I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of Orange County / Watch What Happens Live
Real Housewives of Orange County / Watch What Happens Live by LynnNChicago
Ding Dong the Terrorist is dead! Congratulations to our US Military, lots of love to you all and come home safely! Andy was a bit out of sorts on Watch What Happens Live as he found out just moments before going live, as we all did, that Osama Bin Laden is dead at the hands of our military!
That’s the good news, the bad news is he was left with just Alexis Bellino as a guest. I can just see the scrambling to figure out how to fill a half hour show with just her brilliance to guide us. Of all days that Andy schedules a newsman to be on the show, what are the odds?
Alexis actually did ok on the show, she did her best I suppose. That didn’t make it any more interesting, unfortunately as she was never meant to carry the show as the only guest.
Let’s start with The Real Housewives of Orange County, what a disappointing episode but the season has really played out to be filled with boring ridiculous interactions as well as behind the back high school comments.
This entire episode was one dinner party, in comparison The Real Housewives of New York have 5-6 events or parties in each episode. Did they really think viewers would enjoy watching these women all act like teenagers for an entire hour at one dinner? Each of the five women all acted like idiots at one time or another during this dinner, it was merely different levels of stupidity.
Peggy was the hostess, she and her husband insulted …er hired the celebrity chef on last week’s episode. Peggy invited all of the Real Housewives and their spouses to her home for this 4-course meal with wine pairings. I suppose in Peggy’s mind since she surrounded this group with fine wine and high end dining, they would behave themselves, she couldn’t have been more wrong.
As the guests arrive we find that Slade hasn’t escorted Gretchen, she brought her assistant and Jim Bellino chose to stay back and Alexis brought her assistant. Peggy was unhappy and disappointed that they didn’t come, I don’t know why she cared or why she acted surprised, she knew well in advance that these two men wouldn’t be attending.
In Slade’s case, Gretchen told the crowd that he was spending time with his children, of course Vicki and Tamra have their own theory. Slade was recently in the press for being in trouble with the law for not paying his child support. The mean girls just assumed Slade was too embarrassed to show his face and didn’t want to answer any questions about the situation. Who cares why he didn’t come, just enjoy the fact that it was a Slade-free evening, shall we?
Jim Bellino chose to stay home because he doesn’t want to film with the mean girls and for once I have to agree with Alexis’ husband. It is unfortunate because he seemed to be the only husband at the reunion last season who was willing to speak up against the mean girls (Vicki and Tamra). Peggy pretended not to know that Jim was not joining his wife at this dinner from hell but we learned on Watch What Happens Live that Alexis told Peggy 5-days before the event that Jim wouldn’t be coming.
Alexis was distraught because she had to answer questions about where her husband was and why he wasn’t joining the gang. Alexis claims that having to lie the minute she walked in the door greatly upset her, you know her being Christian and all. This was a little white lie because to tell the truth would have caused an even greater uproar and possibly would have hurt feelings. Jim simply chose not to be filmed with these horrible women and I actually admire him for that. He isn’t looking for screen time like Slade or like Peggy’s husband Micha. Don’t get me started on that guy! He’s like one of the gossipy women!
The insults flew fast and furious across the dinner table as Gretchen joked that Tamra found Eddie through an escort service. (Sort of makes you wonder, huh?) But Tamra heard Gretchen’s comment and shared it with Vicki (who sat these two together anyway?) Peggy needs a Ramona lesson in seating charts 101.
Peggy was upset with Alexis for breaking down and crying in the bathroom but we all watched Eddie and Tamra making out like they are in high school behind the Fieldhouse, that was way more offensive to me! Eddie is very immature and apparently that appeals to Tamra since mentally she is the same age. I think Gretchen said it best, “We get it, you’re in love, Get a room!”
Vicki was her usual awful self all evening, she concluded that Gretchen must be jealous of Tamra and Eddie but I think that Vicki is the one who is jealous of Tamra and Eddie because her marriage is falling apart. I can’t imagine what the problem is, Vicki slams Donn to the wall every chance she gets. It is clear to me that she doesn’t even like the guy, never mind love him.
The two couples begin to talk about having children, apparently Eddie would like one as he has none of his own, Vicki chimes in that Donn has no biological children either and Vicki tells us that she wanted a boatload of kids but blames Donn for not having any kids. Donn explains that when they first got married they were merely trying to survive and they had Vicki’s two children to raise, so it just didn’t happen. When Eddie asks how long the couple have been married, Vicki responds, “Sixteen LONG years”. Donn calls her a bitch and as usual, he’s right!
Peggy shows off to Gretchen a gift from her husband, a pair of honking diamond earrings to match her honking breast implants, and presented to her for …. Oh I don’t know, surviving the surgery? Gretchen tells us she would gladly get breast implants if in the end she got those huge diamond earrings.
The dinner discussion turns to children and Tamra, with the fresh news that Slade is being sued for not paying child support, blurts out, “You should always take care of your kids!” Gretchen knows and Tamra confirms that she is referring to Slade, yet Gretchen remains composed and goes to find Alexis who has been gone for 20-minutes at this point.
Alexis freaks out just as dinner is served, apparently she can’t eat without her husband sitting next to her. Maybe she had one too many cocktails or maybe she couldn’t take the mean girls anymore but she spent almost the entire dinner in the bathroom sobbing uncontrollably. Gretchen joined her trying to calm her down and Tamra, ever the troublemaker, ever the mean girl, ever the one who laughs at other people’s misery, convinces Vicki to go to the bathroom so she can listen at the door as Gretchen tries to calm Alexis and convince her to return to the dinner table.
One thing I have to agree with Alexis about, since Tamra really had no idea why Alexis was crying, her laughing and being cruel was uncalled for. Vicki speculated that Alexis and Jim had gotten into an argument causing Jim to stay home. If that were the case, as Vicki said it happens to every married couple, why harass her further?
Peggy arrives outside the bathroom door, now leaving the dinner table half empty and tells Tamra, who claims to simply be waiting to use the bathroom yet has hear ear glued to the bathroom door, to go upstairs and use another bathroom, Tamra is giddy with excitement at Alexis’ misery.
At one point Alexis’ assistant/date for the evening is told to go and check on Alexis, he politely says he will go and powder her nose for her, which was clearly simply his way of excusing himself from the table. Vicki loudly explains how she applies her own powder at the dinner table and step by step takes us through how it’s done including how she snaps it shut and replaces it in her purse. Apparently Vicki hasn’t read Luann’s book either and shows her ignorance once again. Has anyone read Luann’s book? I haven’t found anyone but we’ll keep looking.
Peggy shows compassion for Alexis by telling her to get her act together and re-join the dinner or just leave! Channeling Jill Zarin, Peggy couldn’t care less that her guest was upset, or why she was upset she just wanted to pull off the perfect dinner party. Peggy’s instruction to Alexis of “Leave!” just upset Alexis even more and she remained in the bathroom until dessert was served.
I’m not saying Alexis behavior was appropriate, simply that none of these women knew why Alexis was sobbing uncontrollably in the bathroom and so Tamra and Vicki laughing at her and Peggy showing absolutely no compassion just proved what horrible women they really are.
Peggy is supposed to be Alexis’ friend yet when Alexis returns to the dinner table, Peggy picks a fight with her about how often they get together as couples or have play dates with their kids. Apparently it is all Alexis’ fault that they haven’t gotten together in several months. It takes two for any kind of an argument, Alexis explains that she has been busy and clearly Peggy has been busy with surgery, recovery, and accepting a pair of huge diamond earrings. Just a side note about those earrings, I’m no expert but those looked to be at least 2-3 carats each and had to cost well over $10,000. Didn’t this couple just short-sale their house? I’m just sayin…
After dinner the entertainment for the evening was introduced, a friend of Peggy’s who was touted as the next Sade sang a beautiful song as the couples danced and as Alexis and Gretchen made complete fools of themselves. They grinded on each other laughing and yelling loudly as this poor woman tried to sing a beautiful ballad, Bravo does tend to edit these things to make them appear worse than they are but they could have shown some respect for the woman’s singing.
Alexis is finished crying, has had her face re-applied and now appears to be completely drunk and acting like a complete fool.
The mean girls leave first in their stretch limo, Vicki and Tamra continue to gossip about the evenings events and Vicki’s husband Donn joins in wailing and mocking Alexis, “I can’t eat my asparagus without my honey by my side”! If looks could kill, Vicki would have wiped Donn out with one glare. No one can understand why Vicki is upset with Donn, he was just doing what Tamra and Vicki were doing. You could see the realization on Vicki’s face that Donn did nothing to deserve Vicki’s wrath and where she would have typically reprimanded Donn like a school kid, she realized he actually did nothing wrong and turned her disgust of her husband into a “I’m so tired” moment. The limo ride got uncomfortable at that point thanks to Vicki.
Look for my exclusive interview with Cat Ommanney with inside information on her appearance on Watch What Happens Live alongside Luann deLesseps coming soon!
Mob Wives by Quincy IL
Drita Davazo and a friend go to a salon for manicures and pedicures while they discuss the problems of being a mob wife and raising children who miss their fathers. Drita never had a comfort zone. She lives like a gypsy living in 11 homes. When her husband was arrested, the government took everything from her.
Karen Gravono shares her life story with a writing couch who tells her to keep a journal and go to the places of significance to her when she was growing up. Karen tells the couch that she wants to share the pain she felt growing up and being punished for her father’s snitching. She mentions 19 tombstones and feels the pain of being the daughter of a murderer. When her father was first arrested, she sold drugs and became a gangster herself. She turned her life around and wants to share her story in her book.
Karen Gravono is researching her book. She returns to the former office of her father who was in the construction business. Everything that the contractors required was controlled in that office. One half of the men who worked for her father are in prison. Karen then returns to the modest home where she grew up to find that the house is exactly the same as when she left. She shows us the escape route that she used when she wanted to go out late at night and tells us that once she met her dad in the doorway and he had a gun. He thought someone was breaking in.
Rennee Graziano offers her son, AJ, a peeled orange. She tells us that AJ’s father and she separated when he was very young and the father has spent many years in prison so AJ grew up without a dad. She tries to get AJ to share his feelings and he refuses. Renee tells him that he is masking his feelings and some day he is going to blow up. He says it has not happened in 16 years and will never happen. He walks away from her. Karen says this hurts her. She asks for a hug and finally he hugs her.
At Drita Davanzo’s home, Drita and her 9 year old daughter are scrapbooking. They are creating a gift of photos for her husband, Lee, an imprisoned bank robber. The daughter enjoys the creative projects, but does not wish to visit her father who is 6 hours away in a federal prison. She does not like to wait in the prison for her dad either. Drita understands and does not insist that the girls visit him. Drita cries in an interview and wishes she could take away her daughter’s pain.
On the TV, we see the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, announcing a major arrest of members of the Cosa Nostra. The FBI arrested 127 people in the early morning and it is the largest number of arrests in a single day in FBI history.
Renee begins to cry and yell. She says more than 100 men have been arrested. She asks AJ to watch TV with her as she becomes more and more distraught. On the news, we hear Eric Holder say the arrests were made in 4 districts of New York and New Jersey. 800 State, Federal and local law officials were involved in the arrests. Renee is worried about all of the children that will be affected by these arrests.
Sarah, AJ’s father’s girlfriend, calls Renee on the phone. AJ’s father has been arrested at 5 AM. They had no notice that this would take place. Renee states that they usually know something is going to happen. AJ’s father is on probation, so Renee knows that he will not get bail. She asks Sarah questions about the search warrant and where AJ’s father was taken, but Sarah does not know. Renee calls a lawyer to help her ex-husband and she frets over the effect that this will have on her son.
Renee calls Carla Facciolo at the gym to tell her the news. Carla is not surprised as this is how it always happens. Carla tells us that families are torn apart, but no one cares because they are criminals who should go to jail.
Drita calls Renee and says that she is watching the news and that she will come over after her mother arrives. Drita has a 3 year old in the home. Renee says it is not necessary. The doorbell rings and to Renee’s surprise, Karen is there. Karen and Renee had a huge fight, but Karen heard of the arrests and knew that she had to be there for Renee. They have a discussion and they don’t want to continue fighting.
Drita is also listening to the news and she too worries about the children who are frightened during the arrests. This had happened to her family as Lee was arrested in her home at 5 AM. She said that the streets are full of cops and that they break down the door then enter with guns in their hands.
Carla is finished at the gym and she visits Drita. They share their own experiences and call Renee who tells them she is too upset to have guests. When the phone conversation ends Renee tells us that Karen was the only one who cared enough to visit her. Drita senses that she and Carla should have been with Renee during her time of distress.
Karen is in her apartment working on her book. She places a telephone call to her brother and they share their experiences as children of a mob boss. They talk about him having guns and counting money in the bedroom and say that this was normal to them. Karen’s brother said that he did not know the crimes of his father until he was arrested in 1990, but Karen reads a passage from her book and she knew as a child that he was a murderer when a man was killed outside of her father’s night club.
Renee goes to see her therapist, Kelly, because her friends were not here for her and she needs to talk. Renee feels like a lost child. She has pain and depression. She feels isolated and has anguish. The therapist listens, but we don’t hear her response.
The Celebrity Apprentice by Quincy IL
John Rich was the winning manager last week. He presents a check to St Jude’s Children’s hospital. He has won $649,900 for his children with cancer and other diseases.
There are three men left in Backbone: Lil John, John Rich and Meat Loaf. There are four women left in ASAP: Nene, Star, Hope and Marlee. Lil John and Nene become the project managers. Nene tells us that she is going to try because this is for charity.
The project this week is to create a hair styling event. They will provide two stylists and 4 models. The Products name is Biosilk and Biosheen. The audience will be professional stylists and educators. They will be graded on brand messaging, showcasing the product and presentation.
From the start, Nene is complaining about Star Jones. Nene states that Star had a strategy and that Star has bad intentions. Nene thinks Star wants to throw Nene under the bus. Star states this this is not “The Real Housewives.” Nene yells at Star and asks, “Who are you? I will take you! Where is Barbara Walters, Miss, I am so educated.” There are more threats from Nene. Star says, “I don’t do threats.” Everyone is upset.
The men begin to plan and they decide to invite Nikki Taylor, a former model and a former member of the women’s team. They feel she will know more about hair than they do.
The women come up with the theme: “Shake your beauty.” After a tense start, they begin to shake their hair and dance. The room becomes warmer and friendlier.
They meet with Farook, the owner of the American company that makes healthy hair products without ammonia and is safe for the environment. He stresses that we should buy American products.
La Toya Jackson returns and confronts Mr. Trump. She wants and explanation for her firing. She was unable to defend herself in the board room because she had lost her voice due to laryngitis. She felt that she had been sabotaged by Star and there was no reason to fire her. She asked to come back and Mr. Trump would give her the answer to her request in 24 hours.
The men are dancing and having a good time. Their concept is “Feeling Good in America.”
Lil John takes the models to Lord and Taylors and has no problem buying clothes for them. He is shown in the aisle with his ladies following him.
The women will use the models that they were given by Mr. Trump, hire dancers and model hair styles themselves. Hope and Marlee go to Lord and Taylor to buy the clothes and they are unhappy as they don’t know what Nene wanted them to purchase. They discuss buying Nene a dress and wonder what her size is. Hope worries that Nene will get angry if they buy her an extra-large dress.
The men arrive at the salon first and discuss how upset the women will be when their former team mate Nikki Taylor arrives with her three fashion model friends to help the men’s team.
Nene arrives and kisses the men. The women and models have hair styles designed by stylists. The women give the stylists input, but the men let the stylists do their own thing.
Nene continues to bash Star verbally and says, “ Star has a fat brain.”
Nikki Taylor arrives to help the men and it does have an effect on the women. Nene warns Hope not to be friendly with Nikki as she is on the men’s team now.
Both teams start their rehearsals and the women seem to be more in charge. Lil John believes in spontaneity. Meat Loaf would prefer to plan and practice more.
During the women’s practice, the stylists seem to take over and they admonish Star which makes Nene happy and Star unhappy. Star felt that Nene did well on stage, but took a back seat when it came to running the show.
The presentations are made and both teams stress the healthy products which are made in America. The women have a dance team as well as models. Hope seems stiff as she carries the bottles of product and wears very large hair. She does not know how to walk according to Nene.
The teams return to the board room. Nene sets a combative tone. She attacks Star nonstop. Star is called a back stabber and pushy. Nene claims that Hope is under Star’s spell. Mr. Trump feels that Hope has been under the radar in order to survive. Marlee said that sometimes Nene scares me and then she became more specific and addressed the behavior before the challenge began. Marlee does respect Nene and they have become friends. Star was more afraid that she would not maintain her dignity and Nene questioned her on that statement. Nene said that most people don’t like Star and there was silence.
Lil John felt his team did great and that they all participated well.
The judges felts that Nene was weak as a Master of Ceremony.
The men won and $40,000 will go to the United Methodist Children’s Home.
Mr. Trump surprised the men with a new team member, La Toya Jackson. He said this was the first and only time that he would bring someone back as one of their team mates had to leave for personal reasons.
The four women sit in the chair and discuss their issues once more. Nene feels that hope is an intern and Star will get rid of her next week. Just as the show was ending, NBC announced that Osama bin Laden was dead.
In order to find the outcome, I read the net:
“In the midst of the argument, Marlee was ultimately sent out of the boardroom, leaving the two fighters and the more quiet Playboy model (who, as it should be noted, is the only one of them to not lose as Project Manager). Nevertheless, Trump played the same ol’ game as always and fired the person who created the least amount of drama. Hope is gone, and now we have Star and NeNe on the same team for another week.”
Continue reading on Examiner.com: ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’: NeNe Leakes vs. Star Jones is on – National TV | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/tv-in-national/the-celebrity-apprentice-nene-leakes-vs-star-jones-is-on#ixzz1LAFENSCS
So Hope was sent home and the battle between Nene and Star will continue next week. by Quincy IL
Thanks Quincy, greast recap! I too was a bit disappointed in NBC for cutting into The Celebrity Apprentice with just 10 minutes left when ultimately President Barak Obama didn’t take to the podium until close to an hour later. Yes, this was great news, Osama is dead but 10 minutes later the news would have been the same. Do you think Obama told NBC to cut into Donald Trump’s show on purpose? hahaha Kidding!!!
I am really enjoying the Celebrity Apprentice, I think Hope should have gone home long ago, I was thrilled to see LaToya back and telling the same story as NeNe. While NeNe lost her temper and therefore loses some credibility, everything she was saying, while not articulate, was accurate. Rather than repeating the same thing over and over “Backstabbing”, I would have liked to see NeNe provide examples of what Star has done.
There’s my two cents on CA, can’t wait until next week! LynnNChicago
Until Next time…