Countess LuAnn on "Real Housewives of New York City." (Bravo )
Let's be honest for a second: This season of"The Real Housewives of New York City"has been pretty lackluster. In fact, over the past eight episodes, not much has happened and not much has changed.
Yes, we have the Ramona vs. Heather wars and Carole's unsettling feelings towards LuAnn ... but what real drama have we seen this season? Is it just because the newbies aren't crazy enough? Is Andy Cohen regretting firing Jill Zarin, Alex (and Simon) McCord and Kelly Bensimon?
At the end of this week's episode we got a glimpse at what the rest of the season will be like: It all looks good and exciting but was that just the producer's editing the show to keep viewers holding on for the rest of the season?
For most of us, we continue watching because NYC was one of the original "Real Housewives" and we hold onto some string of hope that the season will pick up.
Now that I've ranted, let's get down to the little bits of deception, trash-talking, and drama in this week's episode.
Ramona invites Sonja, Aviva, and Carole to lunch so she can get the dirt on the London trip. Of course Carole brings up her feelings towards LuAnn and how she constantly tries to one-up her. Sonja also adds that LuAnn always needs to be first to enter a room, thus stealing the thunder from the shorter girls. Oh, please.
Ramona agrees with Carole on the one-upping and is thrilled that the other ladies are starting to see this side of LuAnn.
Aviva invites Sonja to join her and Ramona's couples weekend at their apartment in Miami. She also reveals that she has someone to set her up with. But she warns her that he's a sex addict ... and her father. Sonja is digging the sex addict part, but not so much the father part.
A couple nights later LuAnn and Jacque host a wine tasting/wine games party. Ramona is weirdly excited to see LuAnn and gives her a big hug. I guess she really is trying to start over with LuAnn.
Jacque insists that the girls partake in a blindfolded wine test in which they must taste an anonymous wine and explain how they feel about it. Then they have to smell a scent and then try the wine again. According to the "Master of Wine" lady they hired to do the game, the scents help isolate your sense of smell from your taste.
Heather goes first and she doesn't really like the wine. Then, she smells some scents and ends up enjoying it more. Then, Ramona goes. She uses some fancy lingo and says something along the lines of the wine not having much depth and that it could have some more flavor. After the tastings, the Master of Wine reveals that the wine they had tasted was Ramona's own Ramona Pinot Grigio.
This was so great yet so evil. Oh LuAnn, you had to have known that this stint would cause some tension with Ramona. Yes, it was done in good fun but dear old Ramona Singer takes nothing lightly.
Jump to Miami, where we see that Aviva and her family have settled in nicely to their beautiful apartment overlooking the ocean. We get to meet the notorious sex-addict-father who certainly looks like you'd expect.
As Aviva says, "There is never a dull moment with my father. He is unfiltered, hilarious, and always to the point."
Reid's mother arrives and she is the typical retired-Jewish-mother-who-lives-in-Boca. Aviva's father points out that "people go to Boca to die" and that Boca is basically a Jewish colony in which the five towns have migrated. This is entirely too accurate.
Aviva and Reid are quickly preparing for Ramona and Mario to arrive. Aviva is going out of her way to make sure Ramona is content because she knows how high maintenance that woman can get. However, she neglects to take down the various pictures of her and her family on top of the bed and all over the room.
Back in NYC, LuAnn and Heather go for coffee and happen upon an eyebrow place that Heather has been dying to check out. While they are being waxed Heather tries to once again drop LuAnn some hints on how the other girls have been feeling. And once again the whole thing goes strait over LuAnn's head.
But I once again have to hand it to Heather -- she really knows how to deal with crazy ladies. In fact, she tells LuAnn calmly that if it's such a big deal to Sonja to enter a room first and if she truly doesn't care, to just let her go in first. She suggests being the bigger person even if the whole thing is crazy.
After the not-so-successful intervention LuAnn brings up that Sonja and Ramona are at Aviva's home in Miami and that Carole was already down there so the four of them are going to get together.
Heather isn't bothered that Aviva didn't invite her but she does recognize the fact that Aviva gave her such a hard time for excluding Ramona in the London trip and now she is kind of doing the same to her.
In one of Carole's few scenes this episode, we see her feelings towards The Countess boil even more. When she finds out that LuAnn asked Carole's designer friends to borrow one of his dresses, she is completely turned off and weirded out.