Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills S4E20 Reunion
If anyone tuned into Part 1 of this reunion show hoping to see these women clear up misunderstandings, set the record straight about what happened during the season, or resolve their differences, then you were disappointed. But of course, we all know that’s not Bravo’s intention with these reunions. Bravo is all about the ratings. Let’s not kid ourselves. The viewers who tune in for the drama and conflict of these shows are watching this reunion expecting more of the same. They want to watch their favorites get their barbs and jabs in and their not-so-favorites make themselves look even worse, depending on whose “team” you’re on. What happened to the pleasure of watching these women running their own businesses, participating in and hosting charity events, seeing their fabulous homes and closets, and having great parties and vacations where there are no knock down, drag out fights? I mean, I never minded the occasional disagreement and tiff among these so-called friends, but now you have a group of women who are trying to be the most popular both on and outside of the show and who pick their allies among the others based on how they think they can use them to achieve this goal, mainly by taking down the competition. It’s rather ugly. It’s happened on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and, even though I’m not watching New York, it’s happening there also. I am over “teams” and “sides.” This is not my world.
So to be as succinct as possible, this is how the RHOBH Reunion Part 1 went down by only watching it once as it aired. Those of you who watched can fill in the blanks with anything I might have missed. Here goes:
Lisa and Brandi get into it about their relationship and don’t really clarify or resolve anything except that they both say things as a joke that the other one doesn’t always like, but lets it go anyway. The only problem is Brandi took Lisa’s jokes and threw her under the bus with them, and Lisa didn’t do the same to Brandi. The only thing they agree about is that they don’t have the same personality. Nothing resolved here.
Yolanda’s (who looks like she’s in mourning with the black arm bands) only problem is with Lisa not being a real friend; not going to see her when she was battling Lyme disease; not going to her most important painting party, blah, blah, blah. Lisa just pretty much sighs. She knows she’s not going to win this one and she’s not going to even try to defend herself for such minor infractions. Not worth it, is it Lisa? Nothing resolved.
They talk about Kim this season and show flashbacks of every ridiculous thing she’s done and said. Kim thinks Kim is so adorable. Kim says this is the real Kim this season. Oh my. Of course, they have to ping Lisa for saying something about Kim praying by the garbage can. Nothing more interesting to say about Kim, other than Kim thinks Bravo saved her life. Is this Kim’s way of guilt-tripping Bravo into not firing her? Nothing to resolve. Kim needs to go.
Joyce is next. Flashbacks to Joyce not being afraid to speak up to the veterans and Brandi doing just about everything she can to annoy Joyce. Brandi and Joyce go at it trading barbs back and forth about husbands and boyfriends and tampons and skater dresses and other high school girl nonsense. Then Joyce and Carlton get into it about talking about husbands’ body parts. Nothing resolved here.
Andy talks about the Dream Team of Yolanda, Lisa and Brandi. Flashbacks of the dinner party with the hearts on the name tags and talking and laughing about Kyle and Mauricio over lunch. Then it shows how the Lisa and Brandi relationship seems to have disintegrated over the season, mainly because of Yolanda and Brandi’s genius plan of sticking it to Lisa. I use the term genius sarcastically. Theirs was the dumbest plan ever concocted in Real Housewives franchise history. Yolanda describes it as real life dynamics. Brandi describes it as looking up to Yolanda and Lisa, but that Lisa is different in front of the camera, whereas Yolanda is consistent on and off camera. Kyle felt like it was an alliance, Brands says it was a camaraderie. Lisa apologizes to Kyle for saying what she said about Mauricio being your friend to sell houses at the lunch with Yolanda and Brandi. At least someone has apologized for something. Of course, it was Lisa who, in my opinion, has more class than Yolanda, Kyle, Kim and Brandi combined.
Even Andy seems to be ganging up on Lisa by asking her if she can take it as well as she can dish it out. Wow. This gives each one of them another chance to tell Lisa what they think of her. How nice of Andy. Lisa apologizes to Yolanda for not supporting her through her sickness like she felt she should have been supported. Two apologies from Lisa so far. No apologies from any of the others that I can recall.
Real Housewives Of New York S6E1 Cast Blogs
Kristen “The Actual Real Housewife”
Hi! OK first off this is my first blog post ever — so cut me some slack!
You must have been really excited to blog 4 days before the episode airs
Anyhoo, here we go. Be nice! I am the new girl, the actual Real Housewife. I am not a princess or a Countess, or a rich divorcee, or a fashion designer, a writer, or an entrepreneur. I am actually just me; sweet, little Kristen from Connecticut, the lucky girl that fell into modeling and met Prince Charming and is now living happily ever after in Tribeca — until I met all these crazy ladies. . .
I’ll be inclined to like you as long as you don’t do anything Brandi-like. Just do the opposite of what she does on Beverly Hills then you’re all set.
The tagline. . .OK people. I am a funny girl, at least I like to think so. I don’t like to take myself too seriously. LIFE IS TOO SHORT! It’s a joke between Josh and I. I will do something dumb, usually related to spelling, and I will say I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, etc. Let’s not take this so seriously. IT’S FUNNY. I am not the sharpest tool in the shed — but I am not the dullest either.
You forgot to mention the crappy grammar in addition to the spelling. But most people write the way they speak so it will be very Faulkner-eque. I think your tagline would have been better if you said, “I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed but I am not the dullest either.” It is more New York.
A bit about me: I have two kids and a hubby, and have been married for almost 10 years. Besides scooping ice cream in high school, I’ve only ever modeled. I still model and did through both pregnancies. I am obsessed with Elvis (will tell you more later, he pops up a bunch this Season). I am from Farmington, CT. My parents are still happily ever after. My younger bro lives in CT and has beautiful twin boys. (Karma’s a bitch.) Key West is my home away from home, always has been, always will be. Tweet me with more questions @kristentaekman.
Carole’s photo shoot: Listen I have been on a million photo shoots. I think that with Carole being nervous and admitting that she hates having her picture taken, it’s great that Heather was giving direction. That’s what Heather does for a living. She’s good at it. Holla that. #BOSS.
Please, not another person that says “Holla.”
Sidenote: So funny. Carole told me about the photoshoot and how crazy the German photographer was. We were sitting at a cafe in SoHo and, hand-to-God, guess who walked in — the German photographer. Talk about irony. She was a bit scary!
It’s hard for me to relate to Ramona’s sadness to Avery leaving for school. I seem to be sooooo far away from that. Hello, next on my list is potty training. I am at the point where if the kids were gone for a few days it would be heaven. Mommy could sleep. You know? I am sure this is an “I told you so” situation.
I am listening to all of this Aviva talk from all the woman while trying to stay neutral. I only just met her. She seemed really sweet and nice??? I was thinking what the hell happened in St. Barths? (I really didn’t remember. I watched Season 5 for Heather because she is a friend the same way I watch #RHOBH for Brandi — but the last season was so long ago. . .I really did not remember most of it!) It’s not one person who has issues with her — most of the girls have something to say. I am taking it all in, but I really need to form my own opinions/relationship with her. People do change right?
How the hell could you have watched last season and not remembered the Aviva monster? Maybe Kristen is one of those people that watch the show picturing herself on it instead of paying attention to what is going on.
I met her at the party and we talked for a few minutes. That’s kind of it. She seems really nice and sweet. We have the kids in common. I am really at this point thinking we are going to be besties. I am going to change her and prove everyone wrong! (Wait ’til you see Episode 2 LOL!) I think its bizarre how Aviva hasn’t seen Carole in ages and launches right into the book and asks for help. Did you all hear that? Rewind. Play it again — Aviva asks Carole for HELP and ADVICE right, right? OK just saying. . .
Aviva is used to asking and getting what she wants or there will be hell to pay. I doubt you can change someone like her. You back away slowly instead.
Harry — Both Josh and I have gotten to know Harry really well and we actually see him from time to time. Love him. He is so fun and witty, and after getting to know him a bit I can see the sex appeal. Before meeting him I remember thinking, “Who the hell is this guy that f—ed half of #RHONY? And what’s he got going on?” I met him and thought, “This is HARRY?” I don’t get it. Maybe because it’s I am much younger, don’t live uptown, or because I have Josh. But the point is, getting to know him, I get it. I see it. Go Harry! Wait, Harry who you say? Harry, you know Harry. Avivas ex/baby daddy and Sonja’s lover/ boyfriend. . .and Lulu’s well. . .you know how that goes.
Please don’t “eff” Harry.
It was awesome that Heather used me for her Yummie brand shoot. Her stuff is amazing!!! After I had Cash, she sent me a bunch of Mommy Helper tops and leggings. Amazing stuff. Her leggings are the only ones I will wear. They look great and keep your butt tight, no jiggle. Good stuff. Heather has hired me a few times before for Yummie. First time she booked me from my modeling card as Kristen Carroll not knowing I was Josh’s wife. How funny! The last time I worked with her I was six weeks pregnant with Kingsley, sick as a dog. I felt bad because later she said she couldn’t use the photos. Then there was that time when she had me naked (well nearly naked) in Times Square — ask her about it!
I like getting free stuff too.
Most of her blog consists of describing her and her husband tag team situation and the convenience of having an awesome nanny to take care of the kids while she is out getting a manicure or having a meal with friends.
She wants us to know for the Twitterers “when I hashtag #supermommy, I mean “Damn I just kicked butt and had the most amazing mommy day” — i.e. taking two kids by myself to the American Museum of Natural History in the double stroller on the subway ALL the way uptown. And when I hash tag #mommyreality, I am generally mean that I just got puked on, or had to deal with the worst tantrum, or my kid got up at 4:30 am wide awake.” In case you were wondering.
The Jennifer Miller earrings are amazing! Very, very sweet. We have many jokes and one is the blow job joke. You will hear it a lot. . .Sorry. After being together so long, when your husband gives you diamond earrings isn’t that code that you have to give him a BJ? TMI, I know. Sorry. I am me — take it or leave it Josh really is a wonderful and supportive husband. He works really hard to support us and is really hands on. He always wakes up with the kids during the week, takes Cash to school when I need him to, comes home when I need help, and holds the kids down on the weekends. He would even get up in the middle of the night when they kids were little. #Superdad. We will work on date nights. He will work on being on time. Noted.
I hear a nasally voice coming from a redhead somewhere in New York yelling, “Baawwwbbyyyy! The new girl stole my blowjob line. That’s my joke. And they probably weren’t even real diamonds.”
Next paragraph she talks about Elvis and how much she loves him in every decade and phase of his life. She wears a TCB necklace that Elvis gave to his entourage that stands for “Taking Care of Business in a Flash.” The flash is the lightening bolt. He gave gold necklaces to all of his Memphis Mafia (entourage). He also created a special necklace for the women — “TLC in a flash” or “Tender Loving Care.” This chain went to all the Memphis Mafia wives and to Priscilla. I get it. She loves Elvis and we see Elvis in the previews.
The tea party at Sonja’s: Let me start by saying I LOVE tea. That’s all I drink, all day long. There was no tea at this party. My dress, love, love, love that dress! H&M!!! OK, so let’s get right in and talk about that yoga chick? WE had on the same dress. She said to me, oh look we are wearing the same dress. I said back, “Bet yours isn’t from H&M?” She meant well, but yoga just is not my cup of “tea” and neither is all that spiritual bulls— talk. She hasn’t ever even met Aviva. It’s not her place to comment. Ugh, didn’t you all just roll your eyes over and over as she spoke? That’s why I said I am just going to sit here and drink! Before I met this group of women, I could count on one hand how many times I had been to the Upper East Side. NYC is really an uptown and downtown thing, and I am definitely downtown.
That yoga chick has been on the show before at a party with Aviva last season. She also co-hosted Ramona’s charity event in her penthouse apartment that George got kicked out of. I think she was just trying to keep Ramona relaxed and calm.
Sonja and Ramona have this crazy relationship. They bicker, fight, joke, tease — and fight. It’s exhausting and GOOD LUCK trying to get a word in. I just gave up and drank my rosé. Did anyone else notice that I was the youngest in the room by almost 20 years? It was a bit more Golden Girls than Sex and the City. But it’s all good. Sonja is FAB. “Thank you for being a friend.” (I felt like I ended up humming that tune quite a bit this past summer. “travel down the road and back again.” I used to love that show.)
I’m sure they appreciate the Golden Girls comparison. Sonja is definitely Blanche Devereaux.
Lingerie shopping with Sonja: I have to say Sonja totally took me under her wing and was very sweet from the moment I met her — showing me all her tricks. I really appreciated that. Don’t ask me where this came from, but she decided that my boobs needed some help (as I did by eventually — which is probably why I got them redone). I am open, and take it all with a grain of salt. So we met at her fave lingerie shop, and she got me into some new push-up, non-nude bras. Listen I was always taught to respect my older wiser elders, so I obliged and took her advice. Boob advice I can take from Sonja. Marriage advice? Hmmmmm? Last time I checked I was the one who was still married even with out the push-up bra. #justsaying
Throwing shade at Sonja already. Let’s hope your marriage survives the reality tv couples curse.
To Sonja, Age is Just a Number
We decided to have fun with the taglines for this season. If you have good sense of humor, you picked up on that immediately! They are very tongue in cheek and they did get a lot of attention on the social media.
Tongue in cheek? We already knew you went commando. Kelley found out firsthand.
Here comes Heather. . .Holla! She admits she can be bossy and you know sometimes you need a strong friend in your corner. She’s been there for me. Carole grateful for the support during her photoshoot because she hates them! Heather reminds me of Ramona a bit when she tells other people in their fields how to do their profession. They both mean well. The photographer says, “No photographic advice!” LOL. Great television watching.
That German photographer looked so fed up with Heather I thought she was going to lift her up and dump her in the corner.
How funny is my new Ramona hairdo?!? Ramona is very upset about Avery going off to college. We really did talk about it and we did commiserate about the experience, but you didn’t see the entire conversation. Believe it or not, it actually got even more Ramotional, which is why I reacted the way I did!
You both are beginning to look like twins. Who are these gay dudes that are giving on-the-fly makeovers to strange women in Palm Beach?
I don’t want people to judge Ben before they meet him. Age is just a number to me. He’s wise beyond his years! Plus, I really enjoy spending time with him, my daughter likes him. That’s not easy to find!
He’s cute too.
Ben is an old spirit. He’s worldly and fits in with my jet setting group. My friends in Europe don’t ask his age! I think Ben is a little apprehensive with this NY group though. Do you blame him? I just want to cozy up in the corner with him and the girls are dishing on his age and Carole is bristling about how Aviva treated people in the past.
I thought that Carole and Aviva were best buddies? Aviva wants to sidle up to the Ramona monster that she just recently saw too well, which I don’t recommend. It’s the first party of the summer social season and everyone has so much to say about each other already. It’s so awkward!
Aviva needs to have people film with her. Carole got scared off last season.
Sitting between Ramona and Kristen is not easy because when Ramona meets someone she hits them like a ton of bricks. She just puts it all out there. If Kristen thinks that she’s going to be the mediator between Ramona and Aviva, she’s got another thing to learn. Aviva must be dreaming if she really thinks she can make up with Ramona with just a hug. Aviva, are you really going to tell Ramona she has some years on you on top of everything else? That came out really awkward. I think Aviva gets really nervous and just blurts things out.
Aviva desperately wants to be a part of this show. I read she has rented and moved into a townhouse because her coop board would not allow filming in their building. At least she has the wherewithal to realize she needs to kiss a considerable amount of ass to get someone like Ramona to film with her. I guess she figures if Ramona can let her walls down then the others will follow suite.
It’s as if Aviva isn’t inputting and is using a script in her head she rehearsed. Even after Ramona says she’s vicious and mean-spirited, Aviva comes back to her saying, “Let’s celebrate our differences!” I don’t think Ramona wants to celebrate those differences!
You can never predict what Ramona is going to say. Aviva definitely had a script in her head and wasn’t reacting to Ramona’s words.
Kristen is a breath of fresh air and as Ben says, a knockout. And as Carole says, Kristen is a weirdo! She wears an Elvis necklace every single day. I like it. Great start. . .I love a weirdo.
Weirdoes are definitely not boring.
Josh’s gift to Kristen is very strained and seems to overcompensate for some weakness in their relationship. Kristen certainly says that and has been giving it to Josh all along. So I say we will have to see. No relationship is perfect. Don’t men always give us a gift for a reason?
Did you get a load of Josh’s ears? They’re huge. I recall you saying something about the sexual prowess of men with big ears. And they were bald. Josh may have been bald, who knows. You can’t see plugs even with high def.
I loved taking Kristen to the lingerie store. I enjoy sharing secret places and tips. Not sure Kristen wants my advice though. Maybe she is laughing it off. But I did hear her give Josh a few jabs, and he is condescending to her. I hate to see women lose their personal power when they become wives and mothers. I’m all about empowering women. I know Kristen had a dream of having a card business and put that on hold. So we will have to learn more about her. Oh and, as you can see here, leopard as always is my neutral!
It doesn’t look like a good start. Maybe his business is not doing well. It seems like he puts his business before anything else.
Who you invite, where your heart is, the atmosphere, the food and drink are what matter. The fact that Ramona brings up the point that the plates are missing, or the rug was destroyed by the hurricane is just another matter. Why is she doing that? Sometimes she just likes to create drama for drama’s sake. We do have a lot of fun together bouncing off each other like sisters do. Ramona knows better then anyone that I have it together and keep it together despite all odds. I have so much to be grateful for. A beautiful child, home, family, and friends who support me.
When you see that you have kept a rug with a hole that you definitely can’t camouflage, it makes me wonder if you are still holding onto your old life. Roll it up and put it away until you can find someone to repair it and get a new rug. In the meantime if money is tight, go to Ikea in Brooklyn for some nice rugs.
We don’t have room for that A-Diva negativity in our lives. I’m able to forgive and forget, but Ramona won’t forget. I think holding that negativity in is like Buddha says, “Not forgiving is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
Allowing A-Diva into your lives may also allow negativity in too. Let’s hope she gets a new target.
By the way, Ben was so sweet and had the food for our ladies tea delivered from Ready to Eat on Hudson Street downtown. That’s class! And. . .very mature!
I agree with Robin Cofer, our Swarmi priest girlfriend, who says, “Is not our character revealed when the chips are down?” “Judge not her personality, judge her soul.” I like that! As I clutch and twist my leopard napkin. I’m just happy Ramona finally decides to be open to the idea of breaking the stand off with Aviva. I can’t kick a dog when he’s down and everyone ended up against Aviva. She didn’t have one freind in her corner after her behavior in St Barth’s. I just don’t agree with that. A friend is a friend. Why are her own friends abandoning her?
Because she is crazy. And Robin must be really rich. Who the hell is Nettie? I think they invited her so that Ramonja sounds sane.
I’m thrilled when I see Aviva offer tequila to Ramona. It breaks the ice because Ramona knows that Aviva never really drinks. So tequila is a major movement! Movement in the right direction. Now Ramona remembers what she first liked about Aviva. What can I say? They are both passionate people that can have some short fuses when you rub them the wrong way!
The next time Aviva explodes, she can scream “Ramona tried to turn me into an alcoholic.”
Aviva: Beware the Aviva Ogre
When Aviva — it’s me — finally appears on screen – more than a third into The Real Housewives of New York City premiere, I was expecting a gorgon, some hideous beast that breathes fire and scatters destruction wherever it looks. I mean, what else could it be? For about 20 minutes, we’d been hearing about the Aviva creature — and that’s after the prior season recap that is like a highlight reel of “Aviva’s Gone Wild — Bitch Edition.” Then we’re treated to four of my fellow Housewives trashing the Aviva daemon. And that’s not enough — they warn the newest member of our coven –Kristen, whom I haven’t even met — about the Aviva. I’m watching this episode on the edge of my seat, ready to be terrified. I’m thinking it’s going to be like that monster that pops out of the man’s chest in Alien. I grip Reid’s hand. I prepare to scream. I count the steps to the bathroom in case I have to vomit. Okay . . . let’s see the FrankenAvivastein.
I am actually glad Aviva got cast this season. I think everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves. What they do with their chance is up to them.
And there she is! OK, there I am. I don’t look scary at all. In fact, I look really good in that lace flamingo pink top and elegant black pant (but then, the girl in The Exorcist didn’t look bad at first glance either). It’s the beginning of a new season. I’m looking forward to mending fences and having some fun with the girls. I think Bonnie and Clyde had it better when they were ambushed. Clyde was killed by the first bullet, and Bonnie wasn’t far behind. The other 150 shots and shotgun blasts were just for fun.
Okay we get it. Poor Aviva.
Watching the episode, I now see the grimaces, eye rolls, and shudders as I approach. I hear Ramona quivering that as I entered she felt “this black cloud of smoke coming into the room.” (I didn’t see that on my TV; I think I need to get high def.) I flattered Carole about what a great writer she was and reached out to her to “help” me with my own book. Of course I didn’t really want her help; I just wanted to let her know how much I admired her writing. Her response? She just totally dissed me. What, did she think I was going to steal her favorite pronoun – “I” – from her? Oh, and my book — Leggy Blonde — was just published without, it must be said, any help from Carole.
I think Carole needs a secret decoder ring. You asked for her help, you wanted to pick her brain, maybe have her do some editing and now you say you didn’t want it and just wanted to let her know how much you admired her writing. Yeah that’s confusing.
Then I went to tackle Ramona. No, not tackle, I went to hug her. Ramona’s reaction was “Hug?. . .You’re lucky I’m not stabbing you with a knife.” It didn’t go all that well — unless your idea of a chat going well is being called “insincere, vicious, and mean spirited” in the first couple of minutes. And it went down from there. It was tough to hear — one might even call it, to use Ramona’s term, “mean spirited.” But it wasn’t insincere . . . and in that room, that kind of honesty, even if it’s brutal honesty, was refreshing. Ramona is up front. There isn’t the guile and plotting and gossipy back-stabbing that often seems to go with the “Housewife” territory. Ramona kicked the crap out of me. But I left thinking we could be friends. With Ramona, what you see is what you get. And I like that.
At least Mario wished you guys a nice time.
It took some campaigning to get Ramona to come out to dinner with me. And then it took a lot of wine and some shots for us to relax with each other. We’re not there yet, but to paraphrase Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, “Ramona, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
So you tried to get Ramona smashed in order to get on her good side. That’s really smart.
As the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City begins, I’m anticipating a period of realignment -– friends become enemies; enemies become friends; and frenemies become OMG! Hang on, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
I hear it is going to be you versus Carole, then you versus Heather. Yeah, you are going to need friends and some Ramona Pinot Grigio.
Heather on the “Aviva Effect”
Welcome back! Now let’s get the party started!
Well, it has been quite a hiatus for us New York City Housewives. I hoped you all missed us as much as I have missed sharing my crazy and fun life with all of you.
I have been having withdrawals! The last season’s reunion was aired October 2012 so it has been a while.
It has been almost two years since we were together but it really has gone by in a flash. Yummie has kept me super busy (We’re launching bras in two weeks!), not to mention my most important role as mama and wife to my sweet family, Jax, Ella Rae, and my husband Jonathan. They are always the center of my universe.
There goes Heather pitching her brand. Sell it baby!
I am really excited about this Season and I am sure you are going to be entertained!
Carole’s book is coming out and it’s time for the finishing touches including her author photo that goes inside the cover. Carole asked for me to help on the set of her shoot to make her feel more comfortable. Like most people who aren’t models, the process of a photo shoot can be daunting — and I’m more than happy to help out a friend. And thank God I showed up because the photographer was tough as nails! She did nothing to make Carole feel comfortable — she stood on that ladder and barked orders at her staff and Carole, so it is really kind of funny that I look like the bossy pants of the day! I know my way around a photoshoot and the photographer needed the help quite frankly. The two shots we ended up using were those I directed — thank you very much — but Carole hated the outfit so they didn’t make the cover. Not to worry — we will tweet them out for you to see!
I think there was room for only one OCD bossy pants. It would have interesting if the photographer got off her ladder and started chasing you around the room.
Aviva called me while I was chatting with Carole during hair and makeup and before I answered, I wanted Carole to see who it was. I had a strong feeling Aviva was really just not the right energy for Carole at that moment. Aviva’s not the right energy for a lot of the women, and I get it. I chalk it up to bad timing and ignore Aviva’s call. I have a party to throw later and all the ladies are coming. I know I am going to have to deal with the “Aviva effect” there and the bad blood she’s created with several of the ladies soon enough. So for now it’s best to keep it moving. . .and I can catch up with her later.
I would pretend Aviva doesn’t exist either.
I love any excuse to throw a fun party and I thought having the old crew from the Sean “Puffy” Combs days together would be a great way to introduce Josh Taekman and his wife Kristen, the newbie this Season, to the Housewives group. Josh and I worked together for a number of years under Puff and we’ve been friends for over 15 years. We also share a birthday so we decided to have a joint party celebrating our birthdays and as a throwback to the good ole Puffy days! We just don’t get to see enough of the friends we made while working together and the party was the perfect plan to do just that! I love Josh. He is one of the greatest guys you’ll ever know. He and I are very passionate about our businesses, our families, and our friendships. I really enjoy the relationships we are now building with each other’s spouses, as couples and as parents. Kristen is Josh’s wife and I have enjoyed building an organic relationship with her over the years and getting to know one another via Josh. Kristen has modeled for me at Yummie and when they moved back to the city from LA it gave us more of an opportunity to spend nights out as couples, share as young mothers do and Josh and Jon get on really well, too. There is a history between us and so there is a natural ease and trust that is unspoken. Kristen is a really great girl so I’m thrilled to get closer with her and introduce her to the girls at the party!
So Kristen gets introduced to the other housewives through you. I wonder if that is how she got on the show or if it was the Brandi connection or both.
I have not seen Aviva or Sonja for several months and so I am not sure where their relationship stands, but I know Aviva is still on the outs with Ramona. Ramona and I have continued to grow our friendship and spend some time getting to know each other better and I’m happy about that. And after meeting Sonja’s new young thang, I can figure out why I haven’t seen her in so many months!?!
I’m glad Sonja has a nice young stud to occupy her time despite all her troubles. I remember reading Sonja was trying to avoid Aviva at parties after the season aired. I wonder when that changed.
I was a little nervous about inviting Aviva because I know how she went on Ramona and Sonja and a personality like that just makes you trepidatious, but it’s a party and as long she doesn’t insult anyone maybe she can use it as a new stepping stone and an opportunity to redeem herself. Let’s hope so anyway, because upon her arrival. . .you could have cut the tension with a knife. It was more uncomfortable then I had anticipated.
You would have thought Aviva came in wielding a knife or a stiletto heel around with the looks you all shared.
But it looks like Aviva has brought some back up to the party! She has not only Reid in tow, but some woman named Amanda who is an image consultant, whatever that means, without asking me for a plus one or even introducing her to me when she arrived. But if Aviva feels she needs some help with her image, who am I to rain on that parade and maybe this girl is giving her the right advice. However, I’m not so sure because in classic Aviva form, the minute she got a second with Carole all she wanted was Carole’s help with this memoir she’s allegedly been writing — under a rock. Meanwhile, Aviva hasn’t seen or had any contact with Carole in months — does an image consultant also help with etiquette?
Aviva would have been better served if she had come to the party with her psychiatrist.
Now Aviva decided to approach Ramona at the party by telling Ramona she has a couple years on her, (implying Ramona’s wisdom??), and asks if they can move forward, but Ramona reminds Aviva that it’s not about an apology, it’s about being a vicious and mean spirited person. Aviva brushes right over it and suggests they celebrate their differences, and as I walk by, I can feel the tension and decide to keep it moving. . .where is that image consultant when you need her? Or maybe Aviva is still making bad choices? We’ll have to see how this strategy works out for her.
She definitely said the wrong things but her strategy for trying to defuse and make friendly with Ramona is a good one.
On a positive note, I’m so happy to see how easily Kristen is getting on with the girls and I’m not surprised! If you can get past your own ego with Kristen’s good looks, there is a whole lot to love!
It’s good Ramona gave Aviva another shot after they meeting up for drinks, (no pun intended!), but I can tell you one thing for sure, that was not Aviva’s first shot of alcohol! I don’t know why she lied about that, but everyone does deserve a second chance. I do think it’s funny that the very thing Aviva insulted Ramona and Sonja so viscously about, is the very means she uses to get on Ramona’s good side and it seems to be working. Hey, as long as you agree with Aviva, she is pretty easy to get along with. . .and on the story goes!
Calling out the lie. Heather is definitely not a friend of Aviva’s. I take it the monster Aviva comes out when you disagree with her.
Luann: “Welcome Back My Friends!”
Welcome back my friends! I can’t believe it’s Season 6 of RHONY and I’m still here with you to celebrate another Premiere. Even though I’m not on the first couple of episodes, you’ll see me very soon. This Season is exciting with the addition of a new Housewife, new adventures (think roughing it with cowboys), and more of the Housewifely drama that you’ve come to know and love! Since we were last together, my life has gone through some changes, including sending my daughter off to a top art school and watching my son grow into a confident young man as he finishes up high school in the city. I hope you will join me here each week, as I share my insights into everything RHONY.
In the beginning of every season I am always optimistic that I will like Luann. I found out this season she was demoted to friend of the housewives. Maybe I will like her in this position. I wondered if the reason she got demoted was because once again she really wasn’t showing what was really going on in her life. I know at the end of filming her relationship with Jacques ended. I guess it remains to be seen if we get a glimpse of what led up to the end of the relationship or if she will try to hide it from the cameras. Most of her blog describes the scenes and the other ladies on the show which is redundant as we have already watched the show. She doesn’t let out any hints or reveal anything new.
Carole Calls Aviva an “Askhole”
I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I last wrote to you! It feels like just yesterday I was telling you about my cute boyfriend, my trip to London, my ill-fated St. Barth’s soiree. Remember how I was so happy to have finished my second book that I threw myself a party? Well, a lot has changed.
My hair, for instance — I went from brunette to blonde, then back to brunette again. I did bangs, then no bangs; layered, then long. I bought an iPhone then ditched it, went back to my Blackberry. Some of my relationships took turns, for better and worse. And guess what? After all that crazy work, I sold my book in an intense bidding war. Yes, Intense! War! Six publishers all bidding against each other. It was like speed dating, but better — they all wanted to pay me to get in bed! They flattered me and made promises: two-book deals, a movie, television show — pick me, pick me! They’d never read anything so moving, they said. They told me how brilliant I was, how they all loved my outfit and the way I turned a phrase. They hung on my every word, they thought me so smart. And pretty, too! If only dating was half as rewarding. Whatevs. I copied Woodward and Bernstein and followed the money. I picked the highest bidder. Flattery’s great, but I’m not stupid.
Smart move. So you accepting the highest bid is why the book took so long to get published. I saw the First Look and how Aviva heard it from another angle. She claims that her publisher passed on Carole’s book because it needed too much work. I guess this lays the groundwork for a whole lotta drama.
See? We have a lot to catch up on. I’ve missed you. Let’s break this new episode down.
Photo (don’t) Shoot (the messenger). . .
Yeah, the show. Did you watch? I always laugh at how Housewives react to each other in any new scene. We’re always “Oh my God, Hi!” like we haven’t seen each other in ten years. Heather walked into the photo shoot and you’d think I hadn’t seen her in six months the way I reacted, when actually, we see or speak to each other every day.
In the past two years, she’s gone from an acquaintance, to a Bravo friend, to a true real-life friend. I love when she’s around. She makes everything fun and easy. She always knows where the car is, she knows the maitre d’ at the hot new restaurant, she knows how to get a large piece of furniture through the window of a city apartment. (Thank you, Jonathan!)
It is great to have a friend like that.
She also runs a huge company and gets s— done, which means I can slack off. AND, she laughs at my jokes — what’s not to love?
You might feel bad for Ingrid, the beleaguered photographer in this scene, but don’t. I’ve done a lot of photoshoots and while I’m not the best model, Ingrid was odd. I’ve used disposable cameras that had faster click action than Ingrid. I felt like I was posing for a still life. A bowl of fruit would have grown impatient. She screamed orders at me like a drill sergeant, Chin down! Chin up! Eyes up! Look here! Turn right! Face to the left, chin down, now look up! Do you know how hard it is to keep your chin down while you look up and to the side and then, smile!
Contrary to how the scene unfolds, Heather wasn’t in the way at all. We needed her. Heather has directed hundreds of photoshoots and worked with the best. I think Heather actually took the only photo I liked that day. (Shhh! Don’t tell Ingrid.)
Unlike my friendship with Heather, which developed organically both on and off the show, I hadn’t heard from Aviva since we filmed the reunion over a year earlier. I’m not saying I was unhappy about that. Um, I’m kind of not that into her (there, I said it!). But it’s all good because apparently she felt the same way. When I sold my novel the week after the reunion, I got calls from everyone on the show (including LuAnn and we didn’t exactly end on the best terms), except Aviva. Not even a fake “congrats” text from her assistant. And although both Heather and I were very happy for Aviva when she got a book deal, and I offered all of my support, plus contacts, she never picked up the phone once, or sent a text. Nothing. So when she called Heather in this scene, we were both happy to Decline the call. (I love “Declining.” It makes me want an iPhone, again.)
Is Aviva going to attack you for not contacting her? It sucks to be the target of a miffed, very sensitive, self-absorbed person.
Sometimes the more you get to know someone, the less you like them. Aviva is nice and charming when you are going along with her agenda but as soon as you disagree with her, or don’t give her the support she feels entitled to (like a parade), she becomes a very mean girl. We have all experienced it. I’m her new target. Oh dear.
Heather says the same on her blog.
Ramonja is Back!
Did you see what I mean about the shock factor? Ramona is shocked to see Sonja although they’d probably just seen each other and they are in Sonja’s house after all, it’s nothing new. You look amazing. No, you do. No YOU do! I haven’t seen Sonja since last season but I have to say that I do like the “Ramona” on her. And apparently so do the boys!
My friendship with Ramona has grown. She has a large group of devoted friends, and I see why. Yes, sometimes she speaks out of line, sometimes she does the wrong thing, sometimes she starts screaming for no apparent reason. But she is authentic, and on a reality show there is a lot to be said for authenticity. Maybe we are the ultimate Odd Couple. Her Felix, to my Oscar. She responds to situations emotionally then follows up with logic. I respond logically with a delayed emotional reaction.
I like the shoot first, ask questions later Ramona too. I like that Carole is also authentic that she questions first what is going on and why before she reacts. I guess I like authenticity.
Speaking of emotional reactions. Why is Sonja suddenly talking about mental illness? Do you feel like you walked into the middle of a conversation.
One in 15 people are psychotic. It’s a sport, they find happy people and they enjoy coming in between their happiness.
Huh, what? Who are they talking about? I’m not taking any chances and will start avoiding groups of 15. I looked it up in the DSM-V. Not exactly the definition but not far from it either. Ramona sums it up: A sagist? Oops. . .a sadist. . .like I said, authentic.
I thought that was interesting but I was more fascinated by the gay guys in Palm Beach holding down women and giving them makeovers.
Happy Birthday Heather!
I’d like to keep a friendly distance from Aviva. She came to Heather’s birthday party with her image consultant so that was a good sign. She is very self-centered and there are times I don’t mind that — it saves me the trouble of talking about myself. I find me, as a subject, a bit boring.
I give Aviva advice when she asks, none of which she takes. My friends and I have a name for people like that, we call them “askholes.” You know, people who constantly ask for advice then always ignore it. Aviva just doesn’t seem genuine to me. It appears as though she’s flattering me but it’s always a build-up to “The Ask.” Yep, and there it is. . .Throw a little editing in there. . .? Um, okay. But I’m not an editor, I’m a writer. I suck at editing. I like words. Lots of them. I couldn’t edit a stop sign. I did give her some good advice about editing her manuscript but it was edited (no pun intended) out.
It seems the social circle you are a part of has their rules of etiquette and behavior. One should not ask a person a favor if they intend to do what they want anyway. I wonder if Aviva is hiring an image consultant but the money is flying out the door because she will eventually ignore her anyway.
Who cares. It’s boring to talk about publishing when we’d all much rather watch how it goes down with Ramona! Aviva seems to have perfected the art of insulting people she is trying to flatter. Ramona has a couple of years on her? Wow. Aviva has a thing about age. Hers. Mine. Everyone’s. Last season she was 44 and this season she is, for some reason, 40. She’s the Benjamin Button of Reality.
I first met Kristen, with Heather, at lunch one day in my neighborhood. She’s a downtown girl, like me. As beautiful as #modelmom is in real life she is f—ing gorgeous on camera. And that’s the difference between a pretty girl and a model.
I think she should write a book called, I Love My Kids But This Sucks. Then I will write the companion book, I Don’t Have Kids and That Sometimes Sucks, Too. Her husband, Josh, is genuinely funny. He forgot about his 18-month old daughter Kingsley, which cracks me up. Almost everything he says makes me laugh. These two are also very upfront and frank about their blowjobs which might make them my new favorite couple ever. Aren’t they cute together? Serious chemistry. I know you’re all wondering what she’d do for two pairs of earrings. Kristin loves Josh, yes, but she also loves Elvis, from beginning to end — from the sexy swivel hips to fat Vegas. She loves him in every form. She’s one cool gorgeous kook.
Sonja’s Lunch Special
Robin’s back! Do you remember her? She’s Sonja’s friend, the one who screamed, “I hate fake!” at the party where Ramona accused Heather of talking behind her back. Oh, the good old days.
Robin seems to have gone through a spiritual reawakening. Either that, or she’s been smoking some ganja. But she counsels Ramona on her situation with Aviva.
Nettie I’m not my negative thoughts. Nettie I’m not my thoughts. Nettie I’m not my personality. I’m not my job.
I’m so confused. Who’s Nettie? Sonja makes a good attempt to convince Ramona to mend the fences also. Aviva’s mother died from overdrinking. Her father is sexually inappropriate. The apple that dropped from that tree had problems way before she lost the leg. When Sonja puts it that way, well, hmm. . .
I’m wondering who Nettie is too. Is that her spiritual guide? Are we going to see Shirley Maclaine pop onto the screen?
The Shot Heard Around the World
Tequila. Okay. Aviva, Ramona. This isn’t the first shot, it won’t be anyone’s last, but Stay tuned, everyone. . .next week I scream! (It’s good.)
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we’ve got a whole season — who’s counting.
Ramona Loves Kristen, Maybe Aviva
Dear all! I can’t believe we are finally back on air!!!!
It has been way too long and please complain to Andy about that so it does not happen again. LOL! I think the wait will be worth it for all of you viewers.
He’ll love you for that. I’m sure he would adore getting complaints.
I could not believe the event would be a party that Aviva would be attending! I had not spoken to Aviva since the reunion. Yes, I would run into her at different events and parties. I’d nod my head, say a quick hello, and walk the other way.
When Heather told me Aviva would be attending I felt I had to grin and bear it. Never in a thousand years did I expect her to come over to me and start a conversation. Why was Aviva not getting that yes I accepted her apology — but I just could not accept her as a friend based upon traits in her character?
She had a single-minded mission to be your friend no matter the odds.
I adore Sonja and I kept looking at her hair realizing she got, as Oscar Blandi calls it, “The Ramona Cut.” I have been curling my hair most of this season, so unless it’s straight you don’t notice that Sonja and I have the exact same cut. Imitation is the sincerest flattery, and if anyone was to copy me let it be Sonja.
Sonja loves men and men love Sonja. Every age, every size, and every. . .! As long as Sonja is happy that is all that matters.
No mother is ever ready for their child to go off to college. It means I can no longer go to her room every night and every morning to kiss her. I can no longer cuddle up in her bed at any given moment. No longer will we chit chat every night as she gets ready to go out at while I help her pick an outfit. You become overwhelmed with a sense of loss. Yes I am happy for Avery, but sad for me. It’s all part of life and letting go. I find solace in the fact I raised a strong, moral, caring, sensitive, very bright, and personable young lady.
Avery is a lovely young lady. You are very lucky.
When I first met Kristen, I was overwhelmed by her beauty. I could look at her for hours. Kristen also seems to have a sweet and calm disposition. I wanted to get to know her better and was hoping she would not disappoint me the way Aviva did when I befriended her.
I could not believe my ears when Sonja asked me to give Aviva a chance. Was she serious or kidding?!? Sonja was serious! It baffled me I must admit. I also felt a little hurt by Sonja. I felt Aviva had viciously attacked Sonja and I, and I really did not want to ever give her a break.
It makes you look better to let things go. I felt that scene was preplanned to talk you into being friendly with Aviva. I’m sure being on a show together you needed a reason to interact and needed to have a scene where you would let animosity.
I really did not want to meet with Aviva, but I felt pressure to. Aviva was now friendly with EVERYONE in our group except me. I felt for the peace of the group and for harmony among us all, I should at the very least cordial to her and give her a chance.
Aviva immediately sucked up to me. I have to admit Aviva can be manipulating. When she wants something she goes for it. She wanted my friendship back, and she can charm the pants off of anyone. When she said she would do shots I went into shock.
It will be hard to call you an alcoholic since she joined you for a drink.
I must say I forgot how fun Aviva can be when she wants to be. I walked away that night having more fun than I thought possible with her. I also realized well maybe we can be friends again?
I guess time will tell.