Is Lauri Peterson returning to Real Housewives of Orange County and Other Reality News by NoMoreDrama
Lauri Peterson was one of the original Real Housewives of Orange County. Recently she was photographed with the other ladies on their way to a bridal gown fitting for Tamra Barney. Does this mean she’s back as a housewife? Here’s what she had to say on twitter:
Fan: “Are the rumours true, your returning to #RHOC?”
Lauri: “Just my left toe!”
Lauri’s joking aside, fans seem excited to see her back, even if it’s as a “friend to the housewives”. Lauri has appeared on the show a few times since she officially left after getting remarried.
Lisa Hochstein of the Real Housewives of Miami might stay out of the drama on the show, but her husband’s plans to rebuild the home they just purchased on Star Island is causing a whole lot of drama in her real life. The problem? They’ve purchased an iconic home with historic value – a 1925 home designed by Walter DeGarmo that is a visible from the MacArthur Causeway. Star Island doesn’t have strict historic preservation ordinances, and there is nothing to stop them from tearing down the home (which they say is rotting) and putting up a garish mansion. At least it will have to pass the city’s design review board. Read more here.
The Shahs of Sunset delivered the ratings for Bravo, bringing in 2.3 million viewers, and capturing 1.4 million for the important 18-49 age demographic. As a comparison the show pulled in 1.5 million viewers for their finale episode Season 1.
Interview with Jill Zarin. It starts like this…. “It is not off base to refer to Jill Zarin as a modern day wonder-woman. Not only a reality TV star, Jill Zarin has achieved marked success as an entrepreneur, fashion designer, and businesswoman.” Ummm I disagree. That is totally off-base. Read the full interview here.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills “Girls Gone Ojai’ld” by BB
We left off last week with the ladies having dinner in Ojai. Brandi and Kim were having a meaningful and somewhat touching conversation causing Kim to become emotional and start crying. Adrienne feels the need to announce to everyone that someone is crying. Brandi tells Adrienne to STFU, which has rendered some of them speechless. Adrienne asks Brandi what she means (obviously something got lost in the translation), and says she was only feeling badly for Kim. Kim leaves the table and Brandi follows her to the restroom (to be joined later by Yolanda and Taylor). Brandi and Kim discuss the events at Pam-Dana’s party where Brandi accused Kim of using meth. Kim said that was really awful and that she had never done that. Brandi explains she was on the defensive that night and lashed out. Kim is aware that Brandi is trying and Kim is trying and she knows they both just want it to go away.
Meanwhile back at the table, Adrienne and Kyle are aghast at what Brandi has just done as if it were one of the worst things they’ve ever witnessed or heard in their lives. Lisa tells them to not make a big deal of it because Brandi says the “f” word a lot. Kyle tells Lisa she’s gone over and above defending what Brandi said and she herself would never have said that at the dinner table. Lisa tells Kyle OK it was inappropriate and she’s right. Kyle still won’t let it go and tells Lisa not to say that if she doesn’t mean it. Lisa agrees that what Brandi said was inappropriate. She tries to explain to Adrienne why Brandi did what she did, but Adrienne is too busy trying to defend why she said what she said. Adrienne and Yolanda want to know who talks to another woman that way. Brandi does. Adrienne says it was so rude, extremely rude.
Lisa goes into the bathroom to try to straighten things out. Lisa tells Brandi she needs to apologize to Adrienne. Brandi says she’s not going to do it because she’s not sorry. Lisa tells Brandi to fake an apology even if she doesn’t mean it. Brandi goes back to the table and says “I’m sorry I said the F word.” Adrienne tells her apology accepted. Brandi apologized for saying the F word in the restaurant but not for telling Adrienne to shut up.
During dinner, Brandi gets a call from her agent informing her she got the book deal. She says, “I got a book deal today which I don’t know if anyone cares about, but I very excited about it.” At least Camille and Lisa congratulate her. Someone, I’m not sure who, asks Brandi what the book is about and she says divorce. You can see the wheels turning in Taylor’s head. She’s realizing Brandi will probably make some major bucks with her book about a B-list actor cheating on his future reality star wife and leaving her for a former A-list country music star; whereas Taylor’s book didn’t exactly set the world on fire and certainly didn’t make her uber-rich (but I’ve heard it saved thousands of lives). Taylor looks like she’s ready to blow a gasket. Kyle in her interview says in a smarmy tone “Uhmmm, Congratulations?” Poor Kyle tries to be the Bethenny of Beverly Hills, but she’s just not able to pull it off.
Taylor starts to hyperventilate, but Adrienne calls it meditation (to which Kim innocently remarks that she loves to meditate). Brandi asks Taylor why she’s meditating and Taylor says she doesn’t know where to start and then takes a huge gulp of what I’m sure is her umpteenth glass of wine for the night. Brandi then remarks that it’s hard for some women to be happy for other women for some reason and Taylor says she agrees and Brandi tells Taylor instead of “meditating” she should just say congratulations. Then instead of letting Taylor answer for herself, Kyle tells Brandi she was the first one to attack Taylor for doing a book (flashback to Brandi telling Taylor at the reunion that it had only been a hot minute from the time Russell committed suicide until Taylor wrote her book). Kyle tells Brandi not to expect Taylor to be happy about her book when she wasn’t happy about Taylor’s. Kyle has a point (I hate when that happens).
Yolanda observes there is a lot of stuff going on between all of them and tells them they need to move on and be happy for each other. She says life is going to be really miserable if they can’t move on from those things. Adrienne agrees (because she wants everyone to forget what she did to Lisa). Kyle, again tries but fails to do the Bethenny thing in yet another of her many interviews, by saying nobody is listening to Yolanda, darling.
Brandi and Taylor argue back and forth which embarrasses Kyle, who threatens to leave. Brandi lets Taylor know it’s been three years since Eddie left her (unlike Taylor starting a book immediately after Russell died) and Taylor tells Brandi she was left $700,000 in debt and with a $1.5 million lawsuit on her hands. In her talking head, Taylor feels the need to explain to us, because we’ve all been living under a rock, that Brandi’s husband Eddie left her for Leann Rimes and asks the question, “That’s a Book?” Yep, there’s definitely some teeth gnashing going on behind Taylor’s flapping lips. Yolanda doesn’t know what planet these women are from. I could have told her they are from the planet Bravo, where pettiness, long-held grudges, and catfights rule the day. They all eventually drink to each other. Adrienne then needs to announce she has a book deal too, which Brandi seriously doubts and wonders if it’s a children’s book because she’s not super-smart and can’t possibly put that much together. Ouch!
The next morning in the kitchen, Camille explains to Lisa, Yolanda and Kyle that she and Dmitri have been together six months and they’ve discussed marriage, but they are not close to that yet, they’re still exploring each other. Yolanda tells her to take her time while Lisa says they’ve explored each other’s nooks and crannies long enough. It was a joke people. Yolanda, Kyle, Camille and Adrienne go for a hike, while Lisa and Brandi are back in their room accusing each other of snoring. Lisa tells Brandi when she says things like STFU it’s like giving the other women a gift and ammunition to use against her. Brandi tells why she said it and Lisa gets it, but still counsels Brandi that she could have handled it better, like saying butt out or mind your own business. Brandi mentions the fact that Paul and Adrienne were trying to intimidate her on twitter and they called Brandi wanting her to deny what she had said about them spreading lies about Lisa. She refused to do it. I believe this is the crux of Brandi’s problem with Adrienne and it’s about to come to boiling point.
Later, all the women take two golf carts to who knows where (I heard Lisa say something about a picnic.) Yolanda is driving one and Lisa is driving the other one, the “Bentley.” They decide to have a little race (Lisa starts it). Yolanda won’t back from that challenge. I have a feeling Yolanda wouldn’t back down from any challenge. She gets ahead and looks back at Lisa, to whom she refers as “Driving Miss Daisy.” Kyle is acting like a baby asking them to stop so she can get off. They all seem to be having a good time and are friendly – for the time being.
Later, Lisa and Camille are playing badminton against Yolanda and Adrienne. Everyone except Yolanda pretty much sucks. Yolanda calls them “the Beverly Hills girls” and notes that sports is not number one on their list. Later the ladies get the spa treatment, where all kinds of mud-rubbing, water throwing, and hilarity ensues, mostly instigated by Yolanda. Yolanda might not be a drinker and party girl, but she’s certainly up for good clean fun.
After a relaxing (not) spa time, they all have a nice dinner together. The executive chef introduces himself and explains their menu for the night. It looks and sounds delicious. Yolanda tells them about breaking her back giving birth to her son. She’s taking injections (some kind of lamb fetus cells or something) and she cannot drink. That gets them to talking about complicated births and who had C-sections and who didn’t. Camille can’t relate because she used a surrogate for her two children.
After dinner, they are drinking, drinking, drinking. Yolanda announces she’s tired and going to bed. Brandi gets it. It’s not fun to be the sober one in the room. Yolanda wants to get up early, go for a run, exercise, and have an Ojai day. Kim soon follows, of course, because she can’t participate in the drinking party for obvious reasons. Brandi tells Kim she loves her. Kim can’t quite say that but tells Brandi she likes her. At first she says she can’t say she likes her, but doesn’t mean that. Kyle gets a kick out of it. I don’t get Kyle. I want to like her, but then she opens her mouth and ruins it.
After the women get a really good buzz going, they go up to a bedroom and Brandi asks Taylor if she wants to arm wrestle. Taylor accepts the challenge and they go to it after they kiss each other (they must have really been drunk). It ends up being a girl fight where Taylor ends up on Brandi’s back. Next Brandi asks Adrienne if she want to have a go at it. Adrienne has brothers and cheats and admits it. Regardless Brandi wins, does a little hoochie dance on the floor and proceeds to do a hand-stand, flip over to the bed.
They all want to get into the act. Apparently Adrienne needs fresh underwear (did she pee her other ones or was she not wearing any in the first place?). Taylor supplies her with a fresh pair and ensures Adrienne they are fresh because she has smelled them. Apparently Adrienne doesn’t trust Taylor because she takes a whiff herself before she puts them on. Or maybe she has an uncontrollable urge to sniff underwear, I dunno. Later on, Adrienne is wearing leggings under her dress. Brandi and Lisa were at least smart enough to wear long pants in the first place. Lisa does a handstand. Taylor does a round-off. Brandi was surprised to see Adrienne take her weave out and do some work. They keep pounding on the floor and calling Yolanda out. Lisa thinks she needs to get her little Dutch ass up there. Kyle’s worried Yolanda’s going to come up and give them a spanking. Kyle has really entertained with some witty repartee in this episode (not).
The next morning, Kim and Kyle talk about the weekend. Kim doesn’t think she and Kyle reconnected, but Kyle thinks it’s a good sign they didn’t fight. Yolanda got up at 6 and worked out her room, which makes Kyle feel guilty. Kyle doesn’t want to work out on vacation. Yolanda thinks there’s nothing worse than women who get drunk and are out of control. Kyle thinks she may want to find a new crowd of friends.
While they are all packing to leave, Lisa says she feels like she’s been shagged through a hedge backwards and doesn’t feel rested at all. As they are boarding the limo, Kyle announces her jewelry bag weighs a ton.
In the limo on the way home, I don’t know why Kyle had to bring up the STFU comment, but she did. They start going over it again. Brandi is calling bullshit on what Adrienne is saying. She’s not going to let these women pretend what happened didn’t happen. Adrienne thinks Brandi is looking for a fight and she doesn’t know why. Kyle says she doesn’t know what’s going on but she doesn’t think Adrienne and Brandi are friends. Brandi tells Kyle the subject is not up for a group conversation. If Adrienne wants to talk to Brandi one-on-one Brandi is up for it. She doesn’t think Adrienne will do it. One-on-ones are not Adrienne’s strong point. I’ll even go further to say Adrienne could use some training to improve her verbal communication skills.
Amazing Race – Leg 10 – Dec 2, 2012 by MelTheHound
Welcome back race fans… Here is where we stand after the first 8 episodes.
- Trey and Alexis -Dating couple (Texas)
- Jaymes (blonde) and James (brunette) – Chippendales
- Josh and Brent – Goat Farmers (Beekmans)
- Natlalie and Nadiya – Twins
Last week you’ll recall, we had a bit of strategy. Twinnies took the fast forward opportunity, ate some nasty fish in the allotted amount of time and were rewarded with a fast trip to the pit stop in Amsterdam. There was also a double U Turn where three of the teams had baked a plan to turn Abbie and Ryan. I don’t know how much that would have mattered since the two of them were once again, stuck, in Frankfurt with more airplane troubles and arrived to Amsterdam ridiculously late. However Per the plan, they were U Turned by the Chippers. At the same time they arrived in Amsterdam, so did the Beekmans who were late because that’s the way they’ve run the entire race it seems. Late. Remember that Josh hurt his ankle while running across the field for Ditch Vaulting. Trey and Lexi turned the Chippers just so Abbie and Ryan couldn’t turn the Beekmans.
We open this week with the teams heading to Barcelona, Spain. Once they get there they are to take a Ferry to their next destination. All of the teams, in order of previous arrival, head to the airport to get their tickets. Beekmans are bringing up the rear still dead last in the race but, they are still there. I still say these have to be two of the luckiest SOBs in the race so far. All of the teams are on separate airplanes but they all wind up at the same place. The Balearia Ferry station to catch the ferry that will take them to Palma De Mallorca to locate their next clue. The ferry does not begin boarding until 10pm (it is now around 10am) and doesn’t depart until 11pm. Twins are there first, followed by Chippers, then Texas (in the order they left Amsterdam). I guess this is the first time they’ve seen each other since they left Moscow so they’re slapping themselves on the back for their U Turn plan being such a huge success. They’ve dubbed themselves the final 3 by the way.
Instead of sitting on their hands, they decide to enjoy the Barcelona beach. They have about 11 hours to kill. Obviously, this is one of those chance at equal standing rounds so everyone gets the same chance at a relatively fresh start. They all go to the beach, have some fun and then return to the station to find the Beekmans there. Other than Abbie and Ryan, this is the first time Beekmans have seen any of the others in days. Once again, they all rejoice at their brilliant plan to send the Divorcees packing and further, point out, that the plan worked to keep them from turning the Beekmans. How it is, these two are still in the race is boggling to me. They’ve overcome a missed connection that delayed them about 9 hours, a 4 hour penalty, and a speed bump and they are STILL in the race. You know what I think it is? I haven’t heard either one of them really talk shit about the others or brag on how much better they are at anything than anyone else. Maybe they have and I just don’t remember.
Okay.. Let’s get this party started. They get to the island on the ferry and they are supposed to meet up with these dudes the next day. They are also, driving themselves. Jaymes notes that they are going at 7am to meet up with some devils to get their next clue. Here’s where it begins to get good for me. The cars, have manual transmissions- stick shifts. Guess what kids? Nadiya, cannot drive a stick shift. I take it her sister cannot either. She however is giving it the old college try, with her sister in the back seat screeching in her ear. Because of that, they drop from 1st, to 3rd place.
These devil dudes are a bit like a circus act that I suppose has some significance but I didn’t catch it. Maybe one of you or one of our Spanish friends can enlighten me. They are spitting fire, twirling balls of fire at the end of a chain, jumping in people’s faces and such. The goal is to get the clue that one of them holds (it isn’t the same guy for all of them). Texas and Chippers get their clues and move on. Beekmans are third at this point, Twinnies, are dead last because unlike Twinnies, the Beekmans can drive a stick shift. Or at least Brent can.
The clue takes them to a tennis arena for the roadblock. To do the roadblock, one member of each team must return 20 tennis balls, inbounds, in order to receive their next clue. Texas gets there first and apparently, Trey is a bit of a tennis player. He manages to get it right the first or second time. This is the part that confuses me. The machine pitching the balls has more than 20 in it. If it empties before they make the goal of 20, it gets reloaded. What I didn’t catch was if the count also got reset or if they just continued from where they were. The Chippers arrived with Texas because for now, they’re kind of working together. They were all also working with the Twins but Nadiya cannot drive (hehe :D) so they’re left behind. James handles the roadblock for Chippers. Beekmans then arrive and Josh decides to take on the task. Remember, he hurt his ankle on the previous leg and it does come into play. He gets about half way through the challenge or rather struggles through it and has to take a seat to recover a bit. In the meantime, Twins arrive. Now, these two heifers, state that on Tennis days in school, they would figure a way to get out of practicing at all so both of them will likely suck at this challenge. And they do. In fact, they suck so bad at it that hurt Josh, recovers enough to finish and beat them out of there. They do eventually finish though and are now, in last place.
The next clue takes them to these caves where they are looking or rather listening for music. When they find the source of the music, they get their next clue. Texas and Chippers arrive first, in that order.. Gentleman Jaymes allows Lexi to take the first one since, they entered the cave and reached the guitar players first. Beekmans and the twins follow.
Sidebar- All along during the episode, we hear one of the twins (or both) making cracks about the Beekmans. How they are this or that, because they are Gay. They are always prepared, good at reading maps and having directions. To me, what they are saying, is that they view the Beekmans, as Women. Here’s why. Women, are always prepared when they go someplace. They also have a clue of where they are going or will readily stop and ask someone for directions. It is the Men, who are unprepared and will NEVER stop and ask for directions. They Just Know where they are going and also know, that the women they are with are prepared (I’m the kind of guy that shows up at a pot luck picnic reunion with a bag of chips purchased at the nearest convenience store, if I bring anything at all – I’m not expected to). This is why, I am calling them Heifers in this episode. – end sidebar
Now that I have that out of the way.. The clue in the cave is the Detour. Spin It or Bull It. Let’s do Bull It first. The object of this game, in the bull fighting arena (I always cheer for the bull), they are to dress as a bull, one with the head and the other in the rear calling out directions. The one steering the front has to navigate past 8 matadors with the instructions given from their team mate. Once they do that, they must hit a target that will launch a 9th (fake) matador in the air. They can then get their next clue. This is a timed event and they have 2 minutes to complete it or they have to switch and start over. Trey and Lexi are the only ones who did this one – I’ll explain in a minute.
With Spin It, the teams have go to a location where there are several windmills. Essentially, each windmill has had two blades removed and the teams must put them back on. Once they accomplish that to the satisfaction of the supervisor, they can move on.
Going back a little bit, Texas and Chippers had both decided to do the Bull It challenge. However, they got separated and it just so happened that while they were driving along, Chippers came across the Spin It location so decided to do that one instead. Over at the bull fights, Lexi is inside the head if the bull with Trey calling the directions. They get past the 8 live matadors and then she crashes into the target/dummy at the end, knocking it over. Further, she jammed or cut her finger. I didn’t see much, I guess it was painful. She sure sounded as if it was. She gets over it and they suit up again with Trey in front and Lexi shouting directions. They get through it and move on- to the pit stop.
The pit stop is at this old castle (are there any New ones?). At one time, centuries ago, it was also the local prison. Texas makes it there first to take the winning spot. They win a trip somewhere, I didn’t catch the place. These vacation spots all remind me of the location of slutty island on RHONY.
Over at the windmill site, Chippers make pretty short work at installing the two blades on their windmill and they get the go ahead to the pit stop. Nothing of any real consequence happened with them so they took second place. Beekmans arrive there second. This is one of those tasks that they are familiar with, being farmers and all. About this time, The twins arrive as Beekmans are getting suited up for the task. Nadiya is no better at driving this car than she was at the beginning. Natalie is still bitching at her sister too (I’d have dumped her on the nearest street corner). All of them get to their tasks and Beekmans kind of slow and sure at it, finish. Meanwhile, The Twins are just as bad at this as they are at both Driving, and Tennis. To the point where they witness the Beekmans driving off – to the pit stop – where they take third place.
At this point, I have a HUGE grin on my face. Twinnies are Finally going to be gone. Then I think to myself, I Hope, beyond all hope, that this is an elimination round. Well friends, You know me by now. I Never get my wish when it comes to these shows because, it Is a Non Elimination round. My biggest hope now is that the others are so far ahead of them and since the Twins have to do a speed bump (which are rarely demanding), that they will take 4th place as they are eliminated next week.
We’ll see how that all plays out. See you next week.
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PS.. While watching Nadiya drive this car, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for my parents, mostly my father, who taught me how to drive a stick shift in a parking lot a mile from where I’m sitting. At Midnight on the way home from Grandma’s house (which means it was a Thursday night). I rattled that truck so much that both of them probably had bruises on their heads from hitting the back window (78 ford f100 with 3 on the tree). At one point, my mother was on the floor. I even got pulled over, in the parking lot, by the police who wanted to know what we were doing there. He laughed and walked away shaking his head. So, to all of you with youngsters who you are trying to teach or have taught to drive a stick shift, You have my sympathies. R.I.P. Mom and Dad. Love and miss you both.
The Shahs of Sunset Episode 1 – Season 2 – “The Whisky Makes You Frisky” Recap by Ana
The episode starts off with a weird montage of what to expect this season, which seems like it should’ve been shown at the end…but I’m no editor.
Reza (wearing his best yachting white outfit) is driving to see his new girl-love, Asa. Asa greets him at the door (wearing black v-neck tee and a funky multi-colored striped lycra pant) and proceeds to show off her gorgeous mini-mansion that she designed. I must say I was green with envy! Reza of course is looking through his realtor eyes and teaches all of us that Calcutta marble = gold.
For the last three year Asa’s entire income used to come from renting the entire property (the main house and the backhouse). She has decided to move back in because as an artist her “surroundings are everything” and she needs to be inspired…oh and it also has to be a sexy space. Asa also proclaims her love for Reza, she thinks “its and aries/leo thing” with them. Apparently that means they are both fiery and have the same aesthetic (obviously not when it comes to fashion).
At this point I have to address her talking head outfit. Asa, girl you need an intervention- maybe your new gay bestie (Reza) can help you get over your confused fashion looks. She is wearing some sort of geniesque shower cap with a very pretty Egyptian necklace over a black v-neck tee and a gypsy ring/bracelet combo. I cannot get over that shower cap, maybe she’s dying her hair? Sorry back to the recap…
As they continue the tour the house they come to a bathroom, where Reza is very impressed (and a bit jealous) by her $4,000 toilet. As they move to the outside area of Asa’s house she tells Reza that there’s $30,000 worth of gold coins buried at that spot, but not to tell anyone. Maybe she forgot this would air on a television show? I hope she doesn’t come home to a bunch of holes in the ground…and that she took them to a safety deposit box in a bank by now. To this Reza just answers “that is so gangster.”
BTW, during this talking head she has GORGEOUS gold jewelry on, too much at once but Asa gets an “A” for effort on this one. Our Persian pop priestess (draped in gold jewels) continues to preach to us her philosophies: “If you surround yourself with beautiful things, beautiful things will come to you”; and “you have to live in abundance, to attract abundance” in order to be a Gypsy Jetsetter like her.
As she is talking to Reza she tells him she only has $500 in her bank account and that she needs to rent the backhouse that day so she can pay her bills. Her stress level from 1 to 10 is 75 right now and if she can’t make it work, well she’s screwed. Uhm maybe she should sell a couple of her gold coins…just saying…
Driving Mrs. Vida
Mj (wearing a crazy multi-purple-colored striped shirt) is driving her mom (Vida, wearing her finest fishnet vest), her mom’s bird (?!) Pablo and Julio (her dogs). Apparently she brakes and her mom’s bird may or may not have been slightly injured…she’ll probably be hearing from PETA after this episode. As they are driving, Mj and Vida begin to argue about putting on her car signals in Farsi…and then MJ asks her mom about her upcoming cruise’s itinerary.
MJ explains in her talking head (in which I really like her grey shirt) that she is helping her mom transport her bird to her uncle’s house, which is ”the most important thing” because she’s going on vacation for a month. MJ suggests during the car ride that maybe they should take a vacation together, to which Vida responds that she’d “rather to put a neeadle in my eyes.” (Mama Elsa better watch out with this one…)
In her talking head, wearing a black ensemble with a very pretty red necklace, MJ explains to us that her mom “is a pain in the ass” and that her mom is not difficult -she’s impossible.
After the awkwardness of the vacation suggestion being shut down by Vida, MJ asks her what is the name of her bol bol (chirp chirp in English)? It’s ju ju-which MJ finds really funny because ju ju means bird.
MJ then asks her dog Pablo if he’s hungry for chicken because he has one next to him – to which the dog jumps to the cage. Vida tells him to “leave him [Juju- I assume] alone” and is not amused with Pablo’s antics, but MJ is.
Gigi pulls up to her sister’s house wearing an animal print sheer kaftan(?) cover-up. At the deck everyone is sitting around chatting and we see GG’s very pregnant sister (Leila). GG begins to talk to a guido-like guy named Omid.
In her talking head, GG is wearing a beautiful rhinestone necklace, and a black dress. GG then explains that Omid is a dear friend; that they have a history together and basically like to flirt with each other. Apparently he’s very charming.
GG then follows her sister Leila to the kitchen to talk about the extension company. In her second talking head (wearing an ugly brown and gold shirt – but nice gold coin necklace), GG explains that she and Lela are partnered in a hair company that is called GG’s Extensions. Leila is in charge of the financial department and GG is in charge of marketing and advertisement. GG also says she is excited about working. Back at the kitchen Leila tells GG that they are having issues. GG asks why and then Leila lets the floodgates of discontent open. Leila tells GG that she “has to still do what she needs to do and set up..” but the GG interrupts her asking what it is she needs to do, to which Lelia fires back with “your job.” GG at this point flustered and you can tell she’s starting to get angry and defensive. GG tells Leila that she needs to tell her how to market it, how to set it up- that she needs some guidance. To which her very annoyed sister says “you pick up the phone and you make some phone calls and say hey I have a hair extension company and I’d like to come in there and advertise it. You set up a trunk show, you throw a party; You invite your friends.” Leila further tells her that that is her job and that she hasn’t done any of it. GG defends herself by saying “I don’t know any of these things” which further angers her sister who starts berating GG’s business acumen. Leila tells her that she is tired of doing everything for her and that she has enough to do as it is and is 9 months pregnant on top of it all. Leila says she is not doing her job and GG’s job and to grow up and be a responsible adult.
Leila who gets her own talking head says that she’s fed up and embarrassing. Apparently she made her first fake ID when she was 14 y/o in order to get a job at the mall. (Yeah, I’m sure that’s the only reason she wanted a fake ID for…) Leila says she’s been working ever since and that her sister’s hardest task of the day is waking up and deciding what outfit she’s going to wear. From watching season one I agree with GG’s sister 100% on this one and am glad someone in GG’s life is trying to push her into adulthood.
Back at the kitchen, her sister just ends it anticlimactically by saying “just read your contract”- even GG is surprised by the end of this argument. She even asks Leila if “that’s it- seriously.” In her talking head GG claims her sister “is looking for any excuse to make sure that she [Leila] looks better and she [GG] looks worse.” This is sibling rivalry at its delusional best. Leila is outside talking to Omid and as GG walks up to her she looks at her and tells her that she doesn’t need the stress right now. GG with a broken voice tells her that hey are not remotely finished taking about it, so they sit down and GG asks Omid to give them a moment alone. GG then asks Leila if at her first job when she didn’t know what she was doing, contract or no contract (?) – Leila interrupts GG and says that the first company that she had nobody to tell her what to do and she just figured it out on her own. GG get mad and says not company- first job. Leila tells her her first job was when she was 16 y/o not at 30 (Thought it was 14?) This sent Leila in another frenzy lecturing GG (in front of mixed company which must’ve been embarrassing for GG) about how she’s 30 and never had a job and how important it is to have a job in order to pay for her bills – that maybe she should start with a job at McDonald’s. GG deduces that her sister is being so crazy because she’s hormonal from the pregnancy, but in the end she’s also a bitch. Reality checks don’t sit well with GG…
Persians at the Carwash, Yeah
Reza and Mike meet up at a carwash. Reza then proceeds to bust Mike’s chops for not having a real license plate- per Reza it’s a “Persian license plate” that says Rusnak. From what I can deduce from my quick Google search, Rusnak is the name of a high-end car dealership in California. Apparently Mike has had the car for a while and by not having a license plate yet, Reza says it’s a “Persian maneuver”- I say illegal but you know tomato/tomatoe.
Mike says that he has a bromance with Reza and that he loves hanging out with Reza. In his first talking head, Mike is wearing a nice pink dress shirt and says that he and Reza “resonate so well together.” This season Reza meshes well with everyone in the cast –at least for now that’s the theme. And who can blame them!
Reza and Mike sit down for coffee and begin by discussing how hot it is and that at any moment they will see a camel walk by-like in their homeland. Then they proceed to make fun of white people, which is funny. A Persian wouldn’t return an extra $20 bill they would get from a clerk by mistake (because down the line they probably screwed them somehow), but a white person would return it. Then Mike gets a call from his Israeli client and begins to complain to Reza how complicated their dealings have become.
In his second talking head Mike is wearing a striped brown sweater, with a v-neck that if you ask me is too low. I hate low v-necks on guys…but I digress. He tells us that the commercial real estate is very frustrating right now, because he can “hustle for weeks on end” all just to make $10,000 on a commission.
Back at Golnessa Palace
GG needs a cigarette to calm down, luckily Omid gives her a cigarette and lights it before she can even finish her thought. Next to GG, we finally see that the other guy with a fedora hat is her brother-in-law, John. Good thing they are following the one fedora per group rule. GG tells Omid that he can understand her situation because he has the same issue with his brother. Omid then tells her that working with a sibling can be very hard, he has been working with his brother for a while and they don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things. Although its tough, that if she can find a way to make it work they both could be more successful together than apart. Good advice Omid, I’m impressed. Then lighten up the mood, John takes off his hat and asks how his hair looks. He’s got some faux hawk action going on and they make fun of him.
GG in her talking head then says that Omid is a rock for her and helps calm her down and find her peace –which for anyone whose watched season one knows that can be a monumental task.
Omid then jumps in the pool, grabs GG and threatens to throws her in the pool. Her sister Leila says that if he does she’ll name her son Omid, and he does. They all have a laugh and the mood definitely changed and they seem to have fun.
Breakdown By Vida
MJ and her mom, Vida arrive at her Aunt Ziba’s house. MJ then lets us know that they have been visiting her Aunt and Uncle since she was little. Her uncle is Vida’s brother. They have a huge spread middle eastern food spread that looks like it could feed a small town and absolutely delicious! They all sit down to enjoy the feast and MJ makes a toast thanking her aunt and uncle for hosting the birthday party. Aunt Ziba then proceeds to thank MJ for all her help and says Vida is Superwoman- to which MJ rolls her eyes and says “to her imagination.” Vida ignores this and proceeds to tell everyone at the table that next Sunday she goes on her vacation overseas and that she decided to stay for six months. MJ toast to this announcement and then says that Vida will be gone for her birthday. She asks Vida if she will be giving her a birthday gift in advance- to which Vida responds “youwr prezent iz I lib.” MJ then explains she’s “always had a difficult relationship with her mom: overcritical, overwhelming, overbearing” Then we have a flashback to last season, when they had dinner and Vida said some horrible things to MJ, but in this clip they just show her saying “is all your fault Mercedes.” MJ then says that “its really hard to feel good about yourself sometimes when in the back of your head you’ve got your mom’s voice criticizing you all the time over everything.” I think many of us can relate to her here and my heart really goes out for her. At the dinner table MJ tells her cousin, Makan, that his mom (Aunt Ziba) is nice to him. He agrees, muh to Aunt Ziba’s glee. MJ says her mother hates her- well per Vida she hates everybody (she said this as she is checking her lipstick with her knife). They all laugh and say its true, so MJ makes a toast to all the mom’s that don’t judge their children – to which Vida asks her how many drinks she’s had already and basically accuses her of being drunk. They all laugh awkwardly knowing that a storm is brewing. MJ calls Vida out. She asks her “how many daughters will accept that much opposition and will still be humble enough to come back and say ‘mom you are right’ even though…” At this point Vida cuts her off and defends herself by saying that everything she tells her is for her own good. Aunt Ziba steps in and tells MJ that they all know how Vida is, but that MJ enables Vida to be the way that she is. She says she’s surprised that MJ still talks to her mom and that Vida is not giving her anything and she doesn’t understand why she still keeps coming back for more. Vida then says MJ is a diva and that she’s always had that opinion of her and she can never change that. MJ begins crying and Vida says she doesn’t care. Aunt Ziba tells her not to say that, that she resents MJ and goes back at her. Vida says that Aunt Ziba and MJ have similar character and are closer, hence the reason Aunt Ziba shares the same opinion as MJ regarding her. MJ says that she is just looking for justification. Then yells at MJ asking her what she’s crying about, that all she does is drink wine and cry. Then Vida goes on attack mode with Aunt Ziba and accuses her of not wanting to know what’s going on in her kids life, so of course she’d be judgmental of her and not understand her – that they are a weird family. Vida gets up and tells Aunt Ziba that she’s a horrible person. Aunt Ziba tries to smooth things over but Vida walks away. Vida takes her plate and goes to the kitchen to finish her food.
MJ say she thinks she deserves the best family therapist that money can buy. I agree. Her cousin Makan, tells her that she will never get complete approval from Vida, and although its horrible for her to hear but its something MJ has to come to terms with. Her Aunt Ziba tells MJ she loves her and to forget Vida. Its nice to see that MJ has some supportive family members.
Vida in her talking head (wearing her best fishnet shirt and dynasty earrings) says that its not right what Aunt Ziba said about her and that nobody knows everything completely. She says that when its midnight and she sees an accident on the news, if the car is the same color as MJs- she gets in her car and drives to MJ’s and goes to the garage to make sure MJ’s car is fine. Once she knows her car is fine, she stops worrying. She says that nobody knows these things that she does for MJ, her mother’s duty. I hope that this little story will make MJ happy, when she sees it. These two need to go on couple’s therapy, asap.
Introducing a Texan Persian Princess
Reza is at a house waiting, when Lilly (new cast member) pulls up. Reza and Lilly air kiss and Reza begins to shower Lilly with compliments. Reza then explains that Lilly is a new client of his, she’s a Persian princess, rail thin, super rich and that she’s from Texas. He is “totally obsessed with her right now” and to top it all off he may get a commission from selling her a house. (I really like Reza’s talking head outfit- very Mad Men)
Reza begins to show Lilly around a gorgeous house hoping to get a feel for what she really wants/needs. Lilly tells Reza that an office is very important to her because she recently started a business, in which she makes bikinis. Reza asks if she also models but she says that she just owns the company but she sometimes wears them for shoots and stuff. (Isn’t that modeling her bikini line?) Anyways Reza can’t stop talking about how skinny she is, so skinny that it excites him. He dreams that maybe one day God will let him wake up and be rail thin. Personally I think she looks like those Bratz dolls from a while back big head and toothpick body.
She likes that the house has all wood flooring because she has a small dog. She mentions she has an ex-boyfriend, that they are buying the house together because he’s trying to win her back. Some guys send flowers, hers buys houses.
In her talking head Lilly is wearing a back dress, big hair and lots of professionally done make up. She’s working it. She says her ex-boyfriend was also her first boyfriend; they got together when she was 19. One of the conditions of them getting back together is that he has to go to L.A.
Lilly is from Houston Texas, where apparently there aren’t a lot of Persians. The large Persian community in L.A. was a way to help convince her parents to let her move to L.A. Reza then tells Lilly she’s lucky he’s not a woman because if he was, they could never be friends. She’s too skinny and pretty. In his talking head (wearing a purple suit that I don’t care much for and makes me wanna sing purple rain) Reza explains: “I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with Lilly, I mean just because I wanna skin her and wear her, as like, an overcoat. Doesn’t mean I’m obsessed.” By far Reza cracks me up and has the best talking heads.
Lilly then asks Reza if he’s dating anyone. Yes he is, and has been dating someone for a little bit. They are not exclusive though. In this third talking head, I’m not feeing the bow tie look, with a gold pin – looks a little bit like a dictator. Lilly asked because she has a guy for him that lives there in Beverly Hills, who is young and a bottom- so perfect. TMI. Lilly thinks it’s a nice house, just not the one- she needs bigger. He’ll show her more houses.
Mike is driving somewhere and talking to his mom on Bluetooth. He is “persionably late” to his friend Manny’s party; he is very successful. Apparently every rich Iranian is going to be at that party and Mike’s plain is to charm them. He arrives at a gorgeous estate in the O.C. (where many O.C. housewives wish they could afford to live) with an amazing spread. I think it may be a baby shower, not sure though. Manny greets Mike and introduces him to his wife Leila. After getting drinks Manny decides to give Mike a tour of the estate. Per Mike, Manny is a baller- drives a Btugati, has a hot wife and a killer mansion in the O.C. He’s got it all and makes Mike want to aspire to have some of the same things. Manny tells Mike his rags to riches story, which was very inspiring-especially for Mike, whose childhood was very privileged. Mike wants to move forward and become as successful as Manny.
Asa’s Fashion Show
Asa goes to Michael Costello’s fashion studio. He is an up and coming Gypsy designer. Asa asks permission to see and touch everything at his studio. Asa asks him what a Persian Pop Princess Wear, to which his assistant plucks out a silver sequined dress for Asa to look at. Asa says she wants them to picture a Kadafi wedding (?) and that dress is too silver for her. His designs appeal to Asa because they are her crazy combo: feminine, sexy, tribal. Michael wants Asa to perform at his fashion show in New York, so she’s there to meet with his money people. This is important because if Asa can land this fashion show she can pay all her bills this month.
They go next door to a meeting to meet with his money people. Michael wants her to perform 2-3 songs, and Asa is super excited. Michael’s accountant/finance person tells Asa that she’s heard awesome things about her, but never heard any of her songs and she’s the one that writes the checks. Well that was bitchy. Asa is annoyed- rightfully so. Asa describes her set and they begin negotiating- but Asa apparently is bad at asking for money. She asks for $15,000, to which they counteroffer $10,000. Asa explains that its not just her, so Michael’s team says that they will show her stuff to some people and if they like what they see they probably can come up moneywise. Asa is confident she got the job and her asking price.
Its Boobs, Not Juggs
Reza goes to MJ’s condo to help her create a dating profile. They pop open a bottle of dom and Reza tells MJ she has long eyelashes that make her look like a bunny- a sexy bunny. MJ can live with that. Her problems with her mom affect her relationships with men. We then have a flashback to Vida telling MJ that she’s not marriage material- MJ disagrees and is working on it. She is marriage material. Reza helps her create a profile and wants her user name to be Middle Eastern Juggs- but she doesn’t want to, in fact dislikes Reza’s use of the word juggs when referring to her boobs. It’s a funny exchange and they settle on the user name Persian Cupcakes. It’s a cute scene that made me laugh.
They show a cute scene of Lilly with her dog, Coconut. When the dog was puppy it was involved in an accident that caused it seizures, so now she walks in circles. Coconut is the love of Lilly’s life- but walking her is a bitch.
Fine Dining by Bravo
The cast meets up at Il Cielo Restaurant for their mandatory meal together. Annoying friends that want camera time, inappropriate comments, and introduction of new cast member and two drunken messes… that us how this dinner party plays out.
GG brings Omid and they start pounding down drinks. Mike knows Omid and says he’s a playboy and had no idea that GG was friends with him. GG want to make it cear not that she has Omis, that she’s not into Mike. (Yeah right) Asa starts talking to Omid and proceeds to tell him that he is loud (obnoxious- which he is) and congratulated him for not getting a nose job. This does not sit well with GG nor Omid. It was rude.
Reza strolls in fashionably late with Lilly in tow. Mike says Reza is a big shit stirrer. Everyone meets Lilly- Asa says Lilly looks like a Persian Barbie. GG likes Lilly too- she loves a girl whose got it going on. Then Asa tries to quiet everyone to make a toast. She tells everyone that she’ll be performing at NY Fashion week. Everyone is invited to see her perform and also invites everyone to a Pool Party Saturday. At this point they all realize that GG is plastered. Omid, Omid, Omid. I’d say he’s shooting for a spot next season. Apparently someone needs to teach him manners, like not to trying to perform inappropriate sexual acts at a dinner table or joke about slapping a woman. Everyone is annoyed and embarrassed. GG and Omid leave in a cab. Lilly is officially introduced to fine dining by Bravo, and as a novice she’s shocked and can’t believe these are Reza’s friends that he talks so much about.
Well this is it for this week! Thoughts? I apologize for any grammatical errors! See you next week!
Tuesday Night Lineup, December 4th by BB
8PM – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS); Hart of Dixie (CW); The Voice (NBC); Shark Tank (ABC); Raising Hope/Ben and Kate (Fox); Frontier Earth (Anpl); Holmes on Holmes (DIY); Guiliana and Bill (Style)
9PM – Emily Owens, MD (CW); Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition (Lifetime); Go On/New Normal (NBC); Happy Endings/Don’t Trust the B (ABC); New Girl/Mindy Project (Fox); Teen Mom 2 A Closer Look (MTV); Property Virgins (HGTV); Storage Wars (A&E); Little People, Big World (TLC); Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery); Hardcore Porn (truTV); Mankind: The Story of All of Us (History); Start-Ups: Silicon Valley (Bravo); Doomsday Preppers (NatGeo); Homicide Hunter (ID); Tia and Tamera (Style);
10PM – Million Dollar Decorators (Bravo); Sons of Anarchy (FX); Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS); Parenthood (NBC); Private Practice (ABC); Underemployed (MTV); Extreme Couponing (TLC); Buying Alaska (Discovery); Ink Master (Spike); Caught Red Handed (truTV); NFL Road Tested (Trvl); Nightmare Next Door (ID); I Hate My Bath (DIY); The Baby Wait (Logo); Headline Country Year in Review (GAC); Chicagolicious (Style)
11PM – Watch What Happens Live; Jeff Lewis & Lisa Rinna (Bravo)