I Hate Jill Zarin Tabathas Salon Takeover/Skating With The Stars
Guest Blog – Thank you Quincy IL for this great blog on Tabatha’s premier episode!
Tabatha’s Salon Takeover Week 1
The Salon targeted for change is “Mia Bella” located in San Bruno, Ca. Two beautiful Asian sisters answer the telephone to discover that their petition to Tabatha Coffey has been answered. She’s right outside the salon. Of course, the sisters are on camera taking the call so they may have thought something was up. Tabatha is dressed in black. Her hair is short and silver. She’s not happy. Tabatha’s spies have been in the salon spying and the sisters fight in front of staff and customers. The older sisters, Cindy and Marjorie, own the business and hold the lease of the salon. They are 50k in credit card debt and their 140K in equity in their home is gone. They live on their tips. The younger sisters, Karen and Janet, live free and pretend to be owners. The older two sisters have 4 years of experience. The younger two sisters have two years of experience.
In the sisters’ Asian culture, the elders take care of the young. This means the oldest sister is a freaking psycho who needs to be placed in a straight jacket and the youngest sisters drink beer in the back and back talk when given instructions.
Tabatha states that “I’m tough. I’m talented. I’m taking over.” She takes the key to the salon door. We watch a video where a stylist with 16 years of experience drops gum into a customer’s hair. Then she pulls hair out while getting her gum back. We see the interaction between Cindy (oldest) and Karen (third) where Karen has failed to remember Cindy’s instructions and folds under the blistering criticism while the customer tries to slide under her chair.
White Glove Test
Tabatha has Christine get on a chair to look for the dust and hair glob on top of a mirror. Everyone is horrified. The garbage is overflowing. The bathroom is filthy. The comb sterilizers are ancient, the color has change, and there is hair there. Karen is not happy. In the interview she states, “Tabatha is a bitch.” Tabatha tells us that the salon is “unprofessional and embarrassing. The way the sisters talk to each other is appalling.” Christine has tears. Cindy has tears. Microbiologists have tears.
The music sounds like the invading army is entering Troy. The staff looks petrified. Karen says that she is happy. Tabatha glares and says, “You are the problem.” (It’s a Dr. Laura moment.) Christine didn’t see the filth. (She needs to go to the eye doctor pronto.) Tabatha tells us that this might be the filthiest salon yet. (OMG Have you ever watched this show? Close the doors and call hazmat.) Karen comments, “We have lived like animals.” (Your hair and makeup look nice.)
Tabatha doesn’t do late and Femme, the gum chewer is late. It’s her birthday and she will do as she wishes. (She must not watch Bravo’s Salon Takeover.) Femme says she will “try not to be late.” She says that she has to let her hair down on her birthday. Tabatha doesn’t take these comments well. (Smoke is coming from Tabatha’s ears.)
The staff complains about the management fighting in front of customers and the lack of education. They use the TG method of cutting, but Melissa, a stylist with six years of experience can only do two haircuts.
The staff has to clean up their own messes. There are arguments about who is going to clean the bathroom that people “shit” in. (Nice, Bravo at it’s finest.)
Tony of TG (Tony and Guy, a salon in London that has a method of education and classes in California) comes to discuss the salon’s teaching methods. The salon has no teaching methods so both Tony and Tabitha gasp. Models arrive and the stylists cut for Tony and Tabatha. Karen was surprisingly good so she gets positive reinforcement. There are before and after photos of the models. Her model looks good. Melissa with six years of experience does a horrible job. She can’t explain the mess she has made and the before photo looks a lot better than the after photo. Tony and Tabatha mind meld. This is not good for Melissa.
Siblings meet siblings
The sisters meet brothers Tony and Bruno of TG. Bruno explains that there was another younger brother who refused to work past 5PM. That brother, Andre, was fired for insubordination. The younger sisters take this to heart. Now, they know they can be fired.
The sisters are at home acting like couch potatoes and being filmed when the doorbell rings. Another surprise (but they had the camera in the house right?) Tabatha is at the door with a suitcase. She is staying overnight at the condo. The living room is messy. The kitchen is filthy. The bedroom has clothes everywhere. And….. the basement/garage looks like 72 year old hoarders have been at work. The sisters are embarrassed. After all, they signed up to get everyone else on the stick, not expose decades of filth to American and the planet.
It is bedtime and Tabatha comes out in pink! Did you think she slept in black? She also wore diamond earrings and full make up. She goes on the couch to sleep. The camera returns in the morning with Tabatha returned to black and folding blankets. The sisters look great on camera after doing hair and makeup. Now, they are sent to the dungeon to clean out the boxes. They take them to the driveway. The neighbors are thrilled.
Cindy realizes that her life is a mess and that she is her sister’s mother so she will step back and have Marjorie step forward to help. Cindy wants to get her business and life under control. The younger sisters are told that they are soon to be homeless and their sisters will have to declare bankruptcy, so they think change is good too.
They smash a small plastic rolling set of drawers with a sledge hammer. If only it was so easy.
In three days, the salon has been painted and vintage wall paper was chosen by Tabatha to make the yellow walls pop. There is a new front desk area, new stations for stylists, a new computer with a Millennium Booking System, the files are organized and labeled, yet they leave a dirty refrigerator. (I wonder why.)
The sisters have metamorphosized into productive stylists. Karen cleaned the refrigerator. (Ah, that’s why they left the refrigerator full of decaying food.) Cindy is going to lead by example and not scream like a banshee. Cindy tells Melissa, the one stylist who can’t cut hair after six years of cutting customers’ hair that she should step down from that chair. Melissa knows she is struggling and is nice about it.
Tabatha gives all of the employees a certificate for classes at T G. She gives Femme, the gum chewer, breath spray. Tabatha returns the key.
The camera is on Tabatha, in all black with heels, returning to the salon after six weeks. Everyone is shocked. (Have they not watched this show?) The sisters say they have all changed. Melissa was fired because they have to do what is best for their business. Cindy calls Tabatha, “A sister from another mother.” (They do watch the Kardashians.)
It looks like Tabatha found a filthy salon to top Mia Bella. People are throwing things across the room and the brush has hair of many colors on it. Microbiologists all over the planet are cringing.
Skating With The Stars by: LynnNChicago Air Date Dec 6, 2010
Week three and five skaters left we’ve got big problems at the ice arena.
Lead skater Brenden is in the hospital with what appears to be the flu, he’s vomiting and green so he’s unable to skate. Luckily they have film of his rehearsal so that the judges can still review and score his routine.
This week’s required element is a jump which is extremely difficult for amateur skaters, leaving the ice and landing without falling is a lot harder than it looks.
All My Children actress Rebecca is the first to skate and she does a really nice job scoring 50 out of 60, that should keep her in the contest for another week.
Our very own Bethenny skates next and oddly enough, I felt that she did better last week. Her jump was a bit shaky although she remained upright, she had a few moments that looked like she lost her balance a bit but she never fell. The routine was difficult but she looked amazing and it was clear she was trying to follow the judges advice, although their advice was really inadequate last week, in fact it wasn’t advice but more straight criticism of things that Bethenny can’t control.
The moronic Johnny Weir criticized Bethenny’s smile last week and her entire life the week before yet tonight his little speech to Bethenny included a “personal” comment trying to convince the audience that his comments to Bethenny weren’t “personal” but were an attempt to give her advice to improve her skating. Really Johnny boy? How is commenting on her personal life (mentioning her baby and her business week one) not personal? How about you just watch her skate and judge her performance and keep your personal opinions to yourself? Did you question Vince Neil about what he does during his off time?
Tonight as the audience and even Bethenny was prepared for a scathing review from the judges, they seemed to finally cave to public opinion that they’ve been unusually hard on Bethenny. The week that they would have been justified to give her some constructive criticism, they tell her she’s improved and that useless Laurie even told her it was beautiful. All of these speeches to Bethenny seemed to have been prepared in advance and Laurie decided that Bethenny chose her favorite song just to suck up to her. I think it is safe to say that Bethenny would have had no idea what Laurie’s favorite song is and I doubt Bethenny has much input into the music that is chosen. These shows have to get permission to use the music and as we learned on Dancing With The Stars, the music is assigned to each couple.
Vince Neil skated next and he was really shaky, I thought he was going to lose his pants a few times and he barely got off the ice with his tiny jump but he kept a smile on his face and I think the idiot judge Laurie wants to marry this guy, she just gushed over his routine and gave him higher marks than her fellow judges.
Professional skier Johnny was last to skate live and he did do an amazing job, he looked like he’d been skating all his life. I’m sure that skiing helps with balance and confidence and his scores reflected the great job, scoring four out of six 9’s he was the top skater for the night.
The final contestant Brendan was in the hospital under doctor’s orders not to skate but the show provided a recorded practice session for the judges to score.
Johnny and Dick were unsympathetic and gave him extremely low marks for what looked like a really nice routine. The biased Laurie gave Brendan a nine and an eight while Johnny Weir strongly criticized Brendan for not skating against doctor’s orders. Johnny insists he has skated against doctor’s orders himself and he didn’t care how ill he was, he always skated regardless. When it was pointed out to the idiot, er…the judge that vomit doesn’t look good on ice, Johnny responded, “I’ve done it!”. Well thank you for sharing that with us Weir, I’d rather not see vomit if it’s all the same to you! What a moron!
I think there’s a bit of difference between skating in the Olympics and skating on Skating With The Stars and if Brendan decides to follow doctors’ orders and not skate, I say let him be! That said, I don’t think that Laurie giving him such high scores was fair to the other skaters. Johnny and Dick’s 5’s were also a bit harsh but apparently those professional skaters are tough as nails.
Brendan’s partner actually had some strange comments when asked how she feels about not being able to skate due to her partner’s illness. She seemed rather unsympathetic as well even stating that she wished that she was the one who was ill because she would have skated through the illness. Really? Wow, these skaters are harsh and apparently tough as nails.
Johnny Weir has really made a complete ass of himself throughout this competition, his ridiculous smile and sucking up to contestants like Sean Young and Vince Neil who both fell on their asses last week while criticizing Bethenny for the way that she smiles when she had done a great routine is so obvious. Weir hasn’t given Bethenny one bit of constructive criticism but has only mentioned things that have absolutely nothing to do with her performance. Weir’s friendship with Jill Zarin is shining through and for Weir, it is ensuring that he won’t be given opportunities like this in the future. He is unprofessional and is definitely treating Bethenny poorly due to his personal relationship with Zarin.
I don’t think that I would be watching this show if Bethenny had not been a contestant, I don’t watch soap operas and while Vince Neil is a cool guy and we were all hoping Sean Young would flip out or something, I just can’t tolerate Johnny Weir, the guy is a snake. I honestly had nothing against him until he showed what a horrible human being he is on this show.
The audience and judges combined scores sent Vince Neil home last night taking away another reason to watch the show, only Bethenny who’s holding on by a thin string is keeping viewers watching (at least this viewer). Will viewer’s votes keep Bethenny on the show for another week? Obviously if the judges had their way, their scores would have sent her packing last week. There is no doubt that of the remaining four contestants, Bethenny is the worst of the bunch. Even Brendan, who wasn’t even there, got higher marks than Bethenny thanks to the biased Laurie, did I mention she was biased?
You can go to ABC.com to vote (for Bethenny) but unfortunately the phone lines are closed, they only remain open for one hour after the show finishes airing.
I think even if Bethenny goes home next Monday, she will still have done herself proud, she wasn’t the first to go home and fans have supported her while the judges have done nothing but bash her performances. That said, I would love for her to go all the way to the end just to stick it to the judges!
Until Next Time….