Happy Hour with the Real Housewives of Miami by Michelle
For those of you that aren’t on facebook, the FriendsofLynnNChicago facebook page is still going strong, and this weekend a friend of Zuzy’s , Michelle, joined the group to tell everyone about her Happy Hour at DB Bistro in Miami with Ana Quincoces, Marysol Patton, and Alexia Echevarria. I asked Michelle to give us the inside scoop on how she got to meet the housewives. I want to thank her for taking the time to share. I’m totally jealous! NMD
Here is my little recap of Friday evening’s events with the Housewives of Miami:
I was at my law office when one of my attorney friends sends me an email and says “Michelle Cruz GET DOWN HERE to DB Fast.” I said, “What is going on? ” She says “Marysol and Alexia are here”. I said okay I will be down as soon as I can I need to get a pleading filed and I will be down there as soon as possible” I receive yet another email that says “Ana Quincoces has entered the building Cruz”. I said, “I AM ON MY WAY”.
I worked my way downstairs and walked into DB to meet the other attorneys that were already there. As I saw Marysol, Alexia and OHHH Ana Quincoces. The joke between Zuzy and I has always been that Ana could be one of my very good friends. I relate to everything she says. Her one line zingers I am also very famous for and I understood and related to what I saw on screen. She was always strikingly gorgeous and smart to boot. She is a Glamazon and a classy classy woman. I thought, should I walk over? Should I interrupt this little intimate conversation they are having. They seemed very involved. I took a chance, walked over with my lemon drop martini in hand and proceeded to say “Ana I am a huge fan of you and your way of dealing with everything that happened this season on the RHOM”. She says, “How do you think I did on the reunion, take a seat.” She was welcoming and the conversation flowed.
Ana was not apologetic for what she believed was fair game. She is more gorgeous in person that on TV, but I had seen her several times around this city and had always noted that she had impeccable fashion sense and carried herself with class and grace. She owns her age and she owns her power. We spoke at length about what I perceived and she agreed. She was very personable and very secure about her statements. She said she didn’t come on even harder on Lea because of issues I cannot discuss. I didn’t delve further. After speaking with her for about 1/2 hour I excused myself and told her it was a pleasure to speak to her and that she was exactly how I thought she would be. I told her I was Team Quincoces and would stand up to anything negative being said about her. I kept my promise. Look at the Bravo Blog and I think Zuzy and I have diffused the stupidity going on. She stood up and hugged me and said that it was a pleasure meeting her. She is as amazing as all of you would imagine. I welcome the opportunity to have drinks with her in the future. It was a great Friday.
Real Housewives of Atlanta by RamonaCoaster
Nene is warning Gregg that her job involves flirting with another man. Bryson comes in with Nene’s grandchild. She looks so cute. Nene explains how she found out she was going to be a grandmother when she bumped into the 6 month pregnant baby momma and she told Nene, not Bryson. Nene was 21 when she had Bryson and it changed who she was. Bryson is working on getting a 2nd job while Nene and Gregg lecture him on babies being expensive.
Kandi, Todd and Riley are hanging out in the kitchen doing homework. She is learning idioms with numerical answers. The blank wheel is the fifth wheel. Behind the blank ball is the eight ball. When Kandi said what is blank-faced, I thought the answer was s—t faced but the answer was two-faced. They are settling into their new house. Kandi is happy that Todd and Riley are bonding. Kandi feels her last few years are very hectic. Well, with being a housewife and producing songs for Kim I can see it being crazy. Riley wasn’t so crazy about Todd when Kandi initially brought him around to meet her.
Kenya is meeting her aunt at a wine bar. Her aunt asks about Walter whom she likes very much. Kenya tells her how their relationship got weird during the Anguilla trip. It was kind of awkward how she tells her about the shower scene and how Walter wasn’t interested and went to sleep. Her aunt warns her when men act differently there is something wrong and don’t ignore it. Now Kenya wants to have a conversation with Walter to find out what is wrong. Don’t spin your wheels Kenya. You’re no hamster.
Kandi and Porsha discuss marriage. Porsha did not sign a prenuptial with Kordell. Kandi would definitely do a prenup. Porsha quotes the bible with how man and woman are one. Kandi feels when loves turns bad the way to get back at them is through their pocketbook. The conversation turns back to Kenya. Kandi lets out a big sigh because they all need to make an effort to get along if they are going to spend time together.
Nene is bringing her granddaughter on her outing with Cynthia. They are going shopping for baby clothes. Aren’t they so precious? That is going to be one fashionable baby. Nene says Bryson and his baby momma are not going to do a Sip and See. Nene wanted a DNA test to make sure it is Bryson’s baby. At least there is no mixed up paternity like Nene had.
KRAVE magazine is doing a fashion shoot with Kenya. She is getting her makeup and some crazy hairpieces attached to her head. Kandi comes by to bring her some toys in case Walter wants to go to sleep again. Kenya tells Kandi how Walter was defensive during their conversation. Kenya came to Atlanta to see how the relationship can develop. Kandi feels that Kenya should re-evaluate their relationship. Kenya has the gloves on and gets into the ring with a fabulous dress and gold heels to start the photoshoot. Kenya feels Walter is leading her on.
Nene and Gregg are back to flirting with each other again. They drink from their wedding glasses. Gregg is apparently going to LA with Nene. Nene states she is a Georgia Peach forever. They are sorting out how their situation will be when they go to the West Coast. Nene will be busy and Gregg will be taking up the slack. Nene receives a call and gets the news that she has a house ready to move into in Hollywood.
Cynthia and Peter are having a send-off party for Nene. Kandi is happy to see Nene and Gregg together going to Hollywood. It didn’t look like Kenya rang the doorbell but just opened the front door. Maybe the doorbell doesn’t work because Porsha did the same thing. The lawyer gives a framed picture of all of them to Nene. All the men separate from the women to do shots. Kenya tells the women she was mistaken for Beyonce in a grocery store and how a bunch of people wanted to take picture with her. Porsha, of course, thinks someone is just lying to get into her pants. Cynthia thinks if she looks so much like Beyonce, why doesn’t she get her man to “put a ring on it.” Peter had a job in a past life running entertainment division of Source magazine and he thinks Nene’s show is going to be a homerun. They do more shots. All of them do a toast to Nene congratulating her on her success. Everyone seems genuinely happy and not hating.
Kenya plans a fishing trip with her and Walter because Walter likes fishing. So now she’s doing the things Walter likes to do. He sure knows how to play her. Walter doesn’t want to get his tennis shoes dirty which say a lot about him. Kenya starts talking about their relationship and how they are moving farther away from each other. Walter says he felt pressured to propose in Anguilla. Kenya is questioning why there was no sex on the Anguilla trip and Walter is asking if he is the one that needs to initiate sex. This is ridiculous to watch.
Kenya asks Walter if she is attracted to her to identify the problem or issue. Walter isn’t taking this seriously and looking at his watch. Walter says he is feeling rushed and pressured and answering a question with a question. Walter is giving Kenya mixed signals and I feel Kenya’s frustration. Kenya realizes Walter is not the guy for her. Thank goodness. Why couldn’t she realize this during the last episode?
Watch What Happens Live by NoMoreDrama
Bartender – TSA Agent Victoria Wilkins.
Andy introduces them with: “Don’t get it twisted, they are getting re-hitchted.”
Andy is throwing NeNe and Gregg a bridal shower tonight, so there will be lots of funny gifts. (not so much).
First up is the grandbaby and NeNe confirms there was a DNA test.
Asked about MJ’s bathing suit (with cut outs) on Shahs, NeNe says, “That’s the first time I’ve seen that, ” and “She has a lot of confidence.”
Quiz – They put up a photo of Kenya and asked “Is that Beyonce?” Yes or No.
Andy tells NeNe that they are on a race for 1 million twitter followers. NeNe says the millionth follower will get a date with her.
Clips of the (old and out of shape) strippers from last episode. Andy asks Gregg what he’d tip those ladies. He says “advice.” (Heh – he’s quick on his feet.)
Bit – When did Andy fall in love with Gregg Leakes. (Gregg looks dumbfounded). It’s from Season One where Gregg tells all the ladies to not let the experience change them. Andy points out that NeNe is the last original housewife standing. NeNe says she doesn’t recognize any of the others, and you have to be smart to stay on the show.
Game – NeNe Year’s Resolution Andy says a name and NeNe says a New Year’s Resolution.
- Porsha – Not be a dingdong
- Phaedra – Change her hair
- Kenya – Not look for a man, let a man look for you
- Apollo – Get a tan
- Kim – Stop lying
Andy Question – How did Gregg and NeNe decide to get back together? Nene – she’s known Gregg since 1996. She never wanted to divorce him but she needed to teach him how to treat her.
Viewer Question – Will NeNe be on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills now that she’s moved? She says Andy should answer that. He says she still lives in Atlanta too.
Andy Quiz – Who would Gregg give NeNe a free pass with? Simon Cowell. (I didn’t see that one coming.)
Viewer Question – Who’s side are you on – Porsha or Kenya. NeNe says she is on team NeNe. In Anguilla she sided with Kenya, but a lot has happened since then.
Viewer Question – Why are you so much more likable this season? NeNe – I’ve always been likable. I am in a happy place.
NeNe has a scrape on her face from using a razor to do her eyebrows.
Viewer Question – what did you think about the rumors about Apollo and Phaedra getting a divorce? NeNe – it didn’t look like that to her – they always got along well when they were around her.
Andy asks NeNe to put on a Ramona eye blindfold and feed cake to Gregg. She’s worried about the blindfold and her eyelashes coming off and she doesn’t eat cake, but in the end she does it.
My dog was barking during the Mazel and Jackhole.
Poll Results – landslide (93%) people don’t think Kenya is Beyonce.
Revenge 1/6/13 by Sugar Magnolia
Previously on Revenge…We last left our friends in the Hamptons with Emily orchestrating yet another tactic to take down Americon Initiative. Nolan has lost his company to Grayson Global (thanks to Daniel’s ambitious nature and a little help from Aiden), Jack and Faux-Manda had a christening for little Carl, and Ashley has been taken down by Queen Victoria after her brief liason with Conrad. Ashley is out, Daniel is official CEO, and the Queen and Conrad are attempting to protect Daniel from The Initiative. Jack learned that he has handed over the Stowaway to brothers that clearly have their own revenge in mind. Nolan protected Emily’s secret of how her wealth was obtained, and hasPadma at the helm of Nolcorp. (I still don’t trust Padma and think she works for The Initiative.) Nolan has a way to get out from the Grayson death-grip, but has yet to reveal it (something to do with his former CEO). Emily and Aiden are revisiting their romance from their training with Takada in Japan. She trusts him again.
On the Revengda this evening…
“Power, born out of nature, coveted by man. Wars rage on and victors are crowned. But true power can never be lost or won. True power comes from within.”
Opening scene shows Emily and Aiden sparring. After they are done with martial arts, they get to smooching in the saw grass on the beach.
NYC–Daniel is headed to Grayson Global and is approached by Helen (who he has yet to find out, is the only face we see from The Initiative. Well, other than the deceased White Haired Man Gordan Murphy) for a kiki. She plants the seed in his head to start digging through GG to find more secrets. The promise of wealth and success surpassing his father will be his reward.
Back at the Stowaway, Jack and Faux-Manda are having a moment. Jack made her a necklace of the sea glass they buried as kids for their wedding. Scary Ryan brother shows up.
Grayson Manor–Conrad is ignoring his phone and dressed casually. He is convinced the investors are blowing up his phone now that Daniel has taken over as CEO. Victoria is going bat-s@#$-crazy as usual, but Conrad wants to just ride the melt. Telling Daniel about The Initiative will be his downfall and possibly get him killed. Victoria fears they will use her son the same way they used Victoria and Conrad. She wants Daniel to step down as CEO for his safety and plans on using Emily to get him to do so. New characters are introduced–Patricia and Judge Barnes. They will be staying the weekend. Certainly they are going be the focus of this weeks revenge. Back at the beach house, we see another secret hidden in Emily’s infinity box. An anonymous letter written to David that tells us that there was jury tampering and judicial impropriety by Judge Barnes during his trial. Kisses toAiden, and Ems is off to Grayson Manor for lemonade with the Queen. Victoria convinces Emily to be her ally in getting Daniel to step down. She is convinced Danny is still in love with Emily and will stand behind Emily if she chooses to help her. Enter the Judge and his wife Patricia. He is up for Supreme Court nominations. Introductions are made and Emily is invited to dinner.
Stowaway–Something shady is going on with the Ryan brothers and Declan is suspicious. He recruits Charlotte to help him on a fact finding mission. She uses her charming personality to distract the brothers while Declan tries to find out their secrets. He finds a very large bag of drugs hidden in a bag of coffee beans. He tries to hide the fact he was snooping, but unfortunately leaves a single coffee bean on the floor. Enough evidence for one of the brothers to figure out what he was doing. Uh-oh…Jack is not happy with Declan for doing this, but decides to call a cop friend to help him get out of this mess. He sends Faux-Manda and baby to Emily’s for a couple of nights while he figures out how to handle this situation.
Daniel is meeting Daddy for lunch. (How the heck do they get to NYC so quickly? Helicopter? Surely not the Jitney.) Emily and Aiden meet at the same restaurant and have a fight and she storms out. Big smile because everything is going as planned.
Daniel meets with Nolan to get him to hack into the files and find the secrets Conrad has hidden in the company. Nolan and Emily are already back at the beach house. As usual, Nolan gets the best lines of the episode. He calls Aiden “Remington Steele” and calls their charade at lunch a “fake-up”. He is hilarious! Nolan puts 2 and 2 together and realizes that Daniel is going to be a pawn once again, and a little faux-mance is coming.
Enter the Queen at GG. She convinces Daniel that her social galas and cocktail parties were a big part in building the business. And then dangles a carrot that Emily will be attending dinner at the Manor. Nolan is successful in getting in the files and shoos away Marco (former CEO of Norlcorp, whose role is still not clear in the revenge biz).
Dinner at Grayson Manor. Emily brings up James Palmer, who she suspects is the writer of the anonymous letter. Ems gets a little combative with the Judge and his wife while digging for info. Patricia begs off with a headache and she and the Judge retire. The next morning Emily is doing research on Patricia and has found medical records, a criminal record, and a connection with James Palmer. (Oh, and Mr. Palmer was killed 3 days after a juror was dismissed and replaced from the trial.) Ems now suspects Patricia of writing the letter. Tonight is the big gala and it looks like there is going to be some fireworks! Nolan and Aiden make contact with The Initiative and Aiden is summoned to a meeting with Helen. He meets her and confronts her about destroying his family. He also finds out that his sister is still alive. After he killed the Russian kidnapped, they kept her alive. There will be another meeting where an offer will be made. Aiden is told to zip it about this meeting.
Stowaway–getting shut down and searched by Hamptons PD. And the coffee bag only contains coffee…Crap. They head out to check the boat. Charlotte’s cooking dinner for Declan when they come to search the boat. The cops find a gun and narcotics. Declan is about to get arrested, but Jack takes the fall. The Ryan’s do a little intimidation with Declan and Jack calls Faux-Manda from jail.
At the Gala, Emily confronts Patricia with her suspicions. Emily notices that Patricia has bruises and brings out the letter and says that it gave Amanda hope and saved her life. Patricia fesses up that James wouldn’t have left the letter unsigned, and basically admits she wrote the letter. Conrad makes a speech, and Patricia is our next speaker. She brings up Palmer and that he had wanted to come forward with information that would have caused in mis-trial while David Clarke was being prosecuted. She begins to read the letter and the Judge tries to stop her. She exposes her husband and tells the crowd that the judgement came from a tainted jury. Gasps! She then removes her jacket and we see her bruises. Exit judge and she and Emily exchange a smile and knowing glance.
Daniel is on his way home and receives another phone call from Helen. She knows he had Nolan digging and says he left a trail that he may find very lucrative. Probably something to do with Emily’s money. Daniel shows up at the beach house while Emily is putting yet another X on a photo of the judge. He asks her to be head of the charitable arm of GG. She accepts and they kiss. Aidenno-likey.
“Power can be hoarded by the mighty. Or stolen from the innocent. Power provides the ability to choose but has proclivity for corruption. The use of power is not to be taken lightly, for it is never without consequence.”
Whew this, was a jam packed episode! If you don’t watch Revenge, you should! You can catch season 1 on netflix and season 2 on demand or on abc.com.
Real Housewife of Aiken also has a Revenge Recap
And a summary of the Season to Date
Monday Night Lineup, Jan 7th by BB
8PM – The Biggest Loser (NBC); The Bachelor (ABC); College Football BCS National Championship: Notre Dame/Alabama (8:30 ESPN); WWE Monday Night Raw (USA); Switched at Birth (Fam); Studio E! (E!); I Didn’t Do It (ID); Jerseylicious (Style)
9PM – Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/Vanderpump Rules (Bravo); The Mob Doctor (Fox); Bunheads (Fam); Love It or List It (HGTV); Cake Boss the Next Great Baker (TLC); Disappeared (ID)
10PM – Deception (NBC); Castle (ABC); House Hunters (HGTV); The Haunting of (A&E); Cake Boss (TLC); Trouble Next Door (OWN); True Crime with Aphrodite Jones (ID)
11 PM – Watch What Happens Live: Lisa and Giggy Vanderpump (Bravo)