Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan are ready for their close-up. And in an episode of Difficult People as star-studded as Season 2's "Carter" (we mean, Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda does make a brief cameo), The Real Housewives of New York City pals definitely steal the show. Every single minute of it.
This week's episode revolves around Julie's (Julie Klausner) therapist mom, Marilyn (Andrea Martin), who has been recruited to appear on RHONY as Luann's on-air therapist, much to Julie's jealousy and chagrin. And when Luann does finally appear on camera, she's in full Countess mode, flossing about her penthouse apartment's incredible view and, of course, about the upsides of holding a therapy session in front of reality TV cameras. (Think of all that good lighting!) Turns out, Marilyn has been tasked with getting to the bottom of a fight that Luann and Sonja had. "So I tell Sonja I'm writing another book and she totally checks out on me... Maybe because it's a toaster oven cookbook and her whole thing is cooking with a toaster oven," the Countess says. (Oh, snap!) Well, Marilyn thinks she might know how to end their squabble and also get Julie and Billy (Billy Eichner) some screen time on RHONY.
Cut to Marilyn dragging Luann to Julie and Billy's off-off-off Broadway play about President Carter (inspired by the success of Hamilton), where Lu and Sonja are forced to sit near one another. And, it's here, again, that Difficult People creator Julie Klausner lets her Bravo/RHONY superfandom fly high, with nods to some real-life RHONY moments in the dialogue.
Luann asks Sonja to "just be cool" even after Sonja threw down some Housewife-worthy sass, calling her BFF a "fair-weather bitch" and mocking her now famous "cool" line under her breath. But nothing brings feuding Housewives together like a terrible/confusing musical about a former president. Mid-way through the show, the two ladies decide to leave, once again BFFS with a game plan in tow after Luann suggests they "go to the tanning salon in Chelsea. At least there people recognize us." (Natch!)
Following their reunion, Marilyn gets fired for doing her job too well, as a Bravo "producer" explains. "The Luann-Sonja conflict was supposed to be the arch of this whole season. Now I've got to start s*** with Bethenny."
And, yes, Luann and Sonja had a blast filming the episode. Sonja raved about Julie ("She's a hoot and we loooove her") and Luann added, "Was so much fun to tape and we all love the very talented and funny @julieklausner."
Speaking of some juicy Sonja/Luann conflict, the two women will certainly have plenty of real-life drama to face-off about when RHONY returns Wednesday, and the buzz around Luann's fiance Tom D'Agostino continues. Check out a preview, below.