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The Queens of the Learning Annex
Ladies and gentleman, meet what I would bet solid money on will be a reoccurring theme of the season -- Heather and Ramona locked in a state of tension. It begins when Ramona comes to visit Heather at her office. They're both chatty business ladies, how could this go wrong, you say? Unclear. Perhaps it was when Ramona whipped out her Learning Annex cover story? Or maybe it was their differences about office hours? Or the bummer turn their meeting took once they started discussing liver problems and stillborn children?
As oddball as that was, the gals try again over drinks, this time with Sonja. However, once again, the bicycle never hits a great stride. Heather drops her father's death into the convo (You can't really blame her for it being awkward, what's the easiest way to mention your died just died? I can never remeber if it comes before or after the cheese course.). The LuAnn topic is broached and shot down. Someone’s blind friend comes up. Yipes. Strike two for that evening.
And then attempt (and biffed effort) three comes along. Ramona's having a dinner party. She's invited a possible gent for Sonja. (How delightfully Sonja was her reaction to the set up? "After a glass of wine he's going to look even better," she says. "After another glass of wine he's going to look amazing."
Aviva and Heather arrive, shots are poured. The conversation flows -– until it doesn't. Ramona thinks Heather is interrupting Mario and talking too fast. They make a pact to slow down, but with the seating chart not in Heather's favor dinner gets even more awkward. And then Sonja has a hard time remember to call her ex her "ex." Thankfully Yiddish is discussed the mood lifts. Learning new languages is really a theme of this episode.
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.
Ramona and Sonja were the ONLY fun this episode.
Can we PLEASE send mean LuAnn OFF to join Jill and Kelly?? Puhleaseeeee
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!!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
I love real housewives and never miss a season of any show...but NYC housewives i just cant stand. Enough already!!!
Please speak for yourself. Do not remember electing you the Uber Representative of all RHONYC Viewers. Thank you.
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.
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.
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?
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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!