I’ve been sitting on ready to write the RHONY Reunion Recap for two weeks now. It looks like we are going to get right into the hurt feelings between Dorinda and Luann tonight. Many of these relationships are raw and real. Especially, this one. Dorinda did a lot for Luann, just like Bethenny and Barbara. And Luann treated everyone like crap. I have to hand it to Luann, she knows she is going to have a lot of people coming for her at this reunion. Yet, unlike someone else we know, she showed up to face the music. And after everyone waddles to the couch and Sonja tapes her face back, we are ready to start this RHONY Reunion Recap!
The cattiness begins with the introductions. Sonja’s dress is from her collection. It costs $105. It looks it. Sonja’s “collection” is merely overstock, usually from Target. Dorinda is not wearing Jovani, she is wearing Naeem Khan. That dress is likely $7K or more. It’s also the designer that Luann asked to lend her dresses in 2011. He’s supposedly a friend of Carole Radziwill. Then she looks at Luann and says, “You can keep your $400 dress.” And the arrows begin to fly.
Andy asks Luann de Lesseps feels about herself after watching the last few episodes. She says she fells humble because she came off as really self-absorbed. She is already starting to make excuses for her behavior. Tinsley has a new line of eye lashes. Ramona is wearing a deeper shade of Ramona blue. Ramona had her teeth done. They look very natural.
Bethenny is greeted last by Andy in some what of an awkward fashion. He brings up that Dennis Shields used to come to the reunions and was at the last one. Dennis has since died and Bethenny’s grief was part of her storyline. Bethenny is already crying. It was sort of rude to bring up those memories right before the reunion.
I’m going to skip over all the new apartment discussions. They pretty much all got new places this season. Everyone loves their apartments. No one believes that Luann left The Hamptons because she was being hounded by paparazzi. Bethenny name drops all her neighbors including Madonna and says they are never bothered by the press there.
Bethenny’s New Boyfriend
Bethenny talks about her on again, off again relationship with Dennis Shields. She says even when they were broken up, they would still be in touch. He would promise her that he was going to get himself together and beg her to marry him. Bethenny said because of her age she wondered if she should just marry Dennis. Maybe the fairytale wasn’t going to come for her. She also had him to spend holidays with if she wasn’t wish someone else. She was afraid to let him go on the hope of getting the type of relationship she truly deserved. I totally get that.
Bethenny was in shock and very alone after Dennis died. She doesn’t have family other than Bryn. There was a lot going on with Jason. She had been through hell and it was hard for her to come back to work. But unlike someone else we know, she showed up. Andy tries to pry out of Luann what Dennis did for her. He is the one that got her in with Doug Duncan the best lawyer in the area. He handled Tiger Woods case and got him a very similar deal. Dennis paid for the lawyer. Bethenny explains that Luann also called her in a maniac state asking for six million dollars.
Bethenny’s Dating Life
I don’t know why people feel the need to know the entire timeline of who Bethenny dated when. There is no need for her to explain her dating timeline on national TV. Everyone including Andy talk about how hot the catering guy, Russ. Andy says he is the hottest guy on the plant. They dated for about six weeks to two months. Bethenny says that there was an age difference and she wasn’t ready for that.
When it comes to current boyfriend Paul, she met him one December and really liked him. She remembers telling Tinsley that she thought he could be the one. But she wasn’t ready for him either. She was too needy and in too big of a hurry. So they parted ways and then after Dennis died he sort of rode in like a white knight and took care of her. All the ladies except for Luann have met him under different circumstances. They all love him. I love how much time these ladies spend together when the cameras are not around.
Paul wants nothing to do with RHONY. That seems fine with Bravo for Bethenny, so why isn’t it for RHOA? They practically force them to produce someone to date each season. And fire you if you don’t put your relationship out there.
Was Tinsley Held To A Double Standard?
Tinsley Mortimer was also required to discuss Scott on the show. Tinsley said Scott didn’t want to be on the show. Really? He sure showed up a lot and bought a ton of advertising. Nonetheless, it is hypocritical of Bethenny to do things like push Tinsley to prank call Scott on camera. Or to shove dating in advice down her throat. Andy and Bethenny both think that because Scott met her on the show, her arguement doesn’t hold water. They do have a point, but there was a lot of unnecessary pressure on Tinsley to discuss every break up. The playing field is definitely not equal.
Bethenny says that not only did he sign a release and agree to be on the show, he sent ginormous floral arrangements to their cast trips. Andy asks if Tinsley asked her to prank call Paul on camera if she would do it. She says not on speaker phone but maybe off speaker phone. But she would have to get his permission first. Isn’t that exactly what Bethenny mocked Tinsley for? Then Andy moves on to the fish allergy story that I am tired of hearing about. See link above.
I am so far behind and we are not even to the main event yet!
The Main Event: Dorinda Versus Luann
These two are talking over each other about the same old stuff. It’s impossible to recap. Basically, Dorinda is hurt that Luann didn’t appreciate anything she has done for her. Luann feels like no one knows what she is going through and everyone is judging her. Dorinda says she was the for Luann “the first time she went to jail.” Andy clarified it was the only time she went to jail. The truth of the matter is that filming this reunion was moved up at the last minute because of Luann’s probation violations. I mentioned that in this post that was posted on the same day that Luann was standing in a courtroom in hand cuffs!
After more bickering where Andy seems to be jumping in more than usual to defend Luann, Dorinda says she doesn’t feel like Luann has any substance anymore. The bell rings, signifying the end of round one.
The Main Event: Dorinda Versus Luann Round Two
The crux of this blowout is that Luann was mad that Dorinda went to The Hamptons and stayed with Ramona and didn’t call or text Luann at all. Dorinda was mad because Luann was making fun of her in her cabaret act for heckling her over Jovani. Dorinda misses the old Luann before the cabaret success. Her success has made her so into herself she doesn’t care about anyone else. Luann says she the same old Lu. Dorinda says then apparently she never knew her.
A viewer asked how Luann felt when she watched the show and saw how legitimately hurt Dorinda was. Luann said, she was hurt too. Dorinda said she was arrogant. Luann said no, she was just slow to warm up because she was hurt. Luann starts a sentence with “I’m sorry” and I think we might be getting somewhere. Then she finishes with, “that I was slow to warm up, but that’s just how I felt.”
Dorinda starts to break down crying. She tells Luann that at some point she decided that she (Dorinda) could never do right by her. She After she stood by her like a soldier though these reunions. Luann says that Dorinda stood by her like a soldier and then she let her down. Oh Luann. Grow a heart.
Dorinda is sobbing, “I gave you a prayer card of mine that I got at first communion. I carried it through everything including Richard’s death, And I gave it to you with my heart and you treated me like an animal!” This may be the most heartbreaking speech ever given on a reunion. The sobbing is killing me.
Luann’s response was, “You know why? Because you treated me like an animal! When you heckled me in the audience like that. You broke my heart!” My God this woman has no ability at all to empathize. On the other hand Dorinda had all season to apologize to Lu about that. Lu did deserve and apology for that.
Your Receipts Don’t Show What You Said You Purchased…
Dorinda says that she did that because she didn’t invite John to her event. She decided to piss all over another person that she loves. Luann swears she has texts to prove she invited him. Dorinda demands receipts. Dorinda denies heckling Luann. When Andy reads the receipts that Lu provided, it’s clear she didn’t invite John. Round two goes to Dorinda.
Moving on, another viewer wants to know why Luann was so entitled when staying in The Berkshires and flipping out over the fish room. Did she not see how much Dorinda was doing to try to make it nice for her? Luann only admits that she over reacted. Much like LVP Luann can’t stand to simply apologize. The sound cuts out a bit after the commercial. I’m pretty sure Luann didn’t apologize. Instead she said “I felt really could about that.
And she gets up and gives Dorinda hug?
Luann says she can’t take how Dorinda is looking at her so angry. Seriously, did I miss an apology? Dorinda says she is just confused because she doesn’t recognize her friend of thirteen years who she used to laugh and have good times with. After a long hug, Dorinda immediately starts defending Luann again. Dorinda just wants to move on. She never wants to hear about Jovani again.
Andy plays the new Jovani song Luann put out for the others at the first time. Dorinda is supportive but you can tell she is annoyed.
Next week’s RHONY REUNION Recap highlights include… More drama with Dorinda and Luann, Ramona and others accusing Tinsley of still seeing Scott, Ramona accuses Luann of continuing to drink, the girls embarrass Barbara over her tanner.