Borough Beat

Episode 1: Bravotv.com's Editor ponders a new "New York," liver transplants, and threatening texts.

on Jun 1, 20120

Well hello RHONY fans! It's been awhile. I've missed you, and moreover, our gals so much. What mysterious adventures did they get into while we were away? How many pregnancy tests did Ramona take on boats when we at Bravo weren't watching? No matter, I suppose. We're here now, and we'll go with this.

Par usual, I'll divide each episode into my five favorite moments as they relate to the boroughs of our fair city. Follow along on your map or DVR.

No Attractive Women Is A Staten Island
We open at the Central Park Boathouse, a divine place for a drink with a new friend. LuAnn is meeting Aviva. They met years ago, because all attractive people know each other. Seriously, LuAnn remarks that she saw Aviva across the room because "We were looking at each other, as attractive women do." Turns out they have much more in common than just their fair faces and social graces -- they've both been entangled with Harry Dubin and speak fabulous French. Yes, LuAnn and Sonja have also all been involved with Aviva's ex. That's something.

Not only does Aviva find beautiful friends wherever she goes -– she does it with a handicap. At the most illuminating pedicure ever, Aviva pulls out a lovely bag that Eric Clapton used to carry his pool cues in. But instead of gaming accoutrements, the bag is holding Aviva's third legs. Sonja looks more surprised then when they asked her if she wanted a glitter top coat.

Indeed, meet our first Housewife who is down a limb. She lost her leg in a farm accident as a child, and now she has flat and heel prosthetic legs and the strength to live as normal as possible.
It's so normal in fact that in mere moments the talk turns to Roberta's psychic powers and what kind of popcorn Sonja, LuAnn, and Harry ate on all their dates. . .Kudos to you Aviva for making it work.

31 comments
A Viewer
A Viewer

So glad Alex is gone! Get rid of that awful Ramona! Bring Kelly and Jill back!

sylvia53
sylvia53

I have never read you before but are WONDERFULLY CLEVER!! I had more fun reading you watching the show.I an impressed with the NEW ladies. But so mad that the 'classless' fake countess is back. Please Bravo, she lowers the show!

Mrs S
Mrs S

The Ramonna show is so tired...please bring back Jill, that would be a first and would finally stick it to Ramonna for good! Please :)

Monica
Monica

Love LuAnn and miss Jill. Give Jill her own show Please and you will have tons of viewers I'm sure.

cehemise
cehemise

Princess Carol Radziwill brings grace and class to this program.

She has a quiet confidence that hopefully shall serve as example for the returning ladies. Her intelligence and communications skills are sorely needed.

What a wonderful choice. I'm not sure she deserves to be on a program with some of the other ladies, not all, but surely, some.

Monica
Monica

Please bring Jill back- loved her!

curious46
curious46

Is it just me, or do Carole and Aviva look like they are wearing flippers like the toddlers do on "Toddlers and Tiaras"? Either that, or they both have the same set of bad vaneers.

SallyAnne
SallyAnne

My favorite moment was when Aviva is drooling over Carole's book to Carole at the party. Carole's interview disbursed throughout is hilarious and so witty...and then at last she deadpans "Are my tits showing"...laughed my arse off!

Florida Viewer
Florida Viewer

Only time will tell... Not sure yet how I feel. I do miss Alex(Simon) and maybe Jill. Kelly should have been gone years ago (so annoying) and Cindy never brought anything to the table so no love lost there. I'll keep watching (die hard fan) and hope the new ladies work out. Glad Sonia, Ramona and Luann are still around.

paigemichelle
paigemichelle

what a great addition to the show! i really like Carole and Aviva, and i think Heather is a good silly addition...i mean that in a good way! Now, can u please talk to the oc producers and have them replace some of their cast! ESP. TAMRA BARNEY!!!!!!!!!! i like this change! thumbs up!

Mary87
Mary87

Get rid of LuAnn and bring back Alex.

Kace316
Kace316

Same as the last few years, nothing but fighting all that is changed is the cast. will not watch New York housewives anymore. Why keep LuAnn? Alex was much more fun to watch. Just my opinion

anparis
anparis

Bravo I will miss Alex on the show. She is a CLASSY LADY and very very articulate. Best Wishes, Alex and Simon. PS how about a show of their own?

viewer99
viewer99

I agree with "maria89". The only person who got along with Luann was Jill. When you fired Jill you should have sent Luann packing too.

lallaw
lallaw

I will add that, for me, it was an unpleasant surprise to see Jill, Alex, Cindy, and Kelly so surreptitiously removed without explanation. (Although, I did not miss the 7th RH, Simon - silly boy!) I can only assume the decision had more to do with money and contract negotiations than anything otherwise reported. But I was glad to see LuAnn made the cut, and even the other familiar face, namely Ramona.

I hope BRAVO does not take the hatchet to other shows of this type in the same manner going forward.

lallaw
lallaw

Dear Maria89:

Please speak for yourself. Do not remember electing you the Uber Representative of all RHONYC Viewers. Thank you.

Bekind
Bekind

Luann does have some issues! Love the new cast members. Bored to tears with Ramona.

RJHWI
RJHWI

Totally miss Jill and Kelly. The show is not the same without them. Hope it gets better.

Viewer610
Viewer610

I love real housewives and never miss a season of any show...but NYC housewives i just cant stand. Enough already!!!

RHONowhere
RHONowhere

Missing Alex. Liking Carole. Always love Sonja. I hope the changes made this season work out.

Barbara Motta
Barbara Motta

It was a breath of fresh air to view Season 5. The new girls do not seem to be the catty group (the brunettes) of the netherseasons past. I really think when viewers get used to the new mix, they will start to enjoy the New Housewives of New York (much classier). I do feel a mistake was made not leaving Alex in the mix and they should have got rid of the holier than thou Countess.

Sara13
Sara13

Really? Luann is still harping on conflict from the last reunion episode? Please, cut her camera time. If she can't bring anything interesting to the show, then just don't put her on the screen. It's that simple. Loving Carole Radziwill, by the way. And looking forward to some Sonja and Ramona craziness. Let the good times roll!

appyup
appyup

Love the new gals so far... still love Luanne. Cant handle watching Ramona, gives me anxiety! THANK THE STARS for DVR, fast forward through Ramontional moments

Danana
Danana

I was looking forward to the new season ,but feeling like I wish Lulu was cut from the cast.She opened the show with her less than "CLASS" insults,and closed the show pulling a Kelly move of "Blow and Go" im glad she didnt pull Jelly Beans out of the birth control case she wore around her neck.

IcyAll Ican
IcyAll Ican

I never blame the women for "choppy" conversations -- because there's editing choices that can make it seem as such. So Heather talking about her father over drinks and Ramona going into details about Avery's birth ... might have been more normal in context.

southerncaligirl
southerncaligirl

My ears are bleeding after watching this premiere. So MUCH talking over each other and yelling. New housewives are just as bad as the remaining ones and none seem that interesting. Longing for the "old days" of Season One!

Nona Meladee
Nona Meladee

I found this episode wildly weird. Why anyone would bring up her child's life-threatening rare disease, and the passing of her father to people she barely knows is just plain crazy!!!

Luann continues to stir the pot and create drama needlessly. Had she truly wished to talk to Ramona to clear the air, she should have called her and arranged to meet her. The party was clearly not the place to have what was bound to be a heated discussion. Luann is truly over-bearing and a colossal boor.

maria89
maria89

Why Bravo Why???? We wanted a new New York, you should never have had LuAnn back, she's such a gossip and backstabber. It would be such a fun and exciting show with just Ramona, Sonja and the wonderful new girls. LuAnn is a downer who can't get over past issues, we really don't want to keep hearing about everything that's happened in the past. We want a new show!!!!

BravoWatchin50
BravoWatchin50

Ramona and Sonja were the ONLY fun this episode.

Can we PLEASE send mean LuAnn OFF to join Jill and Kelly?? Puhleaseeeee

oynot
oynot

Bring Alex back!!! Not loving the new trio.

There seems to be a script that everyone is performing in a really bad way. Not sure if I will stay tuned in.