This week on The Real Housewives of New York, we got to know the newest wife, Kristen Taekman, more than ever before. Sure, we got to see bits and pieces of this funny, highly strung broad, but only as we witnessed her navigating Aviva Drescher and Carole Radziwill's latest brawl. Tonight's episode showed us a whole other, more vulnerable -- and less predictable -- side of Kristen.
And she's got a temper to boot! When Kristen was enlisted by her husband to participate in one of those muddy, Spartan type road races, I certainly didn't think she would have a problem. But it became clear that Kristen isn't an athlete and the idea of competing wasn't something she relished to say the least. The day of the race, both Kristen's husband and her new buddy Heather Thomson promised not to leave her side. These were promises they went on to immediately break -- much to Kristen's supreme frustration and annoyance.
Kristen completely wigged when, after getting a stitch in her side, her friends and her hubby completed the race ahead of her, leaving her in the dust. Well, I guess technically they left her in the mud and barbed wire. While obviously it's no fun coming in last or being left behind, most adults would just grit their teeth and go along with it. Kristen seemed so laid-back before this, but her reaction to being ditched was totally unexpected and pretty immature.
Maybe there were extenuating circumstances we didn't see, but Kristen's reaction after the race reminded me of nothing so much as a toddler having a total meltdown. Her husband went to congratulate her (after, I might add, cheering her on) for completing the race, and she literally pushed him away and told him she wasn't speaking to him.
Granted, he didn't make things any better by telling her to "man up" over and over again. Nothing was more guaranteed to make her cry. Her reaction was a little baffling and might point toward more tensions in their marriage than we realized were there at the start.
What did you think of Kristen's meltdown?
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