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Vacation Hangover

Episode 16: Bravotv.com's Editor thinks the women need a vacation after their St. Barths vacation.

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.

Queens
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.

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Bethenny: There Is Definitely Smoke and Mirrors

Bethenny explains why she was worried after seeing Sonja's fashion presentation.

Well, my bar is set very low. If I'm not crying or ripping someone a new one, I breathe a sigh of relief. Let's enjoy that while it lasts. This episode was a good one for me.

Aaaah Sonja. The truth is I love her. There are times during this season that that will be difficult to believe, but I simply do. Some people are cunning and have a malicious or shifty or disingenuous side. Sonja has none of that. She is a good person. She is just often misguided and misdirected. Many of us are. Reminder: I have a book called I Suck At Relationships, so we all suck at some things.

I loved lunch at Il Mulino, because I love to laugh and Sonja makes me giggle. I also very much appreciate her honesty. You guys are all very smart and you will be able to tell who is real and who is trying to create a persona. Sonja allows herself to be messy; that is to be respected in its own way.

I didn't want to give unsolicited advice, and, this season, I walk a slippery slope. I’m damned if I do anything in the way of business advice. Whether it’s positive or negative advice, it will appear that I'm better than and an expert, and that's simply not how I view myself. I have a lot of experience: I'm in the trenches, and I keep learning and making mistakes every day. Sonja doesn't have that experience, and, for her to succeed, she needs to get focused and start absorbing more information (that's how I learned-- mouth shut and ears open). Business is hard, and she needs to learn what it really takes to focus on one thing and see it to the finish line. "Accessible luxury" is a start. And--no--she doesn't owe me a car.

As for her fashion meeting, I think she front-loaded that staff for effect. I will bet everything that I hope to be that not one of those people is on salary. I happen to have an international brand and barely have that many people with those fancy titles, so there is definitely smoke and mirrors there.

That said, the boards looked great, and Sonja does have people working with her. I am betting on Sonja! It is a marathon, and I want her to succeed all the way through. There are many steps along the way. She has great taste, I loved what I saw, and I am genuinely here to support her. All she needs to do is focus, focus, focus. If she isn't putting up her own money, which she isn't, then no harm, no foul (time and reputation aside).

The timeline worried me. This meeting was in November--launch would be now (like six months away), and it made me nervous knowing they could not yet disclose retailers. Fashion is its own beast. I do have a Skinnygirl Shapewear and lounge wear line, yet I deferred to Heather as more of an expert in this area. Heather has way more fashion experience. I'm not sure why she decided to fire a random shot at me for going to the meeting. Maybe it was payback for my nap last week during our dinner conversation. In any case, it doesn't matter whether you're selling toothpaste or tractors, business is business, and business I know and understand. Sonja was smart to ask for my advice. There will be more to come on this.

As for the other ladies, Kristen has a fashion blog. Congrats on that!

The night out at World Bar was a little grating, and I was glad to not be there, getting myself in trouble. The yammering on from Ramona about Sonja not saying hi was reminiscent of past seasons--hashing and rehashing something completely inconsequential to fill up the airwaves. Check please.

As far as John goes, walk away. Big deal--he is touchy feely. If he were 6' 2" and chiseled, no one would care. It really isn't that big of a deal. There are a lot of guys who have a cocktail and don't understand personal space. There are women in our group who have this issue, too. His girlfriend was two feet away.

While I wouldn't want my boyfriend behaving like that, and while he may not be ultimately right for Dorinda, she knows who he is, and I don't think it is a massive big deal. A little icky? Yes. World Bar World War 3? No.
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