Money Can’t Buy You Class: Aviva, Aviva, Aviva

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY — Season 5 — PIctured: Aviva Drescher — (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo)

We’ve all seen the Brady Bunch (or at least heard of them.) Who could forget Jan’s infamous line: “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha?” Replace Marsha, Marsha, Marsha with Aviva, Aviva, Aviva and you’ve got this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City. Whether it be at a dinner party or a night on the town, the ladies just can’t seem to keep Aviva’s name from crossing their lips.

Aviva, Aviva, Aviva

Back in the Big Apple, Ramona decides to host a “drama-free” dinner for Sonja and LuAnn. While the men (meaning Mario and Jacques) are cooking dinner in the kitchen (cute, right?) the topic of conversation immediately turns to Aviva. When LuAnn comes to Aviva’s defense, Sonja won’t have anything of it. While I hate to admit it, I’m with Sonja on this one. Aviva acted like a PMSing teenage girl in St. Barths and handled her anger and frustration in the worst way possible: by name-calling. There is nothing defensible about that. It’s time for Aviva to use her big girl words and act like an adult.

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE — Episode 809 — Pictured: Ramona Singer (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo)

Unfortunately, that is only wishful thinking (as Aviva’s dinner with Carole and Heather proves.) After the three sit down, Aviva wastes no time and begins ranting about Ramona and Sonja’s “disgusting” behavior. She even goes as far as to call Ramona a “cheesy, low-class woman.” Aviva: we already know how you feel about Ramona and Sonja. Really, we do. Can we move on now? Please?


Of course not. Meeting with Heather the next day, Aviva brings up the St. Barths trip AGAIN. “I made this journey to St. Barths and I have to tell you it was one of the worst times that I’ve had in my life,” says Aviva. Aviva, if the trip was so awful, why do you keep talking about it? Am I missing something here? Luckily, Heather is just as sick of hearing the same BS as I am and attempts to put Aviva in her place by defending Ramona and Sonja. Heather says that the girls were just letting loose and having fun.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY — Season 5 — PIctured: Aviva Drescher — (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo)

While I’m glad that Heather finally stepped in, I’m not sure I would characterize Ramona and Sonja’s behavior as “letting loose and having fun.” That is unless consuming enough alcohol to drown an elephant falls under your definition of having a good time (it certainly doesn’t fall under mine.) Regardless, I doubt Heather’s words got through to Aviva. She’s much too consumed with her own thoughts on the matter to listen to anyone else.

Step off, Bitch

It is only when Sonja and Aviva meet that Aviva is finally put in her place (well, sort of.) In an attempt to reconcile with Sonja, Aviva acknowledges the fact that she said things that she shouldn’t have and says she didn’t mean to hurt Sonja’s feelings. Uh, Aviva, I think it’s a little too late for insincere apologies. Sonja agrees. “You said some things I don’t appreciate and I don’t need a friend like that,” says Sonja. “Whatever you tell me about your feelings right now, I don’t care. I can’t be anybody but who I am. I am done with you.” Zing! You tell her, Sonja. It’s about time somebody cut to the chase and tell it like it is. I’m so proud.

After beating a dead horse to a pulp this week, I’m praying that the next episode will provide something new. Maybe Aviva will get over herself and move on? Doubtful. Oh well, a girl can dream, right?


Jessica Kleinman is an art and culture intern/writer for 303 Magazine. She is currently studying journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow her posts on Twitter

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