"I'm a mom, too. Don't talk to me like I'm not a mom!" Luann barks back.
Oh. Ohhhhh. This was not good.
Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Tinsley Mortimer and Barbara Kavovit watched and cringed along with the rest of America as Bethenny Frankel ate Luann de Lesseps for dinner on Wednesday's episode of "The Real Housewives of New York."
After helping spearhead Luann's life-saving intervention last summer, Bethenny (and the other women, quite frankly) started to feel Luann was becoming a little too self-involved and a little too obsessed with her cabaret show.
A few episodes ago, she threw a tantrum that Dorinda gave Bethenny and not her the best room in the house at The Berkshires. Naturally, Dorinda relayed the message to Bethenny. She was pissed but chose not to confront Luann.
Then last week, Luann hosted a cabaret-inspired Halloween party. Everyone except Ramona Singer (that's a whole other can of worms) showed up to support Lu, who said she would be performing at 11. In costume, Bethenny arrived extra early so that she could stay for a few hours, watch the performance and leave right after because she had her 8-year-old daughter, Bryn, sleeping at home and wanted to relieve her babysitter.
Not only was Luann hours late to go on, but she didn't tell the ladies she'd be late, so Bethenny ended up leaving before she got to see Luann. Luann later made a comment to Dorinda about how she didn't understand why Bethenny would have to go home to watch her kid sleep, and once again, word got back to Bethenny.
Which brings us to Wednesday's bloodbath -- errr -- episode.
Luann invited the ladies over to come see her new home in Upstate New York. Once again, Ramona was a no-show, but they were having a grand ol' time regardless -- that is until the Halloween party came up. Luann told Bethenny she wished she would have stayed to see her perform.
"I mean, I love you, but I was there for three hours. I had to let my babysitter go," B replied after noting the original start time was 11. "[Dorinda] told me you said, 'Why is she leaving to go home and watch Bryn sleep?'"
"Well, because I imagine a child at 8 years old by 11:30 is sleeping," Luann replied.
"Right, but then guess what? Tomorrow's school," Bethenny stated. "So I would like to watch her wake up. And also, I don't have a nanny. I have a housekeeper that I have babysit, so I don't like to keep her there until 1 o'clock in the morning if she has to be there the next day."
Luann acknowledged that Bethenny was there for her when she needed her most but said she wanted her friend to celebrate her happy times, too.
"Luann, I'm a mother of an 8-year-old in third grade. It's Halloween. I was trick-or-treating after school," Bethenny said sternly, leaning in. "Really, hear me. I need you to actually receive this. I'm a mom, I come home..."
Luann's eyes bugged out as she barked back, "I know that. I'm a mom, too. Don't talk to me like I'm not a mom! I know what it is."
Bethenny noted Luann's children were not 8, which Luann countered by saying her children were once 8.
"You told me when we were in Miami for Art Basel that I should just get somebody to take care of my kid at night when I don't wanna do that," Bethenny fired back.
"Well, yeah," Luann replied. "When you wanna go out, sure."
"But I don't wanna go out at 11:30 at night!" B maintained. "I wouldn't go see Madonna at 11:30 at night!"
"You always say you have to get home for Bryn. At 11 o'clock at night, the child is sleeping!" Lu reiterated.
Bethenny was fuming. "But I have to wake up with her to make her breakfast and take her to school!" she shouted. "This is my life. You're doing your cabaret and your life, and I respect that. I was there supporting that. I'm living my life, and you're not supporting it by saying to somebody, 'She left to watch her daughter sleep.' This is my life the way that I'm living it right now."
"Who do you think you are?!" she later vented to the camera. "This is how I'm choosing to do this as a single mom, and I don't like to be f--ked with on it -- at all!"
"The Real Housewives of New York" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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