'Real Housewives of New York' Premiere Recap: A Nicer, Kinder Jill Zarin (Not!)

Julie Ryan Evans
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Jill ZarinThe Real Housewives of New York kicked off their fourth season tonight, and what a welcome blast of drama from the past they were. It was almost as if no time had passed since we last saw them attacking, insulting, and backstabbing one another ... and they didn't waste any time starting in again.

Most of tonight's drama involved -- surprise, surprise -- Jill Zarin. According to Jill, in the last year since her big blow-up with Bethenny Frankel, she has turned over a new leaf, been humbled, and she's grown and learned. “I can’t help who I am, I am nice,” she said at one point, causing viewers across the country to collectively choke on whatever they may have been sipping at that point.

Even if you wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, she blew that over and over tonight ... and it was just the first episode. Jill really should just own her bitchiness and admit that this is who she is to herself and the world. It would be much more becoming and less tiring than keeping up the saintly act that no one is buying anyway.

It's a good thing Alex McCord seems to have grown a pair of balls (plus a modeling career), and she wasn't about ready to let Jill off the hook for anything she did last season. She told the cameras:

Jill did some horrible things. You can’t just pretend that didn’t happen.

Well, Jill can, but that's not going to get her far.

In a small dose of karma, Jill got her own Scary Island moment when Alex showed up to a wedding in the Hamptons unbeknownst ahead of time to Jill, who was also attending. Obviously flustered, Jill then wove herself a tangled web of a story about how she really did know that Alex would be attending the wedding, but no she couldn't attend the marriage equality march the next day. Alex wouldn't back down and pressed Jill to explain just why she would be on the committee and not walk the walk. Jill's best response: Who cares?

Jill also vowed: "No matter what anyone does, I will always be nice and kind." Minutes later she said of Alex, the "f***ing bitch":

She’s a bitch, she’s socializing at a party that is so above her.

Where's the nice and kind in that, exactly? She followed that up by making fun of Alex's attire. So kind, so very, very kind.

Jill also showed bad manners when she chose to interrogate new housewife Cindy Barshop about her personal life. Barshop, however, seems more than capable of taking care of herself, and I can't wait to see more of her on this season. She's a single mother to two young children and runs a successful body waxing chain. She seems pretty down to earth ... though don't they all, at first anyway?

It was a bit odd without Bethenny Frankel, and I kept asking myself: WWBD? Probably slay someone with her scathing tongue, I answered myself. But there wasn't enough of a break in the drama for her to be missed for long. While I don't think anyone can replace Frankel, I think the previews' promises of drama will deliver a pretty powerful season even without her.

The most shocking moment of the premiere: When Ramona stuck her finger in the frosting of the wedding cake for a quick taste, BEFORE the cake had even been cut. Who does that? Probably the same kind of person who gives unsolicited fashion and skin care advice to young women applying to be her assistant.

Did you watch the premiere of The Real Housewives of New York? Did you miss Bethenny Frankel?


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