I Hate Jill Zarin Celebrity Apprentice & Real Housewives of Orange County & Watch What Happens Live
Real Housewives of Orange County
Tonight’s episode continues as we are all trying to find some redeeming qualities in these women! The majority of the episode was all about Alexis’s Rest and Relaxation party including champaign, food, massages and Botox. (Botox didn’t look very relaxing) Not exactly an original idea but it did get all of the ladies together for the first time as it was intended to do.
The new Housewife, Peggy quickly became just another blonde Orange County Housewife, she is interchangeable with any of the others. She used to be a model, she is having her breasts done…again. She is holistic, she’s into astrology, organic and all natural and whatever else but don’t you dare question her putting fake boobs in her body.
What mother doesn’t think that her kids are so beautiful that they should be modeling? Peggy, as an ex-model should know that it takes a lot more than just a cute kid. Her children didn’t listen to a word she said, were uncooperative and misbehaved throughout their “audition”. Peggy mentioned more than once that she would be returning to modeling soon.
Similar to Kyle Richards telling viewers that she is going to be getting back to acting now that she’s had her children, Peggy thinks that just because she is ready to go back to work, the modeling world will be throwing jobs at her. I think she’s going to find, like Kyle did, these are not careers that you can just walk right back into anytime you like.
It completely disgusted me to see Peggy sucking up to Vicki at Alexis’ party. It was clear that Peggy was afraid of Vicki, it looked like a job interview and only Peggy knew the goal was to ensure she didn’t get on Vicki’s bad side. Peggy starts with her astrology and saying she has a connection with Vicki, Vicki asked about Peggy’s friendship with Alexis and while Peggy admitted to being long-time friends with Alexis, she clearly wanted to change the subject. It is clear Peggy has watched this show, no denying it.
Peggy told Vicki that she admires her work ethic and understands how important Vicki’s work is to her. Gag me! That was a disgusting display by Peggy and Alexis was right to be sickened by the whole thing.
The other new housewife, Fernanda was featured on this episode, although Bravo has taken her off the opening credits and all the promotional photographs, Fernanda had scenes tonight on her own without other housewives. But first we see Tamra and Fernanda in their NOH8 photo shoot, it appears as though it is Tamra’s idea to go topless in the photo with her friend Fernanda.
Later in the episode Fernanda is holding a Citizenship party for herself and is very disappointed that her friend Tamra was a no-show. She and her friends decided that Tamra should have changed her moving day to ensure she could be at Fernanda’s party.
Tamra doesn’t have time for such trivial things as Fernanda’s Citizenship party, she has a new hot man to make out with and symbolic memories of Simon to go through in her garage as her stuff gets moved from one garage to another.
Tamra mentions Simon Barney no less than four times this episode, telling us what Simon would and wouldn’t allow her to do in her life. She is seeing a new side of her boy-toy Eddie as he seems irritated that she’s held onto her wedding gown and other items from her wedding. Tamra goes for the dramatic affect as she carefully places her Bride and Groom glasses into the trash can and begins to cry.
Gretchen is planning a 40th anniversary party for her parents and I was actually impressed that Gretchen took her own engagement ring from her first marriage and had it re-designed to give to her mother. It was a very selfless thing to do and four carats later she had a beautiful ring for her mom. Gretchen could have sold the ring or had it redesigned into something for herself, I thought it was nice that she did that for her mother.
Vicki’s family dinner that should have been fun and special as it doesn’t happen all that frequently soon became awkward and icky when the family discussed Vicki’s work schedule. Donn tells Vicki she’s never home and her daughter Briana says she comes to visit but Vicki is never there. Vicki’s son Michael has his own schedule and apparently is out partying every night coming home after midnight.
Here I have to mention former OC Housewife Jeana Keough and a family dinner that she had with her children just before she left the show. Vicki was quick to criticize Jeana and the way that her children treated her yet they had a lovely, fun dinner and clearly enjoyed each other’s company. Compare to Vicki’s family dinner that was strained and awkward, I think she could learn a thing or two from Jeana about putting family first.
Alexis two hour party took place from 6pm to 8pm on a Tuesday night, still a problem for Vicki because in case you didn’t know, she works and complains of having to leave work for this party. Come on Vicki, work smart, not hard. Tamra picks up Vicki in a limo, and gives her beautifully wrapped gift that turns out to be pepper spray or mace. Seriously?
Alexis’ party begins and as the guests are arriving she tells them that the Botox is on her tonight and reminds them to go easy on the Champaign if they’re planning to partake.
Vicki and Tamra arrive and as Tamra receives her relaxing massage she is confronted by Fernanda about not attending her citizenship party. Tamra doesn’t understand why she is so upset and in true Tamra selfish style asks Fernanda if she really understands what Tamra is going through in her life. Maybe if Tamra had spent a little less time making out with Eddie and going down memory lane with Simon she would have been had time to stop by Fernanda’s party. What the hell, Tamra’s leaving for Spain in the morning with her male lover, she doesn’t have time for her lesbian lover.
The party goes off without a hitch, Alexis tells us that Vicki apologized to her and only wants to move forward without anymore drama, Alexis wants the same until she sees Peggy brown-nosing with Vicki. It is a bit high school but then all the housewives can be a bit high school and I admit Peggy made me ill the way she was kissing Vicki’s ass at the party.
Tamra’s mace/pepper spray remained unused in Tamra’s purse but she is sure to pull it out and let everyone know that she brought it just in case. In case of what? Did she expect to get mugged at a Botox party? Tamra must have left that little bit of class that she must have somewhere back in the boxes with her memories of Simon Barney. Last season Simon asked us what Tamra would be like if he wasn’t controlling her, now we know.
Tamra mentions her ex-husband’s negative qualities every chance she gets yet she married him and stayed married to him until the money ran out so I have very little sympathy for Tamra.
The party ends presumably at 8pm and Vicki announces she’s going back to work. Tamra is going home to prepare for her trip to Spain. They pry Peggy’s lips off of Vicki’s ass and they all go their separate ways, all the Orange County housewives have now met one another.
We didn’t see any interaction between Fernanda and Vicki, apparently Vicki isn’t jealous of Tamra’s lesbian relationship with Fernanda, maybe she’s working too much to notice.
Next week we follow Tamra and Eddie to Spain where Eddie freaks Tamra out by talking about having a baby. Gretchen’s folks enjoy their 40th anniversary party that we’ve been hearing about for what feels like months.
Watch What Happens Live
Andy welcomed guests Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes and Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone, both who have appeared on Celebrity Apprentice. Both guests upbeat and funny tonight made for a fun show. Even Andy seemed to have had plenty of Makers Mark in his system to have some fun.
Andy opens the show by talking a bit about the Orange County Housewives, Curtis and NeNe have some funny remarks to make as Andy asks about the oxymoron
that is Peggy and Alexis. The irony of Peggy bragging about being Holistic while Alexis talks of her her Christianity, then both ladies getting fake breasts wasn’t lost on Andy. NeNe tells us there isn’t anything in the bible about breast enhancement and had no problem with it.
Andy wanted his guests feedback on Tamra’s decision to bring mace to a Housewives party, Curtis said she wouldn’t be invited to his party’s ever again but NeNe reminded viewers how catty and horrible these women can be and thought Tamra was smart to bring mace. I can see why NeNe would think that way. We’ve all seen her behavior on her show.
Tonight’s poll asked whether or not Gretchen should marry Slade. Just a few episodes in and I’m already sick of hearing about Gretchen marrying Slade. 84% of viewers felt Gretchen should not marry Slade Smiley, no surprise there.
Andy’s three obsessions were interesting questions.
First Andy asked about Fernanda and Tamra’s relationship. Tamra jokingly tells viewers that she is an equal opportunist. We already knew she was an opportunist, and not in a good way but her ridiculous innuendos about being a lesbian and having a sexual relationship with Fernanda is insulting and rude not only to Fernanda but to viewers. Tamra is clearly not a lesbian and her playing with the subject and joking about Fernanda isn’t funny.
Andy’s second obsession was Peggy taking her daughter’s to a modeling agency and the disaster that ensued. Andy then showed us Teresa Giudice’s daughter Gia’s modeling attempts that were just as disasterous but for different reasons.
Finally, Andy’s third obsession was from Celebrity Apprentice. Ms. Dionne Warwick called NeNe Leakes a coward as she was fired by Mr. Trump on last weeks episode. NeNe’s only response was how much she admired Ms. Warwick and had respect for her…but NeNe’s target remains Ms. Star Jones.
NeNe was asked to play Shag/Marry/Kill with her Apprentice co-stars. She chose to both Shag and Marry Country Singer John Rich and to Kill Star Jones. NeNe flirted with fellow guest Curtis Stone and refused to answer any questions about her soon-to-be ex-husband Gregg Leakes. I do give her credit for refusing to bash Gregg.
NeNe was asked about Star’s ex-husband and whether or not she had any type of relationship with him. NeNe annoyingly answered that question with a question, “do I look like I am having a relationship with him?”. Strange way to answer that question since it isn’t clear what she would look like if she was having a relationship with Al but she added that she was sick of answering that question. Maybe if she answered it with a simple “NO!” instead of with another question, the matter would be put to rest.
Another silly game as Andy pretends to be Donald Trump, complete with a wig and asks both Curtis and NeNe stupid questions, Curtis wins, NeNe is fired. If only wishing made it so…
Thursday night on WWHL Andy Cohen welcomes Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin immediately following the long awaited premier of The Real Housewives of New York. All I can say is after Bravo made us wait so long, this better be good.
The Celebrity Apprentice By Quincy IL
The Challenge this week was to create art and to hold an opening at an art gallery to raise money for charity. Marlee Matelin and John Rich were chosen as team leaders.
John Rich was confident that his friends from Nashville would travel to NYC for the event. He urged his team mates to make their calls and find other donors. Marlee Matelin also knew philanthropists who would donate large sums of money for the art.
Marlee asked La Toya Jackson if she had something from her family that might be donated and sold to help in this fundraiser. La Toya had a tee shirt celebrating her brother, Michael Jackson. He signed two of these tee shirts and La Toya had carried one with her for months. She donated it and Marlee became emotional.
Jose Conseco did not have any donations. He went to see Mr. Trump in the middle of the night to tell Mr. Trump that his father had taken a turn for the worse in his battle against cancer. Mr. Trump donated $25,000 to BAT, Baseball Assistance Team. This organization helps injured athletes.
Both teams make purchases of supplies at Michaels. They buy canvases, hats, paint, and brushes. Meat Loaf is very tired and when Gary Busey asked him if he will buy art supplies for Gary, Meat Loaf was angry and frustrated. Later, when setting up their work stations, Meat Loaf thinks Gary took some of his art supplies and he starts yelling and using obscenities. John Rich steps in to calm the situation.
The women are making calls and working on projects. Nene tells Marlee that she won’t pretend that she has a lot of big donors, but will try. The women are quiet and discouraged as they know that John Rich has a number of wealthy Country Music Stars as close friends.
The men get to work right away and seem to enjoy the process. Lil John is very creative. Gary explains why he is creating his work with enthusiasm. Richard Hatch makes no calls for donations and seems worried about selling his art. There is a party feeling in the men’s work space. Meat Loaf apologizes to Gary explaining that he had been to anger management classes, but he lost it due to being exhausted. Gary accepts the apology.
The plane from Nashville arrives and they show the friends of John Rich.
The men move to the gallery to set up their exhibit at 3 PM. The women leave before 5 PM as they take time in creating the art. The traffic affects the women and their art delivery taking 3 hours. Mr. Trump said that he had never heard of it taking 3 hours to get downtown before. They actually set everything up in 5 minutes and open to a small crowd who waited outside in the dark. The men have a huge and very happy crowd pouring into their gallery.
The men are selling paintings for $5,000. There is a $470,000 check for a signed guitar and a lot of cash donations. A little boy with cancer comes to the event to learn that they are raising funds to help him and children like him.
Star Jones is working on the fax machine and taking in three $99,000 donations in a row. They also are selling their art. Jill and Bobby Zarin have come to help Nene. The buy a hat that Nene tells them starts at $500. We see Jill look at other pieces of art, but we don’t know if she purchases anything else.
They all return to the board room feeling confident.
Lil John created the best art for the men and he would like to create more in the future. Gary told stories to help sell his art. Richard Hatch sold two pieces. One of his paintings sold for $1,000. The men explain the fight between Meat Loaf and Gary Busey. Gary states that he was calm during the confrontation. Everyone agrees that John Rich was amazing.
The members of the women’s team compliment Marlee on her ability to raise funds. La Toya is given the award for creating the best art and received $25,000 for AIDS Project LA.
The teams raised the greatest amount of money in all of the seasons: $1,640,000. The women were shy $14,000 from making $1,000,000 so Mr. Trump gave Marlee an extra $14,000. Her charity helps people with hearing problems.
Mr. Trump teases with the possibility of not firing anyone as he gave Jose permission to leave during the competition, but in the end, he decides to fire Richard Hatch for not raising any money. Some of the men wanted to fire Gary Busey, but Marlee Matelin said that Gary has a creativity that the men’s team would need at some point and that Richard should be fired as he didn’t raise any money.
Richard Hatch went home and said that he appreciated the opportunity to participate in the challenges. It seems that Richard had no one to call to donate in any of the competitions.
Thanks Quincy for another great recap of Celebrity Apprentice. Lynn~
I have a few observations about Celebrity Apprentice I’d like to throw out there.
I was so impressed by Ms. LaToya Jackson’s selfless donation of a one of a kind t-shirt autographed by her brother, the late, great Michael Jackson. LaToya could have held onto this and used it while she was project manager or she could have simply held onto it as it was clearly so important to her, she certainly earned my adoration for that amazing act of charity.
Jill Zarin’s appearance made me want to vomit, her donation of $500 looked absolutely pathetic in comparison to the thousands that were donated by so many others. The ladies team raised almost a million dollars but don’t forget Jill bought a hat and a few seconds of face time on prime time TV for $500…sad! I really wish we knew who NeNe called and if Jill was the only one that agreed to show up or if NeNe didn’t call the other NY Housewives?
Meatloaf’s freak out scared the hell out of me, he always came across as so level headed and kind, I wish we hadn’t seen that.
Jose Canseco’s departure was a bit of a surprise, it was so inappropriate that Richard Hatch talked about this being a scam and Jose leaving because he thought he wouldn’t succeed at this task. Mr. Canseco passed away shortly after Jose left Celebrity Apprentice.
Kudoos to John Rich for the amazing group of Nashville artists that he brought together to raise $470k for a wonderful charity like St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and raised almost $700k overall.
I also have to give props to Marlee Matlin for her efforts, this may earn me some hate mail but I wasn’t as impressed with her Charity as some of the other celebrities. Overall I like to see charities that help people in the United States but if you are going to help people in third world nations, I would think the priority would be life’s basic needs like food and shelter over hearing aids. I just imagine cases of hearing aides arriving where people are literally starving to death. Bring on the hate mail, it is how I feel.
Finally, I was glad to see Richard Hatch go rather than Gary Busey. I never liked Hatch, in fact I was hoping he would have been sent home week one rather than David Cassidy and Gary Busey needs to stay for the entertainment value. Although every member of the men’s team voted to fire Gary, Trump clearly wasn’t ready to let him go and sent Hatch packing. Yeah!
In other news:
Bravo had previously put the word out that they would be doing a spin off of their wildly popular Real Housewives of New Jersey featuring Caroline Manzo’s two son’s, Albie and Chris. These two young men were apparently in the thick of things during the brawl in The Dominican Republic and their punishment just may be Bravo pulling the plug on this project.
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