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Bye, George

Episode 17:'s Editor laments George's ejection from Ramona's party and Sonja's loss of her portrait.

Hello New York fans. We’re closing in our final moments in Manhattan this season. But of course before it’s over we’ll have a few more confrontations -- including one between Ramona and George. I didn’t see that coming. Who would have known that a lover like George could also be quite the fighter. Let’s recap.

The Queens of the Runway
We open with George and Aviva on the hunt for their homeopathic meds. George is trying to introduce Aviva to his latest conquest but thankfully his need for libido medications distracts him from describing too much in detail how this latest love looks like an African American Aviva.

However AAA (as I’ll now refer to her) is not the only one in his sites. He’s got plans to email Carole. And I don’t think he’s just going to send her that hilarious "Gangham" Style parody, well even if he does it will include overtures! Of a sexual nature!

But Aviva doesn’t have time to monitor George’s internet usage. She has to jet to help Heather with her charity fashion show. And by help, we mean walk in Heather’s runway show. Yup! Will she have the runway prowess of Ramona Singer? We’ll have to wait and see. . .

Personally, I'd like to see their beef settled with a Zoolander-style walk-off. But personally, that's how I like to see most beefs settled.

No Woman is a Staten Island
Next we see George’s former would-be flame Sonja returning home to sweet Millou and her legion of interns. Apparently the day with the ex did not go well. It went the opposite of well. Her ex didn’t even "debase himself" to sit in the same room with her. He’s not keeping the promises he made before she became a mother, and she’s in danger of losing her house. And that's when Sonja gets scroned woman angry. Reality has set in, and now it's all about the Benjamins. And if that means suing his ass so be it. He’s gotten Sonja angry, and as we saw in St. Barth’s -- you won’t like Sonja when she’s angry.

And so the next step of the breakup begins the way anyone else’s would, by removing the large-scale, Queen's official painter commissioned masterwork oil of Sonja’s ex from her dining room. And so she calls in the reinforcements: Lu. As a fellow divorcee, Lu knows the hardships of letting go and as a Countess she knows a little something about oil paintings. It’s heartbreaking to watch Sonja explain that all the fabulousness in the world didn't save her marriage. Honey, anyone would be lucky to have a woman with an iota of our fabulousness. I'm sure my boyfriend would love if I was a little more Sonja/toaster oven spice, and one day you'll find someone who loves you without you having to work so hard.

Brooklyn's Art Museum
Beyond learning about letting go from Sonja, we also find that you can just take revered works of art right off the walls like anything else. Just pull that right now like it’s nbd! Let that be a lesson to all you folks hanging on to portraits of her ex-husbands. My advice would also be to burn them, but I’m a cruel sort when I’m scorned.

Rumble in the Bronx
Next we see Aviva and Ramona having a post-St. Barth’s lunch. A lunch that apparently only came to pass because of -- Harry Dubin. Yes, Harry was apparently rung up by Detective Singer as she quested for more information about Aviva’s panic disorders and such. This did not sit well. And so she needed as much chamomile tea as she can to steel herself up for a brunch visit with RS. Ramona’s tactic to keep her cool: keeping her sunglasses on.

Things immediately don’t go well. Ramona urges Aviva not to raise her voice. And then the accusations of trip ruining fly. Oh and so do the naked spooning accusations. Yes, Aviva claims she saw Ramonja entwined in a nude embrace in the night, adding another level to their definition of “girls trip.” Ramona feels Aviva can’t be without Reid. Aviva feels Ramona can’t be without alcohol -- and with Sonja to look worse than her. Then there’s some confusion about driving and metaphors (m-e-t-a-p-h-o-r) and driving to diarrhea town and mirrors.

And then Ramona has her “appointment” and has to book it out of there. She’ll see Aviva “when she sees her.” Yikes. What could bring them back together? Could it be George (it’s not George).

Manhattan Major Moment
And then at a charity event on another side of town, Ramona is helping to raise money for the Domestic Women’s Abuse Center. As she points out, abuse comes in many forms -- including girlfriend abuse. Hmm, wonder whom she could be speaking of?

As the ladies arrive, they start to question if Aviva will be coming as well. Using our context clues a) the event is on the 150th floor b) when last Aviva saw Ramona they got in a massive spat and she gave R diarrhea, I’d think she wasn’t coming. Of course, I did appreciate Carole mentioning that she doubt’s anyone could traumatize Ramona. Agreed Radzi, if it is possible it must be very, very, difficult to do.

And I was right! Of course, I was wrong as well because George shows up. What?!? I mean this is a great place for him to meet some ladies, but perhaps maybe it’s inappropriate for him to be there? Well he does have the money to drop off and his daughter to defend, so he’s going to do his best to resolve their scrap.

Let me point out about this moment, that once again Harry Dubin is s—t stirring. George says Harry told him Ramona made fun of Aviva’s panic disorders. Is Harry Dubin the darklord behind all of this season’s tiffs? A benevolent force guiding the women to and fro fights at all turns? The guy does seem to come up constantly. Can everyone just erase his number and only communicate with him via those pig cartoons?

As Ramona get Ramotional, Sonja steps in to remind her “white trash doesn’t apologize.” Oh the things you learn on Google. I wasn’t aware that the internet had that much information about the behavior of slurs.

I have to give George some major snaps that in the midst of getting kicked out of the charity event he still has the balls to ask Carole out on a date. Never miss your in George. Who knows when you’ll see Radzi (especially looking so great in a gold lame top) again. Carole doesn’t agree to going to dinner with him, but she does agree to walk him downstairs as he gets escorted out. Of course, George isn’t completely perfect. He does call Ramona, “a trailer turd.” So, no one is blameless here.

But after all that, what’s left? LuAnn eating chicken on a stick with Sonja and trying to make sense of it all. Sonja feels that Aviva is enabled by George. I feel that all those chicken sticks in the world won’t mend this mess. What did you think? Was it wrong to send George as the messenger? Was it OK if he gave a fat check? What was that chicken on a stick? Leave it in the comments.

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Dorinda: I Was Surprised to See How Open Bethenny Was

Dorinda weighs in on the Luann/Carole drama and discusses Bethenny's willingness to open up about her past.

So we’re back from Atlantic Titty, as I like to call it. Strangely, that trip left me feeling more connected with the women. It’s not easy making friends—especially at my age and after the life I’ve lived—but I’m starting to feel “familiar” around them, if that makes any sense. The sheen of being a “NY Housewife” isn’t entirely there anymore, because I’m one of them, you know? During and after the Atlantic City trip, I started to feel more comfortable, more at ease, and more like “one of the girls.” Considering how they carry on sometimes, I’m not quite sure if that is a positive or a negative just yet. Maybe a little of both? I don’t know…It’s always interesting to put eight women together for a few days, that’s for sure. You see the politeness slip a bit, the “veneer” get a little cloudy, and you really see them in all their glory—and in all their realness. All and all, it was a fun trip…and a bit of a learning experience.
The good news is this: Never a dull moment! For example, Ramona is great about having the never-ending birthday that never ends (redundancy intended). In reality, her birthday is November 18, but the celebrations start shortly after Halloween and continue throughout the month of November, Thanksgiving be damned. It’s like Ramona Heritage Month. Our next stop on the birthday train was at Fishtail with ALL of her friends. And I mean ALL of them. These girls run the Upper East Side with an iron fist. They basically buy out every season at Bergdorf’s before it makes it to the floor. They’re a fun crowd—colorful characters—and Bethenny was right: It’s like the Cantina’s greatest hits from Star Wars. Of course, they’re all jockeying to be Princess Leia, though c’mon, Ramona’s the birthday girl. We know she’s the princess in our midst. After all, it is November…
I don’t typically run with these girls, but over the years of living in this ‘hood and being one of those “ladies who lunch,” I guess I can comfortably say I’ve claimed my seat at the table, so to speak. Seeing Heather, Carole, and Bethenny there was like spotting animals that wandered into the wrong habitat. Not really their “downtown diva” scene, but the effort is all that matters. Carole, babe, I know you're coming back up “here,” but I think that hat needs to stay downtown. “Hobo chic” doesn't really play well north of 57th Street. I do like how Heather is versatile and adapts to any and all situations and just knows how to turn it on (though “mama” and “holla” are as out of place as Carole’s beanie, in all honesty). Watching Bethenny was the most entertaining for me: She just wants nods and smiles and gets out as fast as possible. Kinda wish she would’ve taken me with her…there’s only so much chat about personal shoppers, the traffic on Fifth Ave., and what a disaster DiBlasio is that one can take before they start obsessing over fine lines and poodles.
By the way, I wish I had been invited to the boxing match! I love boxing! It’s such a rush and makes you feel alive. You saw that first-hand. Boxing takes the meekest of beings and makes them want to see blood (ahem…Kristen). Wow, girl, you got into it! Don’t let that “pretty” thing fool you; she was ready to jump in and knock some teeth out. I was very impressed. Last time I saw her this excited, it was when another box of Manolos just popped up out of nowhere. I like this side of you, KT. It shows what I’ve seen in you all along: real passion is your super power.

Oh…and then there’s the Carole/Luann situation getting some more meat on its bones. This one is a hard one, because I get the way Luann feels: She’s a mom, and it’s her niece at the center of this issue. At the same time, I also get Carole’s perspective. She's never been a mom, of course, but she lives a very youthful life, downtown, surrounded with young people. I believe her and Adam really do have some sort of connection—no doubt about that. Is it love? I don’t know, but obviously it is something. I hate to get involved with people’s private lives—it is so personal and really private. At least to me. I draw the line at critiquing one’s decisions. As long as they’re happy and the person they’re with is happy and they’re not hurting anyone by being together, then I’m fine with it. The details of the Carole/Adam tryst and the family connection to Luann is still a bit cloudy to me, so I don’t know. I just hope they work it out, because it’s gotten pretty heated and tense. Let’s face it, they were great friends, and I hope they find a way to rekindle that friendship. Listen, I’m just trying to figure out my life and my relationships again, and I’m trying to keep it simple. Naturally, that means keeping other people out of it. Am I right? You're welcome.
Speaking of private lives…I was so surprised to see how open Bethenny was about her past and her family. In may ways, she and I grew up around the same people. My grandfather loved race horses, being around the track and all those characters—some of which were colorful, to say the least. Evel Knievel was one of them, so that might give you a sense…
But despite how I could relate to some aspects of her childhood, it was a tough scene to watch at the end of this episode. Listen, we’re all looking for love. Some of us are looking for a love we once knew, others for a love we see others enjoy, and some are just trying to find what love means to them. In the end, we all want to be needed, wanted, and desired. But there’s nothing that completes that quest quite like a mother’s love. One can “suck at relationships” till they’re blue in the face, but not finding love or a mate to love you or make you feel loved is, at its core, entirely conditional. It truly depends on the who, what, when, where, and why…and all of those rely on you. They are yours to determine. A mother’s love, however, is unconditional. It’s a given. It’s something that gives those of us blessed to have it, an accelerator, a momentum in life. Knowing you have a “home” in someone’s heart because they are part of you and you are part of them is sometimes all you need to go take on the world. Without that mother’s love and affection, it’s got to be difficult to not feel lost. That said, not having that in your life really makes you appreciate it so much more, right? You come to value how priceless and profound an unconditional, immovable love can be. This is why Bethenny is such an amazing mother. So devoted, so compassionate, so unconditionally in love with her daughter…it’s inspiring to see and moving to a fellow mom. As you’ve come to see, Bethenny’s a titan through and through. She found it in herself to foster that momentum and catapult herself into the big leagues. Would she have had the same drive and determination had she not experienced that kind of pain? Is that where she gets that hardcore, no-nonsense attitude to petty crap? Is that why a clash with Bethenny is like clashing with no other titan?
It’s all fascinating to me. And now that I finally feel like “one of the girls,” it’s some of the best popcorn drama I’ve ever seen. I almost can’t wait to watch what happens next. It’s all so…yummie.

Till next week, xx!

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