I Hate Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion by LynnNChicago
The five ladies (and I use that term for lack of a better one) did a whole lot of accusing on the first installment of the reunion show. I found absolutely nothing likable about Peggy Tanous and hopefully if this show returns they will dump her. I really don’t care if Alexis wanted her on the show or not, I don’t care if Alexis was jealous of her (but I can’t see anything to be jealous about) and I really see why these two women would have been friends anyway. The way that Peggy attacked Alexis all season was really ugly! Worse than that was the way that Peggy sucked up to Vicki and Tamra even telling Tamra that she loved her. Seriously? Vicki and Tamra were the mean girls who took Peggy into their group simply to ensure she would be on their side against Alexis and Gretchen. There was no genuine concern or caring for Peggy from either Tamra or Vicki, they simply tolerated her. Peggy is another poor casting choice who will most likely be another in the long line of Orange County’s forgettable housewives who added nothing to the show and will hopefully go away! I don’t typically comment on the Housewives attire but did anyone else think Peggy looked like a slut? The hair, the make-up and the dress all screamed …SLUT! lol
Gretchen Rossi was asked for the ten thousandth time whether or not she will marry Slade, there was rumors that he proposed at the final OC party at Vicki’s house but after their conversations shown on-screen, Slade knows better than to ask. He might have gotten a “no” from Gretchen at this point in their relationship. Gretchen says she’s happy with Slade the way things are but she’s obviously concerned about Slade’s financial situation. He will join the ladies next week and cause Tamra to storm off the set bitching all the way, so he can’t be all bad.
Tamra again accuses Gretchen of cheating on the now deceased Jeff while the two were engaged to be married. I really don’t know if it is true but this subject has really been beaten to death and Tamra really needs to just let it go. Tamra clearly feels the need to bash Gretchen and she’s got nothing else to use against her so she keeps bringing up the same nonsense. I’m not typically a fan of the one shoulder dress but Gretchen is young enough to pull it off well (Caroline!) and while she was coiffed to within an inch of her life she looked pretty good. Andy said she looked very “Pageant” which I think was an insult but Gretchen laughed it off.
Bravo showed a montage of Tamra’s issues while going through a divorce and was asked some pretty tough questions about her behavior on screen. She claims that she didn’t plan on having sex in a bathtub on screen, the plan was to “just talk” folks! But Tamra doesn’t regret it, she doesn’t believe in any regrets and she doesn’t think it hurt her soon to be ex-husband Simon since he has a girlfriend. This woman has three young children and is naive enough to believe that they know nothing of anything she’s done on screen, why? Because according to Tamra there is a court order that her children are not allowed to watch Bravo. Good luck enforcing that order!
If Tamra’s children were home schooled and not allowed to leave the house or use the phone or have any interaction with anyone, they might be able to enforce that court order. Lets be real Tamra, they do go to school and they most likely visit their friends and at some point they will be old enough to watch whatever the hell they want to on television but still too young to watch their mother having sex on TV, hell I’m too young to watch something like that! No one is ever ready to see their mother doing …that!
Tamra claims that her kids only know Eddie “a little” and that she spends time with Eddie while her kids are with Simon. Alexis pointed out that they probably know a lot more about Eddie than Tamra thinks they do if they’ve caught any of the show. If Tamra truly believes they’ve not seen any Bravo due to a court order, she’s pretty stupid. But then we already knew Tamra was pretty stupid.
Tamra looked like a thug in a cocktail dress, she looks like a pretty little thing until she opens her ugly vulgar mouth.
Both Vicki and Peggy said that Tamra’s soft porn scenes in the bathtub were “beautiful” and showed how much they love each other. May I respectfully request that if Tamra chooses to show her love for Eddie in the future, she simply says, “I love you”? There is no way that Vicki and Peggy would have had the same opinion of those scenes had it been Gretchen and Slade or Alexis and Jim doing what Tamra did!
Since Alexis called Tamra out for her bad behavior as a mother on screen, Tamra felt the need to give her take on Alexis and Jim’s housing issue. Andy asked Alexis about her home sale and she admitted to having to sell the house in a short sale and they are buying a new house with cash. Vicki and Tamra both chimed in that typically a bank won’t allow you to do a short sale if you have that kind of cash in the bank. They speculated that Jim most likely put their home into a business name and then filed for bankruptcy. Alexis didn’t seem to know if that was true or not but I’m guessing that if it is true, Jim Bellino did what he had to do in order to ensure his family were not left homeless. I really don’t care how they did it as long as the Bellino children are safe and in a happy home.
Tamra was sure to bring up the stroller in a pool incident, Alexis has explained this several times and I tend to believe that Alexis didn’t purposely toss her kids into a pool so I’m sure it was an accident. We’ve not heard anything negative about Alexis’s mothering skills, I think Tamra was a bitch to even bring it up. When she could afford to, she had some nanny’s, so what? Any mother of twins would do the same if they had the funds to do it. Vicki and Tamra like to try to slam Alexis and since they can’t find much, they attack her mothering abilities and I think it’s a low blow.
Alexis takes a lot of hits about her marriage but really who are we to judge, if it works for her and Jim, why does Tamra and Vicki care so much? They have both been divorced twice so they’re certianly not in any position to give marital advice to anyone. I don’t think there is much on screen that Alexis would need to keep from her kids either. (Tamra!) I’m not overly fond of Alexis but her marriage seems to work and her kids seem happy so I say, let her be.
When it comes to her comments about a woman being President of the United States, I may not agree with her but I certainly wouldn’t want to see Vicki Gunvalson in that office either! WOW, Vicki thinks she could do a better job that Barak Obama? Dream on Vicki!
The only new information we learned tonight is that Vicki has a boyfriend! I’m sure finding out while watching Bravo is exactly what Vicki had in mind for Donn. Vicki contradicted herself when she told Tamra in that now infamous dinner scene that she hasn’t had sex in two years and that she never gets hugs, she just wants to be touched, she’s never touched. Boohoo so sad, poor Vicki is so mistreated, she was looking for sympathy from viewers and looking for a way to justify leaving her husband. On the reunion we learned that Vicki froze up and refused to hug her husband when he put his arms around her. We also know that this couple had sex while renewing their vows which was less than two-years ago. Vicki is a liar and we can’t believe anything that she says.
Vicki grinned like a cat when talking about her new boyfriend, we also learned that he is living with Tamra’s boyfriend Eddie. This seems to me that Vicki watched Tamra divorce her husband and find a young stud and Vicki wanted the same thing for herself. I still think that Eddie Judge is a gay man (not that there’s anything wrong with that) unless you pretend to be a straight man dating a Bravo Housewife.
Vicki’s new boyfriend, I think she said his name was “Brooks”, is from the south and apparently can’t afford his own place in California so he’s bunking down with Eddie. Fascinating. What is more fascinating is that Vicki told viewers that her daughter Brianna who is again living with her, doesn’t approve of her mother’s behavior. Just last week we watched on screen as Vicki’s daughter told us she had her mom’s back and she would take out anyone who went after her mother.
How things change in a few months. Both of Vicki’s children, Michael and Brianna seemed to have a pretty good relationship with Donn Gunvalson and while Vicki told us that Michael has been supportive of his mom, Brianna has gotten angry and lashed out at her mother. Brianna is typically the voice of reason and is probably one of the most intelligent women to ever grace the screen of The Real Housewives of ANY city, I have to think that Vicki’s behavior has to be pretty bad for Brianna to have turned on her mom.
Both Michael and Brianna have made it clear they want to maintain a relationship with their step-father Donn and Vicki said that she supported that decision. If Vicki is acting with Brooks the way that Tamra was acting with Eddie, I can see why her daughter is disgusted! I sincerely hope that Brianna lives her own dream and moves as far away from her mother as possible as soon as possible and is happy and healthy!
Vicki tried to lead viewers to believe that she was so busy with work that she had no time left for her husband, if this were true how is it that she’s finding time for a new boyfriend? This wasn’t about work, this was about Vicki being bored and refusing to work on her marriage. Vicki’s lack of respect for her husband was evident from the first season of RHOOC and she was clearly bored with him for years.
I’m sure we’ll hear more about Vicki’s boy toy in the coming weeks but my prediction is that this guy is another male gold digger who would love nothing more than to be on television and is attracted to Vicki’s money more than he’s attracted to Vicki! Tamra and Vicki both deserve what is coming their way.
Tonight on part two of the reunion, Jeana and Slade join the ladies on the couch and Tamra dramatically storms off the set. I doubt we’ll learn anything new, more bitching and cattyness…stay tuned.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey by LynnNChicago
I no longer feel sorry for Jacqueline and the issues that she is dealing with regarding her daughter Ashley Holmes. Jac’s husband Chris enters the house and announces to Jacqueline that he has decided to work out an arrangement to buy Ashley a car. Jacqueline is clearly unhappy about this decision but she shows no authority and says very little in opposition. “I thought we talked about this” was about all Jacqueline said.
Ashley works as an unpaid intern at a PR firm in New York City, she claims to have a “part time job” but we all know that she does collect a paycheck from Bravo being under the final year of a 3-year contract. We don’t know how much money this kid gets but apparently it wasn’t enough to buy a car on her own so what makes her parents think she can make the payments going forward? Sigh…they will never learn!
Ashley tells viewers that she’s a “good kid” because she’s not in and out of rehab. Her definition of a “good kid” leaves a lot to be desired!
When the trio arrived at the car dealership and Chris Laurita told his step-daughter that he would be holding onto the second set of keys to her car, Ashley whined “Noooo” and refused to agree to allow this man to even drive her car complaining, “you have four cars!” This is the man who is paying the down payment and her first two car payments, her mother is co-signing this loan and Ashley doesn’t want to let Chris take the car out for a ride later that evening. It gets worse… Ashley says, “if this is how it’s going to be, then I don’t even want the car”. Chris says, “Fine, let’s go home then” to which Ashley replies, “fine, let’s go home!” This is where I would have stood up and walked out of the car dealership and Ashley would have been left to walk home. But not the Lauritas! No way! What do they do? They continue on with the purchase and Jacqueline signs all the paperwork so that her disrespectful, unappreciative, rude daughter can have a brand new Jeep. WTF? Chris and Jacqueline Laurita deserve what they get with this kid! Ashley is a sickening person, she’s not a child and she’s not a woman but she is a dispicable human being! Sorry Jacqueline, but she is!
At the Giudice household they’re all excited to receive a voice mail from Uncle Joey, he notes that he received Teresa’s letter and would like permission to attend Gia’s gymnastics meet. Gia is clearly excited and is so emotional she begins to tear up causing Teresa to tear up and Joe Giudice to roll his eyes and crawl back under the rock…er covers of his bed. Did anyone else notice Joe Giudice spends a lot of time in bed?
Teresa calls her brother back and gets his voice mail finding his mail box full and unable to leave a message. Joey must have seen her number on the caller ID and called her back just moments later. Teresa scolds her brother for not taking her call, forgetting that she didn’t take his call since he had to leave a message but he also explained that he was with a customer. Apparently Joey actually does work while Joe Giudice is in bed, I get why Teresa wouldn’t understand that as her husband spends all day in bed.
Joe gets out of bed to attend Gia’s gymnastics meet but based on his questions and the fact that he had no idea what was going on, this was his first time to attend his daughter’s meet. Poor little Gia did not do well, it could have been the fact that Bravo’s cameras were on her or it could have been what Teresa claimed, it was because her Uncle Joey hadn’t arrived on time to watch her perform. I tend to believe it was the cameras. Since her father and her uncle had never attended before, I doubt her audience had much to do with her being nervous. A young child performing for the first time for television cameras was more likely the problem.
Joey, Melissa and their daughter arrive in time for the awards ceremony and while Melissa is all but ignored, Teresa makes a big deal over her neice while Joe pays no attention to the child saying, “she never says hi to me!”. Grow up Joe Giudice! She’s a child, if you paid a little attention to her, she would be more likely to acknowledge that you exist.
Joey and Teresa’s mother is in attendance, she ignores her daughter-in-law and scolds her son for being late even as just moments before we watched her arrive late as well. It must run in the family, Teresa has absolutly no right to be upset with her brother for being late as just a few weeks ago we watched her miss her nephew’s entire Christening ceremony arriving only in time for photos afterward.
Kathy’s family was really sweet on tonight’s episode, I love the way that they have open communication with their children and I thought the idea of a contract was a great idea. The fact that Kathy and her husband didn’t dictate what the contract would include but allowed the kids to create something that they’re comfortable with was a great way to handle this.
Caroline Manzo and her husband playing golf. Really? This is the best they’ve got? sigh…
Later in the episode Caroline interviews for a radio job and tells the station manager that while she has no radio experience, she has a lot of life experience. Since we know that Caroline does get the job apparently it worked but I certainly wouldn’t have hired her based on that line. Caroline has never worked, she raised three children as a stay at home mom like millions of other women in this world, what qualifies her to give advice? Her behavior on last year’s reunion would have disqualified her for any job in my book! I think that Caroline got this job simply because she is a cast member of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Melissa Gorga sang the wrong lyrics to Amazing Grace but I have to admit that she’s got a pretty voice. Previews for the show confirm that she will be allowed to sing on stage in front of an audience in future episodes. For tonight we learn that she not only sings but writes songs, texting lyric ideas to a young writer who puts it all together for her. I liked the song he came up with, I thought it was pretty good. We’ll see if Melissa can hit those high notes.
I was impressed by Joey Gorga’s support of his wife’s dream, he quietly said shhh to his kids so that they could listen to Melissa sing then told her he would support anything she wanted to do with a singing career. It was really very sweet.
I was less impressed with Melissa and her sisters shopping spree but thankful that Bravo didn’t flash price tags on the screen. Fur Melissa? Really? The shop owners actually said she should give Melissa a free coat because she spends so much money in her store. Cut to Teresa’s jealous rant about Melissa knowing how to get what she wants from her husband.
I suppose Teresa forgets that her husband let her spend anything she wanted to, $10k on a couch, “why would I love a couch”. Who knows how much on Teresa’s fake boobs, “Happy wife, happy life”. Teresa is the queen of spending her husband’s money so she has no room to talk about her sister-in-law, the difference is the Gorga’s aren’t filing bankruptcy. During Season one we watched Teresa shop exactly the way Melissa was shopping, Teresa wasn’t working, was home raising her kids and spending like she had a money tree in her yard. Tonight she criticizes her sister-in-law for the exact same thing. Yes, Teresa wrote two cookbooks and they’ve sold well but it isn’t because she wanted to get a job, it is because she was forced to make money when her husband’s business failed. I sensed a bit of jealousy in Teresa’s version of Melissa’s life.
I really don’t understand how this hard-working Italian family continually criticize Joey Gorga for working all the time and they say he spends too much time working? This is a bad thing? I thought this family came here from Italy with no money in their pockets and worked hard to build the American dream? Why is it a negative thing that Joey Gorga works hard and supports his family? Maybe Joe Giudice could learn a thing or two from his brother-in-law?
Melissa talks to her husband about her concerns regarding his family. They all seem to blame Melissa for the conflicts and she doesn’t understand why. Honestly, I don’t understand why either, Teresa tells us that she was fine with her brother until he married Melissa yet we also heard that they were all fine until Teresa started appearing on television. I’d like to hear from Teresa exactly what she thinks Melissa did to tear apart her and her brother. Particularly since we’ve seen Melissa only try to encourage her husband to talk to Teresa and fix things. Melissa has said she wants her children to know their cousins and to get together with Teresa on a regular basis.
Yes, I’m team Melissa, I know it’s not the popular position to take but it’s how I see it, feel free to disagree! 🙂
Next week Joey and Teresa sit down in a restaurant to talk things out, I’m going to predict that it doesn’t go very well since from what we’ve heard each of them blame the other for the problems.
Mob Wives by Quincy IL
Carla and Renee are catching up at a diner. This is the first time that they are together after the fight. They need to laugh, forget and be friends. Renee doesn’t like online dating. She wants a man like Jr., her ex-husband. Carla said that Renee needs to move on because Renee is not happy and she needs to be happy. They have been friends since they were teenagers and they want each other to be happy.
Karen is talking to her ex-boyfriend and father of her daughter Karina. David said Karina has not stopped crying for Karen since she returned to Phoenix, AZ. Karen’s mother is also there for the 11 year old girl. David talks about how difficult adjusting to being free is has been in prison most of his life. The stress of working a regular job and trying to stay out of prison has taken its toll on David. Karen wanted a guy who was “in the streets.” David says, “I love you.” Karen says, “Right, bye.”
Carla tells Etty her friend that Joe will be out of prison in 2 weeks. They go shopping for tee shirts, underwear, socks, and sneakers. The kids are excited that their dad is returning to them, but he won’t be moving back in as they are divorced.
Drita arrives at a restaurant and they discuss the cold rain. Drita shares that Lee has been in prison half of his life. He spends 2 years in JV, 6 ½ years, 8 ½ years and 2 years. Drita jokes about phone sex. They share that women suffer. They feel good and look good. Drita says she won’t get a boyfriend because Lee will hurt me. She jokes about a vibrator.
Nikole and Renee visit Dr. Clapper, the plastic surgeon. Renee wants a body makeover. The doctor’s assistant takes naked body shots and Renee is shocked. Some people would lose weight, but Renee wants the doctor to change her figure. He said they would discuss the best scenario.
Drita talking to her cousin on the phone and she is upset that raccoons are getting into her garbage bin and making a mess. She said they were smart and like a gang. She is going to use a paint gun and shoot them in the ass. She says that a single mother needs a gun for burglars and raccoons.
Karen is meeting with her writing coach, Carmela to discuss the book. There is an article in the paper calling it a tell all and that there is a backlash from the victims of her father’s crimes. She says that people have written about blood money. Karen says that she did nothing. Karen feels that she was a victim of circumstances. She is going to tell her story, not her father’s story.
Drita is with her daughter Aleeya and they are talking about Lee. Aleeya asks why her father went to prison for the first time. Drita said that he hung out with friends and the friends did something wrong. One of the friends did not want to go to prison so he was” a rat.” Drita explains that a rat is a person that tells on the others. Aleeya would rather have her dad in prison than be “a rat.”
Renee and Karen are in a restaurant. Karen compliments Renee on her lips. Karen says the papers have published her mug shots. They agree that her father’s crimes are twenty years in the past. Renee says that Karen has a right to tell her story. They quote, “Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”
Lee calls Drita and she tells him about the raccoons. Lee laughs. She tells him about Aleeya and how she feels about rats. She is proud that her daughter has a sense of loyalty.
Jr. arrives at Renee’s house and asks for chicken soup as he doesn’t feel well. Jr. and AJ talk so Jr. can tell his son that he is going to prison. AJ shows a lack of emotion, but Jr. tells him AJ that he is getting his car and that Jr. will take care of him.
Carla comes to Drita’s home at night and they are ready to rumble. The have a paint gun and a flash light. Drita fires the paint gun and misses the raccoon, but they are frightened by the animals. They sit on the porch and talk about the need of single women for guns. Both have alarms on the houses, but both have had intruders. Drita mentions knives, but a gun would be better.
Renee tells Nikole, her friend, that Jr. has stayed over and they have held each other in bed. Renee says, “I love him.” Renee wants the feeling of a family. She admits that she is catering to him.
Carla is out on the shore with her two children, Carmen and Joe. Their dad will be out of prison in 11 days after years of being away. Joe should tell them where he was right away when he gets home. The kids are happy. Joe won’t be coming to live with them as Carla and Joe divorced. Joe is unhappy with Carla receiving all of their assets in the divorce.
The four Mob Wives are walking in a park. They arrive at a restaurant. Renee shares right away that she is back with Lee and the other three women question why she is doing this. Renee explains that Jr. brought home 3 packages of pumpkin seeds. When they were first together Renee loved pumpkins seeds so she thinks he cares about her. Renee wants AJ to be the father to her son. The women agree that AJ needs his dad. Renee loves AJ to the point that she can’t get over him. She feels she is loyal.
Great Job Quincy, thanks for all you do!!! xoxo
Don’t miss the Orange County reunion part two tonight on Bravo then stop by tomorrow for the recap!
Until Next Time…