The title of this episode best sums up the problem that each and every housewife has been struggling with for years: "Say what you mean, but don't say it mean."
The first major event in the episode is when Ramona and Luanne decide to meet up at the park for their "confrontation." I guess this was the last resort since they have tried and failed at having a productive talk in a restaurant and a party setting. Anyway, their attempt to resolve their issues started out as well as it could but it went downhill from there.
Once again Ramona went off her leash. She was all over the place and she was constantly talking over Luanne and not listening to a word she had to say (shout out to Heather for calling this one last week). The fight ended with an awkward hug between the two and once again nothing was resolved. As Luanne walks away, she remarks, "I can't help but feel I made a deal with the devil."
Aviva seems to be making the rounds in this episode because we get to see her hanging out with most of the ladies. First, she and her husband go out to dinner with Heather and her husband. The couples instantly hit it off and they talk about their kids and parenting styles (Carole would have hated this convo).
Later, Aviva goes vintage clothes shopping with Carole (who supposedly likes her company because she is a fan). But the hangout proved pretty informative for us viewers since Aviva got her to spill on her love life. Carole tells Aviva that she is dating Aerosmith's Russ Irwin and apparently they have a fairly open relationship that only takes place when he is back in the city. Carole even admits, "I like the feeling of missing someone and someone missing me." I'm no therapist but I am sensing some serious commitment issues.
There was one common theme, however, with Aviva's visits with the newbies -- she brings up the fight between Ramona and Luanne. I thought you wanted to stay out of this mess, Aviva? Why do you keep bringing it up?
I do have to say, though, that all the newbies seem mature about the situation when they say that they don't want to make any assumptions before they hear both sides. And most importantly, they claim they don't want to get involved ... let's see how long that lasts.
Later, Aviva goes to lunch with Ramona and starts sucking up to her. Aviva's whole lunching situation seems brilliantly orchestrated. She tells Ramona what Luanne did to fuel some fire but she holds back on the details to keep her from getting in the middle of it. Then, she makes a pact with Ramona that they both agree to be honest with each other and not get others involved. Basically Aviva secures a spot on Ramona's good side -- for the time being.
On a not-so-surprising note, Sonja inappropriately flirts with her water damage repairman and misses her cue to go onstage to present an award at a GLAAD fundraiser. Shockers all around.
Now a mini wrap-up on some classic "Real Housewives" moments in this week's episode:
Are you serious?
Ramona says she doesn't know what LGBTQ stands for and claims she has never heard it before.
Did she really just say that?
Heather says that she is "Jewish by injection" since she is still in the process of converting.
Let's get that crazy checked out.
Luanne claims that Ramona has spies on her and her family in the Hamptons.