‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Recap: Luann de Lesseps Slams Costars as ‘Bitches’ After Bethenny Frankel’s Insult

The heart is a lonely hunter, especially when that heart has found love with a man who has a history with a few of your girlfriends. On the Wednesday, July 6, episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, Luann de Lesseps continued her campaign to rally support for her full-speed-ahead relationship with Tom (who may or may not have “dated” Ramona Singer and definitely slept with Sonja Morgan). It seemed just about everyone had something to say about Luann’s new man, except for Bethenny Frankel, who was understandably too concerned with her upcoming surgery to spend much energy on Lu’s love life.

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To Surgery or Not to Surgery

That was the question. With just two days left between her and an operating-room table, Bethenny was busy doing what Bethenny does best: working. As she prepped by transforming into a slightly more modernized Jessica Rabbit for a Skinnygirl event at Dylan’s Candy Bar, Bethenny seemed increasingly anxious for what lay ahead.

Carole Radziwill dropped by the event to lend her support, where Bethenny confessed that she didn’t feel ready for the surgery and lamented that she had no mother to call. Carole told the mogul she could call her, and the two ended up at the office of Dr. Erica Schwartz for a second opinion about whether Bethenny should go under the knife. While Carole warned Bethenny not to “doctor shop” because if you look hard enough you can always find someone who says exactly what you hope, Bethenny was clearly relieved by Schwartz’s advice — not to have surgery just yet.

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Instead, Schwartz put the mother of one on a progesterone pill and advised the businesswoman to see how her body adjusted. “I feel like someone’s telling me what I want to hear. I’m like, ‘I love you!’” Bethenny told the camera, laughing. (This is exactly what Carole had warned her about, but Bethenny didn’t seem the least bit concerned.)

Even Bethenny Thinks Luann Is Self-Absorbed

It turned out that not even her own impending health issues could fully distract Bethenny from Luann. Noting that they had been the most supportive in the group, Bethenny invited Ramona, Carole and Dorinda Medley over to her apartment to cuddle in front of the fire and have some girl chat. After covering important topics like Bethenny’s decision to postpone her surgery and the merits of diaphragms (which Ramona apparently swore by back in the day), the conversation turned to Luann.

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“I don’t really trust anything she would say to me,” Carole offered, adding that despite Luann’s recent apology, “she has not at all reached out in a genuine way.” Ramona then reported that she had tried to give Lu some guidance on how to mend the broken fences, prompting Dorinda to pretty much roll her eyes. “I don’t know why we’re talking about this again,” Dorinda said to the camera.

“Even for everyone in this room, I have never seen such self-absorption,” Bethenny said of her meeting with Luann (the one where Lu invited herself on Bethenny’s now-canceled girls’ trip to Mexico). “I didn’t get one sentence in.” Carole said Luann had always been self-absorbed and left it at that. “She is feeling very on top of the world again because of the guy,” Bethenny speculated. No one openly disagreed.

Jules Visits Her Plastic Surgeon About Her Vagina

And for some reason, we all had to watch. Long story short: Jules Wainstein’s vagina was apparently on the mend, but she was still worried it wouldn’t go back to the “perfect pistachio” it had been before the accident. Her plastic surgeon, however, took a look and reassured her it would be fine. Jules got a peek herself using a hand mirror, which, thankfully, the censors pixelated before airing.

Luann Calls Everyone Bitches at Dorinda’s Dinner

In an effort to help everyone find peace with one another, Dorinda decided to host a dinner. Prior to the group meal, she met up with Luann and advised her that she should make an attempt to get back “involved” with the rest of the girls. Though Luann initially scoffed, asking why she would want to be involved with the girls at all, she soon got sucked into the latest gossip, which was mainly that Ramona had “turned” on her.

“Ramona has gone to the dark side once again,” Luann said, adding that she thought the rest of the group couldn’t stand it that she had found her soulmate. “I think it pisses them off.” Well, that was one theory, at least.

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The cast of ‘The Real Housewives of New York.’ Mathieu Young/Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

The big dinner arrived, and Jules, Dorinda, Carole, Bethenny, Sonja, Ramona and Luann gathered for some hearty Italian fare. It took about two seconds for Luann to start talking about Tom. “He’s never been married, so he’s never had a wife, a dog, children,” she said with a huge grin. (She was going to give him those things!) She then reported that he was ring shopping. Carole said congratulations and then asked if that was something people said congratulations about — congratulations that a guy is looking for a ring to give you.

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Meanwhile, Sonja was “elated” to finally see Bethenny, but “nervous to do anything to rock the boat” with her. It seemed her fears were unfounded, though, as Bethenny reported that she too was ready to “turn the page.” In other positive updates, Jules reported that her vagina was “95 percent back” to its pistachio self (insert sigh of relief here).

Since her tension with Sonja had melted, Bethenny decided it was a good time to point out that several of the ladies (i.e., Luann, Ramona and Sonja) had all been with several of the same guys (i.e., Harry and Tom). Sonja then chimed in that she and Tom had been “friends with benefits” for 10 years. “He’s my friend,” she said. “I’m putting it right out there to maybe take a little sting out of it for Lu.” Um. OK. Announcing she had been sleeping with Luann’s future husband for a decade was apparently intended as an act of kindness. That’s when Luann snapped.

“Nothing you can say will change my mind!” she declared. “I don’t care who f–ked who!” She got even more upset as she added, “When you’re here and you’re feeling great, and you’re in love, everybody tries to rip you down! All of my friends are happy for me except for you bitches! Why?” She then took a moment to note that Carole had actually been nice before screaming, “These are my friends? This is really great!” She then stormed out. “Tom is coming back, so I’m just going to go.”

To say that no one tried to stop her would probably be an understatement.

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