God bless Real Housewives Of New York. Seriously. This show is the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving, like Sonja Morgan‘s vagina after a couple shots. And Sexy J really went to 11 yesterday.
With the Blue Stone Manor under construction the ladies are in the Hamptons bedding down at Ramona Singer‘s palatial abode. Too bad Luann de Lesseps was still shunted into the finished basement. Still a basement is a basement is a basement with spiders, and smelling a bit like must and dog piss. Which incidentally is probably the scent of the perfume Sonja is bottling as part of her lifestyle collection. After a miserable night Luann bailed to visit her chiropractor while the rest of the ladies hit up a vineyard.
Luann is the tempest in the third floor, and must’ve caused an awful storm to reflect her mood because it was overcast, raining, and gloomy. Ramona decided the theme of this trip is bonding, so she turns a boozy lunch into the opportunity to interrogate everyone about their deepest fears and insecurities. It’s mostly because she wants Tinsley Mortimer to spill the beans, but Tinsley has been around this town and this circuit longer than anyone. Truthfully, because she was born in it and it’s simply not that easy to upend the Tinz.
Without context, Dorinda Medley’s issues with Tinsley Mortimer make no sense. But, let’s break down the fourth wall and discuss the elephant in the room: Real Housewives of New York is a reality TV show. This is not a series of home videos. It’s a job for these people.
This isn’t just about two acquaintances who are at odds because one person won’t open up. It’s actually about two coworkers. Dorinda thinks Tinsley isn’t pulling her weight on the job and she’s over it.
Even with the quarantine, plenty of reality TV stars celebrated Easter. Some of them even dressed up to eat dinner in the dining room, which is way more than what I did. Props to them.
Real Housewives of New York star Dorinda Medley wore bunny ears in the Berkshires. Margaret Josephs spent some quality time with her mom, Marge Senior. Terry Dubrow, Heather Dubrow, and their kids all wore matching Easter pajamas. I had no idea that was a thing. But, again, they put a lot more effort into getting dressed than I did yesterday.
When Leah McSweeney was introduced as the new cast member of Real Housewives of New York, she described herself as a bit of a misfit. The out of place rebel in a prestigious New York City catholic school. Now that she is mixing with the post-menopausal ladies of the upper east and west sides, you’d think she was in the same predicament.
The reaction of the rest of the cast, besides the ever juvenile Tinsley Mortimer, was of shock and disdain at Leah’s array of tattoos. The most offending one being a tramp stamp of her name. Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer were internalizing this revelation just before Leah arrived for the Hamptons sleep over. Leah received a warm welcome, and then some off-hand remarks. She and Dorinda got into it before leaving the house for dinner. This situation could have escalated further had Leah not responded to Dorinda the way she did.
Dorinda Medley couldn’t even get through the season premiere of Real Housewives of New York without being massively triggered by Tinsley Mortimer and her supposed lack of authenticity. Tinsley is regularly accosted for not sharing the scope of her personal life on the show. Perhaps she just wants to treat the show like a job and her castmates as co-workers.
Us viewers can relive this Tinsley and Dorinda saga through fresh eyes. Leah McSweeney, as the new housewife, had yet to experience any of this. Can anyone blame her for being shocked by Dorinda’s remarks? Sonja Morgan tries to mediate between Dorinda and Tinsley but ends up starting drama instead. At Ramona Singer’s Hamptons sleepover, Leah and Dorinda had an escalating conversation. But rather than it blowing up, it earned Leah Dorinda’s respect for “holding her own.”
The inclusion of Leah McSweeney into Real Housewives Of New York is creating a cultural divide between generations. Here we have Leah, a millennial on the cusp of also being a Gen Xer. Someone, ahem, my age. Then we have the rest of the ‘girls.’ Still calling themselves “girls” well (WELL) past the acceptable age of being called so. Which is something only middle-aged women of a certain generation do. These girls are actually OKBoomers, and these boomers are treating Leah and Tinsley Mortimer like their willful daughters who don’t recognize good sense.
The problem is, of course, that Tinsley and Leah are grown-ass women, well-past the acceptable age of being called “girls” themselves. Although Tinsley has clung vehemently to the pretensions of her mother’s generation and, on the surface, tries to adhere to the notions of how one behaves. Leah is more like “fuck it all.” She’s Bethenny Frankel-lite, which is why she’s shaping up to be a good replacement.