We found out a surprising fact this week on The Real Housewives of New York City: it actually is possible to be too crazy on this show.
As a result of her nutty antics, Kelly Bensimon packed up and left early from the group's trip to the Virgin Islands. How did producers ensure the craziness continued in her absence? THG's Real Housewife correspondent is here with a recap and the answer...
Our beloved housewives have been on a luxury vacation in the Virgin Islands for the last few episodes. Ramona planned the trip as part of her “renewal” and to celebrate the fact that she and husband Mario will soon be renewing their vows. Kelly, Bethenny, Alex, and new housewife Sonja came along. This vacation looks truly fabulous:
First lounging about on a well-staffed yacht; then parking at an exotic and enormous villa and spending the next few days there eating chef-prepared food in costly bikinis.
Unfortunately, the bliss was an illusion because no one was having that great of a time. Kelly packed a big bag full of crazy and opened it up to share with everyone else. Initially the target of her rage and insanity was pregnant Bethenny but, after awhile, anyone seemed poised for a nonsensical attack. Kelly truly was acting like she was having a breakdown.
It makes me wonder if this is how the show was edited or if Kelly really is that nuts. After days and days of endless fighting these women looked like they were having just as much fun on their vacation as Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were at the end of Revolutionary Road. Not pretty.
After watching Kelly come apart at the seams for a few days, the other women decide they are dealing with a truly sick individual. They agree to do their best to calm and reassure Kelly as opposed to arguing back when she says psycho stuff. “Ladies, this is us picking on a woman who needs help,” says Sonja. The other housewives agree and the drama cools. Kelly eventually leaves the trip early, to the relief of the other women. Sonja sums up the feelings toward Kelly when she says:
“I felt bad for Kelly. This woman at this point had lost the run of herself. I’d never been around that before and it was pretty scary.” Scary is right. Kelly was alternately laughing diabolically, crying, running like a linebacker through the villa, stuffing jelly beans in her mouth, and talking trash.