Extending the 15 Minutes of Fame by NoMoreDrama
Update: Jill gave an interview to Rob Shuter of the HuffPost. Here’s a few of the delusional things she said.
“The replacement cast of “The Real Housewives of New York City” have not produced anywhere near the ratings the previous cast brought in, leaving Jill to argue the network “should bring back me, Alex and Kelly and fire Carole [Radziwill] and Heather [Thompson]. “Whoever was responsible for this disaster, should be fired,” she said, adding, “I feel vindicated.”
Let’s break this down. She wants two of the three new cast members fired (she loves Aviva for some reason) plus the person who fired her – ie Andy Cohen?? So she thinks calling for the head of the person that is in charge of hiring and firing is a good way to get back on the show. Ugh.
“How do they feel, Simon and Alex? After the show it’s very hard to get a regular job,” Zarin said. “Fame doesn’t go away so fast, but once you are fired you lose your publicist and income. I would love to know if they [Bravo] think they have an obligation.”
The first part I’d agree with – but no. I doubt Bravo thinks they have an obligation to support Silex. Plus – doesn’t Jill remember that she tried relentlessly to get Alex fired from the show, and even interfered with Simon’s job by calling his boss. Ugh.
One final note. Despite the decline in ratings, a Bravo insider says, “Jill will not be returning to the show.”
Remember that tweet from Jillzy I put on the blog with a HUH? yesterday. Well Kerikids on twitter clued me in to what it really meant. Jillzy tweeted it during WWHL while LuLu was on.
Jill’s tweet was addressing something she said about LuAnn when she was on WWHL on Monday regarding LuAnn’s time with Thomas making her relevant – and that she’d be back the next year.
On the WWHL aftershow Andy read the tweet outloud, and LuAnn and Andy have a chuckle over it. They both agreed that Jill said it -and should own it. Andy just shrugged and said it was all on tape. Priceless. Watch the clip here
Surprisingly, Jill’s tweet last night was about Couples Therapy. She tweeted: “Running home from dinner at abc kitchen to watch couples therapy on#vh1” Jill has been extremely supportive of Alex McCord ever since they were both fired from Real Housewives of New York. The suspicious me thinks it’s because she thinks her best chance of getting back on the show if for the two of them to stick together. Or maybe she is just interested in the details of the Silex relationship.
Poll Results – My summary – we don’t care that much anymore. Compared to the NJ polls there wasn’t much passion for these.
On the other side of the country …
Adrienne Maloof’s chef Bernie released a series of disturbing photos on his facebook last week – insinuating that Paul Nassif was responsible for bruises and marks on Adrienne – although not naming Paul directly. Paul denies any involvement. See the photos and story here. I’m puzzled why Bernie would release the photos on facebook – and why Adrienne would allow this. This all seems very bizarre to me.
Speaking of Paul. Lisa Vanderpump has made it clear that she’s not siding against him in this nasty battle. She tweeted this yesterday. “Yes Paul Nassif and Honey boo boo were having lunch at Villa Blanca,both welcome and no…I wasn’t having lunch with her either.”
Survivor Philippines Oct 17, 2012 – Got My Swag Back
Welcome back… Here’s where we stand kids.
Kalabaw (Water Buffalo) Tribe (red)
- Sarah Dawson, 28, Silver Spring, Maryland, insurance salesperson
- Katie Hanson, 22, Newark, Delaware, 2011 Miss Delaware
- Jeff Kent, 44, Austin, Texas, former Major League Baseball All Star
- Dana Lambert, 32, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, cosmetologist
- Carter Williams, 24, Shawnee, Kansas, coach
- Jonathan Penner – Third time through- Evac’d last time with an infection.
Matsing (Monkey) Tribe (Blue)
- Malcolm Freberg, 25, Hermosa Beach, California, bartender
- Denise Stapley, 41, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, therapist
Tandang (Rooster) Tribe (Yellow)
- Abi-Maria Gomes, 32, Los Angeles, student
- Roberta “RC” Saint-Amour, 27, New York, banker
- Artis Silvester, 53, Terry Town, Louisiana, computer engineer
- Lisa Whelchel, 49, Dallas, former star TV’s “The Facts of Life”
- Peter “Pete” Yurkowski, 24, Holmdel, New Jersey, engineering graduate
- Michael Skupin – Returning player who passed out and burned the skin off of his palms after falling into a fire.
Welcome back castaway kiddies. Here we go with week 5. Last week Russell after his inability to perform and constant tantrums, Denise and Malcolm thought it would be better to go forward without him so they voted him out. Back at camp, they are stating the obvious, that they are likely to be absorbed by the other teams. They are happy to still have each other in the game, however, the next morning, they make a joint effort to find the idol. Denise, had the thing in her hand. Probably Touched it as they were searching the rice barrel. Finally, Malcolm figures it out and he now has the idol. Denise seems genuinely happy that he’s found it but we’ll see how that plays out for her later on. I really kind of wish Denise had been the one to discover it.
It’s reward challenge time. Finally a reward challenge. The tribes get to the site and Jeff notes that the Matsing tribe has been decimated. He asks Lisa what she thinks of this and ever trying to be nice, she says you could look at it as decimated or you could look at Malcolm and Denise as the two strongest players. Jeff tells Malcolm and Denise to drop their buffs, they are going to join the other tribes. He tosses them a bag containing two wrapped buffs so they are each drawing for which tribe they will join. Malcolm goes to Tandang, Denise goes to Kalabaw.
The reward challenge is for two players to face off holding a traylike platform on which is an idol. The first one to knock the idol off of the other player’s tray, wins the match. The first tribe to reach five points, wins the game. In actuality, the first player to cause the other player’s idol to hit the ground wins the point. This is a very important part of it. The reward is cookies, muffins, coffee, tea, etc. The first two to go are Maclcom and Jeff. Jeff wins that point. Second are Dana and Artis. Talk about a mismatch, I have to wonder how she wound up against someone twice her height and three times her weight. He basically just reaches over her and knocks her idol off. Lisa and Katie, Katie wins. Peter and Carter, Peter wins. Skupin and Penner. Skupin showed some pure genius here. He throws his idol up in the air and before it hits the ground, he knocks Penner’s off and then gives a little wink. That wasn’t lost on Denise because that’s how she beat RC. Abi and Dawson go at it and though Abi won, Dawson grabbed her by the headband (buff). She complains to Jeff after what happened, ‘she went for my hair’. Dawson says ‘sorry’, Abi replies with ‘don’t use such a bitch move’. At this point, It’s 4-3 Tandang. Jeff and Malcolm go at it and like his old partner, he learned from Skupin and wins the game for Tandang. Geeze, Denise just can’t catch a break. Can someone toss the girl a cookie? Oh, Wait, that was Angie who wanted cookies. Both tribes head back to their respective camps. Even number of players on each team.
At Tandang, they are getting to know Malcolm a little bit while enjoying the goodies. Right away almost, Peter tells Malcolm that he has an idol. Malcolm does not return the information of course. I think this Peter guy is a little too trusting of Malcolm’s charm for his own good. Anyway, he tells Malcolm that the first target is Skupin now that another strong player has joined the tribe. RC is beginning to feel the squeeze. At first, I hated this one. Her fake sounding laugh got on my last nerve but now I’m beginning to feel some sympathy for her. I also think she would be worth keeping around for her physical ability although she knows by now, her original alliance, is shit with the possible exception of Skupin. Now instead of Lisa being the outcast, RC is.
Over at Kalabaw, same thing. They are getting to know Denise who assures them she pulls her weight (and she does). Katie, who has been feeling the possible pinch of a 3 vs 3 alliance, men to women (remember Penner has an idol), is happy to have another woman on the team and hopes Denise will side with her, Dawson, and Dana making it 4-3 favoring the women. Hold the phone folks. Dana is ill. She has sharp stomach pains, can’t keep anything down and is burning with fever. Somehow, by magic spell or smoke signals, the medics and Probst are called in. She is examined and it’s determined that her condition likely isn’t life threatening so she is given the stay or go option. They will only remove a player if that very moment, they have to go in order to save the player’s life. Dana opts to take the boat ride off of the island. Probst calls the tribe over, they say their goodbyes, Dana is off into the clouds on this little motorboat with the medics and Probst. She of course is disappointed in herself and the others are sad to see her go but none as sad as Katie. Not only because Dana was a pal but now, it’s 3v3 again, If she can get Denise on her side. Hold that thought for a moment.
Immunity Challenge time. The tribes arrive and it is an obstacle course. The players must first run down a ramp, jump into a trench and then scale a hill of dirt. All players must get to the mat on the other side of the obstacle before the team can continue. Then they must go up and over a cargo net hill (for lack of a better term). On the other side of the net is a drawbridge held up by 4 tied ropes. 2 up, 2 down. They must untie the ropes to lower the bridge so they can go through to the next step. Once on the other side of the bridge they race to their matt and one will go ahead to chop through a board to cut a rope. Once that rope is cut, their puzzle pieces will be released, (A bunch of bamboo pieces) from which they must collect the ones with letters on them. 19 total. Once they have those, they can begin to solve their 5 word puzzle. (Live To Play Another Day).
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Some highlights. They have to literally drag Katie (Kalabaw) over these hills. The woman is weak in this type of environment. While solving the puzzle, Tandang, let by Lisa, makes pretty short work of it. They get the first three words by process of elimination, she guesses the remaining two (Kalabaw hears it too). Both finish litterally within a couple seconds of each other. Kalabaw wins immunity. My girl Denise is going to Tribal for a 5th time, with her new tribe. For them of course, it’s a first. They will now be down two players. During the challenge, Katie could barely get over the hills and she was done. Barely did anything from that point forward. I don’t think she even went Through the drawbridge gate but went around it. Dawson, while ‘helping’ Penner solve the puzzle seemed to keep snatching pieces out of his hands and both, cost Kalabaw, precious seconds. Later this is noted by the men. What is NOT noted, is the fact that Jeff, the star athlete, could not chop through the block of wood to break the rope. Penner had to complete that. This also cost them time but we’ll just ignore that because he’s on the cool kid’s club.
Oh, By the way. Since Red was down one player (Dana), one of Yellow has to sit one out. Guess who? Abi. How long is she going to milk that sore ankle? Even Probst is getting tired of it. Lisa is twice her age almost and if she can handle this challenge, so can Abi (We see Abi sitting out next week’s challenge as well in the preview). This is one spoiled brat. Colton 2.0?
Speaking of the cool kids, Back at Camp, Denise joins the Men in their alliance. Penner notes in a talking head during the discussions, that there are three options of who to send home. Katie, Dawson, who both cost them seconds (But Jeff isn’t among those options even though he also cost them seconds) and Denise. Penner says he really can’t see sending Denise home (yet) because she had no contribution to the loss. By the time they go to council, it is decided that Dawson is the likely candidate. She does something before they leave however that I think helped seal her fate. While they are all in the shelter awaiting the time of doom, She says she’d like to date an athlete. Remember she is the only one who has recognized Jeff Kent, the baseball player. He asks her what type of athlete she would like to date, and she basically takes shots at baseball not being that great of a sport, trying to play with Jeff’s head. We’ll see how that works out for her.
Time for tribal council. Probst gives everyone but Denise, who is all too familiar with this ritual, the fired torch speech. Torch goes out, so does the chance at the prize. Let’s get to the questions (a couple of them anyway). Right away he notes that both Katie and Dawson cost the team precious time. Katie agrees (as she did back at camp in her TH). Probst recaps Denise’s contribution and asks Dawson if that’s any reason to send her home. She answers no and the question to her is why should she (Dawson) stay. It boiled down to she’s a cheery person (I’m gonna puke at this point). To Jeff, what do they need to go forward. Strength, teamwork, contribution around camp, that sort of thing. Usual stuff. Okay, it’s vote time. This time around there is no argument between players about who should be voted off. Here’s how it plays out. Dawson votes for Denise, everyone else votes for Dawson.
She’s gone. (MND here – the did anyone else think it was wierd when she stared at Probst and then give him a kiss and hugged him – hard. I think she has a major crush on Jeff) Probst called it the first blindside of the game. The only one who was blind to it, including him, was Dawson. Somehow for now, I think Denise picked the right side. I don’t know yet how it will all play out but, Malcolm has an idol and Denise knows it. Penner has an idol and all of the men on his tribe know it but Denise doesn’t. Peter has an idol and Malcolm and Abi know it. So, Who is going to screw who? Cause you know it’s coming. Will Malcolm eventually remember if the chance comes up who it was that helped get him to this point? Now it’s going to get kind of dog eat dog I think because before there was the shitty (let’s be honest about that) Matsing tribe to take the losses and the Tribal Council hits. Now there is o buffer keeping them, Tandang and Kalabaw safe. One or the other is going to council until the merge.
See you next week.
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Here’s what Jeff had to say about that goodbye – NMD
Life After Top Chef – Duck Hearts and French Baguettes
Bon giorno Mama! Welcome Mama Viviani who’s flown in from Italy. She’s just like Fabio who must work, work, work. No wonder she’s getting on his nerves. A day at the spa with mom is just the thing. But of course, Fabio has his phone on and must work. Make that phone fly, Mama! Later, they do an Italian night at Jacopo’s, but of course, Fabio is on that damned phone. Fabio’s night gets even worse with his Italian friend, Glauco, starts flirting with his Mama. Uh oh, little boy’s getting jealous. Just when they sit down to eat and are enjoying everyone’s company, that damn phone goes off. Is it that important Fabio? You have to take a little bit of time to yourself and your family. A small intervention is called for, but Fabio has a work ethic. I think he’s addicted to work. I think I’m addicted to work. We have the perfect unbalanced life, according to Fabio.
Get your asses up and help! Jen is working as a chef for a charity dinner. She has her 2 sous chefs (who are working for free!) and her sister and cousins who step in as kitchen help. Now that’s family New Jersey! Jen will be cooking with professional athlete Cole Hamels. She seems to be smiling a bit too much. Jen, Jen, behave. There are so many athletes at this event. Wow! Cole is actually going to work in the kitchen. Wow. Now that’s working for charity, New York. Everyone is having fun and she’s made some future clients. Only Jen can curse in public and make a great event. Now it’s off to the races. Jen’s dad takes her to the race track, but she’ll only go if she can drive. Oh yeah, Jen is a total BA. Boy, she can cuss.
Bon jour Quebec! Although, the child in Spike made him go skiing the very day of his relatives wedding in Quebec. He just might miss it because he, his girl friend, and boy friend (yes, I purposely did that) jump in their car with 10 min. to arrive. His mom might tear him a new one. Of course he’s late, but ever the smooth operator, he manages to slip in unseen. What a jerk! I feel like Ferris Bueller’s sister who’s forever mad that he can pull off truancy and never get caught. In Montreal, Spike heads to Pappas Design for his Steak Frites concept that both he and his sister Michelline will run. This is the first restaurant that will be done without their mom, but no one told her that! Hahaha. Mom. French broke bistro. That’s the concept that Spike is going for. Hmm… Would that work in DC? One of Spike’s uncles has just taken over another restaurant in Montreal. Food is definitely in his blood. Too bad his mom thinks he’s still 14 years old.
Blaisian – n. any individual possessing a fixation toward liquid nitrogen, sous vide or faux hawks. Blais interviews chefs for his restaurant Spence. Man, he’s intense. He fires off twenty questions in a row at one guy. This guy seemed nervous. Who wouldn’t be. The next candidate is someone who had beef with Blais; will he hire him? As soon as he walks away Blais talks smack. The next guy is a former division 1 football player. I think he’ll get hired. I’m right. He hires him on the spot. Oh my goodness, Blais’s little girls are so cute!!! Why does he annoy me so much. For his wife’s birthday he gets her a mustard yellow backpack. Yeah, it doesn’t smooth things over. Poor Blais, it was ugly. A second gift is a trip to the gun range. I think it turns him on seeing his wife shoot the gun. Wow, she’s a marksman! Three shots in the bullseye. Alright chica!
Duck Dynasty – Season 2 – Truck Commander & Si-Yonara
Back-to-Back Episodes by Stars99
The episode begins with a scenario that most parents have lived through with their teenagers. John Luke, Willie’s son, borrowed Willie’s truck last night and returned it without having refilled the gas tank. John Luke explained that he didn’t want to stop to fill the gas tank last night because then he would have been late home and would have been in trouble with his mom. Willie wonders why John Luke thought it would be better to be in trouble with dad than with mom. Willie tells John Luke that he needs to go and get gas in the truck. John Luke then has the nerve to ask if he can borrow the truck after he puts gas into it so that he can go to the movies. Willie thinks John Luke doesn’t understand the parent/kid dynamic – Willie makes the rules and John Luke is supposed to follow them. Willie tells his wife, Korie, that he’s gonna need to take her car because his doesn’t have gas. That idea doesn’t sit well with her. Korie ends up driving Willie to work. Willie wonders why John Luke didn’t just call last night to tell them that the truck was out of gas… He could have given them the option of if they’d rather him fill up the tank and be late or roll on into the driveway on fumes. Korie seems to think the answer is to give John Luke his own transportation because it would make life on all of them much easier. Willie doesn’t want to just hand him something – he wants him to earn it. Korie lays down the law that John Luke is NOT going to be allowed to borrow her car – so he’ll hafta always drive Willie’s. Surprise, surprise, Willie quickly changes his mind about John Luke getting a car, and says, “Parenting is a constant struggle between making your kid’s life better and ruining your own. I hate rewarding John Luke for doing something stupid, but why should I have to suffer? He needs to learn some responsibility. He needs to run out of gas in his own vehicle.” Kind of twisted logic… but I guess I get it.
The next scene shows the Duck Commander employees sitting around eating their sack lunches. They’re all trying to trade with each other for the tastier items. Si says, “I know we’re family, boys, but I might kill for a cupcake.” I completely agree with Si. As they’re sitting there, Willie, the Duck Commander CEO, drives up with his wife. The guys talk about how embarrassing it is that his wife is driving him to work but Willie tells them what happened with John Luke. He explained that he needs to get John Luke his own transportation. As they were talking about what kind of vehicle it should be, Jase says, “Where I come from, your truck is a reflection of your personality.
Si is a perfect example of this. You look at his truck – it’s old, it’s grey, it spits, sputters, blows smoke out of the tailpipe – it’s just like Si.” Si and Willie decide to leave to go look for a vehicle for John Luke. Si just wants to get out of working for the day. Since the CEO has left for the day… Jase, Willie’s brother, decides they should all leave and go crawfishin’. Jase decides to borrow a boat from his parents to go crawfishin’. Miss Kay, his mom, is not so keen on the idea because even though the boat is old, it still has value to it. She’s afraid they’ll damage the boat. Jase explains, “My parents were hoarders before hoarding was cool.”
After Si, Willie and John Luke looked at a truck that was being sold by a guy named “Mountain Man” and scoffed at the $5,000 price tag, Si has a brilliant idea of going to a junkyard that’s operated by his friend named “Squirrel” to get a car for John Luke. I’m not sure why he’s called “Squirrel” – my guess, is that it’s because he’s pretty nutty. Once at the junkyard, Si insists it’s a goldmine. They open the hood of the best looking truck from the whole lot and there’s actually green weeds growing out of the engine. Si starts to haggle with Squirrel about the price of the truck but Willie quickly puts the kibosh on the negotiations. Willie begins to think he should start dealing with people who have a real first name. As they’re driving away, Willie tells John Luke that’s why he shouldn’t do drugs.
Jase and company take the boat out on the river and it promptly sinks. Jase says, “Any floating vessel can sink. I think the Titanic proved that. Now the difference in us and the Titanic is that I brought two icebergs WITH me.” Unfortunately, Jase and the two icebergs had to go back to his parents’ house to face the music. Jase told them they forgot to put the plug in the boat before they took it out onto the river and it sank along with all the gear. Miss Kay, quite appropriately said, “I told you so.” Jase insisted they didn’t tear up the boat – that it’s perfectly fine, but that it’s just at the bottom of the lake. Phil, Jase’s dad says, “You take a boat and you shove it off without a plug in it, and you have two 375 pounders with ya, it’s like a housecat that gets his tail caught in a fan…” So they go back to the river where the boat sank, they find it and put a hook into it and pull it out with the help of a truck. They were able to recover all of the gear – except they’ve lost Phil’s “drag”… which evidently, is some metal contraption that he’s had for 25 years. (According to Wikipedia, a fishing drag is a mechanical means of applying variable pressure to the turning spool in order to act as a friction brake against it). This means they’re going to have to go back into the muddy waters to find it. Phil wonders about his son and his crew since they took the boat into the water without a plug and with a motor that hadn’t been cranked in 5 years. Phil laments, “Their redneck edge is beginning to morph into yuppy-ism.”
The car hunters are still looking for a truck for John Luke and they’re now at a used car lot. Si decides he wants John Luke to have a hot rod. Willie doesn’t think it’s practical, cuz well, where are ya gonna put the deer? Si demonstrates how they could strap a deer onto roof and hood of the car. Willie says, “Sometimes I worry about the influence Si has on my children. The last thing that the world needs is another tall-tale telling, tea totin’, narcoleptic, redneck.”
John Luke drives up to Duck Commander Headquarters in his new blue truck. Si got a new truck, too. Everyone wondered about what happened to Si’s truck, the “Grey Ghost” and Si said, “All good things come to an end.” Si found a deal that he just couldn’t pass up. They discussed what he was going to do with his old truck and Si decided that selling it just wouldn’t be dignified. He said that he thought about burying it and having a military man come and play “Taps.” Phil said he knew they could do better than that. So they did what any good redneck would do – they blew it up… respectfully. Si said, “All right boys – let’s send her off with a bang! Now that’s the way to go out in a blaze of glory, Jack! That was the best thing that truck ever did, was to blow up.”
The episode opens with the workers sitting in the workroom at Duck Commander Headquarters. Si can’t find his tea glass and he thinks someone stole it. Unfortunately for Si, the other guys are too busy playing a dice game to even notice what’s going on with Si. Si is convinced they did something with his tea glass – but the other guys are refusing to listen to him at all. Si gets angrier and angrier. Jase says, “Si, your tea glass is not only disgusting, but I’d rather play patty-cake with a dead mouse than to touch your tea cup.” Si says that he thinks he’s like Aretha Franklin, cuz he don’t get no, “R-S-P-E-C-T around this joint (a new way of spelling)… and I’m ‘bout to go berserk on you boys.” Then Si walks out and says that he quits… and that they make the reeds now. Evidently, Si quits about every month… and usually they just wait until Si forgets why he quit in the first place or until he starts missing his paycheck. So, the first thing that Willie and Jase did was to take Si off the payroll and to hire his replacement.
Si goes over to his brother Phil’s house, (Willie and Jase’s dad) to vent his frustrations about his job. Si tells Phil that he quit… and that his son is running a funny farm. Phil asks Si what he’s gonna do now… and Si says that he will just help Phil out on the land, cuz that’s what he was born to do.
Phil mentioned that he was going to go work on a levy, and Si says, “I’m down like a rodeo clown.” Willie tracks Si down by phone while he’s talking to Phil and asks Si what had happened to make him quit. Si tells Willie that he runs a terrible company, but that it’s not his fault, because he has a bunch of scrubs workin’ for him. Si doesn’t want no scrubs. Phil confirms, “Scrubs are out.” Si tells Willie if he wants those reeds that Si makes, that he can just make them himself. Si, unaware that he’s channeling Ryan Seacrest, says, “Si Robertson out” and hangs up on Willie. He don’t want no scrubs. Scrubs are out. Willie’s confident he will easily find another bearded man in the area that wants a job.
Back at Duck Commander headquarters, the guys are busy making duck calls, but they’re talking about how they’re gonna miss Si and his running commentary on everything because he’s so funny. Suddenly, they hear the pitter patter of little feet running across the roof right over their head. Jase decides it’s a UV – an Unidentified Varmint. Jase says, “When I’m sitting in a room and I hear something with claws, then I’m fixin’ to find out what that is. Is this varmint domesticated? Is this varmint a nuisance? Is this maybe something I can eat for lunch?”
Meanwhile, Willie has hired one of the best reed men in the business to come and replace Si. As he is walking him back to the duck call workroom, they open the door to see Jase standing on the desk, drilling a hole in the ceiling. Willie wonders what in the world Jase is doing… and Jase explains that he’s trying to get the squirrel off of the roof. Willie hates that this is the new guy’s first impression of the workroom. The guys aren’t so sure about the new guy, cuz his name is “Swede” but he’s not from Sweden and he’s never been there. Jase claims, “This guy is off to an odd start. You cannot call yourself the “Swede” if you’re not from Sweden. This goes against every kind of nickname protocol there is.” Wow, I didn’t know there was actually a nickname protocol… I need to read up on that. Jase continues, “But if the “Swede” can catch us up on reeds, then I don’t care where he’s from or what his nickname is – Welcome aboard!” Swede is very, very verbal as he’s working… It seems that he likes to hum… or to say, “And another one bites the dust…” over and over again. You really get the sense that the guys are about to kill him because then he keeps on talking about nonsense and about stuff in which they have no interest. Willie walks in to check on the new guy and is really impressed with how much he’s gotten done and how quiet he is. The guys confirm, “He’s as quiet as a church mouse.” I think I saw a honkin’ neon “SARCASM” sign hanging overhead right where they were drilling for squirrel…
Phil and Si are gonna go work on a levy. I wonder if they’re driving their Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry? Anyhow… Once they’re there, Si doesn’t like how the guy is operating the backhoe and thinks he can do a better job. He asks him to let him have a go at it. Phil clarifies the overall objective to Si – which is to move dirt from one place to another. Phil wonders how long it’s been since Si has actually operated a backhoe…and Si replies that he did it back when he worked on a “Community Project” in Viet Nam. Phil reminds Si that it means that it’s been over 40 years since he’s operated a backhoe but Si thinks it’s like riding a bicycle – you don’t forget. Si thinks the backhoe is a piece of crap when it doesn’t do what he wants it to do.
Si is actually putting dirt back where they just took it from. Everyone quickly backs up to get out of the way of the backhoe gone wild. Si decides the backhoe is old and just isn’t functioning right. Si thinks that he may be old, but that he’s functioning perfectly. Si decides to leave the backhoeing to the experts and they leave after creating a mess of the waterway. Phil does not want to pay Si cuz you’re supposed to be productive at work – not destructive. Si just tells him that he’s gonna back to Duck Commander Headquarters to tell Willie that Phil said that Willie is to pay him. Phil doesn’t know about that…
Back at Duck Commander Headquarters, the new guy walks into Willie’s office and boasts that he got 100 classics done (a type of duck call). Willie is really pleased and Swede says that he is getting along real well with the guys. However, you then see the guys walk outside as they’re leaving for the day and they’re plotting about what they’re gonna do to Swede. Jase doesn’t understand how somebody hasn’t knocked Swede’s teeth out before this… One guy said he wants to bring him out to the parking lot and scratch some gravel with the him… Another mentions ripping out his windpipe… One even goes so far as to say they want to dismember him. Just before they’re ready to leave, Si drives up. They clap for him and if it wasn’t so awkward, they’d even want to hug him because they’re so glad to see him. Si goes into Willie’s office wanting to get paid for his day’s work. Willie says that whatever is done out with Phil is all for funzies and that he won’t get paid. Willie introduces Swede to Si as his replacement. Si launches into a litany of reasons why his job is the worst job in the world. After Si finishes, Swede continues to tell Willie what he had tried to tell him before Si’s interruption, which was that he is going to quit. Si now thinks he has Willie right where he wants him. Si wants a raise, an assistant and a 2-hour nap. Willie says he can give him a raise, but that’s it. Si says that it’s a deal.him that he’s gonna back to Duck Commander Headquarters to tell Willie that Phil said that Willie is to pay him. Phil doesn’t know about that…
Willie closes with these words, “When it comes to working with family, Lord knows it ain’t always easy. I’ve found that in life, that we tend to take the people closest to us for granted. They’re around so much and we forget how much we really need them. I think the trick to remembering is to be away for a while. It always serves as a good reminder as to really how important a person is – even if that person is a kooky old fart.”
Couple’s Therapy Episode 3 by Mr and Mrs Lulu
Nick finds Shayne crying in her room. She voices her separation anxiety from her 8 month old. Nick tells her he feels the same way but he puts on a strong front. Dr Jen then confronts Shayne about her wanting to leave. She tells her that she can relate since she is a mother to twins. Also if she were to leave at this point her marriage would be ruined. I don’t think Dr Jen fully grasps that Shayne is still very much hormonal. As a new mother and also a soon to be mom to #2 the emotions that take place take a few years to come to terms with.
Dr Jen discusses how the reality show/celebrity ruins not only a person’s self esteem but their relationships. She is quick to point out that Todd is selling Courtney out as a sex object.
2Short and Monica
2 Short explains that he feels like he has 2 personalities. The one that is of a player and the one that wants a house with a wife and child. He is struggling to separate from the player side.
Simon and Alex
They were unaware of the consequences of reality tv. What happened is they did come together but as support from all the negative attention. He brings up a horrible upsetting incident when they, including their children, were flying to Sydney. A jerk decided to blog exactly how the boys were behaving.
Courtney and Todd
Just had to have their moment! Todd confronts Dr Jen about the comment she made about exploiting Courtney sexuality to further her career. Dr Jen then asks Courtney if she would ever consider wearing jogging pants. She refuses to because she feels that is how Todd wants her to dress. Courtney voices that she sometimes “forgets she is married?!?!?!” She blames it on her age.
Thomas Carusso mediates Nick and Todd disagreements
Thomas asks what is Nick’s issues with Todd. Nick voices his distaste due to his morals. Todd is quick to point out that in other countries it is normal. But Nick thinking as a father to a daughter says he can’t allow his daughter to marry an old man. Todd counters and says what if the man was the same age would you allow it? He feels that his marriage is ok because he is respectful and has pure intentions.
Thomas Carusso meets with Simon and Alex
During a discussion about wine Thomas notices how much they contradict each other. Alex feels disrespected by Simon when he interrupts her. I can relate being cut off while trying to get your thoughts in order is annoying. They basically argue over nothing is what Thomas notices.
Todd and Courtney
Todd confronts Courtney about her immaturity regarding listening to important conversation. As he is trying to explain to her that “She needs to listen to him.” The child goes off on a tangent about coyotes howling?? Clearly this child doesn’t understand why she is there. I think she thinks it’s just a fun house to be in.
Tashaunda and Todd
Tashaunda confronts Todd about Courtney’s wardrobe choices. She says even hoochie mamas don’t dress that way. Todd admits he is uncomfortable by the way she dresses and the negative attention it receives. but is quick to shift focus to why Tashaunda is there. Tashaunda feels she was the enabler in the relationship. Now that Jojo is sober they are always arguing over Tashaunda mothering him
Jojo and Tashaunda
Dr Jen asks what they want from this experience. Jojo voices his lack of decision making is really bothering him. Tashaunda explains that when he was drunk someone had to make decisions. Since she’s done that for majority of their marriage she can’t help it. Jojo would like her to back off. Dr Jen points out that Tashaunda has to let go of trying to save him. Jojo needs to save himself.
Simon and Alex
Alex asks Simon if he ever feels that he is not able to get his opinion out. He really doesn’t get it and it pisses off Alex telling her that it is her problem alone?!!?! He needs to understand that sometimes it takes a while to form your thoughts. If you know that your partner will be combative you will bottle things up and just constantly explode at every little thing. Allow her to say whatever it is off her chest no interruptions/judgments/dismissals!
Opening, Shayne and Nik
Shayne has a major bout of separation anxiety, quite rightly. Yeah, it is an excuse to leave a place she really does not like, but any parent would want to get back to their kid even if they were having all the luxury in the world, because it all isn’t worth anything compared to your kids.
This of course, since she chooses to stay, leads to more pain for Nik. This poor guy should get a new dad’s purple heart when this thing is over. I mean, he is obviously a loving and caring father, and devoted husband. And having to deal with the stress of the therapy, the setting, the agitating factors in the house, a new mother having a guilt trip over separation anxiety, being away from his daughter himself plus continuing to be an entrepreneur with his website… just wow. Keanu Reeves on that bus in Speed didn’t have as much crap popping up that he had to take care of on the spot like this guy.
I saw what Doctor Jen was getting at with reality show fame. But do not really know if I can quite appreciate what that life actually is like to fully grasp all of what she was saying.
2Short and Monica
I heard what he was saying, and really believe that he believes it. But I also have to say it just felt like it came down to him not mastering his love of the material, versus being actually in love with someone. I’m maybe projecting here a bit, but I’m assuming like myself 2Short growing up learned an ugly reality of city life and inequality, love between two people isn’t enough. (That is not to say mutual love amongst humanity is not enough, I’ve seen that do the impossible.) I don’t think he really can see yet that the circumstances of where he is now make it possible to have a loving and fulfilling relationship with Monica where he doesn’t have to always be waiting for the bottom to fall out. That and I am guessing like most people of my generation, he didn’t learn from his parents how to have that kind of relationship either.
Simon and Alex
From my perspective, he comes from a background where he is emotionally stunted in some areas because he never learned to give those emotions value. And she doesn’t quite understand that she is asking an emotional cripple to do the hundred yard dash with her. The guy literally cannot keep up, the reason he talks so much is he is trying to get a word in to stop things and just catch a breath from how exhaustive it can be learning how to not so much care, but to value it, and express that in an appreciative way to his wife. He is right, in a purely ‘your emotions are your own thing to master’ way, it is her problem. But that doesn’t give him a pass on the reciprocity of emotional valuing and support that a marriage demands.
Courtney and Todd
Have to be blunt here, and call it like I see it, Todd has to cut her loose. Either she is a sociopath, or just that mentally immature that she has no need for him other than a means to an end. She had absolutely zero interest in the process, and in his emotional welfare, or in developing an actual strong and loving marriage. Better now that he show himself some respect, and let her go or risk getting caught up in some Robert Blake like circumstances later.
Jojo and Tashaunda
These two are so hard to watch because of their problems due to his drinking. And hearing him still, at the point of losing her, and his life, having not hit rock bottom hard enough yet to say ‘I’m getting in the program because I don’t want to die by my own choices’ is tragic. I know some of it is the intense shame, or needing to confront just how much not in control he is, that there are things getting the better of him that the drinking is just the most obvious sign of. Heaven knows as a man we are hard on ourselves, to the point of self inflicted punishment when we perceive our own frailties as proof of our own unworthiness to be loved. And watching Jojo with Tashaunda is even more heartbreaking because you can see how much she loves him, to the point of not having a life in favor of trying to save his. That woman has such an amazingly big heart for that, which is very touching to watch. But yeah, as long as he keeps saying he won’t get help, he is a walking dead man just working his way to a funeral service, while leaving an amazing woman behind as a widow.
Thursday Night Lineup by BB
8PM – Big Bang Theory/2.5 Men (CBS); Vampire Diaries (CW); 30 Rock/Up All Night (NBC); Last Resort (ABC); MLB Cardinals vs. Giants (Fox)
9PM – Real Housewives of Miami (Bravo); Project Runway (Lifetime); Person of Interest (CBS); Beauty and the Beast (CW); Grey’s Anatomy (ABC); The Office/Parks and Rec (NBC); Extreme Homes (HGTV); Four Weddings (TLC); Farm Kings (GAC); Lost Magic Decoded (History); Will, Family Secrets Revealed (ID): Tamar and Vince (We)
10PM – Elementary (CBS); Scandal (ABC); Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC); It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The League (FX); Jersey Shore (MTV); House Hunters (HGTV); After the First 48 (A&E); Little Shop of Gypsies (TLC); Texas Car Wars (Discovery); Sweet Genius (Food); Very Bad Men (ID); Secretly Pregnant (Fit); Misfits (Logo)
11PM – WWHL, Brandy and Lisa Hochstein (Bravo)