I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of DC August 13, 2010
We already have a few bitch-fests going on with the DC ladies, some new, some old just as it should be in Washington DC, it mirrors the politicians, some old, some new!
This episode revolves around a birthday party for the resident gay boyfriend of all the ladies, and hair stylist, Paul Wharton. Michaele was asked to host the party, apparently Lynda did it in the past and it was small, intimate and disappointing. With only 20-30 guests he was limited as to how many he could invite. Clearly this guy is popular and has a ton of friends he’d like to invite to his big birthday bash so why limit the guy? Let him have a big splash!
We’ll get back to the party in a minute.
Lynda is talking with her “assistant / son’s girlfriend” and this girl needs urgent assistance from Paul Wharton, who let her go on television without even brushing her hair? OMG! We see her later in the episode with the same ratty hair in a pony-tail but still a huge mess! I get the need for an assistant with your business, but this girl tracks Lynda’s doctor appointments and maps out where the handbags are in her closet?
Mary and Cat have a lunch date and I think that Mary must have eaten some really bad shrimp because her face throughout the lunch looked like she really needed a good long time in the bathroom! It seemed like no matter what Cat said, Mary gave her the “look”. These two ladies have nothing in common except that they both have children. Clearly they have very different ideas on how to raise them. Mary laid it out there that she was frustrated with the dog situation. Her daughter came back home after moving in with her boyfriend didn’t work out. (Sound familiar Jacqueline) After having told Cat the whole story of the big hairy dog that she is now responsible for, Cat gave her opinion on the situation and Mary didn’t like what Cat had to say. Oh well! The ladies were waited on by Mary’s daughter Lolly, Cat was sure to tell Lolly what she thought about her pawning her big hairy dog off onto her mother and even made sure to criticize the large tip mom left for her daughter! Lolly called Cat “bossy”, wow she hasn’t met some of the other housewives apparently!
Michaele and her husband Tarik invited Cat and Mary to go horse riding and have a quick polo lesson on their ranch/winery. Quite the big deal is made that Michaele is wearing appropriate riding gear and Mary tells us that the “dress code” was jeans. I think Michaele was most likely telling the ladies to dress casually and comfortably as they’ll be riding horses. Michaele wasn’t going to win that one, if she had told them to wear full riding gear, she would have probably been accused of assuming they should go out and buy expensive polo gear for one ride. I really don’t get the beer disguised as wine at the end, if that was supposed to be a funny funny joke, it wasn’t! Besides that it had to have been FLAT beer to make it look anything like wine. They couldn’t have stopped at Trader Joe’s and pick up a bottle of wine and bring to their winery? This must have been the beginning of the end for the bankrupt winery.
Stacie invites the ladies to her aunt’s house for her self-described “Down Home Black Family Sunday Style Dinner”. Lynda is excited as she’s from the south and this is a treat for her. Cat was polite and accepted the invitation but was clearly uncomfortable. Personally, I think that Stacie was way off base as to the reason for Cat’s discomfort, I think it was just the environment and talking about cooking with Crisco, and conversations that she cannot relate to, it just wasn’t something that she could be comfortable with. Some people can adapt easily to any situation that they’re put in, others can’t. I was disappointed that Stacie made it a race issue because I truly don’t think that it is. Cat was also without her husband which seems to be an ongoing theme here, maybe we can see the writing on the wall already.
As the ladies were getting the dinner ready, the men retreat downstairs to discuss manly things. A penis measuring device? That isn’t the topic of conversation in any house that I’ve ever been in but to each his own! It was awkward and it showed. What happened to discussions of ESPN and bithcing about the wives shopping habits over cigars and brandy?
It is time for Paul’s birthday party and he’s flustered because Michaele isn’t there to hold his hand as he gets his hair done. I don’t think that she needed to be there for that, she had made all of the preparations in advance so what’s the big deal? We also find out later (in Michaele’s blog) that there are 4 hosts of this party, where the others there to supervise the stylist getting his hair done?
Michaele and her husband arrive in a white stretch limo with a police escort. How on earth did these two get a police escort to go to a birthday party? It’s not the limo that bothered me, although it was overkill unless you planned on taking a nap on the way, but a police escort? There is no explaination in Michaele’s blog about this, maybe we should hear from the police department on how this was possible? Your tax dollars at work!
The guests are arriving and Lynda latches onto Cat’s husband, she is obviously impressed because he has “access to the world including the oval office”. I’m starting to really despise Lynda. I can see her trying to get closer to Cat going forward because of her husband’s job as a photographer who works at the Whie House. She is right about one thing, the hosts took over the party and didn’t allow the spotlight to shine on the guest of honor, Paul and that is rude. Good hosts know to shut up, do all the work and let the birthday boy bask in the glow.
The uncorking of the Champaign using a machete or whatever he used is apparently some old time upper crust tradition and I didn’t have a problem with that, in fact I thought that the cork hitting Lynda in the ass might just loosen the stick that’s up there.
Well Happy Birthday Paul, you are now in the middle of a cat fight between Lynda and Michaele. Lynda there is no talking your way out of it, you did tell Paul to feed Michaele a burger and fries AND you told him to go ahead and tell Michaele that you said that. It was pretty rotten of Lynda to put Paul on the spot like she did, at his own birthday party! Lynda is never going to convince me that she has Michaele’s best interests a heart because it is clear that she doesn’t even like the woman. I’m not sure I do either but starting a rumor that she has an eating disorder is way out of line.
Overall this is a little dull but I’m still holding out for more interesting storylines and interactions, the first few episodes of a new show are typically slow to start so I’m still hanging in there.
Previews show a few of the housewives in Paris, I’m wondering if this is a Bravo sponsered (and paid for) trip like RHONY in St. John and RHONJ in Italy. If it is paid for by Bravo, I would imagine some of the other housewives with their noses out of joint, since season one of the shows rarely get anything like that from Bravo, in fact, Atlanta hasn’t had any free trips and Orange County’s was pretty lame in comparison to what some of the others received.
Elaborate trips should be a part of every season of every housewife francise, don’t you think? Lets send Tamra, Vicki, Alexis, Gretchen and Jeanna to Afganastan to entertain the troops. Gretchen can sing, Vicki can sell them all insurance, Alexis can save their souls and the rest can cook up some gormet grub.
As many of you know, one of our regulars here at IHJZ, Laura aka Just Done went to Teresa’s book signing on Tuesday night and gave us a great report on how that went down, but she added more so I’d like to take a little time to repeat the original post but add the new posts that answered even more of our questions, what a great story! Here is Laura’s original post, followed by her additions:
Hey everyone…ok, I’m back, and I just poured myself a skinnygirl margerita. Needed it after that. First off, I got there and there was a line of girls (teens mostly) and some were early 20′s. All with big hair and god-awful tans. I waited to be escorted in, only to wait again. I was floored when someone from Chateau offered me a wine spritzer. they were offering them to everyone. Also, there was someone with a clothing store there, with her clothes set up inside of Chateau…very bizarre.
I began talking to a couple of women in front of me. One was a mom who brought her two teen girls, the other brought one teen girl. The first mom knew NOTHING about chewbaca…it was reallly funny. The other one, on the other hand, lives very close to me and had driven around to all of the houses (Caroline, Dina, Jac) before coming to Chateau. We were talking about the auction, etc. She is NOT a Teresa fan, thank god! I wasn’t the only one.
Now it’s my time to go up and meet the lovely Teresa. Ughhh…wtf was she wearing? It was a neon pink satin dress…god it was awful. She shakes my hand and says “no pictures?” (I didn’t bring my camera) I handed her the book and asked her to make it out to my sister. She asked why I wasn’t getting one even though “you’re soooooo skinny, you don’t need it.” I told her I wasn’t a fan, and this was a gift. This led to a full on conversation about why I wasn’t a fan, and how come my sister didn’t come with me for the book. I explained that they were at their house in LBI (Jersey shore) and she told me that she was going there on Friday. I asked who she was staying with. (She didn’t get the inference.) This woman is too stupid for words.
She finished by saying that she hoped she had changed my mind about her, and I told her no, and that I was going to go home and write on Lynn’s blog about the experience. She looked at me kind of funny, and then she said “ok, hope to see you in LBI.” She is just a stupid woman, and guess what, she looks much worse in person if anyone can believe that. As I walked out, someone from Chateau asked if I’d like a menu…so Lynn, I have a menu for you. I didn’t think you wanted the book. I know I didn’t!
As I walked out the door, I heard someone whisper “she’s a hater.” I don’t know who said it, but I know it wasn’t chewbaca. You couldn’t miss her voice.
BTW, there were approximately 30-40 people there, but as someone had pointed out, she was on her home territory. None of the other ladies were there, and I kept looking for Kim G. She was a no-show.
Many of us had questions for Laura, here are her responses:
I couldn’t have possibly “blended” with them…I stuck out like a sore thumb. She actually asked me if I lived in Franklin Lakes, when I said no, Morris County, she said “So do I!” Then she asked me what town, and proceeded to tell me what a beautiful Italian town I live in. BTW, I’m not Italian (100% Irish and I look it) and my neighborhood has all different nationalities. Definitely not just Italian. I think she was a little in shock when I told her what town I was from. I was dressed in shorts and sandals, very little make-up, and hair pulled back.
When I told her I wasn’t a fan, she said “Oh, you don’t watch the show?” I responded with yes, I do, but I’m not a fan of hers by any means. She then said that alot of what I see is in the editing, and it makes people look bad to some people. I said that she should own it, a la Bethenny and that it is what it is. She said some people get portrayed differently and I said that is the beauty of the internet and public records. The truth lies in the court documents and public records. She didn’t respond to that.
Thanks everyone for your kind words – I’m glad I went and said my piece. One other thing is kind of curious though, and I forgot to mention it. Everyone joked about a book signing in a salon, right? Instead of Barnes & Noble, etc. Very interesting was that they had a stack of books on the front desk, and they were collecting $20 cash per book. No sales tax, nada. Isn’t this considered “unreported income?” Just another one of the things that make you go “Hmmmm”
@Ella, if you can believe it, her makeup is even heavier and more tacky in person. The only thing I could think was that maybe, just maybe she put on as much makeup as she would for filming, when we all know that filming requires more makeup. But then I realized, this is real life…she must do this on a daily basis! LOL As for the tan, yes, she was just as orange in person but then again, so were most of the girls on line.
She had the bangs going, and that look actually worked for her since you couldn’t see her forehead. I really wanted to ask her to pull the bangs up, but that would’ve been going a little too far. My only regret was not bringing Mickey’s picture with me. I printed it, but completely forgot it when I walked out of the house.
Thank you again Laura for the great recap of your evening!
Dina Manzo is apparently reading all of the blogs that are saying the same thing, Tommy Manzo is her husband in name only, they’re never photographed together, Tommy refuses to appear in public with Dina and reports are that he has his own apartment near his business, The Brownstone.
Dina tweeted this today: Ahhaaaaa love my husband! I told him I was tweeting pics! I guess he wants nothing to do with Twitter too! lo http://tweetphoto.com/38533488
A photograph of Tommy, driving while wearing a suit and with his hand in front of his face so you can barely tell who it is. Apparently he doesn’t care how their marriage appears in public but clearly Dina does. Sorry Dina, still not buying the loving couple bullshit!
Another wonderful poster here One More In Boston writes:
just got off the phone with an old friend from NYC. She got married, and now lives…drumroll please… down the street from the BrownStone.
She says that her husband is friends/aquantainces with the Manzos, that she believes that Dina’s husband is bisexual or maybe “half-gay” whatever that means, he does own a condo/house across from the BrownStone, but that it’s not for trysts but so he won’t have to drive home if he’s had a few drinks after work.
She says that Caroline is teeny, tiny in real life, and that you wouldn’t recognize her in the street she looks so different.
She has met Dina-and doesn’t like her. Says they have been at a few social events together and Dina is very quiet and standoffish. Her husband defends Dina by saying that she’s been sick lately (???) My friend says she is very thin, almost too much so.
But my friend did go to the LadyBug Foundation’s last event-it was some sort of Girls Night Out that had a Morrocan theme. She said thousands of women were there and that she had “a blast”.
Has never met Danielle, but has seen her outside of the gym and that they go to the same nail salon. She says she’s VERY pretty in real life and that my friend “wants” to hate her, but has no reason to-she seems very pleasant.
Says Jacqueline’s husband is gorgeous and SUPER cute, and they both seem to have a good reputation in the town, but their daughter not so much.
well, that’s all I was able to get-my little brush with the HWONJ. I couldn’t wait to share!
Thank you for sharing that with us One More In Boston! Love it!
Many were questioning Jill’s talk of “branding” which is what Bethenny talked about starting in Season One of RHONY, Bethenny never made any bones about it, that is what she was doing. Jill having never had anything to “brand” has started to talk about her very own “branding” and now has a logo and everything! She has posted “Jill Zarin Home” on her Twitter page, you can see both here: http://twitter.com/Jillzarin Bed linens Jill? That’s the best you can do?
If anyone still questions whether or not these housewives read the blogs and the comments, these last two items should remove any doubt. Not just this blog and comments, but the others are all talking about some of the same things that we are. It’s not a coincidence that there was a recent thread about Jill’s “Branding” nonsense and suddenly she has a logo and tag line. It isn’t just a fluke that Dina is making attempts to post her husbands’ photograph after her relationship was questioned.
Dina continues to block anyone that she assumes is associated with me, I’ve posted a web site that I thought was funny and that you’d all enjoy, now she’s blocked them on her Twitter account:
Here are Dina’s Tweets to @putyourhairup:
@PutYourHairUp Do u think I remember exactly why? All I know is I only block hate on here. Just be nice, remember we have kids that see this
@PutYourHairUp u don’t make jokes, ur mean. I’m just trying to help u. Watch how much better life gets when ur nice. I don’t block 4 nothing
@PutYourHairUp try being nice, it makes you a happier person. What u put out comes back to u! Don’t forget that sunshine : )
@PutYourHairUp yes, that is exactly why I tweeted pics of him. To prove to u & the other hags u hang w that I have a husband. You got me : )
Dina calls people “hags” then tells others to be “nice”? Dina, you don’t have to prove you have a husband, we all saw the circus you put on for television, but that doesn’t mean a thing when he doesn’t live with you!
Well Dina did forwarn everyone and I truly hope that I’m not the cause of this “block” because clearly @putyourhairup is upset about it so let me formally apologize if it is due to my posting her web site. She also posted this however:
Ahhh I was wondering why I got so many extra hits today.
Thanks for the shout out Lynn!
I always get extra hits when u post my link
I hope that makes up for Dina blocking you, just a little bit? If you haven’t checked out her web page yet, she’s got some hysterical looking photos of the housewives up that she just posted, take a look:
Always a great read: http://thereallyoldhousewivesofmanateecounty.blogspot.com/
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