The Real Housewives of New York Recap: Bethenny Frankel Unloads on Luann de Lesseps

Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York finally showed us that blowout fight from the midseason trailer, and it did not disappoint. 

If you watch The Real Housewives of New York online of late, you know that Luann has bordered on insufferable. 

Every single time any of the ladies have tried to help her, she’s complained that she’s too busy to give a you-know-what because she’s a cabaret girl. 

When the explosive episode kicked off Bethenny and Ramona were trying to get through to Ramona that her drinking is a cause for concern. 

This conversation occured shortly after Sonja threatened to knock Bethenny out before smacking her head off a table. It was pretty wild. 

Sonja, however, welcomed the feedback from the ladies, and ultimately decided to take Luann up on the offer to attend an AA meeting with her. 

Before we got to the AA meeting, new addition to the cast, Barbara Kavovit admitted that she felt left out. 

Bethenny wanted to find out why Barbara felt that way, so she pulled her aside.

“If you guys would rather me go home, I’ll go home,” Barbara said while simultaneously fighting back the tears. 

Bethenny told her that she felt she was too up Lu’s ass to forge friendships with the other ladies. 

Well, she didn’t quite say it that way, but you get the gist. Ultimately, Barbara agreed that she could be a better friend away from Luann and that was that. 

Sonja struggled at the AA meeting, but she put on a brave face. It all came to the forefront when Sonja broke down at the beach when she met up with the ladies. 

Sonja later admitted that it was too much for her to take on board, and the ladies tried to help her. 

Everyone except Luann, that is. Luann said that she was staying at the beach, leaving the other ladies to help Sonja. 

“Anybody want to go for a swim on the beach?” she said while Sonja bawled her eyes. “I’m gonna go for a swim. I’ll see you back at the house.”

Bethenny was shook, and not in a good way. It was like she was ready to unleash holy hell on the countess, but she bit her tongue. 

At the house, Sonja admitted that Luann essentially abandoned her, despite being the one to bring her to the AA meeting. 

While this was going down, Luann posed for photos, one of them was at a poster promoting her cabaret show. 

Did this prove how self-absorbed Luann was at this moment in time? Probably, but we need to remember here that Luann has her own $hit going on. 

The next night is when the good stuff happened. Barbara told Luann during dinner that she felt like she had been iced out for no reason, and she was not going to stand for it. 

Luann gave her a hug, but Bethenny saw this as Lu’s way of brushing this under the rug. 

“I felt so protective of you, Lu, because I’m protective of the people that I love,” Barbara said of the situation, prompting Luann to say it was “not my fault.”

“It kind of is, though,” Tinsley said even though nobody asked her remind them she was still on the show.

“Because you let Barbara do that for you, have the shield, protect you in that way — and you never [stick up] for her.”

“I never what?” Luann asked before making fun of Tinsley Tinsley for slurring the words “stick up.”

Queen Bethenny had heard enough. She flipped the eff out. 

“You’re insufferable! You’re insufferable!” she scremed as she slammed her hands on the table.

“Oh, wow. What a day this has been,” Lu fired back.

“This is it! Are you gonna sing it? Sing it!” Bethenny hurled. .

“Jesus, I go for a swim, and this is what happens? Gotta be careful when you leave the room in this group, huh?” Lu said, trying to keep her composure. 

“When’s the last time you asked me how I am about Dennis?” Bethenny asked. “When’s the last time?”

“When’s the last time you asked me how I am?” Luann said in response. 

“All the time!” Bethenny screamed.

“You are intolerable. You never change. ‘Cause you never change ’cause you dined out on your sobriety.”

“You’re dining out on it. Yes, you are. Dining out. Yes, you are.”

Luann then said she was annoyed that Bethenny would say she’s using her sobriety as a crutch. 

“B Strong? You should be so proud of yourself. You’re bully strong,” she said.

“Let me explain something to you clearly,” Bethenny yelled, slamming her hands on the table one more time. 

“Dennis helped you with your case 100 percent. When’s the last time you asked me how I feel about it? You actually are [the only one who hasn’t checked in on me]. Unnerving. It’s unnerving!”

Luann claimed the evening was “not enjoyable,” as Bethenny shot back that “the truth hurts.”

“I’m so mad!” Bethenny said as she looked like she was going to flip the table.

“I did your intervention, and my f–king boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, ex-fiancé died of an overdose, and you haven’t checked in on me!”

“Do you understand?! I did your intervention while my guy died of a drug overdose. And you haven’t asked how I am! He died! He’s in the ground!”

Bethenny was up at Lu’s face, saying that her friend never checked in on her. 

“No, you haven’t! No, you haven’t! Not one time!” Bethenny shouted before mimicking her new nemesis.

“‘I’m going through a lot. Come to my thing.’ Cabaret! F–king Cuban cabaret upstate. And cabaret, cabaret, cabaret all day. LIFE IS NOT A CABARET. It is actually not a cabaret!”

“Wow, look at you,” Luann managed to say.

“Look in the f–king mirror! Look at me?!” Bethenny screamed across the table.

“You never checked in on Dennis. Not once! You’ve never asked about Dennis. You never asked. YOU NEVER ASKED!” she continued. 

“No, you don’t. No, you don’t! Every day it’s about you. Every f–king day it’s about you. Every f–king second it’s about you. ‘Ohhh, because I didn’t get a massage.’ BECAUSE YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE THAT DIDN’T EVEN HAVE LUNCH WITH US TODAY, BUT YOU GO TO LOOK AT YOUR OWN POSTER!”

“I went for a swim at the beach, for God’s sake,” Luann replied, implying everything with her was all good. 

“Do you understand it was a whole weekend?!” Bethenny continued in her tirade.

“I took weeks of my life for you! … I had lawyers come to your house on a Sunday. I spoke to your kids. I sat outside on your driveway to make sure that you didn’t drive your car!”

“You almost crashed the (inaudible) and killed your friends! You were running in a field in negligee and had to be taken in cop cars, and I made sure that they didn’t record it so you ultimately didn’t get arrested!”

“You left the f–king rehab that I got you for free two weeks early FOR CABARET! YOU’RE A SICKO. FOR CABARET? YOU LEFT REHAB? I got it for free! You’re sick!!!”

Oh yes, this drama will continue next week. 

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