Real Housewives of Miami Taping Reunion Show in New York and Other News by NoMoreDrama
I’ve been wondering why so many of the Real Housewives of Miami ladies are in NY right now. Looks like they are there to tape the reunion show according to an insider. What a relief that it won’t be a live show like the reunion for Season One! It will be a long day for Lea Black, who is scheduled to join Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live in the evening.
Poor Kelsey Grammer (insert sarcasm). His show got cancelled and now he’s short on cash. He recently purchased a home, in Beverly Hills, but thinks he can save money by renting it out for $30,000 a month and moving into a nearby home he once shared with Camille. The carrying costs on the Beverly Hills home they are trying to sell (costs he splits with Camille) are over $48,000 a month, and he’s paying $15,000 a month for Camille’s Malibu home. Camille is trying to stop Kelsey from moving into the empty Beverly Hills home so that it will be easier to sell. All of this discovered by TMZ in court documents. Camille Grammer also revealed that she receives $41,000 in spousal and child support – although it’s not clear to me whether or not the $15k Kelsey pays for the Malibu home is included in that. These are seriously big numbers, and I have to wonder where all of Kelsey’s money has gone if he’s short on cash now. No – I take that back. I can see how he may have gotten into trouble financially with all those homes. What do you think about Camille’s spousal and child support? Seems reasonable to me. I’d take him for all I could get.
As if the battle with Camille over the house isn’t enough for Kelsey Grammer, he and new wife Kayte could be in trouble for driving without strapping their four month old baby into a car seat. They were videotaped driving away from the LA Airport with the baby sitting on Kayte’s lap. Their rep is saying that the baby was safely strapped in before they left the airport – and that the video footage was deceiving. They only went a few feet with the child in Kayte’s lap. Even if I believe that, I feel that the car shouldn’t have moved until the child was strapped in. Strike two for this couple on parenting. Strike one being taking the baby to the Playboy Mansion for a halloween party with loud music blaring. You can see the article here.
The ladies from the Real Housewives of Atlanta are talking. Kenya Moore dished to S2S Magazine about her co-stars, and it looks as though she’s made up with Cynthia Bailey, saying she has a lot in common with Cynthia and thinks she’s a good businesswoman. Other thoughts on her co-stars: Nene funny, Kandi sexy, Kim white chocolate with a fiery personality, Phaedra comes across as a con artist, and Porsha is forgettable.
Kenya also gave an interview with theGrio where she shared that she’s written a movie and would like to star in it alongside NeNe Leakes. Other projects she’d like to take on – a reality show like Top Model. Maybe Cynthia could be a judge on that one for her.
Kenya will be on Wendy Williams today – along with a couple from Dancing with the Stars – most likely Melissa and Tony.
Cynthia Bailey shared her thoughts on the show and cast with AL.com. “I feel like ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ is special because the group… all of our stories are interesting and we all have very different stories.” “I think we bring the drama, but we don’t bring physical fighting. And I think people like that we bring the business side. All of my castmates, we all have businesses going. And for ‘Atlanta,’ we have the largest group of African American women on the show, and I think that sets us apart as well.” Hold on – they don’t bring physical fighting? Has she seen the previews, and what about that wig pull?
Kim Zolciak is in the news again. This time for not paying the party planner for her lavish wedding. Remember Colin Cowlie – the party planner that Kim’s mom gushed over? It seems like Kim thought Bravo would pick up the bill for his services for the $1 million wedding. According to RadarOnline’s unnamed sources, Kim had a falling out with Cowlie shortly after the wedding. Kim should have made Bravo sign the contract with Cowlie. She knows better than to assume without a contract. Or she should know better.
Top Chef Seattle by Keida
The episode begins where it left off with John calling out Kuniko for not tasting her food in the course of 5 hours. CJ tries to shut him up, but John says he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Josh, from Oklahoma, also tries to get him to shut up saying there’s a reason why he has the reputation as the most hated chef in Dallas. Methinks someone likes that reputation and seeks out ways to keep it. The next morning at the apartment, people are walking on eggshells around John, except for one. One weirdo who loves, nay thrives on conflict, Stefan. He loves that John pushes buttons.
Naomi Pomeroy a former Top Chef Master from Seattle is going to be the guest judge of the Quickfire, which is butchering meat from a side of beef. There are two primal cuts of meat and the chefs have one hour to cut meat from this side and only two chefs can cut at the same time. While CJ and another unhook their side of meat, many chefs start cutting from it. Carla and Josie try to unhook the other side, but they are too weak and too short. No one is helping them. Finally, they get it down. CJ is a little arrogant saying he’s not worrying about anyone. Tyler is flustered having been in the bottom the night before. Lizzie is using a pressure cooker to cook her meat, but she tells another that she doesn’t like using them. Then WHY ARE YOU USING IT? These chefs always make these mistakes.
Both John and Micah have oxtail. Neither like the way it came out, but they’re making it work. Eliza had grilled flank steak with cherry cognac reduction and potato cake, John has braised oxtail with potato gnocchi and roasted vegetables and potatoes. Unfortunately, it looks good. Josh had beef meatballs with creamy polenta and pickled shallots. Sheldon had kolbi round steak with tomato cardamom and salad. Brooke has grilled hangar steak and something else. Tyler made a beef crudo and salad. Kristen had top sirloin and tartar sabayon and salad. Micah had oxtail polenta, and it looks raw. Carla has sirloin medallion. Stefan made ravioli. CJ has top round tartar and kohlrabi. Chrissy has grilled hanger steak; Lizzie has braised foreshank with turnips and dill. That looks good. Less successful chefs were Lizzy, Eliza, Tyler. He’s criticizes himself. On top is CJ, John, and Josh, two of which have enormous heads. John is the winner, and everyone claps. I can see in their heads they say, “What a Richard.” He wins immunity.
The Elimination challenge is to revive the original 1950 menu of Canlis, a Seattle-based restaurant. Tomorrow two chefs will be eliminated. Stefan is holding the menu and everyone is screaming out what they want to cook. Kristen gets mushrooms and fried onions, two side dishes. She won’t win with that. Stefan yells at Carla that she has to cook the squab. She’s nervous about that because she’s never done that before. Well, speak up! She actually says that she doesn’t like people telling others what to cook. Well, do something about it! Where’s my hard core chick that yells at Stefan and CJ saying, “Don’t call me honey!” These female chefs need to get a backbone and fight for what they want cause these guys are gonna steamroll right over them. John must be nervous because he tells whoever will listen that he’s done this before and he’s done that before and his father was a foodie, so he’s used to this. Whatever.
Chrissy takes the Canlis special salad, an item that is still on the menu. Josh has to make the onion soup. He claims that he’s never made onion soup, and that he grew up on calf fries. You know, I’m from Oklahoma too. I’ve never ate calf fries. Puh-lease. Carla wants to grill her squab, but only two chefs, Sheldon and Bart, can fit in the grilling room. What? She won’t be able to cook her own food. That doesn’t seem right. John is asking for tape, and no one is listening. Since John has immunity he’s expediting. In the kitchen, Josh tells a few chefs, “Get out of the way.” These girls need to do this as well. If you’re going to be in the kitchen, balls to the wall, ladies! (Sorry).
Judges for this competition are Padma, Tom, Emeril, Hugh, Naomi and the two Canlis brothers. Everyone is dressed 1950s, nice. Lizzie comes out and tells the judges, Tyler did the crab cocktail, she did the marinated herring, Josh made the French onion soup, steam clam bordelaise by John, Chrissy made the Canlis special salad, and seafood salad a la Louis by Brook. Tyler’s cocktail is great! Alright Tyler. Josh’s soup is a bit too salty. Brooke’s salad is good, but Naomi nitpicks it. Chrissy’s salad has too much dressing. No one likes it. Everyone loves the herring. Everyone loves John’s dish. Boo.
Back in the kitchen, Carla picks a fight with Stefan, telling him to stop with the bullsh*t that the kitchen is his. Alright girl, that’s my feisty chica. Uh oh. Many people are returning the squab. I hate that she’s having to leave her dish in others’ hands. She needs to cook her own dish! The next course goes out and Sheldon has Hawaiian mahi mahi, big surprise, Carla has whole milk fed squab, Micah has mixed vegetables, Stefan has the liver, and Kristen the French fried onions and mushroom sides, Bart had the double cut New York steak, Josie ahs the gargantuan Idaho potatoes, man they are HUGE, and CJ made a shish kabob. Mahi mahi is good. Micah’s carrots are underdone and the turnips are overdone. Padma likes the sauce for the squab, but Hugh says it’s too huge and no one else likes it. Uh oh. Stefan’s liver is simple and great. CJs shish kabob was under-seasoned. Bart’s steak was okay for Emeril not for Naomi. Josie’s potato was good but not crispy. Kristen’s two sides were great.
The dessert course is made by Danyelle makes vanilla ice cream and Hawaian supreme and Eliza made mint sherbet and frozen Hawaiian pineapple parfait. The sherbet is melting, but the Canlis brothers like it. Everyone loves the desserts.
They judge right at the table and they call out Chrissy’s overdressed salad, Carla’s squab, CJ’s shish kabob, and Josh’s over salty onion soup. Back in the kitchen, the chefs are unwinding with a drink. Padma comes in and calls Stefan, Lizzie, Kristen, and Tyler. These are the top chefs. Stefan’s liver was simple and good. Tyler’s crab was delicious. Lizzie’s herring had a ton of flavor. The winner is Kristen. Wow! She won with a side dish of fried onions and mushrooms. She wanted to do it exactly right. And that won it for her. The bottom chefs are Chrissy, Carla, Josh, and CJ. CJ sous-vide his meat. Why? That wasn’t a technique from the 50s. Big mistake. Josh’s soup was cold, so he calls out John and his expediting. Carla didn’t check her squab and let it go out however it was cooked. I don’t have a good feeling. Chrissy’s salad was way overdressed and the judges never tasted the lemon juice.
Each chef gives a final argument. CJ says it was a mistake, and he’s going to fix it. Josh says that he shouldn’t go home for an expediting mistake. He’s a bit arrogant saying this. Chrissy mousily says the same as CJ, and Carla doesn’t even fight. What is up? It’s like her fire is gone. The two chefs going home are Chrissy and Carla. Both take the news hard. I feel so bad for Carla. She says this is a game, and she’s not good at games. Female chefs, especially on this show, must realize that they must fight for what they want. That’s what the guys do. Look at Jenn Carroll. She’s got a reputation of making men cry, and she’s the best. Goodbye girls.
Life After Top Chef by Keida
Spike’s new Good Stuff restaurant in Crystal City opens the next day, and he’s just returned from Philly and Jenn’s pop-up restaurant. He’s checking everything out, and already, he sees something he doesn’t like. The bun rack is not between the flat tops. He wants it moved, but his mom takes offense. They’ve worked hard trying to get the place ready, and here comes Spike at the last second wanting to change things. Spike’s dad tells his wife Cathy not to get upset. She says, “Do I look upset?” Yes.
Blais takes his daughter out to a restaurant for a little father-daughter time. The first thing Riley does is take the cars out of her little purse and play with them. Their food arrives, and Riley asks what it is. Blais asks her what she thinks it is. “Squid,” she says. Yep, they’re eating squid. Actually, this is the first time that she ever tries squid. The whole thing reminds me of Spike and his parents. Blais even says that he hopes she’ll become a chef one day. Riley would rather be a fairy. Me too.
At Fabio’s, he Skypes both Spike and Jenn and they discuss an event coming up with Michelle Obama, the first lady of the United States, in Dallas supporting her healthy eating initiative Let’s Move.Org. It attempts to get chefs and healthy food into schools. It will be a mini-challenge event. The teams will be Fabio and Richard, Spike and Jenn, and Top Chef: Texas winner and competitor Paul Qui and Grayson. I love Grayson and her big mouth. Fabio says he’ll need a bottle of Xanax for Richard and ear muffs for himself. Haha. The next day, Fabio goes to his life coach’s Dean’s house. They start out trying to get Fabio in touch with his emotions. The whole thing seems weird and awkward until it comes out that when Fabio was 22, he went on vacation. 3 days into his vacation his best friend died of a heart attack. That was the last vacation he’s been on. Now everything makes sense. The constant workaholic behavior, using two phones at the beginning of this session, eating alone in the In & Out Burger parking lot. Someone close to him will die if he takes a vacation. He then spends the rest of the day at Dean’s while they grill. It’s a sweet moment where he plays with Dean’s little toddler daughter. He should have children. What’s funny is he says, “Money comes and goes. Fame comes and goes. Family stays together.” He knows. You hear that Jersey?
It’s merely hours to their opening party and last minute things are still being done at Spike’s restaurant. Spike’s mom tries to have a touching moment saying how proud she is of her two children, while Spike and Michelline merely laugh and talk their way through her speech and their dad tries to also get a word in. Everyone’s talking over everyone, and no one is listening. I love it. It seems that some random person came into the restaurant off the street to ask for Spike’s autograph and his mom is introduced. She then says that she’s not Spike’s mom, he’s her son. Alright Cathy. Miss Cathy. Spike then teases her about being jealous of his fame. Haha. Spike, poke that sore spot. The new t-shirts for the restaurant are done and Spike’s dad whips his shirt off in front of everyone to put it on. Whoa. I didn’t need to see that. But what’s a little flash between friends. Spike goes through some questioning of the servers. None of them know how an Obama burger is made. They’ve had training and books, and none know how to make it. They fail two more questions. Real comforting staff. Instead of cutting the ribbon, Spike hands the ceremonial scissors to his partner who then cuts the ribbon with the help of Cathy and her husband. He says it’s been a family effort. The place is packed inside and out. Way to go Spike.
Everyone is excited to meet Michelle Obama. I would be too. She’s the First Lady. Hello? Jazmin wants Blais to get her to sign his one-year-old’s birthday card. That would be nice. When they get there, all of them head out to eat. But Fabio’s late. When he arrives, they bust his chops a bit about his new pizza commercial. Spike then starts Richard going by talking about the “competition” tomorrow. Fabio freaks out because he knows that Richard will start to FREAK out, which will cause him to harass Fabio about what they are going to do. Spike. He loves it!
The next day, the teams are ready and each have a color, Fabio and Blais are blue, Jenn and Spike are white, and Paul and Grayson are red. They have a little help from some Dallas Cowboys football players and some students. I wonder at what private school they are doing this intiative. Anyways, Blais is starting to freak out a bit. It’s a competition, he doesn’t want to perform poorly. Blais, calm down. It’s for fun. Paul and Grayson make some kind of tostada looking thing (sorryI missed it), Spike and Jenn make pork chops with apple sauce and carrot puree?, and I missed what Blais and Fabio cooked. Actually, it looked like Blais and the two kids cooked, and Fabio took care of the crowd. It was so funny; those two kids were his sous chefs that day. He made them cook. I love it. Tom Colicchio and the assistant chef at the White House will be emcee for the event (forgot his name). Well, Mrs. Obama comes and out and talks with the crowd. When she’s tasting everyone’s meals, she mentions that she’s tried Spike’s food before so he has to maintain that level of excellence. She loves Blais’ avocado mousse. Doesn’t sound good. She didn’t think so either, but she loved it. Right in the middle of this, Blais asks her to sign Avery’s birthday card. Wow! He did it. She announces the winner and it’s Team Red, White and Blue. Everyone wins! Yay!
The epilogue shows that The Spence has been booked solid since opening, and Richard has been going non-stop ever since. Fabio’s opening his third restaurant in Chicago and swears that he’s going to take a vacation afterwards. Yeah right. Jenn has her investors and Concrete Blonde will be opening in 2013 in NYC. Not Philly. Wow. She hopes her mom will walk through the doors on opening night. Spike’s Good Stuff restaurants are filled and the lines have never stopped. Neither has he with the television shows and flying to different places.
This has been a good show. I love how the Top Chef family stays together and help each other. I also love that Spike is such a good guy. I don’t know many people who would share their investors. I love that it is a family, and each one know that. For me, this is one show that Bravo should be proud of.
Survivor Philippines Nov 28, 2012 Hell Hath Frozen Over by MelTheHound
Welcome back… Here’s where we stand kids.
Dangrayne Tribe (Merged)
- Carter Williams, 24, Shawnee, Kansas, coach
- Jonathan Penner – Third time through- Evac’d last time with an infection.
- Denise Stapley, 41, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, therapist
- Abi-Maria Gomes, 32, Los Angeles, student
- Malcolm Freberg, 25, Hermosa Beach, California, bartender
- Lisa Whelchel, 49, Dallas, former star TV’s “The Facts of Life”
- Michael Skupin – Returning player who passed out and burned the skin off of his palms after falling into a fire.
Welcome back castaways. Last week, after a verbal beat down of Abi at Tribal, they sent Pete packing. I guess I’m surprised by that because it sure looked like, throughout the show, that Abi might be the one going home. Abi however, after the verbal lashing (well deserved) she took, played the idol and in another split vote (Abi vs Pete), any votes for her, didn’t count. That leaves Malcolm with the only hidden idol in the game. Penner had also already played his and like Abi, it did save him from being eliminated. I went easy on Abi last week because I felt a little sorry for her but this week, all bets are off. I’m thinking in order to stay, she better win immunity. In a way, it makes sense to keep her there for final 3 because, they all believe they can beat her in the vote count. So, Let’s see what happens, Shall we?
The show opens the day after tribal council with Abi talking to Skupin. She is telling him how beat up and hurt she feels. She has the nerve to say that she never realized they all felt that way about her. Penner and Denise are half listening in. Denise notes that Abi has learned nothing (because she has a piece a rock for a brain). In other words, Abi still believes she is a likeable person. I disagree, so do they. Malcolm is feeling sorry for Abi because, as he puts it, they laid her down on the road, and ran the bus over her. Well, now she knows how it feels to be in front of the bus, under the tires, instead of driving it. Maybe Malcolm will give up his idol to help her? Nah, I didn’t think so either. He says she is very self unaware (I disagree with that also) and it’s hard to not feel bad for her. Strike 3, Malcom. If he’s really buying those self pity sob story tears from Abi, he too deserves to go home just for being a sucker. I don’t trust anything that comes out of that woman’s mouth. Remember that he is part of a final 4 alliance with Denise, Lisa, and Skupin. The one Abi hates the most right now, I think is Denise.
Reward Challenge time. It’s the Food Auction. Last season, this auction did take place but there were other prizes offered. Does everyone remember Kim taking a shower in front of everyone? I do. Also offered, were letters from home. This one is (mostly) all about the food. TH Abi says she’s there to play, screw what everyone thinks of her, they’re going to have to kill her to get rid of her (paraphrasing of course). We get to the auction. Each player was given $500 US to bid with. They cannot share food or money. The auction could end at any time. Is it just me or does Probst look like a 12 year old kid in some of these scenes? The first item up, Pancakes, bacon, juice, etc. Denise opens with $200, Malcolm ups it to $320, Denise goes all in for a $500 breakfast that can be had at some diners for $1.99 (plus tax). Next up, what looks like cheese and wine. Skupin jumps right to $500. Malcolm asks if he’s going to drink the wine, Skupin says he’s not a drinker. Probst offers to take it off his hands, he says no. Next item, Ice Coffee and Donuts. Malcolm opens for $20, Penner ups it to $80, Malcolm wins 4 donuts and a glass of ice coffee for $200. Next item is a blind bid. Remains covered until the bidding is over. These are where the good prizes are. Anyone who watches these shows also knows that typically somewhere in these auctions, is an ‘advantage’ in the next challenge. That’s the real prize. Penner opens for $100. Probst notes that there have been no bids from Abi or Lisa. Abi, still having her pity party, says she’s going home next so she’s going to keep the money (remember Tarzan last season, the plastic surgeon, wanted shocks for his jeep and needed the money for them?). No one challenges Penner so he wins, fried chicken and french fries. So far, the least anyone pays for an item.
Next item, another blind bid. It’s a bidding war between Malcolm and Carter who wins it for $180. He wins a baked potato will all the fixings to load it up with other flavors. Personally, I’ve never cared for these sorts of things but it’s what he won. Probst tells him that he can trade it for rice and beans for the entire camp and it should be enough to get them through the rest of the game (unless Skupin gets hold of it and continues to try and cook the rice in his 98.6 degree stomach… Really?). He picks the rice and beans. They all cheer him for his generosity. I’m thinking one of two things. Carter doesn’t like baked potatahs (As Probst calls them) or, he’s trying to win favor with the tribe both for council and possibly come vote time. My bet is on the latter. Next is yet another blind item. The bidding is between Lisa and Carter. She wins it for $320 (because he can’t outbid her at that point). It’s a plate of Hoagies or as we call them here, submarine sandwiches. I’ll be impressed if she finishes them. Easily, IMO, the best prize so far.
Next up, not a blind item but, it is the aforementioned advantage. Abi speaks right up and takes it for $500. When she gets back to camp, if she wants, she can read the scroll. This is what she was holding the money for. In my opinion, for whatever that’s worth to you, she once again turns into a bitch. Stating that since no one else has any ‘compassion’, she has to have it for herself. This, to me, is a bitch move FU to the other castaways for telling her how it is. Next item up, is another blind item. Bidding between Lisa and Carter, he wins for $200, $20 more than Lisa has. The prize, is Veal Shanks. For the entire tribe, and they have 60 seconds to eat them. That, ends the auction. This is day 28 by the way.
Back at camp. Everyone is feeling good. Satisfied after they’ve gorged themselves. All of them (but one) sharing in the happy experience they’ve just had. Then it happens. Penner asks Abi if she wants to talk. I think he wants to know what the ‘advantage’ is but she flies in on her broomstick from a different angle. She says he needs to do some talking and she needs to do some listening. Why whatever for? Penner inquires… She wants him to apologize. See the look on his face? That’s the look on my face too. This of course shuts the entire celebration down, just like that. Penner asks why he or anyone else should apologize. She says because she left the tribal council in tears and felt beat up. He, once again, tries to explain to her how she comes across to people (and always has and always will). I haven’t even watched the rest of this scene yet so let me put this out there. This bitch, Abi-Maria Gomes (in case she googles her name), will never get it. Continuing on… Penner asks her for her response. She says she has none, just wanted to hear what he had to say for himself. TH Lisa says she’s having a hard time not laughing at the swill that it coming out of Abi’s mouth. She quotes or paraphrases from the bible, ‘you don’t throw your pearls before swine’… She says that she’s not calling Abi a pig (I think she is) but it means if someone is not going to value your words, then don’t waste them on that person. TH Penner says that the more bitter she comes across, the better for him because it becomes a simple matter for them to get rid of her. They hug it out.. Yeah, I felt the love between the two of them (and threw up in my mouth a little bit). I’m not going to waste any more time on this crapfest of a conversation.
Abi heads off down the beach to read the piece of paper she bought. Malcolm guesses that it could be a clue to another hidden idol or an advantage in the next immunity challenge. Malcolm’s guess on the second scenario is the correct one. Abi’s note states that she can go directly to the third round in the next immunity challenge, guaranteeing her a 1 in 3 shot of winning it. Now she’s feeling a little more powerful in the game because she can tell the others, whatever she wants to tell them.
Day 29 and Abi is ambitious. She says that since they don’t like honest Abi, perhaps they’ll prefer lying Abi. She bakes this plan to make them believe that she has a 4th hidden idol. Meanwhile, the others decide that it’s time for her to jump on her broom and fly away. She’s looking also, to break alliances and get one on her side. She tells Malcolm that she has that 4th idol and wants him to be her Pete. TH Malcolm says that Abi is like the girlfriend who he’s broken up with but she won’t leave and there are no GF benefits with her.
It’s time for the immunity challenge. This is another one of these 3 round rope type challenges with a couple twists. This time, instead of navigating a plastic buoy through the obstacles, they must navigate themselves through it. At the beginning of each round, they are asked a question and if they get it wrong, then 5% of their body weight gets added to them to carry through the next round. That’s twist number one. Number two, is Abi’s note. TH Abi says she’s going to continue the hidden idol ruse. When she reads the note, she reads what it says. Remember, she’s told Malcolm she has a 4th hidden idol. She then tears up the note into little pieces, Probst lets her keep ‘secret’ what the second part of the note says and lets her take her spot at round 3.
Let’s get this party started. First question.. How many islands does the Philippines consist of.. 50, 500, or 5000?. The answer is 5000. Both Denise and Lisa got it wrong. The first obstacle is the balance beam thing with the rope wrapped around it. The players are moving through it on a leash of sorts with a ring they must slide along the rope. The first 5 to finish, move on to the next round so only one is SOL in this round. Both Carter and Penner are having problems while the others seem to be managing. Penner has himself all tangled up in the rope, Carter has managed to catch up to the others. Denise is flying through this. At this point, she seems to have the advantage because she is so small compared to the others. Denise wins the round. Carter makes a huge comeback to take second place. Next to finish are Skupin and Malcolm. Penner brings up the rear to leave Lisa finished with the whole thing. Now, I don’t want to be all mean and stuff but, Lisa is a bit larger than Denise. I’m betting that at most, Denise was strapped with an extra 5 pounds while Lisa was carrying more. Plus, I think Denise is stronger than Lisa. Neither here nor there though, Lisa is out of the game.
Second round.. I don’t know what the question was but Denise has had another 5% added, and Skupin and Carter are now carrying 5% of their weight. First two to finish, face Abi in round 3. Skupin and Malcom both get stuck, Penner and Carter are off to a bit of a lead. Denise is giving it her best shot. Penner squeaks out first to take one of the spots. Denise and Carter are neck and neck at the end but Carter pulls off the win. Denise, Malcom, and Skupin are all out of the challenge.
Round 3.. Do I need to bother? Instead of navigating along the rope on a leash, at each station in this stand they must untie a knot that is holding two ropes together like a gate. Carter is now carrying 10% if his weight but I still don’t know what the question was. A couple highlights. Skupin tells the others to notice how miraculously, Abi’s leg has healed. She gets off to a first place start and stays there all the way through it. The only one that gives her a challenge at all, is Carter but, in the end, Abi will be here another week. One of the gallery watching this, wants to puke at the thought of Abi having immunity.
As the players go back to camp, it looks like a death march. TH Malcom says, Hell hath frozen over, Abi won immunity today. He says he had to act all sad but in reality, he’s happy about it. He can’t think of a more convenient excuse to get rid of a real threat, Penner. Last weeks final 4 alliance is discussing things and decide to get rid of Penner. TH Lisa says she’s struggling with this because she really has a connection to Penner, though she likes Malcolm and Denise. She continues on to say she isn’t cut out for this game. She even says it to Penner, he tells her to cut the crap. She and Penner discuss it, She reminds him of the final 4 alliance that was offered him. She as much as tells him she’s now part of another alliance, and it’s him going home tonight. Penner isn’t happy. TH Penner says she’s lost her mind. He isn’t happy with her. I’m, quite frankly, surprised that Lisa is still there. If this were a 2 tribe game instead of a 3 tribe, I’m convinced she would be done long ago. Penner says Lisa got played. He says his mistake was playing 2 sides against the middle. Penner decides that it’s Denise’s time to go (self preservation) and apparently, he has Carter And Abi on board. He goes to discuss it with Skupin to see if he can get him to flip on his alliance. I wouldn’t trust anything Skupin says about voting. His decision is based on who he can beat, which is Penner. That’s what he says anyway.
Tribal Council time. The players and the jury are all ushered in and the questioning begins. He reminds Abi of what he said at last council about her back being up against the wall. He asks her if her strategy was to hold off for the advantage (that gets bid on in every season I’ve seen) before she jumped into the auction. She says, best $500 she ever spent. I have to admit, Well played. While the others were listening to their rumbling bellies, she held off until what she wanted came up for grabs. Next he asks Denise about what was said at last council, she says that people have reached their maximum level of tolerance with Abi. Penner is questioned. He Is Pissed. So much so that he outs the 4 person alliance, as if it were any secret. He’s upset that Lisa has apparently turned on him and she reminds him that instead of Malcolm and Denise, he had his chance to be a part of that alliance (likely with Carter). Penner is playing the game but I think he protests a little too much. He swears up and down, that if Lisa and Skupin go to the end with Malcolm and Denise, they don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell at the $1 million. If they vote him out, they’ve handed it to either Malcolm and Denise. Lisa assures him, she will vote her conscience but he’s worried because she’s voted against him, twice.
Probst asks Lisa if this situation is like any other in her life. She says yes but it’s too personal to talk about. What I heard was, that before she came to the game, she got divorced. So, I guess he’s implying that she’s going through that same sort of emotion again, only with Penner, her friend. He then says something to Skupin about his position in the game and he says he’d like to be friends with any of the people there but he has to play to win as well. In other words, he’s implied that he isn’t going to vote to push anyone but himself, forward. Time to vote. Denise is first, and our favorite one to hate, sticks her tongue out at Denise as she walks off to vote. I hope someone can tell me why I should be a gentleman towards this heifer because, if I don’t see a lady, I don’t feel very gentleman-like.
I already know that Denise voted for Penner.. The votes we see are Abi’s and Penners. Abi can’t fold the paper to save her life and Penner as he’s writing her name, says her name for everyone to hear. Everyone gets a chuckle out of that. So right now, that’s 2 for Denise. We don’t see any of the others but Skupin makes it all dramatic as he stands there pondering his decision. He’s the swing vote. Probst goes to tally the votes, Asks for the hidden idol, Malcolm continues to keep a death grip on it. Probst reads the votes, it’s tied 3/3 Penner vs Denise. 7th vote read, you can see the result. He hugs Carter on the way out, Abi asks if she can have one too, he tells her and everyone else to go jump in a lake (my words not his).
Penner as he exits says, “that sucks, Jeff… Guys, Keep your sunny side up, and suck eggs”.. .Hmmm Classy exit. Honest to the end I guess. He then goes off whistling down the trail.
Votes: Carter, Penner, Abi voted for Denise. Everyone else, voted for Penner. Next time, the family and friend visits. Apparently, Malcolm’s brother has a big mouth and could cost him the game. We know that ain’t going to happen though because it’s a preview edit.
See you next time. Watch here if you like.
PS.. Shout out to NMD, our hostess. I wrote my recap of Sons of Anarchy for the farm (Empress’ blog) last night and decided to include a few pictures. What a pain in the ass it was too. NMD takes these recaps along with the pictures provided from us, with instructions of where in the text to place the pictures, and gets it done. She also reads the recaps and makes corrections where needed. At least on the shows she watches. To give you an idea of what a task that is, it is now 6am eastern time and she gets this all put together before she begins her real life day. Now look at everything she puts together for us every day. So, to our hostess, Very well done and thank you.
(Thank you MTH xxoo – NMD)
Duck Dynasty – Season 2
Duck No We Won’t Go & Drag Me to Glory Back-to-Back Episodes by Stars99
Duck No We Won’t Go
The episode starts with the workers in the workshop talking about the fact that there’s a thin line between being a matador and being a rodeo clown. Willie comes in looking for Si and when he’s told Si’s taking a nap and it’s the middle of the afternoon, Willie states that, “Si has a condition – he’s a ‘Redneckoleptic’ – it’s kind of like being a narcoleptic but instead of falling asleep randomly – he only falls asleep when he’s on the job. I just mention ‘work’ and you’d think I just shot him with a horse tranquilizer – he’s out like a light.” Si lives by the motto, “Work hard, nap hard, that’s what I always say, Jack.” Since the Duck Commander’s business is booming, Willie has brought in a business consultant to analyze production and maximize their efficiency. They come upon the Duck Commander workers playing basketball much to Willie’s chagrin. Jase tries to explain that they’re taking a break to play ball because it’s raining outside. He tries to clarify that people who work outside take a break when it starts to rain. However, Willie doesn’t understand this logic because of course, their workshop is located inside. Jase says he’s all for equal opportunity for everybody. Willie introduces the guys to “Dicky” the business consultant who will help them become more efficient. The guys aren’t sure they can take a man seriously whose name is “Dicky.” Willie restates his name as “Richard” and that he’s there to help them be more productive and efficient. He will make the business better. Jase wonders, “When Is Willie going to learn that we’re operating under maximum efficiency.” Jase thinks they’re already doing their best.
Back at Phil and Miss Kay’s house, Miss Kay had cooked a feast for a church potluck – but no one ate anything. They discussed various reasons why, and it was decided that there were just too many skinny girls at the potluck – and that they don’t eat no “boudin.” Phil says he can eat 5-6 pounds of boudin at one time… it’s better than sex, at his age. Jessica, their daughter-in-law, suggests selling the leftovers out of the back of a converted ice cream truck. Phil agrees to drive cuz he’ll get all the boudin he can eat – PLUS he’s sure to get some kisses from Miss Kay.
At Duck Commander Headquarters, Willie sits down with the guys to discuss new rules of the workplace that are being put in place as a result of the business consultant’s analysis. A new Policy and Procedure Manual is handed out to each of the guys. Si renames the title of the manual to be, “Policies and Procedures and other things to control you.” Si tells Willie, “You done lost your mind.” Willie breaks the news to the guys that the room they’re in is no longer their food room – but that it is now a conference room. The refrigerator was even removed. Godwin wonders about the ham sandwich he left in the refrigerator. Willie tells him that’s gone, too. Willie then shows them some “awesome, new, free uniforms.” Si says, “This is not a beauty contest. Do we look like beauty contestants to you?” Willie says, “Hey, I’m putting lipstick on a pig.” The only way Jase is gonna wear the new uniforms is if he’s dead and they put it on his dead body. Willie threatens them that they are going to wear them or else he’s gonna dock their pay. Jase says, “I’m afraid if I put these clothes on that I’ll look like a vacuum cleaner salesman.” Willie says he’s not asking for permission – that they’re doing it. Period. Martin says, “Does that shirt have a collar on it? I don’t have a neck – that won’t work.”
The next day, Jase comes into work only to find all the other guys wearing the mandatory uniforms. He’s completely aghast! Jase is not wearing the uniform. He thinks it’s PATHETIC – He thought he was working with real MEN… Jase says, “You’re not gonna pay me enough money to wear something that I’d only wear when I’m dead. And that’s because I would not have any choice in the matter.” He tells Si he looks like he’s going to his own funeral. Si responds, “I don’t like it – Hey, wearin’ this uniform makes me want to kick my own butt.” Si further says, “Nerd alert – hey, and I’m it.” Martin mentions that Willie took the rim off their basketball goal. Jase thinks Willie wants to start a riot. Willie thinks that Jase must be hearing impaired cuz he’s not wearing the uniform. He then pretends to give the command to wear the uniform in sign language and does some nonsensical sign language signs. Jase thinks that if Willie is gonna go all corporate America on them… They’re just gonna all go on strike. Willie thinks that he’s just gonna make the duck calls himself cuz if they can do it – he can do it.
Miss Kay and Phil come out of their house to see the snazzy ice cream truck turned food truck. Phil says, “At (the age of) 50, I would have said, ‘Naw, you’re not getting me on no food truck. But at 66, okay let’s go riding on the food truck.” Phil wonders if this is one step closer to losing his manhood. Phil says, “I’m not a eunuch – but I’m gettin’ close.” There are even matching T-Shirts that have been made for Miss Kay, Phil and Jessica to wear.
The guys want to bring Duck Commander and Willie to his knees by stopping the production of duck calls. They have even made signs for their strike. One says, “You can’t spell STRIKE without Si.” Godwin’s says, “Give me my sammitch.” Jase tells Godwin that’s not how you spell “sandwich.” Jase says the strike is trying to bring together big and small, dumb and smart – but mainly dumb. Jep’s sign says, “These uniforms suck” with an arrow pointing down. The guys start marching around in a small circle with their signs… Si leads the group in military-like cadence chant of, “Well, I don’t know but I’ve been told…(the guys repeat) These uniforms suck and there ain’t no doubt about it.” Okay, so it doesn’t rhyme and it’s awkward to chant. Si decides to wipe his feet on the uniform that’s laying on the ground in the center of their circle. Jase would rather be hunting in protest – but Jase is trying to teach Willie a lesson that he, “Will not submit to stupidity.”
Meanwhile, the food truck clangs its’ bells as it comes upon a group of kids in a neighborhood subdivision. Phil wants to enlighten the yuppie world about boudin. The kids get all excited because they think it’s an ice cream truck. They’re quickly corrected – that it’s a “Boudin Truck”… The kids wonder what’s boudin? With pride, Phil explains to them that it’s, “Hog guts, full of rice and seasoning” – the kids think it sounds yucky. And the yuppie kids walk away. Phil says, “Them yuppie are missin’ out and they don’t’ even know it – move on nerds.”
The strikers are getting people to honk in solidarity with them as they declare over a megaphone, “They may take our basketball goals, they may take our paychecks – but they can’t take our freedom!” Willie tries to tell the workers to get back to work. Si thinks that if all you do is work, work, work – that you don’t have time to stop and smell the roses. Si then recounts a story of how he once was smellin’ roses and a bumble bee stung him on the nose. He concludes, “So hey, from then on, look here – you can smell the roses – but hey, smell ‘em quick or a bumble bee’s liable to nail ya.” Willie flexes his corporate boss muscles by threatening the guys that they’ll all be replaced by the end of the day – and that they will not be getting’ a pay check. Jase thinks Willie looks like a rednecked Don Johnson. Si tells Willie to hit the road, Jack. Willie, unfortunately, locked himself out of Duck Headquarters. Jase tries to lead the guys in a united strike chant – “What do we want?” Responses include, “Basketball,” “Respect,” and “Hey” When do we want it? “Immediately!” “Soon!” “Yesterday!” “Hey!” (A crow caws in the background.) The guys can’t figure out what they want out of the strike – and Jase concedes that he knows they have some organizational issues and they may have a problem in articulation – BUT that they’re united. Godwin still wants his ham sandwich. The guys all figure out they’re hungry. Jep decides to call his wife Jessica who is still on the “Boudin Truck.” They decide all they need is freedom and boudin. Si decides he’s strikin’ against strikin’ until he gets food.
Willie decides he’s not going to, “let these idiots stop production. That’s exactly what they want to happen.” Willie tries to make a duck call himself. His wife, Korie, comes in and says, “Willie, what are you doing?” Willie thinks he can put all the duck calls together himself. He tries blowing through one of the ones he’s just made and it sounds more like a hyena call than a duck call… he makes an adjustment and blows through it again – and I’m sure if they had hippos in West Monroe, that he would have been trampled to death. Willie assures Korie it’s fine.. it’s fine as wine.
The food truck arrives for the strikers and they call it their “Redneck Chariot.” Jase is hoping that his parents will understand his stance against wearing stupid uniforms. At first, his dad, Phil does agree with him. But his momma, Miss Kay tells him he’s acting like a kid. Jase then notices that his dad is wearing the same T-shirt that the others on the food truck are wearing and he suddenly knows he’s in trouble. Phil says in his talking head that it’s best to mind your momma’s sound, kind, motherly advice, cuz if you don’t, Phil says, “If you don’t take that advice, then you’ll hafta deal with me, and I’ll tear your butt up. It’s your call.” Miss Kay and Korie call a meeting of Willie and Jase. Miss Kay means business. The boys know she means business. Miss Kay tells the brothers that they are to grow up and act like the men they are. There are concessions on each side – the basketball goal will go back up – as long as they don’t have a slam dunk contest when they have big orders to fill. The guys won’t take 4 lunch breaks a day. No rulebooks. No megaphones. Miss Kay makes them say they’re sorry. Jase says he’s sorta sorry. Miss Kay thinks they’re pitiful and she makes them hug it out or else she’s gonna get the wooden spoon. I’m askeered of Miss Kay.
Willie ends the episode by saying, “Running the Robertson family business is all about give and take… I give them a few duck calls to make and I take a lot of crap for it. But as with all families there will always be protests and demands, like, “let me dress like a hobo” and “gimme my sammich” – when push comes to shove we usually find a way to reach an agreement. Otherwise, Miss Kay will slap you right upside your face.
Drag Me to Glory
Phil and Si are fixin’ to work on a BBQ grill that looks like hasn’t seen the light of day for about 20 years. Phil says it’s been a “few moons” since he’s fired up the old grill. I say it’s been a few decades. Miss Kay is concerned that it’s gonna blow up. The last time Phil remembers BBQing is when Miss Kay was in bell bottoms with a lil girlish figure – Jase was in diapers. Si says, “If it won’t crank – hit it with a hammer.” Si thinks they can fix a whole lot of things with a hammer – but usually, it’s after they’ve already busted them. Miss Kay wants to just go buy a new one. Phil says, “The American way is when one gets a little age on it – throw it away and get another one.” Phil refuses to do so – just patchin’ it up and keep going. Miss Kay is not convinced that it’s gonna work again and decides she needs to go get some cold cuts ready, that’s what she thinks.
At Duck Commander Headquarters, in the workroom, Godwin is telling the guys that he heard that “hump song” on the radio that morning. Si goes into his rendition and does lil dancin’ motions to “My hump, my hump, my lovely, lady lumps”… Si says, “Hey, of course I like the Black Eyed Peas, but hey, it makes me hungry when I say the name cuz hey, you think it’s a dish – but it’s not, it’s a band.” Si listens to all music, it’s how he, “Stays on the up and up.” Si says, he likes all kinds of music, “Meatloaf, The Cranberries, The Korn, and a lil Salt-n-Pepa goes a long way… and my personal favorite, Iced T. That’s good listening, man.”
Willie comes into the workroom and makes a request that they take the very best duck call that they make – then engrave it with a “15” on it. Clint Boyer from NASCAR is coming to West Monroe. Si doesn’t know who he is. Si reasons that he doesn’t know who he is because he’s not an athlete or anything. Si says, “If it wasn’t for my trick knee, I’d be playing in the NBA right now.” Si has delusions of grandeur. Evidently, Clint is looking to create a race track in West Monroe and Willie wants a Duck Commander advertisement to be on one of Clint’s cars. Si wants to know if Clint is bringing his racecar with him.
Miss Kay is killing ant hills but is worried that the dog is gonna eat the poison. She keeps naming her dogs “Jesse #1, Jesse #2…etc… the only problem, is that when they had “Jesse #3 – the vet said that he wouldn’t make it more than 3 weeks… so they immediately got another dog and named him “Jesse #4”… the problem is – that “Jesse #3” made it… so now they simultaneously have two dogs, one named, “Jesse #3” and one named “Jesse #4.” Miss Kay points out that the grill is still not fixed but that she’s convinced she still has a copy of the warranty for it – for a 20 + year old grill. Holy crap on a cracker! She wants Phil to just take the grill back to the store. Phil tells Miss Kay he wants to trade a big banana pudding for taking the BBQ back to the store.
The guys are out in the parking lot waiting for Clint Boyer to show up. He drives in with a camouflage limousine with a honkin’ bull’s horn as the hood ornament. Willie says the limo is, “Like a bug light for rednecks.” In Jase’s world, if you add camouflage to anything and it immediately becomes cool. Willie presents the engraved duck call to Clint. They decide they’re all gonna go to a BBQ lunch in the limousine. Willie is cranky cuz he thinks this should have been his personal one-on-one time with Clint to discuss business – and now the guys have all busted in on it. Willie says, “I’m trying to conduct business, but the guys are Clint blockin’ me.”
The limo burns rubber as it pulls out of the parking lot – and when it makes a right turn – Jase says he’s nervous – cuz NASCAR guys don’t ever hafta turn right. While they’re at lunch, Jase asks Clint on a scale of 1 – 1,000 – how much fun was it in the Daytona 500 when he flipped his car over and it slid across the finish line while in flames. Clint said, “0.0 – it was not fun at all. But it did look cool.” Si questions the nonsense that they’re talking about… Willie says it’s not nonsense – that it really happened. Si said, “On a highway?” Clint says, “I wrecked my racecar.” “Si says, “Oh, you’re a race driver?” Clint said, with a straight face, “Yes.” Everyone dies laffin that Si’s so clueless about Clint. However, Si doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about this “Cliff Boyer”…(of course he got the name wrong…lol.) Clint asks Si if he has ever flipped a car before. Si says that good drivers don’t flip their cars. Clint is not amused. Willie talks to Clint about becoming a sponsor on one of the cars and asks how much it would cost. Clint said it would cost a half a million dollars. Willie thought it was for a year – but no, Clint tells him that’s just for one race. Jase thinks it’s a good investment. Si once again asks if Clint’s a race car driver. Clint tells him, “Si, we’ve met before.”
Miss Kay was indeed able to find the warranty for the ancient BBQ. She sends Si and Phil on their way to the store with the warranty in hand. Phil tells Si the reason he’s doing this is because ya always hafta keep your woman happy.
Clint and the guys check out some land where he’s considering developing for a race track. Willie pulls up in his own camouflaged limousine and says that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Willie insists that he’s actually improved upon Clint’s limo because it has a sunroof. Willie has leased the limo. Clint wants Willie to take the limo back. Willie refuses to take it back. Clint says there can only be one camouflaged limousine. Jase says there’s only one way to settle this – on the track. Clint says that if Willie beats him in a race on the track, that he will put his name on his racecar for free. Willie has no idea why he finds himself in this kind of situation all the time – he thinks it’s probably because they’re all idiots. Well that, and because of Jase.
Phil and Si end up at the store… but the BBQ that they had put in the back of the truck was not with them. Phil questions if Si had tied it onto the back of the truck – Si said he used a double Windsor knot. Then Si argues that someone may have pulled up next to them and stole the BBQ out of their truck when they were on their way to the store. It’s possible. Phil asks Si again if he’s sure he tied the BBQ onto the truck… Si recants and says, “No.” They retrace their steps… and find the BBQ on the side of the road.
It’s time for Willie and Clint to race… Willie’ doesn’t want to be the driver. The driver doesn’t want to do it… so it’s up to Willie. The two of them give each other competitive dirty looks. Jase says, “On the one hand, you have Clint Boyer, he was born to rule machines. On the other hand, you have Willie. He was born to rule a desk or a really nice couch.” Clint wins the race. Not by much. But he won.
Si and Phil modified the BBQ. Si says the BBQ was, “Two steps away from being a computer.” The grill actually worked. Miss Kay is happy cuz it’s working. Phil is happy cuz he didn’t hafta go to the store and mess with all the warranty stuff. Si is happy just lookin’ at the flames.
Willie ends the episode with: “Nothing brings a redneck family together faster than BBQ and car races. Just look at the infield of a NASCAR event. Unfortunately, not all opportunities pay off. Honestly, some are just too expensive to pay for and not worth the trouble in the first place. But the upside is that if you find a way to enjoy the ride, where you end up ain’t all that important so long as it’s together with family – and barbecue.”
The Duck Dynasty Christmas Special is Next Wednesday! I’m laffin’ already…
Thursday Night Lineup November 29th by BB
8PM – Big Bang Theory/Two and a Half Men (CBS); The Vampire Diaries (CW); 30 Rock/Up All Night (NBC); Last Resort (ABC); The X Factor (Fox); Wicked Tuna Hooked Up (NatGeo)
9PM – The Real Housewives of Miami (Bravo); Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime); Person of Interest (CBS); Beauty and the Beast (CW); The Office/Parks and Rec (NBC); Grey’s Anatomy (ABC); Glee (Fox); Extreme Homes (HGTV); The First 48 (A&E); Four Weddings (TLC); Mysteries at the Museum (Trvl); 100 Greatest Kid Stars (VH-1); Rocket City Rednecks (NatGeo); Will, Family Secrets Revealed (ID); Tamar and Vince (WE); Raising House (DIY); Symon’s Suppers (Cook 9:30); Farm Kings (GAC)
10PM – Elementary (CBS); Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC); Scandal (ABC); It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX); Burn Notice (USA); Panic 911 (A&E); Along for the Bride (TLC); Ghost Town Gold (Discovery); American Chainsaw (NatGeo); Very Bad Men (ID); Shocking Family Secrets (FitTV)
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