I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of Orange County/The Celebrity Apprentice
The California blondes are back! I have some news for Gretchen Rossi, she’s been called a whole lot worse things than “Princess”! Seriously Gretchen, imagine how Kelly Bensimon felt about being called, “Madonna”.
Gretchen’s new opening, “Happiness means never having to apologize for being me”, I’m not sure what that means, I don’t recall her apologizing in the past, did I miss something? Gretchen is selling handbags, she is preparing for her big moment on TV to demonstrate how great her purse is, it has the newest thing! You can wear it on your shoulder when you put it on your arm and it actually has pockets inside for your “stuff”! No more digging around for your stuff ladies. Don’t pass this up! The best part is apparently the stitches won’t come out and the hardware won’t break off. Good to know.
We didn’t see Gretchen’s boyfriend, Slade Slimy…er Smiley tonight. Maybe he was working….hahaha
Gretchen explains that she doesn’t want to have to rely on a man to support her, looking back to her relationship with Jeff who allowed her to have some financial freedom as he was ill her only job was to take care of her man. Its a good thing Gretchen’s ready to work hard to support herself as she’s certainly not going to be supported by her current boyfriend.
Tamra opened the new season by calling all the other housewives to invite them to her boyfriend’s house for a party. It seems she didn’t take her argument with Gretchen as seriously as Gretchen did, I have to give Tamra credit for trying to put it behind them and move on. Tamra even made a funny, funny joke about Gretchen missing her but it was lost on Gretchen.
As Vicki tells us in her talking head interviews that she and Donn have a closer, more gentler marriage since their tropical vow renewal ceremony last season, we watch Donn criticize everything Vicki does. As the couple moves furniture to have carpet removed in their home, Bravo’s cameras contradict Vicki’s statement, Donn is clearly not feeling the love. Bravo should put a “Love Tank” meter on the screen, if they had we would watch it steadily decreasing.
Back at Gretchen’s she is sharing her innermost thoughts with her hair stylist. Unusual for a housewife, Gretchen tells him that she isn’t thrilled about this invitation to Tamra’s, maybe the plan is to get Gretchen “naked wasted” again?
Meanwhile Tamra’s mommy takes her to have those nasty tattoo’s removed and Big Brother contestant Dr. Will supervises the procedure. I didn’t realize it was pink when we originally saw it last season, I guess I just didn’t pay attention but a series of very painful laser treatments begin to lighten the tattoo, more will be needed. Tamra’s tattoo on her ring finger, the name “Simon” looked exactly the same to me after the treatment but I was impressed by how well the procedure worked on her lower back tattoo.
Alexis took a lot of criticism during her debut season last year for having four nannies, you’ll be happy to hear she’s down to just one. Three days a week Alexis has to care for her three children on her own. This is a task most mother’s do every day but I suppose if you have the money and can afford to have help, why not. The Bellino’s home is in a short sale situation right now… Oops, maybe if they didn’t have all those nannies, they’d have the money to pay their mortgage? Just sayin…
Alexis burns the toast, goes to the bathroom for just a minute while one of her 3-year old twin daughters takes a bite out of the other twin and her 4-year old son taunts the girls. We don’t see Alexis’ husband Jim in this episode, maybe he was working…hahaha
We met one of the two new housewives, Bravo introduced us briefly to Fernanda Rocha as a friend of Tamra’s and a guest at her party. A Brazilian lesbian fitness instructor, Fernanda didn’t receive the typical Housewives greeting, we didn’t get a tour of her home or hear her bio. Perhaps next week we’ll learn more about Orange County’s newest victim.
Orange County’s sixth Housewife, Peggy Tanous has yet to be introduced but from her Bravo Bio we learn Peggy is a new age woman and a wealthy Orange County party girl. She believes in clean, natural living, but loves her bling, Bentley, and plastic surgery. Reports of Peggy’s home being in foreclosure circulated the internet just a few weeks ago. Maybe we’ll see her next week, I’m guessing we are waiting for Vicki to approve the appearance of the new Housewife.
Why does Bravo have such a hard time finding Housewives who live within their means? Maybe Vicki should teach a class or something. Vicki could ensure they have jobs and a solid income, that they’re living within their means and their children have no criminal backgrounds.
Everybody knows…Vicki wants final approval on each Orange County Housewife appointment.
Ready to party, Alexis arrives in a black stretch limo at Gretchen’s house to pick her up and take her to Tamra’s boyfriend’s house. Tamra’s apartment isn’t big enough for her party plans so she borrows her boyfriend’s place. Eddie Judge wasn’t seen on tonight’s episode, maybe he was working..hahaha
Gretchen’s assistant joins the ladies in the limo and they begin to discuss last season’s arguments. Gretchen feels that Tamra owes her an apology and Alexis would like an apology from Vicki. Don’t hold your breath ladies.
Tamra seems to just want to put it all behind them and let it go but she notices that as the ladies arrive, they’ve already had a few cocktails in the limo. Tamra doesn’t need to get Gretchen naked wasted, Gretchen can do that all on her own.
Gretchen manages to annoy Tamra after only a few moments by basically calling her an evil bitch but Tamra remains silent. When Vicki arrives she and Tamra talk privately allowing Tamra to unload her feelings about Gretchen. Vicki is less than sympathetic, after all Tamra didn’t have Vicki’s back last season.
The ladies eat and drink as Tamra gives Gretchen the evil eye and Alexis gives Vicki the evil eye, the hats for sale at the party were supposed to keep the evil away. I wouldn’t buy one, they clearly don’t work.
Tamra confronts Gretchen just to confirm that Gretchen did really call her an “evil bitch”. You heard her right Tamra, that is exactly what she called you but Gretchen thinks you should be happy that she’s calling you out right to your face rather than behind your back. Nevermind that it was a party and you are the hostess, or that Gretchen is a guest at your boyfriend’s home, just be happy Gretchen said it to your face, ok?
Gretchen simply shouldn’t drink, it really isn’t a good look on her. The loud cackling laugh and the slurring her words was really embarrassing.
Alexis calls Gretchen “Princess” and apparently the offensive word upset Gretchen to the point where she just wouldn’t let it go. All the way home in the limo, Alexis tries to calm Gretchen but she just kept on and on about it. Drama Drama Drama! Honestly not impressed with the first episode.
Watch What Happens Live
As Tamra pointed out on Watch What Happens Live after the RHOOC aired Gretchen was probably more upset that it happened to be Alexis who called her a “Princess” rather than the name itself. Alexis who doesn’t work, Gretchen feels as though she’s handed everything to her on a silver platter while Gretchen admits her man has no money.
Andy Cohen welcomed Orange County’s two most senior housewives, Vicki the final original OC Housewife and Tamra in her fourth season.
The ladies were asked about Lynne Curtain, ousted OC Housewife and Tamra admitted to having kept in touch with Lynne. According to Tamra, she’s doing well and her accessories line is also doing well. Vicki even noted that she now “likes” Lynne, maybe because she’s not on the show any longer.
Andy asked Tamra and Vicki about Jeana, Vicki told us that she continues to live just a few doors down from Jeana but that they rarely talk and certainly don’t “hang out” anymore. Tamra had a bit stronger opinions about Jeana admitting she will never speak to her again as long as she lives and may lightening strike her down as her home floods and the wheels fall off her cat…. ok she didn’t say all that but it was clear she wanted to.
Tonight’s poll question asked simply “Which side are you on?” Your choices were Tamra or Gretchen. Personally I was waiting for more choices before I voted.
Andy continues to be obsessed, this week the three obsessions that he shares with us are:
1. Gretchen had a few too many cocktails before, during and after Tamra’s party and Andy kindly put together a montage of Gretchen’s embarrassing moments.
2. Digging up New Year’s Eve footage, Andy played a clip of his New Year’s kiss with Tamra and slowed it down substantially as they argued over who gave who the tongue first. Who cares? It is gross either way! There should be a rule, no tongue on TV.
3. Andy tells us he moved is office location (hopefully he got a bigger office) and he dug up Vicki’s audition video. I must say, Vicki looks just the same now as she did back then.
Tamra was asked about any plastic surgery or any Botox or fillers. As she claimed to have had nothing done, Andy asked her to frown or wrinkle her brow. Lets just say Tamra lied.
Tonight’s game, another clunker included quotes about past and present OC cast members, Vicki and Tamra’s job was to identify which one of the two of them said it. One quote was Vicki saying that Alexis was “totally classless trash”. Vicki was clearly embarrassed and said, “I didn’t mean that”. I think Vicki said a lot of things last season that she didn’t mean. Honestly very dull game. Andy gave the ladies each a Mazel t-shirt and as he held it up to show the audience the new style, Vicki ripped it out of his hand. That was rude!
Tamra was kind enough to tell Andy he looked like crap…er he looked tired. Apparently he had returned just hours before from New Orleans where he attended Mardi Gras. Everybody Knows … Telling someone they look tired is code for “you look like hell!”
Just in case the show wasn’t far enough down the toilet, Patti Stanger sent in a message offering to find Vicki a man. Run Vicki, Run like the wind!!!
Poll results couldn’t have been closer – Gretchen 51% and Tamra 49%
Tamra briefly talked about being drugged in a bar, her and the new housewife Peggy apparently were slipped a Roofie in their drinks. This is NOT funny and I know Andy tries to keep the show light but this was serious and not something he should have joked about. Just my opinion.
Next week on Watch What Happens Live Andy will host Bethenny Frankel on Tuesday and Gretchen Rossi on Sunday.
Also debuting last night was Celebrity Apprentice featuring Real Housewives of Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes, Quincy has written a great recap of the show, Enjoy!
Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump by Quincy IL
There were two teams of eight members. Donald Trump decided that the men would be against the women. Last year, over one million dollars was given to charity. The contestants meet at Radio City Music Hall which is familiar to performers like Dion Warwick and Meat Loaf. Donald is with several Rockettes. Nene Leakes tells us in an interview that there are writers, lawyers, and Granny winners, but that means nothing to her as she is NeNe Leakes.
The contestants are: “Dionne Warwick – singer, Hope Dworaczyk – Girls Next Door star, La Toya Jackson – singer/songwriter/musician, Lisa Rinna – actress, Marlee Matlin – Oscar Award winning actress, NeNe Leakes – from Real Housewives of Atlanta, Niki Taylor – supermodel, Star Jones – The View co-host, David Cassidy – singer/songwriter, Gary Busey – Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew star, John Rich – Gone Country host, Jose Canseco – former MLB star, Lil Jon – rapper, Mark McGrath – Sugar Ray singer, Meatloaf – singer, and Richard Hatch – original Survivor winner.” (List taken from whogoteliminated.com)
We are told that Star Jones is working for the American Heart Association; La Toya is working for AIDS in LA; John rich is working for St. Jude and Marlee Matlin is working for hearing aids for children in foreign lands.
The two teams go to separate conference rooms to pick a name and a leader for the challenge. Star Jones (a prosecutor and a television star on “The View” for nine years) is chosen by the women. Their name will be ASAP. Richard Hatch (Survivor and convicted felon) will lead the men. Their name will be backbone. (The women have difficulties giving the words for ASAP and change it several times.)
The teams return to the Board Room and learn that the challenge will be to sell pizzas. The women will sell at 50th and Broadway. The men will sell at 8th St. near NYU.
Both teams are on the phone calling friends for donations in their conference rooms. They make plans and go to the pizzerias to learn how to run the restaurants. Star Jones gives instructions and then spends the prep time with a graphic artist who will make a poster of the ladies and flyers. The women learn the tasks in preparation for creating the pizzas. Nene and Nikki Taylor work very hard. They make one pizza and have 149 to go. The dough is made in a large mixer, divided and placed in pans to rise. The men cut vegetables and prepare their pizzas. They are making calls as Richard has several members who have not found donors. Jose Canseco is from LA and he can’t call his friends in the Yankee club house. David Cassidy calls people, but gets few positive responses.
The men plan to send Gary Busey outside in a red suit to become “a snake oil salesman.” John Rich plays his guitar. La Toya Jackson attracts a crowd in front of her team’s restaurant. Star Jones knows a lot of people and gets very large donations. Star Jones said that the First Lady donated $5,000. She had a$40,000 donation for 40 pizzas and because of time the donation became $40,000 for one pizza. We see that the men have sold some pizzas slices for $500 and one man gave them $15,000 for one slice of pizza. The women deliver with a van; the men limit deliveries to large donations and seem to walk their pizzas to their destination as we don’t see them in a vehicle.
Nene works very hard and she is respectful of her fellow contestants.
Curtis Stone, a celebrity chef likes both pizzas, but gives a potential prize to the ladies if they can take 8 pizzas to a firehouse in a specific amount of time. Star Jones closes her restaurant in order to fulfill the pizza order for the two large donations and take care of people already in the pizzeria.
The women have problems delivering their orders because of traffic congestion. Star Jones blames Lisa Rinna for her failure to delivery and get donations in a timely fashion.
The men have conflict when David Cassidy annoys Richard Hatch. David is dismissed and pushed away. David did not help in raising large amounts of money, but his daughter, Katie, did come from the set of “Gossip Girl” to donate and help him. He also took numerous smoking breaks.
Time is up and they return to the Boardroom. Lisa Rinna said that they could have been more cohesive. Star Jones called Lisa, “a little girl.” Nene said Lisa was in charge of deliveries so she should be responsible for the failure to take the pizzas to the fire station and the loss of $35,000. The women won and $170,000 went to the American Heart Association. Donald gave $35,000 from the fire station to Nikki Taylor’s American Red Cross as she worked so hard without complaint. The women leave and watch part of the discussion with the men from their conference room.
The men blame each other for the loss. Jose seems angry at Richard, the leader, because he pushed David Cassidy and dismissed David when he tried to talk to the leader. Richard Hatch said Jose showed “a lack of intelligence.” Jose was silent. David tried to stand up to Richard, but was intimidated. The Trump children, Don and Ivanka noted this. The women are shocked by the treatment of David Cassidy. Richard says that David is one of “the little people.” David says that he is not little and that he weighs 140 lbs. Donald said that David was a bigger star than the other men and David agreed.
Three men remain: David, Richard and Jose. The women’s TV is turned off. In a private room, David tells Jose that Jose is strong and intelligent. Jose said, “Thank you.” Jose did not raise a lot of money , but he was the hardest worker during pizza production. David calls Richard an egomaniac, but Donald fires David Cassidy then sends David home in a black car. David states that he is not a physical person and that he has integrity.
Thanks Quincy! Great job as always!
Until Next Time….