The tears were flowing this week, as both Tinsley and Bethenny break down on camera.
It was an hour of breakdowns and breakthroughs on "Real Housewives of New York" on Wednesday night.
The main event of the new episode was Tinsley Mortimer's gig guest hosting the Big Apple Circus, a literal childhood dream come true for the heiress. But it all ended with her face running in circus paint, after one too many glasses of champagne in the stands led to a meltdown.
When the show was over, Tinsley sat with her mom Dale and said she felt like she's always looking for her mother's approval. As Dale continued to tell Tins she already had it, Mortimer got more and more worked up. "I realized I couldn't be more depressed. I couldn't be sadder," she admitted in a confessional.
At this point, Dale told her daughter the outburst wasn't even about mom's approval, but her relationship with ex-boyfriend Scott. "It's not about me, Tinsley, it's about your boyfriend, so stop it," she said. Mom was right.
"I'm doing these things I feel like I would be really happy about and I'm not happy," Tinsley confessed. "I'm miserable. I'm literally f--king miserable. I'm miserable."
The meltdown came after Tinsley and her sometimes long distance boyfriend split and, in Dale's mind, it's time to put it behind her. "I think you should be finished with the whole Scott thing," she pleaded, "You need to move on."
"I worked hard to be in a place where I feel like I just wanted somebody to share it with me," Tinsley responded, hysterical at this point. "And I'm sharing with you and I love you but I don't want to just share it with you."
Mortimer said "it would have been really nice to share" the circus event with Scott, "but he couldn't do it." The cryfest ended with a motherly hug.
Over in Bethenny Frankel's neck of the woods, things weren't much better.
Her ongoing custody battle with ex-husband Jason Hoppy continued to rage on, as she went to court to respond to Jason's request she submit to an emergency drug test. At the time, Hoppy's lawyers brought Dennis Shields' drug overdose into the case and accused her of "dangerous parenting" after his death.
"Sadly, I'm used to going to court and I really deal with this alone," she told Bravo. "It's bad, it's really bad."
Frankel was worried that the latest round in court could affect her contract with Beam liquors. "There's a clause that says I get fired if I violate anything," she explained. "If I do anything inappropriate, if I abuse alcohol or drugs."
The judge denied Hoppy's request, but Bethenny was a still wreck after getting out of court.
"Trying to keep it together," a clearly emotional Frankel said that she "needs a break." "It's too much, all of it's been too much," she vented, "I need to let some air out of the tires, we need to do this. It's too much."
At this point, she admitted she had been spreading herself too thin lately and it's really been affecting her negatively.
"All of the seeds I planted years ago didn't factor in for divorce and custody battle, a relief effort that I took on, a death," she said in a confessional. "I've been approached by several people who are interested in buying the Skinny Girl brand. I'm not looking to exit, I'm looking for ways to take the pressure off."
Her storyline ended with her meeting with the president of BB Endeavors to talk about a possible deal.
"Real Housewives of New York" airs Wednesdays on Bravo.