I Hate Jill Zarin Bethenny Ever After
Eight episodes in, this season is flying by and I’d like it to air year round, seriously. If there is anything anyone reading this can do to help me out with that request, I’d be forever grateful. Unlike some of the Housewives series, this show is upbeat, real and will make you laugh and cry but it doesn’t create hateful feelings and it won’t make you feel like you need a shower.
A bit of a new format, the show opened with Bethenny talking to her therapist and throughout the show we see snippets of Bethenny’s therapy session talking about the events of this episode including the Thanksgiving breakdown.
It isn’t clear whether or not Bethenny’s therapist is the real deal or if he’s simply an actor hired to listen to Bethenny talk and to encourage her to look at her feelings and work through her reactions to them. Regardless, these scenes work and help viewers to better understand what Bethenny is thinking and feeling as she struggles through being a wife, mother and successful business woman.
Bethenny is preparing to go to LosAngeles for the first episode of Skating With The Stars and she’s stressed, nervous and has certainly taken on too much. With 6am practice sessions lasting four hours each then arriving back at her home/office and starting her full day of work, spending time with her baby and the worst thing, Bethenny is having trouble sleeping.
Gina was clearly distraught, she told Bethenny that she had a health issue and needed surgery. She would recover at her mother’s home and her children will be caring for her as well. It is really difficult when someone you care about so much has a health scare and both Bethenny and Jason handled it really well, Bethenny was in tears and Jason told Gina she would always be a part of their family. I’m sure that Gina felt loved.
While it may sound self-centered it’s a fact that it also left the Hoppy’s without a nanny when they seemed to need her the most. Bethenny’s life was becoming a blur and she needed someone she could count on and trust to care for little Bryn. Enter Victoria, stylist and now Nanny who will travel with the Hoppy’s to California and help to care for baby Bryn while Bethenny practices and Jason supports his wife from the audience.
The opulent Beverly Wilshire Hotel hosts the Hoppy family as their home away from home while Bethenny does an amazing job on Skating With The Stars. All of the criticism that followed her through her debut on the show couldn’t take away from her hard work and technically well done performance. As she pointed out, two of her fellow cast members actually fell down and still received a higher score than Bethenny.
Bethenny Ever After did not show the vile, jealous and hateful Johnny Weir on the show, he made some really horrible comments to Bethenny during this competition. As a good friend of Jill Zarin, Johnny Weir was obviously biased against Bethenny before she even laced up her skates. Her first performance was not perfect by any standards but there were some very gutsy lifts, spins and technical skills inserted into their routine. None of this was mentioned by the judges, they simply focused on the negative issues with Bethenny and Ethan’s routine. In comparison fellow contestants got positive feedback and tips on what to work on in the future. So what was happening behind the scenes?
We didn’t learn much on Bethenny Ever After but based on reports during the live airing of the show, critics speculated that Johnny Weir’s friendship with Jill Zarin and his obvious hatred of Bethenny was evident. Johnny was also able to influence his fellow judges, the somewhat ditzy Dick Button and the horrid woman Laurie Ann Nobody also followed Johnny’s biased opinion. The battle between Weir and Bethenny became the only thing that viewers of SWTS were talking about. His opening comments to Bethenny and subsequent low score made it clear he wasn’t going to treat Bethenny like any other contestant.
Contestants like Sean Young and Vince Neil both fell down during their performances yet still earned higher scores than Bethenny and much kinder comments. During Bethenny’s debut performance Johnny Weir only told her that she was stiff and her smile was fake. There was no credit for what she’d done or tips on how to improve as he’d given to the others.
Discussions around the internet wondered why Bethenny Ever After failed to show Johnny Weir’s nasty mug at all on the show. It is possible that he refused to allow it, or Bethenny didn’t want him shown. It is also possible that NBC didn’t want him on the show because many rumors flew during the original airing that NBC would never allow Weir to appear on their network again after his unprofessional and juvenile behavior on the show. Personally, I’m glad we didn’t have to tolerate seeing him again, if I never see him as long as I live I’ll be quite happy.
You can watch the complete skate along with all judges comments here:
It was a bit ridiculous that BEA didn’t air the original music that Bethenny and Ethan skated to, apparently Bravo’s profit margin needs a boost. (yes, sarcastic)
Bethenny and Jason took a leisurely drive through Beverly Hills to look at some houses, she had a list of available homes for sale and the couple pulled into one driveway to get a closer look. Bethenny decided it would be a good idea to hop over the six foot security gate to get a better look, lucky no police had to get involved.
The Hoppy’s discussed once again moving to Los Angeles, interesting that this was filmed several months ago (November/December) and the Hoppy’s obviously haven’t moved to Los Angeles. Are they still considering moving or have they opted to stay in New York?
Bethenny knows the Los Angeles area and suggested that they look in Brentwood California, Jason asked if that was the same Brentwood that OJ lived and when Bethenny confirmed that it was Jason balked at the choice. Bethenny said, “Ok so no neighborhoods where someone murdered their wife, you want to be the first to have done that in the neighborhood”. She hasn’t lost her sense of humor, hysterical!
The Hoppy’s also took advantage of Los Angeles fine dining choices and had a dinner for two at CUT, a Wolfgang Puck eatery and talked again about moving to California. I think overall this couple communicates well but in this instance I do think that Jason took it too far. Bethenny asked if Jason would be alright with seeing his parents just once a month or so as she understands how important it is for Bryn’s grandparents to see the family. Unfortunately while Bethenny was already acknowledging the importance of his parents, Jason said he wasn’t going to feel guilty about being close with his parents. Where did that come from? Bethenny takes a lot of hits for being confrontational but here Jason was the aggressor and he shows that he can be just as argumentative as Bethenny at times. We still love you Jason!
Baby Nanny Gina leaves Bethenny a message congratulating her on the Skating With The Stars appearance followed by a long run of “not fit for TV” rant about the judges stupidity. The Hoppy’s were amused and grateful to Gina who’s surgery went well and she was recovering nicely.
Thanksgiving dinner looked like hundreds of thousands of Thanksgiving dinners around the country. Holidays bring stress for some reason, everyone wants the Norman Rockwell painting and no one ever gets it. It seems something always goes wrong, the dinner rolls are left in the oven, the pumpkin pie doesn’t get defrosted or someone gets a flat time on the way to the dinner. In Bethenny’s case her oven decided to take a break and failed to cook the turkey all the way through. Somehow Julie got the blame, best we can tell Julie was there when the repairman supposedly fixed it earlier in the week. Julie didn’t check to ensure that it was working but it seems as though even if she had, she wouldn’t have been able to predict that the pilot light would go out mid way through cooking a turkey. Julie tried to call the repairman but on Thanksgiving had no luck, Jason and his father came up with a solution, made sure the Turkey didn’t poison anyone and Bethenny apologized to Julie for flipping out at her. It seems Bryn’s first Thanksgiving turned out lovely in the end.
Oddly, Bravo had chosen to run this episode just once last night. Typically they will re-run their new episodes at least twice, yet with Bethenny Ever After, they ran it just once but if you missed it, they will re-run it tonight at 9pm/8pm Central.
Jill Zarin appears on Wendy Williams this morning, apparently she hasn’t read the reviews of her horrific hairstyle:
Until Next Time…