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'Princesses Long Island' recap: Casey joins the kingdom, drama ensues
Red Bikini Sara's 15 minutes of fame are not quite over.
The pool party drama she caused during the premiere of "Princesses: Long Island" continues into episode 2, which opens with Amanda Bertoncini and Joey Lauren meeting to talk at Amanda's mom's Great Neck clothing store, Wearhouse.
Amanda seems to think Joey is coming to apologize ("I'm anxious to see what she has to say for herelf," she says) but what she gets is more of an explanation of Joey's actions, or rather, lackthereof, than an "I'm sorry." Still, the two seem ready to bury any leftover hard feelings.
"I am going to accept her apology, but I am keeping one eye open when it comes to Joey," Amanda says.
And then they drink to not giving Sara "one more second of attention." Cheers to that.
When Chanel picks up Ashlee to go out for the night in NYC, Ashlee's ever-attentive dad serves them drinks (what is that brown-colored liquid in a wine glass? Eww) and fetches his daughter's hairbrush from her bathroom, while all Ashlee's mom wants is for her to find a husband that night.
"To being on the payroll 'til I'm 190, and still looking like I'm 4," Ashlee says. (Oh, she professes the oldest man she would date would be 48, "as long as he's not bald and wrinkly.")
Too bad it's gay night at the club Chanel took her to. Oops.
Enter Casey Cohen, one of Chanel's best friends and the sixth "Princess." Meeting her for the first time, Ashlee describes her as "really nice, so pretty, incredible body -- like every guy's dream." And every girl's "girl crush." Or at least mine.
But a rockin' bod isn't the only thing Casey brings to the bunch: Chanel tips Ashlee off that Erica stole Casey's boyfriend... in high school. Ashlee immediately brushes it off ("Ten years ago, though?"), which is my immediate reaction too.
Amanda and Erica then go on probably the most awkward double date in history with their respective boyfriends (no one is ordering the octopus after that story, Amanda) and get to talking about the Hamptons weekend Chanel planned for the girls. Oddly, Amanda opts to book a hotel for her and her boyfriend, instead of staying at the rental house with the rest of the group. Her reasoning doesn't make me think it's any less weird: "Estrogen-filled house versus testosterone-filled Jeff? It's a no-brainer." Isn't no-boys-allowed the cardinal rule of a girls' weekend?
Hard as it is to imagine Casey hasn't been able to get over Erica stealing her boyfriend a decade earlier, we begin to get a better idea of how bad the situation really was: Casey had bought a dress for his prom... that he ended up going to with Erica. Who had been texting him incessantly saying he should be with her instead. Interestingly, no one disputes the facts of the situation. And later, Erica tells the story to Joey almost with a sense of pride. Not cool.
Of Erica, Joey says, "We could not be more different. If she's a silver spoon, I'm like the white plastic fork." Honey, nice as it must be to day-drink by the pool every day, isn't it better to be the one with a job?
Oh, and Erica also slept with Joey's boyfriend back in the day, but it seems that's where that story ends -- much differently than the similar one involving Casey. "If I want something, I will get it, especially when it comes to men," Erica says. "I have always gotten what I've wanted." Is this girl really proud that her reputation is, "Don't leave your boyfriend around her"?
Come to find out, the real reason Casey can't "get the f over it," as Erica says, is that their high school situation drums up deeper-seeded family issues for Casey, whose father left her mother for another woman when Casey was two years old. She can't remember the last time she saw him. Is that Erica's fault or responsibility? No. Should it make her less flippant about her own actions? Yes.
Fast forward to Shabbat dinner, when Casey and Erica are seated across the table from one another with the rest of the group (besides Amanda). "Her presence makes me enraged," Casey says.
Eventually she just can't take it. Mocking Erica's monologue about the benefits of her "new favorite thing" (meditation), Casey says: "Can you just be quiet for a minute? Seriously, I'm not joking. Just be quiet. Everything that's coming out of you mouth right now -- and I didn't want to do this in front of everybody -- is ridiculous and very weird."
"We're at a Shabbat dinner, way to make things uncomfortable and make people feel uncomfortable," Erica says with tears in her eyes. Hate to break it to you, but that dinner was uncomfortable from the start.
Obviously, Casey's anger is misplaced. Anyone who's ever had an enemy or been wronged knows that it doesn't matter what that person says or does, it's going to be bothersome. Erica was basically channeling the Dalai Lama with her meditation schpeal, but it doesn't matter -- it's "ridiculous" to Casey because it's coming out of Erica's mouth, plain and simple.
I'm having trouble picking a side, but what do you think? Are you Team Casey or Team Erica?