Welcome back to New York City friends. After a “vacation” the women have returned to their natural habitat. Naturally, they packed plenty of baggage on the way back. Will Ramonja ever forgive Aviva? Is Sonja on a “downward spiral”? Are Jacques and LuAnn OK? Did Carole develop a crippling addiction to pink cigarettes? Let’s assess. . .
The Bronx’s Food Is Burning
Ramona decides to ease back into the real world by having a culinary fest with Sonja and LuAnn. She’s going to let the menfolk do the cooking, while she tries to cook up some information about what’s going on with Jacques -- just kidding, she’s taking a page from LuAnn’s book and saying nothing!
Instead the main topic of conversation is Aviva (and sadly not Sonja’s headband, which is really what I want to talk about). While LuAnn tries to defend Aviva by mentioning how hard it was for her to make it to St. Barths, Sonja is not having it. She’s not going to let Aviva go around insulting people or pretending she’s Ernest Rutherford. Ramona is still maintaining that St. Barths-Aviva was some sort of phantom human or dual-personality, and not the woman they’ve known prior. In the end, Ramona maintains she’s a buzzkill even when she’s not around, so outlook cloudy on this all blowing over.
Meanwhile, in a gay bar on the other side of town, Carole and Heather have decided to chase their troubles away with alcohol and gay men. This seems to work effectively. The gals drunkenly bond over Aviva’s loud voice and the fact that “Boom Boom” was a runaway bride! Yes as it turns out she was engaged to be married and bailed on a Jamaican wedding. Who would have thought that Aviva was once on the cusp of a rasta ceremony. Of course, weeks ago I wouldn’t have guessed that Snoop Dogg would have become Snoop Lion. I guess those Rastafarians always sneak up on you.
We also find out later in the episode that Carole is chasing her troubles away with cigarettes. As you can imagine this doesn’t go over particularly well with Aviva -- even though the cigarettes are pink. How can anything that’s pink hurt you, says science? She should be fine.
A Baby Grows in Brooklyn
After courting the opinions of Manhattan, Heather decides she wants to get LuAnn’s good word as well. She wants to know what the Countess thinks of the whole St. Barths bust-up, and so over lunch the subject of dear Aviva comes up. The gals agree that it seems like things might not be fixed, and that Sonja and Aviva might be at odds for some time.
That bummer convo quickly turns to Jacques, and Heather wonders why LuAnn won’t just tell her the truth. LuAnn instead talks more about how she’s ready to have a baby tout suite! No time for dealing with rumors of indiscretion and phantom Italians. Look at how pregnant she might be!
Of course, that’s not the end of the St. Barths backlash. Over dinner, Aviva, Carole, and Heather continue to discuss the issue. Beyond the whole fight aspect (and Heather and Carole’s desire for Aviva to get over it), the ladies are more concerned about Sonja. Aviva thinks our Lady Morgan is being used, and wonders just what's going on with her at the moment.
So Carole decides to check out that spiral on a little shirt shopping spree. However, she’s majorly distracted from her quest for knowledge when she finds out the shirt maker is none other than Peyman Umay, who Carole went on that awkward date with. In a city of eight million people you still always run into the guy you didn’t call back.
After that awkwardness is brushed over, Carole tries to talk to Sonja about how difficult St. Barths, was but Sonja wants focus on how Sonja might not be the ideal hostess. . .Vacations get out of hand says Sonja. “That’s what people do on vacation. They party. They get their period. They break glasses. Things happen,” quote Lady Morgan. Roll with it Radz, amirite? That basically summarizes every vacation I've ever been on.
No Woman Is a Staten Island
Later in Sonja’s Boudoir, tea is being poured by Belgian interns and she and Ramona are discussing her ex. Sonja will be facing him for the first time since 2006 to discuss the settlement. Sonja is very concerned that he feels her proper energy and enjoys her decollete. Huh? Ramona is concerned Sonja’s letting her feelings get in the way of the business of getting divorced.
We’ll have to see if he remembers who Sonja is and if our girl Sonja will get some sleep anytime soon. . .
Manhattan Major Moment
Over another dinner with Heather, Aviva continues to discuss St. Barths. She would have lived and let live and all, but she felt bullied. And if I’ve learned anything about people feeling bullied on RHONY, it’s that they don’t take it sitting down. She’s got to say her piece and let it go, which means she’s going to have a major tete-a-tete with Sonja.
And so the meeting of the minds begins. Aviva apologies -- but mentions that she behaved the way she did because she didn’t feel welcome. Sonja accepts her apology -- but feels Aviva can’t take back some of the things she said. Aviva clears up all that Googling and defines white trash as “moral failure.” Things. Don't. Go. Well.
At the end of Sonja lays it all out there -- she doesn’t care. Boom. She doesn’t care about Aviva’s thoughts about her downward spiral or her thoughts on her anything frankly, because she is cutting her out of her life. And thusly Sonja takes her hat and pulls out of this one. Adios Aviva.
Next week we see if Aviva’s meal with Ramona goes any better (I don’t think I even need to say spoiler alert because you’re fully aware after seeing this that that could not be possible) and George enters the fray!
What do you think people? Which side are you on Aviva or Ramonja? Leave it in the comments.