Real Housewives Of New York
S6E19 “There’s Something About Harry”
Carole’s about to celebrate her 50th birthday and the theme is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil meets the Garden of Eden. This might be her way of telling us that she’s dated Kevin Spacey or Clint Eastwood or both. She’s dated and broken up with so many men that her next writing assignment should be a collaboration with Taylor Swift. It takes a village to put this party together, so assistants Katie and Eric, along with Heather, are tackling her laundry lists of wants, needs and desires – white lights, chandeliers, shiny red apples, psychics, snake handlers, butterflies, a fog machine, Lady Chablis and the entire dance troupe from Kandi Burruss’s wedding.
Sonja and Harry believe that their relationship has grown to the point where they should raise a puppy together. It’s a better idea than a baby.
What we’ve got here is … failure to communicate
Kristen and Josh are trying to iron out some of the problem they’re experiencing in their marriage. The therapist asks them to talk about the good and the bad things as they see them but these two aren’t even speaking the same language. He wants her to understand that his business is important and she wants him to see that she’s important. They never discussed having children until she was pregnant, twice. She doesn’t even think that he loves her. Communication is everything but Kristen and Josh just can’t figure out how to do that. If it’s about understanding each of their disparate positions, then maybe they should trade places for a week.
Avery’s packing for college and is having a panic attack because her mother is having a panic attack. Ramona, the zen master, gives her something breathing exercises to do, hoping that they’ll calm her down. Breathe in for four, hold for four, breathe out for six hold for two. It’s better than screaming at her to take a Xanax and calm down. I tried to follow Ramona’s instructions but ended up hyperventilating, passing out and having to hit rewind when I came to. As they’re going to the airport, Ramona cries and tells Mario that the house is going to be too quiet. Avery jumps out of the cab and LaGuardia and barely looks back.
The devil’s in the tarot cards
Sonja’s having dinner with a psychic, Thomas John. Instead of ordering appetizers,m he does a tarot card reading and tells Sonja that there’s a devil in her life. The devil has brown hair, but he doesn’t say whether it’s Carole, Heather, LuAnn or a lawyer from Hannibal pictures. Mr. John may be a psychic in training because he also tells Sonja that her money is only going to grow and her situation with her home will improve. Sonja believes every word, because she’s Sonja.
When Harry met Sonja – and LuAnn
Heather is hard at work, making Carole’s dream of a great party become a reality. The snake handler is a no-go because health codes prohibit live snakes in restaurants. Something like that could keep any number of guests from gaining entry, too. Aviva isn’t invited. Her invitation is being held until the next party , when the theme will be Midnight in the Garden of Evil and Evil. Carole shows up early to oversee what Heather already has well in hand. Finding there’s really nothing to do, she treats herself and some of the others to a manicure.
The guests begin to arrive, dressed to the nines, with some wearing masks. Mario asks LuAnn where Jacques is and LuAnn explains that they’ve parted ways. The guest of honor makes her entrance and looks beautiful in a long red dress. LuAnn begins to tell Carole and Kristen all about her heartbreaking breakup with Jacques. In her talking head, she says that she has no idea what happened. Pirates happened, LuAnn – some low-rent, Johnny Depp wannbe pirates. She starts to cry and apologizes to Carole for it but Carole tells her “It’s my party and you can cry if you want to.”
Sonja and Harry are talking about their relationship under LuAnn’s watchful eye. Harry wants to be with Sonja but she would like to know a little more before she’s convinced as to his intentions. They kiss and kiss some more. Harry says that he wants to take it to another level and that he’s serious about his feelings for Sonja. He then gives her a ring – not an engagement ring, more like a “see, I’m serious, but not serious enough to propose marriage” ring. He then says that he loves her and care for her.
Heather gives a toast to Carole which is actually an email Carole had sent her about what she did and did not want in a toast. There are explicit instructions about not mentioning Aerosmith. No sooner does the toast end and the festivities begin, Ramona and Sonja are squirreled in a corner, gossiping about LuAnn and Jacques. Sonja is upset that LuAnn didn’t tell her about their breakup and that she had to hear it at the party, and confronts LuAnn with her complaints. She though that LuAnn was a better friend than that, but that was the same problem LuAnn had with Sonja during their picnic in Central Park. To her credit, LuAnn correctly points out that only Sonja could make their breakup all about her.
Heather and LuAnn sing a couple of songs about Carole which Ramona thinks is stupid. She thinks that Tony Bennett or P Diddy should have been there to perform given all the celebrities both Carole and Heather know. It’s safe to assume that if Mario had been the entertainment, Ramona would have been much happier and the celebrity factor would have been a non-factor.
Sonja and Ramona meet up again to talk about Harry and the ring. Sonja says that she’s scared by his gesture and doesn’t understand what it really means. She tells Ramona that she took the ring off and put it in her purse. Harry, however, is now chatting it up with LuAnn. When Sonja goes in search of Harry, he’s already left, presumably with LuAnn.
Aviva made a very brief appearance during this episode. She was at A Step Ahead with Heather Abbot, a young woman who made the decision to have her leg amputated as a result of the injuries she suffered during the Boston bombing. Her prosthetic leg is going to be made and given to her at no cost to her. Where has this Aviva been all season?
Next week is the season finale and the episode in which a prosthetic leg is seen lying on the ground. This is what the Housewives’ franchise has become, with the most anticipated scene of the season involving a leg toss.
Ladies Of London
S1E7 “I’ve Been To London To Visit The Queen”
Annabelle is still recovering at Slade Farm, where she will be for 4 weeks. Caroline arrives to visit with gifts – a bunch of DVD’s and a TV to watch them on. My friends wouldn’t show up with TV’s if I was injured, maybe I need new friends? Annabelle refuses to feel sorry for herself and has checked out of the hospital to recover at home. Caroline is impressed with Annabelle’s courage – she would still be at the hospital, as would I. I am really impressed with Annabelle. She could be lying in bed, feeling sorry for herself, but she seems determined to recover as quickly as possible. They make their way into the living room and Caroline tells Annabelle about the “going-away” party that Noelle and Marissa are throwing for Caprice. Annabelle thinks that there is a power struggle between the two. She advises Caroline to take the high road. I love that Annabelle can stay the truth and give good advice, without being harsh. Caroline isn’t sure that she can take the high road. I’m still trying to figure out if this fight is truly about a baby shower or if there is something deeper going on. I understand feeling hurt if a friend declines a shower, but this seems like it may be about something more than just a shower. Annabelle thinks that it may be about how close Caroline has become to the Americans so quickly. Caroline is trying to remember that she isn’t the norm because she doesn’t let her emotions show. I really like seeing the softer side of Caroline. Just when you start to think she’s cold, she surprises with deep emotions.
Caprice receives an email that her surrogate has begun to dilate. Ty already has children, so he’s more calm about it. He is so chill, which is good for Caprice. I think that will help keep her from completely freaking out. He advises that they keep their passports on hand and wait to see what happens. They call the surrogate to get more information. She tells Caprice that she will probably not give birth for a few more weeks. Caprice offers to come if she is needed, but the surrogate encourages her to wait. It’s nice that Caprice has a relationship with her surrogate, who can help calm the first-time mom.
Rania, Caroline’s assistant, is reviewing Caroline’s schedule with her. Caroline is having a dinner party for the girls. She knows exactly what she wants, who to invite, and how it should run. Of course Caroline would be completely hands-on and in-control of a dinner party, just like she is in everything. She will invite Annabelle, even though she knows that Annabelle won’t be able to attend. She will also invite Caprice, because she was raised not to ostracize or exclude anyone. Caroline wants to find someone to teach British etiquette to Juliet and Noelle. She wants them to brush up on their social skills before her dinner because they didn’t display good manners at Mapperton. “I want to have a My Fair Lady moment.”
Caprice picks Julie up to visit Annabelle. She is very pregnant and miserable. She has one more week in England before she flies to the US to be with her surrogate for the birth and to have her own baby. Annabelle is looking on the positive side – she had the 2nd worst accident she could have, but at least it wasn’t the worst. I’m not sure that I could be so positive. Again, I’m super impressed with Annabelle. She is such a strong and amazing woman. Caprice tells Annabelle about Caroline’s dinner. She found it peculiar that Caroline invited her. She would not invite someone that she is fighting with to a dinner. Annabelle tells Caprice pretty much the same thing that she told Caroline – take the high road, kiss and make up. Caprice is stressed about the surrogate dilating, giving birth on her own, and becoming a mom to two boys. Annabelle has a very quiet way of reassuring her friend. She advises Caprice to mend her relationship with Caroline before she leaves for the US.
Caroline takes Juliet and Noelle for an etiquette class with Rosemary, who is described as a “battle-ax.” Caroline told Noelle that she wanted to brush up on her own etiquette, but Noelle realizes that the issue is her and Juliet. Rosemary is a tough cookie! She immediately calls Noelle for sitting before being invited and for putting her arms on the table. Juliet is late, immediately making a bad impression. She tells Juliet that they are there to learn manners, so they don’t behave like they did at Mapperton. I agree that neither lady had perfect table manners, but it wasn’t horrific. They begin with soup. Noelle takes a bite…incorrectly. She is told to put her spoon down if you’re talking. Noelle has been to aristocratic, fancy dinners and people don’t care this much about table manners and etiquette. I’m not sure about that, Lord Sandwich didn’t seem particularly impressed with the leaving for a smoke and the passing of food around. Juliet slurps a noodle. Caroline is loving this! She brings up the food exchange at Mapperton. Juliet expected to be offered options. I can understand having options if you know in advance that someone doesn’t eat meat, but you can’t be expected to have a million options – a dinner party isn’t like going to a restaurant. Noelle thinks saying “please” and “thank you” are enough manners. Caroline doesn’t believe in public displays of emotion. Juliet thinks honesty is the most real, she thinks holding something in until you’re alone is rude and disrespectful. Rosemary advises her to ask for a private word if you’re upset about something. Caroline doesn’t think you should “stand like a fishwife in the middle of the street and air your dirty laundry.” Juliet seems to think that they’re telling her to just drop it if she’s upset. Actually, they’re just telling you not to make a scene in the middle of a party, which I completely agree with. There is no reason to cause a scene when you can deal with it later, behind closed doors! Caroline tells her that airing it in public makes other people uncomfortable. Juliet is starting to realize that she needs to adapt to the British way.
Caprice is feeling very alone and overwhelmed. She calls Julie to vent. She has two babies on the way, is trying to plan a trip to the US, and is about to shoot a major campaign. She doesn’t feel mentally prepared to deal with all of this. I can’t imagine being pregnant and having to worry not only about yourself, but about another woman who is carrying your child. Julie advises her to be selfish and spend some time on herself during this time. I am loving Julie, she seems like such a supportive friend!
Noelle is getting ready to meet the girls out to celebrate Marissa’s new citizenship. She is feeling put in the middle of Caroline and Caprice, especially with the going-away party. It’s hard to be friends with each of them. It is hard to be in the middle, but Noelle is kind of putting herself in that position. Caroline is fond of Juliet, she says that Juliet is like an over-excited child. The two together crack me up.
They go to the Wellington, where Caroline knows the owner. The girls get him to talk about the young Caroline. He laughs and says that she was often truant from school and wore her mother’s high heels. Haha! I can kind of see Caroline as a wild child, lol. They go downstairs to see some of the memorabilia that has been collected there. It’s pretty cool to see a place with such history. Noelle brings up the going-away party. Caroline asks for clarification as to what kind of party it is. They tell her that they won’t be playing baby shower games, but just saying goodbye. If someone wants to bring a gift, they can. Caroline thinks that it’s obviously a baby-shower. It is pretty clear that this is a shower. Juliet is confused as to why Marissa and Noelle are planning the party when Caroline obviously knows her best. Juliet is obviously taking Caroline’s side, but really needs to stay out of it. Caroline says that Noelle would have read-up on Caprice by now, implying that she flip-flops friends. Just a little shade thrown there! But, Caroline is kind of right, Noelle seems to be playing both sides. Marissa thinks that becoming a mom is big deal and she wants to celebrate that. She says that Juliet obviously isn’t planning one, Caroline’s didn’t work out, so she’s throwing one. Juliet still doesn’t understand. Marissa stands up for herself, telling Juliet that if she doesn’t want to come, she doesn’t have to. Good for her!
Caprice is shooting the first By Caprice campaign with a model other than herself. She caught some flack on Twitter about modeling for herself, but I would model my own line if I had Caprice’s body! She’s really nervous about getting the right shots. She knows exactly what she wants and needs for her brand. She is very hands-on during the shoot, directing the hair and amount of cleavage. Once they get the hair right, the model looks amazing and Caprice loves the shots. She looks stunning in the final shots! Caprice is glad that she was there to supervise. After the shoot, Noelle arrives. She feels that Caprice has done everything on her own as well and feels a kinship with her. I think that Noelle wants to be Caprice in a few years. The problem is that Caprice gets really good press, while Noelle gets press mostly because of Scot’s drama. She has to find a way to separate herself from that and focus on her business ventures, whatever those are. I’m not sure exactly what it is that Noelle does. Noelle really wants Caprice to come to the dinner at Caroline’s. Caprice tells Noelle that her surrogate is dilating, so she has to leave immediately and doesn’t even have the time for her own party. Noelle tells Caprice that Caroline was giving her a hard time about the shower. Uh oh. Noelle thought Caprice would commiserate on how mean Caroline can be, but Caprice is very upset. Did Noelle really think that Caprice would take it that well. Caprice feels bad that Noelle is getting bullied because of her. She decides to attend the dinner to sort things out with Caroline before she leaves. Noelle is concerned that Caprice is putting too much stress on herself and that attending the party will not go well. She is trying to CYA, big-time.
This was filmed last summer, so Prince George hasn’t been born yet. Noelle doesn’t realize that all the excitement going on, but Marissa is super excited. Marissa feels like it’s a girl, that way she can marry Marissa’s son, lol. I absolutely love how much Marissa puts into everything she does and truly embraces becoming British! Once she decides to do something, she is all in!
It’s the day of Caroline’s dinner party. She is supervising the readying of everything. Her chef is preparing traditional English food – salmon, chicken and bell peppers for the vegans. Caroline wants everyone to go away satisfied, so the food is critical. She walks the staff through greeting her guests and serving the dinner. She does not accept anything going wrong at one of her parties. Caroline is a true perfectionist. She is glad that Caprice is big enough to attend, though she says that she wouldn’t attend if it was her. Marissa rides with Juliet and Noelle. Noelle is on edge because she doesn’t want to be in the middle of Caroline and Caprice. She looks like she might have been drinking already. In the car, Noelle opens the bottle of champagne that she was bringing for Caroline. She says that she’ll just tell Caroline that they already drank it. If I were her, I wouldn’t mention it at all – just pretend like you didn’t intend to bring anything. They discuss the photo-shoot. Noelle tells the girls that Caprice is exhausted and stressed, and that she didn’t realize how bad the drama with Caroline is. Juliet thinks that Noelle is stirring the pot by telling each lady what they want to hear and what the other says. I have to agree with her, she should have stayed out of it.
Julie is the first to arrive. Two of Caroline’s other friends arrive. The Americans arrive next. The ladies have a glass of champagne on the terrace. Caroline doesn’t do anything halfway. Everything she does is effortlessly perfect, according to Juliet. Noelle tells Caroline that she brought a bottle of champagne, but they drank it in the car. Caroline just seems to take every faux pas of the Americans’ in stride. Caroline can tell that Noelle was drinking before she arrived. Yeah, it’s pretty obvious. Caprice is really nervous about going to Caroline’s party. She hopes that there won’t be any confrontation, but she knows how Caroline can get when she’s on her own turf. Is this going to be a dinner party from hell?
The ladies sit down for dinner, but Noelle and Julie remain on the side. They are discussing the Caroline/Caprice situation. Noelle just can’t help involving everyone! Julie advises that Noelle isn’t in a good position between Caroline and Caprice. Very diplomatic! Caroline notes that something is up with Noelle. “It sort of reeks of guilt.” Caroline makes a toast, thanking the ladies for coming all the way out to her house. Dinner is served by men in black tie and white gloves. That is my kind of dinner! I definitely need new friends! Marissa thinks that Caroline may be showing Caprice what she missed out on by turning down the shower. A little more shade from Marissa! Maybe she isn’t as sweet as she appears, lol. Caprice hasn’t arrived yet. Noelle leans over to whisper to Marissa about Caprice’s “freak out.” Not a good idea at the dinner table when you’re trying to stay out things. All she does is draw more attention to herself. Next week we’ll see what happens when Caprice arrives.