‘RHONY’: Does the Cast Try to Do an Intervention on Dorinda Medley?
The cast appears to discuss Medley beforehand. “What are we going to do with Dorinda,” Ramona Singer is heard asking Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan in a preview clip. But de Lesseps cautions the cast and urges them to use care with how they approach her.
“You are concerned,” de Lesseps says. “Because this happens on a weekly basis.” Singer interrupts her and says, “No! Daily!”
The cast’s approach goes south
The attempt to bring Medley’s drinking to light apparently backfires. Medley is seen walking away from the group. “That you so much for the advice,” she says in a mocking tone.
Singer blurts out, “We want to help you! Don’t you understand?” But Medley seems more annoyed with the cast’s attempt. She denies she has a problem as Singer becomes dramatically teary. Singer rises from her seat. “We want to help you, but you’re not getting it!”
Medley tries to turn the confrontation around on the group. “You need to get help,” she says to Singer shaking her head. But Singer continues with her dramatics telling her it is really upsetting she’s not listening.
Ramona Singer confronted Dorinda Medley earlier in the trip
Medley may have had enough because Singer tried to talk to Medley about her drinking earlier in the trip. Singer separated herself from the group during dinner. Morgan was so inebriated she was put in bed early. Later, the cast discovers Morgan took a water pill, which enhanced the effects of alcohol.
Medley tried to talk to Singer about Morgan, but Singer wanted to talk about Medley’s drinking instead. “Sonja is a mess,” Medley tells Singer. “I don’t like it when she comes to dinner a mess. I put her to bed.”
Instead of asking about Morgan, Singer replies, “But you’ve been a mess like that before.” That’s when Medley turns it around on Singer, telling her she’s been the one who was a mess.
But Singer thinks Medley and Morgan should go to AA. Leah McSweeney weighs in on the discussion in a confessional. “There’s a difference between telling someone like, ‘Hey I’m concerned about you’ and then saying, ‘You need to go to AA’,” she said. “Which is obviously a totally patronizing, nasty thing to say to somebody.”
Staying sober is harder on the show
Although she was off probation, de Lesseps tried to remain sober but admitted it was a challenge on the show. During a cast trip to the Hamptons, de Lesseps said remaining sober made her feel vulnerable.
“The hard part is knowing you can drink and then choosing not to drink,” she said in a confessional. “You know, it’s hard to be around a group of girls that like to drink. As much as I don’t want to drink, I just feel like I’d like to get back in the game with the girls.”
Executive producer Andy Cohen recently observed that the women seem to be drinking more this season. “You know, I gotta tell you, Jackie, there’s a lot of booze this season,” Cohen said on the Australian show, Kyle & Jackie O. “The good news is that it becomes a big topic of discussion as the season goes on because they’re all kind of in various stages of being off the rails,”