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The Real Housewives of New York Recap: Countess Luann Throws a Fit over “Fish Room” Assignment

The Real Housewives of New York Recap

The Real Housewives of New York Recap

Ok, so the thing about this season of The Real Housewives of New York is that it’s almost impossible to decide which of the women is more annoying. Usually it’s Ramona, but for some reason, the other ladies are giving her a run for her money this time around. It’s like they just aren’t really sure about what to do with themselves. I think they have too much time on their hands.

Let’s start with Tinsley, who kicked off  last night’s episode with Botox injections to “relieve jaw stress.” Jaw stress–have you ever?! What in the world does Tinsley have to be stressed about?! She lives in the penthouse suite of one of the most expensive hotels in one of the most expensive cities in the world! She should be ashamed to say she’s stressed! But apparently, she clenches her jaw when she’s ruminating on–oh, I don’t know, what to order from room service, I guess? And, of course, there’s her mother. Why is she always there? Now that I think about it, I’m starting to understand the jaw clenching. 

After the Botox, it was time for Tinsley’s doggy fashion show, an attempt to both bolster her “brand” (whatever that is) and promote the benefits of pet adoption. But mostly it was to bolster her brand.  I mean, really, what even is a doggy fashion show? 

The other source of stress in Tinsley’s life is Scott, her long-suffering boyfriend, who lives in Chicago, which, according to Tinsley, is the only problem in their relationship.  But he has a business to run in the Windy City, and she has her “brand” in the Big Apple, so they’re stuck at dating, despite the fact that Tinsley is desperate to get married again and have children.  

When the ladies enjoyed lunch and drinks aboard Ramona’s friend’s yacht later in the day, they all wanted to know exactly what Tinsley and Scott were waiting for. Tinsley said things were moving along really well for them, and that Scott had even shown her pictures of the engagement ring. Wow! Pictures of an engagement ring?! Who does that? It’s like some sort of sick joke. He knows exactly what Tinsley wants, and yet he keeps it at arms length.  It’s cruel, really, and the ladies tried to convince Tinsley that she deserved much better. It was the first and last thing I’ve agreed with all season.

Tinsley felt put on the spot, and as if her relationship were “on the chopping block,” but surely, she must’ve known deep down that they were right.  Bethenny asked if she thought Scott would “bolt” if she just laid it all on the line and issued an ultimatum–marriage or bust. Tinsley said she didn’t believe that he would “respond well to threats,” but added that she had a time frame in her head, and that if Scott didn’t put one of those rings on her finger soon, she’d have to call it quits.

But really, who is Bethenny to be doling out relationship advice? She’s embarking on a new romance just weeks after the death of her ‘great love,’ Dennis.  She felt guilty about it, and was concerned about “projecting” her feelings about Dennis onto the “gentleman” who was courting her, so she sought the advice of a grief counselor. And she revealed something shocking. She said that the Saturday before Dennis died, she’d decided that she needed to “extricate” herself from the “dynamic” of their relationship.

You see, Dennis knew that she wanted a commitment and a family unit for her daughter, Brynn, and he wasn’t willing to do that.  At the same time, she said, she felt “tremendous pressure” that kept her from “getting off the ride” because Dennis had told her that if it didn’t work out between them, he’d be alone for the rest of his life, and it made her feel guilty.  

All of this makes sense, except for one thing: didn’t Bethenny just reveal to her friends that she and Dennis had gotten engaged right before he died? What the hell was she talking about?! Was she lying then, or lying now? Or was their relationship really just so messed up that she didn’t know whether she was coming or going? Who knows? Suffice to say, Bethenny doesn’t. In the end, the grief counselor encouraged her to find love again, and said that it was really a wonderful way of “honoring” Dennis.

This brings us to the never-ending saga of Luann and Dorinda, who’d invited the ladies to spend the Halloween weekend at her place in the Berkshires. Yes, folks, we’re doing that again. Some people just never learn. Or they’re insane, and repeat the same behavior over and over again, expecting a different result. I’m not sure which it is anymore.

Anyway, Luann and Dorinda, were finally in a decent place, following the sit-down Bethenny had orchestrated between them last week. They even managed to greet each other warmly at Tinsley’s fashion show.  And really, how could they not? Doggy fashion shows just have a way of bringing out the very best in people, am I right? I know I can’t stay angry when I attend one. Dorinda hoped that the goodwill between them would continue during the Berkshires trip. She was thrilled that Luann would be coming, and hopeful that with the opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves, they might actually get their friendship back on track.  LOL!

Let’s just say it wasn’t in the cards for them.  And, for once, it wasn’t Dorinda’s mouth that was to blame.  It was the dreaded “fish room”—a less than Better Homes and Gardens-worthy bedroom in Dorinda’s Berkshires mansion that the ladies argue over every year. Seriously, how much time were they really going to spend in their bedrooms, anyway? But still, Luann felt that since she had deigned to come, and since their friendship was hanging from a very precarious string,

Dorinda should have bent over backward to accommodate her, and make sure she got the very best room in the house.  Instead, Dorinda had given the room to Bethenny in an effort to convince her to stay at the house, rather than a hotel like she had planned. Besides, Bethenny was still grieving, and in a delicate place, and Dorinda thought if she was going to bend over backward to accommodate anyone, it should be her.  Needless to say, the countess didn’t agree.

When the ladies went to dinner, and the room was  discussed, Luann said she just couldn’t believe that Dorinda would expect her to stay in the “fish room,” and Dorinda tried to defend her choice of decor, saying that it wasn’t as if Luann were staying in a shack, and that they were all “half million dollars” rooms.  No offense, but if she paid a half a million dollars for that room, I’ve got a beautiful bridge for sale.  But still, Luann was being pretty rude, not to mention childish–it’s a bedroom for crying out loud!

Tinsley must have felt the same way because she stepped up and offered to take the room, herself, despite the fact that she hated it as much as Luann did.  Luann said that was beside the point, and stormed off, saying that Dorinda “had a lot of nerve” under the circumstances.  Good Grief!

Well, there you have it viewers..a whole lot of childish nonsense, and somehow, still no real drama.  But the Berkshires fun continues next week…stay tuned!

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57 Comments

  1. Bethenny needs to stop. Dennis was still married & wasn’t making any moves to end his marriage. His wife still considered him the “love of her life” & “her best friend”. What is it with mediocre looking men & these HW’s? He sounds like another Harry.

  2. There was a fish theme going on for ep:
    *Tinsley’s mother has to get off the show. She’s annoying. Regarding her life choices, Tinsley has to stop listening to the fish wives.
    *How did Barfenny survive the yacht lunch? Sushi (with raw fish) was served. “Fish Fumes!!!”
    *Who knew one can order a grief counselor to be delivered like Chinese Food? Barfenny’s “story” made no sense on any level of “widow grief”. It was a stream of consciousness ideas of what she thought she wanted. I don’t believe Dennis said that if they broke up, he’d never date again. It sounds like an ultimatum the SkinnyBitch said to HIM. That’s why she claims to feel guilty. She put HIM on the spot. Yet, that pesky marriage thing he still had going… As she relayed their relationship, it became a fish story.
    *Luann’s prima dona ‘tude was in full view. Since she returned from her last SpaHab, she has lost her sense of humor & the ounce of humility she had. Although I agree that the garish FISH room would be a nightmare to sleep in; Dorinda didn’t owe Lu any special treatment. Plus, Tinsley kindly offered to switch. Lu was an ungrateful brat. She can sleep with the fishes

    1. I hate Housewife mothers. They are never cute or entertaining, they piss me off. Tinfoil’s mother is grating, she’s there to compensate for her and her blandness. Tinfoil and her nothing relationship is last year’s storyline and she’s beating a dead horse ? . Move on already. Boozehound Meddles is back to kissing Frankhole’s arse again and it’s rather pathetic, but D’Lu is no countess no more. I wish she would go back to being deliciously snobby and stop with this arrogant haughtiness she’s now displaying.

      1. “Tinfoil” – that’s great. (I call her Tinsel.) She really is lacking in a story line. She’s probably handing on by her fingernails because she has no bff or bf or job or her own home. It’s time to ditch the unfunny, annoying mom.
        DorDrinka waffles between being subservient to Barfenny or slurring insults.
        Lu was so much fun when she was “cool”, collected & comical. Now, her withdrawal from substances are turning her into an angry birdbrain.

        1. I actually don’t care that tinsley doesn’t work because she’s a trust fund kid… bit idk I wish she was

          Shown volunteering or something

          1. She has little interest in anything beyond staying in NYC & hoping Scott will propose. That leaves her plenty of time to do something, anything worthwhile.

    2. Dennis supposedly still talked to his wife every day. He was a rich man on the upper east side.
      The pickings are slim. He wasn’t going to be alone.

      1. Even if he was (& since he still had a wife I guess she meant he wouldn’t have a GF), what does she care? Do all of her discarded boyfriends/fiances have new GFs or are they alone?

    3. I can’t stand Dale. She’s smothering Tinsley and Tinsley needs to give her the heave ho. Dale is keeping Tinsely in an immature state, not letting her fully grow up.

      Fake grief counselor if I ever saw one. I wonder how many days it took to pick him out of the catalogue of Central Casting.

      1. ITA !!!! ~ The only Shrinks Barfenny uses, serve as her personal echo chamber. Tinsel is too immature to run with RHONY pack. She hasn’t broken free from her clingy mama bear.

      2. I wonder what Dale was like when Tinsley was married. She apparently LOVES Topper & tried everything to keep Tinsley from divorcing saying it would be a huge mistake. After that, it seems like she doesn’t trust Tinsley to do anything & micromanages her.

      3. ITA !!!! ~ The only Shrinks Barfenny uses, serve as her personal echo chamber. Tinsel is too immature to run with RHONY pack. She hasn’t broken free from her clingy mama bear.

      4. I wonder what Dale was like when Tinsley was married. She apparently LOVES Topper & tried everything to keep Tinsley from divorcing saying it would be a huge mistake. After that, it seems like she doesn’t trust Tinsley to do anything & micromanages her.

        1. Did you watch the reality show Tinsley had about 15 years ago? It showed their mother daughter dynamic right after Tins was divorced. Dale has raised a very co-dependent daughter….one that doesn’t seem to be able to do anything on her own.

        2. Did you watch the reality show Tinsley had about 15 years ago? It showed their mother daughter dynamic right after Tins was divorced. Dale has raised a very co-dependent daughter….one that doesn’t seem to be able to do anything on her own.

          1. High Society in 2010. I saw bits of it, mostly w/Dale trying to get her to drop the German royal (?) she was panting after. Tinsley DID seem to make one bad decision after another re men until she ended up w/the mug shot in PB.

            I just wondered if that dependency started after the divorce. Dale seems like the type who would think her mothering was done once Tinsley was safely married off to a Mortimer.

    4. I thought the exact same thing when I saw Bitchenny around the sushi & not one complaint or comment out of her mouth, except to question Tinsley.

      I agree with everything you said but when did Lu ever have even an ounce of humility?? 😉

      1. Remember when Luann got all bent out of shape on the ski trip demanding a nicer room because she just got married. The Countess persona has always been there. She just buries her when she’s drunk.

      2. I think Lu had about an ounce of humility when she was dumped by her ex by S2 AND later when she was reduced to “friend” status. That season was one of her best! She was a laugh a minute: “snatch guard” for SonJa and “linebacker” against raMOANer.

  3. There was a fish theme going on for ep:
    *Tinsley’s mother has to get off the show. She’s annoying. Regarding her life choices, Tinsley has to stop listening to the fish wives.
    *How did Barfenny survive the yacht lunch? Sushi (with raw fish) was served. “Fish Fumes!!!”
    *Who knew one can order a grief counselor to be delivered like Chinese Food? Barfenny’s “story” made no sense on any level of “widow grief”. It was a stream of consciousness ideas of what she thought she wanted. I don’t believe Dennis said that if they broke up, he’d never date again. It sounds like an ultimatum the SkinnyBitch said to HIM. That’s why she claims to feel guilty. She put HIM on the spot. Yet, that pesky marriage thing he still had going… As she relayed their relationship, it became a fish story.
    *Luann’s prima dona ‘tude was in full view. Since she returned from her last SpaHab, she has lost her sense of humor & the ounce of humility she had. Although I agree that the garish FISH room would be a nightmare to sleep in; Dorinda didn’t owe Lu any special treatment. Plus, Tinsley kindly offered to switch. Lu was an ungrateful brat. She can sleep with the fishes

    1. Bethenny is lying through her botoxed jawline. She needs to stop saying this especially since she had already moved on.

    1. Wait but she was going to marry an already married man who told her he didn’t want what she wanted. I.e. he didn’t want her. But she has a ring so it’s official?

        1. I have thought from he start that Bethenny was the one who bought that ring. She really is a liar, not to mention that she cannot be alone for a second. Sad that she cannot stand her own company to that degree.

          1. I actually never noticed that she’s never been single until recently. She literally goes from one guy to the next.. I know they talk shit about sonja being a slut but st least she’s single even if she hooks up and enjoys her company. Bf is soooooo codependent

          2. I actually never noticed that she’s never been single until recently. She literally goes from one guy to the next.. I know they talk shit about sonja being a slut but st least she’s single even if she hooks up and enjoys her company. Bf is soooooo codependent

    2. Idk what happened to bf … she used to be the best and most relatable… now she’s a fucking wacko

  4. LuAnn mask was slipping. This is what LuAnn is like when she can’t have a drink. It had nothing to do with the fish motif, the entitled Countless was feeling withdrawals from that drink…That was mad drunkless…LuAnn has a bigger drinking problem than what maybe reported.

    1. I agree. Luann thinks they should bow down to her like she is royalty. I don’t like the things Dorinda said to her when she was drunk. But Dorinda has tried to mend the friendship. Luann is a real piece of work.

  5. Wow, Luann sure was ridiculous about her room, & getting a massage. She thinks she’s a queen. If I were Dorinda I wouldn’t have bent over backwards for her.

  6. I enjoyed every minute of the show, even the little disagreements. These women go places and do things, and often they laugh their heads off together. They move on faster from disagreements than the hags of Beverly Hills, who seem to want an assassin to go after Lisa, our Pinky. No one tries to be in charge of every breath that the others take. I like the fast pace and the “adventures.” In fact, it was a relief, after the repetitive buggery of Beverly Hills. Even the asshole, Tinsley, has her moments.

    The women are shown visiting Ventford Hall in Lenox, Ma. It’s a fabulous restored Jacobean estate full of really divine woodwork (oak!) and was a summer home of the Morgans of older days, which Sonja had never visited. It might have brought on one of her old Morgan freakouts, but I can dig Sonja, no matter what. She isn’t a meany and I have always had a soft spot for her.

    Even the frigging grief counsellor who does house calls had a face made for grief. He managed to sort out Bethenny’s pile of crap and to tell her exactly what she wanted to hear ( at least in that brief moment.) At least things are happening here. Dorinda was even sober for one whole show. I mean, how many miracles do we need?!

    1. Yes to all!
      When I saw that grief counselor stroll in I was thinking omg look at this freaking guy. Then when he began talking I was like wow this guy is really good!

  7. I’m disgusted FrankelJaw would use Dennis as a way to get attention. She lied in her ‘therapy’ session, all through it. In fact the only thing that was truthful is Dennis died, otherwise it was full of falsehoods. Not sure what the point of it was other than BF needed to play the ‘grieving widow’ again.

    Lu needs to be taken out back to the shed and beat with one of her Jovani dresses. What a stuck up, entitled, self involved bitch. She wasn’t that bad during her Countless years, at least I don’t remember her being that way. Why didn’t she stay in a hotel if Dodo’s fish room was so beneath her? I hope she gets taken down soon, I can’t do The C*ntess much longer. Thank God there was minimal Wreck It Ralph this episode.

    1. Bethenny looks ridiculous for lying so much about dennis. His poor family!
      Wearing that huge ring when she’s kinda maybe engaged but also dating someone else? Filming therapy??
      And she called the paps so she’d be seen grieving at his funeral, but she didn’t know her place? None of this makes sense cuz it’s not true!

      Never been a fan of the countess or Luann. Too judgmental and self righteous. A big delusional liar too.

      1. I didn’t like Lu in the early seasons, didn’t hater her but then she did her friend stint and it brought her back down to earth. After last year….I was soooo done with her, didn’t think it could get worse but it has.

        Have a great weekend Naomi !!???

  8. Tinsley is the best dressed of them all. Very stylish clothes. Luann needs to get a grip with her diva attitude. I just forwarded through Bethany’s scene . Cannot take her voice

  9. LuMan needs to stop the Countess pretensions, she lost that title when she married that idiot Tom. She is just Luman and the way she’s been acting she is an embarrassment to the Countess title. The Count should sue her to keep her from using the title it might knock her down a few pegs and possibly make her human.

  10. I was mortified by Luann’s behavior the previous episode over the clam bake and her weak state, but to accept an invitation at somebody’s home and ask for a personal yoga session, the ask for a personal massage (as if this is a spa) and then demand a special room and turn up your nose as if you deserve special treatment? UNREAL. She should be ashamed of herself. Luann….you never deserved a countess title and you are earning a Grand Dame of Self-Entitled BITCH. SMH

  11. Botox injections to “relieve jaw stress.”….keep the dicks out of your vodka mouth and you will be fine…but we know it is not stress related botox you twit.

  12. I thought Ramona and Sonja were gross in Mexico. Luann took the cake with the fish room fiasco. She’s always been pretentious but this time, she was just gross. She should be embarrassed but I doubt that she even thinks she’s behaved poorly.

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