Is Vicki back with Brooks? and Other Housewife News by NoMoreDrama
Is Vicki Gunvalson back with Brooks Ayers? Vicki just recently confirmed that she and Brooks Ayers had broken up. Now Terry DuBrow is tweeting photos of the couple in Deer Valley. And they sure look happy. I guess we’ll be seeing Brooks on the upcoming season of Real Housewives of Orange County.
Meanwhile Heather tweeted her Happy New Years to the entire cast:
Lydia McLaughlin is the new Orange County housewife, and is back on twitter. I’m happy to see Heather included Alexis Bellino in her tweet.
Tamra Barney is in LA, turning her attention to planning her wedding now that her CUT Fitness Studio is open. She posted on Facebook “Did I tell you … I’m getting married! Wedding plans had to be put on hold due to the fitness studio taking up SO much of our time. Now that the studio is done we are planning our wedding. I can’t wait to share it with you. XOXO.”
That lovely Lauren Manzo put this sign out to welcome her guests last night, and then tweeted about it. No words.
Ramona and Mario Singer are in Anguilla, and Ramona tweeted this photo with her Happy New Years.
Shahs of Sunset – Please Bring A Man
Recap by Ana
Sorry for my absence! I’m abroad and the Internet is really slow – so here’s a quicker than usual recap:
GG and Omid are out to dinner. I must say GG looks great on her date…hair down (wavy careless look) red lips and a cute flowy short dress. They sit down and immediately order drinks…hopefully GG doesn’t get plastered an ruin the date. GG in her talking head says they are “testing the waters” in the dating department.
Omid proceeds to tell GG that he’s been hanging out with Reza & Co…GG is not pleased that they are calling Omid to hang out with him and ignoring her. In her talking head she says “[they] are the ass in class.” Omid says they were “all cool” with him and then filled her in on the Lilly/MJ cattiness. He says that they said that they thought he misbehaved because of GG’s influence (which may or may not be true). GG says she’s shocked that they are all talking about her behind her back (which taking in her delusion into consideration was probably genuine).
Then GG says she would have had MJ’s back and thing would have gotten dirty. Really GG? This is why no one wants to hang out with you…things always get “dirty” when u mix GG, alcohol and any ounce of drama.
Reza is out to lunch with his mother, who is looking fabulous in black shirt, long gold chain and fantastic gold-rimmed sunglasses. Reza is wearing a plain white shirt unbuttoned with jeans (kind of a 70’s porn vibe truthfully). SHOCKER! Reza’s mom does not like his now famous mustache! She wants him to shave it, but Reza is having none of it. Reza’s mom tells him he’s 40 years old (but he corrects her he’ll be 39) needs to cut the partying and save his money. This means no more Gucci Mucci!
Reza tells his mom that he’s partnering up with Mike. His mom thinks he’s a good guy, but then point s out she likes Mercedes (MJ). Reza then tells her that MJ “betrayed” him: he was having issues with GG and MJ did not stick up for him and hung out together. (I will not get into this BS reasoning for fighting) His mother tells him that he expects too much from his friends and that he should talk it out with MJ, leaving negativity out of the equation. Reza is kind of surprised at his mom’s push towards reconciliation with MJ, but then again she knows that they have been friends for a very long time.
Overall Reza’s mom gave him great advice and hopefully he’ll follow it. Even though she says he doesn’t listen, she will continue to give it to him until the day she dies.
It’s my Party and I’ll invite whom I want to
We are at MJ’s apartment (she’s wearing a blue flowy dress and her hair up) – although she usually doesn’t celebrate her birthday, this year she’ll change it up and throw a party. She starts off by making an e-vite and in lieu of a gift; she wants everyone to bring a bachelor for her! Love this idea! MJ doesn’t want people to think she needs to be set up or that she’s desperate…but despite her reservations she’s doing it.
MJ also decides to invite Reza to her b-day, although they aren’t on good terms he’s very important to her life and doesn’t want him to miss her B-day. Kuddos to MJ for being the bigger person!
Bromantic Photo shoot
Reza and Mike meet up for a photo shoot. Mike tells us that they have both moved into a new office together, have made most of their promotional materials ready and are just missing their head shots. Mike thinks his looks will help him a lot in the real estate business. They take photos separately, together and it’s an overall lovefest with Reza. While they are in the middle photo shoot Reza conveniently receives MJ’s e-vite. Reza is a little shocked that he was invited and gives her kudos for her effort. Reza asks Mike for advice on whether he should go. Mike in his mediator role advised Reza that he should go and not to ruin their friendship over stupid stuff. Reza then asks if he should go to the party and act as if nothing happened between the two of them (a la MJ in the previous episode- for which he threw a fit over). Reza says he’ll take his mother’s advice and go because b-days in their world are important.
No Party for You
GG is at her apartment drinking red wine (probably hammered already). She is still brooding over her “friends” talking behind her back. GG calls MJ (whom is wearing ANOTHER jumpsuit – this time no print just fuchsia…girl get away from those!!!) GG asks MJ about the situation with Lilly, to which MJ responds that Lilly will soon be shipped back to the welfare line she came from before she came into MJ’s life. OUCH- bitchy much huh? GG in her slurred voice says she has her back because she loves her.
MJ then tells GG that she’s having a birthday party tomorrow and that she’s calling her to tell her she’s not invited to the party because of GG’s craziness. (Didn’t GG call her or was it just weird editing?) GG is pissed that Asa is invited and she’s not. MJ says she loves her and has had her back- that’s when GG hangs up and gets more wine.
MJ says that the decision to exclude GG is two-fold. It will be an olive branch she extends to Reza and Aza and so that GG doesn’t go batshit crazy and ruin the party. Personally, I think it’s the latter more so…
MJ calls GG again, and GG goes into a rant of how she’s always had MJ’s back. GG says she has never asked MJ not to hang out with any of her friends, that this is “disrespectful” …blah blah blah…. MJ then tells GG that she has always had her back and that she is not abandoning their friendship BUT that GG never has consequences to her crazy actions or the damage she causes. GG interrupts her and asks MJ if she’s her friend (while gulping her wine) MJ says she is her friend and has stood by her. GG goes back to the whole she’s not invited because of Asa…MJ says that everyone invited to her party is not going to be violent for no reason. GG is delusional and says that MJ is “diminishing her” out of MJ’s life, that she has had no reason…GG hangs up on her then calls her back. GG goes on a rant of how she should have done this in person, blah blah blah…Mj hangs up on her.
In her talking head MJ says she hoped this would have been a wake-up call for GG on her behavior but it was not the reaction she wanted or expected. I think GG is going to destroy her apartment in her hulk-style rage. GG thinks her friendship with MJ may be over.
Did you Know How Fabulous Lilly is?
Lilly is out to dinner with her friend, whom is a blond highlighted version of Lilly. Her friend whom is married, has two kids, is a lawyer and they met at a Halloween party. SIDE NOTE: Do we only meet Lilly’s friends? So far she has zero forced interaction with the rest of the cast.
Looking at her friends life makes Lilly think about what her life would be like if she had gotten married and had kids. Lilly fills her in on her relationship with Ali. Lilly gave her boyfriend of 10 years an ultimatum: if he doesn’t move to LA by New Year’s, she’s done. Ali is an attorney in Houston. Her friend tells her that if its over it needs to be really over- she can’t wait for him forever.
MJ’s Love Connection Party
Mj is at her condo getting ready for her party. She’ll be wearing a lox v-neck spandex dress covered in sequins (not flattering) and Louboutin nude heels that are too high for any person to wear to any party without falling down. MJ says she always makes bad choices with the men she picks, so hopefully her friends will do better by choosing for her. She’s nervous. She tells her friend that the transportation is obscene…so be prepared!
The doorbell rings and Sammy Younai walks in with a giant bouquet of flowers and no man. Sammy is making drinks and asks if Reza is coming. MJ says yes and that she has to put on make-up. Then Tehran arrives with a Drake look alike named George (aka Drizzy) AND Arash for MJ to pick from. Asa trickles in with no man, then comes Mike with a mangift called Ebby. Omid (?!) comes bearing PEd as a gift. Reza comes in last sans a mangift. Reza has decided to set aside problems with MJ for the night and just to celebrate.
Asa wants to know who the lucky bachelors are and coincidentally they are all standing next to each other as if they were waiting for a rose from the bachelorette. MJ is hoping the guys are cute…6’4” and really hairy are her standards. Tehran is pretending to interview the bachelors (which is funny).
MJ finally makes her entrance, they all sing to her, which seems like a Farsi Happy Birthday song. She greets everyone and meets all the lucky bachelors! MJ’s car arrives, “its so Persian, that its Saudi”…they all pile in and start poppin’ bottles and getting twisted…There’s a dance floor and they all begin dancing and having fun. Mike wants MJ to get laid on her B-day but MJ is a little nervous…I would be too.
Reza is feeling all warm and fuzzy towards MJ. Mediator Mike pulls Reza and MJ aside in the dance floor and tells them he doesn’t like them fighting. Reza starts with I love you but I don’t like you and MJ calls him out on this BS. Reza just says he always loves her and she says to take that BS line to his Fake Chanel Bag Contessa. LOL. They kiss and Reza tells her that no one will ever take her place, that he loves and adores her, but that they had a moment. They both decide like adults to have fun and discuss thing later not tonight.
Mike then throws in the I want all of us to go to Mexico and have an amazing time…Smooth Bravo! I guess the Shahs mandatory cast trip is to Mexico! Apparently the back story is that Mike is connected in Mexico and he wants to get the crew back together. They all seem excited.
A Fabulous Lilly Scene
Lilly gets a visit from Etienne (her CELEBRITY hairstylist for her DOG) at her apartment. He’s there to do Coco’s hair. Yes you read right. BTW I am LOVING Lilly’s gigantic filigree earrings! They are almost as big as her head.
Lilly explains to us that Coco is not an ordinary dog, she’d rather be in a yacht than outside and hates dirt.
Meanwhile… Back at the Love Connection Party
They all arrive at the party’s destination, a place called Sunset located in Malibu. Although MJ was hesitant about the mangift idea, now (with help from a little liquid courage) she thinks the party will be fun! MJ is schmoozing and crusin’ wit her bachelors and seems to be having a lot of fun. Apparently the Drake look alike will get he rose at the end of the night. Reza says that he’s a little young but then again MJ is the Queen of the Cougars…so to go for it. Ha ha! Asa also thinks he also looks just like Drake. They advise Drake on how to not mess it up with MJ. MJ approaches the table and likes that Drake has Reza’s endorsement.
Another Fabulous Lilly Scene
Lilly is at her apartment again and she’s frustrated with her boyfriend Ali. She calls Ali, she wants to know if there are any progress with regards to looking at places in LA. He says he loves her, hasn’t had time but wants to marry her, have kids…blah blah blah. Lilly says this is the last year and is very annoyed. They have communication problems: she states her problem/concerns he listens says whatever he can to pacify her and then ignores the problem. Seems to me that Lilly needs to move on, but after 10 years I can see why its hard. Thy fight on the phone and nothing gets resolved.
Meanwhile… Back at the Love Connection Party Again
Everyone seems to be genuinely having a fun, drama free event…proving MJ right about GG. Reza and Asa tell MJ and Drake to go for a little walk. They talk, flirt, hold hands…
Omid is talking to everyone and Omid says he thinks GG should be there and that its not cool. Asa and Reza get pulled into the conversation. Omid tells them that he loves them but thinks GG should be there to speak to her side of the story. He says that she cares about them, even though it may not come off that was but that she’s a good girl.
Asa and Reza are annoyed (rightfully so). Asa explains to Omid that this is not their first rodeo with GG, they give her chance after chance and she always messes it up without consequence. That pool party was just the last straw for them…they point out that GG hasn’t even made an effort to make it right. In her Genie Talking Head outfit Asa says that its been 4 weeks since the pool party incident and GG has made ZERO effort since then to contact them, because she doesn’t care. Omid tries to still defend GG, but no one is drinking his GG cool aid. They agree to disagree and end the conversations like adults. (GG take note)
Persian Drake and MJ are at a lifeguard station looking at the sunset (seems uber romantic)- they are talking and he’s laying it on thick. MJ is not buying it and has her guard up- her insecurities are surfacing. They have a nice conversation and MJ seems to be into him. They walk back to the party.
Reza and Asa bring out MJ’s cake, they sing Farsi happy birthday. They all get back on the bus and Mike moons everyone. MJ is totally into Persian Drake the hole bus ride home…Everyone is still having fun and are still drama free (aka sans GG)
Reza and MJ Work Things Out
MJ comes to Reza’s condo. MJ confesses that the idea of not walking out of there friends is unacceptable. (MJ is wearing jeans and a super flattering flowered top- she should dress like this more often.) Reza has set up a killer spread, but MJ decides for them to get their problems out of the way before they eat.
Reza starts in on what he’s pissed off about, and its basically: GG. He says that she is the only thing that has come between their 20+ year friendship. (I call BS) He goes in on the email/tweet thing, which was really insulting but not as bad as him going behind her back to plot the demise of their business partnership? Anyways he says he expected her to have his back, MJ is crying. MJ agrees she probably didn’t handle it well and apologizes to him. She hugs Reza and they both cry. MJ says she just wants their friendship to be real, Reza responds by telling her that they are not just friends they are blood, that their bond is too strong. Then in his talking head Reza plays it off as if it was magnanimous of him to have forgiven MJ- personally I think what he did was a worst betrayal. WHATEVER: I’m just happy they made up!
NEXT WEEK: Mexico!
Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!
Top Chef Seattle 12/26 by Sugar Magnolia
We begin this week at the TC condo with everyone waking up, having coffee, and smoking cigarettes overlooking the gorgeous skyline of Seattle. Stefan is still “stewing” over Josie and her big mouth. 10 chefs left, Kristen is happy with her wins.
Padma has left a note for the chefs to head to Bow, WA to harvest their main ingredient. Then they are to meet back at the TC kitchen. (Another Toyota commercial as they pile in to cars.) The chefs are expecting shellfish. We learn that Micah is the son of a pastor and raised kosher, so he wasn’t allowed to eat shellfish. Culinary school changed that (guessing Sage and Saffron are allowed the fruits of the sea). As they arrive they realize they will be harvesting oysters. Stefan comments, “It smells of sea and ocean.” Well, because you are right next to the ocean Ding Dong….of course it does! The cheftestants are having lots of fun harvesting oysters, and of course, Josie has to add her element of drama. She gets stuck in the mud and brings down Micah as he tries to help her out of it. They start shucking and eating them raw…YUM. I personally love oysters and could eat them any day. In fact, whenever they are on a menu, I just can’t resist! A few more talking heads about cheffing roots, if it’s going to be a shucking or cooking contest, and now we are headed back to the TC kitchen to meet Padma and Emeril.
Emeril introduces the oyster challenge. Padma says “Your challenge is simple; oysters on the half shell for Emeril.” That does not sound simple at all to me! Anyone who has ever been to NOLA, knows that oysters are king and can be prepared dozens of ways (in my head I hear Bubba from “Forrest Gump” saying “boiled shrimp, shrimp toast, grilled shrimp…”). Emeril has probably had tens of thousands of oysters so the bar is set high. There will be 5 blue and 5 red aprons for chefs to choose (or elbow and grab)–blue for cold preparation and red for hot. Emeril warns about overcooking. The winning chef will win $5k, 25 minutes, and time. starts. NOW!
Scrambling for aprons–some happy, some not, but hey, gotta go with the flow in the TC kitchen. Stefan, Brooke, Lizzie, Stash, and Sheldon are doing cold. Micah, Kristen, Bart, Most-Hated-Chef-Ever, and Josie are doing hot prep.
- Kristen (hot)-oysters with carmelized honey tomato broth, celery leaves and chili
- Stefan (cold)–smoked oysters with potato vinaigrette and flash frozen salt
- Stash (cold)-oysters with pickled cucumbers, white soy, cilantro and red chili
- Lizzie (cold)–oysters with crushed currant juice and crushed pink peppercorn
- Brooke (cold)–oysters with salsa verde, cilantro, horseradish and red chili
Most-Hated-Chef-Ever (hot)–oysters poached in garlic butter with swiss chard and garlic parmesan foam (trying to replicate Drago’s in NOLA. John, BAD IDEA to spin something he probably eats weekly! And foam ala Marcel? Have ya watched the show before?) Going forward MCHE.
Josie (hot)-wood-roasted oysters with chorizo and cilantro cream (can she not cook without chorizo? I love chorizo con huevos like my Abuela made, but dang, find a new sausage!)
Micah (hot)–crispy fried oysters with arugula salad, hot sauce and lemon
Bart (hot)–oysters with champagne, butter and cream
Sheldon (cold)–oysters with chilled old bay broth and ginger scallion pesto
Now for the favorites. Top 3–Lizzie, Micah (which looked fantastic to me), and Brooke
Winner is Micah! His first win! Sage and Saffy are going to get new toys!
Padma tells us they will be cooking for one of the hottest sports teams in Seattle. I’m excited because I’m thinking Seahawks? Sounders? Mariners? Who is it? Huge let down when the Rat City Roller Derby girls skate in. Seriously, do women still do this? Is this a career? Are there mud-wrestling teams too? Tonight is their last battle, and tomorrow is their wrap party, and the chefs will be doing the food. They will be cooking in teams of 2 and choosing their own partners. Stefan cannot help himself from drooling over Kristen and grabbing her right away. Each Derby girl has a moniker to which they will be using as inspiration for their dish. Teriyaki Terror, Jalapeno Business, Eddie Shredder, Kutta Rump, and Tempora Tantrum. They don’t want “fussy food” but not concessions either.
Each team gets to pick their Derby Girl, and since Micah won the Quickfire, he gets to choose first. Micah and Lizzie choose Jalapeno Business, Sheldon and Stash choose Tempura Tantrum, Stefan and Kristen choose Eddie Shredder, Brooke and MHCE choose Kutta Rump, which means Josie and Bart get Teriyaki Terror. 2.5 hours to cook for 100 people at the rink tomorrow, but tonight get to go the game (or match? or battle? or gross male fetish bash?). No budget was mentioned.
The chefs get a box seat, are drinking loads of beers, and Josie is being typically obnoxious. Drunk as a skunk, and everyone is annoyed. Chefs drink A LOT, so for them to say someone is too drunk means you’ve had 5 too many. They get home and Drunky Drunkerton immediately passes out on the couch. Or, so they think….The boys are talking about her stupidity. Josie jumps up and tries to school them on name-calling. Then she delivers a line sure to come up at the reunion, “This tree right here, you don’t want to bark up. Cuz this tree right here, knows who she is.” Then she proceeds to tell Micah he’s “hiding in the closet”, and cue R. Kelly “trapped in the closet” (best when Cartman does it, HA!). Instead of going to bed, she pouts on the couch. Girl needs to learn when to call it a night.
No shopping trip to Whole Paycheck this week, just the chefs arriving at the rink with coolers. Chefs begin cooking. Of course Josie is doing her normal I’m-going-to-annoy-everyone-to-throw-them-off-dance. Some are taking the bait, others are just ignoring her. We find out that MHCE lost his daughter in his divorce and Brooke reminds him of her. TH’s about each others dishes. “Stuffed jalapeno? How boring”, declares Stefan. Because inside out chicken sounds soooo much more appealing…And service begins.
Enter judges–Padma, Hugh, Emeril, and Tom. They are drinking Red Hook. Each Derby girl gets to judge along with them for their dish. Kutta Rump is up first. Brooke and MHCE are serving Thai beef with lobster jasmine rice and Thai slaw. Good comments over all. Teriyaki Terror is next. Bart and Josie have prepared Steak Teriyaki with forbidden rice, beet blood and green papaya salad. TT says, “wow, this is really unique.” Hugh asks her to clarify if it’s unique-good or unique-crappy. She is nice and says it’s just a little too earthy for her. Next up is Jalapeno Business. Lizzie and Micah present their crab-stuffed jalapeno with avocado cream, onion and pepper relish. I would eat 10 of those in 5 minutes. JB likes the Seattle spin by using crab, and how they took a party food and elevated it. Eddie Shredder is up. Stefan and Kristen have made a corn puree, chicken liver, and sunny-side up egg. All things I love, but “inside out chicken” sounds gross. ES likes the idea of it, but no comments on taste. Last, we have Tempura Tantrum. Stash and Sheldon are serving Tempura yuzu curd with shiso, fresno chili, sweet potato and vanilla. TT loves it. Judges think the tempura was not crispy enough. Off to judges table.
Commercial vignette is Padma on roller skates. I half expected her to start singing “Xanadu”. The men are all drooling.
MHCE & Brooke and Micah & Lizzie are called first to judges table. Favorite dishes this week. Lots of praise from the judges and raves from the eaters. Winning team was bold and adventurous…..Brooke and MCHE! No mention of what they won….Stash is complaining about M & L making a popper and getting to be in the top (Bitter much, Stash?). Bart & Josie and Stash & Sheldon are on the bottom and summoned to see the judges. Bart and Josie were all over the place, and Stash and Sheldon failed on the tempura. Tom makes a great comment in response to Josie. “How many times do you guys have to hear this? If something is properly seasoned and something is bland and you put it together, you end up with bland. I don’t understand this thought process at all. It makes me NUTS.” Holla Collicchio! Bitter Stash decides to call out the judges for choosing Micah and Lizzie and their jalapeno to be in the top 2. Judges no-likey and defend the popper.
Time for someone to PYKAG. Do the judges practice their stern looks in the mirror? Bart, please PYKAG. Padma offers to send him a bottle of salt! She must have had a few Red Rocks!
Next, Bart will face CJ in the Last Chance Kitchen.
Sorry for the delay, folks. Holidays mixed with DVR mishap and a family emergency all contributed to my tardiness
Tuesday Night Lineup, January 1st (Happy New Year!)
8PM – Great Performances; Vienna Philharmonic (PBS); Dance Moms (Lifetime); Love It or List It (HGTV); Totally T-Boz (TLC); Dual Survival (Discovery)
9PM – Great Performances; Jewish artists excel on Broadway (PBS); Emily Owens, M.D. (CW); Dance Moms (Lifetime); Hawaii Life (HGTV); Storage Wars Texas (A&E); The Sisterhood (TLC); Dual Survival (Discovery); Hardcore Pawn (truTV); The Real Housewives of Atlanta First Look (9:10 Bravo); Doomsday Preppers (NatGeo); Nightmare Next Door (ID)
10PM – Million Dollar Decorators (Bravo); Parenthood (NBC); House Hunters (HGTV); Storage Wars New York (A&E); Sin City Rules (TLC); In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman (Own); Chopped (Food); Diggers (NatGeo); Evil Twins (ID); Biggest Baddest Model Moments (Oxygen)
Housewife New Year’s Resolutions by Boston
Our first survey results have been compiled:
Who would be the most fun to hang out with?
Brandi Glanville – 25%
Lisa Vanderpump – 23%
Carole Radziwill – 11%
Ramona Singer – 9%
Who would you trust the most?
Lisa Vanderpump – 39%
Yolanda Foster – 11%
Heather Thomson 9%
Carole Radziwill – 8%
Who would you trust the least?
Kyle Richards – 17%
Taylor Armstrong – 14%
Tamra Barney – 13%
Teresa Giudice – 11%
Who has the hottest/best husband/boyfriend?
Lisa Vanderpump – 19%
Kyle Richards – 18%
Joanna Krupa – 15%
Ramona Singer tied with Phaedra Parks – 12%
Who has the yuckiest/worst husband/boyfriend?
Teresa Giudice – 22%
4 way tie – Vicki Gunvalson / Alexis Bellino / Melissa Gorga / Kathy Wakile – 10%
More Survey Results Tomorrow ….