The 'Real Housewives of New York' Ladies Are Kicking It Into High Gear Next Week

The tension between veteran Ramona and newbie Kristen on The Real Housewives of New York has clearly come to a nasty and heated head (or a lip, if we're being exact). Never one to shy away from conflict, Ramona's been pretty open to Kristen about her dislike for her, however unfounded or misguided it might be. And, as I previously mentioned, Kristen really hasn't done anything to Ramona other than exist and get a few droplets in her hair after a blowout. (Although, okay, that is grounds for war in Housewives land.)

That "ruined" blowout was catalyst that sparked the whole wine glass-wielding, "blood-blister" lip laceration debacle that has stretched into, yes, another episode. Anyone else getting #Bookgate flashbacks? Or maybe it's just because THE HOUSEWIVES STILL HAVEN'T STOPPED TALKING ABOUT THAT, EITHER. Guys, the show has been slow this season. But, just as I was about to start a "Bring Back Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel" petition in order to resuscitate this show, the previews for next week splayed across my screen and BOY, WERE THEY A DOOZY.

Better late than never, right? It looks like next week's episode is when things FINALLY begin to get juicy, and we can thankfully stop talking about book deals and split lips. I was really starting to worry about RHONY there, but after catching a glimpse into a Ramona-vention and meltdown, I can't say that next week won't be riveting. To top that off, we get an inside look into the Taekman's marriage, which may not be as peachy keen as it appeared to be before. Quite frankly, Josh seems like a big ol' meany with a seriously backwards mentality — women should be barefoot and pregnant? I mean, he doesn't come home because she doesn't have dinner on the table?! Kristen, sister, KICK HIM TO THE CURB. We can order take-out together and shoot the shit over some wine.

But seriously, y'all, things are getting GOOD... (or bad, depending on which way you spin it.)

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