So I watch assorted HW shows but for some reason never watched the NY ladies. Since we've been in quarantine and I just got Hulu, I thought why not start this from the beginning? I had of course heard their names and knew a little about them just from reading a few random news stories and visiting HW forums. It was interesting watching the early seasons knowing about all the divorces and deaths (RIP Bobby). I just finished season 6 and here are my thoughts in no particular order:
I started disliking Jill when she threw a fit about sitting in the second row at the fashion show in season 1. I know the ladies become more well known since the show started airing but was she actually a somebody before that? Seeing her act like that then, it honestly didn't surprise me that she became jealous of Betheny's success on the show. Jill thought she would be the breakout star. Bobby always seemed sweet and so did Ally.
I can totally see what you guys love about Scary Island. That was truly a sight to behold. I kept thinking "this aired on tv and Kelly came back for another season?!" She really was nutty. While the HW trips are always filled with drama, I don't think any others can top the craziness of this one. Maybe Leeanne on RHOD saying she may kill herself that night when they were in Mexico. I do think Kelly was slightly better in season 4 but not by much. I hate being told how I feel so when she kept telling Alex in Morocco "you're not mad, you're sad", I would have clocked her.
Sonja seemed way more normal and put together when she first appeared. I just finished the season 6 reunion and wow, she is truly delusional. She constantly talks but never answers any questions. She can't answer what's happening with her toaster oven. And she also has a french clothing line and diamonds?? What? Why would she have a photo shoot for a toaster oven cookbook that doesn't exist? Also, where the heck does she get all those interns and why would anyone want to be an intern for her? There must be other internships in NYC they can do for college credits. I have a hard time believing anything she says. I cracked up when she said at the reunion "Puff Daddy parties on my yacht" and Heather and Lu respond "You don't have a yacht."
Ramona. Where do I start? It was very interesting watching her go on and on about her successful, happy marriage knowing what's coming. She has talked about her childhood and she seemed to come from humble beginnings so I didn't like that she acted like a snob all the time. Sending Lu an email saying saying the staff needs to help her unpack as soon as she gets to Morocco and complaining about Heather's house in the Berkshires. She didn't complain too much when they were in St Barts, probably because they were in a beautiful house with a staff and a lot of wine. She also complained a lot in Montana. During the season 6 reunion when they showed the little husbands clip package, she sat on the couch with that creepy frozen smile and when Andy asked her about the Mario stuff, she said in this weird, pod person like voice "My family is very happy, please move on." Andy kept pressing and she kept saying "move on to someone else". That was the first time she really creeped me out. The smile and her odd voice. I think that was Ramona's version of trying to be calm and breezy and it wasn't working. She looked and sounded like a pod person. Then she kept saying "next package, next package" and Andy flat out said no. She then tried turning it on Andy asking "let's talk about who you are having sex with tonight?" and he turned it right back around and said "when I got on a reality show with who I am having sex with, I'll talk about it." I also loved Lu saying Karma's a bitch. I think I have only liked Ramona once and that was during season 4 (I think). She was having an argument with Kelly which was going in circles (because Kelly) and Ramona just said "I can't talk to you, you have no brain, goodbye" and she walked away.
I really like Heather. She's funny and direct and just seems like someone fun to hang out with. She could have been a huge bitch about Ramona complaining about her home and ordering air conditioning but she seemed to take it in stride and picks her battles. I like that she doesn't back down and I loved her going toe to toe with Aviva's annoying friend in the Hampton's. One thing I noticed about these ladies is that they have their fights and issues but seem to move on really quick. Ramona asking "is that the poolhouse" and wondering if someone is going to help her with her bags, then ordering air conditioning, then throwing a glass at Kristen, then having a meltown in the woods, then escaping via plane would be a season long discussion on RHOBH, it would be brought up and discussed constantly and the ladies would never let it go. It was barely a blip on NY and I like that.
Aviva was nutty and I had to laugh at the whole "I have asthma" and then of course bringing her X-rays to that final, leg throwing dinner. Her father made me very uncomfortable. I was sexually harassed by an old man just like him and did not like watching him at all. The whole story about him having a threesome with his fiancee and Miss USA was ick. I'm actually glad Ramona went up to her to get the real story at that lunch. I'm surprised that was never brought up at the reunion since Lu seemed convinced Miss USA was invited by Aviva. Her whole meltdown after arriving in St Barts was something. "You should be on your knees thanking Reid, I was expecting a party, I really would have liked a banner." I also noticed that they took her out of the beginning credits during the Montana trip. Stay shady Bravo.
Kristen saying Ramona and Sonja are crazy, drunk aunts is the perfect description for them. At the season 6 reunion they took offense to it and said they aren't drunk. Have they not watched the St Barts footage? They were hot messes. Especially that last night. There was a dinner at the house and Ramonja were running around like loons. Ramona kept going on and on about needing a key for the drawer so she could get her passport. At one point Carole walked into their room and Sonja couldn't even focus on her. She then tried to sit on a bench right behind her and fell off. I liked when Heather hipchecked Ramona into the pool. Sonja was also wasted when they were in Saratoga during season 6.
I've watched 6 seasons in a couple of weeks so a lot of it is blending together but some funny moments I'm remembering are during the Christmas party when Lu hired that punk rock band who all of the sudden started singing "F you in the ass!" The ladies reactions to that cracked me up. Especially Lu going "No, Christmas music!" I also loved Lu's reaction to Aviva's leg throw. She could not stop laughing.
On to season 7! Beth is back and I get to meet the infamous Dorinda.