The ladies say goodbye to St. Barths in this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City. But they aren’t leaving without a bang, particularly Aviva. I’m not sure what prompted the sudden change in Aviva from Ramona’s defender to her attacker, but damn, the girl has some serious anger issues. Watch out Ramonja, Aviva is coming for you.

Eavesdropping Aviva

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY — Season 5 — Pictured: Aviva Drescher — (Photo by: Xavier Merchet-Thau/Bravo)

After hearing that Carole, Russ, Aviva and Reid have made plans for a couple’s dinner, Ramona wanders off to find Sonja to complain about how their “girls trip” has been compromised. Unfortunately, Aviva happens to “passing by” (aka standing at) their door and hears everything. Waltzing into the besties room with a cold “I hate to have overheard,” Aviva lashes out at Ramona and Sonja (well, mostly Ramona.) But this argument has nothing to do with dinner plans. Instead, Aviva uses it as an opportunity to make it known how “disgusted” she is with the way Ramona and Sonja greeted her when she arrived in St. Barths.

Aviva, I think it’s time to move on. Your “disgust” was heard loud and clear when you called Ramona and Sonja white trash. Now it seems like you’re just using any possible excuse to fight with the two. Actually, I wouldn’t even call it fighting. It’s more like a lecture particularly considering the fact that Aviva refuses to let Ramona or Sonja get a word in edge wise. Oh, and I’m sure that she (meaning Aviva) was just “passing by” the besties door. C’mon, Aviva. We all know that you were eavesdropping. You might as well own up to it.

Flying Phobia

Then there’s lunch at Le Tamarind. Feeling the tension, LuAnn whisks Ramona and Sonja away for a photo opt before Aviva can pick up the screaming match from where she left off. While the three are gone, Aviva turns the conversation to her experience on the tiny plane coming into St. Barths. Wait a minute, haven’t we already heard about this? Aviva: we know you have a phobia of flying, we are proud of you for making it to St. Barths, now it’s time to shut up. We don’t need a play-by-play of the flight. It’s over and done with; you can enjoy your vacation now.

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY — Season 5– Pictured: (l-r) Heather Thomson, Ramona Singer, Aviva Drescher — (Photo by: Xavier Merchet-Thau/Bravo)

Turtle Time  

That night, the ladies meet for evening cocktails before heading to Russ Irwin’s concert. But after a few drinks, Ramona and Sonja decide to ditch the rest of the gals and head back to the house to get their booze on. By the time the ladies return from the concert, Ramona and Sonja are visibly s**t faced. In fact, Sonja is so intoxicated that she topples down onto the floor in a drunken stupor. Classy. Miraculously, she picks herself up and makes it to the dinner table. But apparently the journey has made Sonja thirsty, as she asks LuAnn to pass her a Martini.  Sonja: you don’t need any more alcohol. Watching you drown yourself with booze is depressing. It also makes me question your sobriety.

Luckily Heather is there to lighten up the mood and jumps into the pool fully clothed. While I’m not sure what provoked her to do so, I am glad that at least one of the women can have a good time without the need for alcohol. Carole is quick to follow Heather’s lead and eventually the entire group is in the pool (minus Ramona.) That is until Heather pushes Ramona in the pool, prompting the greatest belly flop in housewives history. I couldn’t think of a more perfect ending to the St. Barths trip. Seeing Ramona’s flailing body smack the water brought a smile to my face. Next week, the ladies are back in New York. With the dynamic now completely changed between Ramona and Aviva, I am excited to see how the two will hash it out back in the big apple.


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