Old habits die hard, especially for the Housewives. Episode 8 of The Real Housewives of New York City reminded us all that romance can rekindle, careers can blossom, and friendships can grow — but at the end of the day, someone's going to threaten to smash someone's face in the caviar.
Ramona (Kinda Sorta) Tries to Accept Dorinda's Boyfriend John
Things started off calm enough when Ramona Singer met Dorinda Medley for a civilized lunch. A clearly tickled Ramona confessed that her estranged husband, Mario Singer, had been pursuing her as of late and had also mended fences with their daughter Avery (who had been none too pleased with how her parents' split had gone down). "He's like, 'I want my family back. I want you back,'" the Pinot Grigio purveyor reported. Pressed by Dorinda about whether he had changed, Ramona thoughtfully replied, "He didn't give a s— and now he gives a s—." Guess that sounds like progress.
But while Dorinda was supportive of Ramona's (potential) relationship, Ramona couldn't quite bring herself to return the favor. When the topic of Dorinda's boyfriend, John, came up, Ramona managed to say, "I accept him because you love him. That's how it works." Because Dorinda has more self control than most of the gang, she dropped it, but Ramona wasn't done just yet.
"I can't help that I don't embrace John so readily," she quipped to the camera. "And it's not just me. There are a lot of people who would prefer not to be seated next to him at a dinner party." Serendipitously Ramona got the chance to test out her theory at a dinner party later on.
Sonja Is a Latino Superstar
Okay, superstar might be a bit of a stretch, but Sonja Morgan is a cover girl! In an attempt to prove to the other ladies that her brand was more than a figment of her imagination, the aspiring designer hosted a party to celebrate the article featuring her in Latino magazine.
While Kristen Taekman was thoroughly impressed with the event, Ramona, Bethenny Frankel, and Heather Thomson seemed underwhelmed. "I'm a little confused on what I'm supporting Sonja for," Ramona confessed to the camera. "Is it a magazine? Is it the red dress? Like, whats going on here? And also she's not Spansih. She's not Latin. Latino magazine? I'm not getting that part at all." Bethenny echoed Ramona's sentiments. "I just was like, 'Okay, I want to let you know that I am going to be on the cover of Equine Magazine,'" she joked.
For her part, Heather insisted that producing one ad in a magazine is not the same thing as a dress and then proceeded to ask Sonja's team if they were going to sell the collection at Kmart.
Carole Launches Her First Political Campaign
With her much younger boyfriend jaunting around honey farms in Nicaragua with his ex-girlfriend, Carole Radziwill decided to run for a seat on the board of her building. "This is my first political campaign," she admitted with a smile that let us all know she realized how ridiculous she sounded. Still, Carole managed to wrangle herself a team of unidentified "New York top political consultants," as well as Heather Thomson, Heather's husband, and Ramona.
After campaigning for a whopping two days, Carole invited a gaggle of friends over to keep her company when the results call came in. Heather, Kristen, Sonja, Ramona, LuAnn de Lesseps, and Bethenny — who was clearly taking LuAnn's advice to be more social with the girls — all dropped in. "It's either going to be a victory party or we can drown our sorrows in Ramona's Pinot Grigio," Carole reasoned.
Citing the facts that Carole doesn't get up before noon, can't water her plants, and doesn't have a real kitchen, LuAnn clearly thought Carole was poorly suited for the responsibility, but Carole was elected anyway. (Sorry, Lu!)
Two other key takeaways from the night were that Kristen apologized to Sonja for doubting her business acumen and Heather wants a tattoo on her hip of Maleficent's head (which Bethenny seemed to think was not the world's greatest idea).
Bethenny Breaks Down at CB2
For some inexplicable reason, Bethenny and Carole wound up shopping at CB2 where the conversation turned to Bethenny's frustration over her limited time with her daughter, Bryn. It took about one minute for the Skinnygirl mogul to break down in tears.
Carole did her best to comfort her, though she was obviously uncomfortable, and a helpful store employee came over to see if they needed any assistance. Bethenny asked for wine (which the employee didn't have) and drugs (another fail). Still, Bethenny appeared to feel better at the end of her public cry, so even though they didn't buy anything besides a few cloth napkins to wipe Bethenny's eyes, the trip was a success.
It's Dorinda's Party and She'll Cry if She Wants to
In honor of Dorinda's 50th birthday, LuAnn organized a little cavaiar-and-vodka dinner party. Ramona brought a man she'd picked up in the Hamptons named Michael; Heather came with her husband; and the birthday girl brought her boyfriend, John. But when Heather tried to give Ramona a compliment (or something resembling a compliment, anyway), all hell broke loose. Ramona insisted that she actually hadn't changed in the way Heather had described, but rather that Heather hadn't known the true her to begin with.
"People like you, Heather, and people like you," Ramona barked while pointing to LuAnn, "You have this evasive wall up. But Dorinda is very welcoming, so when she is welcoming I kind of bring down my wall so I can be myself." Heather and LuAnn didn't take too kindly to that, but Ramona wasn't swayed. "In all sincerity, Heather, LuAnn, you have this wall up or insincerity toward me and I didn't want to break it down. I can't be bothered," she snapped, prompting Heather to tell her to chill out.
Hoping to keep the peace, Dorinda chimed in. "I think we're all much more alike than we always think we are," she said. Ramona then reiterated how fond she was of Dorinda, which prompted LuAnn to tell Ramona that Dorinda had called her upset because Ramona had not been nice to her.
"John," Dorinda corrected.
Clarified LuAnn, "You weren't very nice to John," prompting an impossible-to-follow exchange of who told whom what but basically boiled down to the fact that Ramona and LuAnn had talked trash about John and then Ramona had reported back to Dorinda what LuAnn said without mentioning her part in the conversation. (John, conveniently, was not present for most of this exchange as he'd excused himself to use the men's room.) "I'm going to stick Ramona's face in the caviar right now," LuAnn declared before ordering Ramona to sit her "pretty ass down" in her chair.
"So much for new friendships," Heather quipped as tears welled in Dorinda's eyes. "Now we're back to where we f—ing started." You can say that again.
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