Bethenny Ever After Review: A Place of No…Then Yes
When this season of Bethenny Ever After first began, I admit, I was coming from a place of “no” (Bethenny’s new book, A Place of Yes, is in stores now). No to the speed talking, no to the seemingly incessant crying (this week’s tear count is 4), no to feeling sorry for a bad childhood, no to being mean to Jason and a big hell no to being mean to Jason’s sweet parents. But, as the season continued, my heart softened. And by the time the season finale rolled around, I kind of wanted to whisper, “You go girl!” as the credits rolled and the curtain came down on the show’s second season.
Most of the season finale is dedicated to following Bethenny as she does speaking tours in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. She’s accumulated quite the fan base over the years. Droves of women come to hear Bethenny talk about the ten things that have brought her to where she is today. I’m always a little skeptical when people boil living a good life down to a list of action items (put yourself out there, be flexible, don’t shampoo every day, practice talking in accents, Google yourself frequently, etc.) because lists are a neat and tidy way of selling self-help books but not a practical way to live (with the exception of knowing whose on your frenemies list at all times). But, while lists aren’t for me, Bethenny still packs in an attentive crowd for her speaking tour, which includes words of “inspiration” and a sometimes all too blunt Q & A session. The overall message seems to be, “we all have problems and that’s ok, move on.” Bethenny rolls in style from city to city in a gigantic bus tatted with surprise, surprise, Skinnygirl logos.
The episode definitely has a number of warm fuzzies – Bethenny’s perfect imitation of her father-in-laws’s wonderment for everything amazing – “that’s awwwwwwwwsome,” her happy and talkative daughter, Bryn, Jason’s family that is now Bethenny’s as well, and Bethenny’s obvious love for her fans. It seems like the bus tour and being around her family and fans puts Bethenny at ease (it doesn’t make her talk any slower, unfortunately) but to an ordinary viewer like me, watching her can still be exhausting.
Julie (the newly crowned Coordinator of Chaos or “C.O.C.”) also gets a chance to let loose a bit in a mock interview with Jason. When asked what it’s like working for Bethenny, the C.O.C. answers “It is what it is” (as Bethenny, unaware of the critique, gaily serenades Bryn at the front of the bus). Julie then discusses how she must maintain a black belt ninja-like zen to deal with Bethenny’s emotional ups and downs. Jason knowsexactly what Julie is saying because he slaps her a high five.
What Bethenny Ever After episode would be complete without a visit to Dr. Amador, her mild-mannered therapist? The two chat about the episode’s underlying storyline, which is the sale ofSkinnygirl Cocktails to a large spirits company for beaucoup bucks. During the episode, Bethenny expresses some worry for her soon-to-be wealth as she states, “mo money, mo problems” (Still cool to say out loud? Better ask Mase.). She also tells Dr. A how she’d like to stuff it to her deceased dad, “See, I can amount to something, jerk” (maybe not in those exact words, but whatever). Dr. A gently reminds her that while it’s ok to want to stuff it to your dead dad, it’s also nice to think about how proud he would’ve been of her. Good angle, Dr. A.
So, what does Skinnygirl end up being sold for? We never get to know! Instead of finding out how rich Bethenny becomes, Bravo give us a video montage. And I’m a sucker for montages (I’m talking to you March Madness, One Shining Moment). We go back in time to see how far Bethenny’s come with Skinnygirl – from her days dreaming big on The Real Housewives of New York to visiting the bottling plant in Montreal to being set for life with what I can only estimate is somewhere near a bajillion dollars (some reports say closer to $120 million). All I can say is good for her. Now she can get all the snow globes she’s ever wanted [insert Jason’s panic-stricken face here]. Until next season, Bethenny.
Season 2, Episode 11: Skinny on The Skinny (originally aired May 9, 2011)
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