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#TBT: Jill Zarin Crashes Scary Island

The former RHONY star’s ill-conceived plan comes off as cruel intentions.

By Pat Cauley

Every Thursday, celebrate #TBT with us as we open the vault to share photos of Bravolebrities before they were famous—or revisit memorable moments from our shows. This week, we return to the infamous Scary Island.

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Of all the trips our Housewives have taken, we’re not sure if any managed to reach a level of absurdity quite like the RHONY's Season 3 Scary Island visit. And while we’ve, ventured to Scary Island in a past #TBT, most RHONY fans know that Kelly Bensimon's meltdown was only the beginning.

In the wake of Kelly’s perplexing departure, the remaining Scary Island survivors were ready to put the previous night’s drama behind them and finally relax. This was supposed to be a vacation after all, right? Cue Jill Zarin, Season 3’s resident lighting rod.

"As I’m walking in the door, I’m really excited. And, I see the four of them and I scream, 'Surprise!' And it was as if someone died when they saw me," Jill said in her confessional.


"You have to be effing kidding. Jill just walked in. I don’t get it, I don't know what to say," muttered an astonished Ramona Singer.The actual kicker throughout the entire ordeal had to be the terrified look in Alex McCord's eyes. More specifically, the distinct glare that took shape on her face right around the 2:08 mark.

If Kelly’s puzzling antics were the earthquake that shook Scary Island, Jill’s surprise visit definitely qualified as a chilling aftershock.

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