The End of an Era

Julie discusses her decision to leave Team Bethenny, but how she'll still be part of the family.

OK now everyone knows. I made a life decision, and that decision was to leave NYC and move back to Pittsburgh (my hometown).

Watching this episode was emotional for me, because my decision to leave was a difficult one. But as you can see from Bethenny and my reactions, it was the right decision. Moving back to Pittsburgh to be with my family and my boyfriend was always a thought that weighed on my mind.

I felt very strange having the conversation with Bethenny on the couch because I knew that it would be the end of an "era" and that things would never be the same. However, I will always be a part of Team B and part of their family. Bryn is my godchild and nothing is more special than that. I can't wait to visit NYC and spoil her all the time.

If you ask "how could you do this?" Remember, that I have worked for Bethenny for three years. She taught me important life lessons -- don't do things out of fear, follow your heart, and trust your gut. I listened to her and did exactly those things.

I had and still have the utmost confidence in Jackie to take over and take on the role. And from what I hear that is just what she has done. She is an amazing person who loves a challenge and takes pride in her work. She will do just fine.

Onto the episode recap:

The shapewear fitting session and shoot were so great. Stacey, Jackie, RaRa, Maggie, and Sonia are such rock stars. I think we were all pretty nervous, but once it became a fashion show in Bethenny's apartment -- it was all good! You can see how excited Bethenny gets when she gets all her girls together. She is jumping on the couch like a little kid. And don't even get me started on Bryn. You can see that she is always a part of everything. I can't believe I walked out in the booty boosters. . .I think I only had the guts to do it because I was carrying Bryn!!

The day of the shoot was very surreal. It was like everything was backwards. We were all in hair and makup and in front of a camera, while Bethenny was watching and cheering us on! Everyone looked so fabulous and I loved the final group shot!

Seeing Bethenny talk about me in therapy was emotional. In my time with Bethenny, I was pretty much everywhere with her (bathroom, bedroom, fitting room), but the therapy room. I guess I didn't realize until I saw this what an extreme part of her life I had become. I always knew it, but seeing her get emotional like that made it more real. Bethenny and her family have become a HUGE part of my life. I saw them EVERYDAY all day. . .not being around them is like having an empty hole. I am just glad that Bethenny has Dr. Amador to help her work through her emotions and learn tools on how to handle situations. Everyone needs that.

Don't worry though -- you can't get rid of me that quickly. I'm still around to wear out my welcome and say goodbye. . .

It's bittersweet. . .stay tuned.


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!