“I am not this bra-burning feminist, but Tinsley sets women back 100 years,” Bethenny says.
One thing’s for sure: "The Real Housewives of New York" are not boring.
On Wednesday’s new hour, Big Apple’s finest managed to turn a simple game of "Truth or Dare" into an emotional minefield.
"I dare you to call Scott and tell him he’s the love of your life and that if you’re not engaged by the end of the year, you’re dating other people," Bethenny Frankel said to Tinsley Mortimer, but Tinsley refused. Her mood shifted instantly, and she wanted out of the game.
"My dare was to call your boyfriend," Bethenny said, confused by Tinsley’s refusal, but Tinsley wasn’t having it. "I’m not doing that because he’d be mad at me for doing that. Stop, you guys. I’m not doing it!" she said as she stood up from the table to go smoke a cigarette. Luann de Lesseps followed her.
"He would kill me. Do you understand? He’d kill me!" Tins told Lu. But no one seemed to understood what Tinsley’s issue was.
"I know my boyfriend," Tinsley later told the camera. "And I know that making this call to him — all of a sudden there are gonna be giggles and laughter in the background, and he will be really upset. He does not like to be embarrassed, and I don’t wanna do that to him."
After walking back to the table, the ladies asked Tinsley why she was so upset. Naturally, in an upset voice, she said she wasn’t.
"We don’t have to talk about it," Tinsley urged.
"But then why are we all friends if we don’t talk about it?" Bethenny asked. "I don’t get it."
"She doesn’t wanna be friends. Maybe that’s what it is," season newcomer Barbara Kavovit blurted out, which set off Dorinda Medley.
"No, Barbara. Don’t say that! Don’t be an instigator!" Dorin fired back. "You’re always instigating! She didn’t say she didn’t wanna be friends. You always have to go there. Stop being a busybody. Stop being an interloper. Stop doing it!" The "clip" hands were in full force.
Dorinda asked Barbara to "stay out of it," but Babs refused. "Make me!" she childishly fired back.
Dorinda stood up and put up her fists. "Oh, I know you’re all rough and tough," she shouted mockingly. "Go get a hammer, honey! I’ll meet ya at Home Depot!" (While Barbara does work in construction, this makes absolutely no sense.)
Bethenny interrupted to break up the nonsense and apologize to Tinsley. She said it was a simple dare and didn’t mean to strike a chord.
"I don’t want to call my boyfriend in front of everybody," Tinsley replied sternly. "Don’t bring him in in that way. That’s all. That’s all I’m saying. I’m not calling him because I’m not putting him on blast with girlfriends."
"I get it!" Bethenny shouted back. "But we have to know where the line is. You don’t tell us anything!"
Tinsley snapped. She told Bethenny she has this same conversation with Scott every single day. Bethenny felt sorry for Tinsley, whose voice cracked as she explained that the dynamic of it all was "torture."
"Tinsley, you can’t just be happy when it’s his terms. It doesn’t work that way," Bethenny tried to explain. Tinsley actually said in response, "It does in his life."
By this point, Tinsley was bawling, so Bethenny walked over to where she was sitting to apologize profusely and genuinely.
"You just don’t seem that happy," B added. "And it seems like your relationship is in a box."
Tinsley sniffled, "He’s a very different person from everybody I’ve ever dated."
"But is he also controlling?" Bethenny asked.
"Yeah, he has controlling ways about him. Yes," Tinsley replied defensively. "It’s a f–king juggling act, and every day is a new f–king headache, but I love this guy, okay? I don’t know what else to say."
"If you were my best girl friend, I’d say, ‘We have to pull you out of this,’" Bethenny replied. She later told the camera, "I am not this bra-burning feminist, but Tinsley sets women back 100 years."
"The Real Housewives of New York" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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