I Hate Jill Zarin The Celebrity Apprentice / The Real Housewives of Orange County
Starting off today with the women of Orange County:
Bravotv.com has posted the Orange County ladies blogs discussing last week’s episode.
Gretchen’s is typically long and always boring, as she discusses her “Gretchen Christine Beauty” line of makeup and handbags. More whining that the other ladies put her down, particularly Vicki who talked about slapping a name on a handbag. Thanks a lot Vicki, now we have to listen to Gretchen not only complaining about your nasty comments but we have to hear her version of how a piece of leather becomes a handbag. sigh…
I’m really surprised by Gretchen’s blog, I’m not sure what she’s trying to do dragging up all of the past situations with Vicki and Tamra. These two ladies were without question, vicious to Gretchen the past few seasons, but the reason that Gretchen has the fans that she does is because she didn’t let it get to her, she continued to move forward that way that she wanted to with her head held high.
Gretchen’s handling of the continuous slams from Vicki and Tamra was to be commended in the past, she rose above (as Kandi would say) and ignored the haters. This season apparently Gretchen has decided to change her stragedy, demand apologies and try to get back at the ladies who attacked her in the past. It is making Gretchen look petty and small, she continues to drag up the past with Vicki and Tamra as well as telling us she is still grieving for Jeff.
I’m sorry Gretchen but based on your behavior last season, partying and your relationship with Slade Smiley, you’re no longer grieving and your life has gone on. Please don’t try to play the sympathy card. I really liked Gretchen the past few seasons, her positive attitude and the way she never let anyone get her down was impressive.
It sure does appear as though Gretchen has changed.
Vicki used her blog to sell insurance, no surprise there. Welcome back to Vicki’s world.
Tamra’s blog was a “poor me” telling us how she tried to reach out to Gretchen and make it all better but mean old Gretchen wouldn’t let it go. Tamra confirmed her children will not be on the show this season, a joint decision between Simon and Tamra, probably a really good decision.
Alexis seems to want to continue the battle with Vicki, that’s ok since there is really no real reason these two ladies would be friends. Alexis told us she agrees with Gretchen holding a grudge too against Tamra and added that Gretchen’s legal woes are completely Tamra’s fault. I’d love to hear the reasoning behind that statement.
One of the new girls, Peggy had this to say, “I’m sure you all are just as disappointed as I am that you didn’t get to meet me tonight! But hey, it keeps you guessing. I promise I’m worth the wait!”
Yeah, not so much, particularly now Peggy!
The “other” new OC Housewife is feeling to me a whole lot like Jennifer Gilbert of The Real Housewives of New York. There was a blog, but Bravotv.com has removed it. It was short and sweet and really just talked about the short scene between Fernanda and Tamra. The fact that Bravo removed the blog speaks volumes.
According to Fernanda’s bio, she gets to know the other girls and decides to go with Gretchen, Alexis and Peggy on a girl trip to San Antonio. Bravo’s first bi-sexual housewife hits the screen! Let’s watch what happens.
The producer’s blog didn’t add much to the show, the Beverly Hill’s producer’s blog was really great and added to the enjoyment of the show by providing some back ground and behind the scenes information. Let’s hope The Orange County producers bring more to the table.
The Orange County Ladies open episode two introducing Slade Smiley as he and Gretchen get up and ready to start their day. This bright and early bedroom/bathroom scene was brought to you by the letter B kids….BULL! The couple talk about their relationship, her job, his job and it was clearly all a set up to bring viewers up to speed and to outline their relationship for new viewers. Gretchen tells the same joke we’ve heard at least twenty times before, Slade’s job is to service her in the bedroom. Gretchen stop, please stop!
The only other scenes we see Gretchen in tonight are both with her assistant, one in which she reprimands the poor girl for not having her back at Tamra’s party, how ridiculous! Then we see Gretchen and her assistant working hard putting ear drops into her dogs’ ears. Tamra asks why Gretchen needs an assistant. Didn’t Tamra see the dog scene?
I think we’re going to hear a whole lot during this OC season about having each other’s back. Two episodes in and we’ve already heard more about having backs than I care to hear in an entire season.
Tamra has a short visit with her lesbian friend and part-time housewife Fernanda, they flirt, they talk about Tamra’s marriage and they drink wine.
Tamra is also seen house hunting, she took the first apartment she could find that New Year’s day that she left Simon Barney and now it is time to rent a real house. The first house her realtor took her to see was previously owned by her current boyfriend, Eddie but since he “boned his wife” in the master suite, it would never do for Tamra. She’s such a class act, her vocabulary is straight out of Shakespeare.
Tamra also had a workout and lunch with her friend Alexis. I use the word “friend” sparingly as Tamra criticized Alexis for her workout attire, make up and hair while Tamra showed up to workout with a face full of make up as well.
Tamara then gave Alexis the ultimate compliment, she told Alexis that her husband Jim was just like Tamra’s soon to be ex-husband Simon, controlling and unyielding. That’s just what you tell a friend, I’m sure Alexis felt the love. Tamra was sure to add in her talking head interview that she was confident the Bellino’s marriage would not last. Good thing Tamra has her lesbian girlfriend.
Alexis was also seen having a playdate and picnic lunch with new housewife, Peggy. The two ladies packed up some food and their children and their egos and headed over to the park. I thought my head was going to explode as these two proud mom’s each tried to one up the other one with their children’s accomplishments. Is this a competition? Alexis’ son James was potty trained in 2-weeks, are you all jealous? Her daughter’s can scribble and pay attention better than any two kids in the class. Don’t hate!
Peggy’s child speaks clearly and can articulate her thoughts while even Alexis can’t understand her own daughter. Peggy’s child will be soon signed on as a model in Los Angeles and can count to 30 while Alexis tells us that her James could have been a model as well but she didn’t want to drive him so far. Don’t forget Alexis’s twins can count to 6 in Spanish. I know, you’re all so jealous!
Peggy introduced us to her metro-sexual husband, he can shoot a gun, wear Armani as well as sew and cook for his family. She didn’t marry him for his money, she marred for money AND love, take notes ladies. Peggy used the unique “smell him” technique to pick him up, but she walked away and let him chase her.
Peggy and her husband Micah pack up their artillery ensuring it is safe to travel with and head off to the shooting range. A new baby Barretta was just sitting on the shelf waiting for them as Micah gifts his wife with the cute little gun. It’s so small and cute it just might fit between her cleavage for formal evening’s out.
Is Bravo’s only criteria for a new housewife that she has money? If going to the shooting range is supposed to make this couple interesting and unique, sorry Andy Cohen, #Fail.
Finally, Bravo’s oldest and longest standing housewife, Vicki had a whole lot of face time on this episode as she prepared for a trip to Seattle, the exciting city in the Northwest where she takes her staff and her daughter on an annual get away every year. The trip is part business part “fun”?
At some sort of seminar, Vicki is presented with a “Psycho of the year award”. Apparently out of the two dozen or so people in that room, Vicki is the most psychotic about selling insurance. Vicki is quick to tell us that is a compliment, proven by the plastic award she was given. The insurance business is confusing.
Vicki checks into the hotel and gets five keys to her suite, best we could tell the ladies all stayed in one suite while the men/boys all stayed in another. We watch as Vicki tries to pull the covers off of young men as they sleep in their underwear, how do they work together after such behavior? This guy works for Vicki?
Vicki hosts a cocktail party in her suite, then the group goes bowling. More cocktails and young men groping Vicki as her daughter Briana looks on in horror. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Vicki being inappropriate with men on her “business trips”. Vicki craves attention and particularly attention from young men to make her feel beautiful and attractive to men.
Unorganized and late, Vicki’s entourage orders breakfast from room service and realizing they were not going to have time to enjoy a relaxing breakfast in their suite, Vicki says someone should cancel room service.
As the group file out of the hotel room, room service arrives. Was Vicki trying to sneak out before room service got there? I guess no one followed Vicki’s instruction to cancel the food. She is running late and going to miss the bus to their exciting day of insurance fun so she asks them to wrap the food so that they can take it on the bus with them.
The group go out on a yacht for an early morning cruise and meet up with other boats out on the water. Vicki doesn’t speak a word but she “woohoo’s” and screams like a teenager in an attempt to make viewers think they’re having the time of their lives, in fact Vicki seemed to ruin the trip for the rest of the group. They all roll their eyes and refuse to join in with Vicki as she makes a complete fool of herself.
Vicki spends a lot of her time trying to hook up her daughter Briana with any man with a pulse and a job. Briana explains that this is typical behavior for her mother, at the grocery store, the gas station anywhere Vicki comes across a young man, she tries to make a love connection for her daughter.
Typically young people will find each other if put within 20-yards of each other, if they’re attracted to one another they certainly don’t need Vicki acting like a fool. Briana is actually forced to tell her mother to “STOP!”.
Later we see Briana sitting alone with Danielle who plays double duty as Briana’s girlfriend and Vicki’s office manager. The two discuss Briana moving away from her mother in order to have a chance to live her life without her mother’s constant hovering. I hope this poor, lovely girl has a chance to get away from her overbearing mother.
It never ceases to amaze me that Vicki never learns. She’s like a dog with a bone and even after watching her ridiculous behavior for six years on-screen, she still tries to trick viewers into thinking she’s having the time of her life, her “woo-hoo” and screaming at the top of her lungs fools no one, as the rest of her group are mortified by her behavior. Vicki continues to embarrass her children and act like a complete fool around young men.
This episode included a lot of backstabbing, embarrassing behavior and women acting like children. The OC Housewives are back baby!
The Celebrity Apprentice by Quincy IL
Celebrity Apprentice Week 2
Star Jones met with her cardiologist to present a check for $169,372 to the American Heart Association from ASAP’s win in week one.
The competitors met in from of Madison Square Garden Arena to discuss their next project. They were asked to create a children’s book based on one member of their team. The book should have originality. They will present the book to children. Their story must be age appropriate for 3 to 6 year old children. Holly Robinson and Marjorie Tyler will be the judges of the book competition.
Backbone/men’s team chose Meatloaf as project manager. Their original concept was to create animal characters, but after discussion a boy, Little John, became the main focus of their story. He would have trouble fitting in and eventually become a super hero.
ASAP/women’s team chose Lisa Rinna, who did not want to take the position, but finally accepted. The women had greater difficulty in coming up with a theme for their story. The concept of diversity was discussed. Marlee suggested that the main character be deaf. Dione felt that this was sad and that the book should make children happy. Marlee took offence as she is deaf and there is nothing sad about this condition. She was visibly angry at Dione and stated her opinions in an interview.
The women’s group attacked each other. LaToya felt that Lisa was not taking charge. Nene said that they didn’t want to be led by Lisa and that they didn’t want anything good to happen to Lisa. Taylor said, “The concept of tolerance and being shy was too difficult for a 2, 3, 4, or 5 year old to understand.”
The men used rhyme in sentences as if the story was a country song. They were advised by a judge not to do this as it was difficult, but they had several writers and they decided to write in this manner.
The women met with the judge and they discussed their story: “Why Can’t I Roar? The judged asked them to think about originality and the age of the children.
The men proceeded with acquiring props and costumes as their story was quickly written. There was a problem getting the props to the stage area and the woman in charge of the performance area screamed at the men on the phone. There seemed to be a problem in NYC with cellphone connectivity. That led to frustration from several members of the men’s team.
Lisa left Star and Nene to write the book and work with the graphic artist as they went for props and costumes. Star worked on the project and later wanted credit, but she refused to make the final decisions and demanded that Lisa return so that Star would not be blamed if the book did not take first place. Dione wanted credit for creating the story also.
During rehearsal time, Dion worked with the pianist and sang a song she created. Don Trump Jr. felt this story was similar to “The Wizard of Oz.” Two posters and a box of flyers were also designed for the production by the women. Lisa thought the team was working well, but behind her back several people were critical of her leadership skills. Lisa had issues with Dione who responded that she/Dione was not a two year old. Star and Nene were also very negative towards Lisa who was called, “condescending.”
The women performed before the children with the ladies playing the roles, of a dog, a chicken, a mother lion, and a young female lion (la Toya.) Dione’s song was called, “She Can Do It.” The children participated in the story. Nene played a giant chicken. Lisa held up the book and read it to the children telling the story.
The men had dressed up like children and were sitting on small chairs. Jose was their female teacher. Little John defeated the bullies with a rap song, sun glasses and a large gold chain around his neck. Meatloaf read the book from his lap.
The judges and children liked both books and both performances.
Back in the board room, both teams reflected on their book and performances. The men’s team had some issues, but they did support each other in the end. Everyone thought that Meatloaf had done well as team leader and he put his soul into the performance and at one time had tears. Gary Busey acted naturally like a 6 year old, but some felt that he had a lack of focus often. Mr. Trump took the time to compliment Lisa on her lips and to wonder why women inject stuff into their lips in the first place. Lisa was shocked that her team mates did not have her back. The women looked at the men’s book and described it as cute. The men thought the type in the women’s book was too small.
The Judges liked the idea that the Jackson Family was a part of the women’s book, but print was small and the concept was too difficult for a 5 year old. Taylor stepped forward to remind them she had said this in the beginning. The men’s story was age appropriate, but the confetti could scare children and Meatloaf should have held up the book while he read.
The men were awarded first place and $20,000 was given to Meathloaf’s charity, “The Painted Turtle.” This charity helps chronically ill children. The men were asked to leave and watch the proceeding on a television in their conference room.
The women proceeded to attack each other. Lisa, Dione, and Star were asked to come back. Mr. Trump had to defend Lisa and give her reasons that the other two women should be sent home. Lisa was then fired; as she left she thanked everyone for the opportunity. Star and Dione walk down a hallway together, but not speaking.
Thanks Quincy, great job!
Celebrity Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch has apparently been returned to his jail cell, read about it here:
An article posted by The UK site, “Mail Online” is pretty funny, so behind the times they actually linked Kelly Bensimon of the Real Housewives of New York with A-Rod.
They also got her ex-husband’s name wrong, calling him Teddy Bensimon (her daughter’s name) but the comments are the best! Enjoy!
Remember Kelly was going to start her very own on line show, with cameras following her all day she was going to have a 24/7 webcast of her life? I wonder what happened to that brilliant idea? I was really looking forward to it.
Bethenny’s foodie friend Nick has a web site! Thanks Quincy for sharing it with us!
Until Next Time…