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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 15th 2011 6:40AM
['Bethenny Ever After' - 'Business As Unusual']Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy, 'Bethenny Ever After'

"He's so unusual. When he saw Bryn, he said 'nice to meet you.' He wanted to give her one of his roasted red peppers and then she would die ... that would be awkward for everyone."

-- Bethenny, on Nick the foodie, her adopted blogger.

Foodie Nick on his culinary crawl, peering around with worried eyes, head upturned, hair pointing in all directions, in pursuit of a lost Bethenny. Easily this week's best moment.

Bethenny's Nick and Gina lovefest was rife with adoration of her favorite characters but not without its moments riffing on their would-be flaws: The baby nurse who doesn't get up in the morning, the "so unusual" foodie "friend," who suggested feeding the baby a pepper out of his sandwich.

And then there was the observer, our narrator, Bethenny. Trying to convince her therapist she's not done with therapy, bringing us respite from a vicious bout of cathartic piano music. Turning back into a waterworks in the nail salon next to the stressed-out, facing-divorce Gina, Bethenny remained well aware of her own vulnerability: "Now I'm sobbing and she's comforting me."

On the other hand, she had a good point in staying firm with Max, even if that was a matter of business, which, while it all seems to blend together in a happily packed schedule of magazine shoots and baby-cooing, is a different matter altogether. He popped grandly for Bethenny's tastes in his interview yet fizzled most of the way after that. At least he managed to avoid being called out for his use of "uncomfortability."

With Max's ouster, it seems Bethenny has abandoned bad-grammar confidence for nerdy passion. Sure, Foodie Nick's the likely "sleeper hit," but would the endearing blogger have done any better last year in the baby portion of 'Bethenny Getting Married,' buying pregnant-lady underwear and assembling the crib? In any case, it was great to see him seize on her slip-up in basically calling him creepy. He should stay. And not be interrogated about his rejection of most meat products.

Jason seemed like he was truly up to the task of sussing out what exactly was going astray in the margarita supply-and-demand equation, even if it wasn't his first choice of how to spend his extra time. As usual, he was pretty convincing in his estimation of the matter: While Bethenny wanted to "crack skulls," he automatically accepted the problem wasn't as cut-and-dried as someone dropping the ball.

Still, she did assemble that baby toy-seat pretty fast. And could probably chop a winter's worth of that wood she mentioned, then get right back to work the next day. Maybe skulls do need to be cracked, heads rolled, pork accidentally consumed.

'Bethenny Ever After' airs Mondays, 10PM ET on Bravo.

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