The Spy Who Skated With Me

Episode 6: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor discuses Bethenny's many classes and clashes this week.

Hello Bethenny fans! We're back on dry land this week and there was lots happening, including what I know we’ve all been waiting for -- more Dwayne!

Yes, Dwayne was back in action being hilarious, making up words, and not knowing the exact number of kids he has. But let's start at the very beginning, shall we?

Cookie: Secret Agent Dog
After a lovely dinner with the Skinnygirl team (at which they decided just how fabulous they all are), Bethenny and Julie are hard at work when Cookie's dog-walker Paulo drops by. Paulo explains that Cookie is actually incredibly well behaved at the dog park. Bethenny, having known Cookie for years, does not buy this for a second, and so a couple of blonde wigs and strategically drawn scarves later, she and Julie are at the park surveying the scene.

I will say I expected Cookie to be doing something far more salacious. I pictured her running some sort of doggie gambling ring, or smoking cigarettes with the other dogs, or I don’t know something. But she actually was behaving, which might be the most surprising thing of all.

TMJ leads to TMI
Post-boat cruise, Bethenny and Jason are feeling the love -- so much so that Jason's air humps and Bethenny's dental hygiene regime aren't going to hold them back from getting busy, or at least from talking about it for a while. This entire scene was really precious, and a great reminder that these two kids really love each other. Also a great reminder that good dental hygiene is important. I should have never thrown out my retainer y'all.

Closet Case
Of all the things that Bethenny shares with us, her openness with her OCD always amazes me. If I was using that many freezer bags outside of packing lunch or leftovers, I might keep it to myself. Also Bethenny has 50 swimsuits! 50! Think about that for a second, particularly that she doesn't live in a place where she goes to the beach every day (Yes, she hits the Hamptons but even then that's just in the summer). Needless to say, her time with the closet lady was an eye-opening experience, particularly because we got to see that Jason is like every man in America -- a change-hoarding person with taste worse than you even imagined.

An Ode to Mariette
I just want to take a second to say how much I adore Bethenny's designer Mariette. The women just seems a cool, steely force of awesomeness. Navigating through Bethenny's manic attitude while casually dropping hints like an abiding love of all cocktails. How can you not want more of that? Let's get her and the Venfield guys together for drinks soon. I can see Mariette telling incredible tales of her youth with a martini in one hand and one of those hairless pooches in another.

An Ode to Dwayne
Obviously there’s a lot to love in this episode, and Dwayne, par usual, deserves copious praise. Not only did he help to rally the Skinnygirl gang at self defense class, while his pants where unzipped strangely, he invented a new word -- laxidated.

Laxidated to Dwayne basically means walking with a purpose. Does it sound like something else? Sure but, we'll give Dwayne a pass. Add it to your vernacular if you so choose.

And then the gang takes a CPR class, and Dwayne perhaps losses track of just how many tots he’d need to resuscitate in an emergency. Four or five? Who counts passed four anyway? The only reason to keep track at that point is if you are the Duggars and need to have the number in the title of your reality show.

Mama Drama
After all that fun, this episode did have its share of drama. Bethenny had to deal with the backlash of an article who’s source was her none other than her own mother.

Seeing Bethenny in scenes like this reminds you of truly how much struggle she’s muddled through. She's really risen above those solo days at the roller rink and her rough childhood and tried her best. God bless you Bethenny. You constantly remind me of how tough you are.

It's a Man Cave World
Once the team meets up with the design team, it's time to really decide what will become of Jason's man cave. The closet will suck without annexing the man cave, and so the group takes it to a vote. Everyone's team closet, except the closet lady!

Yes, the organizational expert actually sides with Jason in this fight, and wants him to have his space. Has she been paid off? Possibly? Did it work? Nope. The couple still compromises and decides to make the living room a real living room. Wave goodbye to your man cave Jason. Perhaps the next apartment will have a spot for you.

And then before the gang gets to the real construction, B uses the apartment for what all that space was clearly intended for -- roller skating. As B teaches Veronica to skate and regales us with tales from her disco days, it's easy to see that this apartment is going to be filled with wonderful memories, man cave or not?

What did you think B fans? Did you enjoy the more light-hearted moments of this week's episode? Do you think Dwayne has four or five kids? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Follow Your Heart

Julie reflects on her journey with Bethenny and where it will lead her next.

Everyone -- this was a pretty intense episode. I wanted to thank all of you for the positive thoughts and support throughout this whole journey. Working for Bethenny and creating an unbreakable bond with her family truly changed and molded me as a person, and has allowed me to take the next step of my life with confidence. You have all helped build Bethenny's empire and your constant support has allowed her to take the next step -- her talk show. Although I am not directly working for Bethenny anymore, I am supporting from a distance and keep very close to her and her family.

For those of you who have asked, I am extremely happy and living in my hometown of Pittsburgh since January. I recently got a job in PR and marketing and am looking forward to the next steps of my life. This experience has taught me many things, but the most important thing is to follow your heart and be thankful for everything that you have in life.

xo,
Julie