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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Apr 5th 2011 6:15AM
Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel, 'Bethenny Ever After'['Bethenny Ever After' - 'Fleeing From 40']

Poor Jason, but good Jason. It was hard to empathize with Bethenny when she shuttered herself in the bathroom to cry bloody murder. Everyone around her was supportive and happy to make her happy. But there was that old chestnut, her past, latent or invisible most of the time, exploding at just the wrong moment.

So, her husband was good to weather the storm, however inconvenient or awkward it was. What are over 40 friends and family members when you've constantly got cameras in the house, anyway?

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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 29th 2011 6:00AM
['Bethenny Ever After' - 'Ice Castles and Hassles']Bethenny Frankel, 'Bethenny Ever After'

How convenient ... a night in a swanky hotel with her girl posse just to talk ... about planning her birthday party? It sounds better than it ended up, especially when Bethenny's got some kind of birthday psychosis going on, unsurprisingly traced back to some pretty unsavory, sad moments from her childhood. See, she was sure the therapist had something to say. He must be convinced now, too.

Can we please get some bonus footage at the end of the season with Julie performing an extended version of her "Metro card" dance? I'm sure one of the Bravo 'Housewives' would be more than happy to take on the task of singing an accompanying song or jumping on a remix.

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'The Real Housewives of Miami' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 23rd 2011 7:00AM
Marysol['The Real Housewives of Miami' - 'Beach Slap']

Well, Marysol and Philippe's wedding was refreshingly simple and pared-down, despite the fact that the justice of the peace read their self-written vows. No weeks of stressed-out planning, just a ride up the mountain to the ceremony.

Plus, Marysol remains likable, able to shake off that whole "green card" comment and sail off into the snow in her princessy white jacket and gown.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'The Real Housewives of Miami' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 9th 2011 7:30AM

In a perfect world we'd have Elsa, Marysol's mom, go up against the pissed-off art guy. But since we can't have that, we can at least relish the one-liners bestowed upon us by the honorary seventh Miami housewife.

Precious Elsa gems:

"You know what, I hate to tell you, but most things look good on me."

"There's nothing better looking than a macho man dressed like a girl."

"I didn't come to this country to have paper flowers."

"What does he have to wash his hands ... because what? Because he's French?"

"You're going to leave me now that I'm tipsy?"

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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 8th 2011 4:50AM
Bethenny and baby, 'Bethenny Ever After'['Bethenny Ever After' - 'There is No Normal']

"Who wouldn't want this fantastic gay ornament coming to your house with a satchel of jewels?" -- Bethenny, speaking of the the geode-toting Patrick

Who knew Bethenny had such a connection to Nick the foodie? It seems like she wants him on the payroll, not just as a friend to eat burgers with during "accidental" meetings.

Jason has to "break him out of his shell?" She's right, they should just adopt the guy. He may have the hair and build of Seth Rogen, but he's not a fraction as annoying. In any case, Bethenny finds him ultra endearing. Is Max getting the smackdown next week? Waiting for that Skinnygirl dessert truck, any day now ...

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'The Real Housewives of Miami' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 2nd 2011 6:45AM
Lea and Marysol, 'The Real Housewives of Miami'['The Real Housewives of Miami' - 'Black Ball'd']

This series remains pretty lacking in the drama department. Although it's looking like C-SPAN compared to the other East Coast 'Housewives' in Atlanta and Jersey, let's give it a bit more time to gain traction.

There's still a lot of cocktail-drinking, lounging and gabbing going on, but it was nice to finally see some of the Miami ladies at work.

Lea ran around all flustered proving she's the charity event organizer supremo and Alexia staked her claim as a no-nonsense, unyielding executive editor. In the premiere she seemed more like some showpiece, generating the idea that her husband handled the business.

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'Bethenny Ever After' Season 1, Episode 1 (Series Premiere) Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Mar 1st 2011 5:00AM
Bethenny Frankel['Bethenny Ever After' - 'Hoppy Trails To You']

"Look at how happy you are. I'm already dead and you're so excited. You're already dating some blonde, young, f**king loser who's 23 years old in, like, a pink cardigan. A**hole."

-- Bethenny, to Jason, on how fast he would rebound if she kicked the bucket

Ah, she's back. All fresh-faced and foul-mouthed. To start a new season of her renamed series, Bethenny Frankel, aka Mrs. 30 (or 32) F (or G), collided with the small-town niceties of Hazleton, Pa.

"I don't know how you found me," she told a drunk Jason at the townie bar. She was speaking to their differences, he a homegrown suburban guy and her a cosmopolitan empire.

"I can't even stand right now," he replied.

They're sweet.

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'The Real Housewives of Miami' Season 1, Epsiode 1 (Series Premiere)

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Feb 23rd 2011 5:00AM
'The Real Housewives of Miami' cast S01/E01['The Real Housewives of Miami' - 'Paradise Cost']

We're obviously still at the point where everything is hunky-dory because it's the first "intro" episode and extra sunny because it's Miami and all. No reason to expect more than shots of people in cut-off shorts, boats on sparkling water and people with eternally beach-ready bodies. At least, not yet.

The most dramatic moment we got -- notwithstanding Adriana's ex-husband story -- centered on a pepper being grated ...

So let's go through the roster.

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Season 3, Reunion Part 2 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Feb 21st 2011 7:50AM
'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Season 3 Reunion, Part 2['The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'Reunion Part 2']

And, it's back to the ladies of "Haterville," as Phaedra, the funeral home director-to-be (????), would say.

Except for a segment on absent fathers in which more tears were shared than insults hurled, the housewives continued to engage in a polite smattering of tiffs. In the end, the reunion was pretty uneventful, especially if you already caught the post-Atlanta 'Watch What Happens: Live' interviews this season.

That's apart from the whole funeral home thing. Kandi pondering a sex toy line wasn't as random.

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Season 3 Reunion, Part 1 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Feb 14th 2011 6:30AM
Kim, Kandi and Phaedra, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'['The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'Reunion Part 1']

Well, it was worth it to see dolphins swim past Andy Cohen's head at the Georgia Aquarium as he says "donkey booty." And we get a Part 2!

While Phaedra detailing the intricacies of booty types might be entertaining in and of itself, thanks to Andy for not glossing over the marriage license conspiracy. Cynthia possibly would have, especially since she was so gracious in her apprasial of the intrigue: "I know it was coming from a good place."

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Season 3, Episode 16 (Season Finale) Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Jan 31st 2011 7:15AM
Cynthia Bailey, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'['The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'The Bride and the Doom']

Who'da thunk it? Familial subterfuge overshadowed the would-she-or-wouldn't-she question concerning Cynthia, the repeat runaway bride.

It was clear that Cynthia's mom and sister had pretty major misgivings about Peter -- enough to scheme in full view of the entire Bravo audience -- but exactly how many snafus, besides the hidden marriage license, were their doing?

Where did the wedding bands go, exactly?? Why did Mallorie keep saying she liked Peter when she obviously rejected him, in the end? Was it just Peter's finances (or lack therof) that she and her mother were afraid of, not him?

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' Season 3, Episode 15 Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Jan 24th 2011 6:45AM
['The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'Floridon't']NeNe and Kim, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'

As it rolled into the Miami estate, the bus from hell seemed more sinister than any piece of stuffed wildlife or painted ceiling faun in the place. Phaedra would've done better to point her proposed "holy oil" in that direction.

In stark contrast to the whirling NeNe and defensive Kim, the centers of calm quickly became Phaedra, Shereé and Kandi. Forget Cynthia. Apart from the runway interlude, her internal struggles reigned supreme.

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