Part one of The Real Housewives of New York City season four reunion provided for over an hour’s worth of content of 40+ year old women shouting over and at each other. Nothing positive came out of the reunion. In fact, certain relationships were confirmed to be strained for the long haul. Kelly and Alex as well as Jill and Alex will not becoming friends anytime soon if anybody had any doubts. Cindy also has no plans to befriend Sonja, Ramona, and Alex. While it is natural to see that every woman will not become friends with each other, the hostility between the women is what disturbs me the most.
All season long, it seemed to be the wrong place and wrong time to confront people on certain conflicts. Every one except for Cindy seemed to agree about this, although Kelly did not say anything. Even still, the way that these conflicts were handled in whatever environment the women were in was not well. This group might be a group full of successful business women but they do not succeed in being civil amongst each other. The common courtesy and support as hard working mothers and wives is thrown out the window when gossip gets in the way and feelings get attached to meaningless things that were said. Although it doesn’t help to heal from certain words when Kelly is sitting on the couch denying that she gossiped about Sonja right after a clip was shown of her doing such. Whether o rnot Kelly’s words were taken out of context, even the Countess agreed that Kelly’s remarks were inappropriate.
The women were very respectful and quiet when host, Andy Cohen gave Sonja the floor to talk about declaring bankruptcy and her marriage. You could probably hear a pin drop during her tearful speech. Not only has she gone through the ringer, but she made a point to say that she is not the first person to make a bad investment. Through their silence, it was clear that the ladies felt empathy towards Sonja’s current predicament, but that silence did not last long. Sonja may have gotten a silent crutch from the women on the business front but she should hold off on expecting another crutch. Although it is worth mentioning that Sonja can afford to live the high life without the money that it takes to live it through making deals with the many contacts that she does have.
There was also a fun homage showcasing Ramona and Sonja’s friendship and a homage to Kelly being the voice of reason but aside from that, Alex made sure to get involved and lend her voice to every question Cohen asked, directed at her or not. Needless to say, the women became very irritated with that, as many viewers surely were too. It’s as if Alex came in with an agenda and was already fired up about defending every little thing even before reaching Soho to begin filming. So this makes it quite ironic that Alex was so bent on correcting Kelly, Jill, LuAnn, and Cindy but was more than eager to forgive Sonja for the MENY March confusion. Now friends, she can easily brush that incident over and leave it in the past. Really, the only person she is hurting is herself by picking and choosing who she will forgive and respect. When Alex said that it was okay to yell at women, all of the ladies perched up and forward, waiting for clarification. When she said it again, the ladies all said, “Oh” and held the “oh” for a bit and sighed in shame and pity for her. It’s clear this is not her best season on the show. She has been seen in better light before.
“What would a season be without Jill and Ramona going at it?” – Andy Cohen
And the story behind the purpose of Ramona’s wine at the Anti-Bullying Event is quite a mystery. While that is not where Jill and Ramona’s conflicts stem, the setting of this conflict could not have been any clearer of a mirror as to the relationship that Ramona and Jill have. The mention of Bethenney Frankel was anticipated but thankfully her name did not make for the topic of discussion for too long. Dwelling on the past for so long is unhealthy, so it was great to get back on track with the current cast. Though great might not be the best word since nothing positive came out of this reunion. While there is much to like and much to dislike about every one of these women, there is not much to change in thinking after this reunion. Perhaps that will change in part two?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion on Bravo.
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