Last we saw of The Real Housewives of New York City, Dorinda was stalking Sonja like prey at Ramona’s dinner party in the Hamptons. Poor Sonja, really is the baby bunny about to be pounced on by an apex predator, and she has no idea it’s coming. Let’s see how it goes down in “The Etiquette of Friendship.”
Airing of the Grievances
Sonja and Tinsley arrive at Ramona’s and Dorinda tenses up the minute they walk in, but Tinsley and Dorinda have a pleasant enough conversation for their first meeting. Tinsley talks about her relationship gone wrong and her arrest, just so she could address the elephant in the room. Dorinda assures her that there isn’t a person in this room who hasn’t messed up from time to time.
But things go south when they sit down for dinner. Sonja tries to be her normal, friendly, Sonja self to Dorinda, but Dorinda cuts the crap real quick. She tells Sonja to shut her mouth and stop talking about her to the press.
Sonja plays dumb, but Dorinda pulls up receipts and reads a direct quote from her from the latest blog about not being caught dead at Luann’s wedding and trashing Dorinda and her relationship. This brings Luann into things, who is hurt that Sonja would say that about her wedding. (She also points out that Sonja was never even invited to her wedding, so there would be no need for her to be there, dead or otherwise).
At this point, Sonja tries to defend herself, but Dorinda continues to interrupt her telling her to “shut her mouth.” She tells Sonja to put an EZ Pass on her vagina because everyone uses it. Woof. Carole tries to tell Dorinda that she’s beneath that kind of talk and Tinsley tries to stand up for her friend Sonja, but Dorinda is seeing red. In her confessional, Carole says that Dorinda has a valid point, but her delivery gets in the way.
Ramona is embarrassed by this kind of mess happening at her dinner party. And Sonja handles it as well as she can. She keeps up her etiquette at the dinner table by sitting up straight and not going low like Dorinda.
Even Tinsley starts to realize she was only getting Sonja’s side of the story and it was probably one-sided. And she realizes she can’t keep sticking up for Sonja if this is where it gets her. Also, she’s kind of scared of Dorinda. I can’t blame her.
Bethenny pulls up to pick up Carole to go back to the city. She’s witness to the chaos from the outside, which is actually pretty funny.
Ramona pulls Sonja away. Sonja tells Ramona that she knows she’s talked about Tom and Luann to the press, but she honestly doesn’t recall saying those things about Dorinda. Ramona encourages her to sit down with Dorinda one-on-one and talk about what’s really bothering them.
Before she goes, Carole tells Ramona that she doesn’t want her to come to her Election Night party. She says she doesn’t want any drama that night. Ramona wants to know if she’s dis-inviting her and Carole tries to tell her that’s not the case. So Ramona insists that she’s coming anyway. Carole said if Ramona cared about her feelings, she wouldn’t come, but Ramona in general doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings, so she’ll probably show up.
Burying the Hatchet
The next day, Luann hosts a brunch at her Hamptons home. Dorinda says she feels better about saying her piece and now the ball is in Sonja’s court. Ramona’s mad at Bethenny now though because she’s gotten radio silence from her since their tiff. Ramona thinks that if they’re really friends, they should be able to work things out. But she’s heard nothing from Bethenny.
When Tinsley and Sonja arrive at brunch, Dorinda and Sonja hug like they’re old friends. Dorinda says it’s a new day and Sonja asks her if she feels better now. I’m sorry, what?! Sonja’s mad for a year because Dorinda doesn’t invite her to the Berkshires, but she can forgive and forget the nasty things Dorinda said to her the night before in front of a whole party?! What is Sonja’s deal?
Tinsley’s surprised by this reaction too. She says she’s never seen someone attack someone else like Dorinda attacked Sonja the night before and now they’ve hugged it out. She has a lot to learn about hanging with this group.
Even though things are good with Dorinda and Sonja now, Sonja and Luann still aren’t on the same wavelength. Luann does not appreciate how Sonja keeps bringing up her past with Tom to the press, to the other ladies and to just about anyone. And Sonja doesn’t seem to understand that she’s really not invited to Luann’s wedding. The delusion is strong with this one.
Luann, Dorinda and Tinsley meet for dinner back in the city. And Luann and Dorinda show up in identical blue faux-fur shrugs. But Luann insists her’s is cuter.
Dorinda is planning a surprise party for Ramona’s 60th birthday (Ramona is 60?! This episode is full of surprises). Tinsley was happy to be invited because she’s having trouble reconnecting with her old friends from New York. But she didn’t tell Sonja she was meeting Lu and Dorinda because she didn’t want to upset her or make her jealous. It’s hard to tell where Sonja would land on this one. She does get jealous, but on the other hand, she did introduce Tinsley to these women.
Tinsley also spills on Sonja’s new boyfriend. He’s very young and very French. Cut to Sonja in her crazy townhouse washing her lacy thongs in her bidet. Wow, is Frenchie a lucky guy.
Tinz also opens up about her past and her ex. She says getting arrested was one of the most traumatic experiences she’s had to deal with. She tells the lady about her mugshot even, and I think she’s taking the right approach to all of this. Better to meet it all head on then to hide it and tiptoe around it like it’s something to be ashamed of. Dorinda says everyone does crazy things when they’re in love so she can’t judge her. And Luann says men love damsels in distress and she’ll do great dating in New York.
Bethenny visits Carole and all of her pets (all named Baby, for some reason) at her apartment. They talk about Carole “shacking up” with Adam, and her continuing inability to acknowledge the relationship for the committed, loving thing that it is. Bethenny also talks about how she’s hit the wall with Ramona. She says she’s never forgiven someone as many times as she’s forgiven Ramona, and after she said that thing about her daughter, she’s absolutely had it. She’s done.
At Sonja’s townhouse, she talks to her assistant about how irritated she is with Tinsley. She says that it’s not right that Tinsley is going out with all of her friends and not inviting her. She goes on and on talking trash about how rude Tinsley’s being, and lo and behold, Tinsley has heard everything from the hallway.
Even though she suspected something like this might happen, Tinsley is shocked at how petty Sonja is being. She thought they were friends and she doesn’t appreciate her talking about her behind her back. Sonja insists that she’s just hurt, and she wants Tinsley to remember her etiquette and invite her host whenever she goes out. Tinsley thinks that just because she’s staying in her daughter’s room, Sonja thinks Tinsley is like a surrogate daughter who has to report to her like a parent. But Tinsley intends on having her own life and doing things her own way in the Big Apple.
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