IHJZ Real Housewives of Orange County / The Celebrity Apprentice

Real Housewives of Orange County

I don’t know how it took me three weeks to finally catch Tamra’s new intro phrase, she tells us that she’s done being a “Trophy Wife” and that Freedom makes her even hotter.

Really?  Classless wives of car salesmen are rarely considered “Trophy” wives and I don’t think Tamra is anywhere close to the hottest housewife.  Sorry Tamra, it takes at least a little bit of class to be hot, you have none.

Tamra and Vicki had lunch, both women are still a bit guarded.  Tamra felt very much in the middle between her husband, Simon and her friend, Vicki last season.  The worst part is that Vicki still doesn’t see how she was wrong trying to make Tamra take sides between her husband and her friend.  When girlfriends talk, they rag and rip on their man sometimes, they don’t expect it to be used against them in front of their man later on.  Vicki still insists that Tamra should have stood firm against her husband, and taken Vicki’s side.  Vicki insists she would have done it to her husband, maybe this is why Vicki is now getting a divorce as well?

Vicki didn’t feel that Tamra had her back and is clearly still hurting, I can see why Vicki would feel hurt.   While I don’t agree with Vicki’s handling of the situation between Tamra and Simon Barney, I can still see where Tamra bashed Vicki on several occasions unnecessarily.  Tamra tells Vicki that she and her new beau Eddie are planning a trip to Spain then asks Vicki if she wants to have a real girls trip to Cabo.


Vicki’s only other scene was her working with her contractor on some improvements to her home.  After six years of being on television, it blows my mind that Vicki still doesn’t make an attempt to watch the way she talks to people, her attempt at communicating with Spanish speaking workers was atrocious.  Really Vicki?  Add a “y” to the end of your words will make them understand you?

It is so nice how Vicki says that she decided she will be remodeling and then selling the house while Donn doesn’t seem to know anything about relocating.  Ain’t she nice?  Aint she?

Tamra was shown driving and talking on her cell phone, I guess that is still legal in Orange County.  The conversation with her new boyfriend Eddie was strange, they both said, “How are you” twice to each other, then made plans to get together. Tamra informed him that she wouldn’t have the children, Simon was picking them up from school, keeping them overnight and she was free all night.  Eddie then asked her “how are you?” again….but seriously he then asked her if she’d have the kids.  Do these two have horrible cell phone service, or what?

Tamra’s two other scenes were absolutely disgusting!  First if you and your man are going to have drinks and appetizers with another person, your boss, in fact, the last thing you do is start making out at the table.  That is incredibly rude and in fact if I were that Marco guy, I’d have got up and left.  Tamra tells us that Eddie hasn’t met her kids yet, in fact they wouldn’t even know she was dating if their father hadn’t told them.  I can see this is going to be the season of slamming Simon Barney, the one thing Tamra insisted she wasn’t going to do this season.

I would bet Simon Barney was seething watching his wife, soon to be ex-wife, preparing a bath, stripping down naked and taking a bubble bath with her new boyfriend.  We have seen the housewives doing a lot of different things, traveling, shopping, you name it, they’ve done it.  What I don’t need to see is the housewives having sex in a bathtub.  Only in the OC with the trash clown, Tamra Barney!

Gretchen isn’t winning a place in anyone’s hearts by dragging on this argument with Alexis over the “Princess” comment.  Time to let it go.  She and Alexis meet up with the new girl to go shoe shopping.  Peggy’s first comment about Gretchen is that she looks like she’s from Texas.  I don’t know if she was giving her a compliment or trying to take a dig at her.   When she added the “big hair” comment I tend to think it was a dig.  Gretchen makes an odd statement telling her friends that Slade asked her not to wear ballet flats as they remind him of his ex-fiancé Jo from Season One of the show.  Good thing Jo didn’t have a baby blue Mercedes.

The dinner after the shopping spree was a bit odd, as the ladies started to discuss sex, Peggy told a story of doing it in the closet and when Alexis mentioned she had done that as well, Peggy seemed to think that was Alexis’ attempt at competition.  I thought it was just women sharing inappropriate meal conversation.

Alexis and her family take a trip to San Diego, as they prepare to leave her husband Jim kisses each member of the family on the forehead and says, “Be Blessed and Protected in Jesus Name”.  No comment.

This family takes ten suitcases three children, two cars and one nanny with a missing suitcase to a fabulous resort in San Diego.  While there Jim and Alexis visit a jewelry store to buy Alexis something pretty but only walk out with a watch for Jim.  My favorite part of the trip was little James making shooting sounds toward the other car that his daddy was driving.  That kid is a riot Alexis, you’re right!

We learned a little more about Peggy tonight, her mother in law is a bit wacky, she is Homeopathic, and apparently putting a shiny gold paper wristband on her computer gizmo will give it special powers so that Peggy doesn’t age.  Apparently the urinalysis results weren’t good.  That was all very strange to me.

Peggy feeds her whole family vitamins and fish oil caplets, nothing unusual there but she adds that her children, aged one and two have only been sick once.  How often should kids get sick?

Gretchen, not to be left behind with all the traveling going on, takes her boyfriend Slade and their dogs and head to Palm Springs to spend one night with some friends.  Once again we see a housewife over packing.  How unusual.  Slade tells us that the Honeymoon is never over with he and Gretchen, they have so much fun all the time.  We then proceed to see the couple bickering and having absolutely no fun.  I wonder what part of the honeymoon includes the bride saying she’d rather lease her man than buy  him and calling him Tuba-Wuba and monitoring his food intake.

The conversation in Palm Springs turns to Tamra Barney as Gretchen, Slade and her two friends have a nice dinner until they begin to talk about Tamra and her hypocrisy.    Gretchen tells us that Tamra owes her an apology.  I can’t see that happening.

I’m having a really hard time liking any of the Orange County Housewives so far, lets watch what happens…

Speaking of Watch What Happens..Andy’s Watch What Happens Live aired another episode tonight.

Andy Cohen hosts Alexis Bellino of The Real Housewives of Orange County  and Carla Hall of Top Chef All Stars

Andy asked his guests what they thought of the tub scene with Tamra and Eddie.  Alexis wasn’t morally outraged but admitted that she could not do soft porn in tub.  Carla drops mouth open and leaves it at that.


Alexis was asked about Tamra and her relationship with Eddie, the one that Eddie described as a gift from God.  Alexis responds, “I talk to God about a lot of things, Tamra isn’t one of them.”  Good answer!  That one made me chuckle.

Alexis complete denied that her husband Jim was anything like Tamra’s soon to be ex-husband Simon.

Tonight’s poll question, who’s side are you on, Vicki or Alexis?
Andy’s top three things that he is obsessed with this week:

1.  Andy noted that Vicki makes managing a team look easy but renovating her house and dealing with contractors who don’t speak English is a little different, Andy noted that Vicki trying to speak Spanish was embarrassing.  Andy thought that Vicki needs to be nicer, and added that she was treating them like Donn.  Andy knew that would outrage Vicki so he included a disclaimer that he was joking and said, “Vicki do not call me”

2.  Next Andy was obsessed with the sex theme on tonight’s episode.  Alexis, Peggy and Gretchen talked a lot about it at their dinner then Tamra‘s x-rated sex scene at the end of the episode.  Andy noted that Eddie had to drink a whole lot of wine to get in that tub.  Just sayin…

3.  Finally Andy went into Alexis’ getaway weekend, the two cars, the too many suitcases and the missing nanny luggage.  Alexis admitted,  “ok I over packed“ but added that if the nanny‘s bag was her responsibility, she wouldn‘t have forgotten the nanny’s luggage.

Alexis was asked if Jim traveled to New York with her to appear on the show, “No” Alexis responded, “My controlling husband is home watching the kids”.  Alexis admitted that she’s not a perfect Christian, she is Christian and doing the best that she can.

Andy noted that Jim Bellino is not on show much this season, Alexis tells us being on the show isn’t for everyone and Jim just doesn’t like cameras.  Personally I think that Jim doesn’t like the way he was portrayed last season.

Carla was asked if she had any regrets coming back for Top Chef All Stars, and what was her favorite part of the season.  She had no regrets and really enjoyed the fishing episode and the episode with Jimmy Fallon.  Didn’t she also win those two challenges?

Alexis talks about knowing the new housewife Peggy for four years, they two Housewives live 15 minutes away from each other, Peggy apparently lives in Irvine, California.  Alexis didn’t feel she was competing with Peggy, she thought it was just two mom’s talking about milestones.  (and how many times you have sex in the closet)
A fan question for Carla, “You were consistently on top yet male chef’s never talked of you as the one to beat, was that sexism?”  Carla admitted she felt that there was a boys club and girls club and that the men didn’t take her seriously.

Yes any reason to include Tre!

Andy says, “interesting” and then moves on to a call.  I would have thought that topic needed a little more discussion, but that’s Andy.
Alexis was asked what she thinks of Tamra’s new boyfriend Eddie, she says she doesn’t know him well, she only met him twice but he seems nice.

Silly game once again with photos of Carla’s dishes embedded with a photo of a housewife, the ladies had to guess which Housewife was in the food.  Carla wins with the most correct answers and wins a bottle of Ramona Singer’s new Pinot wine.

Vicki did call Andy complaining about his joke, Alexis presents Andy with a picture of himself drawn by her 4-year old son James, Alexis pointed out what a talent James has because he included Andy’s necktie and the lines in his forehead.  I hope Alexis had James in a school for gifted children.

Alexis says she was shocked by the news of Vicki and Donn’s divorce, and doesn’t judge anyone else’s marriage, including gay and lesbian marriages.

Andy’s three wishes  –

1.  He wishes the super moon would come back

2.  Andy wishes that his guests scheduled for Tuesday arrive alright to appear.  Apparently RHOM mom, Elsa cancelled because she is afraid to fly.  Andy sent two staffers to drive down to Miami to pick up Mamma Elsa and her Housewife Daughter, Marysol and bring them to New York.

3.  Andy is clearly running out of wishes, and asks us to view his new favorite video, a Basset Hound dressed as Sherlock Holmes running in slow motion.  (no, I’m not kidding)

Poll Results:    Vicki 68%  Alexis – 32%  Alexis’ reaction, “Vicki is the Mama Bear”

Andy finally realized he has two guests and focusing for a moment on Carla, he tells us that Top Chef all Stars – finale night will end with a live Watch What Happens Live on March 30

Tuesday on WWHL – Marysol and Elsa if they arrive in time and in one piece.

The Celebrity Apprentice Week 3 by Quincy IL

Following up on their experience of last week, Gary Busey is arguing with Meatloaf over Gary’s ability to focus.  Dionne hugs Nene and Star tells the camera that she is a loyal friend and not a good enemy.  Nene then argues with Star.  Star states that the women did not have her back.  Nene predicts that Star will be back and will try to take over because that is Star.

We see the Statue of Liberty and what appears to be a park.  Meatloaf meets with the Director of Painted Turtle, Page Adler.  He give her a check for $20,000 to help send chronically ill children to a special summer camp and promises her that there will be more.   Mr. Trump is publishing the book and all profits will go to this charity.

Both teams meet in front of a hotel, Trump Soho.  The CEO of Camping World, a company established in 1966, is there to offer the next challenge.  The teams will display RVs and products from Camping World.  The teams will be judged on originality and presentation.

Gary Busey is chosen as the project leader for the Men’s team, Backbone.  No one wanted the position and they all claimed that they had no camping experience.  The women also claimed to know nothing about camping. Nene said, “I’m Black and I never slept outside.”  Nicki Taylor accepts the role as leader after much discussion.

In the park, there are 4 RVs.  One is valued at $200,000 and the men gravitate to that one which resembles a tour bus. The women take the RVs that normal families can afford.  The CEO meets with both teams to explain the challenge and answer questions about his competition.  He said that there needs to be branding.  He talks about the outdoor experience.  Gary Busey asks questions, but appears confused at times. The women are concerned about the shopping and making the camper be like home.  Each team will spend $5,000 on products from Camping World in the presentation.

The men discuss the fans of country music. Jose implies that they are not intelligent and John Rich defends his fan base.  The men seem disorganized and Gary does not realize that they are blaming him. Two men order plants.  Gary Busey seems to forget that he gave both of them the green light. The men want an interactive outdoor experience, but they don’t know how to present that concept.

ASAP, the women’s group, have trouble deciding what Century we are in.  The two models, Hope and Nicki, eat on camera.  Hope remembers that there are 100 cents in a dollar.  Nicki wants to be a problems solver.

Jose says that Gary is not focused, but Jose is resting most of the time.  Gary explains that he picks words and then uses the letters of the word to develop catch phrases.  The men want to discuss the banners, themes and presentation, but Gary is not telling them what to do.  Gary and Jose play baseball and Mark McGraff records them on his cell phone camera  playing rather than working for evidence in the board room.

Nicki want Dionne to go to Home Depot to buy some trees. Dionne wants to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to buy stuff for her kitchen.  Nicki puts Dionne in a white van and Dionne goes to Bed, Bath and Beyond.  There are no plants for the presentation.   The women have done a lot inside and not outside. They worry about a splash of color on a bed.  The place banners outside the fence and use balloons that Star arranged for at the last moment.

The men find that Jose and Gary have not set up their spaces when they return from making purchases and making the decisions on banners.

Nicki’s charity is the American Red Cross. She was in a car accident and used 100 units of blood so she wants to give back to the people who saved her life. Gary Busey’s charity helps people with brain injuries as he had a motor cycle accident with no helmet and had damage to his brain.
First, the teams meet with members of the public. A woman is unhappy about the way she was treated when touring the women’s area. She didn’t know where to go and no one helped her. Dionne is upset that Hope went to the other RV when she was supposed to work in Dionne’s RV. Nicki is busy and she dismisses Dionne.  Dionne is angry with Nicki.

La Toya does a great job in the RV.  She took notes when the CEO gave his tour and used that information to make the visit of the public and CEO interesting. Gary Busey gives the tour of the men’s RV.  He does show all that they have done enthusiastically, but it falls flat.  The women’s outside area does not appear to please the CEO.  The men play the new theme song, have a place to eat, and play baseball. The CEO loves the men’s outside area and their activities.

The two teams and the Trumps return to the board room for discussion.  Mr. Trump tells La Toya that the CEO of Camper’s World thought her presentation was amazing.  Hope said that Nicki was a good leader and there was no drama.  Star said that she was thrilled.  Star said that Nicki was smart and capable.

The men attack each other from the start. Richard Hatch did not think Gary Busey did a good job. Little John verbally spars with Gary Busey.  Gary says the weakest player is Little John. The men mention that Jose was not working hard.  Meatloaf runs for a guitar and John Rich plays his theme song for Mr. Trump.  Gary mentions that he had a 40% hearing loss and Marlee Matelin’s doctor gave him hearing aids.  That helped his ability to lead and function in the group setting.

The men won.  Gary Busey’s Brain Injury charity receives $20,000 from Mr. Trump and $20,000 from the CEO of Camping World. The men leave, but Little John and Gary Busey argue in the hallway as they go to the conference room.

Nicki Taylor takes responsibility for the loss and refuses to blame any of her team mates.  Mr. Trump tries to ask if others had done anything to cause the loss, but Nicki would not throw any member of her team under the buss.  Mr. Trump said that Nicki Taylor is a class act and then he fired her.  She leaves in the limousine and tells us that Mr. Trump had to fire her and she understood.

Thanks again Quincy, great job as always!

Portrait of a Housewife – Ramona Singer @ http://look.ac/ecEwsz4 minutes ago via web

Until Next Time…

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228 Responses to IHJZ Real Housewives of Orange County / The Celebrity Apprentice

  1. HD says:

    I missed Celebrity Apprentice but Boston told me it comes on again during the week so hopefully I can catch it. Gary Busey…I didn’t know he had a brain injury. That explains a lot. I always wondered about him. He seemed so different when he was in the movies and now he always seems a little different.

    • Adgirl says:

      It’s repeated on on CNBC as is that restaurant show that airs before CA on Sundays.

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      how did you miss that bit of info its been common knowledge forever
      from a motorcycle accident when he didnt wear a helmet
      they also recently found out that he is deaf in one ear adding to his confussed state

    • Powell says:

      It’s on Bravo on Sat. Gary B had great movie roles before the motorcycle accident. I’m not sure what he’s done in the movies since, but you can catch him on Thurs nights on TruTV’s The World’s Dumbest. You will definitely be able to tell he has brain damage.

  2. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    Hi Q~sorry but that’s one show I cannot watch or even read about.
    Maybe someday in rerun or held at gunpoint..lol
    I really hate Donald Trump almost as much as JZ. I like some of the celebrities on his show but it just is so stupid to me. Why not just give to the charity of your choice without making a fool out of yourself. Maybe if someone else hosted it I could watch just for the unbelievable things they make the “celebs” do.
    I know~put the NYC wives on against the Jersey Wives! That I would watch & Bethenny could be the host instead of The Donald?

    • Sha2000 says:

      UggggggggH! I can’t stand Donald! The voice, the hair, the eyebrows, the attitude all =’s AWFUL! & he is so full of himself; is he successful yes, but he was born into much of it (the real estate biz they had millions already), not made all on his own like he seems to project & one of his casino’s when bankrupt an unusual THREE TIMES! Yet he has the nerve to weigh in on how the president is handling the economy! YUCK, Yuck, yuck!

      (can you tell I dislike him?)

  3. error404 says:

    Ugh, another reason why you should never get to know someone’s who work you admire. I could have died happy never knowing Dionne Warwick was such a classless bitch.

    So far, Nene has been “good Nene”: hysterically funny in her THs and overall reasonable and “normal”. I loath the inevitable change. Oh well.

    It’s interesting that the ability to argue in the board room is so crucial to staying vs. leaving. In truth, Star and Richard are terrible PMs, but escaped the ax because they can bs their way out of a jam better than Lisa and David. Sad. Just a really sad comment on corporate america.

    This season seems to have more than it’s fair share of celebrity train wrecks LOL but there are a few bright sports. I agree with The Donald that Niki was a class act. I also think that Marlee and La Toya seem surprisingly well grounded.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Well said! Neither team seems to function well together and neither are really enjoyable to watch. The fact that charities get nice donations is the only redeeming value of CA.

      • quincyil says:

        It seems that they are encouraged to fight and to stab each other in the back. I wish they would replay the one Bethenny was on. I would like to see how she behaved in that arena.

        • error404 says:

          I don’t recall much manipulation on B’s part. What I do remember is her doing well and there being a lot of whining by the others because of it… “why does Martha like her, she’s a cook not a chef!?” type of stuff.

    • Nancy says:

      Why is Dionne so angry? I really liked her way back when but now…?

  4. quincyil says:

    I have been impressed with La Toya too. I always knew Marlee was fantastic. I didn’t know who Meatloaf was before, but I like him now. I like Lil John also.. I don’t like Jose. too lazy for my blood.

    I did watch OC last night. After researching our Tamra last weekend, I am not suprised at her storyline. If Gretchen marries Slade, she is an idiot. I don’t think they even like each other. Alexis is over worked. A lot of us had small children and it is hard. Having a full time nanny should make her burden lighter.

    • HD says:

      Are you being funny about Alexis?

      • quincyil says:

        Funny? I was hoping for sarcasm. It’s Monday morning…

        The Whit-o-meter in my computer seems to be stuck, let me give it a kick.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Wow, Meatloaf is easily the most famous person on that show right now.
      Come on, I’m sure you’ve head him:

      • quincyil says:

        So… he is an actor?

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          Meatloaf is an original – rock star, actor, good guy in general.

          • quincyil says:

            I did not know of him. Interesting.

            • PJ says:

              Meatloaf was most famous in the mid to late 70’s and 80’s. But I think he still performs.

              • JKW says:

                His last album was out in 2000. He did some theater early in his career. I love the first Bat of Hell album. A couple great songs to sing very loudly while driving. He is one of the main reasons I am watching CA.

              • DJ Loops Fruit says:

                there was a tv movie made about him in the 90s too

        • Sha2000 says:

          Singer & he has an amazing voice…listen to the video. He has acted too. He came out in the 70’s and every song on his album was a hit & then he disappeared until the 90’s. I haven’t watched all the apprentices but I’m willing to be he’s one of the biggest & true stars they’ve had on. I’m not a huge Meatloaf fan although I sound like one, but he’s one of those voices everyone admits is amazing. He’s rock but here he is sing Celon Dions hit:

        • kbinldo says:

          He was Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

      • girlygirlnyc says:

        I hope I post this right, because this is the best Meatloaf song, ever!

        • Sha2000 says:

          Let us know what you think of his voice Quincy! He could easily sing opera with that voice!

          • quincyil says:

            He has an excellent voice. I never paid attention to rock stars. I once was standing next to Nick Jagger at a red light in Vegas and the strip and the guy next to me told me who he was. I was shocked that he looked so old.

            • Sha2000 says:

              OMG! I wouldn’t know what to do if I stood next to Mick! That’s a story to be sure; just standing there too cool Quincy! I’ve seen Bianca Jagger but she was already divorced from Mick. Funniest thing was when I was waiting to cross the street in NY & a car passed by & it’s passenger was Woody Allen; tweed jacket, glasses, expression, lol, EXACTLY as he looks on screen. My friend & I just looked at each other & said did you see that at the same time & laughed!

              • Sha2000 says:

                He does have an excellent voice, he does not belong on that silly show in my opinion but I guess he is serious about his charity.

                • quincyil says:

                  He said that money would come from him too. I bet he is going to give more on his own.
                  He seems like a really nice man.

            • PJ says:

              Did he look a lot like his brother Mick? 🙂

        • LynnNChicago says:

          Girly, I agree, the anthem I grew up this one! I knew every word and sang it at the top of my lungs every time it came on the radio. I still love this song!

          • Sha2000 says:

            And the lyrics were so shocking then! Today I have to turn the radio off in the car when some of those Rihanna songs come on! The kids have no idea what she’s singing about but I do!

            • kbinldo says:

              Yeah, I remember staying up really really late at night so I could hear the uncensored version (complete with the Yankee’s announcer blow-by-blow). The 2nd part of this song is “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad”

        • JKW says:

          Girl….. Agree that is a great song.

      • HD says:

        I used to love this song. My daughter’s bus driver is a dead ringer for him. Of course she had no clue who Meatloaf was but once I showed her a few pictures she laughed so hard! He looks JUST like him.

        • Sha2000 says:

          HD, do you agree that he is one of the biggest stars ever on apprentice?

          • HD says:

            Him and probably Dionne Warwick.

            • HD says:

              My daughter said, “what if that is really him and he just lost all his money so he is driving buses?” We laughed. That is how much he looks like him. I told her to ask him if anyone has told him that but she is too embarrassed. I mean this man could be a Meatloaf impersonator.

            • Sha2000 says:

              Yeah, Dionne too, ITA.

              • MAMAZ says:

                Meat Loaf was Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Love him! He was Bob in Fight Club and tons of other stuff.

      • error404 says:

        not to take away from Mr. Loan, as Meat is amazing, but IMHO a lot of his success is down to Jim Steinman
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Steinman
        who also brought us these two meat-free classics:

        http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=it%27s+all+coming+back+to+me+now+celine+dion&aq=1
        OT but this one is just to funny!

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        oh and dont forget Meatloaf is in the cast of the rocky horror picture show as Eddie

  5. girlygirlnyc says:

    It looks like it’s a big day for our Bethenny:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703292304576212753282875140.html

    I wonder how much money she made? She is still staying on as the head of the SkinnyGirl brand. Get it girl!

    • quincyil says:

      That solved the production problems. I am sure they want her help with new products and promotion so she gets rid of the headaches and make a boat load of money in the process. I bet, in time, Bethenny will have a lot more money than Bobby Zarin.

      • Sha2000 says:

        Carrying this over from last thread:
        http://www.pr-inside.com/beam-global-acquires-skinnygirl-spirits-r2487593.htm

        Each bottle retails for $12 here, which means it only cost her a few dollars to produce. “annual shipments already exceed 100,000 9-liter cases”. So if we do the math any which way this was a small acquisition…in my opinion.

        • HD says:

          What this deal really helps with it appears is distribution. Her product is in demand but if no one can ever get it, it does her no good. They do not even have it in KY. Hopefully this deal will help her go nationwide and then she can perhaps get into talks about going global.

        • 2Stupid says:

          I don’t understnad your math. 100,00 cases (12 per case) =1.2mm x $6 (50% markup) is still 7.2mm. They will have paid her for expected sales which Jason forcasted as 250,000 for 2012. I say she easily walked away with 10mm. I mean that isn’t At&t acquiring T-Mobile, but it isn’t chump change either.

          • Sha2000 says:

            No. 9 bottles per case the article says. It retails for $12 so the stores pay $6 wholesale absolute tops. Often retail is 1 & 1/2 X the wholesale. I agree w/HD it’s about distribution…on her own she only sold in NY,NJ & FL, that might have meant because because there were laws on selling spirits, etc, etc. Ten million? I highly doubt it! I’m calling 1 to 3 tops.

            • Sha2000 says:

              lol, meant to say- WHOLESALE ***absolutely*** $6 top/maximum price-
              I have no idea what they pay for absolute.

              • Sha2000 says:

                Okay liqueur sales have a lower mark-up so you were closer 2S:

                http://www.winebusiness.com/wbm/?go=getArticle&dataId=22809

                But still I don’t think 10 million is close.

                • 2Stupid says:

                  We will meet in the middle at 5mm with an additional salary to stay on as figure head.

                • PJ says:

                  They are buying a brand and a lot of growth is expected from that brand. They aren’t just buying stock. The price is for what they expect for the brand growth, plus Bethenny staying on to develop the brand and to promote the brand. This is a growing market and a growing brand. Bethenny needed a big name to help develop it. Bethenny probably got money for the brand plus a salary for the developing and promoting. I think it’s a much bigger deal that you think it is.

          • LynnNChicago says:

            I think the price is different depending on where it is as well. When I was in NY I saw it for sale at $16.99. Here it is $12.99

      • Noreen says:

        I had the same thought about her being wealthier than the Zarins. I wonder how Kellade is selling.

        • DarkSonnet says:

          I don’t think the weather has been warm enough for her to set her Kellade stand up on the nearest corner….. 😉

          • Noreen says:

            We need some artwork on that – Kelly with her wagon ladelling out Kellade to winos in central park.

            • DarkSonnet says:

              And don’t forget her bonus freebie with each drink – she will take your picture with a camera she can’t operate and ask if you are wearing underwear…;)

      • Nancy says:

        She probably does already. WAY TO GO BETHENNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • twoile says:

      @ggnyc, Fantastic 4 B& Jason INC now she will get all the attention/$ “residuals” w/minimal effort/no headaches Gr8 deal 4 all of them…Jason didn’t look 4ward 2 working 4 B etc Solution!!!!!!!!!!! Gr8 4 them:0)

  6. quincyil says:

    I could have lived my whole life without know that Alexis ties up her husband in the bedroom, that Gretchen’s mood affects Slade’s whatever, and that Tamra has sex in the bathtub.

    I would rather watch Vicki sell insurance.

  7. LynnNChicago says:

    Thanks for your patience today everyone, my son was ill overnight but he’s ok now, put a big delay on getting the blog finished. It’s been updated now with RHOOC and WWHL blogs! Thanks Quincy, I don’t know what I would do without you!!! xoxo

    • Nancy says:

      Lynn,
      Sorry to here about your son. I hope he’s feeling better. My little dog (Emily) has been sick all week and my heart is breaking for her as she is 17yrs old. I couldn’t imagine having a “real” child that is sick. Anything we can do for you?

    • twoile says:

      @Lynn, glad both u & youre son r doing better hope u can get some rest, tx 4 the blog, esp under duress. Take care, Jeanne

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      Lynn, glad that your son is feeling better, and thank you & Quincy for the recaps!

  8. WindyCityWondering says:

    It is still hard for me to believe that RHOC is a popular franchise! None of these women are remotely interesting and what we are shown of their lives is either boring or inappropriate. They are not worthy of either our admiration or distain – they are sadly insipid and their lives are superficial and shallow.

    WWHL – Andy should have guests that are from one show or another but not mixed together! I would have watched say Carla and Tre…..and been interested in learning more about TopChef. His wishes and his games need to be dropped from the format because they take time away from guests/viewers questions.

    • Sha2000 says:

      “They are not worthy of either our admiration or distain – they are sadly insipid and their lives are superficial and shallow. ”

      That would describe most of the HW no matter which local.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        lol Yes it does! But other franchises are more interesting to watch.

        • Sha2000 says:

          IDK, Atl & NY are the least interesting to me. I wonder if we’ll be able to watch the UK version when it starts.

  9. quincyil says:

    There is a “good girl”/”badgirl” vibe in all of the housewives shows. Alexis is shocking in that she says her body is sinful and the same sentence as God comes first. Her minister is going to be calling her about that one. Tamara and Vicki are all bad, never good. Gretchen came on as the nice girl and now she’s all bad too. Everyone is roll playing in OC.

    What is going to happen to these women as they age? They will age, we all do. They base their entire worth on how they look.

    I have read the biographies of a few great women who should have known better. Doris Duke was one of them. Another was Georgia O’Keffe. Both had wealth, but in their old age no common sense about younger men.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      @Quincy you are so much nicer than I am as they all give off a bad vibe! They will not age well because they likely have little in the way of accomplishments and their DNA (enhanced with plastic surgery) doesn’t count!

      • quincyil says:

        Danielle Staub was the queen of the good girl/bad girl with her priest visits and sending the kids to Catholic School while she releases her sex tapes.

        I have an organization of soothsayers, witches, pychics, mediums and now hololist urine testers that work for Bravo. That piece of shiny plastic hooked onto the computer was cool. I have to get one of those for our hospital lab.

  10. @tweatcyn says:

    Driving and using cell phone to talk or text in the whole state of California was officially illegal as of January of 2009, yet, many people still do it. I am angered everytime I see it, but there is no enforcement whatsoever. If caught, there is a small fine so nobody takes it seriously, as evidenced by housewives doing it on film no less. These people are a danger to society.

    • Sha2000 says:

      The HW, the MDL guys…etc…all bad ITA!

      • quincyil says:

        Jeff Lewis was reading a magazine article and didn’t look up for the cars. I was in shock when he did that.

    • Adgirl says:

      My daughter’s friend got a $300 ticket for talking on her cell phone. That was in CA. Different cities have different fees on top of the state one.

  11. Sha2000 says:

    Video:
    http://www.popeater.com/2011/01/11/teresa-giudice-learning-annex-jersey-shore/

    Whats wrong with these people it’s deserted NOT desert!

  12. PJ says:

    I thought for sure the men’s team would lose with Gary as project leader. But they won in spite of him. I didn’t know Gary had a TBI so when I found that out I felt bad for thinking he must be a druggie or something. Jose has to go, he doesn’t step up to be a leader instead he shoots down other people’s ideas and yet adds nothing and does very little work. With Gary and Jose gone I thing the rest of the men’s team will work well together.

    Watching the women fuss over the inside of the trailer I thought if I were to go camping even in a nice travel trailer all I would want would be more basic things, it doesn’t need to look like I’m home. Who wants to go to all that fuss, when all you really want is to relax? So make it nice but don’t go overboard. I just thought the women needed to focus more on the outside and it really was Dionne who made that not happen. Dionne has to go she is not easy to work with. So far Nene is ok I wonder what turns her?

  13. Adgirl says:

    Celeb Apprentice.

    LaToya really impresses me. She is quiet and hard working. Dilligent. She avoids the drama which she probably learned growing up.

    Ugh. Dionne has to go. She is disrespectful and selfish. I can’t believe she got away with calling deaf people “sad” last week. Marlee was very hurt and no one supported her.
    Dionne and Star seem to have an alliance going. NeNe seems to fall in line with them. LaToya stays out of it. I wonder how NeNe will be treated by Dionne after her run-ins with Star. Dionne probably thinks NeNe is a nobody.

    Hey NeNe – if Joan Rivers were competeing this season and acted like Dionne (argumentative, self centered, cranky) would you have shrugged it off as being ok because she 70? Somehow I think not.

    Lisa and Nicki were remarkably wishy washy as project managers. They act like they haven’t watched this show before. They were fired for being weak.

    BTW- I heard CA contestants get paid $46,000 for 3 weeks of work. And a kick start to their careers. Trump probably puts them up at one of his properties for free too.

    • PJ says:

      I read an article about La Toya a few years back that said she is one of the few Jackson’s to have her own money, which of course meant independence from having to depend on Michael to help her out. Janet has her own money and so did Michael but the brothers don’t have a lot money. I believe the point of the article was that La Toya was pretty smart to be able to accomplish that. Watching this episode I would have to agree with that.

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        I know a guy who was a concierge in a luxury building she lived it. He raved and gushed about her saying how nice and friendly she was and that she tipped them well over the holidays.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Latoya and Marlee are nice, hardworking and the least diva of the bunch. Dionne needs to go and I am wondering why everyone seems to excuse her behavior. As for NeNe, IMO, these women are so not impressed with her and she will have to create her drama to be noticed.

  14. HD says:

    Hey, Lynn! Sorry to hear that your child was sick, doesn’t he know to work around our blog schedule? Of course I’m just kidding! Family is always first and I am glad he is doing better.

    Maybe it’s because OC was first or something but this is my favorite franchise, even more than New York or Atlanta. I love all the “characters”. It seems this season is a struggle between the women and age. They all seem to want to be young, beautiful and hot. It seems that most of them have done a good job at looking pretty good but it seems that they will focus on this a lot when I don’t find it necessary.

    I don’t mind aging. That is what life is about. No one is going to look 21 forever.

    If anyone is in California or near OC can you tell me, do all the women look like this? I feel like I am watching the Stepford Wives or something.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      What is your secret – How do you tell the OC women apart? What makes each one unique? They always seem to blend together and I haven’t finished an entire season start to finish yet!

      • HD says:

        LOL! I guess I have been watching it so long. Plus their attitudes are dead giveaways. Peggy does look a lot like Alexis so I have to do a double take sometimes.

  15. lillybee says:

    Donald Trump running for president may make the election season a bit more fun.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Or scary.

      • Adgirl says:

        I think he just wants a platform to complain about China.
        I hear him on the topic on business channels a lot. He really is upset about how the US is under their thumb financially. And they don’t play fair with US businesses in China.
        He got screwed a few times – instead of him doing the screwing.

        • Sha2000 says:

          I think he likes to hear his own voice, lol.

          • Adgirl says:

            OMG of course.
            He always has The Most Luxurious, Fabulous & Breathtakingly Successful
            golf course/hotel/office building/hairdo etc.

            • Sha2000 says:

              Well the way I see it it’s a mutual under the thumb thing. China needs to keep our economy rolling, so they lend to us. We are by far (both government and individual) their biggest customer. If we stop buying everything from toys to toasters from them, they are screwed…their economy depends on our ability to purchase from their vast manufacturing industries.

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      Something about Trump doesn’t sit well with me. Many investors in his projects (casinos in Atlantic City, other real estate projects) have lost $ but Trump never does. Some how he always makes $. That’s the way to do it, get others to pony up the investment $ to build the casinos etc. then when it all goes down the terlit, Trump still made it to the bank with his winnings.

      His confrontational style would set him up as a terrible president imo. We would lose all our allies, I’m sure he would even tick off the Canadians! Have you ever read one of his books? All blowhard crap, no real details on how “the art of the deal” really works. He knows how to be a bully, put together sound contracts, sue if you don’t comply, and use other people’s money to get things done, never risking his own $. He knows to “buy low sell high” especially with real estate. At the same time I can admire his success I hate how he used people to get there. Observing him in the board room on CA it is illuminating to see what a quick judge of character he is. He’s seen it all, knows an employee that has what it takes, etc. Notice how he’s using his daughter & sons, not the old employees he used to have on “The Apprentice?” Nothing like keeping it all in the family.

      He was so hated in NYC that the only way he could get in on “upper class shindigs” was to donate to charity. So that’s what he did, bless him for his
      generosity. p.s. I’m the 1st to not give a chit about “upper class” anything lol

      Maybe he would make a good advisor to a president.

      • Sha2000 says:

        Three times his casino went bankrupt ( three times is unusual) and it’s still around, reminds me of a certain couple who are $11 mill in the hole yet still living it up….just saying.

  16. Noreen says:

    I am horrified by the OC Housewives. They are one mean bunch of ladies. Why did Gretchen feel the need to say that she was sick of these older women wearing clothes for young women when she was shopping with Peggy. I am sure in 7 years Gretchen is going to start dressing in a moo-moo because she is too “old” for hot clothes.
    I can’t say I like much of the style I see the women wear, but who is she to judge. She is no longer the twentysomething running around. But I have to say, when they showed the video at the first reunion with Tamara and Gretchen and Tamara was in her face about spending the day at the Lake with her family when Jeff was in the hospital, I remembered how awful Tamara was about it in the reunion and into the next season. I think Gretchen would be smart to let it go and let Tamara roll around in the mud, but I doubt we will see that happen. Gretchen and Tamara are too much alike. And I still do not understand why Tamara cared so much about what Gretchen did or her relationship with Jeff.
    But overall, I was horrified by all of the housewive’s behavior. It would be nice to see a little camaraderie now and then. I cannot believe I am saying this, but Alexis does seem to be the most consistent and perhaps nicest of the group. She is as dumb as a rock, but I don’t think she is mean. Although the Jesus stuff is getting to me. It seems that they say a lot without really meaning it. This isn’t the Christianity I was raised on.

    • cusi77 says:

      Noreen_ I agree with you. None of them are really friends however Bravo thinks is good idea to keep OC when there is nothing left. Every wife had her own trip because there are not camaraderie or similar interest to share.
      I as well think Alexis is the least dislike able. Lol.

    • PJ says:

      I don’t like any of these women either and I don’t think that any of them dress with any kind of good taste or class. That being said, Vicki is kind of old for the way she dresses. What’s wrong with being stylish and more dignified? Maybe it’s a CA thing. Tamara is pretty trashy, the word dignified and Tamara just don’t go together. Tamara’s hair looks like it’s in terrible condition most of the time.

  17. twoile says:

    I’m curious about what will happen with the Icky Vicky vs Don divorce, the rest seems a desperate formula repeat…….only cure 4 getting older = death & all of us are due to get there eventually(even in OC).;0)

  18. cusi77 says:

    Good stuff to know w/the problems people have been having…….

    The following is very good to know for those interested in personal safety of imported products.

    HOW TO READ BAR CODES(very good to know)

    ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY–NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK—CAREFULLY!

    With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read labels at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products.

    Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. It is important to read the bar code to track it’s origin.

    How to read Bar Codes ….. interesting!

    This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.

    GREAT WAY TO “BUY USA & CANADA ” AND NOT FROM CHINA!!

    The whole world is afraid of China-made “black hearted goods”.

    Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?

    If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA, 471 is Made in Taiwan .

    This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

    Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA”, so they don’t show from which country it is made.

    However, you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:

    690-692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA
    00 – 09 … USA & CANADA
    30 – 37 … FRANCE
    40 – 44 … GERMANY
    471 … Taiwan
    49 … JAPAN
    50 … UK

    BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for “0” at the beginning of the number.

    We need every boost we can get!

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      Thank you Cusi, that is good info. I hate buying anything made in China. Lucky when the melanin got into the pet food, I just missed buying the bad dog food. Then the red paint with impurities, was it iron…ugggh so bad for children. In China people are working for pennies in factories, sorry for them but those same factories used to be here in the US. Another gripe is all the factories that have moved to Mexico to make washers/dryers (Maytag!)/refridgerators etc. just over the border. It may cost more, but try to buy US made. You can google “made in the USA” to find products.

      People who live in wealthy areas, or big cities do not realize the devastation across the US from all the factories & corporations that have left our country. It is really heartbreaking to drive through rural areas that once were thriving, now with all the downtown stores sitting vacant. Newton, Iowa lost their Maytag factory, and the town has all but died. 60 minutes did an episode about it. We have to get smart & stop supporting companies that are not keeping jobs in the USA.

      Here in suburban NJ where I live, there are huge vacant commercial buildings that once housed telecom/drug/insurance etc. companies everywhere. Where have the jobs all gone? Many people are working in NYC, but no wonder the unemployment rate is so high.

      The property taxes in my town have soared 50 % in just a few years because these major corp. have left town, no longer paying the big property taxes that they (corp) once paid. People have gotten smart, they want to leave this town, but since the housing market is sour, it’s not so easy. Don’t be too quick to buy in this real estate market, prices are going down some more.

      • PJ says:

        Believe me we do realize the devastation that has been caused. I live in a pretty wealthy area and our city that was once top rated can’t even afford to keep the library open anymore. Property values are down so low that you can’t scale down because you can’t afford to sell your house. The people that are fortunate enough to still have jobs and still make good money have to do the work of three or four men and are under tremendous pressure to work long hours if they want to keep their jobs.
        Friends of ours that own their own businesses are under tremendous pressure to keep their staff working without having to cut their pay.

        • PJ says:

          Sorry didn’t finish.
          Our city once was home to many corporate offices so tax money flowed. The corporate offices are all gone now. Huge buildings worth millions will sell for a song if anyone can afford to buy them. While property values are way down property taxes remain close to the same. Luxury condos that would have sold like hot cakes a few years ago have to be auctioned off.
          Everyone is feeling the effects of the bad economy.

          • BlueSky_Forever says:

            Sorry to hear you have the same problems, what is the future of America going to be?

            • PJ says:

              I think it’s more than just this country, the world is in trouble. I don’t believe the current problems can be solved by man.

      • I hear you loud and clear, Blue Sky!!,
        My Mom worked in that big glass building (2 million sq. ft.)
        on over 400 acres. the place where the “big-bang” theory
        was developed, and the transistor was born. It employed over
        8000 people. My very first summer job was there.–
        The big beautiful Bell Labs.
        It now sits empty.
        It breaks my heart, several other Bell Labs buildings, as well as
        AT&T.
        The property tax has doubled-and so many families in
        this rural town are losing their homes-
        It’s a very scary time.

        But even with all that, I feel foolish complaining when I
        read about Japan or Libya-

        • BlueSky_Forever says:

          You brought tears to my eyes. I used to eat in the beautiful restaurant with my husband in that gorgeous building. My husband devoted almost 30 years of his life to that company….the glorious old Bell Labs. Sadly this is the status of America today. Some of our renowned corporations still are doing well & have lots of $. IBM etc. They have abandoned the country they started in, the people who worked hard for the corporation’s success… gone global, and all we have is abandoned buildings and lost jobs.

          • BlueSky_Forever says:

            You are right Beverly, seems ridiculous for us to complain when those poor people in Japan & Libya are in such dire straits. Japan will rebuild, & we will help them. Libya…very scary. I was upset that we didn’t help the rebels sooner. Maybe it’s not too late. I applaud France for getting the coalition forces together to fight off Gaddafi. The US would never have succeeded without France’s help back in the late 1700’s…viva la France!

            What gives me hope is remembering that over hundreds of years, the people in this grand old USA never gave up. They worked hard, making a better lives for themselves & their families. Somehow it will all come together & we will endure.

    • lillybee says:

      Even processed food made in the USA may hay components made in China to be very careful with the process of anything processed.

    • Noreen says:

      That is great to know. Thank you!

    • PJ says:

      Does this only apply to food because I just checked barcodes on every product I could find quickly and some didn’t match what you listed? I have some that start with 7 and some items from France that start with 2. I try not to by products made in China if I can avoid it.

  19. LisaMax says:

    Tamra and Eddie are gross. Too much PDA. Yuck. I’m sure Simon loved that bathtub scene. I guess Tamra forgot she was a mother. Not a good thing for a mom who wants to keep custody of her kids. Don’t you think Eddie looks like Kelly Ripa’s husband Mark Conselous? Andy needs to lose the games. Dumb….

    • HD says:

      Tamara’s making out in the bathtub did not bother me. I am lost on what that has to do with her being a mother and keeping her children. She is a grown woman making out in a tub with her grown boyfriend. That should have no bearing on how she raises her children. I am sure you have hardcore porn stars that have kids. Tamara made out. It just wasn’t a big deal to me but that’s me.

      Eddie reminds me of Will Valderrama.

      • housewifeaddict says:

        I have no issue with what she does off camera, but the soft porn on camera was too much. Plus it all felt like she was just doing it to get back at her ex. And it was hypocritical – she’s talking about being a good mom and not introducing Eddie to her kids too soon, but she goes on and on about having sex with him on national TV. Ick. Just ick.

        • I just thought the scene was gross.
          She’s trying to re- enact the scene that Laurie
          did w/ George 2-3 years ago. Even that scene seemed
          contrived, but at least it wasn’t gross.
          Tamra tries way too hard-

  20. LynnNChicago says:

    Portrait of a Housewife – Ramona Singer @ http://look.ac/ecEwsz
    4 minutes ago via web

  21. Adgirl says:

    China vs USA.
    If the US took over Walmart and threaten to close it I think China would straighten up and play nice with us.

    Did you know that Walmart directs it’s suppliers to China for manufaturing? They even refer production factories. I saw a PBS special. Very sad.

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      As a matter of principle, I have never set foot in a Walmart. For over 20 years, I’ve seen what a Walmart can do to the small towns it moves into. It’s a death sentence for every other store in the town, pretty much. Now knowing that most of the products for sale in a Walmart are made outside the USA, even more reason not to shop there. It’s hard to take a stand & pay more for something because it’s made here in the USA, but then think about all the jobs we are losing for being “penny wise but pound foolish.” Walmart has a terrible record with their employees too (don’t think they get health care, their salaries are low etc.).

      Years ago in Austria, I wanted to buy some clothes. This was in the 1990’s. Everything in the store was “made in Austria” (this was in Vienna, not a tourist trap). The clothes were beautiful & very expensive, so I could not afford anything. Why are clothes cheap in the USA>look at where they are made. It started with manufacturing clothes, then household products, next computer programmers now it’s engineers & scientists – all replaced by foreigners working over in their countries. We still have the best farmland in the world, so maybe that’s what we will have to focus on – farming! We have the best universities in the world, but we need foreign students (not enough born in the USA people are doing Ph.D’s to fill up all the spots in the universities). What happened in the past is that those foreign students got their degrees here & stayed, enriching our scientific, engineering, medical etc. fields. For the US to stay on top, we need to keep these bright minds coming here. However, after 9/11 Bush made it very difficult for foreign students to get visas. Which is understandable to a point….how many grad students want to come here from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan…? Most of the foreign students were coming from China, India, Korea…not from Islamist Jihaddi countries.

      • Adgirl says:

        And it’s all so sick because the smaller town people who have lost their jobs and their downtowns to outsourcing shop at Walmart because they are scrimping.

      • Adgirl says:

        I was in Vienna a few years ago and every other woman have her hair dyed that strange red-magenta. Like it’s the only color of Miss Clairol they get in Austria.

        • BlueSky_Forever says:

          lol when I was there it seemed like everyone was blonde, but then everyone in my family is so just looking at our group, I was surrounded by blondes.

          did you go up to the top of St. Stephen’s church? Fantastic view, but so scarrrry climbing all those “open” stairs, lol it seemed so dangerous. The buildings were so beautiful, even more grand than Paris.

          • Adgirl says:

            No, the church was covered in scaffolding, besides I’m terrified of falling. We did rent bikes and rode around the river. Who knew there were so many pale nudist sunbathing in Austria?? LOL.
            We ate that old restaurant where Freud and Mozart ate. My husband ordered beer and I ordered wine. His was about a 55 gallon stein and my glass of wine came in a thimble.

            • BlueSky_Forever says:

              lol, I remember drinking all kinds of hard cider, just delicious. The local wines were superb too. You will laugh, but I remember some of the beer tasting almost as good as champagne. Did you try that chocolate candy with Mozart’s face on it? It has marzipan in it…to die for

              http://www.mozartkugeln.biz/

              uh oh, now that’s a problem, being able to order it! We were visiting relatives in Vienna so it was really fun. We got lost in those gardens around the Maria Theresia’s palace Schonbrunn.

  22. boston02127 says:

    Well…..I’m all caught up on everyone’s posts. Now I want a meatloaf dinner.
    .
    .
    The one I can’t stand on The Apprentice is Star Jones. She’s never a team player.
    During each task it seems as if she’s always weighing out what will happen in the board room before she makes a move.
    I like The Apprentice much better when it’s not celebrities.

    • Adgirl says:

      I like them both. I think the reg show is kind of over. They don’t get the CA ratings. They didn’t even have a live finale this time.

      I think the boardroom is awesome. So sharp how trump makes everyone commit to a point before they know if they won or lost. Like in the real world.

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      Still waiting for this season of CA to heat up. Nene’s day of reckoning is coming soon, should be fun to watch that. Star Jones has such an inflated opinion of herself, don’t know how she gets through a door even after losing a couple hundred pounds lol her head’s so big! This blog on Nene kind of says it all, she’s just out for the $ and more $ after that:

      http://stoopidhousewives.com/2011/03/19/nene-meet-nene-two-side-of-nene-leakes/

  23. boston02127 says:

    Jill’s tweet:
    Please take a moment to fill out my Reality TV Survey. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22C45CKE683/

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Is this a sneaky way for her website to get hits?

    • lillybee says:

      What the hell is she going to do with that information? Sell it to Bravo?

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      thank goodness I read the comments below…why in the world would anyone go to JZ’s website ~ shiver me timbers ! ~ ewww

      • cusi77 says:

        Haa! JZ wants to be “In the know” of everything! I hope nobody will hit, please! She wants to know more than the FBI!

  24. Adgirl says:

    Stereotypes of Celeb Apprentice contestants and why NeNe can’t win:

    Group A – Entrepreneurs are Executors

    Singer – Song Writers are shockingly good at this game. They understand their image, packaging, marketing communications and have an eye for details. They are fast at writing slogans and jingles. They assess situations and act quickly.
    They own their careers from writing, recording, marketing to performing. They are visionary and execute their plans.
    Executors: Bret Michaels, Joan Rivers, Gene Simmons, Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Curtis Stone, John Rich, Meatloaf. I would place Star Jones, Annie Duke and Piers Morgan here too.

    Group B – One Trick Pony Performers are Followers

    Performers who rely on their single God given talent (actors, singers, models, athletes) do not fare as well on CA. I think they are used to following their coaches or producer/manager’s advice.
    Followers: Playboy bunnies, models, all athletes, singers/actors who perform other people’s material (Lisa, Dionne, Busey) and reality show stars who are usually just canny performers who’s talents are charisma and inhibition.

    Some followers survive a long time by laying low.
    Some entrepreneurs get fired early because of team politics.

    But you can always see who is a strong player.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Its very easy to dislike Star but she is definately playing to win.

      • Adgirl says:

        There isn’t much to like about her. She’s a “c you next tuesday”. I’d hire her as my attorney in a flash.

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      true, Star is playing to win but her nasty streak & inflated opinion of herself will do her in. Past winners of CA: Bret Michaels (he really is a nice guy, I was surprised as I liked Sharon Osborne more but Bret won); Joan Rivers (missed her season, but have to admit Joan is a marketing/business moghul in real life, so not surprised she won) and can’t remember any others. It is fascinating how the board room plays out isn’t it?

      the cowboy dude – Rich – he just might have a good chance at winning. I love Marlee, really hope she goes far in the game.

  25. Mimisfbay says:

    Am I the only one who also knows Meatloaf as the biker in The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Showing my age again.

    The OC housewives are really just turning me off. That scene in the tub was just revolting. Also Vicki was obnoxious, no surprise there. She is just the most self absorbed twit. I am just hoping that Donn has moved on to a great woman. The scene with the watches was just a set up. On WWHL Alexis basically eluded to the fact that they left store empty handed. They are all just pathetic. Dressed up trailer trash.

    I thought Andy’s fawning over Alexis and basically ignoring Carla was lame. Carla had so many interesting things to stay. I would love it if he would can those stupid games and his thoughts and really interview the people from the shows. He talks more about the HW shows with Kathy G, Kelly and Mark C.

    • cusi77 says:

      Oh, Lord! Please send a good woman to Don’s way! Thanks Vicky for free Don!

    • cusi77 says:

      Mimi_ When Jim and Alexis left the store Jim was wearing the new watch. I noticed when they were watching the watches he was wearing a gold Rolex (veeeeery expensive) and he left with the other one 20 something thousands! That was during summer (I think) by Dec 12 they filed bancruptcy to keep the 6,000 sf and avoid the eviction until January 2011.

      • cusi77 says:

        EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS: OC Housewife Alexis Bellino’s Husband Files …Dec 13, 2010 … Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino and her husband can breathe a sigh of relief – for now. EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS: Read James …
        http://www.radaronline.com/…/exclusive-documents-oc-housewife-alexis-bellinos- husband-files-bankruptcy-mansion – Cached

      • Mimisfbay says:

        In the words of my daughter…ewwwwwww. It makes me sick that these creepy people walk away from debt. They buy all of this stuff and then file bankruptcy. How can you do such a thing? I guess evoking the name of Jesus and professing your faith excuses the fact of being a thief? Oh, the fact that he left with a watch like that just makes me sick. He collects them…why can’t the courts take his collection?

    • Noreen says:

      “Dressed up trailer trash.” LOL. I am sick of the stupid games too. I’d rather hear fan questions and calls.

  26. sss says:

    Random thoughts: RHOC is a bore and none of the ladies are nice.
    Star and Dionne must go = UHG!!!!!!!

  27. cusi77 says:

    Watching the rerun of OC from last night THANK YOU LYNN for your recap! I “almost” feel sorry for Slade… his free meal ticket most be very emotionally expensive to pay! Wow, Gretchen! No words.

  28. Adgirl says:

    Maybe Bravo can start a RH of Celebrity Apprentice. They can all live in a suite at Trump Towers.

  29. boston02127 says:

    I had the RHOC on but had the TV muted because I was on the phone. I was watching the (blech) part where Tamara & her new b/f were in the tub. I can’t believe that’s how she wanted/decided to introduce her b/f to the world. What a bimbo~!

    • Adgirl says:

      What man would want to be filmed nearly doing it on Bravo with a not yet divorce mom of 3? Isn’t he concerned about losing clients?

      Makes me wonder if he is just like Slade – dating a RH so he can be on tv.

  30. boston02127 says:

    From Jill’s tweets:
    Sign up for my newsletter at jillzarin.com to find out when I will be on Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jill-s-test-show

    When you click on it you can see that she only got 211 hits on her first show. This was the show where she was tweeting “call me, I’m lonely”. Also notice that it’s now being called a “test show”.

  31. Scorpiosue1102 says:

    So glad that I broke up with RHOOC. If I wanted to watch soft porn I’d turn on Cinemax. How the he@* does someone have the gumption to take off all of their clothes, get in a bathtub and think that’s a good idea??? Tamra’s kids don’t even know this guy yet they could see her mom doing soft porn on national television. So screwed up.

    • Noreen says:

      She won’t introduce her children to the guy because she doesn’t want to traumatize them, but every kid at their school is going to know more about him than they do and they will be tortured by it. Good parenting.

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      Bryn’s smile lit up the room, absolutely delightful. Jason & Bethenny are so lucky, I’m very happy for them. Bethenny deserves the success she has found.

  32. cusi77 says:

    Oh! Bryn is adorable! What a happy girl! A Happy family! Yay Bethenny!

  33. Nancy says:

    Just watched Bethenny’s show. It just makes me happy. What a gift she’s given us. Thank-you Bethenny, Jason, Bryn, et al God bless all of you.

  34. lillybee says:

    I just had a strange thought, when Vicki is divorced and Gretchen dumps Slade’s worthless ass, there could be a possible hookup.

  35. quincyil says:

    That sure looked like a Baptism in Gina’s Church to me. I would be upset if someone took my baby and did that.

    • boston02127 says:

      Me too Q. I was getting nervous just watching.

      • cusi77 says:

        I am glad Bethenny got to her senses and took the baby out.

        • quincyil says:

          I am used to the ways of cultures other than my own. My closest friend is Hindu and she worships the elephant. I respect that this is what she believes. I respect my husband’s Iranian culture too.

          You should not impose on another person. I think the people in Gina’s Church did not understand that they were just visiting. They must have thought that Bethenny and Jason came to join.

  36. Mimisfbay says:

    Hmmmm the water on the forehead was a dead giveaway dontcha think?

    I think that the show is so much fun and enjoyable. They will not be able to duplicate this. Bethenney and Jason are just amazing people. Oh, I am in love with baby Bryn. What an uplifting show…Jason’s parents are funny, Julie, the godmother was lovely. The show is truly charming and hilarious. The opposite of RH franchise! I will watch RHONY because I want to read this blog and snark. Not sure I can stomach the entire season if JZ is featured too much.

  37. Thanks again,Lynn and Quincy, for the most excellent re-caps.
    I missed CA. and was glad to catch-up thanks to you!!

  38. Nancy says:

    Note to Jill Zarin..
    While you were watching “Bethenny Ever After” tonight did you see how mature adults handle conflict? I hope you took “notes.” Now do us all a favor and watch it again then rewind it and watch it again. You could learn ALOT from this show. I highly recommend you tune in every Monday. God bless.
    I almost forgot…Did you hear the great news Bethenny received today?

  39. lillybee says:

    Today I was called a hater in a general hospital thread because I hate a character named Carly. I wonder if Jill Z posts there.

    • Adgirl says:

      LOL. I used to post on a Y&R thread but I stopped after getting beat by rabid Phick Phans. Was sort of funny b/c wait, aren’t theses fictional characters??

      • lillybee says:

        That is what they are. It is funny that different soap boards are so different. TWOP posters seem to get along and use correct grammar and spelling while this other board is a hoot. Sometimes I think most who post there are absolute idiots. I wonder if they are high school dropouts.

        • Adgirl says:

          It’s probably just like the RH boards. You find the one you fit in with and hang out. You know when you don’t fit in by how ofter you get beat up by other posters.

          I know who the Carly character is b/c the actress used to play Reva’s sister on GL a long time ago.

          Y&R is the only one I keep up now. I record it and watch 5 episodes in marathon. I fast forward thu all the boring people so it only takes like 45 minutes. I always watch Jack Abbott, Nick, Sharon, Nikki and Victor Newman (“You Got That?!”).

          Can’t believe the same actors are on after so many years. I used to feed my babies and clean my house to them.Makes me feel happy to check in with them.

          • lillybee says:

            I am the same way about GH. But Guza the head writer has decided to make the show all about the mob which takes all the soapiness out of the show.

          • neroes says:

            Me too. I’ve watched Y&R since its beginning in the 70’s as a young stay at home mother. I loved the original Jack, and Vicki when she was a little blonde blue eyed child. It’s nice that they keep bringing back the original actors. Brock, Nina, and Philip Sr.

  40. quincyil says:

    Vicki of OC is complaining about her electricty bill of $900 a month and her pool costs. The market in California is loaded down with short sales. A few days ago, the Bellino house sold for 3 million in a short sale. I think that means that the Bellinos walked away from the house giving it to the bank for whatever the bank could get in a sale. That harms the other house sales in the area.

    I don’t know why Vicki wants to sell in this horrible market, but putting $250,000 into the house might not help her right now.

  41. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    Good morning~
    Hope everyone is well~

  42. boston02127 says:

    Good morning.

    Bethenny’s tweet– Good morning. I’m @GMA Watch at 830am!today is the day!”A place of Yes”is released today!!! finally….

  43. DJ Loops Fruit says:

    Lynn dont you get the feeling that the “Be Blessed and Protected in Jesus Name” thin is done everytime those kids leave the house
    My sister & her hubby are what i like to cal DEAD AGAIN CHRISTIANS and they do stupid shit like that all the time
    you cant believe his prayers at thanksgiving 30 minute long rants as the food gets cold
    done at MY house knowing full well that im athiest
    its all i can do to not take the carving knife and rearange his body parts LOL

    • HD says:

      I find this so rude. I am sure there are people that post here that are Christians such as myself and this post is beyond rude. “Stupid shit”. Really? Lynn may not agree but at least she said no comment and left it at that. Everyone is allowed to worship who or what they choose and to come to a blog about Housewives and read this comment is beyond rude. You are an atheist, I am a Christian yet no one is calling your stuff stupid shit. Very offensive.

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        well it would be very hard to call “athiest stuff” stupid
        for the simple reason that we dont believe in anything but ourselfs
        If your offended im sorry but that is on you not me as i didnt say all christians are as stupid as my sister and her husband
        but if you ARE a christian and you come into an athiest home and insist on praying for a half hour before we eat i have to call it pretty stupid and wouldnt you also see that as being rude after all they came to my house not me going to thiers where it would be acceptable doing as it is after all thier house
        as a rule i dont care what people worship or not i only made the comment as what those two did before they left the house reminded me of my bubblheaded sister

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      got to agree with HD on this one.

      I am also atheist but it was a long time time in coming. I searched high and low for a religion that was also spiritual, and never found a home. I realized because it didn’t exist ***for me***. And then I realized it didn’t exist ***for me*** because I question the validity of God.

      I secretly envy Evangelist Christians. It must be a huge source of comfort in a scary and troubling world to think that there is a loving presence guiding you. I wish I could believe in that – but it’s just a fairy tale ***to me***.

      Regardless, I don’t appreciate anyone shoving their religion down my throat, and I’m sure anyone who is a believer wouldn’t appreciate their beliefs being ridiculed.

      I think it’s all subjective anyway. Just like Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        I dont envy them i pretty much pity them as i think for a lot of them they are so worried that if they dont believe when they die it will be just like shutting off a light switch
        so they believe more out of fear then anything else
        but your right it is subjective
        i should have made my post cleared that i didnt think ALL christains were out of thier minds like my sister and her hubby
        they are forcing thier kids to go to a “christian school” trust me when i say force cause these kids are so against going and dont seem to be believerd but they arent given the choice
        thats a whole other can of worms

  44. DJ Loops Fruit says:

    “How often should kids get sick?” Lynn your a mom right ?
    didnt your kids get sick more then once
    my sisters kids are always sick
    must be all that praying LOL

    • neroes says:

      I had four children and they didn’t get sick much until they started preschool. Then they had lots of colds and ear infections.

      • vilzvet says:

        My kids never got sick, never got ear infections at all. I like to attribute it to br.-feeding 🙂 but maybe they were just lucky.

  45. DJ Loops Fruit says:

    Poll Results: Vicki 68% Alexis – 32%
    who the f*ck calls in for the polls lately
    as much as Alexis aka Stepford wife annoys me
    no one makes me wanna hurl more then Icky

  46. Adgirl says:

    Holy Inappropiate.
    Boy did I feel terrible for everyone during the “blessing” at Gina’s church. Gina is awesome and I’m sure her fellow worshippers and bishop are too. That was just so awkward to see on tv.
    I don’t know what I would have done in Bethenny’s place.

  47. Adgirl says:

    Star Jones accuses ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ co-star Lisa Rinna of harassment, threatens legal action
    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-03-16/gossip/29172407_1_nene-leakes-mails-e-mails
    ……

    Uhmmm. Probably not a good idea to tweet pix of yourself next to a statue of a devil and say “Hey look it’s me and Star Jones!” when your nemesis is a LAWYER.

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      doesnt it strike you as strange her being a lawyer and all that she would take it to nbc’s legal dept. and really if thats the worst lisa id say to starr let it go after all she has said much worse to people on the veiw

  48. Powell says:

    Say a prayer for Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s family on her passing. One of my favorite actresses of her time!!! I’ll be watching some of her movies this weekend.

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