RHOBH, Bethenny Frankel

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The first step on the path to our dream Bravo series The Real Housewives: All-Stars has finally been achieved now that Bethenny Frankel has come to the women of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Or, more accurately, the ladies of RHOBH came to Bethenny in the Hamptons—because she is Bravo's resident boss and everyone knows it.

Not only was the queen bee of RHONY's first dinner with the ladies of the 90210 as dramatic as we'd hoped (more on that later), but it also illuminated just what a twisted web these Real Housewives weave.

For starters, did you know that Kyle Richards met Bethenny while the latter was waiting tables at La Scala Boutique in Beverly Hills when Bethenny stomped over and said, "Hi, I'm dating your ex-boyfriend" and then later worked for her sister Kathy, driving none other than Paris and Nicky Hilton Rothschild to school as kids?

And did you also know that Lisa Rinna met Bethenny years ago at a fashion show the former attended with the latter's old RHONY co-star Kelly Bensimon leading Rinna to decide she liked Bethenny more than Kelly?

And did you further know that Lisa Vanderpump met Bethenny...a few years ago during a lunch at Villa Rosa? (What? We didn't say they were all winners.)

One person who's probably wishing she didn't meet Bethenny? RHOBH newcomer Erika Girardi.

Erika Girardi, Erika Jayne, RHOBH, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills


After Eileen Davidson and Rinna's obsession with one of Girardi's music videos spread to Bethenny, the Skinny Girl mogul became uncomfortably fixated on the stranger in her home, hitting her with a barrage of colorful nicknames, probing queries, and unsolicited marketing ideas. A sampling:

- "She flies private everywhere she goes? Alright, Barbie."
- "I looked at your Instagram page, so you want a rim job? I'll give it to you. I did, I just looked. I'm obsessed with you already."
- "Mogul wife by day, ho by night: Bambi. She's coming out in a minute."
- "She had her hand up her vagina with two knuckle rings on."
- "You wanna know my honest thoughts? I don't love the production value of it…I think it's trying to be a little avant-garde but it's not quite getting it with that silver cheesy bed."
- "I'm pretty good at marketing…It's not obvious that it's an alter ago though. I thought of you as Bambi."

Erika kept her poise, let Bethenny's verbal diarrhea wash over her without batting an eye, and even offered her a dance lesson. Naturally, karma did the rest: Bethenny split her pants. (Oh, and she got off one great parting shot in her confessional: "It's not as easy as it looks. But, I mean, anybody can make a margarita.")

From the looks of things, we're due for another awkward run-in between these two next week. Until then, whose side are you on? Sound off in the comments below.

Spare Parts:

- This Eileen-Vanderpump drama feels forced. If Eileen was really that uncomfortable by Lisa's line of questioning, she should've just stopped answering the damn questions.

- Rinna really like to stir the s--t this season, huh? Between the Munchausen accusation from a few weeks back and the incessant jabber about Erika's music video, she's certainly setting things up to stand back and watch as they fall.

- Is there anything sadder than Yolanda telling David, "This is not what you signed up for, my love. This was not part of the nuptials," knowing what we now know about their marriage? No, there isn't.

- Is there anything more boring than watching three women try to connect to Wi-Fi? No, there isn't.

- "I feel like I spend my whole life running from bugs." Us too, Kyle. Us too.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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