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.

Wednesday Morning Update

The City: Whitney Port and her rocker boyfriend, Jay Lyon, broke up on Monday.

Whitney Port/Exposay.com

Whitney Port/Exposay.com

Dancing With the Stars: Belinda Carlisle is the first celebrity cut from the show…Celebrity dancer Steve-O says he’s feeling better after his back injury.

America’s Next Top Model: Tyra promises a second chance for models that had to leave audition due to a riot.

Real Housewives of New York City: Housewife Bethenny Frankel says the rumor she is dating baseball player Alex Rodriguez is untrue, but wouldn’t mind if he called…And a little bit more about how Bethenny stays so thin…LuAnn bashes the editing of the show in an interview with W magazine…Housewife Alex McCord was laid off from her job at Victoria’s Secret.

American Idol: Is there a juicy tell-all book in the works? (I hope so.)…Judge Paula Abdul says she’s looking for a soulmate, wants children…A recap of this week’s show…ousted Idol contestant Jorge Nunez blames a cultural differences on being voted off.

Millionaire Matchmaker: Man featured on the show says he’s happy the show allowed him to show off his resort.

Top Chef: Former cheftestant Carla Hall talks about how she stays skinny and eats what she wants.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: A recap of Monday night’s episode…TLC is capitalizing on the show’s success.

The Hills: Spencer tells the View ladies that Heidi’s mom really doesn’t like him.

The Real World: Brooklyn: Housemate Ryan Conklin said he’s excited to be called to duty in Iraq.

Random bits: Get ready for the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Friday Morning Update

 

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad

 

 

The Hills: The show could go on until Lauren gets married

The Bachelorette: Jen Schefft is dancing for charity

Project Runway: A recap of Wednesday’s episode. Tim Gunn wasn’t paid anything the first season. Emily is shocked at getting auf’d. 

The Bachelor: An Austin woman spots Brad Womack in her exercise class.

Survivor: Micronesia’s Erik Reichenbach enjoys his summer by entertaining kids at a camp.

American Idol: Recent interviews with Season Seven contestants while on tour. David Archuleta’s single is released. Paula Abdul is hanging out with her ex again.

Real Housewives of New York City: Bethenny Frankel isn’t dating a certain hot Lipstick Jungle actor.

Baby Borrowers: The show turned out to be good at one thing – breaking up couples

Thursday Morning Update

Top Chef: What Richard is up to after Top Chef. Are the next contestants headed to Williamsburg?

The Bachelorette: A preview of next week’s episode.

The Hills: Heidi and Spencer launch their own social network site.

Real Housewives of New York City: Bethenny launches a new line of vegan desserts.

Flipping Out: Jeff Lewis talks about seeking therapy and the new season. Another interview with Jeff and Jenni about what its like to be reality stars and Jeff’s attempts to work out his issues.

WorkOut: An interview with Brian Peeler and Gregg Butler on what they’re up to now and how the surprising circumstances in which they got onto the show.

Project Runway: Tim Gunn panicked at the idea of moving the show to Los Angeles.

New reality show: Baby Borrowers brings baby-hungry teens face-to-face with the reality of raising children.