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'The Real Housewives of New York City' Season 4, Episode 5 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted May 6th 2011 2:00AM
Bravo_2011_The_Real_Housewives_of_New_York_City['The Real Housewives of New York City' - 'Follow Pecking Orders']

Hooray, hooray, Jill Zarin was back. How funny that she thought she'd be home and avoid the drama and gossip and feuds inherent in 'Real Housewives' land! She was up to her neck in backstabbing before the dishes for her welcome home lunch were cleared away. Luann couldn't wait to spread the dirt about Ramona and Cindy and the weirdness in Quogue.

In this episode, we discovered that Sonja has some secret talents. She does impressions. Her Ramona was so spot on; you have to wonder if she can do Jill and Kelly, too? Sonja was also quite the diplomat arranging the sit-down between Ramona and Kelly. It was a veritable peace conference, with everyone playing nice.

Crazy Kelly was calm and under control, even as she was ready to recommend an intervention for Ramona over her drunk text. She was completely thrown when Ramona admitted that she'd been wrong to send it. But you see, that's what makes Ramona such a character; you can't predict how she's going to respond.

I'm still mystified about Cindy. What the hell is she doing with these women? Cindy does not fit in. She even had the audacity to dance with Sonja's houseboy. By the way, if you think he's really just a houseboy, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Anyway, after hearing Sonja's lecture, all that stuff about the pecking order and how dare she not have Ramona's pinot grigio at the birthday party, Cindy was rendered speechless. At least in front of Sonja, that is. To the Bravo cameras, she was all huffy and insulted. With Sonja, however, she just took it like a kid in the principal's office. Why would she take that guff from Sonja? If it'd been me, I would have been out of there in a heartbeat.

You got to love how all these things just spin from one to the other. Cindy yapped all about Sonja to Kelly and Jill -- who was just wandering by in Central Park (yeah, right!) -- to create more fissures in the "friendships." Jill had it all figured out and declared that Sonja and Ramona were drinking the same Kool-Aid. By next week, Sonja and Ramona will be after Jill.

The show built to dual confrontations, which were then parallel edited like a Francis Ford Coppola film. Jill's dinner with Alex versus Ramona's meeting at the Four Seasons with Cindy. All things considered, Jill and Alex had a better time in Brooklyn. Sure, Alex got in a few shots at Jill -- and mentioned the word Bethenny -- but ultimately, they reached some kind of understanding ... for now. They even set on fire pieces of paper to represent what had kept them apart, or something like that.

At Cindy and Ramona's tête-à-tête, there was nothing settled and a whole lot of sh*t stirred. As the new kid in the group, Cindy has simply ruffled too many feathers. In this one episode, she tangled with Sonja and Ramona. This cannot be heading anywhere good for her socially, but for Bravo, it's conflict and that always makes for better 'Housewives' drama. Now if only Cindy had flipped over the table!

In other scattered scenes, Ramona was pushing her vino and jewelry, but Luann wasn't buying. Ironically, Luann was wearing this horrible butterfly thing around her neck while she was dissing Ramona's "Mary Kay" items.

Then there was the piano man -- okay, a piano man -- who was making himself at home at Simon and Alex's townhouse. This was all to introduce Francois and Johan to music. What was up with Francois? You have to figure that the cameras might account for some reticence by the kid, but he seemed positively spacey.

Finally, it's now official. Sonja believes she's 25 years old. Her skill with a toaster oven was like she was living in a dorm room on campus, and did you see that outfit she wore for the ASPCA calendar? That, as Jill might say, took chutzpah! It also convinced me that the lady's delusional.

'The Real Housewives of New York City' airs Thursdays at 10PM ET on Bravo.

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Sonja is such a bitch this season....i LOVED her last season and thought she was a very genuine person...this season she looks like a fat, bloated witch with her pointy nose and her cellulite ass checks hanging out.....NEWS FLASH sonja....you AIN'T that hot and your personality WAS the only thing you had going for you, now that's gone!

May 07 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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