I Can’t Believe I’m Saying This, But Aviva Drescher Makes Ramona Singer Look Normal

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I'm one of those people who can admit when I'm wrong, and I was severely severely wrong about this season of The Real Housewives of New York City. When the season started, I was kind of on board with Aviva Drescher, one of the new Housewives. She got such a bum deal with Ramona Singer always making such a big deal about her fake leg, and giving it a pedicure, and taking it in the pool, that I was distracted from her true personality. I assumed she was just figuring out being a new cast member, and that explained why she was running back and forth playing both teams and delivering gossip like a dramatic bumblebee pollinating all the hungry flowers. She heard bad things about Ramona and Sonja Morgan, but she said she was giving them the benefit of the doubt, which I thought was very sporting of her.

Little did I know that she was only setting up the pieces for the massive Jenga-game shitshow that we now see before us. I thought that with her husband and her four kids and her charities, she'd have very little time to stir the pot, but oh how wrong I was. The girls have already been back from Aviva Island for two episodes, and still Ms. Drescher insists on sitting down with every Housewife and airing her grievances. And she doesn't even bother changing her phrasing, because that's a waste of time. Why not use the same sentences with the same inflection every time you have a new conversation? We get it — you wanted a red carpet, your husband worshipped, and Ramona and Sonja sober and non-naked when you walked into the house. But you got none of those things, so get over it and move on.

You have to take a page from Heather Thomson and Carole Radziwill‘s books and not engage with Ramona. It's not worth it and it won't get you anywhere. But Aviva isn't one for advice, so she decided to sit down with Ramona at a restaurant and try AGAIN to get an apology out of her. With the new bonus that apparently Ramona called Aviva's ex-husband Harry to try to get information from him about her phobias. Which is completely rude and inappropriate but, c'mon, it's Ramona. She's crazy. You have to expect that. You can't confront her about it, otherwise you'll just end up talking loudly at each other at the same time, like two Muppet shows going on at the same time, which is what we saw last night.

Aviva also proved she has no idea how to function in Ramona's world by sending her dad, George, to Ramona's charity event to argue on her behalf and tell Ramona she's wrong in a crowded room of women all present for an abuse awareness charity. Facepalm. Next week is the last episode, and if it doesn't come to blows, I'm asking for my money back.