EPISODE RECAP: Real Housewives of New York City

Please welcome our newest contributor, Mariah! This is her first episode recap of “Real Housewives of New York City.”

Let the Bethenny and Kelly showdown begin!

 On last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New York City, we saw health foods entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Killoren Bensimon go at it over the has-been model’s lack of interest volunteering her name to an arthritis charity event. 

Photo credit: Bravo

Photo credit: Bravo

And the showdown was sweet! Bethenny calls Kelly a “Madonna” to which Kelly reacts defensively. The moment followed Kelly’s earlier reflection that Bethenny has a serious problem with her.

You think?

Last night, Bethenny reveals she visited Kelly’s apartment two years ago with her then boyfriend, rock-n-roll photographer Kevin Mazur to attend a private Ginny Hilfiger fashion show. Kelly was MIA initially, only to appear later to “flirt” with Kevin.

Fast-forward to the Jill Stuart show at New York Fashion Week, and Kelly and Bethenny are seated front row next to each other with plenty of tension in the air. Bethenny tells Kelly the shows are really Kelly’s thing, not hers. And gives her the cold shoulder. 

Back to the charity meeting.  

Kelly arrived 30 minutes late to the meeting that had Bethenny, Long Islander Jill Zarin and daughter Allyson, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps well into discussions about an upcoming event.

The charity, CreakyJoints, is Jill’s special project. Daughter Ally has arthritis, to which Kelly responded “That’s cute.”

Uh, right.

Next, we see the ladies looking over a mocked up invitation for the event, and the ladies learn they will be listed as co-chairs. To which we see Kelly say, uh, no, I don’t think so.

“I don’t lend my name out to anything,” she tells the ladies forcefully.

Already, earlier in the episode, we see Kelly tell Luanne that she just “doesn’t do charities.”

This is also in the same episode where we hear Kelly tell us her money comes from a successful writing career for a variety of publications, including the New York Post’s Page Six.

And that was just one of last night’s showdown. 

Ramona Singer hands Simon van Kempen another blistering comment during their own NY fashion week front row run-in: “You have no depth,” the blonde told him as he hovered awkwardly over her seat. It was part two of the pair’s unfriendly run-ins, the last one during RH’s last season when Simon showed up for a “girl’s night.”

Alex McCord retrieves her husband, but not until it’s too late. Simon harped Ramona for a handshake, then a kiss and then a reason for for her annoyance.

The conflict made for a good episode in which we also saw Jill shopping among $30,000 Zang Toi dresses at a special showing and later a private fashion show for Jill and other Toi friends. The only other Housewife in attendance, Bethenny, even admits she couldn’t afford even one of the designer’s pieces. 

Jill reflects how lucky she is to get this sort of private showing, but girlfriend, I have news for you: Zoi just likes your pocketbook, and your friend’s pocketbooks, and that camera tailing you in last night’s episode.

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