I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Oct 23, 2010
It is very different watching couples on these shows when you already know in advance that it isn’t going to end well. Watching Camille Grammar gushing about Kelsey and even as the words come out of her mouth, “I’m my own person, I’m not in the shadow of Kelsey Grammar”, you can see that she absolutely is using this man as not only her shadow but her shade, he’s her SPF 50.
Almost every interview that she gives is about him and so either she is trying to ensure that the viewer knows who her famous husband is or she really does live her life around, “The best actor on the planet”. I’ll bet she’s not calling him that anymore. In Malibu, where the Grammar’s one of many homes is located, we learn that Camille is working with her husband and his production company on a project for Nickelodeon. Camille is quick to let us know that it was her suggestion to cast Patricia Arquette for the TV show “Medium”, a show that the Grammar’s produced.
I can’t really hate this woman, although all the pieces are there to hate her, knowing that her world is about to fall apart and she has no idea. Camille informs us that she flew her interior designer in (first class) just for the afternoon so that she could do some shopping for their new home in New York as they’re moving there to be with Kelsey as he stars in a Broadway show. The more she boasts about everything that they have (homes in Hawaii, New York, Colorado and several in California) the more you pity her because it is obvious that she feels secure in this long time marriage and has no idea she’s about to go back to being just another ex-wife of a celebrity.
It is tough to know if she loves Kelsey Grammar or if she loves the lifestyle that he gave her, she doesn’t talk about him in a loving tone, it is all status and material with this woman so maybe we’ll be able to hate her going forward, the jury is still out.
Adrienne is having lunch with her husband and telling him about a photo shoot she has scheduled in Las Vegas to showcase their hotel and casino, The Palms. I can tell you now that Adrienne’s husband Paul is the last person I would ever go into a restaurant with, he is the type of patron that gets his food spat into by the staff. It isn’t so bad that he can’t seem to just order what the chef prepares right off the menu, make a few changes if you must, but this man is embarrassing his wife by his ridiculous changes and tweaks to his meal. After all those years of marriage, he doesn’t know that his wife doesn’t like turkey? I doubt any of this is new to Adrienne but you could see that the entire exchange in the restaurant was uncomfortable for her while sharing it with a Bravo audience.
In addition to the way this man likes to insult the restaurant chef, he decided that his wife’s photo shoot in Las Vegas would be a good mini-getaway for them. Planning in his head a couple’s massage, a romantic dinner and a movie while Adrienne would much rather bring the kids along. Paul wins that small battle and Adrienne explains that the kids are in school anyway so it is best to leave them at home.
The photo shoot was described as “edgy” and I could see that, some wild outfits and strange poses with a really hot young male model. This makes Paul a bit jealous and he decides he is going to attend the shoot making Adrienne uncomfortable yet again. Paul and Adrienne, in contrast to some other couples are at least close and involved in each other’s lives. The stereotypical version of Paul would be working his business and paying no attention to his wife. It is nice to see that he still adores her.
Taylor seems to be our part time housewife as we see her for just a few moments in this episode, but what we see is her personal shopper arriving at her enormous home with designer, one of a kind clothing pieces for Taylor’s perusal. Taylor informs us once again that her husband Russell pays the bills and so she goes ape-shit crazy and buy’s anything with a designer name. We’re left viewing a pile of clothing that Taylor has put in the “yes” side at several thousands of dollars on the price tags.
Taylor is my least favorite at this point but even she doesn’t offend me all that much. There isn’t really a bad one in the Beverly Hills bunch..yet.
The episode really revolved around a trip to Palm Springs to celebrate Easter. Kyle and Kim share a home there and both families will be spending their spring vacation at the home and Kyle has invited Lisa and her husband along for the festivities.
Lisa prepares for this visit by ordering a penis shaped 3 foot tall chocolate bunny (for the kids) at the Easter celebration in the Richardson home. After picking up a pair of chocolate Christian Louboutin shoes she purchased as a gift for a friend, Lisa decides a huge chocolate rabbit is the perfect thing to haul into the desert.
Bravo’s editing team is just vicious as they have mounted cameras in Kim’s vehicle to catch the excitement of watching her drive her children into the desert. As we hear Kim’s voice over saying how great it is to spend this quality time in the car with her kids, the editors are determined to contradict everything that she says. Kim tells us that they talk and laugh and play games in the car, yet we see the kids silently rolling their eyes at their mother and groaning as she whips out the playing cards.
As Kim and her children arrive at their vacation home in Palm Springs we learn that two of Kim’s older daughters had spent the previous week sunning themselves in this home and Kyle is complaining about the mess that was left. As the two girls blame each other, Kim defends them by saying that Kyle probably didn’t clean the mess by getting on her hands and knees and scrubbing the floors. The tension between the sisters is evident as they grocery shop for Easter dinner, Kim and Kyle cannot agree on what type of fat to include in the potatoes, should it be butter or margarine?
Lisa arrives with her husband and mini-dog creating more tension as Kim can’t seem to handle “outsiders” and quickly criticizes Lisa’s attempts to help prepare the meal and their “poodle” that Lisa’s husband carries around like a baby.
More tension between sisters Kyle and Kim as we learn that Kim’s daughter wants to spend the summer in Texas with her father, Kim is not on board with this plan and Kyle sees no problem with it. Kim says she simply wants support from her family but Kyle refuses to support Kim when she doesn’t agree with her point of view. Things get worse for Kim as she accuses Kyle of butting into her business with her children but Kyle informs Kim that the children drag her into the problems by confiding in her when their mother (Kim) is irrational. Oops, that can’t be good.
More problems for the sisters seems eminent in previews for next week and while we’re told in interviews that their relationship survived Bravo’s camera’s, it seems as though it certainly took a big hit during filming.
Lisa’s three foot tall one thousand dollar chocolate Easter bunny was a big hit with the kids and adults alike as they bite and tear off pieces of chocolate and it becomes more and more obscene looking with each passing moment.
I like this group of women, they certainly are the real deal when it comes to wealthy housewives that Bravo has been trying unsuccessfully to showcase for years. While we hear of bankruptcy, foreclosures and short sales in the other housewives franchises, these ladies are truly keeping the Southern California economy thriving.
In other news, rumor has it that Bethenny Frankel will star on “Skating With The Stars” similar to Dancing with the stars, we’re being told that Jill Zarin actually turned down this gig. I cannot imagine why she would do that unless she did not want to be on the show alongside Bethenny. Could producers be trying to get more buzz for the show by having the feuding housewives on together and Jill didn’t want to feed into that? Could our little Jill Zarin be growing up? Na…we still hate her!
Until Next Time….