Bethenny Frankel was all about cutting costs when it came to the apartment she renovated with pal and luxury realtor Fredrik Eklund. But there was one splurge the Real Housewives of New York City star had to have.
The longtime friends, who are co-starring in a new Bravo series Bethenny & Fredrik, tackle shopping for their Manhattan project’s master bathroom in Tuesday night’s episode. What started as a simple task — picking out a toilet — turns into an eye-opening experience for Frankel.
“I really want a wall-hung toilet,” the Million Dollar Listing New York star says, adding that they’ll make their money back in spades if they include it in their remodel.
Frankel, not realizing you should “always, always” have that style, suddenly becomes enthralled with the variety of options — which only escalates when she meets a high-tech buy, the TOTO Washlet, that boasts a heated seat and self-washing wand.
“I mean it’s not a bad feature to wash every time,” Frankel says after witnessing the $1,500 item in action. “If I walked into an apartment and I saw that there was any function at all for your bathrooms that washed your wazzoo?”
Her praise continues with, “I want to warm my tush,” and “I love it so much.” The new dad, though, is only more confused by her willingness to throw down for the smart porcelain piece.
“I don’t think I’ll ever understand this woman,” he says. “She’s busting my balls with every penny in the budget but now to splurge on some toilet seat?”
Frankel, however, is forever changed.
“I mean it’s just a beautiful, beautiful thing to have a warm a**,” she says. “People tell me I have a hot a**. Now you know why.”
Bethenny & Fredrik airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. EST on Bravo.