You'd never know it from her expensive tastes - after the economy tanked, she once famously said on "The Real Housewives of New York City" that, for her birthday gift from her husband, she'd settle for a $16,000 handbag - but Long Island native Jill Zarin got her start working at a supermarket. On today's "Nate Berkus Show" (3 p.m., NBC/4), she returns to her hometown of Woodmere to work at Key Food, where she got her first job at 14. She's there to relieve a single mom of her duties for the day.
Zarin surprises Aracelys "Cely" Corona in the cookie aisle. It's Corona's birthday, and the 41-year-old Woodhaven widow who raised two children on her own had asked for the day off (she works six days a week). She believes no one is available to cover for her.
She must be a Bravo fan because she seems genuinely excited to see Zarin.
Before you can grab a box of Oreos and dig in, Corona is off to Manhattan to spend the day with her niece to be pampered at the Warren Tricomi Salon and fed at Norma's at Le Parker Meridien.
Zarin plays cashier and order taker in her black stiletto boots.
Corona, looking 10 years younger after leaving the salon, says, "I wonder how Jill is doing - who cares!"
And while Zarin whines about her feet and drives a manager crazy trying to find her way around the store, she tells Berkus soon after taping, "I had one of the best days of my life."