Pure Bliss

Bethenny explains why RaRa means so much to her and how she deals with Jason and her arguments.

Many people have asked me about why I chose RaRa as opposed to someone else like Julie. Julie is wonderful with Bryn and when she gets to New York she always visits. But RaRa is really like a second mother to Bryn and there is a difference. Of all of our friends, it is RaRa who goes out of her way to take Bryn to the park or the museum. She is the one who can't go two weeks without seeing Bryn. It is a parents' instinct and we made the right choice.

Regarding my arguing with Jason in Mexico: it has been a stressful year in many ways. My fans are so protective and so worried, and for that I'm so lucky. It is so difficult to go there and show it all but it is so worth it. This is my life. It ain't always pretty.

RaRa is with me probably more than anyone in the world. I feel like she's always at my house. She has been there for me when I've really needed her. She is a great person and she always says the spot-on thing. We love her with all of my heart. As I write this, she is playing makeup with my little bumble bee before she does mommy's makeup.

Hermano was so much fun. If I tell you that I bought a sarong every single day and haven't worn one since, I am not exaggerating. It isn't about the money. If I had ten billion dollars, I still wouldn't just throw money away. Fair is fair and you give people who need it more than fair. Beach side robbery isn't fair.

The paddle boarding was absurd. It was practically a monsoon, and we decided to participate in a group sport. Don't be intimidated by that scene. It can be the easiest sport in the world in calm waters. That was a "blank" show.

The couple's massage was typical us: morons. We find humor in the simplest things. That's who we are very often when we're together and not bickering with each other.

My birthday dinner was perfection: the place, the people, the intimacy. That was my idea of pure bliss.

I need to end on one final note. I am so thankful to you my loyal and devoted fans. The show is true and real, and it is difficult for you (and I) to watch. I read all of your emails and Tweets and Facebook posts and I really appreciate your advice. I know many of you relate and understand -- and some of you don't. Sometimes I get in my own way. I definitely beat myself up. I constantly try to evolve, but this is who I am.

I value you all so much. Thanks for watching. It makes it all worth it.

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Bravotv.com'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!

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