The Real Housewives of New York City
“The Politics of Friendship” – S9/E5
AKA – “You alright over there, Radziwill?”
No… no she’s not. She’s still not… Many of us are still not.
The thing is… we all need to learn how to respect each other on both sides of the political aisle in order to move our country forward. Attack policies not people. Attack the words… not how people look when saying them. We must do better and be better as a country. The voting is done… Now respectfully hold ALL accountable for their words and actions.
Take all appropriate remedies as is necessary to protect our nation. It’s all about “We The People.” Pettiness has no place when there are so many HUGE issues that demand our attention and efforts.
Okay, I will get off my soapbox now… though… many prolly won’t even know what I mean when I say, “soapbox.” Heck, I don’t even know what I mean… lol.
Please know that I’m speaking to myself as much as anyone else. Heck… I went on a little passive/aggressive twitter rampage myself last night… And when I say “rampage” I mean like 4-5 tweets… lol… but I will strive to do better… and to be better.
Last week we found ourselves surreally in a place where reality TV crosses over into the reality of life because we relived election night once again. Bethenny launched her question across the room during Carole’s election night party as the precinct voting counts were being reported and were not going towards Carole’s candidate of choice.
“You alright over there, Radziwill?”
In the midst of the seriousness of the night… I suddenly wonder aloud if I have EVER heard anyone call Carole, “Carole” to her face. Maybe I’m blocking it from my mind… I dunno. I’ve heard them refer to Carole as “Carole” when she’s not in the room… but other than Luann’s blatherings from previous seasons – I honestly can’t remember anyone actually calling Carole, “Carole.”
Remember even Heather Thomson of the Yummie®™© Couture Heather Thomsons called Carole something like “Radzy.” She too, recognized that Carole really isn’t a “Carole.” Heck, she’s not even a Christmas Carol.
Carol Brady was a true “Carol.” Carol Burnett is a true “Carol.” But for some reason, something seems off about our Carole being named “Carole.”
That’s a glimpse into how my mind works. Scary, isn’t it?
So it’s taken me until now to write about this season of the Real Housewives of New York City (RHONY). I dunno why exactly since the characters on this franchise are the most interesting to me. Plus, they have the most quotable quotes. But here we are… and since it’s election night… let’s get right to it… But first I still have unanswered questions from the previous episodes…
Questions I Still Need to Have Answered, Dagnabit!
- Why does Sonja insist on washing her thongs in a bidet? And no, she’s not washing her flip flops which somehow would make way more sense to me… lol… She washes her unmentionables in a bidet. It was one thing when we saw her do it in a hotel while vacationing… but she’s now doing it in her OWN dang home… What’s up with that? Can someone please explain it to me?
- Why does Ramona ALWAYS hafta either arrive late or leave early from events just to go out on “dates”? She puts the “thirst” in “thirsty.” We’ll see how that almost backfired on her tonight… Filming is not for your health, Ramona – It’s your job… You get paid… At least pretend like you want to be there. Pus, Ramona’s also constantly scanning the room for potential dateables – Nowadays, no one can keep her focused whenever she’s in a conversation… she behaves much worse than her ex-husband, Mario, whose attention was impossible to maintain whenever a woman with a pulse walked by.
- Why are the towels in Sonja Tremont Morgan’s bathroom monogrammed with “STAM”? Did she have an extra vowel that she bought from Vanna White? I don’t get it… Plus, who actually still monograms their towels? Are they afraid their guests will walk off with their towels or what? And whose monogram consists of 4 letters? I get that Sonja must have thrown an “Adams” into her monogram for good measure… but come the heck on… Sadly, I can hear my J.C. Penny unmonogrammed towels sobbing uncontrollably through the slats in the linen closet doors because they’re feeling woefully inadequate. My towels may actually need therapy. Or is it me who needs therapy for my towel-buying fetish? We won’t go into my dish fetish…
- What was in that Diet Coke that made Dorinda go batcrapcrazy during Ramona’s dinner last week? We were told Dorinda was only drinking diet coke and I assume they meant the beverage and not some weird drug concoction like “diet heroin” or “diet cocaine.” By the way, I grow tired ™®© of women on these franchises pointing and accusing each other of taking drugs as if they’ve never had a Xanax smoothie. Puhleeze. I’m guessing most of them even carry their own versions of Rinna’s Ziploc bag in their purse… It’s just prolly a Gucci Ziploc bag…
- What is an “IT” girl, really? Once upon a time, new girl Tinsley Mortimer was evidently the “IT” girl. According to all the hype, she’s a real life socialite and a certified party girl who comes complete with an actual mug shot. But I thought the “floozy” spice girl job for the show was already filled by Sonja? This could get interesting… <fingers crossed> At first glance, I think Tinsley could be someone fun to hang out with. Heck, maybe I could become an “IT” girl, too… Unfortunately, I suspect it would be easier for me to become “Cousin It” from the Adam’s Family, no? On second thought, that would NEVER work because I’ve never been able to loudly snap my fingers. <hangs my head in shame> It’s a flaw that I’ve been embarrassed about for years… lol.
- Don’t even get me talking about how Ramona called Bethenny “stupid.”
I have way more questions than this… like why on earth does Carole name all of her animals “Baby” – She IS a writer, isn’t she? Surely she could come up with better names, no? However, we really do need to get on with last week’s episode… lol…
Helen Is a Hellion
Why on earth have we never met Carole’s mom, Helen, before this? I love, love, LOVE her! She and Carole are the McBickersons who squabble back and forth about everything from Carole’s driving to Carole’s love life.
Helen brings up the same points I would bring up if I ever got into a car with Carole at the wheel… Which I wouldn’t… ‘Cuz yannow… I do have more sense than God gave to a penny. Carole just seems a tad too casual about her driving for my taste – I prefer my drivers to be highly caffeinated with their hands at 10 and 2 so they’re hypervigilant about their driving and our safety.
Have I mentioned how much I love Helen? Wouldn’t it be awesome if they had a “Moms of the Real Housewives” franchise? Just a thought, Bravo… lol.
I love that Carole and her mother are politically active and have been since Carole was a child. Whether or not you agree with Carole’s side of the political aisle – She actually does give a damn about this country.
It’s endearing that Carole and Helen were involved in HRC’s campaign. They even traveled to Pennsylvania, a swing state, to go door-to-door campaigning for their candidate.
However, we might be able to blame HRC’s defeat on Carole’s dreadful fashion choice. Evidently, wearing what looks like the dead remnants of Papa Smurf around your neck while campaigning doesn’t garner many votes. Go figure.
Correct Political Incorrectness
We’re immersed in a highly charged political climate. I’ve tried my best to keep from treading into dangerous political waters on this site too much. Oh, I’m sure that I’ve let things slip here and there – and there have been a few politically-oriented comments sprinkled throughout the election process… but nothing too over the top – at least not in my opinion.
But now we find ourselves dealing with election night itself. I will go on record to say that I think Bravo – at least thus far – has done a pretty good job in this franchise’s dealing with the election. Oh sure, in the interest of fair airtime they could have shown some Republican-centric scenes, too – but the Republicans won so no one should be too awfully upset about not getting equal airtime on a Bravo reality show, right?
Election Night Fright
We all knew this episode was coming. Many of us did some physical and mental exercises to adequately prepare ourselves to be strong enough to re-live that particular night through the eyes of some “Real Housewives.”
Carole held an Election Night Party where she thought everyone would sit around celebrating what was SURE to be a victory for her candidate of choice… But voting results were pouring in long before people even had the chance to put on their pantsuits. The results weren’t good for her side of the aisle.
Carole and Heather (I miss her so much) sat together in stunned disbelief. More than half of the country sat with them. Their eyes were transfixed on the unimaginable, incomprehensible, heart-crushing results scrolling by on the large TV screen in front of them.
Somewhere from across the room, a concerned Bethenny calls out, “You alright over there, Radziwill?” No… No she’s not. Many of us are still not.
Carole sums it all up: “Trump is our president-elect. I’m not happy about it. End of story.”
Sonja’s on the Prowl (Shocker!)
Sonja wants us all to know there’s nothing gray about her gardens. She even used it as her tagline this season.
I must say this year that Sonja looks absolutely fabulous. Whatever she’s doing is working. Also, it doesn’t seem like she’s drinking… or at least she’s not drinking as much as she used to. This is a good thing for Sonja but it might not be a good thing for Bravo.
Drunk Sonja is pure TV entertainment gold. Sober Sonja is not likely to do as many wackadoo things.
We learn from Sonja that she categorizes men into two piles – “There are guys you sleep with – and there are guys you marry.” – Rocco (who we keep seeing her with) is in one… and “Frenchie” (her current love interest) is in the other pile.. or is it that he has piles? I just can’t remember…. Sonja glows about Rocco and tells us that he is a restauranteur, a man about town, etc., etc., etc., but if she starts telling us that he owns a soccer team, has an everyday luxury fashion lifestyle brand, or is a budding toaster oven entrepreneur… I might just hafta lose my mind.
We like Rocco. We don’t like “Frenchie” even though we haven’t seen “Frenchie” to my recollection… lol. I just like Rocco if he’s the real deal.
Carole spilled the beans to Ramona about her surprise party when she tells Ramona that she was nervous about the party because she thought it was a surprise. For a split second you can physically see the elevator light go on in Ramona’s head that she might be having a surprise party – but fortunately, Ramona’s elevator got stuck on the 3rd floor prolly ‘cuz she was too busy flirting with the cute guy in “housewares.”
Carole says, “It’s a good thing that Ramona doesn’t listen to a thing that I say – because she was legit surprised. Maybe she needs a hearing aid.”
I have been on both sides of surprise parties. Generally, I’m a fairly suspicious person and it’s hard to surprise me. I tend to notice subtle changes of behavior… I think it’s because I read so many Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery books growing up.
I once had a surprise birthday party thrown for me in the middle of May. My birthday is the end of June.
I have found that it’s all about telling the birthday person some of what is gonna happen – but just not all of it. For my husband’s 40th… I told him we would have lunch with a few of our closest friends at his favorite restaurant. Since some of them would have likely come back to the house afterwards… it was reasonable that I cleaned extra well and stocked up on various drinks and snacks.
He didn’t bat an eye when all the sheets and towels in the house were changed.
He was very surprised when his best friend from childhood (who now lives in Las Vegas) knocked on our door the day before the party. I told him THAT was his BIG surprise. Woo hoo!
But he was absolutely flabbergasted when his mother, who had travelled across country, knocked on our door later that night. I told him now THAT was his BIG surprise.
So the next day, he knew we were all going to our favorite restaurant for lunch (where we had our first date)… I nonchalantly told him I needed to go out to the car to make sure we had enough gas, etc. and for them to just meet me at the car when they were all ready to go.
He didn’t bat an eye.
So when he walked out of our building and saw the party bus I had rented for the day’s excursion to Los Angeles… He was stunned. As he stepped onto the bus he was greeted by about 40 partygoers wearing tie-dyed retro accoutrements (including kewl sunglasses, bandanas, etc.) that I supplied.
I’m purposely omitting the part where the bus driver drove up and down Sunset Blvd. for like a bazillion hours because he didn’t know what the heck he was doing… but that’s a whole ‘nuther Oprah.
So I loved how Dorinda (the organizer of the surprise party) told Ramona they were getting together with some friends. Dorinda even arranged to pick up Ramona to ensure she actually was going to show up. Or so she thought…
Ramona double-booked herself once again. She scheduled a dinner date that was supposed to start immediately after Dorinda’s gathering. So when Dorinda was late in picking her up… Ramona went rogue took her own car service to the event herself. For several minutes there was a question whether or not Ramona would even show up to her own surprise party.
When Ramona emerges from the elevator doors and everyone yells, “Surprise” she squats down to catch her breath. She was very, very surprised.
She begins to gush, as one would, about how surprised she is. Luann dryly says, “Is she crying now?” Gotta love friends like Luann, right?
After greeting some of her guests – including the ones we did NOT want to see (including Sonja, Luann, and Aviva’s “Harry” – the ghost of seasons’ past) Ramona ended up inviting her “date” to the party. He showed up and seemed to be a nice guy.
After talking to him for like 30 seconds… Ramona physially turned her back on him to leave him fending for himself. She didn’t introduce him to anyone or anything. The way she was standing – he couldn’t even really be included in the group conversation she was having with several other people seated at a table.
Ramona is one of the rudest people I have ever seen in my life. She is so self-unaware that it’s actually funny.
Later, on WWHL, she evidently said she wasn’t interested in her date because she didn’t like his shoes. Are you kidding me? I hate it when people pretend they’re all spiritual and stuff… yet solely judge someone on their shoes….(lol… I said “sole” and “shoes”… but settle down Pun Police… It would have been against the law only if I had also worked in one additional word like “tread,” “lace,” or “pump”…).
Sometimes I wish Bravo would give Ramona the “boot.”… (Rut roh… nervously looks around then runs and hides from the Pun Police).
By the way… I did NOT see anywhere close to the “250” people that were said to be in attendance. If they were there – they were hiding… but can we REALLY blame them? I’d hide, too.
Later, Sonja and Ramona go out onto the balcony to have a “talk” which is just an excuse to get extra camera time. Ramona wraps her arms around Sonja talks to her while remaining like 3 inches from her face for an uncomfortably long period of time.
It was hard to concentrate on what was being said since I was so weirded out by all of the close talking. I need some space when you talk to me… Oh sure, I’m a hugger… but hug and release, dagnabit.
I couldn’t tell if Ramona was sincerely side-hugging Sober Sonja or if she was just hanging onto her so she wouldn’t drunkenly fall.
I think Ramona was telling Sonja how offended she was that Bethenny didn’t show up even though they just had a big fight. Ramona insisted that she was not in the wrong at all… but sober Sonja knows otherwise and tells her so. Sober Sonja also knows it doesn’t matter what she says to Ramona – ‘cuz Ramona is gonna think what she wants to think anyway.
I like Sober Sonja. I hope she stays around for a while.
Well… that’s it for last week’s episode… I’m looking forward to tonight’s episode… though it looks like Ramona once again says the wrong thing… Plus… I’m not into the whole Luann getting married storyline – and it looks like she’s gonna be trying on wedding dresses.
I get that Luann never had a real wedding so she wanted a big one – but this is like… “Come watch me do all of the planning but you’re not invited to see my actual wedding… neener neener neener.” Either show it or only show me the pictures afterwards. Puhleeze. I would think about it differently if they were having a small, private wedding… but they’re not. I bet Bravo is livid.
Anyhoo… thanks so much for reading. I hope ya’ll have recovered from RHOA’s 4th part of their Reunion Show… I may or may not have a couple of things to say about it… lol.
Video of the Week
I have a confession to make. Ever since April 15th when I retweeted a picture of one – I have been obsessed with Axolotls. I had never even heard of one before… Fortunately, I found this YouTube video posted by The Dodo entitled, “Axolotls Have the Best Smiles.” Enjoy!
This is the Image that Started my Newest Obsession...
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