Real Housewives of N.Y.C. Kicks Off With Cat Fight!

Real Housewives of N.Y.C. Kicks Off With Cat Fight!
David Giesbrecht/Bravo

02/18/2009 AT 12:00 AM EST

Holy Catfight! The Real Housewives of New York City returned to Bravo Tuesday with a growl. In the opening seconds of the season 2 premiere, Bethenny Frankel called out Jill Zarin for sharing personal gripes about Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen with a New York Post gossip columnist -- including a claim that Simon drinks too much.

Simon's comeback? "Will Jill ever get out of high school?" Hope not! Sure, she was very adult-like in calling up the attached-at-the-hip couple (known in the blogosphere as "Silex") to apologize. But the apology just upped the rivalries as all of the Housewives descended on the Hamptons, where -- surprise! -- they all crossed paths at the same chic parties.

Everyone tried to make nice, with Countess LuAnn de Lesseps attempting to give Jill a few lessons in manners, while dismissing a server at the Social Life party with the cold explanation that "the Countess doesn't drink beer from a bottle." Bethenny, who was living with Jill for the summer, mixed it up with everyone, dropping hilarious one-liners and showing off her bikini bod.

And Ramona kept up her obsession with Simon's sense of style, suggesting over dinner with her husband that perhaps Alex's husband is one of those many married men who are bisexual. Clearly, there's going to see some fireworks between them in upcoming episodes. Ramona's so turned off by Silex that she scooted out of Jill's fundraiser early, without saying goodbye to her host, just so she wouldn't have another run-in with the couple. "They give off bad energy," she explained.

The other big news out East (as a Hamptonite might say): We were introduced to the newest Housewife, Kelly Killoren Bensimon -- a mother of two, a former model and the ex-wife of top fashion photographer Giles Bensimon. As Bethenny puts it, she's a "real socialite" and a "thoroughbred" who's part of the "fabulosity crowd." But the question remains: Why is she there? Her introduction to the series didn't seem to add a thing to the already zesty mix we got to know on the first season. No comedy. No drama. Nothing! It's hard to imagine a Housewife disappointing, so there must be good things to come from Kelly. But how long will we have to wait? -- Mark Dagostino

Tell us: How do you rate the season 2 premiere? Do Simon and Alex, for all of their quirks, come across more likeable this season? What do you think of the new Housewife?David Giesbrecht/Bravo

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