EPISODE RECAP: Real Housewives of NYC, Episode 7

Oh Kelly. Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. 

Where do we start? Going into last night’s showdown-happy episode of the Real Housewives of New York, it seem the countess/soon-to-be x-countess/countess in spirt LuAnn de Lesseps would steal the show with the breaking news of her separation from the count earlier in the day (was that planned?)

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

 However, Kelly Killoren Bensimon took that honor. We see Kelly still steaming from last week’s encounter when Bethenny Frankel, where she called Kelly “Madonna” for her apparent lack of compassion or interest for Jill Zarin’s arthritis charity. 

We hear Kelly say it’s high school behavior, and such confrontation is completely inappropriate. 

So what does she do? Set up a confrontation with Bethenny!

The has-been model invited the health foods entrepreneur to meet at a bar for yet another RHNY showdown, and as far as it came off on television, I’m calling Bethenny 1, Kelly 0.

Kelly was 30 minutes late. She was frantic and out of control, in Bethenny’s face, constantly shifting in her seat and rambling. And she hardly made sense.

Bethenny, meanwhile, called her out her tardiness (“Too bad,” Kelly tells her when she arrives). She appeared honest and in control. And if you want to talk about class, Bethenny brought it.

You have to hand it to the countess later on in the show, who reacts confused at Kelly’s version of the events. In a limo ride to an event, LuAnn laughs when Kelly tells her she not only set up the meeting but was 30 minutes late. 

“Honey goes a long way,” with Bethenny, LuAnn tells the camera later. 

This brings us to yet another one of last night’s many showdowns: Jill Zarin vs. Mario Singer (spouse of housewife Ramona Singer). 

We see Mario get in Jill’s face (“You’re fifteen minutes of fame are getting to your head” he tells her) and taunt her about an upcoming tennis match (Mario was some amazing tennis player that none of us have ever heard of).

Jill gets increasingly upset (“I’m going to punch you in the face”), tries to ignore him while on her blackberry and calls her “security” (her driver? who was this guy? and where was her husband?) 

Now, was it just me, or do you find it completely inappropriate for a man to get into it with one of his wife’s friends? Isn’t that his wife’s territory?

And Jill, stop smiling when you get angry. And start telling people to get out of your face when it’s time. Oh, and Jill’s husband, really, you got to step in dude, that went a little too far. 

I’m calling Mario 0, Jill 1. 

Mario hadn’t had enough with Jill, however, and made his way with Ramona into another little tizzy with Brooklyn couple Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen. Initially the four were having a gregarious conversation (even Ramona was talking to Simon) about the run-in with Jill and their set up for a re-match tennis game. 

But things turned less cordial when Simon asked what retail entrepreneur couple’s problem was with the van Kempens. 

That’s when Ramona confesses they were extremely upset that the van Kempens came to an event at their home 24 hours before naked photos of Alex were released. 

“You knew,” Ramona says, to which Alex and Simon say they didn’t, they were as surprised as anyone. 

The blasphemy! Then, Simon rightfully calls Ramona out for hanging out with a Playboy Playmate model and turning the knife on the van Kempens. 

“Hypocrites,” Simon calls out as they walk away from the feud.

On this one, I’m calling Simon/Alex 1, Ramona/Mario 0.

Next week: we find out Jill’s secret partner in the Mario tennis match. This should be fun!

-Posted by Mariah