June 16, 2011 09:26 PM by Shayla Perry
With the “trip of a lifetime” over and done, it’s time for the ladies of Bravo‘s Real Housewives of New York City to return to Manhattan where their problems await them. Sonja Morgan’s mounting debt, Ramona Singer’s marriage …. Oh, ya habibi! It’s gonna be quite the homecoming!
After a startling reading from a fortune teller in Morocco, who told her that her husband has been unfaithful, Ramona Singer is eager to get home and prove to everyone (including herself) that things are more than okay between her and Mario. Unfortunately, Mario didn’t get the memo, and Ramona spends what seems like forever waiting for him, alone, with nothing but her pinot to comfort her.
Alex McCord and her hubby, Simon, are enjoying some actual face time after many failed attempts at a long-distance rendezvous while Alex was in Morocco. Over a candlelit dinner complete with raw oysters, Simon tells Alex that he hated having her gone for so long, but it was almost worth it just to get the huge hug he got from her when he met her at the airport. Alex points out that Simon was the only husband waiting at the airport, and the two toast to their happy marriage.
Back at the hotel, Mario finally arrives — seemingly after his own private “turtle time.” He follows the trail of rose petals Ramona’s sprinkled on the floor to find his wife in some sexy, red lingerie — and a few Bravo cameras. How romantic!
After an awkward kiss on the cheek, Ramona tells Mario that she wanted to spend a quiet, romantic evening with him (and the Bravo cameras) to show him how much she appreciates him. And what better way to start off a romantic evening with your husband (and the Bravo cameras) than to tell him about the fortune teller who said he was cheating on you?!
Side note: Does anyone else notice that when Ramona gets nervous or upset, everything she says sounds like a question? Great, if you’re a contestant on Jeopardy, but not so much if you want people to take you seriously. Just sayin’.
Ramona asks Mario what he thinks about what the fortune teller had to say, and he tells her that the only other woman in his life is their daughter Avery. Ramona is so excited that they both thought of Avery, and Mario tells her that he’s perfectly happy with the two ladies in his life, so she has nothing to worry about.
Back at Alex McCord’s abode, Simon has a little surprise for his lady — a basket full of lingerie that he’d like her to try on for him (and the Bravo cameras).
While Simon’s getting a fashion show, Mario’s being treated to a massage from Ramona and what appears to be some massage oil that either she’s selling or someone close to her is, because the massage session resembled a very bad infomercial.
Meanwhile, Cindy Barshop is having some time with her true love — her business. After talking shop for a few minutes, Cindy goes to show her brother the pictures Jill Zarin sent her from the Morocco trip, only to find that Sonja Morgan cut her out of most of the photos. Oh, snap!
Speaking of Sonja Morgan, she’s out enjoying a fabulous facial treatment with her niece. While she’s getting ready, Sonja shows off her new clothes that happen to have the tags still on them! Sonja says that she keeps the tags on to remind herself of the great deal she got on them. (Riiiiiight.) It suddenly comes out that Sonja filed for bankruptcy to the tune of $19 million, which explains why Sonja’s behavior was so erratic on their trip, but it seems that Lady Morgan is still in denial about how bad things truly are for her.
Later, Jill Zarin invites the ladies to help her evaluate the new shape wear line she’s developing. The gang’s all there — minus Kelly, who was busy, and Ramona, who Jill says she just can’t have involved with her business; especially after Ramona talked her out of a deal with Kodak.
It’s the first time everyone’s seen Sonja since her debt’s been splashed all over the papers. No one else really wants to get into it, but Jill goes after Sonja, trying to understand what went wrong. It appears that Jill knows more about Sonja’s situation than Sonja.
It’s also the first time Alex and Lu Ann de Lesseps have spoken since the Morocco trip. Lu Ann isn’t pressed to mend their relationship, because she doesn’t feel that she and Alex were ever really that close to begin with, but Alex pulls the Countess aside and asks if they can meet to talk things over sometime soon, and Lu Ann accepts the invitation.
After the focus group, Alex McCord meets with Ramona and tells her about what Jill said was the reason she wasn’t invited. Ramona’s upset that Jill didn’t tell her what was going on, and even more upset when Alex gives her the 411 on what Jill said to Sonja.
Ramona makes an effort to console Sonja the right way, and invites her over for a little chat.
Finally, Lu Ann de Lesseps and Alex McCord meet to talk about their issues.
And that, my friends, is how you have a public argument with class.
Whose side are you on — Lu Ann or Alex?
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