Wednesday night, at the second season premiere of the Real Housewives of New York City at Gilt at the Palace Hotel, Housewife Alex McCord insisted that her feud with co-star Jill Zarin was over. “Jill and I are fine,” said Ms. McCord. The new season’s preview shows her and Ms. Zarin entangled in a bitter argument concerning something nasty Ms. Zarin said of Ms. McCord’s spouse, Simon VanKempen. “You know, that was seven months ago! Jill and I are fine,” Ms. McCord repeated. “Unless I punch her tonight! Only joking, ha-ha-ha! Only joking.”
Of course, this is a show that’s predicated on cattiness and social climbing, so it was unsurprising when Housewife Ramona Singer, smugly clutching her husband’s arm, told us that she’s thinking about writing a book about the rules of being happily married. Then she leaned in and whispered, pointing to Housewife Bethenny Frankel: “She wrote one. She failed them all.”
Ms. Frankel did bring “a gorgeous date,” as she referred to him. But “he’s probably broken up with me by now,” she told us. “Because I’ve been here [talking to the press] for 45 minutes.”
Last season, Ms. Frankel was the only single Housewife; this season, with the addition of newly single Kelly Killoren Bensimon, she has a partner in crime. (Or at least, crimes of the heart.) Ms. Killoren Bensimon thought the show was “a great opportunity for a single mom to explore this amazing life that I’ve created for myself and show of my amazing friends,” she told the Daily Transom. “If anything, the others are veterans, and I’m not. But that doesn’t make it less fun for me. You know, life is a roller coaster—you’ve just got to buckle in and go for it. You only live once. We are not cats.”
Housewife LuAnn “The Countess” de Lesseps seemed not very eager to dish any dirt; she does, after all, have an etiquette book coming out later this year. But she did allow that she is not afraid (or so she says!) that her appearance and behavior on the show could in any way undermine her position as self-appointed authority on good manners. “I think it will help people relate to me. They will see: She is a countess, but she’s also only human.”
According to all the Housewives, season two is bigger and better; there’s more drama, they say, and since they know each other better, the fighting is much more intense. When we asked Ms. Zarin about her incident with Ms. McCord, she seemed to harbor few illusions about what was in store. “I’m anxious to see what was said behind my back,” she said.