This season has flown by, and the reunion is finally here! I usually look forward to the reunions more than the actual episodes. After the most intense television event in history, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion" on Sunday night, this reunion was cocktails in comparison as Andy said. I still really enjoyed it and found that the calmness of the ladies helped us navigate <img style="float:left;margin:10px" src="http://www.jokersupdates.com/articles/hw/rh-ny-reunion1-2012.png" width="450" height="224" />through all topics and questions and resolve a lot of issues. So let's dive right in, and I'd love to hear your opinion too!
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It's often said that the ranking of the ladies is given away by the coveted seating chart of the reunion. The closer you are to Andy, the closer you are to his heart as well. So it's no surprise to find Ramona seated to his left, but the newbie Aviva on his right? I assume this is solely because she is a little more controversial than the other newbies, since I'm almost certain Andy's favorite new girl is Carole. Mine too!
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We will start with the first topic discussed; did Carole talk a little too much behind Luann's back instead of to her face? Or is Luann just a politically incorrect one-upper friend-jumper? One of Luann's offenses was calling herself Indian instead of Native American. Carole is so offended to hear someone using this term, and I'm wondering if Luann is racist, classless, or clueless? In my opinion Luann is being tacky and offending her dinner companions just because she can. Whether her words are actually objectionable is not as big a misdeed as being ungracious and making people uncomfortable. For someone who wrote a book on manners, yet again the countess fails to practice what she preaches.
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Finally Luann does the unthinkable and asks Carole's close friend Naeem Khan to borrow a dress to wear to Life and Style Magazine. Carole calls Luann a friend-jumper and was upset that she put her friend in this position. Luann of course was being gracious and doing him a favor. I'm on Carole's side on this one. According to Heather, fashion etiquette indicates that it is a pain in the ass and awkward for a designer to lend dresses. Aviva feels that Carole was being possessive of her friend. I on the other hand think that Carole was trying to protect a good-natured friend from being taken advantage of, nothing more.
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There's nothing pleasant about introducing friends when there are perks involved. I don't know if Luann is specifically a friend-jumper, but I do think she is a woman always on a mission with her own agenda. There's no doubt that her intentions here were to meet a famous designer and reap the benefits. Can we expect any less from the countess?
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Carole tells Luann that Naeem dresses Michelle Obama and famous celebrities, but stops herself before she says, "But not you!" Come on, Carole, we all wish you'd said it! She might as well have since Luann is able to mentally finish that sentence and decides that no one has ever said anything more hurtful to her. Carole didn't even hint that Luann wasn't on Michelle Obama's level, but with a typical Luann twist, once again she becomes the victim. Normal behavior for anyone on the wrong side of an argument. We've all had arguments where it's impossible to rationalize with someone because they focus on one minor statement and transform it into an unmeant insult, thereby making them a big fat victim. That's a common theme among housewives and Luann does it every season, every reunion. It reminds me of the time Ramona called her husband an older man and she flew off the handle. She often demands apologies yet is blind to owing them.
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The best part of that segment was my girl Heather. Heather clearly states her opinion about the Naeem affair; although she's not judging, she believes Naeem was most likely put off by Luann's request. Then she calls Luann out for not liking that response and dismissing it because it wasn't what she wanted to hear. The more Heather speaks, the more I find myself liking her. She's a well-spoken intelligent woman; as the season has progressed I've appreciated her addition to the cast. She should write her own book on manners and etiquette, then present it to Luann. Much better casting on Bravo's part than Cindy or Kelly, two women I certainly could have done without.
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Next we dig into Carole a little further regarding her snarky and sarcastic interviews. This is something none of the ladies foresaw, and I have to agree. I wondered if the ladies had any idea that Carole was hilariously slamming them throughout the entire season. I loved it! She was a great source of reality in the midst of a bunch of crazies. In defense she said her intentions were to be humorous; certainly not malicious.
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The housewives seem content with that answer, but many viewers feel she was two-faced. She did do her fair share of talking behind backs, but I remember her disclosing early on during a "Watch What Happens" interview that the show does call for it. You're being interviewed about the other women, you're forced to respond. Make fun of them? Not necessarily. Right or wrong it made <b>me</b> laugh!
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Moving on to Aviva, who some of you find extremely annoying with her constant repetition on all subjects, from her anxieties to her feud with Ramona. I however really like Aviva and would like to know if and why you find her to be annoying <a href="http://forums.jokersupdates.com/ubbthreads/gotothread.php?gotopost=18841453" target="_blank">here</a>.
Now for the most annoying topic, Harry. It's not Aviva's fault; who wants to talk about their ex husband? All the other ladies who had one night stands with Harry can't seem to get enough, though. The only highlight to this segment involved Sonja raging at Aviva for telling the NY Post that, of all things, Harry shouldn't be buying expensive sandwiches. Perhaps this is code of some kind? What it could possibly mean, I'll never know. Maybe I should submit a tweet to "Watch What Happens Live"; rldr I'll spend the rest of my life wondering about that damn sandwich!
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There's a really touching moment where Aviva confesses anxieties stemming from the trauma she went through when she lost her leg as a child. I really feel for her and it's no one's place to judge her for her fears -- whether they regard heights, elevators, or planes.
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The trip to St. Barth's was such a shit storm once Aviva arrived that it's hard to wrap my head around it. She calls Ramonja white trash, and Reid stays at the house, crashing the girl's trip. It seems that everyone knew he was coming; Heather confirms that when the ladies were talking about him staying in a hotel, it was lighthearted joking. What isn't brought up is that if that's true, when Luann tells Aviva what was said, wasn't she yet again stirring the pot? Luann had in fact told Aviva that the ladies wanted Reid to stay in a hotel, yet again causing problems and pitting the girls against each other. Was she shit stirring? Of course she was; she adds fuel to every fire. What's your opinion? Does the countess constantly start trouble? Join our discussion about it <a href="http://forums.jokersupdates.com/ubbthreads/gotothread.php?gotopost=18841485" target="_new">here</a>.
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Several times Aviva apologizes for everything with regard to that trip, and the ladies aren't buying it. Ramona and Sonja feel that Aviva is only apologizing because she realized that the viewers weren't on her side. This is most likely true, and I don't think Aviva was sincere at all. It sounded great, but after all this time trashing the ladies in her blogs she now comes and apologizes? Too little too late. I can see Ramona and Sonja's point. Like Heather however, Aviva seems to be pretty classy and owns up to all of her mistakes: she's not defensive and she admits to everything she did, damn these new classy ladies!
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What can I say? I love these newbies! So this installment was not a screaming match, but it was good all the same. As much as we are drawn to the drama of fighting, yelling, and potential hair pulling, I really enjoyed this rendition. Questions such as whether Heather regretted saying "Holla" in her opening were answered. Does Princess Carole regret making fun of the Countess Luann? Does Aviva regret calling the ladies white trash? The answer to all of the above is no, no regrets (sorry Aviva we know you don't regret that one.) Apologies were readily available; the topics were covered and put to bed.
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Next week we will delve into the real issues which should be addressed; The Johnny Depp Pirate, the Toaster Oven, and Ramona being accosted by Aviva's dad at her charity function. I can't wait! In the meantime, please let me know what you thought of the reunion, and now you know how much I love the new cast members, let me know what <b>you</b> think of them <a href="http://forums.jokersupdates.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=TheRealHousewivesOfOC&page=0&view=expanded&sb=5&o=&rc=" target="_new">here</a>.