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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 22nd 2011 6:20AM
Bethenny and Bryn, 'Bethenny Ever After'['Bethenny Ever After' - 'It's My Baptism and I'll Cry if I Want To']

One minute Bethenny's riffing that Gina's spiritual dance looks like she's "on ecstasy at a rave," the next she's skedaddling out of the baby nurse's church because the baby may have just been accidentally (or not) baptized.

Bethenny hit the nail on the head when she said "I don't like to feel out of control" -- as in, she doesn't like "doilies and cats," or for her refrigerator and closet to be messy -- but the baptism situation took it to a whole other level. This time, very rightfully so.



The blessing that looked more than a little like a baptism was probably the most awkward, uncomfortable moment of the whole season thus far, or of any in the "Bethenny by Bravo" catalog. It far surpasses Gina's protestation about defecation earlier in the episode and Bethenny peeing in the bucket at her wedding during her first solo series last year.

If Bethenny wanted to experience Gina's "peeps" and her church, maybe it wasn't the best idea to hand over Bryn in the process, though, as Bethenny pointed out, she was too bewildered to react faster. When she did, it was an instinctual "no."

Mazel to all of them -- Jason, Bethenny and Gina -- for being able to get through the awkwardness. Less patient couples and baby nurses, and probably anyone else, might have caved under less. But they're the inappropriate family, so maybe when the rules were stretched to the point of breaking, they were able to be elastic about it all, though they'd never want a repeat.

The baby-proofer was a bit much, but if the multi-hyphenate can afford it, why not? After all, there are those buttons, which might never pose any threat whatsoever, looming large on the home entertainment system. And Bryn might develop some kind of predilection for low-cal margaritas ... yeah. Our star said it best:

"What's going to happen? I come out of the kitchen and Bryn's at the stove, making conch fritters?"

At least Halloween arrived to dispel a little of the insanity. It was nice to see the trio in the 'burbs, living it up and having visions of a future Bryn-the-boyhunter. Bethenny stayed true to form by being all OCD about the pandas, too. Jason seemed to enjoy the clown get-up.

It was very sweet to annoint Coordinator of Chaos Julie fairy godmother. The girl is all too grown-up for the Hoppy household ... and thus very responsible, the anti-Max. Plus, as Bethenny says, she's "Catholic," a point sure to please Jason's parents, who might not be that happy about the "oops" moment in the first church. Who cares ... that kid Bryn's got a melt-your-bitterness smile, whatever dress -- or denomination -- she happens to be wearing.

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

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