I Hate Jill Zarin Flipping Out Guest Blog September 23, 2010
Thank you to Had Enough! For today’s guest blog on Flipping Out…
This week on Flipping Out was all about interpersonal relationships. Not much moving the plot forward. I apologize in advance that this re-cap is kind of boring. I guess the episode was kind of boring.
So. Another week of my wondering when Jeff is going to realize that it wasn’t a good idea to hire Sarah. She is ditzy and has a lousy attitude. But she’s family so he probably feels stuck. Which is why he shouldn’t have hired her in the first place. Don’t do business with friends and relatives. It is a bad practice. This is a business that requires extreme attention to detail and that’s exacerbated by the fact that Jeff is extremely particular about getting things right. That’s his stock-in-trade. That’s why people hire him. I would also blow up if she couldn’t manage to write down the phone numbers or didn’t check her work.
But let’s take it from the top. Jeff is stressed out. Some of it has to do with taking on too much work. I get that. He was panicked when the phone stopped ringing. Who wouldn’t be? So he does what he needs to do – he starts taking the kind of work he has to take to make a living, even though he’d left that kind of work long ago. Good on him. But I think in his panic, he took everything that walked in the door and now he’s got way more than he can handle.
And we’ve been ragging on him for years about why he needs all those people to keep his household running. So now he is doing what we suggested. Jett is terrific in my opinion – he actually does things the way Jeff wants them done, and doesn’t get upset about it – but he doesn’t bring in any money. So assigning him to the rental apartments is a great idea. And jett handles it like a dignified, mature adult. He just accepts the assignment. He is a nice guy who has his act together.
Next up. Zoila. Within 2 seconds, she says if you want me to do more work, you have to pay me more money. I’d say: everyone today should be glad to have a job. And in reality, what is happening is that Jett won’t be around to pick up her slack. Because that is what has been going on.
I have revised my low opinion of Zoila. Slightly. Now that I know that she also cleaned Jeff’s grandmother’s house on weekends, I can understand why she feels she doesn’t get enough time off. But generally, I am not impressed with Zoila. She does move very slowly and I do not think she does a good job. A house like that should be fairly easy to clean. Few tschotschkes, no clutter. Everything is open and easy to see. I saw her cleaning the bathroom floor with what looked like a dry floor dust mop. No lady. I wash my bathroom floors on my hands and knees with a scrub brush. Yes, it is hard to keep up with the animal fur, but not that hard. Not in a house like that. And I don’t have time to clean the house and go shopping? Cut me a break. I do all that and work full-time, long hours. Don’t we all?
I can’t figure out how old Zoila is. Her bio says she came to the U.S. in 1987, after her daughters were grown. Say she was 40 at that time. That means she is 63 now. Maybe the problem is that she is just too old to be doing physical labor. Jenni mentioned that Zoila has arthritis. And well then the real problem is that she can’t do the job anymore. Jeff either has to accept this fact or hire someone to replace her. But don’t make her miserable. Just make a choice and deal with the consequences.
Iit is insane that she works so many days a week/month even though really should could get the work done in four days if she would just move faster. But no one should be working six days a week on a routine basis. And then two weekends, she also cleans Jeff’s grandmother’s house. Well, that is obviously her choice. He says she shouldn’t do it and she objects and says she wants to. She is obviously fond of grandma, and that’s nice, but again, if you can’t do it, then don’t do it. There are choices to be made. Make them. Or stop complaining. Zoila. Tell him you are willin to work only five days a week, and if he doesn’t like it, well then time to find another job.
(Wait. I work six or seven days a week, too. I work all week doing my job, and often on weekends, and then I clean my house, run my errands, and do a thousand other things….).
But mostly what I object to about Zoila is her attitude. She really does bitch and moan about everything and I don’t believe she is really fond of Jeff, as many believe. I think she resents him and even when he does something nice for her, her thanks are given begrudgingly. Though he only does nice things for her to shut her up, so it is a two-way street. He openly admits to that: “did anyone notice that the car came with 100 strings attached?” He says it is to motivate her, bribe her. Right, but if she really is physically incapable of doing the work, motivation isn’t the problem.
Now back to Sarah. I am sick of her whining. She is reminding me of Trashley in her attitude. She is using to being a cute blonde who gets what she wants, but she is not cute anymore. She’s pudgy and her clothes are much too tight, making her pudge even more obvious.
The whole thing with Jesse the painter is so bizarre. If he really does such a crappy job, why does Jeff keep using him? Cheap is not worth it if he does only one coat and doesn’t do adequate prep and gets paint all over the place. It is hard to imagine Jeff the perfectionist putting up with this nonsense. The flirting thing with Sarah is just creepy but I thought Jeff’s comments about Sarah getting what she wants because she flirts were hysterical. He won’t pimp her out, he says. Either you get Jeff’s ultra-dry humor or you don’t. If you do, this was hysterical. How he manages to not even crack the tiniest bit of a smile when he says this stuff is beyond me. Sometimes you see in his eyes a tiny hint that he is joking.
Trace seems quite talented. He must be or Jeff wouldn’t rely on him the way he does. He seems like a nice guy who really has his act together and he seems calm and good with clients.
Chaz Dean gives me the creeps and they’ve been working on this damned salon for about a thousand years now. He gets attached to ridiculous things for ridiculous reasons. Like this blah new-agey mural. All these people died over a period of four years and one of them – did he say it was his brother – died when the mural was being painted or something like that. I didn’t quite get it. I guess I am a cold-hearted bitch, but I think a lot of stuff happened over those four years. Is he attached to everything that happened over those four years.
I do enjoy watching the renovations and the finished projects, much as I enjoyed watching the creative process and the clothes on Runway. It bugs me that they would rely on a post-it note to tell the carpenters to save a particular wall or feature. Guess what? Post-it notes stick really well to paper but they tend to fall off everything else. Someone brushes against that wall, the post-it falls off, someone takes a sledge hammer to that wall.
Now Stewart the dog is doing his business in the house. Again. Would someone PLEASE housebreak these animals? If they are going in the house all the time, there may be something wrong with them. Please take them to the vet.
I am going to try to condense all this interaction between Jeff and Zoila rather than doing a blow-by-blow of every scene, since they are all basically the same. She doesn’t do a good job and she is slow (again, maybe there is a good reason for that, but as above, then time to retire). He isn’t happy with her and instead of doing the right thing, he just picks at her. A lot of it is teasing, but a lot of it isn’t. When he crosses the line, which is a lot of the time, he just buys her something or takes her somewhere. And I am pissed off as hell that the reason he worries about her depression is because it makes other people uncomfortable. OK, then. So long as we don’t have to deal with it, we don’t care how you feel. It also pisses me off that he can’t get off his ass and get himself juice. This kind of stuff I think he does just to needle her. Some people can give it right back but she’s not one of them. She tries, but really you can see it gets to her, and that’s why she resents him so much. It just builds up and builds up.
Bottom line. This is becoming a sick, twisted relationship. She needs to realize it is time to retire and he needs to learn to treat her with dignity or find someone else.
Why does this stupid Sarah wear high-heeled boots to a construction site. Reminds me of Jenny last year wearing ballet flats and getting a nail in her foot, or climbing up on the roof with high heels. How much insurance does Jeff carry?
Jenny is entirely without talent but I loved the rap song she wrote and performed for Zoila. It is the thought that counts, and the thought was really wonderful.
Thanks again Had Enough! For that great recap!
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