When the news about Jules Wainstein’s divorce announcement hit the press on the same day that a new Real Housewives of New York episode airs, I was ready to dissect Jules and Michael Wainstein’s every onscreen action and look for evidence leading up to this surprising news.
And I didn’t have to try too hard looking for clues. The episode opened with Jules breaking down to talk about how she is the only one who parents her children. Then there was that uncomfortable double date the couple had with Dorinda Medley and her boyfriend John Mahdessian which really made me feel so sad for Jules. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who had a strong reaction to that scene since Bethenny had something to say about it as well.
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I’m not sure if it was the episode itself that had me feeling so bad for Jules or if it was that in combination with the divorce announcement and the cheating allegations against Michael, but I just wish I could give the girl a hug. I was cringing while Michael embarrassed Jules while they were at dinner with Dorinda and John. He was on his phone the entire time and when he was between calls, he really wasn’t present. And on top of that, all of this was happening while Jules was stressing out about her father being in the hospital- talk about a lack of sensitivity there!
Bethenny didn’t have a ton to say in her Bravo blog about this week’s episode, which is super weird since she starts off the entry with “This is my favorite episode ever.” I just figured she would want to share more thoughts, but I guess the episode speaks for itself- at least according to Bethenny.
One topic that Bethenny did address was the double date: “That dinner with Jules and Dorinda was actually painful. This was Dorinda getting all lit up and waxing poetic with metaphors for days.” Yeah, I really had no idea what Dorinda was talking about at all. I know she meant well, but she did not really help alleviate the awkwardness of that whole situation.
Bethenny writes, “It’s looking like Jules and Michael are having some trouble in paradise. That I don’t miss, and that I don’t envy. I do ‘suck at relationships,’ but I’d rather be solo than feel like that. Tensions have arisen over there. “
I feel like this was Bethenny’s attempt to be sympathetic and understanding, but it really did miss the mark. I didn’t think it was necessary to relate the scene back to her own love life and throw that shade. I also don’t appreciate her subtle plug for her book I Suck at Relationships. That was pretty tacky, even for a housewife. I just don’t feel like Bethenny was at all sensitive to Jules’s situation- especially since that divorce announcement and the cheating allegations hit the press on the SAME DAY the episode aired. She really could have tried harder with the commentary on that one.
And then after I was getting annoyed at Bethenny for her take on that dinner, I literally laughed out loud at this gem: “John was trying to break the tension, and at that dinner, he was definitely my favorite Housewife.” John really was the only bright light in that uncomfortable scene. He was the only one trying to quell the tension and he was the only one who was enjoyable to watch- hopefully this continues and everyone can stop hating on him.
TELL US- DO YOU THINK THAT BETHENNY’S COMMENTARY ABOUT JULES AND MICHAEL’S MARRIAGE WAS INSENSITIVE? OR DID IT MAKE SENSE FOR HER TO RELATE THE SCENE BACK TO HER OWN LIFE?
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