Photo from bravotv.comThis week's episode of The Real Housewives of New York was hard to watch as Kelly Bensimon went from just quirky "crazy" that was fun to comment on to something much deeper and darker.
The drama started right back up again immediately. Kelly just couldn't let go of Bethenny Frankl calling herself a chef. The two were bickering back and forth about the nuances between "chef" and "cook", when Kelly randomly throws out, "Okay, satchels of gold."
When Bethenny left individually monogrammed gift bags filled with beach products for each of the girls, Kelly found hers and cried, saying, "It's just so impersonal, it rubbed me the wrong way."
Then Bensimon called Jill and described how awful the trip was ("I'm alone on scary island") and let her know that she fears for her life and has been dreaming that Bethenny is going to kill her. She's not joking.
In a conversation over dinner she keeps telling people to "zip it" and doesn't want to hear what anyone else has to say. "White noise. It's all white noise," she says. Once, she randomly yells out "Al Sharpton!" at Bethenny for no apparent reason.
She insults Ramona, attacks Alex and can't even keep Sonja as an ally. She gets mad at Bethenny for attacking "her friend" Gwyneth Paltrow.
"I threw up the night before I came thinking Bethenny was going to freaking kill me, because she's tried to kill me so many times before," Kelly says.
And that's where I wanted to turn it off, because reality television was becoming too real. There is clearly something wrong with this woman, and to be watching her spiral downward just felt wrong. Editing is one thing, but this is a woman who really appears to need help.
The other Housewives realized it too and tried to calm Bensimon down, telling her they think she needs to get help and reassuring her that none of them is after her.
Of course, any calm they may have achieved is going to be blown to hell next week when Jill Zarin blows in on her surprise visit to the Caribbean.
How did you feel about this week's episode of The Real Housewives of New York?