona Singer turns to her daughter Avery for advice inside Henri Bendel. For almost 10 years, Ramona's daughter has been the unlikely voice of reason on this show, so it comes as no surprise that the 21-year-old continues to dole out wisdom beyond her years. Just like the rest of us, Avery doesn't understand where this feud between Ramona and Bethenny stems from and urges her mom to take the high road and make amends with her longtime friend. Considering how well Ramona's last attempt to patch things up went, this course of action may be impossible. As far as Bethenny is concerned, she can be civil if she see's Ramona out socially with the 'Wives but the Singer Stinger may as well be dead to her. 

The blondes return to Beautique! Taking Tinsley Mortimer under their booze-soaked wings, Ramona and Sonja Morgan introduce the former socialite to the Midtown hotspot famed for being the perfect place to pick up eligible Manhattan bachelors. With Ramonja's guidance, Tinsley is the belle of Beautique within minutes and quickly sets her sights on a hot, young 23-year-old named Chad. His description by the Bravo editing team is literally "Cute Guy." Get it Tins! Of course, Sonja takes it upon herself to scold her roomie, reminding Tinsley that a 23-year-old finance kid doesn't fit any of the criteria on the list of what she's looking for in a husband. As if Sonja has any room to talk about hooking up with a younger man...Thankfully, Tinsley shoos her away to make out with Hot Chad and I've never been more proud of the newbie. Maybe try the Regency instead of Beautique if you're searching for marriage material, but for tonight Chad wins.

Over at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center, Bethenny is launching her new charity initiative, B Strong, at the annual Dress For Success breakfast. Like several of the Skinnygirl's events in the past, Carole Radziwill is the only other Housewife in attendance, but we also finally get to meet Dennis Shields, her elusive boyfriend that caused so much drama at the Season 8 reunion. Bethenny's goal with B Strong is for the initiative to serve as crisis intervention for women on their various roads to personal and professional success. The B gets surprisingly emotional and choked us as she talks about this new project to a room full of women and it truly is a worthy cause and positive use of her platform. Bravo, Bethenny!

Meanwhile, on a night out with her girlfriends at American Cut, (a steak restaurant is one of her prime places to pick up men after all), Ramona pivots from flirting to getting more dirt about Luann de Lesseps and Tom D'Agostino's relationship. It turns out that one of the ladies she's out with - Missy - is also on the long list of Manhattan cougars who dated Tom prior to his engagement to the Countess. Just how prior you ask? Missy thought she was dating Tom exclusively and only learned otherwise when she walked in on Tom and Lu very clearly together at a bar. Ouch. As her new friend recounts this story, Ramona's eyes practically light up with glee. And yet, this isn't even the biggest Tom-related bombshell we'll learn this episode...

Dorinda is hosting a holiday cocktail party/fundraiser for Beauty for Freedom at Bagatelle and most of the 'Wives have put together a silent auction full of gifts for the occasion. Tinsley and Sonja arrive separately while still managing to bring their passive-aggressive roommate baggage with them. In fact, Lady Morgan straight up shames the newbie for going on a bowling date with Chad after their encounter at Beautique and making out with him. WTF?? The biggest news, however, is that the Skinnygirl and Tom will be in the same room for the first time ever at the charity event. How awkward could it be to come face to face with your frenemy's fiancé whom you uncovered cheating last season just a few days after they got engaged? Only a little. 

Thankfully, the room at Bagatelle is gigantic and packed to the brim, which gives Bethenny a perfectly reasonable excuse to avoid Ramona all night long, but she can't do the same with Tom and Luann. Instead she charges in head first, shaking Tom's hand as Lu makes the introduction and apologizing for "causing [him] any drama" last year. The interaction is quick and easy - if a bit uncomfortable - and is saved by Dorinda directing everyone's attention back to the charity auction, which no one seems to be bidding on. 

At this point, Bethenny and Carole decide to become "charity whores" and start working the room to flirt with men and get them to bid on auction items. And the strategy actually works! However, as Carole circles the room for her next used car salesman pitch, a damaging bombshell drops in her lap courtesy of Luann's friend Barbara. In the midst of the revelry, charity and bidding wars, this friend reveals she's going to the Countess' wedding in Palm Beach, but expresses some eyebrow-raising doubts about Tom and Luann's relationship. (So damaging, in fact, that she tried to sue Bravo to keep the footage from airing, claiming she didn't know she was being filmed. At a Real Housewives event. Talking to a Real Housewife. With a mic on.) 

Barbara tells Carole point blank that she's not excited to go to Luann's wedding and claims she thinks the Countess feels she has something to prove to the world by going down the aisle. In Barbara's estimation, Luann would rather go through with the wedding and get divorced later on than call the whole thing off and suffer a giant "I told you so" from the rest of the 'Wives. Additionally, this friend also admits she went to Luann with her concerns about Tom's philandering ways and rumors that he's still seeing other women on the side, but her worries fell on willfully deaf ears. As the episode ends, it would appear there's much more going on beneath the surface of Luann and Tom's fast-approaching wedding than the perfect, madly in love facade that's been forced on us for two seasons.

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Is Luann having second thoughts about marrying Tom? Is Hot Chad a good choice for Tinsley? Is this any of our business? Let me know in the comments below!

RHONY Ssn 9/Ep 6 Recap - Wishful Invitation

Glenn Rowley

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This week on The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona hits below the belt upon learning she won't be invited to Luann's wedding. Plus, the Singer Stinger's attempt to make amends with Bethenny backfires as their feud deepens toward being irreparable. Also, Dorinda holds a special memorial for her late husband on the fifth anniversary of his death. Read on for a full recap of all the low blows and special moments...

The episode begins with Bethenny Frankel meeting Sonja Morgan for lunch at Upper East Side steakhouse American Cut to get the lowdown on Ramona's Singer's surprise birthday party. B doesn't feel bad about missing her frenemy's milestone, considering that they're in the middle of a snowballing feud and in hindsight, Sonja feels she was manipulated into agreeing with the Singer Stinger's side of the fight the night before. Also, while discussing the various 'Wives' dating lives, Bethenny christens Sonja a "curator of cock," which is really the whole purpose of this paragraph and had better make its way into Lady Morgan's tagline next season.

Out in the Berkshires, Dorinda Medley is holding a memorial to commemorate the fifth year of her husband Richard's death. Along with her immediate family (sans boyfriend John Mahdessian, obviously), the only 'Wife Dorinda's invited to the memorial service is Carole Radziwill. It makes sense considering the two bonded over their shared widowhood upon meeting - even traveling to London together in Season 7 to retrieve the ashes of Carole's late husband - and helps me remember that the friendship between Dorinda and Radzi is easily my favorite relationship on this show. Clad in one of Richard's old jackets, Dorinda's daughter Hannah gives a touching tribute to her late stepdad at the gravesite that has everyone (including yours truly) in tears. It's a truly emotional, powerful moment amidst the circus of drama as Dorinda reveals she always wears her wedding ring on the anniversary of Richard's death. It's a good reminder to remember what's most important in life - even on reality TV. 

Over at Sonja's UES townhouse, she and Tinsley continue butting heads over the house rules. Lady Morgan claims her socialite houseguest is clueless when it comes to real life, but she's blaming so much on Tinsley that the former It Girl is starting to feel like she's wearing out her welcome. Tins is determined to move out and find her own place ASAP - preferably one without brown ice in the freezer. (Seriously, WTF Sonja??)

We finally get a peek at Luann D'Agostino's wedding dress when she gathers her family and bridesmaids (including Dorinda) at designer Randi Rahm's show room for a fitting. Since her first wedding to the Count was an elopement at City Hall in NYC, this is actually the first time the Countess has ever worn a wedding dress. The simple lacy number really is gorgeous on Luann, and as Dorinda points out via confessional, it's clear that this wedding is happening no matter how much gossip surrounding Tom the ladies throw out. Come hell or high water, the Countess is determined to retire her title and become Mrs. D'Agostino. 

Carole's officially "shacking up" with boyfriend Adam Kenworthy, along with her dog Baby and two foster kittens, conveniently also named Baby. It makes logistics easier, but Radzi isn't sure what it means for the future of their relationship and realistically they both need their space. She and Adam have been together for more than two years now, but Carole's sure she doesn't want to get married again. Babies are off the table too. After all, with three animals tearing your couch to shreds, who needs to add kids to the mix? Bethenny also vents, albeit vaguely, about off-camera troubles with her ex-husband. The animosity appears to have escalated lately with a constant barrage of nasty emails and text messages from the ex and for once, Bethenny looks exhausted by the harassment. She refuses to talk about the issues on camera, but Carole admits she's witnessed the disturbing behavior firsthand and it's far from a laughing matter.

Dorinda's getting all the girls together for drinks at Jue Lan Club in Midtown. It's the first time the entire cast will be together since the ill-fated dinner in the Hamptons that kicked off the feud between Bethenny and Ramona, so tensions are high and no one knows quite what to expect. Ramotional is hoping to make some sort of amends for bringing up Bethenny's daughter in relation to her topless scene in a cheesy '80s movie that's resurfaced as of late, but Bethenny is just hoping Ramona will steer clear and leave her alone. Any bets on that actually happening?

When the topic of bridesmaids dresses comes up, Ramona decides to hijack the conversation and ask Luann when her invitation to the wedding will be arriving in the mail. She's already bought her ticket to Palm Beach, even! The Countess tries to gracefully shut down the conversation by explaining she wants to avoid any possibility of drama on her big day (besides darling, the invitations were sent out weeks ago), but Ramona insists she didn't play any part in last year's bombshell about Tom. She only dated him for a while, OK?? It turns out Ramotional wants an invite so she can turn it down. Then the Singer Stinger rears its head in full force as Ramona "jokingly" tells Luann that people are still taking bets on whether or not she'll actually make it down the aisle. Can you really blame the bride-to-be for refusing to invite Ramona to her wedding after that pronouncement? I mean, you know it's bad when Bethenny's jumping to Luann's defense.

Sonja and Tinsley arrive with plenty of passive-aggressive roommate tension coming from the former, and the socialite regales the other 'Wives with a story of the time Beverly Hills 90210 inspired her and Topper to elope while in boarding school. (The impulsive marriage was annulled, only to be followed later by a second wedding and subsequent divorce.) How cool and 90s is that??

After a quick pep talk from Luann, Ramona chooses her moment to approach Bethenny. However, Ramotional blows it with the very first words out of her mouth. When Bethenny tells Ramona she doesn't like the way she's being spoken to, the Singer Stinger bristles and changes tactics, getting openly hostile and accusing the Skinnygirl of being "weird," "strange" and "being able to dish it out but not take it." At this point, Bethenny decides to make an exit, even while Ramona's insisting she brought up her daughter in the Hamptons out of friendly concern.

Episode after episode this season, we've watched Ramona flip on a dime, going from manic to aggressive to giddy in a matter of seconds and just like the rest of the 'Wives I cannot pinpoint for the life of me what is going on with her. Once Bethenny exits, the Singer Stinger is back to frantically, excitedly babbling about how she "has a bad way of talking" as she throws herself onto a terrified Carole. By the end of the night, Ramona's left with her fellow blondes, Tinsley and Sonja, and a glass of pinot to chug as she cackles into the Manhattan night.

What did you think of this week's RHONY? Do you understand Ramona's behavior towards Bethenny or Luann? Are you Team Sonja or Team Tinsley in rumble of the roommates? And how special was Dorinda's memorial for Richard? Let me know in the comments below!

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

Glenn Rowley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!