By Jaclyn Peiser
8:01 AM EDT, August 14, 2012
There were too many parties in this week's episode of"The Real Housewives of New York City,"which meant too many opportunities for catfights to break out.
But before we can get into the drama at the parties, we must backtrack to the various moments that caused future confrontations.
The day had finally arrived where Sonja was going to shoot the pictures for her toaster oven box. It was clear from the start that Heather and her associates had a completely different vision for the brand that Sonja did. So, to appease her stubbornness, Heather and James agreed to shoot both their concept and Ramona's.
Of course, Ramona is late for the shoot and totally unfocused once she arrived. She is simply in her own world, too distracted on making the sample food than getting her hair and makeup done.
"If you want to waste my time and pay me, no problem," Heather said. "But if you want to waste my time and not work effectively and efficiently when everyone is in there, doing everything for free, than that's a problem for me."
Amen, Heather! Sonja obviously isn't appreciating everything Heather has done for her. And once the shoots are over, Ramona still insists that she likes her concept better and overlooks the fact that Heather put the whole operation together and got all these people to donate their time.
A few days later the girls meet up at Carole's apartment for a light lunch and gathering. Carole offers to order pizza but the ladies look at her with confusion and slight disgust.
To make up for the mishap, she shows the girls the M&M's she ordered with their names on them. It was a cute gesture but as Ramona points out, it's not what one would expect when hosting such esteemed guests.
Carole tells the girl that she finished her manuscript and that she wants them to join her on a trip to St. Barts. All the girls are on board except for Aviva who has another mini freak-out because of her travel phobias.
Since she doesn't like to travel without Reid and she is afraid to go on the little commuter plane to the island, the girls try to convince her to face her fears and go with him. Some of the ladies are against her idea of bringing Reid and want it to just be a girls trip.
Later, Ramona invites all the ladies to her launch of her Ramona Red Wine and the reveal of her covers on two magazines. One of the pictures looks a lot like her daughter Avery, which can only mean one thing -- Photoshop. Aviva, who is apparently Ramona's No. 1 fan these days, even notes that it is "overly air brushed."
When Sonja gets to the party, Ramona grills her on what happened at the photo shoot that Heather "blackballed" her from. Sonja said she wanted to have fun with the shoot but Heather was focused on doing the shots and her vision of the shoot.
Ramona puts words into her mouth and suggests that Heather "steamrolled" her. Sonja said that she was bossing her around and mentions how Heather confronted her that she wasn't giving her credit for the work she was doing with the brand. Ramona suggests that Heather brought it up because she knew she wasn't doing anything and still wanted credit.
Um, excuse me, Ramona!? Heather is donating her time to Sonja and pulled in her resources to help her. Ramona has no right to pass judgment. She has no idea what Heather's involvement was with the branding.
When Heather arrives, she nicely tells Sonja that she knows what she wants for her but it's really up to Sonja to pick what she wants for herself. Sonja tells her she appreciates her saying that and that she just talked to Ramona about the situation. Then, Ramona butts into the conversation and says that Sonja just told her that she steamrolled her at the shoot.
Ramona is actually out of her mind. She then pulls Heather aside and says that she is mad that she didn't call her to tell her that she didn't want her at the photo shoot. Ramona really needs to calm down. Is it really Heather's responsibility to call her? No. If anything, as Heather says, it was Sonja's responsibility to tell Ramona, not hers.
The reality is that Heather organized the shoot and donated her time and efforts to help Sonja. Thus, her and her creative partners chose to not let anyone into the shoot. That included all the 'Housewives.' Meanwhile Sonja throws Heather under the bus in the situation and simply walks away.
Ramona then goes to complain and vent about Heather to the rest of the ladies ... but they don't let her get away with it. LuAnn actually stands up for heather and later says, "It's really none of Ramona's business, it's between Heather and Sonja."
Carole, who let’s face it, only makes appearances these days to make snarky, funny comments, or inject some words of wisdom, wisely observes the situation: "I have yet to be at a party where Ramona has not either caused or been part of some big drama."
When Ramona finally realizes that she is the hostess of the party and needs to be talking to other guests, Heather sets the record straight with the ladies.
Ramona then tells Sonja that the "old her" wouldn't have walked away and acted as calmly like she did tonight. She said the old Ramona would have been screaming and clawing at the enemy. Um, wasn't that essentially what you were doing there, Ramona?
On to the next party.
Sonja invites all the girls to a party that one of her famous friends is hosting. Aviva randomly approaches LuAnn and asks her what Jacques' intention was for using Ramona's wine for the wine game.
LuAnn once again explains that it wasn't meant to be malicious (still a little skeptical on that) and if anything it was just to show how smells could really change the taste of wine. LuAnn says, "Ramona is just paranoid with her wine."
Aviva is not convinced and Jacque tries to explain it as well. But why did Aviva have to say anything in the first place? I thought everyone was over this. It's none of her business and if Ramona, of all people, can get over it, so should she.
When LuAnn and Jacques leave the party, Aviva and Ramona immediately start talking about them. (At least they were classy enough to wait for them to leave the party, right?). Aviva starts bad talking Jacques and LuAnn for the wine incident and Ramona starts criticizing his French accent, saying that he doesn't know how to do the proper accent.
Is this seriously happening? It is just baffling that women actually act like this in real life. Ramona even mentions that LuAnn doesn’t know what it’s like to be a businesswoman since she marries well and divorces well.
Ouch. That was a low blow, Ramona. And that is certainly going to come back to you during the reunion episode.
Heather overhears the conversation and is very disappointed with Aviva's actions, "Aviva is confusing me, it's clearly not right to talk behind someone's back the minute they leave the room. I wouldn't call that rising above anything I would call it sticking yourself right in the middle of the s---."
Heather decides to talk to Aviva about the situation and express her feelings about Aviva talking about them right as they left. Ramona peeks around the corner and literally hovers over Heather's shoulder, listening to what she has to say. Ramona then flips out and yells at Heather for talking behind her back.
Wasn't that EXACTLY what Ramona was doing literally five minutes ago? This woman is seriously a nut-job. She needs to get some meds to calm down the crazy.
Speaking of "crazy" -- Heather calls Ramona "crazy" when telling Mario what drama just went down. Aviva gets extremely offended and tells Heather to not call Ramona "crazy" to her husband. She says that it's the highest level of disrespect.
Well, we were left with a "To be continued ..." at the end of the episode, which only means one thing: More drama and fights await us viewers next week.
Best discovery of the week:
Carole (@CaroleRadziwill) live tweets the episodes of "Real Housewives of New York City."
"Is @ramonasinger a little crazier tonight than normal? She need yoga. Plank position until your life changes. #RHONY"
"Ramona was blackballed!?!?! Chill out...jeez you'd think this was the McCarthy hearings and not a pinot party. #RHONY"
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