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.

Wednesday Morning Update

The Bachelor: Chris Harrison says Naomi thought the sea plane she rode in was a helicopter; reveals girls bring their own dresses, but can get their makeup done… I don’t agree with this, but someone has started a petition to make rejected bachelorette Stephanie Hogan the next Bachelorette… Rejected bachelorette Shannon Bair says she is back with her ex-boyfriend.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: Kate fumes over a shower nozzle, viewers fume over the fuming.

Survivor: The Brazilian Highlands season will force castaways to pick tribes completely on first impressions.

Top Chef: Casting begins for the show’s next season.

Random bits: Bromance star Brody Jenner makes out with girlfriend Playboy Playmate Jayde at a Super Bowl Party.

Monday Morning Update

Top Chef: Ousted chef Jeff says Hosea and Leah probably forgot the cameras were around when they kissed. NY Post thinks Stefan will be the winner. Jeff bashes judge Tom Colicchio.

Girls Next Door: Former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson is working on a new reality show.

Real Housewives of New York City: Always-together couple Alex and Simon say their son will be featured more in season two.

The Bachelor: Chris Harrison says he tries to gently guide the bachelor during Rose Ceremony deliberations.

American Idol: Alleged names of the 36 semi-finalists are unveiled. Former Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: Kate gives advice to the California mother of octuplets.

Random bits: CBS to film reality show on desperate singles who are willing to enter into arranged marriages.

Friday Morning Update

America’s Next Top Model: Check out some of the girls that will be on the show’s 12th season airing in February.

The Bachelor: Ousted bachelorette Megan says producers kept handing her drinks the first night. A detailed preview of next week’s episode, which includes a trip to Seattle with the ladies and another precedent-setting Rose Ceremony. Oops, Megan says she told Jason she had commitment issues.

The Hills: Lauren and Lo are moving out of their house and into a condo.

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad

Top Chef: A recap of this week’s episode.

American Idol: Producers apologize to contestant for interpreting his Southern charm as a veiled threat.

Bromance: Brody Jenner says he really will hang out with the winner of his show.

The Real World: A recap of this week’s episode.

Random bits: Ex-Survivor castaway Elisabeth Hasselbeck is pregnant with her third child.

Wednesday Morning Update

America’s Next Top Model: Jezebel updates us on what all the former ANTM models are up to, with some doing runway and others doing cheesy photo shoots.

Sheree Whitfield/Bravo

Sheree Whitfield/Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Housewife Sheree Whitfield’s husband allegedly doesn’t pay his court-ordered child support and has squandered his fortune. Singer Usher’s wife and former Housewife DeShawn Snow will not appear in the show’s next season.

Top Chef: A recap of last week’s episode. Cheftestant Hosea and his girlfriend have broken up, possibly because of the flirting between him and fellow cheftestant Leah.

The City: More on new castmate Allie, who apparently is very forgiving. The show is renewed for a second season.

The Bachelor: A recap of Monday’s emotional episode. More on “man up” Megan, who was rejected by the Bachelor last week.

Project Runway: The next season may never air, but producers are shooting the big finale fashion show anyway.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: A recap of Monday’s episode on their new house.

American Idol: Scenes of auditions from Jacksonville, Fla. make it into the show. Judge Paula Abdul storms out of audition.

Random bits: New reality show explores the ancestry of celebrities.

Monday Morning Update

 

Jesse Csincsak/ABC

Jesse Csincsak/ABC

The Bachelorette: Looks like Jesse Csincsak has moved on already. He confirms he is dating Bachelor bachelorette Holly Durst who was on the London Calling season.

The Bachelor: Rejected bachelorette Kari Fajen says she is rooting for widow Stephanie.

The  Real World: The next season will be in Cancun.

American Idol : Former contestant Ace Young will host Idol Extra show.

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kim Zolciak is allegedly dating “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis. Housewife NeNe Leakes and Kim may be friends again.

Survivor: A peak at tryouts for the next season.

Random bits: A former Dallas Cowboys football star pitches a reality show that allows the winner a spot on the Cowboys’ training camp.