I finally watched the episode, and it was the first time I've been remotely interested in what was going on since Bethenny left.
First, I'm glad for who they got rid of. Kevlar Kelly was making me uncomfortable - it felt like Bravo was exploiting someone who was truly mentally ill. JillZarin is just tiresome, and Alex was losing it at the end too. Now if only they'd get rid of LuAnne.
LuAnne is just the opposite of class. Why she thinks it's appropriate to bring up her issues with someone at a third person's party is beyond me. It's uncomfortable, it's unfair to the other person who maybe doesn't want to deal with the issue in public, and it's really unfair to the host who was kind enough to invite them. What Ramona said about her kids was wayyy out of line, one of the only things I think LuAnne has done well is really kept her kids off the show for the most part. That being said, there was plenty of time between the reunion, when all of this blew up, and this party for LuAnne to clear the air if that was truly her intention.
Another thing LuAnne does that bothers me is she brings up an issue she has with someone, in public, does her scolding, and then wants it to be dropped because "this is a party darrrrrrling". It gives the other person no chance to react, and it's maddening, and it keeps her from ever being held accountable for her behavior.
I like Aviva so far. At first I was concerned because she seemed to be tight with LuAnne but she seems to maybe be truly classy? I guess we'll see.
I dislike Heather so far. At her meeting with Ramona, she brought up her son and his liver transplant, and then when Ramona shared an experience (which is what a conversation is....) got kind of offended and made fun of her, and I thought that was just terrible. In my experience, people who complain about people "one-upping" them, if it's not incredibly obvious, are the kind of people who are used to everyone hanging on their every word and can't handle sharing the spotlight.
Carol seemed intelligent enough, and interesting, but I didn't like her comment about mommy talk. It's one thing if she was in a one-on-one conversation, I don't like that either. I don't fault her for being annoyed, but she was at a party with dozens of other people, she could have simply gone and talked to someone else without making Aviva and Ramona uncomfortable. Also, I thought it was completely appropriate in that setting, with Aviva and Ramona just meeting, to discuss the fact that they had kids. It's part of getting to know each other, just like where a person's from and what they do.