Saturday, April 16, 2016

Dorinda Medley's Boyfriend John Puts The 'Housewives' At Odds
Significant others can cause major issues on any leg of the Real Housewives franchise (Slade Smiley, anyone?) and in Real Housewives of New York eighth season, the fighting starts again, this time over Dorinda Medley's boyfriend John Mahdessian. It turns out no one seems to like John very much, but the most vocal is certainly Bethenny — and she's quickly backed up by one of Dorinda's oldest friends, Ramona. That's what really sets Dorinda off, culminating in an episode-ending argument that promises to sprawl over to next week (if not the entire season). Dorinda Medley's boyfriend creates drama, and that drama doesn't look like it's going to end any time soon.

The premiere episode of Season 8 gave hints at trouble to come. While at lunch with Dorinda and John (as well as Julianne and her husband), Bethenny could barely contain her distaste for John, even referring to him as a "chubby baby" in the talking head. It ramps up in Wednesday's episode, "An Intimates Affair," in which Bethenny brings her concerns directly to Dorinda. Spoiler alert: it doesn't go very well. In usual Real Housewives fashion, that little spark blows up into raging fire. Bethenny's problem is that Dorinda is always "selling" John to them – and Bethenny's not buying. 

Bethenny's issues with John are many, chief among them that he seems like a "salesman" and that he's approached her in the past trying to sell her ideas. She doesn't like how John presents himself (and she really doesn't like that Dorinda Nairs his back for him, but nobody could really blame her for that). Dorinda is understandably not pleased to hear her relationship criticized, but the argument is taken to another level when Ramona decides to support Bethenny's position.

Ramona relates a pretty scandalous friend-of-a-friend story that involved pals of hers overhearing John allegedly saying some unsavory things to a crowd about popping Viagra and spending the night with Dorinda. The fact that Ramona chose to share this story in front of Dorinda's whole party was probably not the best move, and Dorinda blows up. Can you blame her? 

Dorinda's angry rant produces some pretty choice lines, including telling Bethenny, "You're not the word according to God! You're not gospel!"
Ramona certainly did come across as 'piling on'. From what we've seen of her interactions with both John and Julianne, Bethenny has issues with both fat and skinny people. And Dorinda can be with whoever she wants to be be with, but she still needs to check her man when it comes to his sometimes boorish behavior.

RELATED: Dorinda Medley Talks Twitter Fight With Bethenny Frankel on 'Watch What Happens Live': 'Don't You Think She Deserves It?'