Bethenny Frankel is winning!
We're used to each season of the "Real Housewives" ending with a big soiree or event. On the last season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," it was Pandora's Vanderpumpian wedding. The season finale of "Bethenny Ever After," however, went for quieter moments with just as much emotional impact.
The "Bethenny" finale was a quiet respite from the "will they or won't they" rumors of Bethenny's supposed divorce. In case you missed it, it's being reported that Frankel and her hunky hubby Jason Hoppy are on the outs. Throughout the season, we've had a front seat to their marriage travails. Bethenny even courageously took us along on an ill-fated therapy cruise with her resident therapist, Dr. Amador.
Bethenny's season farewell kicked off with a company party at Tortilla Flats in NYC. This was no lampshades on the head affair, but a fun and zany Mexican dinner with co-workers who seem to really like each other. Bethenny called her team the "island of misfit toys," and fans agree.
Team Bethenny is made up of a cool cast of characters including: Coordinator of Chaos Julie, Dwayne the Driver, Dawa the Nanny, Veronica the Glammy, Food Blogger Nick, Makeup Guru Sonia, and Jackie, who is the new Julie. The exit of Bethenny's right-hand gal, Julie Plake, was a major part of the storyline. Julie has been there from the beginning, helping Bethenny to build Skinny Girl, and is even the godmother the B's daughter Bryn.
Fans know that Bethenny has major abandonment issues, so losing her BFF is heart wrenching for her. Does it necessarily make good television for it to be drawn out so much? We're not sure.
Viewers were also treated to loving moments between Bethenny and Jason. Jason will be taking the helm at Bethenny's company upon Julie's departure, a move that appears to threaten his manhood. Seeing Jason being granted his company computer and desk like any other employee gave fans the feeling of shouting, "no, don't go into the woods" while watching a horror movie. While it may be good for the company, it could be a death knell in the marriage.
Nonetheless, rooting for Bethenny to succeed is the best part of the show. She's an everywoman, a local girl who makes good in spite of herself. The big payoff came when Bethenny received "the call" that her talk show is a go. The program, produced by Ellen Degeneres, will be on FOX for a test run this summer.
The season's big visual payoff was watching The Family Hoppy -- Bethenny, Jason, and Bryn -- move into their swanky new Manhattan digs. The closet alone was weep-worthy. The young family enjoyed a night of pure bliss in the pristine space before Brynn brought it back to reality by spilling something. It was the perfect way to end... and begin... a chapter of our TV BFF's life.
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