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'The Real Housewives of Miami' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 16th 2011 7:30AM
'The real Housewives of Miami', S01/E04['The Real Housewives of Miami' - 'Waterfront & Center']

"Oooh food!" as Elsa would say, spying a nondescript cardboard box.

Lea was a definite oh-hell-to-the-PETA-no on the pork. Larsa didn't eat it and neither did Alexia, the host. So why, exactly, was a whole pig on the menu? For the show of it all, it seemed. Or because Herman said so.

Despite any criticisms that might be offered about the farm-to-spit journey to get the pig on the dinner table, or the decision to eat the pig itself, Alexia remained her innocent self, scared of touching the dead animal, yet earnestly trying to not annoy her spouse. And she looked really statuesque and '50s Barbie in that green dress.

Marysol's engagement was abrupt but endearingly real. The clanking restaurant dishes in the background and a surprising lack of fake happiness on her face produced just enough of that desirable warm, fuzzy feel.

So when Lea jettisoned a pretty substantial dig about Marysol's French fiancé from her tipsified brain, it was neither cute nor funny. She really needed to stop with the drinking 45 minutes before she thought -- or didn't think -- about trying to get a laugh at Marysol's expense. Gracious in weathering that low blow, Marysol was also genuine in her aside to the camera, actually wondering if it was the general consensus among the 'wives that her guy was using her as a means to some other green card-related end.

At least Marysol will get to presumably live out some kind of snowqueen wedding fantasy on the slopes. Must be all that Florida sun.

What a change to see the sober Lea playing the motivational, if not disciplinarian, godmother to Adriana. Since she offered to open the purse strings for Adriana's son, or at least throw some other benefit event (how she'd market it, we're not sure), you can't totally discount her concern as undue judgment.

Plus, they have a history. Adriana admitted that Lea has been there for the long haul, helping instead of standing idly by as her husband left her and she had to climb her way back up to a functional state. So while it was very tempting to write her off as being on some hypocritical high horse, Lea redeemed herself, just barely. I mean, she took the painting ... not saying anyone else might be clamoring to possess it, of course.

Cristy's party-crashing drama hasn't exactly erupted to its fullest potential yet, given the teaser for next week. Larsa really doesn't have all that much conflict going on apart from her nanny debacle. Which perhaps wouldn't be as much of a problem if she weren't so "perfect," as she said. Still waiting for the housewives' appraisals of her perfect rice and perfect dinner table.

'The Real Housewives of Miami' airs Tuesdays, 10PM ET on Bravo.

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