Bethenny Frankel

It's only the second episode, but NYC's Bethenny Frankel is lovin' the NJ wives.

on May 20, 2009

Her relationship with that bald 26 year old who looks 50 is beyond bizarre, but here’s the thing: How can we get mad when someone is honest? This is what good reality television is all about. She likes phone sex and bathroom interludes. She’s demented and sad in many ways, but she is entertaining. Her tragic story is compelling.

Her pathetic and desperate attempt to be friends with and accepted by Dina is sad, but it seems like she is needy for love from a man and/or friends. Listen, it is obvious that she is in serious trouble, but there is more texture than we got last week. I’m drooling over the dirt she says she has on Dina. Something must have triggered her to grow the nerve she got to fight this fight. Game on.

The situation with her husband is probably 50 percent true. Was she engaged 20 times? Did I hear that right? I’m one to talk but that is deranged and something is very wrong here. I appreciate her honesty about her financial situation. Again, many of the wives in the franchise can’t stop perpetrating the image that they are rolling in dough. This is oddly refreshing. What is none of her business is to discipline Jacqueline’s daughter. In the same breath, Jacqueline’s daughter seems utterly spoiled and Danielle intentionally or unintentionally did something right.

Dina: I love this tough and pretty lady. I love her new assistant, her cute talk of payment in hugs and kisses and her “last year's Versace” line. I love that she busts her ass at work, and that it’s for charity, but she can't just assume that everyone is her employee. Her husband isn’t on this show for a very good reason, and it’s not because he works all the time. He wants no part of this, which we see because he isn’t even in her opening vignette. Take it from someone who knows. We may never see him except in a group. Where the husbands are absent, the children are present. Family is the theme here and I love it.