Chock-full of Nuts

Bethenny explains why she loved this episode and her matchmaking style.

Well this week's episode was chock-full. The drive out to the Hamptons was absurd, as is everything in my life.

Dwayne is the newest addition to Team Skinnygirl, and he is very outspoken -- like many people in my life. He is a character and a riot, and let's just leave it at -- I'll never learn.

The conversation about Skinnygirl Lazy Lingerie ( was completely absurd, and I will always take humor over being appropriate.


I love Montauk so much. Having the freedom to run around with Bryn in the beautiful sun is something I cherish. We're building memories to last a lifetime.

I cannot believe that Jason and the girls weren't devastated about the raccoons. It would have ruined my weekend. I'd be institutionalized. I would have stopped, called animal rescue, and I would have been inconsolable.

I guess I can add matchmaking to my resume. My Skinnygirl Daily ( partner, Matt, and Julie's sister, Joanie, hit it off and had a great weekend and dated afterwards. They're both, however, still currently single.

The annual Skinnygirl cocktails party at the Montauk Yacht Club was so great. Fun friends, laughs, cocktails, and good weather. It's such a great night and I remember when it began a few years ago: the Skinnygirl Margarita wasn't even bottled yet so we poured it out of jugs. Memories. . .

The boat ride to Navy Beach was a bit unsettling. Let's just say that Jason and I don't do well on boats. We were so happy to give my baby, Cookie, alone time. I thought it was so cute that Jason didn't even get her paw wet when swimming to shore. Family summer days are our favorite.

This summer we'll be in LA filming my talk show and we'll miss it.

Watching my therapy sessions is sometimes, or, shall I say, often excruciating. It is the raw truth and six months later you don't really want to relive it.

This was the beginning of our renovation, which still isn't complete. I'm rushing to get it ready for you all to see this season, but it is an expensive, arduous process. Don't do it if you aren't really prepared. I love it, however, because I get to make all of the choices for our future beautiful custom home. And as my friend Ellen DeGeneres says, nothing will be the time that they tell you it will. Add on at least three to six months. It can be brutal.

I hope you loved the show. I think it's the best season so far and I've loved them all.


Blow-Up's Editor recaps the hair dryer-filled Season 3 finale.

Hello Bethenny fans! And now we've come to the end. Season 3 has drawn to a close but not before a few additional pitchers of margaritas were imbibed and tears were shed. Let's recap shall we.

The Designated Drinker
We open with the gang at Tortilla Flats, celebrating the holidays with copious Skinnygirls. Even Dwayne has been given the night off so that he may quench his gullet with tequila -- and thank god for that. I loved him before, and I was sure I was going to love him even more drunk. And I was right! Plus it was his idea to invite Nick -- which is always the right thing to do.

And the gang needed all the drinks and entertainment they could get because it was Julie's last shindig. More drinks. More shots. More celebrations all around. Drink until you forget what a strange crew you've surrounded yourself with.

Stop the Gossip
Next B jaunts to what will be Julie's last photoshoot. Bethenny looking slightly less than her best is having a hard time focusing. She's feeling teary through makeup but hanging in there, until Julie starts showing her photos, and that's when all is lost. . .

She begins to sob uncontrollably, to the point that she must dry her eyes with a hair dryer. . .It works. . .

Talk That Talk
After a harrowing morning of nipple control (someone call HR) and VIP Christmas cards, Bethenny sneaks away for a top secret phone call. Jason, ever the spy, attempts to intercept, and so Bethenny finally decides to reveal the news: they got the talk show! She'll be spending the summer in L.A. making it happen. She tells the team and begins the process of plotting how the six-week run will work. Everyone seems ready to make it work so cheers to even more changes!

And then it's officially goodbye JuJu (how cute!) time. As Byrn, says "Happy Birthday" the gang tries to hold it together through the tears. Julie is going to have a lovely new life in Pittsburgh. Congrats and good luck lady!

The Big Reveal
And then it's go time. After packing up the final elements (including Bethenny's sex toy box), the Hoppys prepare to start fresh.

And the place is uh-mazing! It's very Bethenny -- lots of white with accents of red (and Skinnygirl). And the bar! The Bar is exactly like Bethenny imagined it -- with a slide out bar that lets you have fancy parties with help. It has everything: an insane office, a man den, a room for Bryn, a palatial Elle Decor-feeling kitchen and a sick, sick bathroom. Oh right, and the closet! Bethenny's insane closet is all she could have dreamed. As Mariette clarifies it's a dressing room! And it all came together without anyone killing each other. Did you ever think it would happen?

But no sooner than the final baubles are hung in the dressing room, than Bethenny gets a call that the talk show is happening sooner than she thought. They have but a mere month in the apartment before it's time to be in Los Angeles. And before that can even be processed, Bryn knocks over a vase -- sending Bethenny to the blow dryer and shattering what pristine normalcy there once was. Typical.

And that's it! Thanks for reading this season. Until we meet again B fans!