NYC Housewives Bare Their Claws

The ladies of Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City didn't hold back when it came to discussing season four. Shouting, name-calling, and accusations were flying around the Moroccan-themed set for the entire hour-and-a-half reunion special. And this is only the beginning: Part two of the Real Housewives reunion special airs next week.

Fans of the Real Housewives of New York City were treated to what has to be one of the best reunion specials of Bravo's hit franchise. Within the first minute of the show, it's clear the room's divided: Brunettes on one couch and blondes on the other.

Real Housewives of NYC Reunion

Bravo's star host, Andy Cohen, wasted no time picking up where the last episode left off and asked Ramona Singer if she was in fact "with child." Ramona was not shy about answering the question: "I'm on my period right now." Wow. Okay, so Ramona's not holding back. Little did we know all the ladies took turns shining in the spotlight, ending up in a 90-minute seven-lady shouting match.

The first fight was over the ladies' responses to the drama over Sonja speaking at the New York City Equality for Marriage March. Sonja and Alex disagreed over who had the sole right to speak at the event and rehashed it on the couches. Kelly interrupted Alex's version of the events by repeating "didn't happen" and pretty much called Alex a liar when she said Simon was invited to speak.

We then learn Sonja Morgan was wealthy before her marriage into banking royalty (John Morgan of the JP Morgan family). As Sonja discusses in the third person, "Sonja came from a farm upstate with a great genealogy." Ramona chimes in and vouches for Sonja's assets and investments before her marriage while the two hold hands. Sonja's current occupation is a "restaurant consultant" and defends her fabulous parties because she brings restaurants celebrities and power brokers. Ramona explains, "They comp her."

Andy directs the conversation again with a viewer question about Sonja's house. Sonja calls out Kelly for claiming Sonja was disorganized, lived beyond her means and lived in a dirty house. Kelly at first replies, "For me as a mother, it's very important for my children to know hygiene is very important." Ouch. She then proceeds to tell Sonja it's her life and she can do what she wants. Kelly's "not judging." Noted. Sonja and Kelly continue to banter with Sonja yelling over Jill and Cindy's attempt to jump into the fun.

The conversation goes back to Sonja's attitude toward money with Kelly, LuAnn, and Cindy taking issue with her perceived pretentiousness. Sonja defends herself by telling the ladies, "Of course. I've lived a life only 2 percent of Americans live." Ramona adds it's closer to half-a-percentage.

The drama continues for a while about random events, like Sonja putting her bare hand into a clogged toilet (the water was clear) to fish out her make-up artist's Blackberry. Exciting.

Viewers are then throttled back to one of the first episodes of the season: The infamous wedding controversy where Jill and Alex both wore white to another bride's wedding and Jill was not happy. Swear words fly between Alex and Jill. Alex dares Jill to say it to her face and, well, Jill does. Best friends for life.

Moving on, Andy shows footage in which Jill complains that Ramona drank all of the wine that was supposed to be auctioned off at Jill's anti-bullying charity luncheon. Ramona responds and denies ever being asked to donate the wine and instead says Jill's contact for the party told her to bring her own wine. Jill calls Ramona "immature."

Alex attempts to chime in and Jill gets annoyed and tells her to "stop meddling in everyone's business." LuAnn echoes Jill's sentiment. Alex turns a little bit red.

Andy ushers the conversation forward with a viewer question about Ramona's husband Mario's potential indiscretions that seem to be common knowledge in their "social circles." Uh oh. Jill is calling out Ramona's husband for cheating. Correction, she said he's "rumored to be cheating." Ramona's upset. She finds it to be a "heinous" accusation. Jill doesn't understand since she's just repeating what she's heard. More yelling.

Jill and LuAnn both question Ramona's true youthfulness and believe she is really going through menopause. LuAnn is actually upset over Sonja and Ramona's decision to do a pregnancy test on LuAnn's anniversary party boat. Sonja and Ramona don't care.


Ramona tells Jill she "doesn't know the difference between reality and television" and a fight ensues over previous cast member and now a Bravo star in her own right, Bethenny Frankel. Ramona calls Jill "delusional" and Jill says she is "scared of Bethenny Frankel." Ramona and Jill argue over the demise of Jill and Bethenny's friendship. Jill accuses Ramona of not doing enough to help save the relationship. Ramona and Andy recount the video-taped footage of Ramona facilitating a sit-down between Jill and Bethenny. This doesn't seem to change Jill's perception.

Andy calls Kelly the "voice of reason" for this season and recap footage rolls showing Kelly in semi-rational scenes. We agree. Kelly is much improved from last season's "Scary Island" but perhaps she has a ways to go before she's a shining beacon of normalcy. Kelly feels she's the same as last year, she's just "not being interrupted anymore." Alex disagrees saying Kelly railroaded her plenty of times. Kelly and LuAnn band together and shut Alex down.

On a serious note, Andy asks Kelly about her abusive relationship in the past which she revealed to LuAnn during their Moroccan trip. Kelly doesn't really want to talk about it and tears up when she's pressed. It's a touching and sad moment for what was obviously painful and traumatic.

Sensitivity doesn't last long when Andy brings up Cindy's conference call taken during Sonja's toaster-oven egg breakfast. LuAnn thinks it's rude she took the call at the kitchen table. Sonja's still horrified and repeats the phrase "I cooked for you in my home." Cindy isn't fazed by either of the veterans and holds her own: "It was 11 a.m. during a work week." Sonja's upset. Kelly sides with Cindy and asks if Sonja is using drugs. More yelling. Cindy stands up and hits her chest proclaiming, "I don't need to be told what to do."

Andy briefly asks about the party at Cindy's in Quogue held at an equestrian center. (Quogue is apparently not a very nice part of the Hamptons according to Sonja and Ramona.) Ramona's upset she wasn't allowed to ride her horse outside of the children's arena. Cindy says Ramona was a liability and was too drunk to be allowed to ride the way she wanted. Ramona vehemently denies this.

With just a few minutes left in the show, we think the heat is about to die down. Nope. In the ending scenes, Ramona accuses LuAnn of being a bad mother and asks why LuAnn's daughter, Victoria, has changed schools four times over four years. LuAnn is obviously hurt. Jill is furious and becomes very protective of LuAnn. She stands up looking as if she is about to walk off the set.

Bravo decides this is the best time to end the reunion.

Some of the best quotes of the night:

Kelly Killoren Bensimon to Alex McCord: "Cosmopolitan magazine voted me one of the five nicest celebrities."

Cindy Barshop to Sonja Morgan: "The last person I would ever have etiquette [lessons] from is you with your butt hanging out [and] your boob hanging out."

The Housewives managed to fight about every question and every response by each cast member. We sat there thrilled we could be a fly-on-the-wall for this made-for-TV reunion special. The Real Housewives reunion special part two airs next Monday at 6:00 p.m. EST on Bravo.

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Comments on "Real Housewives of New York recap: Reunion turns ugly"

Will and Rose August 08, 2011 | 3:09 PM

I have to say that we love this show and the cast but may stop watching them altogether. This is due to the annoying behavior of the ever drunk Ramonna and the disgusting jerk Alex. We stopped watching American Idol when they tried to cram Adam Lambert down our throats. We may do the same if Ramonna and Alex remain. Bravo drop these two and play up the other girls, Jill is great and such a humanitarian with her causes and foundations, LuAnn great with awesome videos and songs, Kelly has grown into a women and Cindy awesome. Sonja will develop so much class with the exit of Ramonna and Alex, tell me will we be able to keep the show without these two women and Simon. Simon is the dregs of the world, the most borish fool and closeted as well.

Brenda August 01, 2011 | 9:57 PM

The blondes are crazy....Alex is way out there and keeps trying to cut in with stupid comments....she is driving me nuts.....her new persona is attacking and not friendly or engaging. Simon is a slug! She needs to quit defending...this is the Housewives of NY not the Husbands of NY!!!!!!!

linda glover August 01, 2011 | 7:49 PM

The Old Man LuAnn stop trying to make the others ladies look bad Kelly is trying to please Jill LuAnn the man and the New Brunett seem afraid of Jill Jill is (2)Face to all of them If Jill don't get her way she cry like a baby. And she always try to talk over everyone she needs to listen. she is a FOOL.

linda glover August 01, 2011 | 7:40 PM

Jill/Kelly/LuAnn/and the new Brunete those (4)Old Haggs need to get a life and stop trying to make the other (3) Ladies look bad they are the ones that old and worn out, LuAnn and Kelly look like MEN. LuAnn needs to stop Robbing the Cribs and Try fining men her age Jill is a Sad and UNHAPPY PERSON she has no FANS the BRUNETTS are Stupid. ANDY Please READ this TONIGHT. THANK YOU.

helena August 01, 2011 | 7:31 PM

I cannot believe I watch this sh**. These ladies are ridiculously mean. Who would ever want to be around them? If kelly is the voice of reason then I am Ghandi. I can't stand that woman! She is nuts! I don't enjoy any of them

notaTVwife August 01, 2011 | 7:03 PM

Kelly, I feel sorry for your childrent keep getting the help you need before they get older girl. You wont remember you told them to take the car Ramona,leave the show to save your family ask Camille. Mario has roaming eyes look at how he looks at Sonja.. LuAnn. Jaque does not like you, if he did he would have planned a 1yr party for you. and you can't sing. Natalie should have politely told you. Kim set you and Melissa up. Jill, why are you so jealous of everyone, Bobby and your daughter should be your focus. oh and all that money you spend that keeps the economy going Sonja.Really I like you but have some class wear underwear your daughter is watching Alex does Simon allow you to speak when you are around the girl. you don't speak much. He very controlling

Christina August 01, 2011 | 7:51 AM

I enjoy Alex and Simon, but Alex needs to relax and not let those haters get to her anylonger. Ramona and Sonja are a riot and keep me coming back, along with Alex and Simon. Jill, LuMann and Kelly are ie: need to go to a home, hateful, mean and nasty and they are the reason I have learned how to fast forward and tape all the Real Housewive Programs. I stopped watching the ones in the O.C., Atlanta, New Jersey and never watched the ones in Miami.

Blythe July 28, 2011 | 7:07 PM

I like Alex and Simon. I think they are a hoot. Kelly is as loony as anyone could ever be. She never admits to anything she's said even though it right there for everyone to see during the show. And sitting on that sofa at the reunion playing with her hair like the little girl she trys to be. She will never grow up. Jill is no beauty but when she speaks, she's downright ugly. And she always has her mouth clenched which makes her more ugly. Luanne is a terrible person. Just disgusting. Whenever she's with that boyfriend it never looks real. Kind of creepy even. She's one who can't own up to the mean things she says either. Always just gets up and leaves in a huff. Stomping sway in those granny clothes. Hey, I'm no young chick, but even I would have some of the things she puts together. And what's with all of them that they can't wear a dress unless one shoulder is bare? And if we got REAL HOUSEWIVES it would be boring. And we probably get people like Theresa. Who doesn't have a nanny but I think her mom and dad do it all. But she doesn't have any money either. How they found those two thug families and thought we'd like to see them is beyound me. I'm sick of there thu-like behavior and the way they butcher the English language. And whats with the thug hats all the time on the men? They even put them on the baby boys!

Real July 28, 2011 | 5:40 PM

EVERYTHING that comes out of Kelly Bensimon is high school all over again, oh...unless she's quoting her therapist. I can NOT stand that woMAN.

jj July 28, 2011 | 1:20 PM

Sonja was a Maitre D' at San Pietro on East 54 Street in NYC . That's her genealogy . .

lori p July 27, 2011 | 5:54 PM

bethenny must be sitting back enjoying her sg margaritas and laughing all the way to the bank while these other b.....ches claw each other's eyes out and fight for air time!! they are all outrageously crude and ridiculous. sonja with all her connections, money, power and the churchills can't seem to remember to wear underwear! what a sad cry for attention. ramona is a nasty drunk who loves to take low blows at anyone. jill is in jr high and has in no way changed - still the same nasty jill. kelly is really off her rocker and never admits to anything including her breakdown or what she said about sonja. it seems all her residences are owned by x husband! who should be worried about this crazy person caring for his kids!! cindy is detached from her kids and doesn't know how to be a parent and can be extremely rude. luann is still holding on to the countess and loves to backstab though she thinks she's the voice of elegance. alex and simon are just pathetic. she clearly is trying to suck up to ramona an sonja and keep herself relevant. time for a new cast!!!

Julie July 27, 2011 | 12:49 PM

How can these women be so delusional? How could these women willingly become national jokes? How could any mother be so publicly cruel to other people? Do they think their children aren’t watching their bizarre behavior and taking it all in? Ramona, you’re nuts. Literally. You are old, getting older and yet you hold on so desperately to your youth. I guess growing old gracefully isn’t a personal goal of yours. And yes, you’re a drunk. Get help now. Jill, you are mean and childish. Ramona bests you in this department, but two wrongs don’t make a right. Sonja, ummm…didn’t your mother teach you how to behave in public, let alone on national TV? No underwear really? That was nasty. Cindy, run! Get away from this bizarre group and stick to growing your business the old fashioned way—through hard work. The others are willing to be laughed at by an entire nation just to make another dollar. Their reputations are trashed. Stop now while you can.

Carrie July 26, 2011 | 2:59 PM

Firstly, all of the ladies (if some of them can be called ladies )have major issues and all have behaved badly more than necessary. Secondly, the blonde vs brunette thing sounds so, so high school. If I had to pick out the nastiest troublemakers who deserve the boot off the show, it would be Ramona and Jill, followed closely by Alex. Ramons needs medication or rehab and how anyone could defend her behavior is astounding. Jill, well Jill is Jill, but for some reason I could stomach her more than Ramona. Ramona talks about her abusive father? I guess his genes found their way into her. Then there is Alex, last night, panting like Ramona's lapdog. She is a woman so desperate for air time and what is worse, for Ramona's good graces, she is willing to look like a complete brown-nose. Frankly I find her and her husband the most pathetic wannbees of all of them. The fact that those three are raising children is the most frightening of all facts.

Sheryl July 26, 2011 | 1:00 PM

I agree with Leslie. The Brunettes are bullies! They have an agenda to destroy Ramona's new wine business. They don't want her to have the success that Bethany has achieved. Jill is the queen bully and Luann is her rottweiler! Cindy is just a miserable human being, she also seems to have NO BOND with her children. She treats them as an accessory - to be raised by the nanny! Kelly needs meds. GO BLONDES!!!!!

LESLIE July 26, 2011 | 12:49 PM

Ok, Jill is the ring leader of the brunette bullies, LuAnn is her bulldog, Kelly, well is just in lala land and Cindy is a mean, unhappy bully. If you noticed, every out-take from the brunetts, they trash talked the blonds and seemed to want to ruin Ramonas new wine business by saying Ramona is drinking too much. At Jill's show, if you look at the scene, they all are drinking wine! I think Jill is out to get Ramona, is vindictive townards Alex because of Bethany, and is just a mean and horrid person! GO BLONDES!!!

Angie July 26, 2011 | 11:37 AM

I am not sure I buy Kelly's, "I was the victim in an abusive relationship speil". SHE was the one charged with hitting a boyfriend.

Tamra July 26, 2011 | 10:27 AM

I agree. Get rid of them all. Luann never admits to any blame and denies talking about anyone behind their back. Walks away when confronted only after giving her delusional opinions. Her singing is torture to listen to. The women hit a new low last night. Yep - money can't buy you class and applies to all of them.

Sandra Cope July 26, 2011 | 10:00 AM

The viewers should get to "VOTE OFF" housewives for their bad behavior. I agree with NPH...get rid of them all & start over with HW that are respectful of each other, their viewers & want to be there. The current NYHW & some from other HW shows have made their money, now get rid of them. We want to watch people with class...this "classless" behavior can be found in any home or workplace & is no longer entertaining.

jack July 26, 2011 | 9:56 AM

Times have changed, eh? NO pretense of friendship this go-round. My things: loved KKB 'not judging' while judging, the trendy, PC, idiot trap; Jill's new Ninja 'tude ("I'm hated by viewers, so f--k it"); and the weak, weak bonds of loyalty on the brunette couch just minutes away from dissolving. All in all, again, though: HATEFUL bile, all around, and all deserved.

Rachael July 26, 2011 | 8:44 AM

Jill should be careful about using that rumor mill to hurt her castmate's reputations - it works both ways.

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