I loved this season, last season and the Scary Island season (season 3) the most.
And I totally agree with @KeMoLove and @Chris B about Sonja. She is a delight and adds a lot to this show that goes unappreciated. She is fun and sensitive and resilient. Yes, she also has her delusions but this season she was sober as a judge and not one other of those women could make the same claim.
I hope Andy and the execs at Bravo get out their chequebook for the whole NYC cast. They've earned it. They deserve a raise.
So long as Bear doesn't win I'll be happy. Aubrey destroyed him in yesterday's episode - I think the world released a sigh of relief that someone finally shut him up and exposed how insecure and weak he is.
"How could you do this to me. Question mark." - LuAnn
Honestly, she should have a t shirt made with that line. I would buy it. The finale was not as satisfying as I had hoped it would be. I was disappointed for LuAnn that she stayed with Tom after he obviously cheated on her. I understand that she's trying to look at the situation as a blip, as a sophisticated woman of the world would, but she deserves better than a guy who'd look another direction when she's in the room. Obviously, just based off of the "previously this season..." summary it is evident that the whole season was based on LuAnn. She made it happen.
Ramona redeemed herself to me for that reason. She seemed disappointed for LuAnn as well and said a few times that LuAnn deserves better. I think, after all these years, these two have a level of respect for each other.
Sonja was the most realistic about the situation in its entirety. She reminds me of Goldie Hawn's character in the First Wives Club - she gets her best ideas when she's working out and sober. Otherwise she's a bit desperate and daffy. I think Sonja injected so much humour this season.
Dorinda is fun and I like her and her comments about being a sh*t stirrer amused me to no end. She's a decent soul and I doubt she'd hurt a fly. She just slurs like crazy when she drinks but I'm glad she's on the show.
Carole and Jules were non entities.
Bethenny's tears rang very hollow to me. I don't believe them. I don't believe her intentions were selfless. She had SkinnyGirl showcased for maximum effect, so job well done to her.
I am softening to Michelle because she tried to repair things before they became a problem and she knew she didn't handle the first lunch well. I do not, however, like her discussion of body shape. She's done it 2/2 episodes. I can't fault her for being realistic about the fashion industry but it isn't healthy for a 12 year old girl. She does have a sense of humour which helps.
Angela blew it and I'll never like her or pity her. She is nuts. She's desperate and a loser and her thirst for Gilda is real. I HATED the way she was discussing the gossip about Gilda with Louise and Julia. That is a basic bitch if there ever was one. The victim act fools no one. How does she not understand that giving unsolicited style advice is offensive. That healing session was ludicrous and bizarre. Louise is right that Angela is always trying to build a good impression and never herself. Angela throwing Louise under the bus was a poor attempt.
Gilda is very strong and very decisive and I respect that. She has probably lived through a lot with her childhood in Iran. A 47 year age gap is, of course, going to attract the age difference. However, her marriage lasting 15 years is nothing to sniff at. She annihilated Angela who had it coming, big time. All that said, I don't like Gilda. She is too cold, too icy and too controlled. No warmth or humour seems to exude from her.
I love Louise. I get her. I'm part of her tribe.
Julia is a traitorous bitch.
Ann's skin is like a dried prune around her mouth. I wonder how old she is...I do give her credit for attempting to get to know Michelle and Gilda. She does seem to have a sense of humour.
Louise - I agree, she is FABULOUS. Real deal money and the silkiest voice.
Michelle - physically beautiful, sharp tongue, interesting life story. A good fighter. Also mean. That plus size model comment was a well timed putdown. She was not right to tell Angela not to be offended and saying she'd heard about her from Gilda. It goes to show Michelle went in with an opinion without even meeting her. I don't like someone who doesn't give others a fair shake.
Gilda - cold bitch. Nasty. Tacky. Awful.
Julia - boring. I agree with you that she could go north or south.
Anne - she reminds me of Jody Claman from Real Housewives of Vancouver.
Angela - she is overly sensitive and an emotional wreck. But she's not a mean person. She's hyper insecure and based in a career that will just eat away at her. She's grown up exceptionally tall and I'm sure has been tormented for it her whole life so anyone can get under her skin.
Gorgeous production values. Looks like a great franchise.
I LOVED this part. It is the highlight of the episode. LuAnn's happiness is contagious.
Bethenny herself has said she's done some Botox to change the alignment of her jaw, to soften her jawline and to treat TMJ pain (I have had TMJ and it is excruciatingly painful and it's caused from clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth). It definitely makes her jawline rounded off and more heart shape like.
I much prefer Jules to Kristen and that hag Heather. Jules can at least make a decent joke and hump a trumpet. Kristen is dull as hell and Heather is charmless.
I say keep this cast for next season. This season was awesome. I looked forward to it. Not one did episode. LuAnn for MVP. She made this season happen.
Using a Christmas tree analogy it's clear that LuAnn is the tree. Ramona and Sonja were like tinsel and lights to the tree - hanging off the tree and making it more interesting but without the tree they'd be relics in a box. Dorinda is like the Christmas novelty Santa and Mrs Clause people have at their front door - can stand on its own but not as essential as the tree. Jules was like a cup of egg nog, not to everyone's taste and a but by itself but theme appropriate. Bethenny was like a dumb cat trying to knock the tree down and Carole was the collar around that cat - an irrelevant accessory.
Nene owes so much tax it's laughable at the way she's conducted herself, obviously living way beyond her means.
The catch 22 is whatever she may or may not earn with a Bravo cheque for the upcoming season (so far she hasn't filmed at all) is going to generate even more tax for 2016 and Nene isn't going to reign herself in. She'll keep on spending and her debt will grow. The IRS doesn't play around - they'll foreclose on everything she's got and even if she declares bankruptcy she isn't safe because those IRS liens aren't usually discharged.
LuAnn WAS this season. The show would have been nothing without her. They got rid of anything with Dorinda's John as quickly as they could. And then Bethenny vs. Sonja calmed right down. Carole did nothing all season. Jules is in a terrible marriage that she was only so happy to leave behind in Miami. But for LuAnn there wouldn't have been any storyline worth watching.
Fortunately, LuAnn WAS there and this episode was so welcome. If LuAnn was fake crying then she puts Heather Dubrow to shame. THAT is how you do it. We know she and Tom are still together, but what solves the conflict next week? I can't believe the season is over.
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who loved Kelly. She is a *mess* but she dragged 'em all and not one of Shannon, Giraffe, Tamra or Heather could handle her.
I thought her impression of Heather was particularly strong, especially as Heather "cried" in the chauffeur driven SUV back to her mansion whining to her surgeon husband about a fight that had nothing to do with her.
Tamra remains the biggest stirrer in the franchise's history. And she does it all in the name of Jesus Christ her lord and saviour.
Much as all these women pile on Vicki, she's obviously a lot of fun and her breakfast with Brianna and the kids showed her in a good light.
Next week's episode looks nausea inducing with Shannon and David's vow renewal. Kiss of death for an OC marriage.