We meet Bethenny Frankel, a natural food chef who is a little less wealthy and a little more downtown than the rest of the original New York housewives. For example, while most of the women own or rent houses in the Hamptons during the summer, Bethenny rarely goes, saying she prefers to stay in the city.
Bethenny is referred to as the "runaway bride." She has been engaged twice. In Season 1, she is dating a man named Jason, whom she wants to move in with and eventually marry. Bethenny knows she was one kid, but she actively cares for Jason's three kids from a previous marriage.
Bethenny also refers to herself as an orphan, although at the start of the show, she has two living parents. She raised herself and therefore is diligent, independent and values hard work. She constantly attends networking events and says she gets paid $100 an hour to cook. Both her father and maternal grandfather were horse trainers, so Bethenny says she grew up at the horse tracks.
During Season 1, Bethenny and Jason nearly break up several times, typically over the discussion of whether or not to move in together. When things are rocky, Bethenny often turns to Alex, whom she finds to be a good listener. In fact, Bethenny drinks too much during Alex's birthday on a yacht.
Originally, Bethenny is closest to Jill, whom she calls an acquired taste. The two women are brutally honest with each other. Bethenny snaps at Jill for being too materialistic when talking to Jason about birthday gifts. Jill takes over when Bethenny visits a potential apartment for her and Jason to live in.
Season One through Three: "New York City is my playground."
Season Seven: "I'm not a housewife, but I am real."
Season Eight: "If you can't handle the truth, you can't handle me."
Season Nine: "If you're going to take a shot at this B, you better not miss."
Season Ten: "It's great to be successful. But it's even better to B Strong."
Season Eleven: "When life gives me limes, I make margaritas."