RHONY Recap: ‘Give Up The Ghostwriter’ [Episode 2]

Posted on Mar 19 2014 - 11:32am by Editor


The Disturbing Lunch
Tonight’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York begins with Aviva and Carole meeting for lunch to discuss Aviva’s first book and memoir Leggy Blonde. Aviva is seeking guidance from the “world acclaimed” author, JK Rowling Carole Radziwill.


Aviva attempts to engage Carole in playful banter but Carole is closed off and guarded. Carole seems to have a stick up her butt and is giving off MAJOR attitude. Her face looks like she’s at a colonic appointment rather than lunch with a friend. The conversation switches to books and ghostwriting. Carole, whose only penned two books, asked Aviva if she used a ghostwriter, Aviva replied no, I wrote it myself. Aviva then returns the favor and ask Carole if she used a ghostwriter when she wrote her first book. Carole takes immediate offense to the same condescending question she just asked Aviva. Then (in her talking head) Carole express her disdain for the accusation, “I’m not understanding Aviva’s agenda here, is she insinuating I hired a ghostwriter to write my first book? That is awful and awkward and bizarre.” And with that exchange, lunch is over and Carole is officially pissed off. The nerve of Aviva to ask a homogeneous question. Shame on you, Aviva!!


Sidebar: The most critically acclaimed, New York Times best selling authors use ghostwriters but not Carole, who’s only authored two books?!?  Hmmmm…ok!




Aviva And Ramona Meet At The Liquor Store

Aviva and Ramona meet at Ramona’s second home the liquor store and the topic of Aviva’s and Carole’s lunch meeting comes up. Aviva explains to Ramona, Carole’s condescending attitude and proceeds to say Carole used a ghostwriter by the name of Bob Whitworth.

A Hit Dog Will Always Holla

Simultaneously, Carole, Kristen and Heather meet in Central Park and Carole immediately brings up the topic of Aviva’s ghostwriter comment. Carole is retelling the story but fails to mention she asked the same question first. If Carole truly wrote her own book and didn’t use a ghostwriter why would she care or give Aviva’s claim any credence? Heather is convinced Aviva is being ridiculous and spreading lies because Carole’s book was on the New York Times best-seller list and Carole appeared on Oprah. Heather, Google….James Frey (A Million Little Pieces), Herman Rosenblat (Angel at the Fence) and Anthony Godby Johnson (A Rock and a Hard Place).

Next, we’re at Kristen’s house and the house is filled with kids playing and adults congregating. Heather and her family are visiting. Kristen express that her daughter, Kingsley is experiencing a developmental delay. She’s not walking at 17 months and needs to wear braces.  Heather details her son’s illness and how his liver transplant saved his life. Very touching and emotional scene. The women share a heartfelt moment and a hug.


It’s Moving Day At The Drescher House
Aviva is tasked with moving her family from her apartment to her new fabulous upper west side townhouse. Harry stops by to drop off his son and Aviva and Harry share small talk and few laughs. It’s really nice to see exes get along so well. I commend those two for making it work for the sake of the kids.


Quote of the Night: 
“Maybe Carole wrote the book herself, maybe she didn’t but that’s no reason for her to get snooty on Aviva. Why can’t Carole just congratulate Aviva on getting a book published, period.  My feeling is more power to you girlfriend!”
Heather & Aviva Meet For Pedicures

Heather and Aviva meet for pedicures and Heather has an agenda. She has a bone to pick with Aviva for supposedly “defaming” her friend’s reputation. Heather questions Aviva like she’s an FBI agent and Aviva is a government witness. Asking her about the purpose of her book, her target audience and the biggest insult of all….if she didn’t have celebrity or fame no one would buy the book. Heather is shady boots personified.


The Date

Sonja Morgan and Harry Dubin, Aviva’s ex-husband go on a date. The two have previously bump gums dated.  These two are cute together. Harry is an old charmer Hugh Hefner player type and Sonja is the drunken floozy looking to get laid every night type.  I admire Sonja’s tenacity. I say they’re a match made in heaven and should stop playing games. Harry needs to put a ring on it. I guess his thought process is why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free. Personally, I much more prefer Harry and Sonja as a couple than Sonja and her barely legal boy toy.

Aviva’s Party
Aviva’s new apartment looks fab…10 rooms, 2 floors and elevator is a dream in Manhattan. Let’s cut to the chase, the ghostwriter drama. At the party chatter of ghostwriting comes up again, as Ramona asks Aviva if she’s brought up all their awky lunch. Carole says she has reservations about attending Aviva’s party because of negative feelings.


Kristen gets caught in the crossfire. She’s not part of the village. She doesn’t know what to say about all these claims of ghostwriters. There’s only one model, there’s only one writer. It’s a singular skill. Ramona explains to Kristen just because your name is on the book does not mean you wrote it alone. Not that she’s saying Carole had help, just to clarify her stance on attribution.

Ramona is chatting with Carole and shares more of what she’s heard from Aviva including claims that Aviva knows the actual ghostwriter of Carole’s book. Carole is livid and decides to confront Aviva on her claims. Things didn’t go so well and what was suppose to be a rational discussion turned into an ugly fight over ghostwriters, rumors and which of the two is a more accomplished writer.






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68 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. noarguingwithstupid March 19, 2014 at 11:56 am -

    I don’t watch the show, but I love the recap and it feels like I saw it when I read Doc’s recap!!! These women have a lot to be grateful for, but never seem to see it. Thank’s Doc!!!

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm -

      Thanks, glad you liked it, Naws. I hate to see women gang up on one person for no good reason.

      • WestCoastFeed March 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm -

        Both their books have just been released recently. I smell a publicity stunt.

        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm -

          You’ve got mail.

  2. WestCoastFeed March 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm -

    So, is Sonja broke or is she really worth $25mill?

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm -

      Sonja is broke as a joke. Poo thang is being sued and pretty much in financial ruin.

      • WestCoastFeed March 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm -

        Would her ex really let that happen to her? Perhaps he has come through with some rescue bucks. At least for their daughter’s sake.

  3. Birdie11 March 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm -

    I see your points Suessie, but I detest Aviva so I’m fine with her being ganged up on. LOL 😀 I think what Ramona says about Carole being alone, so her work is everything, hits the nail on the head. They both should be more sensitive of the other. Sorry GF…I thought the bones of her place were good, but the decorating was fugly! But I still love you! What’s with the congregating in the bedroom? Walking down the marriage bed memory lane was icky.

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm -

      Hi Birdie….lmfaooo!

      Girl, I try to be fair and look at all sides. I detest gang ups more than anything else. And what was cracking me up last night is Carole trying to act like she really wrote her book all on her own….suuuuure she did! NOBODY of today’s generation does that. Maybe back in Emily Dickinson’s days but not today and especially NOT the crypt keeper, Carole. She really is her biggest fan and loves to toot her own horn. I was turned off by her false self praise. She made me feel sorry for Aviva.

      The congregating in the bedroom was very odd. I was like WTF and people laying on my bed after coming off of dirty New York streets is a no-no! *waging finger back and forth*

      • Birdie11 March 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm -

        I know, GROSS…and how about it being a PRIVATE place?? I’m glad you’re fair, because Aviva (and her nauseating father), make me want to barf. You’re a stabilizing influence on me. (:

        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm -

          Hahahaha!!! Awww….well thank goodness I can deliver balance. You have a way with words I love! 🙂

  4. WaWaWaWHAT! March 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm -

    Hello my HWs lovers….gonna grab a bite to eat, read the recap and be right back…

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm -


  5. WaWaWaWHAT! March 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm -

    First off LOVE the recap Seuss! LOL

    …and the ‘leg’ jokes that were floating around the episode last night….were not lost on me…anyone else catch that?! LOL

    This ‘BookGate’ beef was getting old…and it was basically the whole episode…Carole & Aviva arguments are a bit boring…so I’m totally excited that Heather will insert herself into this mess and get all P. Diddy on Aviva in the future…

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm -

      LMAO!!! You think like I do. Heather’s messy ass will spice things up. And yes, the leg jokes were not cool, as a matter of fact down right inappropriate. I don’t like to talk about people’s looks but Heather and that nose tho ^o^

      • WaWaWaWHAT! March 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm -

        Totally agree…I noticed the nose…more so than last season….

        I think when she walked into the glass door on vacay last season, really messed it up even more…but kudos to her for not running out and fixing it & really taking care of her ill son…I think she put things into perspective for Kristen last night too…it was almost like Kristen was embarrassed to have her daughter wear braces, all while Heather had dealt with REAL life threatening issues with her son…

        As you can see I’m still on the fence with Kristen…there is just something about her…

        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm -

          TOTALLY AGREE!!! That moment between the ladies exchanging REAL life issues was heart warming. I’m indifferent when it comes to Kristen. Ah hell, I don’t care for the bitch. She seems extremely fake and superficial. I know those NY types, I use to live there. And personally, her body is not all of that. Where is her body?

          I do admire Heather for being REAL when it comes to her family. You can tell she’s not superficial in that area.

          • WaWaWaWHAT! March 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm -

            I’m leaning more towards not caring for Kristen either…her tagline is ALL sorts of wrong…her marriage appears a business relationship, the way she spoke of her daughter puking on her…I’m like is this a wife/mother or a 12 year old little girl playing house…

            on top of it all…she’s one of Brandi’s 15 best friends…all which are NOT scoring points with me…but I’ll give it a few more episodes before I really tear into her LOL

            …and is she FOR SERIOUS that she named her son Cash Money?! Oh Lawd…

            she’s WAY too skinny…home girl is skin & bones, not a good look!

          • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm -

            The husband is not that into her. And there is something very shady about her husband’s business dealings imo. Their apartment is small for NY (rich) standards. it reminds me of Bethenny’s first apartment before she became a millionaire. And that IKEA rug. Child Please!

      • RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm -

        HEHEHEHH yes she has a honker on her…and it is a bit crooked now…

        • Birdie11 March 19, 2014 at 4:59 pm -

          From the face plant into the glass door.

        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm -

          LMFAOOO!!! We so baaad.

          Since I went there….what makes it worst is she has no lips and there is too much space between her honker and thin lips.

          • RonnieIsBack March 20, 2014 at 10:28 am -

            IKR…instead of yelling “Holla!” she should yell “Honka”

          • Dr Seuss March 20, 2014 at 11:13 am -

            ROFLMAO!!!! U my dear are heeee–lar–ous!!!!

  6. WaWaWaWHAT! March 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm -

    As I re-watched the 1st seasons of RHONY, while I was anxiously awaiting this season, I ALREADY had flashbacks of the Kelly/Bethenny ‘I’m up here, you’re down there’ convo before Aviva even said that to Carole [me thinks Aviva was re-watching past seasons too LOL]…

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm -

      Hahahaha! She probably was too.

    • RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm -

      I used to love the Kelly/Methenny battles…Epic! I also miss the Ramona and Jill battles…toe ta toe…

      • Birdie11 March 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm -

        I watched those recently when they were running repeats…they are SO good…so much quicker and snappier.

  7. WestCoastFeed March 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm -

    Somewhere in those comments of Aviva’s was one remark that set Carole off. And it was probably a remark that was true, or too close to the truth, for Carole’s ego to tolerate. Why else did she overreact and take this argument on to twitter?

    • WaWaWaWHAT! March 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm -

      Yea I saw that…Carole was fired up on twitter last night…
      You’re on to something WCF

      • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm -

        Yes!! And I have to check her timeline. The truth ALWAYS hurt.

        • WestCoastFeed March 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm -

          I think it was her naming the Atlantic editor, Bob Whitworth, as someone who helped her. But, why would that bother her, if it was true?

          • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm -

            Because Bill is a ghostwriter and Carole paints herself as a critically acclaimed writer and if the truth were to come out it could damage her writing “career.” Ya know she’s up there with JK Rowling.

          • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm -

            I believe the ghostwriter’s name is Bill Whiffer.

          • WestCoastFeed March 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm -

            I have the advantage of using closed captioning. I thought she said Whitlock, but when I googled along with the Atlantic, it turns out to be Whitworth.

          • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm -

            Aha! I stand corrected. Always on the case, why would I doubt anything you say. Thank you!

          • RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm -

            Its those teeth of hers….I cannot make out what she is saying sometimes..and she is always eating…something…

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm -

      THANK YOU!!!! You summed it up perfectly. As Ronni always says “A hit dog will always holla.” Carole’s ego could not tolerate the truth. Her face looked embarrassed.

      • RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm -

        Too funny I didn’t see what you wrote until just now..but yes that is my mantra fo show!

        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm -

          Girl, I never forgot the first time I read that from you. I have used it ever since…thank you!

          • RonnieIsBack March 20, 2014 at 10:28 am -

            it is the truth…but it is the slang version of Shakespeare…thou doth protests to much me thinks LOL…

    • RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm -

      Hell yes..a hit dog always bite. I was thinking the same thing.

  8. italiano bambino March 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm -

    Hi everyone I haven’t seen the episode yet but I am watching it tonight. So many shows to see. Agents of shield on Tuesday lol. Looks like it was a good episode by the photos. Can’t wait 🙂 throw her that leg aviva

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm -

      Hey Bam!! Yep…so many shows to watch. It gets exhausting at times. I still need to catch up on Bates Motel. Do you watch?

    • RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm -

      Hey bambino…I forgive you for not liking Lisa v lol…

  9. noarguingwithstupid March 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm -

    No matter what, I can NEVER feel bad for Sonja!!!! She is a slime to me!

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm -

      Ha. She’s just an old floozy drunk but her and Ramona crack me up together. Their both drunks.

      • WestCoastFeed March 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm -

        I thoroughly enjoyed watching her sharpie her chanels.

        • RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm -


        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm -


      • Birdie11 March 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm -

        Perfect description…I wonder if Ramona is gna turn all whorey like Sonja?

        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm -

          I imagine that happens (on the low) already.

          • RonnieIsBack March 20, 2014 at 10:27 am -

            Oh trust, Ramona is getting her roll buttered, just to spite Mario..she is glowing now…

      • RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm -

        She is a hooka isn’t she.? And she is so proud of it..but I say she bounced back really well after the bankruptcy, etc. and toastergate.

        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm -

          Hell yeah. Inviting Harry in for a drink in the garden and Harry joking and telling her it won’t hurt. Of course it won’t hurt, Ms. Thang keeps the KY Jelly fully stocked. She’s so funny with her whorism. Sonja is a sophisticated ho that provides much humor for me.

          • RonnieIsBack March 20, 2014 at 10:26 am -

            Ahhhhhh nailed it!

  10. RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm -

    I love the NY housewives because they are not lazy and they bring it…with booze and fast talking.
    Ramona is still crazy and she was stirring that pot like crazy…now knowing what is going on with she and her husband, it really was a weird convo in that bedroom…He was looking like, STFU Sonja…you getting too close for comfort…lol
    ADiva and Carole Chompers need to just stop. Who cares? Carole is a snob and show is ADiva. Carole is mad because she was supposed to be the only real writer of the group. Hunty, look around, these HWs will hock anything, jewelry, liquor, weaves, purses and BOOKS. So suck it up. But she did get loud didn’t she….I didn’t know boney stick up the butt could go at it…probably mad because ADiva keeps trying to force pasta down her throat lol.
    Sonja is an ole heaux..period…but I like how she fixes those bags…I do the same with my leather shoes, boots. Chit when they cost a mint and there is just a light scratch or peel, the marker comes in handy. I wish I could use it on my car…save a bundle.
    Heather…boring…and she seems bitter…I think the rumors are true about she and hubby splitting.
    the new chick (Forgot her name) doesn’t like her kids or husband. She is funny though.

    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm -

      Hey Ronnie.

      Carole Chompers <==== ROFLMAO!!! #DEAD

      You noticed that Kristen looks like she rather be single with no kids or hubby I thought it was just me. Glad i'm not the only one thinking this. I didn't want to say anything.

      • Birdie11 March 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm -

        She’s trying hard to convince us she’s happily married…she doesn’t seem maternal to me with her children.

        • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm -

          I get the same vibe and Brandtramp said on WWHL, they’ve made out many times. i wonder if her hubby knew that.

          • Birdie11 March 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm -

            Oh fantastic…I should have known. Blech.

          • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm -

            Yup. Brandi of course blurted it out and Andy said maybe you shouldn’t have said that and Brandi said, oh she doesn’t care. Anyone hanging with Brandi are pill popping, drunken ho’s.

          • Birdie11 March 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm -

            Sonya gawking at her while she was being sprayed was like a high rent women’s prison movie. I want to like her…but the Brandtamp connection makes that challenging.

          • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm -

            I agree. You know she’s pretending for the cameras. She comes off very disingenuous. And her body did not look that hot to me. She’s a thin women nothing special about that. IMO

          • RonnieIsBack March 20, 2014 at 10:26 am -

            The fact that she is still friends with BrandiTampon speaks volumes…birds of a feather….most who learn what she is really like (including her ex) run for the hills (or attorneys). I smell gold digging skank alert…
            She is not happilly married, or so it seems…I think she is looking for her itch to be scratched and she just spit out those lovely children to appease her all too busy with Hip Hop hubby…
            He came off as fake also at the restuarant (with the gift) and she was busting his balls for it…I was like dayum…

          • Dr Seuss March 20, 2014 at 11:18 am -

            Yup. They’re both fake. They deserve each other.

  11. RonnieIsBack March 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm -


    • Dr Seuss March 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm -

      Thank you hunty! 🙂

      Always so supportive. Luv ya sis *muah*