I've begun to think of the problem with Ron's writing as a pattern.
Each story starts with a bang, a good scene, a great cliffhanger, a surprise reveal. Fans dig it, critics thinks it's groovy, and everyone has a theory.
But, there's never a setup for characters to investigate the mystery and find clues. Most classic soap mysteries have also been the background for love stories between heroic couples. However, Ron plays his cards so close to his chest that no clues are revealed. Instead, we get endless scenes of people talking about being shocked by the events, but nobody has the agency to actually try to solve the crime. For example, this should be Lani & Eli's story which inadvertently reveals Paulina as her mother within the plot, or Rafe and Nicole's story where they learn to trust each other and work together, or even Johnny and Chanel's story. With the possession as a backdrop for the progression of their romance.
Then there's a confession. In the end, the solutions are usually so convoluted that characters could never have solved the mystery given what was shown to the audience. So, there is always a big vomit of exposition, followed by an arrest, and no consequences or follow up.
For examples of this pattern see The Tale of Two Todds, The Mystery of Nina Clay, and The abduction of Ben after his DAYS wedding.
I actually believe it is the crux of the issue between Ron and the fans. When you watch his writing it always feels as if he is trying to trick you. As opposed to an EON Slesar story where the audience knows the killer and is waiting for them to be caught. Or a PFS story from DAYS history when you didn't care about the McGuffin, you just wanted the couple to kiss and hide out together.
I have to admit Ron handled the opening of this plot really well. But I'm expecting him to take the story off the rails and no one has mentioned how they ended Wednesday's episode with Ben and Ciara at the "Inn" with the wind blowing. Somehow I think Ben will be possessed and murder again. Or CIN (ugh) will be a big part of this story.
I'm an optimist, (most of the time), so my immediate response is to think of the positives because I feel as if the reunions have become an artifice that have too much effect on the rest of the show. I would rather that they focus on their present lives rather than carry over the drama from past reunions, or change their behavior based on future reunions.
We either get a situation wherein everyone is afraid to fight because the fans won't like them at the reunion, but they never discuss audience reaction during the season because they aren't allowed to acknowledge that they are on a show. Or we get a reunion fight that they aren't allowed to directly reference, because with the exception of Potomac, they never discuss the reunions during the season. Also, most of the material has already been reviewed on WWHL, so it is rare that we get new information (except for the background of the Tinsley/Dorinda fight).
RHONY is consistently my favorite because they've been together for so long that it feel more like reality. Most of them are a-holes, but I feel like they are an accurate representation of women in that culture.