Hiltons / Richards Carry on As Kim reportedly Falls off Wagon at Daughter’s Wedding
It is a busy time for the Hilton / Richards clan. Kim Richard’s daughter Brook had her big public wedding this weekend in Cabo, with everyone (including aunt Kyle) except aunt Kathy Hilton and father Monty (too ill to travel) in attendance. Her mom, Kim Richards, was out of rehab with a sober coach attending the event. While pictures showed happy, smiling faces, behind the scenes Kathy Hilton tweeted a curious 911, and TMZ reported that Kim Richards fell off the wagon and was mean to the bride and belligerent to guests. Her sober coach allegedly left Cabo without her, and no word on whether she has found her way back to rehab. Also no word on Kathy’s curious 911 or why she couldn’t fly down to attend the wedding.
Some of the group were back in LA for Nicky Hilton’s bridal shower – including aunt Kyle Richards. This is the first photo of Kathy and Kyle we’ve seen in a LONG time.
As for anyone commenting on the “Kim” story, the closest I could find was Kathy retweeted a curious “rehab” tweet, and Brandi replying to it saying she hoped Kim was okay. It doesn’t look like Brandi was invited to any of the events.
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Real Housewives of New York City
“The Cavi-Art of War” – S7E8
Remember Last Week…
Ramona continued her birthday celebration by hosting a luncheon. Some of the invitees had so much plastic surgery and work done that Bethenny told us they looked like they belonged at the Star Wars Cantina. I think she just wants another excuse to serve Skinny Girl margaritas, no? Bethenny met with her therapist and realized that some of her trust issues are really about herself because she’s been so wrong about people… Kristin whines about Bethenny choosing to stay home with Bryn instead of going to a boxing match with the others…. Carole, in her talking head (TH) says that LuAnn lecturing her on dating younger men is like the Saudi government lecturing the world on feminism. Bethenny had a heart-to-heart conversation with her estranged step-father who she hadn’t seen in over 20 years. LuAnn’s daughter, Victoria, had one of her art pieces displayed at Art Basel which is a modern and contemporary art show. After viewing Victoria’s completely naked self-portrait, LuAnn and Bethenny feed a clown… for $3.00. So the clown got fed AND got paid. I think we’re all in the wrong line of work…
I was thinking today about how easy it is to lay on a couch armed with a remote and a keyboard and pronounce judgments on TV personalities. While I do love to snark – and they do some very snarkworthy things – I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t also remember some of the challenges they’ve had/or are having in life:
RAMONA – By her own admission, she was brought up in an abusive home. She was adamant about teaching self-reliance to her daughter so she would never feel like she had to rely on a man as her source of income. She said she considers making her own money to be an aphrodisiac. Now, since she’s contemplating how divorce will impact her life – She may very well turn into that independent, self-reliant woman that she’s talked about all these years. Mario repeatedly cheated on her and wants to come back. Ramona is confused. I’m guessing it’s hard for her to go places by herself. And share custody of a dog. The loud silence of an empty nest is deafening.
SONJA – She weathered a divorce from a very wealthy man who had a prenup. Their daughter is 14-years-old… That means Sonja has a teenager in the house which is no small challenge. Sonja Productions, LLC was sued for breach of contract and was awarded a multi-million dollar settlement. She was forced to declare bankruptcy. Sonja has been holding onto her home with both hands for dear life throughout it all. She repeatedly trusts people who only look at the dollar sign they think they see over her head. Her ex-husband is 33 years older than she… She is now cougarifically opting to date men approximately 33 years younger than she. That’s a 66 year spread… Surely, Mr. Right is somewhere in there, no?
CAROLE – Before being on RHONYC, Carole had a highly successful career. As we know, her husband and one of her very close friends horrifically died within 4 weeks of each other. Grief upon grief is excruciatingly traumatic. When you see the fleeting nature of life – It certainly compels you to want to play more and work less. Carole could not care less about what anyone has to say about her life. Except for maybe a young chef… She might care about what he has to say.
HEATHER – One of Heather’s challenges has been that she’s a strong, female entrepreneur in a very competitive male world. She has had to fight and claw her way to make her company successful. She also deals day in and day out with a child who is very ill. Her son had to have a liver transplant as a baby. He has had to live with hearing and respiratory issues ever since. It’s tough to have a child who is chronically sick when you can’t do much to make it better except for being his advocate. Many of us have had to deal with healthcare and resultant paperwork – and that alone can put you over the edge. Both of these challenges could cause someone to have a tough exterior – And evidently, they also cause you to pretend to be a rapper. Holla…
BETHENNY – Last week we learned more about the nature of Bethenny’s childhood. Her Dad abandoned her and her Mom who was cheating on him. There were drugs, alcohol, sex and danger all around her. As a reality star, she met, married and is now divorcing her Prince Charming – While we all watch. While she has had HUGE success with her Skinny Girl brand and products – Her ex seems to want to take a nice, large chunk of that away. Meanwhile, her talk show got cancelled and she looks at it as a failure. This season, her big re-entry into this franchise hasn’t translated into a big increase in viewership. I hope she doesn’t blame herself for it…
LUANN – Her husband cheated on her and she went through her divorce while on this show. She set herself up on a royal pedestal from which she has fallen. However, she is getting back up. She is being verbal. She downsized her Hampton home to a house we all would probably love to visit. Money can’t buy you class (or a voice) but it sure can buy you a house on a lake, my friend.
DORINDA – While we don’t know much about the “new girl” – We do know that she was divorced from her 1st husband who is her daughter’s Father. We also know that her wonderful 2nd husband tragically died and that loss devastated Dorinda and her daughter. She has lived through two dramatic losses of relationship. When you lose the love of your life, I guess it’s probably hard to find someone who can comparably come close to their caliber. I personally wish that Dorinda would aim differently than at her current boyfriend “What’s His Name” (John). I believe she deserves someone who loves and adores her. I don’t think “What’s His Name” does. But that’s just my opinion… And what do I know?
KRISTEN – She’s had to deal with the insurmountable challenge of being Brandi Glanville’s friend (Sorry, I just had to… Brandi is from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – And well… I’m just going to stop there…). Previously, Kristen had to deal with her daughter being a bit behind developmentally. However everything seems to be better now… Well, except that she’s still married to Josh. Last season, he did not come off as being very likeable but both Kristen and he seem to have done what most never do… They actually watched themselves and made positive changes in their relationship. Kristen’s challenge this season is that she has blended into the sea of housewives in the background.
I’m not sure why it was hard for me to settle down to write this week’s blog – but it was. I first had to look at several videos of dogs playing with babies… And then dogs playing with their puppies (http://onemorepost.com/husky-playing/)… Then a Walk Off the Earth video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHF0gsRsNBw)… Of course I also had to take time to take the quiz, “Which Real Housewife of Melbourne are You? (http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephanieanderson/which-real-housewife-of-melbourne-are-you#.tolVwK3N8n) – I got Chyka for which I breathed a huge sigh of relief for some unknown reason… And then I finally rearranged all the stuff on the table next to me. Cuz you know… Who can write with an unorganized table staring right at her? Sigh.
This episode seemed to be all over the place – Just like my thoughts are at this point. Don’t get me wrong, it was an okay episode – but it was like a puzzle with too many pieces that didn’t match together quite right. I think it’s because there are way too many housewives on the show. It is not easy to seamlessly weave the lives of 8 different women together…
Stuff that Happened During this Episode…
~~ Dorinda and Ramona meet for drinks…This scene made me cranky cuz Ramona is obviously sick but still decides to spread her germs to the world. Stay home if you’re sick, dagnabit! She then talks about how she has to go to a couple of upcoming parties even though she’s sick – Because after all – You never know who you’re going to meet! Yes, cuz mucus is oh so attractive.
As I type this next part I suddenly realize that one of the reasons tonight’s episode has me feeling all wonky is because they start talking about Mario. He wants to come back into Ramona’s life. Dorinda asks a series of questions, “What do you want to do?” “When you see him how do you feel?” Ramona says she doesn’t know. This is where I just want to shake some sense into her. Ramona’s happy that Mario and her daughter have made amends because he finally owned that what he did was wrong… Yeah, let THAT sink in for a moment…It took him THAT long to figure it out… She’s still contemplating taking him back… In fact, in another part of the episode, Ramona let it slip out that she took some of the food from her Sports Bar to Mario… Really??? Ughghghghghghgh… That pounding you hear is me banging my head against the wall.
Later, in this VERY SAME EPISODE, Ramona tells Carole that she’s met someone that she’s seen a few times. He shows up with her to Dorinda’s birthday dinner. Of course, this is “transition guy” who generally doesn’t have a chance for making it as a long-term relationship prospect… But I do love that she’s dating, though… There are plenty of fish out there, my friend… Plenty of fish. Kiss that cheating BASS of a turd, Mario, goodbye – Once and for all.
~~ Carole wanted to be elected to the Board that governs her apartment building so she launched a campaign. She ran her campaign on the platform of “transparency.” During her election night party, she became “transparent” when she broke the news that her appetizers were likely well over 2 years old. Everyone gasped and I just laughed. No one goes to Carole’s house for the food. She won, by the way – As if there was any question she wouldn’t.
~~ In pretty much Sonja’s only appearance this episode, she hosted a press thingie because she was on the magazine cover of Delirious Weekly wearing a fire engine red dress from her collection. I kid, I kid – Actually, she was on the cover of Latino Show magazine. The photo spread impressed Kristen but not Heather. Heather criticized, “One dress does not a collection make…”
Sonja, wearing said fire engine red dress, proudly introduced Heather and Kristen to her “fashion team.” This is Sonja’s brain trust of a team who I fear are trying to milk Sonja out of every dollar she’s got… Heather asks them, “Where are you selling?” Their noncommittal response was that they’re talking to “several stores and chains.” Sure you are… Gosh, it’s like I’ve heard that somewhere before, no?
In tonight’s edition of “I Kid You Not” – Heather, managed to alienate 75% of the country by dissing Sonja’s efforts I KID YOU NOT by asking if Sonja’s collection was going to be sold at “a K-Mart kind of chain.” Sonja recoiled and prattled on about the quality of the Italian fabric – And how her team has “invested years and all this money into it.”
Of course, this was also an extremely short-sighted response. Perhaps you should both talk to Jaclyn Smith or Martha Stewart. In her TH, Heather backpedals and says that Sonja’s just being sensitive and that K-mart is a huge retailer and not something to look down your nose at…” Right… Because you know you totally meant that comment as a compliment. Wow. You would think someone within the industry would know better than to say something like that…
Things I couldn’t Agree with More…
~~ Ramona said there were people who didn’t want to be sitting next to “What’s His Name” (John – Dorinda’s creepy boyfriend) at a dinner party. I don’t want to be within 50 feet of him much less sitting next to him. The way he always leers at women gives me a major case of the creepies.
~~ Heather had a conversation with Bethenny about how Heather wants to get the Angelina Jolie “Maleficent” head tattooed on her hip. Heather says to Bethenny, “Isn’t that kind of cool?” Bethenny compliantly nods and agrees at the time. However in her TH, Bethenny emphatically says, “No.” It was hilarious. I think Heather is just desperately trying to be “hip.” Get it? Hahahahahaaaa…
Things that Made Me Laugh but Probably Shouldn’t Have…
~~ Kristen decided to apologize to Sonja for being negative about her business enterprises. Kristen was talking to some guy who was remarking about how mean Sonja’s friends have been towards her and her endeavors. Kristen realized she was one of “those” friends. Oops!
~~ When Carole was talking on the phone with the VP of her apartment board, she had her mouth full. I dunno why… but it just cracked me up.
~~ Bethenny and Carole went shopping at CB2. For some reason, that alone makes me die laffin’. It just feels like an unlikely pair of shopping buddies. Bethenny ends up crying to an awkwardly non-nurturing Carole who offers to go get her a tissue. She returns with what looks like a cloth napkin that they’re selling at the store. They both laugh over who is going to buy the $2 item and the two non-huggers make plans to hug sometime in the future.
~~ Bethenny met with Dr. Amador, her therapist. I laughed and gasped when she got really pissy and sarcastic with him when he pressed her to tell him more about what her step-father had said he was sorry about from last week’s episode. He wanted to know about what he had acknowledged and what it felt like to Bethenny. I’m frustrated because evidently they really can’t talk about the real Jason Hoppy elephant in the room which Bethenny said was so much worse of an experience than what she went through as a child.
I find that I’m really uncomfortable listening in on these therapy sessions now because she is so raw and vulnerable. This whole reunion with her step-father, while important somehow feels like a distraction from the real issues swirling around in her head. She could have waited another year until things were more settled in other areas of her life before reconnecting with him – Especially on-camera. I know she initiated contact with her step-father 2 years ago… but still. Ugh. Bethenny was exhausted after the session. So was I… I grow tired…
~~ The most hilarious part of tonight’s episode, was when Ramona and her partner were conducting interviews for new staff at their AOA Bar and Grill. A verbal question was asked of one of the applicants, “What are you doing right now?” With a very straight face, the applicant responded, “I’m here.” Everyone burst out laughing and the applicant completely looked like she had no idea why. … lolol…
When the question was clarified to mean they were asking about her current employment situation, the applicant responded that she was “currently between employment.” When asked what happened, she responded that things just disappeared and that there was a misunderstanding.
This very same applicant was asked about a response on her written application to the question about listing other office machines she knows how to use. She… I KID YOU NOT… actually wrote down, “stapler.” Ramona and her partner could not keep from laughing – But she quickly explained she thought it would be important for her to know how to use a stapler so she could staple the receipts together. I weep for our future.
Another question on the written application was, “What types of computer software do you have proficiency in?” This same applicant responded by writing, “Micros, Instagram, Tinder, Word, and Twitter.” Again, I weep.
The Final Scene…
LuAnn decided to host a dinner at Petrossian’s for Dorinda’s 50th birthday. I’m confused at why Ramona didn’t host it… But okay… Next week they’re all going to the Berkshires to further celebrate it so maybe Ramona’s hosting something there.
Ramona shows up with “her friend” Michael. Wow… He’s already on the show? They find out they met because Ramona walked up to him one night and said that she liked his shirt. I have to laugh… Do those opening lines still work? Fortunately, LuAnn doesn’t bring one of her youngsters with her. I’m surprised that Bethenny, Carole, Kristen, and Sonja aren’t there… Oh well – They probably had trouble finding childcare. Oh wait, Carole didn’t have to arrange childcare because her date is overseas at the moment…lol (Oh, snap!).
Dorinda and “What’s His Name” (John) show up. Sigh. John immediately leers at the “Caviar Girl.” When she leaves, he conveniently excuses himself to go to the bathroom. He’s gone for quite a while. I mean seriously… Quite a while.
LuAnn tries to toast the evening by saying they all are lovers – They all love good men… good food… and good champagne. She talks about how her friendship with Ramona has experienced some bumps and potholes.
Heather and LuAnn try to tell Ramona that she’s been through a metamorphosis. Ramona disagrees and says that she’s always been this way. Ramona explains that her walls come down with people like Dorinda because she is naturally welcoming and she feels like she can be herself around her.
Ramona explains that she feels there is a wall of insincerity towards her when it comes to Heather and LuAnn. Heather tells her that is her wall. Ramona tells Heather she’s being aggressive – That she was just expressing her feelings and Heather negated them.
Heather tells Ramona to chill out a little bit… lol.
Heather tries to explain that they didn’t get off on the right foot in the beginning – But that she’s seen a lot of change and growth in Ramona. Ramona disagrees and goes over to hug her friend Dorinda. Heather and LuAnn accuse Ramona of wanting to deflect and sweet things under the carpet.
LuAnn is confused at where all this kissy kissy is coming from since Dorinda recently called LuAnn when she was very upset and said that Ramona wasn’t being very nice to her. Dorinda explained to a surprised Ramona that she told LuAnn that Ramona wasn’t being nice about John. They go into a back and forth about who said what to whom…
LuAnn explains that she and Ramona had a conversation about John in which they both were critical of him. Evidently, Ramona told Dorinda about that conversation but conveniently left out the part that she was a full participant in the conversation and said some equally disparaging stuff about him.
In her TH, Dorinda tells us that she just doesn’t understand all of this over-observing of John… She thinks he must be like a creature in the wild that they’ve seen for the first time… She tells us that she’s not even that focused on him. Well, at least Dorinda got the “creature” part right, no?
John finally returns to the table after chatting up all the girls in the bar… At least I think that’s what he was doing… (Shivers)…
In her TH, Heather says that everyone is shaking their heads at John and Dorinda’s relationship behind their backs – but that it doesn’t mean you have to throw it in her face.
Dorinda recognizes something she may not have fully understood before, when she says, “At the end of the day, Ramona was just using LuAnn as the scape goat.” Ramona gets John’s attention and tells him that she doesn’t know what LuAnn is pulling but that she’s happy that John makes Dorinda happy. Ramona toasts, “If Dorinda is happy – I’m happy.” LuAnn announces she’s going to stick Ramona’s face into the caviar right now. Well, I suppose she could have if Heather hadn’t eaten it all…
The following chart depicts this season’s viewership by episode (Thanks to Randy at http://bravowhore.com/):
As you can see, viewership for last week’s episode decreased to the lowest point of the season thus far… Rut roh…
The group goes to Dorinda’s house in the Berkshires to celebrate her 50th birthday. Dorinda calls out a very surprised Kristen for shimmying with her boyfriend… Kristen is aghast… LuAnn tells Ramona that she pulled a “Ramona.”… LuAnn and Carole find an article online about how there’s some sort of love triangle with Ramona’s new man because he allegedly has also locked lips with Mario’s mistress… Bethenny surprises everyone by showing up and she and Heather get into some drama at dinner. Happy Birthday, Dorinda!
Well, that’s it for this week – Thanks for reading… Hope to see you next week… Happy Trails!