I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of DC August 6, 2010
What did everyone think of the premier of the new Housewives? Personally, I think I may like them, I know I’m in the minority here, most people seemed disgusted by last night’s episode but I found most of the women to be quite likeable and honest.
This seems to be true for most of the Housewife series during their first season. The women don’t know enough to be diva’s yet, unless they already are. We may have a few divas here but nothing like we’ve seen on subsequent seasons of some of the other cities.
We got a brief introduction to each of the ladies and their families, I found Lynda to be the bitch of the gang. What exactly is a Second Tier Person? Who the hell says that? She is one of those women who seem to think that they’re better than some other people, but I have news for Lynda, you are no better than any of the other housewives and you’re certainly no better than any of the rest of us.
Lynda has two ex-husbands and two children and runs a modeling agency. She seemed to think that we should be impressed by this, the “top” modeling agency in DC. Sorry, not impressed, I don’t think that DC is the fashion industries first “go to” city for models. How exactly does she define “top”? Does she make more money than any other modeling agency in DC? How many can there be? Let’s face it, top models go to Los Angeles, New York City and even Chicago where major marketing campaigns are filmed and photographed.
Lynda told us that ambassadors and dignitaries use her modeling agency. For what exactly? How many times do these folks, in their lives as ambassadors and dignitaries have the use for a “model”? Things that make you go hmmm.
I know I’m once again in the minority but I liked Cat. I think she tells it like it is and I respected the fact that she readily admitted that her children wanted to come to the United States. Many Brits will act like they are better than American’s and try to act like they wouldn’t live in the US if you paid them but the truth is, around the globe people are jealous of American’s and would do anything to live here, including Londoners. I have first-hand knowledge of that. I saw the preview where she said to Michaele’s husband “I know you’re an American, but show some manners”. (something like that) We could certainly hold that comment against Cat if it had been directed to anyone else, but since it was directed at the White House Gatecrasher, I’m going to forgive it.
Cat’s husband is the White House photographer. Yes, photos and videos play a role in the image of the President before during and after his term as president but I think it is a huge stretch to say that her husband’s photographs got President Obama elected. Personally, I tend to believe that it is because he spent so much of his career in Chicago. LOL I know she offended some but I think she’s harmless.
Stacie seems to be the most down to earth and level headed housewife. Her thriving real estate position and loving family with two great kids seems to be exactly what this series needs. This is what I have in mind when people talk about living the American dream. Stacie and her family! It was clear a few times last night she was taken aback by some of the other housewives comments, Cat at her chef’s lessons and Mary at her birthday party but she handled both with class and style. She is going to be the heroine of the series! That’s my prediction.
I see Mary as the girl next door. She clearly was raised with the finer things in life and never wanted for anything growing up. (at the Kennedy compound) I’m withholding judgment a little longer because I see a little bit of the overindulged children at her house. If you have to put a high-tech security system on your clothes closet because of your daughter, something isn’t right. You should be able to tell your child that they are not allowed to borrow your things without having to lock them up like fort Knox.
Last but certainly not least we met the infamous Michaele and her husband. She is a bit over the top for me, with all the “I love you’s” and hugging everyone. When you overuse a phrase like, “I love you” it loses all meaning. There is no way that she loves every person at that polo match. Correct me if I misunderstood but did she inform viewers that her house is so far away from DC that the couple needs to spend several nights at expensive hotels? Why not move closer to where you need to be every day? Michaele tells us that the first impression she gives off is that there is no substance to her but she really does have substance and a heart of gold. Sorry Michaele, but I have to see for myself.
I can guarantee you right now that I will not be purchasing her book to find out what happened the night of the alleged gate crashing, obviously we’ll only get their side of the story which may or may not be true. As this couple sat in front of a congressional committee and plead the 5th the country was disgusted. The amount of time, energy and resources that were wasted on the investigation of this incident should have been paid back in currency to the country by this couple. If their testimony in front of the committee couldn’t clear their names, they should have been prosecuted. If this was a miscommunication, why plead the 5th? The bottom line is that if they did nothing wrong, what are they hiding? I could have given them the benefit of the doubt had they answered those questions. Was this all an attempt to sell more books? Did they already have a book planned before this incident? Maybe the original title was going to be, “How To Sneak Into The White House”. Sickening!
I know many have criticized Bravo for airing this couple, giving them more publicity and I understand why but I’m going to take the unpopular route once more and forgive them as well. From their perspective they chose Michaele as a housewife before this occurred and filmed for months and months not only Michaele alone, but her interacting with the other housewives. To scrap all of that footage and re-shoot with another housewife would actually be unfair to the other four housewives. As it was the airing was substantially delayed due to this couple and the legal mess they’d gotten themselves into.
Yes, Bravo is coming out on top with the only footage of what went on during this incident and they’re cashing in on it. That isn’t any different than any of Bravo’s other shows where they air what happened, good, bad or indifferent. If Bravo had footage of one of the housewives cheating on her husband, do you think they’d air it? I do. Bravo is a business and they’re going to do what is best for business and in this case, the best thing for Bravo is to keep this couple on the air because like it or not, people are watching them. Bravo’s alternatives were not really great options and I think I may have made the same decision as they did if I were in their position.
As we’ve seen with many of the housewives, being on this show doesn’t guarantee that these people will come out on top. Many have said that Michaele should not be rewarded by being on the show after what she and her husband have done, but is this really going to turn out to be rewarding? Possibly, but possibly not, she could end up being completely hated by the public, she could end up filing bankruptcy, getting divorced or losing her home and belongings. Some of those things are closer than we may know if we believe some of the rumors out there. I can’t tell you how happy I am that she does not have children as we know who suffers the most when the parents are notorious.
I read the ladies blogs, they’re all up on Bravotv.com, none of them said anything of interest really, just that they had all waited a really long time for this season to air and most of the taping was done almost a year ago so they’re anxious to see it themselves.
The good news about The Real Housewives of DC, I think they’re all on the up and up, with the possible exception of Michaele, they’re not pretending to be someone that they’re not, they’re not pretending to have money when they don’t, they are showing us the real deal. (of course, I could be completely wrong) I have seen the rumors about Cat and her background, I’m sure someone will dig up the truth with proof if it exists. Until then, I’m going to keep watching to see what happens next.
I know that many will disagree with this entire blog, or parts of it and for those that do, I sincerely apologize because I do not intend to upset or anger people. I hope that whether you agree or disagree, you’ll leave your comments because I welcome debate and challenge others to try to change my mind with good arguments, not with insults. So if you’re interested, please feel free to leave your comments here. I think the DC housewives, probably more than any other franchise, will bring about debate among Bravo watchers. Nothing wrong with that!
WOW, a lot of new information has surfaced since I originally wrote this blog. Amazing how many personal facts come out after one episode airs. This blog was based only on the one hour episode I watched, I’m sure my next blog will be a whole lot different!
Until Next Time….
Adding to my post: Below is a guest blog for Big Brother, Thank you so much for submitting … I had no time to blog BB and am so thankful!!! Enjoy!
Bohochickn BB: Season 12;epi 13 Air date: 8-5-10
This week’s live episode opens with Jules telling us that Hayden and Kristin’s secret showmance has been exposed, and one of them will pay dearly for it. Pay dearly for it? With their lives? Will they have to hand over their first-born child to CBS execs?? Who knows? Let’s find out!
On the previouslies, Andrew was shown exposing said secret showmance during the eviction ceremony. Hayden lets his fellow brigade members know that Kristin’s “great” but if she has to go, she has to go. Wow, way to stand by your woman, Hayden. Not that I blame you, just wanted to call you out on it. Rachel wins HOH for the 2nd time; calls Kristin a floater and tells her to grab a life vest. ha!
Britney won the veto comp, dressed stupidly (of course) as a wizard playing a huge foam pinball machine…sigh. Kristin got the wear the hippie-tard, adding insult to injury. Talk about bad karma, and we’ll find out exactly why in a few. Hayden goes on the offensive and tries to talk Britney into using the POV on Kathy; telling her that he and Kristin will protect her to the end, if she does so. Britney gets cold feet about the whole thing when Rachel suggests putting Lane on the block. In the end, the POV wasn’t used. We will also find out who America wants as the new saboteur. Personally, I voted for Enzo because I like to hear him tawk. Tonight’s HOH comp is being touted as the “most powerful” HOH comp yet.
Jules greets us and reminds us that it’s day 34 and Rachel is HOH for the 2nd time. Kristin has to decide whether to stay and fight or let Hayden stay. Eff that! I can’t stand Kristin, but at least go down swinging. Britney explains that she backed out of using the veto because Rachel wanted her to put up Lane. Rachel then explains that she threatened Britney w/ Lane because she didn’t want her to use the veto; she wants Kristin gone. Manipulation @ its finest!
Kristin and Kathy go cuddle and cry. Kristin’s devastated cuz either sheor Hayden is going; it’s not just a separation in the game, it’s fake tears and quivering bottom lips. Brenchel are talking about how wonderful life is when Hayden joins them to let then know everything’s groovy…brown-noser Hayden realizes w/ Brendon and the brigade behind him, he’s golden, man, golden!
Britney tells Enzo why she didn’t use the POV. Now Enzo is gunning for them..go! go! Britney then tells K & H the same story. Kristin wants to go rip Rachel’s head off cuz they had a great plan and Rachel de-railed it. Kristin and Hayden commiserate some more….blah blah blah…two months before we can see each other….blah blah blah. Kristin has no regrets (none??) She fake-tears again cuz she doesn’t want to campaign against him. She reminds me of that song, “Stupid Girl” by Garbage.
Britney, Ragan, and Matt are in the HOH room w/ Rach’s red extensions. THIS is why Britney is my favorite HG; she truly has a great sense of humor. “Floaters, grab a life vest! Kristin!” sounding exactly like her. Uh oh, who’s that clomping up the steps? None other than Rach herself….BUSTED!! Of course, the dimwit Rachel is, she yells that it’s hilllarioouss! Britney then verbalizes the exact thoughts running through my head, “I can’t believe that Rachel is so clueless, that she doesn’t even understand that we were making fun of her”. Then Rachel brilliantly states that she loves it and making fun of someone is the highest form of flattery. I can see the stupid oozing out of her red highlights….
The brigade is working out, while Kristin gives them all the evil eye from the couch. She’s now suspicious because Hayden told her it was ok to campaign against him. She’s started to suspect he’s in an alliance! Oh my! She appeals to Ragan and tells him of her suspicions; and that he needs to vote to keep her in so that he won’t be up against the “alpha males” of the house. He realizes if that’s true, his time is limited. Kristin tells Britney that her vote is really, really, really, really important. She tries so hard to instill fear in everyone, but it just ain’t flying, mama. Campaigning for Brendon’s vote, Kristin says if Hayden stays, he will probably form an alliance w/ Lane, Enzo. Gee, ya think? She tells him to keep the weaker players (her) in the house, oh and that his vote is really, really, really important. She’s got a way w/ words, that one. Can he trust Kristin w/ his vote? Jules fervently tells us that either Kristin or Hayden will be walking out of the house tonight; plus, crowning of the most important HOH EVER!
Jules speaks w/ the HG’s. She asks Hayden about his time in solitary confinement. It was brutal, he says. Awww, Jules is so sweet, she knows Kristin is getting ready to bite the big one, so she compliments her hippie-tard. We then see flashbacks of the obstacle course luxury comp. Enzo, Brendon, and Hayden “killed it”. Enzo says he was amped up, very emotional, he knew they had won, and that the others had better start making them some popcorn for the movie reward. Britney then loses a friend for life when Jules asks her who is the most difficult HG to live with. She hesitates before saying Ragan, because of HIS FLATULENCE…he’s really gassy, and it smells bad. Oh god, TMI! Ragan then turns red, orange, pink and a pretty shade of obtuse as he pulls his hood up over his head. Ragan then tells Jules that every fart has come from between Britney’s legs. I remember friends having this same argument (when we were in the 3rd grade) I swear I think they’re cracking up. Jules is embarrassed and it’s GLORIOUS!
We then see montages of K & H cuddled up, telling one another how crazy (yeah!) they are about each other. Tempe, AZ! Hayden’s family watching the show…his mom tells us that he’s charming, and all the girls want him…yadda yadda yadda. She’s shocked he’s in a showmance, then says Kristin’s crazy! ha! She says for Hayden to think w/ the head on his shoulders, and stay focused on his game. You go, mom!
Now, DUN DUN DUN, Kristin’s friends and BOYFRIEND watching from her Philly home. He’s furiously shaking his head as he watches his girl and Justin Bieber make out under the covers. Steve, is (was) Kristin’s bf. His title changes from bf to ex-bf as he’s talking, and I laugh and laugh. Thanks, show! She told him she didn’t want to be single while she was gone; Hayden’s a 24 yo kid; he’s a 31 yo man, ok? He feels betrayed (yep), lied to (yep) and disgusted (yep, yep). Kristin tells Hayden she couldn’t imagine watching them make out on TV. Steve says it’s over! ha! Take that, Kristin! Bring a mop and bucket, you have lots to clean up back in Philly. (There’s that bad karma creeping about that I mentioned earlier, kiddies!)
Jules teases the new saboteur angle before commericial break…and, we’re back! Last hour of Rachel’s reign as HOH; they’re talking “privately” w/ her. Rachel states that she and Brendon want to pull Britney into their alliance after this week. The camera catches Britney’s WTF? face; seeminly like she heard what Rach said. Hell, she’s so loud, she probably did. We review targeting Monet and sending her packing, now she wants Kristin gone; is targeting the women a strategy, Rach? Shit, she’s not that smart, Jules, she just doesn’t like the bitch. She lets Jules know that Matt is still on the top of her shyte list. Oh god no!! Now we get to discuss their showmance, I swear I only have the volume on cuz I’m doing this recap. See what I go through for y’all? Her laugh pierces my brain like a thousand tiny pins. We discuss how the honeymoon may be over…oh please! It’s true love! (yeah, ok)
Hayden then gives his speech to stay in the house. He’d never throw anyone under the bus, but some people do that and that’s what happened to he and Kristin. Hi to family and friends. Kristin says that Andrew called her the tin man, she has no heart (I think Steve would agree) but she’s been loyal, honest, and strong-willed the entire time. Is she job-hunting or trying to stay in the house? Live voting…Enzo votes Kristin out; Kathy tearfully votes Hayden out; Matt votes Kristin out; Lane votes Kristin out; Ragan votes Kristin out while being his usual dramatical self of voting out the “kindest, most compassionate person” in this house; Brendon votes for Kristin for Andrew. ha! Britney votes Kristin out, too. That’s it, she’s out! Jules tells the HG’s by a vote of 6-1, Kristin is evicted from the BB house. Hugs all around. She exits in that ridiculous wig and spandex. Isn’t she hot w/ that damn thing on her head? The HG’s watch Kristin’s pic go from color to black and white….cool!
Kristin joins Jules onstage outside the house. She asks her how it was to be on the block against her showmance partner. She says it was hard to campaign without saying one bad word about who she was up against. Oh, to be a fly on her Philly wall when she finds out where his priorities were. Jules talks Kristin up about how dignified she was; K says people didn’t vote for her cuz of the payback that could entail. Uh huh. Good-bye videos: Matt tells Kristin she fell curse to the hippie-tard, Rachel yells that Kristin is the definition of the word bitch; who does she think she is trying to talk to Brendon behind her back? Don’t EVER EVER try to get between her and her man; she’s taken down bigger, more trifling hoes than you, Kristin! Ragan lets us know that Kristin is gone because of Rachel’s insecurities. ha! Kathy cries; Brendon tells her no one can trust her cuz she was trying to put the idea of Hayden being in an alliance in everyone’s head. Hayden then confesses that he, Matt, Enzo, and Lane were indeed in an alliance.Hahahaha. If he had to choose between her and the brigade, he would’ve chosen her. (bullshit) Kristen tells Jules that she suspected this week that was the case, hence the stone face when she heard the news. She doesn’t hold the fact that Hayden was in an alliance against him. Then she asks about Steve; wanna go back to him, K? No, Kristin just needs time to herself (knowing he’s seen all this) and needs time to “sort through” things. What things, you lost? And you played the game HORRIBLY…reflect on that, chick! Jules is again with the “dignity” geez, give it a rest already.
Jules explains the next HOH will unleash Pandora’s Box; Ragan is chosen by a narrow margin as the new saboteur. Aww, Enzo! The HG’s are standing on a cheesy set of a huge pain can, brushes, and spraying paint. I have to agree w/ Brendon on this one, the ledge on that paint can looks narrow as hell. 1st one to fall off is the only Have Not for the week. They then get sprayed..fun! Jeff and Jordan are coming next week, y’all! They then get brushed; Britney: “Oww!!” And that’s how we end it, kiddies…
Thanks, Lynn, for letting me blog; it was a lot harder than what I expected, but FUN! (that’s what she said)