Flipping Out “Showdown in Chi Town” by BB
Getting ready for tonight’s episode, I couldn’t help but think of our own dear Lynn Hudson and how much she would have enjoyed seeing what she referred to as “Chicago, the best city in the world!” featured on Flipping Out and seeing Jenni get married there this season. Who knows, maybe she’s watching it, but I’m selfish; I wish she were here with us to share the experience. I miss you Lynn. xo xo
I’m calling this episode “The Six Faces of Jeff Lewis”
Jeff the Button Pusher: Jeff freely admits he likes pushing people’s buttons. He calls it a hobby. He is constantly pushing Zoila’s buttons by comparing her to Lupe, the part time maid. He tells Zoila that Lupe does a great job, Lupe called Zoila a bitch the other day, Lupe’s the best maid ever, etc, etc. In one scene, Zoila is sitting on the steps playing with Chris the dog while Lupe is shown working her butt off. According to Zoila, Lupe is her assistant. Zoila looks like she has no problem delegating tasks. Later while everyone is sitting at the table for lunch, Lupe thanks Jeff for the bonus he gave her that day. Jeff tells her she deserves it for doing such a great job. He then tells Zoila the salad she made is delicious. I’m sure this will be a running theme and may blow up into something bigger as the season progresses (I’ve seen the previews).
Jeff the Salesman: Jeff has renovated a property owned by Jeanne Shaw (wife of Tommy Shaw of Styx). She now has a list of some small projects she wants Jeff to do in her residence on Mullholland. Jeff plants the seeds for a much more involved renovation including adding some additional square footage to her house. Jeff knows Jeanne will initially nix his ideas, but wants to let it marinate with her for a while. Eventually she will agree to his plan for an extensive renovation.
Jeff the Flip Flopper: Jeff has bought the Spring Oak property he just renovated for one of his clients without consulting his partner Gage, who has been overseeing the renovations at their supposedly future permanent dream house at Gramercy. Jeff is contemplating moving to Spring Oak and selling Gramercy. Then he discusses using Spring Oak as an interim place while Gramercy is being finished (what’s wrong with staying at West Knoll?). Gage wants to stay with the original plan and get the Gramercy property finished once and for all so they can move on with their lives. While Jeff is away with Jenni in Chicago helping her plan her wedding, Gage works hard to get as much done at Gramercy as he can. Jeff returns and brings his client Jeanne to Gramercy to show her what’s being done. Jeanne is impressed and thinks Gramercy is beautiful. To Gage’s delight, Jeff reconsiders keeping Gramercy and making it their permanent home.
Jeff the Nag: Jeff and Alice, Jenni’s mom, are stressing her out about being behind on all her wedding plans. According to Jenni they are always on her case. Jeff tells Jenni he thinks it’s ridiculous that a 40 year old woman on her second marriage is having a wedding with 300 guests and seven bridesmaids. He further tells her he doesn’t know why she’s having the wedding in Chicago and why she only gave herself such a short time to plan it.
Jenni tells Jeff this is her fiance Jonathan’s first wedding and they are both Greek. Most of the friends and family are in Chicago. There is no middle ground when it comes to Greek weddings; it’s either all or nothing. Jonathan must really love Jenni because he’s moving his life from Chicago to LA after they are married. The wedding will be kind of Jonathan’s farewell to Chicago party too. Jenni asks Jeff if he wants to come with her to Chicago to help her with the planning. Jeff agrees because if he helps her make some decisions, she can get her head back into the game at work. Plus he doesn’t want her to be taken advantage of.
Jeff the Control Freak: Andrew, who came along to Chicago with Jenni and Jeff, negotiates through Chicago traffic to get to the Hellenic Greek Museum, a possible rehearsal dinner location. Jeff can’t believe Jenni is having everyone who’s coming to the wedding also come to the rehearsal dinner. I never heard of that, but maybe it’s a Greek thing?
Andrew exhibits a little road rage while trying to park in front of the Radisson Blue in downtown Chicago which is where the wedding reception is to be held and where all the guests will be staying. The person at the Radisson is Chad, Jenni’s “wedding planner.” This is where Jeff starts exhibiting his control freak under the guise of “looking out for Jenni” behavior. He thinks the reception space is too big. He doesn’t like some of the food Jenni has selected. He even slips and says “my” day instead of Jenni’s.
Jeff thinks Jenni is going way overboard on the wedding décor. He keeps telling Jenni to keep it simple and she wants everything. He thinks Jenni may be making a mistake by using Jonathan’s sister as a model for all the bridesmaids’ dresses instead of having all the bridesmaids there. By the way, I must say Andrew looked fetching in the lovely green dress and silver shoes he modeled at the dress shop. Jeff even took pictures of it.
Jeff the Protector: Jeff is concerned that Jenni is spending all her life savings on this wedding and he thinks it’s a waste. He expresses this concern to Jenni and gets pretty worked up about it when Jenni’s not agreeing with him. Jeff thinks Jenni should be saving her money for a house and the future. In his way of thinking, Jeff is only looking out for Jenni’s best interests. Jenni has finally had enough of Jeff’s lecture and tells him she cannot scale back this wedding. Both families are Greek and have very high expectations and she asks Jeff to please just be happy for her. She doesn’t take offense because she’s had enough therapy over the years to know how to deal with Jeff. After listening to Jeff grumbling about everything, she sarcastically thanks him for making the experience so positive. Jeff tells her he’s only looking out for her. She tells Jeff it’s all about the journey. Jeff tells Andrew every time Jenni says “it’s all about the journey,” they will both be having a drink. Hmmmmm . . . I think I’ll go have a drink. Cheers!
RHONY Cast Blogs by RamonaCoaster
Luann De Lesseps
In my opinion, Aviva, Ramona, and Sonja spent way too much time arguing and not enough time enjoying St. Barths. We were staying in an amazing house on an incredibly beautiful island and instead of appreciating what a privilege it was to go on this vacation, the girls became mired in a sea of negative energy. To me, every minute they spent fighting was time they didn’t spend relaxing and having fun.
Well you should have thought of that before you opened your mouth.
I didn’t have a problem with Carole and Aviva going on a dinner date without us, and I encouraged the other girls to go out with me and have fun anyway. Why waste a perfectly good night worrying that we weren’t included? I knew that we’d enjoy our night with or without Carole and Aviva.
You’d be the highest faux ranking royal title in the group without Carole.
On Sonja and Tomas’ romp in the garden, I said this last week and I’ll say it again, Sonja and Tomas are adults and they can do whatever they want with each other. It’s not any of my business to judge Sonja or her love life.
No one will judge your romp with Tomas either. Just laugh our asses off.
Why did Sonja and Ramona skip Russ’ concert? For gals who love to have fun and party, it was weird that packing to go home became such a priority that they missed a great show and the chance to show their gratitude to Carole for planning such a wonderful trip. Russ’ performance was the catalyst for this vacation and the reason why we went to St. Barths, so skipping his performance was pretty thoughtless.
I’d want to get as far away from Aviva as possible too.
I really was surprised when Carole told me in the morning that she was going to take off as couples for dinner and not include everyone. I thought the reason Aviva had Reid come was to have him bring her to be with all of us.
Sorry Ramona. You didn’t get the memo. Besides, do you really want to spend any more time with crazy Aviva?
I really thought the night before I had calmed Aviva down and smoothed everything over. When she walked into my room and started in on me, I got angry. I still say this was a girls’ trip. Why was Aviva insisting this was not a girls’ trip just because a few boys stopped in?
Carole is casually dating Russ and he was not living at the villa. Sonja and LuAnn are single so they if they did have a man come over to visit, who cares?
I love that she included Luann in that sentence.
Aviva said she expected me to put up a banner welcoming her, are you kidding me? One minute, she’s angry at me for talking about her prosthetic leg and the next she’s angry because I’m not talking about or acknowledging her phobias. I can’t win with her.
Ask her to send you a memo next time.
Aviva, Aviva. The way Aviva spoke to Sonja was so uncalled for. She was so was insulting to Sonja and me. Aviva was making up stories, and I thought Sonja handled it quite well.
Hhhmmmm, which stories was she making up?
‘Return to sender’ was the funniest comment Sonja ever said to Aviva. Here we were worried about Reid being a problem at the villa, but he wasn’t — it was Aviva.
In the end Sonja, LuAnn, Heather, and I went for dinner and we all had a super great time. It made me realize how draining and how needy Aviva is.
Can’t wait to watch the reunion.
Aviva must have taken notes from Don Caro’s blog because it’s short. In short, she’s owning her behavior but still sneaking in her excuse the reason she got mad was because someone might ask Reid to leave. I’m not buying it. There’s something wrong with someone when they are still pissed 8 months later over something that never happened. There was talk of asking Reid to leave but in the end no one did. And who did Aviva hear it from? Luann or Bravo production.
By the way, “over weight old ladies gone wild” with money may not want to do business with Reid once they heard that line.
Clearly, the only banner the girls should have hung in my honor was “AVIVA WAS A PAIN IN THE ASS IN ST. BARTHS.”
And still is.
This week concludes the vacation that one can refer to as the “Week from Hell.”
Can you imagine, given the absolutely idyllic setting we found ourselves in, that we could not just have fun together!? Well, if you thought that was possible — then you don’t know this group of ladies.
A week? You exaggerate. Aviva was only there a few days.
At the beginning of this episode, I learned that Aviva and Carole had planned to go on a separate double date to dinner that excluded all of the other women — including myself. To say that I was bummed to hear that is what they were doing would be an understatement. Part of the hurt comes from that fact that I left behind my family and my business to go down to St. Barths to spend time and bond with the ladies as a group.
Alright, now I get why the dynamics would change when a husband or boyfriend arrive to an all girls trip or all Housewives trip.
So, off we go to lunch and no time was wasted getting into it. Aviva again with her pleading for attention and desire for accolades for flying to St. Barths, it was exhausting!
Where is the cool Aviva? COME BACK!
Cool Aviva never existed.
Finally, I get up too and find Carole and Aviva getting pedicures instead of getting this lunch on already and discussing said “double date.” And at this point I am ready to throw in the towel. Rather than stick around and scream, I am out. I literally WALK home, grab my book and a towel, and go to the beach to do me, and just chillax!
Damn, I thought you were gonna do a Cartman from SouthPark and yell ” Screw you guys! I’m going home!” But all you did was sunbathe and read on the beach.
I am seeing with you viewers the scene with Aviva and Sonja fighting in the kitchen for the first time tonight. Wow, isn’t it interesting how quickly a conversation can spiral out of control?
Aviva wanted to embarrass Sonja when she witnessed her hitting on the “absolutely wine guy”.
And talk about spiraling out of control, our Sonja needs to get a handle on her consumption of the spirits. We all love the grape, but she is letting loose on another level so I am going to attribute some of the crazy to that, but I cannot excuse Aviva for her inability to “let the damn plane ride go!” Take the Ferry next time, girl
Next time stay home, Aviva girl!
I missed this during the moment, but watching the episode with you, I realize that Aviva pays me the nicest compliment on the ride to the pier. We are discussing the Ramona situation, hers not mine, and she turns to me and says in reference to how I dealt with Ramona’s wrath, “You are a lot stronger than I am.” And, I just realized that maybe I am, and maybe I need to back off Aviva a little. Maybe I can just be that strong woman and let these ladies have their moments. And when the going gets too rough, I can always just do me again.
Ugh, Aviva just played you. A little brown-nosing and she has you in the palm of her hand.
We eat and then I concoct the idea to lighten the mood with a midnight, “Goodbye St. Barths” swim. So I am in first. . .followed quickly by Carole, Lu, and Aviva! Sonja. . .and let me be clear: I love this woman. . .strips down and jumps in. No one can accuse Sonja of being a party pooper that is for sure! Ramona is coming up with every reason in the book not to join in the fun so Carole and I make a plan. Carole will distract her by having her pass a drink while I go into the kitchen and wham. . .I hip check her into the big drink!! Like I said on the show, the entire trip was worth it for that moment alone! Hehe! And Ramona is a great sport.
That scene was great.
LittleNewton – Watch What Happens Live
Tonights guests are Nicole Richie and Andrew Rannells from The New Normal. The bartenders were two of Nicole’s friends who are superfans. Andrew is a big fan of Andrew on Flipping Out! Andy talks about Jenni’s bridesmaids dress that can be worn in different ways. Nicole says she thinks its beautiful but Andy does not agree. The tension between Jeff and Gage is brought up and Andrew seems to feel that Gage is overreacting over to what Jeff is buying.
Andy rolls a clip that Jeff shot of Zoila complaining about Lupe. It is pretty funny and Zoila pulls a KKB and says “Zoila’s here, and Lupe is here”. As Zoila is calling Lupe a kiss ass, Lupe walks in the room! I love Zoila.
Andy shows a series of pictures of Nicole and her mother in matching outfits throughout the years and they are so awful and funny. Andy does a side by side with a young Nicole and GIA and its actually pretty funny how they looked alike. Andy asks Nicole what is going on with the Jacksons, but she has no idea what he is talking about and Andy says its too complicated to explain.
Nicole gets a caller question asking what three housewives would she invite to her house for a dinner party? She says: Lisa Vanderpump (Duh!), Carole Radziwill, and Nene Leakes. Andrew says Nene is great to work with and didn’t reveal any Diva like antics. Nicole is asked what she thinks of Kim Kardashian’s makeover (via Kanye) and Nicole says she thinks she is beautiful. Nicole is so nice. Andy tries to get Nicole to dish about the Kardashian girls but she won’t and only says that Khloe is her favorite. Nicole gets another question and is asked who she would go in the lady pond with, Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton? Nicole says Lindsay because she is sexy with red hair… Nicole is so nice because that is the most false thing I have ever heard.
Andrew pleads the fifth! His questions
One thing about Nene that would shock us: Nene wears her own shoes on the show and travels with a trunk of shoes.
What Hollywood actor should never grace the Broadway stage? Pleads the fifth
Who would you rather: Mitt Romney or Donny Osmond? Mitt Romney
Andy asks who is a bigger diva, Helen Barkin or Nene Leakes? Andrew says that neither are very diva like and they are like Thelma and Louise together.
The game is called “Feed The Baby” where Nicole will feed a blindfolded Andrew different baby foods and he has to guess what each is. They really need to come up with better games on this show. Andrew thinks most of them are pretty gross.
Nicole discusses the Luann/Tomas incident and doesn’t understand how Luann didn’t realize that people understand French and that she was being filmed. We wonder that too Nicole!!
Andy gives his Mazel to the Freedom Tower being built in NYC in honor of 9/11. God Bless America! The Jackhole goes to the person who auctioned off Elvis’ underwear and couldn’t believe that someone actually offered $10,000 for them.
Tomorrow, Kevin Jonas and Lance Bass is on the show!
Evocative Allusions –
Housewives of New York – A Haiku, by Dame Rhetorica
This housewife erupts
suffering chronic malice.
What? No antidote?
From drunken bender
imbibing housewife awakes.
Ready to revel!
A fragile coquette,
aging housewife reposes
athwart satin sheets.
Smoking succulents and
What “Slutty Island”?
Rue thy comportment!
Courtly and cordial
yet too crass, crude, and churlish!
voluptuous, and hearty…
Beauty of money!