I thought Julie looked like she had been slapped when Bethenny said that. But then I never expected Bethenny would be gracious if Julie left. And then to expect that the other girls automatically wanted to move up a notch and take on even more responsibility after seeing how Julie was appreciated... if I were them, I'd run for the hills. So much for being Bryn's godmother. If going to visit granny and grampa once a month is a chore, I can't see Bethenny hauling her ass out to Pittsburgh for visits.
Since I thought that whole scene (except for Jason's reaction) looked staged for the camera, so Bethenny and Julie could play it through as B. wanted, I was particularly surprised how Bethenny STILL had to be negative about someone who had put her life on hold for Bethenny.
I -did- like her reminiscing in Amadore's office about how Julie had believed in her from the beginning and began as a volunteer, then at low wages, but I felt there was more to that story, had we heard Julie's version.
I -didn't- like Bethenny telling Julie and then saying it again on camera to her shrink, that Julie's negative energy and stress had transferred onto Bethenny and negatively impacted her, too.
I don't believe THAT for a second and I thought Julie looked hurt that she said it. Julie, not Bethenny, has always seemed the quiet, over-worked, on-top-of-it-even-though-your-boss-is-a-screaming-basket-case one. It would have been nice to hear her INSTEAD rightly credited for REDUCING B's stress, for picking up all the pieces B. continually has flying all over the place, and for helping her stay calm and focused.
I believe that was their actual relationship and its too bad that, as usual, B. has so little self-awareness that she continues to blame others for any "flaws" in herself (and, of course, per his contract, Amadore keeps to his script, too, that everyone else is always more to blame for things than she is).
ITA that Jason seemed genuinely sad. I thought it was cute when he said, "I love my Julie". I think he's more "big brother/friend" to the staff; they're probably sad to think the walled off apartment will be blocking them from Jason's calming influence and leaving them with the crazy.
Still curious how much Julie was making at the end. I'm guessing, maybe, in the $30k range--grossly underpaid.