Bethenny Getting Married Review: Oh, the (Scripted) Stress!

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Between a book signing, wedding preparations and a bachelor/bachelorette party, the script on Bethenny Getting Married called for Bethenny Frankel to act very stressed this week.

How well did she pull it off? Let's turn it over to our Real Housewives guru for the answer and the review of last night's episode...

Ugghhh... is it just me or is Bethenny starting to seem really whiny and bitchy?  I really like her and found her to be the most normal and relatable of the Real Housewives of New York City, but now that she has her own show I feel like we are seeing less of her cool and chill side and more of her annoying and super-control-freak side.

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Yes, I get that she is knocked up, planning an expensive shotgun wedding, moving in with her fiancée, and trying to finish a new book all at once - but I still don’t think these things are a good excuse for her to treat everyone in her life like garbage.  For example, how bad do you feel for the wedding planner, Shawn?  I know he’s a little bit needy and up in Bethenny’s grill a lot but what does she expect?

She asked him to plan a fantasy dream pretty-pretty princess swanky wedding with like two months notice. No wonder the dude has to ask her a lot of questions in quick succession.

So Bethenny goes to get a practice hairdo for her wedding and Shawn is driving her batshit crazy. He’s hovering a bit, but I don’t think he’s doing anything out of bounds.  Bethenny would not agree.  It looks like she wants to pull out a semi-automatic weapon and riddle his body full of bullets every time he comes near.   “I wanted to suffocate Shawn,” she says. 

Shawn notices the tension.  “I feel like we’re just not connecting,” he says.  The hairdresser cannot help but see the murderous rage in Bethenny’s eyes.  She asks Bethenny, “You’re in a cranky zone?”  No answer is needed.

Later, Shawn offers to take a load of Bethenny’s plate by assuming responsibility for the small details of the wedding.  She is so stressed you’d think she’d be grateful for the offer.  Not so much.  She is unwilling to let go of any decisions despite having a near nervous breakdown every five minutes of every day because of all the decisions she has to make. 

Even Shawn conquering the near-impossible feat of booking The Four Seasons for the wedding has not helped Bethenny keep a smile on her face. “This is supposed to be happy,” Shawn reminds Bethenny as her voice rises to a shriek.  “I know.  And I am happy,” Bethenny shouts at him.  Run for the hills, Shawn.  You appear to be aboard the Titanic 2.

Bethenny then goes shopping for much-needed maternity clothes with her very compassionate and calm friend Jake.  She isn’t feeling well and starts to get upset about everything that is going on. 

“I am overwhelmed and I am really, like, breaking down,” she cries.  “Being able to do it all defines me and not being able to do it all panics me,” she says.  I’ll admit this shows a remarkable amount of insight on her major life issue.  But I wonder if she thinks “being able to do it all” is a good quality or one that should be let go of.  Hopefully her therapist can help her with this one.

The woman who owns the maternity clothes store seems to be very knowledgeable about birth.  A serious conversation develops between the two women.  “So you’re like ice-packing your vadge while you’re breastfeeding your baby?” Bethenny asks her about life post-birth.  “And like peeing yourself when you laugh or sneeze,” this woman adds. 

But really, Bethenny just has one basic question: “What do I need to do to get the baby out of my body and not have it taken away by child services?” Jeeeezzze - does she not have an OB-GYN or the ability to buy a pregnancy book?  For being such a control-freak about everything Bethenny seems remarkably uneducated about birth and babies.

Another sign of Bethenny’s increasing level of high-maintenance-ness is when she has her assistant Max pack her bags for her trip to Atlantic City.  She and Jason are meeting friends there to have a weekend of debauchery before the shotgun wedding and subsequent shotgun baby.  She insists that Max pick out and pack underwear and bras for her while she sits on her bed and texts and she rolls her eyes when he is “slow” about it. 

Come on, Bethenny.  What is this about?  Can you not toss your own underwear and bras into a bag anymore now that you have your own show?  I’d be so embarrassed to ask my assistant to pack underwear for me, no matter how much I was paying him.  I thought Bethenny would kind of feel this way too.  I guess not. 

Once in Atlantic City a group of their friends meets Bethenny and Jason at a posh hotel.  Bethenny’s friend is a horrible dresser and gets immediately wasted and embarrasses herself.  Then everyone goes to gamble.  This drunk, bad-dressing woman is to be Bethenny’s maid of honor. 

Jason’s friends have names like “Burrhead” and get completely smashed with him that night.  The next morning Jason is hung over and hurting.   “You have fur on your tongue.  You look like ass,” Bethenny tells him.  Ah, the sweet nothings lovers whisper to each other!

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I can't stand this any longer. These shows are getting so ridiculous. I liked her at the beginning of housewives but she's become this person who has heard so much about herself "keeping it real" that she is doing it now just for show and it's such a turnoff. I used to hear that the first six months with someone is like dating their impersonator and now I find it obvious that it applies in other situations as well.

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I can't stand this any longer. These shows are getting so ridiculous. I liked her at the beginning of housewives but she's become this person who has heard so much about herself "keeping it real" that she is doing it now just for show and it's such a turnoff. I used to hear that the first six months with someone is like dating their impersonator and now I find it obvious that it applies in other situations as well.

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You are an asshole

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Bethenney doesn't have a family, and she does keep it real. Apparently, people that are posting have no idea when an "A" personality has no control over her body. Her head is trying so hard, but as the therapist said, "She needs to bring her heart and head together." She is trying very hard. AS Ramona said on Andy's reunion show, Bethenney had certain problems during her pregnancy. I believe she did have a blood clot and had to deliver. That is even more stressful. She now has her own family, and she is doing everything possible to do the opposite of the way she grew up. Beth has a wonderful husband and great in- laws. She is a truthful, funny, beautiful young lady. Along with up and down hormones, it's very natural and realistic. I love the show!

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1. This blogger is disturbingly sexist. I've never been pregnant, and even I know that hormones during pregnancy affect one's behavior. Pregnancy is extremely demanding physically and emotionally, and this woman is managing that and other extraordinary demands. Give her a break. 2. The blogger writes: "I get that she is knocked up, planning an expensive shotgun wedding, moving in with her fiancée, and trying to finish a new book all at once." No, you don't get it. You've obviously never been under serious stress in the workplace or organized something important in which other people are relying on you, so no, you don't get it. I'm not saying she gets a pass for being rude, but a little more compassion is in order. 3. Bethenny acknowledges her misgivings about her behavior. She discusses it, and she's in therapy for some of her issues. What is this blogger doing to deal with his/her insensitivity and sexism?

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Every time I watch Bethenny deliver all the one-liners, I get the feeling she's trying to become another Kathy Griffin. If she's going to use one-liners, she shouldn't recycle them, for instance the "he liked it so much he put a ring on it" one.

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Well, I love Bethenny and her show! Yes, I too have watched enough reality TV shows to see some of the background staging but I enjoy playing that game! When Shawn the wedding planner tells her he got the Four Seasons for her shouldn't she ask when and how? Looking beyond the scene of course she will feature them on her show and why wouldn't they work it out for such publicity?
My only complaint about the show is the excessive use of vulgarity including referrals to four-letter words and the suggestion of what parts of a man Bethenny would take when angry. Bethenny is so interesting and amusing she really doesn't need to use such language.
Anyway, I think it is a very intersting and entertaining show! It is on of the very few shows on TV I arrange my schedule to be able to watch. Keep going, Bethenny! You have lots of fans including this one in Lousiana!

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very naive to think that a reality show is actually real

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Whoever is the author of this story either has never been pregnant or is a man who would have no clue as to what it is like and what a women goes through when she's expecting. Because if you've ever been pregnant you would know that what you wrote is utterly ridiculous. Maybe you wouldn't do this things Bethanny did on the show which is why you don't have your own show. It's obvious you have no sense of humor. How sad for you. Bethanny's show is so refreshing compared to anything else on TV these day. It's definitely a breath of fresh air after watching the train wreck of the HW shows.

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Not surprising,eh? I too could not believe when Shawn asked her if she would cede some of the planning tasks to him and she said "no" to each one. I thought, okay, she is in worse shape than I thought. I feel for Shawn and for Jason because she is not thrilled with the marriage thing and will try to destroy it consciously or not.

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