To recap: Ramona is renewing her wedding vows (because 17 years is a milestone, and it's not a season of Real Housewives without some big ridiculous event at the end of the season), and to celebrate, she is re-living her bachelorette weekend in St. John's with Alex, Bethenny, Kelly, and new girl Sonja. Last week the ladies were on a yacht, where Kelly oddly blew up at Bethenny about being a cook instead of a chef, then called her a ho-bag, the ladies found a Hooters yacht to hang out on, and everything seemed to be okay.
Until this week. The ladies departed the yacht and moved the crazy action to a villa. Bethenny brings a gift bag for each of the women (sure, it's SkinnyGirl branded, but who doesn't love a gift bag?) which brings Kelly to tears of rage. Kelly also brought down a pad of paper to breakfast and announced everyone should write down their complaints on it. And then after a weird photo shoot session on the beach, Bethenny makes dinner for all the women and...whoa.
Slow your roll, Kelly. Whether she was tweaking out from too much coke/not enough coke/having an actual mental breakdown/whatever...what was this nonsense? She called Alex a vampire, said Bethenny was trying to kill her, started randomly yelling "Al Sharpton! Al Sharpton!", was shoveling Gummi Bears into her mouth at an alarmingly rapid pace (for someone who claims to not eat high fructose corn syrup), among other things.
It was funny for a while, but then it got really, really disturbing. And this is where, for me, the reality TV line of "so bad it's good" and "wait...this is not okay" got crossed. Kelly, from what was presented on last night's episode, is obviously having some kind of mental break. Whether it's drugs or brain chemistry or what, something really messed up is going on in her head, and this is a woman with two small children to raise. According to Bethenny's blog, what we saw on-air was "tame" compared to what really happened, and all the women were scared for Kelly's safety. Clearly exposing her life on TV is not a healthy thing for Kelly to do. There's nothing Bravo can do about it now - this season is shot and edited, and she signed the releases and the episodes are going to air. But I'm curious to see if Kelly will be returning to the franchise if there's a season 4. She's kind of unhinged, in a way that's not super fun to watch anymore. I'm sure Andy Cohen has a huge reality TV boner thinking about the ratings and the buzz the last two episodes have generated right about now.
On a lighter note, there was a moment in last night's episode where Ramona was handed another glass of wine and took it without even looking at it, which made me die laughing. Jezebel has a clip of it here. You know things are getting rough in RHONYC land when crazy-eyed Ramona is the sane one.